Dell G5 15 SE (5505) Review


Most gaming laptops as we speak are constructed round both an Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU, or maybe an AMD CPU and Nvidia GPU. AMD has not produced aggressive discrete GPUs for laptops in fairly a while, so discovering an all-AMD resolution is sort of uncommon. The Dell G5 15 SE is one such laptop computer, however is sort of actually the only laptop in 2020 to function such a configuration. It is also the only laptop currently available that helps AMD’s SmartShift technology, which permits the laptop computer to dynamically distribute energy between the CPU and GPU, relying on which part wants it extra. This is similar know-how that will be used within the upcoming Sony PlayStation 5 gaming console too.

This makes the Dell G5 15 SE (5505) form of particular. The excellent news is that it is comparatively reasonably priced too, so far as gaming laptops go, with a advised beginning worth of Rs. 74,990. It is time to see if you have to be spending your cash on it.

Dell G5 15 SE (5505) design

The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) appears nice on this Supernova Silver end, which has a rainbow-like speckled dots on the lid and a gray panel on the underside. It is a pretty chunky laptop computer at roughly 21.6mm in thickness, and heavy too, with a beginning weight of about 2.5kg. The outside panels are largely plastic however every part’s put collectively effectively, which makes this laptop computer really feel sturdy.

The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) appears good and is constructed effectively

 

There are two cooling followers, located on both aspect of the rear for venting sizzling air. The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) gives an honest choice of ports, which embrace a USB Sort-C port, one USB 3.2 Gen1 Sort-A port, two USB 2.zero ports, full-sized HDMI, a Mini-DisplayPort, Ethernet, headphone jack and a full-sized SD card slot. I am significantly comfortable to see Dell embrace the cardboard slot, which is commonly lacking from gaming laptops. All of the ports are effectively spaced on both aspect of the laptop computer.

Flipping the lid up, we’re greeted by a 15.6-inch, full-HD (1920×1080) LCD show. The show has an anti-reflective coating however the brightness degree is not very excessive at simply 220nits. The borders on the left and proper are pretty slim however not those on the highest and backside.

The show and keyboard deck are black, which distinction properly with the outside. The Dell G5 15 SE has a full-sized chiclet keyboard with a quantity pad. The palm relaxation areas are equally spacious, with a decently sized trackpad. The suggestions of the keys is nice, they are not too noisy, and also you get multi-level purple backlighting. The underside two corners of the trackpad function the left and proper mouse buttons, and tactile suggestions is nice.

There’s a good choice of ports on either side of the Dell G5 15 SE (5505)

 

The Dell G5 15 SE has bottom-firing stereo audio system with customisable software program from Nahimic. There are many vents on the underside for air consumption, however no quick-release compartment for accessing the RAM or storage. For this, you may must take off the whole backside panel, which is held in place by simply accessible screws.

Dell G5 15 SE (5505) pricing and specs

The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) is on the market with both an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H or a Ryzen 7 4800H CPU. This new collection launched back in March and is predicated on AMD’s 7nm course of. The laptop computer additionally encompasses a discrete AMD Radeon RX 5600M graphics card with 6GB of GDDR6 RAM. You get a 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD regardless of which variant you select. Dell additionally gives as much as 16GB of DDR4 RAM within the top-end possibility. The variants that debuted in India in July solely had 60Hz shows, however the present ones being bought on-line embrace 120Hz refresh charge show choices.

The laptop computer additionally has a Killer Wi-fi 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 energy adapter is sort of heavy and enormous.

The variant that I am reviewing as we speak packs a Ryzen 7 4800H CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 60Hz show, and is priced at Rs. 86,990. The completely different configurations aren’t all listed on Dell’s web site, not less than on the time of this evaluate, however they are often discovered on Flipkart. A Ryzen 5 variant, with 8GB of RAM and a 120Hz show is priced at Rs. 79,990. The highest-end variants with a Ryzen 7 CPU and 120Hz show are priced at 90,990 with 8GB of RAM or Rs. 96,990 with 16GB of RAM.

The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) has purple keyboard backlighting

 

The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) ships with Home windows 10 Dwelling Version together with the standard Dell utilities and the Alienware Command Centre software program. This allows you to monitor CPU, GPU and system temperatures. There is a ‘G’ or Sport-Shift modifier button (F7 key) that permits you to bump up the fan speeds to let the {hardware} run sooner for longer when wanted.

Dell G5 15 SE (5505) efficiency

I have been utilizing the Dell G5 15 SE (5505) for a few months now. Again in July once I started testing it, there have been lots of stability points similar to sport crashes and overheating. Nevertheless, issues have improved loads since then because of BIOS and driver updates. For those who occur to purchase this laptop computer or have just lately purchased one, ensure you’ve up to date all of the drivers by way of Home windows Replace, Dell Replace, and Dell’s Assist Help packages.

Earlier than we dive into gaming efficiency, let’s discuss a bit about AMD’s SmartShift know-how. With a suitable AMD CPU and GPU, thermal headroom will be dynamically allotted to the part that wants it essentially the most, primarily based on the workload. As an example, since most 3D video games load the GPU whereas the CPU won’t must run as quick as potential on a regular basis, extra energy will be dynamically routed to the GPU, for a slight enhance in body charges. The reverse can also be potential. AMD claims as much as 14 p.c enhance in efficiency in particular workloads with SmartShift. You may see this in motion by way of AMD’s Radeon Software program Adrenaline 2020 Version, which helps you to have a show overlay exhibiting the present standing of the CPU and GPU in actual time.

When gaming, the AMD SmartShift tech within the Dell G5 15 SE (5505) will dynamically allocate extra energy to the GPU

 

I began with artificial gaming checks. The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) scored 6,136 factors in 3DMark’s DX12 Time Spy take a look at. Within the Fireplace Strike take a look at, it managed 15,040 factors. These scores have been much like what we acquired from the Asus Strix Scar GL504GV, for instance, which has an eighth Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card.

In real-world gameplay, Shadow of The Tomb Raider was one of many video games that refused to run initially, however with the newest driver updates, labored simply nice. With the graphics high quality set to ‘Highest,’ I managed to common 67fps within the in-game benchmark. Far Cry 5 additionally delivered a easy 62fps common with the ‘Extremely’ preset. The all-time standard sport GTA V additionally delivered easy body charges, averaging round 67fps with many of the graphics settings set to their highest values. Deus EX: Mankind Divided continues to be a troublesome nut to crack on the ‘Extremely’ high quality setting, because it returned a mean of 41.5fps. Lastly, in newer titles similar to Management, I managed to common round 43fps, with intermittent dips to 37fps throughout fights. The expertise was nonetheless good, contemplating this was on the ‘Excessive’ high quality preset.

In a effectively ventilated room and with the laptop computer positioned on a stable flat floor, the discrete Radeon RX5600M typically ran at round 80 levels Celsius when gaming, based on the temperatures displayed by the Radeon software program. The exhaust followers have been audible however I did not discover them to be annoyingly loud. Nevertheless, after about 15 minutes or so of gaming, the laptop computer itself acquired fairly sizzling. This was one thing I seen once I started testing it again in July and the difficulty persists, even after all of the updates. The palm relaxation space does not overheat however the higher portion of the laptop computer close to the exhaust vents and the higher row of keys together with the WASD keys acquired very heat. A fast peek on the Radeon Command Centre program confirmed the CPU temperature averaging round 95 to 98 levels Celsius when gaming.

The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) handles video games effectively, nevertheless it additionally runs fairly sizzling

 

The Ryzen 7 4500H carried out very effectively in CPU-bound benchmarks. In Cinebench R20’s single and multi-core CPU checks, the Dell G5 15 SE (5505) returned 465 and 4,064 factors respectively. PCMark 10 managed a rating of 5,593 factors, which is nice. In real-world checks similar to compressing a 4GB folder of various information, it took 2 minutes and 47 seconds to finish. Encoding a 1.3GB video file to a MKV took 46 seconds to finish. Lastly, rendering the BMW scene in Blender was accomplished in Four minutes and 51 seconds. These are all good numbers, which reveals robust single- and multi-core efficiency from the Ryzen CPU.

I used to be fairly comfortable utilizing the Dell G5 15 SE (5505) as an on a regular basis laptop computer too. It is not essentially the most moveable resolution and carrying it round can be a little bit of a ache because of the weight. If it is going for use in a single place, this should not be a problem. I fairly preferred the motion of the keyboard keys, which have respectable journey and are not noisy. I discovered the brightness of the show to be a bit missing at instances, particularly if I used to be dealing with a window throughout the day. It does not wash out, however video games and flicks with darkish imagery will be laborious to see clearly. The audio system get pretty loud and sound good.

Battery life was under common which isn’t stunning for a gaming laptop computer. The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) ran for 1 hour and 13 minutes in Battery Eater Professional, which isn’t nice. With non-gaming utilization, I used to be getting roughly three and a half hours of runtime. Charging the battery absolutely takes about two hours.

Verdict

The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) is an fascinating gaming laptop computer that may little doubt be on the radar of any AMD fan. Dell’s pricing shouldn’t be too unhealthy both, contemplating that the Radeon GPU gives gaming efficiency someplace in between what an Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060 would ship, and these are normally seen in laptops priced at across the Rs. 1 lakh mark. The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) additionally gives a snug keyboard, good aesthetics, and a 120Hz refresh charge show going by the present variants being bought in India. A number of issues to bear in mind are that the display screen brightness is on the decrease aspect, and the truth that it runs highly regarded when gaming.


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