Gigabyte G5 GD is a gaming laptop model sold in the mid-range segment. The version of the machine we used in the review is equipped with a fast Intel Core i5-11400H chip and a powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 card, providing a good level of gaming performance for the money.
And yet, the laptop is also equipped with a screen with a refresh rate of up to 144Hz, along with a comfortable keyboard. Will these strengths help Gigabyte G5 GD compete well with other product lines in the segment? The answer will be in today’s article.
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Gigabyte G5 GD Specifications
- CPU: Intel Core i5-11400H
- GPUs: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050
- RAM: 16GB
- Memory: 512GB SSD
- Screen: 15.6-inch, 1080p, 144Hz
- Size: 1.24 x 14.21 x 10.16 inches
- Mass: 2.08 kg
Gigabyte G5 GD: Design
Sold in the mid-range price segment, the Gigabyte G5 GD possesses a basic design language, often found in a gaming laptop in this price segment. Specifically, the outer shell of the machine is made mainly of hard plastic material, finished with the main color tone is jet black.
The device owns a 15.6-inch screen, wrapped inside by a medium-sized bezel. The pair of hinges of the machine have good quality finishing and possess a moderate level of resistance, which helps the screen to be kept in place during use.
Open the laptop, and you will see a full-size keyboard set on the body. The keyboard set is illuminated by an RGB lighting system below.
With a 3-sided length of 14.2 x 10.2 x 1.24 inches, the Gigabyte G5 GD has the same size as other laptops in the same segment as Lenovo Legion 5 (14.3 x 10.3 x 1,024 inches), Dell G15 5515 (14.1 x 10.7 inches). x 0.96 inches).
The machine is equipped with a variety of common connection ports, allowing you to use a variety of peripherals if needed. Specifically, along the right edge of the laptop is a USB 3.1 port, a USB Type-C port (supporting the DisplayPort standard) and an SD card reader slot.
Meanwhile, on the opposite right side is a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.1 port, along with a separate headphone jack and microphone jack. The power port, Ethernet port, HDMI and Mini DisplayPort of the machine are located on the back edge of the laptop.
Gigabyte G5 GD: Screen
Gigabyte G5 GD is equipped with a screen with a diagonal size of 15.6 inches. The version of the device that we used in the review has a screen resolution of Full HD, and supports a high refresh rate of up to 144Hz.
In our tests, this panel has a pretty good contrast ratio of 1374:1, but has a not very good level of brightness, with an average of only 245 nits.
Using in the default mode, the colors displayed on the screen are slightly deviated from the standard level. However, this difference is not too large, and does not affect the actual user experience much. In addition, the color on this screen is not as blue as most gaming laptops in the low-cost segment.
In the color reproduction test, the screen of the Gigabyte G5 GD did not achieve very good results. Specifically, the screen panel of the device is capable of covering 43% of the AdobeRGB color range, 62% of the sRGB color range and 42% of the DCI-P3 color range.
Gigabyte G5 GD: Performance
The Gigabyte G5 GD is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop that is capable of smoothly playing most of the newly released games on the market. The version of the machine we used in the review is equipped with a 6-core Intel Core i7-11400H chip (Tiger Lake). The chip has a clock speed ranging from 4.1 to 4.5 GHz and supports multi-threading technology.
Using the Geekbench 5.3 test to determine the performance score that the chip brings, the Gigabyte laptop scored 7018 on the multi-core performance test. This result is higher than the average of the mid-range gaming laptop segment at the moment, but slightly worse when compared to competitors Lenovo Legion 5 (7508 points) and Dell G15 5515 (7441 points).
The level of speed performance that Intel’s 11th generation chip delivers helps the G5 GD complete any day-to-day workload quickly. It also has impressive multitasking capabilities, allowing me to interact with 30 Chrome tabs at the same time without experiencing any lag.
The Gigabyte laptop we used in this review is equipped with a 512GB NVMe SSD (M.2 2280). The drive is connected via the PCIe 4 pin, providing high data exchange rates. The machine’s internal memory can be expanded via a second M.2 SSD (PCIe/SATA) and a 2.5-inch memory drive. Both of the machine’s M.2 pins are compatible with 2242, 2260, and 2280 format SSDs.
Gigabyte G5 GD: Graphics processing power
Gigabyte equips the G5 GD with a GeForce RTX 3050 card with a maximum TGP capacity of 85W. This gives the highest 3DMark score we’ve ever tested on models using the same graphics card. In the system settings, if you switch to using the “Performance Mode” setting, the graphics processing performance level of the machine will be slightly improved.
The machine’s RTX 3050 line of cards uses GDDR6 memory with a capacity of 4GB. When not playing games or performing tasks that require a high level of graphics processing performance, the machine will automatically switch to using the UHD Graphics Xe GPU to save battery.
During actual use, Gigabyte G5 GD can play well most of the new games on the market. In most cases, you can play games smoothly at Full HD resolution with the highest graphics configuration. However, for some heavy games (e.g. Cyberpunk 2077), you will have to lower the configuration settings a bit to get the best playing experience.
Gigabyte G5 GD: Heat dissipation
During our testing, the Gigabyte G5 GD was able to keep the heat steady while performing basic tasks. In the case of gaming, the device has a higher heat level in some areas, but does not affect the overall experience and performance of the device much.
To test the laptop’s heat dissipation, we let the machine run 1 HD video for 15 minutes. After this period of time, the laptop with the highest temperature was located in the area below the chassis, with a recorded reading of 37 degrees Celsius. In the center of the keyboard and touchpad, the temperature was more stable, measured. are 33 and 29 degrees Celsius, respectively.
Gigabyte G5 GD: Battery life
Similar to most gaming laptops on the market, the Gigabyte G5 GD has a battery life that is not very long. In our test, the laptop lasted only 3 hours and 34 minutes after continuously surfing the web using Wi-Fi. Test conditions include screen brightness set to 150 nit and power saving mode disabled.
With this level of battery life, you will always have to carry the charger with you every time you take the laptop out of the house.
Overall, the Gigabyte G5 GD gave us a good impression, although there are still certain limitations. Available at an affordable price point, it gives you a sharp Full HD display with a high refresh rate, along with an all-round level of performance that will keep you playing the widest range of games on the market.
The biggest drawback of the laptop lies in the battery life. However, this is the common weakness of most gaming laptop models in the price segment. If you are looking for an affordable gaming laptop with a fast and stable level of performance, then Gigabyte G5 GD certainly won’t let you down.
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- Sharp Full HD screen, support 144Hz refresh rate
- Comfortable keyboard
- Equipped with many connection ports
- Affordable price
- RAM is replaceable or upgradeable
- Good overall performance
- The quality of the display panel is not too impressive
- Short battery life