Dell G5 15 SE with AMD Ryzen 7 4800H records above 100 °C average CPU temperatures leaving the Asus TUF Gaming A15 as the better Ryzen 4000 gaming laptop option
Concerns about the heat development of the all-AMD Dell G5 15 Special Edition gaming laptop have already been raised, and now a new video from Jarrod’sTech has pointed out disconcerting thermal behavior in regard to the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H APU at the heart of the machine. With the Dell G5 15 SE running in high-performance mode an average CPU temperature of 103 °C was measured. In combination with a cooling pad, still in high-performance mode, an average temperature of 102 °C was recorded. This latter figure was also reported for stock performance.
The video from Jarrod’sTech explores the cooling solution of the Dell G5 15 SE (5505) and opines that both the dust filter mesh on the inside of the base and the way the screen is attached to the base could contribute to potential heat issues. For instance, there are no side vents for hot air to escape from on the Dell G5, so the cooling system relies on the two vents on the rear, which seem to become partially obstructed at times when moving the screen. There is a possible software issue as well in regard to thermal profiles, which would allow a user to change the fan behavior. This appears to be unavailable with the new Ryzen 4000 Dell G5.
Once again, the center of the keyboard was measured at over 50 °C, which could feel too warm for users who have to engage in long typing sessions. It’s possible, as suggested in the video, that changing the thermal paste could help with the cooling solution, and it doesn’t appear to be the fault of the AMD SmartShift technology or the Radeon RX 5600M that the Dell G5 15 SE runs hot. But there isn’t a user around who wants their brand-new gaming laptop running constantly at such critical thermal levels that it threatens the lifespan of the APU/CPU inside it.
The further issue for Dell here is that Asus has used the same processor, the Ryzen 7 4800H, in its new TUF Gaming A15 laptop to apparent better effect. The latter machine has been recorded with stress test heat measurements of 90 °C before throttling occurs to bring the temperature down. The TDP of the Ryzen 7 4800H is configurable (35-54 W; default 45 W), so it’s possible Dell is utilizing a higher TDP in the G5 15 SE. Asus appears to have been very aggressive with its cooling solution for the TUF Gaming A15 though, which will please those expecting some longevity out of their gaming laptop. We will run our own thorough tests on the Dell G5 15 SE as soon as a review unit is made available.