Laptop announced date: 1st May 2020
Last reviewed: 18th August 2020
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 16GB 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 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - The Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz processor struggles with modern gaming requirements and is not a good gamer choice of CPU. Perhaps some indie games could run with it. The CPU in this laptop comes with 4 of processor cores. This is a good quantity for today’s AAA games, which are often making use of multiple cores nowadays, to load-spread the processes.
Graphics Card - The graphics solution contained in this laptop is not for gaming in 2021. It will struggle with most of the AAA titles that are released. This graphics solution’s VRAM is very low. This is not a viable gaming laptop option.
System Memory - A laptop with 16GB of system memory, like this laptop, makes it an excellent amount of RAM for the AAA gaming needs of 2021 and into the future.
Screen Size - The 13.4" panel attached to this laptop is OK by today’s 2021 gaming standards, but it is on the small side. Modern games can have comprehensive huds or menu systems which can take up a reasonable amount of space around the sides of a game window. This can then occupy playable space, on smaller screens these menus can be harder to read. For the optimum gamer laptop we aim for 17 inches to deliver better in-game viewability. But of course that makes the laptop physically bigger and less portable. The choice, is yours.
Refresh Rate - The higher the screen panel refresh rate, the better for gaming laptops. The refresh rate is the number of times a second the screen is capable of refreshing the game’s image. If a laptop can deliver 100 frames per second (FPS) in a game and your laptop has a 60Hz refresh rate, then you will only get a max of 60 frames per second. The higher the refresh rate and the game’s FPS the smoother the sharpness is as the screen view moves around in game. Ok, after considering those thoughts on refresh rates, we have 60Hz refresh rate in the review laptop here. This isn’t great but would be mostly ok for gaming. That is unless you felt like this laptop could achieve higher FPS than the refresh rate offered here. In this case, and providing your budget allowed, look for a better refresh rate screen.
A key choice in any gaming laptop is making sure we identify the right graphics card in the laptop and know what it is capable of in today's gaming landscape. With this laptop we are taking a closer look at how its total laptop value compares to its capability when it comes to running modern demanding games. Also lets take a look at it when running modern popular games like, Grand Theft Auto VI or Resident Evil 8 in ultra graphics settings on its native screen resolution of 1080p. A good way of considering performance of this mobile graphics card is by seeing how many of today's 500 most demanding games can be run at recommended graphics settings by the G7 1100MHz found in this laptop. We can also then look at the weaker minimum requirement to see how many this laptop card can run of them, and it is 0 games at their min specs and then 0 games can be run at recommended graphics requirements.
We really want to see how the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 will compare across all permutations of the XPS 13 (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.
We review performance and allocate a P2P rating out of 10 that will adjust over time as the prices for hardware adjust. This laptop is currently given a 0 for P2P. As not all laptops and their prices are of course valued equally we can see that this version of the XPS 13 (2020) laptop is in 7th position on the best Price to Performance value rating. Those closer to 1st place are simply better gaming laptop options regarding the gaming performance they deliver for their price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz|
|Graphics Card||G7 1100MHz|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3773MHz|
13.4" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-1065G7 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,519.99||100%|
|i7-1065G7 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,627.08||100%|
|i5-1035G1 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1099.99||100%|
|i7-1065G7 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1399.99||100%|
|i5-1035G1 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i7-1065G7 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i7-1065G7 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||Price Unknown|
It's good to see how this XPS 13 (2020) laptop compares to models outside of its own model range as well. If we look at the very best P2P laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, our laptop has 100% worse performance difference when comparing its price to performance rating. That top laptop currently has a listed price of $999.00. Again only comparing against Price to Performance we can see that the second best model in today’s P2P ranking list is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, and our laptop is 100% worse when compared against this price to performance rating. The price of the 2nd best laptop is listed as $853.00.
If you are looking for a strong CPU focused laptop then let's compare this XPS 13 (2020) laptop with the top CPU performance focused laptop available today and see how it compares. Using the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop for the best CPU laptop performer comparison tests with our laptop. This puts the top end Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor from that laptop against our review laptop’s Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz, and this comparison shows that laptop to be 156% better in performance compared to our review laptop.
Currently 0 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz. Or it is 266 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
A game’s listed recommended CPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop CPU. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop processor. First off let's look at Battlefield 6 which shows our laptop CPU has 46% worse performance than it. How about Resident Evil 8, where we see our CPU is 82% worse. Then there is 62% worse performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
Shall we see if our review laptop holds out favourably against a top GPU performance focused laptop PC that is currently available. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile video card. That graphics card performs 607% better when compared to our review laptop’s G7 1100MHz.
Interestingly we can see 0 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s GPU performance capability. This is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games around today. For minimum system requirements in this same area the number is 0 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
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 GPU G7 1100MHz against Grand Theft Auto VI. This video card performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 100% better performance against the game’s recommended GPU system requirements. Then we have Battlefield 6 and our laptop was 100% better in graphics performance and another popular title today is Resident Evil 8 which we saw our review laptop get 100% better compared to our laptop gpu.
This laptop has a 13.4" 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 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 16GB RAM 256GB M.2’s 1080p panel? With 60Hz being the usual screen refresh rate on 4K laptop panels this would cap a game to run at no more than 60 frames per second, even if the 4K laptop hardware could deliver more. And then most AAA games require more powerful hardware than a laptop houses to play stable 4K Ultra graphics setting games, even at a passable but, some would consider, a bit low, 60FPS. This particular laptop refresh rate options are 60Hz.
So lowering a game’s screen resolution down to 1080p or 1440p during your gaming of modern AAA games will help get more frames per second. But in doing so, by down scaling the game resolution will then make the game look blurry on a native 4K laptop panel. So the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming maybe lost at this point. A 1080p laptop can still have some powerful gaming hardware in it and if it is good enough to run AAA games at larger resolutions like 4K or 1440p then attach it to a desktop monitor while you are at home and stationary. If the desktop monitor is pretty good then it wont have a 60Hz refresh rate limiting its FPS count in game. And is likely to be a whole lot more enjoyable playing on a 24 inch or larger monitor than the more standard 15 or 17inch screen normally found on gaming laptops.
If you stream 4K content, films, services like Netflix then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be better than the 1080p alternative that the majority of laptops provide.
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.
If you wanted a desktop monitor to go with the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop then this ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS would go well and has 75Hz and today’s price of $307.73. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $229.99, which we recorded on 9th Mar 2021.
A well priced 4K gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. It has a price today of $629.99 and should be a nice accompaniment to the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 16GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. This 4K monitor, during these past couple of weeks, has increased its price by $580. 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. The cheapest we have tracked this 4k monitor was for the price of $549.99, on 13th Nov 2020.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
Maybe you are hoping to enjoy your 4K streamed movies and TV shows while on the move. And if you have access to this 4K content and it's your prime use for your new laptop then perhaps it's worth considering a 4K panel, rather than this 1080p.
As you can probably gather from the information above, it's probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
You could pick up a mouse to go with the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 16GB RAM 256GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which today is $12.99. Today's best value and good quality mouse has enjoyed a price reduction of $37, and provides another reason for us to suggest it to compliment this laptop. Another point of interest was that we saw this mouse priced at $11.99, which we tracked on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.22|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$59.99|
You could pick up a headset to go with the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 16GB RAM 256GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which today is $39.99. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.