updated 03:26 pm EDT, Wed May 2, 2012
New Ivy Bridge Dell desktop ranges ship in mid-May
In addition to making official the Special Edition 15R leaked earlier, along with the smaller 14R, Dell on Tuesday also announced XPS 8500 and Vostro 470 desktop PC families. Both feature Intel's third-generation Core-series processors, dubbed Ivy Bridge. Meant for gamers, graphics professionals, or movie editors, the XPS 8500 desktops are offered with either a 3.1GHz Quad Core i5 3450 or 3.4GHz Quad Core i7 3770.
Otherwise, available graphics cards include a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT620 or 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7570, as well as 2GB AMD Radeon HD 7770 or 7870. There is 4G of RAM in base models, though up to 16GB can be optioned. The standard 1TB hard drive can be upgraded up to 3TB, with a 256GB SSD available to speed boot times and common tasks as well. The PCs can be had in black or white with chrome trim. Prices start at $750, and the desktops start shipping on May 18.
The business-oriented Vostro 470 mini-tower desktops get a standard 3.10GHz Core i5 3450 chip and offer a 3.40GHz Core i7 3770. Integrated graphics are standard fare, though business can opt for the 1GB GeForce GT620 or 1GB Radeon HD 7570. The standard 4GB of RAM can be doubled, while the standard 500MB hard drive can be replaced with 1TB and 2TB hard drives and smaller capacity SSDs. A 350W power supply gives some headroom for upgrades. The Vostro 470s start at $550 and ship on May 23.
The Special Edition 14R and 15R are now available in some Asian markets. They will arrive elsewhere in the world in the coming weeks as well.