The new Dell XPS Desktop 8950's large chassis packs even bigger specs, including RTX 3090 glory

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What you need to know

  • Dell's new XPS desktop features a large chassis, top-tier PC gaming part options, and ports galore.
  • It will start at $919.99 and be available at some point in fall 2021.
  • Its top configurations will contain 12th Gen Intel Core i9k processors and GPUs such as the RTX 3090 or RX 6900 XT.

Dell's new XPS Desktop 8950 can pack a lot of power if you want it to. While the lower-end configs will let you grab the desktop at its starting price of $919 (round up to $920 if you count the 99 cents, and round up to a thousand if you factor in potential sales tax), those more affordable variants are going to fetch you GPUs like a GTX 1650 Super and tiny 256GB SSD.

To get the full XPS Desktop 8950 experience, you're going to need to spend more, because this machine can come equipped with high-end options such as NVIDIA's RTX 3090 or AMD's RX 6900 XT, as well as other highlights like a 2TB SSD and a 12th Generation Intel Core i9-12900K. And no matter how you go with the desktop, know that it's absolutely loaded with ports and has room for liquid cooling options.

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CategoryDell XPS Desktop 8950
OSWindows 11 HomeWindows 11 Pro
Processor12th Gen IntelCore i5-12600KCore i7-12700KCore i9-12900K
ChipsetIntel Z690
RAM8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GBDDR5-4400MHz
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA RTX 3090Up to AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
StorageUp to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDUp to 2TB SATA HDD
PortsFront:Three USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2)3.5mm audioSD card readerRear:Two USB-A 2.0Two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2x2)DisplayPort 1.4EthernetAudio out
PSUUp to 750W Platinum
ExpansionTwo M.2 slotsTwo 3.5-inch HDD baysThree PCIe slots (x4, x4, x16)Four DIMM
ConnectivityKiller AX1675 Wi-Fi 6Bluetooth 5.2
WeightUp to 16.79 pounds (7.62kg)
ColorNight SkyPlatinum Silver
PriceFrom $920
AvailabilityFall 2021

A hard release date for the new XPS desktop is yet to be announced, but expect it at some point in fall 2021, which is rapidly coming to a close as winter rears its frosty head. When the machine finally does go on sale, you'll be able to grab it in two different color configurations: Night Sky or Platinum Silver.

TL; DR for Dell's latest XPS product: Big case, distinct colors, high horsepower ceiling, equally high price ceiling.

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