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Dell G5 15 5500 Laptop Review: Aspirational mid-ranger let down by a sub-par display

Pricey despite compromises. Dell's new G5 15 5500 variant aims to appeal to the mid-range gamer. With a Core i5-10300H, a GTX 1650 Ti, and a 120 Hz display, the G5 15 5500 gets the basics right. However, for the asking price of ₹87,990 (US$1,195), the G5 15 5500 cuts corners, especially with the display. Can the Dell G5 15 5500 make up for these deficits on the performance front? Let's find out.
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The Dell G series has always been seen as an alternative to the more expensive and more customizable Alienware laptops. The Dell G5 sits in the middle of the G series product stack and comes in several configuration choices.

Previously, we have reviewed several G5 15 models including various SKUs of the G5 15 5590 (1), (2), and (3), and the G5 15 SE 5505 with an all-AMD spec.

At ₹87,990 (US$1,195), the current SKU from Dell India is tailored more towards the mid-range gamer who prefers decent 1080p high/ultra gaming without much compromise. Our Dell G5 15 5500 SKU is equipped with an Intel Core i5-10300H CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti non-Max-Q GPU, 8 GB DDR4-3200 RAM, and a 512 GB NVMe SSD along with a 15.6-inch 120 Hz display.

We pit the Dell G5 15 5500 against other competing laptops with near-similar configurations and price ranges (see comparison table below). Let's check out if this laptop can really hold its own against the competition.

Note: For this review, we are not awarding a rating as not all measurements could be carried out on our unit. However, we hope that this review can offer a fair assessment of what can be expected from this particular laptop.

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G5 15 5500 (G15 5500 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-10300H 4 x 2.5 - 4.5 GHz, Comet Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile - 4096 MB, Core: 1350 MHz, Memory: 1250 MHz, GDDR6, NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver 460.79, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-3200, 20-21-22-24, Dual-Channel
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, AU Optronics B156HAN, IPS, AUOED8F, Dell P/N: PDG48, glossy: no, 120 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM470
Storage
Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe, 512 GB 
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, via USB-C DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Combo, Card Reader: SD Card Reader, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Qualcomm QCA61x4A (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 21.6 x 365.5 x 254 ( = 0.85 x 14.39 x 10 in)
Battery
51 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo Nahimic 3D, Keyboard: Full-size, Spill-resistant, Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Alienware Command Center, Dell Mobile Connect, Dell Customer Connect, Dell Digital Delivery, Dell Power Manager, Dell Update, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.34 kg ( = 82.54 oz / 5.16 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
981 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
12/2020
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
2.3 kg21.6 mm15.60"1920x1080
79.9 %
08/2020
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
2.2 kg23.5 mm16.10"1920x1080
81.9 %
10/2020
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
2.9 kg26.2 mm17.30"1920x1080
78.4 %
07/2020
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
2.2 kg24.9 mm15.60"1920x1080
78.5 %
04/2020
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
2.2 kg23.1 mm17.30"1920x1080
87 %
12/2020
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
i7-10750H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
2 kg20 mm15.60"3840x2160
78.6 %
09/2020
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
i7-10750H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
2.1 kg21.9 mm15.60"1920x1080
80.8 %
07/2020
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
i7-10750H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
2.3 kg25.8 mm15.60"1920x1080
79.8 %
06/2020
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
R5 4600H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
2.2 kg24 mm15.60"1920x1080

Case

At first look, the Dell G5 15 5500 is instantly recognizable as a gaming laptop with its iridescent lid and a grooved design near the heat exhausts. The build is primarily made of plastic — it does not feel cheap but is not exactly premium either. Unlike some of the G5 15s where the top part of the keyboard deck is made of metal, our unit was plastic through and through. Still, at 2.34 kg, this year's iteration is about 415 g lighter than the previous generation.

The top part of the keyboard deck houses the power button-cum-fingerprint reader. In our use, we found the fingerprint reader's performance to be somewhat inconsistent even with fairly clean fingers.

The overall build quality seems sturdy with no flexing or bending on the chassis or the keyboard. The display does lend itself to some twisting although it requires force to do so. The lid can be opened with one hand but not without displacing the laptop from its position by a few centimeters.

As is characteristic of the G series, the G5 15 features a central hinge that feels sturdy enough and keeps the display from wobbling during use.

Size Comparison

398.6 mm / 15.7 inch 290 mm / 11.4 inch 26.2 mm / 1.031 inch 2.9 kg6.42 lbs397 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 23.1 mm / 0.909 inch 2.2 kg4.78 lbs370 mm / 14.6 inch 262.5 mm / 10.3 inch 23.5 mm / 0.925 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs365.5 mm / 14.4 inch 254 mm / 10 inch 21.6 mm / 0.85 inch 2.3 kg5.16 lbs363 mm / 14.3 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 2.2 kg4.8 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 275 mm / 10.8 inch 25.8 mm / 1.016 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 249.6 mm / 9.83 inch 24.9 mm / 0.98 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 21.9 mm / 0.862 inch 2.1 kg4.56 lbs357 mm / 14.1 inch 240 mm / 9.45 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2 kg4.38 lbs
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Connectivity

Our Dell G5 15 5505 unit is equipped with three USB Type-A ports (1x USB 3.1 Gen1 and 2x USB 2.0). There's also a USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port that does not support Thunderbolt but offers DisplayPort-out. Apart from these, there's an RJ-45 LAN port, a 3.5 mm combo audio jack, HDMI 2.0-out, an SD card slot, and a wedge lock slot. These ports are distributed on either side of the laptop leaving the rear clean.

Left: AC Adapter, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A, Gigabit RJ-45, USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C with DisplayPort-out
Left: AC Adapter, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A, Gigabit RJ-45, USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C with DisplayPort-out
Right: SD card reader, Combo audio jack, 2x USB 2.0 Type-A, Noble lock slot
Right: SD card reader, Combo audio jack, 2x USB 2.0 Type-A, Noble lock slot
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity

Communication

Dell has equipped our model with a Qualcomm QCA61x4A wireless AC WLAN card that offers 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. The Qualcomm card performs well and we were able to utilize the maximum possible throughput of our connection without any issues or signal-drops at about six meters away from the router. A Realtek controller provides 1x1 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

Removable Qualcomm QCA61x4A M.2 2230 WLAN module
Removable Qualcomm QCA61x4A M.2 2230 WLAN module

Webcam

The integrated webcam offers a standard 720p resolution and is only barely suitable for video calls. Only certain colors are reproduced closer to the best possible Delta E of 2.33 as shown in our ColorChecker test below while the others show large deviations. Images often turn out to be blurry and lack detail. Darker areas of the scene are highly noisy.

ColorChecker
9.8 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
9 ∆E
14 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
7 ∆E
ColorChecker Dell G5 15 5500 09E2: 9.35 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 14.53 ∆E

Maintenance

There is no maintenance hatch provided for the Dell G5 15 5500. However, the bottom cover is easy to remove by unscrewing 10 screws with a Philips screwdriver and prying the clips with a pry tool. Once inside, users have access to the RAM, SSD, WLAN card, HDD, and the battery.

Dell has endowed the G5 15 5500 with a dual-heatpipe solution to cool the CPU and GPU. The NVMe SSD used is an M.2 2230 variant and comes with its own heat spreader with a thermal pad underneath.

Accessories and Warranty

There are no additional accessories in the box aside from the AC adapter and usual paperwork. A one-year limited hardware warranty comes standard with scope for extending the same directly from Dell.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The G5 15 5500 offers a full-size chiclet keyboard with decent key travel and noticeable feedback enabling fairly prolonged typing without much discomfort. Unlike some of the higher configurations that come with RGB backlighting, our unit offers only a two-level blue backlight. All shortcuts are placed on the function keys.

A dedicated "G" Game Shift hotkey on the F7 function key enables instant toggling of the Alienware Command Center High Performance mode. The arrow keys are tiny, especially the up and down ones, making them a tad cumbersome for playing racing games and such.

The keyboard deck is firm with only minimal flexing in the middle
The keyboard deck is firm with only minimal flexing in the middle
Arrow keys are tiny and the numpad feels somewhat cramped
Arrow keys are tiny and the numpad feels somewhat cramped

Touchpad

At 10.5 x 8 cm, the touchpad is standard fare and offers enough space for gliding. The left and right clicks didn't seem noisy but can give a somewhat shallow feel. Thanks to Windows Precision drivers and in part aided by the 120 Hz display, multi-touch gestures and scrolling are smooth and responsive. The touchpad works well for most productivity workflows but gamers would want to invest in a quality gaming mouse.

The trackpad offers smooth gliding and is Windows Precision-compatible
The trackpad offers smooth gliding and is Windows Precision-compatible

Display

The display is probably the weakest aspect of our unit. Considering the asking price, we feel Dell could have endowed this particular G5 15 5500 SKU with a better panel. It does have a 120 Hz refresh rate but performs poorly when it comes to color gamut coverage and color accuracy. Even our calibration could not do much to improve the results as you can see below.

There is uneven backlight bleeding seen near the top corners and along the bottom bezel.

Sub-pixel arrangement with matte overlay
Sub-pixel arrangement with matte overlay
Uneven backlight bleed seen in the top corners and bottom bezel
Uneven backlight bleed seen in the top corners and bottom bezel
263
cd/m²
260.6
cd/m²
259.2
cd/m²
255.4
cd/m²
285.4
cd/m²
257.7
cd/m²
246.3
cd/m²
265.3
cd/m²
251.5
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B156HAN
X-Rite i1Basic Pro 3
Maximum: 285.4 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 260.5 cd/m² Minimum: 18.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 285.4 cd/m²
Contrast: 1502:1 (Black: 0.19 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.35 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5, calibrated: 5.3
ΔE Greyscale 4.2 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
55.26% sRGB (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
37.95% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
37.95% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
55.26% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
36.73% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.2
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
AU Optronics B156HAN, , 1920x1080, 15.60
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
BOE08F6, , 1920x1080, 16.10
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
AU Optronics B173HAN04.3, , 1920x1080, 17.30
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
BOE CQ NV156FHM-NX1, , 1920x1080, 15.60
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
AU Optronics B173HAN04.7, , 1920x1080, 17.30
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
Panda LM156LF-GL03, , 1920x1080, 15.60
Display
10%
84%
3%
7%
9%
Display P3 Coverage
36.73
40.42
10%
69.41
89%
38.04
4%
39.46
7%
40.2
9%
sRGB Coverage
55.26
60.69
10%
97.12
76%
56.59
2%
58.43
6%
60.42
9%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
37.95
41.77
10%
71.22
88%
39.3
4%
40.77
7%
41.56
10%
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
43.2 ?(22, 21.2)
38.4 ?(19.6, 18.8)
25 ?(13, 12)
34 ?(18, 16)
28.4 ?(16.8, 11.6)
Response Time Black / White *
30.4 ?(16.4, 14)
28 ?(15.6, 12.4)
17 ?(9, 8)
26.4 ?(15.6, 10.8)
24 ?(13.2, 10.8)
PWM Frequency
Screen
21%
22%
-16%
-9%
-7%
Brightness middle
285.4
319
12%
326
14%
305
7%
251.2
-12%
263.9
-8%
Brightness
260
306
18%
304
17%
294
13%
242
-7%
246
-5%
Brightness Distribution
86
91
6%
89
3%
70
-19%
92
7%
87
1%
Black Level *
0.19
0.18
5%
0.25
-32%
0.405
-113%
0.34
-79%
0.26
-37%
Contrast
1502
1772
18%
1304
-13%
753
-50%
739
-51%
1015
-32%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
5.35
4
25%
4.42
17%
6.01
-12%
4.5
16%
5.56
-4%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
18.48
11.18
40%
9.44
49%
21.9
-19%
20
-8%
16.11
13%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
5.3
3.52
34%
1.53
71%
5.12
3%
3.91
26%
4.3
19%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.2
1.53
64%
5.8
-38%
3.23
23%
4
5%
5.8
-38%
Gamma
2.2 100%
2.39 92%
2.261 97%
2.43 91%
2.25 98%
2.16 102%
CCT
7627 85%
6533 99%
6822 95%
6818 95%
5882 111%
7828 83%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
37.95
38
0%
71
87%
36
-5%
37.3
-2%
38.2
1%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
55.26
60
9%
93
68%
56
1%
58.1
5%
60.1
9%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
16% / 19%
53% / 35%
-7% / -12%
-1% / -6%
1% / -4%

* ... smaller is better

We have reviewed a similar AUO B156HAN panel before in the Dell G5 15 5590. Our test model's panel also offers a similarly poor sRGB (55.26%) and AdobeRGB (37.95%) gamut coverage. However, such low coverage is a common trend in this price segment with only the Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH offering a markedly better display albeit at the cost of not having higher refresh rates.

vs. sRGB - 55.26% coverage
vs. sRGB - 55.26% coverage
vs. AdobeRGB - 37.95% coverage
vs. AdobeRGB - 37.95% coverage

Low color gamut coverage apart, our test model seems to offer good black levels, a decent brightness distribution of about 86%, and a good contrast ratio of 1,500:1. However, it suffers from high Delta E in the 100% blue color, which tends to skew the overall color accuracy. Calibration offers little to no improvement. We hope this is an isolated problem with our review unit and not a widespread issue.

In any case, this is not a display we would recommend for any professional work.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Saturation Sweep before calibration
Saturation Sweep before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
Saturation Sweep after calibration
Saturation Sweep after calibration

Viewing angles are stable with minimal color shifts. Since the display falls short of reaching the 300 nits brightness mark, outdoor viewing under the sun is not a pleasant experience.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors viewing angle under direct sunlight
Outdoors viewing angle under direct sunlight

Performance

A combination of the Core i5-10300H and the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti is decent for mid-range and casual gaming. Buyers may want to upgrade the RAM and storage given that many modern games have become increasingly demanding on system resources.

Processor

The Intel Core i5-10300H is a four-core, eight-thread, 45-W part built on the 14 nm process. This CPU in the Dell G5 15 5500 scores about 795 points in the Cinebench R15 multi-core test, which is 12% lower than what is scored by the HP Pavilion Gaming 16 and the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i.

The Core i5-10300H is no match for the Ryzen 5 4600H's multi-core prowess. That being said, it is just within 6% of the single-core scores posted by the Core i7-10750H and 5% faster than the Ryzen 5 4600H in the Acer Nitro 5. A similar trend is seen in the Cinebench R20 test as well.

In the Cinebench R15 multi-core loop test, we find that there's an initial dip from 795 to 770 points after round 1. We noticed that the fans would ramp up and down during the start of each run in the loop, which probably explains the intermittent highs and lows we see.

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Dell G5 15 5500 09E2 Intel Core i5-10300H, Intel Core i5-10300H: Ø781 (767.11-794.98)
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng Intel Core i5-10300H, Intel Core i5-10300H: Ø871 (865.2-901)
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05 Intel Core i5-10300H, Intel Core i5-10300H: Ø894 (885.9-902.04)
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR Intel Core i5-10300H, Intel Core i5-10300H: Ø768 (755.39-839.42)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Average of class Gaming
  (312 - 634, n=189, last 2 years)
505 Points ∼100% +13%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
472 Points ∼93% +6%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
Intel Core i7-10750H
467 Points ∼92% +5%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H
466 Points ∼92% +5%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
457 Points ∼90% +3%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
Intel Core i7-10750H
454 Points ∼90% +2%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H
445 Points ∼88%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (312 - 470, n=14)
444 Points ∼88% 0%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
437 Points ∼87% -2%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
428 Points ∼85% -4%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
312 Points ∼62% -30%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Average of class Gaming
  (1397 - 6321, n=190, last 2 years)
3830 Points ∼100% +96%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
3224 Points ∼84% +65%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
Intel Core i7-10750H
3049 Points ∼80% +56%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
2922 Points ∼76% +50%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
Intel Core i7-10750H
2467 Points ∼64% +26%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
2155 Points ∼56% +10%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H
2117 Points ∼55% +8%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (1397 - 2240, n=14)
2037 Points ∼53% +4%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H
1954 Points ∼51%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
1906 Points ∼50% -2%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
1397 Points ∼36% -29%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Average of class Gaming
  (108 - 254, n=195, last 2 years)
204 Points ∼100% +9%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
198 Points ∼97% +6%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
Intel Core i7-10750H
196 Points ∼96% +5%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
Intel Core i7-10750H
192 Points ∼94% +2%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H
190 Points ∼93% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
189 Points ∼93% +1%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H
187.32 Points ∼92%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
180 Points ∼88% -4%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
178 Points ∼87% -5%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (108 - 194, n=17)
174 Points ∼85% -7%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
108 Points ∼53% -42%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Average of class Gaming
  (536 - 2804, n=206, last 2 years)
1624 Points ∼100% +104%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
1398 (1313.46min - 1397.77max) Points ∼86% +76%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
1343.27 Points ∼83% +69%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
Intel Core i7-10750H
1342 (1225.64min - 1341.61max) Points ∼83% +69%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
Intel Core i7-10750H
1039 (968.55min - 1038.53max) Points ∼64% +31%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H
905 Points ∼56% +14%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
902 Points ∼56% +13%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
839 (755.39min - 839.42max) Points ∼52% +6%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (536 - 921, n=17)
825 Points ∼51% +4%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H
794.98 (767.11min - 794.98max) Points ∼49%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
548 Points ∼34% -31%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
555 Seconds * ∼100% -3%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H
536.6 Seconds * ∼97%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
528 Seconds * ∼95% +2%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (479 - 555, n=13)
515 Seconds * ∼93% +4%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H
513.9 Seconds * ∼93% +4%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
492 Seconds * ∼89% +8%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
Intel Core i7-10750H
431 Seconds * ∼78% +20%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
391 Seconds * ∼70% +27%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
Intel Core i7-10750H
364 Seconds * ∼66% +32%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
345 Seconds * ∼62% +36%
Average of class Gaming
  (179 - 555, n=180, last 2 years)
313 Seconds * ∼56% +42%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Average of class Gaming
  (2945 - 6174, n=181, last 2 years)
5247 MIPS ∼100% +8%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
5181 MIPS ∼99% +7%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
Intel Core i7-10750H
5118 MIPS ∼98% +6%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
Intel Core i7-10750H
4951 MIPS ∼94% +2%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H
4919 MIPS ∼94% +2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
4903 MIPS ∼93% +1%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H
4839 MIPS ∼92%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (2945 - 4956, n=13)
4708 MIPS ∼90% -3%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
4662 MIPS ∼89% -4%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
4471 MIPS ∼85% -8%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
2945 MIPS ∼56% -39%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Average of class Gaming
  (15146 - 75612, n=181, last 2 years)
45092 MIPS ∼100% +92%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
36693 MIPS ∼81% +56%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
Intel Core i7-10750H
36453 MIPS ∼81% +55%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
33549 MIPS ∼74% +43%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
Intel Core i7-10750H
30990 MIPS ∼69% +32%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H
24772 MIPS ∼55% +5%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
24322 MIPS ∼54% +4%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H
23493 MIPS ∼52%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (15146 - 24841, n=13)
23257 MIPS ∼52% -1%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
22139 MIPS ∼49% -6%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
15146 MIPS ∼34% -36%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Gaming
  (703 - 1777, n=176, last 2 years)
1326 Points ∼100% +10%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
1270 Points ∼96% +6%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
Intel Core i7-10750H
1265 Points ∼95% +5%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H
1225 Points ∼92% +2%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H
1224 Points ∼92% +2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
1205 Points ∼91% 0%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H
1202 Points ∼91%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (703 - 1241, n=15)
1164 Points ∼88% -3%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
1143 Points ∼86% -5%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
Intel Core i7-10750H
1136 Points ∼86% -5%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
1108 Points ∼84% -8%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
703 Points ∼53% -42%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Gaming
  (2783 - 11393, n=176, last 2 years)
7257 Points ∼100% +68%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
Intel Core i7-10750H
6243 Points ∼86% +45%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
Intel Core i7-10750H
6187 Points ∼85% +43%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
5663 Points ∼78% +31%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
5260 Points ∼72% +22%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H
4728 Points ∼65% +10%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H
4701 Points ∼65% +9%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
4358 Points ∼60% +1%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (2783 - 4728, n=15)
4338 Points ∼60% +1%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H
4314 Points ∼59%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
4032 Points ∼56% -7%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
2783 Points ∼38% -35%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Average of class Gaming
  (6.13 - 19.8, n=180, last 2 years)
12.4 fps ∼100% +79%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
Intel Core i7-10750H
10 fps ∼81% +44%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
9.7 fps ∼78% +40%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
9.27 fps ∼75% +34%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
Intel Core i7-10750H
8.57 fps ∼69% +24%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H
7.35 fps ∼59% +6%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
7.28 fps ∼59% +5%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (6.13 - 7.78, n=13)
7.05 fps ∼57% +2%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H
6.93 fps ∼56%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
6.34 fps ∼51% -9%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
6.13 fps ∼49% -12%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
99.2 s * ∼100% -8%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
94.04 s * ∼95% -2%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H
92.05 s * ∼93%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
64.1 s * ∼65% +30%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (23.9 - 94, n=13)
59 s * ∼59% +36%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
58.9 s * ∼59% +36%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H
54.76 s * ∼55% +41%
Average of class Gaming
  (23.9 - 113, n=174, last 2 years)
54.4 s * ∼55% +41%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
51.25 s * ∼52% +44%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
Intel Core i7-10750H
49.9 s * ∼50% +46%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
Intel Core i7-10750H
46.9 s * ∼47% +49%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
1.088 sec * ∼100% -70%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H
  (0.625 - 1.088, n=13)
0.681 sec * ∼63% -6%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
0.676 sec * ∼62% -5%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H
0.641 sec * ∼59%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H
0.639 sec * ∼59% -0%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H
0.634 sec * ∼58% +1%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
0.626 sec * ∼58% +2%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.618 sec * ∼57% +4%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.609 sec * ∼56% +5%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.608 sec * ∼56% +5%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.4907 - 1.088, n=176, last 2 years)
0.58 sec * ∼53% +10%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
794.98 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
108.47 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.62 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
187.32 Points
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System Performance

Performance in productivity benchmarks such as PCMark 8 and PCMark 10 is on par with what is expected from this configuration and is about 10% slower overall than a typical Core i7-10750H-powered laptop.

PCMark 10
Score
Average of class Gaming
  (3952 - 7884, n=172, last 2 years)
6165 Points ∼70% +28%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5466 Points ∼62% +14%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
5301 Points ∼60% +10%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, R5 4600H, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI
4892 Points ∼56% +2%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
4887 Points ∼56% +2%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i5-10300H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
4868 Points ∼55% +1%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H, Mushkin Helix-L 1TB MKNSSDHL1TB-08
4837 Points ∼55% +1%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (4800 - 4868, n=2)
4834 Points ∼55% +1%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
4800 Points ∼55%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
4612 Points ∼53% -4%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
4077 Points ∼46% -15%
Essentials
Average of class Gaming
  (7148 - 11064, n=171, last 2 years)
9660 Points ∼84% +17%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H, Mushkin Helix-L 1TB MKNSSDHL1TB-08
9592 Points ∼83% +16%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
9296 Points ∼81% +13%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, R5 4600H, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI
9169 Points ∼80% +11%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
8966 Points ∼78% +9%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
8949 Points ∼78% +8%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
8751 Points ∼76% +6%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i5-10300H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
8563 Points ∼74% +4%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (8255 - 8563, n=2)
8409 Points ∼73% +2%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
8255 Points ∼72%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
7148 Points ∼62% -13%
Productivity
Average of class Gaming
  (5813 - 10066, n=171, last 2 years)
8355 Points ∼75% +22%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
8130 Points ∼73% +19%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
7922 Points ∼71% +16%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
7666 Points ∼69% +12%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H, Mushkin Helix-L 1TB MKNSSDHL1TB-08
7639 Points ∼68% +12%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i5-10300H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7423 Points ∼66% +9%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (6833 - 7423, n=2)
7128 Points ∼64% +4%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
7013 Points ∼63% +3%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, R5 4600H, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI
6848 Points ∼61% 0%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
6833 Points ∼61%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
6827 Points ∼61% 0%
Digital Content Creation
Average of class Gaming
  (3670 - 12250, n=171, last 2 years)
8004 Points ∼52% +50%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
5893 Points ∼38% +11%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5864 Points ∼38% +10%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
5322 Points ∼34%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
5176 Points ∼33% -3%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (4925 - 5322, n=2)
5124 Points ∼33% -4%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, R5 4600H, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI
5062 Points ∼33% -5%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i5-10300H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
4925 Points ∼32% -7%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H, Mushkin Helix-L 1TB MKNSSDHL1TB-08
4193 Points ∼27% -21%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
3841 Points ∼25% -28%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
3670 Points ∼24% -31%
PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2
Average of class Gaming
  (2832 - 6277, n=81, last 2 years)
4564 Points ∼73% +6%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i5-10300H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
4455 Points ∼71% +3%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
4420 Points ∼70% +2%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (4319 - 4455, n=2)
4387 Points ∼70% +2%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
4319 Points ∼69%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H, Mushkin Helix-L 1TB MKNSSDHL1TB-08
4090 Points ∼65% -5%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
3841 Points ∼61% -11%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
3797 Points ∼60% -12%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
3357 Points ∼53% -22%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
3181 Points ∼51% -26%
Work Score Accelerated v2
Average of class Gaming
  (4265 - 7104, n=81, last 2 years)
5685 Points ∼80% +11%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5587 Points ∼79% +9%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H, Mushkin Helix-L 1TB MKNSSDHL1TB-08
5343 Points ∼75% +4%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
5276 Points ∼74% +3%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
5210 Points ∼73% +1%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i5-10300H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5176 Points ∼73% +1%
Average Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (5138 - 5176, n=2)
5157 Points ∼73% 0%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
5138 Points ∼72%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
4272 Points ∼60% -17%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
4265 Points ∼60% -17%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4319 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5138 points
PCMark 10 Score
4800 points
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DPC Latency

We measured system latency using LatencyMon by opening multiple tabs of our site, playing back our sample 4K video on YouTube, and running an instance of Prime95 in-place large FFTs for 10 seconds. The analysis reveals that the Dell G5 15 5500 is not really suitable for real-time audio owing to its high latency of 8187.2 μs. That being said, we noticed only about nine frames dropped out of 2,120 in our 4K YouTube playback test, so streaming 4K content should not pose much of an issue.

Check out our dedicated DPC Latency Ranking page for more latency comparisons.

DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
8187.2 μs * ∼100%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i5-10300H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3371 μs * ∼41% +59%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
2951.7 μs * ∼36% +64%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
1687.8 μs * ∼21% +79%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
775 μs * ∼9% +91%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

Our unit comes with a Kioxia 512 GB NVMe SSD in an uncommon M.2 2230 form factor. Unfortunately, there is only one such slot provided so additional PCIe NVMe expansion is not possible. However, storage can be expanded to a SATA SSD or HDD via a 2.5-inch bay that comes with necessary connectors.

We observed that the G5 15 5500's SSD performed comparably to the Samsung PM991 in a Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H laptop in sequential reads and writes but fell behind the competition in 4K random read-writes and access times tests.

Check out our dedicated SSD and HDD benchmarks page for more storage performance comparisons.

The NVMe SSD comes with a heat spreader
The NVMe SSD comes with a heat spreader
Kioxia 512 GB NVMe SSD in an M.2 2230 slot
Kioxia 512 GB NVMe SSD in an M.2 2230 slot
A 2.5-inch bay with SATA connectors is provided
A 2.5-inch bay with SATA connectors is provided
CrystalDiskMark 5.5
CrystalDiskMark 5.5
CrystalDiskMark 6
CrystalDiskMark 6
AS-SSD
AS-SSD
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
SK hynix BC511 HFM512GDHTNI-87A0B
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
Write 4K
89.34
134.7
51%
140.7
57%
94.71
6%
145.4
63%
Read 4K
41.42
44.84
8%
43.18
4%
38.91
-6%
51.6
25%
Write Seq
1182
1053
-11%
1829
55%
1056
-11%
1007
-15%
Read Seq
1532
1241
-19%
1095
-29%
1183
-23%
1145
-25%
Write 4K Q32T1
283.2
499.8
76%
431.7
52%
445.3
57%
468.4
65%
Read 4K Q32T1
353.2
517.9
47%
526.9
49%
477.7
35%
528.1
50%
Write Seq Q32T1
1220
1022
-16%
1831
50%
1063
-13%
1381
13%
Read Seq Q32T1
2329
2263
-3%
1708
-27%
2154
-8%
2291
-2%
Write 4K Q8T8
288.1
Read 4K Q8T8
1048.9
AS SSD
Seq Read
1776.19
1635.09
-8%
1006.66
-43%
1503.5
-15%
2011.91
13%
Seq Write
720.59
913.26
27%
1755.37
144%
1063.92
48%
1261.05
75%
4K Read
38.58
46.18
20%
39.88
3%
51.52
34%
43.66
13%
4K Write
70.94
101.74
43%
111.64
57%
123.15
74%
109.31
54%
4K-64 Read
945.08
772.82
-18%
751.42
-20%
703.37
-26%
850.81
-10%
4K-64 Write
191.81
745.21
289%
402.63
110%
730.2
281%
780.22
307%
Access Time Read *
0.111
0.05
55%
0.084
24%
0.064
42%
0.117
-5%
Access Time Write *
0.588
0.037
94%
0.151
74%
0.031
95%
0.036
94%
Score Read
1161
983
-15%
892
-23%
905
-22%
1096
-6%
Score Write
335
938
180%
690
106%
960
187%
1016
203%
Score Total
2043
2399
17%
2085
2%
2321
14%
2643
29%
Copy ISO MB/s
1037.16
573.15
-45%
1828.31
76%
1481.3
43%
Copy Program MB/s
429.68
344.44
-20%
307.19
-29%
467.48
9%
Copy Game MB/s
892.44
534.94
-40%
531.56
-40%
733.71
-18%

* ... smaller is better

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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GPU Performance

Performance in 3DMark is on par with what is expected from a GeForce 1650 Ti GPU. In 3DMark Time Spy, the GTX 1650 Ti performs about 20% faster than the corresponding Max-Q version found in the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX535. Though slower on the CPU side of things, the Dell G5 15 5500 gains a lead over its HP, Lenovo, and MSI equivalents in synthetic GPU tests. 

3DMark Fire Strike on battery power
3DMark Fire Strike on battery power

As expected, running on battery power results in a drastic drop in GPU performance. In 3DMark Fire Strike, we observe that the G5 15 5500 achieves scores of 9,833 Graphics and 13,034 Physics whereas on battery, it is able to post just 6,714 Graphics and 9,158 Physics points with a total Fire Strike score of 6,162. While the laptop does not seem to fall back on UHD Graphics while on battery, the GTX 1650 Ti drops in clocks from 1,460 MHz to 950-1,200 MHz. This combined with only mediocre battery life on load means that gaming is difficult without mains power.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average of class Gaming
  (1925 - 43077, n=186, last 2 years)
27007 Points ∼100% +103%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10750H
14231 Points ∼53% +7%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
13927 Points ∼52% +5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (12865 - 14415, n=8)
13515 Points ∼50% +2%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i5-10300H
13276 Points ∼49%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, Intel Core i5-10300H
13168 Points ∼49% -1%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i5-10300H
13150 Points ∼49% -1%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10750H
12997 Points ∼48% -2%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, Intel Core i5-10300H
12726 Points ∼47% -4%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, Intel Core i5-10300H
12585 Points ∼47% -5%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
11058 Points ∼41% -17%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average of class Gaming
  (1360 - 34993, n=196, last 2 years)
20328 Points ∼100% +107%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10750H
10663 Points ∼52% +8%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
10209 Points ∼50% +4%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (9691 - 10733, n=8)
10082 Points ∼50% +3%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i5-10300H
9833 Points ∼48%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i5-10300H
9779 Points ∼48% -1%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10750H
9691 Points ∼48% -1%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, Intel Core i5-10300H
9621 Points ∼47% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, Intel Core i5-10300H
9480 Points ∼47% -4%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, Intel Core i5-10300H
9423 Points ∼46% -4%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
8024 Points ∼39% -18%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Gaming
  (429 - 13210, n=200, last 2 years)
7779 Points ∼100% +115%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10750H
3841 Points ∼49% +6%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
3773 Points ∼49% +4%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (3554 - 3904, n=8)
3682 Points ∼47% +2%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i5-10300H
3618 Points ∼47%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i5-10300H
3587 Points ∼46% -1%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10750H
3576 Points ∼46% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, Intel Core i5-10300H
3475 Points ∼45% -4%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, Intel Core i5-10300H
3461 Points ∼44% -4%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, Intel Core i5-10300H
3455 Points ∼44% -5%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
3010 Points ∼39% -17%
3DMark 11 Performance
12192 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
86822 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
26602 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
8805 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
4337 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
3738 points
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Gaming Performance

The Dell G5 15 5500 performs as expected for a laptop of its class when it comes to gaming. As a non-RTX card, ray tracing and DLSS are out of scope for the GTX 1650 Ti. Games from a few years ago can play very well at 1080p medium to high settings with the 120 Hz display aiding in smooth visuals.

Modern AAA titles such as Assassin's Creed: Valhalla or Cyberpunk 2077 will need further tuning of settings to hit the 60 fps sweet spot at the medium preset. Depending on the game, the display resolution may need to be lowered in order to achieve fps rates that match the refresh rate of the display.

BioShock Infinite
1280x720 Very Low Preset
Average of class Gaming
  (174 - 426, n=34, last 2 years)
320 fps ∼100% +7%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
309 fps ∼97% +3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (299 - 309, n=2)
304 fps ∼95% +2%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
299.1 fps ∼93%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
288.3 fps ∼90% -4%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
250.1 fps ∼78% -16%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
241.5 fps ∼75% -19%
1366x768 Medium Preset
Average of class Gaming
  (162 - 365, n=32, last 2 years)
280 fps ∼100% +17%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
251 fps ∼90% +5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (239 - 251, n=2)
245 fps ∼88% +2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
242.3 fps ∼87% +1%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
239.29 fps ∼85%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
217.9 fps ∼78% -9%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
212.7 fps ∼76% -11%
1366x768 High Preset
Average of class Gaming
  (146 - 330, n=32, last 2 years)
259 fps ∼100% +16%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
227 fps ∼88% +2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (223 - 227, n=2)
225 fps ∼87% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
224.2 fps ∼87% +1%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
222.58 fps ∼86%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
205.7 fps ∼79% -8%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
200.1 fps ∼77% -10%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Average of class Gaming
  (61.4 - 186, n=35, last 2 years)
136 fps ∼100% +8%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
125.58 fps ∼92%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (99 - 126, n=2)
112 fps ∼82% -11%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
99 fps ∼73% -21%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
96.5 fps ∼71% -23%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
93.6 fps ∼69% -25%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
93.2 fps ∼69% -26%
The Witcher 3
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Average of class Gaming
  (73.1 - 374, n=116, last 2 years)
223 fps ∼100% +77%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
135.5 (127min - 143max) fps ∼61% +8%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
126.6 (116min - 135max) fps ∼57% 0%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
126 (96min) fps ∼57% 0%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
126 (106min, 109.6P1 - 143max) fps ∼57%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (101 - 136, n=7)
124 fps ∼56% -2%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
123 (110min - 136max) fps ∼55% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
119.2 fps ∼53% -5%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
117.3 fps ∼53% -7%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
116.6 fps ∼52% -7%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
100.3 fps ∼45% -20%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Average of class Gaming
  (42.1 - 242, n=151, last 2 years)
140 fps ∼100% +94%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
76.1 (71min - 80max) fps ∼54% +5%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
74.5 (69min - 79max) fps ∼53% +3%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
72.2 (61min, 65P1 - 77max) fps ∼52%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (65.6 - 76.1, n=7)
71.3 fps ∼51% -1%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
70.4 fps ∼50% -2%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
69.5 fps ∼50% -4%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
69.2 (63min - 78max) fps ∼49% -4%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
67.7 (56min) fps ∼48% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
66 fps ∼47% -9%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
55 fps ∼39% -24%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Average of class Gaming
  (24.3 - 123, n=194, last 2 years)
78.2 fps ∼100% +125%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
40.3 (26min) fps ∼52% +16%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
40.1 (37min - 44max) fps ∼51% +16%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (34.7 - 42.3, n=8)
38.9 fps ∼50% +12%
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
38.8 (36min - 41max) fps ∼50% +12%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
38.3 (29min) fps ∼49% +10%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
37.7 fps ∼48% +9%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
37.4 fps ∼48% +8%
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
36.6 (28min) fps ∼47% +5%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
34.7 (8.09min, 8.67P0.1, 28.2P1 - 154max) fps ∼44%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
30.7 fps ∼39% -12%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Medium Preset
Average of class Gaming
  (20 - 164, n=58, last 2 years)
99.1 fps ∼100% +52%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
69 (53min) fps ∼70% +6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (62 - 69, n=3)
65.3 fps ∼66% 0%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
65 fps ∼66%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
63 fps ∼64% -3%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
62 fps ∼63% -5%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
60 (50min - 125max) fps ∼61% -8%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
55 fps ∼55% -15%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
Average of class Gaming
  (18 - 160, n=69, last 2 years)
93.9 fps ∼100% +71%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
58 (46min) fps ∼62% +5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (55 - 58, n=3)
56.7 fps ∼60% +3%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
55 fps ∼59%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
53 fps ∼56% -4%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
52 fps ∼55% -5%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
51 (40min - 82max) fps ∼54% -7%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
46 fps ∼49% -16%
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Average of class Gaming
  (29 - 151, n=76, last 2 years)
85.7 fps ∼100% +79%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
51 (39min) fps ∼60% +6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
  (48 - 51, n=3)
49 fps ∼57% +2%
Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
48 fps ∼56%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
47 fps ∼55% -2%
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
45 fps ∼53% -6%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
44 (35min - 73max) fps ∼51% -8%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
40 fps ∼47% -17%

Idling on The Witcher 3 for 30 minutes at 1080p High shows fairly consistent frame rates for the first 15 minutes of the test. After that, we observe the frame rate dipping from the 80s to about 60-70 fps where it stays so for about seven minutes before again recovering back to 80 fps for the remainder of the test.

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Dell G5 15 5500 09E2 GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i5-10300H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe: Ø72.2 (61-77)
Average of class Gaming  : Ø149 (140.54019230769-171.70017857143)
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 299.1 239.29 222.58 125.58 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 126 72.2 34.7 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 65 55 48 fps
Assassin´s Creed Odyssey (2018) 62 49 29 fps
Far Cry New Dawn (2019) 66 63 57 fps
Doom Eternal (2020) 101 75.3 fps
Horizon Zero Dawn (2020) 56 49 43 fps
Assassin´s Creed Valhalla (2020) 47 27 9 fps
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War (2020) 48.4 40.1 29.3 fps
Cyberpunk 2077 (2020) 58.7 32.7 26.3 22.4 fps

Emissions

Temperature

Despite the high CPU and GPU temperatures under load, surface temperatures remain relatively cool. During idling, we record an average of 28 °C on the front side of the laptop and an average temperature of 41 °C under maximum load. Playing The Witcher 3 at Ultra results in an average temperature on the front of nearly 39 °C.

As shown in the heat distribution map below, gaming can cause the WASD key area and the keyboard deck overall to touch the initial 40s making our test unit slightly warmer than its competition. That being said, this does not pose too much discomfort in actual usage. While gaming, only the right palmrest tends to get somewhat warmer than usual while the left palmrest and trackpad area remain cooler than skin temperature.

Max. Load
 47 °C
117 F
46.2 °C
115 F
51 °C
124 F
 
 41 °C
106 F
44.4 °C
112 F
43 °C
109 F
 
 31.2 °C
88 F
31.8 °C
89 F
34 °C
93 F
 
Maximum: 51 °C = 124 F
Average: 41 °C = 106 F
41.2 °C
106 F
41.4 °C
107 F
46 °C
115 F
40 °C
104 F
41 °C
106 F
40 °C
104 F
29.6 °C
85 F
32 °C
90 F
32.6 °C
91 F
Maximum: 46 °C = 115 F
Average: 36.2 °C = 97 F
Power Supply (max.)  43.4 °C = 110 F | Room Temperature 25 °C = 77 F | Amprobe TMD-50 // Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 41 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 33.7 °C / 93 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 51 °C / 124 F, compared to the average of 40.1 °C / 104 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 46 °C / 115 F, compared to the average of 43 °C / 109 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.2 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 33.7 °C / 93 F.
(-) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 38.9 °C / 102 F, compared to the device average of 33.7 °C / 93 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 38.5 °C / 101.3 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29 °C / 84.2 F (-9.5 °C / -17.1 F).

Stress test

During idle, we see average temperatures of 54 °C on both the CPU and dGPU. The CPU can offer a boost up to 4.25 GHz at a voltage of 1.21 V while the dGPU idles at 300 MHz. Running a Prime95 in-place large FFTs stress test for 30 minutes sees the CPU temperature reaching as high as 102 °C and throttling down to 3.76 GHz. The dGPU continues to remain at idle clocks.

A FurMark stress causes the dGPU clocks to boost up to 1,215 MHz with the temperature touching a maximum of 69 °C. There is some voltage reduction observed on the CPU side (1.19 V), which causes a reduction of core clocks to 3.48 GHz. 

We further stressed the laptop by running both Prime95 and FurMark together. This caused maximum CPU and GPU temperatures to hit 100 °C and 81 °C, respectively. The system seems to try hard to allocate power to both components. This results in the CPU voltage dropping down to just 0.88 V. That being said, in both CPU stress tests, the laptop did not show signs of clock speed dips once the initial throttling phase has passed.

We ran The Witcher 3 on ultra graphics and monitored CPU and GPU clocks, voltages, and temperatures over a 30-minute period. The Core i3-10300H here manages to hit a high of 104 °C and an average of 84 °C while being able to achieve 4.01 GHz at 1.17 V. The GTX 1650 Ti could hit 1,650 MHz while running at a much cooler 74 °C and drawing 33.1 W for the chip alone.

Of course, real-life usage wouldn't be as stressful as our tests, so you can expect fairly consistent CPU and GPU performance for most applications including games. However, the higher temperatures mean that placing the device on the lap while under load should be avoided to prevent burn injuries.

System idle
System idle
System idle
System idle
Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
The Witcher 3 stress
The Witcher 3 stress
The Witcher 3 stress
The Witcher 3 stress
Stress Test CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Idle 4.25 300 54 54
Prime95 3.76 300 72 62
FurMark 3.48 1,215 73 65
Prime95 + FurMark 3.15 1,140 75 81
The Witcher 3 Ultra 4.01 1,650 84 73

Speakers

Bottom-firing speakers are present on either side of the chassis. Like most laptops in this price range, the speaker quality is mediocre at best with almost non-existent bass. That being said, they don't sound tinny and there is perceivable depth to the sound, especially in the mids and highs.

In an indoor environment, the output is amply loud at full volume without any distortions. Nahimic sound controls are integrated into the Alienware Command Center app.

Left speaker
Left speaker
Right speaker
Right speaker
Nahimic sound effects in Alienware Command Center
Nahimic sound effects in Alienware Command Center
Audio recon profiles
Audio recon profiles

Battery Life

The Dell G5 15 5500 features a 51 Wh battery
The Dell G5 15 5500 features a 51 Wh battery
Supplied 130 W power brick.
Supplied 130 W power brick.
Dell Power Manager
Dell Power Manager

The Core i5-10300H and GTX 1650 Ti combination makes sparing use of available battery resources. However, with a rating of just 51 Wh, the Dell G5 15 5500 can only offer mediocre battery life. Battery life on idle at the lowest brightness without WLAN is very good at 12 hours 10 minutes. Surfing on Wi-Fi at a brightness of approximately 150 cd/m2 yields close to 6 hours 22 minutes of runtime.

The battery lasts for just about 1 hour 14 minutes on load, which we determined by running The Witcher 3 on Ultra settings and setting the screen brightness to 150 cd/m2. However, we observe that the frame rates drop to a meager 7 fps average as the battery reaches around the 15% level, indicating that it is not able to supply enough power to keep up with the GPU's demand.

These results indicate that staying away from AC power for extended periods of time may not be feasible. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to charge the laptop from 0 to 100% using the supplied 130 W power brick. There is no possibility of charging the laptop via USB-C.

Dell G5 15 5500 09E2
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, 51 Wh
HP Pavilion Gaming 16-a0242ng
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, 52 Wh
Lenovo Legion 5 17IMH05
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, 80 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i 15IMH05
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, 45 Wh
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, 51 Wh
Average of class Gaming
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
381.9
496
30%
683
79%
379
-1%
283
-26%
347 ?(62 - 710, n=168, last 2 years)
-9%
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 10min
Battery Runtime The Witcher 3 ultra
1h 14min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 21.9min

Pros

+ Good build quality
+ HDMI and DisplayPort-out (via USB-C)
+ 120 Hz refresh rate display
+ Dedicated Game Shift key
+ Good sustained CPU and GPU performance
+ Dual-channel RAM
+ Heat spreader on SSD
+ Manageable surface temperatures on load
+ Decent speakers

Cons

- Fingerprint reader not always responsive
- No Thunderbolt 3
- No USB power delivery
- Webcam images noisy and grainy
- Low sRGB and AdobeRGB coverage with highly inaccurate colors
- Very high DPC latency
- Unconventional M.2 2230 SSD
- High CPU and GPU core temperatures on load
- Mediocre battery runtimes

Verdict

Dell G5 15 5500. Review unit courtesy of Dell India.
Dell G5 15 5500. Review unit courtesy of Dell India.

The Dell G5 15 5500 sports enough oomph without offering any RGB bling or being too "gamery", thereby making it a decent work companion as well. The overall build quality is great with almost little to no flexing except slightly in the usual areas such as the keyboard deck and the display. Connectivity options are decent, though we would have liked to see a Thunderbolt 3 port and USB power delivery options as well.

The RAM, SSD/HDD, and WLAN card are user-upgradeable, though it baffles us why Dell prefers using the uncommon M.2 2230 slot for NVMe SSDs, especially when there is no M.2 2280 expansion available.

The display is the Achilles' heel for our model. We hope this is limited to only our unit and not actually a "feature". Though most gaming laptops in this price sacrifice color gamut and accuracy for high refresh rates, for a 2020 laptop, the measured sRGB coverage still leaves a lot to be desired.

The Dell G5 15 5500 tries its best to appeal to the mid-range gamer with decent system performance. However, its sub-par display limits its application for many other workflows despite sporting fairly capable hardware. 

Display issues apart, the Dell G5 15 5500 performs as expected on the CPU and GPU side of things. Those gaming at medium to high settings at 1080p will find the performance adequate for most AAA titles. While idle times on battery are good, runtimes aren't that impressive on load.

As mentioned before, since the full gauntlet of measurements could not be performed, we are not awarding a rating for the moment. The Dell G5 15 5500 performs admirably for the given configuration, but a better display, more RAM, and a larger battery are some of the things Dell needs to focus on in order to earn an enthusiastic recommendation for its asking price.

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