Dell Studio XPS 16 Review

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Futuremark PCMark Vantage



Continuing our testing we use Futuremarks PCMark Vantage benchmarking suite, which takes a broad look at all aspects of the machine in order to give a more general idea of how it performs in a variety of "day-to-day" situations.

 Futuremark PCMark Vantage
'Memories', HDD, Gaming and Communications

Futuremark PCMark Vantage 'Memories' Test Description:
Memories 1 - Two simultaneous tasks. CPU image manipulation and HDD – importing pictures to Windows Photo Gallery
Memories 2 - Two simultaneous tasks. GPU image manipulation and HDD – video editing using Windows Movie Maker
Memories 3 - Video transcoding – DV to WMV9 - Transcoding from DV (720x480p 35.38Mbps) to a portable player (SD WMV9 320x240p 1.0 Mbps). Uses two cores if available.
Memories 4 - Video transcoding – VC-1 to WMV9 -Transcoding from media server archive (HD VC-1 1280x720p 11 Mbps) to a portable player (SD WMV9 320x240p 1.0 Mbps)



The numbers don't lie--the Studio XPS 16 crushes the other two systems here, even the XPS 13 with the same CPU.



Futuremark PCMark Vantage 'Hard Disk Drive' Test Description:

HDD 1 - Windows Defender
HDD 2
- Gaming
HDD 3
- Importing pictures to Windows Photo Gallery
HDD 4
- Windows start up
HDD 5
- Video editing using Windows Movie Maker
HDD 6
- Windows Media Center
HDD 7
- Adding music to Windows Media Player
HDD 8
- Application loading



In the Hard Disk Drive test, the Studio XPS 16 results prove some of what we were saying earlier about the performance. Despite the fact that the HDD spins at 7200RPMs, it just "feels" slower. And compared to the 7200RPM drive in our test Studio XPS 13, it is slower.



Futuremark PCMark Vantage 'Gaming' Test Description:

Gaming 1 - GPU gaming - Performing basic GPU (graphics processing unit) tasks utilizing PS (pixel shader) 2.0 and VS (vertex shader) 2.0 operations found in most 3D games using DX (DirectX) 9. This test utilizes SM(shader model) 3.0 (if available) performance optimizations which do affect visual quality.
Gaming 2
- HDD gaming
Gaming 3
- Two simultaneous tasks. Data decompression - Loading compressed level from hard drive and decompressing it into system memory. CPU gaming -Executing heavy AI path finding algorithms. Uses all available cores up to 16 cores.
Gaming 4 - Three simultaneous tasks. GPU gaming- Performing basic GPU (graphics processing unit) tasks utilizing PS(pixel shader) 2.0 and VS (vertex shader) 2.0 operations found in most3D games using DX (DirectX) 9. This test utilizes SM (shader model) 3.0(if available) performance optimizations which do affect visual quality. CPU gaming - Executing heavy AI path finding algorithms. Uses all available cores up to 16 cores and HDD – gaming



The Studio XPS 16 packs a potent 1GB Radeon 4670, and it shows. The GPU test here shows that there's no comparison between a discreet GPU and underperforming IGPs.



Futuremark PCMark Vantage 'Communications' Test Description:

Communications 1 - Three simultaneous tasks. Data encryption – CNG AES CBC. Data compression. Web page rendering – pictures - Opens a web page with many large pictures.
Communications 2
- Three simultaneous tasks. Web page rendering – favorites group parallel - Opens various news pages from IE Favorites in separate tabs and closes them one by one. Data decryption – CNG AES CBC. HDD – Windows Defender
Communications 3
- Windows Mail – searching - Searches mails for words in the message body, subject and sender.
Communications 4 - Two simultaneous tasks. Data encryption – CNG AES CBC. Audio transcoding – WMA to WMA - Measures audio transcoding performance in VOIP usage.

 

In the communications test the Studio XPS 16 once again beat out the competition by a decent margin. All in all, a very impressive showing save for that all-important HDD test. If any system could use an SSD, this would be it.


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