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Dell G5 15 5587 (i5-8300H, GTX 1060 Max-Q, SSD, IPS) Laptop Review

Sebastian Bade, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Mark Riege), 06/28/2018

I know that one! With Coffee Lake and a good mid-range GPU, Dell presents the G5 15 as a gaming notebook for the limited budget. Being the successor of the Inspiron 15 7577, the device looks visually very familiar. You can find out in our detailed review which additional improvements the G5 has to offer and how the device fared in our test run.


The Dell G5 in 15 configurations (detail) - Source: Dell
The Dell G5 in 15 configurations (detail) - Source: Dell

The Dell G5 15 is the successor of the Dell Inspiron 15 of the 7000 series, and at 899 Euros (~$1049; $799 in the US) it offers an affordable entry into the world of gaming laptops. For this, buyers receive a solid device with 8 GB of DDR4-RAM, a 1 TB hybrid hard drive, as well as an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 that is suitable for gaming. The basic configuration also includes the new Intel Core i5-8300H Coffee Lake CPU.

Dell offers many different variants of its new gaming racer. For the premium equipment, the manufacturer asks for 1699 Euros (~$1982; $1499 in the US), with the device offering a 4K panel and an Intel Core i7-8750H with 16 GB of RAM and a total of 1.5 TB of storage (512 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD). As the graphics accelerator, the top model has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q.

Our test unit offers a good medium option, even though the graphics card is not part of the mid-range equipment of the G5-15 series in this case, since with the GeForce GTX 1060 in the Max-Q design, our test unit offers a good basis to also play more-demanding games. On the other hand, we have to make do with some restrictions in the RAM and the SSD, although this is not too bad. All in all, the sales price of about 1150 Euros (~$1342) seems justified at first glance. Whether this is really the case, we will evaluate in detail in our test.

Potential comparison devices are primarily 15.6-inch gaming laptops with similar equipment. You can find an overview of the comparison devices in the table below. 

Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Acer Nitro 5 Spin PC Specialist Proteus V Asus FX503VM Acer Predator Helios 300
CPU Intel Core i5-7300HQ Intel Core i5-7300HQ Intel Core i7-8550U Intel Core i7-7700HQ Intel Core i7-7700HQ Intel Core i5-8300H
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Display 15.6 in 1920x1080 (IPS) 15.6 in 1920x1080 (IPS) 15.6 in 1920x1080 (IPS) 15.6 in 1920x1080 (IPS) 15.6 in 1920x1080 (IPS) 17.3 in 1920x1080 (IPS)
RAM 8 GB DDR4 8 GB DDR4 8 GB DDR4 16 GB DDR4 16 GB DDR4 8 GB DDR4
Storage 256 GB SSD (NVMe) 1 TB HDD 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD 256 GB SSD (NVMe) 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
Rating 83% 82% 85% 82% 82% 82%
Dell G5 15 5587 (G5 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q - 6144 MB, Core: 1265 - 1480 MHz, Memory: 8008 MHz, GDDR5 (Hynix), 398.11, Nvidia Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4, 2 of 2 slots occupied, dual channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LGD053F, 156WF6, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
SK hynix SC311 M.2, 128 GB 
, M.2 SSD + 2.5 inch HDD (WDC WD 10SPZX-78Z10T1), 1050 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek Audio
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: Stereo, Card Reader: 2-in-1 SD / MicroMedia Card, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Killer e2400 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24.95 x 389 x 274.7 ( = 0.98 x 15.31 x 10.81 in)
Battery
56 Wh, 3500 mAh Lithium-Ion, 4 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 180-watt power supply, McAfee LiveSafe, Dell Updater, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.853 kg ( = 100.64 oz / 6.29 pounds), Power Supply: 699 g ( = 24.66 oz / 1.54 pounds)
Price
1150 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - A robust Dell gaming notebook

Dell G5 15 5587 (Source: Dell)
Dell G5 15 5587 (Source: Dell)

In terms of the case, Dell trusts what has been tried and tested, which means that the G5 15 corresponds exactly to the Inspiron 15 7000. This also includes all the well-known advantages and disadvantages, although the disadvantages are minimal and concern the visuals more. In brief: Fingerprints quickly become visible on the smooth surfaces and the front edges are quite sharp. But that is the full extent of our complaints.

The design is of course a matter of taste and probably will not please everyone. On the other hand, it is also what makes the Dell G5 15 stand out from the masses of budget gaming notebooks. The device can be ordered in black or red (Beijing Red) color.

In terms of its stability, the Dell G5 15 leaves a very good impression. Due to the hinges positioned in the center, the display becomes very stable. You can open the display with one hand without any problems, and the maximum opening angle is sufficient at 140 degrees. The display is held in position very well, without there being any noticeable rebound after tapping it. The base also convinces with its stability and does not give in to pressure. We like the Dell G5 15 overall, and we also notice the excellent workmanship. 

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Size Comparison

Since the case of the Dell G5 15 is identical to that of its predecessor, it also has an identical footprint of 38.9 x 27.47 cm (15.3 x 10.8 in). This makes the case slightly larger than those of the other comparison devices. We should point out at this point that the Acer Nitro 5 Spin is the most compact. In terms of its weight, at 2.85 kg (~6.3 lb) the Dell is not one of the light-weights in our comparison, and another 699 grams (~1.5 lb) is added for the 180-watt power supply.

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Equipment

The Dell G5 15 5587 offers a good selection of equipment. We count a total of three USB-3.1 connections as well as a modern USB Type-C port, which can also handle Thunderbolt-3, allowing the device to be expanded with many adapters and also providing the display output via DisplayPort. Anyone wanting to connect an external display without having to use an adapter can also do this, since the Dell G5 15 also offers the current standard with an HDMI-2.0 connection. The positioning is solved well, with all the available connections in the back area on both sides. The notebook does not have any connection options in the front or back.

Left: Noble lock, power supply, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.1, SD card reader
Left: Noble lock, power supply, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.1, SD card reader
Right: 3.5 mm audio, 2x USB 3.1, USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 @ 40 Gbps, HDMI 2.0
Right: 3.5 mm audio, 2x USB 3.1, USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 @ 40 Gbps, HDMI 2.0
Front: status LED
Front: status LED
Back: fan vents
Back: fan vents

SD Card Reader

The Dell G5 15 5587 is furthermore equipped with an SD card reader that can handle all the usual storage cards. Unfortunately, the test shows that the card reader can only operate at USB-2.0 speeds. In contrast, the Asus FX503VM and the Proteus V offer SD card readers with USB-3.0 speed. We used our reference storage card from Toshiba (Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II) in the test. 

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Average of class Gaming
  (11.7 - 202, n=200)
89.9 MB/s ∼100% +350%
PC Zentrum Proteus V
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
85 MB/s ∼95% +325%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
 
76.47 MB/s ∼85% +282%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76 MB/s ∼85% +280%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.95 MB/s ∼30% +35%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.4 MB/s ∼27% +22%
Dell G5 15 5587
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
20 MB/s ∼22%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
18 MB/s ∼20% -10%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Average of class Gaming
  (13.4 - 257, n=198)
109 MB/s ∼100% +211%
PC Zentrum Proteus V
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
89 MB/s ∼82% +154%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
 
86.87 MB/s ∼80% +148%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86 MB/s ∼79% +146%
Dell G5 15 5587
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
35 MB/s ∼32%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
30.25 MB/s ∼28% -14%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
29.44 MB/s ∼27% -16%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.1 MB/s ∼25% -23%

Communication

WLAN module
WLAN module

The wireless communication is handled by the Intel Wireless-AC 9560 WLAN module. This 2x2 dual-band module offers WLAN-AC and additionally Bluetooth 5.0. Unfortunately, the Dell G5 15 5587 only achieved a mixed result and performed below our expectations in the measurements where we setup an optimal scenario. Our test unit achieved an average transfer rate of 582 Mb/s while sending and still 485 Mb/s while receiving. While this is sufficient for all the usual applications, in our test the WLAN module significantly lags behind the maximum speed specified by the manufacturer (1.73 Gb/s). 

The Dell G5 15 5587 offers another option to connect to the network in the form of an Ethernet port. The Killer-E2400 network card offers speeds up to 1 Gb/s and worked without any problems in the test. 

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
692 MBit/s ∼100% +43%
PC Zentrum Proteus V
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
686 MBit/s ∼99% +41%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
654 MBit/s ∼95% +35%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 702, n=169)
594 MBit/s ∼86% +22%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
519 MBit/s ∼75% +7%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
513 MBit/s ∼74% +6%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
512 MBit/s ∼74% +6%
Dell G5 15 5587
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
485 MBit/s ∼70%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
666 MBit/s ∼100% +14%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
665 MBit/s ∼100% +14%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
640 MBit/s ∼96% +10%
Dell G5 15 5587
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
582 MBit/s ∼87%
Average of class Gaming
  (213 - 697, n=169)
530 MBit/s ∼80% -9%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
522 MBit/s ∼78% -10%
PC Zentrum Proteus V
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
520 MBit/s ∼78% -11%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
458 MBit/s ∼69% -21%

Security

Fingerprint reader in the Dell G5 15 5587
Fingerprint reader in the Dell G5 15 5587

In terms of security, the Dell G5 15 5587 offers a TPM as well as a fingerprint sensor that is integrated into the power button. After a brief process of setting it up, the Windows logon can be performed comfortably with this biometric scanner. As software solution, McAfee LifeSafe is used, and a 12-month subscription is included in the purchase for private consumers. You can add this optional update into the cart during the ordering process.

Accessories

Apart from the device, the 180-watt power supply, various security guidelines, and warranty information are also included in the delivery. Of course, Dell also offers the corresponding accessories for its devices during the ordering process, such as a bag, an external mouse, or a headset. You can also find backpacks or docking solutions in the offered add-ons.

Maintenance

The Dell G5 15 5587 has a large maintenance cover, which covers almost the entire bottom of the base. While you only have to remove a single screw, you still need to proceed carefully, since the cover is held to the base with many clips. After its removal, you can easily access all the built-in components in order to replace them, if necessary. Our test unit does not offer any empty slots for quick upgrades. You can also clean the fans easily, in case they have become dirty.

Dell G5 15 5587 without the bottom cover
Dell G5 15 5587 without the bottom cover

Operating System

The Dell G5 15 5587 is offered with the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 10 Home. Ubuntu is also supported and can already be selected directly during the purchase. Compared to the Windows OS, the purchase price with the Linux operating system is slightly more affordable. 

Warranty

With the purchase of the Dell G5 15 5587, customers receive one year of pick-up and repair hardware support. During the ordering process, Dell offers various extensions of the warranty. The "Premium Support Plus Onsite Service" lasting for four years requires a one-time payment of 387 Euros (~$451). 

Input Devices

Keyboard

Keyboard of the Dell G5 15 5587
Keyboard of the Dell G5 15 5587
Keyboard of the Dell G5 15 5587 (illuminated)
Keyboard of the Dell G5 15 5587 (illuminated)

The six-row chiclet keyboard of the Dell G5 15 5587 looks clean and fits the overall impression well. While at 15 x 15 mm (0.6 x 0.6 in), the single keys are not overly large, this should still be sufficient for most users. The short stroke is accompanied by a crisp feedback. The typing noises are only barely audible, which we unfortunately cannot say about the Space key. It appears slightly wobbly and can also be clearly noticed acoustically. The white labeling is supported by a discreet, two-step backlight. Due to the layout, the cursor keys turned out to be slightly too small, which takes some getting used to. Unfortunately, their stroke is slightly softer, so it almost appears dampened.

Touchpad

Touchpad of the Dell G5 15 5587
Touchpad of the Dell G5 15 5587

At 10.5 x 8.1 cm (4.1 x 3.2 in), the touchpad offers a comfortably large input area with a matte surface. The touchpad is visually highlighted by a red edge printed on the input area. We did not notice any inaccurate areas in our test unit.

The input keys positioned in the lower area have a short stroke and draw attention with a quiet clicking when pressed. We noticed that the left input key is quieter and softer than the right input key of the ClickPad. The two areas on the input surface are only visually separated by a red line. We like the ClickPad overall, and its large area is particularly advantageous for gesture controls with several fingers.

Display - The Dell G5 15 is also available with 4K

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Only a slight clouding in our test unit
Only a slight clouding in our test unit

The LG display of our Dell G5 15 5587 is the same as that of the Dell Inspiron 15 7000. With a diagonal of 15.5 inch, the IPS panel offers 1920x1080 pixels, corresponding to a pixel density of 141 ppi. As an alternative to the Full HD panel, Dell also offers the G5 15 with a 4K display. Unfortunately, the display of our test unit only has a low display brightness of 224 cd/m². With an average of 332 cd/m², the Acer Nitro 5 Spin offers the brightest display by far in our comparison. The contrast ratio (818:1) suffers from the too-low brightness, since the black value is not particularly high at 0.28.

The brightness distribution is good in our test unit, and despite our measurement of 87%, we did not notice any shadings. However, the display does have some slight problems with a completely black image, where some clouding can be seen in the lower left corner. The panel deserves some praise for not using PWM to regulate the display brightness. 

232
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
218
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
233
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
218
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 239 cd/m² Average: 224.2 cd/m² Minimum: 13.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 229 cd/m²
Contrast: 818:1 (Black: 0.28 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.1 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3, calibrated: 6.12
ΔE Greyscale 5.68 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
57% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 36% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.4
Dell G5 15 5587
LGD053F, 156WF6, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
ID: LG Philips LGD053F, Name: 156WF6, Dell P/N: 4XK13, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
ID: LG Philips LGD053F, Name: 156WF6, Dell P/N: 4XK13, 1920x1080, 15.6
PC Zentrum Proteus V
BOEhydis NV156FHM-N42 (BOE06C6), 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus FX503VM-EH73
AU Optronics B156HAN06.1, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Chi Mei CMN15D7, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF5 (LGD056D), 1920x1080, 17.3
Response Times
-21%
-12%
-63%
-22%
-9%
-1%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
33 (16, 17)
41 (20, 21)
-24%
35.6 (20, 15.6)
-8%
52.8 (25.2, 27.6)
-60%
36.8 (19.6, 17.2)
-12%
36 (18, 18)
-9%
36 (18.8, 17.2)
-9%
Response Time Black / White *
24 (14, 10)
28 (15, 13)
-17%
27.6 (15.6, 12)
-15%
39.6 (22.4, 17.2)
-65%
31.6 (18.4, 13.2)
-32%
26 (15, 11)
-8%
22 (10.4, 11.6)
8%
PWM Frequency
21930 (95)
122000 (95)
Screen
19%
-2%
21%
1%
25%
23%
Brightness middle
229
257
12%
235.4
3%
242
6%
235.9
3%
345
51%
365
59%
Brightness
224
229
2%
223
0%
235
5%
235
5%
332
48%
341
52%
Brightness Distribution
87
84
-3%
91
5%
85
-2%
91
5%
92
6%
89
2%
Black Level *
0.28
0.17
39%
0.28
-0%
0.21
25%
0.27
4%
0.28
-0%
0.32
-14%
Contrast
818
1512
85%
841
3%
1152
41%
874
7%
1232
51%
1141
39%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.1
5.34
12%
5.6
8%
4.27
30%
4.81
21%
5.85
4%
6.51
-7%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
12.2
9.99
18%
20.3
-66%
7.09
42%
21.55
-77%
11.87
3%
12.32
-1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
6.12
2.9
53%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.68
4.82
15%
3.6
37%
2.17
62%
3.1
45%
8.11
-43%
7.65
-35%
Gamma
2.4 92%
2.46 89%
2.23 99%
2.38 92%
2.31 95%
2.48 89%
2.64 83%
CCT
6989 93%
6587 99%
7214 90%
6912 94%
6984 93%
6741 96%
8066 81%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36
38
6%
35.2
-2%
37
3%
36
0%
60
67%
56
56%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
57
60
5%
55.4
-3%
58
2%
56
-2%
93
63%
86
51%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-1% / 13%
-7% / -3%
-21% / 7%
-11% / -3%
8% / 19%
11% / 20%

* ... smaller is better

Dell G5 15 5587 vs. sRGB (57%)
Dell G5 15 5587 vs. sRGB (57%)
Dell G5 15 5587 vs. AdobeRGB (36%)
Dell G5 15 5587 vs. AdobeRGB (36%)

The offered image quality suffers from the low contrast. Colors appear slightly paler and black areas are covered by a visible gray veil. The measured DeltaE-2000 deviations are slightly too high in the state of delivery, and even calibration could only provide a marginal improvement. We have linked the corresponding ICC profile for download. However, compared to the other devices, the Dell G5 15 5587 does not need to hide, since they do not offer results that are much better. In color-space coverage (57% sRGB and 36% AdobeRGB), the Dell G5 15 5587 is also at the same level as the other devices in our comparison. Only the Acer Nitro 5 Spin is able to stand out here.

CalMAN: Grayscales (uncalibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscales (uncalibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (uncalibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (uncalibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (uncalibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (uncalibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)

Despite the matte display surface, those who want to use the Dell G5 15 5587 outdoors should look for a shady place. In direct sunlight, the display brightness is insufficient to work unimpeded.

The Dell G5 15 5587 in direct sunlight
The Dell G5 15 5587 in direct sunlight
The Dell G5 15 5587 in the shade
The Dell G5 15 5587 in the shade

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 10 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 32 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
33 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 20 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41.1 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8689 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

In the viewing-angle test, the IPS display is still able to collect some positive points with good stability. You can still see the test image without significant color changes from very steep viewing angles.

Dell G5 15 5587 viewing angles
Dell G5 15 5587 viewing angles

Performance - The Dell G5 15 with four or six cores

Basically, a gaming notebook can never be powerful enough. However, manufacturers must control the waste power of the components. With the Intel Core i5-8300H, Dell has equipped the G5 15 with a solid and fast quad-core CPU, which in combination with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q ensures good frame rates. Those who must have a six-core CPU can also get the gaming laptop with the Intel Core i7-8750H. There is no better GPU for this device.

While the significantly increased latencies ("LatencyMon") stand out in our test unit, these might be improved with driver updates in the future. We did not notice any limitations in this respect during our testing period.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
DPC latencies
HWiNFO
Intel Extreme Utility
Intel Extreme Utility (benchmark)
 

Processor

The processor is the brand-new Intel Core i5-8300H, which belongs to the current Coffee Lake series. The quad-core processor has a clock speed of 2.3 GHz – 4.0 GHz with a TDP of 45 watts. The SoC also offers Hyper-Threading, which means that the Intel Core i5-8300H can run eight threads simultaneously.

In the single-core test, the new processor runs very well, surpassing all the competitors. The multithread performance of the Intel Core i5-8300H looks only marginally worse than that of the Intel Core i7-7700HQ.

You can find additional benchmarks of the Intel Core i5-8300H here.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
Intel Core i5-8300H
173 Points ∼100% +1%
Dell G5 15 5587
Intel Core i5-8300H
172 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (151 - 174, n=13)
168 Points ∼97% -2%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Intel Core i7-8550U
161 Points ∼93% -6%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
156 Points ∼90% -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (79 - 207, n=407)
151 Points ∼87% -12%
PC Zentrum Proteus V
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
146 Points ∼84% -15%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
134 Points ∼77% -22%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
131 Points ∼76% -24%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
Intel Core i5-8300H
807 Points ∼100% +10%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (604 - 850, n=13)
791 Points ∼98% +8%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 1408, n=408)
738 Points ∼91% +1%
PC Zentrum Proteus V
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
734 Points ∼91% 0%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
733 Points ∼91% 0%
Dell G5 15 5587
Intel Core i5-8300H
731 Points ∼91%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Intel Core i7-8550U
529 (min: 481.46, max: 529.01) Points ∼66% -28%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
514 Points ∼64% -30%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
507 Points ∼63% -31%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
Intel Core i5-8300H
1.96 Points ∼100% +1%
Dell G5 15 5587
Intel Core i5-8300H
1.94 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (1.72 - 1.96, n=7)
1.87 Points ∼95% -4%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Intel Core i7-8550U
1.85 Points ∼94% -5%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.83 Points ∼93% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.71 - 2.34, n=403)
1.676 Points ∼86% -14%
PC Zentrum Proteus V
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.66 Points ∼85% -14%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
1.53 Points ∼78% -21%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
1.52 Points ∼78% -22%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
Intel Core i5-8300H
8.79 Points ∼100% +12%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.17 Points ∼93% +4%
PC Zentrum Proteus V
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.16 Points ∼93% +4%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (6.2 - 8.79, n=7)
7.93 Points ∼90% +1%
Dell G5 15 5587
Intel Core i5-8300H
7.84 Points ∼89%
Average of class Gaming
  (1.13 - 15.8, n=504)
7.21 Points ∼82% -8%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5.92 Points ∼67% -24%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5.85 Points ∼67% -25%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Intel Core i7-8550U
5.72 Points ∼65% -27%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
Dell G5 15 5587
Intel Core i5-8300H
8506 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (8277 - 8506, n=2)
8392 Points ∼99% -1%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
6700 Points ∼79% -21%
Average of class Gaming
  (2462 - 9576, n=229)
5806 Points ∼68% -32%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (28616 - 32021, n=2)
30319 Points ∼100% +6%
Dell G5 15 5587
Intel Core i5-8300H
28616 Points ∼94%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
22845 Points ∼75% -20%
Average of class Gaming
  (4590 - 41678, n=228)
20711 Points ∼68% -28%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Gaming
  (51.6 - 333, n=119)
249 Points ∼100% +1%
Dell G5 15 5587
Intel Core i5-8300H
245.47 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (227 - 251, n=8)
240 Points ∼96% -2%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
229.06 Points ∼92% -7%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Intel Core i7-8550U
223.7 Points ∼90% -9%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
216.54 Points ∼87% -12%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Dell G5 15 5587
Intel Core i5-8300H
34659 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (30950 - 34659, n=8)
33044 Points ∼95% -5%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
32676 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (12288 - 49518, n=116)
32512 Points ∼94% -6%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
30332 Points ∼88% -12%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Gaming
  (753 - 7545, n=120)
1269 ms * ∼100% -13%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1243.8 ms * ∼98% -11%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (1095 - 1188, n=7)
1141 ms * ∼90% -1%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Intel Core i7-8550U
1133 ms * ∼89% -1%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
1131.7 ms * ∼89% -1%
Dell G5 15 5587
Intel Core i5-8300H
1125.5 ms * ∼89%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Jetstream 1.1
Jetstream 1.1
Octane V2
Octane V2
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Mozilla Kraken 1.1

During the test with the Cinebench-R15 multi-loop, the Dell G5 15 5587 has to prove itself under constant load. We can see a slight performance drop after the first run, but it is only very small. Overall, the Intel Core i5-8300H handles the constant load quite well, with only a few exceptions. The result levels out at a good 720 points on average. 

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Dell G5 15 5587 Intel Core i5-8300H: Ø723 (697.18-735.2)
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 Intel Core i5-7300HQ: Ø508 (499.61-513.44)
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 Intel Core i5-7300HQ: Ø505 (493.44-514)
PC Zentrum Proteus V Intel Core i7-7700HQ: Ø733 (728.85-736.82)
Asus FX503VM-EH73 Intel Core i7-7700HQ: Ø714 (710.67-718.16)
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX Intel Core i7-8550U: Ø497 (481.46-529.01)
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6 Intel Core i5-8300H: Ø767 (738.02-807.05)
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6822
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
8506 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
28616 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6822 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6524
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
22781
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 32Bit
7.4 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 32Bit
73.69 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.94 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.84 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
73.79 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 32Bit
1.73 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
172 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
109.1 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
731 Points
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System Performance

The system performance of the Dell G5 15 5587 is good to very good, which is also confirmed by the benchmarks we ran. Particularly the combination of the SSD and HDD ensures a smoothly running system. While there will surely be some complaints about the RAM, the test shows that the 8 GB DDR4-RAM is currently sufficient. During our test period, the notebook ran fast and without any stutters.

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 8300H, Hynix HFS128G39TND
5347 Points ∼100% 0%
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
5339 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
 
5339 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
5202 Points ∼97% -3%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U128G1002
5174 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (2484 - 6515, n=304)
4912 Points ∼92% -8%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4856 Points ∼91% -9%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
4849 Points ∼91% -9%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus FX503VM-EH73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U128G1002
4940 Points ∼100% +14%
PC Zentrum Proteus V
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4916 Points ∼100% +14%
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
4331 Points ∼88%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
 
4331 Points ∼88% 0%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 8300H, Hynix HFS128G39TND
4253 Points ∼86% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (2554 - 6093, n=322)
4214 Points ∼85% -3%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3975 Points ∼80% -8%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
3807 Points ∼77% -12%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3759 Points ∼76% -13%
PCMark 10
Essentials
PC Zentrum Proteus V
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
8390 Points ∼100% +6%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U128G1002
8003 Points ∼95% +1%
Average of class Gaming
  (4892 - 10064, n=108)
7923 Points ∼94% 0%
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
7916 Points ∼94%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
 
7916 Points ∼94% 0%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
7617 Points ∼91% -4%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7364 Points ∼88% -7%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
4908 Points ∼58% -38%
Score
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
5483 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
 
5483 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 6620, n=109)
4924 Points ∼90% -10%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U128G1002
4856 Points ∼89% -11%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4406 Points ∼80% -20%
PC Zentrum Proteus V
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3904 Points ∼71% -29%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3835 Points ∼70% -30%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
3380 Points ∼62% -38%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4331 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5339 points
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Storage Solution

SSD and HDD built-in
SSD and HDD built-in
M.2 SSD with 128 GB of storage
M.2 SSD with 128 GB of storage
2.5-inch HDD with 1 TB of storage
2.5-inch HDD with 1 TB of storage

For storage, the Dell G5 15 5587 offers an SSD with 128 GB of space as well as a conventional hard drive with 1 TB of space. Unfortunately, the SSD from SK Hynix only runs at SATA speeds, which is a clear disadvantage compared to the devices that are equipped with fast PCIe SSDs. But we would rather have any SSD than only a hard drive, since there is still a clearly noticeable performance increase.

The 5400-rpm hard drive is a model of the Blue series from Western Digital. The measurement results are on the expected level. However, the HD Tune measurements should be taken with a grain of salt, since 214 MB/s on average is a bit much in our opinion. We repeated the test several times and always got the same result. So we would rather trust the CrystalDiskMark results here. 

Those who order the Dell G5 15 5000 with a 512-GB SSD will receive a significantly faster flash storage with NVMe support.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 3 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 3 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 5 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 5 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 6 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 6 (SSD)
HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark 3 (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark 3 (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark 5 (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark 5 (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark 6 (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark 6 (HDD)
Dell G5 15 5587
SK hynix SC311 M.2
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
PC Zentrum Proteus V
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Asus FX503VM-EH73
SanDisk SD8SN8U128G1002
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
Hynix HFS128G39TND
AS SSD
198%
220%
-6%
22%
-47%
Score Total
557
2405
332%
2842
410%
798
43%
835
50%
811
46%
Access Time Write *
0.066
0.037
44%
0.028
58%
0.09
-36%
0.065
2%
0.259
-292%
Access Time Read *
0.128
0.058
55%
0.045
65%
0.17
-33%
0.085
34%
4K Write
62.19
100.19
61%
136.43
119%
46.48
-25%
78.1
26%
62.73
1%
4K Read
24.44
46.95
92%
51
109%
20.44
-16%
25.86
6%
26.5
8%
Seq Write
243.71
1180.85
385%
1180.47
384%
328.42
35%
335.16
38%
128.2
-47%
Seq Read
511.34
2651.5
419%
2541.27
397%
476.33
-7%
490.07
-4%
512.95
0%

* ... smaller is better

SK hynix SC311 M.2
Transfer Rate Minimum: 85.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 253.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 214 MB/s
Access Time: 2.9 ms
Burst Rate: 234 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3 %

Graphics Card

In 2D operation, the Intel UHD Graphics 630 takes over the display output, supporting the processor thanks to the integrated hardware decoder for the reproduction of high-resolution videos.

For gaming, the system switches to the dedicated graphics adapter via Nvidia Optimus. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q offers its own VRAM (6 GB GDDR5) and clocks at 1265 to 1480 MHz in Boost mode. Our test unit fares quite well in the synthetic benchmarks we ran. The Asus FX503VM as well as the Proteus V also offer a GeForce GTX 1060, but without the Max-Q design.

However, the direct comparison to the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 shows that you can get even slightly more performance out of the device with the new CPU. The two devices equipped with the GeForce GTX 1050 can only occupy the last places, leaving a little distance in between. This is an important comparison for those who want to purchase the Dell G5 15 with a GeForce GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti

You can find additional benchmarks of the Intel UHD Graphics 630 and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q here.

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
PC Zentrum Proteus V
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
11920 Points ∼100% +9%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
11483 Points ∼96% +5%
Dell G5 15 5587
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Intel Core i5-8300H
10970 Points ∼92%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
  (9992 - 11315, n=9)
10581 Points ∼89% -4%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Intel Core i5-7300HQ
10263 Points ∼86% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=436)
10245 Points ∼86% -7%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i5-8300H
7610 Points ∼64% -31%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
6375 Points ∼53% -42%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-8550U
5373 Points ∼45% -51%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
PC Zentrum Proteus V
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
81918 Points ∼100% +3%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
80542 Points ∼98% +1%
Dell G5 15 5587
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Intel Core i5-8300H
79420 Points ∼97%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Intel Core i5-7300HQ
73603 Points ∼90% -7%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
  (42781 - 81015, n=9)
70227 Points ∼86% -12%
Average of class Gaming
  (5761 - 184578, n=427)
61933 Points ∼76% -22%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i5-8300H
51038 Points ∼62% -36%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
39511 Points ∼48% -50%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-8550U
35788 Points ∼44% -55%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
PC Zentrum Proteus V
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
15386 Points ∼100% +11%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14550 Points ∼95% +5%
Dell G5 15 5587
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Intel Core i5-8300H
13871 Points ∼90%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
  (12970 - 14487, n=9)
13496 Points ∼88% -3%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Intel Core i5-7300HQ
13075 Points ∼85% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=509)
11830 Points ∼77% -15%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i5-8300H
9147 Points ∼59% -34%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
8047 Points ∼52% -42%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-8550U
6744 Points ∼44% -51%
3DMark 11 Performance
12044 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
94815 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
22078 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
9405 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
4886 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
3559 points
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Gaming Performance

Thanks to the GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, the gaming performance of the Dell G5 15 5587 is sufficient. Not all games can be played in maximum detail in the native resolution without stutters, but this is not bad. The game The Witcher 3 clearly shows the limits of the device. On the other hand, in the also quite demanding Rise of the Tomb Raider, the game can even be played smoothly in maximum details. It is often different from case to case, so we cannot give a general determination of which preset is the best. However one thing is clear: The configuration with the Intel Core i5-8300H and GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q is not suitable for 4K.

We ran an endurance test of the Dell G5 15 5587 using the game The Witcher 3 in order to determine how the frame rates behave over a longer period of time. Surprisingly, there are no frame drops worth mentioning that impact the game, even after longer periods of playing.

GPU and CPU during the endurance test with the game The Witcher 3
GPU and CPU during the endurance test with the game The Witcher 3
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The Witcher 3 ultra
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
107.5 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
  (87.2 - 110, n=7)
101 fps ∼94% -6%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
95.3 fps ∼89% -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (9.7 - 266, n=264)
87 fps ∼81% -19%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
64.3 (min: 20.9, max: 125.4) fps ∼60% -40%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Average of class Gaming
  (8.9 - 126, n=138)
62.5 fps ∼100% +3%
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
60.5 (min: 53, max: 68) fps ∼97%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U128G1002
57 fps ∼91% -6%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
55.4 fps ∼89% -8%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
  (45.3 - 60.5, n=7)
54 fps ∼86% -11%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
33.1 (min: 28, max: 37) fps ∼53% -45%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
30 (min: 28, max: 34) fps ∼48% -50%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=211)
44.9 fps ∼100% +29%
PC Zentrum Proteus V
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
39.9 fps ∼89% +14%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U128G1002
37 fps ∼82% +6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
  (34.6 - 37, n=8)
35.7 fps ∼80% +2%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
35.2 fps ∼78% +1%
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
34.9 (min: 29, max: 39) fps ∼78%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 8300H, Hynix HFS128G39TND
26 fps ∼58% -26%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
22.6 (min: 18, max: 28) fps ∼50% -35%
low med. high ultra4K
BioShock Infinite (2013) 264233.1213.3107.5fps
GTA V (2015) 156.8151.6106.561.853.7fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 172.2122.358.334.923.3fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 160.9128.172.760.524.6fps
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017) 141.992.585.663.312.9fps
FIFA 18 (2017) 290.6277.9252.3245.7130fps
Assassin´s Creed Origins (2017) 7767625221fps
Call of Duty WWII (2017) 174.9163.391.970.931.3fps
Need for Speed Payback (2017) 117.989.178.566.623.8fps
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017) 135.593.481.562.2fps
Fortnite (2018) 178132.6115.772.8fps
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018) 11066.852.73812fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 11070654820fps

Emissions

Noise Emissions

The cooling unit in the Dell G5 15 5587
The cooling unit in the Dell G5 15 5587

During idle after a cold start and also under low load, silent operation is not possible. While both fans also run during idle, at 31.1 – 34.2 dB(A), the measured volume is not loud. Thus there will always be a quiet whirring. Under load, the fans really rev up, and we measure the maximum value of the Dell G5 15 5587 at 44 dB(A). At 42.7 dB(A), the device is only marginally quieter during gaming.

We also noticed a quiet electronic chirping in our test unit when accessing the SSD storage.

Looking at it overall, the Dell G5 15 5587 leaves a good impression.

Noise Level

Idle
31.1 / 31.1 / 34.2 dB(A)
Load
34.9 / 44 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.3 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.833.737.82534.134.134.13132.235.732.24031.430.531.45030.637.630.6633128.7318027.926.227.910028.22628.212527.126.727.116027.624.827.620027.723.627.725029.223.229.23153022.63040030.622.730.650028.22028.263028.419.328.480030.418.730.4100031.518.131.5125031.11831.1160033.517.933.5200033.11833.1250033.517.933.5315031.518.231.5400029.118.529.1500027.718.627.7630026.418.726.4800024.218.924.21000021.71921.71250019.419.119.41600018.819.418.8SPL42.73142.7N3.91.43.9median 28.4median 19median 28.4Delta2.41.92.4hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseDell G5 15 5587
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
PC Zentrum Proteus V
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Asus FX503VM-EH73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U128G1002
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 8300H, Hynix HFS128G39TND
Noise
-2%
9%
-16%
-2%
-2%
-5%
off / environment *
30.3
31
-2%
28
8%
31
-2%
27.8
8%
30.4
-0%
29
4%
Idle Minimum *
31.1
32.7
-5%
28
10%
37
-19%
29.6
5%
30.9
1%
29
7%
Idle Average *
31.1
32.7
-5%
28
10%
38
-22%
29.6
5%
30.9
1%
31
-0%
Idle Maximum *
34.2
32.7
4%
28
18%
39
-14%
29.6
13%
30.9
10%
33
4%
Load Average *
34.9
38.7
-11%
30.3
13%
47
-35%
37.3
-7%
42.6
-22%
45
-29%
Witcher 3 ultra *
42.7
39
9%
39.5
7%
43
-1%
49.8
-17%
45
-5%
Load Maximum *
44
44.6
-1%
46.5
-6%
52
-18%
53.7
-22%
45
-2%
51
-16%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

3DMark 11 after the stress test
3DMark 11 after the stress test

The benchmarks did not indicate that the Dell G5 15 5587 had a particular heat problem. However, when looking at the case temperatures, we notice that at 57 °C (135 °F) under load, they are simply too high. Only the Asus FX503VM can top this value with 59.6 °C (139 °F). Presumably the cooling unit is unable to dissipate the developing heat fast enough, causing a heat build-up. The stress test then shows that the Intel Core i5-8300H can easily reach its thermal limits, which means that it must be throttled. However, the SoC still runs through the Prime95 load test at 2.9 GHz on average. If only the GPU is put under load, at 64 °C (147 °F) we measure a normal temperature! During simultaneous load of the CPU and GPU, the GPU temperature rises to 76 °C (169 °F), which is still not a reason to throttle it.

Due to the high temperatures, we test the 3D performance with 3DMark11 again afterwards. Fortunately, the result is not much worse compared to the cold start. At 700 points, the difference remains within acceptable limits.

Stress test: Prime95 alone
Stress test: Prime95 alone
Stress test: FurMark alone
Stress test: FurMark alone
Stress test: FurMark + Prime95
Stress test: FurMark + Prime95
Max. Load
 43.4 °C
110 F
50.2 °C
122 F
46.2 °C
115 F
 
 33.6 °C
92 F
44.7 °C
112 F
38 °C
100 F
 
 28.5 °C
83 F
27.4 °C
81 F
30.9 °C
88 F
 
Maximum: 50.2 °C = 122 F
Average: 38.1 °C = 101 F
53 °C
127 F
57 °C
135 F
51.8 °C
125 F
29.2 °C
85 F
32.8 °C
91 F
30.4 °C
87 F
27.9 °C
82 F
26.8 °C
80 F
25.9 °C
79 F
Maximum: 57 °C = 135 F
Average: 37.2 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  45.1 °C = 113 F | Room Temperature 23.7 °C = 75 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
PC Zentrum Proteus V
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Asus FX503VM-EH73
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U128G1002
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 8300H, Hynix HFS128G39TND
Heat
13%
12%
5%
-20%
10%
-3%
Maximum Upper Side *
50.2
35.9
28%
44
12%
44
12%
59.6
-19%
46
8%
50
-0%
Maximum Bottom *
57
41.6
27%
43.8
23%
53
7%
56
2%
47
18%
52
9%
Idle Upper Side *
28.6
27.9
2%
26
9%
29
-1%
37
-29%
29.6
-3%
33
-15%
Idle Bottom *
28.9
30.5
-6%
28
3%
29
-0%
38.6
-34%
24.6
15%
30
-4%

* ... smaller is better

Heat development top (idle)
Heat development top (idle)
Heat development top (load)
Heat development top (load)
Heat development top (The Witcher 3)
Heat development top (The Witcher 3)
Heat development bottom (idle)
Heat development bottom (idle)
Heat development bottom (load)
Heat development bottom (load)
Heat development bottom (The Witcher 3)
Heat development bottom (The Witcher 3)

Speakers

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics
Speaker port
Speaker port

Dell has positioned the two speakers below the palm rest, which prevents a muffled sound on soft surfaces, since the speakers are pointed towards the user. We miss the use of a dedicated sub-woofer, causing a clear lack of bass and the mids and highs to dominate. At 68.5 dB(A), the maximum volume is not particularly high, yet it is sufficient. We did not notice any speaker noise in our test unit.

Using the Waves MaxxAudio Pro software, you can adjust the speakers a little more to your own needs. We liked the simple recording tool. However there was quite a lot of noise in the recording, which is a negative point for video recordings. The offered quality is sufficient for video-calling such as skyping. For external speakers, the Dell G5 15 5587 offers a 3.5-mm port (audio/microphone port) on the right side.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.533.737.52539.434.139.43137.235.737.24039.630.539.65040.437.640.46340.828.740.88042.126.242.110043.12643.112544.826.744.816048.424.848.420052.823.652.825056.223.256.231557.622.657.640056.722.756.750060.52060.56306719.36780068.518.768.510006718.167125068.31868.3160068.517.968.5200066.31866.3250064.717.964.731506418.264400065.718.565.750006318.663630064.618.764.6800062.818.962.81000063.71963.71250061.919.161.91600057.119.457.1SPL77.83177.8N40.11.440.1median 63median 19median 63Delta4.71.94.734.935.337.134.234.232.33333.831.533.332.232.930.73130.131.428.639.52850.527.659.226.56426.66425.362.224.760.224.860.825.166.524.465.423.560.823.562.423.459.82365.723.267.322.968.222.965.722.861.322.759.322.756.822.750.422.640.735.876.42.539.7median 23.5median 60.826hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseDell G5 15 5587Asus FX503VM-EH73
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Dell G5 15 5587 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (68.54 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.5% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (12.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 19% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 72% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 8% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 90% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Asus FX503VM-EH73 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (68.21 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 47% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 23% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 70% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management - The Dell G5 is not suitable for gaming in battery mode

Power Consumption

180-watt power supply
180-watt power supply
180-watt power supply
180-watt power supply

The power consumption is very good for a gaming laptop. Without load, the device can manage on 4.9 – 9.1 watts. During maximum load, the power supply has to offer 144 watts. Even though this is the second-highest value here, the offered performance puts this consumption into perspective. Our measurements show 90.8 watts during average load. At 110 watts, this becomes a little more during gaming, which is due to the graphics card.

In addition, the slightly higher power consumption is also due to the Intel Core i5-8300H which can draw up to 78 watts for short periods. The 180-watt power supply still does not hit its limits and is sized sufficiently.

Note:

Only the Dell G5 15 5000 with the GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q is sold with a 180-watt power supply. The devices with other graphics adapters only offer a 130-watt power supply, which is sufficient due to the lower TDP.

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