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  • - Hey guys, this is Austin.

  • This is one of the biggest laptop upgrades

  • in years, let me explain.

  • Intel, who are sponsoring this video have been working on

  • something big, the Project Athena innovation program,

  • now this is a codename that's essentially like a spiritual

  • successor to the original Ultrabook concept.

  • And then if you see the engineered for mobile performance

  • visual identifier when you're shopping for a laptop,

  • It means you're getting a few guaranteed things.

  • The laptop they sent over is this.

  • The Dell XPS 13 2in1, which I switched over to as my

  • daily driver.

  • It's good.

  • It's very, very good.

  • Now there are a few things that jump out to me about this,

  • but probably the number one thing are the graphics.

  • They are so, so much better, now typically speaking

  • the integrated graphics on Intel processors were

  • fine, they were usable but they were not particularly

  • impressive and certainly really not up for any kind of

  • remotely hardcore gaming.

  • Now this is certainly still not a gaming computer,

  • what you're getting here is a lot more performance

  • Intel claims about twice as much compared to last generation

  • and I tend to agree, it is a huge difference, and honestly

  • it changes a lot of the ways that I use this laptop.

  • Now previously to get more graphics horsepower

  • you've had to go to a bigger thicker laptop

  • with a dedicated GPU.

  • Now that's certainly not a bad thing, right?

  • I mean you're certainly going to get a lot more power,

  • but because of that you have to sacrifice

  • a lot of thickness, you have to sacrifice a lot of weight.

  • You have to sacrifice money to pay for generally

  • a more expensive design.

  • However, this is a nice sweet spot and that

  • you don't really have any of those trade offs but

  • you still get much, much better performance than before.

  • So this is one of the 10th generation processors

  • that does have the Iris Plus graphics,

  • which is denoted when you look

  • at the product name as a 1065G7, of course this being

  • a Core i7.

  • Now there are other 10th Gen processors

  • and some of them do have their own advantages,

  • but to make sure that you get the Iris Plus graphics

  • that is what you want to look for.

  • Now we take a quick detour into nerd town

  • backing all of this up is some very fast RAM.

  • So this guy is rocking LPDDR4 at a full 3733 megahertz,

  • now that's fast for any system but

  • especially considering that we have

  • that faster CPU and GPU to sort of feed,

  • it actually does make a big difference.

  • And that's sort of one of my big takeaways with not only

  • jumping up to 10th Gen.

  • But jumping up to this XPS 13, there are a lot of small

  • and some fairly large upgrades but when

  • you take a look at all of them together.

  • It does mean this system is a full generational leap

  • over what we've seen in the past.

  • Which is something that well, but frankly

  • we haven't really seen in a while,

  • the laptop space has improved we've seen a little bit here

  • a little bit there.

  • But pretty much everything is new here, and because of that

  • we're seeing major performance gains across the spectrum

  • which is awesome to see, it really is a great upgrade.

  • Another area that I'm really excited about

  • is on the CPU side.

  • So for the first time in years

  • we have a brand new CPU core design codenamed "Sunny Cove",

  • and the big difference here is that we're getting a full 18%

  • IPC uplift, which means that if both chips are running

  • at the exact same speed Skylake versus Sunny Cove,

  • you're getting an additional 18% performance,

  • and generally speaking, that's definitely enough to notice.

  • The only thing I was slightly worried about

  • is that the clock speeds have actually come down

  • a little bit this generation, however, realistically

  • especially with the XPS 13 it's actually not a big deal,

  • the clocks are very similar to what I'm getting on a lot of

  • 8th generation devices, and yet with that additional IPC,

  • it means that I am seeing a noticeable bump in performance.

  • Now more than ever though, the performance of these 10th Gen

  • chips is dictated by the computer

  • and the tuning and the chassis that's around them.

  • If you give them enough power,

  • if you give them enough cooling

  • you're actually going to see a ton of performance.

  • But just because you see 10th Gen on the box does not

  • necessarily mean that you're going

  • to get excellent performance.

  • And with that brings me to my next point,

  • the Project Athena innovation program.

  • Not all laptops are created equal,

  • which I guess should be pretty self explanatory but

  • let me explain.

  • Number one would probably be battery life,

  • now you've probably seen claims like 12 hours or 18 hours

  • of battery life, what companies usually don't tell you.

  • Is it that 12 or 18 hour number is typically under a very,

  • shall we say, unlikely circumstances

  • like sitting in airplane mode, looping a video with

  • screen brightness low like it's just not a realistic test.

  • The idea here is that you're getting a laptop with 9 hours

  • of realistic battery life.

  • When you see this engineered for mobile performance

  • identifier, the testing that Intel and their OEM partners

  • are doing here includes things like, oh I don't know,

  • keeping your WiFi on, having multiple programs open

  • decent screen brightness.

  • You know, the way that a normal person would use their

  • laptop, as far as what this XPS 13,

  • I can say that sounds about right, I've generally gotten

  • 8 to 10 hours of battery life with fairly light use

  • obviously if you're doing gaming, your 3D rendering it's going

  • to be less.

  • But it's certainly not going to be one of those like

  • 16 hours of battery life that's like, 6 when you actually

  • start using it, so they've done a lot of optimization work

  • to make sure that even when you have this thing unplugged

  • you're not losing a lot of performance and that's actually

  • really nice because anytime I do a test or a benchmark of a

  • laptop. I always have to make sure that it is plugged in,

  • because a lot of times when you unplug the laptop,

  • while you might technically have a lot of power,

  • a lot of times it actually throttles way down

  • to try to conserve on battery,

  • but the flip side is that you have a portable laptop,

  • that doesn't perform well when it's being used as a portable

  • laptop. There's a lot to like with the XPS 13 as well.

  • One of the big selling points here is that you get super

  • quick wake time and responsiveness with these laptops,

  • I love this display, it's a taller 16:10 aspect ratio

  • which I appreciate for the extra screen real estate,

  • even though this is the base screen, honestly,

  • actually it's the one I prefer, it's still touchscreen,

  • you can still do the whole tilty flippy thing,

  • but importantly, you're still getting the better battery

  • life, and realistically a 1920x1200 display

  • on a 13.5 inch laptop is a-okay for me.

  • It also helps to the keyboard is excellent,

  • you're getting that great feeling carbon fiber and aluminum

  • build and well yes,

  • it would be nice to have had a USB-A port,

  • the fact that I have two Thunderbolt 3's means

  • that this dropped right into my desk with my 5K display

  • my Thunderbolt dock is a really solid setup.

  • Now the only thing I can really sort of knock it for

  • are really minor things, so the fingerprint sensor isn't quite as

  • accurate as I'd like.

  • But beyond that, I'm getting the performance,

  • I'm getting the battery life,

  • I'm getting the build quality.

  • It shouldn't be much of a surprise.

  • The XPS 13 is my new daily driver.

  • Anyway, thank you very much for watching this episode,

  • all about the brand new Intel 10th Gen laptops

  • and of course the project Athena innovation program

  • There are definitely other thin and light laptops

  • which are also powerful like what Intel and Dell worked

  • together on with the XPS 13,

  • and they will be starting to roll out

  • over the next few months, so definitely be sure to check out

  • the link in the description for more info,

  • especially if you're in need of that sweet,

  • sweet laptop upgrade.

- Hey guys, this is Austin.

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