Dell XPS 8940 SE Desktop review

If you’re looking for a desktop computer for work from home, you’ve definitely considered the Dell XPS Desktop at some point. It’s not intended for serious gamers, nor is it as monotonous as a conventional office tower in terms of design. But keep in mind that this is an XPS notebook, which is a premium brand with a strong reputation in the laptop market. So, the question is, does the XPS Desktop achieve the same level of excellence in design while still delivering amazing performance? What I found out was by taking a look at the most recent generation, the XPS 8940 SE Desktop, which is a white counterpart of the traditional black model. Price ranges from $649 to $2,136 depending on setup. My upgraded configuration included an Intel Core i7-10700K processor, an Nvidia RTX 3070 graphics card, and 32GB of RAM, bringing the total to $2,136.

DESIGN

This model is available in either an unobtrusive Night Sky black trim or a fashionable Mineral White tint, which is found on our Special Edition configuration of the XPS 8940. It’s a fresh new appearance for the line, and it’s a significant upgrade over the previous one. As long as you understand what you’re getting yourself into, it’s a streamlined and modernized design to consider. When compared to Dell’s Alienware Aurora gaming desktop, the XPS forgoes the distinctive sweeping curves and dramatic lines found on its more premium sister in favor of a more traditional, and noticeably boxier, look that is decidedly less eye-catching.

Performance

Our Special Edition XPS Desktop, which retailed for $2,136 when fully configured, came equipped with an Intel Core i7-10700K processor (albeit Dell did not overclock the processor out of the box), a midrange Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU, and 32GB of RAM. Given that the XPS line is limited to a single RTX 3070 graphics card, customers seeking a more powerful card — such as an RTX 3080 or RTX 3090 — will have to look elsewhere in Dell’s inventory, such as the more expensive Alienware Aurora Desktop. Dell has introduced a minor performance boost to its XPS Desktop by including 11th Generation Intel Core variants.

Competition

AMD gamers will have to go elsewhere for a comparable experience. A notable omission from Dell’s line-up is the use of Ryzen processors, while some limited configurations are available that include Radeon graphics. I wish there were more diverse builds available, but I was pleased with the performance I received from the 10th Gen K-series processor on our Special Edition review unit, which was more than capable for most gaming, creativity and productivity tasks. Even gamers will be pleased with the agility of this desktop with a few upgrades. Performance in terms of graphics Despite the fact that it is equipped with only an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU as its highest configuration, the XPS Desktop is no wimp. The RTX 3070 is capable of handling the vast majority of 4K games that are thrown at it. Most gamers will be satisfied with this choice, since it is capable of handling even the most demanding modern games. Dell equipped our review device with a 500-watt power supply unit, which is more than enough to support this GPU combination. However, tinkerers wishing to upgrade to a more powerful graphics card would be restricted by the PSU’s power rating.

How long do you think it will last?

Because of the power and performance of the XPS Desktop, this system will provide years of work productivity and gaming enjoyment for the user. Due to Dell’s usage of proprietary components, the ability to change major components, such as the motherboard and GPU, is more limited. As a result, make sure you select the build you want at the time of purchase. When it comes to the possibility to upgrade this system, the phrase WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) applies. When you purchase Dell’s Premium Support or Premium Support Plus plan, you will receive a one-year standard warranty with the option to upgrade to longer coverage packages, the ability to add accidental damage coverage, and the flexibility to perform at-home repairs.

Should you purchase it?

Yes. Even though it isn’t intended for die-hard PC geeks, it is an excellent desktop tower for the ordinary buyer.