This year’s notebook market is extremely active. With new hardware and rapidly growing purchasing power, many manufacturers have begun to deploy new brands and market strategies. The gaming niche has also exploded during the golden period of summer vacation. Among them, we just have to mention the Redmi brand. Just a few days ago, it announced the Redmi G gaming notebook, which is an ideal choice for those who don’t have much money but want to acquire a similar product.
Redmi G Appearance
Redmi, whcih first tried the field of e-sports laptops, seems to be familiar with the rules in this niche. When looking at the Redmi G, we have a feeling as it is an ‘Old Gaming Laptop’. The front of Redmi G adopts a hard-core mecha-style design. Thus, it uses a number of irregular three-dimensional cutting lines dotted with charcoal black matte material. The front carries a large oblique cut grille texture.
On the front, we can see the words DESIGNED BY XIAOMI. The four corners are uniformly designed with a bevel cut, making the overall body line very neat. However, the Redmi G logo does not appear there. The measurements of the whole machine are 373.4mm x 264.5mm x 24.3mm, and the weight is about 2.5kg.
The Redmi G supports one-handed opening and closing, and the maximum opening and closing angle is 150 degrees. Although the main body of the fuselage is made of plastic material, it is not thin, brittle, and cheap. The workmanship is worthy of recognition. The design of the shaft part is quite satisfactory, with uniform and moderate damping.
The screen has three narrow borders. The 16.1-inch screen surface is made of matte material. The Redmi G logo is printed in the bottom. And there is a camera below.
Generally, this screen of the Redmi G has a 16:9 ratio, a 1080P FHD resolution, a 100% sRGB, a 144Hz high refresh rate, and supports DC dimming technology.
Through AIDA64, we found that its model is N161HCA-GA1, and the manufacturer is CMN. This is Innolux. It also has a brightness of 300nit, a wide viewing angle, a color display of 16.7 million colors, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 9ms screen response time.
The keyboard side carries a diagonal cooling grille. The keyboard adopts a sunken design chocolate keycap, and the layout is similar to the 104 arrangement. The keystroke is 1.5mm. The keycap area is larger. The keycap spacing is short. And the button feedback is soft. The keyboard comes with a three-level backlight. WASD has an independent white mark, and the backlight has uniform brightness. And the shortcut function keys on the top are all single-key triggers. So no combination of keys is required.
The space bar has a special shape design, and the size of the direction buttons has shrunk. But they are close to full size.
Below is a touchpad, which is slightly moved to the left with a larger area. The surface of the touchpad is made of glass. It feels smooth. The button has a crispy feedback. There is no obvious deformation when pressed.
In terms of interfaces, the Redmi G adopts three-sided wrapping design, with USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A interface and 3.5mm audio interface on the left.
On the right, we have two USB2.0 Type-A interfaces and a full-featured USB3.0 Type-C interface (supports display output, data transmission and device power supply).
There is a power interface, HDMI2.0 interface, RJ45 network cable interface, and a mini DP1.4 interface at the back.
On the bottom, we can find large beveled angle + prismatic lines + oblique air intake grille + trapezoidal speaker openings. There is a total of three rubber feet. Through the opening of the air intake grille, you can vaguely see the internal fan and other parts.
Configuration and performance
Redmi G Hardware Features
- Processor: intel Core i7-10750H, 2.6GHz, six cores and twelve threads
- Graphics card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX1650Ti, 4GB GDDR6 video memory
- Memory: 16GB DDR4 2933Hz dual channel dual slot
- Hard disk: Phison 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD, dual M.2 SSD slots
- Battery: 180W power adapter
- Other: Wi-Fi 6, DTS surround 3D sound effects, Xiaomi mutual transmission, etc.
This is not the best configuration we can find on the gaming notebooks market. But it shouldn’t have any problem when playing any kind of mainstream games. Let’s take a look at actual experience and tests.
In the upper part, there are several dashboards for monitoring the main hardware data of the computer, as well as the core parameters of the corresponding hardware, such as the main frequency, fan speed, and temperature. The three performance mode switching buttons in the middle correspond to different scenarios of light use, normal use and full use. Although the Redmi G does not have the graphics card direct connection mode on high-end gaming notebooks, with the help of performance mode switching, you can also choose stronger performance freed.
We are reviewing the highest version. Thus, it sports a Core 10 i7-10750H processor with six cores and twelve threads, and the maximum turbo frequency can reach 5Ghz. We switched the performance mode to full speed mode, modified the battery option to the best performance, and tested the running points of CineBench R15 and R20, respectively. The two sets of results of this i7-10750H are: R15 multi-core 1213 points, single-core 185 points; R20 multi-core 2920 points, single-core 451 points. Judging from the above two sets of results, it is not much different from the previous generation i7-9750H.
Then there is the 3D Mark 11 test. In the Performance project of the benchmark test, Redmi G scored 13026 points; Extreme scored 4572 points.
In the graphics card test, the Redmi G is equipped with an entry-level gaming exclusive display GTX1650Ti. The latter uses 1024 stream processors with a base frequency of 1350MHz. The video memory has been upgraded to GDDR6, and the video memory size is still 4GB. This is the same as that of the game consoles. In the 3D Mark benchmark test, this GTX1650Ti has a Time Spy score of 3888 and a Fire Strike score of 9062, which is a mainstream level.
However, the actual performance has to be shown through the game. We have also selected the previous two more representative games. They are ‘PUBG Mobile: Battle Royale’ and ‘Tomb Raider: Shadow’. First of all, in “PUBG Mobile: Battle Royale’, we enter the game settings to select high-quality, skydiving, running graphs and killing scenes. The average frame rate is 80 frames, and the frame number range fluctuates between 92-74. But most of the time, it is above 80 frames. There is no frame drop or freeze in the game, and the game is very smooth. The temperature control of the keyboard surface is also relatively good, and the maximum temperature does not exceed 42.5 degrees.
Another game is Tomb Raider: Shadow. Due to the positioning of GTX1650Ti, there is naturally no mixed-precision calculation functions such as ray tracing and Tensor Core. So it is impossible to experience the highest picture quality and special effects. But under the preset high special effects, running its own BenchMark benchmark test can still maintain an average number of frames of 58 frames. Through the test of the above two games, it is not difficult to see that the Redmi G can run most mainstream online games and stand-alone games on the market smoothly. But it is inevitable to sacrifice some picture quality and screen effects. However, its 144Hz refresh rate screen can play a greater role in many FPS online games with relatively low performance requirements.
Hard Disk and Memory
The hard drive model of this Redmi G is Phison ESR512GDLCG-E3C-4 and the capacity is 512GB. Although Phison is a big manufacturer, its SSD seems to be relatively rare in consumer-level gaming books. The specific performance still has to let the test results speak.
In the running score test of CrystalDiskMark, we can see that the read and write speeds of 8-thread 1 array and 1-thread 1 array are not counted as the first echelon. But it is not bad. If you feel that the performance is not extreme enough, you can consider installing another SSD after you buy it. After all, the Redmi G provides two M.2 hard disk slots. So you can install a better performance solid state.
In terms of memory, we use the built-in memory and cache test of ADIA64. The information area below shows that this one we have is a dual-channel 16GB DDR4-2925MHz memory. Thus, it is not much different from the 2933MHz in the BIOS. The read and write speed and cache speed are quite satisfactory. Unfortunately, we did not find the memory overclocking option in the current BIOS version of the Redmi G laptop.
Heat dissipation and power consumption
We conducted single-bake and double-bake tests at a room temperature of 24 degrees. The first is a 20-minute single-baked FPU. The Xiaomi gaming notebook uses full speed mode by default. The maximum CPU temperature is 91 degrees, the average temperature is 86 degrees, the main frequency is stable at about 3.4GHz, the power consumption is stable at 54W, the GPU temperature is 52 degrees, and the CPU and GPU fan speeds are 3800 rpm and 4000 rpm, respectively.
Then the FPU and GPU were dual-heated for 30 minutes at the same time. The highest CPU temperature was 98 degrees and stabilized at 90 degrees. After 5 minutes, it dropped and stabilized at 45W, and the main frequency dropped to 3.1GHz. The GPU part is stable at 73 degrees, the frequency at this time is 1230MHz-1270MHz, and the power consumption is 50W. The fan speed is about 3800 rpm and 4000 rpm, respectively.
System and function
As for the system, at the Xiaomi 10th anniversary speech online event and press conference a few days ago, Lei Jun announced two new features based on multi-device collaboration and its own ecological linkage. We are talking about the Xiaomi Miaoxiang and Xiaomi Call. The two functions can greatly promote the operational efficiency and productivity between Xiaomi’s smartphone and notebook products. The Redmi G should be the first device to support these functions.
However, the Redmi G still integrates many features that Xiaomi notebooks already have, such as file transfer between smartphones and computers, a rich variety of desktop pictorials updated daily, and a new DST sound console that can provide a wealth of sound effect presets and sound effect customization options. The latter allows users to freely choose according to different usage scenarios, listening experience, personal habits, etc. In these functions, the Redmi G has made some efforts, and we can see that Xiaomi is constantly supplementing its own ecological interconnection network between devices.
Looking at it as a whole, the Redmi G is a product that emphasizes individuality and distinctiveness in design and grinding tools. And the whole system comes standard with a 16GB+512GB large-capacity storage combination. Both memory and SSD have two slots, which is convenient for users to upgrade later. However, as an all-round gaming notebook with entry-level positioning, the Redmi G is not outstanding. After a set of running points and performance tests, the whole process gives people a sense of moderation and plainness. However, the starting price of 4,999 yuan is a more acceptable range for mainstream consumers.