Going all in on AMD: Dell G5 15 Special Edition Radeon RX 5600M Laptop Review

The AMD SmartShift edge. It’s not the quietest or best-looking gaming laptop out there, but $860 USD for GeForce RTX 2060-level graphics and Core i7-like performance is hard to argue with. The value of the all-AMD G5 15 Special Edition is impressive.

Had the Dell G5 15 Special Edition shipped with any ol’ Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU, it would have likely slipped past most readers’ radar. Instead, the system has carved a unique niche for itself by being the only laptop thus far to pair a 7 nm Ryzen 7 4800H CPU with a Radeon RX 5600M GPU. Furthermore, it is expected to be the only laptop in 2020 to integrate AMD SmartShift — the same performance-enhancing technology that’s set to appear on the Sony Playstation 5 but not the XBox Series X. Combine these interesting set of features with the reasonable $850 to $1200 USD price point and we can see why there’s so much hype regarding the performance of Dell’s latest affordable gaming laptop.

The SKU we have in review is a higher-end configuration equipped with the Ryzen 7 4800H CPU, 1080p144 display, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD for approximately $1250. Lesser SKUs are available with the Ryzen 5 4600H, 1080p60 display, and half the RAM and storage. The Radeon RX 5600M comes fixed on all options.

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