Gigabyte G5 GD Laptop Review- Intel 11th Gen with RTX 3050

For the price, the Gigabyte G5 GD Laptop is an absolute beast! Equipped with the Tiger Lake 11th Gen Intel Processor along with the power of Nvidia’s 2nd Generation RTX Graphics Cards!

So this will be our first time reviewing a Gigabyte laptop. Gigabyte has always been the only choice for both Gamers and Professionals when it comes to Motherboards and Graphics Cards. Their Aorus lineup of Products is mostly oriented towards enthusiast gamers. As the brand saw manufacturers like MSI, ASUS is bringing their lineup of gaming notebooks, Gigabyte quickly jumped on the bandwagon and started making their Gaming Laptops.

Within two years, Gigabyte released a lot of Gaming and non-Gaming models. Firstly the U Series was thin and lightweight laptops with integrated graphics geared mainly for everyday use. The Gigabyte Gaming Series was an entry-level Gaming laptop with specifications like the Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5/7 along with an entry-level RTX Graphics. Next up is the AORUS series of Laptops, which stayed in the mid-range segment in their product line featuring the latest Tiger Lake i7 Processors and RTX 3060 6GB Graphics.

For the top of the line laptops from Gigabyte brings in the Aero Series which is a slim laptop targeted for both Gamers and Content Creators. They have laptops ranging from 360Hz Gaming Displays to OLED displays for Professionals. Gigabyte did an excellent job in bringing in more competition by releasing these laptops which have already won several awards in Taiwan Excellence 2022.

Today we are going to take a look at the smallest among all the Gaming Laptop brothers, the Gigabyte G5 GD Laptop. It is an entry-level gaming laptop that features the all-new Intel Core i5 11th Gen Tiger Lake Processor along with an Nvidia RTX 3050 2nd Gen Ray Tracing Graphics Card. It is a huge improvement over the previous generation’s gaming laptops which used to feature the Nvidia GTX 1650 Graphics Card. Features a 144hz display with 16GB of RAM in dual-channel mode. The laptop also offers a space for up to three storage drives!

Let’s check out the all-new Gigabyte G5 GD Gaming Laptop.

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Gigabyte G5 GD Laptop- Specifications

Here are the Gigabyte G5 GD Gaming Laptop specs.

OSWindows 10 Home/Windows 10 Pro (Free Upgrade to Windows 11 when available)
CPU11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11400H (2.7GHz~4.5GHz)
Display15.6″ Thin Bezel FHD 1920×1080 IPS-level Anti-glare Display LCD (144Hz Refresh Rate)
System Memory2x DDR4 Slots (DDR4-3200, Max 64GB)
ChipsetMobile Intel® HM570 Express Chipset
Video GraphicsIntel® UHD Graphics/ NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Laptop GPU 4GB GDDR6 Boost Clock 1500 MHz, Maximum Graphics Power 75 W
Storage1x 2.5” HDD/ SSD slot (Only supports 7mm or thinner) / 2x M.2 SSD slots (Type 2280, supports 1x NVMe PCIe Gen3 & SATA/ 1x NVMe PCIe Gen4)
Keyboard TypeAll-zone of Single Colored Backlit Keyboard with 15 Colors LED Setting
Optical Disk DriveN/A
I/O Port1x USB2.0 Type-A/ 1x USB3.2 Gen1 Type-A/ 1x USB3.2 Gen2 Type-A/ 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C/ 1x HDMI 2.0 (with HDCP)/ 1x mini DP 1.4/ 1x Audio combo jack/ 1x Microphone jack/ 1x SD Card Reader/ 1x DC-in Jack/ 1x RJ-45
Audio2x 2 Watt Speaker/ Dual-Array Microphone/ DTS:X® Ultra/
CommunicationsLAN: 1G LAN Ethernet/ WLAN : Intel® AX200 Wireless or Intel® AX201 Wireless (802.11ax, a/b/g/n/ac/ax compatible) / Bluetooth: Bluetooth® V5.2
WebcamHD Camera
SecurityFirmware-based TPM, supports Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT)
BatteryUp to 48.96WHrs
Adapter150W
Dimensions (W x D x H)36.1(W) x 25.8(D) x 2.49 ~ 3.16(H) cm
Weight2.03 kg/ 4.48lb

Gigabyte G5 GD Laptop- Pricing and Availability

The Gigabyte G5 GD Gaming laptop is priced at 749 Euros or roughly around 900 USD which is very nice considering you are getting the latest generation specifications on it. It is now available at various online retail outlets like Amazon, Internetoutsider, Newegg, etc. Given its price, this laptop comes with a very nice set of specifications. If you are looking to buy the most affordable gaming laptop with the latest specifications geared for gaming, look no further and get the Gigabyte G5 GD Gaming Laptop.

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Gigabyte G5 2021 Laptop- Design and Aesthetics

The all-new Gigabyte G5 GD Gaming Laptop is fully made up of plastic. It is a little bulky and weighs around 2.1kgs or 4.6lbs. Gigabyte went with a no-frills plain black matte design for the laptop. The big glossy Gigabyte logo is placed right in the middle of the laptop’s lid. Aesthetic wise there is not much to say about the laptop due to its plain design and looks. Gigabyte intentionally didn’t invest much in the design and focussed more on the performance part.

There are two radiators on the back of the laptop for exhaust and we can also see that Gigabyte shifted the majority of its input ports to the back of the laptop. The laptop deck feels sturdy and the three sides thin bezel makes the gaming experience much better. The illuminated power key is placed right on top of the laptop deck. The Gigabyte logo is also placed on the bottom thick bezel of the laptop. There are radiators on all 4 sides of the laptop for maximum cooling. The smaller bezel is on the top of the display for the webcam but since the sides of the display are extremely thin it looks very pleasant to the eye.

There is a slight bit of flex to the display but that is advisable to have such a flex to withstand the shocks when you are traveling or on the go. The Gigabyte G5 laptop is a much more low-profile all-black without the rainbow LEDs all over. It also has a single-color keyboard. Gigabyte did work well to improve the build quality as there is no creaking and despite its made up of plastic it feels extremely sturdy!

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Gigabyte G5 Laptop- Display

The all-new Gigabyte G5 GD Gaming Laptop features a 15.6 inch IPS Display with a 144Hz Refresh Rate for a smoother gaming experience. It is a Full HD 1920×1080 Display without Nvidia’s Gsync. Since it is a 15.6-inch display it does not stretch out the pixel density too much. The 144hz refresh rate also gives the game a much smoother feel than a 60hz display. The panel does have a little bit of ghosting to it but it is one of the best displays that we have tested compared to the other laptops.

The display of the G5 Gigabyte Laptop has a matte finish to it which is extremely beneficial when you are working directly under a bright light source. The average brightness of this laptop is around 300 nits and PWM flickering was not observed while testing it. It does well on the gaming side, but when it comes to content creation it does have some poor display specs to it. The Display P3 Coverage is around 42 while the sRGB only covers around 63% of the screen while the Adobe RGB goes much lesser with only 43.2%.

The IPS display can be viewed from different angles. And outdoor readability is also possible if the sun is not shining too brightly. The reasonable high contrast ratio makes the games look more or less the best and the black level is low enough to prevent the darker scenes look grey in-game. It has no noticeable backlight bleeding. Overall a good display for budget-friendly gamers or gamers who are starting in general.

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Gigabyte GD Laptop – Keyboard and Trackpad

Keyboard

The all-new Gigabyte Laptop features an island-type keyboard. It is a full-sized keyboard with a dedicated Numpad. The keyboard is really good but the only side is the size of the keys. It’s a bit narrow to our liking but it is not going to bother everyone. The keyboard is single zone and single-colored. Although you can choose to change colors from the 15 colors LED Settings from the Gaming Center App on your desktop. It does make it easier to use the laptop in the dark. The keys are well illuminated and you will have no issues using the keyboard. The keyboard does feel a little firm but the spacebar is sensibly laid out for good and easy typing. The key travel is decent but the keys do feel a little wobbly. We although suggest you go for a mechanical keyboard if you are into hard-core gaming.

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Touchpad

The touchpad is smooth and responds to all the Windows gestures like pinch to zoom, scrolling, etc. It is nice to see such a responsive touch on an entry-level gaming laptop. There are dedicated right and left click buttons. You will have no issues navigating throughout your system using the G5’s trackpad. But we suggest you use a Gaming mouse for better control and experience.

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Gigabyte Laptop – Connectivity

the all-new gigabyte G5 GD Laptop surprised us with its range of ports. At the back of the laptop, we have 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Port, one HDMI 2.0 Port, one Gigabit RJ45 LAN Port, and one Power Connector for charging the laptop. Coming to the left side of the keyboard, we get to see a Kensington lock, one USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 Port, one USB 2.0, and separately dedicated headphone and microphone ports. The right side of the laptop has one USB A 3.1 Port Gen 2 and one Display Port 1.4. Gigabyte also gave us an SD card reader slot for connecting memory cards and that’s what the content creators love!

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Back View
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Left View
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Right View

On the wireless side of things, the Gigabyte G5 GD Laptop features the Intel® AX201 Wireless Wi-Fi 6 chip. The all-new Bluetooth 5.2 is also featured for seamless file transfer and music playback.


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Gigabyte G5 GD Laptop – Battery, Webcam and Speakers

The Gigabyte G5 GD laptop features a 49W/hr battery which is lesser than the standard 53Wh/hr on most Gaming laptops. The 15.6-gigabyte laptop achieves a total of 6 hours when running idle without Internet and minimum brightness. It comes down to as low as just 3 hours when running NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test. Under maximum load and maximum brightness, the laptop runs only for around 1 hour 8 minutes in total. The Power Saving Mode and Silent Mode don’t do anything to improve the battery run time. One great advantage of this laptop is that the battery is removable and you can unlock it directly from beneath the laptop without any screwdrivers.

The all-new Gigabyte G5 GD Gaming laptop features a 0.9MP which shoots pictures and videos at 720p. It is not recommended for streaming. It can be mainly used for doing casual online meetings and video calls. If you want to get yourself a good quality webcam for your Video Conferences, Zoom Calls and Online game streaming check our top 5 picks for the best webcams that you can buy right now!

The Speakers of the G5 Laptop is decent and offers relatively high volume with moderate mids and highs. It is good when you are listening to music but a good pair of headphones or external speakers are recommended to improve your listening experience.


Gigabyte G5 Laptop – Performance

The Gigabyte G5 2021 Laptop is powered by the latest Intel Core i5-11400H. It is a 6 core 12 thread processor which runs at a boost clock of 4.5Ghz. This multi-threaded processor allows us to do multitasking and also run software like Adobe Premiere Pro and other rendering software which relies on more cores and threads. This fast and smooth system offers a lot of computing horsepower for all common tasks – gaming, video editing, and image processing are no major challenges for the Gigabyte G5 GD laptop.

Here are some of the CPU Testing metrics.

TESTINGSCORE
CPU Performance Rating73%
Performance Rating AIDA6472%
Cinebench R2364%
Cinebench R1572%
Blender 2.79359 secs
Geekbench 5.36952 Points
Libre : 20 Documents to PDF42 secs
PCMark 8 Home Score4315 points
PCMark 10 Score5890 points

The Gigabyte G5 GD Laptop Laptop is powered by the latest Nvidia Geforce RTX 3050 4GB Graphics Card. With a max TDP of 85 Watts, the performance of this laptop is really good, and it provides the best 3D Mark results than any other RTX 3050 laptop so far. The performance mode profile also leads to a slight increase in the graphics performance of the laptop. The Intel UHD Xe Graphics is also present on the laptop with Nvidia’s exclusive Optimus Graphics Switching Solution.

Here are some of the GPU Performance Metrics.

TESTINGSCORE
3DMark 06 Standard Score42599 points
3DMark 11 Performance16190 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score11967 points
3DMark Time Spy Score5406 points

Here are some of the Gaming FPS metrics

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GamesLow SettingMedium SettingHigh SettingUltra Setting
GTA V 17616513265
The Witcher 3 2551609050
Far Cry 5131847975
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018)1367553
Strange Brigade (2018)28713010593
F1 2021 (2021)23615912655
Death loop (2021)110655339
Alan Wake Remastered (2021)927064
Far Cry 6 (2021)110776759
Back 4 Blood (2021)247138112103
Riders Republic (2021)144806155
Forza Horizon 5 (2021)154877728
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Gigabyte G5 GD Laptop – Thermals

Gigabyte’s signature Windforce Cooling Systems includes two Dual gigantic fans with 47 blades each to pump the hot air outside the laptop. There are 4 copper heat pipes out of which of the heat pipes are directly dedicated to dissipating the heat that is being generated from the CPU and Graphics Card. There are large cutouts made at the bottom of the laptop to pull in the cooler air from outside the system and the three exhausts provide maximum heat dissipation.

gigabyte g5 gd windforce cooler

To put it into a much clearer perspective, this laptop stays well within the safe temperature range when we are using it for our daily usage. Under load, the temperatures are much higher but it’s not a concern for bottlenecking. The laptop idles at around 31 degrees celsius and when pushed to its limits it doesn’t cross more than 60 degrees. The temperatures look promising but there is one issue with it. It is the fan noise.

The Windforce fans on Gigabyte G5 GD Laptop do an excellent job at cooling the internals but at the cost of Fan noise. People who bought and used complained mostly about the fan noise other than anything. If that’s not a big concern for you and you are that type of a person who uses headphones daily then this laptop might just be for you.

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Gigabyte Gaming Laptop – Software

Gigabyte provides a free copy of the Windows 10 Home Edition on purchase of every Gigabyte Gaming Laptop. The preinstalled Windows 10 can be upgraded to Windows 11 using the same license key, so you dont have to worry about buying a new Operating system. Apart from that, you can tune your performance with the all-new Gaming Center from Gigabyte. With this software, you can monitor your Fan Speed Settings, laptop temperature, etc. You can also use the Gaming Center software to assign macro keys and change your keyboard’s single-zone backlighting to various pre-defined colors.

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Gigabyte Laptop – FAQ

How much Warranty does Gigabyte G5 GD Gaming Laptop have?

The Gigabyte G5 GD Gaming laptop has a 2 Year Standard Warranty.

Can I upgrade Gigabyte G5 GD Laptop Laptop RAM and SSD?

Yes definitely, you can swap out the two 8GB sticks and replace them with 16GB sticks. It shouldn’t be a problem at all. This laptop supports up to 64GB of Memory. The same goes for the SSD. You can upgrade your storage by adding one more NVMe SSD on the empty M.2 Slot. Besides that, the Gigabyte G5 GD Gaming laptop also features a 2.5″ empty drive if you want to install a 2.5 inch Hard Drive or a 2.5 inch SSD. Check out the Top 5 Best SSD for Gaming. But make sure you do it in an authorized Gigabyte Service Center as removing the Factory seal stickers will void your warranty.

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Should you buy the Gigabyte G5 GD Gaming Laptop?

Absolutely yes. The Gigabyte G5 GD Laptop is an entry-level Gaming Laptop but promises and delivers a lot of features that are essential for modern-day computing. Starting with the performance features, This laptop packs an Intel Core i5 11400H Hexa Core Chip. This chip has 12 threads and is capable of running the most intensive workloads with ease. Yes, it does fall short in some places against its bigger brother i7-11800H but it still manages to run almost everything you throw at it. We have had a very good experience playing games on this laptop. Modern titles like Far Cry 6 ran well even at ultra settings.

The Nvidia RTX 3050 4GB certainly lives up providing a fantastic gaming experience. The display is one of the best we have seen amongst all the Gaming laptops in this price range. It has a much better sRGB coverage than most other displays within this range with better vibrant colors. The 144Hz Refresh rate panel gives you a smoother experience while Gaming. We can call this laptop the entry-level esports champion. Games like Valorant, Counter-Strike GO, Overwatch, Rainbow Six Seige, Dota 2 would run butter smooth on this.

You can use this laptop for Content Creation as well. You can use software like Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects with ease and create content on the go. The extra space for a secondary 2.5 inch SSD or HDD drive is worth mentioning and the Windforce Coolers does an amazing job of cooling the system both inside out.

The only concern with this Gigabyte G5 GD Laptop is its extremely poor battery life but that is okay because these kinds of laptops always require an external power source for running at their full potential. Another thing that Gigabyte needs to take care of is the Fan noise. Other than that we would recommend Gigabyte laptops to everyone who is starting their gaming journey.

That’s all for now
Until next time.


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