Dell XPS x8900-8756BLK Desktop Review

November 23, 2015
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Taking a look at Dell XPS x8900-8756BLK, one thing is for sure: it’s one of the most expensive desktops in the market now. That might not sound too attractive to you, but remember that you’re getting top CPU, RAM, storage and a dedicated graphics card here…


This Dell is all about power, extreme power. Its processor, the Intel Core i7-6700K, runs on four cores and has a ridiculously high base speed of 4.0GHz with turbo upping the frequency to 4.2GHz. And that’s not all, in CPU Mark tests it gets over 11000 points – yep, eleven thousand. Compare that to the latest generation Core i5s with ~4000 points and you’ll see what you’re getting here. This processor is suitable for demanding users that run very heavyweight applications simultaneously. For daily computing it would be an overkill.

The storage section is superb, too. The desktop has 2TB 7200RPM SATA 3 hard drive and 256GB SSD installed on M.2 slot. There are still two free 3.5″ bays for hard drives in case you want to install more. Operating system is installed on the SSD.

Memory amount is out of this world, 32GB DDR4-type. Four 8GB sticks are installed taking all the four memory slots on the board.

How’s gaming?

Unsurprisingly, this fancy Dell works for gaming, too. It features the nVidia GeForce GTX960 graphics card with dedicated 2GB DDR5 memory. In general, you’ll get a nice 50-60 frames per second even if settings were higher and resolution 1920×1080. At least Grand Theft Auto 5 will reach that, The Witcher 3 will average closer to 40FPS.

Feel free to upgrade the graphics card if you don’t think the current one is enough for you. The motherboard has one PCIe x16 slot supporting the 4x mode.

Ports and connections

Back-panel ports include two USB 2.0 and four USB 3.0 so there’s plenty for plugging in all the essential peripherals. Video outputs connected to the motherboard include HDMI and DisplayPort, but the GTX960M card offers one VGA, HDMI-out and DVI port more. Also RJ-45 connector is there, you can use cable to reach Internet access.

The front panel offers two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0s. Also a nice 19-in-1 media card reader is there, it supports any memory card type that currently exists. BluRay writer is included too, it burns DVDs as well.

The built-in A/C WiFi card ensures you can use wireless networking and Bluetooth.

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Monitor is not included but wired keyboard and mouse are.


Dell XPS x8900-8756BLK surely is a superior computer. It can deal with any task you can think of, even hardcore gaming would happen without problems and lag. But I must say this thing is very expensive – you can build similar computer yourself from parts and components and it will be much cheaper. But if you don’t know how to do that or don’t want to learn, then I guess this kind of premium Dell would be most useful for the real power users out there.

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