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Apr 14, 2021


Dik Coates

A few months back I picked up a Dell XPS 15 9500 with the following specs:
16GB DDR4-2933MHz, 2x8G
NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1650 Ti 4GB GDDR6
256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
Windows 10 Pro (64bit) English
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.0
6-Cell Battery, 86WHr (Integrated)
Energy Star Label
10th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10875H (16MB Cache, up to 5.1 GHz, 8 cores)
15.6" UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit Display
There were some technical hiccups... but fixed. I replaced the original M.2 SSD with two 2TB M.2 Sabrent drives (original intent, and bought my own copy of Win10 Pro. Their M.2 drive prices were too high). The screen is one of the nicest I’ve ever seen on a laptop. It's a touch screen, but I don't use it.

The improvements more than doubled some of the benchmark results.
Another hiccup... when I informed tech that I planned to use larger drives, they informed me that the warranty would be void. When I got the laptop, I spent the first week burning the laptop in by running programs that stress tested it. If it passed, then it would likely last 10 years.

This was the note I sent to Dell tech:
My laptop is up and running; I have a few comments that you can improve on.  I've attached benchmarks of a 'after' and 'factor' issue.  The current machine is great, and vastly improved.
You should not use the M.2 drive that was supplied... it is inferior.  The one benchmark shows the improvement over the factory M.2.  I've thrown better stuff out.  The improvement on the new M.2 does not rely on it being 'raided' to improve the results (improvement is marginal with M.2 drives, anyway) In addition, you should provide the latest BIOS for both the motherboard and the graphics card.  Both supplied BIOS had been updated numerous times. 

You should also set the graphics to the default graphics card and not the Intel motherboard processor.  You can see the improvements in the attached files.

Your technical guys should be aware of the above.  I'm still happy with the computer, but am a little disappointed with the original product.

I've also paired it with a Logitech MX Master 2S bluetooth mouse... it's a great laptop.

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