Dell Inspiron 3847 vs. Dell XPS 8900
Comparison and Differences
|Model||Dell Inspiron 3847||Dell XPS 8900|
|Form factor||Mini Tower||Mini Tower|
|CPU options||Intel Gen4 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;||Intel Gen6 i3/i5/i7;|
|Dedicated GPU *||GeForce GTX 1650 Super||GeForce GTX 1080 Ti|
|RAM||DIMM DDR3-1333/1600||DIMM DDR4-2133/2400|
|RAM speed||1600 MT/s||2133 MT/s|
|RAM max||16 GB||64 GB|
|USB ports||(2x) USB-A 3.0; (6x) USB-A 2.0;||(4x) USB-A 2.0; (6x) USB 3.0;|
|Video ports||HDMI 1.2; VGA;||HDMI 1.4; DisplayPort 1.2;|
|Other ports||RJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; 5.1 audio; Card Reader;||RJ45; Mic; Headset; Card Reader;|
|PCI slots||PCIe 2.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 2.0 x1;||PCIe 3.0 x16; (x2) PCIe x4;|
|M.2 slots||M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)||M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)|
|Drive bays||(2x) 3.5in; (2x) 5.25in;||(3x) 3.5in; (2x) 5.25in;|
|PSU||300 W||460 W|
|Weight||7.9 kg (17.41 lb)||13.3 kg (29.32 lb)|
|Price**||Check Price||Check Price|
** As an Amazon associate we earn from qualifying purchases.* Dedicated GPU warning: Check if your particular power supply model has enough power. Additionally some PSUs don't come with an auxiliary PCIe power connector and you may need to buy a SATA to PCIe power adapter.
Differences between Dell Inspiron 3847 and Dell XPS 8900
Form factor wise the models are the same. This means that they are of similar size and form.
Usually the newer the generation of the CPU, the better the performance and efficiency is. If your budget allows it, you should go with the Dell XPS 8900 as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Dell Inspiron 3847 is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.
The Dell XPS 8900 has 4 RAM slots while the Dell Inspiron 3847 has only 2 slot(s). Of course this is not something to worry about. Just make sure you take it into consideration when planning how much RAM will your system be using.
The Dell XPS 8900 is using the faster 2133 MT/s RAM. The Dell Inspiron 3847 is slower by supporting RAM speeds of up to 1600 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the Dell XPS 8900 as it has the ability to run 64 GB of RAM. The Dell Inspiron 3847 can do a bit less at max 16 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for the majority of users.
In total the Dell XPS 8900 has 10 USB ports. The Dell Inspiron 3847 is inferior in this regard and packs 8 USB ports. In any case, if you miss USB ports, you can always purchase a USB hub. None of the desktop models has a USB 3.1 port (10Gb/s), so if you need a fast connection to your peripherals, like external Solid State Drive, you will need to look elsewhere.
Unfortunately, only the Dell XPS 8900 has a DisplayPort. The Dell Inspiron 3847 does not have one? Don't worry though, nowadays video adapters are cheap and you can get almost any combination of conversion types.
In case your monitor supports HDMI only, you will be happy to hear that both models come with an HDMI port.
SATA ports are placed on the system board and it is where you connect your HDD, SSD and Optical Disk Drives. More SATA slots will allow you to have more drives running at the same time. In this regard the Dell XPS 8900 is better equipped as it comes with 5 SATA slot(s), while the Dell Inspiron 3847 has 4 slot(s).
An M.2 SSD can be several times faster than a SATA one. Thus, we are happy to see that both models support the M.2 interface. However, the Dell Inspiron 3847 has 1 M.2 slots while the Dell XPS 8900 comes with just 1.
Make sure that the available M.2 slot supports the PCIe (also called NVMe) interface. This is important as there are M.2 slots which support only the inferior SATA III interface. For comparison, the SATA III interface has max speeds of 6Gb/s, while the PCIe 3.0 x4 will support speeds up to 32Gb/s!
Having a Power Supply Unit with high power rating is important, if you are going to use components which require extra power. The Dell Inspiron 3847 comes with a decent 300 Watt PSU, but the Dell XPS 8900 has a more powerful one rated at 460 Watts. Choosing either one depends on your specific requirements and use case. Also don't forget that some models might have more than one PSU option - try to always get the most powerful one, especially if you plan to upgrade to a powerful GPU.