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.
|Category||Dell XPS Desktop 8950|
|OS||Windows 11 Home|
Windows 11 Pro
|Processor||12th Gen Intel|
|RAM||8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB|
|Graphics||Up to NVIDIA RTX 3090|
Up to AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
|Storage||Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD|
Up to 2TB SATA HDD
Three USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)
USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2)
SD card reader
Two USB-A 2.0
Two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)
USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2x2)
|PSU||Up to 750W Platinum|
|Expansion||Two M.2 slots|
Two 3.5-inch HDD bays
Three PCIe slots (x4, x4, x16)
|Connectivity||Killer AX1675 Wi-Fi 6|
|Weight||Up to 16.79 pounds (7.62kg)|
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.
Featuring a big case but a subtle color palette, the XPS 8950 is great for gaming, content creation, and other tasks that require a rig with serious specs.
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