Dell XPS Tower Special Edition (8930) Review: A Coffee Lake-Infused Sleeper Rig
Dell XPS Tower Special Edition (8930): Cinebench And PCMark 8
Based on Maxon Cinema 4D software, this test uses a 3D scene and polygon and texture manipulation to assess GPU and CPU performance. We ran the Main Processor Performance (CPU) test, which builds a still scene containing about 2,000 objects, for a total polygon count above the 300,000 mark. Here we're focusing strictly on software rendering on the CPU and it's heavily taxing on this one aspect of system performance, both with multi-threaded and single-threaded rendering.
Overclocking would provide even better results here, except that the Core i7-8700 is working with a locked multiplier. It is the Core i7-8700K that has an unlocked multiplier, and slightly higher clocks to boot. If you take overclocking out of the equation, however, the Core i7-8700 is arguably the better buy, as there is only a 100MHz difference in the boost clock (and a 500MHz difference in the base clock, which is less important).
PCMark 8 simulates the workloads computers face in several different settings, including home, office and content creation. The benchmark also has a test that simulates a creative professional’s usage, as well as battery and storage tests. We ran the tests with OpenCL acceleration enabled to leverage the power of the system's GPU, CPU and storage subsystem combined.
The XPS Tower SE's productivity prowess continues in PCMark 8, where it finished among the top systems. Part of that is due to the speedy NVMe solid state drive that inside this system. PCMark 8 seems to favor fast storage, and that is certainly to the benefit of this configuration. However, having 16GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and a fast 6-core/12-thread processor also helps ensure productivity chores will not drag this system down.
Okay, that is enough about productivity performance—let's have a look at how the XPS Tower SE handles graphics and games with the visual quality settings cranked up...