Compared with the Velocity Micro system above, Dell has advantages in its system memory, its hard-drive capacity, and its Blu-ray burning capabilities.
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) We're more or less satisfied with the relative value offered by the XPS 8300.
Supported OS: Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit Microsoft Windows XP.
As a media-playing, mainstream-gaming general productivity system, however, the XPS 8300 offers a fair deal for performance-oriented generalists.
For at least a day, that was true.
Dell recommends the customer review specifics about the update to determine if it applies to your system.
The test is based on Microsoft's DirectX 11 application programming interface (API and also has GPU-accelerated gaming physics, among other features.
We're also glad to see Dell adopt USB 3.0 ports on this system, by way of a single port on the front panel language and another around the back.
Futuremark takes a GPU-agnostic approach, and as such the test is a more even-handed representation of modern game behavior.
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For media creation, this Dell offers an edge over the competing Velocity Micro system, but keep in t mind that you can adjust the Z40 build to match that of the Dell for a similar price.
We haven't compiled an abundance of CS5 results, but with three similar systems tested, we can draw some early conclusions.
While that doesn't automatically translate to best-of-breed performance, Dell has wrapped a well-balanced, reasonably priced 1,615 configuration around the new chip.
All else equal, it seems that memory can have a significant impact on Photoshop CS5 performance when you're working with large files.
As you can see, the Dell took a massive performance hit when it went down to 4GB of RAM.
Here the Dell's effectively eight-core 3.4GHz Core i7 CPU seems no match for the quad-core 4.0GHz Core i5 chip in the Velocity Micro.
This driver works for the following laptops: Supported OS: Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit Microsoft Windows XP.
Dell hasn't moved to the convenient front-access hard-drive bays that we've seen from Acer, Gateway, and many boutique vendors, but the gadget tray on the top of the system is convenient, as are the USB 2.0 and audio ports dotting the rear edge of the tray.