A neat-looking desktop with a hint of red, is that all Dell Inspiron i3656-8022RED is? Not really, it has AMD’s quad-core processor and 16GB RAM powering the system. But another thing is whether the desktop is really worth its price. And what you can actually use it for. I’ll let you know my views on this below.
Does it run most software?
To answer to the above question: for sure. The most essential thing that affects the performance is processor, which is AMD FX-8800P here. It’s a bit less known unit, but let me tell you it’s a quad-core model offering a 2.1GHz clock speed and 3.4GHz turbo. Comparing it to others, it’s faster than Intel Core i5-5200U – the Intel chip receives around 3500 points in CPU Mark test while the AMD gets 4520. There will be no problems whether it’s a simple Google Chrome or heavier Photoshop you’re dealing with.
In case you’re a friend of multitasking the desktop also works for you. It has 16GB memory installed which makes sure that if you want to keep dozens of browser tabs open, listen to music and still do something more, it will all be handled smooth. The RAM is installed on two 8GB sticks, and they eat the both memory slots on the board so the RAM is already capped out.
Moving to the storage section, we’ll see the desktop contains a huge, 2TB 7200RPM hard drive. If you want to use this computer as your main data storage then it is good – you can save data equivalent to four hundred DVDs here. But if you want performance, then for sure a solid-state drive is your friend. However, specifications suggest there’s no free space for one, so you need to remove the HDD first if you want to put solid-state drive here.
How about games?
The fact is, Dell Inspiron i3656-8022RED does not have a dedicated graphics engine listed on Amazon.com, just an integrated AMD Radeon R7. That will hurt gaming performance a big time. Playing many games is possible, but you’ll really need to keep those settings and resolution at bay. For example, Battlefield 4 is going to give you ~30 FPS if you use low settings and 1024×768 resolution. On the other hand, the lightweight Counter-Strike: Go will run at the same FPS even when settings are high and resolution Full HD.
You may install dedicated graphics if you want to – however just one card since only one PCI-e x16 (full length & height) is available. It could be you need to upgrade the PSU at the same time too (could not find the wattage sadly but believe it’s quite a low-end one).
In addition, we got a comment from reader saying also this model has a dedicated AMD Radeon R9. If this is the case, gaming performance is considerable better, and you can play most games, although the more demanding ones will require lower settings and/or resolution for playable frame rates.
What devices does it accept?
So you want to spice up Dell Inspiron i3656-8022RED with some peripherals? Sure it’s possible but the set of connections isn’t that great. There are two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 for external devices (like printer, USB hard drive etc). In addition, two video outputs are available – VGA and HDMI – so connecting two monitors simultaneously works.
Audio ports include headphones, microphone, line-in and line-out connectors.
This thing connects to Internet with the Gigabit RJ-45 port and the built-in 802.11bgn WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 adapter.
A tray load DVD burner is available, so is a media card reader for SD, SDXC, SDHC, MMC and MMC+ formats.
Other things to keep in mind
Dell Inspiron i3656-8022RED does not include a monitor. Keyboard and mouse are however shipped with the unit.
Windows 10 Home (64-bit) is loaded on the hard drive.
Dell Inspiron i3656-8022RED is something more demanding users should appreciate. The AMD FX processor can take a lot of beating before it slows down, for example Photoshop and other heavier software are not a problem for the AMD. The 16GB RAM will also help with keeping things nice, especially multitasking should be a smooth sail. However I’m not convinced about the gaming performance as there’s a mere integrated graphics card available. So in case gaming is not your number one activity, this Dell should offer a lot for all the power users out there.