CPU and General Performance
Now that we've taken a look at the raw specifications of the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming, let's see how that translates to performance.
In the Cinebench rendering test, you can see the multi-threaded advantages of the true quad-core CPU in the Inspiron 15, as opposed to the dual-core HyperThreaded processors in both the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 and the MacBook Pro.
Single threaded performance is neck and neck, as we would expect from similar Intel CPUs from adjacent generations (Skylake and Kaby Lake).
We see a like result with our handbrake testing, in which we transcode a 4K video file to 1080P. The quad-core Core i5-7300HQ pulls ahead of the competitors in the CPU encoding test. When Intel QuickSync is enabled to offload some of the encoding work to the integrated GPUs, the gap is narrowed, but the Inspiron 15 is still the fastest.
PCMark 8 is a benchmarking suite that aims to emulate several different usage scenarios ranging from basic productivity to mixed workloads with light gaming and to applications for creative professionals like photo and video editing. While the "conventional" tests are running applications as you'd expect, the "accelerated" versions add OpenCL acceleration and use the available GPU devices for some operations.
Our PCMark results show a couple of interesting stories. In general, we see the continued trend of quad-core domination tends to ring true throughout these tests. However, in the "Home" tests we see a much more even playing field. This consists of light computational tasks like web browsing, word processing, and video chatting. These aren't generally tasks that take use of multiple threads, so we are seeing the close single-threaded performance here again.
If the price tag is $700
If the price tag is $700 would be marvelous & match with the model Insprion 7000.
Damn that’s a pretty good
Damn that’s a pretty good deal since an exactly spec’d Lenovo Y520 is $1020. I’d most likely take the Lenovo over Dell, from past experience, but its tempting.
“all of the screws in the
“all of the screws in the internal chassis are labeled with the screw size and how many of those screws you’ll find in the machine”
Actually, the second number is the length of the screw, not how many.
For example, M2.5×5 means M2.5 thread screw that’s 5mm long.
Edit: very decent-looking laptop too, and they have a 4K version to boot, even though that one is only available in black. How boring…
I’m not quite sure how that
I'm not quite sure how that one escaped me.. I've definitely bought metric bolts before and totally recognize the screw length now that you mention it 🙂
Never edit when excited – it
Never edit when excited – it results in silly mistakes 😛
No comments on the screen at
No comments on the screen at all? I’m assuming it comes with one. 😉 I’ve had the previous model over a year and, while performance is great for the price (don’t really use it for gaming), the screen is quite dim. Love the ease of upgrades as well.
looks like a crappy TN
looks like a crappy TN panel.. second photo shows pretty bad colour shifting
You mean the i5-7300HQ not
You mean the i5-7300HQ not i7-7300HQ, right?
I wonder how soon
I wonder how soon Zen+Vega+HBM APU will make those type of gaming laptop obsolete
The specs of this review and
The specs of this review and price are not accurate. The only $850 model offered by Dell does not have an SSD or 1050 Ti. It comes with a 1TB Hybrid and a 1050 regular