Historically, Dell has addressed the market for higher-end gaming desktops with their Alienware-branded machines, which are frequently built around unlocked CPUs as well as advanced graphics cards. Meanwhile, for those who wanted Dell-branded gaming PCs without the Alienware premium, the company has offered their custom-built Inspiron as well as XPS-branded machines; though there's a large gap between the premium XPS and basic Inspiron as well. So, looking to bridge the gap between their machines and produce a line of gaming-centric yet still reasonably affordable desktops, at this year's Gamescom the company is introducing its first ever Dell G-series desktops. Taking their name from Dell's popular G5 gaming laptops – which are intended to fill much the same role on the laptop side –  these new machines are intended to be Dell's gaming-focused desktops for the wider market.

The Dell G5 desktop (model 5090) is based on Intel’s 9th Generation Core processors and is paired with AMD’s Radeon RX 5700-series or NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or RTX 2000-series graphics cards. In its top-of-the-range configuration, the Dell G5 can pack Intel’s Core i9-9900K processor, NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, 64 GB of DDR4-2666 memory, a 1 TB M.2 PCIe SSD, a 2 TB hard drive (or two of them), a Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 network card, Gigabit Ethernet, and so on.

Dell emphasizes that its compact G5 desktop is completely user-upgradeable, so owners will be able to easily install a new graphics card or upgrade to more storage when they need to. Meanwhile, since the machine uses a motherboard based on Intel’s H370 chipset, it does not support CPU overclocking, unlike Alienware-branded computers. The lack of overclocking support also means that Dell can stick with a (relatively) conservative 480 Watt power supply for the system, as there's no need for a bunch of overclocking headroom in the power delivery design. Overall, this is enough for a 9900K CPU paired up with one of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080 video cards, but is likely a factor in why we don't see an RTX 2080 Ti here.

Unlike many gaming desktops these days, Dell’s G5 will not come with liquid cooling, but will rely on proven air cooling systems with heat pipes. Keeping in mind that CPU overclocking is not supported by the platform, air cooling should be plenty sufficient. Meanwhile, those who would like CPU and GPU to at least hit their maximum boost clocks more often can set appropriate thermal profiles in the Alienware Command Center software.

Dell’s G5 desktops will be available starting August 19. Prices will start at $629, with more advanced configurations coming in at higher prices.

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  • Phynaz - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    But wait, I thought AMD wasn’t cheap. Make up your mind
  • khanikun - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    I wasn't making an argument for other people. I said "Build for what you use it for", then I said why I built what I did and why I don't see any point for me to move to 9th gen Intel or Ryzen 3rd gen.
  • AshlayW - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    Nah. Go shill somewhere else bud, AMD have the Performance crown now, single core too essentially, and Intel's entire lineup is again exposed as the overpriced, Apple-esque garbage it is.
  • damianrobertjones - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    OMG! CPU shaming!!
  • HStewart - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    This one reasons why I refused to purchase AMD, I knew once I saw that the machine had Intel, we will get a stupid messaging stating it should be AMD.

    You might think I am Intel fan boy, I just don't care for AMD because of this attitude. Intel is not perfect but at least it appears to be with comments like. Intel actually has not done anything with me - except had 30 years of successful computers.
  • Korguz - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    and it SHOULD of been, HStewart, but your intel fanaticism, prevents you from seeing this AND buying the currently BETTER cpu. face it, AMD has the better cpu over all now, and is priced better then what intel charges, plain and simple.

    " You might think I am Intel fan boy," no.. most here KNOW you are an intel fan boy. intel isnt perfect ?? FAR from it, when it cant win by legal means, it resorts to bribes, and threats. when there is no competition, it stagnates the market.
    "Intel actually has not done anything with me - except had 30 years of successful computers. " except over charge for its cpus, give you measly what was it? <10% performance gains over the last few years, and stick the mainstream with quad core cpus for how long??

    let me ask you this, even though i KNOW you wont reply with an answer to this question. with Rome now out, and by the looks of it, way better then the Xeon line as a whole, while charging substantially LESS then the xeon, in some cases HALF THE PRICE. what would you buy ?? my guess, intel, as again, your blind intel fanatic fanboyism, prevents you from getting anything else, and your " I just don't care for AMD because of this attitude" is just BS, as YOUR attitude towards amd, and ALWAYS praising intel, and trying to make intel look better then it currently is right now, shows how much of an intel fanboy you are.
  • HStewart - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    You can have your choice, but don't force your choice on others - that is why I hate AMD. It maybe not the company it self - but fanboy are the worst - they attack the opposition and make me want to puke.

    One your Rome question, it does not matter too much, it good that AMD is pushing Intel to be more competitive, but are really sure that people will buy instead of Intel Xeons. Intel needed a kick in butt with Skylake line but lets be honest. How many companies upgrade there computers - my work has been using same computers in store for a decade.

    I have a seem more than a 10% increase in my XPS 15 CPU than previous - y50. and both are quad cores. I am not sure I need more than quad cores. I wish computer manufactures optimized the disks which will give more performance gain. SSD's have help.
  • Korguz - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    " You can have your choice, but don't force your choice on others - that is why I hate AMD. " like you try to do your self ? no.. because you are an intel fanboy

    " they attack the opposition and make me want to puke. " and the way you defend intel at all costs.. makez me want to puke.

    that didnt answer the question.. like i KNEW you would.. bottom line.. you would STILL buy intel.. thats fact
  • Dug - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    "you would STILL buy intel."

    And guess what? That's ok. You really need to take a chill pill and relax.
    There's really no reason to get upset about what someone purchases.
    You wouldn't be able to tell the difference between 2 comparably priced cpu's anyway until you saw benchmark results. People don't get work done benchmarking.
  • HStewart - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    Also keep in mind, I have move away from desktop and primary mobile with laptops.

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