The XPS laptops have been among the best ones produced by Dell. Let’s take a look at some of the features of these laptops, and what makes them different from others. Here, XPS stands for “Extreme Performance Systems” which simply means that these devices are meant for running high-end applications. We’re going to explore the latest model of XPS Series, XPS 15 (9560). This model is quite suitable for compute-intensive multimedia and gaming applications and we hope that after reading this article, the gaming Nazis will rush to buy this XPS monster. Let’s take a look at various components of the XPS 15 (9560).
Intel 7th Generation, quad-core processor based on Kaby Lake architecture is employed in XPS 15 (9560). Kaby Lake is the latest microarchitecture designed and developed by Intel which is better than the previous microarchitecture, Skylake in terms of speed, power consumption, and a lot of other things. Kaby Lake features faster CPU clock speeds, clock speed changes, and higher Turbo frequencies. However, both the Skylake and Kabylake give similar performance in terms of number of instructions processed per cycle (IPC). Unlike Skylake, which is developed on 14 nm process, Kaby Lake is developed on 14+ nm process.Although Intel is reluctant to disclose what’s new in the 14+ nm process, it claims that the newer process is much better than the older (14 nm) process in terms of performance.
The device supports upto 32 GB of DDR4 memory and that too at 2400 MHz. This much bandwidth is more than enough for handling compute-intensive applications, especially gaming applications. The memory bandwidth is higher than the bandwidth available in the previous model, XPS 15 (9550).
The device uses one of the best graphics cards produced by NVIDIA, GeForce GTX 1050. This card is much more advanced than the 950M card used in XPS 9550. The card uses 4 GB Graphics DDR5 (GDDR5) VRAM which can provide a bandwidth of hundreds of gigabytes, which implies that the laptop is capable of processing billions of pixels in no time. A good and powerful graphics card is one of the key requirements for running high-end gaming applications. And GTX 1050 is one of the major reasons why XPS 9560 is very appealing to gamers.
The weight of the device is about 2 kilograms (4.5 lbs). Though, it seems to be a light device apparently but holding this much weight, especially in couch-potato mode, for an extended period of time becomes very difficult. Therefore, for lazy persons like me, holding this device is not an easy task.
Improved Multimedia Experience
The laptop is capable of processing and displaying ultra-high-definition (UHD) 4K content on its 15.6” screen. A 4K frame is four times the size of an HD frame. Most of the high-end games being developed today are able to be played in 4K resolution. As we all know, the next era is the era of UHD displays and therefore, if you’re into gaming or watching high-resolution movies, give this device a chance!
Support for State-of-the-art Video Compression Standards
The laptop supports the latest video compression standards like high efficiency video coding (HEVC) and VP9. HEVC is the state-of-the-art video compression standard which is able to encode a video at half the bitrate as compared to the previous standard, H.264. VP9, developed by Google, is a big competitor of HEVC. VP9 is a royalty-free codec which is being used by YouTube for video coding/decoding. The XPS 15 (9650) has built-in circuits for decoding streams of HEVC, H.264, VP9 and some other codecs, which makes it one of the best devices available in the market.