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Dell Unveils AMD Six-Core PC

Dell is one of the first major computer makers to introduce a desktop PC powered by Advanced Micro Devices' new six-core processor.

The Dell Studio XPS 7100 is available as of Wednesday with AMD's Phenom II X6 six-core processor. The system is also available with AMD's quad-core Athlon II chip. With the Phenon II X6, the system starts at $699.

Other features of the XPS 7100 include an oversized, 460-watt power supply to support future upgrades to the CPU and AMD's ATI graphics processors. The system supports up to 16 GB of system memory and is available with up to a 4-TB hard disk drive.

AMD introduced the Phenom II X6 in late April. Dell's announcement came the same day the chipmaker launched it latest Vision Technology platforms for desktops and notebooks.

The Vision brand was introduced last year as a way for manufacturers using AMD chips to market consumer systems based on their capabilities instead of technical specifications. The Vision logo indicates an entry-level system, Vision Premium means higher performance for media viewing, Vision Ultimate means the system is also capable of content creation, and Vision Black is placed on the highest end systems aimed at hardcore gamers and computer enthusiasts. The XPS 7100 with a six-core Phenom II XS would fall under the latter category.

"The Studio XPS 7100 desktop, in particular, delivers a nimble, clear, dependable experience for multitasking entertainment activities and multimedia creation," Glen Robson, VP of Dell consumer product marketing, said in a statement.

Dell is not the only computer maker expected to launch Vision-branded computers with AMD's latest technology. Other vendors expected to launch systems in time for the back-to-school shopping season include Acer, Asus, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, MSI and Toshiba.

AMD's latest platforms include the company's chipsets and several options for graphics processors, integrated and discrete, from the company's ATI unit. Available processors for laptops and desktops include the latest Athlon II, Turion II and Phenom II processors.

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