System Performance

Jarred has been heavily revising our notebook/ultrabook benchmarking suite for 2013, essentially lining up our tests with the convergence between tablets and notebooks and allowing for more direct comparison (as discussed here). This is a good thing moving forward, but unfortunately means that good comparison points between notebooks are presently a bit few and far between. I've included information on the 2012 model where possible, though, so you can see how the generational difference has impacted the XPS 13.

PCMark 7 (2013)

Cinebench R11.5 - Single-Threaded Benchmark

Cinebench R11.5 - Multi-Threaded Benchmark

Futuremark 3DMark 11


Despite operating at roughly the same clocks, the Ivy Bridge i5-3337U runs absolutely roughshod on last generation's high end i7-2637M. Additionally, the HD 4000 in the i5-3337U is DirectX 11 capable where the HD 3000 was not, allowing us to run 3DMark11.

What's also interesting and helpful is to note the difference between the current high end ULV part, the i7-3517U and the i5-3337U. Or, more accurately, the lack thereof. The XPS 13 can be upgraded to an i7-3537U (another 100MHz clock jump), but as you can see it's an exceedingly incremental improvement and not worth spending money for.

Re-introducing the Dell XPS 13 Display, Battery, Noise, and Heat
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  • Dustin Sklavos - Thursday, March 21, 2013 - link

    Why yes, yes it is!
  • Mitch89 - Saturday, March 23, 2013 - link

    Haha awesome!!!
  • AncientWisdom - Saturday, March 23, 2013 - link

    After being pretty disapointed with current crop of Win8 convertibles, I decided to get this machine for uni. Generally I agree with the review which is pretty spot on. It is hard to convey just how frustrating the trackpad experience really is, must be one of the worst trackpads I have ever used. Except for that I think it is one of the best ultrabooks on offer at the moment albeit a few shortcomings (SD card reader and lack of dedicated home row are the 2 things that jump to mind the most).
    The keyboard (as well as the screen) should be mentioned as top performers IMO.

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