The OptiPlex GX260 is a desktop computer released by Dell in December of 2002. Dell marketed the computer as part of its business computing line. Dell offered the GX260 in three different configurations that came with a three-year warranty on parts and labour. The computer has since been discontinued.
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Dell offered the OptiPlex GX260 in three different form factors: mini tower, desktop, and small form factor. Measurements differed between the three versions. The mini tower measured 16.7 inches tall, 7.1 inches wide, and 17.6 inches deep. The desktop measured 4.2 inches tall, 15.3 inches wide, and 17 inches deep. The small form factor version measured 3.57 inches tall, 12.54 inches wide, and 13.93 inches deep. The mini tower was designed to stand upright at all times, while the desktop and small form factor versions could either stand upright or lie flat beneath a monitor.
Processor, Memory, Storage
The GX260 line-up included a number of different versions of Intel's Pentium 4 and Celeron processors. Clock speeds ran between 1.5 GHz and 2.6 GHz, with available Level 2 cache memory varying between 256KB and 512KB, depending on the model of processor chosen. All versions of the GX260 were built on Intel's 845G chip set. The base model of the GX260 came with 128MB of RAM. RAM was upgradeable to a maximum of 2GB. For storage, the GX260 was available with a variety of different internal IDE hard drives, with sizes ranging between 20GB and 60GB.
Power and Cooling
The power supply varied slightly between the three versions of the OptiPlex GX260. The mini tower was equipped with a 250-watt power supply, the desktop with a 180-watt power supply and the small form factor with a 160-watt power supply. Average heat dissipation varied as well. The mini tower averaged 910 British thermal units per hour, the desktop 500 Btu/hour, and the small form factor averaged 455 Btu/hour.
Connectivity and Expansion
The OptiPlex GX260 offered a number of connectivity and expansion options. All versions of the GX260 featured a 56K data and fax modem as well as an Ethernet connection to connect to the Internet. All versions featured a floppy disk drive and at least one CD or DVD-ROM drive. External ports included one serial port, one parallel port, a 15-pin VGA monitor port, one RJ45 connection, one six-pin PS/2 port, and four USB 1.0 jacks. Internally the GX260 had both primary and secondary 40-pin IDE ports, a 34-pin floppy port, CD, telephony, fan, and 120-pin PCI connections.
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