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Dell XPS 13 9315 laptop in review: Low performance, incredible battery life

Risking more minimalism. P processors for the XPS Plus, U processors for the normal XPS. Dell's fragmentation shows: You can forget about the normal version with a U-class processor, if you are after fast performance in a 13-inch device. Instead, it is meant for entertainment and simple office tasks with its good runtimes, low emissions, and high-contrast FHD display.
XPS 13 9315 low-end variant with a bright FHD+ InfinityEdge display & an energy-efficient Core i5-1230U
XPS 13 9315 low-end variant with a bright FHD+ InfinityEdge display & an energy-efficient Core i5-1230U

The latest version of Dell's popular 13-inch laptop not only launches with a "Plus" sister model, but also an updated chassis with even fewer ports. Since minimalism is fashionable, Intel's Alder Lake-U CPUs being the only options fit the overall concept of the "basic" XPS 13. While this CPU lineup offers significantly lower peak and continuous performance, it is very energy-efficient thanks to the large number of E cores. As a result, our test device manages to scratch the 15-hour mark in our Wi-Fi test at a reduced brightness.

Today, we are taking a look at the base model of the XPS 13 9315. With an i5-1230U, only 8 GB of RAM, and a 256-GB SSD, it is unlikely to break any records. Since all (!) components including the Wi-Fi module are soldered, upgrading the system later on is not possible.

We are comparing the XPS 13 9315 with the Plus model 9320 (P processor, 4K) and models from Dell's competitors. The following table shows the models that come close to the XPS 13 and those that received an even better rating.

More XPS laptops from Dell reviewed by Notebookcheck:

XPS 13 Plus 9320 i7-1260P (4K, Alder Lake 2022)
XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240P (FHD, to be published shortly)
XPS 13 9310 Core i7 (FHD, Tiger Lake 2021)

Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Processor
Intel Core i5-1230U 10 x 0.7 - 4.4 GHz, 29 W PL2 / Short Burst, 14 W PL1 / Sustained, Alder Lake-U
Memory
8 GB 
, GB LPDDR5, 5.200 MHz, onboard, Dual-Channel
Display
13.40 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel, Sharp SHP1548 LQ134N1, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Alder Lake-P PCH
Storage
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered, 256 GB 
, 123 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Alder Lake-P PCH - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
2 USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps, 2 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 2 DisplayPort
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14 x 295.4 x 199.4 ( = 0.55 x 11.63 x 7.85 in)
Battery
51 Wh, 50393 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Home
Additional features
Speakers: Tweeter + woofer, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12-month McAfee LiveSafe, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.161 kg ( = 40.95 oz / 2.56 pounds), Power Supply: 245 g ( = 8.64 oz / 0.54 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88.2 %
08/2022
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.2 kg14 mm13.40"1920x1200
91.1 %
12/2020
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1, M1 7-Core GPU
1.3 kg16.1 mm13.30"2560x1600
90.1 %
07/2022
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
R7 6800U, Radeon 680M
1.1 kg14.9 mm13.30"2880x1800
89.8 %
02/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
i7-1160G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
946 g16 mm13.00"2160x1350
88.8 %
02/2022
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
i5-11300H, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.3 kg16.5 mm13.40"2520x1680
86.9 %
07/2022
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
i7-1260P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.2 kg15.3 mm13.40"3840x2400
86.1 %
08/2022
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.2 kg15.3 mm13.40"1920x1200

Case - Robust & Sleek Ultrabook

The flat cable of the display is clearly visible between the hinges.
The flat cable of the display is clearly visible between the hinges.

Despite favoring sharp edges in the past, things are slightly more round this time around. All corners are rounded-off and the bottom plate has a slight curve. Cutting almost all ports - except for the two type-C ports - allows for a minimalistic design language that is very resistant to twisting. The base unit feels sturdy and robust, although there is some creaking when attempting to twist it from the corners. The keyboard area is rigid and does not yield under pressure. The same holds true for the palm rests, which are rock solid.

The hinges are firm and are held in the closed position magnetically. Opening the lid is somewhat difficult, since there is nothing on the edge to help grasp it and it seamlessly transitions into base unit. However, after securing a small gap, opening the laptop with one hand is possible. During this, the heavy base ensures that the device remains on the table.

The hinge can be opened to a maximum angle of around 135 degrees, where it stops abruptly without any teetering. The aluminum lid is resistant to twisting. Applying pressure to its back does not result in any yielding or distortions on the display. The webcam has been moved to the black display bezel making it effectively disappear visually. However, the webcam notch does not protrude into the display area. The screen bezels are very small resulting in a screen-to-body ratio of 89 percent.

The new XPS 13 9315 and the older Dell XPS 13 9310 are the most compact devices in our comparison and can be easily transported in any bag or backpack. It is average in terms of the weight with both the Asus Zenbook S 13 and the ThinkPad X1 Nano being lighter. However, the 9315 weighs 100 grams less than the 9310 from 2021. There is just one tiny difference between the Plus and the non-Plus version of 81 grams or ~0.18 lbs (1161 vs. 1242 grams/~2.56 vs. 2.74 lbs) in favor of the non-Plus. Although the 45-watt AC adapter is as compact as a wallet, the long cables result in a weight of 245 grams (~0.54 lbs). The 65-watt charger of the Plus model has the same small dimensions.

Size Comparison

304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 16.1 mm / 0.634 inch 1.3 kg2.8 lbs297.2 mm / 11.7 inch 218.4 mm / 8.6 inch 16.5 mm / 0.65 inch 1.3 kg2.91 lbs296.7 mm / 11.7 inch 210.5 mm / 8.29 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.1 kg2.41 lbs296 mm / 11.7 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 14.8 mm / 0.583 inch 1.3 kg2.85 lbs295.3 mm / 11.6 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 15.3 mm / 0.602 inch 1.2 kg2.74 lbs295.4 mm / 11.6 inch 199.4 mm / 7.85 inch 14 mm / 0.551 inch 1.2 kg2.56 lbs292.8 mm / 11.5 inch 207.7 mm / 8.18 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 946 g2.09 lbs

Connectivity - Dell Laptop with Just Two Ports

In order to not leave users scratching their heads when trying to connect 3.5mm headphones or a USB type-A mouse, Dell includes two adapters: A tiny type-C-to-type-A converter and a type-C-to-3.5mm dongle for heaphones and headsets. The type-C Thunderbolt ports double as the charging ports via Power Delivery. As per usual, they are also capable of outputting a DisplayPort signal with audio. The card reader of the 2021 XPS is no longer included. The wallet-sized 45-watt AC adapter is used to power the XPS.

Right: USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gb/s, Power Delivery, DisplayPort ALT mode)
Right: USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gb/s, Power Delivery, DisplayPort ALT mode)
Left: USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gb/s, Power Delivery, DisplayPort ALT mode)
Left: USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gb/s, Power Delivery, DisplayPort ALT mode)

Communication

The Wi-Fi module is soldered.
The Wi-Fi module is soldered.

Dell equips the latest XPS 13 with a modern Intel AX211E module for Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. The Wi-Fi performance within our Wi-Fi 6E network is excellent and consistent. In a test with our Asus reference router, we did not encounter any Wi-Fi connectivity issues and data transfer rates were stable. Bluetooth 5.2 is also supported.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
  (1003 - 1501, n=4)
1320 MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1225 (540min - 1382max) MBit/s ∼93%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (180 - 1602, n=79, last 2 years)
1024 MBit/s ∼78%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
975 (786min - 1026max) MBit/s ∼74%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
909 (814min - 1010max) MBit/s ∼69%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple AirPort Extreme M1
552 (257min - 620max) MBit/s ∼42%
iperf3 receive AX12
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1439 (1386min - 1504max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
  (1178 - 1623, n=4)
1409 MBit/s ∼98%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1259 (628min - 1412max) MBit/s ∼87%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1258 (1143min - 1362max) MBit/s ∼87%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (182 - 1690, n=79, last 2 years)
1135 MBit/s ∼79%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple AirPort Extreme M1
672 (614min - 682max) MBit/s ∼47%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1682 (1619min - 1710max) MBit/s ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1647 (1606min - 1669max) MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1424 - 1715, n=11, last 2 years)
1619 MBit/s ∼96% -4%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
  (883 - 1857, n=37)
1497 MBit/s ∼89% -11%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
  (944 - 1851, n=37)
1402 MBit/s ∼100% +12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1130 - 1639, n=11, last 2 years)
1391 MBit/s ∼99% +11%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1253 (1120min - 1451max) MBit/s ∼89%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1215 (1124min - 1389max) MBit/s ∼87% -3%
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Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1253 (1120-1451)
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1682 (1619-1710)
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED MediaTek Wi-Fi 6E MT7922 160MHz Wireless LAN Card; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1553 (1443-1620)
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1661 (1600-1681)
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED MediaTek Wi-Fi 6E MT7922 160MHz Wireless LAN Card; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1492 (1365-1583)
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211; iperf3 transmit AXE11000: Ø1558 (1401-1609)

Webcam

The webcam neither comes with a mechanical nor an electric shutter via the Fn key. The microphone does have its own hotkey. At least, a white LED next to the cam clearly shows when it is recording. The resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels is nothing to write home about - low resolution and significant image noise even during daylight.

Still just a 720p webcam
Still just a 720p webcam
Indoor picture, natural colors
Indoor picture, natural colors
ColorChecker
16.3 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
22.1 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
14.7 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
16 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
23.2 ∆E
18.7 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
12 ∆E
18.7 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
19.3 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U: 13.55 ∆E min: 3.32 - max: 23.23 ∆E

Security

There are two authentication methods on the XPS 13: There is a fingerprint sensor inside the power button and a dual-sensor camera with infrared capabilities. This allows users to select facial recognition from the Windows settings. If desired, the laptop can log out automatically when the current user is away. When returning from lunch, Windows Hello automatically logs back in.

The power button (with no symbols) integrates a fingerprint sensor.
The power button (with no symbols) integrates a fingerprint sensor.

Accessories

The package includes a USB-C-to-USB-A adapter, an audio dongle for 3.5mm devices, and a 45-watt AC adapter with a fixed type-C cable. The type-C cable of the 65-watt AC adapter of the Plus model is modular.

Maintenance

The bottom plate is secured with 6 Torx screws (T5) and easy to remove. The internals look very organized and the maintenance options are limited to cleaning the fan. The Micron SSD is soldered and cannot be swapped! This is in contrast to the XPS 13 Plus, where the M.2-2280 SSD can be swapped, although the RAM and Wi-Fi modules are still fixed.

Remove the Torx screws, lift the bottom plate - simple!
Remove the Torx screws, lift the bottom plate - simple!
Single-fan solution
Single-fan solution
Compact mainboard with onboard components
Compact mainboard with onboard components
Soldered: Wi-Fi module
Soldered: Wi-Fi module
Soldered: Micron SSD 256 GB
Soldered: Micron SSD 256 GB
For comparison: XPS 13 Plus 9320 with M.2-2280 SSD
For comparison: XPS 13 Plus 9320 with M.2-2280 SSD

Warranty

Dell offers a standard 12-month warranty.

Input Devices - Dell Laptop with Nonslip Typing

Keyboard

Compared to the 2021 XPS 13, the keyboard remains unchanged both in terms of the feedback and the layout. It stretches itself across the entire width of the base unit and while the up and down arrow keys are very small, there are haptic markings on them. The secondary layer of the F keys can be used for the usual purposes. It can be switched to permanently via Esc+Fn, which is convenient if you are not using the F1-F12 keys anyway. The keys offer a firm feedback that borders on being too firm. The actuation point is distinct. It may feel somewhat feeble, which partially stems from the shallow travel. The roughened nonslip rubber dome keys make for a fast, precise, and pleasant typing experience. The generous amount of space between the keys is also a plus in this regard. The keys are flat and not as glossy as the keys of other laptop keyboards due to their almost rubberized texture.

Keyboard: Firm feedback, nonslip keys
Keyboard: Firm feedback, nonslip keys

Touchpad

The smooth clickpad produces dull, quiet clicks. Travel is shallow and barely noticeable in the upper third of the touchpad. The slightly recessed pad that supports the usual two-finger gesture controls allows for a fast workflow. Although it is fairly large at 12.7 cm (5 in) diagonally, this is no longer rare nowadays. The clickpad is perfectly centered between the palm rests. There is no Fn key for disabling the mouse replacement. Thankfully, this has become almost unnecessary anyway, since the pad reliably recognizes palms resting on it and prevents accidental inputs.

Clickpad with shallow travel and a diagonal size of almost 13 cm or 5 in
Clickpad with shallow travel and a diagonal size of almost 13 cm or 5 in

Display - Bright Laptop Display for Outdoor Use

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Minimal backlight bleeding near the top edge at maximum brightness
Minimal backlight bleeding near the top edge at maximum brightness

Our XPS 9315 uses the default Sharp display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and the LQ134N1 IPS panel that exhibits slight backlight-bleeding near the top edge when displaying a fully black image at maximum brightness. Although the brightness of 442 nits (average) is high, it falls short of the manufacturer's claimed 500 nits (we measured only up to 466 nits).

The 4K panel of the Plus version (Sharp LQ134R1) is slightly brighter with 473 nits (average), but primarily offers a better contrast. 1165:1 instead of 1764:1 makes the 4K panel of the Plus the clear winner.

Note: The luminance slightly drops in battery mode and decreases by 60 nits (average: 406 nits). The OLED display option is only available on the Plus variant.

The XPS 13 does not use PWM to control the display's brightness. Our three screenshots show a homogenous line at 100, 50, and 0 percent brightness.

414
cd/m²
449
cd/m²
443
cd/m²
457
cd/m²
466
cd/m²
461
cd/m²
418
cd/m²
443
cd/m²
431
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Sharp SHP1548 LQ134N1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 466 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 442.4 cd/m² Minimum: 26 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 406 cd/m²
Contrast: 1165:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.03 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3, calibrated: 2.34
ΔE Greyscale 3.12 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
71% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
100% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
69% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.41
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Sharp SHP1548 LQ134N1, IPS, 1920x1200, 13.40
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
IPS, 2560x1600, 13.30
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
SDC4172, OLED, 2880x1800, 13.30
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
MND007ZA1-2, IPS, 2160x1350, 13.00
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
TL134GDXP02-0, LTPS, 2520x1680, 13.40
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
LQ134R1, IPS, 3840x2400, 13.40
Display
21%
28%
1%
-6%
6%
Display P3 Coverage
69
98.6
43%
99.8
45%
70.4
2%
65.2
-6%
76.5
11%
sRGB Coverage
100
100
0%
100
0%
99.9
0%
92
-8%
100
0%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
71
85.9
21%
97.8
38%
72
1%
67.5
-5%
76
7%
Response Times
2%
94%
-22%
-8%
2%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
40 ?(20, 20)
31 ?(14, 17)
22%
2.1 ?(1.1, 1)
95%
46.8 ?(22, 24.8)
-17%
44.8 ?(22, 22.8)
-12%
38.9 ?(21.4, 17.5)
3%
Response Time Black / White *
22 ?(9, 13)
26.1 ?(14.9, 11.2)
-19%
1.68 ?(0.86, 0.82)
92%
28 ?(13.2, 14.8)
-27%
22.8 ?(10.4, 12.4)
-4%
21.9 ?(11.9, 10)
-0%
PWM Frequency
118000 ?(49, 155)
240.4 ?(53)
9804 ?(20, 47)
Screen
23%
175%
31%
25%
18%
Brightness middle
466
417
-11%
336
-28%
460
-1%
468
0%
494
6%
Brightness
442
395
-11%
338
-24%
434
-2%
450
2%
474
7%
Brightness Distribution
89
91
2%
99
11%
92
3%
92
3%
89
0%
Black Level *
0.4
0.39
2%
0.02
95%
0.27
32%
0.23
42%
0.28
30%
Contrast
1165
1069
-8%
16800
1342%
1704
46%
2035
75%
1764
51%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.03
1.12
63%
1.8
41%
1.1
64%
2
34%
3.1
-2%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
6.68
2.71
59%
3.8
43%
4.5
33%
5.5
18%
4.2
37%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
2.34
0.77
67%
1.8
23%
1
57%
1.5
36%
1.5
36%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.12
1.7
46%
0.9
71%
1.6
49%
2.6
17%
3.2
-3%
Gamma
2.41 91%
2207 0%
2.22 99%
2.2 100%
2.17 101%
2.41 91%
CCT
6418 101%
6870 95%
6580 99%
6475 100%
6511 100%
6189 105%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
65.7
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.9
Total Average (Program / Settings)
15% / 20%
99% / 132%
3% / 17%
4% / 14%
9% / 13%

* ... smaller is better

We noticed two things during our analysis with the professional CalMAN software (X-Rite i1 Pro 2): While the panel covers 100 percent of the sRGB color space, it does not come close to covering 100 percent of the P3 color space. Furthermore, we measured a deltaE of around 3.0 for the colors and grayscale. This makes a calibration unnecessary for normal use. Users who still opt to do so are rewarded with an excellent deltaE of less than 1.0. If you own a Dell XPS 13 with the same display option, your visual experience can be improved by applying our calibrated color profile (linked in the box above).

CalMAN grayscale (reference color space sRGB)
CalMAN grayscale (reference color space sRGB)
CalMAN grayscale calibrated (reference color space sRGB)
CalMAN grayscale calibrated (reference color space sRGB)
CalMAN saturation (reference color space sRGB)
CalMAN saturation (reference color space sRGB)
CalMAN saturation calibrated (reference color space sRGB)
CalMAN saturation calibrated (reference color space sRGB)
CalMAN ColorChecker (reference color space sRGB)
CalMAN ColorChecker (reference color space sRGB)
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated (reference color space sRGB)
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated (reference color space sRGB)

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
22 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9 ms rise
↘ 13 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 36 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (22.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 20 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 51 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (36.2 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 not detected ≤ 100 % brightness setting

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19661 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

While the matte FHD non-touch panel quite literally shines outdoors with its 400-nit brightness, dull reflections are almost unavoidable under sunshine.

Matte IPS FHD panel in the sun
Matte IPS FHD panel in the sun
Matte IPS FHD panel under shade
Matte IPS FHD panel under shade


FHD panel with good viewing angles
FHD panel with good viewing angles

Performance - XPS Laptop with Half the Performance

Intel Evo platform with the Core i5-1230U (9W U series)
Intel Evo platform with the Core i5-1230U (9W U series)

The CPU inside the XPS 13 is based on the Alder Lake-M chip (9W U series) and consists of 2 performance (P cores) and 8 efficiency cores (E cores). Since only the P cores support hyper-threading, a total of 12 threads can be processed simultaneously. The P cores are clocked at 1 to 4.4 GHz and the E cores at 0.7 to 3.3 GHz. Although there is an i7-1250U (4.7 GHz) available for the non-Plus XPS model, this does not change its low-performance characteristic. If you are looking for a new XPS with as much performance as possible, there is no way around the XPS 13 Plus, which is only comes with Alder Lake-P processor (Core i5-1240P, Core i7-1260P) with 4 performance and 8 efficiency cores each.

Buyers can choose between 8, 16, or 32 GB of RAM (LPDDR5-5200), with the 32-GB option only being available in combination with the i7 CPU. This allows Dell to store fewer parts, since the RAM is soldered.

 
 

Test Conditions

Since unlike the XPS 13 Plus, there is no preinstalled Power Manager on our test device, the Windows settings will have to suffice. We use the performance profile for our testing with the energy saver mode disabled.

Processor

We examine the behavior of the CPU under a realistic continuous load with the help of our Cinebench R15 loop. The Alder Lake-U CPU performs consistently, although it begins the test at a very low level. All competitors are faster in this test.

The usual 10-15s performance peak is completely missing here. This is not the case for the P-series CPUs (XPS 13 Plus i7 & i5), which are also able to maintain higher scores in the long term. In short: A XPS 13 Plus is more than twice (i5) or three times (i7) as fast as our base model.

During the first loop, the clock speed and power draw decrease after just ten seconds and the PL1 drops from 15 to just 10 watts. This kind of performance will not earn our XPS any medals. While Alder Lake-U achieves an average result in our CPU performance rating, it comes in last in all multi-threaded tests and AIDA64. Alder Lake-P is a better pick for performance enthusiasts, since the 1240P and 1260P lead the charge and are even able to compete with the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U (Zenbook S 13 OLED) in multi-threaded benchmarks.

CPU readings Cinebench R15 Multi loop: The PL1 of 15 watts can be maintained for only 15 seconds and then steadily falls towards 10 watts.
CPU readings Cinebench R15 Multi loop: The PL1 of 15 watts can be maintained for only 15 seconds and then steadily falls towards 10 watts.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U Intel Core i5-1230U: Ø503 (482-513.59)
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry Apple M1; Rosetta 2: Ø843 (817.01-1020.12)
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED AMD Ryzen 7 6800U: Ø1607 (1576.98-1742.1)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE Intel Core i7-1160G7: Ø659 (587.69-862.27)
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H Intel Core i5-11300H; Standard: Ø922 (913.26-969.84)
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H Intel Core i5-11300H; Performance: Ø958 (953.54-961.86)
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K Intel Core i7-1260P; Ultra-Performance: Ø1512 (1481.98-1677.36)
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K Intel Core i7-1260P; Optimized: Ø1066 (983.94-1625.95)
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p Intel Core i5-1240P; Ultra Performance: Ø1305 (1205.29-1591.79)
CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 5.4: Multi-Core | Single-Core
CPU Performance Rating
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P
97.2 pt ∼97%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
93.9 pt ∼94%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P
86.1 pt ∼86%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
76.3 pt ∼76%
Average of class Subnotebook
 
71.3 pt ∼71%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
66.1 pt ∼66%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE -1!
Intel Core i7-1160G7
64.2 pt ∼64%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
61.8 pt ∼62%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
61.8 pt ∼62%
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
10468 Points ∼100% +138%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P
9743 Points ∼93% +121%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P
9392 Points ∼90% +113%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
7409 (6401.39min - 7409.31max) Points ∼71% +68%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (965 - 13504, n=97, last 2 years)
6474 Points ∼62% +47%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7
5648 (4011.45min - 5648.13max) Points ∼54% +28%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
5186 Points ∼50% +18%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
4402 Points ∼42%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
4402 Points ∼42% 0%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P
1678 Points ∼100% +28%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P
1621 Points ∼97% +24%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
1496 Points ∼89% +14%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
1488 Points ∼89% +14%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (409 - 1796, n=95, last 2 years)
1367 Points ∼81% +4%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
1310 Points ∼78%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
1310 Points ∼78% 0%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
1218 Points ∼73% -7%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
4060 Points ∼100% +146%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P
3909 Points ∼96% +136%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P
3424 Points ∼84% +107%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (376 - 5281, n=108, last 2 years)
2410 Points ∼59% +46%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
1982 Points ∼49% +20%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
1863 Points ∼46% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7
1750 Points ∼43% +6%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
1653 Points ∼41%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
1653 Points ∼41% 0%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P
648 Points ∼100% +38%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P
616 Points ∼95% +31%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
564 Points ∼87% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7
544 Points ∼84% +16%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (159 - 701, n=109, last 2 years)
508 Points ∼78% +8%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
469 Points ∼72%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
469 Points ∼72% 0%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
431 Points ∼67% -8%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
401 Points ∼62% -14%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
1742 Points ∼100% +239%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P
1677 (1481.98min - 1677.36max) Points ∼96% +226%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P
1626 (983.94min - 1625.95max) Points ∼93% +216%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P
1592 Points ∼91% +210%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (223 - 2119, n=115, last 2 years)
1089 Points ∼63% +112%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
1020 (817min - 1020max) Points ∼59% +98%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
970 (913.26min - 969.84max) Points ∼56% +89%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
961 Points ∼55% +87%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7
862 Points ∼49% +68%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
514 (482min - 513.59max) Points ∼30%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
514 Points ∼30% 0%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P
240 Points ∼100% +28%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
237 Points ∼99% +27%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P
226 Points ∼94% +21%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
208 Points ∼87% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7
208 Points ∼87% +11%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
208 Points ∼87% +11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (73 - 258, n=105, last 2 years)
199.2 Points ∼83% +7%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
186.8 Points ∼78%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
186.8 Points ∼78% 0%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
47500 MIPS ∼100% +136%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P
43056 MIPS ∼91% +114%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P
40777 MIPS ∼86% +103%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
34614 MIPS ∼73% +72%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5832 - 54374, n=102, last 2 years)
28302 MIPS ∼60% +41%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
26001 MIPS ∼55% +29%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7
22305 MIPS ∼47% +11%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
20092 MIPS ∼42%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
20092 MIPS ∼42% 0%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
5441 MIPS ∼100% +40%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
5431 MIPS ∼100% +40%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P
5325 MIPS ∼98% +37%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
4851 MIPS ∼89% +25%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P
4791 MIPS ∼88% +24%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2145 - 5800, n=102, last 2 years)
4748 MIPS ∼87% +23%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7
4596 MIPS ∼84% +19%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
3873 MIPS ∼71%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
3873 MIPS ∼71% 0%
Geekbench 5.4 / Multi-Core
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P
9817 Points ∼100% +45%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
7613 Points ∼78% +13%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
7578 Points ∼77% +12%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
6755 Points ∼69%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
6755 Points ∼69% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1024 - 11434, n=103, last 2 years)
5812 Points ∼59% -14%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
5402 Points ∼55% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7
4660 Points ∼47% -31%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P
4286 Points ∼44% -37%
Geekbench 5.4 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
1727 Points ∼100% +5%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P
1723 Points ∼100% +5%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U
1640 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
1640 Points ∼95% 0%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P
1588 Points ∼92% -3%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
1514 Points ∼88% -8%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
1430 Points ∼83% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7
1406 Points ∼81% -14%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (293 - 1937, n=103, last 2 years)
1394 Points ∼81% -15%
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
15175 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
28930 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
12037 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
140763
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
17243
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
7290
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
186.8 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
73.2 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
514 Points
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Performance Rating
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, Radeon 680M
96 pt ∼96%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
65.9 pt ∼66%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
63.3 pt ∼63%
Average of class Subnotebook
 
61.7 pt ∼62%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
61.6 pt ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
57.4 pt ∼57%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
31.6 pt ∼32%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
31.6 pt ∼32%
AIDA64 / FP32 Ray-Trace
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, Radeon 680M
11187 KRay/s ∼100% +377%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
8273 KRay/s ∼74% +253%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (343 - 14130, n=87, last 2 years)
7063 KRay/s ∼63% +201%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
6940 KRay/s ∼62% +196%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
5483 KRay/s ∼49% +134%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
5469 KRay/s ∼49% +133%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
2344 KRay/s ∼21%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
2344 KRay/s ∼21% 0%
AIDA64 / FPU Julia
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, Radeon 680M
71474 Points ∼100% +502%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5668 - 89691, n=87, last 2 years)
35819 Points ∼50% +202%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
33979 Points ∼48% +186%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
28020 Points ∼39% +136%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
25348 Points ∼35% +114%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
24102 Points ∼34% +103%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
11867 Points ∼17%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
11867 Points ∼17% 0%
AIDA64 / CPU SHA3
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, Radeon 680M
2455 MB/s ∼100% +218%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
2286 MB/s ∼93% +196%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1945 MB/s ∼79% +152%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1795 MB/s ∼73% +133%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (355 - 3077, n=87, last 2 years)
1773 MB/s ∼72% +130%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1750 MB/s ∼71% +127%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
772 MB/s ∼31%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
772 MB/s ∼31% 0%
AIDA64 / CPU Queen
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, Radeon 680M
82608 Points ∼100% +63%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
75217 Points ∼91% +48%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
73159 Points ∼89% +44%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (15447 - 101910, n=87, last 2 years)
59258 Points ∼72% +17%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
50709 Points ∼61%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
50709 Points ∼61% 0%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
49312 Points ∼60% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
43991 Points ∼53% -13%
AIDA64 / FPU SinJulia
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, Radeon 680M
10724 Points ∼100% +275%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1078 - 13703, n=87, last 2 years)
6072 Points ∼57% +113%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
5943 Points ∼55% +108%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
5839 Points ∼54% +104%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
4677 Points ∼44% +64%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
4208 Points ∼39% +47%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
2857 Points ∼27%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
2857 Points ∼27% 0%
AIDA64 / FPU Mandel
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, Radeon 680M
39378 Points ∼100% +517%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
20202 Points ∼51% +217%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3056 - 49277, n=87, last 2 years)
20059 Points ∼51% +214%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
16923 Points ∼43% +165%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
15013 Points ∼38% +135%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
14790 Points ∼38% +132%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
6379 Points ∼16%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
6379 Points ∼16% 0%
AIDA64 / CPU AES
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, Radeon 680M
101595 MB/s ∼100% +464%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
71494 MB/s ∼70% +297%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
64346 MB/s ∼63% +257%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (638 - 121917, n=87, last 2 years)
53721 MB/s ∼53% +198%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
38652 MB/s ∼38% +115%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
38204 MB/s ∼38% +112%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
18011 MB/s ∼18%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
18011 MB/s ∼18% 0%
AIDA64 / CPU ZLib
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
653 MB/s ∼100% +142%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
635 MB/s ∼97% +135%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, Radeon 680M
630 MB/s ∼96% +133%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (117 - 880, n=88, last 2 years)
431 MB/s ∼66% +60%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
384 MB/s ∼59% +42%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
295 MB/s ∼45% +9%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
270 MB/s ∼41%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
270 MB/s ∼41% 0%
AIDA64 / FP64 Ray-Trace
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, Radeon 680M
5825 KRay/s ∼100% +339%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
4454 KRay/s ∼76% +235%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (204 - 7412, n=87, last 2 years)
3797 KRay/s ∼65% +186%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
3657 KRay/s ∼63% +175%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
3136 KRay/s ∼54% +136%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
3096 KRay/s ∼53% +133%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1328 KRay/s ∼23%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
1328 KRay/s ∼23% 0%
AIDA64 / CPU PhotoWorxx
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
39591 MPixel/s ∼100% +64%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
36770 MPixel/s ∼93% +52%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
34217 MPixel/s ∼86% +42%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
33424 MPixel/s ∼84% +38%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6569 - 48416, n=87, last 2 years)
27120 MPixel/s ∼69% +12%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, Radeon 680M
25037 MPixel/s ∼63% +4%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
24133 MPixel/s ∼61%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
24133 MPixel/s ∼61% 0%

System Performance

Surprisingly, the application performance is not as poor as the compute performance and Alder-Lake-U instead is sometimes slightly-below and sometimes slightly-above average, depending on the category. The deficit compared to the XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5 and i7 variants is more than significant in most component scores. The Digital Content Creation score shows the influence of the SSD: With Samsung (1 TB), the XPS is at the very top, with Micron (512 GB) at the very bottom.

PCMark 10 / Score
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
6346 Points ∼100% +37%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1260P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
5558 Points ∼88% +20%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
4950 Points ∼78% +7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1671 - 6414, n=97, last 2 years)
4935 Points ∼78% +7%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1240P, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
4903 Points ∼77% +6%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
4633 Points ∼73%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
 
4633 Points ∼73% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1160G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
4615 Points ∼73% 0%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
10709 Points ∼100% +10%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1260P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
10404 Points ∼97% +7%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
9715 Points ∼91%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
 
9715 Points ∼91% 0%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
9704 Points ∼91% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1160G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
9482 Points ∼89% -2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4599 - 10836, n=97, last 2 years)
9440 Points ∼88% -3%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1240P, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
8890 Points ∼83% -8%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
8984 Points ∼100% +39%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2813 - 9852, n=97, last 2 years)
6970 Points ∼78% +8%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1260P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
6900 Points ∼77% +7%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1240P, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
6576 Points ∼73% +2%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
6455 Points ∼72%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
 
6455 Points ∼72% 0%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
6352 Points ∼71% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1160G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
6210 Points ∼69% -4%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
7208 Points ∼100% +67%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1260P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
6492 Points ∼90% +51%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1240P, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
5472 Points ∼76% +27%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
5342 Points ∼74% +24%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (973 - 7298, n=97, last 2 years)
5024 Points ∼70% +17%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1160G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
4530 Points ∼63% +5%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
4305 Points ∼60%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
 
4305 Points ∼60% 0%
CrossMark / Overall
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1260P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1667 Points ∼100% +27%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1481 Points ∼89% +13%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1240P, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1470 Points ∼88% +12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (926 - 1811, n=35, last 2 years)
1389 Points ∼83% +6%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1355 Points ∼81% +3%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
1352 Points ∼81% +3%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
1312 Points ∼79%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
 
1312 Points ∼79% 0%
CrossMark / Productivity
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1260P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1575 Points ∼100% +21%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1476 Points ∼94% +13%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
1424 Points ∼90% +9%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1240P, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1406 Points ∼89% +8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (962 - 1755, n=35, last 2 years)
1379 Points ∼88% +6%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
1307 Points ∼83%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
 
1307 Points ∼83% 0%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1274 Points ∼81% -3%
CrossMark / Creativity
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1260P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1861 Points ∼100% +37%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1240P, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1598 Points ∼86% +17%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1593 Points ∼86% +17%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1554 Points ∼84% +14%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (957 - 1928, n=35, last 2 years)
1473 Points ∼79% +8%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
1361 Points ∼73%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
 
1361 Points ∼73% 0%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
1261 Points ∼68% -7%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
1425 Points ∼100% +20%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1260P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1418 Points ∼100% +19%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1240P, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1307 Points ∼92% +10%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1293 Points ∼91% +9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (746 - 1807, n=35, last 2 years)
1206 Points ∼85% +1%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
1191 Points ∼84%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
 
1191 Points ∼84% 0%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1004 Points ∼70% -16%
PCMark 10 Score
4633 points
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AIDA64 / Memory Copy
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
68214 MB/s ∼100% +28%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
63825 MB/s ∼94% +20%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
53900 MB/s ∼79% +1%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
53116 MB/s ∼78%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
53116 MB/s ∼78% 0%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, Radeon 680M
47701 MB/s ∼70% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
46915 MB/s ∼69% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (12783 - 73486, n=87, last 2 years)
45702 MB/s ∼67% -14%
AIDA64 / Memory Read
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
69270 MB/s ∼100% +15%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
64230 MB/s ∼93% +6%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
60435 MB/s ∼87%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
60435 MB/s ∼87% 0%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
56829 MB/s ∼82% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
48771 MB/s ∼70% -19%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (10258 - 73719, n=87, last 2 years)
47970 MB/s ∼69% -21%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, Radeon 680M
39402 MB/s ∼57% -35%
AIDA64 / Memory Write
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Intel Core i7-1260P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
62767 MB/s ∼100% +2%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1230U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
61706 MB/s ∼98%
Average Intel Core i5-1230U
 
61706 MB/s ∼98% 0%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Intel Core i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
61343 MB/s ∼98% -1%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
58275 MB/s ∼93% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Intel Core i7-1160G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
50592 MB/s ∼81% -18%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, Radeon 680M
48723 MB/s ∼78% -21%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (10533 - 68247, n=87, last 2 years)
47825 MB/s ∼76% -22%

DPC Latencies

The XPS 13 does not have its DPC latencies under control and in its current driver and hardware state they exceed those of all competitors. The kernelmode driver is most notable with the ACPI being a close second. Realtime audio and video editing is thus not possible with the Alder Lake-U XPS. We experienced issues with dropped frames during the playback of 4K YouTube videos. Playing the aforementioned video results in an iGPU load of around 46 percent.

LatencyMon - Overview
LatencyMon - Overview
LatencyMon - Drivers
LatencyMon - Drivers
LatencyMon - YouTube 23 dropped frames
LatencyMon - YouTube 23 dropped frames
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1230U, Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
6204 μs * ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1240P, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
2335 μs * ∼38% +62%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1160G7, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
1350 μs * ∼22% +78%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
740 μs * ∼12% +88%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1260P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
732.2 μs * ∼12% +88%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
588.9 μs * ∼9% +91%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Solution

No M.2 slot - Onboard Micron SSD
No M.2 slot - Onboard Micron SSD

The Dell uses an SSD from Micron. The SSD does not come in the slotted M.2 form factor, but as a fixed onboard model. According to Micron, the SSD supports PCIe Gen4. The XPS 13 Plus uses M.2-2280 Samsung chips. Our test device has a storage capacity of just 256 GB, only 123 GB of which is available to users after the initial setup.

The Micron model consistently comes in last in our storage benchmarks and falls far behind what Phison Electronics and Samsung chips are able to achieve in competing laptops and Dell's own XPS 13 Plus. The distinction is once again made clear: If performance is what you are after, the XPS 13 Plus is the way to go.

More comparisons and benchmarks can be found in our comparison table.

Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2581 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2115 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 394 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 282 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2157 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1818 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 70.54 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 154 MB/s
Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
79.5 pt ∼80%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Phison Electronics PS5012
75 pt ∼75%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
73.7 pt ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
54.5 pt ∼55%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
51.4 pt ∼51%
Average of class Subnotebook
 
50.9 pt ∼51%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
43.1 pt ∼43%
Average Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
 
43.1 pt ∼43%
DiskSpd
seq read
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3871 (3794.8min - 3871.36max) MB/s ∼100% +131%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3382 (3242.21min - 3381.81max) MB/s ∼87% +102%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
2111 (1914.91min - 2111.23max) MB/s ∼55% +26%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (376 - 4315, n=99, last 2 years)
2091 MB/s ∼54% +25%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
1862 (1714.42min - 1862.11max) MB/s ∼48% +11%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
1674 (1305.8min - 1673.54max) MB/s ∼43%
Average Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
 
1674 MB/s ∼43% 0%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Phison Electronics PS5012
1669 (1658.05min - 1668.7max) MB/s ∼43% 0%
seq write
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3188 (3158.91min - 3187.67max) MB/s ∼100% +1980%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3121 (2981.01min - 3120.61max) MB/s ∼98% +1936%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 i5-1240p
Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
2834 (742.62min - 2833.89max) MB/s ∼89% +1749%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Phison Electronics PS5012
2131 (2095.68min - 2131.34max) MB/s ∼67% +1290%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (62.6 - 4326, n=100, last 2 years)
1945 MB/s ∼61% +1169%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano-20UN002UGE
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
1727 (1712.18min - 1727.12max) MB/s ∼54% +1027%
Dell XPS 13 9315, i5-1230U
Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
153.3 (51.07min - 153.3max) MB/s ∼5%
Average Micron 3460 256 GB Soldered
 
153.3 MB/s ∼5% 0%
seq q8 t1 read
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 4K
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR