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Dell XPS 8500, Vostro 470 Desktops Get the Ivy Bridge Boost

Faster computers and laptops are on the way, thanks to a new chipset from Intel called Ivy Bridge, but some companies are already incorporating the new technology into their products, including Dell.

Available today are Dell’s latest desktops, the XPS 8500 and Vostro 470, both of which feature the new Ivy Bridge processors.

The XPS 8500 is designed for those who do a lot of multimedia work, such as editing videos and designing graphics, and is also suitable for gamers. Depending on your needs, you can build your computer with either an Intel Core i5 or i7 quad-core processor, and there are several graphics-card options from AMD Radeon and Nvidia.

To ensure high performance, the XPS 8500 also has USB 3.0 for faster data transfer and various solid-state drive configurations, which will help boost application load and boot-up times.

Meanwhile, the Vostro 470 goes after the small-business segment with its extra security and storage features. The Windows 7 desktop offers up to two terabytes of storage and 12 gigabytes of memory capacity, plus expandability options. It also works with backup services like DataSafe Online Backup.

Like the XPS 8500, the Vostro 470 offers the same processor options and USB 3.0.

One other factor that might attract small businesses to the Vostro 470 is its more affordable price tag. Pricing for the Vostro 470 starts at $549, while the XPS 8500 starts at $749. Both are available now through Dell’s Web site and select retail stores nationwide.


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