If you’ve read our coverage on Dell’s new XPS 15 2-in-1 during CES 2018, you’ll understand why we were so impressed by it. In comparison with other Ultrabooks, the new XPS is one of the first (and few) models that actually ships out with Intel’s new G-series CPU, which uses an AMD Radeon RX Vega M GPU as its integrated graphics driver.
In particular, the model that we saw at CES 2018 was fitted with a Radeon RX Vega GL; a lower-tier variant of its 4GB HBM2 GPU that Intel and AMD said would provide graphical fidelity on par with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050. For that matter, Intel also said that the more powerful XPS 15 2-in-1 with the Radeon RX Vega M GH would be on par a notebook fitted with a GeForce GTX 1060.
But when all is said and done, we never really did see the notebook in question put through its paces, until now. Thanks to the good folks at Hot Hardware, the tech site’s team got something of a quick exclusive look at its graphical prowess.
Before we continue, there are two points we would like to highlight here. First, the model that they tested was running the GL variant of the Radeon RX Vega M. The second point is that the model in question was still in early development, so we do ask that you manage your expectations of it.
The team ran the benchmark test from Rise of the Tomb Raider, and to see how it fared, they compared the results with two different Intel-powered notebooks: one running on a GeForce MX150 GPU, and the other on Intel’s UHD 620 integrated graphics.
At the end of the benchmarks, the XPS 15 2-in-1 garnered an average of 35 frames per second with in-game graphics set at its Very High settings. In comparison, the notebook with the GeForce MX150 could only muster an average of 24 frames per second, and only the game’s High settings. In the case of the notebook running on the Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics, it couldn’t even break the 10 frames per second barrier, and in the game’s Medium settings, no less.
As we mentioned earlier, this Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 that was tested is a pre-production unit. But if these results are anything to go by, there will be a lot of excitement when it launches later this quarter. And, we’re also yet to see the performance numbers of the XPS 15 2-in-1 with the GH variant of the Radeon RX Vega M GPU. It these initial numbers are anything to go by, we can expect to be wowed once again.
(Source: Hot Hardware)