Computex 2018 | Dell upgrades the Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5676 with Ryzen Pinnacle Ridge processors
The Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop series has provided fairly-priced mainstream options to complement their more premium Alienware products. There are two main configuration options, one with Intel 8th generation processors and Nvidia 10-series GPUs, and the other with AMD Ryzen CPUs and AMD RX graphics cards.
Dell is now upgrading the Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5676 (AMD configurations) to 2nd generation Ryzen (Zen+/Pinnacle Ridge) processors, which AMD has previously claimed to have a 15% improvement in performance clock-for-clock. AMD has used the same AM4 socket for the new chips making this a ‘drop-in’ upgrade, so other hardware options won’t vary greatly.
Graphics are handled by either AMD RX 560, RX 570, or RX 580 graphics cards — the latter is considered VR ready. Dell supports dual-GPU setups for the Inspiron Desktop 5676 if users are willing to put up with the issues this can cause.
RAM can be configured up to 32 GB DDR4-2400, and storage is a mix of 256 GB SATA SSD plus up to 2 TB of hard drive space (two 2.5-inch and three 3.5-inch bays total). There are five USB3 and a single USB-C port.
The upgraded models will be available from 12 June starting at US$850. Current entry-level models start at less than this, leading us to speculate that the older A10-9700 and Ryzen 5 1400 options will remain on sale for a little longer.
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