Sorry for the delay. Due to some technical difficultes with our registration database, I had to post this a little bit later than I wanted to. Folks who read sites like Anandtech and other enthusiast sites have known that Intel’s Lynnfield chipset and new Core family of processors were due to be introduced. Lynnfield and the new processors are here, and so is a pair of new desktops from Dell—the Studio XPS 8000 and 9000. Here’s a picture of both side by side:
The Studio XPS 8000 is a great option for the kind of user who needs performance and power without a massive full-size minitower. It is the smaller version of its big brother the Studio XPS 9000, which was formerly known as the XPS 435 desktop that I blogged about back in February. The Studio XPS 8000 stands at 16.1” tall and is 7.32 inches wide and weighs around 16.5 pounds.
Both machines are built for high-end performance, supporting the newest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. Whether you’re interested in using a PC to watch and record HD content, view and edit photos, listen to music or to edit your own HD videos, or playing games either machine is up to the task. Beyond that, it’s powerful enough to serve all that kind of content throughout the house.
The Studio XPS 8000 is available to customers in the United States today at a starting price of $799. It’s built on Intel’s P55 chipset, and it features the following:
The power supply is 350W. The optional TV tuner allows you to watch and record over the air HD signals. The Studio XPS 8000 also supports up to two optical drives, including a 6x Blu-ray disc burner and 16x DVD+/-RW drive. The front-mounted 19-in-1 card reader supports all kinds of flash-based memory cards to make it easy to import photos and videos into the PC.
Speaking of videos, there’s also a pretty cool software option for both the Studio XPS 8000 and 9000 desktops called MediaShow Espresso. It’s an application that speeds the video transcoding process (converting video from one format to another). In a nutshell, it uses the combined performance of your CPU and GPU to make converting videos a much quicker process. And regardless of what GPU solution you opt for, MediaShow Espresso has you covered since it works with NVIDIA’s CUDA technology and ATI’s stream technology. Extremetech posted an in-depth review of the transcoding software complete with tons of performance data. Bottom line, if you spend any amount of time converting videos to play on your Xbox 360, Sony PSP or PS3, iPhone or other devices, buying this software for an extra $20 is a no-brainer.
Note: Click on either of the photos in this post to see larger versions of these images. To see more photos of the XPS 8000, take a look at this set on Dell’s Official Flickr page.
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This is one of the best pc`s I`ve seen in a while. The use of new technology ( not a year or two old) is what consumers want. Very impressive for a new release.
Awesome.. glad you like it. I have to admit, I'm thinking the Studio XPS 8000 will be my next desktop PC. :)
Graphic card option seems quite limited,
When are we going to see more details (and internal shots) of the XPS 9000?
I need a replacement for the XPS-frankin'-720 I have. :)
Do you have any idea when the Studio XPS 8000 will be available in Europe, especially in Germany?
When are they shipping them to Australia?
StudioXPS8000 and StudioXPS9000 also offers 3D bundle - 22" 120Hz 3D enable monitor and nVidia active shutter glasses, market value $599. How's everyone think about it?
I would like to connect 3 monitors to the XPS 9000. Does it support two video cards? The previous system, XPS 435 could only handle one video card.
@James, mephy35: At this point, I don't have dates for the Studio XPS 8000 outside the United States. I'll update this post with additional details when I have them.
Havok_: Sorry for not responding to you. The Studio XPS 9000 is a re-branded version of the Studio XPS 435. You can see pics on our Flickr site here.
And here's my blog post about it that covers it in more detail: http://bit.ly/1fro8.
@yustas33: My apologies for not responding to your question. I saw that Dell-Chris M answered you in the forum thread you created on the topic.
For folks that still want the answer, both systems have only a single x16 PCIe graphics card. But, you can still power a third monitor by adding another graphics card in the PCIe x8 slot.
For future reference, easiest way to get the details on any of our systems is to click on the main product page (here's the page for the Studio XPS 9000), then click on the Tech Specs tab.
@Lionel Menchaca. Thank you for your answer. I was confused about this because all reviews of the XPS 435 system noted that it only supports one video card. Why would Cnet and others say this if it is possible to add another video card?
Lionel, do we have to install the DD3 RAM in the XPS 9000 in 2 and 4's or 3 and 6's to make the most use of the RAMs capabilities? And if it does need to be installed in a 3 and 6's config, how is it that these XPS units are sold with 2, 4 or 8 Mb of RAM. I can understand how 6 Mb of RAM would make sense, but not 2, 4, or 8, whixh are not multiples of 3 or 6.
I currently have a Dell XPS Dimension, and the fan on it is really LOUD. Does the 8000 solve this problem or can I expect a louder than normal noise to be coming out of it constantly.
Regarding video card and power supply compatibility on the xps 8000. The highest end video card offered, the GTX260 1.792 video card, specs out at needing a minimum 500w power supply. The XPS only carries a 350. Has the Dell version of the card been modified or configured differently?