Dell Dimension 8200
  {purchase date: Oct. 5, 2001}

Pentium4 1.8GHz
Service Tag:

Memory Installed: 256 MB PC800 RDRAM
(2x 128: RDRAM must be installed in pairs.)
RDRAM, PC800, Non-Parity (non-ECC), Unbuffered, 184-pin RIMM

Dimension_8200: (sold before May-6-2002)
System motherboard has a 400Mhz FSB.
Has 4 memory sockets.
Each socket has a maximum capacity of 512MB.
Minimum system RAM is 128 MB.
Maximum system RAM is 2GB.
Uses RDRAM-Rambus PC800Mhz.
Memory must(?) have a 45ns (nanoseconds) rating.45 ns or the faster 40 ns.
Uses ECC or NON-ECC memory.
(for systems sold after May-6-2002:
System motherboard has a 533Mhz FSB.
Memory must have a 40ns rating; You cannot use the older 45ns RDRAM on this system.
click here for details on the memory used in this system
Samsung RAM Info

Big, Ugly, "Dell" logo on both sides of chassis. But chassis has cool side-opening feature.

MONITOR: 17" (16.0 Viewable, .26dp) M781S Monitor
     .26mm; 85Khz CRT      Standard Res: 1024x768 @ 85Hz

monitor upgrade: May 6, 2003 (Fry's Electronics, San Jose; $650)

VIDEO: 32 MB NVIDIA GeForce MX 4X AGP Graphics Card with TV-Out
128 MB NVIDIA : Dual Monitor Output {UPGRADE: May 14, 2003; COST: $108} [GeForce FX 5200 AGP]

40GB ATA-100 7200 RPM Hard Drive

Operation System: Windows Millenium (ME)

on this page (jump to): Image: System Board (mother board) Layout
Ports & Connectors

General Information

    Original Configuration Upgrades (date of upgrade)
Service Tag   8XKYYX01  
Express Service Code   164695823478  
Computer Model   Dimension 8200  
BIOS Vendor   Dell Computer Corporation  
BIOS Version   A01 A09 (Apr. 2004)
BIOS Date:   09/18/2001  
Windows Version:   Microsoft Windows Millenium (ME)  
Processor (CPU)   1.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4 (1.8GHz)
(Type 0, Family F, Model 0, Stepping A)
Processor Speed   Approx. 1794 MHz (Rated as 1.8GHz)  
Maximum Supported
Processor Speed
2400 MHz (?)
System Board ( Planar )   i850 (Intel 850 Chipset)  
System Bus Speed   400 MHz FSB  
Bus Type   PCI/AGP  
RIMM1      128 MB  
  128 MB  
Total Slots
Slots free
Total Memory
  254.98MB (256)  

Percentage Free Physical Memory
9.595 %
Total Page Space
  1793.0 MB  
Percentage Free Page File Space
  92.10 %  
Total Virtual Memory   2047.9 MB  
Percentage Free Virtual Memory   81.83 %  

Drive A:\
1.44M Floppy Drive
Size   1.38 MB  
Drive C:\   40 GB Hard Drive (HD / HDD)  
HardDisk Bustype:   Ultra ATA/100
(Supports "IDE Drive UDMA"; must be enabled in setup)
Size   38143 MB  
Used Space   23663 MB  
Free Space   14480 MB  

Drive E:\

Drive F:\
Yamaha LightSpeed 20x CD-RW
Video Card
  nVidia GeForce 2 MX* 32 MB,
SVGA + S-Video out
4x AGP

nVidia GeForce FX 5200 128 MB DDR;
Dual Monitor (VGA) Outputs

*Created: June 28, 2000 ; Question: What does MX stand for?;
Multitransmitters. The GeForce2 MX TwinView architecture includes two Dual-Link Transmission-Minimized Differential Signaling (TMDS) transmitters. It is the only graphics processor capable of driving dual digital displays independently, while fully supporting analog RGB (VGA) and TV-out.
The GeForce2MX was released July 2000.
Demos: Gothic Chapel
With its arched ceilings and light streaming through stained glass windows, this cathedral provides an excellent showcase for GeForce2 MX.
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2004

System Summary
Dimension 8200
Service Tag Number:  8XKYYX01
Ship Date:  10/10/2001
Dell IBU:  N/A
Active Limited Warranty Expiration:  OUT OF WARRANTY

NOTE: The information contained below relates to this system's original configuration as sold when new.

QuantityPart #Part Description
10F141Assembly, Card (Circuit), Planar (Motherboard), DIM8200, Audio
11H315Assembly, Card (Circuit), Planar (Motherboard), Riser, PC Interface, Transformer Sky Dive Minitower, 8200
13H250Processor, 80531, 1.8GHZ, OK, 400FSB, SKN
15695WKeyboard, 104, Universal Serial Bus, United States, NMB, Midnight Gray
1955FMMouse, Personal System 2, 6P, 2BTN, LOGITECH, Midnight Gray
21164PRambus Inline Memory Module, 128, 400M, 64X16, 8C
29578DCard (Circuit), Memory Board, Memory, Printed Wiring Board, CONTINUITY, RAMBUS
120CKUKit, Speaker, 120V, Dell Midnight Gray, Harmon Kardon 695
15740CCable, Auxiliary, Internal, Modem, 4C
19C904Modem, V.90, Internal, Data/Fax/Voice, Lucent Technologies
10F091Digital Video Disk Drive, 680M, 16X, IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics), Internal, NEC, REV2, Chassis 2001
15G998Card (Circuit), GRPHC, 32MB, NV-11, TVOUT, Second
12D067Floppy Drive, 1.44M, 3.5" Form Factor, 3MD, No Bezel, SONY, Chassis 2001, W3
17J322Hard Drive, 40G, IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics), Half Height, 7.2K, 30G/P, WD-XL30
13H240Documentation, Windows XP Home, Upgrade, England/English, FREE
110RDCKit, Software, WKS-STE2K1, 5.25" Form Factor, Original Equipment Mfgr., England/English
17C712Card (Circuit), Network, Ethernet, 10/100, CNET TECHNOLOGY INC, Revision
158VYRDisplay, Multiscan, Color, 17, Dual, M781S, Midnight Gray, Dell Americas Organization

eBay price check, Dec. 2003: $400 + $100 shipping


Microprocessor type

Intel® Pentium® 4 microprocessor

1.50, 1.60, 1.80, 1.90, 2.00, 2.20, or 2.40 GHz (400 MHz); or

2.26, 2.40, 2.53, 2.66, or 2.80 GHz (533 MHz)

L1 cache

8 KB first-level

L2 cache

256-KB or 512-KB (displayed in the system setup program) pipelined-burst, eight-way set associative, write-back SRAM

System Information

System chip set

Intel 850 or 850E

[details on the i850 chipset]

DMA channels


Interrupt levels


System BIOS chip

4 Mb (512 KB)

System clock

400 MHz data rate

(the 850E provides a 533- MHz data rate)

Expansion Bus

Bus types


Bus speed

PCI: 33 MHz; AGP: 66 MHz

AGP connector


AGP connector size

172 pins

AGP connector data width (maximum)

32 bits

AGP bus protocols

4x/2x modes at 1.5 V
(a.k.a. 1.5V AGP)

PCI connectors


PCI connector size

120 pins

PCI connector data width

32 bits

PCI bus specification complies with PCI specification 2.2 (PCI 2.2 compliant)




Memory connectors


Memory capacities

64-, 128-, 256-, and 512-MB non-ECC RDRAM

Minimum memory

128 MB

Maximum memory

2 GB with Microsoft® Windows® 2000 and Windows XP; 512 MB with Windows Millennium Edition (Me)

Memory type

PC800 (non-ECC / Non-Parity RAM)

Memory speed

40 ns or faster

BIOS address



Q: Do I have DIMM (Dual Inline 168-pin) or RIMM (184-pin RIMM ;Rambus Inline Memory Module)?
A: RDRAM is available only in RIMM packages . You have 184-pin RIMM.

came installed: Samsung MR16R0828BN1-CK8; 800-45
2 sticks of 128 MB each = 256 MB SDRAM
non-ECC (no ECC label)
Rambus RIMM modules,


Externally accessible

two 5.25-inch bays
two 3.5-inch bays

Internally accessible

two bays for 1-inch–high IDE hard drives

Available devices

ATA-66 or ATA-100 Ultra DMA hard drive, CD drive, Zip drive, DVD drive, and CD-RW drive


System Board (mother board) [ additional details ]

Ports and Connectors

Externally accessible:


9-pin connector; 16550C-compatible


25-hole connector (bidirectional)


15-hole connector


6-pin mini-DIN connector or USB connector


6-pin mini-DIN connector or USB connector


two front-panel and two back-panel USB–compliant connectors


front-panel miniature jack


three miniature jacks for line-in, line-out, and microphone

Internally accessible:

Primary IDE channel

40-pin connector on PCI local bus

Secondary IDE channel

40-pin connector on PCI local bus

Floppy drive

34-pin connector

1 Present only on computers with integrated audio capabilities.


Audio controller

Analog Devices AD1885 AC97 Codec
"The AD1885 codec, singularly or chained together, provides 2-, 4-, and 6-channel analog I/O on PC motherboards and peripheral devices."


SoundMAX Digital Audio
16-Bit Stereo Full-Duplex Codec; Greater than 90 dB
The AD1885 stereo CODEC is an integral part of SoundMAX® v2.0 motherboard sound system.

2 Present only on computers with integrated audio capabilities. Sound ports (mic, audio out) are integrated with the system board.


Video controller

AGP 4X (1.5V AGP)

What is .8V AGP?
.8V is the voltage requirement of new 8x AGP cards utilizing AGP specification 3.0. Motherboards supporting 8x AGP support both 1.5V AGP 2.0 compliant cards (AGP 4x) and newer .8V AGP 3.0 compliant cards (AGP 8x). The keying for AGP 3.0 cards is identical to that of AGP 2.0 cards to retain backward compatibility. A motherboard that supports 8x AGP should work fine with a 1.5V (AGP 4x video card), and a motherboard that supports 1.5V (AGP 4x) video cards should work ok with a .8V video card (AGP 8x), however in the later example the video card would only work at the fastest speed the motherboard supports (AGP 4x).

AGP8X ( 8 x / 8 speed AGP) = AGP 3.0 (AGP Specification 3.0 / AGP3.0 Specification)
AGP8X (AGP 3.0) is the next generation VGA interface specification that enables enhanced graphics performance with high bandwidth up to 2.12GB/s.
AGP 8x doubles the graphics bandwidth of the AGP interface to 2.1 gigabytes per second (GB/s) which is designed to benefit applications on today's [2003] most popular workstation platforms.
AGP 8x technology is intended to be the last parallel interface step that meets the industry's requirements before transitioning to a PCI Express-based serial graphics solution in 2004.
(statement from Intel)

Controls and Lights

Power control

push button

Power light


Hard-drive access light


Diagnostic code lights

four bicolor (amber and green) located on back panel


DC power supply:


250 W

Heat dissipation

534 BTU (fully-loaded computer without monitor)

Voltage (switch-selectable
on back panel)

90 to 135 V at 60 Hz; 180 to 265 V at 50 Hz;
100 V at 50 to 60 Hz for Japanese computers

Backup battery

3-V CR2032 coin cell


Height x Width x Depth

42.5 x 18.1 x 44.7 cm
(16.7 x 7.13 x 17.6 inches)


12.7 kg (28 lb)




10º to 35ºC (50º to 95ºF)3


–40º to 65ºC (–40º to 149ºF)

Relative humidity

20% to 80% (noncondensing)

Maximum vibration:


0.25 G at 3 to 200 Hz at 1/2 octave/min


0.5 G at 3 to 200 Hz at 1/2 octave/min

Maximum shock:


bottom half-sine pulse with a change in velocity of 50.8 cm/sec (20 inches/sec)


23-G faired-square wave with a velocity change of 508 cm/sec (200 inches/sec)



–15.2 to 3048 m (–50 to 10,000 ft)3


–15.2 to 10,600 m (–50 to 35,000 ft)

3 At 35°C (95°F), the maximum operating altitude is 914 m (3000 ft).



Dell is not planning to release a BIOS update for our Dimension 8200 systems in order to enable PC1066 RDRAM.
(Uses only PC800 RDRAM.) Although we are aware that Intel has validated the use of PC1066 memory with the 850E chipset, Dell only supports the hardware and system configuration requested by our customers at the point of sale. PC1066 memory would be considered an upgrade for the Dimension 8200; it was not tested and validated on this system, and is therefore not supported by Dell.

To learn more about the support guidelines for motherboard upgrades, please read the Dell Knowledge Base article FA1065820.

Dell is not planning to release a BIOS update for our Dimension 8200 systems in order to enable Hyper threading. The early release of the 8200 A09 bios stated that hyper threading was supported. Dell apologizes for the confusion and misunderstanding, but in fact the information in the A09 BIOS release notes was incorrect. The 8200 does not support Hyper-Threading processors. Dell is correcting the notes on the A09 BIOS and is writing an article for the Dell Knowledgebase that will be available in the next week that will provide a better explanation. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.


*Memory types:
Currently there are three main memory types still being used.

*SDRAM is older generation ram that was used on systems like the Dimension_T.
It runs at 66Mhz, 100Mhz, 133Mhz, and is usually designated as ( PC66, PC100, PC133 ).
PCwebopedia definition.

*DDR SDRAM also known as DDR-RAM
DDR-RAM is newer generation SDRAM that has a double data rate.
DDR-RAM transfer data on both the rising and falling edge of the clock whereas SDRAM only transfer data on the rising of the cycle. So, DDR RAM transfers twice the amount of data per clock cycle and therefore is referred to as DDR (Double Data Rate).
It runs at 200Mhz, 266Mhz, 333Mhz, and is usually designated as ( PC1600,PC2100,PC2700 ).
PCwebopedia definition.

Note: DDR 333MHz memory only runs at 333MHz with 533MHz FSB processors. 400MHz FSB processors will clock memory at 266MHz only (333MHz will be clocked down to 266MHz). Mixing 333MHz memory with 266MHz memory will cause the 333MHz DIMMs to be clocked at 266MHz.

*RDRAM also known as Rambus Ram.
RDRAM is a newer generation memory technology that has the fastest speed and greater throughput then
any other memory technology.
It runs at 300Mhz, 356Mhz, 400Mhz, 533Mhz, and is usually designated as ( PC600, PC700, PC800, PC1066 ).
Rambus Ram must be installed in pairs.
This means if you wish to upgrade to an additional 256Mb of Ram, you must install 2-128MB Rambus modules.
Most systems that use Rambus memory, have 4 memory slots.
Unless you have filled all 4 slots with Rambus memory, some of those slots will contain CRIMMS.
PCwebopedia definition.

Note:If purchasing RDRAM to upgrade your system, make sure to purchase it in pairs.


*ECC Memory:
Short for Error-Correcting Code memory, a type of memory that includes special circuitry for testing the accuracy of data as it passes in and out of memory. The memory runs a math algorithm to verify
the integrity of the memory. This type of memory is also referred to "error correcting" memory.
ECC memory is generally more expensive, and is used in high end servers.
The general "home user" does not need ECC memory.

*Non-ECC Memory:
Does not include the special circuitry for testing the accuracy of data as it passes in and out of memory.
Does not correct data corruption or errors as it passes in and out of memory.

Quote from ebay auction: "I recently purchased this RAM for my Dell Dimension 8200, but my Dell requires Non-ECC RAM. The RAM was never installed, I found the mistake too late "
Another quote: "You are bidding on two identical working 128-MB Samsung PC800 non-ECC Rambus modules. Samsung product number MR16R0828BN1-CK8. The following link to the Samsung website describes them in detail: MR16R0828BN1-CK8 These modules were taken from my DELL Dimension 8200 when I upgraded to larger modules."


Home Page


Do I have to buy memory from Dell for it to work with my system?
No, you can purchase memory from any memory manufacturer or reseller.
The most important thing to do is to make sure the memory you purchase meets
the memory specification of the computer. 90% of the memory you purchase will
work as long as it meets the memory specifications of the computer.
You should also make sure you purchase memory from a retailer that has a good
warranty policy, and a good return policy.

Memory retailers:

It is very important that the memory you purchase matches the memory specifications
of your computers. If you fail to do so, the memory you purchase may not work.
For example:
The Dimension_8200 400Mhz FSB uses 45ns memory.
The Dimension_8200 533Mhz FSB uses 40ns memory.
The Dimension_8250 533Mhz FSB uses 40ns memory.


Additional Specs for Dimension 8200 1.8G
Machine Type:  Desktops/Servers
Manufacturer:  Dell
Model:  Dimension 8200 1.8G
Standard Memory:  128 MB (removable)
Number of sockets for upgrade:  4
Maximum amount of memory:  2.0 GB
Memory must be installed in sets of:  2
Bus Type:  PCI (2.2) / AGP (4x)
HardDisk Bustype:  Ultra ATA/100
CPU:  1.8GHz Intel Pentium 4
Standard Video: nVidia GeForce 2 MX
 Card (Circuit), GRPHC, 32MB, NV-11, TVOUT, Second
Max Video:  




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