With the release of two new energy efficient servers, Dell has entered the growing realm of companies aiming servers not only at those who want performance, but those who want to cut the cost of powering massive computer farms. The new Xeon-based servers aren't incredibly more efficient than their standard PowerEdge line, but make up for it with a boost in performance as well. The newer model CPUs and system design give these machines a 25% performance boost and a 24% reduction in power consumption.

The cost of the servers is more than the typical ones, but not massively so, being sold at a $100 to $200 premium. With so many vendors now being sensitive to power demands and not just blindly rushing to more megahertz, Dell must join the crowd.