New High-Performance Dell Desktops, Workstations Deliver Benefits Via Customer-Inspired Design Enhancements; New XPS, Dimension and Dell Precision Systems Feature Performance-Enhancing Technologies, High Levels of Service and Support

Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) today extended the breadth of its desktop and workstation products with three new systems designed to enhance performance, scalability and the overall customer experience. Two new desktops -- the XPS(TM) 410 and Dimension(TM) 9200 -- and the Dell Precision(TM) 390 Workstation offer custom-built configurations including Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo and Extreme processors to deliver dramatic performance improvements for applications ranging from 3-D entertainment to 3-D engineering design.

The XPS 410 and Dimension 9200 can achieve up to 30 percent better performance for productivity, 35 percent enhanced management of digital photos, videos and music and 47 percent better gaming performance(a). The Precision 390 Workstation can deliver improvements up to 63 percent in compute performance, up to 56 percent in application benchmarks and up to 88 percent in graphics performance for computer-aided design (CAD), architectural engineering and digital content creation versus the comparable Extreme Edition processor on the Dell Precision 380(b).

"Dell's direct customer relationships enable us to deliver the right features faster than anyone in the industry, which allows customers to do more with their technology today," said Jeff Clarke, senior vice president, Dell Product Group. "The new XPS, Dimension and Dell Precision systems highlight Dell's desktop product leadership and ability to provide enhanced system design and performance with high levels of application certification and service."

Dell XPS 410 and Dimension 9200: Total Multimedia Performance

With options for Intel Core 2 Duo processors and advanced NVIDIA(R) and ATI(R) graphics, AGEIA(R) physics accelerators and data protection utilities, the XPS 410 consumer and Dimension 9200 small-business desktop are the ideal hubs for home entertainment or office productivity. The desktops' silver and white chassis implement Dell QuietCase(TM) and BTX technologies to help keep the system running quietly and cool in nearly any environment. The tool-less chassis makes it easy to add, upgrade and replace parts.

Along with the Dimension E310, E510, 3100, and 5150 desktops, the new systems also offer factory-installed Dell DataSafe(TM) options to help protect digital content and data and easily retrieve accidentally deleted files.

Customers can get problems resolved quickly with comprehensive Dell support, including complimentary DellConnect(TM) remote assistance that enables a technician to troubleshoot and help solve issues over a high-speed broadband connection during the lifetime of the customer's limited warranty(e). The XPS 410 offers consumers XPS concierge-level sales and support service including prioritized call queues with specially trained hardware technicians. The Dimension 9200 desktop's service options provide small businesses with resolution management by a single account manager, collaborative support for third-party products and regular notification of system updates.

XPS 410 and Dimension 9200 Highlights:

-- Up to 4 GB(c) dual-channel DDR2 800 MHz memory

-- Up to two SATA hard drives including 160 GB(d) (7,200 and 10,000 RPM), 250 GB, and 500 GB capacities with DataSafe data protection options

-- Ports include two front and six back USB ports, optional 13-in-1 media card reader, and optional front 1394

-- Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home, Pro and Media Center Edition 2005 operating systems; Microsoft Vista capability(f)

Dell Precision 390: Flexible Design, Maximum Performance for the Price

The Dell Precision 390 continues Dell's drive to deliver maximum performance for the price, complementing the recently announced Dell Precision 690 and 490 desktop workstations. In addition to the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors, the Dell Precision 390 Workstation features high-performance OpenGL graphics to manipulate high-resolution images and deliver dramatic performance improvements.

The Dell Precision 390 also incorporates an improved chassis that provides excellent flexibility for deployment or redeployment. For example, customers can easily convert between a tower and desktop configuration and, because the chassis is rack-mountable, it can be ideal for larger, networked deployments. Large front bezel vents and a new real-time thermal sensor help improve airflow to better manage system thermals. The real-time thermal sensor also helps improves fan efficiency for an average 20 percent improvement in idle acoustics.

Dell Precision customers can also take advantage of increased efficiency and customization with Dell's new Advanced Configuration Services. At time of purchase, customers can modify and customize the standard Dell operating system and configurations of the systems they're ordering.

Dell Precision 390 Highlights:

-- Scalable architecture performance with front side bus that scales from single core 800 MHz to dual core 1,066 MHz and 2 MB to 4 MB L2 cache

-- Memory scalability up to 8 GB(c)

-- A range of SATA and SAS hard drives up to 750 GB(d) including RAID functionality, and configurable for up to four hard drives, with RAID configuration possible with two or more drives

-- NVIDIA(R) and ATI graphics options for excellent graphics performance

Pricing and Availability

The new highly expandable Dimension and XPS desktops are expected to ship by late August. The XPS 410 is available to U.S. consumers starting at $1,595 and the Dimension 9200 desktops are available worldwide priced at $1,674. Gamers in North America, Europe and Japan can also add Core 2 Duo and Extreme processors to the currently available XPS 700 gaming desktop starting at $2,320.

The Dell Precision 390, certified on many of the workstation industry's most demanding CAD, CAE, DCC and other applications, is available today worldwide. Prices start at $1,050.

Dell will also offer Core 2 Duo mobile processors in a variety of Dell Precision, Latitude, Inspiron and XPS mobile platforms at the end of August.

For more product information, visit www.dell.com/xps, www.dell.com/dimension and www.dell.com/precision. Information on services is available at www.dell.com/services and product photography is available at www.dell.com/photos.

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services they trust and value. Uniquely enabled by its direct business model, Dell sells more systems globally than any computer company, placing it No. 25 on the Fortune 500. Company revenue for the past four quarters was $56.7 billion. For more information, visit http://www.dell.com. To get Dell news direct, visit http://www.dell.com/RSS.

Pricing, specifications, availability, and terms of offers may change without notice. Taxes, fees, shipping, handling and any applicable restocking charges are extra, and vary.

Dell, XPS, Dimension, DataSafe, DellConnect, Latitude, Inspiron and Dell Precision are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.

(a) Office productivity measurements show a 28.1% performance gain for the XPS 410 configured with the Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.40GHz) versus one with the comparatively priced Pentium D 960 Processor. Based on the SysMark 2004 benchmark tests performed by Dell Labs in June 2006 on the XPS 410: Processors as Specified, Dual Channel DDR2 667 2x 512 MB memory, Windows XP Pro SP2 OS, NV 7900 GTX graphics card, 2x 250GB HD Raid 0, onboard audio (no Audio Card). Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

Storing photos, downloading music and creating other multimedia content 34.9% better with the XPS 410 configured with the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.40GHz) processor versus one with the comparatively priced Pentium D 960 Processor. Based on the SysMark 2004 Content Creation benchmark tests performed by Dell Labs in June 2006 on the XPS 410: Processors as Specified, Dual Channel DDR2 667 2x 512 MB memory, Windows XP Pro SP2 OS, NV 7900 GTX graphics card, 2x 250GB HD Raid 0, onboard audio (no Audio Card). Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

The XPS 410 configured with the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4GHz) shows 46.7% performance gains versus one with the Pentium D 960 Processor on the Fear Benchmark. Based on the Fear benchmark tests performed by Dell Labs in June 2006 on the XPS 410/Dimension 9200: Processors as Specified, Dual Channel DDR2 667 2x 512 MB memory, Windows XP Pro SP2 OS, NV 7900 GTX graphics card, 2x 250GB HD Raid 0, onboard audio (no Audio Card). Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability.

(b) Performance gains based on preliminary SPEC benchmark testing performed by Dell Labs in March 2006 on the Dell Precision 390 with an Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 2.93GHz processor, 4MB L2 cache and 1066MHz FSB, 4GB DDR2 533 NECC memory, 80GB SATA 7200RPM HDD, and Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Pro SP2 as compared to the Dell Precision 380 with an Intel Extreme Edition 3.73GHz processor with 2x2MB L2 cache and 1066MHz FSB, 4GB DDR2 NECC memory, 80GB SATA 7200RPM HDD, Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability. Preliminary benchmarks, subject to change.

SPEC(R) and the benchmark name SPECjbb(R) are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. For the latest SPECjbb2005 benchmark results, visit http://www.spec.org/jbb2005.

(c) The total amount of usable memory available will be less, depending on the actual system configuration. To utilize more than 4GB of memory requires a 64-bit operating system.

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

(e) For a copy of our guarantees or limited warranties, please write Dell USA L.P., Attn: Warranties, One Dell Way, Round Rock, TX 78682. For more information, visit www.dell.com/warranty.

(f) Based on currently available information from Microsoft. Requirements subject to change. Microsoft requires that a PC have a modern processor and 512MB RAM to be included in the Windows Vista Capable PC program. Since the operating system and drivers are not final, Windows Vista has not been tested on all user configurations. Please visit www.dell.com/vista for more information.

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