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Dell XPS 15 9570 (i9-8950HK, 4K UHD, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q) Laptop Review

Too much power? After checking out the Core i5 and Core i7 SKUs, we're now finally ready to benchmark the Core i9 version of the XPS 15 9570. In short, users are better off investing in more storage, RAM, or faster graphics than to plop down an additional $250+ for the Core i9-8950HK.

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The XPS 15 is Dell's premier consumer laptop and it carries premier hardware to back it all up. While 15-inch laptops aren't uncommon, the XPS 15 is special for being so thin and compact while offering Core i9, discrete Nvidia graphics, and 4K touchscreen options all in one.

Our test unit today represents the highest-end configuration that the XPS 15 9570 has to offer and we're especially excited to see how it performs when compared to the lower-end Core i5 and i7 SKUs. We recommend checking out our existing reviews on the XPS 15 for more information on the chassis, display, and its features since the visual design of the XPS 15 9570 has remained essentially unchanged since the XPS 15 9550 days. Our review here will instead focus on the CPU and its supposed advantages over the Core i7 alternative.

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Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD (XPS 15 9570 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q - 4096 MB, Core: 1290 MHz, Memory: 7008 MHz, GDDR5, 397.93, Optimus
Memory
32768 MB 
, PC4-21300, 19-19-19-43, Dual-Channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel 282 PPI, LQ156D1, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel CM246
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR, 1024 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD reader, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17 x 357 x 235 ( = 0.67 x 14.06 x 9.25 in)
Battery
97 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Dell Power Manager, Digital Delivery, PremierColor, Mobile Connect, Update, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.014 kg ( = 71.04 oz / 4.44 pounds), Power Supply: 439 g ( = 15.49 oz / 0.97 pounds)
Price
2800 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000XGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
189 MB/s ∼100% +7%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
176.6 MB/s ∼93%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
163.8 MB/s ∼87% -7%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
138 MB/s ∼73% -22%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
64.2 MB/s ∼34% -64%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000XGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
241.7 MB/s ∼100% +16%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
212.4 MB/s ∼88% +2%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
207.82 MB/s ∼86%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
200.36 MB/s ∼83% -4%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
662 MBit/s ∼100% +25%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
656 MBit/s ∼99% +24%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
640 MBit/s ∼97% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000XGE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
627 (min: 319, max: 666) MBit/s ∼95% +18%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
530 MBit/s ∼80%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
655 MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000XGE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
628 (min: 593, max: 651) MBit/s ∼96% -4%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
584 MBit/s ∼89% -11%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
521 MBit/s ∼80% -20%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
479 MBit/s ∼73% -27%

Display

Dell utilizes the same 4K UHD LQ156D1 panel from Sharp across its XPS 15 9570 SKUs. Consequently, characteristics like response times, contrast, pulse-width modulation, and color coverage between our 4K i7 SKU and 4K i9 SKU are very similar between them. This unfortunately includes the inaccurate representation of Red and Violet colors yet again despite the otherwise deep colors and crisp text. Maximum brightness continues to be brighter than most other competing 15-inch laptops save for the notable exception of the MacBook Pro 15.

Slight backlight bleeding is present along the bottom edge of the screen on our unit. It's largely unnoticeable even during movie playback.

Light-moderate uneven backlight bleeding along bottom edge
Light-moderate uneven backlight bleeding along bottom edge
RGB subpixel array (282 PPI)
RGB subpixel array (282 PPI)
PremierColor settings prior to calibrating the display
PremierColor settings prior to calibrating the display
PremierColor version used
PremierColor version used

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397.8
cd/m²
381.3
cd/m²
365.1
cd/m²
432.7
cd/m²
451.9
cd/m²
419.5
cd/m²
421.5
cd/m²
421.6
cd/m²
430.2
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 451.9 cd/m² Average: 413.5 cd/m² Minimum: 22.46 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 430.4 cd/m²
Contrast: 1255:1 (Black: 0.36 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.62 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2, calibrated: 2.69
ΔE Greyscale 6.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
98.5% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 71.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.2
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
LQ156D1, IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
AU Optronics B156ZAN03.1, IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000XGE
B156ZAN03.2, IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Sharp SHP148D, IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
BOE0730, IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
BOE NV156FHM-N61, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
22%
-10%
-1%
11%
678%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
52.4 (27.6, 24.8)
44 (22, 22)
16%
61.6 (30.8, 30.8)
-18%
48.4 (23.2, 25.2)
8%
38 (20.4, 17.6)
27%
39.2 (19.6, 19.6)
25%
Response Time Black / White *
31.6 (18, 13.6)
22.8 (12, 10.8)
28%
32 (15.6, 16.4)
-1%
34.8 (19.2, 15.6)
-10%
27.6 (15.6, 12)
13%
35.2 (20.4, 14.8)
-11%
PWM Frequency
1000 (25)
1000 (25)
0%
943.4 (99)
-6%
21190 (99)
2019%
Screen
6%
20%
21%
-6%
2%
Brightness middle
451.9
357.6
-21%
396
-12%
488
8%
329.3
-27%
273.6
-39%
Brightness
414
350
-15%
380
-8%
440
6%
316
-24%
262
-37%
Brightness Distribution
81
85
5%
90
11%
81
0%
84
4%
86
6%
Black Level *
0.36
0.35
3%
0.28
22%
0.3
17%
0.31
14%
0.3
17%
Contrast
1255
1022
-19%
1414
13%
1627
30%
1062
-15%
912
-27%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.62
4.12
27%
4
29%
3.16
44%
4.78
15%
3.22
43%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
19.1
9.91
48%
7.6
60%
8.8
54%
11.75
38%
7.61
60%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.69
4.23
-57%
0.9
67%
3.51
-30%
4.1
-52%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.9
1.8
74%
6.1
12%
3.3
52%
7.9
-14%
1.4
80%
Gamma
2.2 100%
2.17 101%
2.25 98%
2.178 101%
2.24 98%
2.24 98%
CCT
6254 104%
6613 98%
7786 83%
6811 95%
8323 78%
6636 98%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
71.8
87.5
22%
88.5
23%
71.7
0%
58.8
-18%
56.4
-21%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98.5
100
2%
100
2%
97.9
-1%
90.4
-8%
86.2
-12%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
14% / 9%
5% / 15%
10% / 16%
3% / -2%
340% / 147%

* ... smaller is better

 

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

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
31.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 13.6 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. » 81 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
52.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 27.6 ms rise
↘ 24.8 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. » 87 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 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 1000 Hz ≤ 25 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 1000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 25 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8922 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.


Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors on cloudy day
Outdoors on cloudy day
Outdoors on cloudy day
Outdoors on cloudy day
Wide viewing angles
Wide viewing angles

Performance

Unless otherwise stated, all benchmarks below were performed with the unit set to High Performance mode on both Windows and the Dell Power Manager software. Our goal is to see how powerful the i9 XPS 15 can be when at its best stock settings.

Processor

CineBench R15
CineBench R15

Current SKUs of the XPS 15 9570 include the Core i5-8300H, Core i7-8750H, or Core i9-8950HK. There's no question that the jump in performance from the quad-core i5 to the hexa-core i7 is quite significant at almost 50 percent in multi-threaded workloads. The performance delta between the i5 and i9, however, is a gray area. In this case, the i9 XPS 15 is not all that much faster than a stock i7 XPS 15. We are able to record a performance boost of only about 10 percent at most when both configurations are subjected to non-stop processing stress to imply that the Core i9 SKU is just slightly better at maintaining faster Turbo Boost clock rates. Otherwise, the gain is so marginal that even most performance users will not notice.

The competing Asus ZenBook UX580 carries the same Core i9 CPU as our Dell, but it performs slightly slower to be even closer to a baseline i7-8750H. Users who actually want the full performance of a Core i9-8950HK should consider the thicker MSI GT75 where performance can be almost 25 percent faster than the same CPU in the i9 XPS 15.

Intel XTU can be used to tweak the CPU for potentially faster performance. Unfortunately, our test unit inevitably crashes after a couple of minutes each time the program is launched.

See our dedicated page on the Core i9-8950HK for more technical details and benchmark comparisons.

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Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1095 (1008.45-1230.43)
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G; CPU Multi 64Bit; Undervolting: Ø1168 (1123.47-1219.85)
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1012 (980.27-1215.12)
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1353 (1323.32-1378.12)
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1039 (1027.64-1112.59)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK
205 Points ∼94% +8%
Average Intel Core i9-8950HK
  (185 - 206, n=10)
196 Points ∼90% +3%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
192 Points ∼88% +1%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Intel Core i9-8950HK
190 Points ∼87%
Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X in review
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
176 Points ∼81% -7%
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8750H
175 Points ∼80% -8%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
174 Points ∼80% -8%
Dell XPS 15 2018 i5 FHD 97Wh
Intel Core i5-8300H
167 Points ∼77% -12%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
165 Points ∼76% -13%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
157 Points ∼72% -17%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
146 Points ∼67% -23%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X in review
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
1801 Points ∼41% +55%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1378 Points ∼31% +18%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
1359 Points ∼31% +17%
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8750H
1251 Points ∼29% +8%
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8750H
1215 Points ∼28% +4%
Average Intel Core i9-8950HK
  (1074 - 1391, n=10)
1220 Points ∼28% +5%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1163 Points ∼27%
Dell XPS 15 2018 i5 FHD 97Wh
Intel Core i5-8300H
840 Points ∼19% -28%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
735 Points ∼17% -37%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
699 Points ∼16% -40%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
639 Points ∼15% -45%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
508 Points ∼12% -56%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK
2.33 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Core i9-8950HK
  (2.1 - 2.34, n=7)
2.23 Points ∼91%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
2.16 Points ∼89%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
1.97 Points ∼81%
Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X in review
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
1.95 Points ∼80%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
1.9 Points ∼78%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.78 Points ∼73%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X in review
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
18.68 Points ∼69%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK
15.05 Points ∼56%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
14.98 Points ∼55%
Average Intel Core i9-8950HK
  (12 - 15.1, n=7)
13.6 Points ∼50%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.14 Points ∼30%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
7.65 Points ∼28%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
6.35 Points ∼23%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
7243 Points ∼67%
Average Intel Core i9-8950HK
  (6978 - 7460, n=3)
7196 Points ∼66%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
6436 Points ∼59%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
6345 Points ∼59%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5825 Points ∼54%
Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X in review
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
5256 Points ∼49%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
38810 Points ∼78%
Average Intel Core i9-8950HK
  (32438 - 39380, n=3)
35971 Points ∼72%
Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X in review
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
34763 Points ∼70%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
23794 Points ∼48%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21671 Points ∼44%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
20666 Points ∼42%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
372.39 s * ∼4%
Average Intel Core i9-8950HK
 
245 s * ∼3%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
214.927 s * ∼3%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
197.647 s * ∼2%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
120.923 s * ∼1%
Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X in review
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
96.622 s * ∼1%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Average Intel Core i9-8950HK
  (8.22 - 11682, n=10)
4631 Seconds * ∼21%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
Intel Core i7-8550U
740.35 Seconds * ∼3%
Ryzen 5 2600X and Ryzen 7 2700X in review
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
578.285 Seconds * ∼3%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
522.024 Seconds * ∼2%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
503.967 Seconds * ∼2%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
465.128 Seconds * ∼2%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
120.65 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1163 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
190 Points
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks rank our i9 SKU within single-digit percentages of the i7 SKU to show that the Core i9 has very little impact on system performance during day-to-day office loads. We experienced several BSOD crashes during our time with the unit and they all involved either GPU-Z, HWiNFO, Intel XTU, or the i1Profiler display software in some way. The stop codes 'VIDEO_DXGKRNL_FATAL_ERROR' or 'DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE' would occur each time.

PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5605 Points ∼56% +3%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
5444 Points ∼55%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Vega M GL / 870, 8705G, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
5346 Points ∼54% -2%
Dell XPS 15 2018 i5 FHD 97Wh
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
4672 Points ∼47% -14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1511 - 5823, n=68)
3620 Points ∼36% -34%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
2994 Points ∼30% -45%
Productivity
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
7212 Points ∼74%
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
7037 Points ∼73% -2%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Vega M GL / 870, 8705G, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
6786 Points ∼70% -6%
Dell XPS 15 2018 i5 FHD 97Wh
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
6592 Points ∼68% -9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3113 - 8020, n=69)
5995 Points ∼62% -17%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5475 Points ∼56% -24%
Essentials
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Vega M GL / 870, 8705G, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
9360 Points ∼88% +5%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
8951 Points ∼84%
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
8429 Points ∼79% -6%
Dell XPS 15 2018 i5 FHD 97Wh
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
7922 Points ∼74% -11%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
7410 Points ∼69% -17%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3733 - 9360, n=69)
7201 Points ∼68% -20%
Score
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
5059 Points ∼65%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Vega M GL / 870, 8705G, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
5001 Points ∼64% -1%
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4966 Points ∼64% -2%
Dell XPS 15 2018 i5 FHD 97Wh
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
4479 Points ∼58% -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2046 - 5358, n=69)
3820 Points ∼49% -24%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3728 Points ∼48% -26%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell XPS 15 2018 i5 FHD 97Wh
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
5271 Points ∼81% +14%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ, WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + SanDisk Z400s M.2 2242 32 GB Cache
4884 Points ∼75% +6%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4620 Points ∼71%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Vega M GL / 870, 8705G, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
4469 Points ∼69% -3%
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4418 Points ∼68% -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2213 - 5651, n=254)
4239 Points ∼65% -8%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4125 Points ∼63% -11%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Vega M GL / 870, 8705G, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
4235 Points ∼70% +10%
Dell XPS 15 2018 i5 FHD 97Wh
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
4030 Points ∼66% +5%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
3840 Points ∼63%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ, WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + SanDisk Z400s M.2 2242 32 GB Cache
3659 Points ∼60% -5%
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3631 Points ∼60% -5%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i7 UHD
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3371 Points ∼55% -12%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1740 - 4693, n=274)
3352 Points ∼55% -13%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3840 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4620 points
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Storage Devices

Unlike our i7 XPS 15 and its 512 GB Toshiba SSD, our i9 XPS 15 carries a 1 TB Samsung PM981 SSD with faster sequential read and write rates of 1599 MB/s and 2216 MB/s, respectively. Note that the secondary 2.5-inch SATA III bay option is not available on Core i9 SKUs.

See our table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000XGE
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
AS SSD
-1%
40%
-19%
-22%
-17%
Copy Game MB/s
1119.94
728.25
-35%
944.26
-16%
1041.75
-7%
1069.77
-4%
Copy Program MB/s
515.14
430.94
-16%
487.91
-5%
486.79
-6%
495.54
-4%
Copy ISO MB/s
2576.73
1045.16
-59%
1522.88
-41%
1667.62
-35%
1891.98
-27%
Score Total
4507
4065
-10%
5355
19%
2132
-53%
2037
-55%
2952
-35%
Score Write
2059
1547
-25%
2147
4%
807
-61%
757
-63%
1499
-27%
Score Read
1616
1679
4%
2132
32%
921
-43%
859
-47%
970
-40%
Access Time Write *
0.044
0.036
18%
0.028
36%
0.051
-16%
0.051
-16%
0.04
9%
Access Time Read *
0.061
0.04
34%
0.034
44%
0.044
28%
0.054
11%
0.113
-85%
4K-64 Write
1814.74
1272.75
-30%
1782.15
-2%
637.4
-65%
544.89
-70%
1269.69
-30%
4K-64 Read
1453.01
1431.02
-2%
1804.84
24%
649.44
-55%
646.23
-56%
748.68
-48%
4K Write
94.4
100.89
7%
130.92
39%
94.25
0%
93.24
-1%
92.98
-2%
4K Read
30.73
37.78
23%
56.81
85%
41.38
35%
38.76
26%
40.75
33%
Seq Write
1500.4
1728.67
15%
2336
56%
752.11
-50%
1188.51
-21%
1366.97
-9%
Seq Read
1319.61
2098.63
59%
2703
105%
2302.4
74%
1738.6
32%
1802.55
37%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2251 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2395 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 321.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 602.9 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1599 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2216 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 52.64 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 103 MB/s

GPU Performance

The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q is an uncommon find since most OEMs tend to make the jump to a standard GTX 1050 Ti instead. We suspect that Dell went with the less demanding Max-Q variant due to thermal limitations of the chassis. After all, last year's XPS 15 9560 was limited up to the GTX 1050 and the XPS 15 9570 chassis still utilizes the same cooling solution. Performance is neck-to-neck with the Radeon RX Vega M GL as found on the XPS 15 9575.

3DMark benchmarks show the GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q to be about 10 to 20 percent faster than the GTX 1050 and 5 to 10 percent slower than a "proper" mobile GTX 1050 Ti.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Dell G7 15-7588
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
10798 Points ∼60% +28%
Asus GL704GM-DH74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
9275 Points ∼51% +10%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8705G
8633 Points ∼48% +2%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK
8450 Points ∼47%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (7376 - 8877, n=5)
8250 Points ∼45% -2%
Dell XPS 15 2018 i5 FHD 97Wh
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
7607 Points ∼42% -10%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
7281 Points ∼40% -14%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8750H
7176 Points ∼40% -15%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus GL704GM-DH74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
15436 Points ∼30% +71%
Dell G7 15-7588
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
14487 Points ∼28% +60%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8705G
10118 Points ∼20% +12%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
9725 Points ∼19% +8%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK
9032 Points ∼18%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (8317 - 9079, n=5)
8760 Points ∼17% -3%
Dell XPS 15 2018 i5 FHD 97Wh
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
7790 Points ∼15% -14%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8750H
6874 Points ∼13% -24%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (2196 - 2278, n=2)
2237 Points ∼17%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8705G
2072 Points ∼16%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8750H
1596 Points ∼12%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus GL704GM-DH74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
12281 Points ∼30% +67%
Dell G7 15-7588
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
11309 Points ∼28% +53%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
7646 Points ∼19% +4%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK
7374 Points ∼18%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8705G
7348 Points ∼18% 0%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (6957 - 7428, n=5)
7249 Points ∼18% -2%
Dell XPS 15 2018 i5 FHD 97Wh
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
6216 Points ∼15% -16%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8750H
5677 Points ∼14% -23%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell G7 15-7588
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
81015 Points ∼44% +92%
Asus GL704GM-DH74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
72659 Points ∼39% +72%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
49539 Points ∼27% +17%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (42202 - 48258, n=3)
45804 Points ∼25% +9%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8705G
42351 Points ∼23% 0%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK
42202 Points ∼23%
Dell XPS 15 2018 i5 FHD 97Wh
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
39896 Points ∼22% -5%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8750H
34926 Points ∼19% -17%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8705G
46963 Points ∼6%
3DMark 11 Performance
9373 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
24948 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
6688 points
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Gaming Performance

Unsurprisingly, gaming performance is between that of the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti. Modern titles are still playable at 1080p with most settings tuned down. See our dedicated page on the GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

Note that the system should be set to Ultra Performance through the Dell Power Manager menu when gaming. If not, performance may throttle as exemplified by our Witcher 3 graph below. Frame rates are constant at about 23 FPS when on Ultra Performance (red), but they will otherwise drop to 15 FPS when set to Quiet or Cool mode (orange).

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