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Dell Dimension 8300

Dell Dimension 8300
alaScore 84

36 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 reviews of Dell Dimension 8300. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Comments about the size and usability are overall positive. The design and price also get good feedback, but many are negative about the reliability.

price, design, usability, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell Dimension 8300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Dell Dimension 8300 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability.

price, usability, design, size


67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Dell STUDIO XPS 8300 X8300-196NBK Desktop (Piano Black)

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: David Murphy (

Dell XPS 8300


Excellent price to performance ratio ; Ample connectivity options ; Eye-catching Design

Not much room for internal upgrades

Dell's inexpensive XPS 8300 is a true force to be reckoned with for its speeds, connections, and do-no-wrong attitude.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Mick Lockey (

Dell Dimension 8300


Dell's latest Dimension offers a comprehensive set of components for a reasonable price.

This Dimension 8300's full set of components will appeal to power users seeking a do-it-all machine.

Dec, 2003

Expert review by: Mick Lockey (

Dell Dell Dimension 8300


artwork: Rick Rizner, John Goddard

Business-oriented system includes a copy of Office XP. Dell's 17-inch LCD displays clean text, while the speakers pump out great-sounding audio.

Dec, 2003

Expert review by: (

Dell Dimension 8300


When you're a direct-supply giant, you win a lot of points with customers for offering enticing deals. Saving a few bucks can come at a cost, though, as we found with the newest Dell Dimension 8300 ($2,999 direct).

Expert review by: Daniel A. Begun (

Dell XPS 8300


The last time we looked at a Dell XPS 8000-series desktop, in 2009, we were impressed with its fast performance, attractive chassis, and two-year onsite warranty. But we were also disappointed by its limited upgrade potential and comparatively high...

High productivity, gaming performance ; Attractive design ; USB 3.0 ; Two-year onsite warranty

Comparatively pricey ; Limited upgradability

A true speed demon, the Sandy Bridge-based XPS 8300 sets a new standard for mainstream desktop PCs—at least for now.

May, 2011

Expert review by: David Murphy (

Dell XPS 8300 review


The chip is but a stone's throw away from being Intel's top-of-the-line part, as its bigger brother - the i7-2600K - adds an unlocked CPU multiplier to the equation (overclockers, rejoice). For all intents and purposes, the Dell XPS 8300's processor...

It was surprising enough to see the Dell XPS 8300 just come out of nowhere and slap around competing desktop PCs with its killer mix of price and performance. But as we dug deeper into the system, Dell's system just refused to disappoint. To call this...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: (

Dell Dimension 8300


Have had no problems and i thank of all the other pc makers, for the price it was a good buy for me.

Jun, 2004

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Riyad Emeran (

Dell Dimension 8300 3.0GHz - Ultimate Christmas Bundle


Dell is, quite simply, a massive PC builder. When Michael Dell pioneered the direct sale model with PCs it was pretty much unheard of, but it turned out that he was right and everyone else was wrong. These days, the name Dell is synonymous with...

Nov, 2003


Expert review by: Zardon (

Dell XPS 8300 Review (Core i5/Nvidia)


Life in 2011 is hectic, and we don't all have the time or skills necessary to build a PC from the ground up. There are many system makers in the UK, but Dell are assuredly one of the biggest, offering a huge range of solutions to suit every desire and...

The case design is very appealing ; quiet ; runs cool ; Raid 0 configuration performs well ; great CPU and GPU performance

rather expensive when compared to other machines with similar specifications ; some of the ‘upgrade' pricing seems high ; no heatspreaders on memory ; internal cable routing could be neater

Kitguru says: A well built machine with balanced specifications.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Mike Jennings (

Dell XPS 8300


Dell's latest desktop includes Sandy Bridge, but can it compete with the best of British?

A stylish, compact PC, but it's underpowered, underwhelming and overpriced next to the competition

May, 2011

Product Specifications

If you need a powerful desktop system as the center of your home network and entertainment center, then the Dimension 8300 desktop is for you. It's the ideal choice for home and small business users who demand high-end Intel Pentium 4 processors and the most from their computer investment. Dual channel, Double Data Rate (DDR) memory adds to the awesome processing power to provide outstanding graphics and system performance that can handle almost any task, including running the latest digital audio and video packages.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Mini tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Mini tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Mini tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Mini tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/512KB
Per Processor Size:1MB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:18.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):46cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 1024
Type:LCD display
Widescreen Display: No


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Dimension


Chipset Type:Intel 875P
Data Bus Speed:800MHz


Color:Midnight gray


Type: None


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Optical Storage

Read Speed:40x (CD) / 12x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x (CD) / 2.4x (DVD)/16x (CD) / 4x (DVD)
Write Speed:16x (CD) / 4x (DVD)/32x (CD) / 8x (DVD)

Optical Storage (2nd)

Read Speed:48x
Rewrite Speed:32x
Write Speed:48x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Microsoft Windows XP Professional


Clock Speed:2.8GHz/3.2GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Type:Pentium 4


Installed Size:1GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller (2nd)


Storage Floppy Drive

Type:3.5" 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5 1.44 MB floppy/None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:120GB/250GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon 9800 PRO/NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
Interface Type:AGP 8x