Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 Review: Attractive, Affordable PC Gaming

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Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop (5680): 3DMark, Unigine Heaven And Valley

Futuremark’s graphically intense 3DMark Fire Strike is designed specifically for gaming PCs. It has both Normal and Extreme modes: Normal runs at 1920x1080, while Extreme runs at 2560x1440 and is intended for high end gaming PCs.

Futuremark 3DMark Fire Strike
Simulated Gaming Performance

The benchmark uses tessellation, ambient occlusion, volume illumination, and a high quality depth of field filter. We tested the Dell Inspiron Gaming 5680 on the Extreme preset. 

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 3DMark

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 3DMark

The mainstream makeup of the Inspiron Gaming Desktop starts to catch up with it when benchmarking graphics performance, at least when comparing with other gaming systems—there are several instances where it gets beat by previous generation PCs. It likely would have put up bigger numbers if Dell had opted for a GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 memory rather than the 3GB model, but it is what it is.

Evaluated independently, however, the Inspiron Gaming Desktop yields decent performance for the money. Bear in mind that the above benchmarks reflect the Extreme preset, which runs at 2560x1440. This system is more designed for 1080p gaming, but for the sake of comparison, we ran it at the higher preset.

Unigine Heaven and Valley
DirecX11 Gaming Performance
Unigine's Heaven 4.0 is a GPU-intensive benchmark that hammers graphics cards to the limits. It features hardware tessellation with DirectX 11 and focuses solely on the GPU with real-time global illumination, screen space ambient occlusion, volumetric clouds, and adjustable settings. Valley offers a similar evaluation, and like Heaven it can be used both as a benchmark and a stress testing tool.

Unigine Heaven
Unigine Heaven 4.0

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 Heaven

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 Heaven

The results in Uningine's Heaven benchmark are bit better. The Inspiron Gaming Desktop is able to hang with what were considered high-end gaming desktops when they came out, like Digital Storm's Bolt 3. This underscores the bang-for-buck that NVIDIA's Pascal architecture provides (when not inflated by cryptocurrency mining, that is), as the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a mid-range card.

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 Valley

The benchmark numbers in Valley aren't quite as good, but again, we're comparing the Inspiron Gaming Desktop to mostly high-end gaming PCs—we don't often receive mainstream gaming PCs, though with the resurgence in PC gaming over the last couple of years, we may make an effort to get more of these types of systems in our lab.

What we have here is a system that streets for around a grand (or less) averaging nearly 80 frames per second in Heaven. The XPS Tower gets 110 fps, but has a beefier graphics card (GeForce GTX 1070) and costs more than $1,500 (as configured).

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