Dell G7 7700

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  1. Sabs47

    Sabs47 Notebook Consultant

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    Anyone else got a dell G7 7700? I have one with the 10750H and a 2070 Super. The thermals on this thing are abysmal and there is no way to underclock the damn thing. I havent found much info on the 2020 series so im trying to gather info on what experience other people are having with this machine
     
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    I was just looking at this one but with the 1660Ti as I don't really do any demanding gaming. Just really after something good and portable for regular usage but with horsepower to do on-the-go video editing when I have to. How's the screen on it, by the way?
     
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    So i have the 2070 super and the screen is actually pretty legit. Call of duty runs awesome however I learned you have to turn off turboboost or the laptop keeps throttling the gpu. Its stupidly annoying but once you turn it off the laptop becomes insanely power and insanely hot.
     
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    Hm, well, that kinda defeats the point of buying the laptop for mostly CPU-based workloads like video editing and rendering. I was kind of hoping the 1660Ti would give a bit more thermal headroom but it seems that it's the CPU itself that's inadequately cooled. I've heard some people have had success with getting undervolting to work. This was supposed to be a side-grade rather than up upgrade as it's fairly similar to my current laptop but with much better battery, keyboard and trackpad but if I'm going to be taking a step down in performance, it doesn't seem worth it.

    Does it get hot even at idle or with CPU-only loads or is it only under combined loads it does that?
     
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    It actually idles pretty high. It idles higher than my Area 51M does and thats saying something. The undervolting on the laptop is locked by dell but im looking at a way to get around that and it requires some bios modification but people are saying once you get the undervolting going, the laptop becomes quite stable and works really good.
     
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    Ouch. How did they manage to screw it up so much? This is the guide I found. I haven't looked at it closely as I haven't decided to buy it yet. I'd be curious to know how you get on. I wouldn't mind losing a little bit of boost but not a lot. Annoyingly, I only have a few days to decide as there's a really good sale on that puts it at $1800AUD which would be a fairly good deal for the specs. Certainly cheaper than anything else I'd be able to find save for the Australian equivalent of the RP-17 but there are a few issues I have with that.
     
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    If you are ok with doing the work to get the undervolting running then it will be a good laptop and give you what you need. I'm still working on it because for some reason it wont let me boot from a usb even with secureboot off. Its very annoying
     
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    Not really filling me with confidence here, haha! I'll give it another day or two to do some more research and if I do get it and it's unsuitable, I'm sure I'll be able to return it. I've not got much on at the moment with the pandemic so arguing with Dell customer service is probably not the worst use of my time.
     
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    Honestly i can do the comparison for you. I have an Alienware Area 51M which is going full throttle with no issues. The cpu and gpu are slightly undervolted and it still runs warzone at 100 fps. Compare that to the G7 and quite honestly the G7 is trash but mine was a gift so i cant really talk that much bad about it. In my opinion it really needs to be undervolted to be used and that being locked makes it not worth the time and effort. Look into Dell Outlet and get a used one of go MSI creator series if you are looking to do content work.
     
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    I can confirm that the undervolt works if you follow the second half of the guide that you posted. I found it on reddit but the one you posted it written a lot more clearly.
     
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