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Dell XPS 435 Launches


Dell XPS 435 Launches

If you're in the market for a Core i7 machine, Dell's latest performance desktop - the Studio XPS 435 - may be worthy of consideration.

The XPS 435 gets off to a good start, sporting Intel's X58 chipset and Core i7 processors. As many as six RAM DIMMs can be installed, for up to 12GB of RAM, in tri-channel configurations and three hard drive bays can accommodate up to 4.5TB of storage. Graphics processing is provided by a 1GB ATI Radeon 4870.

By default sound is provided by Intel's on-board 7.1-channel audio controller, but a dedicated Creative X-Fi Titanium sound card can be specced. Optical drive options include both a standard DVD and Blu-ray drives.

Connectivity options are comprehensive, Draft-N wireless can be added to the already present four front and four rear USB ports, a 15-in-one card reader and eSATA. The case features a recessed 'tray' for storing devices connected to the front USB ports.

Pricing starts from £1,699 but will easily spiral up with upgrades. Adding on every option takes the XPS 425 close to the £3k mark, so be wary!

Luan Bach

April 28, 2009, 10:25 pm

&#1632000+ for a Dell PC! The last time I paid that much for a Dell was a max out workstation class PC for fluid dynamic work in 1998.

Monkey Man

April 28, 2009, 11:23 pm

Surely it can hold upto 6TB? 3x2WD 2TB disks. I assume you were going with 3x1.5TB disks? Can you not add the 2TB disks in the spec?


April 28, 2009, 11:57 pm

Yes, &#1631699 seems way too high for a Core i7 machine, especially with just a single 4870 graphics card. Hopefully the price isn't set in stone yet?


April 29, 2009, 12:28 am

What the hell is that round black thing sitting on top of the heatsink?


April 29, 2009, 2:24 am

@Monkey Man: Checking the Dell site (I'm in the US), you cannot add the 2TB drives. The 4.5TB limit was my thought exactly when I read that, knowing 2TB drives exist.

Although, according to the bit-tech review, that 2TB WD drive is a terrible performer, so maybe Dell excluding the option is not all bad.

Matthew Bunton

April 29, 2009, 4:54 am

Way overpriced for what your getting as usual from Dell.


April 29, 2009, 7:07 am

The black thing is a duct, which will have a hole in the side panel above it. It allows the CPU fan to cool the CPU using cooler air from outside the case rather than the hot air that's already passed over the hard drives and PCI-E cards.


April 29, 2009, 3:49 pm

@ Xiphias - so it's necessary to make up for the fact that the case has terrible airflow?

Yep, sounds about right for Dell. They put a load of high powered components in a system which chuck out a load of heat, then put no thought or consideration in how to remove that heat from the case so the system actually runs efficiently.


April 30, 2009, 2:05 am

smc~ you miss the fact that 'cases with terrible airflows do not use additional fans needed for that, and also the fact that 'round black things' have been used for ages to aide in effective yet QUIET cooling.


April 30, 2009, 4:07 am

@ mjaffk - not on my PCs they haven't ;)

There are things called QUIET fans, you know, although unfortunately I don't think Dell do since they insist on using cheap loud ones. Whichever way you look at it, fans are essential to keep a system cool, so I'd rather have them than not and live with a little extra noise. Remember, this is a performance orientated system after all, if it was a HTPC then it'd be a completely different story and I'd be inclined to agree with you.


April 30, 2009, 8:09 am

I'd get a similarly specced alienware for similar price - looks way better


May 23, 2009, 12:01 am

I used an NZXT Zero Full Tower case when I built my PC. It has 8 low RPM fans so it keeps cool and makes very little noise. However it does put out a lot of heat. My room is usually a good 7-10 degrees warmer than the rest of the house.


May 23, 2009, 6:22 am

Man, you guys really pay full price for these? Here's what I got for $1,100 (includes a 24 inch monitor, and $150 gift card and no interest for 18 months)... used a 25% off coupon on an already discounted bundle. The 24 inch 1080p monitor added $105 to the price...

In other words, the PC costs $1,000 with the $150 gift card, 8GB RAM and an upgraded video card...

Quantity Item Description

1 Studio XPS 435

1 Intel® Core&#8482 i7-920 processor(8MB L3 Cache, 2.66GHz)

1 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 4 DIMMs

1 Dell USB Consumer Multimedia Keyboard

1 Dell 24 inch S2409W Widescreen Flat Panel

1 ATI Radeon HD 4670 512MB

1 750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive

1 Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-Bit

1 Dell Laser Mouse

1 No Modem Option

1 Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 9.0 Multi-Language

1 Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability

1 Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

1 No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)

1 No Productivity software pre-installed

1 Norton Internet Security&#8482 2009 Edition 15-months

1 1Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis,Florida

1 $150 Dell Promo Gift Card - Arrives in 6-8 wks, carries a 90 Day Exp. Dell.com/giftcard

1 Windows Vista™ Premium

1 Dell Remote Access, free basic service

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