updated 10:35 am EST, Tue November 7, 2006
Dell AMD Optiplex PCs
Dell on Tuesday expanded its range of AMD-based desktops with an entry-level workstation intended for professionals. Available in either a mini-tower or desktop case, the Optiplex 740 can be configured with as much as a 2.6GHz Athlon 64 X2 processor, making the new Optiplex the fastest AMD-based Dell system to date. The system shares the same design principles as its Intel equivalents, including the HyperCool chassis that maintains continuous airflow. A base configuration begins at $549 with a 2.2GHz Athlon 64, 512MB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive and no optical storage in a desktop case. New systems are expected to ship within two weeks.