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Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i5 vs. Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7: What's the Difference?

Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i5 vs. Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7: What's the Difference? (Image source: Dell)
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i5 vs. Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7: What's the Difference? (Image source: Dell)
Everyone likes to compare the XPS 13 to the Razer Blade Stealth, MacBook Pro 13, HP Spectre 13, or the Asus ZenBook S13, but how does the latest Dell Ultrabook compare to itself?
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We recently reviewed two separate XPS 13 9300 SKUs: one equipped with the Core i5-1035G1 CPU and just 8 GB of RAM while the other came with the Core i7-1065G7 CPU and 16 GB of RAM. Dell charges an additional $400 to $500 for doubling the RAM, doubling the storage, and jumping from the Core i5 to the Core i7. If you're on a tight budget, our benchmarks below comparing the two SKUs should help decide if it's worth investing hundreds more on the pricier Core i7 version.

In short, users who know they can exploit the GPU advantages of the Core i7 should consider the Core i7 over the Core i5. Otherwise, the Core i5 version will offer similar runtimes, similar temperatures, similar power consumption rates, and the same excellent 1200p display. The biggest differentiator between the Core i5 and Core i7 lies in their graphics and not their processor performance; the Core i7 is about 70 percent faster in graphics while being only about 20 percent faster in multi-thread CPU performance.

If you occasionally edit photos or videos or play League of Legends, then the Core i7 and its integrated Iris Plus G7 will be of immediate benefit. If you mostly email, browse, and video stream, then save yourself a few hundred dollars by going with the Core i5. Our favorite aspect of the new XPS 13 9300 by far is its larger 16:10 13.4-inch display as it helps distinguish the Dell laptop from most other competing Ultrabooks available in the market.

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Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7 Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø636 (559.86-812.55)
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G; CPU Multi 64Bit; Ultra-Performance: Ø526 (443.49-666.89)
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G; CPU Multi 64Bit; Optimized: Ø528 (367.46-659.7)
Cinebench R20
CPU (Multi Core)
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1883 Points ∼18%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1533 Points ∼15%
CPU (Single Core)
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
458 Points ∼71%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
425 Points ∼66%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
180 Points ∼66%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
166 Points ∼61%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
750 Points ∼17%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
667 Points ∼15%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1
659 Points ∼15%
PCMark 10
Score
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
4154 Points ∼47%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4122 Points ∼47%
Essentials
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
8763 Points ∼76%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
8568 Points ∼74%
Productivity
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
6766 Points ∼61%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
5759 Points ∼52%
Digital Content Creation
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
3856 Points ∼25%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
3281 Points ∼21%
PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
3988 Points ∼64%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
3825 Points ∼61%
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
5039 Points ∼71%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4832 Points ∼68%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
17803 Points ∼9%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
12698 Points ∼6%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
2950 Points ∼6%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
1755 Points ∼3%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
824 Points ∼4%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
472 Points ∼2%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
67829 Points ∼6%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
60637 Points ∼5%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
144881 Points ∼22%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
114658 Points ∼18%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4508 Points ∼8%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
2578 Points ∼4%
1280x720 Performance Combined
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4086 Points ∼17%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
2552 Points ∼11%
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The Witcher 3
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
50.7 (17min - 59max) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
35 fps ∼69%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
33.5 (29min - 39max) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
21.6 fps ∼64%
BioShock Infinite
1280x720 Very Low Preset
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
104.2 (27.8min - 269.3max) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
74.3 fps ∼71%
1366x768 Medium Preset
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
66.8 (27.4min - 211max) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
46.8 fps ∼70%
1366x768 High Preset
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
56.7 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
40.4 fps ∼71%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
21.1 (14.5min - 45.3max) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
14.4 fps ∼68%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Sharp LQ134N1, IPS, 13.40, 1920x1200
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
SHP14CB, IPS, 13.40, 1920x1200
Display
Display P3 Coverage
66.3
71.49
sRGB Coverage
97.26
99.39
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
68.47
73.51
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
50 (22, 28)
60 (28.4, 31.6)
Response Time Black / White *
33.2 (16, 17.2)
33.2 (16.4, 16.8)
PWM Frequency
2500 (25)
2500 (20)
Screen
Brightness middle
607.6
619
Brightness
595
591
Brightness Distribution
96
91
Black Level *
0.4
0.35
Contrast
1519
1769
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.23
3
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.67
8.2
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.01
1
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.5
5.2
Gamma
2.12 104%
2.14 103%
CCT
6413 101%
6340 103%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
63
66.9
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97.5
99.3
Total Average (Program / Settings)

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Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
AS SSD
Seq Read
1956.28
2328
Seq Write
1227
1137
4K Read
62.96
48.07
4K Write
156.61
120.63
4K-64 Read
475.64
899.28
4K-64 Write
539.02
1220.39
Access Time Read *
0.042
0.085
Access Time Write *
0.105
0.033
Score Read
734
1180
Score Write
818
1455
Score Total
1915
3189
Copy ISO MB/s
1021.51
Copy Program MB/s
302.84
Copy Game MB/s
491.4
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
Write 4K
186.8
121.88
Read 4K
71.45
50.01
Write Seq
1203
1497.33
Read Seq
2600
2110.65
Write 4K Q32T1
514.1
365.85
Read 4K Q32T1
570.4
384.57
Write Seq Q32T1
785.7
2748.2
Read Seq Q32T1
2947
3119.1
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
Noise
off / environment *
28.3
29.3
Idle Minimum *
28.3
29.3
Idle Average *
28.3
29.3
Idle Maximum *
28.3
29.3
Load Average *
32.5
30
Witcher 3 ultra *
39.3
Load Maximum *
39.3
32.4

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Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel SSDPEMKF512G8 NVMe SSD, IPS, 1920x1200, 13.40
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G, IPS, 1920x1200, 13.40
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
4.2
3.4
Idle Average *
6.9
6
Idle Maximum *
7.5
10.2
Load Average *
33.3
36.6
Witcher 3 ultra *
37.1
Load Maximum *
48.4
49.3

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Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 52 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 52 Wh
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
WiFi v1.3
763
703
Load
205
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