Powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H CPU and Radeon RX 5600M GPU, the Dell G5 15 Special Edition can offer GeForce RTX 2060-level gaming performance for the price of a typical GeForce GTX 1650 Ti laptop.
While AMD has been hitting it out of the park with its family of mobile Ryzen CPUs, its family of discrete mobile Radeon GPUs is a completely different story. Nvidia is still the runaway king in this segment with seemingly more than 9 out of 10 gaming laptops shipping with Nvidia GPUs instead of Radeon GPUs.
One of the very few gaming laptops to ship this year with both an AMD CPU and AMD GPU was the 15.6-inch Dell G5 15 SE. Unlike the all-AMD MSI Alpha or Bravo series, the Dell system happens to support AMD SmartShift to squeeze even more performance out of the hardware involved. This particular system is now on sale at Best Buy for $900 USD down from the original launch price of $1100 to $1200 USD.
The deal is notable because the AMD laptop is able to offer a performance level similar to popular Core i7 and GeForce RTX 2060 solutions which usually retail for around $1100 and up. It even comes with a 144 Hz high refresh rate display instead of a baseline 60 Hz one.
A key drawback to the sale is that the Dell configuration in question comes with just 8 GB of RAM. Fortunately, this is expandable as detailed in our full review of the system.
If you’re gaming on a budget and want GeForce RTX 2060-level graphics at GTX 1650-level prices, then the current Dell G5 15 SE deal may be worth a look. It won’t carry any hardware-accelerated RT features, but that’s a small price to pay at this level and price range.
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Allen Ngo, 2020-11- 4 (Update: 2020-11- 4)