Longtime Intel partner Dell is breaking from tradition and shipping a gaming laptop this April to highlight AMD’s technology: the 15-inch Dell G5 15 Special Edition.
The G5 15 SE was first announced Monday at CES in Las Vegas, where the company announced the Ryzen 4000 processor during AMD’s keynote. It is planned not only to show off the new Ryzen 4000 H-series chips but also the additional Radeon RX 5000 M handheld GPUs. AMD’s SmartShift technology will also be making its debut in the laptop, dynamically overclocking the CPU and GPU — and then dialing back, if necessary— to juggle the thermal load between the two.
Dell has historically worked in lockstep with Intel, developing its delivery model “just in time” along with Intel’s published roadmaps and proven supply chains. While this definitely isn’t the first Dell PC based on AMD processors— Alienware already has a range of Ryzen desktops— it’s still unique.
The slim, elegant redesign of the G5 15 SE sports a new “fighter aircraft” feel, wrapped up with metallic highlights in a premium iridescent silver finish, according to Dell. The 15-inch 1080p display does ship with a 144Hz refresh option for gaming, although we don’t know too many specs.
It has a darkened WASD keyboard for gaming according to a photo from the laptop. A macro key for the Game Shift will easily activate game-ready settings to improve performance and reduce latency. The laptop also ships in-game and peripheral lighting settings with the Alienware Command Center to monitor them.
Inside is a 68Wh battery, substantially larger than the 40-50Wh batteries common in space on the notebook.
Dell says the G5 15 SE is priced at $800, and will be shipping in April.