Dell XPS 15 and XPS 17 Get 13th Gen Intel and Nvidia 40-Series Spec Bumps

Dell XPS 15 and XPS 17
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Dell is upgrading part of its flagship laptop line today, moving the Dell XPS 15 and XPS 17 up to 13th Gen Intel Core processors and Nvidia's GeForce RTX 40-series graphics cards.

Unlike the Dell XPS 13, which got a makeover last year along with a spec bump, the XPS 15 and XPS 17 look the same as they have for the last few years.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Dell XPS 15 (9530)Dell XPS 17 (9730)
CPUUp to Intel Core i9-13900HUp to Intel Core i9-13900H
GraphicsUp to Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070, Intel Arc A370MUp to Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080
MemoryUp to 64GB DDR5-4800Up to 64GB DDR5-4800
StorageUp to 4TB PCie 4 SSDUp to 4TB PCie 4 SSD
Display15.6-inch, 3456 x 2160 OLED touch screen or 1920 x 1200 non-touch, Dolby Vision17-inch, 3840 x 2400 OLED touch screen or 1920 x 1080 non-touch, Dolby Vision
Battery86 WHr97 WHr
ConnectivityIntel Killer Wi-Fi 6 1675 (AX211), Bluetooth 5.2Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 1675 (AX211), Bluetooth 5.2
Starting Price (at release)$2,949 $3,399

Both the XPS 15 (9530) and XPS 17 (9730) will start at a Core i5-13500H and go up to an Intel Core i9-13900H and go up to 64GB of DDR5-4800 RAM. Additionally, they each can be configured with between 512GB and 4TB of SSD storage, though Dell notes that the computers actually support up to 8TB.

The big difference, beyond the displays and size, are in graphics. The XPS 15 will range from Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4050 up to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070, and will also offer an entry-level Intel graphics option in the Arc A370M, while the XPS 17 will start at the RTX 4050 and go up to the RTX 4080. But the XPS 15 is only launching with its most powerful graphics option and the XPS 17 will have the top two. All of the lower-level GPUs are coming "post launch."

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Both laptops will continue to use Dell's InfinityEdge, nearly-bezel-free displays. Both the 15 and 17 will have high-res OLED variants (3840 x 2400 on the XPS 17, and an almost-4K 3456 x 2160 on the XPS 15), or more standard-definition screens without OLED. Every display option supports Dolby Vision.

Perhaps Dell isn't updating the design because it still, to some degree, serves creative types. The Dell XPS 13 went a bit overboard and removed the headphone jack and went for an all-glass capacitive touchpad. Video or sound editors may want the headphone jack for high-end headphones as well as the full-sized SD card slot. Perhaps the biggest thing I'd wish for in a redesign is an HDMI port, which Apple went thicker to accommodate in its MacBook Pros.

The XPS 15 will start at $2,949 for the Intel Core i9, Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070, 32GB of DDR5, 1TB SSD and OLED panel, while the XPS 17 will begin at $3,399 with the same specs and its highest-end panel. Those lower-level screens, CPUs and GPUs will be available later on, hopefully making what have been historically solid machines available to more people.

Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom's Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Threads @FreedmanAE and Mastodon @FreedmanAE.mastodon.social.

  • -Fran-
    Here at work we upgraded to the previous gen (ADL-S) of these... Things... But in their "pro" clothes: the Precision line with Quadros (or whatever they're called now).

    They're awful in the meanest of senses. They're BSOD'ing randomly (RAM or disk issues; I can't diagnose since we don't have admin on them), most of the old thunderbolt dock stations can't power them completely when working (no idea why) and there's so many issues with the WiFi it's stupid. Their support is also completely useless, it seems, since a whole division has lost a lot of people-hours just because of these issues, which 2 gens before weren't there.

    It's so stupid weird that, when I take the 3.5mm 2in1 jack for the headset, it randomly crashes the sound card and unless I restart the laptop, I have no way to use the headset. It's bananas bad.

    If their professional line has those issues, I can't even imagine how these will fare. Ugh.

    Regards.
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  • nohackmove
    If the starting price mentioned 2.999$ for i5 13th geb cpu+ rtx4050+FHD display, then prevous versions are quite better. This build with the money mentioned is very expensive.

    @Admin are you also sure about the model names, as 9530 was used before for a model with 4th gen Intel processor:
    Link here
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  • cknobman
    A "starting price" of $3k for the 15' model!

    LOL yeah Dell you are reading the market spot on! :rolleyes::LOL:
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  • thehadgi
    For the 17 inch with 13900h and 4080, with 32gb ram and 2gb(or 1?) SSD, it's $4k.

    For razer 16, with 13950hk and 4090, it's $4300. And the razer has better port selection, modern 120hz 4k screen (actually dual refresh rate), and overclockability (although the razer I borrowed was able to hit 19.5k in Geekbench with no overclocking, so probably not much point in overclocking).

    I guess I'm wondering, since no new engineering when into the new xps's,other than swapping the processor and GPU, what are we supposed to be paying that much money to Dell for. I own the xps 9710 and was hoping this new 2023 version would be a worthy upgrade, but sadly this laptop is not worth $4k
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