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Dell Precision 5530 (Xeon E-2176M, Quadro P2000) Workstation Review

Refinement. The Precision 5530 is, in many ways, what the Precision 5520 should have been. While the updated machine still struggles with thermal throttling, CPU stability and performance are improved. The GPU has also been upgraded without much sacrifice to heat output. The overall experience is much better.

Last year, Dell's Precision 5520 brought high expectations that were ultimately left unfulfilled. While the machine aimed to realize the dream of a thin-and-light workstation, performance hiccups and CPU instability poisoned the well and left a bad taste in our mouth. With that in mind, we approach the Precision 5530 with some trepidation. After all, the Precision 5530 is externally indistinguishable from the 5520. Has Dell made the internal changes needed to pack workstation performance into a highly portable chassis? We shall see.

The Precision 5530 is a carbon-copy of the Precision 5520, which is itself a copy of the Precision 5510. As the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it; the design language remains elegant and striking three years on, leaving little room for improvement. While we would like to see more ports, the Thunderbolt 3 connection opens up a world of peripheral options. Since the case has remained unchanged, we will skip discussion of the build quality, port selection, and input devices. For details on these pieces, please refer to our Precision 5520 review here.

The Dell Precision 5530 sits in a unique space in the laptop world. While it uses similar components to mid-range workstations, it fits them into a case similar to ultrabooks. As such, we will compare the Precision 5530 to a variety of other workstations. Some manufacturers have picked up the "thin-and-light" design language and translated it to their workstation lines with varying success. These include the Lenovo ThinkPad P52s and the MSI WS63VR. We will also compare staples in the workstation world, including Lenovo's ThinkPad P51, the HP ZBook 15 G4, and Dell's Precision 3530. Let's dive in.

Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M (Precision 5000 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 - 4096 MB, Core: 1215 MHz, Memory: 2002 MHz, GDDR5, Optimus
Memory
32768 MB 
, PC4-21300 / DDR4-2666
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel 282 PPI, 10-point multitouch, Sharp SHP148D / LQ156D1, IGZO, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel CM246
Storage
SK hynix PC400 512 GB,  GB 
, 475 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Headset (combo mic/audio), Card Reader: Half-sized SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Reader, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Intel Wireless-AC 9260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16.82 x 357 x 235.3 ( = 0.66 x 14.06 x 9.26 in)
Battery
97 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 2 W, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, USB-C to Ethernet, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.98 kg ( = 69.84 oz / 4.37 pounds), Power Supply: 428 g ( = 15.1 oz / 0.94 pounds)
Price
3500 USD

 

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
186 MB/s ∼100% +12%
Dell Precision 3530
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
179 MB/s ∼96% +8%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
166.23 MB/s ∼89%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
157.5 MB/s ∼85% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
155 MB/s ∼83% -7%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
 
151.3 MB/s ∼81% -9%
Average of class Workstation
  (17.2 - 213, n=41)
125 MB/s ∼67% -25%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
81.39 MB/s ∼44% -51%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
254.5 MB/s ∼100% +33%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
215 MB/s ∼84% +13%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
 
211.7 MB/s ∼83% +11%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
209.8 MB/s ∼82% +10%
Dell Precision 3530
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
201 MB/s ∼79% +5%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
190.7 MB/s ∼75%
Average of class Workstation
  (18.4 - 255, n=41)
163 MB/s ∼64% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.75 MB/s ∼34% -54%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Precision 3530
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
680 MBit/s ∼100% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
672 MBit/s ∼99% +1%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
663 MBit/s ∼98%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
655 MBit/s ∼96% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
643 MBit/s ∼95% -3%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
622 MBit/s ∼91% -6%
Average of class Workstation
  (292 - 705, n=25)
591 MBit/s ∼87% -11%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
559 MBit/s ∼82% -16%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Precision 3530
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
690 MBit/s ∼100% +6%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
648 MBit/s ∼94%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
508 MBit/s ∼74% -22%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
506 (min: 622) MBit/s ∼73% -22%
Average of class Workstation
  (158 - 690, n=25)
496 MBit/s ∼72% -23%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
475 MBit/s ∼69% -27%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
472 MBit/s ∼68% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
158 MBit/s ∼23% -76%

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The 4K IGZO panel is bright, vibrant, and crisp. Response times are a bit on the slow side, and the presence of PWM is a downside. However, these factors are unlikely to be noticed by users. The screen is otherwise excellent. The Sharp panel is one of the brightest we've reviewed (440 nits on average), and the backlight is very even (90% distribution). Apple's MacBook Pro has a brighter screen, but it is one of the few notebooks that outshines the 5530. The 5530's panel can get relatively dim (23 nits minimum), making it suitable for use either in bright rooms or low light. Contrast is good as well, making colors, text, and images pop off the screen. All said, the Precision 5530's display leaves little room for improvement.

428.3
cd/m²
458.1
cd/m²
449.3
cd/m²
424.8
cd/m²
451.7
cd/m²
454.7
cd/m²
413.7
cd/m²
433.5
cd/m²
446.2
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 458.1 cd/m² Average: 440 cd/m² Minimum: 23.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 451.7 cd/m²
Contrast: 1129:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.11 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3, calibrated: 3.07
ΔE Greyscale 3.7 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
98% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 69% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.11
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Sharp SHP148D / LQ156D1, IGZO, 15.6, 3840x2160
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
SHP1476, IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Lenovo LEN40BD, IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
Dell Precision 3530
BOE BOE06F1, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
LG Philips LGD057E, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
LEN40BD, B156ZAN02.1, IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
SAMSUNG LƒFL156FL02-101 , IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
APPA040, IPS, 15.4, 2880x1800
Response Times
-24%
18%
6%
675%
20%
24%
3872%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
48 (24.4, 23.6)
59.2 (27.6, 31.6)
-23%
43.2 (24.4, 18.8)
10%
40.4 (22, 18.4)
16%
39.2 (20.4, 18.8)
18%
40.8 (20.8, 20)
15%
36.8 (21.2, 15.6)
23%
43.2 (20.4, 22.8)
10%
Response Time Black / White *
33.6 (19.6, 14)
41.6 (26.8, 14.8)
-24%
18 (13.2, 14.8)
46%
34.8 (20.8, 14)
-4%
25.6 (14.8, 10.8)
24%
25.2 (14, 11.2)
25%
28.4 (19.6, 8.8)
15%
31.2 (16.4, 14.8)
7%
PWM Frequency
1000
980.4
-2%
1053 (98)
5%
20830 (80)
1983%
1351 (30)
35%
117000 (75, 150)
11600%
Screen
-4%
-6%
-23%
-10%
4%
-33%
31%
Brightness middle
451.7
372.4
-18%
305.5
-32%
285.7
-37%
321
-29%
317
-30%
259.4
-43%
520
15%
Brightness
440
368
-16%
282
-36%
275
-37%
320
-27%
309
-30%
247
-44%
492
12%
Brightness Distribution
90
90
0%
78
-13%
85
-6%
89
-1%
89
-1%
85
-6%
88
-2%
Black Level *
0.4
0.48
-20%
0.24
40%
0.31
22%
0.29
27%
0.36
10%
0.43
-8%
0.39
2%
Contrast
1129
776
-31%
1273
13%
922
-18%
1107
-2%
881
-22%
603
-47%
1333
18%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.11
2.6
16%
3.51
-13%
5.84
-88%
4.5
-45%
2.7
13%
5.5
-77%
1.2
61%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.62
5.6
35%
7.28
16%
8.76
-2%
9.5
-10%
4.1
52%
12.7
-47%
2.3
73%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
3.07
3.15
-3%
3.14
-2%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.7
3.7
-0%
4
-8%
6.5
-76%
2.9
22%
3
19%
3.6
3%
1.3
65%
Gamma
2.11 104%
2.14 103%
2.18 101%
2.383 92%
2.27 97%
2.27 97%
2.24 98%
2.18 101%
CCT
6492 100%
7096 92%
7291 89%
7176 91%
6519 100%
6077 107%
7163 91%
6738 96%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
69
63
-9%
58
-16%
62
-10%
54.2
-21%
87.6
27%
45
-35%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98
99
1%
89
-9%
94
-4%
82.6
-16%
99.5
2%
71
-28%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-14% / -7%
6% / -1%
-9% / -17%
333% / 148%
12% / 7%
-5% / -20%
1952% / 1078%

* ... smaller is better

The Precision 5530's display covers almost the entire sRGB gamut and about 70% of the AdobeRGB gamut, placing it above most other workstations. The sRGB gamut should provide more than enough colors for most professionals, but those that work with color (such as photographers and graphic designers) may need a bit more selection. Those users should look at ThinkPad P51, which covers the sRGB gamut and 88% of the AdobeRGB gamut. For all others, the Precision 5530 is more than adequate.

vs. sRGB: 98%
vs. sRGB: 98%
vs. AdobeRGB: 69%
vs. AdobeRGB: 69%

The IGZO display flirts with professional-grade color accuracy. The DeltaE2000 score for color sits at 3.11 out of the box. This is just outside the range of what is generally considered acceptable for professional color work (DeltaE2000 of 3 or less). Calibration improves this number slightly, which could mean that Dell tunes the display prior to shipping the device. Either way, the color accuracy positions the Precision 5530 as a machine suitable for amateur or semi-professional photography and videography jobs. The ThinkPad P51 and 2018 MacBook Pro 15 are better options for color work.

ColorChecker
ColorChecker
ColorChecker (calibrated)
ColorChecker (calibrated)
Grayscale
Grayscale
Grayscale (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
33.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19.6 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 87 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
48 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24.4 ms rise
↘ 23.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 78 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41.3 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 1000 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 1000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 1000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8813 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Due to its bright backlight, the Precision 5530 can be used outdoors under most conditions. If there is some cloud cover or a bit of shade, the screen remains completely visible. In direct sunlight, however, the reflective glass does the screen no favors.

Backlight bleed is minimal and is only seen in the bottom corners. This isn't distracting during normal use. Viewing angles are excellent; the screen remains sharp and vibrant when viewed from almost any angle.

Under direct sunlight
Under direct sunlight
Under shade
Under shade
Backlight bleed along bottom edge
Backlight bleed along bottom edge

Performance

We are particularly interested in the Precision's 5530 performance. Last year's Precision 5520 put up decent numbers, but inconsistency and thermal throttling plagued the CPU. Can the Precision 5530, with its new six-core Xeon CPU and more powerful Quadro GPU, improve performance without succumbing to the same throttling issues? Let's take a look.

The Precision 5530 can be configured with a variety of CPU options ranging from the Core i5-8300H up to the Core i9-8950HK. GPU options include integrated Intel HD Graphics, the Nvidia Quadro P1000, or the Nvidia Quadro P2000. ECC RAM is not available from Dell. Our model is powered by the Intel Core Xeon E-2176M (2.7 - 4.4 GHz) and Nvidia Quadro P2000.

(Note: the Xeon E-2176M CPU and Quadro P2000 GPU are so new that HWiNFO and GPU-Z were not able to recognize them. However, the software was able to accurately measure clock speeds and temperatures for both chips.)

CPU-Z: CPU
CPU-Z: CPU
CPU-Z: Caches
CPU-Z: Caches
CPU-Z: Mainboard
CPU-Z: Mainboard
CPU-Z: Memory
CPU-Z: Memory
CPU-Z: SPD
CPU-Z: SPD
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO64
HWiNFO64
 

Processor

The Xeon E-2176M is a new workstation-grade CPU from Intel. With six hyperthreaded cores rather than four, we can expect some significant improvement over the Xeon E3-1505M used in the Precision 5520. This is indeed what we see; in Cinebench R15's multi-core test, the Precision 5530 outperforms its older brother by 67%. The Xeon E-2176M is about as powerful as the Coffee Lake Core i7-8750H used in many new gaming laptops. Users should therefore expect similar performance in multi-threaded workloads.

Perhaps the best change brought by the Precision 5530 is improved CPU stability. While the Precision 5520 showed wild and erratic behavior in our Cinebench R15 loop, the 5530 remains fairly stable. There is a slight drop in performance after the first run (about 9%), but the CPU settles in with little variance over the next 49 iterations. On battery, the Precision 5530 is able to maintain 85-90% of its plugged-in performance.

For more information about the Intel Xeon E-2176M, please see our dedicated CPU page here.

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
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Precision 5530 Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
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Precision 5520 Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
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Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1024 (1006.14-1126.25)
Dell Precision 5520 UHD Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø575 (458.82-712.59)
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5-P KXG50PNV2T04 Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1015 (972-1114)
Lenovo ThinkPad P52 20MAS03N00 Quadro P1000, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7 Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1034 (1019-1128)
Alienware 17 R5 GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø922 (893.28-993)
HP Omen 17t-3AW55AV_1 GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7 Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø981 (957.01-1046.68)
MSI GS73 Stealth 8RF-011 GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø995 (976.78-1132)
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit Undervolting: Ø1168 (1123.47-1219.85)
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1012 (980.27-1215.12)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M
189 Points ∼91%
Average Intel Xeon E-2176M
  (169 - 189, n=2)
179 Points ∼86% -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Intel Core i7-8850H
177 Points ∼86% -6%
MSI GS73 Stealth 8RF-011
Intel Core i7-8750H
175 Points ∼85% -7%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6
170 Points ∼82% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Core i7-8650U
168 Points ∼81% -11%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H
168 Points ∼81% -11%
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Intel Xeon E3-1280 v5
163 Points ∼79% -14%
Average of class Workstation
  (117 - 189, n=72)
152 Points ∼73% -20%
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
Intel Core i5-8250U
146 Points ∼71% -23%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
144 Points ∼70% -24%
HP EliteBook 755 G5 3UN79EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
134 Points ∼65% -29%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1408 Points ∼45% +29%
MSI GS73 Stealth 8RF-011
Intel Core i7-8750H
1132 Points ∼36% +3%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M
1095 Points ∼35%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Intel Core i7-8850H
1064 Points ∼34% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Intel Core i7-8850H
953 Points ∼31% -13%
Average Intel Xeon E-2176M
  (987 - 1095, n=2)
1041 Points ∼33% -5%
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Intel Xeon E3-1280 v5
815 Points ∼26% -26%
Dell G3 15 3579
Intel Core i5-8300H
768 Points ∼25% -30%
Average of class Workstation
  (260 - 1217, n=73)
662 Points ∼21% -40%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6
654 Points ∼21% -40%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Core i7-8650U
647 Points ∼21% -41%
HP EliteBook 755 G5 3UN79EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
623 Points ∼20% -43%
Huawei MateBook D 53010BAJ
Intel Core i5-8250U
475 Points ∼15% -57%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Average Intel Xeon E-2176M
  (1.99 - 2.04, n=2)
2.02 Points ∼86% +2%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M
1.99 Points ∼85%
MSI GS73 Stealth 8RF-011
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.98 Points ∼85% -1%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6
1.92 Points ∼82% -4%
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Intel Xeon E3-1280 v5
1.92 Points ∼82% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Core i7-8650U
1.92 Points ∼82% -4%
Average of class Workstation
  (1.19 - 2.07, n=76)
1.659 Points ∼71% -17%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1.63 Points ∼70% -18%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
15.76 Points ∼58% +27%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M
12.4 Points ∼46%
MSI GS73 Stealth 8RF-011
Intel Core i7-8750H
12.33 Points ∼46% -1%
Average Intel Xeon E-2176M
  (9.32 - 12.4, n=2)
10.9 Points ∼40% -12%
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Intel Xeon E3-1280 v5
8.91 Points ∼33% -28%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6
7.89 Points ∼29% -36%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Core i7-8650U
7.01 Points ∼26% -43%
Average of class Workstation
  (2.16 - 12.8, n=94)
6.39 Points ∼24% -48%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M
6973 Points ∼64%
Average Intel Xeon E-2176M
  (6928 - 6973, n=2)
6951 Points ∼64% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Core i7-8650U
6782 Points ∼63% -3%
Average of class Workstation
  (3094 - 6973, n=79)
5175 Points ∼48% -26%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
4286 Points ∼40% -39%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M
32132 Points ∼65%
Average Intel Xeon E-2176M
  (31923 - 32132, n=2)
32028 Points ∼64% 0%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
29330 Points ∼59% -9%
Average of class Workstation
  (8373 - 34568, n=80)
18363 Points ∼37% -43%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Intel Core i7-8650U
16227 Points ∼33% -49%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Average of class Workstation
  (130 - 1390, n=55)
333 s * ∼4% -126%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6
319 s * ∼4% -117%
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Intel Xeon E3-1280 v5
299 s * ∼4% -103%
Average Intel Xeon E-2176M
  (147 - 180, n=2)
163 s * ∼2% -11%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M
147.028 s * ∼2%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Average of class Workstation
  (-1 - 172530, n=678)
8652 Seconds * ∼38% -1721%
Average Intel Xeon E-2176M
  (8.51 - 10061, n=8)
2603 Seconds * ∼12% -448%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
677.2 Seconds * ∼3% -43%
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Intel Xeon E3-1280 v5
527 Seconds * ∼2% -11%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6
489 Seconds * ∼2% -3%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2176M
475.198 Seconds * ∼2%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6782
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
32132
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6973
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
133.34 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
12.4 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.99 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
196.17 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1095 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
189 Points
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System Performance

System performance is about average for a workstation. The Xeon E-2176M and Quadro P2000 are well-paired and make short work of any basic task thrown their way. Heavier workloads, such as drafting or modelling, should be manageable.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 10 - Score
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
5072 Points ∼65%
Average Intel Xeon E-2176M, NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
5072 Points ∼65% 0%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
4834 Points ∼62% -5%
Dell Precision 3530
Quadro P600, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
4817 Points ∼62% -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
4805 Points ∼62% -5%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
4751 Points ∼61% -6%
Average of class Workstation
  (3281 - 5606, n=17)
4455 Points ∼57% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Quadro P500, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
3281 Points ∼42% -35%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
5423 Points ∼83% +16%
Dell Precision 3530
Quadro P600, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
5295 Points ∼81% +13%
Average of class Workstation
  (3311 - 5655, n=56)
4748 Points ∼73% +2%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
4666 Points ∼72%
Average Intel Xeon E-2176M, NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
4666 Points ∼72% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
4575 Points ∼70% -2%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
4390 Points ∼67% -6%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
4291 Points ∼66% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4256 Points ∼65% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Quadro P500, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4196 Points ∼64% -10%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
6301 Points ∼66% +18%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
5663 Points ∼59% +6%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
5351 Points ∼56%
Average Intel Xeon E-2176M, NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
5351 Points ∼56% 0%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5328 Points ∼56% 0%
Dell Precision 3530
Quadro P600, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
5126 Points ∼54% -4%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5086 Points ∼53% -5%
Average of class Workstation
  (2399 - 8015, n=45)
5068 Points ∼53% -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
3836 Points ∼40% -28%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
4375 Points ∼72% +14%
Dell Precision 3530
Quadro P600, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
4233 Points ∼69% +10%
Average of class Workstation
  (2320 - 5505, n=56)
3921 Points ∼64% +2%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
3831 Points ∼63%
Average Intel Xeon E-2176M, NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
3831 Points ∼63% 0%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
3739 Points ∼61% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
3735 Points ∼61% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3641 Points ∼60% -5%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
3504 Points ∼58% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Quadro P500, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
3178 Points ∼52% -17%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3831 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5351 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4666 points
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Storage Devices

The SK Hynix PCIe SSD is quick but falls short of Samsung's NVMe drives. Still, most users will find little complaint with the included SSD. In typical Dell fashion, there are several storage options available to the end user, up to a 2 TB M.2 NVMe SSD and a 2 TB 2.5" SATA drive. However, the 2.5" drives are only available in models with a smaller 56 Wh battery. Our model, which has a 97 Wh battery, can only accept one M.2 SSD. The drive is replaceable by end users.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 5.2.1
CrystalDiskMark 5.2.1
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
SK hynix PC400 512 GB
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
Dell Precision 3530
SK hynix PC400 512 GB
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Apple SSD AP0512
Average SK hynix PC400 512 GB
 
AS SSD
38%
25%
0%
48%
29%
-17%
-48%
0%
Copy Game MB/s
921.16
1049.94
982.38
1140.2
1050
Copy Program MB/s
372.79
346.12
325.44
425.61
346
Copy ISO MB/s
1659.32
1700.81
1486.12
1606.93
1701
Score Total
2922
3681
26%
4038
38%
3013
3%
4303
47%
3424
17%
1979
-32%
2119
-27%
2968 (2922 - 3013, n=2)
2%
Score Write
1121
1379
23%
1468
31%
1138
2%
1472
31%
917
-18%
557
-50%
347
-69%
1130 (1121 - 1138, n=2)
1%
Score Read
1226
1554
27%
1703
39%
1288
5%
1902
55%
1690
38%
962
-22%
1199
-2%
1257 (1226 - 1288, n=2)
3%
Access Time Write *
0.053
0.023
57%
0.04
25%
0.053
-0%
0.023
57%
0.025
53%
0.033
38%
0.053 (0.053 - 0.053, n=2)
-0%
Access Time Read *
0.073
0.038
48%
0.04
45%
0.099
-36%
0.034
53%
0.032
56%
0.128
-75%
0.225
-208%
0.086 (0.073 - 0.099, n=2)
-18%
4K-64 Write
926.09
1054.63
14%
1245.29
34%
908.29
-2%
1136.39
23%
623.19
-33%
314
-66%
163.46
-82%
917 (908 - 926, n=2)
-1%
4K-64 Read
970.47
1222.65
26%
1523.57
57%
993.95
2%
1578.04
63%
1372.12
41%
710
-27%
965.14
-1%
982 (970 - 994, n=2)
1%
4K Write
92.85
155.28
67%
100.47
8%
102.77
11%
158.04
70%
143.09
54%
114.6
23%
18.78
-80%
97.8 (92.9 - 103, n=2)
5%
4K Read
38.43
51.45
34%
44.33
15%
25.98
-32%
51.66
34%
55.57
45%
40.2
5%
9.46
-75%
32.2 (26 - 38.4, n=2)
-16%
Seq Write
1022.39
1694.02
66%
1219.9
19%
1272.09
24%
1776.51
74%
1506.12
47%
1287.2
26%
1643.8
61%
1147 (1022 - 1272, n=2)
12%
Seq Read
2169.24
2799.35
29%
1351.25
-38%
2682.46
24%
2718.57
25%
2623.53
21%
2132.5
-2%
2239.35
3%
2426 (2169 - 2682, n=2)
12%

* ... smaller is better

SK hynix PC400 512 GB
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2948 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1385 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 327.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 449.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1667 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1312 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 41.21 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 97.75 MB/s

GPU Performance

The Nvidia Quadro P2000 is the latest GPU in Nvidia's Quadro line. Designed to replace the Quadro M2200, the P2000 features 1024 CUDA cores and 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM on a 128-bit bus. It sits comfortably between the older M2200 and the Quadro P3000. The closest consumer equivalent is the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Of course, the Quadro P2000 has the added benefit of certified drivers tuned for professional applications.

The Precision 5530 is the P2000's Notebookcheck debut, and it comes out swinging. Compared to the Quadro M2200 it's replacing, the Quadro P2000 scores 15-20% better in 3DMark's Fire Strike. More importantly, the Precision 5530 is about 60% better than the Precision 5520 in Fire Strike. Like the CPU, the GPU is a major improvement over the older machine. The story is similar in Specviewperf 12, which tests the GPU in more professional applications. Graphically, the Precision 5530 is significantly more powerful than the 5520.

For more information about the Nvidia Quadro P2000, please see our dedicated GPU page here.

Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark 11
3DMark 11
SPECviewperf 12
1900x1060 Solidworks (sw-03)
Eurocom Tornado F5W
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5
166.24 fps ∼100% +60%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
NVIDIA Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ
119.9 fps ∼72% +16%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6
117.07 fps ∼70% +13%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
104 fps ∼63% 0%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, E-2176M
103.79 fps ∼62%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, 7700HQ
102.91 fps ∼62% -1%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6
99.53 fps ∼60% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52 20MAS03N00
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, 8750H
86.62 fps ∼52% -17%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6
78.37 fps ∼47% -24%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6
69.01 fps ∼42% -34%
Dell Precision 3530
NVIDIA Quadro P600, E-2176M
68.98 fps ∼41% -34%
Average of class Workstation
  (15.6 - 166, n=64)
67.8 fps ∼41% -35%
HP ZBook x2 G4-2ZC12EA
NVIDIA Quadro M620, 8650U
62.5 fps ∼38% -40%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
NVIDIA Quadro P500, 8650U
15.63 fps ∼9% -85%
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01)
Eurocom Tornado F5W
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5
71.53 fps ∼96% +213%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
NVIDIA Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ
41.8 fps ∼56% +83%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6
39.4 fps ∼53% +73%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, 7700HQ
29.82 fps ∼40% +31%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6
24.64 fps ∼33% +8%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, E-2176M
22.84 fps ∼31%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
22.8 fps ∼31% 0%
Average of class Workstation
  (0.99 - 71.5, n=63)
18.3 fps ∼25% -20%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6
17.77 fps ∼24% -22%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6
17.49 fps ∼23% -23%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52 20MAS03N00
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, 8750H
15.41 fps ∼21% -33%
Dell Precision 3530
NVIDIA Quadro P600, E-2176M
12.78 fps ∼17% -44%
HP ZBook x2 G4-2ZC12EA
NVIDIA Quadro M620, 8650U
11.6 fps ∼16% -49%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04)
Eurocom Tornado F5W
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5
102.08 fps ∼52% +72%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6
77.88 fps ∼40% +32%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
NVIDIA Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ
73 fps ∼38% +23%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, 7700HQ
67.65 fps ∼35% +14%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, E-2176M
59.21 fps ∼30%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
59.2 fps ∼30% 0%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6
48.34 fps ∼25% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52 20MAS03N00
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, 8750H
42.26 fps ∼22% -29%
Average of class Workstation
  (5.4 - 102, n=64)
38.8 fps ∼20% -34%
Dell Precision 3530
NVIDIA Quadro P600, E-2176M
37.66 fps ∼19% -36%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6
37.29 fps ∼19% -37%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6
32.07 fps ∼16% -46%
HP ZBook x2 G4-2ZC12EA
NVIDIA Quadro M620, 8650U
25.1 fps ∼13% -58%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
NVIDIA Quadro P500, 8650U
6.73 fps ∼3% -89%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Eurocom Tornado F5W
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5
14990 Points ∼37% +122%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
NVIDIA Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ
12312 Points ∼30% +83%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6
12259 Points ∼30% +82%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, 7700HQ
9489 Points ∼23% +41%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, E-2176M
6741 Points ∼17%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
6741 Points ∼17% 0%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6
5786 Points ∼14% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52 20MAS03N00
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, 8750H
4843 Points ∼12% -28%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6
4165 Points ∼10% -38%
Dell Precision 3530
NVIDIA Quadro P600, E-2176M
4127 Points ∼10% -39%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6
4118 Points ∼10% -39%
Average of class Workstation
  (752 - 14990, n=79)
4105 Points ∼10% -39%
HP ZBook x2 G4-2ZC12EA
NVIDIA Quadro M620, 8650U
2867 Points ∼7% -57%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
NVIDIA Quadro P500, 8650U
2239 Points ∼6% -67%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Eurocom Tornado F5W
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5
102368 Points ∼55% +140%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
NVIDIA Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ
74933 Points ∼41% +76%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, 7700HQ
65089 Points ∼35% +53%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6
53834 Points ∼29% +26%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, E-2176M
42598 Points ∼23%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
42598 Points ∼23% 0%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
NVIDIA Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6
37796 Points ∼20% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52 20MAS03N00
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, 8750H
31396 Points ∼17% -26%
Dell Precision 3530
NVIDIA Quadro P600, E-2176M
29178 Points ∼16% -32%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6
28254 Points ∼15% -34%
Average of class Workstation
  (5836 - 102368, n=79)
26917 Points ∼15% -37%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6
26860 Points ∼15% -37%
HP ZBook x2 G4-2ZC12EA
NVIDIA Quadro M620, 8650U
20980 Points ∼11% -51%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
NVIDIA Quadro P500, 8650U
12868 Points ∼7% -70%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Eurocom Tornado F5W
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5
310648 Points ∼43% +312%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, 7700HQ
121766 Points ∼17% +61%
Average of class Workstation
  (20741 - 310648, n=15)
119978 Points ∼16% +59%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, E-2176M
75457 Points ∼10%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
75457 Points ∼10% 0%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6
42129 Points ∼6% -44%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Eurocom Tornado F5W
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5
10428 Points ∼59% +29%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
NVIDIA Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ
9296 Points ∼53% +15%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, 7700HQ
9063 Points ∼52% +12%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, E-2176M
8059 Points ∼46%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
8059 Points ∼46% 0%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6
7662 Points ∼44% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52 20MAS03N00
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, 8750H
6375 Points ∼36% -21%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6
5312 Points ∼30% -34%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6
5166 Points ∼29% -36%
Dell Precision 3530
NVIDIA Quadro P600, E-2176M
4936 Points ∼28% -39%
Average of class Workstation
  (830 - 10778, n=87)
4263 Points ∼24% -47%
HP ZBook x2 G4-2ZC12EA
NVIDIA Quadro M620, 8650U
3985 Points ∼23% -51%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Eurocom Tornado F5W
NVIDIA Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5
20623 Points ∼40% +151%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
NVIDIA Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ
15837 Points ∼31% +93%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
NVIDIA Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6
15433 Points ∼30% +88%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
NVIDIA Quadro P3000, 7700HQ
12105 Points ∼24% +48%
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
NVIDIA Quadro P2000, E-2176M
8201 Points ∼16%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
8201 Points ∼16% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52 20MAS03N00
NVIDIA Quadro P1000, 8750H
6115 Points ∼12% -25%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6
5515 Points ∼11% -33%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
NVIDIA Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6
5105 Points ∼10% -38%
Average of class Workstation
  (841 - 20623, n=87)
5038 Points ∼10% -39%
Dell Precision 3530
NVIDIA Quadro P600, E-2176M
4702 Points ∼9% -43%
HP ZBook x2 G4-2ZC12EA
NVIDIA Quadro M620, 8650U
3805 Points ∼7% -54%
3DMark 06 Standard
33795 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
32964 points
3DMark 11 Performance
8660 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
53148 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
25038 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
6116 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
3093 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
2259 points
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Gaming Performance

While the Precision 5530 is not designed for gaming, its powerful components can handle most modern titles at Full HD and Medium settings. Gaming performance is about on par with the Quadro M2200 and just behind the GTX 1050 Ti. Unfortunately, gaming at the display's native resolution of 3840x2160 is out of reach. Some competitive and casual titles (e.g., Rocket League) can hit playable framerates at 4K as long as settings are dialed back.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off) (sort by value)
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
33 fps ∼18%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
29 fps ∼16% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Quadro P500, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
13 fps ∼7% -61%
Dell Precision 3530
Quadro P600, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
25 fps ∼14% -24%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
30.3 fps ∼16% -8%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
79 fps ∼43% +139%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
34 (min: 29, max: 38) fps ∼18% +3%
MSI GS73 Stealth 8RF-011
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
91.6 fps ∼50% +178%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
33 fps ∼18% 0%
Average of class Workstation
  (8.7 - 97.5, n=40)
30.3 fps ∼16% -8%
Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
32 fps ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Quadro P500, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
11 fps ∼7% -66%
Dell Precision 3530
Quadro P600, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
20 fps ∼12% -37%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
33 fps ∼20% +3%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
65 fps ∼40% +103%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
24.3 (min: 21, max: 27) fps ∼15% -24%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
32 fps ∼20% 0%
Average of class Workstation
  (7.9 - 90, n=26)
36.4 fps ∼23% +14%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
38 fps ∼21%
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Quadro P500, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
12 fps ∼7% -68%
Dell Precision 3530
Quadro P600, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
23 fps ∼13% -39%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
37.4 fps ∼21% -2%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
77 fps ∼43% +103%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
30.5 (min: 28, max: 33) fps ∼17% -20%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
38 fps ∼21% 0%
Average of class Workstation
  (8 - 97.9, n=28)
32.6 fps ∼18% -14%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1920x1080 High Quality (sort by value)
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
26 fps ∼28%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
14.3 (min: 6, max: 20) fps ∼16% -45%
MSI GS73 Stealth 8RF-011
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
47.8 fps ∼52% +84%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
26 fps ∼28% 0%
Average of class Workstation
 
26 fps ∼28% 0%
1920x1080 Standard Quality (sort by value)
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
35 fps ∼27%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
23.6 (min: 18, max: 30) fps ∼18% -33%
Average NVIDIA Quadro P2000
 
35 fps ∼27% 0%
Average of class Workstation
  (4 - 35, n=2)
19.5 fps ∼15% -44%
low med. high ultra4K
BioShock Infinite (2013) 31721318468fps
Thief (2014) 133998547fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 10371332613fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 10995523617fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 6060606025fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 9888513813fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 8262383215fps
Hitman 2016 (2016) 8878373616fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 70413616fps
Doom (2016) 112101605417fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 8763341711fps
Civilization VI (2016) 11689514630fps
Farming Simulator 17 (2016) 35028816211462fps
Resident Evil 7 (2017) 244119602517fps
Prey (2017) 12589786220fps
Rocket League (2017) 24916411039fps
Dirt 4 (2017) 201105594019fps
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017) 1015341297fps
F1 2017 (2017) 16989633811fps
Ark Survival Evolved (2017) 853019123fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (2017) 1156141289fps
The Evil Within 2 (2017) 593229283fps
Fortnite (2018) 201144604510fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 59352610fps
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018) 1044233267fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 894741359fps
F1 2018 (2018) 13977613212fps

Stress Test

Stress management was a sore point with the Precision 5520. Not only did the CPU heavily throttle under load, its performance was erratic and inconsistent. While the Precision 5530 does throttle under heavy work, the problem isn't nearly as prevalent as it is in the Precision 5520. For example, after running Prime95 for an hour, the Precision 5530 manages to stay above its base clock at 2.9 GHz, though CPU temperatures get warm at about 92° C. An hour-long playthrough of The Witcher 3, which gives a better idea of real-world use, sees the CPU shine. The Xeon silicon boosts intermittently to 4.2 GHz and averages about 3.8 GHz. Temperatures spike just shy of 100° C before pulling back to the 70-80° C range.

The GPU is rock solid throughout. No matter the load (FurMark, The Witcher 3), the GPU settles in quickly and doesn't move much during stress tests. Temperatures across the GPU die are well-managed and steady.

Running Prime95 and FurMark together produces a curious result. The CPU follows a tidal pattern. After hitting 2.5 GHz, temperatures (which hit 99° C) force the CPU to throttle back down to 800 MHz. The chip then steadily climbs up to 2.5 GHz before dropping again. This pattern is reflected in the CPU's power usage, which confirms throttling. It is interesting to see the 5530 continually fight for better performance until it is forced to retreat, beginning the climb once again.

Prime95
Prime95
FurMark
FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark
The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
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The Witcher 3 high
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 2.9 - 92 -
FurMark Stress 2.5 (erratic) 1113 60 62
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 0.8-2.5 (oscillating) 1400 72-99 (oscillating) 73
Witcher 3 Stress 3.8 1518 75 71

Emissions

System Noise

Since it uses the same cooling system, the Precision 5530's fan noise is almost verbatim of the 5520's. That said, the 5530's fans will either be off or will run full blast. When idle, the 5530 is completely silent, save for a slight bit of coil whine that can only be heard directly above the keyboard. However, under a moderate amount of load, the fans will ramp up aggressively to about 46.5 dB(A). While thicker machines (like the ThinkPad P51) have much quieter fan noise, the 5530 is in line with other thin workstations.

Precision 5530 fan noise
Precision 5530 fan noise
Precision 5520 fan noise
Precision 5520 fan noise

Noise Level

Idle
28.4 / 28.4 / 28.4 dB(A)
Load
46.5 / 46.5 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.4 dB(A)
Dell Precision 5530 Xeon E-2176M
Quadro P2000, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
Lenovo ThinkPad P52S-20LB001FUS
Quadro P500, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
Dell Precision 3530
Quadro P600, E-2176M, SK hynix PC400 512 GB
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
Noise
-2%
5%
-1%
5%
6%
-2%
-0%
off / environment *
28.4
28.7
-1%
28.3
-0%
28.1
1%
29.5
-4%
29.6
-4%
28
1%
29.6
-4%
Idle Minimum *
28.4
28.7
-1%
28.3
-0%
28.3
-0%
29.5
-4%
29.6
-4%
33.2
-17%
30.1
-6%
Idle Average *
28.4
32.1
-13%
28.3
-0%
28.3
-0%
29.5
-4%
29.6
-4%
33.2
-17%
30.1
-6%
Idle Maximum *
28.4
32.1
-13%
29.8
-5%
28.4
-0%
30
-6%
29.6
-4%
33.2
-17%
30.1
-6%
Load Average *
46.5
41.3
11%
40.6
13%
46.2
1%
39.5
15%
32.2
31%
41.4
11%
46.8
-1%
Witcher 3 ultra *
46.5
45.5
2%
40.6
13%
39.5
15%
38.4
17%
36
23%
Load Maximum *
46.5
45.5
2%
40.6
13%
48.6
-5%
36
23%
36.6
21%
43.5
6%
46.8
-1%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Exhaust stream
Exhaust stream

Despite the high internal temperatures seen under stress, heat across the case is fairly well-managed. The Precision 5530 unsurprisingly has hot spots in the same places as the Precision 5520, notably in the top middle of the keyboard (between the 6 and 7 keys). This is the only hot spot on the keyboard, though; the rest of the deck gets moderately warm but never uncomfortable. Heat is exhausted underneath the screen hinge and tends to flow directly above and directly below the bottom of the display. As such, laps will feel toasty after about 10 minutes of heavy use, but the heat is not unbearable.

Max. Load
 38.2 °C
101 F
50 °C
122 F
33 °C
91 F
 
 37.4 °C
99 F
37.8 °C
100 F
31 °C
88 F
 
 29.2 °C
85 F
29.4 °C
85 F
27.8 °C
82 F
 
Maximum: 50 °C = 122 F
Average: 34.9 °C = 95 F
36.2 °C
97 F
46.2 °C
115 F
37.2 °C
99 F
34.2 °C
94 F
38.2 °C
101 F
37.4 °C
99 F
32.4 °C
90 F
34.8 °C
95 F
35 °C
95 F
Maximum: 46.2 °C = 115 F
Average: 36.8 °C = 98 F
Power Supply (max.)  51 °C = 124 F | Room Temperature 23 °C = 73 F | Fluke 62 Mini
Keyboard, idle
Keyboard, idle
Bottom, idle
Bottom, idle
Keyboard, load
Keyboard, load
Bottom, load
Bottom, load
Keyboard, The Witcher 3
Keyboard, The Witcher 3
Bottom, The Witcher 3
Bottom, The Witcher 3

Speakers

Speaker profile
Speaker profile

The speakers are surprisingly good considering the small chassis. Bass is weak, but the sound profile is otherwise excellent. Mids and highs are well balanced, and the speakers remain crisp and clear at any volume. While not quite up to the level of Apple's MacBook Pro, the speakers are close and should be adequate for an enjoyable media experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.736.62536.436.53136.735.54033.132.35033.534.96335.335.48032.433.710028.836.912528.538.516027.844.320027.346.125026.451.131527.154.940026.1