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

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Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop (5680): Metro Last Light And Shadow Of Mordor

Metro Last Light Redux
DirecX11 Gaming Performance

Metro Last Light Redux boasts some of the best 3D visuals on the PC platform and includes a DX11 rendering mode that makes use of advanced depth of field effects and character model tessellation for increased realism. This title also supports NVIDIA PhysX technology for impressive in-game physics effects, though we left them disabled here. We tested the game at resolutions of 2560x1440 and 3840X2160 (4K) with its in-game image quality options set to Very High and DOF effects disabled.

Metro Last Light Redux

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 Metro

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 Metro 4K

At 1440p, the Inspiron Gaming Desktop averaged 28 frames per second—technically that's playable, but it doesn't leave much room for framerate dips. And you can forget about playing this game at 4K on this rig. That's not shocking, given the hardware arrangement and strain that Metro Last Light can put on systems.

Unfortunately we don't have a swath of systems to compare at 1080p, but if running at that resolution—which is what this system is built for—Metro Last Light is certainly playable, even with the eye candy turned up.

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Performance
Glorious Orc-Slaying Vengeance
Monolith’s surprisingly fun Orc-slaying title delivers a ton of visual fidelity even at the lowest quality settings. So, to maximize eye candy while also heavily taxing the cards, we ran the game's built in benchmark with its Ultra quality settings at a couple of resolutions, topping out at 4K on these tricked-out dragster gaming PCs.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 Shadow of Mordor

The Inspiron Gaming Desktop finishes last at all three resolutions, but at the risk of beating a dead horse, we're again comparing an affordable mainstream system to higher end gaming PCs with faster hardware. We also have a limited sample size to work with, so some perspective is needed here.

What's interesting to note is that the Inspiron Gaming Desktop plays smoothly at 1080p and 1440p, averaging nearly 90 frames per second and over 55 fps, respectively. Even at 4K, it pulls down almost 30 fps on average. Not bad for a system that costs around a grand.

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