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[Dell] XPS 15, i7-9750H, GTX 1650, 15.6" 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED, 16GB, 1TB, $1440 after code

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[Dell] XPS 15, i7-9750H, GTX 1650, 15.6" 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED, 16GB, 1TB, $1440 after code

XPS 15, i7-9750H, GTX 1650, 15.6" 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED, 16GB, 1TB, $1440 after 10% off Unidays or Newsletter Signup code

https://deals.dell.com/en-ca/productdetail/92il

Spec:
9th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-9750H
Windows 10 Home English
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
15.6" 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED InfinityEdge Anti-Reflective Non-Touch 100% DCI-P3 400-Nits display
16GB DDR4-2666MHz, 2x8G
1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
6-Cell, 97 WHr, Integrated battery

The CPU is old, but the display is really good, and it has a big battery.
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That 9750H is gonna be throttled so much in this thin and light laptop in order to keep power usage and temperatures down.

Even though it has a rated TDP of 45W, the 9750H can pull close to 90W at its peak in a non-throttled gaming laptop, for example.
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3express wrote: That 9750H is gonna be throttled so much in this thin and light laptop in order to keep power usage and temperatures down.
Even though it has a rated TDP of 45W, the 9750H can pull close to 90W at its peak in a non-throttled gaming laptop, for example.
Do you have evidence it's throttled or are you just speculating? Like a review that says it's throttled and the throttling can't be disabled when on power / not battery?

EDIT here's what Laptop Review says: https://www.laptopmag.com/au/reviews/la ... s-15-2019V

The fact that the battery life is rated as poor indicates they aren't all about the throttling.
Our Verdict

The Dell XPS 15's striking OLED screen, Core i9 CPU and Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU make it a beautiful and powerful workhorse.
For

Striking 4K OLED display
Great overall and graphics performance
Webcam in the right place
Slim, attractive design

Against

Below-average battery life

Dell XPS 15 (7590) deals
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The display backlight flickers at 59.52 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 100 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.
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lorax1284 wrote: Do you have evidence it's throttled or are you just speculating? Like a review that says it's throttled and the throttling can't be disabled when on power / not battery?
You are correct that I am speculating based on my knowledge of the 9750H and the XPS lineup of laptops.

The meaning of "throttled" is slightly nuanced by the fact that Intel doesn't consider a CPU running at the TDP to be "throttled", whereas in reality a 9750H running at 45W TDP is only guaranteed by Intel to run at at least base clock (2.6 GHz instead of 4.0-4.5 GHz boost).

If you're used to full-blown gaming laptops with huge cooling systems, anything that doesn't let the CPU use as much power as it needs is power "throttled".

In this XPS thin and light laptop, I suspect most users would not care what wattage the 9750H is restricted to using and whether or not these settings are locked (look up PL1 and PL2 if you're interested).
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Well, I suppose anyone interested in using this for gaming better do their research and check whether the CPU can ever reach the 4GHz+ range or if it's 'stuck' at 2.6. I'mr sure there are benchmarks out there.
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lorax1284 wrote: Well, I suppose anyone interested in using this for gaming better do their research and check whether the CPU can ever reach the 4GHz+ range or if it's 'stuck' at 2.6. I'mr sure there are benchmarks out there.
Good point. I don’t think XPS 15 is intended to be a gaming laptop. The display does not have high refresh rate. It is more a workstation.
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Nice display for watching movies, but I'd personally prefer 1200p for both the taller aspect ratio and lower battery usage. Definitely a great deal for anybody looking for this particular setup, though. I'd also really like a 17" which hopefully will go on sale once the 2021 models are released, which should be soon.
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lorax1284 wrote: Well, I suppose anyone interested in using this for gaming better do their research and check whether the CPU can ever reach the 4GHz+ range or if it's 'stuck' at 2.6. I'mr sure there are benchmarks out there.
qfli78 wrote: Good point. I don’t think XPS 15 is intended to be a gaming laptop. The display does not have high refresh rate. It is more a workstation.
4K display powered by a 1650? Definitely not intended for gaming.
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Jarrod thinks it’s a gaming suitable laptop

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What a great deal. I would have definitely bought this if Ryzen 5000 didn’t exist and I never experienced good speakers on a laptop. Aside from build quality and the screen, this is now a relic of the recent past
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I know a lot of people would jump on this deal just because it has a 15 inch 4K OLED display...

https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-oled-laptops

Indeed a great price point, but the other parts are a little off the chart... seems dell is trying to get rid of its outdated stock...
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/In ... 3676vs3725


Make sure you add another one or two years of support for peace of mind since it is an OLED display on a laptop.
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sswilson wrote: 4K display powered by a 1650? Definitely not intended for gaming.
I have this exact model plugged into my TV and I do game on it. That wasn't the intent when I bought it but pandemic kinda eliminated my need for a laptop and GPU shortages have rendered it a better system to game on than my desktop (plus I prefer couch gaming). It can handle anything I've thrown at it so far (newest game tested was Control), though obviously not playing on high.
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Jep4444 wrote: I have this exact model plugged into my TV and I do game on it. That wasn't the intent when I bought it but pandemic kinda eliminated my need for a laptop and GPU shortages have rendered it a better system to game on than my desktop (plus I prefer couch gaming). It can handle anything I've thrown at it so far (newest game tested was Control), though obviously not playing on high.
I have a 4800H / 1650 HP laptop and I'm aware that it can run reasonable FPS @ 1080p, but when I plug it into my 4K TV it struggles to run even something fairly lightweight like Plane9 @ 4K (I have to turn off the overlay filters, and even then it struggles to hit 50FPS and dips to sub 30 on occasion). So yes... you can game with a 1650, but you're not going to be doing it @ native resolutions on the included 4K screen.
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sswilson wrote: 4K display powered by a 1650? Definitely not intended for gaming.
If you lower ingame resolution to 1920x1080, the 1650 should be an OK GPU for gaming.

It should play games like CS:GO, Apex, and Valorant all at above 100 fps, and perhaps more demanding games like COD Modern Warfare at around 60 fps (of course, once again, after you lower ingame resolution).

1080p at 15 inches is dense enough that I believe in the context of gaming that it shouldn't be a dealbreaker at all.
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sswilson wrote: 4K display powered by a 1650? Definitely not intended for gaming.
Gaming in 4K on a 15" screen? Only a crazy person would even try that. 1080P would be fine.
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