updated 07:45 am EST, Wed February 25, 2009
Dell Studio XPS 435
Dell this morning revealed more ambitious plans for its desktops with an early launch for the Studio XPS 435. Unlike the original, the new version has its own, much sleeker case design with better airflow and more room for expansion: the new system has room for up to 24GB of memory (up from 12GB), holds as much as 4.5TB of storage and carries a 475W power supply that can handle significantly more expansion than most pre-made PCs.
A top-mounted tray inherited from the XPS 430 gives users a place to cradle MP3 players and cameras as well as three USB ports, audio in/out and an IR remote for media center tasks.
The system continues to center on Core i7 processors and should have processors ranging from the 2.66GHz chip through to the 3.2GHz Core i7 Extreme; new to the Studio XPS line is the option of a 1GB Radeon HD 4870 video card for gaming. Besides this and extra storage, systems can also be outfitted with Blu-ray, a Sound Blaster X-Fi audio card and 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Dell's release comes early and doesn't include either pricing or default configurations, though both are expected soon.