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By Scott Ferguson  |  Posted 2006-11-08 Print this article Print

In the corporate desktop space, Dell is unveiling the first of its AMD-powered OptiPlex systems. These new desktops are geared toward business users. Key to the new desktops is the improved energy efficiency they offer, Waugh said. The enhanced efficiency could save enterprises as much as $50 per desktop per year, a large number considering some of the larger businesses can field as many as 20,000 desktops, she said.
The OptiPlex 740 is Dells first business desktop to come with AMD processors. The company is offering both the dual-core AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ and single-core 3500+ processors.
The Athlon single-core processor runs at 2.2GHz, while the dual-core runs at 2.6GHz. The desktops start at $658 with the single-core and then increase to a base price of $725 for the dual-core. The OptiPlex comes with 512MB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive. The memory can be increased to 4GB, while the hard drive can increase to as much as 250GB. The AMD-based OptiPlex comes in both a desktop and minitower design, and Dell officials said they will offer an 18-month product life-cycle support package. In addition to its AMD-based desktop, Dell rolled out the OptiPlex 320 desktop, which uses Intels Pentium D dual-core processor, which runs at 3.4GHz. The 320 comes with 256MB of RAM standard and an 80GB hard drive. The starting price, according to Dell, is $585. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.


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