Dell not dropping AMD, to unveil triple-core systems

Posted on Sunday, Feb 17 2008 @ 21:30 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
TG Daily claims Dell will unveil new AMD-based systems with triple-core processors on February 19:
Dell has developed a new line of AMD-based machines for businesses under the OptiPlex brand. At first sight, you won’t see a lot of changes from the old Dimensions C and E series, which were the first AMD system from Dell. The new features are under the hood.

Code-named “Heineken”, the official names of these new computers will be OptiPlex 740 and 740 Enhanced. The OptiPlex 740 comes with either a single or a dual-core Athlon 64 and GeForce 6150LE graphics/chipset combinations. The 740 Enhanced introduces triple-core and quad-core Phenom processors. These Phenoms are mounted on GeForce 6150LE/nForce 430 motherboards, but oddly enough, Dell will not use an integrated graphics subsystem.

The manufacturer opted to continue to use the old motherboard, while the graphics subsystem will be Nvidia’s Quadro NVS 210S, a decent entry-level card for the multi-monitor era. One of the more interesting system specs is the number of USB 2.0 ports, which is set at seven (the Intel-based OptiPlex 745 features eight ports).

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