User Review of the XPS 630i

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kid007 Posted: Thu, Oct 2 2008 9:03 PM

 

 

Mild OC raised the FSB to 1130 = 280*9=2.543g <-STOCK VOLTAGE, IN RAMS AND CPU!!!

13201 <- without any OC to the video card

 

3Dmark Vantage = 7816 <- without any OC to the video card, GPU = 7649, CPU = 8361

 

Here is my user review for my brand new XPS 630,

Since I open the box, everything was pack very neatly, very professional. what i mean by this is that the case was very well protected, fragile was on the box everywhere.

My XPS came with a pretty nice keyboard from Dell, very finger friendly, and very easy to use. it has a mini media player station so you can play,pause,open your media player,mute,stop and raise or lower the volume.

The Specs are Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Q6600 (2.40Ghz), 4GB DDR2 @ 800MHZ, 500GB 7200RPM/16MB Databurst Cache and my favorite part; a pair of ATI-3870 512MB

The case is pretty solid aluminum, it comes with LED's that you can change the colors using the NVIDIA Control Panel. The case has 2x 120mm fans one cooling the HDD, and the other one cooling directly the PCI-E (Video Cards) and they are adjustable from the NVIDIA Control Panel.

The CPU is cooled by a CPU Heatsink that for me is a pretty cool design, it looks like a Tuniq design which are supposed to be pretty good.

The Cons... after reading a lot about this system, i realize the biggest complaint is that the motherboard is powered by a NVIDIA 650i SLI, which is not bad, but the complaints consist of, that it only has 1-PCI-16X, and the other PCI-E is 8x.

"Customer statement - Dell modified the Nvidia 650i SLI chipset/motherboard to restrict it.
Dell’s products are unique and manufacturers build the motherboards to our specifications. The retail motherboard specifications frequently do not apply to the Dell proprietary product. There are many reasons Dell does this, but our goal is provide a reliable product to our customers and to provide to you the ability of having two video cards. When building the XPS 630, Nvidia gave us two 650i chipset motherboard choices:
* 16,1,1 = 1 PCI Express x16 slot (16 lanes), 1 PCI Express x8 slot (1 lane), 1 PCI Express x1 slot (1 lane)
* 8,8,1,1 = 2 PCI Express x16 slot (8 lanes), 1 PCI Express x8 slot (1 lane), 1 PCI Express x1 slot (1 lane)
We chose the second one to enable you to use either Nvidia SLI or Ati CrossFireX. The XPS 630i Owner's Manual clearly states the PCI Express lane configuration is locked in as follows:
- PCI Express x16 (SLOT1 and SLOT4) = connector size 164 pins, connector data width maximum 8 PCI Express lanes
- PCI Express x8 (SLOT3) = connector size 98 pins, connector data width maximum 1 PCI Express lane
- PCI Express x1 (SLOT3) = connector size 36 pins, connector data width maximum 1 PCI Express lane"

 

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/s ... #wp1104354

Apparently that is very bad for those extreme gamers except me: i could swap the mobo anytime which DOES NOT VOID THE WARRANTY!. that right there is a huge plus for anyone who likes the design and the way the XPS Systems are built...

Last but not least is the NVIDIA Control Panel, it is a pain in the butt to get it to work the way that you want it, if anyone gets an XPS 630, feel free to PM me because it took me about a 5-6 days of reading and playing with it!, so i could get it to work the way that it is supposed to work.

Microsoft Vista Home Premium, not bad for an OS that is a little easy to get used to once you start customizing the views and killing a few of the applications that come with it. What I don't like and I told this to the lady at Dell is that Vista Home Premium is not able to recognize more than 3g of rams, but she still put in 4g's. Dell does not sell Vista Ultimate 64bits why? Don't know, maybe because they are DUMB!

The Pros-

Looking past the issues, this is a sweet machine coming from the laptop world. My God this thing moves and handles like nothing I have seen or used so far. the highest temp i get with folding 2 clients and 2 gpu clients, is 47C in core 0

I'm not a gamer but the few games that I played which are Unreal Tournament, Unreal 2, Unreal 3

and ND4Speed Most Wanted, and Carbon. They Run smooth at high settings. My Monitors consist of 1280x1024. i don't have widescreen; don't like them as much as regular 17" monitors...

Other than that, I give this system a solid 4 1/2 stars, putting aside the stupid Nvidia Control Panel and the fact that the mobo runs in a 650i chip which is about to be 2 years old...

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Very nice read! Thanks!

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kid007 replied on Thu, Oct 2 2008 9:25 PM

anytime, hope this would become a sticky, and help others who are buying an XPS630 or those that already have it

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shanewu replied on Fri, Oct 3 2008 10:34 AM

 Thanks for posting the review, kid! Cool

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kid007 replied on Fri, Oct 3 2008 5:46 PM

 anytime shane, looking to get one?

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shanewu replied on Sat, Oct 4 2008 6:55 PM

kid007:

 anytime shane, looking to get one?

Nah, I just really like to see things like user reviews in forums and wanted to show my appreciation. :) User reviews definitely help HH grow IMHO.

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kid007 replied on Sat, Oct 4 2008 7:58 PM

 i know i'm doing one for overclocking :)

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kid007 replied on Thu, Oct 9 2008 4:55 PM

 

This policy has been updated since this message was originally posted. All details provided herein are subject to change. All details provided herein are based on policy within the U.S. Please check with phone, email or chat support in your region for policy specific to your region.


 

 

Hi, all.

 

I will go ahead and validate a couple of facts.

 

  1. Per Dell policy, if you purchased 32 bit Vista  of any version, you are entitled to the 64 bit DVD of the same version upon request, with the caveat that Dell does not provide complete 64 bit driver support for all platforms. XP 32-to-64 bit is excluded from this policy. Consumer (aka Home and Home Office) purchases are not eligible for the 64 bit DVD as of June 3. This is subject to change.
  2. For customers in the U.S. region, your best bet to get the DVD is from tech support. It will help if you can use a little Dell lingo to point them in the right direction. If the agent seems unaware of the policy, or unwilling to dispatch the DVD, you might try quoting the Dell policy document something like this: "I know I am entitled to this DVD. If you would kindly check DSN policy document ID 158098, 5th bullet under Policy, first sub-bullet."
  3. This is supposed to be a global policy, but I can not say for certain it applies in all regions, and agents in other regions may not be able to access the same internal document using the same document ID.

 

Message Edited by DELL-Bill_B on 05-23-2008 11:08 AM

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ice_73 replied on Sun, Oct 12 2008 10:02 PM

kid, i got a few questions if you dont mind me asking.

why did you choose dell over diy?

and why go so high end if your monitor is so low? you really could of gotten by on 1 3870, and  why not have gotten a 4870 instead of two 3870?

not to nit pick or anything but im curious why people buy computers like dell (apart from not knowing how to build computers)  

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kid007 replied on Sun, Oct 12 2008 10:19 PM

I was going to do it my self, i had all the part set up in newegg and what i was about to open a new account i realized the price!, i was stunned that I could get a whole system in a place that I already had an account and don't go through the whole hazzle of opening an new account through newegg.

My wife wanted me to go with Alienware, but i chose the XPS because Dell Preferred Account does not transfer to the Alienware so i would have to go with the same process from newegg.

I log in and did the xps live chat and this lady got a pair of 3870 and 4 gigs of ram for under $200 (of my customized desktop) with 3 years if warranty in everything.  

so i decided to get it since it was under $1,300.00. My Newegg system was running around $1,500.00 and before i talked to the lady at the setup that i had configured was about the same as newegg. so she got me few coupons and made it happen!

at the end of the day i love the system, with all the problems that is one system that i always has fell in love. I got a My XPS 1530 and my Wife got an XPS 1330. so i just needed my desktop.

My answer to your last question is totally depends i chose my system because 1. the warranty, 2 free shipping. and 3 if i'm not happy i could swap the part w/out avoiding the warranty by just calling the tech guy or swapping it myself when i want to...

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I have talked with kid007 a bit over MSN messanger and I must say Dell has done an amazing job. The wiring is very neatly done. The case is gorgeous. Came with a above par cpu cooler and the warranty is much better than I would have expected. Overall a very nice rig.

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kid007 replied on Sun, Dec 21 2008 7:45 PM

 After 90 days of buying my XPS630 I have been enjoying every bits of it. even though i had some rants about the hardware but now everything seems to be almost perfect. I managed to get finally Crossfire to work in Windows Home Premium 64bits! and Overclock my system to a healthy 2.6ghz from its stock speed of 2.4ghz without raising the voltage. Just by raising the FSB i managed to pull 2.6 Stable and 3dmark Vantage score of P8000 and 3dmark06 = 13373.

I'm in the process of ordering some DDR2-1066 so it could run in a 1:1. I' don't know that much in how the Intel processors work but little by little i'm becoming very good at it. so far i have help a lot of people that have got issues with their XPS630 system! I'm glad this user review have work in not only the help but also in letting DELL know how they mess up with an awesome piece of hardware like the XPS630 :)

 

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kid007 replied on Sun, Jan 18 2009 6:58 PM

is sunday and i was bored at home so i decided to oc my system a little bit more and play a little bit with the DDR2 Timming. Take in mind this is are the stock DDR2 that came with my system.

 

everyday i keep falling in love with this system!

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