Review: Dell Dimension XPS Gen 5
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Reviewed by Ryan McLaughlin on 08/15/2005
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  • v8toytruck

    Great review, I was all set to buy the XPS, but after reading the entire review and learning that the 9100 had many of the same features just no bling bling case I went with the 9100 and saved about $400. With the coupon Dell is having my new computer + 24” wide screen LCD came out to under 1800 shipped to my door.

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  • Marty

    Aloha. I have a XPS Gen 2. The strange slots that you show and question on the Gen5 is a Fan box/shroud.
    >On my Gen2 there is another fan that snaps into that black componet. It seems that the slots act as guards for the fan blades on one side, the other side has a grill.
    The black (lack of knowing the technical name) box/shroud also is snaped into place with tabs for easy removal. It make it a snap (pun intended) to clean the fan.

    > I was looking for information concerning replacing that green case with a cpu heatsink with a fan. On my Gen 2, the 2 fans are mounted into the back of the case so when I do remove the green case, it has nothing in it. It looks like the fans are attached to the green case on the Gen 5.

    I just thought getting rid of that case and installing a heatsink/fan, it would breath better. I do know that it will not run for more than 1 minute with out that case.
    > I can only believe that they had a reason for not putting on a heatsink/fan and see that they still dont.
    > Any Input or experience would be great.
    >
    > Thank you for the review and your time.
    > Aloha, Marty

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  • The first question I would ask is why do you want to replace the green case? Is your computer overheating? If not I would recommend that you leave it alone. I live by the motto If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

    Second, the green case is a channel for the air from the fans that are on the back of the case. Those fans circulate air and the green case directs the air onto the CPU. Dell did this to reduce the noise level of the computer. Big fans move the same amount of air as small fans, but they turn slower and make less noise. You cannot put really big fans over the CPU because they will get in the way. So they put big fans on the back and used the green case to direct the air over the CPU. If you want to replace this then you will need to add a Heatsink with a fan so it can still move the air, but I guarantee your computer will get noisier.

    I hope this answers your questions.

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  • Marty

    Aloha. Yes this does answer my questions, Thank you. I have a gateway 710G and I have added 2 more fans to keep it running in the mid 30’s as opposed to the high 60″s.
    It is very loud and I really do not mind the noise.

    The dell has pretty much the same set up as the gateway. Currently running in the high 60″s
    The reason for the questions concerning the green case is for 2 reasons.
    1, I would like the dell to run in the mid 30″s, adding at least 1 more fan.
    2, just make it easier to access for cleaning.

    Due to the fact that we have the windows open all year round and have two dogs, I need to clean the inside of the computers at least once a month.

    Thank you and Aloha, Marty

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  • Gilbarcomv

    I recently built a XPS Gen5, with 3.80 HT Processor, 4 gig memory, 2 500 WD Hard Drives, had to use the original heatsink. Everything is working perfectly! Need to know where the thick red cable that comes from the front USB, Mic, Headphones, and firewire connections, goes into? What part of the MB?

    Thanks!
    Gilbarcomv

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  • Tim

    Hello, Great review and based on it I bought a used fully loaded xps 400 with a nice LCD screen. I do notice a difference not in the DVI video port, but in the ell Ultra sharp vs the standard Dell LCD regardless which port I use, the ultra sharp has a far better picture. I am thrilled with it. One thing, it did not include the driver for the TV tuner. I cannot for the life of me find it or even it’s name. only that it is dual. Could anyone tell me the name of the TV tuner card or better the xp driver? I am running XP currently. I am told Vista 64 would have the driver, but all works so well now. If I could just get that driver. I have the exact same remote. I have two USB terabyte drives and a hefty movie collection. I have found the machine very capable of downloading a movie, while I stream another or play a game. I threw out my TV long ago. But need my tuner back!
    Help anyone? Peace tim

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    • The best advice I can give is to look on the Dell website (support.dell.com), type in the service tag, and hopefully they have drivers for all the parts.

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