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


Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Elias Plastiras
Show Comments


Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >


Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >


Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >


Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?