|Round Rock (TX) - Still think that Dell is dropping AMD? Think again: TG Daily got to the bottom of the Dell/AMD rumors and discovered that Dell is far from dropping its AMD line-up. In fact, there will be a surprise in new products scheduled for a global launch next week, on February 19.
Dell has developed a new line of AMD-based machines for businesses under the OptiPlex brand. At first sight, you won't see a lot of changes from the old Dimensions C and E series, which were the first AMD system from Dell. The new features are under the hood.
Code-named "Heineken", the official names of these new computers will be OptiPlex 740 and 740 Enhanced. The OptiPlex 740 comes with either a single or a dual-core Athlon 64 and GeForce 6150LE graphics/chipset combinations. The 740 Enhanced introduces triple-core and quad-core Phenom processors. These Phenoms are mounted on GeForce 6150LE/nForce 430 motherboards, but oddly enough, Dell will not use an integrated graphics subsystem.
The manufacturer opted to continue to use the old motherboard, while the graphics subsystem will be Nvidia's Quadro NVS 210S, a decent entry-level card for the multi-monitor era. One of the more interesting system specs is the number of USB 2.0 ports, which is set at seven (the Intel-based OptiPlex 745 features eight ports).
We expect these two machines to end up in thousands of cubicles and offices around the world, but Dell has more plans with AMD. There are new AMD consumer systems scheduled for launch in the upcoming back-to-school period, in line with the announcement of the Peruses platform - which is a combination of AMD's triple-core or quad-core Phenom processor, AMD's new chipset as well as ATI RV7x0 based graphics cards: The RV740 will be at the entry level and the RV770 + R700 on the high end.