It's no secret that we continue to get questions from XPS 700 customers from the blog and on the Dell Community Forum. Sorry for the delay in getting details out for folks who have been asking. Later this month, Dell will introduce a BIOS update for XPS 700 that will enable the following: Update: Version 1.1.6 of the XPS 700 BIOS is now available for download. It enables the following:
As most of you know, Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX 6700 Quad-core processor will ship soon. Several of you have asked if this new processor will work on your existing XPS 700 motherboard. I'm still working through some details on this—will have a more extensive update on this soon.
Update: Here’s what our development team had to say. Based on Intel’s current design guidelines, the Intel Quad Core Extreme Processor should work on the XPS 700 motherboard. However, Intel revised the design guidelines for boards to be compatible with this quad core processor to decrease the signal impedance of the front side bus. This is different from the board specifications on the XPS 700. Also, Intel specifies that the Quad Core Extreme Processor needs 4 GTLREFs (GTLREF is reference voltage to the CPU front side bus to recognize signals as high or low for data coming to the bus) and the XPS 700 board has only two references. Intel’s revised design guidelines for the signal impedance change and the requirement for two additional GTLREFs to support its Quad Core processor caused Dell to make system-level board changes that have been implemented with the new XPS 710. With those changes, Intel’s new quad-core processors are fully supported on the XPS 710.
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Readers have also asked about SLI memory support—no change at this point. We’re investigating making changes to the BIOS to enable this support but currently, we only support memory up to 667MHz, but it can be overclocked via nTune. I know we've only covered the Automatic overclocking portion of nTune up to this point. In the future, we’ll cover advanced overclocking on the blog.
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Thanks for finally getting information about an update. Why is it that Dell refuses to communicate with us about the XPS 700? Pictures posted on the forum clearly show that the XPS 700 mobo has a 570SLI chip and a NF4 chip. How does this add up to a 590 chipset? I know that Nvidia released a real dog with the 590 chipset, but communication could have made life much better for XPS 700 owners. I have been a Dell fan for years, but my faith in Dell has taken a great hit with this machine. I really hope there is a full featured XPS mobo in the future with a 680i chipset or better. Otherwise my beautiful XPS case is going out to the curb.
ANY NEWS ON BTX MOBOS OR SPECIAL CABLES??
http://forums.us.dell.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=xps_desk_genhdw&message.id=36073What about this?
Why no BIOS level OC on the extreme CPU's like the 710 and 600 has and the 700 has for pentium extreme cpu's?
This was another major oversight that they somehow forgot, again.
Should I pull my heatsink and realy see?? Im losing faith in Dell way more than I ever thought I could. I only THOUGHT I was at rock bottom.
When will you start offering the GeForce 8800? Alienware has it.