Last reviewed: 5th August 2020
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s Dell XPS 15 (2020) i5-10300H 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop review will be focusing on helping us demystify it’s performance capability in relation to its price. We will take a look at some of the latest demanding games to see the types of FPS returns we could expect to see for this mobile gaming price point.
Is the Dell XPS 15 (2020) i5-10300H 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - An OK processor during 2020, meeting some game CPU requirements still. However some modern titles will cause it to struggle. This will become more frequent as time goes by. This laptop has 4 processor cores, which can really help towards modern games to avoid processor bottlenecks. This CPU core count is good, considering the modern multithreaded activity games can utilise with today’s hardware.
Graphics Card - The graphics solution found in this laptop is not for 2020 gaming. Most of today’s games will not run on it. Perhaps some casual gaming could be found with it, but check our graphs below. There is not enough VRAM in this laptop for modern gaming.
System Memory - This amount of RAM, 8GB, is a good quantity of laptop RAM for modern 2020 games.
Screen Size - The screen on this laptop is certainly a good option for game releases in 2020, but there is room for better, should your budget allow. But sometimes larger than this 15.6" is too big and this is definitely a good, portable option for some gamers. Our preference for gaming laptops is actually 17 inch, which provides plenty of screen real estate for the in-game detail, while still providing a portable enough PC.
Refresh Rate - Gaming laptops might well be capable of getting high frames per second nowadays, but sometimes the laptop comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. This refresh rate is the number of times an image can be displayed by the screen. So if your graphics card and processor can get 100 FPS in most games, it will only ever be displayed by the laptop as 60FPS because of the refresh rate of 60Hz. Look for 120Hz on a good gaming laptop, or 144Hz on an excellent gaming laptop So with those thoughts in mind and how the refresh rate impacts gaming, the review laptop has an ok refresh rate available to it. The 60Hz is certainly not great though, and if your hardware can deliver better FPS than the refresh rate, then perhaps shop around for a better refresh rate panel.
While it can be tricky to work out the best price to performance hardware for a gaming laptop, we will be looking at how well this mobile graphics card can run demanding games that are available today or coming out over the coming months.We will consider how well it can perform while gaming at Ultra graphics setting on a 1080p resolution, which is the native resolution for this laptop. We will also look at a few of the more popular games like, Cyberpunk 2077 or Watch Dogs Legion. A first point of reference is seeing how many the mobile gpu, a UHD Graphics 630 found in this laptop, can run of today's 500 most demanding games. In particular it would seem that it can currently run 0 at recommended graphics requirements and then 0 games at their min specs.
We really want to see how the Dell XPS 15 (2020) i5-10300H 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 will compare across all permutations of the XPS 15 (2020) model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.
A 4.3 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the Dell XPS 15 (2020) i5-10300H 8GB RAM 256GB M.2. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. With a number of XPS 15 (2020) laptops in the model lineup this particular variant places at the 13th position for Price to Performance value. Laptops closer to the top place (1st) are value gaming laptop options that deliver the best performance for the laptop price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz|
|Graphics Card||UHD Graphics 630|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2933MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell XPS 15 (2020) i5-10300H 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1699.99||77%|
|i7-10875H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1799.99||76%|
|i7-10750H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$1,729.00||75%|
|i7-10750H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1849.99||71%|
|i7-10875H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1949.99||70%|
|i7-10750H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1599.99||45%|
|i7-10875H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1699.99||45%|
|i7-10875H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2199.99||43%|
|i7-10750H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2249.99||41%|
|i7-10875H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2349.99||41%|
|i7-10875H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2099.99||17%|
|i7-10750H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$1999.99||17%|
|i5-10300H 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1199.99||0%|
Lets now see how our Dell XPS 15 (2020) i5-10300H 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop compares to the best P2P laptop, which is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our review laptop has 266% worse rating in price to performance and the best laptop for P2P has a listed price of $986.99. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our XPS 15 (2020) laptop against the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets 240% worse rating against it for price to performance. The other laptop does currently have a listed price of $858.54 to consider.
As one of the key focuses of any computer is the CPU we will want to know how well our XPS 15 (2020) laptop performs in this area. A good way of gauging this is to put it in a comparison with the best priced CPU focused laptop available today, and then check out its relative performance against that top CPU laptop. We will choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p laptop for our CPU comparison tests as that laptop currently has the best CPU in it at the cheapest laptop price. Its CPU is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which we will compare to our review laptop’s Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz processor. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop CPU to be 120% better in performance compared to our laptop’s processor.
Currently 0 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz. Or it is 451 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
Some of the most popular games today are really the primary benchmark for any laptop’s ability, so we thought we should compare our laptop CPU Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz against Cyberpunk 2077. This CPU performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 16% worse performance against the game’s recommended CPU system requirements. Then we have Watch Dogs Legion and our laptop was 16% worse in processor performance and another popular title today is Assassins Creed: Valhalla which we saw our review laptop get 16% worse compared to our laptop cpu.
Shall we see if our review laptop holds out favourably against a top GPU performance focused laptop PC that is currently available. Our comparison GPU focused laptop today that we have selected is a MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, which comes loaded with the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB card. This top end GPU is currently delivering 1275% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s UHD Graphics 630.
Our laptop Graphics Card, the UHD Graphics 630, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 0 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 0 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended graphics requirements, our laptop graphics card performs as follows - Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop video card is 100% better and then looking at Watch Dogs Legion our laptop GPU is 100% better and finally compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla it has a performance difference : 100% better.
This laptop has a 15.6" physical screen size with a native resolution of 1920x1080. So should you instead be thinking of picking up a 4K monitor rather than this Dell XPS 15 (2020) i5-10300H 8GB RAM 256GB M.2’s 1080p panel? We normally see a 60Hz screen refresh rate accompanying most 4K laptop panels. Which means a game would reach a top 60 FPS before it maxed out, even if the laptop’s hardware was powerful enough to deliver frame rates that were better than that. Today’s AAA games are usually too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. This review laptop has 60Hz refresh rate versions available.
So more likely, you will have to lower the screen resolution on your 4K laptop to 1080p or 1440p to run modern AAA games at a frame rate that doesnt stutter. By lowering the pixel count, your game will start to look blurry, as you move away from your laptop monitor’s native resolution in order to get more frames per second. Which immediately defeats the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming. However, a 1080p laptop could very well have some good hardware in it, capable of playing AAA games comfortably at 4K with a few graphics setting tweaks. If this is the case then hook up the gaming laptop to a 4K or 1440p desktop monitor, for some serious home based gaming sessions. A decent desktop monitor is not going to have 60Hz getting in the way of extra FPS and is going to be enjoyably larger than the 15inch or 17inch screen thats most common on laptops.
If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.
The 1440p gaming monitor that has a great price today and should be a nice accompaniment to the Dell XPS 15 (2020) i5-10300H 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. Its current price is $294.99 and it has a 75Hz refresh rate. To help provide some further information into this desktop monitor price trends we saw it cost a recorded low of $272.99, which we tracked on 5th Aug 2020.
A nice performing 4K desktop monitor, should you want one to accompany this laptop, is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. Today it is priced at $829.99 and has a 144Hz refresh rate. This 4K monitor, during these past couple of weeks, has increased its price by $799. It’s still a solid purchase to accompany this laptop but it means you may find it for even cheaper at the moment, if you look around. Our 4k monitor price tracker recorded and marked its lowest price on 11th Aug 2020, it reached the lower price of $797.05.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
So why would you get a 4K capable laptop? If you enjoy movies or Netflix at 4K and have access to 4K content via those types of services then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be a great experience, but we still think you wouldn't miss that 4K.
Hold that 4K gaming laptop cash for perhaps a more powerful GPU or fancy mouse or headset. That's our usual advice. Otherwise it might be a bit disheartening to pay for a 4K gaming laptop, and then be forced to turn the resolution down on modern games to get them to run smoothly.
We price track a number of good value gaming mice and the one that currently stands out is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which is currently available for $11.99. Today's best value and good quality mouse has enjoyed a price reduction of $19, and provides another reason for us to suggest it to compliment this laptop. Reviewing all our records the lowest tracked price we have for this mouse was recorded on 15th Aug 2020, where it was priced at $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$16.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$44.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$55.99|
Of our regular price tracked gaming headset the best value headset today is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. With its a current price of $47.14 it should work well with this Dell XPS 15 (2020) i5-10300H 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 on 12th Mar 2020.