Dell Precision 17 7770 review – its cooling needs a revamp

Today, we have another workstation. This time, it is a big boy, and it is meant for heavy-duty projects. An attestation for that is the use of up to NVIDIA RTX A5500 dedicated graphics.

This graphics card will allow you to work with professional software, receiving full support, and guaranteed effectiveness. Both are thanks to the way it is built, and the way the software interacts with the drivers.

But hey, we jumped to the graphics card before we even said the name of the laptop. It is a Dell Precision 17 7770. And as a modern version of the “Chekhov’s gun” principle, if there is a GPU in the first part of a review, it will definitely be tested at some point later on.

Anyways, a laptop is a lot more than just a graphics card with accessories. It has a processor, which (albeit last-gen) is pretty fast. Furthermore, its display is an absolute artwork, regardless of what panel option you pick. Speaking of which, there are two of them – a 1080p unit, and a 4K 120Hz one.

Now, let’s take this machine out of the box, and see if its size is going to present any discomfort.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System:


Specs, Drivers, What’s in the box

Dell Precision 17 7770 - Specs

  • Innolux 9XJRX-173HCE (CMN1777)
  • Color accuracy  3.0  0.7
  • up to 28000GB SSD
  • M.2 Slot
  • 4x 2280 M.2 NVMe PCIe x4 Gen 4  See photo
  • RAM
  • up to 128GB
  • OS
  • Windows 11 Pro, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 11 Home
  • Battery
  • 93Wh, 6-cell, 93Wh, 6-cell , 83Wh, 6-cell
  • Body material
  • Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum
  • Dimensions
  • 398 x 265.02 x 25.95 - 26.70 mm (15.67" x 10.43" x 1.02")
  • Weight
  • 3.02 kg (6.7 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), Sleep and Charge
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), DisplayPort
  • 2x USB Type-C
  • Thunderbolt 4
  • HDMI
  • 2.1
  • Card reader
  • Ethernet LAN
  • 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.2
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • optional
  • Web camera
  • FHD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • optional
  • Microphone
  • Dual Digital Array Microphones
  • Speakers
  • 2x 2.5W Tweeters + 2x 2.5W Woofers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot
  • Wedge Lock

All Dell Precision 17 7770 configurations



All drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here:

What’s in the box?

Inside this notebook’s plain packaging, you get some paperwork, the laptop itself, and a 240W power adapter.

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1 year ago

despite the common verdict of the Precision 7770, and I agree their performance and design flaws aren’t worth their workstation price premium., but still I ordered one, and didn’t end up returning it. Why? Because on Dell’s Outlet store got one with i9, 64GB RAM, and 16GB A4500 GPU for a relative steal by combining discount codes totaling -81% off, paying $2,100 when sticker price was $9,865!!!!
It has met the needs of my academic research analyzing and training models on large engineering datasets, can even play Forza Horizon 5 at Ultra setting on 3440×1440 widescreen monitor at 60-75 FPS!

Philipp M.
Philipp M.
7 months ago

The most marketing oriented waste of ressources and money I have seen in recent years. With only 210Watts of AC power available, the mainboard is physically incapable of using CPU and GPU at the same time. Putting this amount of power into components that are half the price will give similar, if not better results. (better because a 4090GPU has a larger baseline powerdraw, and needs to be extra careful to not accidentally fry itself under that flimsy heatsink). This thing is like an 7.2l V8 with a fuelpump capped to 1 Gallon per hour: Overtaking a Big Truck will… Read more »

3 months ago
Reply to  Philipp M.

Can you just upgrade the power supply / wall adapter to 300W+ to get better performance? Also, I understand recent BIOS updates have fixed, or at least mitigated many (all?) of the thermal / amperage management concerns.