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Dell XPS One 27 All-in-One System Review: Big Screen, One Wire

Author: Josh Walrath
Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Dell

Performance Metrics

 

It is pretty well known that oftentimes OEM machines are detuned a bit to make them more stable.  This particular situation is further pushed ahead due to the design of the XPS One and its thermal/power constraints.  It uses the i7 3770S chip, which is again a 65 watt TDP part as compared to the full speed i7 3770 which is a 77 watt part.

I compared this unit to two test machines.  One is the full i7 3770K on the Gigabyte G1 Sniper 3 motherboard.  The other is the AMD FX-8350 running on the Asus Crosshair V motherboard.  These two systems both run 8 GB DDR-1866 memory (the i7 has a max memory speed of DDR-3 1600, while the FX can run at 1866), AMD Radeon HD 5870, and 1TB WD Caviar Black HD.

Something to keep in mind while viewing these results is that the Dell XPS One is pulling less power at the wall while running the system and monitor than the other two machines pull without powering the monitor as well.

 

SiSoft Sandra 2012 SP5

Theoretically speaking, the i7 3770S should be able to match the i7 3770K.

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It seems that Dell did a bit more de-tuning than expected.  There is one major difference between the two i7 chips in that the 3770S goes down to 3.1 GHz vs. the 3.5 GHz of the 3770K, but they both share the same top Turbo speed of 3.9 GHz.  It seems as if the 3770S rarely reaches that, or if it does it does not stay long due to TDP issues.  Memory performance also takes a hit.

 

3D Mark 2011

We are not expecting miracles out of the poor GeForce 640M, but I thought it would be interesting to see how it performed with a modern engine at a reasonable resolution.  The Performance preset was used with this test.  Remember, the i7 3770K and FX-8350 are using the AMD Radeon HD 5870 graphics card, while the XPS One 27 features the mobile based GeForce 640M.  The 640M is a step above the Intel integrated graphics, but not that much.

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Even compared to a three year old top end card the 640M just cannot provide a smooth experience for users even at moderate resolutions when running modern 3D games.  It will have a hard time pushing even DX9 titles at 2560x1440.

 

Cinebench 11.529

Between the de-tuning of the CPU and the memory, this should tell us exactly how big of a hit the 3770S takes as compared to the 3770K.

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That is pretty extreme, but not surprising.  In Dell’s defense though, at least it still finishes above the AMD FX-8350 with its 125 watt TDP.

November 20, 2012 | 03:16 AM - Posted by Brett from Australia (not verified)

Nice write up Josh I really enjoy reading your hardware reviews. These type of form factor systems are becoming more popular, Dell are obviously targeting these at a certain demographic in the market and they are appealing.

June 4, 2013 | 01:24 AM - Posted by Ulrike (not verified)

Following all these years I had been undertaking
this exercise pondering it was going to whip me in shape, wow!

November 20, 2012 | 05:05 AM - Posted by razor512

Great review, though for that price, I would have wanted to see at least a 670m to drive that display more effectively when it comes to 3D content.

Also wondering, how did the speakers sound? If they are using less cable clutter as a selling point and also focusing on media center type usage, then the speakers should at least be comparable to what you will find built into a decent TV

November 20, 2012 | 11:24 AM - Posted by Josh Walrath

The speakers were pretty decent.  I was honestly surprised by how good they were considering the form factor and size of the units.  I did mention that they were a bit boomy in bass heavy content, but midrange and trebles were fine and not annoying.  Soundstage OK but with good separation.  Dialog came through nicely.  I could listen to most music without issue, though it obviously does not compare well in depth to standalone speakers.

November 20, 2012 | 07:55 AM - Posted by Robert123 (not verified)

All in ones have a nice clean look that a lot of people want, until they see the price.

Then having a small black box off to the side or on the floor
doesn't seem that bad.

It's nice to see someone other than Apple pushing the form factor though.

November 20, 2012 | 08:44 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Best thing about this PC: You get to enjoy your own reflection more than what's actually going on on the screen.
This should really be an Apple product.

December 14, 2012 | 01:21 AM - Posted by greg c (not verified)

Thanks for the review, Josh. How about for the casual gamer? My wife and I like to play 1st person shooters in LAN co-op, and I'm thinking of getting two of these for us. How are games when using a lower-than-native resolution? As long as they look at least *pretty* good, we mostly care about playability.

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