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Dell Dimension 2400 System Review

Dell Dimension 2400 System Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Dimension 2400 is a budget home/office system based on Intel's i845GV chipset, and houses a Celeron 2.4Ghz processor (in the model we tested) or a Pentium 4 up to 2.8 GHz.
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Filed under: Computer / SFF PCs Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Dell Jul 13 2004   Mike Dowler  
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On the inside of the PC, the 7200RPM 40GB Seagate hard disk had a little over 30 Gigabytes of usable space. At first this seems low, but makes sense when you factor in the formatting overhead, the space that XP takes up, and the default 12% of disk space that is reserved by XP's system restore function.

I'd really recommend opting in for a DVD-combo drive with the Dimension 2400, but if you don't, expect a Hitachi 48X CD-Rom drive to come installed. The drive seemed rather loud in use, but this is more likely due to the contrast with the otherwise silent operation of the Dimension 2400. Other than this, it performed as expected.

As good as things have been so far in this review, we did have a couple of problems with the Dimension 2400. Our major issue with the system was not really a surprise. The Intel Celeron 2.4GHz processor is just not up to the task of running windows XP.... really fast. Even with 256MB of DDR RAM backing it up, it seemed to be pushing its limits. The slowdown was (fortunately) not noticeable within Office applications or browsing, but loading programs and Windows utilities were a bit sluggish. It's unlikely that this can be blamed on the hard disk, a reasonably well-performing Seagate 7200 RPM 'Barracuda' drive, so this leaves the processor suspect.

While the delays we experienced were not nearly enough to be a deal breaker, they did tarnish that 'new PC' feeling considerably. This system just didn't feel fast to us. I'm fairly sure that this issue would not exist in the optional Pentium 4 processor configuration of the Dimension 2400.

While the system is perfectly usable for office, homework or plain old Internet functions, the weakness of the Celeron processor would limit its usefulness for really intensive applications. This is not to say that it is incapable of handling applications like Photoshop, just that it is not 'best suited' for intensive computing tasks.

A second, more minor problem involves the excess applications that the Dell machine loads automatically at startup. AOL, Earthlink, QuickTime, RealOne player... etc. While you may have a use for some or all of these apps, none of them need to be loaded at startup to actually function. We initially experienced lengthy load and shutdown times with the Dimension 2400, but once we had disabled the automatic startup for a handful of the aforementioned programs though the MSCONFIG startup tab, things were considerably snappier.

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Contents of Article: Dell Dimension 2400
 Pg 1.  Dell Dimension 2400 System Review
 Pg 2.  Installed software and features
 Pg 3.  Inside the computer
 Pg 4.  Limited expansion room
 Pg 5.  Monitor and Accessories
 Pg 6.  — Other bits and pieces
 Pg 7.  Benchmarking and Testing Results
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Sandra, PCmark 2002/4, 3DMark2001
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3Dmark03, Aquamark3

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