Dell XPS 8930 i7 8th Gen/16Gb RAM/GTX1070/256gb SSD now with free Mixed Reality Headset and 12% off and 8% Quidco - £1319 @ Dell
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Dell XPS 8930 i7 8th Gen/16Gb RAM/GTX1070/256gb SSD now with free Mixed Reality Headset and 12% off and 8% Quidco - £1319 @ Dell

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Found 17th Dec 2017Edited by:"GadgetHunter"
**UPDATED - there is now 12% off**

I have been looking for a new 8th gen PC with a decent graphics card (GTX 1070) for a while and this looks like one of the best deals at the moment so I ordered one.

This latest generation of Dell XPS machines seems to be reviewing pretty well.
computershopper.com/des…930
uk.pcmag.com/del…930
techradar.com/rev…ion
tomsguide.com/us/…tml


The spec is as follows:
CPU: i7-8700
Memory: 16Gb 2666MHz
GTX1070 8Gb
256Gb PCIe SSD
4TB HDD

The list price is £1,499 but you can use the code SAVE12 to get that down to £1319. Plus it includes a Dell's Mixed VR headset and hand controllers. These have a list price of £430 and they seem to go for around £250 on Ebay. I also got 8% quidco cashback which tracked at £99.

So the net price, if you can be bothered to sell the headset is less than £1,100 or potentially less than £1,000 if the cashback pays off. (Perhaps some people would actually want the headset - I don't because I already have an HTC Vive.)

Alternatively you could pick the same parts yourself at roughly the following prices:
i7-8700 £320
Z370 mobo £100
16Gb memory £170
GTX 1070 £400
Case £50
PSU £50
Odds and Ends - cables fans, Windows 10, wifi, DVD drive etc - £100
Or about £1200 - although you will be able to get exactly the parts that you want.

Thera are different options/configurations available.

When you follow the link for the deal it shows only the first page with the first 4 options out of the 10 that are available.

The deal that I went for is the 6th option which is on the second page that is for £1499. before discount (£1319 after discount) with a GTX 1070.

To get to that page click on the button labelled "Next" which is under the box called "DRIVERS, MANUALS AND SUPPORT"

Hopefully the following works as a direct link for the GTX 1070 with the MR headset at £1319 after discount:
dell.com/en-…317

And this direct link for the GTX 1070 with the MR headset at £1187 after discount:
dell.com/en-…309

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Looks good although I prefer AMD graphics
IanRC11 m ago

Looks good although I prefer AMD graphics


The graphics are the same.
johnthehuman6 m ago

The graphics are the same.


But the performance isn't.
No you're right, generally Nvidia offer more efficient performance.
That is some seriously quick RAM speed.
Edited by: "PraxxtorCruel" 17th Dec 2017
Careful with those reviews, there is some variation from what is on offer here. Not irrelevant, just not 100% like for like. Oddly very little in the way of UK reviews for these.

I bought one of the these (XPS 8930, i7-8700, 16GB RAM, GTX 1070, 256M2, 4TB HDD) earlier in the month (different deal/discount).

Only difference is I went for the business option (bdx89319) as I wanted Win 10 Pro.

I am happy with mine so far. One of the ports on the rear is USB 3.1 gen2 which was not clear in the advertising (and a plus).

The SD card reader is slow (USB2 speed), but my only niggle, a minor one at that and easily solved.
I have the XPS 8700 and it's been a fantastic PC. Bought it new in 2015 and upgraded the crappy GTX 745 to a 970.
Extra 2% off now.

There is also an option for £1349 less - which works out about £132 cheaper after discount - if you go for a lower spec graphics card and smaller HDD.
It says the Graphics Card is ...

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory
Cold, for this price, it should come with the Nvidia 1080...
Edited by: "Sharpharp" 18th Dec 2017
I see whats going on, looks like the more expensive on is now sold out?

The M.2 on the £1349 one is not NVME!
DOH, didn't notice the .. NEXT option for the more expensive ones. Sorry!
WalterSmith36 m ago

It says the Graphics Card is ...NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 G …It says the Graphics Card is ...NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory


Thera are different options/configurations available.

When you follow the link for the deal it shows only the first page with the first 4 options out of the 10 that are available.

The deal that I went for is the 6th option which is on the second page that is for £1499. before discount (£1319 after discount) with a GTX 1070.

To get to that page click on the button labelled "Next" which is under the box called "DRIVERS, MANUALS AND SUPPORT"

Hopefully the following works as a direct link for the GTX 1070 with the MR headset at £1319 after discount:
dell.com/en-…317

And this direct link for the GTX 1070 with the MR headset at £1187 after discount:
dell.com/en-…309
Sharpharp28 m ago

Cold, for this price, it should come with the Nvidia 1080...


I think that you would struggle to get a GTX1080 and an 8th gen i7 256Gb SSD 4TB HDD etc. for less than £1319 - with a MR headset and up to £100 Quidco cashback as well.
GadgetHunter27 m ago

I think that you would struggle to get a GTX1080 and an 8th gen i7 256Gb …I think that you would struggle to get a GTX1080 and an 8th gen i7 256Gb SSD 4TB HDD etc. for less than £1319 - with a MR headset and up to £100 Quidco cashback as well.



It's only a struggle if you don't know where to look
Sharpharp6 m ago

It's only a struggle if you don't know where to look


OK I will bite - where can I get a complete (e.g. case, PSU, cooling, etc) new system including the following specs for a net price of around £1,000?
i7-8700
16Gb RAM
256Gb SSD
4Tb HDD
GTX1070
Windows 10
Sharpharp25 m ago

It's only a struggle if you don't know where to look



Links or it didn't happen...

I am so sorely tempted by this...the only thing stopping me are temps with the closed case and blower gpu, and the power supply (apparently you have to remove the motherboard to change it because of the way it's connected).
Spoke to Dell support:

M.2 is PCIe not NVME so much slower, OS and apps are installed on this
RAM is 2 x 8Gb so if you want to achieve the full 64G these need tossed!

Still considering it ...
ostinato22 m ago

Links or it didn't happen...I am so sorely tempted by this...the only …Links or it didn't happen...I am so sorely tempted by this...the only thing stopping me are temps with the closed case and blower gpu, and the power supply (apparently you have to remove the motherboard to change it because of the way it's connected).


Have you read reports of temperature issues with the XPS 8930 or is your concern based upon the lack of physical space within the machine? (I am curious as I have already ordered an XPS and expect it to arrive within a couple of days.)

I replaced the power supply within my previous Dell but as you cannot overclock the CPU (it is an 8700 rather than an 8700k) and as even the GTX 1080 doesnt use that much power, is their any real need to change the PSU in this one? I cans ee that you would if you were going for a GTX 1080 Ti but I would have thought that such buyers would be better off going for the Dell Alienware Aurora R7 - where you can specify an 850W PSU and a water cooled overclocked 8700k CPU. However, the Aurora specced like that costs a few hundred pounds more and is not
WalterSmith17 m ago

Spoke to Dell support:M.2 is PCIe not NVME so much slower, OS and apps are …Spoke to Dell support:M.2 is PCIe not NVME so much slower, OS and apps are installed on thisRAM is 2 x 8Gb so if you want to achieve the full 64G these need tossed!Still considering it ...


In reality is the average user going to notice that much difference between a SATA and NVME M.2?
GadgetHunter7 m ago

Have you read reports of temperature issues with the XPS 8930 or is your …Have you read reports of temperature issues with the XPS 8930 or is your concern based upon the lack of physical space within the machine?... is their any real need to change the PSU in this one?


I was concerned more about how compact the case is and the airflow, especially with regard to the small stock CPU cooler. Also looking at temperature plots the blower 1070's can get quite hot under load.

As far as the PSU issue....it's not the power itself, it's more the fact that if there's an issue with a no-name PSU after the first year It'd be a struggle to replace, especially with limited PC building experience.
WalterSmith38 m ago

Spoke to Dell support:M.2 is PCIe not NVME so much slower, OS and apps are …Spoke to Dell support:M.2 is PCIe not NVME so much slower, OS and apps are installed on thisRAM is 2 x 8Gb so if you want to achieve the full 64G these need tossed!Still considering it ...


According to this review of the XPS 8930 the 256Gb M.2 SSD is NVMe.
hothardware.com/rev…e=2

I think that Dell support are getting a bit confused.
PCIe is a transfer interface, just like SATA is. PCIe x4 is much faster than SATA3.
NVME is a protocol which deals with how data is sent over the transfer interface. SATA only supports the older IDE and AHCI protocols which were originally intended for physical, spinning HDDs. NVMe is a protocol that is much more suited to SSDs.
M2 is the physical shape of the transfer interface i.e. the type of slot you plug the SSD into.

So an SSD card can be M2, PCIe x4 and NVMe. For example, if you look at the specs for something like the Samsung 960 Evo M.2 it says:
Interface: PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.2
Edited by: "GadgetHunter" 18th Dec 2017
ostinato47 m ago

Temperature/PSU notes - …Temperature/PSU notes - http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/t/20024312?pi21953=1


Thanks for that. The user there does report higher temps than they expected. However, that is with an i7-8700k and a GTX1080. Both of those will generate more heat than the i7-8700 and GTX1070 that is in this deal. So it is possible that heat is less of an issue with that specification.

Unfortunately, Dell dont offer the i7-8700k as an option on the XPS in the UK even though they seem to in the US.
Edited by: "GadgetHunter" 18th Dec 2017
johnthehuman17th Dec

No you're right, generally Nvidia offer more efficient performance.


I agree
Sharpharp6 h, 21 m ago

Cold, for this price, it should come with the Nvidia 1080...


In comparison to what?
WalterSmith6 h, 43 m ago

I see whats going on, looks like the more expensive on is now sold out?The …I see whats going on, looks like the more expensive on is now sold out?The M.2 on the £1349 one is not NVME!


How can you tell from the specs listed please? All the SSD models just say "256GB M.2 PCIe x4 SSD". How are you distinguishing a difference?

I have checked my 8930 and the 256GB SSD is a Toshiba NVMe.
thanks OP, hot from me and ordered !
Sharpharp16 h, 51 m ago

It's only a struggle if you don't know where to look


Forget the discount even (and the VR kit), where can you find a retail built PC of this spec for less please?
WalterSmith16 h, 50 m ago

Spoke to Dell support:M.2 is PCIe not NVME so much slower, OS and apps are …Spoke to Dell support:M.2 is PCIe not NVME so much slower, OS and apps are installed on this.


NVMe drives use PCIe not SATA so that is fine.
They vary in performance much more than SATA drives but even the slowest ones will offer a boost compared with SATA drives.
There are older PCIe drives that use AHCI but you don't see those on new systems any more.
en.community.dell.com/sup…3=2


Sounds like the slot on the motherboard will make the most of the Samsung 960 EVO or PRO M.2 cards, so if the 256 supplied card is crap then there is an upgrade path.
How many SATA connections are there on the motherboard? I want to install 2 spinny disks in the bottom two slots and 2 ssds on the vertical slot.
OK, found the service manual online topics-cdn.dell.com/pdf…pdf

Only 4 SATA connectors on the motherboard, one of which is used by the Optical Drive installed
The first M.2 (#8) is called M.2 SDD and there is a second M.2 SLOT1 (#17) labelled wireless card slot
GSB12 h, 34 m ago

How can you tell from the specs listed please? All the SSD models just say …How can you tell from the specs listed please? All the SSD models just say "256GB M.2 PCIe x4 SSD". How are you distinguishing a difference?I have checked my 8930 and the 256GB SSD is a Toshiba NVMe.


Excellent news!

Just checked the service manual and it can't accept 960 Samsung M.2 as they are too long for where the screw is to the motherboard
hothardware.com/rev…e=9


Great review here that indeed points out its an NVME M.2 card that comes installed
The XPS Tower fits up to four storage drives. In our test unit, the drive with Windows 10 Home installed was a speedy Toshiba-brand 256GB SSD. It came installed in the motherboard's M.2 Type-2280 (80mm) slot, which supports the PCI Express-bus and NVMe protocols.

computershopper.com/des…930

So the 960 EVO & PRO from Samsung are both 2280 devices, so will fit. This is great upgrade potential for the future when prices drop on these!!
WalterSmith53 m ago

The XPS Tower fits up to four storage drives. In our test unit, the drive …The XPS Tower fits up to four storage drives. In our test unit, the drive with Windows 10 Home installed was a speedy Toshiba-brand 256GB SSD. It came installed in the motherboard's M.2 Type-2280 (80mm) slot, which supports the PCI Express-bus and NVMe protocols.https://www.computershopper.com/desktops/reviews/dell-xps-tower-special-edition-8930#product-reviewSo the 960 EVO & PRO from Samsung are both 2280 devices, so will fit. This is great upgrade potential for the future when prices drop on these!!


My 8930 should arrive today. I did think that I would upgrade the m.2 card to a 500Gb one such as the Samsung 960 EVO - for about £210.

However, I think that a better option price wise is to leave the 256Gb card in place and add an extra 500Gb Samsung 850 EVO via SATA3 for about £140 - giving a total of 750Gb SSD storage.

I will have the OS and MS Office etc on the M.2 card and install really large apps such as games on the traditional SSD.

While the M2 PCIe is signifantly (3x?) faster than an SSD over SATA3 - I am not sure how much real world difference it makes. My existing Samsung 850 SSDs in other machines seem almost instant for opening installed programs. (My main use of SSD storage. I use HDDs for the high volume storage like films and music.)

The speed difference would be noticeable if moving very large files around but generally I find that if I am moving large files I am copying them between machines/devices e.g. copying a 5Gb film to a phone or a NAS. In that case the speed is limited by the USB3 or gigabit network speed or the target device rather than by even the slowest SSD.
It's been a tough call but I think I'm going to pass on this. Ultimately it's definitely a great deal (after taking into account selling off the VR set and possible cashback, around £300 to £400 of savings), but as someone who keeps their systems for the long haul (still gaming on a Dell XPS I bought back in 2010!) the air flow, temperatures and noise when gaming bother me, as well as the (necessary) blower gpu and the flimsy laptop dvd reader. The PSU enclosure effectively sits on top of the CPU fan which also kind of bothers me. All those things make me worry when considering keeping the system for the long haul....with a 1070 and I7 that'd be fine but the compact compromises swing it the other way. And with only a year warranty...

It's a shame as it's a cracking deal and no real way of getting close to this value otherwise. I'm mentally preparing myself to have to pay that extra £400+ after Christmas.
Edited by: "ostinato" 19th Dec 2017
ostinato1 h, 58 m ago

It's been a tough call but I think I'm going to pass on this. Ultimately …It's been a tough call but I think I'm going to pass on this. Ultimately it's definitely a great deal (after taking into account selling off the VR set and possible cashback, around £300 to £400 of savings), but as someone who keeps their systems for the long haul (still gaming on a Dell XPS I bought back in 2010!) the air flow, temperatures and noise when gaming bother me, as well as the (necessary) blower gpu and the flimsy laptop dvd reader. The PSU enclosure effectively sits on top of the CPU fan which also kind of bothers me. All those things make me worry when considering keeping the system for the long haul....with a 1070 and I7 that'd be fine but the compact compromises swing it the other way. And with only a year warranty...It's a shame as it's a cracking deal and no real way of getting close to this value otherwise. I'm mentally preparing myself to have to pay that extra £400+ after Christmas.


By the time you factor, not just a like for like spec, but a build that addresses your concerns; larger case, closed loop cooler etc that margin could be more like £600. That's more than a 50% budget increase. Sure the computer has to be right for your purpose, but that's a big change in spend.

I was planning a bespoke build, i7-8700K minimum, maybe even i7-7820X, water cooled no compromise. Compared the to value of the Dell 8930 at offer price, I couldn't justify it.
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