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Dell Studio XPS review

£949 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Dell

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Dell’s Studio XPS makes good use of its Intel Core i7 920 and 6GB allocation of RAM, scoring a commendable 128 points in WorldBench 6.

Dell's Studio XPS makes good use of its Intel Core i7 920 and 6GB allocation of RAM, scoring a commendable 128 points in WorldBench 6. It's also built into a compact and rather stylish case, which gives it a much tidier appearance than most built-to-order PCs. Flush panels conceal the DVD driver and a selection of front-facing ports, including a card reader and four USB ports.

However, while it may cost £50 less than the competition, the Dell Studio XPS' specification falls well below that which we're used to in this chart.

Whereas we'd normally expect at least a 22in display, Dell supplies an 18.5in Ultrasharp model that lacks a digital input with the Studio XPS. We appreciate that bigger is not always better, but we would expect to pay considerably less for the smaller model. To its credit, this monitor does look very sleek - perhaps even cute.

While the processing performance is more than adequate for all but the most speed-hungry power user, the story is a little different when it comes to gaming. By selecting AMD's mid-range card, the Radeon HD 4670, Dell has restricted 3D performance to sub-£500 PC levels. CyberPower's £499 AMD Pre-Build 2 Cores will outclass the Dell Studio XPS on any game you throw at it.

You could argue that this level of graphics power is well matched to the 1,366x768 resolution of the monitor, but bear in mind that your graphics card won't be able to keep up if you decide to add a larger screen.

The Dell Studio XPS' two 500GB hard drives are configured in a Raid 0 array to provide a total 1TB storage capacity. This configuration can increase performance, but it also increases the likelihood of total data loss following a disk failure.

Things are pretty cramped inside the case, but if you decide to attempt any significant hardware improvements you'll need to upgrade the Dell Studio XPS's 350W PSU too.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (Sep 09 issue)

  1. Eclipse Titan X58-Crossfire i792R489
  2. Arbico Elite i750 Pro
  3. CyberPower Mega Sales IV
  4. Palicomp Phoenix Ballistix E86-24
  5. Dell Studio XPS

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Dell Studio XPS Expert Verdict »
Dell Studio XPS 435/6192 Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 11 reviews
2.66GHz Intel Core i7 920
Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit
6GB DDR3 RAM
2 x 500GB SATA (Raid 0 configuration)
Dell Studio XPS 435MT motherboard
6 x USB 2.0
350W Delta 2Electronic PSU
18.5in Dell Ultrasharp S1909WN (0.3mm pixel pitch
1,366x768)
512MB PCI Express ATI Radeon HD 4670 (games scores: Crysis (High/Very High) = 39/11fps
Fear = 85fps)
onboard Realtek ALC888
speakers built into monitor
16x/16x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/12x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
one-year onsite warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 128
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Dell's Studio XPS may cost £50 less than the competition, but the specifications list has taken a far greater cut.

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