Few are the companies out there that can go toe to toe with Dell in terms of build quality and performance. Still, in recent times Dell has had the spotlight taken from it by companies creating more powerful PCs at a lower cost. What you are paying for here is brand quality and assurance that your product won’t be mediocre. It will have top of the line materials used into it no matter the price bracket.
Our Verdict: The charm of the Dell Inspiron 5680 is in the value of it as a whole. It packs some very serious components and is more than capable of handling anything you demand from it but still remains a fairly mid-tiered computer in terms of its price. For the people that know what they are looking for, this can almost feel like a hidden gem mainly due to its value and overall quality.
Let’s see what Dell has in store for us now and see why this is truly one of the best gaming computers out there right now.
Overview and Features
The thing that stands out the most here is the fact that everything you touch in this computer feels premium. From the motherboard and the cables, to the cable wrappings and the case itself. There is no wiggling, no rattling sounds from the box or the vents. Everything here just screams quality and that is how things should be when you are buying something from a brand like Dell.
This particular model can be considered one of their top-tiered configurations not only meant for gaming but for other tasks as well. In fact, people rarely get these for gaming. Architects, musicians, graphics designers, and web designers get them solely because they are excellent work horses and can keep up with the heavy-duty programs that those professions use.
Gamers just benefit from the bulky components put inside, such as the processor, RAM memory, graphics card, and SSD. Speaking of those, let’s take a moment to discuss them…
The processor here is one that we are already well-familiar with, since our first place winner had it. The intel core i7 8700 is a great CPU for any type of work or game. It features 6 physical cores and 12 threads capable of turbo boosting up to 4.6 GHz. It has a huge cache at 12 MB which helps things run smoothly all the time.
Something that nicely supplements the processor here is the RAM.
The RAM Memory
The Inspiron has 16 GB of high-speed DDR4 RAM. That is divided into 2 x 8GB sticks each running at 2400MHz.
That RAM is enough to power up any modern-day program or game at whichever settings you want.
The GPU is another great addition to the array of powerful components. It is an Nvidia graphics card, more specifically the GTX 1060 model. It is a fairly powerful GPU with a good amount of punch in it. The 3GB video memory is enough to get you through most AAA titles in Ultra graphics or in the worst case scenario – High or Normal (if you want to run the games at 60 fps).
Storage here is great since you are getting both an SSD and an HDD. The SSD packs 128GB of M.2 SATA storage while the HDD is of the whopping 2 TBs. The Hard disc spins at 7200 RPM and has a 6GB/s speed making it one of the fastest HDDs out there.
By now you might have noticed a tendency, right? Everything from the CPU to the Storage is top-shelf and very premium. This is how Dell does business and it is the reason they are the leading manufacturer for computers and laptops today.
Ports & Slots
What you get here are:
- Audio Jack
- 6x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A (2 upfront, 4 on the back)
- 4x USB 2.0 Type-A (2 upfront, 2 on the back)
- 1 Display port out
- 1000 gigabit Ethernet port
- Mic in
- HDMI port
- 3 More display out ports
This combination of ports is unheard of in this price range and Dell has made sure that their users have no trouble connecting more than one monitor to their computers, as well as have an abundance of super fast USB ports.
Price & Additional Features
The price of this Dell puts it right into the mid to high-end computers but it also puts it in a very odd position. People looking for mid-tier computers will probably ignore this one because it is slightly more expensive, and people looking for really high end models will ignore it because it is too cheap. Still, despite its weird pricing it has the parameters to go toe to toe with the big boys and that is why people with a fair amount of knowledge opt for it.
Additionally you are getting a 64-bit version of Windows 10 home and support from Dell. Still, we’d love seeing an extra mouse and keyboard added to this product, as then it would’ve been just too irresistible to anyone.
Advantages & Disadvantages
- Everything feels premium
- Processor is very powerful
- Tons of RAM and ROM
- Very potent Graphics card
- Elegant styling
- Comes with a pre-installed Windows 10
- Good amount of ports
- Doesn’t include a keyboard or a mouse as most other companies do nowadays
- A bit expensive for people on a budget