Dell Updates XPS Desktop, Announces Updates for XPS 15 and 17 Laptops – Ars Technica

Zoom in / 2023 Dell XPS Desktop Computer.


Dell has started updating its popular XPS range of desktop and laptop computers with the latest mobile processors and GPUs. These updates mostly focus on chip upgrades, marking only minor improvements to the series that shouldn’t make owners of last year’s models feel too envious.

The Dell XPS 17 and 15 laptops will be available March 2, a Dell rep confirmed to Ars Technica. Dell will offer each with an Intel Core i9-13900H but also supports i5 and i7 options.

The 13th generation H-series Intel mobile chips don’t bring massive upgrades over their 12th generation counterparts. The i9-13900H has six performance cores, eight efficient cores, 20 threads, and 24MB of cache. Supports clock speeds of 1.9-5.4GHz. The i9-12900H we tested in the Dell XPS 15 last year has similar specs but clock speeds from 1.8 to 5GHz.

The new laptops also include updated GPUs. The 15-inch version supports up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 laptop GPU with 8GB of GDDR6 (40W) or eventually Intel’s Arc A370M with 4GB of GDDR6. The XPS 15 has been maxed out at the 3050 Ti (4GB GDDR6, 45W) for a while, so this could be the graphics power boost some users have been waiting for.

The XPS 17, meanwhile, has more GPU power with up to an RTX 4080 laptop GPU (12GB GDDR6x, 60W). The systems support up to 90 W, aided by Dell’s “dual outlet fan design” to send airflow in two directions, compared to the XPS 15’s 55 W.

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Both laptops have 16:10 displays with FHD or 4K resolution and an OLED option.

The XPS 15 will start at $2,949 (with i9/RTX 4070/32GB/1TB/OLED), while the XPS 17 will start at $3,399 (i9/RTX 4070/32GB/4K display).

XPS Desktop is also being updated. Like previous models, the XPS Desktop 2023 can be purchased liquid-cooled, and it’s supposed to be easily upgradeable with two DIMM slots, three PCIe expansion slots, four storage slots, and support for up to 450W in graphics power.

The latest model supports up to a beefy i9-13900K, with eight performance cores, 16 efficient cores, 32 threads, and clock speeds from 2.2-5.4GHz. The desktop currently supports up to an RTX 4090 (24GB GDDR6X), but Dell says AMD options will eventually be available.

The 2023 XPS desktop computer starts at $2,850 And I started selling today.

Dell has yet to share any updates on the rest of the XPS lineup, namely the XPS 13, XPS 13 Plus, and XPS detachable laptops.

You can see a summary of the latest XPS hardware specifications below.

Dell XPS 15 (9530) Dell XPS 17 (9730) Dell XPS PC (8960)
a screen Up to 15.6 inch 3456 x 2160 OLED touch screen Up to 17 inch 3840 x 2400 LCD-LED touch screen Unavailable
CPU Up to an Intel Core i9-13900H processor Up to an Intel Core i9-13900H processor Up to an Intel Core i9-13900K processor
GPU Up to RTX 4070 or Arc A370M Up to RTX 4080 Up to RTX 4090 (24GB GDDR6X) or Radeon RX 7900 XTX (24GB GDDR6X)
RAM up to 2x 32GB DDR5-4800 up to 2x 32GB DDR5-4800 up to 2x 32GB DDR5-4800
storage Up to 4TB (Device supports up to 8TB across 2 drives) Up to 4TB (Device supports up to 8TB across 2 drives) Up to 4TB (Device supports up to 8TB across 2 drives)
ports 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports
1 USB-C port
1x SD Card Reader
1x 3.5mm jack
4x Thunderbolt 4
1x SD Card Reader
1x 3.5mm jack
1x DisplayPort 1.4
2 USB-C ports
7 USB-A ports
1x SD Card Reader
7.1 6-conductor stack
power 86 Wh battery 97 Wh battery Up to 1000 watt PSU
Starting price $2,949 $3,399 $2,850
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