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Dell G5 15 SE (5590) and G7 announced with up to RTX 2080 & i7-8750HQ plus 144Hz display

Following the release of the updated Alienware m15 and m17 models, Dell has also announced the refreshed G5 and G7 line-up. I recently reviewed the Dell G5 with a GTX 1060 and found it to be one of the best value gaming laptops on the market, I suspect this year’s model will continue to be a superb buy. 

The main upgrade is the introduction of the latest NVIDIA RTX range of GPUs with options starting out with the 2060 through to the 2080. They will also keep producing models with the 1050ti.

The new models bring all the latest tech into the budget gaming laptop range with processors starting with the Intel i5-8300HQ Quad Core and going up to the i7-8750HQ Hex Core.

The G5 from the previous generation didn’t have the best screen in the world, this was likely a way to keep this as a budget gaming PC. However, you can upgrade these models and the base model starts with FHD (1920 x 1080) 220 nits IPS Anti-Glare LED Backlit Display (non-touch) with 60Hz refresh rate but goes up to a UHD (3840 x 2160) 400 nits OLED Display with 60Hz refresh rate. Alternatively, a more appealing option for gamers might be the FHD (1920 x 1080) 300 nits IPS Anti-Glare LED Backlit Display (non-touch) with 144Hz refresh rate

For the G7 the monitor options include FHD (1920 x 1080) 300 nits IPS Anti-Glare LED Backlit Display (non-touch) with 60Hz refresh rate or FHD (1920 x 1080) 300 nits IPS Anti-Glare LED Backlit Display (non-touch) with 144Hz refresh rate. There is no 4K option, at least at launch. 

The specification of the two versions is largely the same with the exception of the screen size, dimensions and weight. The G5 has gone up in weight compared to the previous generation and now weighs from 2.77kg compared to the listed 2.61kg of last years model. The G7 now starts at 3.27kg which is quite an increase from the 2.86Kg of the older model. While the G5 is fractionally heavier it is physically smaller both in height, width and depth. 

There is an optional  4-zone RGB keyboard which will appease many gamers and Alienware Command Center for convenient control and access to gaming settings.

The G5 and G7 will be available from the 21st of January with prices starting at $999 for the G5 and $1379 for the G7. At the moment there is no word on UK pricing or availability. 

Full Specification

Model Number      DELL G7 17 (7790)

Graphics

  • 8th  Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8300HQ Quad Core Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.0 GHz)
  • 8th  Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750HQ Hex Core Processor (9M Cache, up to 4.1 GHz) Windows® 10
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050Ti, 4GB GDDR5

Optical Drive

Options

Backlit full-size, spill-resistant WASD keyboard with numeric keypad 4-zone RGB backlit full-size, spill-resistant WASD keyboard with numeric keypad (US English only) Clickpad

Graphics

NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2060, 6GB GDDR6

NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070, 8GB GDDR6

NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080, 8GB GDDR6

Display

FHD (1920 x 1080) 300 nits IPS Anti-Glare LED

Options

Backlit Display (non-touch) with 60Hz refresh rate

FHD (1920 x 1080) 300 nits IPS Anti-Glare LED Backlit Display (non-touch) with 144Hz refresh rate

Memory

8 – 16GB, 2666 MHz, DDR4; up to 32GB (additional memory sold separately)

Single storage:

  • 1TB 5400 RPM Hybrid Hard Drive with 8GB Cache
  • 128GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35)
  • 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35)
  • 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 40)
  • 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 40)

Dual storage:

  • 128GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35) with choice of
  • 500GB 7200 RPM HDD, 1TB 5400 RPM HDD, or
  • 2TB 5400 RPM HDD
  • 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35) with choice of
  • 500GB 7200 RPM HDD, 1TB 5400 RPM HDD, or
  • 2TB 5400 RPM HDD
  • 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 40) with choice of
  • 500GB 7200 RPM HDD, 1TB 5400 RPM HDD, 2TB
  • 5400 RPM HDD
  • 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 40) with choice of 500G
  • 7200 RPM HDD, 1TB 5400 RPM HDD, or 2TB 5400 RPM HDD

Multimedia            

  • 2 tuned speakers with Nahimic Sound Center
  • 1 combo headphone / microphone jack
  • Integrated widescreen HD (720p) Webcam with
  • Dual Array Digital Microphone

Connectivity

  • 802.11ac +Bluetooth 4.2, Dual Band 2.4 & 5 GHz, Killer Wireless 1550 2×2 AC and Bluetooth 5.0 (Optional)
  • 1×1 Gigabit Ethernet (NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX1050Ti)
  • 2×2 Gigabit ethernet with Killer™ Ethernet E2500V2 (NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX2060, RTX2070, or RTX2080)

Battery

  • 60 WHr, 4-Cell Battery (integrated)
  • 90 WHr, 6-Cell Battery (integrated)

AC Adapter            

  • 130 Watt AC Adapter (NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX1050Ti)
  • 180 Watt AC Adapter (NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX2060, RTX2070, or RTX2080)

Dimensions

25 x 404 x 295.8 mm / 0.98 x 15.9 x 11.7 inches

Starting @ 7.21 lb (3.27kg) with i5, NVIDIA® GTX 1050Ti, 1TB + 128GB SSD, FHD non- touch, 1 DIMM, Non-Fingerprint, Non-Backlit keyboard

Ports, Slots & Chassis

(1) HDMI 2.0, (3) SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A including (1) with PowerShare, (1) 2-in-1 SD / MicroMedia Card slot, wedge lock slot, Headphone/Mic Only on GTX1050Ti: USB-C DisplayPort Alt-Mode only; (1) RJ45

Color Options        Abyss Grey

 

Software                 Alienware Command Center, Dell Digital Delivery, Dell Mobile Connect, Dell Recovery Environment, DropBox, Microsoft® Office 2016 trial, McAfee LiveSafe (30-Day)

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