Dell Inspiron 15: NVIDIA GPU Brings The Game

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Although integrated graphics have come a long way, a discrete graphics processor is still the best way to get your game on. We’ve benchmarked a few systems with discrete cards already, so it will be interesting to see how the Dell Inspiron 7537 compares. Given that it has the news Nvidia mobile graphics we’ve tested, it had better come out on top.

Futuremark 3DMark 11
Simulated Gaming Performance
Although Futuremark’s 3DMark 11 has been around for several years, it still provides a good look at a system’s gaming capabilities. It's also handy tool for benchmarking machines that still run Windows 7. We ran this benchmark on the Performance preset, at 1280 x 720 resolution. If you download the free version of this benchmark, make sure you're using the Performance preset to avoid comparing scores that were run with different test configurations.

Discrete graphics are going to blow integrated graphics out of the water, and that certainly happened in this benchmark. Whether this matters you depends on whether you game; the Intel HD 4400 gives typical users all they need, even for casual gaming.

Futuremark 3DMark Cloud Gate
Simulated Gaming Performance
The flagship benchmark in Futuremark’s catalog, 3DMark is a popular choice for testing everything from gaming PCs to mobile devices. Of course, the technology differences between a game machine and a smartphone are significant, so 3DMark has a separate test suite for each device category. The Cloud Gate test is aimed at entry-level PCs and laptops, and has two subtests: a processor- intensive physics test and two graphics tests. We run the test suite at its default 1280 x 720 resolution and at default rendering quality settings. Keep in mind that 3DMark Cloud Gate scores aren’t comparable to scores from say, 3DMark Fire Strike (gaming PCs) or Ice Storm (smartphones and tablets).

Again, the Dell Inspiron 15 7537's discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 750M pounds the systems with integrated graphics.

Ubisoft Far Cry 2
DX10 Gaming Performance
When it comes to lush vegetation in a steaming, sinister jungle, no one pulls it off quite like Ubisoft does in its Far Cry series. Far Cry 2 uses high-quality textures, complex shaders, and dynamic lighting to create a realistic environment. The game’s built-in benchmark gives us a good look at a system’s performance with DirectX 10.

Although this game is a little long in the tooth, it's a good way to test laptops and ultrabooks, which typically struggle with the latest DX11 titles. The 7537, however, is clearly ready to take on newer games.

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