Dell 6-Core Studio XPS 7100 System Review

Dell 6-Core Studio XPS 7100 System Review

Dell 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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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.

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@ 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!

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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?

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slugbug:
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. Angry

 

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

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No way, no how. Zip it!

If she's happy than I am too.

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

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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!"

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wtf who says that lol 

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fat78:
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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lmao that's pretty funny. I've never heard anyone say that before either

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@ kelvingrage

Dell would certainly not be my first choice if I were going to be a computer that was already assembled for me.

While in the past they used to make a quality product... after the scandel they've been going through... I don't think I could trust them anymore.

If I were to buy a laptop, it would be Asus or HP.

For a desktop... either Cyberpower or iBuypower... but let's be honest, i'll never pay for a preassembled system lol I just enjoy the build too much :-)

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acarzt:
I just enjoy the build too much

Same here, it's way too satisfying to bring a couple of boxes of parts into existence as a fully functioning and bad-ass computer. (when you're the one who designed it)

You miss allot of interaction when it shows up at your door pre-built.

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Yea, it's just so much more exciting doing your own build. I even enjoy doing all the research and hand picking parts with exactly the specs I want. Particularly RAM.

And then the build. Putting that time and effort into creating something. Running wires and bolting everything down.

And then the moment of truth when you turn it on for the first time... is it gonna work????

And then of course it doesn't the first attempt and then you see the cable you didn't hook up and then you try again!

And here we go, setup your BIOS, install your OS and play some games :-D

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eunoia:
Really gets the point across, anyway

She really is a sweet and lovely girl,............

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Til you piss her off lol

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acarzt:
Til you piss her off lol

Not so easy to do,.......She's fantastic when she's pissed off though. What a girl! Yow!

 

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If she has ever threatened to kill you for doing something man style. Consider the threat real only it may take 30 years. Haven't you noticed how it is always the husband that goes first? Slow poison that takes a looong time to accumulate

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It's worth the ride, Mr. Smith.

So worth it.

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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?

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animatortom:
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.

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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. Yes

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