Dell Unveils the Affordable XPS 630

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DELL BRINGS FULL-THROTTLE GAMING WITHIN REACH


The XPS 630 Delivers Elite Gaming Features, Technologies and Upgradability at an Affordable Price


With a starting price of $1,249, the XPS 630 delivers stellar performance and innovative features, all in a sleek, compact brushed-aluminum chassis.  Gamers won’t outgrow the XPS 630 because it’s based on a standard ATX chassis, making future upgrades easy. It’s ATI CrossFire and NVIDIA SLI-ready, and will support Corsair memory and Intel Extreme processors.  Gamers can tweak performance by overclocking processor and memory through the control panel.

"Since its inception, the Dell XPS line has been committed to delivering aggressive, competitive and attractive options for a broad spectrum of PC gamers,” said Arthur Lewis, head of Dell’s gaming group. “With the Dell XPS 630, we have the unique and exciting opportunity to offer a system that brings together the needs of enthusiasts and casual gamers.”  The XPS 630 is ready out of the box to play favorite mainstream games like The Sims or Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and online games like Lord of the Rings:Shadows of Angmar. It can easily be upgraded to deliver extreme performance for more complex games like Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and the highly anticipated Spore.


The XPS 630 is the first OEM PC to support the new Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA), the industry's first open standard for delivering advanced levels of thermal management and control of other PC peripherals. Dell’s LightFX technology supports ESA so developers can create highly immersive gaming experiences synchronizing the LED lighting zones with the on-screen action in the game.  Under the hood the XPS 630 features:



  • NVIDIA nForce 650 SLI Chipset

  • NVIDIA SLI Single / Dual Graphic options

  • ATI Crossfire Single / Dual Graphic options

  • Overclockable1 Intel Processors

  • Overclockable Corsair DOMINATOR Memory

  • 750KW Power Supply

  • 4 Internal HDD bays (Up to 3 Factory-Installed)

  • 4 DIMM slots

  • Two PCIe X16 Graphic slots

  • Light FX 2.0 (4 lighting zones)

  • AGEIA PhysX Accelerator option

  • Blu-ray Disc Drive option

  • Red and Black Bezel Color Choice

Customers who subscribed for a pre-launch discount received an email today with details on a limited time promotional configuration. The special $1,299 configuration includes an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor, dual NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB graphics cards2 with SLI technology and 2-year limit warranty and In-Home service. Customers will be able to purchase configure-to-order XPS 630 systems starting tomorrow, Feb. 27.

HotHardware's full review of the Dell XPS 630 can be found right here.




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replied on Tue, Feb 26 2008 10:51 AM
Man that is a nice system for the price/service. I know a lot of my friends bought alienware laptops about 2 years ago and all of theirs have had to be serviced yet my trusty dell laptop keeps on chuging along without a hitch. So they must be doing something right.
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deathman replied on Tue, Feb 26 2008 11:19 AM

While yes most can build something cheaper and better for the price.  Overall for a system out of the box thats not a bad tag on it for what it gives.

The Mobo ----------- Abit IP35-Pro The CPU ------------ E8400 @ 4.05+Ghz w/ 1.37V Bios / 1.21V CPU-z The Cooling -------- Theramlright Extreme 120 -- 42C or Lower Idle / 51C Load The Memory -------- G.Skill PC-6400 4x1Gig 5-5-5-12 Timings -- 450Mhz w/ 2.15V The GPU ------------ EVGA 8800GT w/ 1.1V @ 783/1998/999 -- 32 Idle / 42 Load The HDD’s ---------- 2x 320Gig Seagate Perps in Raid 0 w/ 320Gig HotSwap Backup & 160Gig External The PSU ------------ SilverStone DA750 The Case ----------- Antec P180 The Monitor -------- Dell 2405FPW LCD 24" Of Pure Enjoyment
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Lev_Astov replied on Tue, Feb 26 2008 1:44 PM
As much as I like Dell's internal case design, especially this one where they put the mobo upside-down (which I love), I hate their price markups and external case design. It's the leaning tower of overpricing.

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replied on Tue, Feb 26 2008 2:03 PM

Guys dont forget your factoring in a 2 year warranty on that price. Sure I can build my own cheaper but if I ordered a dell like that and something broke Id call them for replacement without having to deal with rma's from retailers. I think people often forget that price includes exellent service.

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Lev_Astov:
It's the leaning tower of overpricing.

lol! 

FlyinBrian:
I think people often forget that price includes exellent service.

True.

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jtm55 replied on Tue, Feb 26 2008 4:43 PM

 Hi All,

I agree, for the price that system along with the service is a great combination. 

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donpm replied on Tue, Feb 26 2008 5:20 PM

 Not a bad price for what you get, and that case is very nice.  I do love that case.

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Kamrooz replied on Tue, Feb 26 2008 7:25 PM

Am I the only one that think that's overpriced? a old 7200.9 hard drive, only 2x1 gb of member? q6600 is nice as well as the 8800 GT, but an old 650 chipset as well? Integrated audio?

A rip to me... I could build that rig for MUCH less. For around 900-950 including way more up to date and quality parts....Although IMO, dell is one of the better brand names....But they still over charge quite a bit for what you're getting.

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replied on Tue, Feb 26 2008 7:56 PM

I really dont think its over priced.  8800 GT SLI, 2gb corsair ram, descent hard drive along with windows and a 2 year warranty.

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IMO it is a good deal when compared to other pre-built rigs and especially for those who have no desire to build their own.

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Kamrooz replied on Tue, Feb 26 2008 8:55 PM

It's not SLI'ed actually..The bold specs are what you get...So here it is'..

 

  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40 GHz
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT
  • Integrated HD Audio
  • 2 x 1GB Samsung PC2-5300 modules 
    (5-5-5-12)
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.9
    16 MB Cache, 7200rpm, SATA II
  • LG HL-DT-ST 16X DVD-RW
The processor is fine along witht he gpu. But it's definitely a single 8800 Gt. A older 16mb cache 7200.9 seataget drive..With no word of how much space, so it could end up being a 160gb drive...no one knows. Integrated audio....icky, ddr2 667 modules?..at 5-5-5-12 timings?..that's quite slow...

But I will admit it isn't as bad as other systems out there......But for the same price you can get a system with it's own sound card, a quality p35 board, quality Micron D9GMH modules, etc...But yea..For those that don't want to build a system..it aint a bad deal.

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replied on Tue, Feb 26 2008 9:39 PM

Ahh yes your right.  I went by the comment there at the top. Still thats not terrible price. Cheaper than most alienware/gaming boutiques.

I was going by this and I guess i miss read it.

Customers who subscribed for a pre-launch discount received an email today with details on a limited time promotional configuration. The special $1,299 configuration includes an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor, dual NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB graphics cards2 with SLI technology and 2-year limit warranty and In-Home service. Customers will be able to purchase configure-to-order XPS 630 systems starting tomorrow, Feb. 27.

Notice it says dual 8800gt 512s

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ice91785 replied on Tue, Feb 26 2008 10:15 PM

Its not a shabby price for those who chose not to thrown elbow grease into building their own rigs.....not cheap but  hey people pay for what they dont wanna spend time on.

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Kamrooz replied on Tue, Feb 26 2008 10:54 PM

FlyinBrian:

I was going by this and I guess i miss read it.

Customers who subscribed for a pre-launch discount received an email today with details on a limited time promotional configuration. The special $1,299 configuration includes an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor, dual NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB graphics cards2 with SLI technology and 2-year limit warranty and In-Home service. Customers will be able to purchase configure-to-order XPS 630 systems starting tomorrow, Feb. 27.

Notice it says dual 8800gt 512s

 

Ohh wow...That isn't a bad deal at all if you get that promotional offer...I was looking at the actual specs from the hothardware review page for system specs..Didn't read that segment...Not bad =P..the only downside is they are using a 650 chipset...8x/8x! Super Angry...The others being slower memory, older hard drive, and integrated audio..But if you get the sli deal with the bundle...it would justfiy it well =P.

 

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deathman replied on Wed, Feb 27 2008 9:00 AM

Kamrooz:

FlyinBrian:

I was going by this and I guess i miss read it.

Customers who subscribed for a pre-launch discount received an email today with details on a limited time promotional configuration. The special $1,299 configuration includes an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor, dual NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB graphics cards2 with SLI technology and 2-year limit warranty and In-Home service. Customers will be able to purchase configure-to-order XPS 630 systems starting tomorrow, Feb. 27.

Notice it says dual 8800gt 512s

 

Ohh wow...That isn't a bad deal at all if you get that promotional offer...I was looking at the actual specs from the hothardware review page for system specs..Didn't read that segment...Not bad =P..the only downside is they are using a 650 chipset...8x/8x! Super Angry...The others being slower memory, older hard drive, and integrated audio..But if you get the sli deal with the bundle...it would justfiy it well =P.

 While your complaining about only the 8x/8x PCI-E Pipeline thats more than enough for those GPU's.  Heck 8800Ultras's are bearly bottlenecked by that type of setup.  Sure 16x/16x would be nice but its definatly not limiting the system.  As well even if it was bottlenecked by the 8x/8x pipleline, the CPU will have a much larger effect on its performance due to the slower speed of it.

 And complaining about the integrated audio.  You'd be suprised how nice some integrated audio soultions are.  While I was sporting definatly dated technology a SB 2 Audigy card.  It was far slower in games under the Vista enviroment than my onboard card with my Abit IP35-Pro.  Sure a dedicated sound card would be better, expecially a newer one, but for zero price on upgrade some integrated solutions arent half bad.

The Mobo ----------- Abit IP35-Pro The CPU ------------ E8400 @ 4.05+Ghz w/ 1.37V Bios / 1.21V CPU-z The Cooling -------- Theramlright Extreme 120 -- 42C or Lower Idle / 51C Load The Memory -------- G.Skill PC-6400 4x1Gig 5-5-5-12 Timings -- 450Mhz w/ 2.15V The GPU ------------ EVGA 8800GT w/ 1.1V @ 783/1998/999 -- 32 Idle / 42 Load The HDD’s ---------- 2x 320Gig Seagate Perps in Raid 0 w/ 320Gig HotSwap Backup & 160Gig External The PSU ------------ SilverStone DA750 The Case ----------- Antec P180 The Monitor -------- Dell 2405FPW LCD 24" Of Pure Enjoyment
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Yeh i actualy would rather use integrated sound over anything made by creative. Their drivers cause more problems in systems than most viruses.

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FlyinBrian:

Yeh i actualy would rather use integrated sound over anything made by creative. Their drivers cause more problems in systems than most viruses.

I take it you and/or people you know haven't had good experiences with Creative cards. I've had Creative cards in my last 3 rigs and never encountered a single issue related to them or their subsequent drivers near as I can tell. Maybe I'm just lucky! ;)

BTW: Could there be a common thread in systems you've built/own that is causing conflicts with their drivers? For example do you always run the same brand chipsets/boards? My results could stem from the cards and drivers "playing nice" with Intel boards/chipsets... just a thought.

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replied on Wed, Feb 27 2008 12:02 PM

Oh i can get them to work. But they have really droped the ball in terms of quality and especially drivers. No 5.1 digital out. Only 2 channel. I have worked on a lot of machines and a big portion of the time. If they are runing an X-fi card it can be the cause of driver errors, system locks/blue screens just all around quirkyness.

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It could be that you're pushing the cards/rigs harder than me and are a more demanding/dynamic user. I mostly just game, watch movies and listen to music with them wearing headphones.

I'm open to trying something new and the Sonar looks intriguing... a little pricey though IMO.

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mark61920 replied on Wed, Feb 27 2008 2:02 PM

 Nice system and dell name for people that don't want to build their own...       after running Vista on my own (home and work) systems for a while now I've found XP to provide faster gaming. Wink and drivers that work Embarrassed...  sure, Vista has the directx 10...   who likes being forced to "upgrade" to a bigger slower O/S just for that?  Zip it! 

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replied on Wed, Feb 27 2008 2:48 PM

Actually its been found out that vista gaming performance is right on par with xp these days so that horse can safely remain dead and beaten.

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No offense because I myself don't know the answer to this question, but are you 100% sure on that?

Are there any recent articles/benchmarks on the matter?

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replied on Wed, Feb 27 2008 3:18 PM

clicky here Vista's performance isnt quite yet perfect but its pretty close to xp and actually manages a win over Xp in some cases. Most of the problems with vista's game performance are directly driver related.

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Thanks... I'll check out that link!

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replied on Wed, Feb 27 2008 3:32 PM

I had some more links but I cant find them.

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vicaphit replied on Wed, Feb 27 2008 4:05 PM

I am seeing better fps in vista than a year ago, but still not as good as XP.

 As for the dell machines, I called dell once, and got some guy in India who put me on hold 4 times to "document" and each hold time was about 5 minutes.  He didn't even help me, and I eventually figured out that the ram I had just installed was dead and I had to return it.  They really don't have good service.

 Also remember with Dell machines, they have locked BIOS.

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Kamrooz replied on Wed, Feb 27 2008 8:26 PM

deathman:

complaining about only the 8x/8x PCI-E Pipeline thats more than enough for those GPU's.  Heck 8800Ultras's are bearly bottlenecked by that type of setup.  Sure 16x/16x would be nice but its definatly not limiting the system.  As well even if it was bottlenecked by the 8x/8x pipleline, the CPU will have a much larger effect on its performance due to the slower speed of it.

 And complaining about the integrated audio.  You'd be suprised how nice some integrated audio soultions are.  While I was sporting definatly dated technology a SB 2 Audigy card.  It was far slower in games under the Vista enviroment than my onboard card with my Abit IP35-Pro.  Sure a dedicated sound card would be better, expecially a newer one, but for zero price on upgrade some integrated solutions arent half bad.

 

It's not necessarily more then enough, SLI on 8x/8x compared to 16x/16x is actually bottlenecked and show's a 10 percent different in performance. Not very massive...But when coupled with a 650i chipset...I really don't like that combination. It's not for no reason that many people have a distaste for nvidia chipsets, for the intel side they have quite a bit of issues. I don't know why you're using the word "complaining" here when we're just having a debate. It's not like I'm running around ranting and raving that everything regarding this system is bad. I even stated for the price if you do get the promotional offer it is a nice way to go for a brand name purchase. But the amount you can get for that sum by a custom computer is indeed great with much higher quality. It's easy to tell the difference between a high quality sound card and onboard, yes onboard has gotten better as time goes by, but it's still nothing compared to a middle/high range sound card. Regarding your SB 2 issue, that would definitely be a driver related considering how bad creatives driver support is. Also coupled with the drop of directsound for OpenAL (Which creatives sound cards are built/design for DirectSound, especially your dated card. But I hope you do realize that onboard sound takes system resources which would slow a system down...Not by much at all..but it would still in fact hinder performance by a small margin.

There are also other solutions besides Creative...Auzentech makes fantastic cards, and the Xonair card from asus is also damn good for vista as well. Onboard sound has come a long way, don't get me wrong...But when compared to a middle/high range sound card as I stated before, the difference can easily be heard, and realized in gaming with position audio and the distance at which you can place a sound. 

 

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