, Starting with the specs. My unit has an Intel: i7, 8750H CPU Nvidia, RTX, 2060 graphics, 16GB of memory running in single channel. However, for testing I upgraded to 16gb in dual channel a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD and a 15.6 60Hz IPS screen. For network connectivity, its got gigabit, ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 5.. There are a few different configurations available, though such as newer, 9th gen, CPUs, 16 series. Graphics, 144Hz screen or different battery sizes. You can find examples and updated prices linked in the description.. The metal lid has a smooth matte black finish with a blue Dell logo in the center., Its the same inside all black and metal.. All edges and corners were rounded and smooth, and overall, the build quality was quite good.. The starting weight of the laptop is listed at 2.5kg or 5.5 pounds on the Dell website. However, this will vary based on hardware customizations.. My unit came in right around this and rose to 3.2kg with the 180 watt power brick and cables for charging included.. The dimensions of the laptop are 36.4cm in width 27.3cm in depth and just under 2cm in height. So, on the smaller side for a 15 inch laptop. Its noticeably trimmed down and less chunky looking compared to Dells 2018 model of the G7, and this results in thinner screen bezels.. The 15.6 1080p 60Hz screen has a matte finish. No G Sync available here, but the G7 is also available with a 144Hz option.

Ive measured the current colour gamut using the Spyder 5 Pro and my results returned 97 of sRGB, 68 of NTSC and 73 of AdobeRGB. At 100 brightness in the center. I measured 298 nits with a 9301 contrast ratio, so decent results for a gaming laptop and noticeably better than the G5. I recently tested. Backlight bleed seemed ok too. The bottom section towards the right was only just barely noticeable to me in this worst case scenario. However, this will vary between laptops and panels.. Remember that these are the results from the 60Hz panel expect different results with the 144Hz option.. There was a little screen flex, though, as a metal lid, it felt fairly sturdy.. The flex present is probably a result of the center hinge, which gives less stability to the far corners compared to corner hinges.. I could just open it with one finger with a little effort. There was more weight towards the back, despite the large 90 watt hour battery down the front, though it felt stable on my lap., Despite the thinner bezel Dell have still included the 720p camera above the screen.. The camera looks ok for 720p, but still blurry and the microphone sounds about average.. The keyboard has 4 zones of RGB backlighting, however thats an optional upgrade one single colour is also an option.. You can turn the lighting on or off with the F10 key or otherwise control it through the FX tab in the Alienware Control Center software.

. I thought it looked pretty good and even the secondary functions of all keys get lit. Up. Typing was alright. There was a lack of feedback from pressing the keys down, but otherwise I liked typing, with it heres how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect.. The only thing I didnt like was the small arrow keys. That Dell seem to be known for using, which were annoying to use in some games.. The power button up the back in the center is where the optional fingerprint reader will be. It seems to be a 22 upgrade.. I found it to work quickly and would recommend it if you want a quick unlock without needing a password., There was minimal keyboard flex while pushing down hard overall it was fairly solid and about the same in the wrist rest areas, not much flex.. The touchpad has precision drivers and worked well. It clicks down anywhere, while also having separate, left and right click areas toward the bottom. Fingerprints and dust show up easily on the matte black interior and lid. However, as both are smooth surfaces, they were easy to wipe off. Theyre even easier to spot up the back, which is either a glossy plastic or glass and youll get fingerprints here by using the power button or fingerprint scanner. On the left. Theres, an air exhaust vent up the back USB 3.1 Gen, 2 Type C port, which is wired for both DisplayPort 1.

2 and Thunderbolt 3. Although Dell note only the 2060 and up configurations have Thunderbolt support, followed by a USB 3.1 Gen, 1 Type, A port and 3.5mm audio combo jack. On the right theres, a full size, SD card reader, USB 3.1 Type, A port and air exhaust vent towards the back.. On the back, there are air exhausts on the left and right then, for the rest of the IO from left to right. Weve got the power input: HDMI, 2.0 output, USB 3.1 Type, A port mini DisplayPort output, although thats only on the RTX, 2060 and above models. However, they dont specify the version gigabit ethernet port and I like the way theyve put it so you dont, have to lift the laptop up to unplug it followed by a noble, wedge, lock. Slot. The front has this sort of grill design. With the speakers found on the left and right., They sounded ok. As far as laptop speakers are concerned, though, they did sound tinny. Maximum volume, while playing music was able to get quite loud, though the Latencymon results looked. Quite bad. On the black metal lid theres, the Dell logo in the center. It has a blue shiny finish, which can also look a little green depending on the angle., Underneath there are only small vents for air flow directly above the fans but well see. If this is a problem for thermals soon., It can be removed easily by taking out 9 screws with a phillips head screwdriver and the two at the back towards the center dont, fully come out of the panel.

Once inside. From left to right, weve got the single M.2 slot two memory slots WiFi card up, the top in the middle and large 90 watt hour battery down the bottom. Youve got the option of getting a smaller 60 watt hour battery instead, and that also gets you a 2.5 inch drive bay, and I really like that Dell are giving you that option here, something I wish many others offered. Powering. The laptop is that 90 Watt hour battery. Ive tested it with the screen brightness at 50 background apps, disabled and all keyboard lighting off., While just watching YouTube videos, it lasted for 7 hours and 8 minutes. The best result for a gaming laptop with these specs out of all machines, Ive tested.. It was using the Intel, integrated graphics thanks to Nvidia Optimus., While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidias battery boost set to 30 FPS. The battery lasted for 2 hours and 21 minutes. However, before you get too excited after an hour and 46 minutes, it had 19 remaining and the frame rate dipped down to 13 FPS and wasnt really playable anymore.. I suspect this would be less problematic playing less demanding games, but even so, this is one of the best results for this test. Ive had out of all laptops again, thanks to the large battery, expect lower results with the 60 watt hour. Variant. Ill also note that I never saw the battery drain during any of my testing with the provided 180 watt power.

Brick. Lets move onto the thermal testing again. The bottom of the laptop doesnt appear to have many vents for airflow and on the inside. Weve got two fans and heatpipes shared between the processor and graphics, so a change of temperature in one component will affect the other.. The Dell Power Manager software allows you to change between a few different modes. However, I didnt really find them to do too much as well. See soon. Ill. Also, note that while you can install the Alienware control center software, this did not give me any fan control. The best you get is changing between the power manager. Profiles. Thermal testing was completed in an ambient room. Temperature of 21 degrees Celsius so expect different results in different environments. Ive tested idle down the bottom, with the quiet profile and temperatures seemed about average, while also being quiet more on fan noise later though., The rest of the results are from combined CPU and GPU workloads And are meant to represent worst case scenarios.. The gaming results towards the upper half of the graph were tested by playing Watch Dogs 2, as I find it to use a good combination of processor and graphics.. The stress test results shown on the lower half of the graph are from running the Aida64 CPU stress test and Heaven GPU benchmark, at the same time, to fully load the system. Lets start with the stress test results. We can see that the ultra profile ran a bit warmer under the same workload when compared to the default optimized profile and well, look at clock speed differences in the next graph.

. The ultra profile was providing slightly better performance, though so Ive used it for the majority of the testing.. If we apply a 0.15v undervolt to the CPU, the temperatures dont change. But when I add my Thermaltake Massive 20 cooling pad, we can lower the GPU by 6 degrees Celsius and the CPU by 4.. The gaming results werent too different. The GPU was slightly warmer in this game compared to the stress tests, while the CPU undervolt managed to barely lower the CPU temperature. With the cooling pad applied. There were some nice improvements, lowering by 7 degrees on the GPU and 6 on the CPU.. These are the average clock speeds for the same tests. Just shown. With the stress tests were getting a small boost to CPU performance, with the ultra profile enabled, which is why it was a little warmer than the default optimized profile in the last graph.. Under this workload, I found the power limits for the CPU would dynamically change. However, on average, over a 30 minute period, the optimized profile averaged a 30 watt TDP, while the ultra profile averaged 35 watts.. When we undervolt the CPU, the clock. Speed rises by more than 400MHz on all 6 cores, and then a little extra was gained with the cooling pad in use. Im, not certain why there was improvement to CPU clock speed with the cooling pad. I wasnt seeing thermal throttling just power limit throttling. However, the software was clearly dynamically.

Changing the CPU TDP as time went on., Perhaps with cooler temperatures its smart enough to raise the TDP limit and improve performance which would explain the higher average TDP reported by HWInfo. For this test. Back to the clock speeds, the gaming performance out of the box was around 3.4GHz on all 6 cores in Watch Dogs 2. While the undervolt improved this by around 400MHz on all cores, with no change seen here using the cooling pad, though, as we saw earlier, temperatures were improved by a fair amount.. So, to summarise, the CPU hits power limits under combined CPU and GPU load, preventing thermals from getting out of control.. The best improvement we could make was by undervolting the CPU which improved performance, while additional cooling did seem to help in some cases.. These are the clock speeds I got while just running CPU only stress tests without any GPU load., The full 3.9GHz all core turbo boost speed of the i7 was possible, so no change from undervolting.. When we look at the temperatures for the same test, though, we can see a large improvement of 14 degrees Celsius, and this was due to a lower TDP as less power is needed, while undervolted, which equals less heat., To demonstrate how this translates into performance. Ive got some Cinebench CPU benchmarks here.. I actually got the exact same results, even though I take an average of 5 runs, not too surprising. Given we got the same. Cpu clock speeds, earlier.

Things change a little with the newer Cinebench R20, though this test seems to be more intensive, so was able to cause some power limit throttling at stock, which is why the score was higher once undervolted.. As for the external temperatures, where youll actually be putting your hands at idle with the quiet profile on, it was only just getting to the low 30s about average. While gaming, the wrist rest area, remains cool with the center getting into the mid 40s warm, but not Hot., The results were similar with the stress tests running with the back getting into the 50s and feeling hot to the touch. Granted, you wont need to touch back there, except for the power button, though that is where the optional fingerprint scanner is., While gaming on battery power, the wrist rest area heats up a bit as the discharging battery is directly underneath. However, the rest remains cool compared to the previous tests.. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop Ill, let you have a listen to some of these tests. At idle with the quiet profile. It was completely silent. No fan noise at all., While gaming or with the stress tests running in the optimized or ultra profiles, there was no change.. The fan was maxing out at around 52 decibels, a little below most other gaming laptops, Ive tested, while under the same loads. Overall, the new Dell G7 gaming laptop performed quite well in these tests, without getting too hot, at least when compared with the G5 that I Tested previously, which would hit 99 degrees under the same workloads.

, This seems to be due to power limit throttling thats present in the G7. So, while the clock speeds arent quite as high as the G5, the temperatures are much more reasonable.. Let me know if youd be interested in seeing a full comparison, video between the G5 and G7 down in the comments.. Finally lets take a look at some gaming benchmarks. Ive tested these games with the these Nvidia drivers and all available Windows updates to date installed with the ultra performance profile in use.. Well start by looking at all setting levels then compare with some other laptops. After. Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode and not in multiplayer mode as its easier to consistently reproduce the test. Run. The purple bars show the results with ray tracing disabled. While the green bars show RTX on., The RTX results werent great at ultra and high settings, though it was mostly playable. For a game like this Id want higher FPS, though, and RTX off at ultra settings, looks better and runs similarly to RTX on at low settings. Apex Legends was tested with either all settings at maximum or all settings on the lowest possible values as it doesnt have predefined setting presets.. It played alright, even with everything maxed out averaging about 80 FPS and averaging about 47 higher, with everything on minimum. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark. The results were alright here, close to many other 2060 laptops Ive tested so far, but again there will be some comparisons with other laptops.

Later. Far Cry New Dawn was tested with the built in benchmark.. In this test, above 75, FPS averages were possible at ultra very similar to other 2060 laptops Ive covered. Fortnite was tested with the replay feature and even with max settings over 100 FPS was easily possible in this seemingly well optimized game. Overwatch is another well optimized game And was tested in the practice range and again, even maxed out at epic settings was giving us around 140 FPS plenty to take advantage of the optional 144Hz screen. CSGO was tested using the Ulletical FPS benchmark and, like always, high frame rates were coming out of this Test., Even with all settings at maximum over 160 FPS was possible with much lower at lower settings. If you need it. Assassins, Creed Odyssey was tested with the built in benchmark still enough to play the game fine and at most setting levels I found it was performing a little ahead of the G5 with same specs that Ive previously tested most likely due to the Lack of thermal throttling on the CPU. Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built in benchmark and is a game Ive found to benefit from Nvidias new turing architecture.. Even with ultra settings, almost 120 FPS was possible in this test.. Dota 2 was tested playing in the middle lane with an average amount of action going on, and it was running very smoothly without any problems at all., Even ultra settings were capable of 140 FPS.

In this game, so another that would benefit from the optional 144Hz panel upgrade. Watch. Dogs 2 is a resource intensive game, although I still found it to play perfectly fine, even with ultra settings., With a stable 30 FPS. To me, it runs fine and were seeing that with the 1 lows maxed out., The Witcher 3 was running well with hairworks disabled and played well with ultra settings in my test. Although you can get much higher frame rates, if you prefer, with lower settings with almost 150 at low., Ive tested 20 games in total on the G7 in the dedicated gaming benchmark, video check the card in the top right corner, if youre after more results. Lets. Also, take a look at how this config of the Dell G7 compares with other laptops to see how it stacks up use these results as a rough guide only as they were tested at different times with different drivers. In Battlefield, 5 Ive got the G7 up. The top in red and the results were extremely similar to the G5 that I tested with same specs.. The Clevo NH58EDQ that Ive recently tested was further ahead due to excellent CPU performance. I found in that machine while the ASUS Scar II also saw higher average FPS and a bit higher 1 low.. Here are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra settings in the built in benchmark.. The results are similar to other 2060 laptops Ive tested, though it does seem to be just slightly below the others, and also behind the Dell G5, with same specs, but realistically still quite close.

. These are the results from Shadow of the Tomb raider with the built in benchmark at highest settings and in this one the G7 scored the same as the G5 and again similar to most of the other 2060 laptops that Ive tested.. Overall, I thought the gaming performance from the new Dell G7 gaming laptop was alright. It seems to be pretty well inline, with many other laptops, Ive tested with i7 8750H CPU, RTX, 2060 graphics and dual channel memory.. Now, for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike, Timespy, Port Royal and VRMark from 3DMark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results. As we saw earlier, weve got the option of making some changes to improve performance, so lets see how these changes actually help in gaming.. Far Cry 5 was retested using the built in benchmark at 1080p.. At ultra settings there was a 3.4 improvement to average FPS with the CPU undervolted and graphics overclocked. With a larger 5.6 boost to 1 low., The 1 low saw the biggest improvement at all setting levels. Then at the lower settings there was hardly any difference. In average FPS, so for the most part, we can boost the performance in games with some simple tweaks. Ive used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage and the 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD that was installed was offering excellent, read and write. Speeds. Ive also tested the SD slot with a v90 rated card and unfortunately, its on the slower side, but still better than not having it.

For updated pricing check the links in the description as prices will change over time. At the time of recording in the US. The Dell website has already put up the 9th gen models so Im, not even sure you can buy my specific config anymore. Anyway. The base model is around 900 USD, while the RTX 2060 model, though with newer 9750H CPU, is around 1500 USD. Ill. Also note that Im glad most of these seem to be listed with dual channel memory. The 8th gen ones were primarily single channel which results in worse performance in games.. Here in Australia, the 8th gen models are still available and you can see theyre all sold with single channel memory for some reason. Anyway, for the 2060 model, with 16gb of memory were looking at about 2250 AUD at the moment., As the 9th gen models have just Launched it might be worth keeping an eye out for sales if youre still interested in the 8th gen from what Ive seen so far theres, not too much practical difference.. So what did you think about the new refreshed Dell G7 gaming laptop Last year? The G5 and G7 were quite similar, and that still seems to be the case here with the new models, though the newer refreshed models do have some nice improvements.. These include a smaller overall footprint, a less chunky, design, higher end spec options, all the way up to RTX 2080 Max Q, graphics, optional, 144Hz screen and, of course, the all important RGB keyboard.

. While these are key features for a gaming laptop, I cant ignore that, for the most part, Dell seems to be playing catch up with most of the competition who have had these features for years. Now.. That said, its good, that the G series is now more modern for the most part, it still seems to be offering good value for money options with the lower 1650 and 1660 Ti configs.. Last year. The best you could get was a 1060 Max Q. Now the G7 goes all the way up to 2080 Max Q, which of course costs more money as a result of that increased performance, but the option of higher performance is now there. If you need it., I liked that youve got the option of the larger battery. If you want it, otherwise you can get the 2.5 inch drive bay if you prefer to have more storage space.. I also liked that the rear IO has all the bulky inputs, such as power, HDMI and ethernet, so theyre kept out of the way of your mouse hand. Theres, also Thunderbolt available. Should you be interested in improving performance with an external GPU enclosure. In terms of thermals? The G7 performs well enough, not quite as high in terms of clock speeds when compared to the G5. However, the result of this power limit throttling is that it runs cooler and doesnt spike to 100 degrees Celsius under load, so thats good.. It was possible to further improve performance with some tweaks.

However, I still want to have better fan control than whats, currently being offered.. Otherwise, the only other thing I didnt personally like was the smaller arrow keys.. Overall, I found the new Dell G7 to be a pretty good gaming laptop its got important features for gamers and solid, build quality without being too expensive.. Let me know what you guys thought about the new Dell G7 gaming laptop with RTX graphics down in the comments..