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jetfire33 wrote: It seems pretty widespread in the budget gaming laptop world. Jarrod on YouTube has this chart of the ones he has measured. The Dell G15 screen is in red as it is from that latest review.


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You've got to get more than halfway up that list and hit the first 165hz screen to get under 7ms average response time, though there are 2 144hz screens above that getting sub-7ms.
So in other words it's not just this laptop, and a lot of the times the "moar hurtz" numbers are just a scam/fluff.
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I have an MSI GL75 (i7-9750h, 1660 ti, 16gb ram, 144hz)... I got it at around this price (1100-1200 $).

For the components/power you can't really find anything cheaper on today's market. The screen bleeds quite a lot, but isn't really noticeable once you're using it regularly. The screen can barely be opened with one hand as it's so flexible and sensitive, I would probably break it if I tried opening it on the side.

It runs hot under load (around 75-80 max) but works well with most coolers.

All of that being said, it's a beast and runs anything I throw at it without struggle. The fans can be loud, which can get annoying. There's a turbo fan mode that works amazingly to cool it off, but it sounds like a jet engine.

If you're really really really gentle and careful with your electronics, I don't see why this laptop wouldn't please you.
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When you're buying a gaming laptop it's worth putting in a bit more money to get some quality. This aint it imo
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jetfire33 wrote: It seems pretty widespread in the budget gaming laptop world. Jarrod on YouTube has this chart of the ones he has measured. The Dell G15 screen is in red as it is from that latest review.


Screenshot_20210906-214723_YouTube.jpg


You've got to get more than halfway up that list and hit the first 165hz screen to get under 7ms average response time, though there are 2 144hz screens above that getting sub-7ms.
This is another reason why I've long maintained that the gaming laptop space is a trap. Unless you're willing to leave it primarily docked or shell out $2k+, you're not going to get to enjoy what is being advertised.
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shuffle wrote: He's definitely not wrong. Lame-o 3080's with 2 cheap fans. Don't buy Dell cards unless you want crazy temps and unreliability.
He is wrong.. even the video he posted for proof is saying the opposite of what he posted. The reviewer is saying positive things about dell cards and their temps.

You do not need more than 2 fans on a gpu, that isn't the major factor in cooling.

Every single 3080 card runs ridiculously hot (as do 3070ti, 3080ti and 3090).

This is not a dell related issue.
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jetfire33 wrote: I've been on a hunt for a low cost gaming laptop and this one has been in my top 4. From what I can tell, I believe the screen - while 144hz - has low color match (like half SRGB) and a poor response time in the 20's (ms). That said, I also found conflicting info that says this year's screen is better, at least in terms of sRGB (70% one YouTuber said). So it could be a good screen, could be a bit poor in color match and for ghosting (response time over 8ms means ghosting).

Not the end of the world, and there is no cheaper way to get a laptop 3060 I know of. But going with a $1350 ($1499 - 10% newsletter sign-up coupon) Dell G15 with a Ryzen 5 5600h and RTX 3060 you get:
- a faster CPU (by some benchmarks, other benchmarks disagree... its confusing)
- a 165hz 100% sRGB screen with a sub-8 ms response time
-16 gb RAM
- the 3060 at 110watts, boosting to 125watts

Which is a lot of improvement for $150 more.

So I remain waffling...

(Note that the $1499.99 Ryzen Dell G15 I describe above is temporarily sold out as I type this tho)
airbreather134 wrote: 3060 on laptops actually perform similarly compared to 3060 on desktops
laptop version has 3840 cuda cores while desktop version has 3584
so if the 3060 are given full power on laptop(like the G15 with 5800H), it actually performs better than 3060 desktop
although desktop version has 12G ram, it wont affect that much

it is the only exception that laptop graphic card performs similar to it's desktop version.
Thanks for this, you two. I pulled the trigger. Only downside is that it doesn't ship until Oct.

Sending back the [imo] garbage Lenovo Legion that I got from their (unauthorised?!) lenovocanada ebay store.
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unshavenyak wrote: This is another reason why I've long maintained that the gaming laptop space is a trap. Unless you're willing to leave it primarily docked or shell out $2k+, you're not going to get to enjoy what is being advertised.
Funny thing is that I've got a Dell G15 with the Ryzen 5 5600h CPU and RTX 3050 on order for late Sept delivery to pretty much use it as a desktop. Why? Because I cannot build nor buy a desktop that can game as well for the same as I paid for the G15. I even already have a case, 500w power supply, and a 2.5" 512gb SSD already and can't get the rest of the parts cheap enough to perform as well as this laptop does in modern games (as real-world verified by YouTubers).

I ordered this G15 with a 10% off coupon and 15% Rakuten cash back (and I was fortunate and did indeed get my cash back deposited to my account) so it came to $741 before tax.

I can get a 10th gen i5-10600k, non-OCing motherboard, 8gb RAM, an ok CPU cooler, and an ok Wifi AC adapter for about $490 before tax. That leaves me $250 for a graphics card before it costs more than the G15, and $250 won't get me squat in graphics cards for the forseeable future. Though I actually recently jumped on a 1650 4gb card for $250 (will return it if I stick with the G15). So I can have an i5-10600k with a GTX 1650 desktop for almost exactly what the 5600h / RTX 3050 cost.

Here are some of the fps differences from YouTubers for the actual G15 5600h/3050 laptop vs a desktop with a GTX 1650:

Cyberpunk 2077, High settings: 55 fps avg for the G15, 33 avg for the 1650 system.

Red Dead 2: 55 fps at high settings for G15, ~47 fps at Medium settings for the 1650

Watchdogs 2 on high: 65 fps average for the G15, 53 fps average for the 1650

Through all the stats and videos I went through, the G15 5600h & 3050 always won over the 1650 desktop.

So I'm buying a gaming laptop to pretty much use as a gaming desktop, because it's better game performance for cheaper...

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