Dell XPS 8300 Core i3 – 2nd Generation

 8,500

  • Core i3-2100 3.3 Ghz – 2nd Generation Processor
  • DVD-Writer
  • For Harddisk & Ram (Use Available Options)

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Description

Dell XPS 8300 desktop PC is available with a Second Generation Intel Core i7 CPU and it can be used for practically any task, except hardcore gaming. It’s a smallish PC that looks good and it doesn’t harbour any old-fashioned ports and slots. You won’t find VGA or PS/2 ports on it, nor does the motherboard have PCI slots. Instead you get two DVI ports, HDMI and DisplayPort, eight USB 2.0 ports, eSATA and Gigabit Ethernet. The motherboard has only PCIe slots, with two free PCIe x1 slots available for expansion cards.

It doesn’t have USB 3.0 ports and it doesn’t come with a wireless card or a digital TV tuner as standard — if you want Wi-Fi and a TV tuner card, you’ll have to add them to the configuration when you order the PC. An 802.11n wireless card only adds $8.50 to the price, but a Happauge hybrid TV tuner adds $119.90.

The XPS 8300 ships in a small case that’s around 410mm high, 450mm deep and 190mm wide. That said, it still feels a little chunky due to the design of its front panel, which flares toward the bottom. There are two USB 2.0 ports hidden by a sliding door; two more USB 2.0 ports and audio ports are located at the top of the machine. Furthermore, there is a recessed area in front of the USB ports that can be used to safely rest a phone or MP3 player while it’s charging. The location of this area and the USB ports means that the XPS 8300 will be most convenient when situated on the floor rather than on a desk top. The overall size of the XPS 8300 is small, but still a little chunky due to the front panel being thicker at the bottom than at the top.

On the inside, the XPS 8300 is quite cramped. It has a micro ATX motherboard that’s decked out with an Intel Core i7-2600 CPU, 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM (using four 2GB modules) and an AMD Radeon HD 5770 graphics card with 1GB of RAM. Storage is handled by a 2TB Seagate Barracuda XT hard drive and you also get a DVD burner. It produced very fast results in our tests: 18sec in the Blender 3D rendering test, 43sec in the iTunes MP3 encoding test and 40min in the DVD transcoding test. You can use the XPS 8300 for many tough tasks, including video editing and video conversion and it’s also perfect for multitasking.

In 3DMark06, its Radeon 5770 graphics adapter recorded a score of 17671, which means it can be used to run many of the latest games, but not at super-high settings. Depending on the game, the smoothest gameplay will be at a resolution of 1280×1024. As the Radeon 5770 is a DirectX 11-based card, we also ran 3DMark11, which is a DirectX 11-based benchmark, and the XPS 8300 recorded a score of P2772.

The hard drive performance of the XPS 8300 was stellar — it recorded a file transfer rate of 124.7 megabytes per second in our tests. The drive that our test PC used was a 2TB Seagate Barracuda XT, which has a SATA 3.0 (6 gigabits per second) interface and a 7200rpm spin speed. It’s a very good transfer rate for a single drive — one of the fastest we’ve seen — but the more data that gets packed into it, the slower it will become. With 2TB of space available, it could take a while before it gets filled. There is room in the case for one more hard drive, but as the case is cramped and the hard drive bay is mounted sideways, you might have to remove the graphics card and some of the cables that are in the way when installing it. There are four SATA ports on the motherboard and it supports RAID 1 and RAID 0.

The XPS 8300 runs reasonably quietly, even when it’s under a heavy load, but it will be noiticeable in a quiet bedroom. It has four fans: the CPU fan, the graphics card fan, a 120mm rear extraction fan, and there is also a fan in its 460W power supply. You’ll hear some hard drive noise when the heads are busy reading or writing data.

Dell has installed a few bits of software that aim to make the user experience a little better (Dell Dock), and also to make it easier to get support (Dell Support Centre) and back up data (Dell DataSafe Backup). When you first start using the PC, there are many pop-ups from these applications requesting that they be updated. It’s best to do this right away as the constant reminders can be quite frustrating. The Dell Dock sits on the Windows desktop and provides easy access to regularly-used applications and Web site shortcuts. It’s not really a necessity, but some users may appreciate it.

For $1499 (without a monitor), the Dell XPS 8300 is a good option for anyone who wants a fast desktop in a reasonably small form factor. The drawbacks are that it can’t easily be expanded due to its small case, and it also doesn’t have many value-adds — you don’t get extras such as USB 3.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi or a digital TV tuner for the price.

GENERAL

  • Desktop type
    Gaming system, Budget desktop system
  • Product Form Factor
    Tower
  • Packaged Quantity
    1
  • Manufacturer
    Dell, Inc.

PROCESSOR / CHIPSET

  • CPU
    Intel Core i5 (2nd Gen) 2300 / 2.8 GHz
  • Max Turbo Speed
    3.1 GHz
  • Number of Cores
    Quad-Core
  • 64-bit Computing
    Yes
  • Chipset Type
    Intel H67 Express

CACHE MEMORY

  • Installed Size
    L3 cache – 6 MB
  • Cache Per Processor
    6 MB
  • Type
    L3 cache
  • Per Processor Size
    6 MB
  • Installed Size
    6 MB

STORAGE

  • Interface Type
    Serial ATA-300
  • Type
    none

RAM

  • Installed Size
    6 GB / 16 GB (max)
  • Technology
    DDR3 SDRAM – non-ECC
  • Memory Speed
    1333 MHz
  • Features
    dual channel memory architecture
  • Technology
    DDR3 SDRAM
  • Installed Size
    6 GB
  • Data Integrity Check
    non-ECC

MEMORY

  • Max Supported Size
    16 GB
  • Form Factor
    DIMM 240-pin
  • Slots Qty
    4

DISPLAY

  • Type
    none.

ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETERS

  • Humidity Range Operating
    20 – 80% (non-condensing)
  • Min Operating Temperature
    50 °F
  • Max Operating Temperature
    95 °F

HARD DRIVE

  • Type
    HDD
  • Interface Type
    SATA 3Gb/s
  • Spindle Speed
    7200 rpm
  • Type
    HDD
  • Interface Class
    Serial ATA
  • Installed Qty
    1
  • Capacity
    1 TB

STORAGE CONTROLLER

  • Interface Type
    Serial ATA-600
  • Channel Qty
    2
  • Type
    Serial ATA
  • Installed Qty
    1

INPUT

  • Type
    keyboard, mouse

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Wireless Protocol
    802.11b/g/n

STORAGE CONTROLLER (2ND)

  • Controller Interface Type
    Serial ATA-300
  • Channel Qty
    2
  • Installed Qty
    1

HARD DRIVE (3RD)

  • Type
    none

OPTICAL STORAGE

  • Drive Type
    DVD-Writer
  • Type
    DVD±RW

PROCESSOR

  • Installed Qty
    1
  • Max Supported Qty
    1
  • Type
    2nd Gen Core i5
  • Processor Number
    i5-2300
  • Generation
    2
  • Manufacturer
    Intel
  • Clock Speed
    2.8 GHz

FLOPPY DRIVE

  • Type
    none

CARD READER

  • Type
    19 in 1 card reader

STORAGE REMOVABLE

  • Type
    none

HEADER

  • Brand
    Dell
  • Product Line
    Dell XPS
  • Model
    8300
  • Packaged Quantity
    1
  • Compatibility
    PC

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Color
    black, white

SOFTWARE

  • Microsoft Office Preloaded
    Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.

NETWORKING

  • Data Link Protocol
    Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Form Factor
    integrated
  • Compliant Standards
    IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Wireless LAN Supported
    Yes

MONITOR

  • Monitor Type
    None.

SYSTEM

  • Type
    personal computer
  • Hard Drive Capacity
    1 TB

GRAPHICS CONTROLLER

  • Form Factor
    plug-in card
  • Interface Type
    PCI Express x16
  • Graphics Processor
    AMD Radeon HD 6450
  • Video Memory
    1 GB
  • Video Interfaces
    HDMI, VGA

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

  • Width
    7.3 in
  • Depth
    17.9 in
  • Height
    16.1 in

CHASSIS

  • Form Factor
    tower
  • Manufacturer Form Factor
    tower

MAINBOARD

  • Chipset Type
    Intel H67 Express

AUDIO OUTPUT

  • Form Factor
    integrated
  • Sound Output Mode
    7.1 channel surround
  • Compliant Standards
    THX TruStudio PC

PRINTER

  • Type
    none

KEYBOARD

  • Interface
    USB

EXPANSION / CONNECTIVITY

  • Slots
    4 DIMM 240-pin
    1 (total) / 0 (free) x CPU
    1 (total) / 0 (free) x PCIe x16
    3 PCIe x1
    1 Mini PCIe

MOUSE

  • Technology
    laser

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Form Factor
    tower
  • Weight
    22.49 lbs

POWER

  • Type
    power supply
  • Min Operating Temperature
    50 °F
  • Max Operating Temperature
    95 °F

OPERATING SYSTEM / SOFTWARE

  • OS Provided: Type
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • OS Provided
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Type
    Microsoft Office 2010

VIDEO OUTPUT

  • Interface Type
    PCI Express x16
  • Graphics Processor
    AMD Radeon HD 6450
  • Graphics Processor Series
    ATI Radeon HD
  • Video Interfaces
    HDMI, VGA

VIDEO MEMORY

  • Installed Size
    1 GB

GENERAL

  • Manufacturer
    Dell, Inc.

Additional information

Weight 15 kg