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What is it like to run Windows Vista on this?

What is it like to run Windows Vista on this?

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Area51 ALX This should get your blood pumping.  I mean, what's it like to run Windows Vista on an overclocked Quad processor like this?  Let's consider the first part of the specs:

  • Intel® Core 2™ Extreme Processor (45nm) with Quad Core Technology
  • Extreme 3.0GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 12MB full speed level 2 Cache.
  • Alienware Factory Over-clocked from 3.0GHz to 4.0GHz
  • Intel® X38™ Chipset
  • Standard 2GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz

Holy cow!  That's a lot of juice my friends.  I wonder how much power it draws when it starts.  See the rest of the technical specs here.  Looks like a wicked fast machine.  The case isn't bad either.

Who's bold enough to order one and not tell the wife, install it and have sitting there glowing at night when she gets up for a drink of water?  Sorry, even I'm not that brave.

I'm guessing the Windows Vista Experience Index on this baby is a 6.0.  It'll be interesting to see what happens when it runs SP1, assuming of course 6.0 is not longer the top score possible.

Bet Michael Dell isn't running Ubuntu on this!!!

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  • Seems like its all about the disk drive in vista.  My machines never seemt o be at the peak for proc/mem but are always "grinding" away.  Even when my machine is sluggish its the disk that is causing it.

    My laptop gets hot enough to cook on usually.  

    Find me a machine where all the data is in RAM and then I'll cheer! ;)

  • Hey Brad,

    Check out some of tweaks I do at the tail end of the post @ http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2007/11/11/installing-windows-vista-x64-on-a-thinkpad-t61p.aspx.  

    Helped a lot on my laptop.

  • Buy one without telling the wife?  I bet this rig runs for north of ten grand.  That's a bit much for an impulse buy... :-)

    Back when I was a high paid contractor I bought a cute little sports-car without my wifes involvement.  lets just say I'll not be doing that again anytime soon.... ;-)

  • Hey Keith, this is the exact same machine that my boss told me to go buy at Microsoft. Actually I think I'll get two just in case one breaks. :)

    - Kai

  • The system I have (Wife approved!) COULD be overclocked to come close to those specs:  Shuttle SP35p2--but it looks far less Alien, and I have a lowly Q6600 in it and PC6400 ram.  It doesn't have dual meg networking, nor as much room for video firepower, but it does manage a 5.5, with 3 5.9's and the ram and graphics (fanless 8600) coming in at 5.6.

    It has the controls and board to take the faster processor and ram, and overclock, but I spent a whole lot less than that system starts out at.

    My point is really that this system isn't so over the top as it looks--some more basic hardware is capable of similar performance--at a far lower price.

  • When I set all the est options, the total came to over $10,150. Insane.

  • Well, lets not forget how expensive the Dell XPS 720 can get.  I wonder how many units are actually sold.  Too rich for my blood.

  • Looks cool, but I'm partial to the HP Blackbird, myself. :)

    http://h20435.www2.hp.com/

  • Nice computer indeed, but I'd really prefer a Nvidia 8800GTX instead of the included Ati card. Also, I'd definitely want 4GB of RAM if I was going to pay that kind of money for a computer.