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NEC PowerMate DL T8000 w (Water-Cooled PC)
By Zachary Chan
Category : Others
Published by Vijay Anand on Wednesday, 12th October, 2005
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars   (Most Innovative Product Award)

Design and Build

Designed in Japan, the PowerMate DL T8000 w borrowed heavily from the corporate persona. The chassis had a zen-like simplicity to it. Its hard lines and squarish contours looked elegant, but way too business like for a home PC. The only controls on the front exterior were a standard power button and the two eject buttons of the hidden 5.25-inch drive bays. Of course, since the PC came with one drive, only the top drop drive bay is operational. There was a flip panel at the bottom, which when opened, revealed additional USB 2.0 and FireWire ports as well as an SD/MS/xD card reader. Most surprisingly, we found a PCMCIA ExpressCard slot too, which isn't a common sight on desktop PCs.

Elegant and icy cool, but reminiscent of an office tower.

Side profile of the PowerMate DL T8000 w.

You won't see any floppy drives on this baby and the design doesn't even accommodate for one.

Open the front panel for additional connectivity options.

Two USB 2.0, FireWire, memory card slot and PCMCIA ExpressCard.

The rear of the PowerMate DL T8000 w provided the usual array of connectivity goodies, including five USB 2.0 ports, IEEE 1394, RJ45 and RJ11 jacks, stereo Line-In, Line-Out and Mic jacks, optical S/PDIF, Video-In and TV-Out ports. There was also a TV-Tuner card installed providing TV, FM and S-Video input. However, do note that the desktop does not support legacy Parallel or Serial ports at all. If you've been paying attention, you might have noticed that the PC has two VGA-Out ports, one towards the side, just below the audio jacks and another at the bottom. The PowerMate DL T8000 w came with a discreet Radeon X600 PRO graphics card. However, the system was built based on Intel's 945G Express chipset, which sports onboard graphics (and is disabled as long as a discrete graphics card is installed).

Analog and S/PDIF connections for the onboard audio. VGA connection for Intel 945G Express IGP, but since the PowerMate DL T 8000 w uses a discreet PCIe graphics card, this port is permanently disabled.

Five USB 2.0 ports, RJ45 for LAN, RJ11 analog line input for the modem and inputs for the TV-Tuner card.

Towards the bottom we have one FireWire port, VGA and TV output from the discreet graphic card.

This explains the extra VGA port on the system, but NEC could have excluded it from the design itself considering that the port was permanently disabled on the PowerMate DL T8000 w and there were no options in the BIOS that would have suggested the possibility of running two displays (which is not surprising since the Intel 945G Express chipset doesn't support such an option). Our speculation was that NEC probably has other models down the pipeline and would rather much like to keep their options open without requiring a motherboard design revision.

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