Pros

  • Powerful 4th-generation Intel Core processor
  • 2TB drive with 32GB SSD cache for fast storage
  • Midrange video card for modern gaming

Cons

  • Only one PCIe x16 slot (occupied)
  • Just a single chassis fan
  • All four memory slots are occupied

At A Glance

The Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition is a solid entry-level gaming PC.

Manufacturer’s Description

A high-speed Special Edition desktop featuring massive storage, a fast-boot hard drive, and discrete graphics.

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7-4770
Processor speed 3400.0 MHz
Number of Cores 4.0
Display
Included monitor No
Graphics
Graphics Type Discrete
Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
Graphics Memory 1.0 GB
Storage
Drive 1 size 2000.0 GB
Drive 1 type Hard Disk Drive
Drives included 1.0
General Information
UPC Code 884116118626
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • Audio - Microphone In (1/8
  • DVI (dual link)
  • DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • SATA 3.0
  • USB 3.0
Wireless connection
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth
Memory
Memory size 16.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0 MHz
Optical Drive
Included Drives
  • Blu-ray Reader
  • DVD Drive
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
Other Features
Devices
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
Case
Chassis style Tower (Midsize)

Performance

Overall Rating
Worldbench Score 337.0
Worldbench Version 8.1
Start Up
Start Up 32.4   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMARK 5742.0   score (higher is better)
Web Performance
Peacekeeper 3592.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
PCMark 7 Storage Test 4778.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 48.9   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 216.3   seconds (lower is better)
Image Editing - GPU Accelerated 58.2   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 127.0   seconds (lower is better)
Encoding Audio 192.2   seconds (lower is better)
Power Usage
Working power usage 12.9   Watt hours
Idle power usage 59.4   Watts
Gaming
3DMark, Ice Storm 126195.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Cloud Gate 18032.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike Extreme 1955.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike 3990.0   score (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 28.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 44.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1024x768 137.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 18.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Low Quality, 1024x768 60.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 22.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 40.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Low Quality, 1024x768 211.0   Frames per second (higher is better)