Dell Precision 3541 Entry-Level Mobile Workstation Review

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AIDA64 Memory Test

AIDA64 memory bandwidth benchmarks (Memory Read, Memory Write, and Memory Copy) measure the maximum achievable memory data transfer bandwidth.

Dell Precision 3541 AIDA64 Memory
Dell Precision 3541 AIDA64 Memory

Our Dell Precision 3541 has two 8GB sticks of memory installed which gives a significant boost to performance. Many notebooks are configured with only one DIMM or memory channel populated, limiting performance. We recommend installing two sticks of memory when configuring your Dell Precision 3541.

AIDA64 GPGPU

These benchmarks are designed to measure GPGPU computing performance via different OpenCL workloads.

  • Single-Precision FLOPS: Measures the classic MAD (Multiply-Addition) performance of the GPU, otherwise known as FLOPS (Floating-Point Operations Per Second), with single-precision (32-bit, “float”) floating-point data.
  • Double-Precision FLOPS: Measures the classic MAD (Multiply-Addition) performance of the GPU, otherwise known as FLOPS (Floating-Point Operations Per Second), with double-precision (64-bit, “double”) floating-point data.
Dell Precision 3541 AIDA64 GPGPU Part 1
Dell Precision 3541 AIDA64 GPGPU Part 1

These are solid numbers that we will discuss after the next section.

The next set of benchmarks from AIDA64 are:

  • 24-bit Integer IOPS: Measures the classic MAD (Multiply-Addition) performance of the GPU, otherwise known as IOPS (Integer Operations Per Second), with 24-bit integer (“int24”) data. This particular data type defined in OpenCL on the basis that many GPUs are capable of executing int24 operations via their floating-point units.
  • 32-bit Integer IOPS: Measures the classic MAD (Multiply-Addition) performance of the GPU, otherwise known as IOPS (Integer Operations Per Second), with 32-bit integer (“int”) data.
  • 64-bit Integer IOPS: Measures the classic MAD (Multiply-Addition) performance of the GPU, otherwise known as IOPS (Integer Operations Per Second), with 64-bit integer (“long”) data. Most GPUs do not have dedicated execution resources for 64-bit integer operations, so instead, they emulate the 64-bit integer operations via existing 32-bit integer execution units.
Dell Precision 3541 AIDA64 GPGPU Part 2
Dell Precision 3541 AIDA64 GPGPU Part 2

The Nvidia Quadro P620 is an entry-level Quadro so we did not expect it to match up to higher tier graphics with these tests. The Lenovo units we tested have higher cost and power GPUs onboard.

Cinebench R15

Cinebench is a real-world cross-platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. The test scenario uses all of your system’s processing power to render a photorealistic 3D scene. This scene makes use of various algorithms to stress all available processor cores. You can also run this test with a single core mode to give a single-core rating.

Dell Precision 3541 Cinebench
Dell Precision 3541 Cinebench

The Core i7-9750H flexes its muscle in Cinebench R15, multi-core performance is quite good with 6 cores/12 threads. It even beats its competition from larger Lenovo form factors that we tested in this segment.

Geekbench 4

Geekbench 4 measures the compute performance of your GPU using image processing to computer vision to number crunching.

Dell Precision 3541 Geekbench CPU
Dell Precision 3541 Geekbench CPU
Dell Precision 3541 Geekbench GPU
Dell Precision 3541 Geekbench GPU

Overall the Dell Precision 3541 shows solid results; the Nvidia Quadro P620 is not its strong point while the Core i7-9750H improves performance in CPU tasks.

LuxMark

LuxMark is an OpenCL benchmark tool based on LuxRender.

Dell Precision 3541 Luxmark
Dell Precision 3541 Luxmark

Here performance is better than we would expect from integrated graphics, but not quite what higher-end GPUs can provide.

Let us move on and start our testing with graphics-related benchmarks.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Great benchmark !

    Have you noticed some fans noice during your tests and idle ?
    This seems to be a real problem for new Dell laptops.

  2. This is the dumbest laptop review I’ve read.

    * 5 pages of benchmarks: but these are almost pointless, you are benchmarking the specific CPU configuration you have, when Dell sell this machine with a range of different CPU options. Any laptop with the same CPU and same RAM etc is going to have very similar benchmarks.

    * No reference at all to the aspects which differentiate laptops, i.e. screen quality, keyboard layout, touchpad, fan noise / cooling, and overall build quality.

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