Today, we're launching the air-cooled version of the XPS 720 red chassis in the United States and Canada.
More importantly though, wanted to take a few minutes to shed some light on what customers can expect from the upcoming XPS 700 Exchange program. Lots of you are asking when we will launch it. Unfortunately, I can't have specific dates I can share at this point, but know that we're working as quickly as we can to ensure that the XPS 700 exchange program is a good experience for all of you.
Update, 8/13: The link for the XPS 700 Exchange Program is now live:
Now for the details:
XPS 700 customers are entitled to the following:
XPS 710 customers are entitled to the following:
Hardware kit details:
There will be much more information to come. Soon we will publish pictures of the parts in the hardware kit both on the blog and in the Dell Community Forum. We will also publish a vlog where we will walk you through the actual upgrade process, so you can see exactly what's required.
Lots of folks here know how important this is to many of you. The reality is that this is a very complex process for us to implement and we're taking the time to do this right. We'll keep pushing forward.
In the meantime, thank you for your continued patience.
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Glad to see this getting closer to being implemented. I know you can't give specific dates but are we talking weeks or months?
I know some a really eager to get this, and will likely find a way to complain, but I'll be happy to get the upgrade, whenever it comes. Considering the box I will have after the upgrade will be equivalent for the most part to what dell sells for mega-$$$, I think I can't complain too much!
Thanks for the update guys. However here are some suggestions that you may want to look into:
1) Allow us to purchase the H2C cooling unit and have it installed at the same time as the motherboard. Provides us with another upgrade and provides Dell with some $.
2) Allow us to have a choice between QX6700 and QX6800, it looks like we can only buy the 6700?
3) Provide the improved power button in the upgrade kit, the power button included in the XPS 700 is pretty bad and I still need to call to get it replaced - replacing it at the same time as the motehrboard saves Dell from sending another tech out for this issue for people who call in for motherboard replacements.
Ok great! Now how long until I can request a self install kit?
BTW, Thanks for the update Lionel
Thanks Lionel for the update. Quick question, could we install an Dell H2C system upon the MOBO upgrade? If yes, what would be the best way to buy and could we also get a 25% discount on the chiller?
Also, would we also be able to purchase the QX6800 Quad Core processor at full price if need be (if no discount availalbe)?
XPS 700 X6800 Black Tower
Thanks for the brief update. I would like to request information regarding the i/o panel. I have had to replace the i/o panel on my xps a couple times. To do so, the i/o panel has to be separated from the adhesive shiny plate that has the glassy black effect, (the plate that surrounds the usb ports, headphone ports, and microphone ports). Will the i/o panel come with this shiny adhesive plate or will we have to reuse ours?
Andrew: The kit will come with the shiny adhesive plate. You won't need to re-use yours.
Cool thanks for the update !
any plans for those of us in Europe to purchase a 720 on slightly more level playing field?
Would be nice to get Vista as an option, and pay less than $1400 for an additional 2 MB of RAM! (based on Dell.co.uk spec).
Looking forward to buying one as soon as Dell treat us a bit fairer on this side of the Atlantic.
This new information is welcomed, and I'm glad you are taking the time to do this right! I think you would help settle the anxiety of a lot of people here if you would set up the registration so we could just sign up for it, and not worry about it anymore. A lot of people are concerned that they will miss out on getting in on this. I would like to be able to know that I'm covered, and quit checking this board 5 times a day for updates.
It doesn't seem like it would be a big deal to set up a registration where we could just sign up for it and wait till you are ready to implement, I also go along with the suggestion others have made about upgrading the video card while doing the upgrades. It could help pay for this with another source of profit for you, and we could get it all done at once. A little discount on the new card wouldn't hurt either.
Please consider this option in addition to the quadcore option.
Thanks for your attention!
The current QX6700 price from Dell E&A is about 25% higher them many popular online retailers. I'm pleased this option is available and hope the price comes down a bit before the exchange program starts.