On the back of Intel's announcement today for the next stage of its 8th Generation Core processor roll-out, covering both desktop and notebook processors, all of its major OEM partners are refreshing their product lineups to include the new parts. Dell is one of those; and given the sheer size of the company's product lineup, it adds up to quite a few updates. Today Dell is announcing a wide range of products from its various business units, such as new Alienware desktops and devices, new Inspiron laptops, new All-in-One units, and just for good measure, a few new monitors as well.

Dell meets Intel Core 8th Gen

Dell is a one of a number of device manufacturers that are announcing new products today based on the latest Intel 8th Gen Core processors announced a few hours before. The main headline for the new processors is that for this generation there are more cores across the board, all rated at the same thermal power as before, allowing users to have the potential for more performance, assuming the OEM can keep the power window in check.

Among all the announcements today (and there are a few), Dell has the following on offer. Links will go through to their respective pages.

Underpinning most of these is the latest range of Intel’s 8th Gen Core processors. The partnership between Intel and Dell means that Dell is more prepared than some others to introduce a monumental amount of hardware on day one. Our earlier article explores the finer detail, however here is a small recap.

Big and Brash With Core i9 Mobile and 45W

Intel’s biggest announcement today was the Core i9-8950HK: an overclockable six core mobile processor with a 4.6-4.8 GHz single core turbo frequency. The processor takes advantage of Intel’s new Thermal Velocity Boost algorithms, which provide 100-200 MHz extra to the processor over the stated frequencies if the CPU is under 50-53ºC. This means that OEMs will have to be efficient in their device design to meet this goal, although Intel expects this feature to kick in with more burst-y workloads, like web browsing, where responsiveness is a key part of the user experience.

Out of the models from Dell today, both of the new Alienware gaming laptops offer the i9-8950HK as an optional upgrade. There are six other processors in Intel’s 45W mobile line; varying in processor count and frequency, which fill the rest of the stack.

Getting More Graphics: Intel 8th Gen Core with Iris Plus

Sitting in-between the base graphics experience of the 15W/45W mobile processors and the heights of the new Kaby Lake-G processor line, Intel still has products using its Iris branding, which implements extra on-chip DRAM to help accelerate memory limited tasks. These chips also get a doubling of the Core graphics capability, and given graphics is often memory bandwidth limited, the result is sometimes more than a doubling in performance. The new 28W Iris Plus processors from Intel use the latest Coffee Lake design and GT3e graphics, allowing for 48 execution units and 128 MB of embedded DRAM. These chips often go into small devices that need a bit of grunt but do not want a full discrete GPU and want to remain with a reasonable battery life.

Dell isn’t announcing any new products with the Iris Plus graphics today, however it is making noise about its higher-end graphics workstation, the XPS 15 with Kaby Lake-G, which implements additional on-package Radeon RX Vega graphics alongside a 45W-class processor.

Seventeen New Desktop Processors and Four New Chipsets

Having launched only six 8th Gen processors back in October, today Intel filled out the rest of the offering with more Core i7, more Core i5, more Core i3, and a handful of Pentium Gold and Celeron processors. These parts all range in TDP from 35W to 95W, and prices start at $42, going up to $359.

These new processors are for any 300-series chipset based motherboard, and Intel also lifted the lid on its lower cost and vPro focused chipset designs. The key features of the new chipsets include integrated 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless capabilities (which the manufacturer needs to enable, at a cost of ~$15), and native USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) support.

For Dell’s launch today, the more desktop oriented products will be using these new processors. The new 24-inch and 27-inch Inspiron All-in-One devices have the low-power T-class processors as options, offering up to six cores and twelve threads paired with a GTX 1050 and up to a 4K Infinity Edge display.

Highlights from Dell’s Announcements

On a more personal level, it is clear that Dell’s Infinity Edge display technology is permeating through most of its product lines. Pairing a quality panel and chassis with the latest processors is always a good thing. So the new XPS 15, and even the AIOs, look really nice. For maximum beef, I’d love to get some hands on with the Alienware gaming laptops – it would be interesting to see how Dell has implemented the Core i9-8950HK and how the system responds to overclocking six cores in a small chassis.

Many thanks to Joe and Anton for our product analysis over the next few pages – with any luck, we will get some of these in for review. If you want more detail on Intel's 8th Gen Core processor announcements, then our full analysis is available at the following link: https://www.anandtech.com/show/12607/

Alienware Laptops: 15R4 and 17R5
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  • DanNeely - Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - link

    What'd you put pads on? I looked at the Ifixit teardown and it shows thermal grease on the CPU heatsink. A decent grease should perform better than thermal pads, was yours missing grease entirely, or did you add cooling to something else? Reply
  • willis936 - Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - link

    Thermal pads between the heat pipe and the case. I also put some thermal pads on the SSD (I put in a 950 pro though I'm not certain if it sees thermal throttling on heavy PCIe 2x loads). I had recently done a regrease (NT-H1) out of necessity when I swapped the SD card board (I did something dumb to break it). I never looked at the temperatures before that point so I can't say how much the regrease did for temperatures. If you search the internet you'll find some reports that match with what I'm saying and have pictures. Reply
  • HStewart - Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - link

    I decided to go for the XPS 15 2in1 - I was not sure about Vega graphics - but I will give it a try. I purchase the i7 model with 4K screen and 16G of memory and upgrade the ssd to 512G. It was almost $2500 for this unit.

    I really like the technology that they put in this 2in1 - just not sure about graphics on it - but I love the fact that the 2in1 has a PIN with 4096 levels - this should be perfect for graphics on 4k screen. Pin should actually arrive any minute today.

    I am going out on limb on this one - it been over a decade since I used AMD graphics - but the EMIB is an impressive design and want to give it a try. Does any body know if the XPS 2in1 can support the 6 monitors that Vega supports and will it support Free Sync.
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  • Spede - Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - link

    That's cool and all but will the new XPS still be plagued with coil whine ? Reply
  • akula2 - Thursday, April 5, 2018 - link

    Which is most effective chip for laptops? (Business/Development). An i5? Reply
  • HStewart - Thursday, April 5, 2018 - link

    For code development GPU does not matter unless programming games and such, but I would think most important is to add more memory and make sure everything is SSD if possible. Reply
  • akula2 - Thursday, April 5, 2018 - link

    One more: which one is the successor of G4560 chip? Thanks Reply
  • HStewart - Thursday, April 5, 2018 - link

    Well G4560 is lower end CPU - all of these products are superior to it - Including Y chips. Reply
  • Fiebre - Monday, April 9, 2018 - link

    So would the xps 15 2 in 1 be ok to use with an egpu or is the thunderbolt not powerful enough? Reply
  • HStewart - Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - link

    XPS 15 2in1 has the bandwidth to handle external GPU's - but I not sure since 8 of PCIe channels go to AMD Radeon chip - that external GPU gets full amount. But Thunderbolt should not be the issue since it handles 40G and XPS 15 2in1 has 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports which is nice.

    I did find the following site that has interesting information about eGPU

    https://egpu.io/external-gpu-buyers-guide-2018/#tb...

    It looks like from other information on the that site - it looks like the XPS 15 2in1 with it 4 lanes of PCIe supports the full range available for eGPU's. So it definetly powerfull enough.
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