The Fastest of the Fast

Five slightly more affordable, almost as powerful and more readily available 600MHz machines:

Dell Dimension XPS T600

Digital Star PowerPro P3-600B

Gateway Performance 600

IBM Aptiva 75A

Peripherals Plus Intel PIII 600

Dell Dimension XPS T600

Driven by a Pentium III Coppermine processor running at 600MHz, this machine achieved a score almost 6 per cent faster than its nearest 600MHz counterpart, reaching 269 in PC WorldBench 98. This gain in performance can be largely attributed to the 0.18 micron manufacturing process of the processor as well as its 128KB of integrated Level 1 cache. Also helping this machine in the performance stakes is a GeForce256 graphics adapter, which managed to clock super-high frame rates of 137 in Quake II and 81 in KingPin, at a resolution of 1024 x 768. The GeForce256 displays its output on a 17in Dell monitor boasting a viewable area greater than 16in. A Sound Blaster Live Value sound card is used to output sound to the Altec Lansing ACS-340 speaker system, which comprises two satellites and a sub-woofer. These speakers are great for games as well as DVD movies. When viewing the case which houses the components it becomes evident that Dell takes TCO seriously. The case requires no tools to open and includes the famous Dell status lights on the back panel to assist in over-the-phone end user troubleshooting. The Dimension XPS T600 provides adequate expandability should you need to upgrade.

Configuration: Intel Pentium III 600MHz CPU, 128MB SDRAM, 20GB hard drive, 32MB GeForce256 graphics adapter.

Extra features: 17in Dell M780 monitor, 8x DVD-ROM drive, 3Com USRobotics internal 56Kbps modem, SB Live Value sound card, Altec Lansing speakers, MS Works Suite 99, McAfee VirusScan.

Price: $3634

Warranty: 3 years/1 year on-site

Vendor: Dell

Phone: 1800 335 502

URL: www.dell.com.au

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Elias Plastiras

Elias Plastiras

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