Dell XPS 15 (9570) Review: Same Beauty, Even More Beast

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Dell XPS 15 (9570): Gaming And Graphics Testing

Futuremark’s well-known 3DMark benchmark suite features tests that target a wide array of computing devices. 

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We opted for the Cloud Gate and Sky Diver tests, for which we have plenty of comparison data, but also as light-duty 3D graphics and gaming benchmarks that are well-suited to thin and light laptops. Sky Diver is a bit more strenuous, but still well within the limits of our test group.

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While this isn’t a very strenuous test for systems with GeForce GTX graphics, the new Dell XPS 15’s Cloud Gate score shows that it can handle light 3D loads easily. Its score is 6,000 points ahead of the XPS 15 2-in-1, our previous leader. And it doubles the score (and then some) compared to the GeForce MX150 in the Acer Swift 3.

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We saw more of the same in the Sky Diver benchmarks. The Dell XPS 15 again performed almost 2x as well as the Acer Swift 3, and beat the XPS 15 2-in-1 by 2798 points. From these results, we surmise you should be able to comfortably play many 3D games on the XPS 15. Let's take a look at some real-world game tests though, shall we?

GRID Autosport is a cross-platform racing simulation developed by Codemasters. After the luke-warm reception of GRID 2, due to its less than realistic racing model, the Codemasters team set out to improve GRID Autosport's handling and environment rendering to make it feel like more of a true racing simulator. The game is based on Codemasters' EGO engine that has an amped-up physics and damage system that adds to the immersion and realism. Codemasters also tuned its graphics engine to perform well over a wide variety of mainstream systems, so it makes for a good watermark in a medium-duty graphics workload. It also happens to be billed as "optimized for integrated Intel HD Graphics", which is something you don't see everyday

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Discrete graphics rule the roost here! The XPS 15 certainly wins the GRID benchmark tests, though the XPS 15 2-in-1 with AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics and the Acer Swift 3 with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 are also quite playable at high-quality settings. That said, the GTX 10 series graphics engine in the XPS 15 renders butter-smooth gameplay at over 142 FPS in this game. You should have no problem drifting around your opponents in this racing game.

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