The Bottom Line
- Fast Core i7 Processor
- Includes 20-inch LCD Monitor
- Highly Customizable
- Weak 3D Graphics Card
- Huge Case That Weighs 40 Pounds
- Undersized Power Supply For Potential Components
- Intel Core i7 920 Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 640GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- ATI Radeon HD 4350 Graphics Card With 512MB Memory
- Dell 20-inch ST2010 LCD Monitor
- Intel HDA 7.1 Audio
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Eight USB 2.0, FireWire, eSATA, 15-in-1 Card Reader
- Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Guide Review - Dell Studio XPS 435 Mainstream Desktop PC
Aug 7 2009 - Dell's Studio XPS 435 is actually a very good value when one considers some of the components that they use within the system. Performance is very strong thanks to the use of the Intel Core i7 920 processor combined with 4GB of DDR3 memory. It could get a bit more memory performance if it was configured with a third memory module for a triple channel setup but most people probably won't notice the difference.
The most common drive configuration in the system is a 640GB hard drive with a dual layer DVD burner. This puts the system slightly behind the more common 750GB capacity for this $1000 price range. The huge albeit heavy case has room for plenty of extra drives to be installed either by Dell or aftermarket by the consumer.
Graphics are very mixed with the Studio XPS 435. It is nice that they offer some of Dell's fine LCD monitors with the system. The problem is that the system comes equipped with a very meager Radeon HD 4350 graphics card. This is fine for basic computing or dealing with HD video decoding. Those hoping to use it for PC gaming will be disappointed with it only capable of roughly 1280x800 at lower detail settings.
Of course, users can always upgrade the graphics card, but this leads to another one of the issues with the Studio XPS 435. The system only has a 475W power supply. With all the space in the system and room for so many drives and even multiple graphics cards, it really can only support a single high end graphics card within the system. This is where the higher end XPS models have the advantage.
With all the customization that Dell offers with the Studio XPS 435 and its very reasonable price, the system is a good choice for those looking at an affordable system with good performance and some room for expansion.