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Strangely, the Dell G7 15 with GTX 1060 is currently less expensive than the GTX 1050 Ti option

Strangely, the Dell G7 15 with GTX 1060 is currently less expensive than the GTX 1050 Ti option (Source: Dell)
Strangely, the Dell G7 15 with GTX 1060 is currently less expensive than the GTX 1050 Ti option (Source: Dell)
Laptops with the GeForce GTX 1060 will always be more expensive than the same model with the slower GeForce GTX 1050. Price mistake or not, the Dell G7 15 with the GTX 1060 Max-Q is suddenly cheaper than the GTX 1050 Ti option. The sale extends across the entire G5 lineup, but the price cut is steeper on the GTX 1060 Max-Q SKU for one reason or another.

The Dell G series of budget-mainstream gaming laptops spans two different screen sizes (15.6-inch and 17.3-inch) with seemingly every possible permutation of the Core i5-8300H, Core i7-8750H, GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, and GTX 1060 Max-Q. With so many combinations to choose from, there is bound to be a configuration or two worth keeping an eye on.

One particular SKU is the G7 15 with the Core i7-8750H CPU, GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU, and 256 GB SSD for $980 as of this writing. The price point is notable because it is actually $20 less expensive than the same SKU with the slower GTX 1050 Ti and 1 TB HDD. Users would be insane to pay more for the slower option especially when the chassis, CPU, RAM, and external features are all identical. The GTX 1060 Max-Q is significantly faster than the GTX 1050 Ti by roughly 40 to 50 percent as shown by our examples below.

It's definitely uncommon to see an indubitably faster SKU sell for less than a slower configuration when all else is equal. It could simply be a price mistake in the current sale or a clever ploy by Dell to sell more of its GTX 1060 Max-Q systems. Either way, there is absolutely no reason to buy the $1000 G7 15 with GTX 1050 Ti when the GTX 1060 Max-Q option is objectively faster and cheaper at this moment.

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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
14180 Points ∼28%
Schenker XMG A707 Coffee Lake
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
9332 Points ∼18%
3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
11315 Points ∼28%
Schenker XMG A707 Coffee Lake
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
7695 Points ∼19%

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Allen Ngo, 2018-08- 3 (Update: 2018-08- 4)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.