Laptop announced date: 1st May 2020
Last reviewed: 24th August 2020
If you adjust the spec you are looking at on a gaming laptop, the price hikes up and makes it harder to judge price to performance. Today's Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review is going to give us all a good sense of these sorts of values. We will take a look at what sort of performance you can expect the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
Is the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - This processor, the Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz, is not a gamer’s CPU choice for 2020. This CPU has 4 cores, which is a good number for modern games.
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. Modern AAA games lean quite heavily on VRAM for their graphics. This laptop is very short on VRAM and not recommended for modern gaming.
System Memory - An excellent amount of system memory, the 32GB is capable of running AAA titles during the 2020 gaming year and we would expect beyond that as well.
Screen Size - This laptop screen is just about big enough for most modern games in 2020, but it is a little on the small size for a gamer laptop. This makes it an OK laptop choice for gamers, but we would certainly recommend larger screens for the more discerning gamer. 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 - A gaming laptop wants to have a higher refresh rate to accommodate more frames per second(FPS) in the games it runs. The refresh rate is like a hard cap on the games deliverable FPS. The better the refresh rate the more FPS the laptop can deliver in games, up to the panels refresh rate hertz, and then the sharper the in game play is when the player moves about. Now after those thoughts on refresh rates, today’s review laptop has a 60Hz refresh rate, where we would say that is passable as a gaming laptop panel. For gaming we would consider getting a laptop with a higher refresh rate if our budget would stretch to it.
One of the most important components to a gamer for this laptop is getting it’s graphics card right. We will be taking a look at the sort of price to performance ratio the laptop hardware has and in particular help us know if how well the graphics card can run Cyberpunk 2077 at 1080p ultra settings. The G7 1100MHz card that's powering the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 0 at min system specs and will run 0 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
If we want to look at the gaming value offered by the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compared tto other gaming laptops, we focus on the performance ability of the hardware and then the relative price of the laptop. Of course a laptop is often more than just its core tech components, like CPU and GPU, but for this exercise we want a standardised way of looking across laptops to see what value they have to today’s laptop gamer. So we consider $1679.98 of each laptop and its core hardware capability in running modern games.
With a P2P rating currently of 5.7 out of 10 for the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 32GB RAM 512GB M.2. This relative value will change as hardware costs and their performance change over time for laptops. With these hardware components the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is placed at 1st position within the XPS 13 (2020) range, when put into the price to performance order. Those laptops closer to the number 1 position of this list are the better value propositions today.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz|
|Graphics Card||G7 1100MHz|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 3773MHz|
13.4" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-1065G7 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,679.98||0%|
|i7-1065G7 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,599.99||2%|
|i5-1035G1 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1099.99||15%|
|i7-1065G7 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1399.99||38%|
|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|
Now let's look at where this laptop sits compared to all other laptops, including those outside of the XPS 13 (2020) range. It currently offers 191% worse rating when comparing its price to performance rating against the best laptop available today for price to performance, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which currently costs $986.99. How about we also look at the 2nd ranked laptop for excellent Price/Performance ratings, which is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a recorded cost of $858.54. We see our XPS 13 (2020) laptop scores 170% worse against it for price to performance.
If you are wondering if this laptop is relatively well endowed in the CPU department then let's take a look at how it stacks up against the current best priced CPU focused laptop available today, to see its relative performance. 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 i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz processor. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop CPU to be 140% 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 i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz. Or it is 288 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended cpu system requirements. First off we have the Watch Dogs Legion which currently our Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz is 27% worse next let's see how well it runs against Assassins Creed: Valhalla. We can see it is 27% worse. Ok finally lets see it against Cyberpunk 2077. Here our laptop is 27% worse.
Looking for a new gaming laptop often leads us quickly to consider the sort of performance the mobile graphics card can deliver. Mobile graphics cards are often underpowered versions of their desktop equivalent, but still often very capable. To gauge the performance ability in this graphics department we compare our laptop to a GPU focused laptop that is around at the moment, to help provide us with a good graphics performance metric and comparison. 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.
Currently 0 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s G7 1100MHz. Or 0 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.
Games these days have a range of graphics requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop GPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Cyberpunk 2077 and our laptop graphics gets 100% better performance rating. Next we have Watch Dogs Legion where our graphics card gets 100% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Assassins Creed: Valhalla, which has a performance difference of : 100% better, when put against our laptop’s G7 1100MHz.
This Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop has a 13.4" physical screen size and displays 1920 pixel by 1080 pixels tall native 1080p resolution. Is this 1080p laptop good for your needs though or should you instead be looking to buy a 4K screen mobile PC rather than this? 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. We can see 60Hz panel refresh rate versions of this laptop are available. The higher the better.
As a somewhat last resort a gamer could lower a game’s displayed screen resolution away from the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. Dropping down to 1080p or maybe 1440p would deliver more frames per second in game and help provide a more stable FPS in modern AAA games. But taking this action, moving away from the native 4K resolution, immediately reduces game graphics definition and makes it look blurry. Not an ideal situation on a new gaming 4K laptop. If your 1080p laptop has the hardware to run today’s AAA games comfortably at 4K, then plug your laptop into your desktop 4K monitor, when you are at home for some serious gaming sessions. As that desktop monitor probably isn't 60Hz restricted and is physically larger than the relatively small 17inch laptop screen size. We do just that here, with a 27inch 144Hz Nvidia GSync 1440p desktop monitor and an Alienware 51M laptop sporting a desktop RTX 2080.
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
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.
Incidentally our research shows the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS as our best priced 1440p monitor today. This monitor has a 75Hz refresh rate and a price tag at the moment of $294.99. 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 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. It is priced at $829.99. During these past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $799. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 11th Aug 2020, where we spotted it for $797.05.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
However, you could be after watching 4K streaming content on your laptop, while on the move. Then perhaps the 17inch laptop screen and 4K resolution is going to net a more enjoyable experience than a 1080p alternative.
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 great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $11.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $19 during these past two weeks. 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|
You could pick up a headset to go with the Dell XPS 13 (2020) i7-1065G7 32GB RAM 512GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, which today is $47.14. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 where we saw it for $25.98.