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Gigabyte G5 GD/MD 15.6" Gaming Laptop (Intel 11th, 2021)

NEX score 59%

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Product Overview

The 2021 Gigabyte G5 GD/MD is an entry-level 15.6-inch gaming laptop. It is an incremental improvement over the G5 (KC) model unveiled just a few months earlier at CES 2021.
Unlike the 17.3-inch G7, which is also updated, the G5 GD/MD has two major differences from the KC model: The new G5 uses 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake processor, but it is now limited to i5 only. As NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3050 and 3050Ti GPUs have become available, they have replaced the RTX 3060 in the KC model.
Except for these ostensible "downgrades", the GD/MD G5 offers several upgrades. It is now around 20% thinner, measuring just under 1 inch. DDR4-3200 and PCI Express Gen4 SSD are also newly supported.
For the GD model, which uses an RTX 3050 GPU, there is a new FHD panel with a narrower gamut. Arguably, all these shuffles aim to help Gigabyte segment its gaming laptop lineup better.
Alongside the G5, Gigabyte also refreshed other models in its premium laptop lineup with Tiger Lake processors in May 2021.

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NEX score: 59% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Good color reproduction
  • Full HD resolution
  • NVMe SSD
  • Matte IPS display
Cons
  • Dim display
  • No USB Type-C port
  • Only one M.2 SSD
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Specifications

Variants:
GD
MD

Connectivity

Ports
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 + 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 + 1x USB 2.0 + 1x HDMI 2.0 + 1x mini DisplayPort 1.4 + 1x Audio combo + 1x Microphone + 1x SD + 1x RJ45 (1Gbps)
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0 LE

Construction

Battery | Capacity
48.96 Wh
Camera | Front
HD
Speakers
2‎x 2W Speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
258 mm / 10.15 inch
Size | Height
24.9 mm / 9.8 inch
Size | Width
361 mm / 14.21 inch
Weight
2.2 kg / 4.85 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
Display Diagonal
15.6 inch
Display Type
IPS, matte
GDGamut
45% NTSC
MDGamut
72% NTSC
Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)

Function

Audio
DTS:X Ultra
Chipset
Mobile Intel HM570 Express Chipset
GDGraphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB GDDR6
MDGraphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB GDDR6
Keyboard Backlight
1‎5 Full Area Colored RGB Backlit Keyboard
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
11th-gen Intel Core i5-11400H Tiger Lake
Security
Firmware-based TPM, supports Intel Platform Trust Technology (Intel PTT)

Performance

Memory | Capacity
2x SO-DIMMs, Max 64GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 2933MHz
Power Supply
150 W
Storage
1x M.2 SSD 2280 PCIe Gen3 / SATA + 1x M.2 SSD 2280 PCIe Gen4 + 1x 2.5" HDD/SSD

Production

Debut
2021-05-11
Made In
Taiwan

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External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 59%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The G5 GD delivers the best frame rates that we've been able to register with the RTX 3050 laptop GPU so far. The matte display (Full HD, IPS, 144 Hz) offers stable viewing angles, good contrast, and decent color reproduction. For a low price, you can get a Full HD gaming laptop that brings all the latest games smoothly onto the screen.
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Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • Full HD resolution
  • NVMe SSD
  • Good battery life
  • Good color reproduction
Cons
  • Dim display
  • Only one M.2 SSD
  • No USB Type-C port

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Gigabyte G5 GD in review: Affordable gaming laptop without Windows. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Gigabyte-G5-GD-in-review-Affordable-gaming-laptop-without-Windows.581554.0.html. 2021-11-26. Retrieved 2021-11-30.

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