Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: G5 15 (2020)
Laptop announced date: 1st May 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
If you adjust the spec you are looking at on a gaming laptop, the price hikes up and makes it harder to judge price to performance. Today's Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop review is going to give us all a good sense of these sorts of values. We will take a look at what sort of performance you can expect the Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
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Is the Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Ok
Processor - This laptop processor runs some 2021 game releases, making it an OK CPU choice for gamers, but it will very soon struggle with meeting some of the bigger system requirements that future game releases will expect. Modern AAA gaming uses CPU cores for simultaneous processing activities and increases game performance. The processor we find in the laptop here has 4 cores. This is a good number of cores for modern gaming.
Graphics Card - The graphics card we find in this laptop is a good option for modern AAA game releases in 2021. This GPU has 6GB VRAM, which is a good amount for AAA gaming but you could find other modern GPU’s that provide more.
System Memory - A good amount of RAM for gamers, this laptop has 8GB and is capable of running plenty of new release titles during the 2021 gaming year.
Screen Size - This laptop screen size is capable of meeting 2021 gaming, making it a step closer to being a good laptop for gamers. Larger laptop screens normally equal less squinting at on screen text, providing the resolution is set inline with the screens native pixel count. We normally look to the 17 inch panels for focused gaming laptops, but this 15.6" screen is the most common and popular in the market, due to portability versus viewability. In our minds, if you have a smaller 1.5Kg or larger 3.5Kg laptop with you, it's always going to be a lump to transport. And so for a gaming laptop we would rather see the games more clearly on a larger 17inch screen, upon arriving at a destination, rather than compromise a game’s experience. But for some it will be the other way around. Fortunately there will be something for everyone in the laptop marketplace.
Refresh Rate - If you want a gaming laptop then aim for a refresh rate that is more than 60Hz. If you don't clearly see the advertised laptops screen refresh rate then assume it is 60Hz. This would mean that the laptop will be capped at 60FPS when running games. The higher the refresh rate and the FPS then the smoother the game plays as it delivers more images a second to your screen and makes movement feel more responsive in game. The top panel refresh rate for this laptop is 60Hz which is ok but not really your first choice, if you want a good gaming laptop. Look for panels that we mark as good or excellent if you think this laptop hardware can get higher than 60FPS on most modern games.
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop
The big one in any gaming PC is making sure the graphics card is up to the task of modern gaming. And this is of course the same for choosing the right gaming laptop as well. Therefore we will be considering this laptop’s hardware in relation to its overall price and how well it could run modern demanding or popular games like God of War 2018, Far Cry 6 and God of War: Ragnarok. This is done in relation to its native 1080p resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. A first point of reference is seeing how many the mobile gpu, a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile found in this laptop, can run of today's 500 most demanding games. In particular it would seem that it can currently run 277 at recommended graphics requirements and then 489 games at their min specs.
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Comparing Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop review by giving every laptop a relative price to performance rating. This rating, for all laptops, will adjust over time and keep the data in this review relevant to today's expectations and inline with ever increasing game demands of modern AAA laptop gaming.
P2P rating of 9.4 today the Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. There look to be a number of G5 15 (2020) versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 3rd in the Price to Performance order. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position represents the better value laptop from a purely gaming performance and price tag perspective.
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|Processor||Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2933MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1329.99||5%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1379.99||3%|
|i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$919.99||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1479.99||3%|
|i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$839.99||3%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,998.99||43%|
Now let's look at where this laptop sits compared to all other laptops, including those outside of the G5 15 (2020) range. It currently offers 55% worse rating when comparing its price to performance rating against the best laptop available today for price to performance, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which currently costs $999. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our G5 15 (2020) laptop against the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets 35% worse rating against it for price to performance. The other laptop does currently have a listed price of $1049 to consider.
How does the Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
To get a good comparison when considering how well this laptop performs in terms of processing power, we will compare it to today’s most powerful CPU focused laptop. This will at least show us what other sorts of processor-centric laptops exist and give us a relative point of laptop processor cost comparison. We have chosen our comparison CPU focused laptop today as the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, which comes armed with the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz laptop CPU. This top tier CPU is currently delivering 120% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz.
Interestingly we can see 0 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s CPU performance capability. This is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games around today. For minimum system requirements in this same area the number is 431 games are worse than our cpu performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
Games these days have a range of processor requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop CPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, God of War 2018 and our laptop processor gets 13% worse performance rating. Next we have Far Cry 6 where our CPU gets 48% worse performance and finally another popular title at the moment is God of War: Ragnarok, which has a performance difference of : 4% better, when put against our laptop’s Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz.
How does the Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
We may well be looking for a GPU centric laptop, and if that’s the case then let's see how this G5 15 (2020) mobile pc competes with a top GPU performance laptop that is available today. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. This showcases one of the laptops for the current cheapest price, while still housing one of the most powerful laptop GPUs. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB graphics card slotted inside it, which can deliver 67% better performance when compared to our GPU, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile from our review laptop.
Our laptop GPU beats 277 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 489 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile compared against recommended graphics requirements for God of War 2018 delivers 10% better performance while against Far Cry 6 it’s 23% worse and finally compared to God of War: Ragnarok it has a performance difference : 3% better.
The Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
If you are looking for future proof laptops it doesnt take long before people are exploring the 4K panel laptops, but are they really the right choice or should you be focusing on a top end laptop that has the hardware to deliver 1080p gaming. The Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2’s 15.6" physical panel produces a native 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall. A 4K panel laptop is often restricted to 60Hz. This means that even if you did have the hardware inside your laptop to run a game at 4K, you wouldnt be able to get more than 60 FPS. Most laptop hardware, and desktop hardware for that matter, is not capable of 4K ultra graphics on modern games. What refresh rate does the Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 panel have available? It can be picked up with the following 60Hz refresh rates.
So a quick lowering of a AAA game’s screen resolution, from a native 4K laptop panel down to either 1080p or perhaps 1440p would increase the frame rate. And thus improve the stability of your gameplay. But a laptop display panel has a fixed number of pixels. Moving away from that exact number of pixels in a game lowers the definition quality of the graphics in the game. Making the experience sub par and if you do this often, then this seriously puts into question your choice for a 4K gaming laptop. If your laptop has hardware to deliver 4K you dont need the laptop to have a 4K display to enjoy modern gaming in this way. Just plug your laptop into a 4K desktop monitor, that will likely not have the 60Hz of most 4K laptop panels.
The primary 4K use would most likely be streaming movie and TV content at that resolution, assuming you have access to these services in 4K. At which point perhaps its enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop..
As you can probably gather from the information above, its probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
Incidentally our research shows the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS as our best priced 1440p monitor today. This monitor has a 75Hz refresh rate and a price tag at the moment of $311.99. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $229.99, which we recorded on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
If you wanted to pick up a 4K desktop monitor to go alongside this laptop then the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz looks well priced right now. At $618 it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. During these past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $618. Once we spot a monitor we like we start price tracking it. The lowest tracked price we have for this monitor was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where it was seen at $549.99.
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The primary use we can think of is for streaming 4K movie and TV content, assuming you have access to these services. If this is your primary use for the laptop, rather than gaming then it certainly might be worth considering this.
As you can probably gather from the information above, it's probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop
A mouse that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Of the mice we price track, it is one of the best valued mice today and currently priced at $12.99. Today's best value and good quality mouse has enjoyed a price reduction of $32.26, and provides another reason for us to suggest it to compliment this laptop. To give some extra insight into this mouse, we had it price tracked on 15th Aug 2020, where it was at its lowest price of $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||IBats X8 gray 9 Btns||$12.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$49.29|
Of our regular price tracked gaming headset the best value headset today is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. With its a current price of $36.99 it should work well with this Dell G5 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it priced at $34.99.