10th Gen Gigabyte Aero 17 Review – Different From Last Gen?
Super graphics lets find out how this new configuration performs and see what other changes theyve made over the older model. In this detailed review., Ive got the HDR XB model, so theres an 8 core Intel: i7 10875H CPU 90 watt Nvidia RTX 2070 Super Max Q, graphics, 16gb of memory in dual channel, a 17.3 HDR 4K 60Hz IPS screen and a 512gb M.2 NVMe SSD in one Of the two available slots. For network connectivity, its got gigabit ethernet, WiFi, 6 and Bluetooth 5.. There are a few different configurations available. The HDR version that Ive got has the 4K HDR screen. While the non HDR model has a 1080p 144Hz option, you can find updated prices for different models linked in the description. On the matte black metal. Lid weve got the Aero logo with a subtle brushed finish towards the bottom.. The interior is similar to most of the lid all matte black metal, but with a plastic outer trim and overall, it felt well built with no sharp edges or corners. Gigabyte list. The weight as around 2.5kg or 5.5lb and mine was just over 2.6kg.. Once we add the 230 watt power, brick and cables, the total rises up to 3.5kg.. The dimensions are about what youd expect from a modern, 17 machine. However, the height is just 2.1cm thick, well see how this affects thermals and performance. Later. Ive measured the screen bezels at 8.5mm on the sides and Gigabyte say this – gives it an 89 screen to body ratio.
. The 17.3 4K 60Hz IPS screen has a matte. Finish comes Pantone, calibrated out of the box and looks excellent noticeably better compared to most 1080p panels. I regularly test with. Ive, measured the colour gamut using the Spyder 5 Pro and got 99 of sRGB 92 of NTSC 96 of AdobeRGB and 86 of DCI P3. At 100 brightness. I measured the panel at 530 nits in the center, with a 12901 contrast ratio. So, overall, quite a nice, display. Backlight bleed looked fine, only some extremely minor glow spots that I never noticed when viewing darker content, but this will vary between laptop and panel., Its also DisplayHDR 400 certified and while nothing amazing when compared to other HDR monitors, Ive tested Its still a step up over nothing, though I havent tested many HDR laptops, yet as selection is still minimal. Screen flex was on the lower side. The metal lid felt quite solid.. The hinges are found out towards the corners and felt equally solid. However, I think the exterior is plastic. One finger opening was only just possible its a little heavier at the back. However, it felt fine sitting on my lap., Like other Aero laptops. The screen bezel is too thin, so the 720p camera is found down the bottom, no Windows, hello support, but its got a physically sliding privacy cover.. This is what the camera and microphone look and sound like., As the camera is right down the bottom. Even if I move the screen back and forward its not going to adjust it, so this is kind of the angle youre stuck with.
Heres. What typing on the keyboard sounds like, and this is what it sounds like if we set the fan to max speed.. It is pretty loud for me and its not very good at isolating my voice., The keyboard worked well and I had no issues typing with it. Its got individual key RGB backlighting, with quite a few effects built in. However, unfortunately, the secondary key functions still dont get lit up, as was the case last gen too. It would have been good to have that improved with the new model. Heres. How typing sounds to give you an idea of what to expect.? There was only minor keyboard flex while pushing down hard overall, the metal body was quite sturdy, absolutely no issues at all. During normal use.. The precision touchpad was extremely smooth to the touch and worked very well.. It presses down anywhere to click, supports the usual gestures and has a fingerprint scanner in the top left corner, which means that the top corner has no touchpad functionality.. I was never limited by this and liked the fingerprint scanner which I found fast for unlocking the machine. Fingerprints show up easily but are kind of masked by the matte finish and they werent too hard to clean with a microfiber cloth. On the left from the back Theres, an air exhaust vent, gigabit ethernet port, which is facing the prefered way, no lifting the machine to get the cable out full size, UHS II, SD card slot.
Thank you for always keeping this in the Aero series: USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A port 3.5mm mic and headphone jacks and second USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A port. On the right from the front theres. A third USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A port, a Type C port which has both Thunderbolt 3 and DisplayPort support, mini DisplayPort, 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 outputs power input and another air exhaust vent.. This side has changed slightly from last gen, which had two Type C: ports here.. The mini DisplayPort and HDMI ports connect directly to the Nvidia GPU. However, the Type C port goes via the Intel iGPU first. On the back. There are air exhausts towards the corners and the Aero logo in the center.. Meanwhile, the front is just plastic, with a groove for your finger to open the lid., The Aero logo on the lid lights up white from the backlight of the screen. So it cannot be adjusted. Underneath theres heaps of air ventilation towards the back half of the machine.. The bottom panel can be easily removed by taking out 14 TR6 screws., Once inside, from left to right. Weve got an M.2 slot for NVMe or SATA storage, the battery down the bottom WiFi 6 card and two memory slots above this followed by the second M.2 slot. On the right, which is NVMe only., The two speakers are found towards the front left and right corners. They sound alright, clear at higher volumes with a little bass, present.
Heres, what were looking at while playing music at maximum volume and the Latencymon results werent too bad.. The Aero 17 is powered by a large 94 watt hour battery, which the Aero series is well known. For. Ive tested it with the screen brightness at 50 background apps, disabled and all RGB lighting off., While just watching YouTube videos, it lasted for 6 hours and 20 minutes and it was using Intel, integrated, graphics due to Nvidia Optimus and its a little behind last years. Model., While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidias battery boost set to 30 FPS, the battery lasted for 1 hour and 22 minutes before dropping to 6 FPS, then in total it lasted for an hour and 46 minutes. If you include the period where it wasnt playable., This puts battery life around average for gaming in terms of the period where the game was actually playable. While the battery life outside of gaming is excellent. Given the specs were dealing with., The 230 watt power, brick that Gigabyte includes with the Aero 17, appears to be adequate for these specs. I was seeing some drain during my testing, but it would stop at around the 95 mark, which is pretty standard behaviour. It never dropped further.. Well, just quickly recap: thermal testing here, as Ive covered it in depth in a dedicated video, so check the card in the top right or link in the description for the details. Air is pulled in through the large mesh area underneath and also from the vents above.
The keyboard. It then gets exhausted out the back and from the left and right sides towards the back.. There are shared heatpipes inside and Gigabyte use thermal grizzly hydronaut thermal paste, here. The Gigabyte control center software allows us to set the CPU between 5 different levels of power and the GPU between two levels as defined here.. We also get a few different default fan curves, but have the option of customizing it for optimal performance. In different workloads. The Aero would thermal throttle on the CPU at 90 degrees. But honestly, I think this is preferable compared to it having say a 100 degree celsius limit like the G5.. By boosting the fan, speed and using a cooling pad, it was possible to improve the temps.. These are the average clock speeds for those same tests., Even in the worst case, combined CPU and GPU stress tests with higher fan, speed and the cooling pad. It was possible to hit 4.2GHz over all 8 cores, not bad at all. Given the laptop is just 2.1cm. Thick., These are the power levels being hit. The GPU had no issues running at the 90 watt limit once we boost it to level 1. Otherwise, the CPU being able to go above 60 watts with the cooling pad was quite impressive. When you consider most other laptops, will hard cap, the CPU at 45 watts in combined CPU and GPU loads. Heres, how CPU only performance was looking in Cinebench again by manually, boosting the power limit.
It was possible to improve the score quite nicely. Heres how the 10th gen 8 core processor, compares against others, Ive tested in the past its slightly behind the 9980HK in the last gen Aero 17. However, its worth mentioning that was undervolted while undervolting is locked on this newer, 10th gen Aero. So I couldnt do it., Boosting the power limit and overclocking. The graphics was able to give us a fair performance boost in games, though even without being able to undervolt. Playing games in quiet mode was alright in GPU heavier titles, but, as we saw earlier, the CPU gets capped more harshly, so CPU heavy games may lag in That mode. Heres how the fans sound during the different tests. The fans were completely silent at idle. However, there was some coil whine present in my unit.. Quiet mode does what it says, even under heavy load., The normal profile wasnt too loud when under stress test and the gaming profile was still quieter when compared to many other, less powerful gaming laptops, Ive tested. Max fan. Speed is quite loud, but personally I think this is an advantage. Rather than being locked to a lower fan, speed and being forced to run hotter. The user at least has the choice and, given you can customize the fan curve greatly, you have the option of finding a good mixture of noise and thermals.. As for the external temperatures, where youll actually be putting your hands at idle, it was in the mid 30s.
So a little warmer than many other laptops, Ive tested, but no issue. With the stress tests running the middle, gets a little warm while the WASD keys and wrist rest area was still cool. With the fans at max speed. Its cooler but, as we just heard, also quite loud., As a laptop, primarily designed with content creation in mind, heres how it performed in Adobe Premiere.. The Aero 17 was offering one of the best results in this test. Out of all laptops tested, though, to be fair, it was not too far behind other lower specced machines. With Quicksync in use. There seems to be diminishing returns once you have an i7 and 1660 Ti. Ive also tested out SPECviewperf, which is a benchmark for professional 3D. Workloads. Ive compared the 2070 Super Max Q in this new 10th gen Aero 17, with the 2070 Max Q non super from the previous Aero 17. I reviewed last year and we can see that in some tests the Super graphics were able to offer a nice improvement. Ill cover. The differences between 2070 Super Max Q and 2070 Max Q in another video so make sure youre subscribed for that one. Next lets. Take a look at some gaming benchmarks. Ive tested these with the CPU set to level 4 and GPU set to level 1, so the highest power limits available with the Gigabyte software, though this does not apply any overclocks or undervolting., While the Aero 17 came with Nvidia Studio drivers for the game tests I installed game ready drivers for best performance.
In Battlefield 5 Ive got this Aero 17 highlighted in red near similarly specced machines.. The results were fair in this game. The average FPS of the 2070 Super Max Q is keeping up with many of the other 2080 Max Q laptops that Ive previously tested. However, the results were more interesting in the other titles.. These are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra settings in the built in benchmark.. This test tends to favour CPU power and the 8 core 10th gen processor can actually hit some nice speeds in this chassis, as we saw earlier in the thermal tests. Anyway. The results in this game are some of the best out of all laptops tested, likely only behind the Triton 500 at the top. As that lets, you disable the integrated graphics which boosts performance.. These are the results from Shadow of the Tomb raider, with the built in benchmark at highest settings. Again, the Aero 17, with this new hardware, was producing one of the best results out of this selection of laptops.. I found it interesting that it was ahead of the GX502GW, given that it has the 115w 2070 with the iGPU disabled.. The FPS from the new Aero is almost 19 faster than the last gen Aero Ive got on the graph too, with 9th gen, 8 core i9 and 2070 Max Q.. If you want to see more games, benchmarked on the Aero 17 check the card in the top right or link in the description where Ive tested 21 games at all, setting levels.
Based on these results, it looks like the combination of the 10th gen processor, with faster Memory and new Super graphics is actually holding up quite well compared to the last 9th gen and non Super graphics options.. I was pretty surprised when I found the 90 watt 2070 Super Max Q outperforming the 115 watt 2070 laptops now Im really interested to see how the new 115w 2070 Super laptops stack, up. Now for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine as Well, as Firestrike Timespy and Port Royal from 3DMark just pause, the video, if you want a detailed look at these results. Ive, used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage and the 512gb NVMe M.2 SSD was performing quite well.. The UHS II SD card slot was doing great, for the reads, however, writes were noticeably slower, but given most people, probably use this to offload stuff from a camera reads would be more important.. The SD card sticks out by this much when inserted into the machine. For updated pricing check the links in the description as prices will change over time. At the time of recording in the US. The Gigabyte Aero 17 with these same specs is going for 2900 USD. However, there are also much cheaper versions available with lower tier CPU or GPU. Compared to the Aero 17 I covered last year, its 300 less, so that seems pretty decent, given CPU performance wasnt all that different and the GPU was better.
With all of that in mind, Lets conclude by covering the good and bad aspects of the new Gigabyte Aero 17 laptop. Overall, the Aero 17 is a nice laptop for content, creators and gamers alike that are, after the larger 17 inch screen. Theres, the 4K HDR screen for creators or 1080p 144Hz option For gamers, and as we saw both creator, workloads like video, exporting or games were performing very well.. The build quality is great battery. Life is nice for specs, and I didnt have any major issues to report aside from some subtle coil whine. While idle, though that would come and go depending on the workload and would get masked by low fan noise., The performance is quite good. All things considered its a thinner, 2.1cm machine with good specs inside. As a result, under worst case loads. It does thermal throttle. However, the performance was actually quite good, especially if youre willing to boost the fan, speed and use a cooling pad.. Unfortunately, undervolting was locked in the 10th gen model, Im, not sure. If Gigabyte did this or if Intel have just blocked it, 10th gen wide as 4 laptops from both Gigabyte and MSI so far have had it locked.. It was good to see that were able to customize the fans so much as well as the power limits. However, I feel Gigabyte may be leaving performance on the table by maxing the CPU out at 62 watts by their software, when I could manually boost this in Intel XTU to achieve even higher performance.
, Regardless its still good that its not just hard capped to a lower Value like other machines. In the end, though theres not really much change compared to the last gen Aero 17., It seems, like Gigabyte, have just dropped in an Intel, 10th gen processor, with faster memory and Nvidia Super graphics and called it a day.. It would have been great to see some more incremental improvements at this price point, such as 2.5 gigabit ethernet or even just having the keyboard backlighting light up all functions. In terms of those hardware differences, though 10th gen doesnt seem to offer too much improvement over 9th Gen, while the Super graphics seemed to offer a bit more compared to non super variants., Let me know what you thought about the Gigabyte Aero 17 laptop down in the comments I know quite a few of you are sad that theres no Ryzen 4000 version as Ive Shown in another video, the 4900HS in smaller machines is far more power efficient for comparable performance. Gigabyte usually read the comments on the video. So if you want to see that in future, definitely let them know, I know Id be keen to see a Ryzen based laptop for content creators. Anyway, thanks for watching and if youre new to the channel get subscribed for future laptop reviews and tech.