Dell G3 17 3779 / G3779 Inexpensive 17.3″ Gaming Laptop

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The Dell G3 17 3779 / G3779 is among the cheapest 17.3-inch gaming laptops. Starting at around $700, the 3779 / G3779 features a Full HD IPS screen and excellent upper-mid-tier video card options – the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB and GTX 1060 (Max Q) 6GB, and the 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8300H quad-core or i7-8750H six core processor. The Dell G3 17 3779 / G3779 has two RAM slots. The laptop is offered with up to 16GB of RAM capacity and features dual storage devices. Customers can choose a solid state drive, a hard drive or combination of both. Maximal SSD and HDD capacities are 256GB and 2TB, respectively. Overall, these components ensure comfortable 3D gaming and everyday computing, but the laptop lacks extreme graphics power of the Nvidia GTX 1070 and 1080 video cards. Furthermore, the notebook provides a 4-cell battery with 56 WHr capacity, which isn’t great considering the power-consuming internal parts and large 17.3″ screen. Keyboard backlight is optional on this laptop model. Thunderbolt 3.0 connectivity is also optional.

If this 17.3″ 7.2-pound laptop is too bulky for you, Dell also offers a smaller and lighter version – the 15.6-inch Dell 15 G3 G3579.

Specifications of the Dell G3 17 3779 / G3779

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Brand

Dell

Laptop Type

Standard laptop
Gaming laptop

Screen Size

17.3-inch

Screen Resolution

1920×1080 pixels (Full HD)

Touchscreen

No

Other Display Specs

Anti-glare coating
IPS display tech (wide viewing angles)

Processor (CPU)

Intel Core i5-8300H 8th Gen quad-core 2.3-4.0GHz 8MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 74)
Intel Core i7-8750H 8th Gen six-core 2.2-4.1 GHz 9MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 84)

Graphics (GPU)

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 dedicated video card (User Benchmark GPU score: 33)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB dedicated video card (User Benchmark GPU score: 58)

System Memory (RAM)

8GB
16GB

Storage

1000GB (1TB) HDD
1000GB (1TB) HDD + 128GB SSD
1000GB (1TB) HDD + 256GB SSD
2000GB (2TB) HDD + 256GB SSD

DVD Optical Drive

None

Input

Non-backlit keyboard with numeric pad
Backlit keyboard with numeric pad
Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons

Speakers and Audio

Stereo speakers
Combo microphone and headphones audio jack

Camera

Front

Wi-Fi

802.11AC

Ethernet LAN

Yes

Bluetooth

Yes

USB

3 x USB 3.1

Video Ports

1 x HDMI

Media Card Reader

Yes (SD card reader)

Other Features

Thunderbolt 3.0 technology (optional)

Battery

4-cell 56 WHr

Weight

7.3 pounds

Height

1"

Width

16.4"

Depth

11"

Windows Version

Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro

Warranty

1-Year

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Written by on July 15, 2018

User reviews, comments, and Q&A on the Dell G3 17 3779 / G3779

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  1. Cody wilson

    Dell g3 3779. I am not familiar with computers so bare with me. I have this 3779 and was wanting to upgrade the hdd. It has no ssd at the time. My thought was upgrade the ram and put in a 1tb ssd and do away with the hdd. Can I do that? Also upgrade the ram, I found compatible crucial ram. I read over 16 is over kill. The computer comes with 8gb already. Do I just buy 1 GB stick as the pc has one already, or do I need two identical 8gb sticks. Many thanks!

    • Cody wilson

      Danijez Z. Please help

      • Danijel Z

        Danijel Z

        Hi, according to official specs of the G3 3779, the laptop has one M.2 NVMe slot for SSDs, besides the standard 2.5″ bay where your hard drive resides. So, you can keep your existing hard drive and add a compatible M.2 NVMe SSD. Or you can remove your 2.5″ HDD and put a 2.5″ SSD instead.

        As for RAM, you can just add a compatible DDR4 SO-DIMM RAM module with 8GB capacity in the second slot, since the laptop has two RAM slots. So you will have 2 x 8GB = 16GB. This is assuming you currently have 1 x 8GB inside, not 2 x 4GB. According to the specs, the RAM speed is 2666MHz in this case, so it would be good to use a second RAM module with the same 2666MHz speed for maximal performance.

        Link: https://topics-cdn.dell.com/pdf/g-series-17-3779-laptop_setup-guide_en-us.pdf

  2. Derrick

    Storage is confusing. If i use a ssd i cant use one larger than 256 gigs? If i use a hdd i cant use one larger than 2 terabytes? Where does optane fit into this equation? Is there a size limit on that?

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      Hi, when configuring the Dell G3 17 3779 on Dell’s official store, there are 4 storage options currently:

      1. 1000GB (1TB) HDD
      2. 1000GB (1TB) HDD + 128GB SSD
      3. 1000GB (1TB) HDD + 256GB SSD
      4. 2000GB (2TB) HDD + 256GB SSD

      (The previously listed 256GB SSD only option is no longer available).

      Now, the setup & specs guide for this model, also lists a 512GB solid state drive and a 1-Terabyte hybrid HDD/SSD drive options, but they are not available for purchase (at least not for now). Link: https://topics-cdn.dell.com/pdf/g-series-17-3779-laptop_setup-guide_en-us.pdf

      2TB is the maximum hard drive capacity available for this laptop model. It is offered only in combination with a 256GB SSD.

      The guide also mentions two Intel Optane memory options: 16GB and 32GB. However, Optane isn’t available on this model at the time of this comment. So, I removed it from the specs. Sorry if that confused you, it shouldn’t be listed on this page if it isn’t available. According to the guide, Optane uses the available M.2 SSD slot. Even if it becomes available, you won’t be able to have Optane and SSD, but only HDD + Optane or HDD + SSD. That’s because there’s only one M.2 slot for either SSD or Optane.

      I hope this helps.

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