Processor and Memory CapacitiesDell engineers 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 code threads. The maximum amount of memory that can be used with this processor is 16 gigabytes (GB) of RAM. The type of memory required for DDR3 operation at 1066 MHz or 1333 MHz. The design of the XPS 8000 allows the use of between 1 GB and 16 GB by filling the four available DDR3 DIMM sockets. These sockets work 1GB, 2GB and 4GB modules. The type of memory used in the XPS 8000 is limited to non-ECC modules only.
StorageThe storage capabilities of the XPS 8000 include two 5.25-inch bays for SATA DVD +/- RW Super Multi Drives or Blu-ray Disc RW Discs. There is also a single 3.5-inch bay for a FlexDock or a Bluetooth module. Although theses arrays 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 able to function as a network workstation by using Wi-Fi connections / Bluetooth to a LAN that allows the user to use network resources to store and retrieve data. RAID support is available only for internal SATA hard drives.
Expansion slots and supported features on boardThe design specifications equip the XPS 8000 with four expansion slots on the system bus. There are two PCI Express slots, a PCI slot, and a single PCI Express x16 slot. The graphics card usually occupies the PCI Express X16 slot, leaving the other three slots for other types of expansion cards.
The XPS 8000 system motherboard supports audio processing, memory card operations, and USB 2.0 ports capabilities. Built in the system chassis are connectors for the network connection (RJ-45), audio (top panel - headset and microphone, the back panel - six connectors for 7.1 support), the eSATA back panel, IEEE1394a (Firewire) and a only S / PDIF connections (optical).
The memory card reader is designed to support CompactFlash, Smart Media, xD-Picture, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, HG Memory Stick PRO, SecureDigital, SecureDigital 2.0, MultiMedia Card and MicroDrive. The designers of the case equipped connection ports for each of the formats in an easily accessible place.