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Apple MacBook Pro (M1) Vs. Dell XPS 13

The CRN Test Center compares the M1-powered MacBook Pro with the new XPS 13, offering 11th-gen Intel processors and an OLED display option.

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Processor and RAM

Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro is among the first devices to come equipped with the company’s speedy, Arm-based M1 processor. The M1 features an eight-core CPU and an eight-core GPU.

As mentioned, Dell’s new XPS 13 comes with 11th-gen Intel Core processors. Choices include the Intel Core i3, i5 and i7—up to the Core i7-1185G7, a quad-core chip.

How does the XPS 13 compare on performance to the M1-powered MacBook Pro? Recent benchmark scores suggest a speed advantage for the MacBook Pro with M1, even when it’s up against the fastest XPS 13. Geekbench 5 scores for the M1 and Core i7-1185G7 show the M1 winning out both in single-core and multi-core tests. The M1’s performance advantage should most noticeable on more-demanding, multi-core tasks, according to the Geekbench 5 results.

The XPS 13 does have greater choices for RAM, however, with a higher configuration of 32 GB of RAM available. (The 32 GB model is currently listed as part of Dell’s business notebook portfolio.) New XPS 13 models are also being offered with 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM. The MacBook Pro with M1 can only be configured with 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM.

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