Dell XPS 13 (2015) Ultrabook Review, It's Hot Hardware

PCMark 8 v2

PCMark 8 v2 is the latest version in Futuremark’s series of popular PC benchmarking tools. It is designed to test the performance of all types of systems, from tablets to desktops. PCMark 8 offers five separate benchmark tests to help consumers find devices that offer the perfect combination of efficiency and performance for their particular use case. This latest version of the suite improves the Home, Creative and Work benchmarks with new tests using popular open source applications for image processing, video editing and spreadsheets. A wide variety of workloads have also been added to the Work benchmark to better reflect the way PCs are used in enterprise environments. Though this is technically a "synthetic" benchmark, PCMark's trace-based workloads utilize real-world software and performance measurements. 

Futuremark PCMark 8 v2
Every day compute workload benchmarks


The new 2015 Dell XPS 13 put up some of the fastest, most balanced numbers we've seen to date with an ultrabook in this test.  The machine's storage score is strong, though not break-out. Bearing in mind that fact and that this benchmark suite tends to be disk throughput sensitive, you can't help but be impressed by the XPS 13's Work and Home scores, which handily takes on the previous generation architecture and even Dell's own Inspiron 15 and last years' XPS 15 with discreet GeForce GT 750M graphics chips. In fact, the Home Accelerated score was the fastest we've seen from an ultrabook to date.

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