Dell XPS 8300 Review: Performance, Benchmarks and Big Graphics

May 15, 2011 by J.R. Nelson Reads (60,749)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 7
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 8
    • Usability
    • 10
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 10
    • Features
    • 10
    • Total Score:
    • 8.83
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance
One of the other mainstays of the XPS brand was its performance. Rather, its superior performance in comparison to other options from Dell or anyone else. Even when the bite was taken out, XPS-tagged computers at least offered substantially better performance and power than models that sit on the bottom of Dell’s product ladders.

 

wPrime benchmark test results:(lower is better)

Dell XPS 8300

PCMark Vantage system benchmark test results: (higher is better)

Dell XPS 8300

3DMark Vantage graphics benchmark test results: (higher is better)

Dell XPS 8300

CrystalDiskMark storage benchmark results: (higher is better)

Benchmark Dell XPS 8300
Sequential Read 112.0 MB/s
Sequential Write 109.7 MB/s
Random Read 512kB 38.89 MB/s
Random Write 512kB 54.55 MB/s
Random Read 4kB (QD = 1) 0.451 MB/s
Random Write 4kB (QD = 1) 0.625 MB/s
Random Read 4kB (QD = 32) 1.211 MB/s
Random Write 4kB (QD = 32) 0.491 MB/s

Fortunately, most of those claims have carried over to the rebirth. Still, it’s mostly just a carryover from the Studio XPS lineup – even now, the XPS 8300 can no longer be configured with a Radeon 5800 series graphics card. Dell absolutely does not want the XPS lineup to compete with their gamer-centric Alienware brand. I think that there is probably a market out there for people who want strongly performing desktops, but not necessarily the loud, black behemoths that Alienware represents. Don’t get me wrong – Alienware is a great brand, but subtle? Not by a long shot.

Our review unit proved to be more than capable at most tasks. Standard benchmark tests were high across the board, and any computer with a wPrime score of under 10 seconds is fast enough for 99.99% of the population. These quad-core Intel CPUs with HyperThreading are screamers when it comes to any application requiring a lot of computational prowess.

The high-end GPU inside means that this model is friendly to most gamers, too. As mentioned, you won’t be able to run dual-GPUs inside, but most people run dual video cards – it’s a fair trade-off.  Any of today’s newest games – Portal 2, Brink and others – will play with room to spare.  For us, a gaming test is successful if it plays above 30 frames per second, which is an unspoken baseline for gaming performance.  The XPS 8300 scored well above that in most settings.

Even the hard drive that Dell put in this machine seems fairly capable. Granted, it’s not an SSD, but at this price that’s hard to expect. We found sustained read and write speeds well above 100 MB/s, which means that cold boots and level loading times shouldn’t be too painful.


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