Dell XPS x8900-3131BLK Power Desktop Review

December 17, 2015
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Dell XPS x8900-3131BLK costs two times your regular computer, so what’s the deal here? Why would anybody want to spend so much on his desktop? Well, this machine is a very powerful one: boasting a Skylake-based Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and even a dedicated graphics card. But it’s not all-great computer, I’ll tell more about its shortcomings below…

Performance in nutshell

The strongest point of Dell XPS x8900-3131BLK is processing power. The manufacturer decided to include a new 6th generation chip, called the Intel Core i7-6700, for you to enjoy. It’s a very high-end unit, reaching around 10000 points in CPU Mark (which only a couple of processors can beat). Core amount is naturally four, clock speed is 3.4GHz and turbo is a nice 4.0GHz. There’s no danger the desktop would ever bog down because of the processor.

The desktop uses DDR4 memory, it has two 8GB modules installed, totaling at 16 gigabytes. Two DIMM slots are still available if you want to go beyond the current sixteen.

Not a beautiful sight for some, there’s a conventional, platter-based hard drive installed for storage. It offers 2TB which is a lot, yes, but the spindle speed 7200RPM can’t compete with solid-state drives. Luckily, there are two 3.5″ bays free for additional drives, also one M.2 is available for an SSD.

Is it good for gaming?

It would be a lie to call Dell XPS x8900-3131BLK a true gaming computer, although its dedicated GeForce GTX 745 (4GB DDR3) is good enough for casual gamers for sure. In comparison, the GTX 745 receives ~2200 PassMark score while the popular gaming card GeForce GTX 960 scores almost 6000. Anyway, the GTX 745 is fast enough to run GTA 5 at ~40FPS using 1080p and medium-high settings. You can try The Witcher 3 too, in which case you’ll get around 20FPS using 1080p and low graphics.

What ports and connections there are?

The desktop is equipped with 10 USB ports in total: two USB 2.0 and four UBS 3.0 in the back, two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 in front/top. The back panel also offers HDMI and DisplayPort for video outputs, plus the HDMI/DVI/VGA selection on the graphics card. Hence, the system supports two monitors at the same time.

There’s nothing wrong with the networking side of Dell XPS x8900-3131BLK, a Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 LAN) is offered as well as a single-band WiFi 802.11n + Bluetooth 4.0 adapter.

Naturally, a DVD burner is available in the front panel. Also a useful 19-in-1 media card reader is there, it supports all the available memory card formats as far as I know.

Other important things

This is pretty standard, but remember this desktop does not come with a monitor. Basic wired keyboard and mouse are however offered.

The power supply seems to be rated at 460W, it can take a beefier graphics card if you’re planning to upgrade.

Windows 10 Home (64-bit) is the operating system and it’s pre-loaded on the hard drive.


Dell XPS x8900-3131BLK is a high end computer for casual gamers, power users and developers. All the components are fast enough to ensure smooth operations even under heavier use, although if you have a knack for gaming, remember that you might need to use lower settings on certain, graphics-intensive games. Ports and connections are plenty, and there’s also WiFi allowing for wireless Internet connection. The desktop surely costs a lot, but if you appreciate and demand performance, you should be only happy with this Dell.

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