Dell Unveils G5 Gaming Desktop: Starting at $629by Anton Shilov on August 19, 2019 6:00 PM EST
Historically, Dell has addressed the market for higher-end gaming desktops with their Alienware-branded machines, which are frequently built around unlocked CPUs as well as advanced graphics cards. Meanwhile, for those who wanted Dell-branded gaming PCs without the Alienware premium, the company has offered their custom-built Inspiron as well as XPS-branded machines; though there's a large gap between the premium XPS and basic Inspiron as well. So, looking to bridge the gap between their machines and produce a line of gaming-centric yet still reasonably affordable desktops, at this year's Gamescom the company is introducing its first ever Dell G-series desktops. Taking their name from Dell's popular G5 gaming laptops – which are intended to fill much the same role on the laptop side – these new machines are intended to be Dell's gaming-focused desktops for the wider market.
The Dell G5 desktop (model 5090) is based on Intel’s 9th Generation Core processors and is paired with AMD’s Radeon RX 5700-series or NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or RTX 2000-series graphics cards. In its top-of-the-range configuration, the Dell G5 can pack Intel’s Core i9-9900K processor, NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, 64 GB of DDR4-2666 memory, a 1 TB M.2 PCIe SSD, a 2 TB hard drive (or two of them), a Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 network card, Gigabit Ethernet, and so on.
Dell emphasizes that its compact G5 desktop is completely user-upgradeable, so owners will be able to easily install a new graphics card or upgrade to more storage when they need to. Meanwhile, since the machine uses a motherboard based on Intel’s H370 chipset, it does not support CPU overclocking, unlike Alienware-branded computers. The lack of overclocking support also means that Dell can stick with a (relatively) conservative 480 Watt power supply for the system, as there's no need for a bunch of overclocking headroom in the power delivery design. Overall, this is enough for a 9900K CPU paired up with one of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080 video cards, but is likely a factor in why we don't see an RTX 2080 Ti here.
Unlike many gaming desktops these days, Dell’s G5 will not come with liquid cooling, but will rely on proven air cooling systems with heat pipes. Keeping in mind that CPU overclocking is not supported by the platform, air cooling should be plenty sufficient. Meanwhile, those who would like CPU and GPU to at least hit their maximum boost clocks more often can set appropriate thermal profiles in the Alienware Command Center software.
Dell’s G5 desktops will be available starting August 19. Prices will start at $629, with more advanced configurations coming in at higher prices.
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stephenbrooks - Monday, August 19, 2019 - linkA reasonably priced PC that can play games... has the world become SANE?
FreckledTrout - Monday, August 19, 2019 - linkNope. Intel is having to compete for the first time in over a decade.
imaheadcase - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - linkWhat are you on about? The have traditionally been Intel systems from Dell gaming setups. lol
AdditionalPylons - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - linkI assume he refers to the fact that Intel now delivers better value because the competition from AMD has increased dramatically.
willis936 - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - linkIf that truly is the case I wonder what world they're living in.
Phynaz - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - linkHow’s that? Intel hasn’t changed prices.
Samus - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - linkThey've been forced to update their product stack across the board to deliver more cores for the same money. Coffee Lake alone resulted in nearly a DOUBLE (that is 100%) performance increase in multithreaded tasks on just their ultra mobile SKUs.
This would have never happened if the eminent threat from AMD wasn't.
RaistlinZ - Monday, August 19, 2019 - linkWe'll have to wait and see. It says the systems will "start" at $629.99. The lowest spec CPU listed is an i3-9100 and lowest GPU is an RX560X. If that's what you get for $629.99 then it's grossly overpriced, unless a nice monitor is included.
kpb321 - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - linkYou forgot to include that's apparently 8gb of memory in single channel mode and with a 1tb HD or 256gb SSD for storage (not sure which one will be the base option there) and a 360W power supply. Not to mention upgrading the $100 video card to the $275 video card will cost you $300 for the upgrade and might require also spending +$100 for the upgraded PS making the total upgrade another $400.
eek2121 - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - linkAlso a Windows 10 license for the 10% who don't already have one.