Last week Laptop Mag reiterated that Dell’s XPS 13 is still their overall favorite laptop, dating back years. While the XPS laptop line is the best in the market, not everyone is looking for a mobile PC. Many people need a powerful and configurable desktop and Dell’s XPS Tower desktops offer the same standard of XPS design and innovation excellence. The XPS Tower Special Edition is our high performance, VR-ready desktop with a compact, toolless chassis designed with easy access for future upgrades, perfect for video or photo editing, content playback, virtual reality, gaming and multi-tasking.
Today we are excited to announce the XPS Tower Special Edition has been updated with up to 46 percent more performance* with the addition of the new 8th Generation Intel® Core™ desktop processors, more configurability options and increased memory. A few select reviewers were able to get their hands on systems early and the feedback has been very positive. PCMag and Tom’s Guide each gave XPS Tower Special Edition an “Editor’s Choice” award and Hot Hardware gave their “Recommended” award.
“If you want a gaming PC that’s powerful, upgradable and unassuming enough to sit anywhere, from your office to your command center, the Dell XPS Tower Special Edition is at the top of its class.” –Tom’s Guide
Let’s dig a little deeper to see what’s new on the XPS Special Edition!
Move at the Speed of Your Own Ideas
Combining the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 desktop processors with high performance graphics creates the ultimate desktop performance. Whether you’re editing video, gaming or both, more cores means increased performance when you multitask or use highly-threaded applications. The new XPS Tower Special Edition with 8th Generation Intel Core 6-core processors delivers up to 46% more CPU performance than 7th Generation Intel Core processors.*
Create Your Own Config
The online store in North America has moved to a full “configure to order” format. Tech enthusiasts, this is for you. You know exactly what you want and you will be able to dial in just the right configuration to suit your need at Dell.com.
Get Finished, Faster
With memory up to 64GB DDR4 2666 MHZ and options for both SSD, traditional HDDs or cached hard drives that uses Intel’s new Optane technology, you’ll have both the speed and storage options available to match your needs.
Powerful, configurable and faster – learn more about the most powerful XPS ever, available in the US and China today starting at $999, at Dell.com.
*Based on an October 2017 internal testing using CINEBENCH R15 (multi-core) performance benchmark, comparing an XPS Tower 8930 with 8th Generation Intel Core processor vs. similarly configured systems with 7th Generation Intel Core processor. CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s rendering performance capabilities. Actual results will vary. For more information, please refer to https://www.maxon.net/en/products/cinebench/
Frank Azor, an Alienware co-founder, now oversees XPS, Dell’s premium consumer brand and Dell gaming, which includes Alienware and Inspiron Gaming. Celebrating 20 years as the leader in PC gaming systems, Alienware sets the standard for premium gaming PCs and innovation, and Inspiron Gaming provides high performance gaming systems at an affordable cost that give gamers a competitive advantage at every level of play. Under his leadership, Dell’s XPS brand has risen to the top in innovation, design and performance, while becoming the most-award winning product-line in Dell history.
Frank joined Alienware as a quality engineer and later held executive roles in sales and marketing before creating the Alienware Product Group organization in 2003-after helping to pioneer the industry’s first high-performance gaming notebook, the Area-51M. Later that year, he was credited with the successful launch of Alienware’s first self-designed desktop case (Predator) which immediately made industry headlines and has defined the look of Alienware’s products ever since. Prior to Dell’s acquisition of Alienware in 2006, Frank held the positions of Senior Vice-President of Product Group and Marketing and Executive Vice-President managing the global executive leadership team and reporting directly to the President and CEO. Shortly after helping lead Alienware’s successful integration into Dell, Frank assumed the role of worldwide general manager for the Alienware business unit. Under Frank’s leadership, Alienware’s brand has become the worldwide leader in its industry and has earned hundreds of awards for its products including multiple best of CES product awards. As of 2017, Frank holds 16 patents granted under his name and has been named a milestone inventor by Dell.
In 2014, Frank’s role was expanded to include global responsibility for Dell’s XPS business unit, one of the company’s most innovative and valued brands. Since assuming responsibility for the XPS business unit for Dell, Frank instituted a new product and business strategy that led to the successful introduction of the highly acclaimed XPS 13 notebook which has won more than 300 awards since its introduction at CES 2015 and has been deemed the best notebook on the market from numerous outlets including Forbes, Wall Street Journal and CNET. On top of the product accomplishments, Frank’s leadership has reinstated rapid growth for Dell’s XPS business.
In 2017, Frank assumed responsibility for launching and managing Dell’s Inspiron Gaming line of powerful yet budget friendly gaming PCs. Inspiron Gaming systems have quickly become a favorite among players and reviewers desiring top graphics performance under $1000 USD. The systems have received many awards including a Computex d&i Gold winner and several Best Gaming PCs of CES awards.
Frank sits on the advisory board for Miami Dade College’s MAGIC program where he has led the creation of a Dell-backed scholarship fund to help both high school and college students learn skills and earn degrees in computer graphics design, animation and game development. Frank has also served as a volunteer judge for the FIRST robotics south Florida regional competition since 2013 (www.usfirst.org) an organization founded by Dean Kamen that has provided students with more than $50 million in college scholarships in 2017 alone.
Frank lives in Palmetto Bay, FL USA near Alienware’s headquarters with his wife, their 2 sons and their pet dachshund. Frank is currently playing Overwatch with his oldest son who is also an avid Minecraft player. Frank’s most anticipated games for 2017 exist in Virtual Reality where Frank has been immersed for years – and of course – powered by award-winning VR-ready PCs from Alienware and XPS.