Laptop announced date: 3rd September 2020
Last reviewed: 18th August 2020
Welcome to our Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 performance to price review. We know its hard trying to find a way of knowing which new laptop makes the most sense. When speccing out a new laptop, as soon as you adjust a component the price jumps up and the performance gain from that component leaves you uncertain if that is worth it. We will be addressing exactly that here today. We will also be looking at how well this Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop can run today’s modern demanding games
Is the Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Ok
Processor - This laptop is OK for its processor. It is able to run some modern titles still but as we get through 2021 the future AAA games next year may start to cause this CPU to struggle. 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 - A good graphics card for gamers, capable of running titles during this 2021 gaming year. The GPU in this laptop comes with 6GB of VRAM. This is a good amount for today’s AAA games.
System Memory - The 16GB is an excellent amount of system memory for modern gaming in 2021.
Screen Size - The screen on this laptop is certainly a good option for game releases in 2021, but there is room for better, should your budget allow. But sometimes larger than this 15.6" is too big and this is definitely a good, portable option for some gamers. We would normally be aiming for 17 inch panels for a good gaming laptop dimension. However, they are heavier and bigger, so it really depends on how portable you want your laptop.
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. 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.
Getting the right graphics card for this mobile gaming machine will be one of our key focuses. As we know it can be tricky to break this down, but we will be looking at how this laptop hardware can run across demanding and popular modern games and therefore how well the price of the machine stacks up against other gaming laptops. A few of the modern demanding or popular games we will be looking at will be, Grand Theft Auto VI, Battlefield 6 and Resident Evil 8. Seeing how these games run on the laptops native 1080p resolution at ultra will certainly give us something tangible to consider and compare from. 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 309 at recommended graphics requirements and then 489 games at their min specs.
During your research for your next laptop, you have probably seen that the laptops reviewed are often the top permutation of the range and even then they were reviewed some time back against games that were released around the time of the review. Today we will be working to provide an up to date value assessment on this Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 hardware performance against today’s games and then consider how it compares to all other laptops and how it sits within its own G3 15 (2020) range.
This laptop gets a 10 for P2P. Looking at how this configuration of the G3 15 (2020) laptop compares against other laptops within its range we can see it currently is placed at the 2nd spot. Those laptops that are closer to the top 1st place of the model range are considered better gaming laptops regarding performance and laptop price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2933MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 120Hz
Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1099.99||3%|
|i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$989.99||0%|
|i5-10300H GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$789.99||19%|
|i5-10300H GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$749.99||22%|
Looking outside of this range lets us compare the Price to Performance rating of the very best laptops we have listed. Today's top laptop model for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and the price we have for it is $999.00. Our Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop’s price to performance is 26% worse when comparing it with the top laptop, purely on a performance for money basis, and as we know lots of things go into our decision when choosing the right laptop for us. The 2nd best model for Price to Performance ratings today is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. It’s price is listed as $853.00. Comparing our G3 15 (2020) laptop on its P2P shows our review model to have 19% worse Price to Performance score when compared against the 2nd best laptop range for P2P.
As a point of benchmark lets see how well our laptop looks when directly compared on processing performance against the top CPU focused laptop currently available. Selecting todays ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop, we will use its mighty Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz to compare against our Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz processor from our review laptop. We can see that the top end CPU currently delivers 134% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz.
A snapshot today of performance for our processor, we can currently see it beating 0 of the 500 most demanding games available right now. This is considering their recommended system requirements. For a the top 500 Minimum system specs this is 443 games.
Let's take a look and see how well our Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended CPU specs for Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop is 48% worse, and compared to Battlefield 6 it is 34% worse , where as against Resident Evil 8 it delivers 66% worse performance.
Wondering how strong this laptop is in the GPU department, then let's have a look at it compared to one of the current best GPU performing laptops available today and this should show us the relative graphics performance of our review model. Today’s Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz comes with one of the more powerful laptop graphics solutions available for game crunching at the moment, making it a good one to compare against our review laptops GPU. We will use its GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile to compare against our GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile card. The top end laptop’s GPU currently delivers 73% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile.
Our laptop’s GPU can currently run 309 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended Graphics Card requirements. This figure is 489 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile.
Some of the most popular games today are really the primary benchmark for any laptop’s ability, so we thought we should compare our laptop GPU GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile against Grand Theft Auto VI. This video card performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 28% worse performance against the game’s recommended GPU system requirements. Then we have Battlefield 6 and our laptop was 18% worse in graphics performance and another popular title today is Resident Evil 8 which we saw our review laptop get 18% worse compared to our laptop gpu.
This Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop has a 15.6" physical screen size and displays 1920 pixel by 1080 pixels tall native 1080p resolution. Is this 1080p laptop good for your needs though or should you instead be looking to buy a 4K screen mobile PC rather than this? 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. It’s worth noting that the Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 panel is available with the following panel refresh rates 120Hz.
Dropping a game’s resolution down from the laptop’s native 4K resolution to a more sustainable 1080p or maybe 1440p, would certainly deliver extra frames and improve stability. So there is always that option if the experience is unplayable due to low frame rates. But know that this action comes at a price. Dropping from a monitor or laptop panel’s native resolution immediately reduces in-game visual definition across all the game’s graphics. It basically makes the game look blurry. Not an ideal situation if you just bought your new 4K gaming laptop. The 1080p laptop could run games you love at 4K resolution, with a few tweaks to the graphics settings? In this situation you can always plug the gaming laptop 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.
Possibly a suitable purpose for a 4K laptop would be if you were keen to watch 4K streaming services like Netflix. At which point perhaps it's enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop?
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 priced 1440p gaming monitor, to work nicely with our Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is priced at $307.73 and has a refresh rate of 75Hz. We like to price track our favourite laptop hardware and peripherals. And as a point of note the lowest tracked price for this 1440p monitor was recorded on 9th Mar 2021, which was priced at $229.99.
Perhaps you could grab something like the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz 4K gaming monitor we have spotted today. It is our current best priced 4K monitor at $629.99 with a 144Hz refresh rate. We have noticed that this 4K monitor has raised its price by $580 recently. And while it is a good 4K monitor even at this current price, it could probably be found for a bit cheaper. Interestingly we spotted this 4k monitor at its lowest recorded price on 13th Nov 2020, where it was priced up as $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
However, you could be after watching 4K streaming content on your laptop, while on the move. Then perhaps the 17inch laptop screen and 4K resolution is going to net a more enjoyable experience than a 1080p alternative.
For now in the laptop space, it looks best to stick with 1080p panels. This way your laptop’s physical size remains practical and portable, 17inch laptops are plenty big enough. And at the moment you will still have to lower game resolutions down from 4K, on the bigger hitting AAA titles, that would then get playable, but sub par visuals and you would still hit the 60FPS cap if your hardware could go beyond 60FPS.
We price track a number of good value gaming mice and the one that currently stands out is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which is currently available for $12.99. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $37, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for this laptop. Our lowest price tracked for this mouse was marked down at $11.99, which we spotted on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.22|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$59.99|
You could pick up a headset to go with the Dell G3 15 (2020) i5-10300H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which today is $39.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.