Dell unveiled two new high-end gaming systems today; the air-cooled XPS 730 and the watercooled XPS 730 H2C. The XPS 730 starts at $3,999 and the XPS 730 H2C at $4,999, both models feature overclocked Intel Core 2 Extreme processors, an NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI based motherboard, ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 CrossFire X or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT SLI, Corsair Dominator DDR3 memory, 1000W PSU and up to four hard drives.
“There is a measure of satisfaction involved in delivering products that meet the expectations of a unique set of customers who are incredibly knowledgeable, passionate, intense and competitive,” said Arthur Lewis, head of Dell’s gaming group. “With XPS and Alienware gaming systems we've been progressively delivering an awe-inspiring experience to gamers and now, with the XPS 730, we’ve set the bar for a truly kick-ass gaming experience.”
The optional patent-pending H2C cooling solution has also been enhanced. Originally co-developed by Dell, Intel, Delphi and CoolIT, the two-stage ceramic cooling solution has been redesigned to fit an ATX motherboard. Other enhancements include:
Re-designed the CPU coldplate to provide more uniform cooling to all four processor cores, reducing the hottest core temperature when running at full load.
Added an additional coldplate to cool the chipset. Lower chipset temperature helps improve stability with frontside bus overclocking1.
Added dynamic speed control to the pump and fans to help eliminate audible noise when the system is at idle.
Added a separate fan to provide assured cooling to the CPU’s voltage regulator components.
External chassis armor choices include premium materials like 2.4mm anodized aluminum on the XPS 730 H2C in Victory Red and Stealth Blue or brushed aluminum in Silver on the air-cooled XPS 730. Each can be configured with an optional X-View clear side panel that allows sneak peeks at the high performance components, and is easy to remove for upgrades. Additional “under the hood” details include:
Standard ATX motherboard, 1 kilowatt 80PLUS power supply, and clean cable management for easy component upgrades
Large, quiet pulse width modulation (PWM) fans
Support for the new Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA), enabling real-time and complete PC performance management, while delivering new control and monitoring features for thermal, electric and acoustic characteristics.