My new work PC

The whole team here in the office at Conde Nast Digital in London got upgraded to new high-spec dev PCs this week. It's the best work PC I've ever had (adjusting for improvements in hardware over time) and seems worthy of a blog post. CPU: Intel Core i7, RAM: 16GB fast RAM. Hard drives: 2TB HDD and a 256GB SSD. Etc!

My "old" work PC was more than adequate, but now it's getting extreme. My new work PC boots Windows 7 Ultimate (64bit) in about 20 sec. It's a Dell XPS 8500 (i.e. the latest model) customised and fitted with the latest Intel Core i7 CPU (a 3rd gen processor, the fastest available in desktop PC models, and currently the 10th fastest commercially retailed CPU including Xeon servers and supercomputing). We benchmarked the CPU today at 10,000 fresh out of the box.

Here are the basic specs of my current work PC:-


Dell XPS 8500


- Intel Core i7-3770 Processor (3.40GHz, 8MB)

-  16GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600Mhz

Hard Disks

- 2Tb SATA (7200RPM)
- 256Gb SSD (Toshiba)


-  Intel "Panther Point" H77

Network Card
- 10/100/1000 Gigabit

Media Card Reader
-  19:1

-  Integrated 7.1 Surround

-  AMD Radeon HD 7570 1Gb DDR5 Graphics Card

- Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0+LE

- REAR: (2) USB 3.0, (4) USB 2.0, Audio Jacks, RJ-45, VGA, HDMI
- Front: (2) USB 3.0, MCR
- Top: (2) USB 2.0 (One Powershare) Microphone, Headphones

Dimensions & Starting weight

- L (445mm) x W (185mm) x H (406mm)
- Weight 12.86 kgs (28.3 lbs)

- 460W



- HP 27" high-res (2560x1440) primary
- 22" secondary


It'll be interesting to look back on this snapshot in time, and compare in the future. My dad remembers a time not so very long ago when lifting 5MB of storage required a crane. My mobile phone (Smsung Galaxy SII) is more powerful than any supercomputer was when I was at school. With such a rapid pace of technological evolution, one cannot help but wonder what the future will hold...

22 June 2012

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Riain McAtamney (14 May 13, 13:31)

Cool post. I'm thinking about upgrading my home dev machine.

Does running multiple instances of VS work well on this machine?

Tim Acheson (17 May 13, 13:32)

@Riain multiple VS instances is effortless on this machine. Let me know which dream machine u get. :)


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