Dell Introduces Studio Desktop and Studio Slim Models

Sep 23, 2008 by John Messina weblog
Dell Studio Slim Model (ST)

Dell has just rounded out its Studio line with its new Studio Desktop (MT) and Studio Slim (ST) models. Dell offers each model with a choice of Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad processors, up to 8GB of RAM and integrated 7.1 audio.

The Studio MT has two 5.25" external drive bays, one external 3.5" bay, and two internal 3.5" drive bays. It also has one PCI-e x16 slot, two PCI-e x1 slots and one PCI slot. The Studio ST has the same expansion capability with the exception of having a single 5.25" external bay.

Both Studio desktops have the following specifications:

Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors
up to 8 GB of DDR2 RAM
6 USB 2.0 (4 front, 2 back) ports
1 FireWire (IEEE 1394) port (two on the Studio Desktop)
S-PDIF output
HDMI and VGA output
Integrated 7.1 audio
Gigabit Ethernet
16-in-1 media card reader (Studio Desktop)
19-in-1 media card reader (Studio Slim)
350W (Studio Desktop) or 250W (Studio Slim) power supplies

Optional upgrades for both models include:

Discrete ATI graphics
Blu-Ray ROM optical drives
TV tuner
802.11n wireless connectivity
Wireless keyboards and mice
64-bit versions of Windows Vista

The starting price for both systems start at $549.00 and are available right now.

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Bob_B
not rated yet Sep 24, 2008
What do all these specs offer me?
What makes this better than my 4 year old Gateway PC? Will it allow me to play MS Flight Sim with lots of graphics?