Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: G3 15 (2020)
Laptop announced date: 3rd September 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 G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 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 G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
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Is the Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - This portable Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz cpu, is OK and can play some 2021 games. Obviously you can make some graphics setting adjustments here and there to improve game performances. But over the coming months the processor will start to struggle against the higher game requirements that come around. The 4 cores found in this laptop’s processor is a good quantity for modern games. Helping minimise the chance of bottlenecked processes.
Graphics Card - This laptop’s GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile graphics solution is not up to modern 2021 AAA gaming. The GPU in this laptop comes with 4GB of VRAM. This is an OK amount of VRAM but even some of today’s newer games will struggle to run. If you are after a gaming machine then perhaps look around for another laptop with more VRAM.
System Memory - The RAM in this laptop is absolutely a good option for modern AAA game releases in 2021, but there is room for better, should your budget allow.
Screen Size - This laptop comes with a good screen size (15.6") which is certainly capable of viewing and playing 2021 titles. Larger screens can offer better in-game views, as often game HUDs and menus can take up a fair amount of a smaller laptop screen space and leave you squinting at the detail or text. A gaming laptop screen size, in our eyes, would be 17 inches. We would certainly consider the more portable 15inch, but value gaming viewability and user experience over the slightly improved portability with the smaller screen sizes. A bigger laptop means heavier and harder to move around but more screen space to view games with.
Refresh Rate - Gaming laptops might well be capable of getting high frames per second nowadays, but sometimes the laptop comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. This refresh rate is the number of times an image can be displayed by the screen. So if your graphics card and processor can get 100 FPS in most games, it will only ever be displayed by the laptop as 60FPS because of the refresh rate of 60Hz. Look for 120Hz on a good gaming laptop, or 144Hz on an excellent gaming laptop While considering that refresh rate info, we find a 120Hz refresh rate version of this laptop which would make for a good gaming laptop screen choice.
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop
Gamers looking at laptops will be needing to carefully consider the performance of the machine in relation to modern, often demanding, games. So getting the mobile graphics selected correctly is key to identifying the best price-to-performance laptop for you. We will take a look at the hardware and graphics card in this laptop in relation to how well it can deliver frame rates when running modern demanding or popular games like, Far Cry 6 or God of War 2018. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 1080p screen resolution. Now this comes with the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile installed as the mobile graphics card, and at the moment it is capable of running 312 games at their minimum graphics system specs and then running 0 recommended specs of today’s top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
As you have probably discovered during your research into buying your next gaming laptop, getting an up-to-date value assessment that enables you to compare a laptop’s hardware performance against today’s games is tricky. And especially so, when we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the G3 15 (2020) comes with. What we have done in this Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop review is give a price to performance rating to help standardise our comparisons.
The Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 gaming laptop is currently getting a 9.5 on our P2P rating out of 10. Higher is better and this figure will adjust as new hardware and prices shift over time This laptop’s configuration, when compared to its own G3 15 (2020) lineup, is currently placed at 3rd once we order it by the price to performance figure. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position is preferable.
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|Processor||Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2933MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 120Hz
Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1099.99||23%|
|i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$989.99||19%|
|i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$789.99||0%|
|i5-10300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$749.99||2%|
The best performing laptop for Price to Performance is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. So if we compare this Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs 50% worse on Price to Performance rating. Out of interest, the top P2P laptop currently has a recorded price of $999. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $1049. Our G3 15 (2020) laptop currently has 31% worse Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
How does the Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now the processing power is one of the primary areas that we will pay for in any PC and so let's see how our G3 15 (2020) laptop is when compared against CPU performance with a top CPU focused laptop thats available today. So the laptop we have chosen for its CPU performance is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, which comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor. That processor performs 120% better compared to our review laptop’s Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz.
Our laptop’s CPU can currently run 0 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended processor requirements. This figure is 431 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz.
Recommended processor requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop CPU to some popular games of today. First off there is God of War 2018 and our laptop CPU delivers 13% worse performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Forza Horizon 5 in which we see our laptop processor has 10% worse performance compared to the game's CPU specs. And then there is 48% worse performance when we put our laptop cpu against Far Cry 6 recommended specs.
How does the Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
A good comparison in terms of graphical power for our review model would be to compare it to one of the most powerful GPU focused laptop’s around today. This type of comparison can show us what another laptop, with a top end graphics hardware solution, can deliver and in turn provide us a relative point of laptop Graphics Card cost comparison. The GPU focused laptop we picked for our comparison is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. Its got one of the best graphics cards found in laptops at the moment, which is the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB. It delivers 118% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile.
Our laptop GPU beats 0 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 312 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
A game’s listed recommended GPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop graphics card. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop graphics. First off let's look at God of War 2018 which shows our laptop video card has 16% worse performance than it. How about Forza Horizon 5, where we see our GPU is 35% worse. Then there is 41% worse performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Far Cry 6.
The Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
The Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 has a physical 15.6" screen size and a fixed number of pixels in that screen of 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. So is it ok to go for a 1080p laptop like this one or should I be considering a 4K screen resolution laptop instead of this? Today’s 4K laptops normally have a 60Hz screen refresh rate which would mean that should the laptop’s hardware be capable of running a 4K game, it would be restricted to a cap of 60 frames per second. As game system requirements continue to push for more powerful hardware, the components in a laptop, and many desktops as well, are simply not capable of delivering playable frame rates at Ultra graphics settings and a 4K resolution. We can see 120Hz panel refresh rate versions of this laptop are available. The higher the better.
To get back some of those missing FPS on a AAA game we lower the game’s displayed screen resolution and get some stability in the game’s performance. This is usually a last resort for gamers though and not the sort of action taken by someone who has just shelled out for a new 4K laptop. Lowering down from a native 4K resolution, perhaps to 1080p or 1440p ups the game’s FPS but veering from the native 4K resolution leaves a game looking blurry. Definition of graphics drops and surely this puts forward the need to question someone’s choice for a 4K gaming laptop. The laptop has got 4K capable hardware? Well when you are not on the move, plug the laptop into a 144Hz or better desktop monitor that’s 28inches and comes with a 1440p or 4K resolution to enjoy modern gaming without FPS or size limits.
If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
An example of a well priced 1440p desktop monitor would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which has 75Hz and is currently available for $311.99. To help you get a bit more insight into the pricing trends of this 1440p monitor, we have price tracked this monitor and saw its lowest price recorded at $229.99, which was taken 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. This 4K monitor, during these past couple of weeks, has increased its price by $618. It’s still a solid purchase to accompany this laptop but it means you may find it for even cheaper at the moment, if you look around. Our 4k monitor price tracker recorded and marked its lowest price on 13th Nov 2020, it reached the lower price of $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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 G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop
A well priced gaming mouse at the moment, that will go nicely with the Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2, is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Today it is priced at $12.99. Over the past couple of weeks this mouse has dropped its price by $32.26, giving us extra confidence in matching it with today’s laptop as a good purchase. 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 G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.