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Dell XPS 15 9510 Review: Multimedia Laptop convinces with new OLED Panel

Premium laptop still has some software issues. Dell updates its XPS 15 and equips the new 9510 model with Tiger Lake-H processors from Intel as well as new RTX 3050 GPUs from Nvidia. There is also a new option for a 3.5K OLED touchscreen. Is it the best multimedia notebook you can get?
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Dell updates its premium multimedia laptop XPS 15 9510 this year with new processors from Intel (Tiger Lake-H) and new graphics cards from Nvidia (RTX 3050 & RTX 3050 Ti). You can also get a new 3.5K OLED touchscreen, which complements the two familiar display options (FHD & 4K IPS). The new model starts at 1599 Euros with a Core i5 processor and without a dedicated graphics card.

Our test unit is equipped with the new Core i7-11800H with eight cores, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU as well as the new OLED screen. This configuration with 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD storage is available for around 2450 Euros.

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Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED (XPS 15 9510 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-11800H 8 x 2.3 - 4.6 GHz, 93 W PL2 / Short Burst, 45 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake H45
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU - 4096 MB, Core: 1530 MHz, Memory: 1375 MHz, 45 W TDP, GDDR6, 471.41
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-3200, Dual-Channel, 2 Slots, max. 64 GB
Display
15.60 inch 16:10, 3456 x 2160 pixel 261 PPI, capacitive, SDC414D, OLED, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel WM590 (Tiger Lake PCH-H)
Storage
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV, 512 GB 
, 393 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Tiger Lake PCH-H - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps, 0 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 2 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Audio, Card Reader: SD UHS-II, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s (ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18 x 345 x 230 ( = 0.71 x 13.58 x 9.06 in)
Battery
86 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Quad Speakers (8W), Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 130W USB-C PSU, USB-C to HDMI/USB-A Adapter, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.937 kg ( = 68.33 oz / 4.27 pounds), Power Supply: 473 g ( = 16.68 oz / 1.04 pounds)
Price
2450 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88.4 %
08/2021
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
1.9 kg18 mm15.60"3456x2160
89.7 %
12/2019
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
i9-9880H, Radeon Pro 5500M
2 kg16.2 mm16.00"3072x1920
90.1 %
01/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
i7-10750H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
1.7 kg18.7 mm15.60"1920x1080
85.6 %
08/2021
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
2.2 kg20 mm15.60"3840x2160
90.1 %
06/2020
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
i7-10875H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
2 kg18 mm15.60"3840x2400

Case - Dell uses familiar design

The case did not change compared to the previous XPS 15 9500. Dell still offers a dark and a white version, which is also the color of the review unit. The silver of the lid as well as the bottom panel is a bit brighter and the top of the base unit is white with the familiar pattern. Compared to the darker model, you will not notice fingerprints, but we cannot say how the white surfaces will hold up over time. This is obviously the case for the white keyboard as well.

Both the build quality as well as the stability are very good; especially the sturdy screen is a positive surprise. You cannot twist it and even concentrated pressure from behind is no problem at all.

The bezels are once again very slim on all four sides, which looks very modern and it also results in a screen-to-body ratio of almost 90%.

Size Comparison

361.8 mm / 14.2 inch 245.7 mm / 9.67 inch 18.7 mm / 0.736 inch 1.7 kg3.76 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2.2 kg4.92 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 246 mm / 9.69 inch 16.2 mm / 0.638 inch 2 kg4.41 lbs345 mm / 13.6 inch 230 mm / 9.06 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.9 kg4.27 lbs344.72 mm / 13.6 inch 230.14 mm / 9.06 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2 kg4.35 lbs
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Connectivity - Thunderbolt 4 and USB-C Adapter

Compact USB-C adapter
Compact USB-C adapter

The port selection is limited to modern USB-C ports, and the ports on the left side also support the new Thunderbolt 4 standard. Dell also ships the XPS 15 with a compact adapter from USB-C to USB-A and HDMI.

Otherwise, you also get a standard 3.5 mm stereo jack and even a slot for a security lock.

Left side: Slot for a security lock, 2x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 (DisplayPort, PowerDelivery)
Left side: Slot for a security lock, 2x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 (DisplayPort, PowerDelivery)
Right side: USB-C 3.2 Gen.2, SD-card reader, 3.5 mm stereo jack
Right side: USB-C 3.2 Gen.2, SD-card reader, 3.5 mm stereo jack

SDCardreader

The SD-card slightly protrudes from the chassis (~0.5 cm).
The SD-card slightly protrudes from the chassis (~0.5 cm).

The XPS 15 is one of the few notebooks that still offers a full-size SD-card reader, so there is no need for an external solution. It is also a very fast module and we can see transfer rates of more than 220 MB/s with our reference card AV Pro V60 (UHS-II). However, the card reader is not really suited for permanent storage expansion, because the SD-card will protrude by about half a centimeter.

SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
  (AV Pro V60)
224 MB/s ∼100%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
198.5 MB/s ∼89% -11%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
  (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
192 MB/s ∼86% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
103 MB/s ∼46% -54%
Average of class Multimedia
  (18.1 - 224, n=65, last 2 years)
79.2 MB/s ∼35% -65%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
211.9 MB/s ∼100% +4%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
  (AV Pro V60)
202.8 MB/s ∼96%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
197.9 MB/s ∼93% -2%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
  (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
196 MB/s ∼92% -3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (23.2 - 217, n=65, last 2 years)
89.1 MB/s ∼42% -56%

Communication

Dell equips the XPS 15 with the Wi-Fi 6 module Killer AX1650s (160 MHz), which supports all the common standards. Our standardized test with the router Netgear Nighthawk RAX120 determines very good transfer rates and the results are also slightly better compared to last year’s model. We have also tested the laptop with a Fritz!Box 7590 (Wi-Fi 5, 80211ac) and there were issues with the speed or the signal strength.

You can realize wired networks via Thunderbolt adapters, but the XPS 15 has no dedicated networks card. Contrary to some business devices, there are no options for LTE or even 5G modules.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1368 (669min - 1440max) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1346 (725min - 1495max) MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1239 (1161min - 1273max) MBit/s ∼91% -9%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1049 (862min - 1225max) MBit/s ∼77% -23%
Average of class Multimedia
  (52 - 1563, n=85, last 2 years)
1001 MBit/s ∼73% -27%
Average Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
  (356 - 1368, n=15)
978 MBit/s ∼71% -29%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Broadcom 802.11ac
581 (533min - 616max) MBit/s ∼42% -58%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1446 (653min - 1555max) MBit/s ∼100% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1383 (1007min - 1505max) MBit/s ∼96% +5%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1319 (1015min - 1489max) MBit/s ∼91%
Average Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
  (640 - 1546, n=15)
1314 MBit/s ∼91% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1151 (577min - 1211max) MBit/s ∼80% -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (119 - 1548, n=85, last 2 years)
1077 MBit/s ∼74% -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Broadcom 802.11ac
817 (806min - 821max) MBit/s ∼57% -38%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1319 (1015-1489)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1346 (669-1440)

Webcam

The webcam is still the familiar 720p model, which does not take good pictures even under good lighting conditions. There is no mechanical shutter.

ColorChecker
14.5 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
16.4 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
18.5 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
9 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
9 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED: 11.57 ∆E min: 3.91 - max: 18.52 ∆E

Maintenance

You can remove the bottom panel with a corresponding screwdriver (Torx T5) pretty easily. Some components like the Wi-Fi module are soldered onto the mainboard, but both the SODIMM slots as well as the two M.2-2280 slots are accessible and make upgrades pretty easy. You can also clean the fans.

Internal layout
Internal layout

Waranty

Dell ships the XPS 15 with a one-year warranty (premium support with on-site service) by default, but you can extend the warranty period and the service during the configuration process. An upgrade to a 3-year on-site service, for example, is offered for around 120 Euros.

Input Devices - Huge touchpad in the multimedia laptop

Both the keyboard as well as the huge touchpad are also familiar form the previous model and there is not much else to tell. The typing experience benefits from the precise feedback and even longer tests are not problem, but it could still be better. Some business models (including laptops from Dell) have even better keyboards. The white keyboard illumination can be a bit of an issue in combination, because there is hardly any contrast depending on the ambient lighting. This is obviously no problem in dark environments.

The touchpad (15.1 x 9.1 cm) offers plenty of room and the handling is excellent. Inputs are well executed and even gestures are no problem. The lower part of the pad can be clicked, but this results in a pretty loud clicking noise. We recommend you just use tap-to-click.

Input devices
Input devices
Keyboard illumination
Keyboard illumination

Display - 15-inch XPS now with optional OLED touchscreen

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

In addition to the two familiar 16:10 screens (Full-HD or 4K), which we reviewed with in the previous model, Dell now also offers an OLED touchscreen, which is 50 Euros less compared to the 4K screen. Dell calls it 3.5K, which corresponds with a resolution of 3456 x 2160 pixels. The panel is provided by Samsung (SDC414D) and the subjective picture quality is excellent: Crisp images, vivid colors, perfect blacks and extremely fast response times.

Our measurements show that the test unit does not meet the advertised brightness of 400 cd/m² with about 370 cd/m² on average, so it is the darkest panel within our comparison group. However, this is not a huge problem thanks to the very high contrast ratio and you can still use it comfortable in bright environments. The PWM flickering at 60 Hz for brightness levels of 99% or lower is a bigger issue. If you already have problems with OLED smartphones, you should avoid the new display option when you configure the XPS 15. Backlight bleeding is no problem thanks to the display technology.

369
cd/m²
368
cd/m²
372
cd/m²
365
cd/m²
362
cd/m²
371
cd/m²
363
cd/m²
364
cd/m²
370
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
SDC414D
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 372 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 367.1 cd/m² Minimum: 4.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 363 cd/m²
Contrast: 6033:1 (Black: 0.06 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.1 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5, calibrated: 2.5
ΔE Greyscale 1.4 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
98.1% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
100% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99.9% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.18
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
SDC414D, OLED, 3456x2160, 15.60
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
APPA044, IPS, 3072x1920, 16.00
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
N156HCE-GN1, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Samsung SDC4143, OLED, 3840x2160, 15.60
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Sharp LQ156R1, IPS, 3840x2400, 15.60
Display
-29%
0%
-3%
Display P3 Coverage
99.9
61.05
-39%
99.9
0%
89.65
-10%
sRGB Coverage
100
89.94
-10%
100
0%
99.97
0%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
98.1
62.2
-37%
99.5
1%
99.77
2%
Response Times
72889%
14039%
118%
-1243%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
3.6 ?(2, 1.6)
52.4 ?(23.9, 28.5)
-1356%
33.6 ?(17.2, 16.4)
-833%
2.8 ?(1.6, 1.2)
22%
54 ?(26.4, 27.6)
-1400%
Response Time Black / White *
2.8 ?(1.2, 1.6)
34.9 ?(17.8, 17.1)
-1146%
22.4 ?(12.8, 9.6)
-700%
2 ?(1, 1)
29%
33.2 ?(19.2, 14)
-1086%
PWM Frequency
59.52 ?(99)
131700
221170%
26040 ?(50)
43650%
240 ?(83)
303%
Screen
-59%
-66%
6%
-102%
Brightness middle
362
519
43%
518
43%
440
22%
557.9
54%
Brightness
367
477
30%
513
40%
446
22%
541
47%
Brightness Distribution
97
86
-11%
88
-9%
92
-5%
91
-6%
Black Level *
0.06
0.39
-550%
0.38
-533%
0.04
33%
0.39
-550%
Contrast
6033
1331
-78%
1363
-77%
11000
82%
1431
-76%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.1
2.28
-9%
2.1
-0%
2.53
-20%
4.54
-116%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.1
6.54
-60%
4.5
-10%
7.82
-91%
7.92
-93%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.5
0.86
66%
1.3
48%
2.57
-3%
3.82
-53%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.4
0.9
36%
2.7
-93%
1.2
14%
3.2
-129%
Gamma
2.18 101%
2145 0%
2.35 94%
2.206 100%
1.99 111%
CCT
6608 98%
6572 99%
7042 92%
6371 102%
6451 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
78
57.7
89.5
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
90.4
100
Total Average (Program / Settings)
36415% / 18178%
4648% / 2763%
41% / 27%
-449% / -244%

* ... smaller is better

We use the professional CalMAN software in combination with the X-Rite i1 Pro 2 to analyze/calibrate the panel. Dell preloaded its PremierColor software, which can be used to calibrate the panel and it also offers multiple profiles for different color spaces (P3, AdobeRGB etc.). We tested multiple profiles and got the best results with the preset Brilliant (Full).

CalMAN Grayscale (target color space P3)
CalMAN Grayscale (target color space P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space P3)

The average DeltaE2000 deviations of the grayscale and the colors compared to the reference color space P3 are already very low out of the box and only a couple of colors slightly surpass the important mark of 3. There is no color cast and the color temperature is also decent. We tried to calibrate the panel multiple times, but the result was always a bit worse, so we do not offer our calibrated profile at this point.

We can confirm the full coverage of the P3 reference color space, so the OLED panel is suited for picture/video editing.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. P3
vs. P3
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

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
2.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.2 ms rise
↘ 1.6 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
3.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 1.6 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (37.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 59.52 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 59.52 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 59.52 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17048 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

The high contrast ratio is a big advantage outdoors, and you can still work quite comfortable with the glossy panel at the maximum brightness as long as you avoid reflections from direct light sources. The viewing angle stability is excellent, but there are some color deviations from extreme angles, which are typical for OLED panels. However, this should not be an issue in everyday situations.

In the sun (with reflection)
In the sun (with reflection)
In the sun (without reflection)
In the sun (without reflection)
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - XPS 15 with Tiger Lake-H

Dell Power Manager
Dell Power Manager

The XPS 15 9510 is a multimedia laptop, so it does not use the most powerful graphics cards you get in gaming laptops. If you just want a premium notebook without a dedicated GPU, you can once again get the XPS 15 without the GeForce GPU, so the integrated GPU from the processor takes care of all the graphics calculations. However, the iGPU of the Tiger Lake-H CPUs is much slower than the iGPU from the Tiger Lake-U chips you currently find in many laptops, so we would always recommend to get at least the smaller GeForce RTX 3050.

The Windows power settings only offer the Balanced profile, but Dell offers additional options in the preloaded Power Manager. The default profile is Optimized, which we used for all our benchmarks and measurements. We also had a look at the Ultra-Performance profile in some sections.

Dell launched BIOS version 1.4 during the review period, so we repeated all the tests with the new version. The processor performance did not change, but the GPU performance is better in synthetic benchmarks. There are still some limitations during gaming and when you stress the CPU and GPU at the same time.

Processor - 45W Core i7-11800H

Our test unit is equipped with the Core i7-11800H with 8 cores (16 threads) and a nominal TDP of 45W. Dell allows the processor to consume up to 93W, which is also necessary for the maximum clock of 4.2 GHz on all 8 cores. However, this value can only be maintained for a few seconds and the power consumption will quickly drop to the sustained value of 45W. The behavior is similar in the Ultra-Performance mode, only the sustained value is increased to 48W. The Ultra-Performance mode is therefore only interesting for the first few minutes of CPU load, after that both profiles will offer roughly the same performance.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

010521031542052563073584094510501155126013651470157516801785189019952024.191795.411719.621716.151694.561589.381592.361604.241764.291641.031604.31636.061638.141622.591637.131644.471621.531629.861618.521618.841620.481643.391641.291614.41639.212009.951786.831594.261566.051577.781576.61568.631574.681576.61580.531586.421599.31587.361601.351646.631593.311589.381604.111648.741647.651598.341636.061647.651607.331613.421435140713861396139814011401140614071405140214031409140714081407140914081409140314051409141014081405140614111408140714101405140614081406140614021407141414131403140214131405140914091401140714071404141114091405140714111406140314081405140514071410140914071362.311326.261311.391314.061314.581305.441269.121297.231275.921295.171271.51304.81284.231295.881279.061297.351280.71297.731283.611310.491270.081300.471268.871298.741283.941256.761211.861175.991177.721174.851183.431183.41182.031179.491181.441168.871175.641166.861172.571185.361176.091182.491186.241181.721178.971180.181182.031180.361178.21181.961885.991816.781758.631745.21742.161741.631740.951750.321738.831735.061719.841726.671736.191734.531743.831719.691745.121738.681732.431734.451730.11735.581721.841738.831734.151390.721148.91262.031283.331300.471294.541304.421293.871295.921291.281300.471299.121284.771293.241275.231298.451295.211303.781292.571300.431278.361295.171288.71291.911282.221298.571283.491297.821291.241298.451277.141295.841288.661296.511300.471302.461305.11291.281299.81288.71296.511288.71291.991299.81305.11299.171284.151290.611288.661290.662018.672001.71989.752000.71985.012005.312004.511995.112001.31924.651865.061786.911837.391852.281842.211834.951858.911846.211852.191841.281842.041858.391843.571841.541846.81Tooltip
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED Intel Core i7-11800H; Ultra Performance: Ø1663 (1589.38-2024.19)
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED Intel Core i7-11800H: Ø1625 (1566.05-2009.95)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M Intel Core i9-9880H; macOS 10.15.1: Ø1407 (1386-1435)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M Intel Core i9-9880H; Win 10: Ø1296 (1268.87-1362.31)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00 Intel Core i7-10750H: Ø1183 (1166.86-1256.76)
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD Intel Core i7-11800H: Ø1746 (1719.69-1885.99)
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD Intel Core i7-10875H: Ø1292 (1148.9-1390.72)
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T AMD Ryzen 7 5800H: Ø1903 (1786.91-2018.67)

The new Tiger Lake-H processor is around 25% than its direct predecessor in the old XPS 15 9500 under sustained workloads, but the advantage can be even bigger in shorter benchmarks where the i7-11800H benefits from the high power limit. The Intel CPU also performs well in single-core benchmarks, but you also have to compare the results with the latest AMD chips. We also added the results of the Ryzen 7 5800H in the Asus TUF Gaming F15, where the CPU is configured with lower power limits (64/35W). The AMD chip is almost on the same level in the single-core tests and the multi-core scores are comparable at first, but the Ryzen 7 is about 15% faster under sustained workloads despite the much lower power limits.

All in all, the new i7 in the XPS 15 performs well and the performance is completely sufficient for a multimedia laptop, but it could be even better with an AMD CPU.

The power limits are basically identical on battery power, but there are massive differences depending on the application. Cinebench R15, for example, results in a massive drop (60-70% slower), while the performance is absolutely fine in Cinebench R23. We suspect an issue with the energy settings and Dell should have another look at it. More CPU benchmarks are available in our tech section.

CPU data Cinebench R15 Multi loop (Red: Ultra-Performance, green: Optimized)
CPU data Cinebench R15 Multi loop (Red: Ultra-Performance, green: Optimized)
Cinebench R23: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Single Core)
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Core i7-11800H
1498 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (1386 - 1520, n=24)
1490 Points ∼99% -1%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
1399 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Multimedia
  (980 - 1556, n=53, last 2 years)
1338 Points ∼89% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
1262 Points ∼84% -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
1140 Points ∼76% -24%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Multi Core)
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (8447 - 14088, n=26)
11885 Points ∼100% +13%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
11102 Points ∼93% +5%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Core i7-11800H
10531 Points ∼89%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
8758 Points ∼74% -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
8747 (8681.12min - 8746.74max) Points ∼74% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
7458 Points ∼63% -29%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2725 - 13205, n=59, last 2 years)
6900 Points ∼58% -34%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Core i7-11800H
581 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (520 - 586, n=25)
573 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
559 Points ∼96% -4%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
520 Points ∼90% -10%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
493 Points ∼85% -15%
Average of class Multimedia
  (311 - 601, n=98, last 2 years)
489 Points ∼84% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
488 Points ∼84% -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
453 Points ∼78% -22%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
442 Points ∼76% -24%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (3306 - 5408, n=28)
4597 Points ∼100% +19%
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
4553 Points ∼99% +18%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
4128 Points ∼90% +7%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Core i7-11800H
3848 Points ∼84%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
3422 Points ∼74% -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
3057 Points ∼66% -21%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
3250 Points ∼71% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
2827 Points ∼61% -27%
Average of class Multimedia
  (727 - 5128, n=98, last 2 years)
2374 Points ∼52% -38%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
233 Points ∼100% +2%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Core i7-11800H
228 Points ∼98%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (204 - 231, n=24)
225 Points ∼97% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
205 Points ∼88% -10%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
204 Points ∼88% -11%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
204 Points ∼88% -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (126 - 242, n=96, last 2 years)
193 Points ∼83% -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
184 Points ∼79% -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
184 Points ∼79% -19%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Core i7-11800H
2024.19 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Core i7-11800H
2009.95 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
2019 (1786.91min - 2018.67max) Points ∼100% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (1342 - 2173, n=27)
1934 Points ∼96% -4%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
1886 (1719.69min - 1885.99max) Points ∼93% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
1435 (1401min - 1435max) Points ∼71% -29%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
1362 (1268.87min - 1362.31max) Points ∼67% -33%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
1391 (1148.9min - 1390.72max) Points ∼69% -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
1257 (1166.86min - 1256.76max) Points ∼62% -38%
Average of class Multimedia
  (334 - 2154, n=112, last 2 years)
1054 Points ∼52% -48%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Average of class Multimedia
  (233 - 1439, n=85, last 2 years)
534 Seconds * ∼100% -79%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
375 Seconds * ∼70% -26%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
353 Seconds * ∼66% -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
343 Seconds * ∼64% -15%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
313 Seconds * ∼59% -5%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Core i7-11800H
298 Seconds * ∼56%
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
268 Seconds * ∼50% +10%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (217 - 342, n=24)
267 Seconds * ∼50% +10%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
5558 MIPS ∼100% +2%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (5138 - 5716, n=24)
5479 MIPS ∼99% +1%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Core i7-11800H
5427 MIPS ∼98%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
5392 MIPS ∼97% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
5341 MIPS ∼96% -2%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
5335 MIPS ∼96% -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3406 - 5865, n=84, last 2 years)
4969 MIPS ∼89% -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
4837 MIPS ∼87% -11%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
53767 MIPS ∼100% +26%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (37641 - 56758, n=24)
49205 MIPS ∼92% +16%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
44739 MIPS ∼83% +5%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Core i7-11800H
42570 MIPS ∼79%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
39455 MIPS ∼73% -7%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
36383 MIPS ∼68% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
34433 MIPS ∼64% -19%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8984 - 59653, n=84, last 2 years)
29586 MIPS ∼55% -31%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Core i7-11800H
1540 Points ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
1516 Points ∼98% -2%
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
1443 Points ∼94% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (882 - 1625, n=20)
1390 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Multimedia
  (813 - 1645, n=80, last 2 years)
1323 Points ∼86% -14%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
1318 Points ∼86% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
1300 Points ∼84% -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
1115 Points ∼72% -28%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
8864 Points ∼100% +9%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Core i7-11800H
8164 Points ∼92%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
7799 Points ∼88% -4%
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
7621 Points ∼86% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (3323 - 9851, n=20)
7360 Points ∼83% -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
7109 Points ∼80% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
5650 Points ∼64% -31%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1604 - 9050, n=80, last 2 years)
5389 Points ∼61% -34%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (10.5 - 17.4, n=24)
14.2 fps ∼100% +15%
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
13.4 fps ∼94% +8%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Core i7-11800H
12.4 fps ∼87%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
11.9 fps ∼84% -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
10.6 fps ∼75% -15%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
10.2 fps ∼72% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
9.45 fps ∼67% -24%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1.39 - 15.9, n=82, last 2 years)
7.96 fps ∼56% -36%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
58.9 s * ∼100% -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
16.5 s * ∼28% +65%
Average of class Multimedia
  (16.5 - 99.2, n=84, last 2 years)
54.5 s * ∼93% -15%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
52.6 s * ∼89% -11%
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
49.1 s * ∼83% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
49 s * ∼83% -3%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
47.5 s * ∼81% -0%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Core i7-11800H
47.5 s * ∼81%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (38.6 - 50.7, n=24)
46 s * ∼78% +3%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
0.6904 sec * ∼100% -22%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
0.661 sec * ∼96% -17%
Average of class Multimedia
  (0.4851 - 1.002, n=84, last 2 years)
0.622 sec * ∼90% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.597 sec * ∼86% -5%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H
0.587 sec * ∼85% -4%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.584 sec * ∼85% -3%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Intel Core i7-11800H
0.567 sec * ∼82%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (0.548 - 0.605, n=24)
0.567 sec * ∼82% -0%
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
0.512 sec * ∼74% +10%

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Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
228 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
2024.19 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
195.38 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

The subjective performance impression is very good and the components are well balanced. There is no bottleneck and there won’t be one in the next couple of years. All inputs are executed quickly and without noticeable delays. We did not experience any issues with the laptop during our review period. The XPS 15 also performs very well in the synthetic benchmarks and is only beaten by devices with more powerful GPUs.

PCMark 10 / Score
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
7062 Points ∼100% +17%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
  (6019 - 6556, n=3)
6351 Points ∼90% +6%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
6019 Points ∼85%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
5500 Points ∼78% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
5225 Points ∼74% -13%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
5125 Points ∼73% -15%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3028 - 6725, n=89, last 2 years)
4925 Points ∼70% -18%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
10028 Points ∼100% +6%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
  (9490 - 10221, n=3)
9961 Points ∼99% +5%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
9808 Points ∼98% +3%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
9490 Points ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
9395 Points ∼94% -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (6441 - 10690, n=88, last 2 years)
9103 Points ∼91% -4%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
9669 Points ∼100% +16%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
  (8344 - 8723, n=3)
8569 Points ∼89% +3%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
8344 Points ∼86%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
7994 Points ∼83% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
7457 Points ∼77% -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5448 - 9729, n=88, last 2 years)
7380 Points ∼76% -12%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
9858 Points ∼100% +32%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
  (7475 - 8577, n=3)
8150 Points ∼83% +9%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
7475 Points ∼76%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
5526 Points ∼56% -26%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2148 - 9415, n=88, last 2 years)
4943 Points ∼50% -34%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
4662 Points ∼47% -38%
PCMark 10 Score
6019 points
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DPC Latency

Our DPC latency test shows that the XPS 15 9510 has some problems with the current BIOS version and it is therefore not ideal for real-time audio applications. There are, however, big improvements compared to the previous model, which had even more problems.

LatencyMon Overview
LatencyMon Overview
LatencyMon Drivers
LatencyMon Drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
9855.5 μs * ∼100% -415%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
1913.9 μs * ∼19%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
822.7 μs * ∼8% +57%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
634.6 μs * ∼6% +67%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

Our test unit is equipped with a 512 GB PCIe-SSD (NVMe 1.3) from Micron (2300). You can use 393 GB after the initial set-up. The XPS 15 supports the new PCIe 4.0 standard, but Dell still uses a PCIe 3.0 x4 drive. This is not a big deal in everyday scenarios and the transfer rates are good, but the XPS is a premium device and the drive could be faster. More SSD benchmarks are available here.

Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Apple SSD AP1024 7171
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
SK Hynix PC611 512GB
Average Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-12%
10%
91%
-6%
0%
Write 4K
109.35
55.54
-49%
159.5
46%
231.4
112%
123.3
13%
106 ?(86 - 125, n=5)
-3%
Read 4K
53.91
16.21
-70%
53.14
-1%
89.5
66%
41.85
-22%
51.2 ?(40.1 - 57.1, n=5)
-5%
Write Seq
1990.54
1959.24
-2%
1723.02
-13%
4208
111%
2054
3%
2041 ?(1738 - 2706, n=5)
3%
Read Seq
1759.22
1762.83
0%
2164.45
23%
4512
156%
1617
-8%
1845 ?(1553 - 2298, n=5)
5%
Write 4K Q32T1
499.78
398.51
-20%
469.22
-6%
648
30%
413
-17%
494 ?(455 - 521, n=5)
-1%
Read 4K Q32T1
438.81
648.05
48%
542.58
24%
691
57%
377.5
-14%
445 ?(358 - 570, n=5)
1%
Write Seq Q32T1
2834.8
2726.7
-4%
3055.2
8%
5111
80%
2705
-5%
2867 ?(2784 - 2999, n=5)
1%
Read Seq Q32T1
3234.8
3241.6
0%
3295.9
2%
7002
116%
3442
6%
3272 ?(3204 - 3461, n=5)
1%
AS SSD
36%
61%
205%
23%
24%
Seq Read
1362
2531.3
86%
2553
87%
5357
293%
2072.43
52%
2300 ?(1362 - 2960, n=6)
69%
Seq Write
1440
2288.6
59%
974
-32%
3978
176%
1486.34
3%
1550 ?(976 - 2586, n=6)
8%
4K Read
38.43
15.85
-59%
49.69
29%
50.6
32%
47.41
23%
45 ?(38.4 - 49.8, n=6)
17%
4K Write
121.41
39.88
-67%
139.51
15%
156.16
29%
117.63
-3%
107 ?(85.5 - 127, n=6)
-12%
4K-64 Read
370.5
1266.78
242%
1462.38
295%
2465
565%
967.36
161%
676 ?(371 - 855, n=6)
82%
4K-64 Write
1053.65
1748.84
66%
1474.45
40%
3360
219%
715.16
-32%
1616 ?(1054 - 2015, n=6)
53%
Access Time Read *
0.042
0.122
-190%
0.063
-50%
0.08
-90%
0.057
-36%
0.059 ?(0.037 - 0.103, n=6)
-40%
Access Time Write *
0.135
0.095
30%
0.031
77%
0.027
80%
0.096
29%
0.1807 ?(0.094 - 0.365, n=6)
-34%
Score Read
545
1536
182%
1767
224%
3052
460%
1222
124%
952 ?(545 - 1197, n=6)
75%
Score Write
1319
2018
53%
1711
30%
3914
197%
981
-26%
1877 ?(1319 - 2370, n=6)
42%
Score Total
2160
4317
100%
4308
99%
8449
291%
2809
30%
3290 ?(2160 - 4170, n=6)
52%
Copy ISO MB/s
1405.65
1995
42%
2094.27
49%
1998.8
42%
1603 ?(1074 - 2064, n=5)
14%
Copy Program MB/s
843.6
584
-31%
656.93
-22%
627.12
-26%
843 ?(613 - 1012, n=5)
0%
Copy Game MB/s
1353.42
1135
-16%
1446.82
7%
1000.64
-26%
1570 ?(1353 - 1805, n=5)
16%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
12% / 18%
36% / 42%
148% / 157%
9% / 12%
12% / 16%

* ... smaller is better

Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3234.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2834.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 438.81 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 499.78 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1759.22 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1990.54 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 53.91 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 109.35 MB/s

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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GPU Performance - GeForce RTX 3050 Ti with 45 Watts

GPU-Z Intel UHD Graphics Xe 750
GPU-Z Intel UHD Graphics Xe 750
GPU-Z GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
GPU-Z GeForce RTX 3050 Ti

The integrated UHD Graphics Xe 750 of the processor usually handles all the graphics calculations in undemanding scenarios and the dedicated GeForce RTX 3050 Ti automatically takes over when you need more performance. This GPU can be configured with 35-80W and Dell decided to use the version with a TGP of 45W. More technical information about the GPU is available here.

The graphics performance is more stable after the BIOS update to version 1.4 and the 3DMArk Time Spy stress test is now also passed with the standard performance profile (Optimized). However, there is still a drop to ~30W when you stress the CPU simultaneously, so you should use the profile Ultra-Performance in these situations instead, where the GPU is running with the specified 45W.

Synthetic benchmarks show that the new RTX 3050 Ti is faster than the old XPS 15 9500 with the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (~20% faster on average), but it is “only” the 45W model (vs. 50W GTX 1650 Ti in the old XPS 15), so the average results for the RTX 3050 Ti in our database are better (between 11-25%). We do not know the TGP for the regular RTX 3050 in the new XPS 15, so we cannot make any statements about the performance difference.

Similar to the processor, we can see big differences on battery power. Some applications like 3DMark will be affected massively (almost 85% slower; Time Spy Graphics 4591 vs. 622 points), while games (Witcher 3, AC: Valhalla) are not affected at all. More benchmarks with the RTX 3050 Ti are available here.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
30601 Points ∼100% +99%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
  (15387 - 20905, n=8)
18910 Points ∼62% +23%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
15387 Points ∼50%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, Intel Core i9-9880H
14725 Points ∼48% -4%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10875H
12865 Points ∼42% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
12275 Points ∼40% -20%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1365 - 31866, n=87, last 2 years)
9458 Points ∼31% -39%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
  (39886 - 91513, n=8)
69843 Points ∼100% +44%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, Intel Core i9-9880H
65776 Points ∼94% +36%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
48479 Points ∼69%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10875H
34971 Points ∼50% -28%
Average of class Multimedia
  (6498 - 87836, n=72, last 2 years)
33710 Points ∼48% -30%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
22864 Points ∼100% +89%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
  (10288 - 14815, n=8)
13747 Points ∼60% +13%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
12119 Points ∼53%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, Intel Core i9-9880H
10399 Points ∼45% -14%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10875H
9930 Points ∼43% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
9105 Points ∼40% -25%
Average of class Multimedia
  (920 - 23674, n=95, last 2 years)
6758 Points ∼30% -44%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
8523 Points ∼100% +86%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
  (4591 - 6122, n=9)
5474 Points ∼64% +19%
Dell XPS 15 9510 11800H RTX 3050 Ti OLED
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
4591 Points ∼54%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10875H
3601 Points ∼42% -22%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, Intel Core i9-9880H
3364 Points ∼39% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
3332 Points ∼39% -27%
Average of class Multimedia
  (300 - 9323, n=84, last 2 years)
2395 Points ∼28% -48%
3DMark 11 Performance
14027 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
26532 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
10777 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
4729 points
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Gaming Performance

If you want to play games on the XPS 15 9510, you should definitely use the Ultra-Performance profile, otherwise there can be (depending on the ratio between CPU and GPU load) performance drops of around 20% after a little while, even after the BIOS update to version 1.4. You can see the exact behavior in the chart of our Witcher 3 test below. This title, however, is not very demanding for the CPU, so there can be differences when you play titles with more CPU load.

CPU & GPU data Witcher 3 Ultra BIOS 1.4 (Red: Ultra-Performance, green: Optimized)
CPU & GPU data Witcher 3 Ultra BIOS 1.4 (Red: Ultra-Performance, green: Optimized)

Witcher 3 FPS Chart

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