The Dell XPSE8910-7942SLV Desktop is a decent gaming PC for those who haven’t been exactly swayed to buying the tricked out gaming rigs. The power that comes with such is overkill for most people and that’s why this unit with Core i5 or Core i7 best fits this audience. A little history for you; the Dell XPSE8910-7942SLV owes it looks to the Dell XPS Tower SE (Special Edition) and to be particular the Dell XPS 8910 series.
Dell has made sure that all its Special Edition models of the XPS Tower, including this one, are VR ready. That means whichever model you choose; either the base model that starts with RX 480 graphics, or upgrade to a GTX 1070 or even GTX 1080, you’re completely sorted out.
Dell XPS 8910 Special Edition Review
- Fast processor 3.4 GHz Core i7 6700k 6th Gen
- Compact design
- Easy to upgrade
- Great number of ports contribute to make this desktop versatile
- Is VR ready
- Price is a little higher than competition
- Mundane design
- The Dell XPSE8910-7942SLV is a simply put, dull designed desktop with top of the league specs. It brags of the latest 3.4 GHz Core i7 6700k processor, great graphics (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070) and hard drive (2TB 7200 rpm Hard Drive + 32GB M.2 SSD Cache) which make it a force to reckon with. The only downside is its pricing which gives its competition an edge over it.
The Dell XPSE8910-7942SLV desktop design is mundane at best and easily invisible in an office with other desktops. It would be hard to describe it as anything other than inconspicuous and boring as it would fit beside any other laptop without issue. But simplicity is a feature some people would love anyway.
The design is simple, plastic to cover its interiors and a down low silver accent to inspire its looks. The construction isn’t adorned by anything fancy as most gaming desktops; it has no fancy lights, no big windows for LED RGB lighting, no software to backup the lighting, and no flashy exterior. The one great aspect however is that it is small and fits perfectly onto a desk. It isn’t as svelte as the 2017 MSI Trident 3 VR7RC-018US, but it if you ever need a tower that’s mid-sized, it would cover you better than beefier gaming rigs like the 2017 MSI Aegis 3 VR7RD-013US would.
In terms of size it measures 13.3 x 7 x 15.1 inches and weighs 29 lbs, not much different from its sister the Dell XPS x8900-8756BLK Desktop that measures 7.3 x 17.49 x 16.01 inches and weighs 30.42 lbs. The MSI Computer AEGIS-085US compares well to here, with almost similar specs. It measures 6.69 x 17.05 x 14.81 inches and weighs 18.94 lbs
Dell is also offering a wireless keyboard and mouse at no extra cost. This is a common concept when buying from big brands like Dell, and we wouldn’t expect any less – certainly worth taking advantage of. It’s particularly convenient when you’re starting from scratch and it saves you a few extra bucks along the way too.
One caveat we noticed with the design is that the left side of the panel doesn’t line up quit right with the body when you take it off. That can be downright annoying to say the least and would discourage you from opening up the hood as often as you would please. Perhaps that should be something Dell should follow up on their subsequent productions.
The ports on the Dell XPSE8910-7942SLV are plenty and very useful. Around the rear side you’ll find handful selection; there are two USB 2.0 ports that can be used to integrate the mouse and the keyboard among other devices. Moving on there are 4 USB 3.0 ports and one USB Type-C port, the Ethernet port, HDMI and DisplayPort for to cater for internal graphics.
What makes this desktop versatile, you may ask? Besides the sheer number of ports and slots, it brags of room under the hood for three 3.5-inch drives, 4 PCIe slots (with ample space for a full size graphics card), and 4 DIMM slots (that accepts up to 64GB). Best of all, with the standard 225W power supply you’ll be able to work with some pretty strong internals.
Fortunately, every Dell XPS Tower desktop is made VR ready which is a great story to tell all avid gamers. That means all should include at least one DisplayPort and HDMI port, which allows you to stay connected to a VR headset while meanwhile still being connected to a display port at the same time.
Other connectivity options include a DVD drive waiting for all your optical media, Bluetooth 4.2, and 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi support.
The Dell XPSE8910-4412SLV Desktop has two configurations; the Dell XPSE8910-4412SLV Desktop Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD and our reviewed unit the Dell XPSE8910-4412SLV Desktop with 6th Gen Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 2 TB HDD) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070.
Our reviewed unit consist of a 3.4 GHz Core i7 6700k 6th Gen processor. It comes with an 8M Cache and the processor Turbo boost record hits 4.2 GHz. It is paired with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM which we consider totally up to date but considering the size of the CPU cooler and the tight fit size of the body, it wouldn’t be smart to rely on overclocking the system.
Additionally, it also comes with 2TB 7200 rpm Hard Drive + 32GB M.2 SSD Cache which is advanced and ample for usual home/office work. The extra space makes due for quick boot time, gaming performance and low power use when you’re not gaming. Admittedly, the Dell XPSE8910-4412SLV Desktop performs better than its predecessor the Dell XPS x8900-1444BLK Desktop.
As a matter of fact, the XPS Tower SE beats the older models (Dell XPS 8900 Special Edition review) but it sure drags in behind other serious gaming desktops. That’s somehow as a result of lacking Hyper-Threading similar to one found in the newer versions such as Acer Predator G1 and Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900.
On the gaming front, the Dell Tower comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and 8GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory. With such gaming specs advantage, the gamers can expect to play modern titles at max settings (1440p) and still keep their frame rates pretty neat 60fps or higher.
The operating system running the Dell XPSE8910-7942SLV is a preinstalled Windows 10 Pro (64-bit). With it you’ll be able to use the Xbox app, call on Cortana personal Assistant, use the Edge Web browser, and the use the Windows Store.
Dell XPSE8910-4412SLV Desktop Specs
- Processor 4 GHz Core i7 6700k 6th Gen (8M Cache, up to 4.2 GHz)
- RAM 16 GB
- Memory Speed 2133 MHz
- Hard Drive 2000 GB Mechanical Hard Drive
- Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory
- Chipset Brand NVIDIA
- Hard disk 2TB 7200 rpm Hard Drive + 32GB M.2 SSD Cache
- Card Description Dedicated
- Graphics Card Ram Size 8 GB
- Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
- Number of USB 3.0 Ports 7
- Brand Name Dell
- Series XPSE8910-7942SLV
- Item model number XPSE8910-7942SLV
- Operating System Windows 10
- Item Weight 29 pounds
- Product Dimensions 13.3 x 7 x 15.1 inches
- Color Silver
- Processor Brand Intel
- Processor Count 4
- Computer Memory Type GDDR5
- Flash Memory Size 32.0
- Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
- Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
- Optical Drive Type DVD-RW(Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)
- SD Card SD-Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
- Connectivity 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2
Our final take of the Dell XPS 8910 Tower Review
First of all, I am glad that a number of specs feature in this model because without them, this desktop would just be a brick, especially if you’re a gamer – I’m looking your way good old SSD. Mind you, there are other base models of the Dell XPS 8910 Tower that don’t include SSD; to which I say nobody should have to endure life with a HDD as their sole boot drive.
So this unit is a winner of sorts. In general, while there’s nothing particularly wrong with the Dell XPSE8910-7942SLV, it isn’t innovative par say in light of whatever it brings to the table; other desktops in its league have as well. Its major issue comes down to the pricing at which point we recommend the Dell XPS x8900-8756BLK Desktop for its comparably better bang for buck ratio.
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