Dell XPS x8900-3756BLK Power Desktop Review

January 5, 2016
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Have you been eyeing the Dell XPS x8900-3756BLK desktop? Well one thing is for sure: it’s a damn powerful computer. It has one of the fastest processors available, a 6th generation Core i7, a whopping 16GB memory and some sort of a dedicated graphics card. But are there any drawbacks here or is it all golden? We’ll find out…

The good

Obviously, the processor is the best thing here. It is the quad-core Intel Core i7-6700K, a 4.0GHz beast with a slightly higher 4.2GHz turbo frequency. This unit rocks in the benchmark tests, for example CPU Mark grades it at ~11000 points. How many processors do you know that beat that score? I can’t name any right away. The CPUs in home desktops are in the 4000-5000 range these days, even professional computers get something like 8000 pounts.

Memory should be enough for any kind of use. 16GB DDR4 (2133MHz) RAM is installed in Dell XPS x8900-3756BLK, the maximum is 32 gigabytes. The motherboard houses four DIMM sockets, two are taken and two are free for future upgrades.

USB ports should be enough, in total 10 USB connectors are available – six are USB 3.0 and four are USB 2.0. Video outputs are also plenty, there’s HDMI+VGA+DVI, hence a dual display setup will work too.

The neutral

It’s not exactly the best storage drive you’re getting with Dell XPS x8900-3756BLK. It’s a 2TB 7200RPM SATA 3 connected hard drive with 32GB SSD cache. This kind of hybrid hard drive isn’t a real SSD; for example it’s slower and you can’t decide what files will be put on the small yet fast solid-state drive part. However, there’s space for two additional 3.5″ drives and the motherboard also has one M.2 slot.

The GeForce GTX 745 (4GB DDR3) graphics card is acceptable but not in the same league than GTX960 and the like. For example, you could play GTA 5 using normal settings (which is low in this game) and 1080p resolution and get 40-50 frames per second. Another example, The Witcher 3 on low and 1080p is going to give 20-30FPS. Minecraft with shaders should give at least 40 frames per second. If you’re not happy with the performance, feel free to upgrade the current GTX 745 to a beefier PCI-e x16 supporting card.

Networking options are decent, you’ll find a Gigabit RJ-45 port accepting a cable and 802.11n WiFi adapter that also works with Bluetooth 4.0. However, no fancy A/C WiFi is available here.

Not everybody needs it, but anyway a DVD burner is installed in the desktop. There’s also a nice 19-in-1 media card reader that supports all kinds of memory cards.

PSU is rated at 460W, it should be beefy enough for component upgrades before you need a more capable PSU as well.

The bad

As always, remember that this desktop doesn’t come with a monitor. However, wired keyboard and mouse are included with the purchase.

Summing it up

To be honest I can’t see many things that are really bad about Dell XPS x8900-3756BLK. It has a great processor and memory, decent hard drive and graphics card. Ports are everything one should need, and the DVD burner can be used to install software the “old school” way. However, this thing is quite pricey, and I would recommend it only if you have a knack for demanding programs and gaming.

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