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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  • VooDooAddict - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    I forgot to add that I would sertiously consider something like that for purchase ... right now I build all my own PCs. Something like that is NOT something I could build on my own.

    The only thing that might keep me away is Dell's comsumer software load. The buisness PCs (Optiplex) have a much cleaner load.
  • Xenoterranos - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    Has no one here ever tried to build a briefcase PC? The only thing I couldn't get working in mine was a battery. The second one I built worked fine off a battery, but being powered by a VIA Eden CPU didn't make for the best Counterstrike:Source play in the world.
  • s2kpacifist - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    The Dell Transportable is a very nice idea, probably influenced by modders (suitcase mod anyone?) While appealing, I think they can take one step further and make a barebones system in addition to the version they showed at CES. Having the option of installing and upgraded your own vid cards/RAM/cpu would be a huge draw...and provide fierce competition for shuttle/SFF/Viiv/HTPCs. This would also be a godsend for LAN gamers everywhere, as someone mentioned above.

    I'm not sure if that wireless rechargeable keyboard is necessary. Most gamers would be using a nicer one, regular users would be lazy enough to not charge their keyboard, and media users would probably be using the remote when afar, rather than the keyboard. As for the battery, it can be good and bad, I can't really decide.
  • LoneWolf15 - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    It doesn't say, but if the Dell Transportable has a TV tuner in it, then it'd rock. As a college student, you could buy it as a all-in-one dorm solution. As an adult, it'd be a fully portable DVR/HTPC.
  • UzairH - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    ONE GTX 512 is a beast, imagine 4 of them. And the 4.26 GHz 955 Presler isn't so bad - I'd say it should match the 4800+ in most apps - remember the recent AT review of the 955 - at default clock speeds it was slightly slower or sometimes faster than the 4800+. Of course the question is how much does this monster rig cost?
  • Xenoterranos - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    Well, overcloked like that, it would easily match and exceede a 4800+'s performance, but in a simillarly configured AMD system, there'd be no comparison.
  • OCedHrt - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    What are the other specifications for this? How come this information is never available from Dell when they release a new laptop. Screen size? Weight? Etc.
  • keitaro - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    The Quad-SLI thing is rather interesting but would this actually be beneficial in any way? The games probably won't show much of a big difference in framerate given the CPU but one has to wonder what games can truly push the GPU enough to really need 4 to see any benefits from it. I'm all for overboard and extreme stuff but I question the practicality of it. Expensive, high heat output, and high power consumption, three things that don't go together very well...

    Unfortunately, I would sell off the CPU, motherboard, and RAM... only to have it replaced with X2 4800+, 2x1GB RAM, and the best SLI motherboard one can get. At least with that setup, the system would perform better and won't eat up as much power.... tho I ponder if that'll make a difference in the end considering quad-SLI. Ugh...
  • grank0 - Sunday, January 8, 2006 - link

    I know why you need 4 CPU cores--it's to handle all the crapware in the background they preinstall. Did you see the HardOCP review, which was linked by slashdot? They reviewed an XPS400:">

    "The Bottom Line – 4/10"
    "The system itself is a decent gaming platform and the hardware was well built."
    "But we couldn’t even install one of the most popular games on the market, Sims 2, and trying to play other popular games would lock up the system and gaming sessions, when they would run, would get interrupted."
    "The pre-installed programs that Dell chose to include on its computer were almost certainly the cause of all these problems"
  • poohbear - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    dude, if u're gonna drop cash on a sys like that, u could care less about heat output, price, and electricity bills. It's like ppl who buy hummers are'nt concerned about gas prices, it's pennies to them.

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