Dell Inspiron 660 review

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Dell has been selling mass-produced desktop PCs for years, so you’d think some of this experience might rub off on its low-cost PCs. Alas, with flimsy build quality and a tacky-looking reflective plastic frontage, its Inspiron 660 feels cheap and poorly made.

Open it up, though, and your opinion may begin to change. At first, you’ll be struck by the amount of internal space there is, which is particularly impressive considering how small the case is. This spaciousness is achieved by a small, two-bay drive cage, which houses a 1TB WD hard disk, that sits at the bottom right of the interior, leaving enough space for easy access to the system’s main components.

Dell Inspiron 660

You may also be impressed with the upgrade capacity. With one free RAM, a pair of SATA/300 spare, and three available PCI x1 ports, the Inspiron’s board is very upgrade-friendly for its price.

Unfortunately, this PC comes unstuck when it comes to performance. Its Ivy Bridge, Core i5-3340 CPU and 4GB of RAM looks plenty; however, since Dell supplies the memory as a single stick of DDR3, the controller is forced to run in single-channel mode, resulting in sluggish performance. The Inspiron 660 gained an Overall score of 0.76 in our Real World Benchmarks, significantly lower than the CCL Elite Kestrel IV, which also has a Core i5 CPU.

Dell Inspiron 660

Graphics performance is even less notable: it has a discrete card – an Nvidia GeForce GT 620 – but don’t imagine you’ll achieve high frame rates when gaming. It managed a sputtering 21fps at Medium quality and a risible 9fps at High quality in our Crysis test, results barely quicker than systems relying solely on the most recent version of Intel’s integrated graphics.

Despite decent upgradability, then, the Dell’s all-round lack of performance knocks down its scores significantly. It may be cheap, but the PC Specialist Infinity X offers superior performance and even better upgradability for a premium of only £20.


Warranty 1 yr next day on-site

Basic specifications

RAM capacity4.00GB


CPU familyIntel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency3.10GHz
CPU overclocked frequency3.30GHz


MotherboardDell MIB75R/MH_SG
PCI-E x16 slots free0
PCI-E x16 slots total1
PCI-E x1 slots free3
PCI-E x1 slots total3
Internal SATA connectors2


Memory typeDDR3

Graphics card

Graphics cardNVIDIA GeForce GT 620

Hard disk

Hard diskWestern Digital WD10EZEX
Spindle speed7,200RPM


Optical disc technologyDVD writer


HDMI inputs1


ChassisInspiron Desktop 660 MT : BTX Base
Dimensions184 x 439 x 358mm (WDH)

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)2
3.5mm audio jacks1

Front ports

Front panel USB ports6

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 8

Noise and power

Idle power consumption50W
Peak power consumption95W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings57fps
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.76
Responsiveness score0.73
Media score0.83
Multitasking score0.73

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