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Dell XPS 14z Laptop Review


by Stuart Davidson - 24th October 2011
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Dell XPS 14z Laptop Review

Specification and Methodology


Dell XPS 14z
Intel Core i5-2430M
4GB DDR3-1333
Intel HD Graphics
NVIDIA Geforce GT520M
Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB

Selected comparions: MSI GX660R, Dell XPS 15z, Dell Inspiron 14z

Sony Optiarc BC-5000S Blu-Ray Drive VIA USB
OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 SSD (USB 3 Testing)
Roccat Kone[+]
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
Razer Onza Tournament XBOX 360 Controller

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
DirectX 9.0c/10/11 (November 2010)
Intel RST 10.6

3DMark11
PowerDVD 11 Ultra
Adobe Master Collection CS5.5
Cinebench R11.5 64-bit
dBpoweramp
AIDA 64
Google Chrome
Cyberlink MediaExpresso 6.5
Flash 11
SiSoft Sandra
StarCraft II
PCMark 7
Fraps

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 7 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.
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