Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition 24GB Desktop Computer
6 March 2015
Excerpt: This desktop computer has an Intel i7 quad-core processor and Dell provides 24GB of RAM in this model, which is quite a bit more than some similarly priced setups. The hard drives on this model are terrific since it has both a 2TB mechanical storage drive and a 256GB solid state drive for your operating system and commonly-used programs; that's a ton of storage and quite a bit more than what you get in the default setup of a lot of other desktop computer models.
Excerpt: This computer has a nice, fast Intel i7 quad-core processor, which should keep it running quite effectively no matter what kind of tasks you need to perform. The 8GB of RAM which comes with this system should be enough for most users, but you can upgrade it to 12GB if you need more. This model has a 1TB hard drive and no solid state drive; pretty good for a budget system but there aren't any options for storage upgrades.
Summary: Dell did a fantastic job balancing price and performance with its newly minted XPS 8700 desktop. The heart and soul of this system is Intel's 22nm Core i7 4770 processor, the second fastest Haswell chip currently available. It's flanked by 8GB of high-frequency RAM and a discrete graphics card, and with all three working in tandem, you have a multi-talented desktop that's just as comfortable pouncing on productivity chores as it is playing games, albeit you may have to...
Pros: Packs A Processing Punch:, Lightweight and Stylish:, Respectable Gaming Performance:, Lots of USB 3.0 Ports:, Price To Performance Ratio:
Cons: Where's the SSD Option?:, Ho-Hum Peripherals:
Excerpt: The Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition tries to provide you with lots of performance power, some added connectivity features, but it doesn't leave much room for future expansion or a second graphics card. It delivers in the performance category, but it's pricier than most other desktops.
Pros: Wi-Fi & Intel WiDi connectivity, Plenty of USB 3.0 ports, Blu-ray drive, Solid performance
Cons: Limited internal expansion, Pricier than similar desktops
Conclusion: Our benchmarks show that a step up from mSATA to a primary SSD is in order. Otherwise, we like the inclusion of 802.11n and WiDi, look askance at some wasted space inside the tower, and are pleased with the system's overall performance. If you opt for the XPS 8700 Special Edition, you'll likely sleep well knowing you got a fair price on a good system.
Pros: Swift performance, Smart choices in core components, Addition of Wi-Fi with Intel WiDi
Cons: No accommodation for second graphics card, Discrete sound card dropped from options list, Only one PCIe slot available
Conclusion: Aside from its mostly unnecessary abundance of RAM, the XPS 8700 Special Edition is a well-rounded performance desktop that’s a good fit as a family PC or a dorm-room power tower. It’s powerful enough to handle pretty much any task that you throw at it, from high-end media creation to high-resolution gaming. And its desktop form factor and upgradability mean it won’t have to be replaced as soon as one of the components gets too slow or fails.
Pros: Very fast, 4th-gen CPU, Dedicated sound card, Good gaming performance, Upgradable
Cons: More RAM than most will ever use, SSD cache, rather than a real solid-state drive, Not as customizable as other desktops