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Aorus 15G XC Gaming-Laptop review: Features suffer setback in favor of an upgrade to RTX 3070

Cuts for an expensive GPU? Gigabyte's Aorus 15G has been updated with the new graphics unit RTX 3070. Unfortunately, the manufacturer seems to have made some cuts as a result of this upgrade, as several features from last year's model are no longer included. Can the new graphics performance outweigh these omissions or might the predecessor actually be the better choice?
Christian Hintze, 👁 Florian Glaser, Brian Burriston (translated by Katherine Bodner), 🇩🇪 🇳🇱 ...

Last summer, our test unit's predecessor made a good impression with its good performance, attractive design and several special characteristics such as its mechanical keyboard. This year, the successor has been equipped with a chip from the new GPU generation and has undergone several other changes - although not all of them are going in the right direction. Other than the GPU, the technical specifications indicate a step backward rather than forward. For example, the mechanical keyboard has been removed, just as the fingerprint reader. The device no longer supports Thunderbolt and the processor has not been updated to Tiger Lake either. The device has become slightly cheaper as a result despite the new GPU.  

We have compared the new model with its predecessor as well as with other gaming competitors (see table below). 

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Aorus 15G XC (15G Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-10870H 8 x 2.2 - 5 GHz, 90 W PL2 / Short Burst, 60 W PL1 / Sustained, Comet Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU - 8192 MB, Core: 1290 MHz, 105 W TDP, Max-Q Technologies: Dynamic Boost 2.0, Resizable BAR, Optimus Technology; GDDR6, Geforce 461.40, Optimus
Memory
32768 MB 
, 2x 16 GB DDR4-3200, Dual-Channel
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, Sharp LQ156M1JW03, IPS, glossy: no, 240 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM470
Storage
ESR512GTLCG-EAC-4, 512 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-H - cAVS
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: Headset, Card Reader: SD-Card
Networking
Realtek RTL8125 2.5GBe Family Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 357 x 244 ( = 0.91 x 14.06 x 9.61 in)
Battery
99 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p Webcam
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 2‎x 2 Watt Speaker, Keyboard: AORUS Fusion Keyboard with per-key backlit control, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty, 1 year on battery
Weight
2.138 kg ( = 75.42 oz / 4.71 pounds), Power Supply: 725 g ( = 25.57 oz / 1.6 pounds)
Price
1799 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86 %
02/2021
Aorus 15G XC
i7-10870H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
2.1 kg23 mm15.60"1920x1080
87 %
08/2020
Aorus 15G XB
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
2.3 kg25 mm15.60"1920x1080
82 %
02/2021
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
i7-11370H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
2 kg20 mm15.60"1920x1080
85 %
01/2021
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
R7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
2.5 kg27 mm17.30"2560x1440
86 %
08/2020
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
2.2 kg17.8 mm15.60"1920x1080
85 %
09/2020
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
2 kg19.8 mm15.60"1920x1080

Case - plastic rather than metal

The case is reminiscent of its predecessor despite several aspects having received an update. Instead of the silvery gray metal case, our Aorus test unit is now wrapped in dark plastic. While this gives it a more elegant appearance, it also leads to a certain loss in stability. This means that the display lid is now a lot easier to warp; the hinges are not as tight as we would like either. The base unit is also less solid but still stable enough. One advantage of the plastic case is its reduced weight. 

Old: The back of the predecessor was entirely reserved for ventilation
Old: The back of the predecessor was entirely reserved for ventilation
New: Airflow is now interrupted in the middle
New: Airflow is now interrupted in the middle

While the back of the predecessor was almost entirely made up of ventilation openings, the new model now only has these towards the corners, which reduces airflow. We have no complaints about workmanship and the gap dimensions are all normal.

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The plastic case reduces the new Aorus' weight by about 200 g (~7.06 oz). The device has also shrunk 2 mm (~0.079 in) in height and 6 mm (~0.24 in) in depth. The AsusSchenker Key, and Razer remain slightly slimmer, although the Asus is significantly larger. The Schenker Key weighs another 100 g (~3.53 oz) less. 

Size Comparison

396 mm / 15.6 inch 261 mm / 10.3 inch 27 mm / 1.063 inch 2.5 kg5.55 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.3 kg4.98 lbs357 mm / 14.1 inch 244 mm / 9.61 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 2.1 kg4.71 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 252 mm / 9.92 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2 kg4.51 lbs357.5 mm / 14.1 inch 238 mm / 9.37 inch 19.8 mm / 0.78 inch 2 kg4.47 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 17.8 mm / 0.701 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs

Connectivity - USB 3.0 instead of Thunderbolt

At a quick glance, it looks like nothing has changed in terms of port selection. What you cannot see is that the speed of the USB ports has indeed been altered. Gigabyte has removed Thunderbolt support, which means that the USB-C port now "only" offers USB 3.2 Gen 1 speeds, or to put it simply: USB 3.0. The port distribution has remained the same and the fat proprietary power supply on the right continues to be somewhat annoying.

Left: HDMI, miniDP 1.4, USB-A 3.0, headset jack, LAN
Left: HDMI, miniDP 1.4, USB-A 3.0, headset jack, LAN
Right: 2x USB-A 3.0, USB-C 3.0, SD reader, power supply
Right: 2x USB-A 3.0, USB-C 3.0, SD reader, power supply

SD card reader

The SD card reader is fairly fast but nonetheless 10 to 15 percent slower than in the predecessor. It takes a little over 5 seconds to copy 1 GB of images from our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference card to the desktop.  

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Aorus 15G XB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
210 MB/s ∼100% +11%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
198 MB/s ∼94% +4%
Aorus 15G XC
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
190 MB/s ∼90%
Average of class Gaming
  (18 - 222, n=95, last 2 years)
113 MB/s ∼54% -41%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
83 MB/s ∼40% -56%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Aorus 15G XB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
248 MB/s ∼100% +17%
Aorus 15G XC
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
212 MB/s ∼85%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
206 MB/s ∼83% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (20.5 - 257, n=95, last 2 years)
128 MB/s ∼52% -40%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
90 MB/s ∼36% -58%

Communication

While the download speed has improved, the upload speed has diminished by about the same degree (about 20 percent). These results are actually just above average for the Intel AX200 module. Overall, the competition has similar results.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1386 (1331min - 1568max) MBit/s ∼100% +26%
Aorus 15G XB
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
1370 MBit/s ∼99% +25%
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1100 MBit/s ∼79%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (447 - 1645, n=106)
1094 MBit/s ∼79% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (294 - 1645, n=166, last 2 years)
1057 MBit/s ∼76% -4%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
973 MBit/s ∼70% -12%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1419 (1355min - 1443max) MBit/s ∼100% +7%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1330 MBit/s ∼94% 0%
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1330 MBit/s ∼94%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (523 - 1640, n=107)
1173 MBit/s ∼83% -12%
Aorus 15G XB
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
1120 MBit/s ∼79% -16%
Average of class Gaming
  (76.3 - 1743, n=166, last 2 years)
1113 MBit/s ∼78% -16%

Webcam

Webcam with shutter
Webcam with shutter

Like with the predecessor, the camera is positioned in an unusual place - above the keyboard. This means that it manages to capture the insides of your nostrils during video conferences - not necessarily the way we would like to be portrayed. Colors have improved slightly, but image sharpness seems to have suffered from this, making the image appear very washed out. We appreciate the manual shutter for the 720p camera.

ColorChecker
13.1 ∆E
16.4 ∆E
17.9 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
17.9 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
14.8 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
17.7 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Aorus 15G XC: 13.15 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 23.88 ∆E
ColorChecker
24.9 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
29.2 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Aorus 15G XB: 11.85 ∆E min: 2.61 - max: 29.22 ∆E

Security

The CPU comes with TPM 2.0. The fingerprint reader that was included in the predecessor is missing, which we don't think is a particularly big issue. A Kensington lock port is not included either.  

Accessories

The device did not come with any accessories - not even the usual paperwork.

Maintenance

2 screws with stickers that can be torn off
2 screws with stickers that can be torn off

The cover of the base unit is held in place by 12 Torx T6 screws, two of which have been covered by a sticker. This means that the manufacturer can tell if somebody has opened the device by the broken stickers.

Lifting the cover off is very easy once the screws have been removed and does not require any tools - you can simply lift from the corners of the wrist rests. Users will then have access to the fans, the RAM module, the two SSD slots, the Wi-Fi module, the battery and other components. This makes the Aorus 15G very maintenance friendly. 

Insides
Insides
SSD
SSD
SSD sticky pad
SSD sticky pad
Second M.2 SSD slot
Second M.2 SSD slot
RAM
RAM

Warranty

The manufacturer now grants 2 years warranty on all Aorus laptops. 

Input Devices - Fusion instead of mechanical keyboard

Keyboard

Keyboard
Keyboard

The great mechanical keyboard that the predecessor was equipped with is gone. Gigabyte has decided to equip this year's Aorus 15G with a fusion keyboard with per-key RGB backlighting, presumably for cost reasons. The latter can be very helpful as it can, for example, display all keys that can be used with the fn key when this key is pressed. The color of the backlighting can be customized for each individual key and offers two levels of brightness.

The keys themselves are on the small side at around 14.5 x 14.5 mm (~0.57 x 0.57 in), but at least provides enough space for a number pad on the side. Travel is not particularly long but acceptable. There is a gap of around 3 mm (~0.12 in) between all keys and typing is quick and comfortable. The keyboard clatter is very moderate and the layout is tidy. While the arrow keys are not separated from the rest of the keyboard, they are fully sized. The f keys are only half as high and don't sit tight so you can see the mechanics underneath.

Touchpad

The touchpad
The touchpad

The touchpad (10.6 x 7.1 cm/~4.2 x 2.8 in) has been pushed towards the left due to the number pad and is positioned exactly below the keyboard. The surface offers good gliding capabilities, even when moving slowly. Extremely slow movements do not trigger cursor movements, however. 

The integrated keys have a fairly short travel but significant feedback. They trigger cursor clicks reliably and aren't too loud. Overall, the quality is good but not outstanding.

Display - slight improvements

The display is exactly the same 1080p model with 240 Hz from Sharp that was used in the predecessor. No other panels, for example 4K options, are available. Surprisingly, several values have nonetheless improved, although this does not have a significant impact on the overall performance of the display. The average brightness has increased by 9 percent to 270 nits and only just misses our magic threshold of a minimum of 300 nits. The brightness distribution continues to be good at 89 percent. 

Slightly blurry subpixel array caused by the matte overlay
Slightly blurry subpixel array caused by the matte overlay
Minimum backlight bleeding
Minimum backlight bleeding

There is some backlight bleeding along the edges and corners, but this is so minimal that it should rarely be noticed.

267
cd/m²
273
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
288
cd/m²
269
cd/m²
273
cd/m²
269
cd/m²
261
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Sharp LQ156M1JW03
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 288 cd/m² Average: 270.4 cd/m² Minimum: 11 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 288 cd/m²
Contrast: 1152:1 (Black: 0.25 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.19 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6, calibrated: 0.71
ΔE Greyscale 1.6 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
90% sRGB (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
67% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
67.06% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
97.54% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
65.62% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.229
Aorus 15G XC
Sharp LQ156M1JW03, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Aorus 15G XB
Sharp LQ156M1JW03, IGZO, 1920x1080, 15.60
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
LQ156M1JW26 (SHP1532), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
AU Optronics B156HAN12.0, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
BOE NE173QHM-NY2 (BOE0977), IPS, 2560x1440, 17.30
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Panda LM156LF-1F02, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Display
1%
1%
5%
5%
1%
Display P3 Coverage
65.62
67.16
2%
66.93
2%
70.23
7%
70.46
7%
67.24
2%
sRGB Coverage
97.54
97.75
0%
98.12
1%
99.01
2%
99.47
2%
96.2
-1%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
67.06
68
1%
67.93
1%
71.45
7%
71.85
7%
68.67
2%
Response Times
-29%
-10%
22%
-40%
0%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
9.6 (5.2, 4.4)
16 (8.4, 7.6)
-67%
12 (6.8, 5.2)
-25%
6 (3, 3)
37%
16.8 (8.4, 8.4)
-75%
10 (5.2, 4.8)
-4%
Response Time Black / White *
9.6 (4.8, 4.8)
11.2 (6.8, 4.4)
-17%
10 (5.6, 4.4)
-4%
9 (5, 4)
6%
10 (4, 6)
-4%
9.2 (4.4, 4.8)
4%
PWM Frequency
24040 (24)
23580 (24)
-2%
23580 (30)
-2%
Screen
-7%
-28%
-20%
-25%
-119%
Brightness middle
288
264
-8%
286
-1%
347
20%
410
42%
300
4%
Brightness
270
248
-8%
275
2%
328
21%
381
41%
281
4%
Brightness Distribution
89
89
0%
91
2%
89
0%
88
-1%
80
-10%
Black Level *
0.25
0.3
-20%
0.25
-0%
0.285
-14%
0.37
-48%
0.29
-16%
Contrast
1152
880
-24%
1144
-1%
1218
6%
1108
-4%
1034
-10%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.19
1.21
-2%
2.43
-104%
2.35
-97%
2.55
-114%
5.39
-353%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.79
3.07
19%
6.33
-67%
4.15
-9%
4.33
-14%
14.35
-279%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.71
0.92
-30%
0.83
-17%
1.16
-63%
1.28
-80%
1.73
-144%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.6
1.6
-0%
3.5
-119%
3.04
-90%
3.4
-113%
9.8
-513%
Gamma
2.229 99%
2.192 100%
2.32 95%
2.35 94%
2.275 97%
2.019 109%
CCT
6539 99%
6340 103%
7145 91%
6658 98%
6637 98%
8174 80%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
67
68
1%
68
1%
65
-3%
72
7%
69
3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
90
90
0%
91
1%
99
10%
95
6%
92
2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-12% / -9%
-12% / -19%
2% / -10%
-20% / -21%
-39% / -82%

* ... smaller is better

The biggest improvements are in terms of black value and contrast. The latter is above the 1000 mark now (new: 1152:1, old: 880:1). The "old" black value is about 20 percent lower than the value measured on today's test unit. The screen is still well calibrated ex-works, although this can be improved significantly, lowering color deviations to a minimum.

CalMAN: grayscales
CalMAN: grayscales
CalMAN: saturation
CalMAN: saturation
CalMAN: colors
CalMAN: colors
CalMAN: grayscales (after calibration)
CalMAN: grayscales (after calibration)
CalMAN: saturation (after calibration)
CalMAN: saturation (after calibration)
CalMAN: colors (after calibration)
CalMAN: colors (after calibration)

The panel covers 90 percent of the sRGB color space and 67 percent of AdobeRGB.

Interestingly enough, the response times have improved significantly, making the screen even better for fast games.

PWM causes flickering at brightness levels at and below 24 percent. Fortunately, the high frequency of around 24000 Hz means that this should not be an issue even for sensitive users. The screen will also seldomly be used at such low brightness levels.

sRGB: 90%
sRGB: 90%
AdobeRGB: 67%
AdobeRGB: 67%

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
9.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4.8 ms rise
↘ 4.8 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 12 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
9.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5.2 ms rise
↘ 4.4 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 10 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.1 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 24040 Hz ≤ 24 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 24040 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 24 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 24040 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 14804 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Unfortunately, the display is not brighter than 300 nits. The matte surface nonetheless ensures decent visibility of the screen outdoors (in the shade).

Outdoors with heavy clouds
Outdoors with heavy clouds
Outdoor view from an angle
Outdoor view from an angle

The display has sufficiently good viewing angles with the brightness only reducing visibly from very extreme angles.

Performance - RTX 3070 gives a boost

The Aorus 15G is clearly a gamer - the update to a Nvidia RTX 3070 alone makes this clear. Alternative configurations of the Aorus 15G include the RTX 3060 (Aorus 15 G KC) or even the RTX 3080 (Aorus 15G YC). The processor remains the same (Intel Core i7-10870H) across all configurations. The manufacturer has decided not to update the processor to Tiger Lake. RAM has a capacity of 32 GB and the storage device is a 512-GB SSD. With this setup, the device should be capable of playing all current titles in native resolution.  

Gigabyte has disabled the Windows energy profiles in part, controlling all important parameters from their own Control Center. We set the cooling to "gaming" and the maximum values for CPU and GPU (not available when running on battery) in order to achieve the best possible results in our benchmarks. The energy mode is set to auto.

The Control Center: auto energy mode
The Control Center: auto energy mode
CPU/GPU on maximum settings
CPU/GPU on maximum settings
"Gaming" cooling curve
"Gaming" cooling curve
 

Processor

There is no update to Tiger Lake available at the time of writing. As the Intel Core i7-10875H used in the predecessor is currently difficult to obtain, a lot of manufacturers have switched to the Intel Core i7-10870H whose eight cores clock 100 MHz slower (2.2 - 5 GHz). This means that the new Aorus has actually received a slight downgrade in terms of the CPU.  

The initial and continued performance is slightly lower than that of the predecessor at all times but still significantly better than the slim Razer Blade that is equipped with the same CPU as the predecessor, for example. The AMD Ryzen 7 5800H in the XMG Neo is significantly faster. The Aorus starts the Cinebench R15 loop with a fairly high output but performance drops by around 8 percent compared to the initial performance by the third round and then stabilizes at this level. The CPU performance is on par with our expectations.

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Aorus 15G XC Intel Core i7-10870H: Ø1594 (1555.21-1697.72)
Aorus 15G XB Intel Core i7-10875H: Ø1613 (1597.32-1826.4)
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H) AMD Ryzen 7 5800H: Ø2061 (2036.87-2108.48)
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q Intel Core i7-10875H: Ø1028 (1017.94-1187.05)
TDP during the Cinebench R15 loop
TDP during the Cinebench R15 loop

The TDP is 90 W at the beginning of the benchmark which results in temporary clock rates of around 4 GHz. One second later, the TDP drops to 60 W and clocks at 3.4 GHz.

The Aorus loses almost 30 percent of its CPU performance when running on battery, which is in part due to the missing maximum / overboost settings for CPU/GPU in the Control Center.

Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 battery
Cinebench R15 battery
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
232 Points ∼100% +14%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Core i7-11370H
231 Points ∼100% +13%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
205 Points ∼88% 0%
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
204 Points ∼88%
Aorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H
202 Points ∼87% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (196 - 204, n=11)
200 Points ∼86% -2%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
196 Points ∼84% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (108 - 254, n=200, last 2 years)
196 Points ∼84% -4%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
2108 (2036.87min - 2108.48max) Points ∼100% +21%
Aorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H
1826 Points ∼87% +5%
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
1740 Points ∼83%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (1336 - 1740, n=14)
1614 Points ∼77% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (536 - 2804, n=212, last 2 years)
1497 Points ∼71% -14%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
1436 Points ∼68% -17%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
1187 Points ∼56% -32%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Core i7-11370H
1086 (631.76min - 1047.34max) Points ∼52% -38%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Core i7-11370H
467 Seconds * ∼100% -62%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
374.7 Seconds * ∼80% -30%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
347 Seconds * ∼74% -20%
Average of class Gaming
  (179 - 633, n=153, last 2 years)
330 Seconds * ∼71% -15%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (272 - 333, n=12)
298 Seconds * ∼64% -3%
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
288 Seconds * ∼62%
Aorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H
284 Seconds * ∼61% +1%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
245 Seconds * ∼52% +15%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4 -mmt1
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
5590 MIPS ∼100% +6%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
5501 MIPS ∼98% +4%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
5423 MIPS ∼97% +3%
Aorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H
5319 MIPS ∼95% +1%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (5145 - 5429, n=12)
5293 MIPS ∼95% 0%
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
5288 MIPS ∼95%
Average of class Gaming
  (2945 - 6174, n=154, last 2 years)
5188 MIPS ∼93% -2%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Core i7-11370H
5128 MIPS ∼92% -3%
7z b 4
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
57284 MIPS ∼100% +26%
Aorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H
46426 MIPS ∼81% +2%
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
45427 MIPS ∼79%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (39581 - 46708, n=12)
44452 MIPS ∼78% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (15146 - 75612, n=154, last 2 years)
43260 MIPS ∼76% -5%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
40206 MIPS ∼70% -11%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
38249 MIPS ∼67% -16%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Core i7-11370H
26791 MIPS ∼47% -41%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
540 Points ∼100% +17%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Core i7-11370H
519 Points ∼96% +13%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
503 Points ∼93% +9%
Average of class Gaming
  (312 - 634, n=189, last 2 years)
483 Points ∼89% +5%
Aorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H
482 Points ∼89% +5%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
479 Points ∼89% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (460 - 484, n=12)
474 Points ∼88% +3%
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
460 Points ∼85%
CPU (Multi Core)
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
4510 Points ∼100% +34%
Aorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H
3723 Points ∼83% +11%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (3027 - 4020, n=12)
3588 Points ∼80% +7%
Average of class Gaming
  (1397 - 6321, n=190, last 2 years)
3500 Points ∼78% +4%
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
3365 Points ∼75%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
3081 Points ∼68% -8%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
2860 Points ∼63% -15%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Core i7-11370H
2199 Points ∼49% -35%
Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Core i7-11370H
1376 Points ∼100% +7%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
1354 Points ∼98% +5%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
1347 Points ∼98% +5%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
1300 Points ∼94% +1%
Average of class Gaming
  (703 - 1777, n=149, last 2 years)
1295 Points ∼94% +1%
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
1288 Points ∼94%
Aorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H
1281 Points ∼93% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (1191 - 1295, n=12)
1273 Points ∼93% -1%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Aorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H
8190 Points ∼100% +6%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
8035 Points ∼98% +4%
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
7693 Points ∼94%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
7516 Points ∼92% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (6403 - 7882, n=12)
7482 Points ∼91% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (2783 - 11393, n=149, last 2 years)
7143 Points ∼87% -7%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
6991 Points ∼85% -9%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Core i7-11370H
4733 Points ∼58% -38%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
15.6 fps ∼100% +26%
Aorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H
12.8 fps ∼82% +3%
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
12.4 fps ∼79%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (10.7 - 13.5, n=12)
12.2 fps ∼78% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (4.4 - 19.8, n=153, last 2 years)
11.9 fps ∼76% -4%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
10.6 fps ∼68% -15%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
10.3 fps ∼66% -17%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Core i7-11370H
8.16 fps ∼52% -34%
LibreOffice - 20 Documents To PDF
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Core i7-11370H
56.5 s * ∼100% -4%
Aorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H
55.78 s * ∼99% -3%
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
54.3 s * ∼96%
Average of class Gaming
  (23.9 - 98.2, n=141, last 2 years)
54 s * ∼96% +1%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (46 - 64.4, n=12)
53.7 s * ∼95% +1%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
51.31 s * ∼91% +6%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
50.8 s * ∼90% +6%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
47.94 s * ∼85% +12%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (0.573 - 0.614, n=12)
0.591 sec * ∼100% -1%
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
0.588 sec * ∼99%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.4907 - 1.088, n=145, last 2 years)
0.587 sec * ∼99% -0%
Aorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.586 sec * ∼99% -0%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.579 sec * ∼98% +2%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.573 sec * ∼97% +3%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Core i7-11370H
0.562 sec * ∼95% +4%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
0.512 sec * ∼87% +13%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1740 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
204 Points
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System Performance

PCMark 10
PCMark 10

The results of the PCMark 10 confirm our expectations of the Aorus. The Schenker XMG Neo 17, equipped with an AMD processor, is a little faster in most cases. Other than that, there are no big differences among the competitors in this synthetic test. Everyday use is smooth. 

PCMark 10 - Score
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
6983 Points ∼100% +9%
Aorus 15G XC
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, ESR512GTLCG-EAC-4
6408 Points ∼92%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (5660 - 6630, n=8)
6230 Points ∼89% -3%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
6088 Points ∼87% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (3952 - 7884, n=182, last 2 years)
5934 Points ∼85% -7%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
5909 Points ∼85% -8%
Aorus 15G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5393 Points ∼77% -16%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
5093 Points ∼73% -21%
PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2
Aorus 15G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4719 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
4665 Points ∼99%
Average of class Gaming
  (2832 - 6277, n=107, last 2 years)
4500 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (4011 - 4792, n=4)
4384 Points ∼93%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
4375 Points ∼93%
Work Score Accelerated v2
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
6340 Points ∼100%
Aorus 15G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
6081 Points ∼96%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
5682 Points ∼90%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (4878 - 6300, n=4)
5638 Points ∼89%
Average of class Gaming
  (4265 - 7104, n=107, last 2 years)
5615 Points ∼89%
PCMark 10 Score
6408 points
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DPC Latencies

The Aorus does not have any latency issues when opening several browser tabs. However, they do occur while playing a 4K, 60 fps test video on YouTube, according to the tool LatencyMon. Fortunately there are no dropped frames. We have identified the usual culprits (ACPI, Kernel Mode Driver Framework Runtime) as well as a Nvidia driver. The Aorus generations have the highest latencies in our comparison field.

YouTube: 0 dropped frames
YouTube: 0 dropped frames
LatencyMon Main
LatencyMon Main
LatencyMon Driver
LatencyMon Driver
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Aorus 15G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
2364.3 μs * ∼100% -1%
Aorus 15G XC
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, ESR512GTLCG-EAC-4
2345.1 μs * ∼99%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
1820.7 μs * ∼77% +22%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
1122 μs * ∼47% +52%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
785 μs * ∼33% +67%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
269 μs * ∼11% +89%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

Crystaldiskmark 5
Crystaldiskmark 5

The NVMe SSD in our test unit has a capacity of 512 GB and is placed on rank 6 in our HDD/SSD benchmark table, which means it should be very fast. In practice, it remains below its potential by 6 (CrystalDiskMark) to 12 (AS SSD) percent. This difference is not noticeable in everyday use.

Thanks to the second M.2 PCIe slot in the device, users can retrofit a second SSD.

Aorus 15G XC
ESR512GTLCG-EAC-4
Aorus 15G XB
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
1%
-5%
32%
8%
32%
Write 4K
137.6
121.6
-12%
129.6
-6%
206.1
50%
135.7
-1%
193
40%
Read 4K
45.87
44.37
-3%
44.71
-3%
53
16%
46.98
2%
54.27
18%
Write Seq
2304
2617
14%
1929
-16%
3018
31%
2180
-5%
2988
30%
Read Seq
1052
1297
23%
2035
93%
2575
145%
1949
85%
2633
150%
Write 4K Q32T1
600.9
499
-17%
425.9
-29%
535.2
-11%
510.1
-15%
540
-10%
Read 4K Q32T1
677.1
557.2
-18%
433.4
-36%
607.6
-10%
569.3
-16%
619.9
-8%
Write Seq Q32T1
2536
2978
17%
1390
-45%
3242
28%
2984
18%
3284
29%
Read Seq Q32T1
3372
3360
0%
3505
4%
3617
7%
3238
-4%
3564
6%
AS SSD
11%
-10%
33%
12%
104%
Seq Read
2048
1794.68
-12%
2671.27
30%
3019.89
47%
1949.74
-5%
2927.84
43%
Seq Write
2403
2724.02
13%
1501.32
-38%
2631.23
9%
2322.09
-3%
2732.73
14%
4K Read
48.27
49.67
3%
39.65
-18%
60.35
25%
45.48
-6%
51.64
7%
4K Write
101.6
109.27
8%
68.99
-32%
171.59
69%
95.45
-6%
129.81
28%
4K-64 Read
1605.68
1284.1
-20%
1209.4
-25%
1410.3
-12%
1484.47
-8%
1838.12
14%
4K-64 Write
1472.95
1961.92
33%
1649.93
12%
2324.17
58%
1886.93
28%
2291.26
56%
Access Time Read *
0.131
0.063
52%
0.093
29%
0.045
66%
0.051
61%
0.062
53%
Access Time Write *
0.038
0.034
11%
0.055
-45%
0.024
37%
0.038
-0%
0.029
24%
Score Read
1859
1513
-19%
1516
-18%
1773
-5%
1725
-7%
2183
17%
Score Write
1815
2344
29%
1869
3%
2759
52%
2215
22%
2694
48%
Score Total
4645
4685
1%
4105
-12%
5429
17%
4843
4%
5984
29%
Copy ISO MB/s
1188.37
1532.6
29%
1902.96
60%
2183
84%
Copy Program MB/s
488.07
527.83
8%
505.21
4%
2694
452%
Copy Game MB/s
877.87
1041.9
19%
1112.61
27%
5984
582%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
6% / 7%
-8% / -8%
33% / 33%
10% / 11%
68% / 78%

* ... smaller is better

ESR512GTLCG-EAC-4
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3372 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2536 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 677.1 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 600.9 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1052 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2304 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 45.87 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 137.6 MB/s

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics Performance

Let's get to the actual upgrade: Instead of an RTX 2070, the Aorus is now equipped with the new Ampere generation in the shape of the Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070. This model is also available in a configuration with the RTX 3060 or RTX 3080. The RTX 3070 Laptop can vary its TGP between 80 and 125 W (without Dynamic Boost), our Gigabyte test unit has a TGP of 105 W, which is right in the middle. The Schenker XMG Neo 17 is granted the full 140 W and is probably considerably faster. We have created a list of all laptops equipped with an RTX 370 and their TGPs.        

The 3DMark results are where we would expect them to be and position our test unit on second place in our direct comparison. It tops the predecessor by around 20 percent. Only the Schenker XMG Neo 17 equipped with the same GPU but with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H CPU is above our Aorus (difference of 15 percent).  

Running on battery results in a loss of performance of 28 percent according to the 3DMark 11 with the first try actually resulting in an error message.

3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark 11
3DMark 11
3DMark 11 Akku
3DMark 11 Akku
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (20039 - 38275, n=22)
33085 Points ∼100% +1%
Aorus 15G XC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
32623 Points ∼99%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
28817 Points ∼87% -12%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
28200 Points ∼85% -14%
Aorus 15G XB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
27715 Points ∼84% -15%
Average of class Gaming
  (1925 - 43077, n=193, last 2 years)
25586 Points ∼77% -22%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
169244 Points ∼100% +20%
Aorus 15G XC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
140896 Points ∼83%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
132156 Points ∼78% -6%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
127741 Points ∼75% -9%
Aorus 15G XB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
126747 Points ∼75% -10%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (62748 - 179716, n=15)
117849 Points ∼70% -16%
Average of class Gaming
  (23059 - 192950, n=171, last 2 years)
104627 Points ∼62% -26%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
93408 Points ∼55% -34%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
27968 Points ∼100% +13%
Aorus 15G XC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
24648 Points ∼88%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (16628 - 29128, n=22)
24592 Points ∼88% 0%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
21479 Points ∼77% -13%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
21464 Points ∼77% -13%
Aorus 15G XB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
21150 Points ∼76% -14%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
20703 Points ∼74% -16%
Average of class Gaming
  (1360 - 34993, n=202, last 2 years)
19432 Points ∼69% -21%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
10898 Points ∼100% +15%
Aorus 15G XC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
9448 Points ∼87%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (6059 - 11019, n=21)
9445 Points ∼87% 0%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
8331 Points ∼76% -12%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
7888 Points ∼72% -17%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
7766 Points ∼71% -18%
Average of class Gaming
  (429 - 13210, n=200, last 2 years)
7441 Points ∼68% -21%
Aorus 15G XB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
7343 Points ∼67% -22%
3DMark 11 Performance
25839 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
50373 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
20447 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
9408 points
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Gaming Performance

The new GPU offers an improvement of around 15 to 20 percent compared to the RTX 2070 in the predecessor when gaming. The difference is particularly noticeable at high resolutions and details. Again, the Schenker XMG beats our test unit by about 10 percent. In FullHD and maximum details, Witcher 3 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider reach around 100 fps. The display supports 240 Hz, which the gaming experience clearly benefits from.  

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
187 (5.75min, 70.6P0.1, 128P1 - 368max) fps ∼100% +40%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (126 - 207, n=14)
163 fps ∼87% +22%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
159.8 fps ∼85% +20%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
153.2 fps ∼82% +15%
Aorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
136.2 fps ∼73% +2%
Average of class Gaming
  (42.1 - 242, n=159, last 2 years)
134 fps ∼72% 0%
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
133.5 fps ∼71%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
126 (6.31min, 37.3P0.1, 79P1 - 291max) fps ∼67% -6%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Early 2021, RTX 3070, 5800H)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
101 fps ∼100% +9%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (73.5 - 109, n=22)
92.5 fps ∼92% 0%
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
92.3 (74min) fps ∼91%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
90.2 fps ∼89% -2%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
87.7 fps ∼87% -5%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
76.7 fps ∼76% -17%
Aorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
75.5 (63min) fps ∼75% -18%
Average of class Gaming
  (24.3 - 123, n=194, last 2 years)
74.8 fps ∼74% -19%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
119 fps ∼100%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
110 fps ∼92% -8%
Aorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
106 fps ∼89% -11%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (88 - 119, n=3)
105 fps ∼88% -12%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
100 fps ∼84% -16%
Average of class Gaming
  (18 - 160, n=90, last 2 years)
90.3 fps ∼76% -24%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
88 (64min) fps ∼74% -26%
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Aorus 15G XC
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
109 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (86 - 109, n=3)
101 fps ∼93% -7%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
99 fps ∼91% -9%
Aorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
96 fps ∼88% -12%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
93 fps ∼85% -15%
Asus TUF Dash F15 FX516PR
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
86 (63min) fps ∼79% -21%
Average of class Gaming
  (29 - 151, n=96, last 2 years)
82.7 fps ∼76% -24%

The frame rate in Witcher 3 (Ultra) remains fairly constant during our one-hour test and fluctuates between 85 and 95 fps. 

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