Dell G5 15 SE (5505) Review

Most gaming laptops at the moment 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 characteristic such a configuration. It is also the one laptop computer at the moment accessible that helps AMD’s SmartShift know-how, which permits the laptop computer to dynamically distribute energy between the CPU and GPU, relying on which part wants it extra. This is identical 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 inexpensive too, so far as gaming laptops go, with a recommended beginning value of Rs. 74,990. It is time to see if try to be spending your cash on it.

Dell G5 15 SE (5505) design

The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) seems to be 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 principally plastic however every little thing’s put collectively properly, which makes this laptop computer really feel sturdy.

The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) seems to be good and is constructed properly


There are two cooling followers, located on both aspect of the rear for venting scorching 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 ports, full-sized HDMI, a Mini-DisplayPort, Ethernet, headphone jack and a full-sized SD card slot. I am notably joyful to see Dell embrace the cardboard slot, which is commonly lacking from gaming laptops. All of the ports are properly 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 stage 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 pink 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 will have to take off all the 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 offered 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 incorporates a discrete AMD Radeon RX 5600M graphics card with 6GB of GDDR6 RAM. You get a 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD irrespective 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 fee 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 huge.

The variant that I am reviewing at the moment 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, at the least on the time of this assessment, 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 pink keyboard backlighting


The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) ships with Home windows 10 House 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 Recreation-Shift modifier button (F7 key) that allows 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 numerous stability points equivalent to sport crashes and overheating. Nevertheless, issues have improved rather a lot since then due to BIOS and driver updates. For those who occur to purchase this laptop computer or have lately purchased one, be sure you’ve up to date all of the drivers by means of Home windows Replace, Dell Replace, and Dell’s Assist Help applications.

Earlier than we dive into gaming efficiency, let’s speak a bit about AMD’s SmartShift know-how. With a appropriate AMD CPU and GPU, thermal headroom may be dynamically allotted to the part that wants it essentially the most, based mostly on the workload. As an example, since most 3D video games load the GPU whereas the CPU may not have to run as quick as doable on a regular basis, extra energy may be dynamically routed to the GPU, for a slight increase in body charges. The reverse can be doable. AMD claims as much as 14 p.c improve in efficiency in particular workloads with SmartShift. You may see this in motion by means of AMD’s Radeon Software program Adrenaline 2020 Version, which helps you to have a show overlay displaying 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 exams. 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 just like what we bought 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 superb. With the graphics high quality set to ‘Highest,’ I managed to common 67fps within the in-game benchmark. Far Cry 5 additionally delivered a clean 62fps common with the ‘Extremely’ preset. The all-time standard sport GTA V additionally delivered clean body charges, averaging round 67fps with a lot of the graphics settings set to their highest values. Deus EX: Mankind Divided continues to be a tricky nut to crack on the ‘Extremely’ high quality setting, because it returned a median of 41.5fps. Lastly, in more moderen titles equivalent 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 properly ventilated room and with the laptop computer positioned on a strong flat floor, the discrete Radeon RX5600M typically ran at round 80 levels Celsius when gaming, in line with 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 bought fairly scorching. 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 bought 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 properly, however it additionally runs fairly scorching


The Ryzen 7 4500H carried out very properly in CPU-bound benchmarks. In Cinebench R20’s single and multi-core CPU exams, 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 exams equivalent to compressing a 4GB folder of varied recordsdata, 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 joyful 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 could 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 difficulty. I fairly preferred the motion of the keyboard keys, which have first rate 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 going through a window through the day. It does not wash out, however video games and films with darkish imagery may be laborious to see clearly. The audio system get pretty loud and sound good.

Battery life was beneath 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 totally takes about two hours.


The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) is an attention-grabbing gaming laptop computer that may little doubt be on the radar of any AMD fan. Dell’s pricing will not 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 often 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 fee show going by the present variants being bought in India. A couple of issues to bear in mind are that the display brightness is on the decrease aspect, and the truth that it runs highly regarded when gaming.

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