Dell Introduces XPS 8000/9000 systems with Lynnfield CPUs

Dell company has today introduced a new pair of Studio XPS desktops that are available with Intel’s new Lynnfield CPUs. Buyers can choose from the new i5-Core or Core i7 CPUs. The new XPS 8000 is available with a Core i5 750 -, Core i7 860 – or a Core i7 870 processor. The basic version, with a price tag of 800 euros, is equipped with an i5 750, 4GB DDR3 memory, a 500GB HDD, showing the 64bit version of Vista Home, and an ATI Radeon HD 4350 with 512MB ram.

The top model has a price tag that is well over $ 4000. The buyer will do a Core i7 870 with 16GB memory and an nVidia GeForce GTX260 with 1792MB GDDR3 memory. The system has 1.5 TB disk storage in a RAID1 setup and running on the 64bit version of Windows Vista Ultimate.

Besides the XPS 8000, Dell announced the XPS 9000. This machine is a modernized version of the XPS 435, which was introduced in February and based on the X58 platform. There is no information given on specifications of the Dell 9000. The XPS 435 also does not support SLI.  Both the XPS 8000 and 9000 are as yet only in the United States for sale.
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:
  • Quad core Intel core i5 and i7 processors (specifically, the Core i5 750 and the Core i7 860 and 870 processors)
  • DDR3 memory (supports both 1066MHz and 1333MHz up to 16GB max)
  • ATI and NVIDIA graphics card options (ATI’s HD 3450 ; NVIDIA’s GT220, GTS 240 and GTX260)
  • Up to two hard drives (capacities of 320GB, 500GB 640GB, 750GB 1TB and 1.5TB are all options)
  • 8 USB  ports (2 angled ports on top + 2 front + 4 back); 1Gb Ethernet adapter, 1 eSATA port in the back; 6-pin  IEEE 1394a port in the back and more
  • Top-mounted power button, microphone and headphone connector

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.


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