Even though Dell’s been offering six-core systems for some time, now, either in the AMD-powered Studio XPS 7100 or the Intel-friendly Alienware gaming rigs, the new Studio XPS 9100 brings Intel’s high-end chip to their consumer desktop lineup. The new line refresh also includes beefier power supplies as well as top-notch GPU options.
Pre-configured packages on Dell’s website start as low as $949 and offfer an Intel Core i7-920 CPU running at 2.66GHz, which, combined with NVIDIA’s GeForce G310, is still a relatively powerful system, even though Dell’s offered the i7-920 at sub-$1000 prices for almost two years, now.
Customers looking for a bit more power can certainly find it; the quad-core Core i7-960 will run an additional $470 and the six-core Core i7-980X upgrade is a cool grand.
Starting at 3GB, the tri-channel memory can be configured up to 24GB for $1,100, and the anemic G310 graphics card can be replaced with one of four ATI options. The single-GPU ATI flagship HD 5870 costs $330 while the dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970 will cost $580, and comes with 2GB of GDDR5.
Dell also offers dual hard drive configurations in both RAID 0 and RAID 1 setups, though no SSDs are on tap. Dual optical drives are an option, as is WiFi, for an additional $40, just like the original Studio XPS 7100 configurations.
The Studio XPS 9100 is available for order now on Dell’s website.