Do your first person shooters seem a little sluggish? Are the graphics just not realistic enough? Does the paint job on your gaming box leave you, maybe, wanting more?
Dell has the solution for you, in the form of its high-end, limited edition XPS 600 Renegade system built around a lot of fast hardware and the Ageia PhysX processor. Dell showed the system at 2006’s CES show earlier this year, and is now taking orders from gamers who must have the latest and greatest, and for whom price is no object: Dell XPS 600 Renegade pricing starts at $9,930, but we’re assured that does include the black-and-orange flames custom paint job by Killer Paint‘s Mike Lavallee.
The XPS 600 Renegade includes a Dell 3007WFP 30-inch widescreen flat panel monitor, driven by Nvidia Quad SLI technology with four 7900 graphics processors on two controllers, with 2GB of graphics memory and the capability to run applications at resolutions of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels. The heart of the Renegade is a Pentium 965 Extreme Edition dual core processor factory overclocked up to 4.26 GHz, a Sound Blast X-Fi Fatality sound card with front-side controller, dual 160 GB 10,000 rpm Western Digital drives in a RAID 0 configuration, plus a Western Digital 400 GB 7,200 rpm hard drive, plus 2GB of dual-channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667 MHz and two DIMM slots.
Need more? The XPS 600 Renegade comes with a DVD recorder and DVD-ROM, Klipsch Pro Media 5.1 speakers or Logitech Z-5500 500 watt 5.1 digital surround speakers, Saitek Eclipse Night-Vision red keyboard, a Logitech G5 laser mouse, 2 DVI outs and 1 S-video output, 2 Firewire/1394 ports, a whopping 10 USB 2.0 ports (2 front, 6 back, 2 internal), 7.1 audio output with front-side headphone and mic jacks, gigabit Ethernet, 2 PS/2 ports, 1 serial port, 3 PCi slots, 1 PCIE x1 slot, 2 PCIE x16 slots, and numerous available drive bays. Operating system? Windows XP Professional, and Dell offers a year of email, chat, and phone support. And lets not forget that 30-inch flatscreen display.
The Ageia PhysX processor is designed to simulate dynamic motion and object interaction on a massive scale, so games can integrate support for complex characters, enormous numbers of moving objects, and more life-like environments. Games must specifically support the PhysX processor, but that support has already been announced for specific titles by NCSoft, Epic Games, Ubisoft, and Cryptic Studios.
Gamers may debate whether the whole Dell XPS 600 Renegade system is worth paying $10,000 or more, but you can bet they’re all lining up to check it out at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose.