Is it possible to play games on the Dell XPS 15?

Is it possible to play games on the Dell XPS 15?

Dell has been making some of the best laptops offering a wide range in the consumer and enterprise space. One of the finest 15 inch laptops in the premium thin and light category is the XPS 15. It offers a gorgeous design with an aluminum chassis and ultra-thin bezels around the display. The latest model, which is the 9510, is currently the most powerful XPS 15 featuring the latest 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake-H processors and NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 3050Ti mobile graphics. As with the previous generation models, it offers excellent performance for all sorts of workloads including graphics-intensive tasks like photo editing and video rendering.

But is it possible to game on this laptop? The short answer is yes, you can game on the Dell XPS 15. However, there are some important things you need to keep in mind. First of all, you need to understand this laptop isn’t targeted at gamers, hence it doesn’t really include specialized cooling solutions to keep the CPU and GPU cool under heavy loads. Having said that, the hardware is definitely capable of running some of your favorite gaming titles.

Dell XPS 15 9510: Specifications

SpecificationDell XPS 15 9510
Dimensions & Weight
  • 344.72 x 230.14 x 18mm (13.57 x 9.06 x 0.71 inches)
  • Starting at 1.81kg (3.99lb)
Display
  • 15.6″ FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit
  • 15.6″ UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflecitve 500-Nit
  • 15.6″ OLED 3.5K (3456×2160) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 400-Nit
Processor
  • Intel Core i5-11400H (12MB Cache, up to 4.5 GHz, 6 cores)
  • Intel Core i7-11800H (24MB Cache, up to 4.6 GHz, 8 cores)
  • Intel Core i9-11900H (24MB Cache, up to 4.9 GHz, 8 cores)
GPU
  • Intel UHD
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB GDDR6 (45W)
RAM & Storage
  • Up to 64GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Battery & Charger
  • 56Whr battery
  • 86Whr battery
I/O
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with DisplayPort/Power Delivery
  • 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack
  • 2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C) with DisplayPort and Power Delivery
  • SD card reader
Connectivity
  • Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2×2)
  • Bluetooth 5.1
Colors
  • Platinum Silver exterior, Black interior
  • Frost exterior, Artic White inteior
Other Features
  • Windows Hello face recognition
  • Backlit keyboard
  • 720p webcam
  • Dual-array microphone
  • Stereo woofer 2.5W x 2 and stereo tweeter 1.5W x 2

The base model doesn’t come with dedicated NVIDIA graphics, which means it won’t be any good for gaming. As per Dell’s website, the GPU can only be configured with the Intel Core i7-11800H or the Core i9-11900H. Speaking of which, the new RTX 3050 Ti is one of the latest GPU solutions by NVIDIA that’s said to offer similar performance as the older RTX 2060. This is definitely better than the last-gen XPS 15 model that only offered up to a GTX 1650 Ti.

Depending on the OEMs, this GPU can be configured with up to 80W TDP. However, in the case of the XPS 15 9510, it can only go up to 45W. What this means is you should be able to play games at 1080p with high settings, and even ultra settings on some older games.

Dell XPS 15 9510 angled view

The display on the XPS 15 comes with a standard 60Hz refresh rate, despite what resolution or screen type you choose. This means the response time is going to be slower and that can be an issue, especially if you are going to play competitive games. But if you don’t mind going beyond 60fps (frame per second), the XPS 15 should be great for some casual gaming sessions.

We also recommend you only play games at 1080p as it should deliver the most balanced experience when it comes to visuals and performance.

    Dell XPS 15 9510
    The XPS 15 now comes with the latest 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake-H processors and the option of NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti graphics.

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Kunal Khullar
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