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"The first thing you notice with the Dell case is its uniqueness."

The system came with a pre-installed Windows 95 (Windows98, Windows2000, and WindowsNT 4.0 are also available; OS's like Windows 95 need to be specially ordered). While hardware specs are not what I wanted to concentrate on, here is a list of specs to fill you in on what came with the system (the benchmarks come later).

  • Dell RDRAM based motherboard with Intel's i820 Chipset
  • Pentium III EB 733Mhz /FSB 133, internal 32KB L1 cache, 256 L2 cache
  • Five PCI slots
  • Two IDE 33/66 slots
  • Enhanced IDE S.M.A.R.T II Ultra ATA/66 7200rpm 15Gig hard drive
  • Two RAMBUS slots (128Mb RAM, 512Mb supported)
  • One floppy drive connector, & CD-ROM
  • Integrated NVIDIA TNT2 M64 4xAGP
  • Integrated 3Com 3C920 Integrated Fast Ethernet Controller (3C905C-TX)
  • Integrated SoundMax Digital Audio
  • 2 usb, 2 serial, 1 parallel, 2 PS/2, RJ-45 network port

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Getting Inside

The first thing you notice with the Dell case is its uniqueness. There are essentially no screws holding this case together (which is always a bonus but arises some durability issues). With the side panels removed you can see some of the features that Dell has incorporated into their new style. Shown here is the green release tab for the front panel, as well as the green release tab for the slide out motherboard tray (yes, it slides out horizontally flat).

Here you see another picture of the front of the case with the front removed. It is equipped with rails for your floppy drive and all CD-ROM devices with very easy to use release clips. Some might agree that a case with so much plastic parts would not be satisfactory enough for hauling to LAN parties. While I agree to a certain extent, I think it's an ideal desktop MODDel for someone always needing a challenge and instant access to his or her machine.

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