Dell Inspiron 3542

Performance Results

Benchmarks - excluding SSD
Gaming
Gaming 13%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 36%
Jet ski
Workstation
Workstation 21%
Surfboard
PC StatusOverall this PC is performing above expectations (63rd percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 37 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
ProcessorWith an average single core score, this CPU can handle browsing the web, email, video playback and the majority of general computing tasks including moderate gaming when coupled with an appropriate GPU. Finally, with a gaming score of 41.2%, this CPUs suitability for 3D gaming is average.
Graphics3.99% is too low to play 3D games or use CAD packages. (Note: general computing tasks don't require 3D graphics)
Boot DriveThe boot partition is located on a mechanical or hybrid drive. Moving the system to an SSD will yield far faster boot times, better system responsiveness and faster application load times.
Memory8GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it's sufficient for the vast majority of games. 8GB is also enough for moderate file and system caches which result in a very responsive system.
OS VersionWindows 10 is the most recent version of Windows, and the best to date in our opinion.
Sub-optimal background CPU (11%). High background CPU reduces benchmark accuracy. Find active processes with Windows task manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC). CPU throttled at 99% by Windows. Ensure maximum processor state is set to 100% via Settings > System > Power & sleep > Additional power settings > Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings > Processor power management > Maximum processor state.
SystemDell Inspiron 3542  (all builds)
MotherboardDell 0926J6
Memory4 GB free of 8 GB @ 1.6 GHz
Display1366 x 768 - 32 Bit colors,
OSWindows 10
BIOS Date20151016
Uptime0.4 Days
Run DateOct 13 '17 at 14:43
Run Duration138 Seconds
Run User USA-User
Background CPU 11%
CPU Throttled 99%

 PC Performing above expectations (63rd percentile)

Actual performance vs. expectations. The graphs show user score (x) vs user score frequency (y).

Processor Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
Intel Core i5-4210U
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 2 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 1.7 GHz, turbo 2.4 GHz (avg)
Performing above expectations (83rd percentile)
41.2% Average
SC Int 77
SC Float 79.7
SC Mixed 76.6
62% 77.8 Pts
QC Int 176
QC Float 168
QC Mixed 185
40% 176 Pts
MC Int 174
MC Float 186
MC Mixed 160
26% 173 Pts
Poor: 22%
This bench: 41.2%
Great: 42%
Graphics Card Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
Intel HD 4400 (Mobile 1.0/1.1 GHz)
Dell(1028 0652) 1GB
Driver: igdumdim64.dll Ver. 20.19.15.4531
Performing above expectations (68th percentile)
3.99% Terrible
Lighting 10.2
Reflection 12.6
Parallax 18.6
4% 13.8 fps
MRender 9.1
Gravity 6.1
Splatting 14.9
4% 10 fps
Poor: 3%
This bench: 3.99%
Great: 5%
Drives Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
Seagate Expansion 1TB
349GB free
Firmware: 0634
4KALIGNED
Performing way below expectations (12th percentile)
17% Very poor
Read 28.6
Write 30.3
Mixed 30.3
22% 29.7 MB/s
4K Read 0.42
4K Write 1.61
4K Mixed 0.31
82% 0.78 MB/s
Poor: 16%
This bench: 17%
Great: 67%
Toshiba MQ01ABD100 1TB-$41
646GB free
Firmware: AX0P2D Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 5400 RPM 4KALIGNED S.M.A.R.T
Performing above expectations (68th percentile)
55.2% Above average
Read 89.5
Write 103
Mixed 96
72% 96.3 MB/s
4K Read 0.44
4K Write 0.57
4K Mixed 0.16
47% 0.39 MB/s
Poor: 37%
This bench: 55.2%
Great: 62%
Memory Kit Bench Multi core Single core Latency
Transcend TS1GSK64W6H 1x8GB
1 of 1 slots used
8GB SODIMM DDR3 clocked @ 1600 MHz
Performing way above expectations (87th percentile)
31.9% Below average
MC Read 11.3
MC Write 10.4
MC Mixed 8.8
29% 10.2 GB/s
SC Read 9.6
SC Write 9.6
SC Mixed 10.7
28% 9.97 GB/s
Latency 70.5
57% 70.5 ns
Poor: 20%
This bench: 31.9%
Great: 34%
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 System Memory Latency Ladder

L1/L2/L3 CPU cache and main memory (DIMM) access latencies in nano seconds.

Typical Inspiron 3542 Builds (Compare 1,606 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 13%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 40%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 17%
Surfboard

System: Dell Inspiron 3542

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 98% - Outstanding Total price: $88
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