Introduction, Design Features
“Dell” and “desktops” go together like peanut butter and divert chocolate, during a front corner of desktop-PC developments for many of a 33-year history. But 2017 has positively challenged it (and a rivals) to continue some-more core-platform changes than, arguably, ever before in a singular year: Core X-Series, “Kaby Lake,” Ryzen, “Coffee Lake,” Threadripper.
Dell has kept adult a pace, though, origination desktop adaptations in all shapes and sizes, from a 4K-screened Inspiron 27 7000 All-in-OneAlienware Area-51 Threadripper EditionSpecial Edition 89108th Generation/”Coffee Lake” chips), and accessible with GeForce GTX 10-series graphics silicon, this building can container adequate punch for critical pro calm origination work, and even today’s many perfectionist games.
Dell is charity a XPS Tower in a somewhat opposite conform than usual. Although shown on Dell’s XPS Tower product page in a array of starter configurations, a XPS Tower is totally configure-to-order. The starting $999 pattern is pedestrian, with a Core i3-8100 quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB spinning tough drive, and a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. The fun starts when we supplement options, of course; a $1,525 indication we were loaned for examination had copiousness of them.
Our tester was versed with an Intel Core i7-8700 six-core CPU, a GeForce GTX 1070 8GB graphics card, 16GB of dual-channel RAM, and a two-piece storage solution: a 256GB solid-state expostulate (SSD) and a 1TB tough drive. This spin of specifications creates a XPS Tower a gaming powerhouse that’s prepared for practical existence (VR). This desktop can be even some-more powerful; if your bill permits, we can tip it out with a Core i7-8700KGeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, and adult to 64GB of RAM.
The XPS Tower had a substantial pricing advantage over—for one—the competing HP Omen Desktop PC (880) during this writing, that came out to $1,804 with a same altogether specifications. Naturally, a holiday sale on any given day can spin a tables or during slightest slight a gap. But during present, a economics preference Dell. Now it’s time to take a demeanour and see what else is inside this stylish energy tower.
Dell sells a XPS Tower in dual pattern themes. The Special Edition we’re reviewing is a some-more upscale version, as it facilities a china aluminum front plate…
The customary (i.e., non-Special Edition) indication has a gloss-black cosmetic front. We consider a XPS Tower looks superb in possibly configuration, though we’d take a cool-feeling steel of a Special Edition if given a choice, any day.
The rest of a case’s extraneous is done from plastic, while a middle support is steel. This desktop feels pretty plain when picked up, though we consider we won’t be earning too many visit flyer miles with this 22-pounder in tow. Still, size-wise, a XPS Tower is on a tiny side for a mid-tower, during 15.3 inches tall, 7.1 inches wide, and 14 inches deep.
This building is designed to lay upright, so don’t devise on laying it laterally inside a cabinet. Four rubber feet underneath a corners of a framework keep it from shifting around.
You won’t find many in a approach of extraneous accents on a XPS Tower. As we said, we consider it looks elegant, generally with a aluminum front, though that’s about a border of a pattern regard we can show on it. This building has no extraneous lighting of any kind, save for a white LED in a energy button. If we wish extraneous lighting from Dell, you’ll need to step adult to an Inspiron Gaming Desktop (5675)Alienware Aurora. Note that both of those desktops are almost incomparable than a XPS Tower.
The XPS Tower’s front row offers an considerable spin of connectivity. Next to a energy symbol on a left is a full-size SD-card slot, apart microphone and headphone jacks, a Type-C USB 3.1 pier (straight USB, though support for Thunderbolt 3), and 3 normal Type-A USB 3.0 ports…
The Type-C USB pier transposed one of a Type-A USB ports on a prior indication of a XPS Tower. Just next a ports is a tray-load visual drive, that was a DVD+/-RW expostulate in a examination unit. It’s mocking that these front-mounted ports’ downside is their top-edge location; if a XPS Tower is on your desk, whatever we block in will hook from that height.
The residue of a connectivity is on a behind of a tower…
Up during a top, you’ll see an Ethernet jack and a span of Type-A USB 2.0 ports, and underneath them, full-size DisplayPort and HDMI video-out connectors. Both of a latter ports were organic in a examination section notwithstanding it carrying a dedicated video card, as a Intel UHD 630 Graphics silicon integrated into a Intel Core i7-8700 processor was enabled.
Below those video-output connectors are a Type-C USB 3.1 port, 4 Type-A USB 3.0 ports, and 5.1 approximate sound audio jacks.
For video-out, a exam unit’s GeForce GTX 1070 graphics label had one HDMI video-out and three full-size DisplayPort connectors, along with a bequest DVI-D port.
Included with a examination section were a really simple rodent and keyboard. And by basic, we meant it: These are particularly functional, connected inclination with no combined flair. To element a element this expensive, we design you’ll wish to collect adult something some-more in line. Nonetheless, let’s take a discerning look.
The slim-profile keyboard has island-style keys. The surface keys have a light feel though many in a approach of feedback, though a blueprint is standard, and it’s not a bad typing experience, usually indifferent during best, to a fingers. The keyboard connects to a desktop around a Type-A USB cable.
The rodent is a simple three-button kind, a third symbol being a center-click in a corkscrew wheel. The visual sensor on a bottom seemed to work glorious on a accumulation of surfaces we used. It also connects around a Type-A USB cable.
That said, design no frills: no by-pass keys on possibly device, positively no backlighting, and an altogether cut-rate feel. To element a $1,500-plus desktop, you’ll wish to deposit in some peripherals of your possess that enlarge a approach we work.
our in-depth GTX 1070 examination for a full run-down. In a nutshell, it’s an glorious all-around performer in today’s games during 1080p and 1440p resolutions. Dell gives we an choice for a GTX 1080, that a benchmarking knowledge says should offer about 20 to 25 percent improved opening overall.
The 16GB of RAM in a examination unit (using dual 8GB DIMMs) is an copiousness volume for complicated gaming and perfectionist tasks. You can configure a XPS Tower with adult to 64GB if preferred (as 4 16GB DIMMs), or ascent it yourself down a line. The RAM runs during DDR4-2666 speeds, a slight strike from a prior 8920 edition’s DDR4-2400 RAM for a Intel 7th generation/”Skylake” processors.
The XPS Tower fits adult to 4 storage drives. In a exam unit, a expostulate with Windows 10 Home commissioned was a rapid Toshiba-brand 256GB SSD. It came commissioned in a motherboard’s M.2 Type-2280 (80mm) slot, that supports a PCI Express-bus and NVMe protocols. Our section also had a normal 1TB tough expostulate in a one of a 3 3.5-inch bays. Omitted from a rig: an Intel Optane memory accelerator for a tough drive. The feet SSD obviated a need for that.
Wireless connectivity is customary in a XPS Tower. You can get it with a general 802.11ac card, or a unit’s pricier Killer 802.11ac solution. The wireless connectivity also includes Bluetooth 4.1.
Getting to a XPS Tower’s bulb requires no tools. Pulling a hoop on a behind of a building releases a side door, that swings external and afterwards adult and away. You’ll be greeted with what seems like a wall of metal—where is everything?
You’ll need to unhitch a power-supply joint to get to a Intel Z370-based motherboard. This is achieved by flipping dual switches on a behind of a building to their unbarred positions. The whole energy supply public afterwards swings outward, like so…
The XPS Tower has a 460-watt energy supply customary on all configurations, a abundant volume of wattage for a desktop housing a singular graphics card. (The motherboard has usually one PCI Express x16 slot, anyway.) Dell says a XPS Tower supports adult to a 10.5-inch long, 225-watt video label (using adult to dual six-pin energy connectors). That covers many of a graphics cards accessible on a market.
The batch Intel CPU cooler might demeanour small, though it did work tough adequate to keep a Core i7-8700 cold during a testing. Note that a XPS Tower has a some-more absolute three-heatpipe CPU cooler when we opt for it versed with an overclockable “K” array processor, such as a Core i7-8700K. (The XPS Tower does support processor overclocking when versed with an overclockable CPU around a BIOS. We weren’t means to exam this on a section given a Core i7-8700 is not such a CPU.)
To a right of a CPU cooler, you’ll see a 4 DIMM slots for 288-pin DDR4 memory. They have copiousness of straight clearance, so wise aftermarket modules with high feverishness spreaders shouldn’t be a problem, should we wish to. Also, it’s tough to spot, though usually underneath a DIMM slots is a M.2 container for SSDs.
We remarkable 3 3.5-inch bays inside a XPS Tower, dual of that are along a really bottom off a case. Each of those lay in a steel caddy that is hold in by dual screws. The drives screw directly into a caddies. One of these bays was assigned in a examination section by a 1TB Seagate-brand drive. For a empty caddy, a Serial ATA-style energy wire was tighten during hand, though you’ll need to supply your possess SATA information cable. The third 3.5-inch brook is vertically-positioned along a front of a tower. It’s opposite in that it has a cosmetic caddy that comes out by pinching a ends. A energy wire is also routed to that location, so installing a expostulate down a line should be a cinch.
The many of a airflow in a XPS Tower goes by a left side doorway and afterwards out a tip of a case. Some atmosphere goes out a behind around a energy supply’s fan, while a rest is extracted around a top-mounted 120mm fan. The Core i7-8700 in a examination section was saddled with a batch Intel CPU cooler. It looks comparatively tiny (and it is), though it did keep a processor temperatures underneath control in a testing. The usually other fan in this desktop is a tiny one in a blower-style cooler of a GTX 1070 Founders Edition graphics card.
The XPS Tower was generally still in a testing. We had to put a ears tighten to a building to make out a fan noise, in many situations. The RPM of a processor and graphics-card cooling fans increasing while gaming, though it was tough to tell from some-more than a feet away. The usually other source of sound inside this desktop was a still buzz of a 3.5-inch tough drive. On occasion, we listened a 120mm tip fan bobbin adult to a high speed and afterwards fast ramp behind down. It didn’t seem predictable, though it was really conspicuous when it did occur.
The member temperatures were excusable in a testing. We played by a 30-minute event in Square Enix’s Rise of a Tomb Raider to give this element a workout. In a march of that, a Core i7-8700 reached a limit heat of 79 degrees C. That’s acceptable, as it’s a decent volume underneath a chip’s 100-degree C cutoff (Tjunction). The GeForce GTX 1070 surfaced 83 degrees C, a heat that’s standard and approaching from a Founder’s Edition label and a blower-style cooler. It, too, achieved usually glorious during a session.