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  1. Tom Clancy's The Division 2: 1920 x 1080 3D effect set to highest, built-in speed test score - 4798 PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS: 1920 x 1080 3D effect set to highest, start character in lobby, - 120 FPS Although the RTX 2060 is higher-level product and comes with ray tracing as well as DLSS technology, it’s not commonly used for gaming. Basically, there isn’t a huge gap between the performances of the GTX 1660 Ti and the RTX 2060 in most 3D games. After a few tests, we can see solid performance by the GTX 1660 Ti at 1080P resolution in-game. If the laptop model you want to buy together with a GTX 1660 Ti differs too much in price from the RTX 2060, The GTX 1660 Ti is a good choice for a mid-range graphics card that combines 3D performance and affordability. Now dissemble D side to have a look at the internal layout. There are 12 screws in the back, with 4 screws in the battery area. Self-disassembly might affect your warranty, so if you want to upgrade your hardware you should send it to the original factory. It comes with the latest WINDFORCE cooling technology: 2 of 47-blade fans with four heat pipes elevate the total cooling efficiency to 150W. The 4 sets of outlet vents on the two sides and the back of C side, with large intake vents above the keyboard and on the back. One 2.5 inch SATA device on the bottom left side of D side, with GPU fan situated above. On the bottom right side we have two SO-DIMM DDR4 slots, with this model using SAMSUNG DDR4. Capacity is at 8GBX2 with clock speed DDR4 2666, although Intel 10th gen supports up to DDR4 2933. On the top right is the CPU fan, with the slot for detachable batteries situated above. On the bottom right, two M.2 SSD slots plus another for 2.5 inch SATA, a maximum of 3 installable storage devices. On the bottom left and right are two 2W speakers. Processed the i7-10750H extreme cooling test at a room temperature of 31 degrees: While running LinX 0.7.1 at full speed, the temperature was 70~79˚C, with a maximum sudden peak at 100˚C. AORUS 5 has good cooling capacity, so we’re using LinX, an Intel platform with a heavy load in burn-ins. During burn-ins, the i7-10750H mostly stays at a clock rate of 4.2G when display showed under 50W. If the power’s increased up to 55~68W, the clock would usually be at 2.99G. Fan speed is at 2200rpm while idling and 4800rpm when CPU is at full speed. In most circumstances, the CPU usage would be lower than those above, with correspondingly low temperature and fan speed. Furmark is mainly for extreme burn-in tests for the GPU GTX 1660Ti: GPU 1485MHz / MEME 6000MHz, Running FurMark gets us a 46˚C while idling and 82˚C at full speed. Since it’s summer with around a 10˚C increase in room temperature, there’s a corresponding increase in temperature recorded in burn-in tests. During burn-ins with FurMark, the upper area of the keyboard is around 38~45˚C, the left and right hand side vents at 38~48˚C. Back vents at 34~55˚C, D side vents at 32~43˚C, with vents on the right-hand side of the back having slightly higher temperatures. Equipped with the latest WINDFORCE cooling system, it’s satisfactory with regards to both CPU and GPU cooling. You will not hear much noise during low-loading situations like idling, doing office work or web surfing, fan speed was low. During high-loading situations like gaming, the fan speed goes up, but the noise is around mid- to low-frequency and doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable with overall noise. As for battery life, we set our battery option to “balanced” in the Windows 10 power settings, with battery options set to “power-saving”: To simulate a practical and power-intensive situation, we play videos on YouTube at 1080P with screen brightness of 20%. After an hour, battery is at 78%, 55% after 2 hours, 42% after 3 and 9% after 4. We estimate that with automatic shutdown at 5%, the battery lasts to 4 hours and 8 minutes – It’s acceptable battery life performance. To summarize the AORUS 5 SB(i7-10750H/GTX 1660Ti 6G) Features and advantages: 1.A rare Made-in-Taiwan laptop, with many parts from big brand or high-level manufacturers. 2.The WINDFORCE cooling system provides excellent cooling for both CPU and GPU. 3.The webcam got high quality compared to other laptops I have seen in the last couple of years. 4.Unique detachable battery with a small adaptor, which increases portability. 5.Keyboard keys with all-zone RGB backlight with 15 colors and a precise touchpad. 6.Uses SAMSUNG DDR4 2666 DRAM, a high level and more compatible RAM. 7.AORUS Gaming Center software and the Nahimic 3D audio software were both good. 8.Specifications that are good for gaming, with 144Hz refresh rate, 72% NTSC color gamut and ultra-thin bezels on three sides. 9.Relatively exceptional audio quality in the mid-level or affordable laptop market. 10.When combined with GTX 1660Ti graphics card, can output on three screens at once, with 1+3 displays simultaneously at maximum. Parts of improvements in the future: 1.A side’s smooth surface makes fingerprints more obvious. Overall quality could enhanced if anti-glare texture is used on the two sides of C side. 2.Internal components are from reputable brands, so the laptop comes at a slightly higher price compared to competitors of the same level. 3.Battery capacity is a bit smaller, would prefer the battery life more than 5 hours. 4.Intel 10th gen’s DDR4 2666 and 2933 differ very little in bandwidth, but 2933 is better for maximum clock rate. Performance Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 85/100 Material Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 86/100 Specification Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 85/100 ID design Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 82/100 Cost Performance Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 85/100 This article’s new AORUS 5 models all come with an Intel Core i7-10750H, but recommended a version that uses dual AMD platform in the future. The three models differ in their levels of GPU, with GTX 1650Ti, GTX 1660Ti and RX 2060 respectively. Compared to other brands of gaming laptops on the market with i7-10750H and GTX 1660Ti, AORUS 5 is a little bit pricier. Since it used better components such as 144Hz & NTSC 72% display, Samsung DDR4 dual channel RAM, and Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 wireless chipset, its more costly in comparison. The low-key design of A side is a minus, I hope GIGABYTE can upgraded it to a non-smooth surface in the future to raise its overall appeal. In all other respects, AORUS 5 was above the level in its price range and uses higher-tier component parts. Excellent cooling capacity, webcam with high resolution and good speaker quality – it’s pretty much an affordable laptop with well-rounded overall performance. Above is the analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of AORUS 5. Please visit my Facebook if you like “windwithme” review article and want to receive more updates. Your comment and like is my fuel for moving forward! PS: Spyder is used for generating color-tuning files on this AORUS 5. 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  2. CINEBENCH R20.0 CPU => 3026cb (2840 cb) CPU(Single Core) => 465cb (435 cb) Geekbench 5 Single-Core Score => 1213 (1160) Multi-Core Score => 6343 (6117) FRYRENDER Running Time => 2m 48s (2m 52s) x265 Benchmark 2.1.0 => 44.84FPS (43.04FPS) PCMARK => 5733 (4568) The comparison, the AORUS 7 (9th generation) is equipped with Core i7-9750H and GTX 1660 Ti graphics. After upgrade and optimization, Intel’s 10th gen i7-10750H has a better clock rate than the previous i7-9750H. When comparing the two, you can see that the i7-10750H performs a little bit better. This, plus the fact that AORUS 5’s cooling system performs well, That made CPU tends to be graded higher – a rare advantage around affordable models. This AORUS 5 SB built in the A-DATA XPG SX8200 PRO 512G SSD. For the SSD testing—CrystalDiskMark: Seq Read - 2602.00 MB/s, Write - 2472.29 MB/s AS SSD Benchmark – 3263: Seq Read - 2849.36 MB/s, Write - 2241.39 MB/s 4K - 64Thrd Read -716.61 MB/s, Write - 1337.41 MB/s The SX8200 PRO 512G comes with a high reading speed of up to 3500MB/s and a writing speed of up to 2300MB/s, Even though AORUS 5 is meant to be an affordable laptop, it comes with M.2 PCIe3.0, a fast SSD model on the market. However, since a laptop has more power-saving technologies built in that cannot be manually turned off, it’s hard to reach the highest bandwidth in the original specifications. In comparison, higher level SSDs still perform better even after discounting for the laptop. Now it’s time for the 3D performance test – the SB model is equipped with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti DDR6 6GB, with data from other gaming laptops using the RTX 2060 in parentheses as comparison. 3DMARK Time Spy => 5957 (6031) VRMARK=> 7738 UNIGINE 2: 1080P MEDIUM => 11114 (11465) FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers: 1920 X 1080 HIGH=> 15014 (15442) FAR CRY 5: Resolution 1920 x 1080, set 3D effect to very high Built in benchmark tool – rendering frames 4903 (5088) opening theme – 74 FFPS
  3. Here we see D side. The top right is where the battery goes, with a large surface area vent on the chassis, On the bottom left and bottom right are the speakers, with 4 indicator lights in the center of the bottom (the front of C side). At the end of this article we’ll dissemble the laptop and talk about AORUS 5’s internal components, structure and heat dissipation designs. AORUS 5 comes with its own AORUS Gaming Center software, four major functions listed as below: Power Modes, LED Keyboard, Flexikey and FAN Speed Control. The Power Modes page allows you to set your laptop to Power Saving, Quiet, Performance or Entertainment mode, Using an adaptor with Performance mode gives you the best performance, so this article was testing mostly under the Performance mode. The LED keyboard setting page allows you to control the backlights, with available settings such as 15 different colors, brightness adjustment and time display. A more detailed fan-speed setting page shows the speed of the CPU and GPU fans, It provides 3 different speed settings, with adjustable offset at the bottom. Since the AORUS 5 positioned as an affordable model, having dedicated software is a nice feature. In addition, there are some other software that could installed separately such as the DRIVERS UPDATE, Allows you quickly find out the versions of your major software and to direct update them. Suggest they combined in the same dedicate software column for more convenience, like the high-end model--AORUS 15G. Nahimic 3D audio software: I tested many MSI gaming laptops in recent years and they all use this audio software. Recently, even DELL Alienware series had adopted this software, the AORUS series also following, The main page provides 4 different sound stages and 3 functions for a variety of detailed settings. The microphone page has two settings – Chat or Conference, with 3 adjustable detail settings. Below is my impression of AORUS 5’s speaker, this part is subjective: When the speaker is at its maximum volume, it was very loud. Had no problems with the speakers volume. High frequency: Not too sharp, very rich detail, high quality overall. Middle frequency: Excellent of full clarity, human vocal is a bit thin, some room for improvement. Low frequency: Low frequency drum sounds are clean, subwoofer not too turbid. But woofer of bass sound is a bit weak. The overall performance in sound is good. However, the sound stage is a bit weak and the mid-bass is not rich enough. For a laptop in the $1,200 to $1,500 USD price range, the sound quality is solid. The latest AORUS 5 comes with the Intel Core i7-10750H, 6 cores and 12 threads, Basic clock at 2.6Ghz and single core up to 5GHz. In comparison, the Core i7-9750H, the 9750H’s basic clock 2.6Ghz and single core up to 4.5GHz. It also has 6 cores and 12 threads. For the CPU testing below, the numbers in parentheses are from the 9th generation AORUS 7 with i7-9750H. CPUZ 1.92.0 Single CPU =>522.8 (475.7) 6C12T multi CPU => 3830.4 (3412.9) Fritz Chess Benchmark => 47.32/22712 (45.63 / 21901) CINEBENCH R15 CPU => 1363cb (1234 cb) CPU(Single Core) => 191cb (183 cb)
  4. AORUS 5 video: https://youtu.be/7yb892POOb4 For the past two years, major laptop brands have invested significant resources in developing their gaming product lines, The majority of mid to high-end laptops are gaming products, with the rest used for content creation. As GIGABYTE’s gaming brand, AORUS accounts for most of GIGABYTES laptops. Today, we’re going to be talking about one of the more affordable models in the AORUS series, a 15.6 inches gaming laptop – The AORUS 5, with the SB standing for its NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti graphics card. AORUS 5 positioned in the market as an affordable gaming laptop with a mid-range discrete graphics card. It comes with Intel i7-10750H CPU and GPU choice between GTX 1650Ti, 1660Ti and RTX 2060 graphics. There is also the 17-inch AORUS 7, with the main difference between the two being the size of the screen since their ID designs are similar. Take a first look at A side. In the center is the AORUS’s eagle logo, with the entire surface using black, smooth plastic material. Unlike the 9th generation models, the new AORUS 5, AORUS 7 have aesthetic lines on their sides, giving a simplified appearance. The dimensions of the AORUS 5 is 361(W)x258(D)x27.9(H)mm, Measuring weight at 2108g, it is slightly lighter than the 2.2kg stated on official website. The thin bezel design makes the screen area a size smaller than the standard 15-inch laptop, but slightly bigger than 14-inch laptops. The smooth chassis makes fingerprints or smudges more obvious, while the absence of RGB or Logo light is a matter of personal preference. After opening the AORUS 5, we can see the design of B side and C side: The hinge for the screen placed on both sides, providing high durability when opening the laptop and a maximum angle of approx. 130 degrees. Although the 10th generation AORUS 5 uses plastic materials as well, the durability of its chassis was been enhanced compared to the 9th generation AORUS 5. On B side, the screen comes with a 5mm ultra-thin bezel design, with a screen-to-body ratio of 81.3%, Possessing specifications such as FHD resolution with IPS-level panel, a high refresh rate of 144Hz, 5ms, plus 72% NTSC wide color gamut; It’s performance is superb for an entry-level or mid-range gaming laptop. The HD webcam placed in a conventional position on top, with built-in face tracking functions. The webcam is smooth and on par with those found in high-end gaming models. As for C side, the full-sized 15-inch model’s keyboard comes with a numpad on the right for more convenience, With a key travel of 2.0mm, and keystroke feedback better than keyboards of other laptops at this price range, although it is still on the soft side. The keys come with a all-zone 15 color RGB backlit, with the touchpad having separate left and right keys for better precision, The touchpad area supports Windows® Precision Touchpad technology and offers multiple touch gesture functions. I/O ports on the left side of the AORUS 5: From left to right - Kensington lock / stylized vent / USB 3.2 Gen1 / USB 2.0 / microphone jack / audio combo jack. I/O ports on the right side of the AORUS 5: From left to right - USB 3.2 Gen2 / MINI DP 1.2 / SD card reader / stylized cooling vents. I/O port on both sides uses adopt anti-glare carbon fiber design, effectively raising quality, windwithme believe that if the smooth area on A side also uses this carbon design, the laptop will looks more attractive. I/O ports on the back side: Stylized vents on both the left and the right, with USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C (Support Display 1.4) / HDMI 2.0 / RJ45 internet port / DC in, with Intel Wireless-AX200NGW chip for network connection. Supports the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology comes with up to 2.4Gbps and the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology. Here’s a list of accessories included with the laptop: From left to right - 180W adapter, simplified manual, warranty card, SSD screws and a thermal pad, On the bottom, we have a li polymer battery (48.96Wh) and a power cord; one plus point is the small and portable adapter. Many years ago, laptop manufactures shifted to built-in batteries to make them thinner or more integrated, so it has been a few years I did not see a laptop with detachable batteries… Built-in batteries might be difficult for users to change batteries themselves and would require a higher fees if to the manufacturer for battery replacements. Detachable batteries allow your laptop used without the batter fitted in, thereby extending battery life. In addition, users can choose to purchase spare batteries when hanging out.
  5. FurMark mainly for GPU RTX 2060 6G burn in test. The GPU at 1080MHz / MEM 5500MHz, in full load mode reach around 4100-4300 rpm fan speed. Running FurMark got idle of 50˚C and full speed 84˚C. When running the Furmark, the temperature reaches 30~36 ˚C at the keyboard and 32~40 ˚C above the keyboard side. Left & right side vents 33~45˚C. rear side around 40~63 ˚C, D cover vent is around 39~59 ˚C The fan noise was a little bit increase during GPU full speed mode, although the noise close to mid-high frequency but the overall is not too loud. In terms of high-loading environment, it was acceptable and not to make people felt uncomfortable. You won’t hear much noise when both the loading environment and fan speed is low. In situations like web surfing, video and music. Due to the weather, room temperature recently rises a lot, at the same time it will affect the laptop temperature. On the battery life: Microsoft Azure AI set to “Battery Saving Mode”. The official claim that adjusts the display brightness to 20%, playback 1080P video, and turn off the Wi-FI & BT, the battery life up to 8 hours. In the test, connecting the internet on WiFi and playback YouTube video at 1080P with 20% of brightness, 50% of Volume, After 1 hour with 84% left, after 2 hours with 71% left, after 3 hours with 58% left, after 6 hours with 11% left, after 6 hours 22 minutes, it’s 5% left and laptop turn off automatically. Microsoft Azure AI set to “Performance Mode”. after 1 hour with 66% left, after 2 hours with 41% left, after 3 hours with 18% left, after 3 hours 40 minutes 5% left, and turn off automatically. The "performance mode" supports most software, that CPU can keep 83~86% performance, and GPU is 65%~76% of the performance. The Azure AI in the AORUS 15G successfully achieved a brilliant balance between battery and performance under an unplug adapter condition. Summarized on GIGABYTE AORUS 15G: Key features and Pros: 1. Solid & decent chassis design and good build quality, it significantly matches the gaming laptop positioning. 2. The unique OMRON mechanical keyboard features extremely high durability and excellent keystroke sensation. 3. The SHARP 240Hz panel with the thinnest three side 3mm bezel and X-rite Pantone calibration. 4. Equipped up to RTX 2070 SUPER or 2080 SUPER that can get a higher 3D performance. 5. AORUS Control center has many of useful functions and ahimic 3D sound effect software. 6. Support Microsoft Azure AI that could dynamically adjust the performance setting, and after optimizing the performance increase by 10%. 7. The Windforce Infinity thermal module consisted of the dual-fans with 71 blades and 5 heatpipes, increasing over 30% thermal efficiency. 8. The optional 10th gen CPU achieved the highest laptop performance, it includes i7-10875H vs i9-10980HK. 9. Equipped Killer AX1650 wireless module which supports 802.11AX (WIFI 6) tech. 10. The webcam cover is heart touching, and the battery life above the standard by high-end hardware. The points for future improvement: 1. The sound quality of the speaker in the woofer effect and sound field could be better. 2. WebCam got lower resolution and quality, hope it could be improved. 3. At ambient temperature above 30˚C, the temperature of in burn-in testing GPU is a bit high, need to turn up the fan speed higher to drop the temperature under 80 ˚C. Performance Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 83/100 Material Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/100 Specification Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/100 ID design Rating ★★★★★★★★★☆ 90/100 Cost Performance Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 83/100 Unlike desktop can depend on SPEC. and price to make a quick decision, buying a laptop needs to do more research in detail. The desktop has the advantage of huge space and highly upgradability, but the laptop combined plenty of components into a thinner chassis. The first step in choosing a high-end laptop is the ID design, material and stronger chassis. Those features are hardly measured. Then is the panel, keyboard feedback, thermal, speakers, and I/O ports, they are really matter too. Although CPU & GPU are mostly factors that affect the price, but there are the SPEC and benchmark users can reference, and every laptop’s brand equipped with similar CPU and GPU, that make users can easily filter what they want. Besides for many consumers, the brand image and warranty policy are both important factors for choice a laptop. windwithme believe that Alienware gaming series laptop gets the most special design on the high-end gaming laptop. In many brands, the high-end level gaming laptop used to make brushed aluminum on the black metal, and slightly add some lines and signal lights on the chassis. Those laptops design are too popularization and ordinary, there are less differences between others. Therefore, how that laptop's design matches the theme “Gaming laptop” is a matter of debate. The latest AORUS 15G’s design is quite unique, through the sharp CNC cutting tech. makes the curve on laptop with richer lines. Achieved the world’s thinnest gaming laptop with mechanical keyboard and combined the above points that indeed make AORUS 15G own a non-alternative advantage. Actually, you would aware of GIGABYTE that is a huge ambition on the high-end level laptop in the recent two years, we still list done 3 points to improve. Since GIGABYTE launched the AORUS and AERO series laptop on the high-end market, the product quality significantly improved on both aspect, and still keep progress. Due to GIGABYTE got into the high-end segment later than others, AORUS brand image and awareness still need to take some time to build-up. AORUS 15G is the G2 Esports CS: GO Team certified laptop, that’s very helpful on promoted the product by the well-known team. There are many new desktop product need to be reviewed, the next article will regard MSI Z490 motherboard equipped with RTX 2070 super’ performance review. After that, it will be the latest AMD B550 motherboard, and I recently started to film the unboxing video, besides I hope the testing article can stay in the schedule to publish. This article was based on my personal experience to analyze the AORUS 15G, hope it could offer the viewers who are interesting in the AORUS 15G a few viewpoints. If you like my article, please come to below link windwithme FaceBook click like. You will get to know my latest review product status. Your reply and like still be my power to moving forward!
  6. PCMARK10 => 6004. Intel launched two 10th gen 8C 16T CPUs for the laptop market. Includes Core i7-10875H in this article and i9-10980HK, Make i7 series has the 8 cores processor, and make it at friendly price level. However many brands only used 10875H with higher-level GPU models. If there is less price difference between Core i7-10750H and 10875H, suggest users to buy Core i7-10875H which can get better multi task performance and gaming. There are many choices on GPU for AORUS 15G, at least GTX 1660Ti Also has GeForce RTX 2060,2070 Max-Q,2070 Super Max-Q, and 2080 Super Max-Q. The KB version equipped with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6G, it is good at the middle-range price segment. According to different GPU level, it can make a huge price difference, the same situation happens on many different brands of gaming laptops. The following is the part of GPU performance testing, compared to the GTX 1660 Ti scores in the back parentheses. 3DMARK Time Spy => 6172 (5670). Unplug the adapter and turn on the AI performance mode: 3DMARK Time Spy => 4260, using the battery mode still got 69% performance. VRMARK=> 8285(7195). UNIGINE 2 1080P MEDIUM => 11495 (10853). FINAL FANTASY XIV : Shadowbringers, 1920 X 1080 HIGH=> 15442(10518). RTX series compared to GTX series got more features, such as Ray Tracing and DLSS technology. Support the latest tech. games are not too many, so 2060 and 1660 Ti still have some advantage in 3D games. If frequently played games that did not support the ray tracing and DLSS, then the 1660Ti is an option that takes both performance and budget. If you want to try some new features, the RTX 2060 is the entry-level that you could experience the latest ray tracing and DLSS tech. Then disassemble the D cover of the laptop, as you can see the main layout inside of the laptop, there are 12 hexagon star screws, two of them have fragile stickers. Suggesting you looking for a professional to help, disassemble by yourself might affect the warranty. It is a good design for easily disassembled, as long as you have the right scroll driver. As you can see there are to 2W speakers at both sides of the laptop, and the 94.24Wh battery. The bottom left placed an NVMe/SATA M.2 slot for additional SSD, in case the user wants updated hardware in the future. In the central area, you can see an additional black thermal pad on the chipset. Offering 2 SO-DIMM DDR4 slots, this one equipped with Crucial Micron DDR4 3200 DDR4 8Gx 2, but intel 10th gen CPU only supports up to 2933MHz. The second M.2 slot only supports NVMe SSD, and this one is A-DATA ASX8200PNP-512GT. WINDFORCE Infinity thermal tech. The wind force infinity thermal module combined the 2x 12V of 71 blade fans and heatsinks, three of them are dedicated to CPU & GPU. The C side left, right and back with 4 vents, keyboard side and bottom side got intake airflow design. In such thin and light chassis even can achieve the 30% thermal efficiency increasing. Burn-in test: The ambient temperature at 29˚C, proceeded Intel Core i7-10875H burn-in test. Fan speed set to gaming mode, launch the LinX. 0.7.1, it can make CPU run in full speed. During running the LinX 0.7.1 at full speed, -77~80 C, maximum up to 91 in a glance. In the standby mode, the fans are around 2300-2400rpm, under this condition you barely hear the fan noise. CPU uses two kind of clock alternatively under full speed when LinX Burn-in. When the 1st stage of clock reaches 3.8-4G, the fans reach 4000-4100 rpm. The second stage with 2.7-2.9G the fan runs 3400-3500 rpm, with noise but not loud. The LinX is critical burn-in software for Intel CPU, and it could put enough pressure on the 8C16T CPU. The cooling is good to handle this.
  7. The D side design implements large and unique theme of vents. The temperature varies during the burn-in test we will shared latter. AORUS 15G Laptop comes with a small bulk of 230W adapter that weighs 735g. The maximum opening angle of the display is about 140 degrees, the expression of these 2 parts are good. AORUS Control Center of exclusive software: The mainpage, Smart Dashboard can offer system monitoring, model name, and hardware status. Keyboard lighting page built-in more than 10 kinds of lighting effect mode for the user to adjust. Supports RGB Fusion 2.0 tech., full color of per-key RGB mechanical keyboard Fan speed control with silent, normal, gaming mode, also with deep control mode. User could depends on personal preferences to set fan speeds under any temperature. The users can use the AI software icon on the upper right of the screen to operate the Ai. Through Microsoft Azure cloud computing and learning, the CPU and GPU power consumption could be dynamically adjust according to the user's behavior of the program to get better performance. The hardware performance can be optimized by AI to achieve higher efficiency, testing a variety of software to turn on AI can get up to 10% higher performance than turning off AI. Nahimic 3D sound software: The interface and function already updated many versions, comes with more features. Mainly apply 4 sound stages, with 3 types to make it richer sound effects. Below is AORUS 15G speaker sound experience, this part is subjective. High frequency – Not too sharp, very rich detail and high quality of overall present. Middle frequency – Overall clear and brilliant, human vocal is rich and nice. Low frequency – Low frequency sound present pretty clean and not too turbid. But woofer of drum sound is slightly weak. The AORUS series positioned on gaming series, the surround sound was a little the weak for the effects. Turn the volume to 100%, the volume is fine and no too loud. The overall performance of the speaker is clear and quality has reached a high-end laptop level. AORUS 15G depends on CPU and GPU combinations difference. KB model aims for the middle level, equipped with 10th gen i7-10875H. The base clock speed is 2.3 GHz, single core Boost up to 5.1 GHz, 14nm process. This is the first laptop equipped 8 cores and 16 threads of Core i7, TDP is 45W. The following is the part of CPU performance testing, turn on AI function with all default settings. CPUZ 1.92.0: Single CPU =>534.7, 8C16T multi CPU => 5064.8, Fritz Chess Benchmark =>54.25 / 26039. CINEBENCH R15 CPU => 1672 cb,CPU(Single Core) => 200 cb. CINEBENCH R20.0: CPU => 3472 cb,CPU(Single Core) => 483 cb. Geekbench 5: Single-Core Score => 1280,Multi-Core Score => 7643.
  8. In recent 2 years, GIGABYTE more focused on the high-end laptop market. They got two product lines, AORUS for Pro Gaming series, and AERO series is designed for the creators. And AORUS series is separated by 15-inch and 17-inch produts. This article will reveal the latest AORUS 15G KB which has been redesigned the appearance, make it more fit to the gaming style. AORUS 15G product intro video:https://youtu.be/FSDOswL1VN8 The biggest features on AORUS 15G and 17G are the brand new appearance designed for pro gaming. The color of A cover made of matted Iron gray metal, and the surface is less obvious fingerprints design. In the past, I have used many black ones, metal matte or hairline surface laptop, the fingerprint is more obvious. The chassis made by aluminum CNC cutting process, which enhances the solid build quality. Dimension of laptop is 356(W) x 250(D) x 25(H)mm (14.0 x 9.84 x 0.98 inch), weight 2.2g (4.85 lb), measured is 2275g (5.01lb) The Eagle shape of logo will light up slightly white when boot up. It is decent and not too flashing. In many high-end laptops, there is an extension part in the rear side of the laptop, but AORUS 15G does not have that extra size. It can effectively shrink the size of chassis, which makes AORUS 15G very different from other brands. Both sides of C cover simulated the supercar side skirt, that gives AORUS 15G with very special unibody like appearance. The B cover is very similar to the GIGABYTE creator laptop of AERO series. The three-way 3mm ultra-thin bezel design is the thinnest bezel in the high-end level model. There is full range of anti-impact stripe rubber protection, to avoid panel damage by C side when cover is closed. AORUS 15G equipped with a 15.6-inch IGZO anti-glare panel on this model. With FHD resolution, 4ms response time, 240Hz high refresh rate, the AORUS 15G guaranteed that games can get an immersive gameplay experience. Over 72%NTSC wide color gamut, and every panel is calibrated and passed the X-rite Pantone certified before ship out. Delta E <1 is very close to original color display, achieve the most accurate color presents even in the games. C cover keyboards and touchpad is black color, rest of the chassis parts is Iron-Gray. The unibody designed touchpad is highly accurate with fine smooth operation. Moreover, it supports Windows Precision Touchpad tech, offering multi-touch operate works. The touchpad offered a fingerprint sensor on the upper left, and the concave design at below makes the panel easier to be lifted and it’s also a cooling hole design. The HD webcam and microphone on the top of C side. The face might not be taken too close to the chin or nose cam with the webcam because the surface is angled upward. To enhance the personal privacy safety, AORUS 15G equipped a cover on the webcam, which is very rare design on laptops. The Keyboard backlit support AORUS RGB Fusion 2.0, which can customized the color and Marco function in every single key. The world’s first laptop equipped with OMRON mechanical switches is the AORUS 17 in end of last year. The exclusive design also equipped on the slimmer AORUS 15G, the thickness of chassis has reduced from 38mm drop to 25mm. The Omron switches are made in Japan, featured ultra-durable 15M of keystroke lifespan, and the optimum key travel 2.5mm. The 1.6mm trigger point is much better than other high-end laptops were using a classic membrane keyboard. GIGABYTE AORUS claim that the typing feeling is similar to the Cherry Blue Switch, compared to my personal Brown Switch keyboard; there is not any big difference. Make a mechanical keyboard fit in a 25mm (0.98inch) chassis is a very awesome design in the mid-high-end level laptop. The left side I/O ports, from left to right: 2 X USB 3.2 Gen1 (Type-A) / Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C) / UHS-II SD Card Reader / DC-in Jack / Shaped Vents. Build-in high-speed card reader, up to 312 MB/s The rear side of hinge with the c side decorated with special racing design, which enriches the design detail of appearance. The left side I/O ports, from left to right: Shaped Vents. / HDMI 2.0 / mini DP 1.4 / USB 3.2 Gen1 (Type-A) / 3.5 Audio combo jack / RJ-45(Killer Ethernet E2600). This is my first time saw the hinge and near area that designed as special racing style in my many reviews of high-end level laptops. The design lines of the detail on AORUS 15G is even richer than DELL Alienware.
  9. The resolution at 2160P test score. Compared to the 1080P and 2160P (4K) resolution of SPECviewperf 13 score as below, It can be seen that using 1080P resolution performance will improve a lot. SPECworkstation 3.0 Resolution 3840 x 2160, GPU changed to RTX 2070 Super Geekbench 5 OpenCL Score => 86188 If the creator's laptop uses 3D rendering software, it is often demand on OpenGL or CL performance. The software as above mainly used to test the performance of OpenGL or CL. Some graphics software had well known before. Then comes DirectX performance, which is the 3D technology that general games use. The back parentheses which are AERO 15 OLED equipped i9-9980HK and RTX 2080 Max-Q comparison. 3DMARK Fire Strike => 18357 (17516) FINAL FANTASY XIV : Shadowbringers 1920 X 1080 HIGH=> 16895 (15948) FAR CRY 5 Resolution 1920 x 1080, set 3D effect to very high Built in benchmark tool – rendering frames 6345 (5878) The three types of DirectX 3D test data above can be seen that the RTX 2070 Super score is higher. And even SPECviewperf 13 and SPECworkstation 3.0 data are the same situation. The new mobile version RTX 2070 Super performance will be higher than the previous RTX 2080 Max-Q. In addition, the higher-end RTX 2080 Super, of course it would be stronger. And it is a 3D performance upgrade for thin and light laptops. I also hope that in the future, NVIDIA’s updated official version driver will improve the performance of these two RTX Supers. Burn-in Temp. test. Ambient temperature at 21˚C, proceed Intel Core i7-10875H cooling test. Fan speed set to normal speed, the CPU full speed up to about 4500~4600rpm. Run the LinX 0.7.1 at full speed, 72~79˚C, maxima up to 80. The fan was about 2600 ~ 2800 rpm during idle. In this state, the fan sound was too quiet to hear the fan sound. The CPU full speed was up to about 3000~3200rpm, although the noise is increased but not loud. Compared with other high-end gaming laptops were tested by several users, this is about below medium volume of fan noise. The i7-10875H TDP specification is 45W, AERO 17 HDR cooling system could suppress higher TDP usage. The clock of 8C16T burn-in state is about 2.9 ~ 3G, although LinX is very strict burning software for Intel CPU. Compared to AERO 15 OLED with 8C16T i9-9980HK, was already has a very good heat dissipation capacity. The 17” AERO with a larger cooling module, which directly makes the heat dissipation capacity and noise of fans performed better. FurMark mainly for GPU RTX 2070 Super burn in test. GPU 1035MHz / MEM 5500MHz, the GPU fan full speed up to about 4000~4200rpm. Run FurMark got idle of 36˚C and full speed 68˚C. With FurMark burn-in test, keyboard side around 28~38˚C, upper side 28~42˚C, left & right side vents 31~46˚C. Back side vents 39~52˚C, D side air intake vent 33~52˚C. The fan noise was a little bit increase during GPU full speed mode, although the noise close to mid-high frequency but the overall is not too loud. In terms of high-loading environment, it was acceptable and not to make people felt uncomfortable. You won’t hear much noise when both the loading environment and fan speed is low. In situations like web surfing, video watching and music. On the battery life, Microsoft Azure AI set to “Battery Save Mode”. Turn off the Wi-Fi link to internet and the Bluetooth to playback video at 1080P format with creen brightness 20%, it claimed up to 8 hours by official tests. In real test, used Wi-Fi link to internet and playback YouTube video at DVD 480P format with 30% of brightness, after 1 hour with 87% left, after 2 hours with 74% left, After 3 hours with 62% left, 5 hours with 34% left, and after 7 hours with 5% then shutdown automatically. That means the battery life performance is excellent for long-term usage environment. Summarized on GIGABYTE AERO 17 HDR Key features and advantages: 1. Solid on chassis and assembling quality, it is significantly different from gaming laptops’ ID design. 2. AUO 4K HDR 400 panel, ultra-narrow bezel design on 3 sides and X-Rite Pantone display color certification. 3. Equipped with the 10th Gen. 8C16T i7-10875H or i9-10980HK to achieve the highest performance of Intel platform laptops. 4. Equipped with the latest NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super or 2080 Super graphics to achieve the highest 3D performance. 5. Rich functions of AORUS Control Center and Nahimic 3D sound software. 6. Support Microsoft Azure AI for dynamic adjust to get higher efficient and performance. 7. WINDFORCE Infinity cooling with dual 72 blades fans and 5 heatpipes to increase 30% heat dissipation. 8. The Per-key RGB backlit keyboard with membrane design and the keystroke feedback was very well. 9. Equipped with the Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi card which supported 802.11AX (WIFI 6) technology. 10. The webcam cover is heart touching, and the battery life above the standard by high-end hardware. The points for future improvement listed. 1. WebCam got lower resolution and quality, hope it could be improved. 2. The sound quality of the speaker in the bass effect and sound field could be better. 3. It would be better if it could provide 4K OLED version like AERO 15 Performance Rating ★★★★★★★★★☆ 93/100 Material Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/100 Specification Rating ★★★★★★★★★☆ 92/100 ID design Rating ★★★★★★★★★☆ 90/100 Cost Performance Rating ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 77/100 There are HDR(4K) and non-HDR(FHD 144Hz) version of AERO 17, others are differentiated by CPU and GPU hardware. The latest version of HDR equipped with Intel's 10th Gen. Core i7-10875H or i9-10980HK. And this is the first time to equip the RTX 2070 Super and 2080 Super(Max-Q) graphics, the price is about USD$1999~4499 The GPU will also have three versions: RTX 2070 Max-Q, RTX 2060, GTX 1660Ti in the market. They are non-HDR version on the market currently, which equipped with Intel's 9th Gen. Core i7-9750H. And equipped with GTX 1660Ti, RTX 2060 and 2070 graphics, the price is about USD $1499~2199 The above 2 entry-level models look more valuable, AERO 17 series has two Gens. of product lines in multiple versions. Consumers who are interested in AERO 17 can depend on their budget and needs to choose. After the refresh, the AERO 17 HDR ID design maintains the same business design with solid chassis and excellent assembly quality. The hardware inside also has different price options due to different levels, and performance can also replace gaming laptops of the same level. It seems that the first wave of new applications is in the higher-priced AERO 17 HDR, and integrated the latest CPU and GPU to improve performance. If the gaming laptop is similar to the price and hardware placement, the ID design of AERO 17 models are still more attractive. If the AERO refreshed in the future, recommended to improve the Webcam quality and richer sound effect performance that will be more complete. Above are my personal experience on the latest hardware performance and design of AERO 17 HDR XB. It is provided as a reference for you in need. 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  10. Microphone page got chat and conference mode, with 3 functions to adjust. Below is AERO 17 HDR speaker sound experience, this part is subjective. High frequency: Not too sharp, very rich detail and high quality of overall present. Middle frequency: Overall clear and brilliant, human vocal is really nice. Low frequency: Low frequency sound present pretty clean and not too turbid. But woofer of drum sound is slightly weak. The AERO series are not positioned on gaming models, so ambience sound and heavy bass will be little cold in the sound effect. The overall performance of the speaker is clear and quality has reached a high-end laptop level. AERO 17 HDR depends on CPU and GPU combinations difference, there are i7-10875H and i9-10980HK 2 models. The character of this article is the second high-level version: XB, which equipped with the latest 10 Gen. i7-10875 H-series processor. It's Intel 8-core CPU with 14 nm technology and a base clock speed of 2.3 GHz, single core up to 5.1 GHz. This is the first laptop equipped 8 cores and 16 threads of Core i7, TDP is 45W. The following is the part of CPU performance testing, turn on AI function with all default settings. The comparison model was AERO 15 OLED that launched last year, which equipped with i9-9980HK processor and RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics. Compared to the CPU scores in the back parentheses which are Intel Core i9-9980HK 8C16T 2.4~5G results. CINEBENCH R15 CPU => 1817 cb (1417 cb), increase about 28% CPU(Single Core) => 212 cb (189 cb), increase about 12% CINEBENCH R20.0 CPU => 3713 cb (3212 cb), increase about 16% CPU(Single Core) => 502 cb (446 cb), increase about 12% CPUZ 1.91.0 Single CPU => 549.4 (512.8), increase about 7.1% 8C16T multi CPU => 5113.3 (4070), increase about 25.6% Fritz Chess Benchmark =>56.07 / 26914 (47.81 / 22948), increase about 17% Geekbench 5 Single-Core Score => 1316 Multi-Core Score => 7876 FRYRENDER Running Time => 2m 13s (2m 28s), increase about 11% x265 Benchmark 2.1.0 => 55.49FPS (45.88FPS), increase about 21% PCMARK10 => 6169 (5253), increase about 17% The Intel 10th Gen of i7-10875H 8C16T clock speed is about 2.3~5.1GHz. Compared with the top CPU of previous generation i9-9980HK 8C16T, the clock is about 2.4 ~ 5GHz. The CPU performance of the above two in AERO 15 and 17-inch thin and light notebooks, No matter in single-core or full-core performance both has significantly improved in the latest 10th Gen. If the 17-inch 3.8 kg muscle laptop equipped with i9-9980HK would be much larger due to the bigger thermal module. After comparison, that the i9-9980HK performance was similar to i7-10875H In conclusion, we can understand that thin and similar type of laptop models, which equipped the 10 Gen. supporting the new boost clock technology. Coupled with GIGABYTE's exclusive Azure AI software, the clock speed of single-core or full-core operation will have more power flexibility and higher performance. DRAM performance test - DDR4 2933 AIDA64 Memory Read - 41026 MB/s Intel 9th Gen Coffee Lake natively supported up to DDR4-2666 MHz memory. This time, 10th Gen Comet Lake-H supported up to DDR4-2933 MHz memory. AIDA64 Memory Read speed increased from DDR4 2666 to 2933 by about 10% This laptop equipped with Micron DDR4 3200, It was a pity that the CPU didn’t support up to DDR4 3200. Previously tested the 10th generation 10nm i7-1065G7 belongs to Ice Lake-U platform, up to 3733 After all, the laptop with DDR4 cannot overclock, I hope there is an Intel H series platform that supports up to DDR4 3200. The AERO 17 HDR storage system was built-in two M.2 SSDs slots. This one was installed with SAMSUNG M.2 PCIe 512G SSD. SSD test part–CrystalDiskMark Seq Read - 3201.63MB/s,Write - 2976.97MB/s AS SSD Benchmark - 4680 Seq Read - 1983.16 MB/s,Write - 2437.77 MB/s 4K - 64Thrd Read - 1265.64 MB/s,Write - 2006.90 MB/s SAMSUNG MZVLB512HBJQ is also known as PM981a. This spec. of read speed up to 3500MB/s, write speed up to 2900MB/s It has been tested that the max. 3230 and 1625MB/s of Intel 760P was only 2773 in AS SSD Benchmark. In terms of PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD, PM981a is considered to be the top-performing SSD version. However, it is difficult to reach the max. Bandwidth of the specification due to the laptop energy-saving technologies and not able to manual disable. NVIDIA releases RTX Studio laptops for content creators, with Creator Ready Driver supported. The new Gen of laptop high-end GPUs are RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 Super. They both equipped with the NVIDIA new Max-Q design, and claimed that Max-Q brings more FPS per watt than before. The following is the RTX 2070 Super (Max-Q) GDDR6 8GB 3D performance testing result. The installed driver version is NVIDIA STUDIO DRIVER 442.23. SPECviewperf 13 The resolution at 1080P test score.
  11. The D side design implements large and unique vents. Both left and right sides are speakers. The battery (94.24wh) is built-in and non-detachable. The high-end Intel 8C16T Core i7-10875H and NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super were both insert into the thin chassis. How temperature varies during the burin-in test will be written in latter paragraph. Here were listed all the included accessories. Warranty card, user manual, power cord and 230W adapter. The adapter is not big and easier to carry. The ID design style of AERO 17 HDR is quite similar to AERO 15 OLED. The biggest difference is the I/O positions and the display size. To me, the ID design of AERO is superior to other top-level ultrathin notebooks. AERO provides top level 17’’ HDR and 15’’ OLED notebooks for display-oriented creators. Here we compare the indoor display performance. On the left side, we have the AORUS 7 equipped with LG IPS 144Hz (Tuned with Spyder) On the right side, we have the AERO 17 HDR equipped with AUO 4K with HDR 400. The AORUS 7 utilizes the same FHD display as AERO 17. The tuned display color is already pretty awesome. However, the AERO 17 HDR delicately presents bright and dark area details under High-Dynamic Range. The RGB backlit from keyboard looks impressive indoor. Especially at a dark space, the RGB lightning will be most luminous. Not to mention that users can adjust the lightning mode whenever you like. GIGABYTE Control Center software. The first page is Smart Dashboard. Mainly for monitoring software systems, hardware usage, and hardware model names. The AI interface located at the top-right side. Through Microsoft Azure, cloud computing and machine learning could predict the program experience and user behaviors, and then dynamically adjust CPU and GPU power consumptions. Optimizing hardware performance by AI can achieve a higher executing performance. Moreover, the new AI icon looks concise and stylish. Manager page looks like mobile phone drop-down macro interface. Mainly shows the function status and instant on/off. The RGB Fusion 2.0 supports up to 16.77 million colors Per-Key RGB Backlit keyboard. In addition, the keyboard supports 80 simultaneous key presses, and the Per-Key Macro keys function. These functions can be turned off when you aren’t gaming. The outstanding keystroke feedback is very impressive. Fan speed control with silent, normal, gaming mode, also with deep control mode. User could depend on preference to set any fan speed at any temperature. And lastly, this Smart Utilities item is about the hardware update information, system backup, product description, Q & A and other functions. GIGABYTE Control Center interface is almost the same as AORUS Control Center. Although the functions are already very abundance and the layout is easy to use, I hope AERO can have its own style of software layout Nahimic 3D sound software Recent years tested many MSI gaming notebook all used this software The interface and function already revised many versions, comes with lots features. Mainly apply 4 sound stages, with 3 type to make it richer sound effects.
  12. In recent 2 years, GIGABYTE laptops mainly focused on two product lines. AORUS launched earlier and is more famous as a series based on gaming design. AREO is a thinner series designed for the needs of creators; these two series got their strong points. AERO chassis design is closer to high-quality Ultrabook, equipped with high-end hardware SPECs. The character of this article is the latest AERO 17 HDR, Let’s watch the guide video and get the information guide first. https://youtu.be/dVIC-iR44zc This new AERO 17 HDR XB equipped with Intel Core i7-10875H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super. The outer box used the special English lettering of AERO with black and orange colors. The full chassis body with CNC cutting technology, the A side also all be made with aluminum. The central and upper area are matted design with anti-fingerprint treatment. To make the A side more varied, the bottom area was V-shaped unfolding line design with brushing surface treatment. 17.3” dimension is 396(W) x 270(D) x 21.4(H) mm, weight from 2.5kg. Actual weight is 2661g, AERO 17 HDR performs pretty well on high-end laptop ID design and balanced of weight ratio. Open the AERO 17 HDR, the B side and C side placement overview. The display hinge located at both sides of the chassis body, the maximum open angle of the display is around 120 degree. The assembling quality is very solid. The A side could slowly close automatically when the open angle of the display is under 30 degree. B side is the 17.3” AUO anti-glared display, 4K UHD IPS panel. The three edges of the AERO 17 HDR display with 3mm ultrathin bezel, which is the thinnest bezel design on the overall notebook models. There is a full range 3 side of frame rubber around to avoid causing damage when the screen closed to touch the C side. B side screen-to-body ratio is up to 89% and matches the VESA Display HDR 400 standard. It supports 100% Adobe RGB color gamut that brings more than 25% more details than sRGB colors of detail. Each laptop display passed the color calibration of X-Rite Pantone from factory side. Delta E <1 is very close to original color display, and achieve the most accurate color presents. Except for the keyboard area, the C side are made by matte black aluminum material same as A side design. The island-style keyboard with RGB Fusion 2.0 technology, and specialized in more fabulous full-color backlight. GIGABYTE and Sunrex who is the world's largest keyboard supplier collaborated to make the keystroke feedback more solid In terms of membrane keyboard, this is really good keystroke feedback by my personal experience. There are HD webcam and microphone on the top of C side. The face should not be taken too close to the chin with webcam because the surface is angled upward. It supported face tracing technology, the smoothness was outstanding but the resolution still could be better. It is a rarely design of webcam cover in other laptops, which can enhance the privacy for users. The round power button just below the webcam, and the linear holes on both left and right side of the button are airflow vents for cooling. The bottom of the C side is the touchpad, which offered accurate operation, and equipped with the fingerprint sensor on the upper left. The left and right sides are stickers of hardware or feature lists, and one more sticker that emphasized this laptop was Made in Taiwan at the bottom-left corner. The large and thicker sticker on the right which emphasized the hardware features of AERO 17 HDR, it easier to tear and no glue reside. The right side of I/O port. From left side, USB 3.2 Gen1 / Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C) / MINI DP 1.4 / HDMI 2.0/ power input/ vent. Composed with Killer Ethernet E2600 LAN chip and Killer wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 chip. The AX1650 supports the latest 802.11AX, which is the WIFI 6 technology that allows a 2.4 Gbps transmission speed. The left side of I/O port From left side, vent. / RJ45 internet port / SD Card Reader (UHS-II) / USB 3.2 Gen 1 Earphone jack / microphone jack / USB 3.2 Gen 1 The UHS-II can be seen as a luxury high-speed SD Card Reader for laptops, which can run up to 300 MB/s.
  13. Battlefield V 1920 x 1080, frame quality: highest DX12 option, opening theme – 99FPS RTX 2060 NVIDIA DLSS option, – 89FPS Monster Hunter: World 1920 x 1080, 3D effect set to highest, opening theme – 50 FFPS (55 FPS) FAR CRY 5 Resolution 1920 x 1080, set 3D effect to very high Built in benchmark tool – rendering frames 4939 (5088) opening theme – 75 FFPS PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS 1920 x 1080 3D effect set to highest, start character in lobby - 152 FPS Tom Clancy's The Division 2 1920 x 1080 3D effect set to highest, opening theme – 67 FFPS Although RTX 2060 adds ray tracing and DLSS technology, but not many games which supported currently. Basically, the performance difference between 1660Ti and 2060 in most 3D games is not too big. However, it can be seen from the above that the 1660Ti performs well in 1080P game resolution. If the price for a laptop with RTX 2060 is not affordable to you, A laptop with 1660 Ti, which the price and performance were both decent. Ambient temp. 24˚C, proceed Intel Core i7 9750H cooling test. Run the LinX 0.7.1 at full speed, 67~74˚C, maxima up to 91 ˚C. The heat dissipating of AORUS 7 performance is not bad, so use LinX which is Intel platform with very high loading to burns in temp. test. i7-9750H in the burn in process, it showed TDP is under 50W and most of the clock rate is 3.99GHz. If the power increased up to 60~80W, most of the clock rate is 3.09GHz. The heat dissipating performance of AORUS 7 beats the DELL Alienware M17 with i7-9850H. FurMark mainly for GPU GTX 1660Ti burn in test. GPU 1320MHz / MEM 6000MHz Run FurMark got idle of 47˚C and full speed 69˚C With FurMark burn in test, keyboard upper side around 34~37˚C, left & right side vents 33~45˚C Back side vents 30~51˚C, D side air intake vent 30~40˚C, so the rear right side vent got higher temp. The AORUS 7 equipped with WINDFORCE 2X cooling system. It was very satisfied about the cooling on both CPU and GPU. You won’t hear much noise when both the loading environment and fan speed is low. In situations like idle, web-surfing and documenting files. The mid-low frequency noise level and volume won’t let you feel uncomfortable, while playing high-loading games or using high fan speed. On the battery life, Windows 10 power option set to balance, battery option set to battery save mode. Used Wi-Fi link to internet and playback YouTube video at DVD 480P format, 1 hour with 83% left, 2 hours with 65% left, 4 hours with 26% left, estimated up to 5 hours before shutdown. That means the battery life performance is above the standard. Summarized the strengths of AORUS 7 SA (i7-9750H/GTX 1660Ti 6G) 1. The WINDFORCE 2X cooling system is capable of supporting the high level performance of CPU and GPU. 2. The resolution of the webcam is one of the finest equipment that I have ever used in recent two years. 3. The combination of a detachable battery and an exquisite adaptor enhances the portability of laptops. 4. 15 different LED colors were provided by the RGB backlit keyboard, and a precise touchpad was equipped with laptops. 5. SAMSUNG DDR4 2666 DRAM, a high level and compatibility memory. 6. The exclusive Control Center 3.0 software and the Nahimic 3D sound software functions are great. 7. 17’’ IPS panel from the Better LG 144Hz refresh rate and ultrathin bezel. 8. The ultrathin bezel design effectively reduces 14% of the 17’’ laptops’ volume. The points for future improvement listed. 1. The A side is normal at the first glance. To draw customers’ attention, creativity should be implemented more on the A side. 2. The price is higher compare to competitors, because of better branded components. 3. Current noise occurs somewhere around the keyboard when the fan speed is low. However, the noise disappears when the fan speed is high. Performance Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 85/100 Material Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/100 Specification Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/100 ID design Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 80/100 Cost Performance Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 85/100 “Gaming laptop” is too lavish for grasping customers’ attention in recent years. The term was applied to some $700 USD laptops merely with discrete graphics. It should have more gaming element and higher performance for the $1,000 to $1,400 gaming laptops. Better 3D graphics is necessary, and more gaming elements such as display, keyboard, sound system, cooling system and Wi-Fi card. Building a gaming laptop with upscale features will create a different marketing position, which separates the customers of general laptops. The AORUS 7 might be differs in the GPU level, where GIGABYTE provides GTX 1050, 1650, 1660Ti, and RTX 2060. However, GTX 1660Ti is the only option in Taiwan. Compare to the competitors’ GTX 1660Ti gaming laptops, AORUS 7 is slightly higher in price. The AORUS 7 got high-end components such as LG 144Hz display, Dual-channel Samsung DDR4, Intel 760P SSD, Killer 1550 chipset with higher costs. However, the plain appearance is a weakness for AORUS 7. I would recommend GIGABYTE make more effort on designing the chassis. All other features match its value of AORUS 7. Outstanding cooling system, fine resolution webcam and exquisite sound quality were not common in other moderate level laptop. Thus, I would claim that the AORUS 7 is a great entry-level gaming laptop with overall comprehensive performance. Please visit my Facebook if you like “windwithme” review article and want to receive more updates. Your comment and like is my fuel for moving forward! PS: Spyder is used for generating color-tuning files on this AORUS 7. Please leave a message in my Facebook if you need more information about it.
  14. Geekbench 5 Single-Core Score => 1160 Multi-Core Score => 6117 FRYRENDER Running Time => 2m 52s (3m 07s) x265 Benchmark 2.1.0 => 43.04FPS (35.8FPS) PCMARK => 4568 The speed clock of Intel 9 i7-9750H was 300 to 400MHz higher than the previous Intel i7-8750H. In summary, the i7-9750H was superior in terms of performance. In addition, the AORUS 7 equips a high-level cooling system. This is how AORUS 7 CPU test pretty easier to get the high performance and this is an advantage in the entry-level laptops. DRAM performance test - DDR4 2666 AIDA64 Memory Read - 37492 MB/s In term of the 9th generation platform with DDR4 2666 dual channel bandwidth, AORUS 7 has achieved high standards performance. It equipped the higher-priced Samsung DRAM, and it is better for the stable and compatibility of laptops. The storage system could install up to two M.2 SSDs and one 2.5” SATA storage. AORUS 7 SA equipped with Intel 760P M.2 PCIe 512G SSD. SSD test part–CrystalDiskMark Seq Read - 2972.1 MB/s,Write - 1518.8 MB/s AS SSD Benchmark – 3042 Seq Read - 2675.17 MB/s,Write - 1378.68 MB/s 4K - 64Thrd Read -882.63 MB/s,Write - 998.86 MB/s This Intel 760P of read speed up to 3230MB/s, write speed up to 1625MB/s The price is higher in the SSD market, but also because of the reliable brand and warranty be trusted by consumers. AORUS 7 equipped with higher quality components even it positioned in the regular level laptops. Here comes 3D performance test. With GeForce GTX 1660Ti DDR6 standard version. Will also attached previous tested result of RTX 2060 for comparison. 3DMARK Fire Strike => 13277 (14615) 3DMARK Time Spy => 5670 (6031) UNIGINE 2 1080P MEDIUM => 10853 (11465) FINAL FANTASY XIV : Shadowbringers 1920 X 1080 HIGH=> 10518 (14238) Apex Legends 1920 x 1080, Video setup to highest Practice mode start theme –127FPS
  15. The D side design, the upper right is battery location and vents are mainly in the center. The both sides below are speaker hole and four yellow lights are in the center, that is in front end of the C side. AORUS 7 got Control Center 3.0 software, was divided into four main functions: Power Modes、LED Keyboard、Flexyikey、FAN Speed Control. LED Keyboard light setup page, built in 15 colors and others detail setting. Fan speed control setting with power saving, quiet, performance and entertainment modes. Users could depend on different use environment to set the better fan speed mode. In terms of entry-level laptops, I give full marks to this fan speed control page for detailed setting. AORUS 7 equipped with WINDFORCE 2X cooling system and owned large dual fans. With 3 heatpipes to pump out internal hot air, the actual heat dissipating performance will be tested as below. Nahimic 3D sound software Recent years tested many MSI gaming laptop all used this software. Other gaming laptops have also begun to follow suit, the most dramatic example is AORUS. The homepage mainly applied four sound stages, with three type to make it richer sound effects. The microphone page got chat and conference mode, with 3 function to adjust. Below is AORUS 7 speaker sound experience, this is subjective. When the speaker is adjusted to maximum volume, it was very loud which means no common problem with the volume is too low. High frequency: Not too sharp, very rich detail and very high-quality present. Middle frequency: Overall clear and brilliant, human vocal is a bit thin. There is still much to be desired. Low frequency: Low frequency drum sound present pretty clean, subwoofer not too turbid. But woofer of bass sound is too weak. The overall performance of the speaker sound in sound mode is good. However, the sound stage is a bit weak and the mid-bass not rich enough. As far as the $1,000 to $1,400 price range, this sound quality is still pretty good and worthy. AORUS 7 equipped with Intel Core i7-9750H, 6 Cores 12 threads, basic clock 2.6Ghz and single core up to 4.5GHz. Fan Speed default setting is “entertainment”, about 2800~4000rpm to test CPU performance. It would be compared to the data in back parentheses which are Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2~4.2G results. CPUZ 1.91.0 Single CPU => 475.7 (450.8) 6C12T multi CPU => 3412.9 (3388.2) Fritz Chess Benchmark => 45.63 / 21901 (43.67 / 20960) CINEBENCH R15 CPU => 1234 cb (1155 cb) CPU(Single Core) => 183 cb (167 cb) CINEBENCH R20.0 CPU => 2840 cb (2556 cb) CPU(Single Core) => 435 cb (408 cb)
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