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Dell XPS One 27: Can An All-In-One Make Us Love Windows 8?
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The XPS One 27 might be a simple concept, but its combination of desktop processor and notebook graphics make it hard to pigeonhole from a comparison standpoint. The closest notebook model we’ve recently tested was an SLI-equipped Sandy Bridge-E-based behemoth—not exactly a fair fight. And that review used defunct hardware.

Test Hardware Configurations
 Dell XPS Touch 27Clevo P170EMSBM $1000 PCSBM $800 PCSBM $600 PC
Processor
Intel Core i7-3770S
3.10 GHz 4-Core
8 MB L3 Cache
Intel Core i5-3610QM
2.3 GHz 4-core
6 MB L3 Cache
Intel Core i5-3570K
3.40 GHz 4-core
6 MB L3 Cache
Intel Core i5-3570K
3.40 GHz 4-core
6 MB L3 Cache
Intel Core i5-3350P
3.10 GHz 4-Core
6MB L3 Cache
Graphics
GeForce GT 640M
645 MHz, GDDR5-4000
Radeon HD 7970M
850 MHz, GDDR5-4800
2 x "Tahiti LE" 7870
975 MHz, GDDR5-6000
"Tahiti LE" 7870
975 MHz, GDDR5-6000
Radeon HD 7850
860 MHz, GDDR5-4800
Memory
16 GB DDR3-1333
CAS 11-11-11-28
16 GB DDR3-1333
CAS 11-11-11-28
8 GB DDR3-1600
CAS 8-8-8-24
8 GB DDR3-1333
CAS 9-9-9-24
4 GB DDR3-1600
CAS 9-9-9-24
Motherboard
Asus IPIMB-PV
Intel H77 Express
Clevo P170EM
Intel HM77 Express
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Intel Z77 Express
ASRock Z77 Pro3
Intel Z77 Express
ASRock Z75 Pro3
Intel Z75 Express
Hard DriveSeagate 2 TB, 7,200 RPM
32 GB Cache Drive:
MZMPC032HBCD
Chronos Deluxe 240 GB MLC SSDChronos Deluxe 240 GB MLC SSDSeagate 500 GB, 7,200 RPMSeagate 500 GB, 7,200 RPM
PowerProprietary Integrated Power Adapter-
Antec Neo ECO 520C
520 W, 80 PLUS
Antec Neo ECO 520C
520 W, 80 PLUS
Antec Neo ECO 400C
400 W, 80 PLUS
Software
OSMicrosoft Windows 8 Pro x64Microsoft Windows 8 Pro x64Microsoft Windows 8 Pro x64Microsoft Windows 8 Pro x64Microsoft Windows 8 Pro x64
GraphicsGeForce 307.21AMD Catalyst 12.11AMD Catalyst 13.1AMD Catalyst 13.2 Beta 5AMD Catalyst 13.1
ChipsetIntel INF 9.3.0.1021Intel INF 9.2.3.1020Intel INF 9.3.0.1026Intel INF 9.3.0.1025Intel INF 9.3.0.1025


The XPS One 27’s desktop CPU must instead go up against the top two contenders from our recent System Builder Marathon. Its tiny GeForce GT 640M graphics is forced to face off with the supersized Radeon HD 7970M of recent P170EM tests. And its combination of mechanical hard drive and fast cache drive gets compared to the storage subsystems of various machines from this line-up. Though it’s not in the same league from a quality or features perspective, the $600 SBM machine represents our target for “average” performance.

3D Game Benchmarks
Battlefield 3Campaign Mode, "Going Hunting" 90-Second Fraps
Test Set 1: Medium Quality Defaults (No AA, 4x AF)
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Defaults (4x AA, 16x AF)
F1 2012
Version 1.2, Direct X 11, Built-in Benchmark
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality, 8x MSAA
Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimUpdate 1.5.26, Celedon Aethirborn Level 6, 25-Second Fraps
Test Set 1: DX11, High Details No AA, 8x AF, FXAA enabled
Test Set 2: DX11, Ultra Details, 8x AA, 16x AF, FXAA enabled
Far Cry 3V. 1.04, DirectX 11, 50-second Fraps "Amanaki Outpost"
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA, Standard ATC., SSAO
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality, 4x MSAA, Enhanced ATC, HDAO
Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe After Effects CS6Version 11.0.0.378 x64: Create Video which includes 3 Streams, 210 Frames, Render Multiple Frames Simultaneosly
Adobe Photoshop CS6Version 13 x64: Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image: Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Adobe Premeire Pro CS6Version 6.0.0.0, 6.61 GB MXF Project to H.264 to H.264 Blu-ray, Output 1920x1080, Maximum Quality
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunesVersion 10.4.1.10 x64: Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 minutes, default AAC format 
Lame MP3Version 3.98.3: Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, convert WAV to MP3 audio format, Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)
Handbrake CLIVersion: 0.98: Video from Canon Eos 7D (1920x1080, 25 FPS) 1 Minutes 22 Seconds
Audio: PCM-S16, 48,000 Hz, Two-Channel, to Video: AVC1 Audio: AAC (High Profile)
TotalCodeStudio 2.5Version: 2.5.0.10677: MPEG-2 to H.264, MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2), Audio: MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, Two-Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Codec: H.264 Pro, Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS), Profile: H.264 BD HDMV
Productivity
ABBYY FineReaderVersion 10.0.102.95: Read PDF save to Doc, Source: Political Economy (J. Broadhurst 1842) 111 Pages
Adobe Acrobat XVersion 10.0.0.396: Print PDF from 115 Page PowerPoint, 128-bit RC4 Encryption
Autodesk 3ds Max 2012Version 14.0 x64: Space Flyby Mentalray, 248 Frames, 1440x1080
BlenderVersion: 2.64a, Cycles Engine, Syntax blender -b thg.blend -f 1, 1920x1080, 8x Anti-Aliasing, Render THG.blend frame 1
Visual Studio 2010Version 10.0, Compile Google Chrome, Scripted
File Compression
WinZipVersion 17.0 Pro: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to ZIP, command line switches "-a -ez -p -r"
WinRARVersion 4.2: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to RAR, command line switches "winrar a -r -m3"
7-ZipVersion 9.28: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to .7z, command line switches "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5"
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark 11Version: 1.0.4.0, Benchmark Only
PCMark 7Version: 1.0.3 x64, System, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks
SiSoftware Sandra 2011Version Version 2013.01.19.11, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Cryptography, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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