Provide Upgrades for XPS 700 Owners
Dell originally marketed the Dell XPS 700 as a fully featured, fully upgradable gaming computer - this included a motherboard engineered for enthusiasts that you could upgrade down the road if you wanted to.
However, a lot of Dell XPS 700 owners are a bit angry over the use of the BTX motherboard. BTX seems to have lost its backing and ATX is the popular standard. Not only that, XPS 700 owners can not upgrade their systems to Quad Core due to the motherboards design, however this issue was fixed in the XPS 710.
Lets quote Lionel Menchaca on this one:
"For folks that are concerned about future upgradeability, note that the XPS 700 is the first system weâ€™ve introduced that was designed to support an industry-standard BTX system board down the road. This means if you want to swap out the system board down the road, to accommodate future technology, you can. Some custom cables are required for certain connections."
Go to Newegg.com or NCIX.com or anywhere else and tell me where you can find a NVIDIA 680i Chipset BTX Motherboard! Didn't think so.
There has been a long, long discussion at the Dell Community Forum (Link: http://www.dellcommunity.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=xps_desk_ge...) regarding the Dell XPS 700, it's issues, and how Dell have seemingly pulled the wool over several peoples eyes.
I believe that Dell needs to set the record straight once and for all, either the XPS 700 is fully upgradable or it isn't.
Read more about the XPS 700 upgrades here.