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Dell XPS 17 9720 graphics is actually slower than on the XPS 17 9710, but CPU performance has improved

Dell XPS 17 9720 graphics is actually slower than on the XPS 17 9710, but CPU performance is significantly improved (Image source: Dell)
Dell XPS 17 9720 graphics is actually slower than on the XPS 17 9710, but CPU performance is significantly improved (Image source: Dell)
Dell has quietly lowered the GeForce RTX 3060 TGP from 70 W to 65 W on the latest XPS 17 9720 series. The minor hit to graphics performance may be worth the more significant increase in CPU performance, however.

When compared to the XPS 17 9710 with 11th gen Intel CPUs, the XPS 17 9720 comes with 12th gen CPUs but the same GeForce RTX 3060 graphics option. One might expect the XPS 17 9720 to offer faster CPU performance and the same graphics performance than the last generation model based on these specs, but this isn't entirely true as our benchmarks below will show.

The RTX 3060 GPU in the XPS 17 9720 targets a TGP of 65 W compared to 70 W on the XPS 17 9710. GPU clock rates when gaming would be as low as 1312 MHz on the 9720 compared to 1530 MHz on the 9710 as demonstrated in our review. The difference is great enough that we're able to record a GPU performance deficit of up to 10 percent when jumping from the 9710 to the 9720 according to both 3DMark benchmarks and GPU-bound titles.

The slight cut to graphics performance has allowed for higher PL1 limits on the XPS 17 9720 CPU when compared to the 9710 CPU. When running Prime95, the Core i7-12700H in our 9720 test unit can reach up to 115 W compared to only 87 W with the Core i7-11800H in the XPS 17 9710. Raw multi-thread performance can be significantly faster on the 9720 as a result at up to 50 percent in some cases.

If you value GPU performance more than CPU performance, then the XPS 17 9710 may still be the superior choice over the newer XPS 17 9720. If you wish to exploit the CPU to its fullest, however, then the XPS 17 9720 and its 12th gen options would be the more lucrative model.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060 Intel Core i7-12700H: Ø2093 (2075.98-2171.32)
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060 Intel Core i7-11800H: Ø1750 (1720.87-1845.87)
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q Intel Core i7-10875H: Ø1366 (1339.18-1451.59)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 5.4: Multi-Core | Single-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
6709 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
4352 Points ∼65% -35%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
3329 Points ∼50% -50%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
675 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
579 Points ∼86% -14%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
483 Points ∼72% -28%
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
17638 (13496.5min - 17638.5max) Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
11668 (7361.61min - 11667.6max) Points ∼66% -34%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
1765 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
1502 Points ∼85% -15%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
2171 (2075.98min - 2171.32max) Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
1846 (1720.87min - 1845.87max) Points ∼85% -15%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
1452 (1339.18min - 1451.59max) Points ∼67% -33%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
255 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
225 Points ∼88% -12%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
202 Points ∼79% -21%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
330 Seconds * ∼100% -53%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
261 Seconds * ∼79% -21%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
215 Seconds * ∼65%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
69981 MIPS ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
51729 MIPS ∼74% -26%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
41529 MIPS ∼59% -41%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
5671 MIPS ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
5481 MIPS ∼97% -3%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
5316 MIPS ∼94% -6%
Geekbench 5.4 / Multi-Core
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
11989 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
7825 Points ∼65% -35%
Geekbench 5.4 / Single-Core
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
1729 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
1305 Points ∼75% -25%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
15.8 fps ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
14.6 fps ∼92% -8%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
11.1 fps ∼70% -30%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
47.1 s * ∼100% -13%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
45.4 s * ∼96% -9%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
41.7 s * ∼89%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.59 sec * ∼100% -29%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
0.56 sec * ∼95% -22%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
0.459 sec * ∼78%

* ... smaller is better

AIDA64 / FP32 Ray-Trace
Lenovo ThinkBook 15p G2 ITH 21B1000YGE
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
15079 KRay/s ∼100% +104%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
10224 KRay/s ∼68% +38%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
7393 KRay/s ∼49%
AIDA64 / FPU Julia
Lenovo ThinkBook 15p G2 ITH 21B1000YGE
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
60737 Points ∼100% +74%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
51602 Points ∼85% +48%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
34921 Points ∼57%
AIDA64 / CPU SHA3
Lenovo ThinkBook 15p G2 ITH 21B1000YGE
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
4204 MB/s ∼100% +61%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
2613 MB/s ∼62%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
2383 MB/s ∼57% -9%
AIDA64 / CPU Queen
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
99828 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15p G2 ITH 21B1000YGE
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
91592 Points ∼92% -8%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
91124 Points ∼91% -9%
AIDA64 / FPU SinJulia
Lenovo ThinkBook 15p G2 ITH 21B1000YGE
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
9777 Points ∼100% +10%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
8914 Points ∼91%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
8852 Points ∼91% -1%
AIDA64 / FPU Mandel
Lenovo ThinkBook 15p G2 ITH 21B1000YGE
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
37786 Points ∼100% +86%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
25742 Points ∼68% +27%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
20265 Points ∼54%
AIDA64 / CPU AES
Lenovo ThinkBook 15p G2 ITH 21B1000YGE
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
131603 MB/s ∼100% +60%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
82401 MB/s ∼63%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
35132 MB/s ∼27% -57%
AIDA64 / CPU ZLib
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
900 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15p G2 ITH 21B1000YGE
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
816 MB/s ∼91% -9%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
628 MB/s ∼70% -30%
AIDA64 / FP64 Ray-Trace
Lenovo ThinkBook 15p G2 ITH 21B1000YGE
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
7530 KRay/s ∼100% +76%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
5582 KRay/s ∼74% +31%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
4273 KRay/s ∼57%
AIDA64 / CPU PhotoWorxx
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
40829 MPixel/s ∼100%
Dell XPS 17 9700 Core i7 RTX 2060 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
24660 MPixel/s ∼60% -40%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15p G2 ITH 21B1000YGE
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
22357 MPixel/s ∼55% -45%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
17960 Points ∼100% +10%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
16354 Points ∼91%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
7042 Points ∼100% +12%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
6285 Points ∼89%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
7275 Points ∼100% +12%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
6473 Points ∼89%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
24844 Points ∼100% +13%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
21970 Points ∼88%
Dell advertises a 60 W GeForce RTX 3060 GPU...
Dell advertises a 60 W GeForce RTX 3060 GPU...
... but the Nvidia Control Panel says it's actually 65 W
... but the Nvidia Control Panel says it's actually 65 W

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Allen Ngo, 2022-06- 1 (Update: 2022-05-31)