Studio XPS 7100: AMD 6-Core Processors in a Dell Desktop


For those of you who have been reading about AMD's new 6-core processors at sites like Anandtech and Tom's Hardware, you already know that they are the most affordable 6-processor processors available.

If you use a desktop to handle multi-threaded tasks like video encoding or editing multi-layered, high resolution photos in Photoshop, you're not going to find a more compelling desktop option than the Studio XPS 7100. With the 6-core AMD 1055T, pricing starts at $699. We also support quad-core AMD Athlon and Phenom II processors for customers who are looking for an even better price/ performance (an Athlon II x4 630-based system starts at $499). The Studio XPS 7100 is available for many customers starting today. It will soon be available to customers worldwide over the next several days. We'll offer it online at and will also offer it through retailers.

We've also worked to ensure other components deliver great performance.  Case in point, a 460-watt power supply comes standard. That's enough to power a robust set of graphics card options (AMD's ATI Radeon 5450, 5670 and 5870 cards), up to 16GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory and up to two 3.5" hard drive bays for a maximum internal storage capacity of 3TB. Add it all up, and you've got a pretty capable quad- or 6-core machine with a great price/performance ratio.

Studio XPS 7100 - top port view The Studio XPS 7100 built on the Studio XPS 8100 chassis that we introduced at CES 2010, so it offers a good level of expandability in a pretty small footprint. The motherboard features one PCIe x16 graphics card slot, two PCIe x1 slots, and one PCI slot. As for ports: eight USB 2.0 ports (2 in the top tray + 2 in the front + 4 in the back) one eSATA port and an optional 19-in-1 card reader.

One thing that is different is the color: the Studio XPS 7100 features a slick-looking Carbide Silver chassis with Titan Silver trim. In my view, it's a nice way to round out a cool package.

Other things of note is that these systems will also support AMD's Fusion Utility 2.0 and their Overdrive and Fusion Media Explorer software as well. For more on the Fusion Media Explorer, check out this blog post and video from my bud Casey Gotcher over at the AMD @ Home blog. For more details on the AMD Fusion utility, check out this post from another friend from AMD, Wesley Faulkner.

Studio XPS 7100 and AMD's Fusion Media Explorer

And while I'm on a software goodies kick, integrated THX TruStudio sound gives customers who use their machine for music and movies more control over the audio fidelity. Cyberlink MediaShow Espresso is great for those of you who spend time transcoding videos from one format to another. The software makes it simple and speeds the process by using the processing power of your ATI graphics card in conjunction with your CPU to save time.

For those of you who have been waiting for a Dell desktop that features the latest and greatest from AMD, go for it. Click here to take a look at it on, or click on the above image to go to the configurator. Feel free to ask questions in the comments section of the blog post. Or, if it's easier than commenting here, you can reach me on Twitter via @LionelatDell.

Studio XPS 7100 - interior shot

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9 thoughts on “Studio XPS 7100: AMD 6-Core Processors in a Dell Desktop

  1. i saw this system on dell's site..and fell in love,I just ordered a xps 8100…but in the back of my mind I wanted an AMD system with the new x6 core cpu..I get my system and log back on to dell site to buy another hard drive..and "BAM"..i see this Studio xps 7100…I had to have it 🙂

    So I'll be returning the xps 8100..and I cant wait for my new system to arrive !!

  2. Awesome Duncan… glad you like what you see. In all honesty, I'm thinking pretty hard about getting one of these to replace my old XPS.

    Let me know if you need help with the return. Either send me a private message (click on my name in this comment, then click send a message) or ping me on Twitter (

  3. Lionel_Menchaca..thank you for the reply.. My system is in production now but I will not get it till 6/3..ouch

    and I got the return setup..

    I will report back on the system once I get it..

    Oh I do have a question..If this system is using AMD new chipset doesn't it have USB 3.0??

    thank again

  4. Duncan: Pretty sure that USB 3.0's not integrated… not sure of the details. Will check and will update this comment after I hear back.

    Update: I heard from someone on the product team.. integrated USB 3.0 won't be coming for a while. Will do have plans to offer an add-in card as an option in the future. I'll share more details when we get to that point.

  5. Lionel,

    Quick question.  If I purchase the XPS 7100 with the AMD Athlon II x4 630, can I upgrade the processor in the future when the AMD Phenom II x6 comes down in price and install it myself or will I have to purchase a whole new machine?

  6. Kenux: Pretty sure the answer is yes, that you will be able to upgrade to the AMD Phenom x6 down the road. Let me confirm and I'll let you know for sure.

  7. @ Lionel

    I am thinking about ordering the XPS 7100 – with the Studio Phenom II X6 1075T processor with the full 16 GB of RAM and the ATI Radeon HD5670 video card. I will be running Adobe CS5 Premium Design Suite on the computer. Will this computer work well with Adobe CS5 or do you have any other good recommendation on what I should be getting for about $1200.00, as in a different computer system (I rather like AMD chips)? Thanks.

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