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Dell XPS 13 9360 (FHD, i7, Iris) Laptop Review

More GPU or more CPU performance? Dell offers the popular XPS 13 with faster Intel Iris graphics, but can the cooling solution handle the additional performance, and is it a good upgrade? Or should you get the one of the new Kaby Lake-R chips instead?

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Dell's compact XPS 13 is still one of the most popular Ultrabooks. It is also available with a slightly more powerful processor as well as faster Iris GPU from Intel. We check whether this is a good upgrade or not. This is an interesting question right now, especially with the new Kaby Lake-Refresh chips. They provide more CPU performance, but there is not much going on the GPU side.

We have already reviewed the current Dell XPS 13 9360 and its predecessor 9350 a few times. There are no changes in terms of the case, the ports, the input devices or the speakers, so we will not cover these sections in the following article. All the corresponding information is available in the previous reviews. The chassis pictures below were taken from a previous review as well. A major redesign of the XPS 13 is expected for next year.

Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris (XPS 13 9360 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 - 64 MB, Core: 1050 MHz, Memory: 1067 MHz, eDRAM-Cache
Memory
16384 MB 
, Dual-Channel, DDR4-2133
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 166 PPI, SHP1449, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK), 512 GB 
, 434 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Audio, Card Reader: SD-Leser, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15 x 304 x 201 ( = 0.59 x 11.97 x 7.91 in)
Battery
60 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 45 W PSU, service brochures, Dell Product Manager, Support Assist, Norton Anti-Virus, Waves MaxxAudio Pro, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.228 kg ( = 43.32 oz / 2.71 pounds), Power Supply: 263 g ( = 9.28 oz / 0.58 pounds)
Price
1575 Euro

 

Size Comparison

SD Card Reader

The XPS 13 is still one of few consumer devices with a fast card reader. We measured a maximum transfer rate of almost 220 MB/s in combination with our reference card from Toshiba (Exceria Pro UHS-II 64 GB), and pictures are still copied at more than 180 MB/s. This means that you do not need an external USB 3.0 card reader if you frequently copy pictures or videos from a memory card.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
186.1 MB/s ∼100%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
120.5 MB/s ∼65% -35%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
62.8 MB/s ∼34% -66%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
252.6 MB/s ∼100% +15%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
219.8 MB/s ∼87%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
81.88 MB/s ∼32% -63%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
657 MBit/s ∼100% +4%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
635 MBit/s ∼97% 0%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
634 MBit/s ∼96%
Huawei MateBook X
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
520 MBit/s ∼79% -18%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MateBook X
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
644 MBit/s ∼100% +9%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
589 MBit/s ∼91%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
503 MBit/s ∼78% -15%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
480 MBit/s ∼75% -19%

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Only minor backlight bleeding at the bottom edge
Only minor backlight bleeding at the bottom edge

The display options remain unchanged. As well as the matte 1080p panel of the test model, you can also get the QHD+ touchscreen we have reviewed here. The CABC control is still active, too, so the luminance is automatically adjusted to the content. You can hardly notice this in practice; usually during transitions from bright to dark contents and vice versa. This also complicated our usual measurements a bit. We took a closer look at the CABC control and how it works in the review of the previous XPS 13 9350.

The average luminance is almost 420 nits with a low black value of just 0.2 cd/m², which results in an excellent contrast ratio of more than 2300:1. Subjectively, we really like the picture. However, we detect PWM at brightness levels of 80% and lower, but the high frequency at more than 19 kHz should not be an issue even for very sensitive users. There is only minor backlight bleeding at the lower edge, despite the high luminance.

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 19530 Hz80 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 19530 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 80 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 19530 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 55 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8506 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

399
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
391
cd/m²
431
cd/m²
461
cd/m²
419
cd/m²
424
cd/m²
428
cd/m²
410
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 461 cd/m² Average: 418.3 cd/m² Minimum: 20.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 461 cd/m²
Contrast: 2305:1 (Black: 0.2 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.4 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 5.4 | - Ø
76.9% sRGB (Argyll) 48.6% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.15
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
SHP1449, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
ID: Sharp SHP144A, Name: LQ133Z1, , 3200x1800, 13.3
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
APPA033, , 2560x1600, 13.3
Razer Blade Stealth QHD i7-7500U
Sharp SHP1493 (LQ133Z1JW26), , 3200x1800, 13.3
Huawei MateBook X
Chi Mei CMN8201 / P130ZDZ-EF1, , 2160x1440, 13.3
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
LG Philips LGD0576, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Response Times
8%
0%
-6%
20%
3%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41.2 (22.8, 18.4)
35.6 (18.4, 17.2)
14%
42.8 (22.4, 20.4)
-4%
46 (25.6, 20.4)
-12%
33 (15, 18)
20%
28 (14, 14)
32%
Response Time Black / White *
30 (17.6, 12.4)
27.2 (16, 11.2)
9%
28.8 (14.8, 14)
4%
31.2 (18.8, 12.4)
-4%
24 (12, 12)
20%
22.4 (12.4, 10)
25%
PWM Frequency
19530 (80)
19690 (100)
1%
19380 (100)
-1%
10200 (100)
-48%
Screen
-9%
12%
1%
-0%
-10%
Brightness
418
357
-15%
561
34%
373
-11%
395
-6%
270
-35%
Brightness Distribution
85
83
-2%
92
8%
84
-1%
88
4%
78
-8%
Black Level *
0.2
0.33
-65%
0.45
-125%
0.25
-25%
0.45
-125%
0.32
-60%
Contrast
2305
1170
-49%
1307
-43%
1624
-30%
907
-61%
906
-61%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.4
4.2
22%
1.7
69%
4.5
17%
1.55
71%
4.8
11%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.4
5.7
-6%
1.9
65%
5.2
4%
1.91
65%
2.8
48%
Gamma
2.15 112%
2.28 105%
2.33 103%
2.11 114%
2.34 103%
2.19 110%
CCT
7258 90%
7336 89%
6738 96%
7709 84%
6491 100%
6382 102%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
48.6
59
21%
77.92
60%
61.3
26%
61
26%
54.9
13%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
76.9
92.2
20%
99.94
30%
95.4
24%
96
25%
83.5
9%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-1% / -5%
6% / 10%
-3% / -1%
10% / 4%
-4% / -7%

* ... smaller is better

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation before calibration
Saturation before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation after calibration
Saturation after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

We determine average DeltaE-2000 deviations of 5.4 both for the grayscale as well as the colors, even though there are some outliers at up to 12 for the latter. Our calibration was successful after the first attempt failed. The results are improved, but they are still not perfect due to the CABC control.

The color gamut is one key difference compared to the optional QHD+ touchscreen. Our 1080p model covers about 77% of the sRGB reference. The QHD+ model manages more than 90% and is therefore better suited for picture and video editing.

vs. sRGB: 76.9%
vs. sRGB: 76.9%
vs. AdobeRGB: 48.6%
vs. AdobeRGB: 48.6%

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
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.6 ms rise
↘ 12.4 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. » 71 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
41.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22.8 ms rise
↘ 18.4 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. » 50 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (42.5 ms).

The outdoor capabilities benefit from the high luminance in combination with the matte panel. Our two pictures below were taken on a very sunny day, but you can still see the content comfortably when you adjust your position. There are absolutely no problems in the shade. The IPS panel provides very wide viewing angles – as expected.

In the sun
In the sun
In the sun
In the sun
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

Wi-Fi on
Wi-Fi on
Wi-Fi off
Wi-Fi off

Processor

Our test model is equipped with the Core i7-7560U. This ULV processor is based on Intel's Kaby Lake architecture (14nm) and offers higher Turbo clocks (single: 3.8, multi: 3.7 GHz) compared to the standard Core i7-7500U that can be found on many high-end Ultrabooks. The CPU also includes the faster integrated Iris GPU, but we will have a closer look at this component later in the review.

Intel XTU
Intel XTU
Intel XTU Advanced
Intel XTU Advanced

The Core i7 quickly develops temperature problems in the CPU benchmarks. Even the brief 25 W limit (usually possible for 28 seconds) is throttled to 15 W after a few seconds as soon as the processor temperature reaches 98 °C (~208 °F). The Core i7 still benefits from its high frequency in the Cinebench R15 Single test, but it is on par with the regular Core i7-7500U in the Multi test at best. Sustained workloads, simulated by a loop of the CB R15 Multi test, result in scores between 325 and 330 points (3.1 to 3.2 GHz), which is just ahead of the bread & butter Core i5-7200U. The Core i7-7560U is therefore not a good upgrade for the XPS 13 in terms of CPU performance.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

The new Core i7-8550U cannot maintain its initial performance in the XPS 13 either, but still benefits from the two additional CPU cores (+4 threads). The maximum performance advantage is 80% in the Multi test, and still at 60% under sustained workloads. 

The processor clock quickly drops from the initial 3.5 GHz to just 3.0 GHz (305 points) on battery power. More information and benchmarks for the Core i7-7560U are listed on our dedicated page.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8550U
167 Points ∼100% +9%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Core i7-7560U
153 Points ∼92%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Core i5-7360U
145 Points ∼87% -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Core i5-7360U
140 Points ∼84% -8%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-566U
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼87% -5%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
Intel Core i7-7500U
137 Points ∼82% -10%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
Intel Core i5-7200U
125 Points ∼75% -18%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
124 Points ∼74% -19%
Huawei MateBook X
Intel Core i5-7200U
116 Points ∼69% -24%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8550U
603 Points ∼100% +79%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-566U
Intel Core i5-8250U
543 Points ∼90% +62%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-566U
Intel Core i5-8250U
538 (min: 467.61) Points ∼89% +60%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Core i5-7360U
362 Points ∼60% +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Core i5-7360U
346 Points ∼57% +3%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Core i7-7560U
336 Points ∼56%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
Intel Core i7-7500U
334 Points ∼55% -1%
Huawei MateBook X
Intel Core i5-7200U
322 Points ∼53% -4%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-7200U
318 Points ∼53% -5%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
Intel Core i5-7200U
314 Points ∼52% -7%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
153 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
336 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
52.43 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

The XPS 13 performs very well in the synthetic PCMarks, at least in PCMark 8. The modern PCMark 10 did not run properly, which was already the case for the XPS 13 with the new Kaby Lake-R CPU. However, we did not experience any other issues or limitations during our time with the device and the system is unsurprisingly very fast and responsive.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
4890 Points ∼100%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk X400 SD8SN8U-128G-1006
4669 Points ∼95% -5%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
4568 Points ∼93% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
4461 (min: 4448) Points ∼91% -9%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
4436 Points ∼91% -9%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD
4422 Points ∼90% -10%
Huawei MateBook X
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, LITEON CB1-SD256
4276 Points ∼87% -13%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
4176 Points ∼85% -15%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
4057 (min: 4055) Points ∼100% +4%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
3902 Points ∼96%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk X400 SD8SN8U-128G-1006
3760 Points ∼93% -4%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD
3588 Points ∼88% -8%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
3535 Points ∼87% -9%
Huawei MateBook X
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, LITEON CB1-SD256
3507 Points ∼86% -10%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
3432 Points ∼85% -12%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
2855 Points ∼70% -27%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3902 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5083 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4890 points
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Storage Devices

Our test model is shipped with a 512 GB NVMe-SSD from Toshiba with the designation XG4 (THNSN5512GPUK). It cannot keep up with the fastest drives from Samsung in the sequential tests (compare Yoga 920), but the performance of the Toshiba drive is still decent and you will hardly notice any differences during your day-to-day tasks. For more comparisons and benchmarks, please see our SSD/HDD list.

Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
Huawei MateBook X
LITEON CB1-SD256
Lenovo Yoga 920-13IKB-80Y7
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
CrystalDiskMark 5.2
-28%
-35%
28%
Write 4K
131.93
121.5
-8%
68.05
-48%
142.1
8%
Read 4K
46.72
24.92
-47%
28.95
-38%
44.19
-5%
Write Seq
1036.36
345
-67%
529.3
-49%
1112
7%
Read Seq
1352.32
1313
-3%
711.1
-47%
1884
39%
Write 4K Q32T1
487.74
346.1
-29%
306.4
-37%
747.3
53%
Read 4K Q32T1
443.9
389.4
-12%
500.9
13%
446.8
1%
Write Seq Q32T1
1047.7
334.7
-68%
496.9
-53%
1255
20%
Read Seq Q32T1
1698.7
1840
8%
1297
-24%
3400
100%
Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
Sequential Read: 1314.4 MB/s
Sequential Write: 617.2 MB/s
512K Read: 1058.18 MB/s
512K Write: 502.12 MB/s
4K Read: 37.31 MB/s
4K Write: 133.62 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 425.13 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 431.26 MB/s

GPU Performance

GPU-Z Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
GPU-Z Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640

The key difference between the regular ULV chips and the processor in the test model is the integrated graphics adapter. While standard models such as the HD Graphics 620 use the system memory, the Iris Plus 640 is equipped with 64 MB eDRAM cache. This is the GT3e version of the Kaby Lake GPU with 48 Execution Units and a maximum core clock of 1050 MHz.

But let us get to the most important part, the performance. The first thing we can see is the limited performance utilization – similar to the processor. The same GPU in the current Apple MacBook Pro 13 is up to 13% ahead in the 3DMarks, for instance. The advantage over the regular HD Graphics 620 in combination with the Kaby Lake CPUs (such as the i7-7500U) is about 30%. The new i7-8550U, however, is only 15% slower. Intel says the iGPU has not changed, but the Turbo utilization probably benefits from the improved 14nm+ process.

The GPU performance is not reduced on battery power. More benchmarks for the Iris Plus Graphics 640 are listed here.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, Intel Core i5-7360U
2379 (min: 2355) Points ∼100% +12%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, Intel Core i7-7560U
2124 Points ∼89%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1810 Points ∼76% -15%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-566U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1653 Points ∼69% -22%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
1610 Points ∼68% -24%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1545 Points ∼65% -27%
Huawei MateBook X
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1528 Points ∼64% -28%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1474 Points ∼62% -31%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, Intel Core i5-7360U
1541 (min: 1484) Points ∼100% +13%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, Intel Core i7-7560U
1369 Points ∼89%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1158 Points ∼75% -15%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-566U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1124 Points ∼73% -18%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
963 Points ∼62% -30%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
941 Points ∼61% -31%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
939 Points ∼61% -31%
Huawei MateBook X
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
875 Points ∼57% -36%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, Intel Core i5-7360U
11495 (min: 10969) Points ∼100% +2%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, Intel Core i7-7560U
11232 Points ∼98%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
9511 Points ∼83% -15%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-566U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
9499 Points ∼83% -15%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
8177 Points ∼71% -27%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
7896 Points ∼69% -30%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
7854 Points ∼68% -30%
Huawei MateBook X
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
7542 Points ∼66% -33%
3DMark 11 Performance
2275 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7685 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1265 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
577 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
467 points
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Gaming Performance

The situation is similar when you play games. The HD Graphics 620 from the old Kaby Lake chips is clearly beaten (sometimes by up to 80%), but the new i7-8550U is much closer. The XPS 13 is no gaming notebook to begin with, so the small difference should not be too important when you consider a purchase.

BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
12.5 fps ∼100% +17%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
10.7 fps ∼86%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
10 fps ∼80% -7%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
8.3 fps ∼66% -22%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk X400 SD8SN8U-128G-1006
8 fps ∼64% -25%
1366x768 High Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
38.3 fps ∼100% +14%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
33.5 fps ∼87%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
31.1 fps ∼81% -7%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-566U
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
28.8 fps ∼75% -14%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk X400 SD8SN8U-128G-1006
26.3 fps ∼69% -21%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
26.1 fps ∼68% -22%
1366x768 Medium Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
45.1 fps ∼100% +12%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
40.2 fps ∼89%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
37.6 fps ∼83% -6%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-566U
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
34.7 fps ∼77% -14%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk X400 SD8SN8U-128G-1006
31 fps ∼69% -23%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
28.2 fps ∼63% -30%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
72.8 fps ∼100% +19%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
68.2 fps ∼94% +12%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
61 fps ∼84%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
55 fps ∼76% -10%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk X400 SD8SN8U-128G-1006
54.3 fps ∼75% -11%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-566U
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
54.2 fps ∼74% -11%
Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
21.6 fps ∼100% +26%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
17.2 fps ∼80%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
12 fps ∼56% -30%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
47.1 fps ∼100% +27%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
37 fps ∼79%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
25.9 fps ∼55% -30%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
68.7 fps ∼100% +27%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
54.1 fps ∼79%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
42.6 fps ∼62% -21%
1024x768 Low Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
132.6 fps ∼100% +29%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
103 fps ∼78%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
83.8 fps ∼63% -19%
Overwatch
1920x1080 Epic (Render Scale 100 %) AA:SM AF:16x
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
19.5 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 High (Render Scale 100 %) AA:SM AF:4x
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
36.5 fps ∼100% +22%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
29.9 fps ∼82%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
16.4 fps ∼45% -45%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
14.9 fps ∼41% -50%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-566U
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
12.2 (min: 10) fps ∼33% -59%
1366x768 Medium (Render Scale 100 %) AA:FX AF:2x
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
52.9 fps ∼100% +45%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
36.5 fps ∼69%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
34.8 fps ∼66% -5%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
30.7 fps ∼58% -16%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-566U
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
26.5 (min: 20) fps ∼50% -27%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk X400 SD8SN8U-128G-1006
25 fps ∼47% -32%
1280x720 Low (Render Scale 100 %) AA:FX AF:1x
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
67.3 fps ∼100% +20%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
56.1 fps ∼83%
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
49.7 fps ∼74% -11%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV256G
49.6 fps ∼74% -12%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-566U
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
38 (min: 29) fps ∼56% -32%
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk X400 SD8SN8U-128G-1006
33.3 fps ∼49% -41%
Rocket League
1920x1080 High Quality AA:High FX
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
33.6 fps ∼100% +33%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
25.3 fps ∼75%
1920x1080 Quality AA:Medium FX
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
48.2 fps ∼100% +35%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
35.8 fps ∼74%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-566U
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
30.5 (min: 19) fps ∼63% -15%
1280x720 Performance
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U, Apple SSD AP0128
101 fps ∼100% +46%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-566U
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
76 (min: 41) fps ∼75% +10%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
69.3 fps ∼69%
low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 10354.13717.2fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 6140.233.510.7fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 43.129.723.28.2fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 17.5fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 50.52916.4fps
Overwatch (2016) 56.136.529.9fps
Rocket League (2017) 69.335.825.3fps
F1 2017 (2017) 3315fps

Emissions

System Noise

The noise development is actually an annoying problem for Dell's XPS models. We are not talking about the fan, which is usually very quiet and not too loud under high workloads. This is also the case here, even though the fan is sensitive to RPM changes. And then there is the coil whining, which can get much louder when you stress the GPU. It seems there are differences between individual devices, and we suggest you check the unit after the purchase.

Noise Level

Idle
29.9 / 29.9 / 30.3 dB(A)
Load
33.9 / 34.9 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.9 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.328.230.926.632.32532.93131.525.632.93128.726.628.426.828.74028.627.629.525.128.650262530.324.6266325.523.524.62525.58025.622.525.623.325.610022.921.320.920.822.912523.221.322.119.623.216021.220.320.419.721.220020.519.319.818.720.525020.71820.118.220.731521.718.221.317.221.740020.617.218.916.120.650021.317.221.316.121.363020.816.919.715.420.880020.516.519.816.220.5100029.417.526.716.229.4125022.217.921.216.922.2160022.518.6221722.5200024.219.123.317.424.2250024.218.424.418.124.2315022.11921.718.722.1400021.318.620.718.821.3500019.618.719.319.119.6630019.318.6191919.3800018.718.218.518.718.71000018.417.918.118.618.4125001817.417.618181600017.316.91717.417.3SPL34.930.433.929.934.9N2.11.31.91.32.1median 21.2Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Irismedian 18.2median 20.4median 18.1median 21.2Delta1.40.71.211.428.428.930.326.728.529.730.330.529.328.527.127.63026.926.927.226.626.125.125.725.223.526.525.524.525.723.624.823.924.525.223.425.823.623.523.622.1262222.622.121.622.121.120.721.221.32119.720.321.125.721.719.519.720.722.320.118.218.719.722.420.317.518.919.72623.817.21819.825.524.916.817.61925.223.51617.319.224.223.916.916.919.324.723.516.717.320.526.325.617.117.620.926.82717.918.122.128.928.618.318.721.829.228.518.518.82128.526.918.918.921.428.326.918.919.320.429.828.61919.319.328.427.519.11918.923.122.118.618.518.319.519.31818.317.818.718.517.617.917.317.617.417.217.332.539.338.430.230.51.73.12.91.31.4median 20.4Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017median 25.2median 23.8median 18.2median 18.712.92.90.90.9hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

Dell manages the surface temperatures of the XPS 13 well. Both the top and bottom temperatures are very flat while idling and under light workloads, and we did not measure more than 30 °C (~86 °F) at any spot. You can see two hot spots under high load. One is located at the top of the base unit around the number keys 3 & 4 at 46 °C (~115 °F), and one spot in the center of the bottom at 48 °C (~118 °F). You will definitely feel the warmer keyboard, but it is still not uncomfortable. The large rubberized support foot at the bottom also helps to avoid direct contact with the surface.

The XPS 13 starts the stress test with a CPU frequency of 2.4 GHz, while the GPU runs at 650 to 800 MHz (25 W). However, the temperature rises to 98 °C (~208 °F) after a few seconds, which results in immediate throttling to 1 GHz (CPU) and 650 MHz (GPU). A 3DMark 11 run immediately after the stress test did not determine a reduced score.

Max. Load
 45.8 °C46.2 °C38.5 °C 
 41.4 °C42.2 °C37.7 °C 
 33.6 °C32.7 °C30.9 °C 
Maximum: 46.2 °C
Average: 38.8 °C
39.8 °C48.8 °C47.1 °C
35.6 °C40.7 °C41 °C
33 °C35.2 °C35.6 °C
Maximum: 48.8 °C
Average: 39.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  45.9 °C | Room Temperature 22.8 °C | Voltcraft IR-900
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Dell ships the XPS 13 with only two power plans by default: Dell and Balanced. We activated the other profiles via registry to ensure comparability with other test models. You will have to switch the Connected-Standby via registry key CsEnabled from 1 to 0 (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SYSTEM -> Current -> ControlSet -> Control -> Power) and then restart the device. The CABC display control also has an effect on the power consumption, but the differences are not huge. We performed the idle measurements with the default background image (green leaves), which is neither particularly bright, nor dark. We determined a deviation of up to 9% for very bright or dark contents.

The XPS 13 is very efficient while idling at 3.32 up to 6.32 W. You notice the more powerful processor under load, because our measurement device indicates up to 45.9 W during the first few seconds of the stress test. However, this value drops to 29.7 W after the throttling sets in, so the provided 45 W power adapter is sufficient.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.28 / 0.99 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.32 / 5.27 / 6.32 Watt
Load midlight 32 / 45.9 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
7560U, Iris Plus Graphics 640, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, IGZO IPS, 3200x1800, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
7200U, HD Graphics 620, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
7500U, HD Graphics 620, IPS, 3200x1800, 13.3
Huawei MateBook X
7200U, HD Graphics 620, , 2160x1440, 13.3
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
7200U, HD Graphics 620, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
7360U, Iris Plus Graphics 640, IPS, 2560x1600, 13.3
Power Consumption
-10%
17%
-17%
-47%
8%
-14%
Idle Minimum *
3.32
4.1
-23%
4.1
-23%
6.4
-93%
4.6
-39%
2.8
16%
3.7
-11%
Idle Average *
5.27
5.8
-10%
4.2
20%
6.6
-25%
11
-109%
5.8
-10%
5.2
1%
Idle Maximum *
6.32
6
5%
5.1
19%
6.8
-8%
12
-90%
6.4
-1%
7.6
-20%
Load Average *
32
42.5
-33%
22.1
31%
27.5
14%
39.5
-23%
31.3
2%
41.6
-30%
Load Maximum *
45.9
41.4
10%
29.4
36%
32.4
29%
34.6
25%
31.7
31%
50.5
-10%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The integrated 60 Wh battery is still one of the biggest modules in this category. Thanks to the lower panel resolution, the test model can also beat the QHD+ model. Overall, the runtimes are excellent and you should not have any problems to cover a whole business day. The test model is only just beaten by the current MacBook Pro 13 (without TouchBar) in the WLAN test.

The battery is drained within 2.5 hours when you really stress the laptop. A full recharge also takes around 2.5 hours, but the last 10% is really slow. About 50% of the capacity is available after little more than an hour.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
25h 21min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 38.14393.1066.0)
10h 55min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
14h 59min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 34min
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
7560U, Iris Plus Graphics 640, 60 Wh
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
Razer Blade Stealth QHD i7-7500U
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 53.6 Wh
Huawei MateBook X
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 40 Wh
HP Envy 13-ad065nr
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 53.6 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
7360U, Iris Plus Graphics 640, 54.5 Wh
Battery Runtime
-15%
-41%
-37%
-11%
-3%
-23%
-23%
Reader / Idle
1521
1108
-27%
512
-66%
1487
-2%
1295
-15%
1053
-31%
H.264
899
683
-24%
WiFi v1.3
655
589
-10%
386
-41%
337
-49%
570
-13%
677
3%
516
-21%
681
4%
Load
154
143
-7%
162
5%
127
-18%
157
2%
129
-16%
78
-49%

Verdict

Pros

+ compact & sturdy chassis
+ bright & matte screen
+ very good application performance
+ good input devices
+ very long battery runtime
+ quiet fan...

Cons

- ...but annoying coil whine
- CPU/GPU cannot utilize full potential
- low gamut and PWM
- small and spongy arrow keys
In review: Dell XPS 13 9360. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.
In review: Dell XPS 13 9360. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.

Potential buyers of the Dell XPS 13 are facing an interesting decision right now. The new Kaby Lake-R processors provide much more CPU performance, while the Iris GPU in combination with the "old" Kaby Lake CPUs promises more GPU performance. At least in theory, because the decision is actually pretty easy after the review.

The new ULV quad-core is superior to the old dual-cores if you can utilize the additional cores/threads. The GPU performance is a bit higher as well. Another deciding factor is the limited performance utilization of the i7-7560U in the XPS 13. There is not much left of the performance advantages due to the usual limitation at 15 W. Our recommendation is therefore easy: If you plan on buying the XPS 13, get it with one of the new Kaby Lake-R chips.

The Kaby Lake in combination with the more powerful Iris GPU does not make much sense for the XPS 13, because you cannot utilize its full potential. The new 8th Gen processors (Kaby Lake-Refresh) are superior in terms of CPU performance, and the GPU is not significantly slower either.

Otherwise, there is not much to say about the XPS 13 anymore. Unfortunately, Dell still has not resolved the coil whining issues, and it is more distracting on this particular unit.

Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris - 11/06/2017 v6
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
92 /  98 → 94%
Keyboard
89%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
58 / 80 → 73%
Weight
72 / 78 → 87%
Battery
95%
Display
86%
Games Performance
60 / 68 → 88%
Application Performance
92 / 87 → 100%
Temperature
88 / 91 → 97%
Noise
71%
Audio
80 / 91 → 88%
Camera
44 / 85 → 52%
Average
78%
87%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Andreas Osthoff, 2017-11- 7 (Update: 2017-11- 8)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.