An easy-to-upgrade design and solid performance
As we have hardly been able to find any information about Dell’s XPS Tower series on the Internet so far, we have written an entertaining test report and hope to be able to help undecided people. It is an Intel Core i7 of the 7th generation, GTX 1060,256 SSD, and 16 GB RAM.
Package & Accessories
The Dell XPS 8920 was packed in an elegant black box. In addition to the usual information brochures, the scope of delivery included the computers, a suitable power cable, as well as the mouse and keyboard from Dell. All components are well protected with foam and cardboard and are securely packed against impact. Although the two input devices included in the delivery cut a fine figure on us – at least for normal everyday use – I will not go into it any further. Incidentally, the computer was operated on an ASUS ROG SWIFT Curved (34 “, 3440×1440 60 Hz) and is mainly intended for gaming, but also suitable for image and video editing (Adobe Premiere and Adobe Photoshop).
The packaging is immediately noticeable after opening: The housing of the Dell XPS 8920 is amazingly discreet, compact and classy. With a height of just under 39cm, 18cm wide and a depth of only 36cm, the XPS joins the “Micro-ATX” category and the black case fits underneath or on almost any desk. The processing of the computer is very good despite the high plastic content. Experience has shown that the piano lacquer surface of the front panel tends to fingerprints but looks very high-quality. A special “feature” here is the swing-out power supply on the side and easy accessibility for upgrades on the computer without the use of tools. We have just opened the computer, but we can say that all important components such as the graphics card, processor, RAM, power supply and hard disks can actually be exchanged just like on a home-made PC and the housing can also be opened effortlessly and easily by a kind of click lock.
Technical Data & Connections
An Intel Core i7 of the seventh generation works on the computer. The i7-7700 offers 4 real cores and 8 threads at a standard clock rate of 3.6 GHz. In turbo mode, the clock rate is a maximum of 4.2 GHz. To dissipate the 65W TDP, Dell decided to create its own fan, similar to Intel’s Boxed fans. Based on the size and shape of the fan, I would even say that Intel’s boxing fans are surpassed.
The graphics solution is Nvidia’s Geforce 1060 6GB. The card is often found in gaming PCs and is positioned in terms of price/performance between the upper-middle-class card and the upper class. The GTX 1070 offers 3x display port, 1x HDMI, and the well-known DVI port.
In addition, the computer has a total of 16GB DDR4-2400MHz RAM, which runs in dual-channel mode. According to Dell, up to 64GB of RAM can be built into the XPS 8920, but we haven’t tested it. Toshiba’s 256GB high-speed SSD in M. 2 format is a storage solution for the operating system and major applications. It achieves write rates of up to 2400 MB/S on request at Dell. System startup only takes a few seconds after power-on. We’ve installed Guild Wars 2 on the disk, again, the game is on the main menu in a few seconds. A conventional 3.5 “magnetic hard disk with 2000GB memory was used as data grab.
The power supply unit has 460 Watts and is air cooled. The cable management in the PC is solid, everything is combined and properly laid. By the way, at least one additional 3.5 “hard disk can be installed, both the power supply and the housing have room for it.
In addition to an ordinary SD card reader and a DVD drive in the front of the case, the Dell XPS has a comparatively large number of connectors: The front panel features four USB 3.0 ports, a microphone input, and a headphone output. The rear panel features four USB 3.0 ports, a new USB 3.1 (Type C) port, two USB 2.0 ports (for mouse and keyboard), HDMI and displays port for Intel graphics, an RJ45 Ethernet port and an audio port (3 sockets, 5.1 channel). Bluetooth 4.0 and a WLAN card are also on board. The device offers all kinds of connection possibilities and should satisfy multimedia users.
Volume & Temperature
The greatest skepticism was the temperature inside and the associated noise level of the individual fans. However, the housing offers a very good ventilation even under heavy load, although only a single temperature-controlled 12cm fan was installed on the upper side, which transports the heat out of the housing.
The 12cm case fan mentioned above sits quite far back and thus directly above the processor as well as it’s cooler and can quickly transport the heated processor air out of the case.
This is also reflected in the volume. The Dell XPS 8920 works quietly under the table even at full load and is barely noticeable to the user. From time to time the case fan turns up a little bit under heavy load, but this is a very pleasant wind noise, no annoying humming. In Overwatch’s built-in GPU temperature display, the graphics card displays between 60 and 65 degrees Celsius under load, depending on the scenario.
Dell seems to have been thinking about airflow. There is no “silent” system, but the normal user will have no problems with it.
With fast SSD, 16GB memory, i7-7700 and the GTX 1060, the XPS 8920 is obviously up to any challenge. The system performance of the i7 and GTX 1060 is well known for several tests. At the highest settings below 2560 x 1440 at 60 fps, high to maximum details are possible in all current games.
All in all, you can see a strong speed boost that the system brings with it. The extent to which a quad-core processor – even if it has 8 threads – will generally be able to compete in the future cannot be clarified with certainty as to the current status, since multi-core optimized games are still lacking, especially in the gaming sector. At the moment there is nothing wrong with the combination i7 and GTX 1060 under 1080p and 1440p.
After several weeks of intensive use. We think that the system meets every user with moderate to high demands. It scores with its beautiful design, quiet operation, and high performance. In practice, the weaker graphics card is of little importance for “normal” gaming – not even for video editing. Those who want to be prepared for the future should reconfigure the graphics card and invest a little more. It is perfect for gaming, office, music surfing video streaming and hobby level image and video editing.
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