Gigabyte Aero 15X Laptop Review and Benchmarks
Error 15x is a seriously impressive, laptop featuring a six course cpu 1070 max q, graphics, 144 hertz screen and large 94 watt hour battery packed into such a small space let's find out what the laptop has to offer as well as how well it performs through various Benchmarks to help you decide if it's worth buying let's start by checking out the specs of the hardware. This is the first laptop I've tested with Intel's new eighth generation. Coffee Lake mobile chips and we've got an eye 78758 CPU here, which has a base clock speed of 2.2 gigahertz, but can turbo all the way up to 4 point 1 gigahertz in single core workloads. There'S 16 gig of ddr4 memory running at 2666 megahertz in single channel. However, the two slots can support up to 32 gig for storage there's, a 512 gig MDOT, two nvme SSD installed, but there's also a second MDOT to nvme slot. So you can upgrade the storage further for the graphics, there's, an nvidia 1070 max q, and this one has a 15.6 inch. 1080P 144 hertz IPS panel, however it's also available in 4k and we'll, see how this performs soon in the benchmarks for the network connectivity there's, a Gigabit Ethernet port support for Eno 2.11 AC, Wi Fi as well as Bluetooth, 4.2, the lid and interior are a matte Black aluminium and overall, the body of the laptop felt nice and solid, the build quality seems quite good and I didn't notice any overly sharp edges which are plastic.
The physical dimensions of the laptop were thirty five point: six centimeters in width 25, centimeters in depth and 1.89 centimeters in height, so it's fairly small for a 15 inch laptop due to the thin screen and small bezels. The total weight of the laptop is listed at around 2.0 T alloys with the battery and mind. Wait close to this with the 180 watt power, brick and cable for charging. The total weight increases to 2 point 7 kilos, so overall it's quite light and portable. As mentioned, the screen here is a 15.6 inch, 144 Hertz, 1080p IPS matte panel, no g sync available here, although I don't person we miss it on high refresh rate, displays anyway it's more beneficial at around the 60 Hertz range. The viewing angles are excellent. The colors are still clear even on sharp angles, as you've probably noticed, it's also got very thin bezels on the sides and the top they're just five millimeters thin. You can attach up to three external displays to using the 40 gigabit per second Thunderbolt 3 mini DisplayPort or HDMI ports. I'Ve also measured the colors produced by the 1080p screen using the spider 5 per and my results. Return. 93 of srgb, 64 percent of ntsc and 69 percent of Adobe RGB, sir – nothing incredible, but not too bad I'd, happily use it for content creation. The panel in the 4k model is listed as 100 srgb, so you've got that option. If you want a more accurate panel, I've performed my usual backlight bleed test on the display, which involves having the laptop show a black screen in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding.
I then take a long exposure photo to display me bleed. So this is a worst case scenario test, as you can see, that does appear to be a little bleed here, but it's very minor, and I could only just make it out with my own eyes, but this will of course varied between laptops, while moving the display There was only a little bit of flex. It was fairly solid, as the hinge mechanism runs along most of the base of the laptop. It can also be opened easily, with one finger demonstrating a fairly even weight distribution, as the bezels around the display is so thin. The only spot for the 720p camera is underneath the display the camera doesn't, look too good, even with decent lighting, it's still quite grainy, and does its place below you get the classic up. In this view, the microphone isn't that great either but you'll be able to judge both for yourself next to the camera, there's a light sensor and the software will automatically adjust the screen brightness appropriately, based on the room lighting. Personally, I found this a little annoying and disabled it, but it's an option. The keyboard was really nice to type with. I found the keys slightly clicky depress and here's how they sound to give you an idea: it's an RGB keyboard with individual key backlighting. So you can apply a lot of different effects through the gigabyte fusion software throughout the video. The key lighting may look like it's flickering that's just to do with the shutter speed of my camera, not matching the lights in person.
The lighting is completely solid and doesn't flicker at all. There was a bit of keyboard flex while pushing down fairly hard, but this wasn't an issue at all, while typing normally overall, it felt fairly sturdy. The touchpad uses Eiland drivers and was extremely smooth to the touch. Should felt great, it presses down anyway, to click, but you have to press in the bottom right corner to right click. I got used to this in the end, but in general wasn't a fan, as I personally prefer the two finger press anywhere right click system. Moving on to the io on the left as the Ethernet port, USB 3.1 gen2 type, a port HDMI, 2.0 port mini DisplayPort, 1.4 output and 3.5 millimeter audio combo jack on the right there's, the SD card reader, USB 3.1 gen2 type c port with Thunderbolt support; 2. Usb 3.1 gen2 on type a ports, power input and Kensington, lock, there's, nothing at all on the front other than some status LEDs towards the right and nothing at all. On the back up on the lid there's, the gigabyte logo, which lights up white while the laptop is powered on and down the bottom there's this carbon fiber, looking texture fingerprints, do show up but they're fairly easy to wipe away underneath there's some air intakes towards the Back to keep everything cool as well as some rubber feet, which do a good job in stopping the laptop from easily moving around the hot air is exhausted out the back just below the monitor.
So this area heats up quite a bit as we'll see soon. The two speakers have found underneath towards the front corners. They sound alright, not too bad minimal bass, but they stay clear even at loud volumes powering the laptop is a 94 watt hour battery and with a full charge and just watching youtube videos with the screen on half brightness keyboard lighting off in background apps disabled. I was able to use it for 6 hours and 15 minutes. The laptop was using the Intel, integrated graphics thanks to Nvidia Optimus, while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings and invidious battery boost set to 30fps the battery lasted for one hour and 50. Four minutes. This is the best battery life in a laptop I've, seen out of all the laptops featured on the channel and considering the fairly high end specs inside. I was very impressed by the huge battery during normal use with an ambient room temperature of 22 degrees Celsius. The CPU and GPU both idled in the mid 30s and here are the external temperatures of the laptop, where you'll actually be putting your hands getting to around 30 degrees in the center I've tested gaming by playing pub G at high settings with the default fan, speeds For half an hour and the temps for that are shown in green, a little CPU thermal throttling was observed during this test. While gaming, the keyboard area got into the high 40s, but the rest was surprisingly cool.
The left and right sides of the keyboard actually felt cold, full CPU and GPU load was tested with both a 264 and the heaven benchmark running at the same time, with the default fan profile in use so was seeing some CPU throttling not too surprising. Considering this 6 cores maxed out, but keep in mind most real world applications, won't actually act. This way, this is a stress test again. The keyboard area is similar to before high 40s in the center and cool sides. The bottom of the laptop does get quite hot, so I don't recommend using it on your lap under high levels of load by manually maxing out the fans, the temperatures hardly change and the throttling is still taking place, but the overall system volume increases quite a lot As you'll hear soon, the keyboard area looks about the same, perhaps just a touch cooler. Now. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop bowl, a you ever listen to each of these tests at idle, I could only just hear the fan wall. Gaming it's actually slightly quieter than many other thicker and less powerful laptops that I've tested. So it seems like the max q. Graphics may actually be hoping out there with the fans maxed out. It does get fairly loud birth for little cooling improvements. I'Ll also note that there was no noticeable coil wound, while testing in my unit. Finally let's take a look at some benchmarks. Will first cover some real world gaming benchmarks, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools.
All tests will run at 1080p and the older Nvidia 3. 88.9 to drivers were in use I'm still not 100 sure about this, but it seems that the aro 15 X thinks that these are the newest available drivers for it and they're what's available through the gigabyte website. As of a couple of weeks ago, I tried to manually install the latest from Nvidia, but it failed. So this seems to be the newest available here. I'Ll also quickly note that, as the laptop comes with single channel memory, small improvements could be had by upgrading to dual channel in some games by popular demand. I'Ve started testing fortnight and with the lowest settings were averaging 144 FPS, which fully utilizes the 144 Hertz display. In the laptop, but I thought it felt nice and smooth even maxed out overwatch was fairly similar, we're getting fairly high frame rates and an epic it read nice and smoothly. For me, as shown by the fairly high of 1 low frame rates, csgo was averaging just under the maximum refresh rate of the display, with the 1 lows sitting at around 60 fps. So again, it ran quite well hub G was tested using the replay feature, but take the results with a grain of salt as like fortnight, it will depend on what's going on in the game, so the results will vary quite a lot. While I was playing, it ran pretty well no noticeable issues. Dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replay, so this should be a worst case scenario realistically, you'll probably be getting better results than this wall playing battlefield 1 also ran well and again, even in max settings to me, it felt nice and smooth with 1 lower Frame rates just under 60 fps, The Witcher 3 doesn't really need a high frame rate to enjoy.
To me, it read well even at Ultra settings, despite the large drop compared to the other levels rise of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark. Nothing in particular to call out other than it's running pretty well Ghost Recon is a fairly resource, intensive game and was again tested with the built in benchmark. The framerate drops down a little at ultra settings. It seems pretty good at any level below this watchdogs. 2. Is another fairly raceless intensive game, but is another that I personally think doesn't need a high frame rate to play. The averages and 1 lows are fairly close together at the top three levels, so you might as well just play on Ultra settings. Doom was tested with Vulcan and were able to get above 100 FPS averages at any setting level with not really too much difference between the setting levels. Shadow of war was another game tested with the built in benchmark and we're, just able to average above 60 FPS at Ultra settings. Overall, the gaming results were pretty decent. However, in general, the 1070 max q doesn't really seem to be powerful enough to consistently make use of the 144 Hertz 1080p panel in many modern games. But it depends on the game and the settings in use. Some of the eSports titles, like csgo overwatch and fortnight, are able to reach high enough frame rates to make use of the refresh rate, but in general only at the lowest setting levels.
So it probably would have been better paired with a non max q10 70 or above personally I say this is a great laptop for content creators and would have liked to have seen a cheaper 1080p 60 Hertz option available now onto the benchmarking tools. I'Ve tested Heaven Valley and superposition from Unigine, as well as fire strike time. Spy and VR mark from 3d mark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at the results, the clock speeds. If the max q graphics can vary between laptops, as the speeds depend on the particular zuv, the laptop, while under full load for an extended period of time at default, I was averaging around 1300 and 80 megahertz on the core clock. There was a little Headroom to perform overclocking in MSI Afterburner. I increased the GPU core clock by 200 megahertz and on average it was sitting at 1400 and 70 megahertz and games, but this would vary based on the game and length played and could boost up to 1700 megahertz. I was testing with the fans maxed out and the temperatures didn't actually change to what we were seeing without the Uruk look, so it seems possible to get a nice little boost. However, I wasn't practically seeing much difference in terms of framerate changes, so I didn't bother retesting all of the games with the overclock applied. But again this will vary between laptops. I'Ve, just quickly put some CPU benchmark CA and we can see that it's a decent step up from the seventh generation, as we've got two extra cores with faster single threaded clock speeds.
However, I want to do this more justice in a dedicated future comparison. Video in this particular laptop all calls were sitting at around three point: one gigahertz, while I was gaming for an extended period as a result of the previously mentioned throttling in Crystal disc muck, the 512 gig and VM e end up to SSD performed around 2500 megabytes Per second and sequential reads and 1600 megabytes per second and sequential, writes so really quite well towards the end of a crystal disk mark run that peaked at 55 degrees with the default fans. The UHS to SD card reader also did all right with my UHS new card I've seen better results from other laptops, but I've also had worse. As for the price, this laptop comes in and around 3300 Australian dollars here in Australia or about 2300 US dollars in the US. But this can differ a bit based on the memory and drive options as well as other upgrades like the 4k panel. It'S not cheap, but the laptop does have a lot of nice features and it just might be worth it after using it I'm, considering upgrading to it personally but might hold off until I test out some more 8th, gen models. So what did you guys? Think of the error 15x laptop from gigabyte. Overall, I was very impressed with this laptop. After all, I just said I'm considering buy one. The build quality was excellent. The thin bezels give it an overall small footprint, it's fairly lightweight, considering the specs the battery lasts for ages, the performance of the six core CPU and 1070 max q graphics was great and can be improved with an external GPU enclosure.
Thanks to the Thunderbolt support – and I thought the keyboard was great – to use the only issues I had with a low quality, webcam and microphone. Small amount of backlight bleed slapped thermal throttling under extended periods of load and small touchpad issues, which honestly are probably personal preference. I'M, basically nitpicking at this point, let me know what you guys thought down in the comments and leave a like if you found the review useful thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.