Laptop announced date: 1st May 2020
Last reviewed: 24th August 2020
Our Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop review today is going to help us understand how well the hardware components in this machine can run today’s modern games. Taking a look at some of the most demanding popular titles we will see some expected frame rates for the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
Is the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - This laptop CPU struggles with the 2020 releases. It will not meet modern requirements of games and it is a poor choice for gamers today. This CPU has 4 cores, which is a good number for avoiding bottlenecked processes in modern AAA games.
Graphics Card - This laptop’s G7 1100MHz graphics solution is not up to modern 2020 AAA gaming. This graphics solution’s VRAM is very low. This is not a viable gaming laptop option.
System Memory - This 8GB of RAM is a good system memory option for a gaming laptop in 2020, as it can run a number of AAA games smoothly.
Screen Size - Today’s 2020 gaming is met most of the time by the performance provided by the 13.4" panel. There may be some games that are tricky to view, like the in-game menus or text, the smaller the screen size the smaller the text will be in game. This is an OK screen size for gaming, but certainly not a first choice for serious gamers. We normally look at 17 inches for a gaming laptop, but 15 is still the most popular choice for portability versus viewing screen size. But when looking for a portable gaming the larger screen size offered by a 17 inch means you can enjoy your games that little bit more. Its always going to come down to personal preference and there will surely be something to meet everyone’s tastes.
Refresh Rate - If you want a gaming laptop then aim for a refresh rate that is more than 60Hz. If you don't clearly see the advertised laptops screen refresh rate then assume it is 60Hz. This would mean that the laptop will be capped at 60FPS when running games. The higher the refresh rate and the FPS then the smoother the game plays as it delivers more images a second to your screen and makes movement feel more responsive in game. As far as refresh rates go, this laptop can be picked up with a 60Hz screen. When looking into modern gaming laptops this would be ok, but you would consider higher panel rates if you want to enjoy top frames per second..
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, Cyberpunk 2077 or Assassins Creed: Valhalla in ultra graphics settings on its native screen resolution of 1080p. The G7 1100MHz in this machine is currently capable of running 0 games at minimum system requirements of the 500 most demanding games available today. Where as it is capable of running 0 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop review by giving every laptop a relative price to performance rating. This rating, for all laptops, will adjust over time and keep the data in this review relevant to today's expectations and inline with ever increasing game demands of modern AAA laptop gaming.
P2P rating of 3.8 today the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 8GB RAM 256GB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. Today the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop sits at 4th place compared to all the other permutations of the XPS 13 (2020) range. Laptops placed nearer to 1st place in the P2P list of the model range will be better value for your money when looking at gaming laptops in this range.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz|
|Graphics Card||G7 1100MHz|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 3773MHz|
13.4" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-1065G7 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,679.98||38%|
|i7-1065G7 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,599.99||35%|
|i5-1035G1 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1099.99||20%|
|i7-1065G7 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1399.99||0%|
|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|
Lets now see how our Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 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 301% worse rating in price to performance and the best laptop for P2P has a listed price of $986.99. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $858.54. Our XPS 13 (2020) laptop currently has 272% worse Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
As one of the key focuses of any computer is the CPU we will want to know how well our XPS 13 (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. This top tier processor focused laptop is currently the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p. With a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz CPU in it that performs 140% better compared to our laptop’s Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz.
Our laptop CPU beats 0 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 288 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
Let's take a look and see how well our Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended CPU specs for Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop is 27% worse, and compared to Watch Dogs Legion it is 27% worse , where as against Assassins Creed: Valhalla it delivers 27% worse performance.
We may well be looking for a GPU centric laptop, and if that’s the case then let's see how this XPS 13 (2020) mobile pc competes with a top GPU performance laptop that is available today. Today’s MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K comes with one of the more powerful laptop graphics solutions available for game crunching at the moment, making it a good one to compare against our review laptops GPU. We will use its GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB to compare against our G7 1100MHz card. The top end laptop’s GPU currently delivers 581% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s G7 1100MHz.
The G7 1100MHz Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 0 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop GPU beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 0 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against Assassins Creed: Valhalla recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 100% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Cyberpunk 2077, which shows the review laptop’s gpu against that game’s system specs gets 100% better performance. We also see the 100% better performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game Watch Dogs Legion for it’s graphics requirements.
We thought we would explore this question about best screen resolutions for your laptop, as it comes up a lot. This Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop has a 13.4" screen and is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall and in other words has a 1080p resolution. A 4K panel laptop is often restricted to 60Hz. This means that even if you did have the hardware inside your laptop to run a game at 4K, you wouldnt be able to get more than 60 FPS. Most laptop hardware, and desktop hardware for that matter, is not capable of 4K ultra graphics on modern games. With a bigger refresh rate helping your FPS this Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 has 60Hz screen refresh rate variants available.
Dropping a game’s resolution down from the laptop’s native 4K resolution to a more sustainable 1080p or maybe 1440p, would certainly deliver extra frames and improve stability. So there is always that option if the experience is unplayable due to low frame rates. But know that this action comes at a price. Dropping from a monitor or laptop panel’s native resolution immediately reduces in-game visual definition across all the game’s graphics. It basically makes the game look blurry. Not an ideal situation if you just bought your new 4K gaming laptop. If your laptop has hardware to deliver 4K you dont need the laptop to have a 4K display to enjoy modern gaming in this way. Just plug your laptop into a 4K desktop monitor, that will likely not have the 60Hz of most 4K laptop panels.
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
We think don't spend your extra cash on getting a 4K laptop to game on, as it's likely to feel disappointing to buy a super shiny new 4K laptop, then have to lower the resolution while playing your games, delivering a blurry in-game experience, and only getting up to a maximum 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K panel restriction.
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor today is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. With its 75Hz refresh rate and a current price of $294.99 it should go nicely with this Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. We have seen this desktop 1440p monitor recorded at a low price on 5th Aug 2020, where we saw it was costing $272.99.
Today’s most competitive 4K gaming monitor by price is Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and could work well with the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. It is priced at $829.99. During these past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $799. For some extra info about this 4k monitor, during our price tracking we can see the lowest price recorded by us was $797.05, which was on 11th Aug 2020.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
Possibly a suitable purpose for a 4K laptop would be if you were keen to watch 4K streaming services like Netflix. At which point perhaps it's enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop?
For now in the laptop space, it looks best to stick with 1080p panels. This way your laptop’s physical size remains practical and portable, 17inch laptops are plenty big enough. And at the moment you will still have to lower game resolutions down from 4K, on the bigger hitting AAA titles, that would then get playable, but sub par visuals and you would still hit the 60FPS cap if your hardware could go beyond 60FPS.
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. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $19, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for 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|
If you are looking for a good value headset to go with your Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop, then the HyperX Cloud Stinger is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $47.14. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 which had it priced at $25.98.