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DELL 8900 4 Core Intel Core I7-6xxx 3.4GHz 32GB 2TB HDD+SSD

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4 Intel Core I7-6xxx 3.4GHz 32GB Oct 2015
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30 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The reviewer at Tomsguide.com wrote that this computer was superb and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

Good Expert Reviews

This personal computer received a rating of 80% from PC expert review site tomsguide.com.

User Reviews Are Excellent

People who bought this desktop computer rated this desktop computer as terrific on average.

DELL Computers Have Good Reviews

DELL has good average reviews for its medium processor core personal computers as well as across its entire personal computer range compared to other brands.

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Easy to Use

One DELL 8900 owner wrote in their reviews that this PC was easy to use. In December Tomsguide.com said in their review “It's certainly one of the most practical”.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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12 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

The DELL 8900 supports a 12 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version which is better than most medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as it. Most desktop computers that have been on the market for around the same time as it support an 11 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version.

A 12 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version is actually the best supported on-board graphics adapter DirectX version across all similar spec PCs that were released more than a year ago.

The worst supported on-board graphics adapter DirectX version amongst comparable types of desktop computer is 11.2/12.

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4.4 On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version

This PC supports a 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version, which is typical of many PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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Six USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

Most medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the 8900 have between one and seven USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the DELL 8900 which has six USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The smallest maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of desktop computers of a comparable age and spec to the 8900 is 1GB and the biggest is 64GB. At 1.74 gigabytes, the DELL 8900 has a fairly big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other comparable spec personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the 8900.

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Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

The DELL 8900 has a fairly big hard drive capacity (2,000 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec PCs that are a similar age to the 8900. The hard drive capacity of desktop computers that were released around the same time as the 8900 range from 1GB to 3TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 930GB.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

At 32 gigabytes, the DELL 8900 has a very big internal memory compared to most of the other personal computers that came out around the same time as the 8900. The internal memory of medium processor core personal computers that have been around for a comparable time to the 8900 range from 2GB to 64GB.

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

At 2,032 gigabytes, the DELL 8900 has a fairly big total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the 8900. The average total storage capacity of similar spec personal computers that are a comparable age to the 8900 is 840GB.

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Blu-Ray DVD Combo Optical Drive Type

The DELL 8900 has a Blu-Ray DVD Combo optical drive type which is better than most personal computers of this age and spec. Most desktop computers that were released one year ago have a DVD Super Multi optical drive type.

A Blu-Ray DVD Combo optical drive type is actually the best optical drive type amongst all desktop computers of this age and type.

Amongst comparable types of desktop computer the worst optical drive type is DVD+RW.

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Two PCI Express X16 Slots

Most of the other comparable spec PCs that were released more than a year ago only have one PCI Express x16 slot, however the DELL 8900 has two PCI Express x16 slots.

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10/100/1000Base-T(X) Cabling Technology

This PC has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is the most frequently found cabling technology on similar spec PCs that were launched more than a year ago.

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Two Storage Drives Installed

The DELL 8900 has more storage drives installed than most of the similar spec computers that came out more than a year ago. Most of the desktop computers that were released one year ago only have one storage drive installed, however this DELL computer has two storage drives installed.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This PC supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many computers that were released more than a year ago.

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Fairly Big Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity

Across all the desktop computers of a similar type and age to the 8900 the hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacities range from 500GB to 2TB. The DELL 8900 has a fairly big hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity (2,000 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec computers that are a similar age to the 8900.

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DDR4-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

The DELL 8900 has a newer internal memory type than most comparable spec desktop computers that were launched around the same time as it. This personal computer has a DDR4-SDRAM internal memory type, whereas most comparable spec personal computers that have been available for a similar time to it have a DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type.

A DDR4-SDRAM internal memory type is actually the best internal memory type across all desktop computers that were launched more than a year ago.

The worst internal memory type across similar types of PC is DDR3-SDRAM.

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Quite Fast Memory Clock Speed

The memory clock speeds of desktop computers of a similar type and age to the 8900 range from 1,000MHz to 2,400MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,800MHz. With a memory clock speed of 2,133 megahertz, the DELL 8900 has one of the faster memory clock speeds amongst personal computers of this age.

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Fairly High System Bus Data Transfer Rate

The average system bus data transfer rate of PCs of this type and age is 6GT/s. The DELL 8900 has a quite high system bus data transfer rate (8 Gigatransfers per second) compared to most of the other desktop computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 8900.

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Fairly Big Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Cache Memory

The average hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory of PCs of this type and age is 51GB. The DELL 8900 has one of the bigger hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memories (32 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Eight Processor Threads

The DELL 8900 has more processor threads than most of the medium processor core personal computers that have been around for more than a year. This desktop computer is a eight processor thread desktop computer compared to most of the medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the 8900 which only have between four and seven processor threads.

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Supports Seventeen Compatible Memory Cards

The DELL 8900 has a greater number of compatible memory card than most desktop computers of this age and spec. This personal computer supports an SD compatible memory card, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory card supported by computers that came out more than a year ago. The compatible memory cards "CF", "CF Type II", "MMC", "MMC Mobile", "MMC+", "MS Duo", "MS PRO", "MS PRO Duo", "MicroDrive", "MiniSD", "RS-MMC", "SDHC", "SDXC", "Smart Media xD", "SmartMedia" and "xD" are also supported by this desktop computer.

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Three 3.5" Bays

The DELL 8900 is a three 3.5" bay computer. Most of the other PCs of a comparable age and spec to the 8900 have between one and six 3.5" bays.

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7.1 Audio Output Channel

This PC has a 7.1 audio output channel, which is the most frequently found audio output channel on computers that are a similar age to it.

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Supports One Case Placement

The DELL 8900 has a greater number of placements than most medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to it. This computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most commonly supported case placement supported by comparable spec computers that were launched more than a year ago.

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Has One Memory Slot

The DELL 8900 has a greater number of memory slots than most comparable spec PCs that were released more than a year ago. This PC has a 4x DIMM memory slot, which is the most commonly found memory slot found on personal computers of this spec and age.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This personal computer supports a GDDR3 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most commonly supported discrete graphics memory type on desktop computers that came out around the same time as it.

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Only 384 CUDA Cores

Most medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the 8900 have between 384 and 1,023 CUDA cores, including the DELL 8900 which has 384 CUDA cores.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this PC is HDD+SSD, which is the most commonly found storage medium on desktop computers of this age and spec. A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is the traditional storage method for computers. A HDD stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are cheap, but they are slower than Flash and SSD bases storage systems.

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Quite Small Solid-State Drive Capacity

The smallest solid-state drive capacity of similar spec personal computers that are a comparable age to the 8900 is 8GB, the biggest is 1TB, and the average solid-state drive capacity is 200GB. The DELL 8900 has a fairly small solid-state drive capacity (only 32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other PCs of a comparable spec and age to the 8900.

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Only One DisplayPort

The DELL 8900 is a one DisplayPort personal computer.

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Heavy

Similar spec PCs that were released more than a year ago have weights of between 38g and 100kg, and the average weight is 7.5kg. The DELL 8900 is very heavy (13.8 kilograms) compared to most of the other computers that are a comparable age to the 8900.

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2 Other reasons to consider the DELL 8900

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this desktop computer was released.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 3.4 gigahertz, the DELL 8900 has a relatively standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the 8900.

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Specification

Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Threads
System Bus Rate
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
Memory Voltage Supported by Processor
ECC Supported by Processor
Memory Channels Supported by Processor
Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)
Memory Clock Speeds Supported by Processor
Memory Types Supported by Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Stepping
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Configurations
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Number of Processors Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slots
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Hard Drive Capacity
Compatible Memory Cards
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Cache Memory
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Cache Type
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Number of Storage Drives Installed
Card Reader Integrated
Optical Drive
Optical Drives Quantity
Optical Drive Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
Graphics Adapter VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
Graphics Adapter DVI-D Ports Quantity
Graphics Adapter HDMI Ports Quantity
NVIDIA G-SYNC
NVIDIA GameWorks VR
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
CUDA
CUDA Cores
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Maximum Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter Output
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Family
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Outputs
Microphone in
Line-Out
Line-in
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DisplayPorts Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
DVI Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Expansion Slots
PCI Express X16 Slots
PCI Express X4 Slots
Design
Chassis Type
Placement Supported
Cable Lock Slot
Number of 5.25" Bays
Number of 3.5" Bays
Colour of Product
Water Cooling System
Performance
Password Protection
Audio Output Channels
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel HD Graphics
Intel® Secure Key
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
Intel® Built-In Visuals Technology
Intel® OS Guard
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Execute Disable Bit
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Supported Instruction Sets
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Scalability
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel TSX-NI Version
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX)
Processor ARK ID
Power
Power Supply Input Voltage
Power Supply Input Frequency
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Operational Conditions
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Packaging Content
Drivers Included
Manual
Cables Included

1 Award

tomsguide.com Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(1)
5 May 2016

The Dell XPS 8900 SE ($1,119 as reviewed) isn't the flashiest among the current crop of VR-ready PCs, but it's certainly one of the most practical. This no-nonsense desktop sports the Core i5...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 8 December 2015 by Carol
Carol would recommend the Dell XPS 8900

My Dell XPS 8900 arrived in just a few days and was packed securely. It was very easy to set up, and I found minimal bloatware to uninstall. It's a workhorse, as it handles my HD video editing for... Read more…

Reviewed 2 December 2015 by Sdkirian
Sdkirian would recommend the Dell XPS 8900 (Verified Purchase)

Computer arrived in 2 days and setup was a snap. This computer is fast and not loaded down with a bunch of unwanted software. I have bought many Dell computers, but this is my first one bought not... Read more…

Reviewed 11 January 2016 by JonB
JonB would recommend the Dell XPS 8900 (Verified Purchase)

Arrived early. Set up was easy and the computer continues to function without a problem. Not sure I like Windows 10, but the computer itself runs smoothly...

Reviewed 8 January 2016 by Rainbowdash
Rainbowdash would recommend the Dell XPS 8900 (Verified Purchase)

I use my computer as a server for my office. I have at least 7-10 computers connected to this one at any given time. The computer is super responsive and quick at running programs...

Reviewed 6 January 2016 by Lisa
Lisa would recommend the Dell XPS 8900 (Verified Purchase)

Computer was easy to set up and plays my games perfectly. It does everything i need it to do!

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dell x89005631, dell x89005631b, dell x89005631bl, dell x89005631blk
Barcodes 00884116204961
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