Dell XPS 8300 Review: Power, Noise and Conclusion

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

Power and noise
With a higher-end CPU and GPU, you might expect the XPS 8300 to draw a lot of power.  And, well, you’d be right.  Mostly. When completely powered off, the 8300 draws 1.2 watts, which spikes at 219 on boot.  At an idle Windows desktop, which is how most desktops spend their waking lives, the XPS 8300 pulls down a surprisingly scant 64 watts of electricity.  Under load, we managed to suck up 355W.

Dell XPS 8300

Despite this, the desktop remained mostly quiet.  Under load, or in a very quiet room, you’ll be able to hear the fans, but they’re mostly (more than acceptably) quiet. If you manage to put the tower under load, you’ll have to keep it pegged there for a while for the noise to become an issue.

Conclusion
In a word, the XPS 8300 is successful. It’s not amazing – it’s the required refresh of the Studio XPS lineup that Dell needs in order to keep the orders coming in. The Dell XPS 8300 represents the first new product under the XPS brand since its forced retirement several years ago. As such, it carries with it some sense of expectation – XPS was great – could it be so again? 

It might be, and hopefully will be – some design updates, a couple of really killer features, and Dell might have something really exciting on their hands. As it is, the XPS 8300 is a really great desktop. Not an outstanding one, but a really, very good one.  It’s fast and friendly, and for most people, that’s more than enough.

Pros

 

  • Sturdy build
  • Built-in wireless
  • Fast CPU and GPU
  • Good keyboard and mouse

 

Cons

 

  • Unchanged design
  • Limited graphics selection

 

 


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