The G5 15 didn’t have any trouble with Rise of the Tomb Raider either. With a steady rate of 37 fps, the G5 15 matched the Legion Y7000 and outperformed the GF63 8RB (27 fps). The Predator Helios 300 (38 fps) and the average gaming laptop (44 fps) played Tomb Raider at an even faster pace.
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Unfortunately, the G5 15 SE’s GTX 1650 GPU slumped in the Metro: Last Light benchmark, maintaining only 29 fps, which is below our 30-fps threshold. While that matches the GF63 8RB, the Legion Y7000 (46 fps), Predator Helios 300 (48 fps) and average mainstream gaming laptop (48 fps) all ran the game with more frames to spare.
The same goes for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (Ultra, 1080p), which the G5 15 played at 47 fps. Yes, that’s more than playable, but the Legion Y7000 (69 fps), Predator Helios 300 (75 fps) and average mainstream laptop (67 fps) surpassed the Dell. The GF63 8RB (44 fps) struggled on this benchmark.
The G5 15 SE isn’t the best laptop for virtual reality. The system scored a 5.6 on the SteamVR Performance Test, a mark that alls short of the mainstream average (7.9) and results from the Predator Helios 300 (7.9) and Legion Y7000 (7.0)
Armed with an Intel Core i5-9300H CPU and 8GB of RAM, the G5 15 has enough power to run anything but the most demanding tasks. I replaced my work machine with the G5 15 for a day and didn’t run into any performance hiccups, even when I simultaneously watched an Overwatch stream and the Women’s World Cup group stage. There wasn’t any lag when I loaded 20 Google Chrome webpages while playing four 1080p YouTube videos.
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That said, if you’re a photographer, videographer or someone who frequently transfers large files, then the G5 15 isn’t for you. That’s because the G5 15′s sluggish 1TB 5,400-rpm HDD and 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD needed 39 seconds to complete our file-transfer test (duplicating 4.97GB of mixed-media files), for a disappointing rate of 130.1 megabytes per second. That’s magnitudes slower than the hard drives in the Legion Y7000 (636 MBps, 256GB SSD), GF63 8RB (318 MBps, 256GB M.2 SSD) and Predator Helios 300 (363 MBps, 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD). The category average is a much speedier 390.8 MBps.
The G5 15 did reasonably well on our other performance tests, although its 9th Gen Core i5 CPU couldn’t keep up with 8th Gen Core i7 processors in rival systems. The G5 15 scored a 16,722 on the Geekbench 4.3 test, which is considerably worse than what the Legion Y7000 (Core i7-8750H, 22,474), GF63 8RB (Core i7-8750H, 21,811) and Predator Helios 300 (Core i7-8750H, 20,595) achieved.
We saw similar results on the HandBrake test, in which the G5 15 took a leisurely 14 minutes and 31 seconds to transcode a 4K video into 1080p resolution. Other mainstream gaming laptops completed that task near or below the 10-minute mark, as happened with the Legion Y7000 (9:34), GF63 8RB (10:20) and Predator Helios 300 (10:30). The category average (10:25) is right around 10 minutes, as well.
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Gaming laptops have a bad rap when it comes to battery life, but every now and then we come across a rare gem that defies the stereotype. The G5 15 is one of those precious stones. This gaming rig endured for 6 hours and 53 minutes on the Laptop Mag battery test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits.
That may not sound like a long time, but other gaming laptops power down after just a few hours, as proven by the paltry mainstream gaming laptop average of 4:07. The Legion Y7000 (4:28), GF63 8RB (3:30) and Predator Helios 300 SE (3:00) shut down several hours before the G5 15.
I risked testing the G5 15′s runtime by bringing the chunky machine to a coffee shop without a charger, and I was happy to get 6 hours of work done before I had to head back home to juice the machine back up.