Dell XPS 730 H2C Unboxing and Preview

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XPS 730 Unboxed & 3DMark06

Finally, we removed the XPS 730 H2C from its snug, styrofoam packaging.

As you can see, the XPS 730 has an aggressive, menacing design; a combination of the shape of its predecessor the XPS 720 and its peer, the XPS 630. Our XPS 730 is an H2C model with a Victory Red anodized aluminum paint color scheme.

A windowed side-panel is offered as an option. Instead of a standard "full" window, Dell has decided to go with a stylized design.

Here, we take a quick peek at the XPS 730's internals. The XPS 730 H2C features a new and improved H2C module that is larger and more powerful than before. Our XPS 730 is equipped with two Radeon 3870 X2s in a Crossfire X configuration. While Dell has moved their flagship XPS 700 series to an ATX platform with the 730, they still chose to mount it in a BTX-style, upside down orientation.

A quick look at the Windows Vista system properties reveals that our XPS 730 H2C is powered by a Intel Core 2 Extreme X9770 that's been factory overclocked to 3.8GHz, up from 3.2GHz stock. Unsurprisingly, the XPS 730 rates a 5.9 on the Windows Experience Index, the highest score currently possible.

Right out of the box, one of the first things we did was make a quick run of 3DMark06.

Our XPS 730 H2C with its 3.8GHz, factory overclocked processor and dual Radeon 3870 X2's in Crossfire X was able to score nearly 20,000 3DMarks right out of the box. This is a very impressive result. Also worthy of note is the near-complete absence of any sort of pre-installed bloatware. The system booted up for the first time to a nearly fresh install of Vista and the only thing on the desktop was the recycling bin, a shortcut for 3DMark06, Internet Explorer and Roxio Creater Home.

The XPS 730 is available for sale right now in both standard air-cooled and liquid cooled H2C models.  At this time, a XPS 730 can be yours for just $3,999 while a factory overclocked XPS 730 H2C, like the one we just unboxed, can be had for $4,999.

So far, the XPS 730 H2C is shaping up to be a very impressive machine. However, we've barely just started to explore this system. Stay tuned and keep watching the front page because we'll have a full review of the XPS 730 H2C soon, complete with a full suite of benchmarks and, of course, plenty more pictures.

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