The Dell XPS 8500 falls short
The Dell XPS 8500 falls short
2:24

The Dell XPS 8500 falls short

Desktops
Hi. I'm Rich Brown Senior Editor for CNET. Today we are gonna take a look at the Dell XPS 8500. So, this is a higher end mid-tower for Dell. This config comes in at about 1999. The highlight feature is probably its Core X7 3770 CPU. That's one of Intel's new 3rd generation Ivy Bridge chips and makes the system one of the faster mainstream PC's out there but overall it's kind of hard to recommend. So, if you're familiar with Dell's desktop line up, this system looks familiar. They haven't really tweaked the (chass?) in a couple of years. It's got a nice clean look to it. We like the white and the black here in the front. It's pretty clean as well. Dell actually eliminated the door on the front of the system. So now the USB ports are just exposed on the front making them easier to get to if not maybe messing the aesthetic up a little bit. We can live with that. On this door, you'll find a blue ray drive and pair of standard (??) of media card slot. Turn around at the back, and you see (??) ports. There's nothing too innovative but there's pretty much every connection you'd need for a modern hardware. So, from the top you've got some USB 2 jacks. There used to be three. That's becoming more common now. There is an SPDIF, digital audio output for standard 7.1 analog out. Down here on the graphics card, you've got all kinds of outputs, there's DVI, two display ports, as well as standard HDMIF. So, inside the system it looks kind of typical mess that we're used to for mainstream PCs. You can see the core i7 CPU here. Here you've got an AMD Radeon 7870 graphics cards. It's pretty high end. There is 16 gigabyte RAM. That's becoming more common on high end systems also and here Dell's included a 3 terabyte hard drive, giving you all kinds of storage. Now one of the more interesting features of the system, you actually can't really see in here. There's an Intel SRT solid state hard drive buried underneath the (??) part. SRT also provides faster access to commonly used files. So, for games or other applications that you use often, you'll be able to load them up and run them generally a lot faster than they would otherwise. Despite all these great features, the problem with this system, is a bang for the buck. As usual the boutique vendors out there are really pushing harder on performance. The system from Origin for example, we saw it costs about $1200 and outperformed this 1999 Dell on pretty much every benchmark. That makes it hard to recommend this system even though it's relative capable. So, overall this is a well build PC with some interesting features but I can't really recommend it because it doesn't offer enough value for its price. So, I'm Rich Brown. This is the Dell XPS 8500.

Up Next

Macintosh 40 Years Ago Compared to Vision Pro Today
240125-site-one-more-thing-mac-40-and-vision-pro-2

Up Next

Macintosh 40 Years Ago Compared to Vision Pro Today

Apple Debuts 24-Inch iMac With M3 Chips
apple-unveils-new-24-inch-imac-with-m3-processor-mp4-00-00-08-12-still001

Apple Debuts 24-Inch iMac With M3 Chips

Trick or Treat? Apple's 'Scary Fast' Mac Event Makes Us Jumpy
scary-fast-apple-event-clean

Trick or Treat? Apple's 'Scary Fast' Mac Event Makes Us Jumpy

First Look: Apple Mac Pro and Mac Studio
macstudiomacpro-00-01-50-22-still002

First Look: Apple Mac Pro and Mac Studio

Hands-On Acer Aspire S Series
acer-thumbnail

Hands-On Acer Aspire S Series

Microsoft Introduces Surface Studio 2 Plus
surfacestudio

Microsoft Introduces Surface Studio 2 Plus

Mac Studio Review: Testing Apple's New Desktop for Creators
yt-mac-studio-review-v1

Mac Studio Review: Testing Apple's New Desktop for Creators

Meet the Mac Studio and Mac Studio Display
yt-mac-news-reax-w-dan-v1

Meet the Mac Studio and Mac Studio Display

Mac Studio and Studio Display Priced With Low and High-End Options
mac-studio-and-studio-display-pricing-00-00-02-18-still002

Mac Studio and Studio Display Priced With Low and High-End Options

Apple Introduces M1 Ultra Chip for New Mac Desktops
apple-unveils-m1-ultra-chip-00-00-20-07-still001

Apple Introduces M1 Ultra Chip for New Mac Desktops

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Apple Makes the Vision Pro Store Demo an Entertaining Ride
240229-site-what-its-like-to-demo-vision-pro-v3

Apple Makes the Vision Pro Store Demo an Entertaining Ride

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More
240229-site-best-of-show-at-mwc

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3
VisionOS 1.0.3

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3

Humane AI Pin Hands-On: Tiny Wearable Phonelet Beams Light Like R2-D2
humane-ai-pin-thumb2

Humane AI Pin Hands-On: Tiny Wearable Phonelet Beams Light Like R2-D2

OnePlus Watch 2 Review: A Big Battery, But Falls Short in Other Ways
240223-site-oneplus-watch-2-v2

OnePlus Watch 2 Review: A Big Battery, But Falls Short in Other Ways

Samsung Galaxy Ring: Our First Glimpse of Samsung's Health-Tracking Wearable
samsung-galaxy-ring-00-01-28-12-still002.png

Samsung Galaxy Ring: Our First Glimpse of Samsung's Health-Tracking Wearable

Most Popular All most popular

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)
innovation

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost
240123-site-samsung-galaxy-s24-ultra-review-4

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen
circlesearchpic

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop
asus-preces-00-00-25-11-still003

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024
240111-site-best-of-ces-2024-1

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024

Latest Products All latest products

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More
240229-site-best-of-show-at-mwc

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display
240225-site-lenovo-translucent-laptop-concept-v3

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display

Motorola's Rollable Concept Phone Wraps on Your Wrist
240225-site-motorola-rollable-concept

Motorola's Rollable Concept Phone Wraps on Your Wrist

See Adobe Lightroom on the Apple Vision Pro
adobe-lightroom-00-02-58-03-still006-1

See Adobe Lightroom on the Apple Vision Pro

This $400 Cane Has a Built-In Phone
p1022441-mp4-15-35-32-23-still001

This $400 Cane Has a Built-In Phone

Apple Vision Pro: Unboxed and Set Up
vlcsnap-2024-01-29-14h38m03s627.png

Apple Vision Pro: Unboxed and Set Up

Latest How To All how to videos

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3
VisionOS 1.0.3

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-tips-and-hidden-features-2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro
tiktok-on-vision-pro-clean

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips
superbowl-tv-settings-thumb1

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips

How to Use a Quest 3 Like the Vision Pro
240202-site-spatial-computing-on-meta-quest-3

How to Use a Quest 3 Like the Vision Pro

How to Make a GPT in ChatGPT-4
howto-createyourowngpt-clean

How to Make a GPT in ChatGPT-4