dellg155511featured This year, Dell has done a lot of work to make their semi-affordable gaming notebooks appealing to the users. To do so, the manufacturer has taken advantage of its Alienware brand and stole some design features from their series. Hense, the G15 5511 (and 5515) devices were born. The main difference between the two lays in the chipset. Today’s device uses Intel’s Tiger Lake-H45 architecture, while the 5515 comes with the Zen 3 from AMD.

Actually, you can find our review on the G15 5515 Ryzen edition here. And after we are done with this review, we are going to compare both devices. It’s worth noting that during the time between the two reviews, Dell has released a VBIOS update for the graphics card, which may lead to a performance benefit for the Intel-based machine.

Other than that, this device is offered with one of three display options. All of them have 1080p IPS panels, but the difference lies in the refresh rate – 120Hz, 165Hz, and a blisteringly quick 360Hz. Also, Dell states that only the latter two options cover 100% of the sRGB gamut.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://freesmart.biz/series/dell-g5-15-5511/

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  • 512GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM
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Specs Sheet

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Dell G15 5511 – Specs

CPU
Intel Core i7-11800H 6 Intel Core i5-11400H 35 Intel Core i5-11260H 20 Intel Core i5-10500H 32
GPU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (Laptop) 38 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop) 43 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop) 64
HDD/SSD
up to 2000GB SSD
M.2 Slot
2x 2280 M.2 NVMe slot See photo
RAM
up to 32GB
OS
Windows 10 Home, Windows 11 Home, No OS, Windows 10 Pro
Battery
56Wh, 3-cell, 86Wh, 6-cell
Dimensions
357.26 x 272.11 x 21.32 – 25.33 mm (14.07″ x 10.71″ x 0.84″)
Weight
2.81 kg (6.2 lbs)
Body material
Plastic / Polycarbonate
Ports and connectivity
  • 2x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), Sleep and Charge
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), DisplayPort
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Card reader
  • Ethernet LAN 10, 100, 1000, 2500 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • Audio jack 3.5mm Combo Jack
Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera HD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone Dual Array Microphones
  • Speakers 2x 2W, Nahimic 3D Audio
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

All Dell G15 5511 configurations

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Dell G5 5511
  • Intel Core i5-11400H
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop)
  • 0512GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM
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  • 8GB RAM
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  • 16GB RAM
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What’s in the box?

Inside the package, you will find the mandatory paperwork, as well as a 180W charger. If you opt for the more power-hungry RTX 3060, the device will be paired with a 240W power adapter.

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Design and construction

As we said, the G15 5511 is part of the budget-conscious lineup of Dell. And it comes as no surprise that the entire notebook is made out of plastic. In contrast to the White version, the dark gray one doesn’t have speckles. Also, we found the laptop a bit heavy. It weighs 2.81 kilos and is about 25mm in thickness. That makes it thicker and heavier than the competition in the class.

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On the bright side, the lid opens with a single hand. As you can see, the backside is elongated to accommodate the heat sinks. And while the bottom bezel looks thick, the top one is significantly slimmer and houses an HD Web camera.

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Now, let’s focus on the base. There is a large grill above the keyboard. It doesn’t seem to serve a purpose other than radiating some heat away from the machine. Other than that, the keyboard is surprisingly similar to that of business laptops. The typing experience it provides is average at best, and honestly, the White backlight, the NumberPad, and the small Arrow keys make it feel like you are owning a Vostro.

Yet again, there is a four-zone RGB backlight option. To be frank, the touchpad isn’t that great either. It is small, has a rather large dead zone on click, but on the bright side – it’s pretty responsive.

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Lastly, the situation on the bottom panel looks pretty standard. There are two speaker cutouts and a large vent for air intake. Respectively, the exhaust happens through a total of four grills – two on the back, and one on each side.

Ports

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On the left side, there is a LAN port and an audio jack. On the right – you get two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports. Interestingly, on the back, there are two options. The RTX 3060 version has a Thunderbolt 4 connector, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, an HDMI connector, and a power plug. To make the RTX 3050, and RTX 3050 Ti options more accessible, they won’t come with Thunderbolt 4 certifications, and instead you “only” get a USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 2) port. Moreover, the two USB Type-A ports on the right side have a 2.0 speed.

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Disassembly, upgrade options, and maintenance

To get inside of this notebook, you need to undo 8 Phillips-head screws. After that, gently pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool, and slide it away.

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Here, you will find a 56Wh battery pack.

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Thankfully, both the memory and the storage can be upgraded. This happens thanks to two SODIMM slots for RAM, and two M.2 PCIe x4 slots for SSDs.

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To get access to the cooling solution you have to remove the entire motherboard. Before you do that, undo the four Phillips-head screws from the plastic bracket on the back. Then, pull it backwards.

After that, remove the Wi-Fi card and its cables. What you need to do next is to remove all the cable connectors. Be careful, as some of them are very fragile. Additionally, there are some screws that need to be removed. They are of Phillips type. Lastly, remove the motherboard with the fans, and the USB daughterboard from the chassis.

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Here, you can see that the cooling comprises two heat pipes shared between the CPU and the GPU, as well as one more for each of them. Additionally, there are heat spreaders on top of the graphics memory and the VRM modules.

Drivers

All of the drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-us/product-support/product/g-series-15-5511-laptop/drivers

Battery

Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. This device’s 56Wh battery delivers 9 hours and 15 minutes of Web browsing, or 6 hours and 24 minutes of video playback.

In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.
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$1159.98

price
555 min.

battery
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Dell G5 5515
56Wh, 3-cell
500 min.-9.9%
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HP Victus 16
70Wh, 4-cell
630 min.+13.5%
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Lenovo Legion 5 15
400 min.-27.9%
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MSI Katana GF66
53Wh, 3-cell
348 min.-37.3%
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HP Pavilion Gaming 16 (16-a)
52.5Wh, 3-cell
400 min.-27.9%
For every test like this, we use the same video in HD.
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$1159.98

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384 min.

battery
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Dell G5 5515
56Wh, 3-cell
483 min.+25.8%
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HP Victus 16
70Wh, 4-cell
460 min.+19.8%
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Lenovo Legion 5 15
290 min.-24.5%
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MSI Katana GF66
53Wh, 3-cell
265 min.-31%
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HP Pavilion Gaming 16 (16-a)
52.5Wh, 3-cell
335 min.-12.8%
We use F1 2017’s built-in benchmark on loop in order to simulate real-life gaming.
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$1159.98

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battery
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Dell G5 5515
56Wh, 3-cell
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HP Victus 16
70Wh, 4-cell
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Lenovo Legion 5 15
1637439668 477 1 93 e1624517448986
MSI Katana GF66
53Wh, 3-cell
59 min.
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HP Pavilion Gaming 16 (16-a)
52.5Wh, 3-cell

CPU options

The processor choices here include the Core i5-11260H, Core i5-11400H, and Core i7-11800H.

Results are from the Cinebench 20 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
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Intel Core i7-11800H
Dell G5 5511
$1159.98

price
5134.00

performance
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AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
Dell G5 5515
4591.00-10.6%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
HP Victus 16
4694.00-8.6%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
Lenovo Legion 5 15
5096.00-0.7%
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Intel Core i5-11400H
MSI Katana GF66
3457.00-32.7%
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Intel Core i7-10750H
HP Pavilion Gaming 16 (16-a)
2748.00-46.5%
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
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Intel Core i7-11800H
Dell G5 5511
$1159.98

price
performance
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AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
Dell G5 5515
1637439665 548 71TN45oJ0L. AC SL1500
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
HP Victus 16
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AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
Lenovo Legion 5 15
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Intel Core i5-11400H
MSI Katana GF66
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Intel Core i7-10750H
HP Pavilion Gaming 16 (16-a)
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)
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Intel Core i7-11800H
Dell G5 5511
$1159.98

price
4.85

performance
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AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
Dell G5 5515
5.57+14.8%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
HP Victus 16
5.23+7.8%
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AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
Lenovo Legion 5 15
5.60+15.5%
1637439668 477 1 93 e1624517448986
Intel Core i5-11400H
MSI Katana GF66
5.83+20.2%
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Intel Core i7-10750H
HP Pavilion Gaming 16 (16-a)
6.07+25.2%

Dell G15 5511 CPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the CPUs that can be found in the Dell G15 5511 models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which Dell G15 5511 model is the best bang for your buck.

Note: The chart shows the cheapest different CPU configurations so you should check what the other specifications of these laptops are by clicking on the laptop’s name / CPU.

Results are from the Cinebench 20 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
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Intel Core i5-11400H
Dell G5 5511
$969.98

price
3353

performance
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Intel Core i7-11800H
Dell G5 5511
$1159.98+20%
5134+53.1%
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
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Intel Core i5-11400H
Dell G5 5511
$969.98

price
performance
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Intel Core i7-11800H
Dell G5 5511
$1159.98+20%
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)
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Intel Core i5-11400H
Dell G5 5511
$969.98

price
6.12

performance
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Intel Core i7-11800H
Dell G5 5511
$1159.98+20%
5.14-16%

GPU options

Graphics-wise, you can pick from the RTX 3050, RTX 3050 Ti, and RTX 3060.

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop)
Dell G5 5511
$1159.98

price
15452.00

performance
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop, 90W)
Dell G5 5515
14669.00-5.1%
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 75W)
HP Victus 16
12843.00-16.9%
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (Laptop, 130W)
Lenovo Legion 5 15
21722.00+40.6%
1637439668 477 1 93 e1624517448986
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)
MSI Katana GF66
12540.00-18.8%
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
HP Pavilion Gaming 16 (16-a)
13071.00-15.4%
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop)
Dell G5 5511
$1159.98

price
performance
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop, 90W)
Dell G5 5515
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 75W)
HP Victus 16
1637439666 343 1 6 e1612518455294
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (Laptop, 130W)
Lenovo Legion 5 15
1637439668 477 1 93 e1624517448986
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)
MSI Katana GF66
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
HP Pavilion Gaming 16 (16-a)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop)
Dell G5 5511
$1159.98

price
3562.00

performance
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop, 90W)
Dell G5 5515
3191.00-10.4%
1637439665 548 71TN45oJ0L. AC SL1500
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 75W)
HP Victus 16
3103.00-12.9%
1637439666 343 1 6 e1612518455294
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (Laptop, 130W)
Lenovo Legion 5 15
4510.00+26.6%
1637439668 477 1 93 e1624517448986
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)
MSI Katana GF66
2965.00-16.8%
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
HP Pavilion Gaming 16 (16-a)
3164.00-11.2%
Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop)
Dell G5 5511
$1159.98

price
3530.00

performance
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop, 90W)
Dell G5 5515
3439.00-2.6%
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 75W)
HP Victus 16
2898.00-17.9%
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (Laptop, 130W)
Lenovo Legion 5 15
5208.00+47.5%
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 60W)
MSI Katana GF66
2729.00-22.7%
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
HP Pavilion Gaming 16 (16-a)
2727.00-22.7%

Dell G15 5511 GPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the GPUs that can be found in the Dell G15 5511 models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which Dell G15 5511 model is the best bang for your buck.

Note: The chart shows the cheapest different GPU configurations so you should check what the other specifications of these laptops are by clicking on the laptop’s name / GPU.

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop)
Dell G5 5511
$969.98

price
10992

performance
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop)
Dell G5 5511
$1159.98+20%
15452+40.6%
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop)
Dell G5 5511
$969.98

price
performance
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop)
Dell G5 5511
$1159.98+20%
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop)
Dell G5 5511
$969.98

price
2558

performance
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop)
Dell G5 5511
$1159.98+20%
3562+39.2%
Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop)
Dell G5 5511
$969.98

price
2412

performance
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (Laptop)
Dell G5 5511
$1159.98+20%
3530+46.4%

Gaming tests

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Far Cry 5 Full HD, Normal (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
Average fps 105 fps 98 fps 91 fps

rise-of-the-tomb-raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) Full HD, Lowest (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
Average fps 168 fps 127 fps 67 fps 44 fps

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Highest (Check settings)
Average 93 fps 83 fps 53 fps

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
Average fps 86 fps 79 fps 69 fps 42 fps

Temperatures and comfort

Max CPU load

In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.

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Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

Intel Core i7-11800H (45W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min Max Fans
Dell G15 5511 3.67 GHz (B+60%) @ 97°C @ 100W 3.54 GHz (B+54%) @ 98°C @ 91W 3.43 GHz (B+49%) @ 93°C @ 79W
Acer Predator Helios 300 (PH317-55) 3.67 GHz (B+60%) @ 90°C @ 103W 3.66 GHz (B+59%) @ 99°C @ 103W 3.40 GHz (B+48%) @ 99°C @ 84W
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603 3.87 GHz (B+68%) @ 95°C @ 106W 3.90 GHz (B+70%) @ 95°C @ 109W 3.58 GHz (B+56%) @ 86°C @ 80W
MSI Creator Z16 (A11Ux) 3.12 GHz (B+36%) @ 96°C @ 68W 3.03 GHz (B+32%) @ 95°C @ 62W 2.76 GHz (B+20%) @ 95°C @ 53W 2.90 GHz (B+26%) @ 95°C @ 59W
MSI GE76 Raider (2021) 3.22 GHz (B+40%) @ 95°C @ 67W 3.11 GHz (B+35%) @ 94°C @ 62W 3.14 GHz (B+37%) @ 94°C @ 61W 3.26 GHz (B+42%) @ 94°C @ 64W
ASUS TUF F15 (FX506, 2021) (Turbo Mode) 3.98 GHz (B+73%) @ 86°C @ 102W 3.88 GHz (B+69%) @ 95°C @ 100W 3.44 GHz (B+50%) @ 87°C @ 77W
MSI Pulse GL76 3.16 GHz (B+37%) @ 95°C @ 65W 3.00 GHz (B+30%) @ 95°C @ 59W 2.87 GHz (B+25%) @ 95°C @ 55W
MSI Pulse GL66 2.94 GHz (B+28%) @ 94°C @ 58W 2.76 GHz (B+20%) @ 94°C @ 52W 2.77 GHz (B+20%) @ 94°C @ 52W

Given its price, the G15 5511 performs on quite a competitive level. Yes, the temperatures are high throughout the entire test, but the frequency at the end is pretty high as well.

Real-life gaming

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (Max fan)
Dell G15 5511 1882 MHz @ 71°C @ 88W 1878 MHz @ 72°C @ 89W
Dell G15 5515 1857 MHz @ 76°C @ 80W 1850 MHz @ 77°C @ 80W
Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-57) 1616 MHz @ 70°C @ 66W 1607 MHz @ 72°C @ 65W 1632 MHz @ 69°C @ 66W
MSI Katana GF76 1619 MHz @ 76°C @ 60W 1594 MHz @ 82°C @ 60W 1632 MHz @ 70°C @ 60W

Interestingly, this laptop seems to be the best performing RTX 3050 Ti device we’ve tested. It maintains very high clock speeds and works at a pretty low temperature. Even though the board power draw was about 9W higher than that of its compatriot the G15 5515.

Gaming comfort

To get these performance levels, you have to make sacrifices. The noise here won’t exactly be a problem, but the fans are not quiet, whatsoever. On the other hand, the hotspot on the keyboard is just 36°C.

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Verdict

1637439679 957 2 15 If your main purpose is to get a relatively affordable gaming laptop, then the G15 5511 is a great choice. It offers great performance, even with the RTX 3050 Ti. And it manages to stay cool at the same time. Interestingly, even though there was a VBIOS update for the graphics card, we were still unable to hit the 95W TGP limit. This time, there was more headroom in the cooling, even though the GPU was consuming more than 10W more power, and the frequency was slightly higher.

With that said, the Intel version of the device is definitely better than the AMD one. You get more processing power, better gaming performance, and surprisingly – slightly longer battery life. Well, at least when it comes to Web browsing, where we got 9 hours and 15 minutes. However, watching videos will drain the battery more quickly – for about 6 hours and a half.

You should keep in mind that neither the keyboard, nor the touchpad is gaming-worthy, and we advise on getting at least an external mouse. Also, the all-plastic build is a bit heavy for the class, especially in 2021.

Nevertheless, the upgrade options that include two SODIMM slots for memory, and two M.2 slots for storage expansion, are great. Unfortunately, if you need to service your laptop’s thermal paste in the future, you have to brace yourself for a long process. It’s not difficult, but the reasons to put the cooling on the inside part of the motherboard are puzzling for us.

Another thing you should keep in mind is that only the model, equipped with an RTX 3060 will get a Thunderbolt 4 connector. Supposedly to keep the costs down, Dell has not certified the USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 2) port. And to be completely frank, we think that if you want to purchase a device, that comes with an RTX 3060, the better option would be the Lenovo Legion 5/5i.

At the end of the day, we have to praise Dell for the effort. Although it might be considered cheating, because of the similarities with their Alienware products (in fact, there is an Alienware logo imprinted onto the motherboard).

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://freesmart.biz/series/dell-g5-15-5511/

Pros

  • Relatively affordable
  • 2x RAM SODIMM + 2x M.2 PCIe slots
  • 120Hz, 165Hz, and 360Hz display options
  • Good cooling
  • Decent battery life

Cons

  • Heavier and thicker than the competition
  • Thunderbolt 4 is reserved for the more expensive RTX 3060 model
  • Not the best input devices for gamers
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Dell G5 5511
  • Intel Core i5-11400H
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop)
  • 512GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM
More Info Buy from Amazon
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Dell G5 5511
  • Intel Core i5-11400H
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop)
  • 512GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM
More Info Buy from Amazon
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