Dell XPS 13 Ultra-portable laptop review

Graphics Benchmark

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Let’s start off the benchmarking with the tried and true, 3DMark by our friends at Futuremark.

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On 3Dmark’s Cloud Gate, it scored 5,548, with a Graphics score of 6,700 and a Physics score of 3,465.  What exactly does this tell us, nothing without a direct comparison, unfortunately I don’t have a machine to compare with but Futuremark helps us a bit with this

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So this reads a standard Notebook would have scored around 6,735 but at 5,548 it is still better than 31% of all other results and it is not really a notebook, but an ultra-portable notebook.  Also, this outperforms a 2013 Office PC by 52.58%.  I know, this still doesn’t tell us much, but let’s continue with the benches to give you a better feel for what this can or can’t do.

OK, let’s check out some games.  For this test, I will use THIEF, Tomb Raider and Metro Last Light.  First up is Mero Last Light.

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Metro Last Light is known to be a system slayer and I expect it to do the same here, but I wanted to show you how it performs on it.  For this set of tests, I will be running the test on the following settings, only changing the resolutions.

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I tested using 1280 x 720, 1600 x 900 and 1920 x 1080.

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So this ultra-portable can display resolutions of up to 3200 x 1800, but of course using the Intel HD graphics, you cannot expect too much.  The average frames per second; the only real performance metric you should look at is where you want to look into.  At 1280 x 720 it gets to 23.46 FPS, 26.89% higher than the 1600 x 900 FPS coming in at 17.9 FPS and 53% faster than 1920 x 1080’s 13.63 FPS.

Now, even though 23.46 FPS seems incredibly low, I did play it at 1280 x 720 and it actually did play very well.  I will get more into gameplay a little later in this review, but let’s see what THIEF shows us.

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Like Metro Last Light before it, THIEF was run with a set of standardized display settings only changing the resolutions on each test, of which I will show you below

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OK, now on to the results.

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The frames per second do seem a bit on the low side, but we can see at 1280 x 720 it hits 20.4 FPS, outperforming 1600 x 900 by 35.84% at 14.2 FPS and 1920 x 1080 by 65.80% at 10.3 FPS.  I want to move ahead to the next segment of the review to explain a few things and to put you at ease with these scores, but we have to do things in order, so let’s move on to Tomb Raider.

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So we slayed mutants, stolen from the rich and given to the poor and now we will go to the beach… and kick some butt with Laura.  As I have mentioned before, Tomb Raider was run with a set of standard display settings only changing the resolutions on each test, of which I will show you below.

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Let the benching begin.

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The frames per second are much better here, we can see at 1280 x 720 it hits 60.2 FPS, a great score for any system and it outperforms the still decent results of 1600 x 900 by 46.97% at 37.3 FPS and 1920 x 1080 by 74.57% at 27.5 FPS.  Laura took care of us and treated us right, and the Dell XPS 13 did pretty well on it.

I am not jumping to the gaming section I mentioned earlier just yet because there’s more to this ultra-portable than just the graphics and gaming, let’s take a look at the rest of the systems performance.  Just know that Gaming will come up very soon and you won’t be disappointed.

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