Dell is probably better known for its ventures into the realm of gaming with its Alienware brand. That wasn’t quite enough for the computer giant, and thus, the Dell Inspiron 5675 was born.
The Dell Inspiron 5675 became my workstation PC for over a month, for gaming, editing, and my work as a freelance designer. Thankfully, the PC sent for review has a rather impressive spec sheet, running the first generation AMD Ryzen chipset.
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 3.4 GHz Processor
- 16 GB DDR4 Memory
- 256 GB M.2 Solid State Drive
- 1 TB Hard Drive
- Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
- Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
Now, the prospect of a gaming PC branded with ‘Dell Inspiron‘ isn’t exactly the most glamorous approach, especially not in the world of custom cases and RGB functionality fitted to everything except the poxy screws. On the part of aesthetics though, the 5675 is actually quite a refined beast. Rounded edged, vented case with two-tone grey exterior and blue lighting, the case is actually really quite attractive. I will admit, however, the bright blue circle with DELL written in the middle hangs around as a reminder that this isn’t some custom built powerhouse. People might find the design a little flat, but personally, I quite like it. No, it’s not a flashy PC with more glass than a conservatory, but what it is is simple, and effective.
While the case has a nice, simple look to it, it’s not exactly the most efficient case for cooling. The case has 2 fans, One in, and one out, with the exhaust fan taking on the cooling duties for the CPU with the radiator for the liquid cooling loop. There’s no space to add an additional fan, thanks to the solid nature of the majority of the case. The inside of the case is a mess of pain, folded steel, that is as impractical as it is hugely ugly.
The front fan is mounted low in the case, and thanks to the plethora of plain metal serves to really only feed the blower-style cooler attached to the GTX 1060. Of course, this is a good thing, as it means the GPU is supplied with a good feed of cool air, however, that’s about it. No air really makes it across the motherboard, meaning that lonely stick of DDR4 is left to cool itself. For a liquid cooled machine, the Inspiron 5675 is actually rather loud. Now, this might be due to the fans that Dell has used here, but it certainly isn’t helped by the airflow or the mesh sides, which let out as much ambient noise as they do air in.
Quite why Dell chose to use a single stick of 16 GB DDR4 over 2, 8 GB sticks is beyond me. I dare say there will be the usual ‘it’s for expansion’ reasoning, but with a pre-build, it just seems a little cheap. As with all pre-build machines, you can see where the costs have been cut. The case interior is clearly designed for cheap production, uses cheaper drives, and questionable fans. Most notable for me was the speed of the 1 TB drive within the PC. Moving files from the Solid State drive to the SATA seemed to take an age. I usually use a rather modest machine, but even my ‘what’s the cheapest I can find’ drives run faster.
Budget cutting aside, the Dell Inspiron 5675 is a powerful machine for those interested in gaming and editing. The use of an M.2 SSD really helps with the performance of both games and editing software. 256 GB isn’t a lot of free space if you’re looking to do both gaming and editing, but there is a spare slot for a second m.2 SSD and space for a regular 2.5″ SSD should you want a little more space. Titles such as GTA V and Ghost Recon Wildlands really benefit from the SSD storage, cutting load times considerably. For those editing you can, of course, transfer your files over but as mentioned above, this will take you longer than you expect.
The biggest draws of the Dell Inspiron 5675 specification I tested is the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor and GTX 1060 6 GB, Graphics Card. With 8 cores and 16 threads, the Ryzen 7 1700x has more than enough power to handle multiple tasks, making it especially good for those looking to stream some of the more demanding titles available today. Rendering video and working with high definition footage is also a breeze thanks to the power of this little processor. I found myself having no problem running multiple instances of software, with little effect on the machine’s performance. Being cooled on liquid, the temps never get close to danger, and there’s definitely room to adjust the clock here for those after that little something extra.
The graphical capabilities of the Dell Inspiron 5675 come from the powerful Nvidia GTX 1060 6 GB. A card with a good amount of headroom capable of running titles at 1440p. Spending most of my time in GTA and Overwatch, neither game has ever looked better for me. Overwatch saw the best performance, with absolutely no frame drops at the highest setting. GTA Online ran brilliantly also. The Black Ops 4 Beta dropped during my time with the PC, and it ate it up. Not quite on the highest settings, but at 1080p high, it ran easily over 60 fps, with some options set to ultra.
The GTX 1060 isn’t the most powerful card on the market, but with regards to bang for your buck, it’s hard to beat. There’s a lot of headroom on offer which means it can swallow up some more demanding titles, while also serving as a very decent workstation should you be in need of a pc that can do both. With both a powerful processor and a powerful graphics card, the Dell Inspiron 5675 is a very capable machine, that’s sure to be a good fit for anyone looking for a more muted machine for work and gaming.
I guess the final question is would I recommend the Dell Inspiron 5675. Well yes and no. There are a variety of specifications on the market, and it seems as though Dell is in the midst of a change here, but the general build quality is assumably the same across the range. For a pre-built machine, it does its job very well. But there’s always going to be that option of the DIY route that hampers pre-built machines. In the current market, with the Announcement of Nvidia’s RTX series, 10 series cards are starting to drop in price, as are the second generation AMD Ryzen Processors, so I find it hard to recommend at this point.