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CES 2018 | Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5000 gets a refresh with Intel 8th Gen hexa-core processors

The Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 uses the same case design as the previous entries in the Inspiron Desktop 5000 series. (Source: Dell)
The Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 uses the same case design as the previous entries in the Inspiron Desktop 5000 series. (Source: Dell)
Dell has announced new CPU and GPU options for the Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5000 line with the release of the new Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680.

For CES 2018, Dell has announced a refresh of the budget-friendly Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5000, with the new Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680. This update features Intel quad-core (i3-8100 4C/4T 3.6 GHz) and hexa-core (i5-8400 6C/6T 2.8/4.0 GHz or i7-8700 6C/12T 3.2/4.6 GHz) processors, which is a change from the AMD Ryzen CPUs that were available in the previous version. We have asked whether Dell will continue to sell both configurations concurrently, but haven't had a reply at this time.

Changes in the graphics department are less drastic and can be summed up as the entry-level options having been trimmed off. The AMD RX 560 and RX 570 are no longer options, but the RX 580 is still in the configuration. On the Nvidia side, the GTX 1050 is removed, but the GTX 1050 Ti is now included, along with the GTX 1060 and GTX 1070. There is a focus on “VR ready” with the refresh, and this will likely have been a driving force behind the GPU options on offer. [There is some conflicting information about exactly which GPUs will be available, but the latest spec sheet we were given only shows the GTX 1050 2 GB, 1060 3 GB, and 1070 8 GB - Ed]

RAM comes in the DDR4-2400 flavor with 8 GB or 16 GB standard, but the motherboards support up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666. Storage configuration options include a single 1 TB 7200rpm HDD, combinations of 128 GB or 256 GB SSD with a 1 TB or 2 TB 7200rpm HDD, or combinations of 16 GB or 32 GB Intel Optane with 1 TB or 2 TB 7200rpm HDD. For users who want to add additional storage in the future, there are three 3.5-inch bays and two 2.5-inch bays.

Dimensions are 459 x 438 x 216 mm H x D x W (18.07 x 17.23 x 8.5 inches) with weight coming in at 13.74 Kg (30.27 pounds). While these specs don’t mean as much as they do for laptops, this is a reasonably large case, and it is worth measuring your planned setup location beforehand. Power is provided by a 460-Watt power supply, and in addition to all the standard motherboard and case connections, there is a USB-C (3.1 Gen 1) which provides some additional utility.

The Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680 is available from the 9th of January 2018 with prices starting at US$749 for the base configuration.

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Craig Ward, 2018-01- 9 (Update: 2018-01- 9)
Craig Ward
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.