Pros

  • Strong performance in all benchmarks
  • Discrete graphics card

Cons

  • FireWire ports not standard
  • Requires tools for upgrades

At A Glance

Impressive application and graphics performance aided by dedicated graphics make this the best value in our test group.

Manufacturer’s Description

Do more with dual-core power. To meet your PC needs, the Dell Inspiron 530 can be built with a range of Intel processors, including Pentium 4 and Pentium D series processors. Or you can max out your performance with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number DDDADG43
Inventory Number 31068
Processor
Processor type Pentium Dual-Core E2160
Processor speed 1800.0 MHz
Display
Display size 19.0 inches
Included monitor No
Monitor model number Dell SE198WFP
Display type LCD
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce 8300GS
Video Bus PCI Express
Video Memory Type DDR2
Storage
Raid type none
Drive size 250.0 GB
Expansion slots
Open PCI Express X16 Slots 0.0
Open PCI Express X1 Slots 1.0
Number of PCI slots 2.0
Number of PCI-Express Slots 2.0
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (rear) (x4)
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (front) (x4)
Ethernet Type Ethernet (10/100 Mbps)
Slots 2
Parallel Port No
Memory
Memory size 2048.0 MB
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Speed 8.0
Optical Drive Type DVD±R DL/DVD±RW
Included Drives 1
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32 bit)
Case
Chassis style Tower (Midsize)
External Drive Bays 3.0
Internal Drive Bays 2.0

Performance

Overall Rating
WorldBench 6 Score 73.0
WorldBench 6 Rating Superior
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 393.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 422.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 302.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 563.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 448.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 904.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 304.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 777.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 263.0   seconds (lower is better)
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 495.0
Gaming
Overall Graphics Score Superior