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Dell G5 15" SE Gaming Laptop w/ AMD Ryzen 5 4600H CPU, AMD Radeon RX 5600M 6GB GPU, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD $998.98 Delivered @ Dell

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Hi mates,

First time posting a deal here - I noticed this beauty of a deal on the Dell website while browsing and thought to share it before it ends in a couple of days. Seems great for entry-mid gaming. Some important specs of the laptop is as follows, straight from their website:

Processor
AMD Ryzen™ 5 4600H Mobile Processor with Radeon™ Graphics

OS
Windows 10 Home (64bit) English

Video Card
AMD Radeon™ RX 5600M 6GB GDDR6

Memory
8GB, 2x4GB, DDR4, 3200MHz

Hard Drive
512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive

LCD
15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 120Hz 250 nits WVA Anti- Glare LED Backlit Narrow Border Display

Wireless
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2x2) and Bluetooth

Primary Battery
3-Cell Battery, 51 Whr (Integrated)

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  • +5

    Do my eyes deceive me or not only does that laptop GPU have 6GB memory but it's only an 8GB (2X4GB) machine???

    This is such a confusing set up to me.

    • +6

      6gb is the GPU's vram and is separate to the 8gb of RAM.

      The 5600m is supposed to have ~2060 performance. the 4600h, while last gen, is still decent with 6c/12t. You can easily replace the ram youself to get 2*8 gig sticks and sell the stock ones if you so wish. They didnt cheap out on the wifi card neither and the screen doesnt seem too bad.

      Definitely a bargain, you will not find another machine with this kind of performance at 1k. 1k gaming laptops typically have 1650 and 1650ti which is only comparable to 1060, let alone 2060 levels of performance.

      • Ah didn't see it was upgradable to 16GB ram. For some reason I thought it capped out at 8GB and was questioning why the build would have such an impressive graphics card yet basically insufficient amount of ram.

        • +2

          You might NEG the person but they are warning you about this chassis. It has nothing to do with the CPU or GPU. Unfortunately the cooling and ventilation in this Dell chassis for both Intel and AMD configurations will lead to you asking "why does the keyboard get so hot to touch?" when gaming.

      • -4

        Sorry but read reviews. Screen is garbage. This machine bluescreened for 90% of people from factory. Good post but this was the worst laptop I've seen and not many positive about it when most people needed to return it to dell. It should have never been released in its state.

    • What would one normally expect with these 2 specs?

      • +3

        see my reply above. There isnt a 'what to normally expect' for these 2 specs, because they can vary quite a bit depending on the price of the machine.

  • +4

    For those in a hurry, please note - Ships in 18–21 business days

  • +1

    Noob question. From reading the specs above, how can I tell how many CPU cores are there?

    • +3

      Google the CPU. 6 Cores / 12 Threads.

      • How can you tell this? Do you need to google the CPU model to find out?

        • +1

          Google search AMD Ryzen 5 4600H CPU. Plenty of reviews.

        • +1

          My goto is google "passmark CPU model"

          Will tell you the performance, cores, threads, release date etc.

  • Killer deal, especially with the current pc component climate. I'm very much considering just getting one of these instead of holding out for GPU prices to drop back down to normal….

  • Terrific! Amazing deal.

  • This is outstanding

  • Same build as my pc which cost more than this that was a bit over a year ago. I got 16gb of ram and an extra HDD which would add a few hundred more but still I think I spent like 1500.
    This is a great price.

    • +4

      laptops come with M versions of graphics card ….lower wattage and performance even if the number is the same …..so l think your PC might out perform the laptop version …. performance is usually associated with heat , and laptops have limited cooling, hence M versions of GPU chips.

  • -3

    its a good price but no thunderbolt so I will pass.

  • +12

    discounted for a reason.

    summary:
    - inefficient cooling
    - crap screen (250 nit, narrow color space coverage)
    - cheap build

    if you do purchase one, here's a super useful thread to get you through and get the most out of it:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/hmjuxy/i_finally_got_m...

    • +3

      I got the Intel/nVidia version of this G5 a little while back. Different innards, but same screen and chassis etc. Can confirm all these things, the cooling is terrible and it will throttle hard if left flat on a desk when gaming. The screen is tolerable at best and overall it is definitely a cheap feeling laptop (The trackpad is nearly unusable).

      Still, it is cheap and the performance is good if you're willing to workaround its problems.

    • +6

      There is a reason why this chassis is getting dumped in AU. There is a class action in the U.S. due to overheating against Dell for both the G3 and G5 chassis (Intel and AMD versions)

      http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/dell-g3-g5-overheati...

      https://classlawdc.com/2020/10/20/dell-g5-overheating-invest...

      I bought the original 4800H version, with the better screen specs, when it was on special last year.IMO Dell really went cheap on the chassis and cooling to maximise financial return, from my experience. Returned it due to the chassis warping and the keyboard getting uncomfortable to touch whilst gaming.

      • +5

        There were also reviews done by Jarrod's tech. This chassis has inadequate cooling and hits over 100c. Which is what I experienced before returning it.

        https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-G5-15-SE-with-AMD-Ryzen-7...

      • I bought this when it was $1.5k a year ago. Use it a lot for work and gaming. Never had issues with it. Sure it gets hot like all laptops do but no warping or anything like that.

        • +2

          I used a relatives Lenovo Legion 15 with a Ryzen 4800H and 1660ti and the difference in temperature was significantly cooler on the Legion whilst playing the same FPS. The Legion also didn't sound like a jet engine compared to the Dell G5 SE I had at the time.

          • @shellshocked: Thanks. Will wait for a legion sale, will skip the Dell G5/G7

        • +1

          i bought the 4600H version based on few reviews saying the 4800H had thermal issues and 4600H seemed to manage better, also for this reason, performance was not far off and more than adequate (using it like a portable gaming console).

          i think think that's it's a decent unit for a reasonable price — just don't expect it to be better something more expensive. it was probably the cheapest i could find at the time that'd do what i wanted it to do.. play some games while on the couch.

          for others looking, is it worth getting something better? depends what you want it to do. few hundred dollars for a better screen? not really worth it for me since i use screen infrequently, have it plugged into the tv (performs better with video out from HDMI and laptop LCD off) and it's not a replacement for my desktop PC.

          the biggest annoyance is the huge 240W power brick. not an issue if youre not moving it around, but i move it from tv/couch every now and then and a spare is an extra $200. good thing is that i can use it to power my other dell laptops (but not necessarily the other way around). recently discovered i could just cast entire screen using Chrome browser to android TV, so i haven't moved the power brick for a couple of months now.

          pretty happy with it. would pay $1000 for it again. would pay more if i wanted a laptop to do more.

  • I think if you are a gaming person but it's a chunky machine
    If you only count what's inside perhaps a killer deal

  • +4

    An extra $200 for 16GB RAM and an upgraded processor. Is that worth the upgrade?

    https://www.dell.com/en-au/shop/gaming-and-games/dell-g5-15-...

    • +1

      A pair of 2*8 gig 3200mhz sodimm sticks goes for 130-150. So I would say yes.

  • trying to find a light gaming laptop (below 2kg) that doesnt break the bank is so hard. everything is like freaking 2k+

    • Well to be honest, if you are after a budget gaming laptop, chances are it will be heavy since they reuse old chasis and the likes. Even new chasis may well go over 2kg.

      Lightweight and gaming? That’s going cost you some premium tax.

  • +1

    Quick Google on thermal issue may be informative. Good price

  • +1

    you can probably mine on that gpu and make more savings

    • +1

      The mining is unstable. I don't know if it's the drivers or the software I used but it crashes a lot. It gets about 20M - 30M h/s on eth which is ok but you need to constantly keep an eye on it and the temperature gets pretty hot. I stopped mining with it and just use my desktops - much more stable.

  • -1

    screen is pretty low res

    • It’s 1080p. Pretty standard for most gaming laptops. Even top of the range, 3-4k laptops have 1080p screens.

  • +2

    I got one of these in April I think, it was around $1250 then. Good specs but others are right, the build quality is pretty low, it's all very plasticy. The cooling is horrible. I replaced some of the thermal pads trying to get vram temps down, but didn't make a huge difference. If you're going to game on it hard you at least need to raise the back of it off a flat surface otherwise it chokes a bit for air.

  • +4

    This has been available for at least the last few weeks.

    I grabbed the 4800h version for $1196 when there was 12% cashback. (So around $1070 or so)

    The laptop feels very cheap, crashes alot, runs very warm and will likely be returning it.

  • +7

    Worst mistake of my spending career buying one of these. Read reviews. Even on dell forums. This was a good concept but should never have been released for sale.

  • +2

    Great deal but too many issues and thermal issues for my liking. I had massive thermal issues on my last 2700U laptop and not too keen to revisit anytime soon.

  • +4

    I bought one of these a couple months ago for about $1200. It performs alright but under load it gets very hot and loud. Also allegedly the latest BIOS for this laptop permanently locks the power limit of the CPU which leads to a huge decrease in performance, which rolling back to a previous BIOS version won't fix. I would advise anyone to avoid this laptop and go look at other laptops on the market instead.

  • another its so great thread that was belatedly brought back to reality. Waay too much sales spinning going on these days.
    screw act in haste or miss it on here these days. Be decisive when you've informed yourself.

  • How does this compare to Lenovo's latest deal on 'Lenovo Gaming 3 (15) - AMD Ryzen 7-4800H 16GB RAM 512SSD+1TB HD GTX 1650Ti 120Hz' @ $1200? (https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/393228938662?epid=3047889295&has...)

    Is the lenovo worth the extra $200?

    • +1

      Not as good of a GPU (by a fair bit), but it has 2 extra cores, double the ram and an IPS display instead of VA (not sure if it's much better in this instance). Depends on your use case, for productivity and lighter/competitive games get the lenovo.

    • +3

      The 5600m GPU performance is around a 1660ti/2060 but the Legion chassis is miles ahead in terms of quality and cooling. Having owned a Dell G5 SE laptop and returning it due to significant heating issues. I used my relatives Legion with the 4800H CPU and it ran much cooler then the G5 chassis as a comparison. Honestly if you don't want the hassle avoid the Dell G3/G5 chassis with Intel or AMD.

      • Cheers guys, I intend on using this for light gaming but mostly CAD. Might go with the lenovo this time.

        I own a dell inspiron 15 7000 Gaming - fantastic performance but the screen, battery and charger is basically dead after 4 years of use.

  • I bought this when they first launched a year ago.
    I had to send it back because there were a lot of issues with it, the second one I haven't experienced issues at all.
    I've added a new SSD and intend to increase the RAM when I can be bothered.

    I only use an external monitor to the screen doesn't bother me at all and I use it for CAD and did play a fair amount of Warzone and it handled that alright.

    Just FYI there's a whole subreddit dedicated to optimising this laptop.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/DellG5SE

  • +3

    just my 2c

    to be honest I have been turned off by Dell entry level and mid range gaming laptops in the past few months

    I had a few of them open and serviced and they aren't designed well. cooling on G5 is lacking to say the least, and G3 is even worse

    for my own needs I got a 2nd hand Metabox Alpha-X with 6 core i7 and 1660ti, 17" 144hz FullHD panel with sRGB coverage, built like tank and with space for 3 hard drives - after replacing (officially by Metabox) all components I wanted replaced, ended up $1100, with 1+ year of premium warranty still on it, and it looks and feels brand new.

    design is solid, and cooling is, too. gaming, I never go over 75 degrees running fans at 25% power. anything over 25% I need headphones on, which is not a problem either. gaming is smooth as.

    I was surprised those gaming Clevo builds are so good.

    so all up, I would say skip this laptop. it's not a good design, and requires quite a bit of tinkering. you can find better options for just a bit more money.

    • on one of those ebay sales
      https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/625059

      look for Helios or Triton, they have good builds and cooling, too. I almost jumped on 17" 2070 last time but improvement compared to what I've got will be marginal, and I don't care about ray tracing, and I wasn't sure about color space coverage.

  • You can pay to add CyberLink Media Player with PowerDVD 20 Ultra

    They still make PowerDVD wow

  • After reading the comments, I'm going to skip this. Any alternatives with ethernet port?

  • I got the top spec version of this a year ago. It's ok but you need to gimp the CPU performance to get it to operate at a reasonable temperature by disabling boosting.

    If $1000 is your budget limit I don't think you'll find much better but if you can wait or stretch your budget a bit I'd look into other options.

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