On Tuesday, Dell officially announced its new Studio XPS 8000 and 9000 desktops. Aside from a softer, friendlier chassis, the new systems are also notable for introducing Intel's new Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs (also announced Tuesday) to Dell's desktop line-up.
The new Studio XPS 8000 case looks similar to the Studio XPS 435 system we reviewed a few weeks ago. We found that system's rounded corners and gently curving lines one of Dell's better case designs, and we're glad to see the same style extended to other systems in Dell's stable.
Perhaps more technically interesting than the case are the new CPU options available in these systems. Starting at $799 with the Core i5 750 processor, you also get a 500GB hard drive, 4GB of DDR3 1,066MHz RAM, a DVD burner, and a low-level ATI 3D card. Its upgrade options include the new Core i7 chips and faster and better components all-around (including a GeForce GTX 260 3D card, an uncharacteristically robust gaming option for Dell's midrange line). The Studio XPS 9000 has all of those features, with more powerful graphics options available to entice PC gamers.
Dell is certainly not alone in introducing new desktops based on Intel's new chips. We've already reviewed a Core i7 860-based Talon from Falcon Northwest, and we will publish our review of a $1,299 Edge Z30 from Velocity Micro soon. We're sure we will soon be reviewing other PCs with Intel's new chips, although Dell is likely next on deck in the lab after Velocity Micro, provided Dell gets us a review unit in a timely fashion.