New Dell Desktops Help Boost Performance, Reliability and Can Help Reduce Deployment Cost
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New Dell Desktops Help Boost Performance, Reliability and Can Help Reduce Deployment Cost

MONTE CARLO, Monaco—(BUSINESS WIRE)—June 2, 2005— Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL)

-- Lead-Free(a) Chassis Advance Drive Toward EU RoHS Compliance

Dell(TM) today announced two new OptiPlex(TM) products designed to enhance the deployment flexibility, performance and reliability of the world's best-selling corporate desktop line.(b)

The company's OptiPlex GX520 and GX620 systems introduced today also take steps toward compliance with the European Union (EU) Restriction on the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive by featuring lead-free(a) power supplies, motherboards and chassis.

"The OptiPlex GX520 and GX620 underscore Dell's commitment to directly address real customer needs, be a leader in global environmental standards and support relevant product innovation," said John Medica, senior vice president of Dell's product group. "The new BTX chassis family supports Dell HyperCool technology, dual-core processors, lead-free motherboards and components, as well as new security features that help enable customers to protect their investment."

Dell plans to meet RoHS requirements before the July 2006 deadline. The directive requires that electronics products shipped in the EU eliminate or minimize several chemical compounds, including lead. Dell's Restricted Materials Program prohibits other restricted materials, like cadmium. In addition, Dell already complies with international environmental standards such as GreenPC and Energy Star(R).

Deployment Flexibility, New Chassis, Latest Technology

The OptiPlex GX520 and GX620 also give customers more flexibility to deploy systems based on specific needs. Customers can choose from seven chassis between the two products, including mini-tower, desktop, small and ultra-small (GX620) form factors that offer extensive expandability options. To help make deployments easy and cost effective, the systems share a single software image across all chassis.

The new small form factor chassis can be installed behind an innovative flat-panel monitor for an all-in-one, "zero-footprint" system that maximizes desk space.

The OptiPlex GX520 addresses the needs of the mainstream performance user who requires essential, relevant technology for productivity applications. The system is based on the Intel 945G chipset designed to deliver enhanced performance with new 64-bit(c) capable processors, Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (GMA950) and Execute Disable Bit (XD). The GMA950 can provide an enhanced visual experience with up to approximately two times the performance of previous graphics solutions.(d) The new graphics capabilities help enable future support for the Microsoft(R) operating system code-named "Longhorn," scheduled for release next year. XD is a security feature that can help protect systems by preventing certain classes of viruses.(e)

The OptiPlex GX620 is designed for users who need investment protection and maximum productivity throughout the life of the system. The GX620 shares the GX520's features, but is designed to provide better expandability and performance options. The system also features Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 security technology to help ensure only authorized systems access network data and resources. Dell anticipates that the GX620 will support factory installation of Microsoft Windows(R) XP Professional x64 operating system, as well as dual-core processors, in the next few months.

Continuing Commitment to Reliability, Stability and Money-Saving Services

The integration of BTX design specifications and Dell HyperCool(TM) technology can contribute to reliability by enabling systems to run at cooler temperatures with less fan noise. The new chassis allow tool-less access to internal components, making it easy for customers to service their systems. The GX520 and GX620 also feature Dell DirectDetect(TM), a diagnostic tool that is designed to identify system status. Four LED lights located on the front of the chassis can help Information Technology (IT) personnel quickly identify 16 system health indicators during startup.

Dell continues its commitment to stability with the Stable Image Assurance program that helps assure no forced software image changes will occur.(f) Should a customer's software image require an update, Dell will execute the change through its Custom Factory Integration (CFI) service. Dell leverages process efficiencies, CFI, and deployment services to help customers reduce the cost of refreshing their deployments and maximize uptime.

Technical Specifications for the GX520

-- Intel Pentium 4 and Celeron D processors up to 3.4 GHz

-- 40-160 GB(g) Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives

-- SATA II technology

-- 256 MB-2 GB(i) DDR2 400 and 533 MHz shared(h) RAM

-- Intel GMA 950 graphics

Technical Specification for the GX620

-- Intel Pentium 4 and Celeron D processors up to 3.8 GHz (planned future support for Pentium D processors)

-- 40-250 GB(g) SATA hard drives

-- SATA II technology

-- 256 MB-4 GB(i) DDR2 533 MHz shared(h) RAM

-- 128 MB ATI Radeon(TM) X600 XE, 256 MB ATI Radeon(TM) X600 (dual VGA or DVI planned in the coming months) or Intel GMA 950

-- Optional DVI adapter card

The starting price of the GX520 is $549. The GX620 starts at $579. For more information on the products, visit www.dell.com/optiplex. For product photos, visit www.dell.com/photos. For more information on the new OptiPlex chassis, see www.dell.com/optiplexbtx.

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) is a trusted and diversified information-technology supplier and partner, and sells a comprehensive portfolio of products and services directly to customers worldwide. Dell, recognized by Fortune magazine as America's most admired company and No. 3 globally, designs, builds and delivers innovative, tailored systems that provide customers with exceptional value. Company revenue for the past four quarters was $51.1 billion. For more information about Dell and its products and services, visit www.dell.com.

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(a) Per the EU Restriction on the use of certain Hazardous Substances directive, components contain less than 0.1% lead by weight.

(b) IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, Quarter 1, 2005

(c) Requires 64-bit operating system and application.

(d) Up to two times the graphics performance is based on the FutureMark 3DMark 2005 benchmark test performed by Dell labs in May 2005 on the OptiPlex GX520 with an Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz processor, Intel GMA 950, 512 MB DDR2 RAM, 80 GB SATA Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 as compared with the OptiPlex GX280 with a Pentium 4 3.2 GHz processor, Intel GMA 900, 512 MB DDR2 RAM, 80 GB hard drive, Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2, both with 1280 x 1024 screen resolution. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

(e) When combined with a supporting operating system such as Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2.

(f) Customers must use CFI's Image Deployment Services. A forced image change is one that applies to integrated components and requires user intervention and/or a new driver that is required to implement in order to operate the system effectively. Limitations apply.

(g) For hard drives, GB means 1 billion bytes; actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating environment and will be less.

(h) Up to 224 MB of system memory may be allocated to support graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors.

(i) The total amount of usable memory available will be less depending on the actual system configuration.

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