Dedicated sound card.
Good gaming performance.
2TB drive with 32GB SSD cache for fast storage.
Midrange video card for modern gaming.
More RAM than most will ever use.
SSD cache, rather than a real solidstate drive.
Not as customizable as other desktops.
Only one PCIe x16 slot (occupied).
Just a single chassis fan.
All four memory slots are occupied.
By Computer Shopper on October 16, 2013
While a bit spendy for what it delivers, the XPS 8700 Special Edition hits all of the right notes for a 2013 power tower: solid graphics, speedy processing, and mSATA storage acceleration with room to grow....80
By itreviews.com on September 27, 2013
The Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition desktop PC will do the trick whether you're looking to edit video, cleanup photos, or enjoy some games, making it a great all-around...80
By PCWorld on August 29, 2013
HP’s Envy, on the other hand, costs $200 less and comes with a 256GB SSD (HP also offers more configuration options, although you can’t upgrade to a better video card). Neither machine is a gaming powerhouse, but both provide good price/performance ratios and reasonable headroom for down-the-road upgrades.70
By BestCovery on August 25, 2013
Dell packages this one with an Nvidia video card with 1GB of dedicated graphics memory, which isn't quite as much as my top pick, but the advantages of this one certainly even out. If you don't plan on playing a lot of PC games, then this is probably going to be a better choice for you, depending on what you need from your system.90
By Digital Trends on August 16, 2013
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...75
By eCoustics on August 16, 2013
So if you don’t want, say the dedicated sound card or so much RAM, you may want to look for a machine that’s more configurable. We’d certainly be happy to trade half of this system’s RAM and the dedicated sound card for a 256GB solid-state drive instead.75
By TechBargains on July 10, 2013
Nevertheless, the XPS 8700, as configured, is a burly system without a beastly price tag. And since it's not using proprietary parts, you're free to perform upgrades on your own.80