Review Precision 15 5000 series of KabyLake (HQ series) design, Precision 5520 . It is a 15.6-inch notebook for professional business such as 3DCAD, and it has Quadro M1200M . The CPU can be equipped with the 7 th generation Core quad core (HQ), or the Xeon E 3 family.
Compactness comparable to a 14-inch notebook by the narrow price Infinity Edge display. Since 4K IGZO panel and full HD IPS panel can be chosen, the display quality is also high. Carbon fiber palm rest, aluminum enclosure, rugged and high-end specification. Equipped with backlight keyboard. Since NVMe SSD can also be installed, startup is also fast. Do not install optical drives. Although the price is high, we have a sense of luxury as well as high specs.
In addition, since the case of Precision 5520 is the same as XPS 15 (9550) , it seems that it is probably an aluminum body cut by CNC machining. However, design such as surface treatment has been changed.
Precision 5520 specification and features at the time of review
|architecture||KabyLake (HQ series) design|
* Part of the previous generation (6 th generation) Skylake design CPU can be installed
|Size (nominal value)||Width: 357 mm × depth: 235 mm × thickness: 11 mm / weight approximately 1.78 kg –|
|Power supply||97 WHr, 6 cell battery or 56|
W Hr, 3 cell battery 130 W AC adapter included
Aluminum top plate. Gun black color, surface treatment of hairline processing. In the center is arranged a chromeless DELL logo. It seems that the body only changed the surface processing of XPS 15 (9550), but in Precision 5520 I feel that it is like a heavy-duty top plate like an iron plate. (It is a comparison in memory because the actual machine of XPS 15 – 9550 is not at hand already). The edge part is polished and the gloss of the aluminum material is an accent of the design.
On the left side, place the power connector, USB 3.0 terminal (PowerShare compatible), HDMI terminal, USB Type-C terminal (Thunderbolt 3), headset terminal.
On the right side, there are SD card slot, USB 3.0 terminal (compatible with PowerShare), 5 level battery remaining meter and confirmation button, security lock slot.
Battery level meter is convenient for charging timing because you can check the remaining battery level roughly without activating the PC. However, the LED light is behind and it is hard to light a little from the diagonal position.
This Precision 5520 real machine is equipped with NVMe SSD (M.2 slot / PCI Express connection), but the performance is this way. It is more explosive than SATA connection.
PCI Express native connection capable M.2 standard slot has compatibility of “PCI Express 3.0, SATA 3.0, USB 3.0” as the transmission method. In the SATA 3.0 standard, the connection interface had a bottleneck up to “transfer rate of 600 MB / s”, but it became an environment where the performance of SSD can be drawn out by M.2. However, for high-speed PCI Express connection, NVM Express (NVMe) standard SSD is required. NVM stands for “Non-Volatile Memory”. In M.2 SSD with SATA connection, it is the speed of SATA connection as before
Performance ~ Core i7 – 7820 HQ + Quadro M 1200 M
The Core i7-7820 HQ which is installed in this Precision 5520 operates 4 cores, HT threads operate 8 threads. TDP (thermal design power) is 45 W, high performance CPU. The graphics are equipped with NVIDIA Quadro M1200M 4GB GDDR5 which is optimized for Open GL.
In multithreaded rendering by Core i7 – 7820 HQ
, there is no performance as much as Core i 7 – 6700 whose score is “756” for desktops, but as a CPU for notes, it is the highest score among PCs reviewed by us . ※ As of February 2018
Since NVIDIA Quadro is optimized for OpenGL, we have a battle mark test of “FINAL FANTASY XIV: Crimson’s Liberator” as entertainment once, although the ring is different from PC game DirectX.
With 1280 x 720 standard quality (Student Laptps PC), “slightly comfortable” results. It seems that the difference between OpenGL 4.3 and later and DirectX 11 (Direct 3 D 11) and later seems to be almost gone, but it may still be a bad survey as the optimization level is different.
Carbon fiber composite material is adopted as palm rest. Carbon fiber is a fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) knitted with carbon fiber as reinforcement. It is characterized by high strength and lightness, it is also used in sports goods like tennis rackets, industrial products such as automobiles, construction industry such as earthquake-proof reinforcement. Since production is expensive, most cases are used only locally where durability is required.
Even though this is thin, 5510 allows you to select models with Xeon processors in addition to the 6th generation Core i5 / i7 processor. In the successor model 5520, in addition to the 6 th generation Core i 7, 7th generation Core i 5 / i 7, Xeon processor can be chosen. If you are more concerned about the performance 5520 is recommended.
The memory corresponds to DDR 4 of the latest standard. There are two DIMM slots, up to 32 GB for 5510 and up to 16 GB for 5520 models are available.
In addition to HDD, the storage can also select models with SSD that can be accessed at high speed. If performance is important, SSD is recommended.
NVIDIA Quadro M1000M (5510) and NVIDIA Quadro M1200M (5520) can be installed as graphics. I think that you understand that you are not compromised on the performance side though it is thin.
15.6 inches UltraSharp PremierColor UHD IGZO (3,840 x 2, 160) Touch compatible, wide view, LED backlight
can be selected.
The full HD compatible panel has a non-glossy type panel and the 4K compatible panel has a glossy type touch panel.
It adopts a design in which the liquid crystal panel and the frame are integrated, and the appearance is very beautiful.
In the case of a workstation, it is often used for engineering work such as image / video editing and CAD, but in such a case, the work area will be increased if the display area is wide.
So Precision 15 5000 makes it possible to select a panel with high resolution of 3920 x 2160 dots in addition to full HD 1920 x 1080 dots.
Precision 15 5000 4K liquid crystal panel also incorporates Premier Color technology as well as Dell’s high-end LCD monitor series .
Adobe RGB 100% wide color gamut is secured, making it ideal for professional users who need high reproducibility for CAD / design / photo / video editing.
It is a 15.6-inch notebook for business such as 3DCAD, equipped with Quadro M1200M. Quad-core (HQ) of the 7 th generation Core, or Xeon E 3 family can be installed. Compactness comparable to a 14-inch notebook by the narrow price Infinity Edge display. You can choose 4K IGZO panel or full HD IPS panel.Carbon fiber palm rest, aluminum enclosure, rugged and high-end specification.Equipped with backlight keyboard. Although the price is high, we have a sense of luxury as well as high specs. Probably it seems to be an aluminum body shaved out by CNC processing.
DELL Precision 5520 review 2018
Pros / Epic battery life; Fast performance; Vivid display; Thin, light design; MIL-SPEC durable
Cons / Awkwardly placed webcam
Verdict / The Dell Precision 5520 packs the power of a high-end workstation into the svelte and sexy body of a premium Ultrabook.