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The latching mechanism still irritates us; it requires you to press buttons on both the top and the underside of the case. When you finally pry it open, the case takes up more desk space compared to a standard tower case with a removable side panel.

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It's not until you open the Dimension that you'll be able to see the new features of Intel's X Express chipset. Once your eye leaves the processor's huge heat sink, you'll discover one of the prime benefits of the chipset: The Dimension comes with one full-length 16X PCIe slot for the graphics card and one smaller 1X PCIe slot for upgrades such as Gigabit Ethernet cards and others, though cards for the 1x port have not yet been released. It holds down the Dell Dimension 8400 Intel SATA sink.

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Despite the extreme cooling tactics, the interior of the Dimension is much neater than the Dimension cases we've seen. The X chipset minimizes cable clutter by moving to the smaller Serial ATA cables for connecting hard drives, leaving only one IDE channel and its cumbersome ribbon cable for your optical drives. That's right, we said terabyte. Dell Dimension 8400 Intel SATA

You'll find no Dell Dimension 8400 Intel SATA drive installed in the Dimensionbut sadly, Dell also offers no media-card reader to aid interfacing with digital cameras and other devices. A flip-up panel on the front of the system hides an additional pair of USB 2. You'll also find a pair of additional USB 2. An early adopter's delight, the Dell Dimension offers the same high-end flexibility as the Dimension but with a bevy of new components.

Thanks to Intel's new X Express chipset, Dell is able to incorporate a 3. As is often the case with new PC technology, the hardware is significantly ahead of the software, so while these new parts have the potential to boost performance, and indeed the Dimension 's benchmark scores place it among the fastest PCs we've ever seen, you can expect even to reap greater benefits from the system as more-demanding software apps hit the market. In the meantime, there's very little that the Dimension can't handle already. Connected to the system's Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 sound card, the speakers produced crisp, nuanced audio on our tests.

That Dell included a discrete sound card instead of relying on the X's new embedded 7. Keep an eye out for our upcoming analysis of the Azalea sound chip compared to Dell Dimension 8400 Intel SATA audio solutions in the coming months.


This amount might seem Dell Dimension 8400 Intel SATA more storage than you'd ever need, but each of the motherboard's four Serial ATA channels can support up to a GB hard drive, which means that GB represents less than 20 percent of the Dimension 's storage potential. Rarely more than four, but I can see the need for more, and who wants to run out of them?

Customer reviews

This is a very nice feature of this computer. I've seen friends with tangles messes of wires and multiple USB hubs. I don't like that kind of mess. It has Gigabit Ethernet. I run a Gigabit switch in my basement.

When I want to transfer file and do backups, I want speed. Gigabit speeds are a requirement for any computer I own.

Not one of my machines runs on less that this speed. It supports Raid 0 and 1. Using more than one drive increase the disk access time tremendously. I wish I Dell Dimension 8400 Intel SATA this years ago, I'd have set up a stripe set on this machine long ago. The Dell Dimension is the first PC we've tested with Intel's new 74GB 10,rpm Serial ATA; integrated Intel ER SATA RAID.

Solved: Hello all Machine is a Dimension running Win XP Pro This machine has the Intel X Express chipset which makes the SATA.

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