Pros

  • Strong performance
  • Front panel video transcoder

Cons

  • Only one free bay

At A Glance

A handsome PC with strong performance, but lacking the expandability of other high-end power desktops.

Manufacturer’s Description

Dell XPS 420 Desktop Computer Intel Core2 Q6600 Quad-Core (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB) 6GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 4 DIMMs No Monitor 640GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache Dual Drives: 16x DVD-ROM Drive + 16x DVD+/-RW w/ dbl layer write capable ATI Radeon HD3650 256MB Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.dell.com

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number DXDWQJ26
Inventory Number 30966
Processor
Processor type Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650
Processor speed 3000.0 MHz
Display
Display size 22.0 inches
Included monitor No
Monitor model number Dell SP2208WFP
Display type LCD
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
Video Bus PCI Express
Video Memory Type DDR3
Storage
Raid type RAID 0
Drive size 640.0 GB
Expansion slots
Open PCI Express X16 Slots 0.0
Open PCI Express X1 Slots 1.0
Number of PCI slots 3.0
Number of PCI-Express Slots 3.0
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (rear) (x6)
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (front) (x2)
  • FireWire Port (rear)
  • FireWire Port (front)
Ethernet Type Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)
Slots 4
Parallel Port No
Memory
Memory size 3072.0 MB
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Speed 4.0
Optical Drive Type BD-R/RE/DVD±R DL/DVD±RW
Included Drives 2
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32 bit)
Case
Chassis style Tower (Midsize)
External Drive Bays 4.0
Internal Drive Bays 2.0

Performance

Overall Rating
WorldBench 6 Score 126.0
WorldBench 6 Rating Superior
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 205.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 344.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 182.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 308.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 332.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 300.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 188.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 269.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 191.0   seconds (lower is better)
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 231.0
Gaming
Overall Graphics Score Superior