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Simple Question on Dell Studio XPS Core i7

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Just ordered my new Del Studio XPS 920.  Simple question:  Can it be overclocked?  A Google search seems to come up with conflicting answers.  If you've actuallyl done it, how high did you get and can you provde BIOS settings?  I'm not an endless tweaker, I do DV and I just want a nice good but stable bump in speed over a stock machine.  Any advice, settings, etc is much appreciated.  Thanks!

Oh, BTW, the model I ordered has 4 X 1 GB of Dual Channel DDR3.  How do I get this unit running in 3 channel mode?  Take out 1GB?  Or do I need different RAM or a BIOS setting change or both?  Could I add 2 X 1 GB more and get to a 3 channel with 6GB?  I'm new to the i7 architecture still...  Thanks again!! 

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  • swezey,

    Can it be overclocked?
    * No.

    How do I get this unit running in 3 channel mode?  Take out 1GB?
    * Yes.

    Could I add 2 X 1 GB more and get to a 3 channel with 6GB?
    * Yes.

     


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  • Chris_Mixon

    swezey,

    Can it be overclocked?
    * No.

    How do I get this unit running in 3 channel mode?  Take out 1GB?
    * Yes.

    Could I add 2 X 1 GB more and get to a 3 channel with 6GB?
    * Yes.

     

     

    Chris,

    Thanks for the quick reply.  I'm a little dumbfounded... it can't be overclocked at all??  What MOBO are they using?  Did they have their own BIOS written?  Hard to believe that NO overclocking is possible at all with this PC.  What do you suppose is the rationale for that?

     

  • Hi swezey, Dell mobo's are custom made by Foxconn. They are designed to work with that model only, you are limited to upgrading on any Dell model.

          

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  • RobinBredin

    Hi swezey, Dell mobo's are custom made by Foxconn. They are designed to work with that model only, you are limited to upgrading on any Dell model.

    Robin,

      OK thanks.  And the Foxconn MOBO's don't allow overclocking?  Is that the issue...??  That would explain it I guess.  Still you think they'd allow some measure of control in the BIOS so that the same MOBO could support different speeds of CPU's...  Or do they preset them then lock them down some how??  If so, SOMEONE surely must know how to UNLOCK it. Wink  There's so many people out there smarter than me...  Just thinking out loud.

     

  • The Studio XPS was never designed to be a gamer's system, in spite of the extremely fast CPU.  The power supply is pretty small -- adequate for the configuration, but just barely.  Overclocking is not supported.  Dual graphics cards (dual x16 PCIe) are also not supported.  Cooling again is adequate, but not a lot of margin there.

    What it is, is a terrific multimedia system (think Photoshop, video editing, or other media).  If you read any of the reviews for the system, you'll see that most everyone agrees on how Dell has targeted the system.  Trying to turn it into something it wasn't designed for is definitely a "proceed at your own risk" proposition.  I continue to be amazed at postings by folks who are plunking good money down for at Studio XPS, then stripping out the PS, HD, and graphics card and trying to turn it into a gamer's system.  Umm, if you're going to do that, either buy one that's better suited for the purpose IMHO, or even better, just build it yourself.  You can likely get the parts at a similar price and you'll end up with exactly what you're looking for.

    Meanwhile, I'm loving mine.  Meets my needs perfectly.

    J.