AMD has just introduced its new Ryzen 7 4000H-series mobile APUs as well as the Radeon RX 5600M GPUs and Dell is among the first companies to use both it its new high-performance gaming notebook. Given its ingredients, Dell’s G5 15 Special Edition Ryzen promises to be one of the most powerful gaming laptop in its class this spring.

The flagship configuration of the Dell G5 15 Special Edition Ryzen will incorporate AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H CPU with eight Zen 2 cores clocked at 2.9 – 4.2 GHz and integrated graphics as well as AMD’s Radeon RX 5600M discrete GPU (Navi architecture), which promise to deliver desktop-class performance in games. Like other AMD Ryzen 7 4000H-based laptops, the Dell G5 15 SE uses AMD’s SmartShift technology to dynamically shift power between the CPU and the GPU for additional performance. Meanwhile, the PC comes with the Alienware Command Center software that allows users to tweak performance and customize gaming profiles. Furthermore, the machine has a serious cooling system with multiple air inlets to help keep low thermals and ensure stable and consistent operation.

To experience all the performance and capabilities that AMD’s latest CPU and GPU have to offer, Dell equipped its G5 15 SE with a 15.6-inch Full-HD panel with a variable refresh rate of up to 144 Hz supported by the FreeSync technology, which should pair up very well with the targetted GPU class. Furthermore, the system comes equipped with an audio subsystem enhanced with Nahimic 3D Audio software. Last but not least, the laptop has a gaming keyboard with highlighted WASD keys as well as a numpad.

In a bid to enable gamers to store as many titles as possible locally, the Dell G5 15 Special Edition Ryzen comes with an up to 1 TB SSD as well as a 2 TB 5400 RPM hard drive. In addition, expect the system to feature loads of DDR4 RAM. As for I/O, the system features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GbE, USB-A, USB-C, mDP, HDMI, SD card reader, a 3.5-mm audio jack, and a webcam with IR sensors.

Dell will make its G5 15 Special Edition Ryzen gaming laptop available in early April. Entry-level configurations presumably based on the Ryzen 5 4600H (six Zen 2 cores) with an integrated Radeon GPU (384 SPs) will cost $799, whereas other machines will naturally be more expensive.

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  • Irata - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Sounds nice, but a Dell system with an AMD CPU ?

    I'd probably be constantly wondering what they did to gimp it
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  • olde94 - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    what? Reply
  • Irata - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Just have a look at Notebook check's review of the Dell Inspiron 15 5575 (Ryzen 2200u).

    The review's summary is: "Dell has equipped its 5000 series with a heavily-throttled Ryzen 3 chip, a dark, low-contrast screen and a storage device that clicks annoyingly. Was this clumsiness or intention?"

    And the verdict:

    "Acer has already shown us how to create a good office all-rounder that can keep up with current Intel chips and even trumped them during occasional gaming with Ryzen 3. Dell, unfortunately, has decided to take a different path, which, we believe, led the manufacturer to an unsuccessful implementation of Ryzen 3. The APU throttles so heavily that it cannot even get close to its turbo clock rates. Therefore, the processor, application and games benchmarks are disappointing - and the clicking hard drive is the last straw. Dell has not done the AMD Ryzen a favor with this laptop - unlike Acer with its Aspire 3 A315-41."
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  • Irata - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Don't get me wrong, I'd love for Dell's AMD gaming laptop to be good, it's just that so far Dell is not the OEM that you'd associate with good AMD based products. Maybe this has changed - we'll see. Reply
  • dboris - Friday, January 10, 2020 - link

    You realise that previous mobile chips were based on older AMD tech, and that those new CPU are better than intel in thermal efficiency, right?
    It's not about judging how Dell integrates better AMD than intel, it's about how those CPU are able to perform under thermal constrain.
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  • Irata - Sunday, January 12, 2020 - link

    But if everyone else integrated that APU better than Dell, that says something about them, doesn't it. The review specifically quotes the Acer Laptop with the same APU that gets 30% (or so) better performance.
    The Dell model was poorly configured with bottom end parts, but wasn't a bargain either.
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  • deksman2 - Friday, February 21, 2020 - link

    But, this IS about judging how Dell Integrates AMD and how they integrate Intel APU's.
    Its been noted from previous reviews that Dell artificially constrained an already constrained mobile APU.
    It was Dell's responsibility to build cooling which was capable of handling the APU and hw in question. Simple answer is, they chose not to.

    I do hope they produce a far better option this time around.

    Acer does better implementation of AMD hw with proper cooling, but their product support is rather lacking (they usually discontinue support about 6 months after releasing a product) and their BIOS is really outdated.

    I loved the Acer Helios 500 PH517-61 though (Ryzen 2700 and Vega 56). Really efficient, dead silent (even at full load temps were around 65 degrees C for the CPU and GPU - that essentially beat MANY desktops), however, Acer did make a few mistakes with it: outdated BIOS interface and severely locked down at that... no new relevant BIOS updates.
    Acer also made a B450 mobo with 4 RAM slots... two of which were directly underneat the kb and populated them with 2x8GB 2400MhZ (slow) RAM.
    It was impossible to reach the RAM slots in question to swap out for more RAM unfortunately without completely disassembling the unit.

    I wouldn't mind an Acer Zen 2 laptop which is powerful, but they need to introduce a better BIOS, sensible RAM implementation (all RAM slots on easily accessible side with the rest of the hw, such as the CPU/GPU, SSD, HDD, etc) and not discontinue product support after only 6 months.

    That was a monster laptop with respectable performance. Acer did drop the ball with it.
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  • jgraham11 - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Yep, mechanical HDs... Reply
  • qlum - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    at least those can easily be replaced and are pretty much dispoable in my opinion. Reply
  • Cliff34 - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - link

    Love to see how it performs compared to Ice Lake. Reply

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