Dell announced three new Optiplex desktops, a new small form factor all-in-one design, and an update to its Precision workstation line at its business product event today.
The new Optiplex models include the 990, the 790, and the 390. The systems are also designed to be tool-free, and Dell says that 10 percent of each model is recyclable, and that customers can request PVC-free motherboards.
The Optiplex 390 starts at $650 and uses Intel's H61 chipset. CPU options range from the previous generation's (aka, non-Sandy Bridge) quad-core Core i5 and dual-core Core i3 down to Intel Pentium and Celeron dual core. You can upgrade the graphics chip to AMD Radeon HD 6350 or HD 6450. For operating systems, you can have various iterations of Windows 7 and Windows Vista, as well as Ubuntu Linux and FreeDOS for the N-series system.
For the Optiplex 790, Dell offers similar specifications as the 390, but with the higher-end Q65 Express chipset, as well as the option for Core i7 Sandy Bridge CPUs that offer eight-core processing through Intel's HyperThreading technology.
For the 990 series, the options are also similar to those of the 790 and the 390, although it uses Intel's Q67 chipset. It's more or less identical to the Q65, but the Q67 has two Serial ATA III data inputs, where the Q65 only has one. Dell also offers Intel vPro remote management compatibility with certain CPU selections on the Optiplex 990. Aside from the one higher-end graphics card option on this model, the Radeon HD 6670 for the midtower chassis, the hardware and software options are identical to those of the 790.
For the Precision T1600 workstation, Dell says it is positioning this new model as a 2D/entry-level 3D system. It comes with a single CPU socket, and will support either Intel Sandy Bridge or Xeon E3-1200 series CPUs running on an Intel C206 chipset. Graphics options include discrete cards AMD and Nvidia, and OS options range from Windows 7 and Windows Vista to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Ubuntu Linux. Like the Optiplex systems, the new Precision case is also tool-free.
Dell also confirmed that none of these systems is scheduled to ship in the next 30 to 45 days, and thus should go out with the updated version of Intel's Cougar Point Sandy Bridge-compatible chipset. The original version of Cougar Point, which launched in the beginning of January, was recalled recently because of a flaw in the chip controlling the Serial ATA II data ports.