Dell at CES 2018: Inspiron Gaming Desktop Receives Intel 8th Generation Processors, Alienware Command Center Update, eSports Training Center
LAS VEGAS, NV — The Inspiron 5680 comes on the heels of the 5675 that was released a few months ago using the AMD Ryzen processors, up to the Octo core Ryzen 7 1700X. The 5680 is the Intel version of these desktops now supporting 8th Generation Intel quad and hex core processors. The 5680 series unlike the 5675, uses only NVIDIA Geforce graphics cards, up to a GTX 1070, to try and satisfy the needs of the intended market, the Mainstream PC gaming audience.
The Inspiron 5680 offers a choice of three processors, the i3-8400 (4-core/4-thread) running at a flat 3.6 GHz, i5-8400 (6-core/6-thread) boosting up to 4 GHz, and the i7-8700 (6-core/12-thread) boosting up to 4.6 GHz. Dell appears to only offer air cooling and does not currently list any liquid cooling options as we see on the Inspiron 5675. I’d imagine this is the case due to the 5680 using a locked processor so there isn’t really a need for it.
DRAM support is up to 64GB of DDR4 2400 with configured systems starting with 8GB and 16GB options. For a midrange gaming machine, we would suggest going with 16GB if possible as RAM needs are ever increasing these days. The 5680 also offers three NVIDIA Geforce GPUs starting with the 2GB GTX 1050, a 3GB GTX 1060, and a GTX 1070. The latter two Dell certifies as VR Ready (along with the RX 580 for the 5675).
Internal storage options are plentiful as the 5680 is able to support two drives (M.2 and 2.5-inch). Buyers are able to configure a single 1TB hard drive, or selected either a 128/256GB M.2 SATA SSD along with a 1TB or 2TB hard drive to using 128 or 256GB M.2 SATA SSDs (OS) along with a 1TB or 2TB hard drive (Storage). It also has options for using up to a 32GB Intel Optane device paired with either the 1TB or 2TB hard drive. I am surprised Dell chose to forego M.2 PCIe NVMe drives available option considering the traction they are gathering over time. Still, an SSD is leaps and bounds faster than a hard drive. In total, the case will hold up to 4 storage devices (2x 3.5-inch bays, 1x 2.5” bay, and one M.2 slot). There is also a spare PCIe x16 expansion slot for any AIC
Externally, the Dell Inspiron mid-tower case a very sleek look to it with the front portion grey while the bottom has black ribs running diagonally front of the case and wrapping around the left side to a horizontal orientation. If seeing your components is a need, users can selec
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