The US manufacturer Dell is best known for office computers. With the Inspiron G5, the Texans show that they can also build really fast gaming PCs.
With the Inspiron G5, Dell proves its competence for gaming PCs. It has a high speed when working and playing, although it remained pleasantly quiet and economical in normal operation. Unfortunately, the manufacturer saved on the memory equipment. With 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD, this is just under, but it can be expanded generously.
- Very high pace of work
- Very fast game speed
- Many retrofitting options
- Little memory
In their gaming PCs, manufacturers usually give names of monsters, predators, or warriors and aggressive styling with a lot of bling-bling. And what does Dell do? Leaves it with a rather sloping fine-rib on the front along with the glass pane on the side and then also calls the box “Inspiron” – like its good office computers. And understatement doesn’t hurt if the performance is right under the hood.
Inspiron G5: Plenty of model versions
Of the various variants of the Dell Inspiron G5, a medium-sized model entered the review: with a Core i7 processor and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. The cheapest Inspiron G5 starts with a Core i5 from about $1,000. On request, there are more lavishly equipped models with more memory and faster graphics.
A lot of speed, little memory
With eight computing cores and a 3 gigahertz clock frequency, the Core i7 makes good speed; The Dell just missed a very good mark in Office programs.
Even with performance-hungry software such as Photoshop or video editing programs, the PC really accelerates. A bit more speed would be possible with more RAM, but Dell only installs an 8 gigabyte (GB) module.
Advantage: When upgrading later, you do not have to remove this module, but add a second one. However, the processor can only deliver top speed with memory modules of the same design.
The SSD is also a bit small with just 477 GB. Because of the storage requirements of current games, things get tight quickly – but the Inspiron offers three bays for installing hard drives or SSDs with SATA connections as well as six fast USB 3.2 sockets for external drives.
There are two USB 2.0 sockets for gaming accessories such as a headset or gamepad; Keyboard and mouse are docked to two additional USB 2.0 sockets.
Passionate gamers plan a little extra budget for the input devices. Keyboard and mouse are included, but these are simple models for everyday office use.
As soft as butter in Full HD
The graphics card of the Dell is “only” a medium model from Nvidia, but fast enough for gaming in Full HD (1920×1080 pixels): With DirectX 11 games, it averaged 149 frames per second, while more complex DirectX 12 games were 73 frames per second included – that brings the top grade 1.0 in both cases.
Only at 4K with its 3840×2160 pixels does the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti slowly run out of breath. It still brings DirectX 11 games smoothly to the screen at 49 frames per second, but the power is no longer sufficient for DirectX 12 games in 4K. But overall, the GTX 1660 Ti in the Dell is hardly any slower than the GeForce RTX 2060 in many more expensive gaming PCs.
The Dell Inspiron G5 has plenty of USB sockets: there are four fast USB 3.2 sockets and two USB 2.0 sockets for the keyboard and mouse on the back.
Remains quiet and economical
Numerous gaming PCs are not only expensive but also loud. The Dell is quite reluctant: In normal operation (0.4 sones) it should hardly be audible when it is under the desk, as is usual for tower cases. The fans turn up during full load and games, but the volume remained tolerable with 3.4 sones. When players wear a headset, they no longer hear much from the fans and are more likely to enjoy the low power consumption. Check out the price of the product by using the link below:
Review conclusion: Dell Inspiron G5
With the Inspiron G5, Dell proves its competence for gaming PCs. The G5 offered a high speed for working and playing, although it remained pleasantly quiet and economical in normal operation. Unfortunately, the manufacturer saved on the memory equipment. With 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD, this is just under, but it can be expanded generously.