Dell XPS 27 Touch All-in-One Review

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SiSoft SANDRA & Cinebench

We continued our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, Physical Disks).

Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA
Synthetic Benchmarks

Although it’s noteworthy that the HP Z1 and XPS One 27 scored within shouting distance of the XPS 27 Touch in Arithmetic (GOPS), the Multimedia scores weren’t even close.

As usual, the Memory score isn’t much to write home about--there’s always a good bit of parity there--but the Physical Disks test is more interesting. Like the XPS One 27, the XPS 27 Touch has a small mSATA cache drive and a 7200 RPM hard drive, yet the latter turned in a slightly better score. The HP Z1, oddly, posted a strong Physical Disks store despite having just a 1TB (7200 RPM) drive.

Cinebench R11.5 64bit
Content Creation Performance

Maxon's Cinebench R11.5 benchmark is based on Maxon's Cinema 4D software used for 3D content creation chores and tests both the CPU and GPU in separate benchmark runs. On the CPU side, Cinebench renders a photorealistic 3D scene by tapping into up to 64 processing threads (CPU) to process more than 300,000 total polygons, while the GPU benchmark measures graphics performance by manipulating nearly 1 million polygons and huge amounts of textures.

The XPS 27 Touch’s Core i7-4770S is a step ahead of the third-generation Core i7 Ivy Bridge chip, which is in turn a step ahead of the second-generation Core i7 Sandy Bridge chip. The moral of the story here is that a Core i7 processor of any recent generation will offer strong performance.

The systems running Intel HD graphics and the older Radeon HD GPU can barely keep pace with any of the discrete NVIDIA GeForce cards; the 640M blows them all away, and the XPS 27 Touch’s 750M couldn’t be touched by any of the systems. It's interesting that the Quadro GPU fell in between the GeForce 750M and 640M.

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