Most gaming laptops today are built around an Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU or perhaps AMD CPU and Nvidia GPU. AMD has not produced competing discrete GPUs for laptops in a long time, so it is quite rare to find an all-AMD solution. The Dell G5 15 SE is one such laptop, but it’s a literal Laptop only In 2020 to facilitate such a configuration. it’s also currently the only laptop available He supports AMD’s SmartShift Technology, Which allows the laptop to dynamically distribute power between the CPU and GPU, depending on which component needs it more. This is the same technique It will be used In the future Sony PlayStation 5 Gaming console too.
It makes Dell G5 15 SE (5505) Like special. The good news is that it is relatively inexpensive, as far as gaming laptops go, Rs. With a starting price of Rs. 74,990. It is time to see if you should spend your money on it.
Dell G5 15 SE (5505) Design
The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) looks great in this supernova silver finish, with rainbow-like speckled dots on the lid and gray panel on the bottom. It is a fairly chunky laptop at a thickness of roughly 21.6 mm, with a starting weight of around 2.5 kg, and also heavier. The outer panels are mostly plastic, but everything is put together, which makes this laptop strong.
Dell G5 15 SE (5505) looks good and is well built
There are two cooling fans, located on either side of the back to expel hot air. The Dell G5 offers a good selection of 15 SE (5505) ports, including a USB Type-C port, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, two USB 2.0 ports, full-size HDMI, a mini-DisplayPort, Ethernet, Are included. Headphone jack and a full-size SD card slot. I was particularly pleased to see that Dell included a card slot, often missing from gaming laptops. All ports are well located on either side of the laptop.
Lifting the lid up, we are greeted by a 15.6-inch, full-HD (1920×1080) LCD display. The display has an anti-reflective coating but the brightness level is not very high at just 220nits. The boundaries of left and right are quite thin but the top and bottom are not.
The display and keyboard deck are black, contrasting externally well. The Dell G5 15 SE features a full-size chiclet keyboard with a number pad. The palm rest areas are equally spacious, with a decent-sized trackpad. The keys have a good response, they don’t make a lot of noise, and you get multi-level red backlighting. The lower two corners of the trackpad serve as left and right mouse buttons, and the touch response is good.
Dell G5 15 SE (5505) has a good selection of ports on either side. The Dell G5 15SE features bottom-firing stereo speakers with customizable software from Nahimic. There are plenty of vents on the floor for air intake, but no quick-release compartment to access the RAM or storage. For this, you have to unload the entire lower panel, which is held by easily accessible screws.
Dell G5 15 SE (5505) Pricing and Specifications
The Dell G5 15SE (5505) is available with either an AMD Raigen 5 4600H or a Raigen 7 4800H CPU. This new series Launched back in March And is based on AMD’s 7nm process. The laptop also has a discrete AMD Radeon RX 5600M graphics card with 6GB of GDDR6 RAM. You get 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD, no matter which variant you choose. In the top-end option, Dell also offers up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM. The variants, which debuted in India in July, had only 60 Hz displays, but currently sold online include 120Hz refresh rate display options.
The laptop also has a Killer Wireless 1650x Wi-Fi 6 module with Bluetooth 5.1. The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) comes with a non-removable 51WHr battery. The included 240W power adapter is quite heavy and large.
The variant I am reviewing today packs a Ryzen 7 4800H CPU, 8GB RAM, and a 60Hz display, and is priced at Rs. 86,990. The different configurations are not all listed on Dell’s website, at least at the time of this review, but they can be found on Flipkart. A Ryzen 5 variant with 8GB RAM and 120Hz display is priced at Rs. 79,990. The top-end variant with Ryzen 7 CPU and 120Hz display is priced at 90GB with 8GB RAM or Rs. 96,990 with 16GB RAM for Rs.
Dell G5 15 SE (5505) has red keyboard backlighting
Dell G5 15 SE (5505) ships with Windows 10 Home Edition with common Dell utilities and Alienware Command Center software. It lets you monitor CPU, GPU, and system temperature. There is a ‘G’ or game-shift modifier button (F7 key) that lets you hit the fan speed to allow the hardware to run faster when you need it.
Dell G5 15 SE (5505) Performance
I have been using Dell G5 15 SE (5505) for a few months now. When I started testing it in July, there were many stability issues such as game crashes and overheating. However, things have improved a lot since then, thanks to BIOS and driver updates. If you buy this laptop or have recently purchased one, make sure that you have updated all drivers through Windows Update, Dell Update, and Dell’s Help Support programs.
Before we dive into gaming performance, let’s talk a little bit about AMD’s SmartShift technology. With a compatible AMD CPU and GPU, the thermal headroom can be dynamically allocated to the component that needs it most depending on the workload. For example, since most 3D games load the GPU, while the CPU may not need to run fast at all times, a slight increase in frame rate allows more power to be dynamically routed to the GPU. The reverse is also possible. AMD claims a 14 percent increase in performance in specific workloads with SmartShift. You can see this through AMD’s Radeon Software Adrenaline 2020 version, which gives you a display overlay showing the current state of the CPU and GPU in Real-Time.
When gaming, AMD SmartShift technology in Dell G5 15 SE (5505), will allocate more power to GPU
I started with synthetic gaming tests. The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) scored 6,136 in 3DMark’s DX12 time spy test. In the Fire Strike test, it scored 15,040 points. These scores were the same as what we got Asus Strix Scar GL504GV, For example, which has an 8th gen Intel Core i7 CPU and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card.
In real-world gameplay, Shamb of the Tomb Raider was one of the games that initially refused to run, but with the latest driver update, worked just fine. With the graphics quality set to ‘highest’, I managed to average 67fps in the in-game benchmark. Far Cry 5 also averaged 62fps with the ‘Ultra’ preset. The all-time popular game GTA V also gave a clear frame rate, averaging around 67fps, with most graphics settings set to their highest values. Des EX: Mankind Divided is still a hard nut to crack in the ‘Ultra’ quality setting, as it returns to an average of 41.5fps. Finally, in more recent titles like Control, I managed to average around 43fps with 37fps on average during fights. The experience was still good, given that ‘high’ quality was predetermined.
In a well-ventilated room and with a laptop housed on a solid flat surface, the discrete Radeon RX5600M typically ran at around 80 ° C when gaming, according to the temperature displayed by the Radeon software. The exhaust fans were audible, but I didn’t get angry at them loudly. However, after about 15 minutes or so of gaming, the laptop itself became quite hot. This was something that I started testing back in July and the issue persisted even after all the updates. The palm rest area is not heated, but the upper part of the key, including the upper part of the laptop near the exhaust vent and the WASD key, is very hot. A quick tableau at the Radeon Command Center program showed CPU temperatures around 95 to 98 degrees Celsius during gaming.
The Dell G5 15SE (5505) handles the game well, but it also runs hot enough.
The Ryzen 7 4500H performed very well in the CPU-bound benchmark. In the Cinebench R20’s single and multi-core CPU tests, the Dell G5 15 SE (5505) returned 465 and 4,050 points, respectively. PCMark 10 scored 5,593 points, which is good. In real-world tests, compressing a 4GB folder of mixed files took 2 minutes and 47 seconds to complete. It took 46 seconds for MKV to complete the 1.3GB video file encoding. Finally, the BMW scene in Blender was completed in 4 minutes and 51 seconds. These are all good numbers, showing strong single and multi-core performance from Ryzen CPUs.
I was also very happy using the Dell G5 15 SE (5505) as a daily laptop. This is not the most portable solution and moving it around will be a little painful due to the weight. If it is going to be used in one place, it should not be an issue. I liked the action of the keyboard keys, which travel well and are noisy. I found that the brightness of the display decreases slightly at times, especially if I am facing the window during the day. It doesn’t wash out, but games and movies with dark imagery can be hard to see clearly. The speaker is quite loud and the sound is good.
Battery life was below average which is not surprising for gaming laptops. The Dell Eater 15 SE (5505) battery lasted 1 hour 13 minutes in the Eater Pro, which is not very good. With non-gaming usage, I was getting a runtime of about three and a half hours. It takes about two hours to fully charge the battery.
The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) is an interesting gaming laptop that will no doubt be on the radar of any AMD fan. Dell’s pricing is also not bad, given that the Radune GPU offers gaming performance at somewhere between an Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060, and these typically cost the laptop around Rs. 1 lakh mark. The Dell G5 15SE (5505) offers a comfortable keyboard, good aesthetics, and 120Hz refresh rate display by the current variants being sold in India. Some things to keep in mind is that the brightness of the screen is on the low side and the fact that it is very hot during gaming.
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