Great Budget Gaming Laptop? Dell G3 Review
As there are a few different configurations available, I've got the highest spec g3, with the Intel i7 8750 H CPU. Although it's also available with the i5 8300 H, I've got 16 gig of ddr4 2666 memory running in dual channel, but it's also available with 8 gig. In single or dual channel configurations – and it supports up to 32 gig of memory in total, there are a number of different storage configurations too, but I've got a 256 gig and up to SATA, SSD and 2 terabyte hard drive installed, although faster nvme storage is also Supported by the single leg, 2 slot for the graphics, there's, an nvidia 1060 max q, although it's also available with 1050 or 1050 TI graphics and this powers, the 17.3 inch 1080p 60 hertz IPS panel for the network, connectivity, there's, a Gigabit Ethernet port support for 8 Or 2.11 AC, Wi, Fi and Bluetooth, the laptop is completely plastic with a matte black lid and then a grey and black checkerboard pattern for the interior. Although it's also available in white it's got blue accenting all around it. For example, around the touchpad, the keys, the logo under the screen and on the lid, despite the plastic build overall, it was still fairly solid and no sharp corners or ridges anywhere did I mention to the laptop of 41.5 centimeters in width. Twenty seven point: nine centimeters in depth and 2.5 centimeters in height, so not exactly thin for a max Q laptop, but not bad for a 17 inch machine.
The starting weight for the lowest spec model list listed at 3.2 7 kilos, although might weight under 3 kilos. Even with the hard drive installed with the 180 watt power, brick and cable for judging the total weight increases to around three point: six kilos and with the 1050, your 1050 Ti models. You get a 100 30 while pala brick instead, which I suspect, maybe a touch light on, also keep in mind. The 15 inch model will not only be smaller but will also have a different weight, as mentioned. The screen here is a 17.3 inch, 60 Hertz 1080p IPS panel, no g sync available. Here, though, the viewing angles on the screen were good. It looked great at just about any angle. Thanks to the IPS panel, the screen gets bright enough at 306 nits when at 100 brightness in the center, with the 740 to 1 contrast ratio based on my own measurements. The bezel was about a centimeter thick, although I suspect that may vary with the 15 inch model. I'Ve also measured the current color gamut, using the spider 5 probe, and my results returned 91 of srgb, 68 of ntsc and 71 of adobe RGB, so not too bad for something marketed, primarily as a gaming, laptop I've taken a long exposure photo in a dark room As a worst case, backlight bleed test and we can see there is some bleed. I could actually occasionally notice the top left spot during normal usage from time to time, but this will vary between laptops again keep in mind.
All of these screen results are specific to the LG panel. In the 17 inch g3 I haven't tested the 15 inch version, so can't compare them there, wasn't too much screen flex as it's made out of fairly thick plastic, and the hinge runs along most of the base of the laptop further rating stability, opening the laptop with One finger wasn't possible as the hinge is quite stiff, although I wouldn't say it was too back heavy. I could still use it on my lap. No problem above the display in the center is a 720p camera. The camera doesn't look too bad with some lighting and the microphone sounds decent, but you'll be able to judge both for yourself. The keyboard has blue lettering, so you can see it quite easily, even with the backlighting off, and my model also has blue backlighting. I'M. Not sure if that will vary between regions models learn as my g5 didn't have backlighting, while others did, the backlighting can be adjusted between two brightness levels or turned off using a button on the keyboard. No software control as a 17 inch laptop there's room to adequately spaced out the keys, so the numpad isn't cramped either. Although we still have those mainly small Araki's, the other g series laptops also use. I had no problems typing with the keyboard, otherwise here's, how the key presses sound to try and give you an idea of what we expect. That was a little keyboard flex, while intentionally pushing down hard.
But honestly, it was fairly minor and not an issue while typing normally. Overall, it was quite solid. Considering the plastic body, the power button is found towards the top right of the keyboard and, while my model doesn't have a fingerprint reader here, Dell note that it is available so again that may vary between regional model. The touchpad worked, alright it's got separate, left and right click buttons down the bottom, but you can left click anywhere or to finger right. Click anywhere, it's got a matte texture and it wasn't that smooth to the touch. As for the io on the left, there's, the power input, USB type c: Thunderbolt 3 port HDMI, 2.0 output, Gigabit Ethernet 2, USB 3.1 gen2 on type, a ports and a 3.5 millimeter audio combo jack on the right there's, an SD card slot USB 3.1 gen2 type. A port and Noble, looks look. The back is mostly smooth plastic with the g3 logo on the side, but under the plastic of the air exhaust vents, which are hidden from view forcing air downwards at the back. The front is also just smooth plastic up on the lid there's, a blue tail logo in the center matching the blue accenting found elsewhere. Fingerprints show up on the lid, although the matte texture hides them a little compared to a glossy finish and as a smooth surface. They'Re easy to wipe off as the interior has this checkerboard pattern they're harder to notice here, but still easy to wipe away underneath there, some air intakes towards the back to keep everything cool as well as some rubber feet that do a good job of stopping the Laptop from easily moving around while in use the speakers are found towards the front left and right corners.
They sound alright, there's, no bass at all, but they do get loud enough and sound clear. The bottom panel can be opened up easily with a Phillips head screwdriver. Once you remove the 12 screws inside from left to right, we get easy access to the single 2.5 inch drive bay, the battery to memory slots, single m2 slot and Wi Fi card powering. The laptop is a 4 cell 50 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 that's to say old. I was able to use it for five hours and two minutes. It 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 and 14 minutes and it sat at 30 FPS the whole time without dipping. Overall, I thought the battery life was acceptable, considering the fairly decent hardware we're running thermal testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 18 degrees Celsius so expect warmer temperatures in a warmer environment. I'Ll also note that it wasn't possible to manually modify the fan. Speed of the g3, so all temperatures with the fans of default speeds, starting at the bottom of the graph at idle. The CPU and GPU are running cool enough shown in light blue moving up to the green bar I've tested gaming using watch dogs too, as it uses a good amount of CPU and GPU resources, and this rose the temperatures a fair bit.
If we apply a minus 0.15 volt undervolt to the CPU we're able to drop the temperature slightly shown in yellow the stress, tests were done by running a to 64 and heaven benchmark at the same time. In order to attempt to fully utilize both the processor and graphics, moving up in the graph to the red bar, that was power, limit throttling present fairly standard with the 87 58 CPU one distress test by applying the same minus 0.15, F volt under volt to the Cpu in purple, the temperature actually rose slightly, but as we'll see in the next graph it's now performing much better. These are the average clock speeds for the same temperature tests. Just showing the green gaming and red stress test bars were subject to power limit throttling, which is why only a 3.4 gigahertz average was seen over all six cores, but performance was improved with the minus 0.15 EV volt under multiplied. In particular. The purple bar shows that web very close to getting the full 3.9 gigahertz all called turbo speed of the 87 58 CPU. These are the clock speeds I got while just running CPU only stress tests without any GPU load. The power limit throttling was still taking place at stock, although there was no thermal throttling with the Europe one 500 volt under multiplied. There were able to reach the full 3.9 gigahertz all court over speed of the eye 78758 cpu, and also note that it wasn't possible to change the power limit from the 45 watt TDP default with Intel XT you to demonstrate how this translates into performance.
I'Ve got some Cinebench CPU benchmarks here with the oldest 7th gen 7700 HQ just the effect comparison, we're able to improve the skull by over 100 points by applying the CPU under Bowl and no real difference between either in terms of single core performance, a single core Alone, isn't enough to trigger power limit. Throttling here are my GPU. Only clock speeds, while under a graphical, only stress test Berthoud stock and with a 200 megahertz GPU core of clock applied but it's worth noting that your CPU under volting and GPU overclocking results will vary between chips based on the silicon, muttering. As for the external temperatures, where you'll actually be putting your hands at idle, the body of the laptop is peaking in the low 30s quite cool while gaming, the wrist rest, was still cool, but the center of the keyboard starts approaching 50 degrees and with the stress Tests running, we saw a similar result. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop well, they have listened to some of these tests. I'D idle. It was always silent, only just audible, while gaming, the fence pickup, but overall it's, still a fair bit quieter compared to most other gaming laptops likely due to the max Q, graphics and then about the same results with the stress tests. Running 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. All games run at 1080p with the latest Nvidia drivers and Windows updates to date installed no way for clocking at this point, but we'll look at that.
Afterwards, fortnight was tested with the replay feature and even an epic settings we're seeing pretty nice results above 60 FPS averages so it's running quite smoothly, with higher frame rates available at lowest setting levels. Although it's worth keeping in mind, the g3 only has a 60 Hertz displayed rifle, which was tested in the practice area and again even in epic settings, it was running perfectly with 1 lows that were above the refresh rate of the display and an average frame rate. Above 100, pub G was tested using the replay feature, the results at Ultra settings aren't great, which isn't too surprising, as it isn't a very well optimised game, a lower setting levels. The results are decent enough to play. Well, their shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark, and this is, after a recent game, ready driver for the game from Nvidia. In any case, the results don't seem too bad at the lowest setting levels. Csgo was tested using the elliptical benchmark, and the frame rates were all right for this test, actually slightly better than when I tested the g5 with the same specs. A few months ago, Rainbow six siege was tested with the built in benchmark and was still able to average well above 100 FPS, even at Ultra settings again with fairly high 1 lows. So this game should run pretty smoothly without any problems. Far cry 5 was also tested with the built in benchmark and with ultra settings we're just able to average above 60 fps.
A pretty nice result for this particular test with 1 lows that aren't too far behind Assassin's Creed origins was another game that was tested with the built in benchmark the results aren't too bad, as this is a more demanding title, although I don't think it meets super High frame rates to play anyway, dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replay. So this should be a case scenario. These results are not the same as playing the actual game. This benchmark is far more intensive than typical gameplay and, despite this, the frame rates are pretty good for these facts. Testing battlefield 1 in the first campaign mission read nicely regardless of setting level. It played great for me, even at Ultra settings with 1 lower results around the refresh rate of the display, so even the dips and performance weren't too bad watchdogs 2 was a somewhat demanding game. Although I don't think it needs a high frame rate to play and it played great at high settings still playable at higher settings, but not as good as shown by the 1 lows in the 20s, Ghost Recon was tested with the built in benchmark and is also A demanding game, pretty much, no laptops can really run this at Ultra settings, so no surprise there, but definitely playable with lower settings. The Witcher 3 was almost able to average 60 FPS at Ultra settings. Granted that's with hey works disabled, but it was running much nicer at basically any other setting level and the one percent lows: didn't, really change.
Much between settings. 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 tested heaven valley and super position from Unigine as well as fire strike time, spy and VR mark from 3d mark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results, I've said in the past that the Nvidia 1060 graphics, or an excellent choice in a gaming laptop if you're looking to play modern games at 1080p with my settings and still get nice frame rates, and my Previous testing is shown that the max q10 60 is only about 10 behind the 1060, so we're still seeing pretty nice results in these games. But again, if you go for the g3 with 1050 Ti or 1050 graphics then expect lower results. As for overclocking, although it's not possible to overclock the 87 58 CPU, it is possible to overclock the graphics I've, just retested, a couple of games to demonstrate how this affects performance testing was done with the same 0.15 EV volt under volt to the CPU, as shown Before, along with the 200 megahertz GPU core of a clock and 400 megahertz GPU memory, overclocked csgo was again with the illogical benchmark and with the changes in place. The 1 lows a slightly higher and average frame rates at max settings are about 7 percent better. But then no real change at the other setting levels, far cry 5 was tested again using the built in benchmark and again at Ultra settings.
There was a similar 7 boost to the average frame rates in this game with higher 1 lows all round so we're. Seeing a little improvement with the CPU under vaulting and GPU overclocking applied, although it will depend on the particular game in question and setting levels in use in crystal disk mark the 256 gig end up to solder. Ssd was getting above 500 megabytes per second and sequential reads, and above 300, megabytes per second and sequential, writes, but it's also worth remembering. The laptop does support faster and vme storage. Here are the speeds for the two 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 the speeds want anything. Special pricing will change over time, so check the links in the description for the most up to date, prices at the time of recording here in Australia. The 17 inch Dell j 3 starts at around 1700 Australian dollars, while on sale and gars up to 2500 Australian dollars for the same specs as the one featured in this video. However, on the US side, third, the 17 inch g3 starts at 880, US dollars for the lowest specs or is 1300 US dollars the exact specs featured here. So what did you guys think if the g3 gaming laptop from Dell, the prices seem quite fair, Dells gaming series laptops have generally been pretty competitive, although, depending on current sales, you may be able to get the same specs at a better price with the g5, so Check that before buying with these particular specs, we can play pretty much any game with good settings at 1080p without getting too hot or loud.
The battery life was fair and, aside from the cheaper feeling plastic build compared to the medal of the g5 and g7. I can't really think of any problems that I had with it without nitpicking further it's not doing anything extremely well, but it's also not doing anything really bad. I guess it just seems fairly average you're getting what you pay for. 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 and also, let me know if you'd be interested in seeing the g3 compared with the g5 or g7 keeping in mind that I've got the 17 inch model of the g3 here, whereas I tested the g5 and g7 With the 15 inch versions, so that may affect things like cooling performance slightly, but if you still think it's worth doing, let me know thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.