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Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060 vs. RTX 3050: 25 percent faster performance at no additional power cost

Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060 vs. RTX 3050: 25 percent faster performance at no additional power cost
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060 vs. RTX 3050: 25 percent faster performance at no additional power cost
The RTX 3060 may be faster than the RTX 3050, but it is operating under the same 65 W TGP meaning it doesn't need to run any warmer or require more power from the outlet to do so.

We recently tested both the Dell XPS 17 9720 with GeForce RTX 3050 graphics and one with GeForce RTX 3060 graphics to see how much of a performance gap exists between the two configurations. According to our 3DMark results below, users can expect the RTX 3060 option to offer roughly 25 percent faster raw performance over the RTX 3050 SKU. An even greater gap exists when dealing with RT effects as originally discovered during the launch of the RTX 3050.

When gaming, the gap between the RTX 3050 and 3060 can be anywhere between 0 percent to 50 percent based on the games we tested. GTA V and X-Plane 11.11 at 1080p, for example, show only very small gaps between the two XPS configurations as they are CPU-heavy titles while GPU-heavy titles like Cyberpunk 2077 can significantly favor the RTX 3060 across the board.

Does opting for the faster RTX 3060 SKU mean hotter temperatures, louder fan noise, and shorter battery life than the RTX 3050 SKU? Fortunately not as each GPU is running under the same 65 W thermal envelope. Our tests prove that both configurations are essentially neck-to-neck in power consumption, battery life, and fan noise despite the notable performance uptick from the RTX 3060 GPU.

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
16354 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
12939 Points ∼79%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
  (9849 - 13959, n=9)
12360 Points ∼76%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
6285 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
4960 Points ∼79%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
  (3725 - 5266, n=10)
4725 Points ∼75%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
6473 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
5470 Points ∼85%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
  (3938 - 5506, n=9)
4941 Points ∼76%
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
3745 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
  (425 - 706, n=4)
582 Points ∼16%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
21970 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
17674 Points ∼80%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
  (12233 - 18352, n=9)
16374 Points ∼75%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1280x720 Lite Quality
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
137.9 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
128.4 fps ∼93%
1920x1080 Standard Quality
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
90.5 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
73.1 fps ∼81%
1920x1080 High Quality
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
69.3 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
52.7 fps ∼76%
2560x1440 High Quality
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
49.1 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
38.5 fps ∼78%
3840x2160 High Quality
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
28.3 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
21 fps ∼74%
The Witcher 3
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
347.7 (304min) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
283 fps ∼81%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
214.6 (208min) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
179 fps ∼83%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
133.9 (124min) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
99 fps ∼74%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
67.8 (61min) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
49 (46min, 46P1) fps ∼72%
Dota 2 Reborn
1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
187 (165.4min) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
185.7 (164.7min) fps ∼99%
1366x768 med (1/3)
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
170.8 (149.9min) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
169.9 (149.2min) fps ∼99%
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
163 (142.5min) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
160.3 (138.8min) fps ∼98%
1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
145 (124.9min) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
133.5 (113.2min) fps ∼92%
3840x2160 ultra (3/3) best looking
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
84.6 (74.6min) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
70.4 (64.7min) fps ∼83%
X-Plane 11.11
1280x720 low (fps_test=1)
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
135.7 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
133.3 fps ∼98%
1920x1080 med (fps_test=2)
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
114.8 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
111.6 fps ∼97%
1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
95.8 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
93.8 fps ∼98%
3840x2160 high (fps_test=3)
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
92.3 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
66.1 fps ∼72%
Strange Brigade
1280x720 lowest AF:1
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
352 (163.5min, 274P1) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
296 (121min, 227P1) fps ∼84%
1920x1080 medium AA:medium AF:4
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
162.6 (125.4min, 132.1P1) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
131 (97.2min, 107P1) fps ∼81%
1920x1080 high AA:high AF:8
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
130.6 (91min, 94.9P1) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
105.3 (70min, 78.5P1) fps ∼81%
1920x1080 ultra AA:ultra AF:16
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
113.4 (50.3min, 85.9P1) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
90.6 (63.5min, 68.2P1) fps ∼80%
2560x1440 ultra AA:ultra AF:16
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
82.3 (48.2min, 67P1) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
66.1 (50.2min, 53.4P1) fps ∼80%
Cyberpunk 2077 1.5
1920x1080 Low Preset
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
95.4 (52.1min) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
63 fps ∼66%
1920x1080 Medium Preset
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
78.1 (37.4min) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
52 fps ∼67%
1920x1080 High Preset
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
60 (44.2min) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
43 fps ∼72%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
48.9 (32.7min) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
34 fps ∼70%
2560x1440 Ultra Preset
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
29 (19.3min) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
21 fps ∼72%
GTA V
1024x768 Lowest Settings possible
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
186.8 (1.581min, 166.7P1) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
186.6 (1.75min, 166.7P1) fps ∼100%
1920x1080 Lowest Settings possible
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
173.2 (5.5min, 111.1P1) fps ∼100%
1366x768 Normal/Off AF:4x
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
180.2 (2.48min, 125P1) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
179 (8.02min, 125P1) fps ∼99%
1920x1080 Normal/Off AF:4x
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
167.3 (4.84min, 100P1) fps ∼100%
1920x1080 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
152.8 (6.02min, 90.9P1) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
146.6 (5.54min, 100P1) fps ∼96%
1920x1080 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
83.8 (9.26min, 52.6P1) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
72.5 (6.08min, 47.6P1) fps ∼87%
2560x1440 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
63.4 (7.71min, 41.7P1) fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9720
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
51.3 (5.14min, 34.5P1) fps ∼81%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR, IPS, 3840x2400, 17.00
Dell XPS 17 9720
i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, Micron 3400 512GB, IPS, 3840x2400, 17.00
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
5.9
7.8
Idle Average *
15.8
15.1
Idle Maximum *
26.7
17
Load Average *
117.4
114
Witcher 3 ultra *
114.8
115.2
Load Maximum *
136.6
135.6

* ... smaller is better

Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
Dell XPS 17 9720
GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 512GB
Noise
off / environment *
23.8
24
Idle Minimum *
24.1
24
Idle Average *
24.1
24
Idle Maximum *
24.1
24
Load Average *
43.2
43.9
Witcher 3 ultra *
48
48.4
Load Maximum *
48
48.4

* ... smaller is better

Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, 97 Wh
Dell XPS 17 9720
i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, 97 Wh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
524
551
Load
58
70
H.264
673
Witcher 3 ultra
104
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Allen Ngo, 2022-06-22 (Update: 2022-06-22)