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2010-07-05T10:57:32Z

Dell 6-Core Studio XPS 7100 ReviewDell recently sent us one of their new Studio XPS 7100 desktops built around AMD's recently launched Phenom II X6 1055T processor. AMD's hexa-core chips don't pack the same punch as Intel's six-core architecture, but the upshot is you'll save a king's bounty by riding into the sunset with AMD, and in this case, with Dell as well. The configuration we're looking at runs $1,450 (currently on sale for $1,150), with lesser spec'd six-core rigs starting out at $699. To put that into perspective, Intel's sole six-core offering -- the Core i7 980X -- commands about a grand just for the processor alone...

Dell 6-Core Studio XPS 7100 System Review

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realneil
2010-07-05T22:50:25Z

It's respectable, but not custom.

With the RAM maxed out and a dual GPU card in it, one would see far better benchmark scores from it as well.

Building your own is still the best way to go if you know how to do it.

animatortom
2010-07-06T03:57:42Z

That's a big jump when comparing even the 4core I7's. I have read a little about the new 8core Xenons, having two of those would be sweet!

Things do look rather tight inside there! I doubt you would be able to get a dual GPU setup to fit. Since it looks like the same little crappy Foxcon econ board (got one) that all Dells and HP's use. If that is already a tight fit, I would doubt that a larger SLI or Crossfire board would fit? Then again I am just judging the size by the 5870?

It does seem like a good system for most gamers and Home Theater buffs! Since it has THX that is a very good start! this is something you would probably feel very comfortable having as a HTPC, but I feel that most Die-Hard gamers would be better off building thier own systems. Getting double the performance at the same price?

realneil
2010-07-06T09:46:40Z

animatortom wrote:

I would doubt that a larger SLI or Crossfire board would fit?

I doubt it too. That's why I said a dual GPU Card rather than a dual card setup. I would wonder about the power supply's limitations too.

No, I still believe it's best to build your own so that you can take everything into consideration and plan for future upgrades more efficiently.

I don't think that this box is anything to summarily dismiss, but I would build it differently.

lonewolf
2010-07-07T20:33:18Z

Nice little set up here Dell has. I too would like to have seen an SSD but for a value RIG this one has it all. This is the best your going to get for your money with an all AMD/ATI set up. True a core i7 is a beast but the price is a beast as well and as you noted games are still optimized for duel core much less hexa core!!!. Over all its a sweet rig. [Y]

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2010-07-08T18:22:44Z

@ Neil

I only do Custom. You get exactly what you want, and if you planned accordingly you will also have the ability to upgrade the system with the market.

Building a system is so easy too. Even if you're new to it, just do some research and dive in! If you get stuck, ask for some help. There are tons of people on the internet willing to help!

We didn't all always know how to build a system with our eyes closed lol We all had a first!

slugbug
2010-07-11T12:39:49Z

I would like to see Dell use name brand components and proper power supplies. I haven't owned a Dell in years, do they still use proprietary power supplies like they used to?

realneil
2010-07-11T14:20:26Z

slugbug wrote:

I would like to see Dell use name brand components and proper power supplies. I haven't owned a Dell in years, do they still use proprietary power supplies like they used to?

I had a customer give me her pretty, but malfunctioning almost new,

white and silver Dell desktop PC with an Intel dual core CPU in it.

I had built a gaming platform for her kid a few months before and she

realized that his computer never gave him any trouble, but her Dell

broke down (blue screened) all of the time.

She brought it to me and had me build one EXACTLY like her son's

computer and recover her data from the dell. When she left, she didn't

want the Dell and gave it to me.

Afterwords, I diagnosed it and found that the 2-1GB sticks of memory were bad. I put in

four 2GB DDR-II 800 sticks from my parts shelf, and a PCI-E GT-240 1GB video

card that I had. Then I loaded 64 bit Win-7 onto it and gave it to my wife to

use. The power supply is of Dell's own design, (proprietary indeed) but has been without

problems for all this time. The GT-240 doesn't have any additional power connections on it.

I recently offered to build a bigger, better, faster computer for the

wife and she threatened me if "I touched" her Dell. [:@]

 

acarzt
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2010-07-11T17:32:58Z

lol...  You should secretly upgrade it without her knowing and see if she notices a difference lol

realneil
2010-07-11T18:00:04Z

No way, no how. [:#]

If she's happy than I am too.

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2010-07-11T18:13:43Z

lol... that's probably the wiser move.... but it's so much less fun lol

realneil
2010-07-11T19:05:10Z

She has a sweet nature and is a wonderful country girl (very easy to get along with) but when she's upset, it's no small matter,............

What's that old country saying?

"I'd Rather Sandpaper A Bobcat's Butthole In A Phone Booth Than Piss Her Off!"

fat78
2010-07-14T14:47:03Z

wtf who says that lol 

realneil
2010-07-14T15:09:42Z

fat78 wrote:

wtf who says that lol

Me, for one.

I never heard it said until I got to Virginia, and I've hear it said several times since I've been here. (the first time someone said it around me, I almost fell out of my wheelchair)

 

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2010-07-14T18:36:22Z

lmao that's pretty funny. I've never heard anyone say that before either