Dell XPS 15 9570 vs. Dell XPS 15 9560: Which should you buy?

Dell XPS 15
Dell XPS 15 (Image credit: Windows Central)

When you don't really care about what's inside your laptop, the XPS 15 9560 is an excellent choice, especially when looking at retailers needing to get rid of older stock on the used market. The newer 9570 is for those who demand the very best performance with the latest kit from Intel and NVIDIA.

Comparing similar Dell specs

The two laptops are part of the same family of XPS notebooks, which means the internals are roughly the same. It's the same chassis with upgraded processors and GPU options.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Dell XPS 15 (9560)Dell XPS 15 (9570)
CPU7th Gen Intel Core i3-7100H7th Gen Intel Core i5-7300HQ7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ8th Gen Intel Core i5-8300H8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H8th Gen Intel Core i9
RAM8GB/16GB/32GB DDR4 2400MHz8GB/16GB/32GB DDR4 2666MHz
GPUIntel HD Graphics 630NVIDIA GTX 1050 (4GB GDDR5)Intel UHD Graphics 630NVIDIA GTX 1050 (4GB GDDR5)NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5)
Display15.6-inch1080p mattnon-touch4K glossy touch15.6-inch1080p mattnon-touch4K glossy touch
Storage500GB HDD + 32GB Flash1TB HDD + 32GB Flash256/512GB/1TB PCIe SSD128GB SATA SSD + 1TB HDD1TB SSHD256GB/512GB/1TB PCIe SSD
PortsHDMI 1.4USB 3.0 (x2) with PowerShareHeadset jackSD card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)Kensington Lock slotUSB Type-C Thunderbolt 3HDMI 2.0USB 3.0 (x2) with PowerShareHeadset jackSD card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3
WirelessKiller 1535Bluetooth 4.1Killer 1535Bluetooth 4.1

Same gorgeous design

XPS 15 (Image credit: Windows Central)

Dell didn't make any notable changes to the design of the XPS 15 and if you saw the 9560 and 9570 in a line-up, you'd be hard pressed to tell them apart. If it isn't broken, don't attempt to fix it. Both notebooks can be kitted out with a 4K touch display, with similar storage options and GPUs.

The XPS 15 9570 packs some serious power with the newer Intel processors.

The CPU is where things get a little interesting. Upon first inspection, one would assume the Core i7-8700HQ is just a little bit faster than the 7700HQ and Intel only made a few minor changes under the hood, but you'd be mistaken. The new 8th-generation processor family you can select from sports more cores. The Core i5-8300H has four cores and the Core i7-8700H has six.

You can even throw in the Core i9-8950HK for good measure if you really need some serious horsepower. Other minor improvements between the two models include the bump to HDMI 2.0, but Dell continues to fail at figuring out a way of positioning the webcam without having it face up the owner's nose.

Not a worthy upgrade from the 9560

Dell XPS 15 (Image credit: Windows Central)

If you only want to see what the differences are between your current 9650 and the newer 9570, fear not as they don't warrant the parting of a further $1,000 for a replacement. The newer Intel processors and faster RAM do make a difference, but the older XPS 15 isn't a slouch and should keep you going until another refresh is rolled out.

Buy the older model if it's a good deal

There's really no reason to choose the 9560 over the 9570, unless you're getting a solid deal on one. Be it stock a retailer needs to get rid of or on the used market, there are strong chances you can knock a few hundred off the original retail price of the older XPS 15.

The absolute best from Dell

The latest iteration of the XPS 15 is the 9570, which was released in 2018. This notebook was refreshed with upgraded internals while retaining that stunning iconic XPS design. Not only are you getting the latest processors from Intel, but also faster clocked RAM, and a HDMI 2.0 port (replacing the HDMI 1.2) to name but a few upgrades.

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.