Dell G7 Gaming Laptop Review and Benchmarks
So let's take a look at what you get and help you decide. If it's a laptop, you should consider buying let's start with the specs, as there are a few different options available here. I'Ve got the highest energy 7, with the I 9 8950 HK CPU. So not only do we get 4.8 gigahertz single core boosts speeds out of the box. It can also be overclocked but it's also available with the eye 78758 or i 580 300h CPUs. In this unit, the 16 gig of ddr4 memory running at 2600, 66 megahertz and dual channel, but it's also available with 8 gig in single or dual channel configurations. There are a number of different drive configurations on offer, but I've got a 128 gig MDOT 2 SATA SSD and one terabyte hard drive installed here for the graphics there's, an nvidia 1060 max q, which powers the 15.6 inch 1080p 60 hertz IPS panel and we'll see How this performs soon in the benchmarks, but it's also worth noting that it's available with 1050 or 1050 Ti graphics, 2 for the network connectivity, there's, a Gigabit Ethernet port support for 802 11 AC, Wi Fi, as well as Bluetooth version 5.0. The plastic lid in metal interior are both a matte black with blue accenting and overall, the body of the laptop felt nice and solid, but it's also available in white too. There are no sharp edges and the built quality feels pretty good. The dimensions of the laptop with 38 point: nine centimeters in width 27, point 4, centimeters in depth and 2.
5 centimeters in height, so not exactly thin for a laptop with max q, graphics, but hopefully that extra space will help keep the i9 CPU cool the starting weight For the lowest Spectre model is listed at 2.63 kilos and mine way to bid over 2 point 8 kilos with the 180 watt power, brick and cable for charging. The total weight increases to 3.5 kilos so a bit heavier than many other 15 inch laptops. I'Ve looked at as mentioned, the screen here is a 15.6 inch, 60 Hertz 1080p IPS panel, no g sync available here there. Some of you asked me to investigate overclocking the panel as apparently that's possible, with some of the g7 s after some research. It appears to be possible with the a UO panel. However, I've got an LG paddle in mind, so I wasn't able to test that the viewing angles on the screen were pretty good. It looked great at just about any angle. Thanks to the IPS panel, the screen doesn't get too bright around 248 nits when at 100 brightness with the 700 to 1 contrast ratio, I've also measured the current color gamut using the spider 5 pro, and my results returned 59 of srgb, 42 of ntsc and 44 Of Adobe RGB solo results compared to most of the other laptops I've tested find for gaming, but for content creation you might want to look elsewhere. I'Ve performed my usual backlight bleed test on the display, which involves, having the laptop show a black screen in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding.
I then take a long exposure photo to display me bleed, so this is a worst case scenario test. There appears to be some extremely minor bleed here, but I couldn't actually see this with my own eyes. It looked perfectly fine to me in a dark room, but this will of course, vary between laptops. There was a bit more screenflex that I expected that it's, probably just a result of the large hinge being found in the middle of the lid opening the laptop with one finger, was also possible, demonstrating a fairly even weight distribution above the display in the center is A 720p camera, the camera doesn't look too bad with decent lighting and the microphone is alright, but you won't judge both for yourself. The keyboard has blue backlighting, which can be adjusted in two levels or turned off using a physical button. The keys are blue even with the lighting off and was still easily viewable. Overall, the keyboard was alright to type with there's a fair bit of spacing between the keys, though, which made the keys feel a little small. I guess I just felt a little less accurate while typing my only minor issue. Otherwise was the small arrow keys. The key presses were a little clicky, but quiet here's how they sound to try and give you an idea. There was almost no keyboard flex while pushing down fairly hard. The whole body was really solid. The power button is found towards the top right of the keyboard and it's got a fingerprint sensor built in which I found to work really well, it seemed pretty accurate and was quick.
The touch pad also worked pretty well. It was fairly smooth with physical left and right buttons, as well as a blue trimming, matching the rest of the design. As for the io on the Left, there's, a noble, lock slot the power input, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.1 gen2 on type, a port and SD card slot on the right there's, a 3.5 millimeter audio combo jack 2, more USB 3.1 gen2 on type a ports USB 3.1 Gen2 type c port, with four lanes of thunderbolt 3 support and hdmi 2.0 port. The back has some large blue air exhaust vents towards the left and right corners with a little g7 badge. While the front has a similar design with two speakers found towards the left and right, the speaker's sound alright for laptop speakers, there's a tiny little bass and they sound quite clear even at higher volumes up on the lid there's, a blue tail logo in the center. The same blue found on the keyboard around the touchpad and on the air exhaust vents finger prints show up on both the lid and interior, but they aren't too obvious on the matte finish and they're fairly easy to wipe off as it's a smooth surface underneath there. Some air intakes towards the back to keep everything cool, as well as some rubber feet that run along the back and front and do a good job at stopping the laptop from easily moving around while in use. The bottom panel can be opened up easily with a Phillips head screwdriver there's, just one screw to remove so it's pretty easy to open up inside.
We can see that it's easy to access the components. The 2.5 inch drive bay and single m2 slot are found on the left with the Wi Fi card, while the two RAM slots have found towards the Centaur, so nice and simple upgrade ability powering. The laptop is a four cell. Fifty six one hour battery and with a full charge and just watching youtube videos with the screen on half brightness keyboard lighting off and background apps disabled, I was able to use it for four hours and 33 minutes a pretty good result. The laptop was using the Intel, integrated graphics in this test, thanks to Nvidia Optimus, while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings and invidious battery boost set to 30fps the battery lasted for one hour in 26 minutes and it sat at 30 FPS the whole time without Dipping over all the battery life seemed fair I've had worse 15 inch laptops and considering we've got the i9 CPU. Here I can't complain. Thermal testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, it's cold here at the moment, as at winter in Australia. So expect warmer temperatures in a warmer environment at idle, both the CPU and GPU, were on the warmer side in the mid 40s, while playing pub G at default settings, the temperatures rise, as shown by the green bar, but they're, not too hot. If we apply a minus 0.15 EV, all under vault to the CPU, the temperatures drop back a bit as shown in yellow and we'll, see how this affected the clock speeds.
In the next graph, vinegar four clock settings, all CPU cores were set to five gigahertz, while the GPU core clock was boosted by 150 megahertz and 100 megahertz on the memory. The full load stress test was tested with a 264 and the heaven benchmark running. At the same time, with the fans running at default speeds, I wasn't able to max out the fans manually so having tested that even with the under volting applied, the CPU and GPU temperatures stayed around the same. However, the clock speeds do change. These are the average clock speeds for the same temperature tests just shown, and we can see why the temperatures just shown didn't really change with the CPU overclock applied we're, not actually increasing the CPU clock speeds while overclocked – and this was due to power limit throttling, which Was taking place and all of these tests and is why we never reached the full 4.3 gigahertz or core turbo speed of the I 989 50 HK CPU under bolting did help improve this a little, but as the stock Bruce speeds aren't being hit, we had no Chance of seeing our overclock being reached, the overclock and higher boost speeds will be more useful in different workloads, but when fully maxed out or even while playing pub G, we weren't really seeing notable differences, but it will vary between workload. These are the clock speeds. I got while just running CPU only stressed toasts without any GPU load.
Power limit throttling was always present in this test, even while under faulting so applying the overclock essentially did nothing as it was already power, limited prayer to overclocking Intel XT. You said it was sitting on a 45 watt TDP and I wasn't able to change this by modifying the values of next to you. So I'm, guessing it's too, at a low level when can't be changed at the start of the stress test. For the first 10 seconds, or so it was running with a 70 watt TDP at about 4.3 gigahertz on all cores at 90 degrees, so it seems like it can only handle short boosts before being Parliament throttled, which, by extension, drops the temperature. Likewise, here are some GPU only tests in the heaven benchmark, we're getting a little boost with the one hundred and fifty megahertz overclock applied, which takes the max q10 60, just above the specified boost range for the non max Q version. As for the external temperatures, where you'll actually be put in your hands idle, the body of the laptop is sitting in the low 30s so fairly cool. While gaming. This increases to the low 40s in the middle and picks in the mid 40s up towards the back. The stress test was a little higher mid 40s in the center and higher 40s towards the back granted. You don't rest your hands at the back, so the hotter temperature there isn't, really an issue overall, led described.
The keyboard is warm but not uncomfortable. As for the fair noise produced by the laptop bowler, you ever listen to some of these tests: Music. I'D idle. It was completely silent, which probably explains the slightly warm idle temperatures. While gaming was just slightly quieter than full load, but even under full load. It was noticeably quieter than most other gaming laptops. I'Ve tested. I'Ll, also note that there was no noticeable coil whine, while testing in my unit. Finally let's take a look at some benchmarks. Will first cover some real world gaming benchmarks, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools. All tests will run at 1080p with the latest Nvidia drivers and Windows updates to date installed. No overclocking has been applied at this point. These results are at stock speeds. Fortnite was running well at all setting levels. Even at Epic settings I didn't notice any issues. I was able to average above 60fps and that one percent load wasn't too far behind this overwatch was tested playing with the bots and again it was running very well no issues at all, even in epic settings with the 1 low result, above the refresh rate of The 60 Hertz display hub G was tested using the replay feature. The 1 load was dropped down a bit compared to the averages at all settings, which seems to just be typical of how this game runs. But it played very well for me at high settings over learn, csgo was tested using the you let achill benchmark and we've got pretty decent average frame rates and even the 1 lows aren't too bad for this test.
They drop down a lot from the smokes. Nowhere near as bad as in actual gameplay they're Rainbow six siege was tested with the built in benchmark and even maxed out. The results here are quite nice. This game runs well on. Basically anything and you shouldn't have any issues with it. On the g7, far cry 5 was also tested, with the built in bench mark and again, pretty nice results, averaging above 60fps at Ultra settings with the 1 lower, not that far behind assassin's creed origin was another that was tested with the built in bench mark and Again, fairly, decent results for this test. Dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replay, so there should be a worst case scenario realistically, you'll probably get better results than this, while actually playing and was seeing decent results here. Testing battlefield 1 in the first campaign mission ran well for me, even with ultra settings, the 1 lows drop a bit, but I didn't really notice any drops they're still quite high rise of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark and again no issues At all over 60 FPS average, even a Mac settings Ghost Recon – was also tested with the built in benchmark and is a more demanding game. It doesn't score too well at Ultra settings, but it's going quite well at any other setting level. Watchdogs 2 was also on the more demanding side, but I don't think it needs a high frame rate to enjoy.
I found it to run really smoothly at very high settings or blur I've got a few more games covered in the dedicated gaming benchmark video, if you're interested now under the benchmarking tools, I've dusted, heaven valley and super position from Unigine, as well as bio strike times. Fire and VR mark from 3d mark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results, I've said for a long time that the Nvidia 1060 is a great option for 60 FPS gaming with good settings and modern games and based on my own testing, the max q variant. That we've got here is only about 10 slower than the regular 1060, so it's still able to get some pretty nice results in games, but again, keep in mind the 1060 max Q is available in the higher end. G7. Laptops expect lower results with the 1050 or 1050 Ti options. As for overclocking, it was possible to overclock both the eye 989 50 HK CPU, as well as the 1060 max Q, graphics, I've only retested a few games, as I wasn't seeing much of a difference. The same minus 0.15, volt under bolt to the CPU was applied and for the overclock, all calls were set to 5 gigahertz, as we saw earlier. It doesn't really matter if this is stable or not as we don't seem to hit it anyway, due to power limit. Throttling, while the GPU was overclocked by one hundred and fifty megahertz on the core and 100 megahertz on the memory as before, pudgie was tested again using the replay feature and at Ultra settings we're.
Just seeing a little 5 boost to the average frame rates and an 11 increase to the 1 lows, far cry 5 was tested using the built in benchmark and again just a little increase in frame rates around 5 of an improvement at Ultra settings Rainbow six siege Was again tested with the built in bench mark and at Ultra settings there was just around a four percent improvement to the average frame rates. I'Ve got some Cinebench CPU benchmarks here, and we can see that we get a nice boost in performance with the under bolt applied. As mentioned earlier, power limit throttling was present in all tests. Even CPU. Only stress tests such as this for the same reason the you ever clocks under full load and never reached so the you ever clock speeds don't differ much compared to stock, but the single call speeds do increase as the overclock actually helps there. But when you consider the eye 78758 CPU can pass 1200 points in this test. If there are no thermal or power limits, it makes me feel like the i9 isn't, really helping much in multi core tasks in crystal disk mark the 128 gig n dot to solder. Ssd was getting above 500 megabytes per second in sequential reads, but just 200 megabytes per second in sequential, writes it's also worth remembering. The laptop does support faster, nvme storage. Here are the speeds for the one terabyte 5400 rpm hard drive that was installed fairly average.
For this type of disk, I've also tested the SD card slot using a V 90 rated card, so the card shouldn't be the bottleneck, and these speeds are on the lower side. As for the price, the g7, with these maxed out specs, comes in at around 2800 Australian dollars here in Australia, at the time of recording or about 1600 US dollars in the US. But this will differ based on the selected configuration as this is the top end model in the g7 series. The entry level model, with i 5 8300 H, CPU and 1050 graphics starts at just 850 US dollars. You can check updated pricing with the links in the description overall, I think the price is pretty good, which seems typical, with Dells gaming laptops it's, not too much more than the older dell 75077 and yet has a better CPU in all instances, even the lowest end Option i5 8300 H, outperforms, the older i7 7700 HQ otherwise, for the most part, it's pretty similar. If you've already got a 7000 series, laptop there's, no real point in upgrading, unless you really need the extra CPU cores, I'll be comparing the g7 against the g5. In a future video so subscribe, if you want to check that one out, so what did you guys think of the g7 gaming laptop from Dell for the price? It looks like a competitive option with these specs. There are no issues at all playing modern games with decent frame rates at good settings and you've got the option for future expansion with an external GPU enclosure thanks to the Thunderbolt port, the screen quality isn't ideal for creators, but it's perfectly fine for gaming.
It is a gaming laptop. After all, the battery life was failing, dayson and the temperatures don't get very high either, but that seems to be due to the power limit throttling that was taking place with the i9 CPU personally I'd. Probably look at the AI 78758 model over this i9 model, even without testing it and save the money as it doesn't seem to handle full multi core workloads too well. You'Ll only see a benefit unless threaded applications such as single core workloads, where the higher boost speeds will actually be hit, or otherwise, in short, bursts, but, as mentioned that's, something you can easily change in the configuration while ordering. Otherwise, I think the g7 is a pretty nice laptop. Let me know what you guys thought down in the comments and leave a like to. Let me know if you found the review useful thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.