Dell XPS 15 7590 vs. XPS 15 9570: Which should you buy?

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Dell XPS 15 (Image credit: Windows Central)

The newer XPS 15 7590 comes rocking more modern 9th Gen Intel processors (with the choice of an Intel Core i9 CPU), a 4K OLED panel option, and the newer NVIDIA GTX 1650 dedicated GPU. While the 9570 could be considered the worse laptop here simply because it's the older model, it shouldn't be overlooked, especially if you can get a good deal, and having the latest features offered by the 7590 doesn't interest you.

Dell has a newer version of the XPS 15 available in the form of the Dell XPS 15 (9500).

Dell XPS 15 7590 vs. XPS 15 9570 specs

Both of these models are older versions of the current Dell XPS 15 laptop, which is one of the best Windows laptops (and best Dell laptop) you can buy. This older refresh was a small evolution for the Dell XPS 15, adding the latest processors, newer dedicated graphics, and the option for a 4K OLED panel. Comparing the new 7590 against the older 9570 shows just how similar the two laptops are, aside from the now-confusing model numbers.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Dell XPS 15 (7590)Dell XPS 15 (9570)
OSWindows 10Windows 10
CPU9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H (4.1 GHz)9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H (4.5 GHz)9th Gen Intel Core i9-9980HK (5.0 GHz)8th Gen Intel Core i5-8300H8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H8th Gen Intel Core i9
RAM8GB DDR4 2666MHz16GB DDR4 2666MHz32GB DDR4 2666MHz64GB DDR4 2666MHz8GB DDR4 2666MHz16GB DDR4 2666MHz32GB DDR4 2666MHz64GB DDR4 2666MHz
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 630NVIDIA GTX 1650 (4GB GDDR5)Intel UHD Graphics 630NVIDIA GTX 1050 (4GB GDDR5)NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5)
Display15.6-inch 1920x1080 InfinityEdge15.6-inch UltraSharp 4K 3840x2160 InfinityEdge15.6-inch OLED 4K 3840x2160 InfinityEdge15.6-inch 1920x1080 InfinityEdge15.6-inch UltraSharp 4K 3840x2160 InfinityEdge
Ports1x Thunderbolt 3 with DisplayPort2x USB 3.1 Gen 11x HDMI 2.0SD card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)3.5mm combo jackHDMI 2.0USB 3.0 (x2) with PowerShareHeadset jackSD card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3
SecurityWindows Hello fingerprint readerWindows Hello fingerprint reader
WirelessKiller AX1650Bluetooth 5.0Killer 1535Bluetooth 4.1
Dimensions0.45-0.66 x 14.06 x 9.27 inches (11-17mm x 357mm x 235 mm)0.45-0.66 x 14.06 x 9.27 inches (11-17mm x 357mm x 235 mm)
Weight4 pounds (1.8kg)4 pounds (1.8kg)

Same beautiful XPS 15 design

Dell XPS 15 (7590)

Source: Dell (Image credit: Source: Dell)

Dell made sure not to touch the dimensions or weight of the XPS 15, and the design team failed to spend any time switching up the design. These are both excellent points for the new XPS 15 since the design of the older generation was (and still is) amazing. It's one of the best-looking laptops out there. What makes this even better for owners of both models is you won't be able to tell them apart. If you stick with (or purchase) the older 9570, people will be hard-pressed to tell it apart from the new 7590.

Internally, both laptops differ somewhat. The new 9th Gen Intel processors provide a substantial boost in performance over the older 8th Gen processors, and the GTX 1650 is a step up from the GTX 1050 Ti. There's also the inclusion of a fancy new 4K OLED panel, should you choose it as an option when configuring your new XPS 15. This is why it's also possible to recommend the older 9570 to those who don't require the additional headroom offered by the latest Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GPU, saving some money in the process.

Should you need immense performance, Dell lets you configure the new XPS 15 with a 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9980HK processor, 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, NVIDIA GTX 1650, all accompanied by a 1TB PCIe SSD.

Don't upgrade from the 9570

As great as the new specs of the 7590 are, we cannot recommend anyone to upgrade from the older generation of XPS 15. There's just nothing here that warrants another $1,100 to be dropped for such a similar portable PC. You'd be better off with another Dell laptop, possibly an Alienware, or holding out to the next generation of XPS 15.

Choosing the very best from Dell

The previous generation of the XPS 15 is the 7590, which was released in 2019 and confused everyone with the new model number. This notebook was refreshed with upgraded internals while retaining that stunning, iconic XPS design. Not only are you getting more modern processors from Intel, but also a faster GTX 1650 GPU and an optional 4K OLED panel.

Go with the older XPS 15 to save a little

There's no reason to choose the 9570 over the 7590 unless you're getting a solid deal on one. Whether a retailer needs to get rid of one or if you can find one on the used market, there are strong chances you can knock a few hundred off the original retail price of the older XPS 15.

Just watch out for some listings that cost a little more than the XPS 15 7590.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.