Dell’s new XPS desktop sits pretty with 10th Gen Intel

2020 Dell XPS Desktop
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Dell has refreshed its XPS desktop line—now more compact, better-looking, and with 10th Gen Intel Core processors up to the i9-10900K. AMD Ryzen fans will be disappointed, though.

The new XPS desktop chassis is down from 23.7L to 19L volume, a substantially smaller footprint than the previous generation. Dell says one of the goals of the redesign was to maximise performance and airflow.

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Old vs new

On the lower front of the micro-ATX case, you’ll find an aesthetically pleasing front grille for enhanced air intake.

Just two thumbscrews on the rear separate you from the innards of the computer.

Inside, you’ll find the mATX motherboard with up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, coupled with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super GPU or AMD 5700XT.

The tower supports only up to a 500W power supply or up to a 225W graphics card, which puts the top-end RTX 2080 out of the equation.

Not too big of deal since the XPS Desktop is more an entry-level desktop as opposed to a dedicated gaming rig like the Dell G5. Dell does, however, has an upgraded Creator Edition that features more powerful graphics.

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Moving on, the system offers four DIMM slots (up to 128GB DDR4 RAM), three PCIe expansion slots (one with x16), four storage bays, and a host of IO ports including seven USB3.1 Type-A ports, two USB 2.0 connections, and a single USB-C port on the front panel. The front panel also offers a headphone jack and multiformat card reader.

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The XPS Desktop is offered in Mineral White and Night Sky colourways.

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New monitors

Complementing the pretty new XPS Desktop are new Dell S-series monitors, arriving in August.

The new displays are headlined by the S32221QS, a 32-inch 1800R curved 4K UHD display. The VA panel comes with an anti-glare coating and boasts up to 300 nits of brightness and 5ms responses time (GtG). The 60Hz refresh rate isn’t going to impress gamers but it does support AMD FreeSync. For content creators, it supports 99 per cent of the sRGB and 90 per cent of the DCI-P3 colour gamuts.

It comes with built-in 5W speakers and an integrated USB hub.

The smaller S271QS is a 27-inch 4K UHD flat panel with dual 3W speakers, while tthe S2721DS offers a 27-inch QHD panel (2,560×1,440) panel with a 75Hz refresh rate and built-in 3W speakers.

Dell also announced a new Frost-coloured variant of its XPS 15 notebook. The variant will be available this summer.

Pricing and availability

The entry-level XPS Desktop retails at just USD649 (~MYR2,772) and it is configured with the Intel Core i3-10100 processor, 8GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM, and a 1TB 7,200rpm SATA hard drive.

In Malaysia, the base XPS Desktop configuration is with the 10th Gen Intel i5-10400, 8GB of memory, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GTX 1650 Super 4GB graphics, and Windows 10 Home. This will retail from MYR3,499. Malaysia will only offer the Night Sky colourway. Dell Malaysia said that there are more updates to come for the two-year Premium Support and Onsite Service for Malaysia market.

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The new XPS Desktop is available now in the US and Canada and will be coming to Europe and Asia later this month.

The S3221QS 4K UHD display retails for USD500 (~MYR2,133), while the S2721QS and S2721DS monitors are priced at USD450 (~MYR1,920) and USD350 (~MYR1,493), respectively.

The new S-series displays will be in the market this August.

For more information, head over to Dell.


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