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  1. 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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  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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)
  8. Recent 2 years GIGABYTE goes forward and aggressive to Mid-High level laptop market. The part of their Gaming is dominated by the AORUS series, and the part of Creator is dominated by the AERO series. And the AORUS series recently launched the brand new flagship product–AORUS 17 got the highest exposure. This time we got the entry models of the AORUS high-level gaming laptop series, named as AORUS 5, AORUS 7 with 15” and 17” design. The character of this article is the AORUS 7 with a bigger 17” display. Dimension is 399(W) x 282(D) x29.2(H)mm, weight about 2.5kg. Actual weight is 2543g, and the detailed model name is AORUS 7 SA. The thin bezel design makes the appearance smaller than the regular 17” laptop, and slightly larger than the regular 15” one. The AORUS eagle image Logo in the center of A cover, and the sharp lines on the both sides design increase the speedy style. This one is positioning in the regular laptops market, so it’s a pity that none of these 3 areas equipped some light bar design. It is smoother when you touch the A side with fingerprint, it will be better if there are some pattern or more colorful light bar. However, the special design on both side of back vents behind the A side is a plus to the appearance. Open the AORUS 7, the B side and C side placement design. The hinge located at both sides of the chassis body, the maximum open angle of the display is around 130 degree. The assembling quality is solid. Although the case was made by plastic, you won’t feel much unstable while opening the display. Thin bezel design is the most common feature in the gaming laptops market on 2019, was implemented at the B side. Three edges of the AORUS 7 display possess 6mm thin bezel. The webcam placed above the display, it will be more convenient for users. The 17.3’’ LG IPS 4ms anti-glared display owned FHD resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. Face tracing technology was used in the HD webcam, the smoothness and resolution were both outstanding. Overview of the C side, there is full-sized keyboard with numpad, and the key travel is 2.0mm. The keystroke feedback is better than the laptops’ keyboard at this price range, but the feedback is still slightly soft overall. It equipped single-zone 15 colors RGB backlit keyboard, and separated the left and the right key of the touchpad to make more accuracy. The touchpad area supports Windows® Precision Touchpad technology and have a few touch gestures. The left side of I/O port From left side, vent / USB 3.1 Gen1 / USB 2.0 / microphone jack / Earphone jack. The right side of I/O port From left side, USB 3.1 Gen2 / MINI DP 1.2 / SD Card reader / vent. The back side of I/O port The both right and left side are vents, and USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C / HDMI 2.0 RJ45 are in the middle of back side. Killer Wireless-AC 1550 LAN chip of RJ45 port. Here are the accessories be included packaging. From left, Li Polymer Battery(48.96Wh), warranty card, SD slot protection card, manual, power code and 180W adapter, and the big plus is the small and portable adapter. In addition, the design of detachable battery has not been seen for several years. Laptops are designed to have a built-in battery for thinness or integration. There are some troubles for replacement and extra expensive cost at built-in battery for most consumers. Furthermore, the detachable battery can also provide two for self-use and easy to take it out for gaming or working.
  9. PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS 1920 x 1080 3D effect set to highest, start character in lobby, - 393FPS (386FPS) Apex Legends 1920 x 1080, Video setup to highest Practice mode start theme – 245FPS (234FPS) RTX 2060=>119FPS,RTX 2080 Max-Q=>147FPS Monster Hunter: World 1020 x 1080, 3D effect set to highest, opening theme – 95FFPS (91FPS) RTX 2070=>75FPS,RTX 2080 Max-Q=>71FPS FAR CRY 5 Resolution 1920 x 1080, set 3D effect to very high Built in benchmark tool – rendering frames 6918 (6766) RTX 2070 rendered frame 6784, 2080 Maxx-Q rendered frame 5654. Battlefield V 1920 x 1080, Graphics setup Auto: Max Fifelity DX12 and NVIDIA DLSS option, opening theme – 171FPS (164FPS) 2080 Max-Q=>138 FPS AORUS 17 only with RTX 2080 support dual adaptor design. With game test could see, single adaptor performance some are the same, some with performance gap less than 5~10%. With single 330W adaptor, under heavy 3D games might loaded up to 320W Dual adaptor will become half power consumption for each, 2nd adaptor could be the backup or used for extreme performance usage. Not like some top level notebook need to plug on 2 adaptor to insure the highest performance. AORUS 17 only need to being 1 out, make dual adaptor more flexibility for users. Highest version with RTX 2080 is the top of notebooks, all comes with extreme performance on 3D benchmarks or gaming, Some game play present are big gap from 2080 Max-Q, even mush stronger than 2070. Burn-in Temp. test. Ambient temp. 27˚C, proceed Intel Core i9 9980HK cooling test. Fan speed set to full speed, about 4500~4600rpm Run the LinX 0.7.1 at full speed, 52~65˚C, maxima up to 83. The fan speed up to 4500rpm with CPU burn in test, the fan noise up to maxima status. LinX burn in is often to see 2 clock of 3.89GHz-1.08V and 2.4GHz-0.83V Core Temp. showed TDP is 58W, the AORUS 17 cooling seems still got enough power. Suggest the BIOS could adjust a bit to drive higher speed clock and TDP to gain more performance. FurMark mainly for GPU RTX 2080 burn in test. GPU 1485MHz / MEM 7000MHz Run FurMark got idle of 58˚C and full speed 73˚C With FurMark burn in test, keyboard side around 28~31˚C, upper side 32~36˚C, left & right side vents 46~51˚C Back side vents 42~57˚C, D side air intake vent 33~50˚C, so the rear side vent got higher temp. If set fan to normal mode, used for internet, video or songs, speed around 2000rpm, less noise. Fan speed over 3000rpm will get higher noise, and 4500rpm will even higher. The noise level closer to mid-low frequency got less uncomfortable feeling, could wear headset or use speakers if needed. On the battery life, Microsoft Azure AI set to “Battery Save Mode”. Used Wi-FI link to internet and playback YouTube video at DVD 480P format, dual GPU switch GPU mode test. Set on “dGPU” mode with RTX 2080, 1 hour with 67% left, 2 hours with 30% left, 2h25m with 8% left. Switch to iGPU to use Intel UMA and Optimus, 1 hour with 77%, 2 hours with 59%, 3 hours with 39%, 4 hours with 19%, 4h40min with 6% left. Support GPU switch mode did have better flexibility for longer battery life. Summarized on AORUS 7 (I9 9980HK/RTX 2080 8G) Key features and advantages: 1. Solid chassis, assembling quality, ID design achieve the top-level notebook quality. 2. Top nVIDIA RTX 2080 of highest 3D performance version, with Graphic Switch function. 3. First mechanical keyboard notebook with OMRON switch, high durable and high quality type feedback. 4. YA version attached AUO FHD 240Hz display, 3 side ultrathin bezel. 5. Each notebook display with X-Rite Pantone color calibration from factory side, and fulfill the high standard of Delta E<1. 6. AORUS Control Center and Nahimic 3D sound software got rich functions. 7. ESS Sabre Hi-Fi DAC high-level sound chip make higher level headset sound experience. 8. WINDFORCE Infinity with dual 12V fans, 5 heatpipes, 4 vents of high level cooling. 9. Support Microsoft Azure AI auto adjust to get higher efficient and performance. 10. Outstanding WINDFORCE Infinity cooling system performance, dual 330W adaptors are more flexible. Need to be enhanced or improved 1. A side metallic chassis if under strong lights, easier to get fingerprint image. 2. WebCam got lower resolution and quality, hope it could be improved. 3. The biggest CPU power up to 58W, could make it higher to raise up 9980HK performance. 4. If the 5 zones of surround chassis lights could have full RGB colors will be more beautiful. Performance Rating ★★★★★★★★★☆ 92/100 Material Rating ★★★★★★★★★☆ 90/100 Specification Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/100 ID design Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/100 Cost Performance Rating ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 80/100 GIGABYTE is gearing up to make better features products and tracing in the mid-high level gaming notebooks. Besides of Ultrabook, also the first thin bezel & high performance laptop AERO 15. This year they launched new version of AERO 15 OLED, provide creator markets with more unique features to users. AORUS 15 of 2019 version goes to thin bezel and lighter design, for mid-high level gaming market. And this article comes with latest top level Gaming Notebook AORUS 17, it’s the most featured gaming notebook. On this kind of top level gaming notebook SPEC. with ultrathin bezel and mech. Keyboard with OMRON switch, could reduce the size and weight and very outstanding. GIGABYTE designed in the ultrathin bezel and slimmer chassis with very high quality detail on recent AORUS and AERO series. 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  10. AORUS 17 with Intel i7-9750H and i9 9980HK This YA version with 9980HK, 8 Cores 16 threads, basic clock 2.4GHz and single core up to 5GHz. Fan Speed set to “Normal”, about 2000~4000rpm to test CPU performance. CPUZ 1.90.1 Single CPU => 523.5 8C16T multi CPU => 4592.3 Fritz Chess Benchmark => 56.74 / 27236 CINEBENCH R15 CPU => 1703 cb CPU(Single Core) => 198 cb CINEBENCH R20.0 CPU => 3754 cb CPU(Single Core) => 472 cb Geekbench 5 Single-Core Score => 1290 Multi-Core Score => 6511 FRYRENDER Running Time => 2m 17s x265 Benchmark 2.1.0 => 52.14FPS PCMARK => 6745 Below i9 9980HK test progress of power consumption, system idle about 90W If its full Cores test, it’s about 180W more, so single 330W is enough. Around CPU test process it’s quiet, full speed will not be too noise. AORUS 17 already delivered full performance of i9 9980HK, not like many slim type notebook will drop a bit of CPU performance. I did test DT replacement Dell Alienware Area-51m with i9 9900HK, only about 10% higher on the CPU performance. AORUS 17 with 9980HK on performance, power consumption, noise and temperature with very good balanced quality. High light the only All Intel Inside components, and very rare of “Made in Taiwan” Used Intel CPU, WiFi card and Intel 760P SSD. AORUS 17 could install 2x M.2 SSDs and 1 2.5” SATA storage. SSD test part – CrystalDiskMark Seq Read - 3088.5 MB/s,Write - 1600.4 MB/s AS SSD Benchmark - 3057 Seq Read - 2708.30 MB/s,Write - 1546.10 MB/s 4K - 64Thrd Read - 879.27 MB/s,Write - 1027.30 MB/s This Intel 760P of read speed up to 3230MB/s, write speed up to 1625MB/s If compared to PCIe x4 of M.2 SSD performance, Intel 760P is mid-high level. Intel SSD take most advantage from stability and good quality, if comes with other higher SSD will be better. Here comes 3D performance test. With GeForce RTX 2080 GDDR6 standard version. Test result used dual 330W adaptor, single 330W adaptor results in the bracket for comparison. Besides also attached previous test result reference from other high-level notebooks. Installed NVIDIA GeForce 441.41 Driver. Win10 updated to 1909 version. 3DMARK Time Spy => 10422 (10149) RTX 2070=>9102,RTX 2080 Max-Q=>7509 UNIGINE 2 1080P MEDIUM => 19461 (19084) RTX 2070=>15193,RTX 2080 Max-Q=>14942 FINAL FANTASY XIV : STORMBLOOD 1920 X 1080 HIGH=> 20021 (19786) RTX 2070=>17832,RTX 2080 Max-Q=>15638
  11. The back side Both right and left side are vents, IO port from left side is HDMI 2.0 AORUS 17 YA version with dual AC power input, 330+330W Killer Ethernet E2600 LAN chip of RJ45 port D side design Emphasize the fighter jet, exotic car, and phoenix element shapes. The vents on bottom side with phoenix image style, even D side comes with special art design. With their latest WINDFORCE Infinity cooling technology, thermal efficient up to 37% enhancement. Buit-in dual 12V of 51 blade fans, 5 heatopies, 4 airflow vents and Vapor Chamber. Display open angle up to 125 degree, with Li Polymer 94Wh battery. CPU and GPU main difference is i7 9750H or i9 9980HK, RTX 2060, RTX 2070 or RTX 2080 graphics. The RTX 2070 models with 1 330W adaptor, and RTX 2080 support dual 330W adaptor. Below is the AORUS 17 and dual 330W adaptor compared image AORUS Control Center software Open the software, main page “Smart Dashboard” Mainly for system monitor, hardware condition and hardware working status. On right top side is their AI interface, through Microsoft Azure cloud data to calculate and analysis. AI could analysis the program and user behavior, to adjust CPU and GPU power consumption. In the simple way that AI to optimize hardware performance, and make better software working experience. Manager page looks like mobile phone interface. Mainly show the function status and instant on/off. The very rare design of “Graphic Switch” function, let user could use Discrete GPU or with NVIDIA Optimus for Intel UMA function. Fusion C side chassis with 5 lighting zone, with 8 main color type and colorful brightness adjust design. Keyboard light adjust page, built in 10 more lights shining mode. Full range color light, support RGB Fusion 2.0 Fan speed control with silent, normal, gaming mode, also with deep control mode. User could depends on preference to set any fan speed at any temperature. Besides, the fan speed up to 4700rpm 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. Microphone page got chat and conference mode, with 3 function to adjust. Below is AORUS 17 speaker sound experience, this is subjective. High frequency: Not too sharp, very rich detail, very high quality present. Middle frequency: Overall clear and brilliant, human vocal is rich but still a bit thin. Low frequency: Low frequency present clean, not turbid, woofer of drum sound is a bit weak. Overall the built in speaker did achieve top level gaming notebook quality, if the detail could adjust will be better. External speaker designed with ESS SABRE Hi-Fi DAC, up to 24bit/192KHz data rate. Enough to push 16~600ohm mid-high level headsets, it’s a really good benefit for headset oriented users.
  12. Recent 2 years GIGABYTE launched many Mid-High level laptop, want to gain more market share. Now the hottest series are Gaming and Creator market The AERO series for Creator market, designed with 15” and 17”, with many HW combination models. AORUS is for Gaming series, mainly with 15” and 17” design. This time we got GIGABYTE AORUS 17, the brand new design with highest SPECs. Many brand like DELL, ASUS, MSI, they all separate Gaming notebook with 2 categories. One is slim type with mid-high level Hardware, another is larger muscle notebook with highest Hardware SPECs. AOTUS 17 is the 2nd type muscle book, but with thin bezel and slimmer chassis. It’s kind of combination of both advantage of slim and strong power. A side metallic chassis, with AORUS eagle Logo and dual lines to create speedy style. The backside extend part is small, center stripe and both side airflow exhaust comes with LED light bars. Dimension of this 17” NB is 396(W)x 293(D)x 38(H)mm, weight about 3.75kg Actual weight is 3780g, compare its solid chassis and top level hardware, the size, thickness and weight all smaller than the previous review of Dell Alienware Area-51m. B side and C side chassis design AORUS 17 comes with 3 version of WA, XA and YA, YA is the top level. It depends on CPU, Display and GPU combinations difference. This article is TA version, comes with Intel Core i9-9980HK and GeForce RTX 2080 The C side 17.3” display, YA version with AUO FHD display. Refresh rate is 240Hz, 3ms response time, match the top gaming display format. Each notebook display passed the color calibration of X-Rite™ Pantone from factory. Delta E <1 is very close to original color display, it helps a lot for many user environment. 3mm ultrathin bezel design, very rare design even on other ultrathin notebooks. The HD resolution on the bottom side, the dark noise is higher, but still very smooth. C side material is most important for user, because it will touch by fingers and palm rest. The touchpad is very sensitive with high level NB quality, left & right holes for speakers. Left down side showed “Made in Taiwan”, right down side is feature label. AORUS eagle image power bottom, showed white light when boot up. Back left and right side of vents design with style shape, comes with straight line colorful light for gaming style. In front of C side with 2 zones light control, support RGB Fusion 2.0 Keyboard is the most special design, high light as world’s 1st OMRON switch slim mechanical keyboard. Key Switch cap is round design, to make the LED light more balance, the light is more beautiful. The key press up to 15Millions times lifecycle, 2.5mm slim key distance. The 1.6mm trigger point is better than other top-level laptops of membrane keyboard. Compared with Cherry keyboard switch still have some difference on feedback and click sound, that depends on personal preference. According to my 10 years experience of Cherry switch keyboards, use OMRON switch keyboard shall not have big difference. This design make the 17” muscle design of top level gaming notebook could be slimmer. The right side From left side, USB3.1 Gen1(Type-C) / UHS-II SD Card Reader 2x USB3.1 G1(Type-A)/ chassis vents. The left side From left, vents, / DP 1.4 & USB3.1 (Type-C) Thunderbolt3(Type-C) / USB3.1 Gen1(Type-A) Microphone jack / Headphone jack (Support Hi-Res Audio and SPDIF)
  13. Next, we tested DirectX, a technique most of the game titles apply. The following () is the AORUS 5 (Core i7-9750H/ GTX 1660Ti) benchmark 3DMARK Fire Strike => 17516 (7997) FINAL FANTASY XIV : Shadowbringers 1920 X 1080 HIGH=> 15948 (10518) FAR CRY 5 Resolution: 1920 X 1080/ Graphic setting: Ultra We use its built-in performance test, FPS: 5878 (3187) GTX 1660Ti can run most titles using 1080p, medium graphic setting; and RTX 2080 Max-Q can run 1080p at Ultra. If you are running UHD 4K resolution, we recommend you to apply medium or lower setting. RTX 2080 is the most powerful you can get on AERO 15 OLED, there’s also a more affordable “SA” with 9750H and GTX 1660Ti. Based on the test results above you may learn the difference between different GPU models and the most expensive one may not be the best choice for you especially if you don’t have such high budget. One more thing for your information, NVIDIA recently update the 436.02 driver which optimizes more new titles. You should update it if you play these titles. Burn-in Test Room temperature: 31°C, running Intel Core i9-9980HK cooling test. Fan mode: normal (runs at 3800~4100 RPMs when CPU running at full speed) CPU temperature: 79°C~90°C, highest temperature: 95°C, running LinX 0.7.1 at system’s full speed. Fan speed is 2600~2800 RPMs when standby, at this stage you can barely hear the fan; the speed will raise to 3800~4100 RPMs and the fan noise becomes noticeable. Comparing to other models we’ve tested, this is not too bad. 9980HK’s TDP is 45W, and AERO 15 OLED’s cooling system is capable of handling more power. Most of the time the CPU frequency is around 3.9~4.1G, TDP is about 55~58W; when TDP gets close to 60W, the wattage will drop to 0.8V and the clock speed is 2.4~2.6G. Please note that LinX is very demanding for CPU, actual usage such as game would not use that much power. Therefore, under normal circumstances, the CPU clock sped should be around 3.9~4.1G. Furmark is a GPU burn-in test. GPU 1000MHz / MEM 6000MHz Temparature: Standby: 55°C/ Full speed: 77°C We cannot get the precise GPU clock speed, but we compared the result to MSI GS75 which we previously tested. Though both is running the same RTX 2080 Max-Q, the MSI model can only reach slightly above 870MHz. While running LinX burn-in test, the center of the keyboard temperature is 32~36°C, upper side of it is 36~42°C, the rear side, air exhaust vent, is 38~48°C, and the bottom side, air intake vent, is 33~45°C. The fan noise rose when running at full speed, but it’s not too bad and we think it’s acceptable. You can barely hear the fan when you are surfing the Internet, watching videos or playing music. About the battery life, GIGABYTE claims 8.5 hours of usage, which may only happen when handling simple tasks such as web browsing. We tested it with Wi-Fi on, Microsoft Azure AI Battery Save Mode, playing 480p videos on YouTube, and the result is not quite as GIGABYTE claims but still exceptional. After 1 hour: 85%/ 2 hours: 69%/ 3 hours: 56%/ After 5 hours: 21%/ After 6 hours: 8% The left is AERO 15 OLED with Samsung AMOLED display; the right is AORUS 5 with LCD IPS. When the brightness is about the same, we can see the difference in details, such as the upper left, the ripples, or the left side on the AERO logo, the grass. AMOLED performs better on both image details and color saturation. Besides the advantages mentioned above, AERO 15 OLED’s display is color calibrated by Xrite Pantone, hence the photo shown on the laptop looks very similar to the real object, meaning the color displayed is very close to actual color. To sum up, GIGABYTE AERO 15 OLED YA(i9-9980Hk/RTX 2080 Max-Q) has the following advantages: 1.ID design is not “gaming” but ore professional, and the overall build quality is great. 2.It carries the most high-end display that is available now: Samsung 4K AMOLED, has 3-side ultra-thin screen bezel and is color calibrated by Xrite Pantone. 3.It is equipped with 8C16T Intel 9th gen Core i9-9980HK and the performance is improved. 4.Thin& light but carries NVIDIA RTX 2080 Max-Q, currently the most powerful mobile graphics. 5.Useful GIGABYTE Control Center and Nahimic audio software. 6.Microsoft Azure AI can dynamically adjust hardware settings and increase efficiency. 7.Advanced dual fan+5 heat pipes+11 intake/exhale vents GIGABYE cooling design: Supra Cool 2 thermal system. 8.Per-key RGB backlight keyboard; membrane keyboard but offers great tactile feedback. 9.Killer AX1650 supports 802.11AZ (Wi-Fi 6). 10.Thoughtful design of camera cover for extra privacy; with great performance as well as portability thanks to its 94Wh battery. 11.Besides the most premium “YA”, GIGABYTE also offers more entry-level models. Things we think could do better: 1.The glossy display can be reflective when the ambient is bright. 2.Webcam has low resolution. 3.Speakers performs poorly on subwoofer and sound field. 4.It’d be better if the AMOLED also comes in matte finish so that customers get to choose. Performance ★★★★★★★★★☆ 93/100 Quality ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/100 Hardware Spec ★★★★★★★★★☆ 92/100 ID Design ★★★★★★★★★☆ 90/100 Price/Performance ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 75/100 AERO 15 OLED starts from about 1,800 to 3,000 dollars, this product line covers most GPUs. The price varies according to hardware specs and the most expensive one is YA, then XA, WA, SA and NA. The latest version carries Intel 9th gen Core i7-9750H or i9-9980HK, as for the graphics it has RTX 2080 Max-Q, RTX 2070 Max-Q, or RTX 2060. The same ID also comes in with Sharp 240Hz FHD IGZO matte display, offering options from GTX 1660Ti to RTX 2070. The newest AERO 15 has minimum “professional” look, great build quality and feels premium. There are 2 different types of panels and both of them have ultra-thin screen bezel, color calibrated display and a keyboard that has exceptional tactile feeling. The price varies according to the parts inside, the product line covers different level of performance for you to choose from, from “gaming performance” RTX 2080 Max-Q to more entry level GTX GPUs. Personally, I’d choose AERO over normal gaming laptops if the hardware spec is similar. In the future we hope to see a webcam supporting higher resolution and stronger speakers. So, this is my review on the latest AERO 15 OLED, wish this information is helpful If you like my article, please like & follow my facebook fanpage to receive the latest updates To know my personal test and review status, your Reply and Like still my best momentum to moving forward the works.
  14. *The following () are scores of i7-9750H (6C12T, 2.6~4.5G) CINEBENCH R15 CPU => 1477 cb (1123 cb) CPU(Single Core) => 189 cb (183 cb) CINEBENCH R20.0 CPU => 3212 cb (2208 cb) CPU(Single Core) => 446 cb (305 cb) CPUZ 1.89.1 Single Thread => 512.8 (479.6) 8C16T Multi Threads => 4070 (3476.2) Fritz Chess Benchmark => 47.81 / 22948 (42.97 / 20624) Geekbench 4 Single-Core Score => 5514 (5278) Multi-Core Score => 27592 (21049) FRYRENDER Running Time => 2m 28s (3m 13s) x265 Benchmark 2.1.0 => 45.88FPS (37.05FPS) PCMARK10 => 5253 We can find the difference between Intel 9th gen mobile CPUs (6C12T vs 8C16T). The creator laptop aims to accelerate video preview and rendering or image/ 3D model processing. 2D image processing requires a lot of CPU power, including how the frequency and number of cores can help accelerate the process. The benchmarks above includes CPU multitasking and media editing results for your reference. As for the storage, there are 2 built-in SSD slots and this model is equipped with 2 Intel 760P M.2 PCIe 512G SSD. SSD benchmark: CrystalDiskMark Seq Read - 2417.0 MB/s,Write - 1560.1MB/s AS SSD Benchmark - 2773 Seq Read - 2233.79 MB/s,Write - 1489.70 MB/s 4K - 64Thrd Read - 878.31 MB/s,Write - 811.00 MB/s Most of the premium models tend to use Samsung or Toshiba SSD, however, GIGABYTE choose to use Intel’s solution. This Intel 760P SSD supports 3230MB/s read speed and 1625MB/s write speed, which is goof for an M.2 PCIe SSD, plus Intel’s brand image and its SSD product line good reputation, that’s why GIGABYTE decides to go for Intel SSD and marketing is as “All Intel Inside” – the usage of more Intel components than competitors to provide a more reliable system. Recently NVIDIA announced its new “RTX Studio laptop”, solutions that’s optimized for creatives. The RTX studio laptops support “Studio driver”, which can accelerate more than 40 creative applications. Here are some RTX 2080 Max-Q 3D rendering performance. Driver: NVIDIA STUDIO DRIVER 431.70 SPECviewperf 13 Resolution: 1080p Resolution: 2160p tested results We can see from the SPECviewperf 13 result, you can gain more performance while applying 1080p resolution. SPECworkstation 3.0 Resolution: 3840 x 2160/ GPU: RTX 2080 Max-Q Geekbench 4 OpenCL Score => 26205 Creator laptops usually need OpenGL or CL performance while running 3D content editing software. The benchmarks we ran (shown above) are mainly testing OpenGL or CL performance, you might heard some of these apps before.
  15. I/O ports on the right. From the left: 2x USB3.1 Gen1/ Thunderbolt 3/ SD Card Reader (UHS-II)/ DC-in/ Thermal Vent AERO has a built-in SD card reader that supports a higher transmitting speed of up to 300 MB/s. The rear side Between the 2 hinges is the thermal vent as well as a small “AERO” tag. The thermal system is called “Supra Cool 2”, which carries dual 71-blade fans, 5 heat pipes and 11 inhale and exhale vents. According to GIGABYTE the overall cooling performance is 30% better than the former generation. A huge part of the bottom side consists of a unique shaped cooling vent. On the both side of the lower part are the speakers. The 94Wh battery is attached to the laptop, not a detachable design. This thin and light model is equipped with 8C16T i9-9980HK and NVIDIA RTX 2080 Max-Q high-end components. Here we will go through all the benchmarks. On the right is the Chicony 230W adaptor, the weight is 722 g. Due to its high-end performance of i9-9980HK and NVIDIA RTX 2080 Max-Q, the AERO needs more power of a big adaptor. It’s big but is till portable. The laptop comes with a backpack that looks more “business”. It has a large capacity and lots of pockets for your personal belongings. GIGABYTE Control Center The first page “Smart Dashboard” shows the hardware specs and helps you monitor the system. On the upper right of the desktop is an AI icon. The Microsoft Azure AI function can detect what app is running and dynamically adjust CPU and GPU’s power settings by accessing/learning the data on Microsoft Azure’s cloud server in order to optimize the hardware usage and make the whole system work more efficiently. “Manager” is shortcut page where you can turn to other most used functions. The RGB Fusion 2.0 Per-key backlit keyboard supports 16.7 million colors. You can turn it off when you are not gaming. As mentioned before, the tactile feedback is very nice. Besides quiet, normal, gaming and customize, there’s also “deep” setting for the system fans. The “deep” mode allows user to assign different fan speeds to individual temperature. The fan speed is up to 6000 RPMs. “Smart Utilities” is where you can find update info, system backup, product description, FAQs… GIGABYTE Control Center is basically the same as AORUS Control Center. Although it’s functional and easy to use, we think AERO should have the control center in AERO’s own style. Nahimic Audio Driver There are lots of MSI laptops applying this software. This software has been updated a few times and now carries many functions: it mainly provides 4 different sound fields along with 3 more detailed settings. AERO 15 OLED comes in with 2 different CPU, i7-9750H and i9-9980HK. The one with “YA” carries RTX 2080 Max-Q and “XA” is RTX 2070 Max-Q. In this article we are going to test the “XA”: with i9-9980HK, 8 cores, 16 threads, TDP 45W, 2.4GHz base frequency and 5.0GHz max turbo frequency. This frequency is a single core highest frequency. Here are some benchmarks with AI functioning and other default settings. We compared it to the AORUS 15, i7-9750H/ GTX 1660Ti.
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