For those who need 2GB of GPU Memory
If you have deep pockets then you might want to consider the Dell XPS 600 Renegade for your next gaming system. Not only is it the first Quad-SLI computer on the market it is also personally signed by Mike Lavellee (Killer Paint) and Michael Dell (The founder of Dell)! The system features the brand new Intel Pentium 955 Extreme Edition processor that has been overclocked from 3.46GHz to 4.26GHz, 2GB DDR2 memory at 667MHz, and of course two dual 1GB GeForce 7800 video cards.
IF you look really closely in the above picture you can see the signiture we talked about on the lower right hand side of the case door. When LR first saw the Dell XPS 600 Renegade at the Intel booth they mentioned for us to feel the level of heat coming from the system at idle, which we did and it was a bit warm. When we got over to the nVidia booth where the picture above was taken it was being used to game on and the case door was open. While we didn't put two and two together it would be interesting to see how hot this system gets with the case door on and Quake 4 played for hours on end!
After playing some Quake 4, we got a chance to see what the cards look like up close. In the above image you can see that this system uses four individual PCB's that each have 512MB of GDDR3 memory on board. Each card has a single slot heat sink and fan that directs the hot air from the card out of the system.
Looking down on the cards you can really get a feel for their length and the tight spacing between each PCB. See those two PCIe power connectors on the right side of each 1GB SLI card? Let's take a closer look at the power delivery and consumption of these babies.
Quad-SLI Brings New Meaning To Power Consumption
Once we got over the initial shock of the the Quad-SLI cards we started to think about power consumption. After taking a closer look at the 4 Printed Circuit Boards (PCB's) we noticd that only two of the cards had the 6-Pin PCIe power connector. Knowing that these nVidia GeForce 7800 512's need more power than what was shown we looked even closer.
After moving over to the working Dell XPS 600 Renegade system we looked at the back we noticed a couple extra cables plugged into the video card that didn't look normal. They were not your normal VGA or DVI type ends.
So we looked under the table top and saw this:
Each video dual video card is connected to another power supply to feed the cards the power they need to perform their best. We spoke to nVidia about the power consumption of the system and we were suprised, but not shocked when they told us it needs 850 Watts. The Dell XPS model on display came with a 650 Watt power supply for the system and then each video card gets additional power from these individual 12V power adapters made by Delta Electronics Inc (model # ADP-150BB B). If it looks like an AC Adapter (12v 12.5A output) that a notebook would use don't worry, because that is what it is. Each of these are rated at 150W by Delta Electronics. Adding the 300W from the video card AC/DC Adapters and the 650W from the ATX Power Supply we get a system with 950W of power! If you drive a Toyota Pirus this is not the system for you! Then again after hearing that Dell will be selling these system for $7,000 to $8,000 when launched we don't think many of our readers are going to be running out and buying one right away.
In closing here is one last look at the Dell XPS 600 Renegade at the Intel booth. The paint job on the case is really amazing and is even better in person. If you have the money to spend and want Quad-SLI then this is your system. We asked nVidia if they were going to sell these cards to the public and they informed us that it is a Dell exclusive and that we shouldn't expect it in the near future. As always corporate muscle reigns supreme at the end of the day.