Dell’s New XPS 8300 Desktop: A Multimedia Beast


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I had mentioned after CES that we would be blogging in more detail about some of the new products we unveiled there. In case you missed it, John Blain blogged about two new Alienware machines. I wanted to take a few minutes to talk a bite more about our latest desktop meant for home users looking for a powerful machine that doesn’t take up a lot of space. If that describes you, the XPS 8300 is definitely worth a look.

Many of you who read my posts on a regular basis know that I’m a desktop guy at heart. Sure, I’ll use a laptop when I’m on the road or cranking away at work, but at home, I use a desktop to get things done. The reason is that price/ performance is tough to beat . A powerful desktop can be used for all kinds of tasks these days… and that beings me to our new XPS 8300 desktop.

Right off the bat, the XPS 8300 gets some Sandy Bridge second-generation Intel Core goodness running on the new H-67 chipset. If you want to do a deep dive into what kind of performance these new processors bring to the table, feel free to spend some time reading in-depth Sandy Bridge articles from Anandtech and Tom’s Hardware.

What it means is that if you use a desktop for all kind of multimedia tasks, this performance will make you happy. Whether you’re recording HD television content via a TV tuner and streaming it to the living room, editing multi-layered high-resolution digital photos, watching 1080p video content via Hulu or YouTube, or you create, edit and share high definition video of your own, you’ll appreciate the performance it provides. If you use your machine to encode or transcode video, folks are saying that Intel’s Quick Synch Video functionality that’s part of these new processors is worth an excuse to upgrade.

Starting at $749 with a Core 15-2300 2.8GHz processor and an ATI HD 5450 graphics card with 1GB RAM, the XPS 8300 is a pretty compelling option. It has a 460-watt power supply, and that means it can support up to ATI’s HD 5870 graphics card, the same one I’m rockin’ in my Studio XPS 7100 at home (love it). It also supports up to 4TB hard drive capacity and up to 16GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM.

Besides great performance on heavy-duty kinds of tasks, the other cool thing worth mentioning in my opinion is that Stage software is included. Chances are good if you’re buying this kind of machine, you have all kinds of digital files like MP3s, photos and movies in a number of different places. Like I mentioned in my CES 2011 post, Stage helps keep these kinds of files organized across several devices. More to come on that front, but in my quick experiences with Stage, it’s pretty useful.

Feel free to add any comments or questions below. 

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16 thoughts on “Dell’s New XPS 8300 Desktop: A Multimedia Beast

  1. @charger2007

    You know Dell announced this earlier during CES 2011 just like many other computer companies.  Besides, you should have known new Sandy Bridge processors are coming out.  Bottom line, it's not Dell's fault and if you bought from another company just prior to CES time, you will face the same thing.

  2. I want to know why Dell would let someone order a xps8100 a week before they bring out the 8300. 3 days after receiving my new and outdated 8100 they offer the 8330. I will think twice before I purchase from Dell again. Oh, My house is full of Dell products, for now.

  3. I must have placed my order for the 8100 just in time.  They had ran out of the 8100 and are now sending me the 8300 at the same price!!!  Sure it will take longer to get here, but I can deal with that being that I'm getting a better and faster computer.  Thanks again Dell for making it worth my wait!!!

  4. The Intel Storage Technology software is pre-installed.  If I add a second HD to match the 1TB Segate that came with mine will I have a RAID 0 option ?

  5. I wouldn't buy one. Not yet. Because approximately 6 months ago it was reported that in 2011 BIOS was going to be phased out by computer manufacturers. And when that happens that means that an operating system should be able to start up and close almost as fast as turning on a light by flipping a light switch.

  6. How will Dell handle the recall on the defective motherboard Intel Cougar chipset?  Will Dell make us XPS8300 early buyers whole?

  7. I ordered a 8300 a couple of days ago that still states in production. I also noticed that intel is recalling the sandybridge chipsets. Is the 8300 effected by this recall? Is this why my machine has not been put together yet?

  8. Since they have started selling these again, with the new chipset, has anyone actually RECEIVED one of these???  I ordered mine 3/7/11 and am STILL waiting for it to ship…. {sigh}.  

  9. well i am supposed to be getting this 8300 in exchange within 15 days of today, because of the 8100 which i wont go into detail about, reading above it says this has a core15 , mine is suppose to have the 17 from what i was told. i hope this computer works.

  10. @ShadowRising: Sorry to see the XPS 8100 caused problems. To clarify about the XPS 8300, we support both i5 and i7 processor configs.

  11. @Lionel Menchaca, Chief Blogger thats good to hear , i hope it works lol, and cant wait for it to get here. thanks

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