Dell's new XPS desktop is a performance powerhouse with Intel's Alder Lake CPU and DDR5

zakislam

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Something to look forward to: Following months of anticipation, Intel today revealed its 12th generation Alder Lake CPUs. Set to launch next week, OEMs have begun announcing PCs that will incorporate the processor, with Dell one of the first to unveil such a system. The new XPS desktop will feature various next-gen performance technologies, as well as improved cooling architecture.

Dell's new XPS desktop will be 42 percent larger than its predecessor—27L vs. 19L—and comes with Alder Lake processors (up to i9). The system is compatible with next-generation DDR5 memory, which offers 50 percent faster clock speed than DDR4, joined by PCIe Gen5 graphics technology.

In terms of GPUs, customers can choose from either the Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series (up to a 3090) or the AMD Radeon RX lineup—up to a 6900 XT.

The desktop is more than 50 percent quieter under load when compared to previous generations. Dell achieved this by redesigning the thermal architecture to improve performance and lightening the acoustics by increasing airflow.

The system is also up to 21 percent cooler under load, allowing the desktop to operate more efficiently at slower speeds. New high RPM fans—up to 5,000 RPM—further helps the system run quieter.

Keeping its customers that want to upgrade in the future in mind, Dell built a tool-less entry chassis, allowing users to easily upgrade the CPU, GPU, memory, and storage for upcoming technology.

To make the system look less like a PC and more like a natural object, Dell opted for a simple grid pattern that blends in with your desk and its surroundings. It also embraces a cleaner approach for access ports in terms of design.

Dell's new XPS is scheduled for a launch sometime later this fall and will come with Windows 11. Pricing starts at $919. Buyers can choose from light and dark colors, which includes Night Sky and an all-aluminum Platinum Silver option. The latter model will come with a pair of aluminum feet situated on the base.

Elsewhere, Dell announced that the Alienware Aurora R13 gaming PC, which comes equipped with Alder Lake, is now available at a starting price of $1,479. The Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 was also released today, with pricing starting at $1,249.

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psycros

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That grid intake looks awful. Vertically-oriented ports are also a pain. Very poor design.
 

Mr Majestyk

Posts: 928   +821
What crappy PSU are they using, 200-220W by now, up from the hopeless 180W I had in my old PC. We had to buy Dell PC's for work, but god they are cheap and nasty inside. Would never in a million years buy a name brand PC.
 

McKocoa

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A fan up to 5000 RPMs!? oh the power. Has that thing been dyno tested? I want to be able to see it being cooled down.
 

Black Slasher

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What crappy PSU are they using, 200-220W by now, up from the hopeless 180W I had in my old PC. We had to buy Dell PC's for work, but god they are cheap and nasty inside. Would never in a million years buy a name brand PC.

Man, there are a lot of small form factor PSUs that are good and powerful. It is not because it is not a form factor that you are acquainted that it is not good.
 

Athlonite

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Between the Proprietary motherboard and PSU this "PC" is a warranty with included eWaste
1 the mobo is unusable in any other case than the one it came in
2 the PSU can't be used with any other mobo other than the proprietary mobo dell sold
3 the bloatware on this "PC" is such that any hardware advantage you thought you might have is swallowed up by multiple services all running all the time whether they're needed or not
4 you could build this for less yourself and get a better PC at the end of it
 

Mr Majestyk

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Man, there are a lot of small form factor PSUs that are good and powerful. It is not because it is not a form factor that you are acquainted that it is not good.

Who said it was SFF, I never mentioned SFF, it was workstation PC with garbage no name underpowered full sized PSU. I was amazed it booted up.
 

lripplinger

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Yet another cringe, waste of natural resources junk heap from Dell. Horrible, garbage computer case, proprietary motherboard with an equally garbage CMOS. You can't even keep the computer case for any future upgrades or rebuilds. Total waste.
 

smartroad

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Isn't this the website Hardware Unboxed colab with? Would have expected a more critical eye on this, considering the great work they do.
 
All the negative comments, nobody acknowledges the fact that Dell is finally addressing what customers and reviewers (LTT and GN, among others) have had major complaints about - inadequate cooling and lack of air flow in the case.

Of course things like the mobo and PSU are going to be proprietary, that's part of keeping their costs down. Contrary to previous comments, no, you won't be able to buy all the individual parts, spec for spec, and build it yourself for cheaper. The best you can hope for is a few hundred dollars more than the Dell price - and that's only in the old days when you could get a good video card for MSRP. Given the current GPU market, you're not going to get anywhere close to the Dell price.

Also, to address previous comments, GN liked the power supply, saying it was the only good thing Dell did for the computer.

This is a retail product, for the average consumer; not something to appease the PC Master Race. Get over yourselves. 🙄
 

Athlonite

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All the negative comments, nobody acknowledges the fact that Dell is finally addressing what customers and reviewers (LTT and GN, among others) have had major complaints about - inadequate cooling and lack of air flow in the case.

Of course things like the mobo and PSU are going to be proprietary, that's part of keeping their costs down. Contrary to previous comments, no, you won't be able to buy all the individual parts, spec for spec, and build it yourself for cheaper. The best you can hope for is a few hundred dollars more than the Dell price - and that's only in the old days when you could get a good video card for MSRP. Given the current GPU market, you're not going to get anywhere close to the Dell price.

Also, to address previous comments, GN liked the power supply, saying it was the only good thing Dell did for the computer.

This is a retail product, for the average consumer; not something to appease the PC Master Race. Get over yourselves. 🙄
the only reason GN liked the PSU was the fact it was a good quality PSU and that was it everything else about it was a giant NOPE from Steve and using Proprietary hardware is an Anti Repair measure by using non standard designs you are stuck with only ever being able to buy parts for it from Dell so be assured this wasn't to save Dell or you money in any way shape or form but to ensure repeat business from you by forcing you to buy from Dell only