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They say good things come in small packages, and that's the case with the Dell XPS 8500. The system is only 16 inches high by 6.9 inches wide by 17.2 inches deep, but performs almost as well as a behemoth gaming system. Though it has a sleek design, its cover doesn't hint at anything special about this Dell machine. However, it must have some way to justify its $1999 (as of June 20, 2012) price tag. When we looked a little closer and pushed it to its limit, that justification became much clearer. It comes packed with a new Intel Core i7 3770 Ivy Bridge processor with a stock speed of 3.4GHz. If that's not enough, it can easily push up to 3.9GHz using Intel's Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. Intel is consistently putting out strong numbers with every processor iteration, along with greater power efficiency. This combination blurs the lines between performance and casual or business machines. Still, at nearly $2000, this is no budget system. The packed interior of the Dell XPS 8500. The pleasant surprises don't stop with the CPU. Supporting the speedy processor is 16GB of DDR3 RAM and some of the best storage I've seen in any system.
I've never really liked the term prosumer, but the Dell XPS 8500 ($2,049.99 direct) practically screams it. Positioned between Dell's Inspiron value desktops and Alienware gaming rigs, the XPS 8500 targets digital content creators, game players, and power users who'd probably never buy a Digital Storm, Velocity Micro, or other boutique brand, but who crave more performance than generic retail PCs provide. The XPS 8500 gets that performance from one of Intel's new "Ivy Bridge" quad-core processors - the 3.4GHz Core i7-3770 - and AMD's speedy Radeon HD 7870 graphics card, along with a 256GB Samsung mSATA solid-state drive plus 3TB Seagate 7,200 rpm hard drive. It also fixes a couple of omissions that affected its Dell XPS 8300 (X8300-7008NBK) ($999.99 list, 3.5 stars) predecessor (hello, USB 3.0 and Blu-ray burner!). The result is a well-built if conservatively built desktop; it's fast, but not as fast as less-famous-name systems that cost the same or a little more with overclocked processors or dual graphics cards or both, such as our midrange gaming Editors' Choice Cyberpower Zeus Thunder 3000SE ($2,299 direct, 4 stars).
This $1,999 XPS 8500 embodies a familiar problem for Dell. It wants to perpetuate its high-end desktop range, but its mainstream configurations keep it from offering good performance value. Dell does make effective use of a fast storage access technology from Intel in this PC. A fat 3TB hard drive may also hold appeal. Those features are welcome, but too many PCs from smaller, speed-oriented vendors surpass the XPS 8500 in application and gaming performance. If you agree that raw horsepower is the primary reason for the continued existence of expensive midtower desktops, it's hard to recommend the XPS 8500 over its competition. Dell has used the XPS 8000-series tower design since 2009. It continues to offer a clean, unique look, although Dell has streamlined this newest model. Where previously Dell hid the front-panel USB and audio ports behind a finicky plastic cover, now the USB ports simply sit, uncovered, on the front of the unit. They're a minor disruption to the XPS 8500's aesthetics, but the benefit of easier access makes up for it. In terms of its configuration, the XPS 8500 is based on Intel's new, third-generation Core i7 chips, aka Ivy Bridge.