With all the new computers coming out virtually every day from manufacturers like Dell, it is difficult to keep up with all the particular specifications on each model. One of Dell's new models of workstation's release date was in late 2009. Despite the difficulty of meeting this deadline due to availability of the new line of processors, the new models have more capabilities than any of Dell's previous models. The new model was the Dell XPS 8000 line of computers capable of utilising the Intel i7-870 processor.
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Processor and Memory Capabilities
Engineers at Dell developed the XPS 8000 for use with the new Intel i7-870 processor. This processor contains four cores and is capable of handling eight different threads of code. The maximum amount of usable memory with this processor is 16 gigabytes (GB) of RAM. The memory type required for use DDR3 operating at either 1066MHz or 1333MHz. The design of the XPS 8000 allows for the use of between 1 GB and 16 GB by populating the four available DDR3 DIMM sockets. These sockets will operate 1 GB, 2 GB and 4GB modules. The type of memory used in the XPS 8000 is limited to non-ECC modules only.
The storage capabilities of the XPS 8000 include two 5.25-inch bays for SATA DVD+/-RW Super Multi Drives or Blu-ray Disc RW drives. Also included is a single 3.5-inch bay for a Flexdock or a Bluetooth module. While theses bays are accessible for external access, the internal storage availability is two 3.5-inch bays capable of mounting SATA hard drives. The XPS 8000 is capable of operating as a network workstation using Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connections to a local network enabling the user to use network resources to store and retrieve data. RAID support is available only for the internal SATA hard drives.
Expansion Slots and Onboard Supported Functionality
Design specifications equip the XPS 8000 with four expansion slots on the system bus. There are two PCI Express slots, one PCI slot and a single PCI Express x16 slot. The graphics adaptor usually occupies the PCI Express X16 slot, leaving the other three slots for other types of expansion cards.
The motherboard of the XPS 8000 system supports the audio processing, memory card operations and USB 2.0 ports capabilities. Built into the system chassis are connectors for network connection (RJ-45), audio (top panel - headphone and microphone, back panel -- six connectors for 7.1 support), back panel eSATA, IEEE1394a (FireWire) and a single S/PDIF (optical) connections.
The memory card reader is designed to support CompactFlash, Smart Media, xD-Picture, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO HG, SecureDigital, SecureDigital 2.0, MultiMedia Card and MicroDrive. Designers of the case have fitted connection ports for each of the formats in an easily accessed location.
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