The new Aero 17 laptop, is available in different configurations. My model has the overclockable 8 core Intel: i9 9980HK CPU Nvidia RTX 2070, Max Q, graphics and 16gb of memory running in dual channel so expect different results with different specs., Its also available with an i7 CPU and different graphics options. You can find examples and updated prices linked in the description.. The cooling design is similar to the new Aero 15. I recently tested on the bottom theres a nice large mesh area for intake theres. Also, some air intake vents found above the keyboard and air also comes in through the keyboard. Air, is exhausted. Out of four vents, two on the back and one on both the left and right side towards the back.. On top of that, Gigabyte have stated that theyre using Thermal Grizzly hydronaut thermal paste, so that should be better compared to many others out. There. In terms of heatpipes weve got two shared between the CPU and GPU, and the design looks the same as the 15 inch model. However, the heatsinks look a bit thicker due to the extra space available with the larger 17 inch chassis., The Gigabyte control center software allows us to set the CPU between 6 different levels of power and the GPU between two levels, as defined here. Throughout this testing. Ive tested the stock settings with the CPU at level 2 and GPU at level 0 with the fans on the normal profile. Heres.

What the default fan curve of the normal profile looks like so were not even getting to 70 max speed and expect it to run warmer but quieter as a result.. The gaming profile boosts the fan speed a bit, and we also have the option of customizing the curve for optimum performance.. You can also quickly set the fan, speed to maximum by pressing the function and escape keys and when Ive tested the fan at max speed. Ive. Also boosted the CPU to level 5 and GPU to level 1 for highest levels of performance, so up to 80 watts on the CPU and 90 watts on the GPU thermals permitting of course. Thermal testing was completed in an ambient room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius. So expect different results in different environments. At idle. It was a little warm, however, in quiet mode the fans were completely silent, so this is expected.. The rest of the results are from combined CPU and GPU workloads and are meant to represent worst case scenarios. As I ran them for extended periods of time., The gaming results towards the upper half of the graph were tested by playing Watch Dogs 2. As I find it to use a good combination of processor and graphics.. The stress test results shown on the lower half of the graph are from running the Aida64 CPU stress test, with only the stress, CPU option checked and the Heaven GPU benchmark at max settings at the same time to fully load the system.

Ill start off. By noting that the CPU was thermal throttling at 90 degrees Celsius, which we can see happening in many of these tests. Personally, I think this is a good thing. Gigabyte are capping the thermal limit to prevent it getting too hot and as well see in the next graph performance is still great.. There was some thermal throttling on the GPU, while gaming at stock when it averaged 86 degrees, but that was the only instance and was tested with the normal fan profile. Simply swapping to gaming or above would remove it.. By setting the fan, speed to maximum were able to improve the GPU temperature, despite the GPU power limit raising from 80 to 90 watts. However, this action alone wasnt enough to remove the thermal throttling on the CPU.. Once we undervolt the CPU, no changes were seen in terms of temperatures while under stress test. However, this was enough to remove the thermal throttling while playing this particular game., As thermal throttling was the limitation, while under stress test, I added in a cooling pad, and we saw this drop temperatures by 6 degrees and remove thermal throttling.. The thermals were now under control. So were in a place to attempt some CPU overclocking and, as this requires more power, more heat is expected. So the overclock took us back to thermal throttling, while under stress test., While gaming, the overclock rose the CPU temperature back up by 7 degrees Celsius. However, it wasnt thermal throttling under this workload.

– These are the average clock speeds for the same tests. Just shown. Were seeing the lowest clock speeds with the normal fan profile, as thermals were the key limitation at this point.. By increasing the fan speed, we have more thermal headroom, which is why I also boosted the CPU and GPU power limits here, and this is why were getting higher clock speeds. The CPU undervolt improved performance, further, though more so for the stress test result compared to gaming. The cooling pad made no major difference in terms of performance, while the 9980HK has an all core turbo boost. Speed of 4.2GHz I found mine would cap out at 4.1GHz, and this was hit with the cooling pad, both under stress test and while gaming. By overclocking to 4.4GHz were almost averaging this while gaming, so I probably could have pushed even further there, an excellent result. While Under stress test, the thermal throttling was back with the overclock. However, I think a 4.25GHz average on 8 CPU cores is an excellent result.. These are the average TDP values reported by hardware info. During these same tests., We can see the GPU power limit raise up from 80 to 90 watts by going from GPU level 0 to level 1 as per the green bars.. While the CPU is at level 5, it has an 80 watt power limit. However, we never got close to this under these combined CPU and GPU tests due to thermal throttling.. This means that power limit throttling was never an issue in these tests, so theres that.

, The highest I saw, was a 69 watt average once overclocked and undervolted higher was not possible due to thermal throttling, at least in these workloads.. These are the average CPU clock speeds, while under a CPU, only workload were able to get higher speeds than what was shown before. As the GPU is sitting idle now.. The top bar is at stock, with the highest level 5 limit set in the Gigabyte control center.. In CPU, only workloads were averaging close to the 4.2GHz, all core turbo speed of the 9980HK. In this workload, with over 4.5GHz being hit once overclocked., When we look at the average CPU TDP, we can see at stock were hitting the 80 watt limit defined by level 5. However undervolting the CPU allows it to perform slightly better, while using less power.. Alternatively, instead of undervolting, I could manually raise the power limit further to achieve the same small clock, speed boost, but instead, when combining the two, I only saw slightly more power needed for quite a large clock. Speed boost to above 4.5GHz., More power equals more heat. So, with the overclock under a CPU, only workload were actually at the 90 degree thermal throttle. Limit. Again, the undervolt only gave the best temperatures as it lowers power draw while more power from boosting the power limit equals more heat. To demonstrate how this translates into performance. Ive got some Cinebench CPU benchmarks, here. Just for reference. Your typical i7 9750H seems to be around 2800 in a good machine.

While I managed to push the i7 in the Aero 15 to around 3100 points for comparison., This means were seeing a 35 higher score in this test, with the Aero 17 and 8 core overclocked i9 CPU compared to the i7 in the Aero 15, and I already Consider the Aero 15 score as one of the highest Ive ever gotten from the i7.. The single core clock speed was higher as the i9 can go right up to 5GHz at stock, while under single core workload, thermals permitting.. So how do these performance boosts actually translate into games? Ive tested a few games both at stock and with these custom changes in place to see what performance increases we can expect. In battlefield 5 at maximum settings were seeing a 6 improvement to both average FPS and 1 low performance. With these changes in place. In Shadow of the Tomb raider with the built in benchmark at highest settings, there was a larger difference. Almost 9 higher average frame rate was happening with these tweaks.. In Far Cry 5, with the built in benchmark at ultra settings, there was almost a 7 improvement to average FPS. With the changes in place, though, there was less of a difference when it came to 1 low performance.. As for the external temperatures, where youll actually be putting your hands at idle, it was in the mid 30s in the center just a little above average., While gaming, with the fan on the normal profile, its getting to the mid 40s in the center.

So, on the warmer side and up to 60 right up the back, which was hot to the touch.. Simply by setting the fan to maximum speed, the hot spots drop by around 10 degrees and the keyboard was much cooler to the touch. Heres. What a combined CPU and GPU stress test looks like with the fans at maximum, but this time with the CPU and GPU power limits boosted, and it felt fine due to the fan speed.. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop Ill, let you have a listen to some of these tests. At idle with the quiet profile. It was completely silent. However, I could hear some subtle coil whine, though, that vanished with any level of fan speed. With the normal fan profile, its actually fairly quiet compared to most other laptops, Ive tested. So you do have the option of running quieter for less performance, and then the gaming profile rose that up a bit, but still lower than most other gaming laptops, Ive used. With the fans at max speed. It is quite loud. However, I think this is a good thing. As Gigabyte. Let us adjust the fan curve with high levels of granularity. It means you have the option of customizing it to find a sweet spot that works best for you. In my opinion, this is an advantage compared to others that lock down control. Overall Im quite impressed with these results keeping in mind. These are essentially worst case scenarios that were looking at.

. While this is the first time Ive ever tested the i9 9980HK CPU, the temperatures were always kept under control. Regardless of my modifications, as Gigabyte are capping the CPU temperature to 90 degrees Celsius., They could of course done what Dell did in the G5 and allow it to run up to 100 degrees, and while this would improve performance, a little Im personally happy to take the Hit so temperatures dont go above 90. Even at stock. Simply by raising the fan, speed were able to get pretty good clock speeds, especially considering these were over 8 cores, while some simple undervolting improved things further. In my tests, just by undervolting with raised fan, speed even under combined CPU and GPU stress test, were almost at 4.1Ghz on all 8 cores, which I think is quite impressive when compared against most of the 6 core i7 machines, Ive tested. As youd expect, with 8 cores and high power limits, thermals were the limitation, so using a cooling pad was able to help out a fair Bit., While I havent tested out the i7 in the Aero 17 based on these results, Im assuming it should handle it well. In the future. I think if Gigabyte start undervolting out of the box, like weve seen Acer do in the Helios 300 and Razer do in the Blade Pro 17. Then it would be in great shape. Ideally, if the AI software controlled this dynamically within a known, stable range, it could make it much more useful.

. The 230 watt power brick that Gigabyte include 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.. These differences in performance shown arent hard and fast rules. There are different factors which will vary results, primarily the temperature of the room, youre running in application of thermal paste, and even the specific hardware which comes down to the silicon lottery.. You may not be able to undervolt or overclock your hardware the same as me. It depends on the chip and its specific power requirements, so dont just blindly copy my settings and do some testing to find out where your stable point is for best results.. It may be possible to further improve temperatures by swapping the thermal paste. However, as this is a review unit that I have to send back Im not able to change the paste, otherwise, the next reviewer will unknowingly report different results. Due to what Ive done., We do at least know that theyre using somewhat decent paste here, anyway. Undervolting, boosting fan, speed, increasing power limits or using a cooling pad are much easier for most people to do anyway and as weve seen, these modifications did help improve performance Of the new Aero 17 laptop.