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05/02/2012

Dell rolls out new Ivy Bridge-powered desktops

Vostro3Dell is sticking to its guns when it comes to desktops, rolling out two new Ivy Bridge-powered desktops packed with speed.

The company just announced the XPS 8500 and Vostro 470 Desktops featuring Intel’s third-generation quad-core processors, also known as Ivy Bridge CPUs.

Intel’s Ivy Bridge procs have been touted as having great processing power and power-sipping energy consumption – ideal in desktops or laptops alike.

When it comes to brawn, these Intel i5 and i7 processors pack quad-core power designed to blast through high-end graphics (3D design, gaming, etc.) and basic web design.

Dell’s XPS 8500 is designed for the creative types, wrapped in a sexy chassis (either black or white with chrome trim).

Performance-minded users will appreciate the USB 3.0 interface for quickly transferring videos, pictures and other files, along with a solid-state hard drive option. A plethora of dedicated video cards are also available, although some might argue about the strength of the Ivy Bridge’s built-in graphics capabilities.

Users can also opt for a hefty 3 TB drive and up to 16 GB in RAM.

Meanwhile, the Vostro 470 sports a more restrained configuration, configurable with only a couple of video card options and up to 8 GB of DDR 3 RAM.

Both desktops are quite graciously configured and aimed at the power user, although they wouldn’t have any problem completing light Facebook and email duties. It’s just that these have the muscle – and the looks – to do so.  

Prices start at $749 for the XPS 8500 and $549 for the Vostro 470.

Which features do you want in your next computer?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

 

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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