Performance Re-imagined

What do you think of when I say performance? The efficiency of a sports car engine? The sound quality of speakers? Acting on a stage? Well although true, none of these are coming close to what I am about to review and talk about.

JoK[ishl]er here you sexy Nibblers coming to you with my first ever laptop hardware review and it is a big one… Dell XPS 15 9560.

The specs that are illegal

Before we get into anything else let’s just list the specs of this beast. Before I let you know what is under the skinny hood, let me tell you I was (and still am) genuinely petrified to use a machine so beautiful and yet so powerful.

Dell XPS 15 9560

Greeting you with its slim look and metallic skin, the Dell XPS 15 looks like it belongs in a museum. And when you decide to open the beast up, you are greeted with a matte black finish and an Infinite Edge Display screen. But wait, not only is its clarity shinier and brighter than my future … but rather a gorgeous screen that holds one of the reasons I am hopelessly in love. Are you ready to hear this? This baby has a … wait for it … 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) Infinity Edge touch display.

Dell XPS 15 9560 4K UHD Display

Have you recovered yet? Because wait … there is more. Sleek design, diamond clear screen and inside it purrs like a cheetah. It has an Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core ready to be used as you see fit. The insane horsepower of 32GB DDR4 keeping the engine going with enough storage space in that 1TB SSD. That is right people … solid state … one freaking terabyte … only god knows why man would put this in a laptop. But who am I to question his work?

Dell XPS 15 9560

Now what is the point of having such a gorgeous screen, and nothing to show, that is why Dell gave this beast an integrated Intel HD 630 graphics processor. The view on it is absolutely breathtaking. Oh and just for fun it seems they decided that it wasn’t good enough, so they equipped it with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5. You know … as if it’s nothing.

Look those are the important bits describing the new lady in my life, but if you want to really know her, here is her personal bio file:

Processor Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core (6M Cache, up to 3.8 GHz)
Storage Options 1TB SSD + 32GB Flash with Intel Smart Response Technology
RAM Options 32 GB DDR4 @ 2133MHz
Display Options 15.6’’ UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) InfinityEdge touch
Edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass NBT on 4K Ultra HD display
Graphics Intel HD 630
NVidea GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5
Ports HDMI
USB 3.0 (x2) with PowerShare
Headset Jack
SD card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
Kensington Lock slot
USB Type-C Thuderbolt 3
Wireless Killer 1535
Bluetooth 4.1
802.11ac (Miracast enabled)
Battery 97 WHr
AC Adapter 130 W
Weight 2.0 kg
Dimensions Height: 11-17 mm
Width: 357 mm
Depth: 235 mm
Camera Widescreen HD (720p) webcam with dual array digital microphones
Audio and Speakers

Stereo Speaker

Dual Microphones

High Definition Audio with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro

Dell XPS 15 9560 Dimensions

Exam time

It may have the looks and the brains, but does it hold up to the rest out there? The good news is that it passed all tests with flying colours. And I know nobody wants to read a lot so let me summarize. I put XPS through 3 tests. First was the Dell SupportAssist stress test, the second Novabench benchmark test and the last Cinebench by MAXON benchmark test.
The stress test gave us a nice in-depth analysis of how well it performs under pressure. Our first question of the day was a little something on processor cores. 4 cores, 8 threads, each running at speed of 3.41 GHz, the lowest temperature was 63℃ and the highest was 66℃. Sub test 1 … passed. The next obstacle was the memory test, which this beast passed with honours. And now for the big one, the graphics processors. First the HD 630 was tested with a Transformation and Lighting stress test, with only 1 GB of memory the Dell XPS 15 9560 passed it with an average frames per second of 46. Processor number 2, the GTX 1050, 4 GB memory, it became a little hotter with a peak temperature of 78℃ and an average frames per second of 148.
Now if that does not allow this godly laptop to be given a professional degree in being a total beast and machine then hopefully these would grant the privilege.

Novabench Results:

Novabench Result

Cinebench Results:

Cinebench result Dell XPS 15 9560
Cinebench result Dell XPS 15 9560

Playing games with the beast 

In order to get a feel, I jammed some Street Fighter V on Ultra. Now I beg of you, don’t judge me on my scrub plays, just watch how well the Elon Musk of laptops performs.

Is it possible marriage material?

After all the tests, games and fun I have had, all I can say is that me and my Dell XPS 15 9560 will be living happily ever after, until the newer Usain Bolt comes along with 64 GB RAM and a 2TB SSD, but till then my love, you will be my one and only.

So until that day comes, I, JoK[ishl]er, give you Dell XPS 15 9560…

Rating of 9.8/10

Until next time Nibblers stay sane, stay safe and game hard.