Dell XPS Desktop 8960: A Pre-Built Powerhouse That ‘Pushes the Limits’
Dell’s XPS (eXtreme Performance System) line of desktops and laptops has always been known for its power, performance and classy designs, and over the years, we’ve seen the label double down on desktops. While other tech companies are focused on streamlining laptops and improving portability, Dell has expanded its portfolio in a big way with the addition of another pre-built XPS desktop, the XPS Desktop 8960. This new customisable desktop computer is being positioned as the ultimate work/gaming solution and comes packed with the latest and greatest hardware that Dell claims will help “push your creative limits”.
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For years, Dell has operated under the scope of ‘no matter what your performance/power needs are, Dell has something for everyone’ and remarkably, this new lineup delivers. The XPS Desktop 8960 lets you choose from a wide variety of Intel processors, including the Core i9-13900K, Core i7-13700K, their non-K variants, the Core i5-13600K and the Core i5-13400. These processors come affixed on top of a proprietary Z690 motherboard, with up to 64 GB of DDR5 RAM and 8 TB (4 + 4) of SSD storage.
Sadly, there are no HDD storage options available here, but the 27.1 L case does have two 3.5-inch bays, letting you expand your storage as and when required. The same number of options continues for graphics cards as well. The Dell XPS Desktop 8960 is available in Turing-based GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER all the way to the Ada Lovelace-based GeForce RTX 4080 and RTX 4090. You can even opt for AMD GPUs but these are a bit more limited and include the Radeon RX 6500XT, 6600XT, 6700XT, 6800XT, and the current-gen RX 7900 XTX.
While the entry-level 8960 sports standard air cooling, the higher-end configurations get liquid cooling to help you extract more performance from the hardware. On the front, the Dell XPS Desktop 8960 features three USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A and USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C, a 3.5 mm audio jack and an SD card slot. As far as wireless connectivity options are concerned, these have Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. Depending on the configuration, one can pick between a proprietary 460 Watt Bronze, 750 Watt Platinum and 1,000 Watt Platinum power supply. To sweeten the whole deal, Dell has even bundled in a keyboard, mouse and external DVD drive with every purchase.
All of this comes neatly wrapped in a graphite or platinum chassis that’s designed for accessibility for future upgrades thanks to the use of standardised PC parts. Based on the specs alone, the XPS Desktop 8960 appears to be a computational powerhouse capable of performing almost every day-to-day activity and workload. Dell is even providing a ton of different configurations and options, allowing users to choose the desktop which suits their daily needs the best. However, this kind of power doesn’t come cheap. The entry-level Dell XPS Desktop 8960 with a Core i5 CPU, 16 GB memory, 512 GB storage, a GeForce RTX 3050, a 750 Watt power supply and liquid cooling starts at AUD$2,195.60 and is now available from Dell’s official website.