Dell's Quad SLI , 4.26GHz, Dual Core XPS Renegade System

The most surprising announcement of the day from Dell was the limited edition Dimension XPS 600 Renegade system.

Based on Intel's Pentium Extreme Edition 955 and the nForce4 SLI X16 Intel Edition chipset, this is the first Dell that will undoubtedly outperform just about anything we've seen to date.

For starters, the Pentium Extreme Edition 955 that is used in the Renegade is unlocked and Dell increased the default clock multiplier from 13.0x (3.46GHz) up to 16.0x for a factory overclocked speed of 4.26GHz - warrantied.

To cool the dual core processor running at 4.26GHz, Dell resorted to an absolutely huge copper heatsink which you can see pictured below:

We were surprised to see that no water cooling was employed, but given that we're talking about a 65nm Presler core it's not too surprising. If Dell is able to reach 4.26GHz and warranty it, we'd expect most avid overclockers will be able to do the same with proper cooling.

As if the extremely overclocked CPU wasn't enough to begin with, NVIDIA stepped in and outfitted the system with two dual-GPU GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB cards, for a total of four GPUs running in SLI mode with 2GB of total on-board memory.


The shipping version will feature Quad-SLI, not pictured above

The system will also ship with two Western Digital 150GB 10,000RPM Raptor drives.

The icing on the cake is that each and every system features a hand painted chassis and Dell will only produce a limited number of them. No word on pricing or quantities on the system, although Dell tells us that it should be available to order sometime this quarter.

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  • at80eighty - Friday, January 06, 2006 - link

    while 'fugly' is debateable - to me, the last pic on page 2 - of the rig in flames , is frickin perfect on two levels

    1) Blazing performance
    2) Reminds you that you'll need a fire hydrant handly in case that baby blows up :-)
    Reply
  • at80eighty - Friday, January 06, 2006 - link

    while 'fugly' is debateable - to me, the last pic on page 2 - of the rig in flames , is frickin perfect on two levels

    1) Blazing performance
    2) Reminds you that you'll need a fire hydrant handly in case that baby blows up :-)
    Reply
  • Tanclearas - Friday, January 06, 2006 - link

    QFT Reply
  • WoodenPupa - Friday, January 06, 2006 - link

    What are the power requirements of a quad SLI?? Reply
  • Cygni - Friday, January 06, 2006 - link

    Each dual 7800 card requires an external power brick, which takes a huge ammount of strain off of the PSU. In effect, it doesnt have to power the most power hungry item in any case, the graphics card. The PSU is actually mounted in the front of the case, beneath the HD's and CDROM drives, underneath the Dell logo panel. There is one PSU, but its likely quite a beast. Reply
  • Xenoterranos - Friday, January 06, 2006 - link

    What's the total power draw of that Dell Renegade?! four pentium cores, 4 nvidia gpu's, and 2 10,000 raptors!? The thing must come with dual PSU's to boot! Reply
  • Iv3RSoN - Friday, January 06, 2006 - link

    dunno bout the power requirements - must be heaps lol. But i see this as kinda a publicity move - ordinary ppl see how fast this comp is 4 games then they think dell comps r really good and go buy one of their more budgeted offerings Reply

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