Dell’s New Lynnfield Desktops—The Studio XPS 8000 and 9000


Intel Core i5 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:

2 Studio XPS DesktopsThe 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.

Studio XPS 8000 Desktop with PeripheralsThe 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, GTS240 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.

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.

Studio XPS 8000 - open chassis (rear view)

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  • sugarbear18

    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.

  • Havok_

    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.  🙂

  • mephy85

    Do you have any idea when the Studio XPS 8000 will be available in Europe, especially in Germany?

  • Lionel_Menchaca

    Awesome.. glad you like it. I have to admit, I'm thinking the Studio XPS 8000 will be my next desktop PC. 🙂

  • amberhuang

    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?

  • toshiedo

    When are they shipping them to Australia?


  • yustas33

    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.

  • Lionel_Menchaca

    @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.

  • Lionel_Menchaca

    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:

  • EMUGuru

    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.

  • Lionel_Menchaca

    @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.

  • yustas33

    @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?


  • Tiradientes

    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.

  • wgrayson

    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?

  • Lionel_Menchaca

    wgrayson: The short answer is no. We don't use a lesser version of the GTX260. Regarding power requirements, I'll say this: not all power supplies are created equal. Mnay times, when manufacturers quote power requirements, they have to plan for the minimum requirements based on all off-the-shelf power supplies.

  • Lionel_Menchaca

    Tiradientes: Sorry for not responding until now. I'd say noise levels are pretty low on this machine. I've been around a couple of them that were playing Blu-ray content or other HD streams and it was pretty quiet. Now video cards will make a difference, but the system fans seem pretty quiet.

  • wgrayson

    Sorry, I haven't gotten back to this thread for awhile.  I was reading your answer and was confused a bit.   Based on your response, can I interpret it as saying that the XPS 8000 puts out a MINIMUM of 350 watts, and would be able to handle the GTX260 card as well as other components (, processor, hard drive, blu-ray player, RAM, etc) that would be drawing from the system simultaneously?  I'm sure the system has been thoroughly tested, but it is relatively new.  There's too short of a user history out there on this machine to see if say, after 6 or 8 months, the systems starts crashing as a result of an inadequate power supply.

    Hey, just for the record, I did try calling or emailing tech support to ask this question (not sales), but if you don't OWN the machine yet and have an established service tag, it's hard to navigate the system to send an email.  I even wanted to find out if I could have Dell (for a price!) install a different power supply so I wouldn't have to void a warranty by upgrading the machine myself.

      Thanks for your help if you can answer the question, or post a direct link to tech support so I can bug them about geeky stuff like this.


  • vcgiardina

    I am very interested in the XPS 9000 and I am within a day or so of purchasing one. I am very disappointed about the card reader though.

    The XPS 9000 is promoted as a multi-media machine. The XPS 9000 is one of Dell's highest end desktops. Most of today's high end digital cameras, HD video cameras and other devices use SDHC memory cards.

    The card reader in this XPS 9000 does not read SDHC cards! I find that so hard to believe! Why would Dell put a card reader in their high end desktop that doesn't read a card (SDHC) that most high end devices use?

    I have a Dell Inspirion 530 desktop with a Teac 15 in 1 card reader from 3 years ago. It doesn't read SDHC either. The big difference is that the 530 was from 3+ years ago and was about 800 bucks. The XPS 9000 is a current model and is $1700.

    What gives? Is there a way around this?