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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  • Xyler94 - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Hypothetically speaking, if AMD released a CPU that completely outperforms Intel in every metric possible, would you still pick Intel?

    My issue with you is that you don't give credit where credit is due. You can like Intel all you want, heck I still like a few of their products too, but to say you hate AMD simply because people tell you that you should buy one is the most hypocritical thing you've ever said. And you've said some pretty interesting things (1 SunnyCove Core = 2 Zen2 cores, that was a good one). You literally champion for Intel, telling people never buy anything but Intel, and yet you hate when AMD fans say not to buy AMD stuff.

    You are so blinded by your stance that you can't even see your own hypocrisy. With an unbiased look, tell me why I should choose the core i9 9900k over the Ryzen 9 3900x.

    Here's why you should buy the 9900k:
    -Absolute Gaming performance... when looking at 1080p high with an RTX 2080ti (And even then, talking about an average of 5FPS, with bests of 10)
    -Best core clock speeds.

    Here's why to buy the Ryzen 9 3900x:
    -PCIe 4.0 Support
    -More cores, better multi-threading
    -Better per-clock IPC
    -Power efficient
    -No AVX clock speed offset needed

    So if absolute clocks and gaming is your needs, then Intel wins. If you need more, it's the Ryzen. It's that simple. And let's not even mention the multitude of Speculative Instruction flaws in the Intel chips that make people disable Hyperthreading, something you pay a premium for on Intel...
  • Qasar - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Xyler94, i'll save you the trouble, going by his previous posts, " Hypothetically speaking, if AMD released a CPU that completely outperforms Intel in every metric possible, would you still pick Intel " yes he would, no contest.

    your 2nd paragraph, 100% true
    your 3rd paragraph, he cant be cause he can't be unbiased, he worships intel above all else.

    as for the 9900k vs 3900x, he would recommend the 9900k, even if the 3900x cost less, only cause its intel, and that's all he sees. no matter what.
  • Valantar - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    Price is good. Proprietary motherboard and power supply (or is that TFX?) are not.
  • khanikun - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Ya, I always hated that about Dell. Before I started building computers, I had an old Dell. I went to replace the heatsink and the thing used some weird proprietary ratchet mechanism. That or the power supply was normal ATX, but the bolt mounts were different. So you had to drill the case or the psu case to be able to mount it. Or zip tie it in place, like I did.

    Dell is all over the place with it too. One minute, it's proprietary. Next minute, it's not.
  • AshlayW - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    9th gen when ryzen 3000 is available?

    Gonna pass, Dell. I don't buy garbage.
  • 29a - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    "Dell emphasizes that its compact G5 desktop is completely user-upgradeable"

    That motherboard is not upgradable, it's proprietary as hell. Look at the bunch of IO connectors on the front.
  • schujj07 - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    9900K + RTX 2080 all on a 460W PSU??? That is some wishful thinking there. Load wattage is 450W, granted you will never have 100% usage across everything but still that is a bad idea to be that close to the max on your PSU.

    80mm fan CPU cooler for 95W TDP! That is a great way to throttle your i9 or even have it burn up.

    Dell didn't do a very good job designing this thing to be able to last more than a couple months while gaming.
  • Korguz - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    those chips, can use up to 200 watts ALONE, forget the rest of the system....
  • Dug - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - link

    You aren't looking at the top of the line picture there.
    Dell routinely uses different heatsinks and fans for different configurations.
  • schujj07 - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Well that top picture is nothing more than a huge heatsink but no fan attached to it. Going off of their specification list it says CPU Cooler (65W or 95W). While the i9's TDP is 95W it will regularly go double that.

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