Dell G5 15 SE (5505) Review

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Most gaming laptops at this time 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 answer is kind of uncommon. The Dell G5 15 SE is one such laptop, however is kind of actually the one laptop in 2020 to characteristic such a configuration. It’s additionally the one laptop presently accessible that helps AMD’s SensibleShift automation, which permits the laptop to dynamically distribute energy between the CPU and GPU, relying on which part wants it additional. This is identical automation that shall 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 prompt beginning value of Rs. 74,990. It’s time to see if you need to be spending your cash on it.

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Dell G5 15 SE (5505) design

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

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


There are two cooling followers, located on both aspect of the rear for venting scorching air. The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) provides an honest collection of ports, which embrace a USB Type-C port, one USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A port, two USB ports, full-sized HDMI, a Mini-DisplayPort, Ethernet, headphone jack and a full-sized SD card slot. I’m notably blissful to see Dell embrace the cardboard slot, which is usually lacking from gaming laptops. All the ports are effectively spaced on both aspect of the laptop.

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

The display and keyboard deck are black, which distinction properly with the outside. The Dell G5 15 SE has a full-sized chiclet keyboard with a no. pad. The palm relaxation areas are equally spacious, with a decently sized trackpad. The suggestions of the keys is nice, they don’t seem to be too noisy, and also you get multi-level red backlighting. The backside two corners of the trackpad function the left and right mouse buttons, and tactile suggestions is nice.

There is an effective collection 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 loads of vents on the underside for air consumption, however no quick-release compartment for accessing the RAM or storage. For this, you will must 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 on the market with both an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H or a Ryzen 7 4800H CPU. This new collection launched back in March and relies on AMD’s 7nm course of. The laptop additionally contains 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 provides as much as 16GB of DDR4 RAM within the top-end possibility. The variants that debuted in India in July just had 60Hz shows, however the present ones being offered on-line embrace 120Hz refresh rate display choices.

The laptop additionally 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 energy adapter is kind of heavy and huge.

The variant that I’m reviewing at this time packs a Ryzen 7 4800H CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 60Hz display, 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 display is priced at Rs. 79,990. The top-end variants with a Ryzen 7 CPU and 120Hz display are priced at 90,990 with 8GB of RAM or Rs. 96,990 with 16GB of RAM.

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


The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) ships with Windows 10 Home Edition together with the same old Dell utilities and the Alienware Command Centre software program. This helps you to monitor CPU, GPU and system temperatures. There’s a ‘G’ or Game-Shift modifier button (F7 key) that permits you to bump up the fan speeds to let the {hardware} run quicker for longer when wanted.

Dell G5 15 SE (5505) efficiency

I’ve been utilizing the Dell G5 15 SE (5505) for a few months now. Back in July after I started testing it, there have been loads of stability points similar to game crashes and overheating. However, issues have improved so much since then due to BIOS and driver updates. If you occur to purchase this laptop or have not too long ago purchased one, ensure you’ve up to date all of the drivers by Windows Update, Dell Update, and Dell’s Support Assist packages.

Before we dive into gaming efficiency, let’s speak a bit about AMD’s SensibleShift automation. With a appropriate AMD CPU and GPU, thermal headroom might be dynamically allotted to the part that wants it probably the most, primarily based on the workload. For occasion, since most 3D games load the GPU whereas the CPU may not must run as quick as attainable on a regular basis, additional energy might be dynamically routed to the GPU, for a slight enhance in body rates. The reverse can also be attainable. AMD claims as much as 14 p.c growth in efficiency in particular workloads with SensibleShift. You can see this in motion by AMD’s Radeon Software Adrenaline 2020 Edition, which helps you to have a display overlay displaying the present standing of the CPU and GPU in actual time.

When gaming, the AMD SensibleShift tech within the Dell G5 15 SE (5505) will dynamically allocate additional 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 check. In the Fire Strike check, it managed 15,040 factors. These scores have been just 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 games that refused to run initially, however with the newest driver updates, performed simply high-quality. 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 ‘Ultra’ preset. The all-time widespread game GTA V additionally delivered clean body rates, averaging round 67fps with a lot of the graphics settings set to their highest values. Deus EX: Mankind Divided remains to be a troublesome nut to crack on the ‘Ultra’ high quality setting, because it returned a median of 41.5fps. Finally, in newer titles similar to Control, I managed to common round 43fps, with intermittent dips to 37fps throughout fights. The expertise was still good, contemplating this was on the ‘High’ high quality preset.

In a effectively ventilated room and with the laptop positioned on a stable flat floor, the discrete Radeon RX5600M usually 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. However, after about 15 minutes or so of gaming, the laptop itself acquired fairly scorching. This was one thing I observed after I started testing it back in July and the problem persists, even after all of the updates. The palm relaxation space would not overheat however the higher portion of the laptop 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 games effectively, however it additionally runs fairly scorching


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 recordsdata, it took 2 minutes and 47 seconds to finish. Encoding a 1.3GB video file to a MKV took 46 seconds to finish. Finally, rendering the BMW scene in Blender was accomplished in Four minutes and 51 seconds. These are all good numbers, which reveals sturdy single- and multi-core efficiency from the Ryzen CPU.

I used to be fairly blissful utilizing the Dell G5 15 SE (5505) as an on a regular basis laptop too. It’s not probably the most transportable answer 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 respectable journey and are not noisy. I discovered the brightness of the display to be a bit missing at occasions, particularly if I used to be dealing with a window through the day. It would not wash out, however games and films with darkish imagery might be onerous to see clearly. The audio system get pretty loud and sound good.

Battery life was below common which isn’t shocking for a gaming laptop. The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) ran for 1 hour and 13 minutes in Battery Eater Pro, 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.


The Dell G5 15 SE (5505) is an fascinating gaming laptop that may little doubt be on the radar of any AMD fan. Dell’s pricing will not be too not good both, contemplating that the Radeon GPU provides 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 provides a snug keyboard, good aesthetics, and a 120Hz refresh rate display going by the present variants being offered in India. A number 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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