Dell XPS 13 Ultra-portable laptop review

Drive Benchmarks


Turning on this Ultrabook my initial reaction was “It’s already in Windows?”.  The PCI-E SSD is blazing fast.  To test it first, let’s bring up BootRacer to see just how fast it boots.


In total, it takes 27.48 seconds to boot into a steady desktop, but it booted to the Windows 10 login screen, it takes only 8 seconds, that’s 1 second slower then Intel’s specification for hibernation.  8 seconds is awesome, but then it takes 19 seconds afterwards to get to a steady 100% usable desktop.  Now mind you, 1 or 2 seconds after you login you can use the computer without an issue, but the extra 19 seconds is the time it takes for all the other programs to complete loading. Dell loads the system up with a few utilities, some are useful but they do take up resources and degrade performance just a bit but of course you can uninstall them if you choose.  I left them all installed and enabled for a more real world scenario.

So it boots fast, how does it perform when it’s already in Windows?  To test reading and writing performance, we are going to use CrystalDiskMark


This has been the fastest SSD I have tested to date.  Since SSD’s are pretty universal, I will compare benchmarks with other SSD’s I have tested on desktop’s just to give you an idea how fast this it.




While the PM9551 NVMe Samsung drive included, did not best all of the scores, it nearly trampled the rest especially in the Sequential Read and Write.  In case you are confused on what sequential read and writes are and why they are important, I will list a brief description here.

Sequential read as well as write, are the patterns in which a disk is accessed where large contiguous blocks of data are read and written from bordering parts on the surface of a device.  SSD’s do a much better job than mechanical drives because the head on the arm doesn’t have to wait for the disk to come back around to read or write the data.   Actually there is no arm or head to do the reading on an SSD, since there are no moving parts on SSD’s just virtual pools of 1’s, 0’s and transistors flipping those 1’s to 0’s and 0’s to 1’s and that’s your data.

Let’s do some more real world testing when it comes to gaming, productivity and random home use, things you might do every day.  To help us put this into a benchmark, we will be using FutureMarks PCMark.  This tests the performance out of these 3 drives measuring how quickly each gaming and application loads in seconds.


Alone, these results might not mean much, but we saw on the previous test, the Patriot Ignite was very close, so let’s compare these 2 drives again.



We can see here in real world performance, the Samsung PM9551 NVMe 1TB drive outperforms the Patriot Ignite 480GB.  They are different drive types, but it is an example of the performance.

Now that you have seen the benches, let’s see what these actually mean in games, you might be a little surprised.

ContinueRealworld Gameplay

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