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.
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:
Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition 24GB Desktop Computer
5 March 2014
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 3TB mechanical storage drive, and a 256GB solid state drive for your...
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.
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