"Actual Owner Review"5.0 starson by kauaiman
Pros: Excellent Performance, Great Price
Cons: None So Far
Summary: First off, unlike some other reviewers here that just want to slam Dell, or write reviews without actually owning the hardware to support their low-priced egos, I purchased the Dell 710 H2C unit.
I have owned a wide variety of hardware over the years from just about every vendor out there, and when I chose to upgrade, actually started with the Alienware 7500. That unit was buggier than any unit I ever had and it was promptly returned. After some more investigating I decided to give the 710 H2C a try.
CNET as well as other hardware sites definitely hit the nail on the head on their reviews. This is one fast, and most important, rock stable PC.
Combined with a 24" Dell widescreen, it makes for some impressive graphic performance. HL2 Lost Coast Test yielded 159 FPS with all settings maxed. FEAR maxed out showed Min 70fps, avg 142fps, and max 446fps! That's right folks....446fps!
Due to all the problems I had with the Alienware, I put this unit thru a LOT of testing since receiving it, and am very impressed with the results. Thru all the tests, no reboots, no bluescreens, just performance. It even beat the Alienware on the 3dmark06 score by over 2000 points, although I have to wonder just how defective the Alienware was.
Sure, it's expensive. No upper end system is going to be cheap unless you build it. But for those of us with the bank to afford it, and the desire not to want to build another system, this PC is an outstanding choice. It has the performance to impress, and a very unique look with the lighting Dell set up to give the front a nice fake depth similar in effect to some lighted mirrors I have seen.
Take it from someone that owns one. This unit will not disappoint in the reliability or performance departments. And that's what it's all about.