Dell XPS 15 (9560) Review: More Performance, Same Killer Good Looks

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Dell XPS 15 (9560): Gaming Benchmarks

Can the XPS 15 Game? Let's find out...

Shadow of Mordor
Glorious Orc-Slaying Vengeance
Monolith’s surprisingly fun Orc-slaying title Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, delivers a ton of visual fidelity even at the lowest quality settings. So, to maximize the eye-candy on this high-end gaming laptop, we ran the game’s High quality benchmark routine at a couple of resolutions.

All of the game's graphics-related options were enabled, along with FXAA and Camera Blur...

mordor
dell xps 15 9560 bench shadow of mordor
The XPS 15 scores in the lower half of our results here, but does beat out Dell's own Alienware 13 OLED from last year. Of course, the Alienware 13 R3 revamped with a GTX 1060 surges back ahead, but its nice to see the XPS 15 in the mix. Notably, the XPS 15 maintains playable framerates up to 1080p. We won't be putting the 4K panel to use for gaming, but excellent scaling makes 1080p anything but a problem.

Rise of the Tomb Raider
DirectX 12 Performance
Rise of the Tomb Raider has hit the PC and landed in our gun sights for graphics, gameplay and performance analysis. The game launched on the Xbox family of consoles a few months back and has since been ported to PC thanks to NIXXES Software. It’s a competent console to PC port updated with many graphics settings and effects to tweak and dial to your particular tastes and system capabilities. Some of the rendering and effects features include, Ambient Occlusion, Depth of Field, Dynamic Foliage, Bloom shader effects, Tessellation and several more.

We also ran the game's benchmark using its DX12 code path.

small tomb raider
dell xps 15 9560 bench tomb raider
Our systems stack up similarly in Tomb Raider. Frame rates for our XPS 15 don't quite run as buttery smooth as in Shadow of Mordor, but are still perfectly playable. For a bit of extra oomph, certain settings can always be toned down to taste.

Gears Of War 4
DirectX 12 Gaming Performance
Gears of War 4 is a great looking game that makes impressive use of Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 and the rich visual effects and rendering the powerful game engine offers. Gloriously, those playing on the PC have over 30 graphics settings at their disposal for hands-on fine tuning, so that Gears 4 performs smoothly, despite possible hardware constraints. We tested the XPS 15 head to head with the Alienware 13 R3, just to give you a feel for how this machine handles this hot new triple-A title.

Gears of War Screen Shot
dell xps 15 9560 bench gears of war 4
Sure, our GTX 1050 powered XPS 15 is not about to catch the GTX 1060 driven Alienware 13 R3, but it does manage playable framerates of its own accord up to QHD 1440p resolution. If you do find yourself needing that extra gaming performance though, just know the Alienware 13 R3 is there for you.

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