This new accurate diagnostic tool, designed for
DirectX9.0, provides you with all the information you need to make informed
hardware assessments. Havok Total real-time physics library from Havok - these
routines are used to accurately model the movements of objects due to forces,
etc. FMOD sound library from Firelight Technologies - these are used for the
various sound effects and routines used in the tests. Graphics adapter analysis
software from Powerstrip of Entech Taiwan - this is used to correctly determine
the speeds of the graphics processing and video memory chips, plus supply
additional hardware information. Higher 3DMark03 scores denote better
Well... we are somewhat impressed that the
Dimension 2400 finished this test at all, given the age and minimal 3D abilities
of the Intel Extreme graphics chipset. A midrange (2GHz +) AMD or Intel machine
with a more current Nvidia or ATI 3D card can expect to pull down at least 2500
in this test, and usually more depending on the card.
AquaMark3 is a powerful tool to determine reliable
information about the gaming performance of a computer system. Because the
benchmark extensively utilizes DirectX9, DirectX8 and DirectX7 functionality, it
represents the requirements of typical gaming applications in 2003 and
Unimpressive scores in
Aquamark3, though the Dimension 2400 did finish the benchmark successfully.
Better results could be obtained with a newer PCI 3D card, but then the purpose
of the Dimension 2400 was never gaming.
Conclusions on this Home PC
At the Dimension 2400's price
point, it's difficult to say anything bad about the system Dell has put
together. Everything works as it should, and the included peripherals give
excellent performance for the price. For an office workstation, or work-at-home
PC, it's a great buy. For those worried about noise pollution from roaring
computer fans, rest assured that this is one of the quietest PCs we have had the
pleasure not to hear.
What we do need to stress is
that the Dimension 2400 is not a jack-of-all-trades family PC. While it
functions well as a word processor, browser and music player, it will not play
games well, at least not games the way your average 12-24 year old gamer defines
them. Intel's 'Extreme' graphics solution is anything but extreme these days, so
unless 'games' for you means solitaire and various board games, invest in
something with a little more graphical power, and an AGP slot.
benchmarks showed, the Dell, Dimension 2400
system itself lacks muscle, mainly due to the limitations of the Celeron
processor and i845GV chipset. If you are looking for a snappy, responsive
computer that will tackle your intensive Photoshop or Maya projects with
enthusiasm, look elsewhere.
With the Dell Dimension 2400, it comes down to what
you need. If you are looking for an affordable office/home work
PC, with Internet browsing and music playing abilities, or a computer for
your children, you can be sure that you are getting excellent value from
the Dimension 2400. Starting at $499CDN, it's hard to find a better deal. The onsite Dell
service is a bonus for novice users, as is the excellent instruction manual and
help sheets too.
unlikely that most small computer stores could put together a system of this
quality for an equivalent price, though we would highly recommend you opt for
the more powerful Pentium 4 CPU over the sluggish Celeron.
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