Obviously not wanting to fall too far behind other manufacturers in the technology curve, today Dell took the wraps off of several new desktops that take advantage of improvements in Intel’s chip technologies with new Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs.
First up is the Studio XPS 8100, an update to the previous incarnation in the series, the Studio XPS 8000. Chief among the updates is the processor; Dell added new options from Intel’s Core i3 and i5 series CPUs, expanding the flexibility offered by the machine. At the low end, users can configure the 8100 desktop with a dual-core Core i3-530, while at the high end, there’s a Core i7-870 available. Other options in the 8100 include wireless networking, dual-band TV tuners, discrete video and sound cards as well as Blu-ray.
On the graphics side of things, you can expect the Studio XPS 8100 to ship with a relatively anemic NVIDIA GeForce G310, but more powerful options like the GeForce GTX260 or Radeon HD4770 are available. Dell has set the barrier to entry for the 8100 at $749, which is relatively feasible; as soon as you start adding in those optional configs, however, the price rises substantially.
It may not be as immediately stylish as the Studio XPS desktop, but the Inspiron 580 doesn’t do too bad for something in its tageted market segment. The Inspiron 500 series has been a relatively good performer for Dell, no doubt due in large part to its extreme affordability. The 580 carries this tradition forward with Intel Core i3 and i5 processors available, but a same starting price of just $249. The 580 also offers up similar options like a TV tuner, sound card, wireless networking and more. The graphics are something of a disappointment as the base option is just the terrible, terrible Intel integrated GPU. Paying a little extra will get you an NVIDIA GeForce GT220.