Dell’s XPS Desktop gets a new look and liquid cooling


Enlarge / To not scale: Outdated Dell XPS Desktop (left) with new XPS Desktop (proper).


Dell’s XPS Desktop is ditching the cheese-grater look in favor of one thing sweeter. The tower PCs introduced immediately are 42 p.c bigger and have a brand new thermal design that flattens the earlier model’s bumpy, weave-like air flow grille right into a square-filled design paying homage to waffles. The beefier chassis—which measures 27 L, in comparison with its predecessor’s 19 L—makes approach for Intel’s newest 12th-Gen Alder Lake CPUs and Nvidia’s and AMD’s strongest graphics playing cards.

The highest-line CPU possibility is the highly effective Intel Core i9-12900Okay—and after we say highly effective, we imply it. The chip is a 125 W, overclockable, 16-core, 24-thread CPU with 30MB of cache and a 3.2 GHz clock pace that may increase to five.2 GHz. The prior XPS Desktop got here with as much as an i9-11900Okay, which can also be 125 W however with fewer cores (though efficiency might differ as a result of 12th Gen chip’s mixture of efficiency and effectivity cores, threads, and cache and better clock speeds (3.5 / 5.Three GHz).

Choices for graphics go as much as an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 or an AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT. You possibly can add as much as an unimaginable 128GB of DDR5-3600 RAM (throughout 4 32GB sticks), twice the reminiscence supplied by the last-gen XPS Desktop. The PC packs as much as 4TB of storage, courtesy of a 2TB SSD and 2TB HDD. Gasoline for all that computing horsepower comes from a 750 W energy provide.

Dell says the XPS Desktop’s new design helps you to push your GPU additional by enabling “improved airflow and liquid cooling choices for longer sustained efficiency.” As you’ll be able to see within the photos above, each the brand new and outdated XPS Desktops soak up cool air from the entrance and aspect and push heat air out the again. Dell did not make clear whether or not flattening the entrance panel does something for PC efficiency, however having more room and the choice to liquid-cool the CPU ought to assist decrease warmth ranges within the case.

Liquid cooling is proscribed to the CPU solely, and Dell did not element the specs of the CPU cooler. Shared photographs present a fairly normal all-in-one unit.

More space and a liquid cooler for the CPU should help thermals.
Enlarge / Extra space and a liquid cooler for the CPU ought to assist thermals.


You possibly can have as much as three 120 mm followers, that are purported to be greater and sooner than the 4,500 rpm followers supplied earlier than. Dell did not specify sound ranges or the rpm of the brand new followers. Past serving to with warmth administration, the larger chassis will make upgrading the PC down the road simpler, as you may have more room to work in.

Connection-wise, the desktop comes with an SD card reader, three USB-A ports, one USB-C port, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack within the entrance, plus 4 extra USB-A ports, one other USB-C port, a DisplayPort port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a 7.1 channel audio 6-connector stack of restackable audio ports within the again. 

Lots of ports back there.
Enlarge / Plenty of ports again there.


As with Dell’s XPS laptops, the PC’s shade choices decide the kind of supplies used within the machine. The Night time Sky model of the XPS Desktop has a resin entrance bezel, aluminum sides, and rubber ft. The Platinum Silver model makes use of aluminum for its bezel and sides, resin for the bottom, and aluminum for the ft.

Night Sky (left) and Platinum Silver (right).
Enlarge / Night time Sky (left) and Platinum Silver (proper).


Dell says the pc is coming “later this fall.” Contemplating Intel is anticipated to element its 12th-Gen CPUs immediately, the brand new Dells needs to be prepared quickly. The desktops will begin at $920, however we’re curious to see how a lot liquid cooling provides to the worth.