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Face Off: Dell XPS 13 9350 vs XPS 13 9343 vs. XPS 13 9333

XPS 13 roundup. We compare and contrast the recent generations of XPS 13 notebooks to see what exactly has changed over time and if the latest model is really worth an upgrade over the outgoing generation.

The XPS 13 SKUs make up some of our most popular pages and are consistently ranked on our Top 10 lists of Ultrabooks and subnotebooks. For this Face off, we'll list the hardware and performance differences of the latest three generations to help decide if the newest iteration is worth the cost or if the older models offer enough for most to get by.

We encourage users to check out our dedicated review pages below for more data and detailed analyses of each of the three models. This comparison is by no means a replacement, but a condensed aid for those on the fence.

XPS 13 9350
XPS 13 9350
XPS 13 9343
XPS 13 9343
XPS 13 9333
XPS 13 9333

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Case

Between the XPS 13 9350, 9343, and 9333, the 9350 and 9343 both carry identical chassis. The signature InfinityEdge design allows the latest two iterations to have extremely narrow bezels measuring about 7 mm from the edge of the screen to the edge of the outer lid. This essentially gives the 13.3-inch notebook the footprint of an 11.6-inch notebook without sacrificing case rigidity and quality.

The older XPS 13 9333 SKU is slightly larger in all dimensions and utilizes a similar combination of carbon fiber and aluminum surfaces on all sides and corners. Its design is noticeably rounder, less minimalist, and slightly thicker as well. We did not notice a drastic increase or decrease in workmanship or quality between the immediate generations despite the jump in design from the 9333 to the 9343. Thus, choosing one generation over the other is less about quality and more about the size and weight advantages of the newer generation.

316 mm / 12.4 inch 205 mm / 8.07 inch 21 mm / 0.827 inch 1.4 kg3.03 lbs316 mm / 12.4 inch 205 mm / 8.07 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.4 kg3 lbs304 mm / 12 inch 200 mm / 7.87 inch 18.5 mm / 0.728 inch 1.2 kg2.7 lbs304 mm / 12 inch 200 mm / 7.87 inch 18.5 mm / 0.728 inch 1.3 kg2.81 lbs

Ports in Comparison

XPS 13 9350
XPS 13 9350
XPS 13 9343
XPS 13 9343
XPS 13 9333
XPS 13 9333

Connectivity

Differences in port selection are minor but noteworthy between the generations. The 9350 has dropped the mini-DisplayPort option altogether in favor of the newer and more versatile USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 2 port. It also includes NVMe compatibility not found on the 9343 or 9333 models. Notebooks with mSATA slots for storage are becoming increasingly uncommon in favor of the M.2 standard.

Ports and Connections
XPS 13 9350 XPS 13 9343 XPS 13 9333
USB 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 2 2x USB 3.0 2x USB 3.0
Video-out 1x USB Type-C Gen. 2 1x mDP 1x mDP
Other SD reader, 1x 3.5 mm audio, Kensington Lock SD reader, 1x 3.5 mm audio, Kensington Lock SD reader, 1x 3.5 mm audio, Kensington Lock
Storage Bays 1x M.2 1x M.2 1x mSATA

Input Devices

Feedback and travel are similar across the three generations with almost no changes to the overall size or feel of the keyboard. The individual keys are sharper around the corners to better reflect the jump in design from the 9333 to the 9343. In particular, the top row of Function keys are physically larger and with larger font labels compared to the same keys on the outgoing design. Touchpad size has also increased in length ever so slightly.

XPS 13 9350
XPS 13 9350
XPS 13 9343
XPS 13 9343
XPS 13 9333
XPS 13 9333

Display

The newer XPS 13 SKUs can be equipped with 1080p FHD and 1800p QHD+ options in either matte (non-touchscreen) or glossy (touchscreen). We were able to measure steadily increasing contrast levels from the older generation to the newest from ~700:1 in the 9333 series to ~1000:1 in the 9343 series and finally ~1500:1 in the 9350.

Unfortunately, maximum brightness levels do not follow the same trend. Some SKUs are much brighter than others due to the resolution choice or even software locks imposed by Dell. The recent XPS 15 9550 series also suffered from some hardware hitches at launch, most of which were fixed via BIOS updates. Meanwhile, color accuracy and gamuts are both generally flat between our tested models with no reliable trend in losses or gains.

XPS 13 9350
XPS 13 9350
XPS 13 9343
XPS 13 9343
XPS 13 9333
XPS 13 9333
Displays at a Glance

XPS 13 9350 FHD XPS 13 9350 QHD+ XPS 13 9343 FHD XPS 13 9343 QHD+ XPS 13 9333 FHD XPS 13 2012
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080 3200 x 1800 1920 x 1080 3200 x 1800 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Pixel Density 166 PPI 276 PPI 166 PPI 276 PPI 166 PPI 118 PPI
Panel ID Sharp SHP1420 Sharp SHP144A Sharp SHP1420 Sharp LQ133Z1 Chi Mei CMN1345 Dell 133BGE
Panel Matte Glossy Matte Glossy Glossy Glossy
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
Dell XPS 13-9333
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Liteonit LMT-128M6M
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZMPC256HBGJ-00000
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
50.8 (18.4, 32.4)
Response Time Black / White *
29.6 (6, 23.6)
PWM Frequency
Screen
Brightness middle
277.5
307.5
409.7
232
450.1
284
Brightness
276
297
405
231
441
277
Brightness Distribution
88
92
93
82
92
91
Black Level *
0.191
0.207
0.366
0.25
0.655
1.75
Contrast
1453
1486
1119
928
687
162
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.88
4.18
7.67
3.63
4.53
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.26
4.94
4.66
2.57
5.32
Gamma
2.59 85%
2.31 95%
1.65 133%
2.17 101%
2.35 94%
CCT
6562 99%
7645 85%
6502 100%
6422 101%
6224 104%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
41.6
59
59.65
58
55.66
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
65.79
92
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.84
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

XPS 13 9350 QHD+
XPS 13 9350 QHD+
XPS 13 9350 FHD
XPS 13 9350 FHD
XPS 13 9343 QHD+
XPS 13 9343 QHD+
XPS 13 9343 FHD
XPS 13 9343 FHD
XPS 13 9333 FHD
XPS 13 9333 FHD

Performance

CPU Performance

We included the XPS 13 model ranging all the way back from 2012 for a more encompassing performance comparison. Our latest XPS 13 with the Core i7-6560U Skylake CPU is just over 50 percent faster in both raw multi-threaded and single-threaded processes compared to the Core i7-2637M Sandy Bridge CPU found on our oldest XPS 13 test unit. When comparing between consecutive generations, however, CPU performance differences are largely in the single digit percentages.

We recommend checking out our dedicated CPU pages on the Core i7-6200U, i5-5200U, and i5-4200U for more benchmarks and comparisons.

Hardware at a Glance

XPS 13 9350 XPS 13 9343 XPS 13 9333
CPU 2.3 GHz Core i5-6200U 2.2 GHz Core i5-5200U 1.6 GHz Core i5-4200U
TDP 15 W 15 W 15 W
RAM 8 GB LPDDR3 1867 MHz, Dual-channel, Soldered 4 GB DDR3L-RS 1600 Dual-channel, Soldered 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz, Dual-channel, Soldered
GPU Intel HD Graphics 520 Intel HD Graphics 5500 Intel HD Graphics 4400
XPS 13 9350
XPS 13 9350
XPS 13 9343
XPS 13 9343
XPS 13 9333
XPS 13 9333
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
1.52 Points ∼62%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
1.28 Points ∼52%
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
1.41 Points ∼58%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
1.28 Points ∼52%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 4000, 3517U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
1.23 Points ∼50%
Dell XPS 13-9333
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Liteonit LMT-128M6M
1.12 Points ∼46%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
0.98 Points ∼40%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
3.45 Points ∼8%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
3.19 Points ∼7%
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
3.12 Points ∼7%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
2.85 Points ∼6%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 4000, 3517U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
2.69 Points ∼6%
Dell XPS 13-9333
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Liteonit LMT-128M6M
2.49 Points ∼6%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
2.33 Points ∼5%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZMPC256HBGJ-00000
2.25 Points ∼5%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
132 Points ∼61%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
116 Points ∼53%
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
123 Points ∼56%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
110 Points ∼50%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
88 Points ∼40%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
303 Points ∼7%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
287 Points ∼7%
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
287 Points ∼7%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
260 Points ∼6%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
217 Points ∼5%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
5718 Points ∼55%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
5549 Points ∼54%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 4000, 3517U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
5136 Points ∼50%
Dell XPS 13-9333
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Liteonit LMT-128M6M
4961 Points ∼48%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
4431 Points ∼43%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZMPC256HBGJ-00000
4471 Points ∼43%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
12612 Points ∼17%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
11343 Points ∼15%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 4000, 3517U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
10674 Points ∼14%
Dell XPS 13-9333
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Liteonit LMT-128M6M
9898 Points ∼13%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
9094 Points ∼12%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZMPC256HBGJ-00000
8765 Points ∼12%
wPrime 2.0x
1024m (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
482.941 s * ∼6%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
562.219 s * ∼7%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
621.2 s * ∼7%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 4000, 3517U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
556.58 s * ∼7%
Dell XPS 13-9333
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Liteonit LMT-128M6M
719.1 s * ∼9%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
642.757 s * ∼8%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZMPC256HBGJ-00000
776.305 s * ∼9%
32m (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
14.563 s * ∼3%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
17.83 s * ∼4%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
19.6 s * ∼4%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 4000, 3517U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
17.67 s * ∼4%
Dell XPS 13-9333
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Liteonit LMT-128M6M
22.8 s * ∼5%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
20.412 s * ∼4%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZMPC256HBGJ-00000
21.701 s * ∼4%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - --- (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
618.425 Seconds * ∼3%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
710 Seconds * ∼3%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
717.1 Seconds * ∼3%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 4000, 3517U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
668 Seconds * ∼3%
Dell XPS 13-9333
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Liteonit LMT-128M6M
725 Seconds * ∼3%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
744 Seconds * ∼3%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZMPC256HBGJ-00000
772 Seconds * ∼3%
3DMark
Fire Strike Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
5017 Points ∼17%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
5064 Points ∼16%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
4465 Points ∼14%
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
4804 Points ∼15%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
4182 Points ∼13%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Physics (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
3379 Points ∼9%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
3132 Points ∼8%
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
3362 Points ∼9%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
2939 Points ∼7%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
44124 Points ∼51%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
36774 Points ∼44%
PCMark 7
System Storage (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
4467 Points ∼63%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
4994 Points ∼70%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 4000, 3517U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
5115 Points ∼72%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZMPC256HBGJ-00000
5105 Points ∼72%
Computation (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
18498 Points ∼65%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
15301 Points ∼54%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 4000, 3517U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
17605 Points ∼62%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZMPC256HBGJ-00000
9958 Points ∼35%
Creativity (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
9663 Points ∼67%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
8613 Points ∼60%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 4000, 3517U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
9549 Points ∼66%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZMPC256HBGJ-00000
7213 Points ∼50%
Entertainment (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
4063 Points ∼38%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
3485 Points ∼33%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 4000, 3517U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
3649 Points ∼34%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZMPC256HBGJ-00000
2707 Points ∼25%
Productivity (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
2697 Points ∼25%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
4061 Points ∼37%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 4000, 3517U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
3660 Points ∼34%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZMPC256HBGJ-00000
3475 Points ∼32%
Lightweight (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
3168 Points ∼43%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
4713 Points ∼64%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 4000, 3517U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
5134 Points ∼70%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZMPC256HBGJ-00000
4150 Points ∼57%
Score (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
5672 Points ∼62%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
4989 Points ∼55%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
4745 Points ∼52%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 4000, 3517U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
4809 Points ∼53%
Dell XPS 13-9333
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Liteonit LMT-128M6M
4862 Points ∼53%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
4934 Points ∼54%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZMPC256HBGJ-00000
3823 Points ∼42%
PCMark 8
Storage Score (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
4762 Points ∼94%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
4803 Points ∼95%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
4936 Points ∼97%
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
3438 Points ∼53%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
4078 Points ∼63%
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
3412 Points ∼52%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
3811 Points ∼58%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
3225 Points ∼49%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
4470 Points ∼42%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
3658 Points ∼35%
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
3537 Points ∼34%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
3444 Points ∼33%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
3288 Points ∼31%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
2928 Points ∼48%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
2983 Points ∼49%
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
2719 Points ∼45%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
2935 Points ∼48%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
2582 Points ∼42%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2 (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
20.34 fps ∼11%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
19.16 fps ∼11%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
16.3 fps ∼9%
Dell XPS 13-9333
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Liteonit LMT-128M6M
14.54 fps ∼8%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
16.24 fps ∼9%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZMPC256HBGJ-00000
12.23 fps ∼7%
Pass 1 (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
110 fps ∼40%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
101.76 fps ∼37%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
86.49 fps ∼31%
Dell XPS 13-9333
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Liteonit LMT-128M6M
78.27 fps ∼28%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
86.56 fps ∼31%
Dell XPS 13
HD Graphics 3000, 2637M, Samsung SSD 830 Series MZMPC256HBGJ-00000
72.22 fps ∼26%

* ... smaller is better

GPU Performance

As expected, performance differences in graphics power are much wider between consecutive XPS 13 generations due to Intel's stronger focus on improving its integrated GPU series. 3DMark 11 shows a 145 percent rise in GPU performance from the older HD Graphics 4000 to the newer HD Graphics 520. The Iris Graphics 540 in the higher-end 9350 SKUs are even more powerful across the board.

See our dedicated GPU pages on the HD Graphics 520, HD 5500, and HD 4400 for more benchmarks and comparisons.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
1898 Points ∼4%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
1398 Points ∼3%
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
1115 Points ∼2%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
1016 Points ∼2%
Dell XPS 13-9333
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Liteonit LMT-128M6M
789 Points ∼2%
Dell XPS 13 L322X
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
570 Points ∼1%
3DMark
Fire Strike Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
525 Points ∼3%
Dell XPS 13 L322X
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
264 Points ∼1%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
1193 Points ∼3%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
929 Points ∼2%
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
834 Points ∼2%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
765 Points ∼2%
Dell XPS 13 L322X
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
587 Points ∼1%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
9392 Points ∼5%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
7966 Points ∼4%
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
6475 Points ∼4%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
6532 Points ∼4%
Dell XPS 13 L322X
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
4561 Points ∼2%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
122317 Points ∼23%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
45185 Points ∼6%
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
41.07 fps ∼24%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
22.12 fps ∼13%
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
24.78 fps ∼15%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
24.34 fps ∼14%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
20.85 fps ∼12%
Dell XPS 13-9333
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Liteonit LMT-128M6M
18.95 fps ∼11%
Dell XPS 13 L322X
HD Graphics 4000, 3337U, Samsung SSD PM830 256 GByte mSATA
16.76 fps ∼10%
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
46.99 fps ∼19%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
36.04 fps ∼14%
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 256GB
29.65 fps ∼12%
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
30.24 fps ∼12%
Dell XPS 13-9343
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
26.62 fps ∼11%
XPS 13 9350
XPS 13 9350
XPS 13 9343
XPS 13 9343
XPS 13 9333
XPS 13 9333

Stress Test

To test system stability, we run both Prime95 and FurMark to simulate maximum stress. These unrealistic conditions do not represent daily workloads, but are instead meant to put both the CPU and GPU at 100 percent capacity.

The ceiling core temperature is almost identical between the XPS 13 9350, 9343, and 9333 generations for our i5-6200U, i5-5200U, and i5-4200U configurations at about 75 C to 80 C. The CPU and GPU of each model will throttle accordingly when under extreme stress in order to maintain a steady core temperature. Processing power appears to be taking a backseat to graphics power as the CPU will throttle much more heavily than the GPU in the newer SKUs.

XPS 13 9350
XPS 13 9350
XPS 13 9343
XPS 13 9343
XPS 13 9333
XPS 13 9333
CPU and GPU Clock Rates Under Stress

XPS 13 9350 XPS 13 9343 XPS 13 9333
Rated GPU Core Clock (MHz) 300 300 200
Stable GPU Core Clock on FurMark (MHz) 850 750 450
Rated CPU Core Clock (GHz) 2.3 2.2 1.6
Stable CPU Core Clock on Prime95 (GHz) 1.4 1.4 1.6
Average CPU temperature 79 C 80 C 74 C

Emissions

System Noise & Temperature

Fan behavior and surface temperatures are very similar between the 9350, 9343, and 9333 series despite the chassis redesign from the 9333 to the 9343. On the 9333, however, fan noise can be as high as 44.6 dB(A) when under extreme loads compared to the low 30 dB(A) range on the 9343 and 9350. In comparison, the system fan in the much older Sandy Bridge-based XPS 13 2012 SKU tends to pulsate occasionally even during low loads and is generally louder when under higher loads. Average surface temperature is otherwise a flat trend.

Average Fan Noise and Surface Temperature

XPS 13 9350 XPS 13 9343 XPS 13 9333 XPS 13 2012
Fan Noise when idling 28.2 dB(A) 29.1 dB(A) 29.2 dB(A) 29.6 - 33.9 dB(A)
Fan Noise under high loads 30.2 dB(A) 31.1 dB(A) 31.6 - 44.6 dB(A) 40.9 - 45.5 dB(A)
Average surface temperature when idling 27.3 C 27.3 C 28.4 C 28.4
Average surface temperature under high loads 34.3 C 33.9 C 33.0 C 35.2 C
Ambient temperature 20.5 C 23.0 C 21.6 C 19.7 C

Battery Life

Battery capacity has grown about 17 percent from the XPS 13 2012 model (47 Wh) to the latest XPS 13 9350 (56 Wh). Panel resolution and CPU, however, will have measurable impacts on runtimes based on our 9350 FHD and 9350 WQXGA (QHD+) test units. Our updated WiFi v1.3 test is also more demanding than our original WiFi v1.0 test, so the WiFi numbers below are not directly comparable.

Dell XPS 13 9350 WQXGA
56 Wh
Dell XPS 13-9350
56 Wh
Dell XPS 13-9343 Non-Touch
54 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
52 Wh
Dell XPS 13-9343
52 Wh
Dell XPS 13-9333
55 Wh
Dell XPS 13
47 Wh
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
604
782
1295
912
987
566
WiFi v1.3
311
451
598
Load
128
150
145
140
217
93
WiFi
421
580
465
312

Verdict

There are significant improvements between each iteration in terms of contrast level and GPU performance. Other factors such as battery life and display brightness for the later SKUs, however, are much more dependent on the choice of resolution and processor rather than the year of the model.

The jump from the 9333 to the 9343 is the largest due to the chassis update while jumping from the 9343 to the 9350 will see smaller improvements. The 9350 series is more future-proof due to its USB Type-C port that doubles as Thunderbolt 3 for video-out and docking options. It also carries NVMe for even faster SSD transfer rates compared to SATA III-based systems.

Beyond these changes, the 9333 up to the 9350 are very similar in terms of build quality, usability, temperatures, and fan noise. If the USB Type-C port is of no importance, then the 9343 offers the same experience as the 9350 on nearly all accounts.

XPS 13 9350

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Allen Ngo, 2016-03- 9 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.