Dell G7 15 Gaming Laptop Review: Affordable, Stylish, And Powerful

Dell G7 15 Gaming: PCMark And 3DMark Performance

Futuremark’s well-known PCMark and 3DMark benchmark suites features tests that target a wide array of computing devices. In this case, Dell's G7 15 Gaming is armed with discrete graphics, a GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q based on NVIDIA's Pascal architecture.

PCMark 8 Benchmarks
Productivity And System-Level Benchmarking
We run PCMark 8 with OpenCL acceleration enabled so it leverages available CPU and GPU resources. The Home and Work benchmark scores are inaccurate with the desktop resolution at 4K, so we manually set the resolution to 1080p before running the tests.

Dell G7 15 Gaming PCMark 8

PCMark 8 is an older version of Futuremark's productivity benchmark (since replaced by PCMark 10), but that also means we have been able to amass a whole bunch of scores from other gaming laptops to compare with the G7.

In the Work Accelerated test, the G7 is ahead of the pack. Even though PCMark leans heavily on storage, the Core i7-8750H paired with 16GB of DDR4-2666 memory makes this system a productivity powerhouse. It also fared well in the Storage and especially the Work Accelerated tests.

Dell G7 15 Gaming PCMark 10

For posterity, here is how the Dell G7 15 Gaming performed in the newer PCMark 10. This is another benchmark where we do not have a large number of gaming systems to compare against, but do have a large collection of laptops in general. Sorted by overall score, the Dell G7 comes in leading the pack.

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme And Time Spy
Synthetic DirectX Gaming And Graphics Testing

3DMark was designed to bring desktop GPUs to its knees. However, since gaming notebooks pack desktop-grade graphics, notebooks can handle the toughest of 3DMark tests.

Dell G7 15 Gaming 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
Dell G7 15 Gaming Time Spy

So the Dell G7 15 has productivity chops, but can it handle graphics and gaming? In a word, yes. In more words, the G7 placed right next to several other gaming laptops with full featured GeForce GTX 1060 GPUs inside in the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme benchmark, and ahead of them in the DirectX Sky Diver benchmark which tends to be a bit more CPU-limited. 

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