Dell Inspiron 15 7559

Here's how our favorite budget gaming laptop of 2016 stacks up to one of the next-generation affordable PCs powered by a NVIDIA GTX 1050.

The Dell Inspiron 15 gaming edition sat in our best budget gaming laptop spot for most of 2016, and the honor was well deserved. For the price, Dell made something that was compelling and pretty darn powerful when it came to on-the-go gaming.

However, since then NVIDIA has completely revamped its GPU lineup, and the new 10-series did away with dedicated mobile versions. That means today's budget gaming laptops will most likely come to market with a GTX 1050 or GTX 1050Ti.

Since we recently reviewed such a laptop — the ASUS Strix GL753 — now's a great time to compare last year's pick with this new contender. So we've grabbed our trusty Inspiron 15 7559 and fired up a few quick comparison tests.

Strix GL753

The laptop we're using here has an Intel Core i7 6700HQ processor, 16GB of RAM and a 4GB GTX 960M GPU. The ASUS Strix isn't an exact match, with a Core i5 7300HQ and 12GB of RAM, but it also has a 4GB GPU, the GTX 1050.

So, on to the numbers.

The benchmarks

For the synthetic benchmarks, we're using 3DMark Fire Strike and Time Spy (DX12), along with the Geekbench 4 compute test. For games, we're running Gears of War 4, Dirt Rally and Rise of the Tomb Raider, utilizing all in-game benchmark modes. Both laptops were set to high graphics settings for consistency.

3DMark Fire Strike (Higher is better)

Device Score
Dell Inspiron 15 7559 3,870
ASUS Strix GL753 5,406

3DMark Time Spy (DX12) (Higher is better)

Device Score
Dell Inspiron 15 7559 1,299
ASUS Strix GL753 1,790

Geekbench 4.0 CUDA (Higher is better)

Device Score
Dell Inspiron 15 7559 45,983
ASUS Strix GL753 76,007

Gears of War 4 (High)

Device Score
Dell Inspiron 15 7559 37.3 frames per second (FPS)
ASUS Strix GL753 56.8 FPS

Dirt Rally (High)

Device Score
Dell Inspiron 15 7559 46.18 FPS
ASUS Strix GL753 76.36 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider (High)

Device Score
Dell Inspiron 15 7559 31.96 FPS
ASUS Strix GL753 41.55 FPS

The results

These are pretty clear cut results across the board. Results may vary from game to game, but it's clear that the GTX 1050 is a significant improvement. Remember, too, that the 960M isn't even the last generation bottom rung because the GTX 1050 is for the new Pascal cards.

Whether this is cause to run out and buy a new laptop is up to you, but the new generation of gaming laptops have serious advantages it seems over laptops that are only 12 months old.

Improvements are always good, but NVIDIA went above and beyond this time.