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Dell XPS 13 Gold Edition review: Our favorite ultrabook is all dressed up with everywhere to go

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Apparently, when it comes to perceived value, consumers aren t as swayed by specs like a quad-core processor, SSD, or graphics as much as they are by a device s color.

This embedded DRAM functions as a cache that helps overall graphics performance.

While the silver version of the XPS 13 comes with different configuration options, the Gold Edition is limited to a fixed configuration and price.

Handbrake performance

Our first test involves encoding a 30GB MKV file into a smaller MP4 using the Android Tablet preset in Handbrake.

The results put the XPS 13 pretty much dead even with the Core i7 versions of the Microsoft Surface Book and Razer Blade Stealth.

However, the Surface Book with its GeForce graphics which we believe to be a GeForce GT 940 chip is top dog.

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