Inside Dell G15 5515 Ryzen Edition – disassembly and upgrade options
The process of taking this laptop apart is pretty straightforward. Well, not if you’re planning to change your thermal paste…
1. Remove the bottom plate
To take this notebook apart, you need to undo 8 Phillips-head screws. After that, gently pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool, and slide it away from the chassis.
As you can see, our unit was equipped with the smaller 56Wh battery pack.
3. Мemory and storage
Here, the memory and storage can be easily upgraded. There are two SODIMM slots for up to 64GB of dual-channel RAM, and two M.2 slots for PCIe x4 SSDs.
4. Cooling system
Interestingly, there is no view of the cooling solution. And if you need to change your thermal paste, you have to remove the entire motherboard. Before you do that, undo the four Phillips-head screws from the plastic bracket on the back. Then, pull it backwards.
After that, remove the Wi-Fi card and its cables. What you need to do next is to remove all the cable connectors. Be careful, as some of them are very fragile. Additionally, there are some screws that need to be removed. They are of Phillips type. Lastly, remove the motherboard with the fans, and the USB daughterboard from the chassis.
Here, you can see that the cooling consists of two heat pipes common for the CPU and the GPU, and one more for each of them. Additionally, there are heat spreaders on top of the graphics memory and the VRM modules.
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- Relatively affordable
- 2x RAM SODIMM + 2x M.2 PCIe slots
- The display doesn't flicker at any brightness level (Innolux 7XGNJ-156HRA (CMN1522))
- 120Hz and 165Hz display options
- Improved cooling
- Decent battery life
- Heavier and thicker than the competition
- Two USB Type-A 2.0 ports (in RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti models)
- Covers 54% of sRGB (Innolux 7XGNJ-156HRA (CMN1522))
- Not the best input devices