Dell XPS 8700 Desktop Personal Computer Review

Dell XPS 8700 / Dell Inc.

Dell has discontinued production of the XPS 87000 line for a more updated XPS 8900. They look pretty much identical but the internals have been updated to more modern components. If you are looking for a current value minded performance system, check out my Best Desktops from $700 to $1000 for a listing of my preferred choices.

The Bottom Line

- Dell's XPS 8700 doesn't offer huge performance gains in the base setup over the previous XPS 8500 but they corrected some small flaws that held back the previous model from its potential.

It offer strong general performance but lacks much in terms of 3D or storage. Thankfully these can both be upgraded but a number of Dell's competitors are offering their systems already with them.


  • Strong Performance From Core i7 Processor
  • Dual Band Wireless Networking
  • Large Number of USB 3.0 Ports


  • Low End 3D Graphics Card
  • Storage Smaller And Less Performance Than Competition


  • Intel Core i7-4770 Quad Core Desktop Processor
  • 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual Layer DVD Burner
  • AMD Radeon 7570 Graphics Card With 1GB Memory
  • Intel HDA 7.1 Audio Support
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Six USB 3.0, Six USB 2.0, HDMI, DisplayPort, 19-in-1 Card Reader
  • Windows 8

Review - Dell XPS 8700

Aug 19 2013 - The Dell XPS 8700 retains much of the same look as the previous XPS 8500 but internally is based upon the new Intel 4th generation Core i processors and corresponding chipsets.

The system is still designed for performance but it is not really geared towards PC gaming as it once was as Dell relies on the Alienware brand for this.

Powering the XPS 8700 is the new Intel Core i7-4770 quad core processor. This latest revision of their highest quad core processor in the series doesn't really bring much extra performance over the previous i7-3770 but it does provide some more intangible performance improvements to other aspects of the system.

This processor should provide more than enough performance for even the most demanding tasks such as desktop video editing. The processor is matched up with 8GB of DDR3 memory which provides a smooth overall experience in Windows. There is room for two additional memory modules for those looking to add more. It is recommended to do any memory upgrade after purchase as it is more affordable than purchasing the upgrade at time of order.

The storage for the Dell XPS 8700 are a bit disappointing given what the competition has to offer at this price point. It uses a standard one terabyte hard drive for storing applications, data and media files while many other systems are moving to two terabyte. The performance is alright from this but it lags behind systems that are starting to use solid state drives for caching. The system does use a Z87 chipset that supports Intel Smart Response Technology which allows users to add a small solid state drive for caching frequently used files for added performance. If you need to add additional storage, there are a surprising six USB 3.0 (four back and two front) for use with high speed external storage drives. A dual layer DVD burner is also included for playback and recording of CD or DVD media.

As previously mentioned, the XPS 8700 is not really designed as a gaming desktop anymore and so the graphics are not one of the stronger aspects of the system. It does feature a dedicated graphics card in the form of a AMD Radeon HD 7570 graphics card. This is a budget class card that offers better 3D performance compared to the integrated graphics on the Core i7 processor but it is going to be restricted to resolutions below the 1920x1080 that are found on most desktop monitors these days. It does provide some additional acceleration for non-3D graphicsgraphics cards that cost under $250 if you do want to try out some PC gaming with it or need more acceleration for programs that can use the GPU.

Priced at $800, the Dell XPS 8700 does offer a high level of general performance thanks to the i7 processor. The thing is that many people don't actually require this fast of a processor and can see tangible benefits from other system features like a solid state drive. This is precisely the route that Acer is taking with its Aspire AT3-605-UR205 which offers the same processor but twice the memory, hard drive space and even a SSD cache drive. That system does cost two hundred more than the XPS 8700 though which could cover the cost of upgrading the XPS 8700 to similar specs. The HP Envy 700-060 on the other hand is roughly the same price but sacrifices general computing and graphics performance for twice the storage plus a larger solid state drive.

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