Dell XPS 15 9570

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The Dell XPS 15 9570 is considered a "MacBook Pro killer". It has amazing performance for around half the cost. As with many laptops, there is some configuration require to make all the components work with Gentoo.

Important
This page is far from complete. More information will be added soon. Please be patient. The best thing to do is refer to this page in the ArchWiki.

Status

Device/Functionality Status
Suspend Works
Hbernate Works
Intel Integrated Graphics Works
Discrete NVIDIA Graphics Works
Hybrid Graphics/NVIDIA Optimus Buggy; Bumblebee does not work fully (see Discussions, Considerations, Tips, and Tricks)
Wifi Works
Bluetooth Works
rfkill Works
Audio Works
Touchpad Works
Touchscreen Works
Webcam Works
Card Reader Works
Function/Multimedia Keys Works
Power management Requires modifications and configurations; Highly dependent on several factors (see Discussions, Considerations, Tips, and Tricks)
EFI Firmware Updates Works
Fingerprint Reader Not working

History

The Dell XPS 15 9570 is the updated version of the 9560 models. Released in May 2018, this model supports several choices in hardware configurations. Namely,

  • The CPU can be one of the new Coffee Lake quad-core Core i5, hexa-core Core i7, or Core i9 processors.
  • The graphics subsystem can consist of solely an Intel Integrated GPU or both an Intel Integrated GPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU.
  • An optional fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button.
  • There is a choice of touch FHD (1920x1080 @ 60.00 Hz), non-touch FHD (1920x1080 @ 60.00 Hz), touch UHD (3840x2160 @ 60.00 Hz), or non-touch UHD (3840x2160 @ 60.00 Hz) for the screen.
  • The choice of a 2.5 SATA SSD or M.@ PCIe NVME SSD.

Additionally, the 9570's Thunderbolt 3 port now supports all four PCIe lanes, unlike the previous models, which only had support for two lanes.

Hardware

Standard

Device Make/model Status Kernel driver(s) Kernel version
CPU Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8750H CPU @ 4.10 GHz Works 4.20.0
Memory 16GB DDR4-2400MHz Works
Hard disk 512GB PCIe NVME Solid State Drive Works nvme
Video card NVIDIA Corporation GP107M GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile (4GB GDDR5) Works nvidia, fbsimple (or efifb on a UEFI setup) 4.20.0
Video card Intel UHD Graphics 630 (Mobile) Works i915 (i965 in your portage.conf - I'll explain later) 4.20.0
Wireless Killer 1535 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi (Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174) (Can be switched out for Intel Wireless AC 9260 - more details later) Works ath10k_core ath10k_pci linux-firmware
Touchscreen ELAN Touchscreen Works usbhid hid_multitouch 4.15.4
Touchpad Synaptics TouchPad Works mouse_ps2_synaptics_smbus 4.13.0
Bluetooth Killer 1535 Bluetooth Works bluetooth btrtl btintel bnep btbcm rfcomm btusb linux-firmware 4.15.4
USB 3.0 Works xhci_hcd
Thunderbolt 3 4 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3. Supports: Power In / Charging, PowerShare, 40Gbps Bi-Directional, 3.1 USB Gen 2 (10Gbps), VGA, HDMI, Ethernet and USB-A via Dell Adapter (Sold Separately) Works 4.20.0
SD Card Reader SD, SDHC, SDXC Works ?
Webcam Widescreen HD (720p) Works uvc 4.14.8
Microphone Dual array digital microphones Works 4.20.0
Fingerprint reader 138a:0091 Validity Sensors, Inc. No None

LSPCI

Printout of lspci:

root #lspci -nnk
00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 8th Gen Core Processor Host Bridge/DRAM Registers [8086:3ec4] (rev 07)
        Subsystem: Dell 8th Gen Core Processor Host Bridge/DRAM Registers [1028:087c]
        Kernel driver in use: skl_uncore
00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v5/E3-1500 v5/6th Gen Core Processor PCIe Controller (x16) [8086:1901] (rev 07)
        Kernel driver in use: pcieport
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation UHD Graphics 630 (Mobile) [8086:3e9b]
        DeviceName:  Onboard IGD
        Subsystem: Dell UHD Graphics 630 (Mobile) [1028:087c]
        Kernel driver in use: i915
        Kernel modules: i915
00:04.0 Signal processing controller [1180]: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v5/E3-1500 v5/6th Gen Core Processor Thermal Subsystem [8086:1903] (rev 07)
        Subsystem: Dell Xeon E3-1200 v5/E3-1500 v5/6th Gen Core Processor Thermal Subsystem [1028:087c]
        Kernel driver in use: proc_thermal
        Kernel modules: processor_thermal_device
00:08.0 System peripheral [0880]: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v5/v6 / E3-1500 v5 / 6th/7th Gen Core Processor Gaussian Mixture Model [8086:1911]
        Subsystem: Dell Xeon E3-1200 v5/v6 / E3-1500 v5 / 6th/7th Gen Core Processor Gaussian Mixture Model [1028:087c]
00:12.0 Signal processing controller [1180]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH Thermal Controller [8086:a379] (rev 10)
        Subsystem: Dell Cannon Lake PCH Thermal Controller [1028:087c]
        Kernel driver in use: intel_pch_thermal
        Kernel modules: intel_pch_thermal
00:14.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH USB 3.1 xHCI Host Controller [8086:a36d] (rev 10)
        Subsystem: Dell Cannon Lake PCH USB 3.1 xHCI Host Controller [1028:087c]
        Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd
00:14.2 RAM memory [0500]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH Shared SRAM [8086:a36f] (rev 10)
        Subsystem: Dell Cannon Lake PCH Shared SRAM [1028:087c]
00:15.0 Serial bus controller [0c80]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:a368] (rev 10)
        Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:087c]
        Kernel driver in use: intel-lpss
        Kernel modules: intel_lpss_pci
00:15.1 Serial bus controller [0c80]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:a369] (rev 10)
        Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:087c]
        Kernel driver in use: intel-lpss
        Kernel modules: intel_lpss_pci
00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH HECI Controller [8086:a360] (rev 10)
        Subsystem: Dell Cannon Lake PCH HECI Controller [1028:087c]
        Kernel driver in use: mei_me
        Kernel modules: mei_me
00:17.0 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:a353] (rev 10)
        Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:087c]
        Kernel driver in use: ahci
        Kernel modules: ahci
00:1b.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH PCI Express Root Port #17 [8086:a340] (rev f0)
        Kernel driver in use: pcieport
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH PCI Express Root Port #1 [8086:a338] (rev f0)
        Kernel driver in use: pcieport
00:1c.4 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH PCI Express Root Port #5 [8086:a33c] (rev f0)
        Kernel driver in use: pcieport
00:1d.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH PCI Express Root Port #9 [8086:a330] (rev f0)
        Kernel driver in use: pcieport
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:a30e] (rev 10)
        Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:087c]
00:1f.3 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH cAVS [8086:a348] (rev 10)
        Subsystem: Dell Cannon Lake PCH cAVS [1028:087c]
        Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
        Kernel modules: snd_hda_intel
00:1f.4 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH SMBus Controller [8086:a323] (rev 10)
        Subsystem: Dell Cannon Lake PCH SMBus Controller [1028:087c]
        Kernel driver in use: i801_smbus
        Kernel modules: i2c_i801
00:1f.5 Serial bus controller [0c80]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH SPI Controller [8086:a324] (rev 10)
        Subsystem: Dell Cannon Lake PCH SPI Controller [1028:087c]
01:00.0 3D controller [0302]: NVIDIA Corporation GP107M [GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile] [10de:1c8c] (rev a1)
        Subsystem: Dell GP107M [GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile] [1028:087c]
        Kernel driver in use: nvidia
        Kernel modules: nvidiafb, nouveau, nvidia_drm, nvidia
02:00.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation JHL6340 Thunderbolt 3 Bridge (C step) [Alpine Ridge 2C 2016] [8086:15da] (rev 02)
        Kernel driver in use: pcieport
03:00.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation JHL6340 Thunderbolt 3 Bridge (C step) [Alpine Ridge 2C 2016] [8086:15da] (rev 02)
        Kernel driver in use: pcieport
03:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation JHL6340 Thunderbolt 3 Bridge (C step) [Alpine Ridge 2C 2016] [8086:15da] (rev 02)
        Kernel driver in use: pcieport
03:02.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation JHL6340 Thunderbolt 3 Bridge (C step) [Alpine Ridge 2C 2016] [8086:15da] (rev 02)
        Kernel driver in use: pcieport
3a:00.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:15db] (rev 02)
        Subsystem: Device [2222:1111]
        Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd
3b:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter [168c:003e] (rev 32)
        Subsystem: Bigfoot Networks, Inc. QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter [1a56:1535]
Kernel driver in use: ath10k_pci
        Kernel modules: ath10k_pci
3c:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS525A PCI Express Card Reader [10ec:525a] (rev 01)
        Subsystem: Dell RTS525A PCI Express Card Reader [1028:087c]
        Kernel driver in use: rtsx_pci
        Kernel modules: rtsx_pci
3d:00.0 Non-Volatile memory controller [0108]: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0116]
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device [1179:0001]
        Kernel driver in use: nvme
        Kernel modules: nvme

Accessories

Discussions, considerations, tips, and tricks

Hybrid graphics/NVIDIA Optimus

Power management

Physical modifications

Wireless card

Remove the Killer Wireless-AC 1535 card and replace it with the Intel Wireless-AC 9260. According to this forums discussion, the Intel card is vastly superior to the Killer card in every way.

The Intel Wireless-AC 9260 can be purchased on Amazon.

A tutorial on replacing the WiFi card can be found here.

Heat and CPU throttling

The 9570 has a serious issue with dissipating heat which sometimes leads to throttling [1][2][3].

In most cases, this can be solved by updating the motherboard firmware with the latest images from Dell's 9570 support page. However, if the issue still persists, following this tutorial may produce better results.

Troubleshooting

See also

External Resources

  • ArchWiki: Dell XPS 15 9570 - The arch wiki page on the Dell XPS 15 9570. For the time being this is the best place to look for general information.