Laptop Dell G5 Review, the new Dell G5 gaming laptop’s got some nice specs for a fair price, including Intel’s new 6 core i7 8750H CPU and Nvidia 1060 Max-Q graphics, so let’s find out how well it performs in a bunch of different games.
Just quickly before we dig into the benchmark results I wanted to mention that there’s 2 8gb sticks of DDR4 memory running at 2,666MHz in dual channel, the stock configuration present in my unit. The G5 is also available with 8GB of RAM in single channel, as well as with Nvidia 1050 or 1050Ti graphics options, or with the 4 core i5-8300H CPU, so the results will vary based on the selected configuration of the G5. The Dell G5 that I’m testing with here is the highest specced model.
All testing was done at 1080p, the native resolution of the laptop’s display, with VSync disabled. With that out of the way let’s check out some gaming results. Starting out with Fortnite we’re getting really nice results, even with max settings the 1% lows are above the 60Hz refresh rate of the display, but keep in mind that this can vary quite a bit as the game greatly depends on what’s going on and what other players are doing, basically take these results with a grain of salt.
Overwatch was tested playing with the bots, and again we’re getting really nice results for this laptop, with 1% lows well above what the display can output at max settings. As usual CS:GO was averaging well above what the refresh rate of the display could output, the 1% lows drop quite a bit due to the smokes in this benchmark test, but even with medium settings the 1% lows were still above the display’s refresh rate at 1080p.
PUBG was tested using the replay feature, but again take the results with a grain of salt, as like Fortnite it will depend on what’s going on in the game, so the results can vary quite a lot, as shown by the 1% lows which are quite a bit lower than the averages.
Despite this the results are still fairly good and the game played well. I’ve tested Farcry 5 with the built in benchmark, even at max settings we’re averaging above 60 FPS and the 1% lows aren’t too far behind the average frame rates here, so again it’s going quite well. Assassin’s Creed Origins was also tested with the built in benchmark and the results were similar, in that the 1% lows also weren’t too far behind the averages.
Dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replay, so this should be a worst case scenario, realistically you’ll probably get better results than this while actually playing, and even in this intensive test we’re always averaging above 60 FPS regardless of setting level.
Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built in benchmark and we’re getting pretty high frame rates at all setting levels. Despite the 1% lows being a bit further away from the averages they’re still a fair bit higher than the 60Hz refresh rate of The Dell G5. Battlefield 1 was also going quite well, even in intense fights the dips weren’t too bad, as shown by the 1% lows which again even at max settings are higher than the screen’s refresh rate so it felt quite smooth.
The witcher 3 doesn’t really need a high frame rate to play, and even on ultra settings it played nicely, although you can boost the frame rate quite a bit by stepping down even just one level from ultra. Rise of the tomb raider was tested with the built in benchmark, and we’re able to average above 60 FPS even with max settings.
Ghost recon is a fairly resource intensive game, and was again tested with the built in benchmark. Although ultra settings are quite low, this is always the case in this game. At high settings we were just able to reach a 60 FPS average.
Watchdogs 2 is another fairly resource intensive game, but is another that I personally think doesn’t need a high frame rate to play. I can play this with 40 FPS averages no problem as long as the 1% lows aren’t too low, at ultra we can see the 1% lows are fairly low so the dips were a bit noticeable, it played well at very high or below though.
DOOM was tested using vulkan, and again to me it felt really smooth even during large fights, almost averaging 100 FPS even at max settings. Shadow of war was another game tested with the built in benchmark, I don’t really have anything else to say about this one so let’s move on.
Ashes of the Singularity was also tested with the built in benchmark, and again these are alright results for this game on a laptop as this is a fairly intensive benchmark. I haven’t yet tried undervolting or overclocking as this will vary between laptops based on the hardware, but I’ll cover those in future posts, this is how the laptop performs out of the box, which to be honest is probably how most people will probably end up using it, so this is what you can at least expect at a base level.
So how do you guys think The Dell G5 did in these games? I’ve always thought the 1060 is a great choice for 1080p 60 FPS gaming, and although we’ve got the slightly lower clocked Max-Q version here we’re still getting really nice results, especially considering The Dell G5 has a 60Hz screen anyway, so in many games the higher frame rates are mostly wasted unless you attach an external monitor with higher refresh rate.