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Dell Precision 5550 vs. Precision 5560: What's the difference?

Dell Precision 5550 vs. Precision 5560: What's the difference?
Dell Precision 5550 vs. Precision 5560: What's the difference?
If the Precision 5560 looks familiar, then that's because it is essentially the same mobile workstation as the Precision 5550. It's the GPU and PCIe4 storage options available that set the two apart.
Allen Ngo, 🇩🇪

The jump from the Precision 5540 to the Precision 5550 was significant because the latter would adopt the new XPS 15 9500 design over the older XPS 15 9570. Moving up from the Precision 5550 to the Precision 5560 is relatively more minor from a visual perspective, but the internal updates shouldn't be ignored.

The Precision 5560 utilizes newer Nvidia Ampere Quadro GPUs to succeed last year's Turing GPUs for a raw graphics boost of 40 to 50 percent to be the single biggest update from the Precision 5550. Power envelope is just slightly higher in comparison for overall higher performance-per-watt.

Storage has also been upgraded to support PCIe4 NVMe SSDs instead of only PCIe3. Transfer rates can now reach over 7000 MB/s instead of just 3400 MB/s as shown by our loop test results below.

Power consumption appears to be higher on the Precision 5560 when running lower loads like web browsing. Consequently, battery life is shorter by two to three hours on the newer model when compared to the older one based on our real-world WLAN tests at 150 nit brightness. 

The fan noise ceiling may have been lowered on the Precision 5560 when compared to the 5550 in our experience (50 dB(A) vs. 40 dB(A)). The newer model can therefore be quieter when running extreme loads like Prime95 albeit at the cost of higher core temperatures by up to 15 C from our observations.

Other than the GPU and SSD upgrades, however, everything else remains the same. Very few people will likely benefit from the more marginal boosts to CPU power and Thunderbolt 4 support over Thunderbolt 3. It's too bad that Dell didn't upgrade the substandard 720p webcam to 1080p or integrate a privacy shutter.

See our full review on the Precision 5560 for more comparisons.

SPECviewperf 13
3ds Max (3dsmax-06)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
135.1 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
88.9 fps ∼66% -34%
Catia (catia-05)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
186.1 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
143.9 fps ∼77% -23%
Creo (creo-02)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
161.4 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
116.8 fps ∼72% -28%
Energy (energy-02)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
29.09 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
15.66 fps ∼54% -46%
Maya (maya-05)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
162 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
110.2 fps ∼68% -32%
Medical (medical-02)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
66.6 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
48.02 fps ∼72% -28%
Showcase (showcase-02)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
63 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
42.39 fps ∼67% -33%
Siemens NX (snx-03)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
176.3 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
139.4 fps ∼79% -21%
Solidworks (sw-04)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
140.8 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
103.9 fps ∼74% -26%
SPECviewperf 12
1900x1060 Catia (catia-04)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
122.2 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
92 fps ∼75% -25%
1900x1060 Creo (creo-01)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
106.8 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
89.6 fps ∼84% -16%
1900x1060 Energy (energy-01)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
9.33 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
6.31 fps ∼68% -32%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
89.7 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
50.4 fps ∼56% -44%
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
40.04 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
28.57 fps ∼71% -29%
1900x1060 Showcase (showcase-01)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
63.3 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
42.75 fps ∼68% -32%
1900x1060 Siemens NX (snx-02)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
97.9 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
74.5 fps ∼76% -24%
1900x1060 Solidworks (sw-03)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
141.6 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
94 fps ∼66% -34%
SPECviewperf 2020
3840x2160 3ds Max (3dsmax-07)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
30.46 fps ∼100%
3840x2160 CATIA (catia-06)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
22.34 fps ∼100%
3840x2160 Creo (creo-03)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
49.77 fps ∼100%
3840x2160 Energy (energy-03)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
9.4 fps ∼100%
3840x2160 Maya (maya-06)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
79.3 fps ∼100%
3840x2160 Medical (medical-03)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
10.84 fps ∼100%
3840x2160 Siemens NX (snx-04)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
99.9 fps ∼100%
3840x2160 Solidworks (solidworks-05)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
31.2 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 3ds Max (3dsmax-07)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
59.6 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 CATIA (catia-06)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
53.5 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 Creo (creo-03)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
91.5 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 Energy (energy-03)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
29.44 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 Maya (maya-06)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
196.6 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 Medical (medical-03)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
33.98 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 Siemens NX (snx-04)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
175.1 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 Solidworks (solidworks-05)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
114.3 fps ∼100%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
11970 Points ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
8416 Points ∼70% -30%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
4616 Points ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
3122 Points ∼68% -32%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
4746 Points ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
3348 Points ∼71% -29%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
16236 Points ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
11454 Points ∼71% -29%
1280x720 Performance Combined
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
NVIDIA Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H
11416 Points ∼100% +5%
Dell Precision 5000 5560
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H
10821 Points ∼95%
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R23: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
Intel Core i7-11850H
3826 Points ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
3429 Points ∼90% -10%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
Intel Core i7-11850H
583 Points ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
492 Points ∼84% -16%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Multi Core)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
Intel Core i7-11850H
9779 (9273.99min - 9779.26max) Points ∼100%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Single Core)
Dell Precision 5000 5560
Intel Core i7-11850H
1513 Points ∼100%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Precision 5000 5560
Intel Core i7-11850H
1547 (1468.05min - 1546.97max) Points ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
1519 (1188.78min - 1518.72max) Points ∼98% -2%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Precision 5000 5560
Intel Core i7-11850H
232 Points ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
203 Points ∼88% -12%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
351 Seconds * ∼100% -12%
Dell Precision 5000 5560
Intel Core i7-11850H
313 Seconds * ∼89%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Dell Precision 5000 5560
Intel Core i7-11850H
5727 MIPS ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
5379 MIPS ∼94% -6%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Dell Precision 5000 5560
Intel Core i7-11850H
44890 MIPS ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
39599 MIPS ∼88% -12%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Dell Precision 5000 5560
Intel Core i7-11850H
12.6 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
10.4 fps ∼83% -17%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Dell Precision 5000 5560
Intel Core i7-11850H
48 s * ∼100%
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
43 s * ∼90% +10%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.589 sec * ∼100% -8%
Dell Precision 5000 5560
Intel Core i7-11850H
0.543 sec * ∼92%

* ... smaller is better

Dell Precision 5000 5560
i7-11850H, RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB, IPS, 3840x2400, 15.60
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
i7-10875H, Quadro T2000 Max-Q, SK Hynix PC601A NVMe 1TB, IPS, 3840x2400, 15.60
Power Consumption
7%
Idle Minimum *
6.2
5.6
10%
Idle Average *
13.9
11.2
19%
Idle Maximum *
23.8
18.4
23%
Load Average *
95.7
114
-19%
Witcher 3 ultra *
87
76.7
12%
Load Maximum *
132.6
134.2
-1%

* ... smaller is better

Dell Precision 5000 5560
RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC601A NVMe 1TB
Noise
-17%
off / environment *
23.4
26.2
-12%
Idle Minimum *
23.6
26.2
-11%
Idle Average *
23.6
26.2
-11%
Idle Maximum *
23.6
26.2
-11%
Load Average *
25.8
39.2
-52%
Witcher 3 ultra *
40.1
39
3%
Load Maximum *
41.4
50.6
-22%

* ... smaller is better

Dell Precision 5000 5560
i7-11850H, RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, 86 Wh
Dell Precision 5550 P91F
i7-10875H, Quadro T2000 Max-Q, 86 Wh
Battery Runtime
35%
Reader / Idle
722
1354
88%
WiFi v1.3
380
540
42%
Load
110
82
-25%

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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