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Aorus 17 YA Gaming Laptop Review: Extreme performance, extreme noise

The whale is blasting air. It is large, it is loud, and it is heavy. Surely the Aorus 17 is not meant for those who like delicate laptops that operate silently. Instead, it offers a lot of performance for gaming fans, and is targeted towards all those who are not afraid of massive notebooks. We find out in our test, what exactly the new Aorus 17 YA has to offer.
Mike Wobker, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Mark Riege),
Aorus 17 YA

Gigabyte sells notebooks of its gaming brand under the label "Aorus," highly valuing good hardware equipment. In our recent tests, the Aorus 15-W9 and Aorus 15-SA models were able to score with a high performance and easy maintainability. The latter model was also equipped with a 240-Hz panel, similar to our current test unit. In addition, there are an Intel Core i9-9980HK with 32 GB of RAM and an SSD/HDD combination with a total of 3 TB of storage space. For graphically demanding applications, there is also an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080.

With this hardware, the Aorus 17 YA has to compete with comparable gaming notebooks in our test. The corresponding devices are listed in the table below. Furthermore, you can also add other notebooks from our database to each section of the comparison.

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
82 %
12/2019
Aorus 17 YA
i9-9980HK, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
3.8 kg38 mm17.3"1920x1080
87 %
10/2019
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
2.8 kg19.9 mm17.3"3840x2160
86 %
10/2019
Asus ROG G703GXR
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
4.7 kg48 mm17.3"1920x1080
83 %
09/2019
Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-785M
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
4.8 kg42 mm17.3"1920x1080
83 %
06/2019
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
2.3 kg18.9 mm17.3"1920x1080
Aorus 17 YA
Processor
Intel Core i9-9980HK 8 x 2.4 - 5 GHz, Coffee Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile - 8192 MB, Core: 1380 MHz, Memory: 1750 MHz, GDDR6, ForceWare 441.12
Memory
32768 MB 
, 2x 16 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-2666, dual-channel, all slots occupied, 64 GB max
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, AU Optronics B173HAN05.0 (AUO509D), IPS, Full-HD, 240 Hz, X-Rite Pantone, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8, 1024 GB 
, + WDC WDC20SPZX-22UA7T0, 2 TB HDD. Slots: 2x M.2 Type 2280 and 1x 2.5 inches
Soundcard
Realtek ALC1220 @ Intel Cannon Point PCH
Connections
5 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 1x 3.5 mm headphones, 1x 3.5 mm microphone, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Networking
Killer E2600 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW) (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 38 x 396 x 293 ( = 1.5 x 15.59 x 11.54 in)
Battery
94.24 Wh, 6200 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1280 x 720)
Additional features
Speakers: 2.1 speaker system (stereo + subwoofer), Keyboard: chiclet, RGB, mechanical, Keyboard Light: yes, 2x 330-Watt power supply, XSplit Gamecaster Premium subscription (3 months), XSplit Broadcaster Premium subscription (3 months), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3.826 kg ( = 134.96 oz / 8.43 pounds), Power Supply: 2.352 kg ( = 82.96 oz / 5.19 pounds)
Price
3900 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - A gaming laptop made of aluminum

Gigabyte has manufactured the Aorus 17 case from aluminum, which gives the notebook a very high-quality and robust exterior. The workmanship is of very good quality everywhere, showing no uneven gaps or unclean edges. Various places across the whole notebook are accented by some design elements, and illumination that can be individually adjusted rounds up the overall impression. However, we should note that not only is the Aorus 17 very large for a 17-inch notebook, but it is also clearly one of the more bulky models among the gaming devices. 

While the Aorus 17 YA is deeper than all the other competitors in our test field, in terms of its weight, height, and width, it is even surpassed by the Acer Predator Helios 700.

Size Comparison

425 mm / 16.7 inch 319 mm / 12.6 inch 48 mm / 1.89 inch 4.7 kg10.3 lbs430 mm / 16.9 inch 299 mm / 11.8 inch 42 mm / 1.654 inch 4.8 kg10.6 lbs396 mm / 15.6 inch 293 mm / 11.5 inch 38 mm / 1.496 inch 3.8 kg8.43 lbs395 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.8 kg6.06 lbs396 mm / 15.6 inch 259 mm / 10.2 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 2.3 kg5.03 lbs395 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.8 kg6.06 lbs

Equipment - The Aorus 17 YA offers Thunderbolt 3 and good maintenance options

The Aorus 17 YA offers a large amount of connections, and among those, the two power ports stand out. All of the USB ports support the 3.1-Gen1 standard, and among the Type-C connections, there is also one that supports Thunderbolt-3, and one USB port also supports DisplayPort. While the placement of the connections is good in general, the central placement on the left and right side might lead to some cables being in the way.

Left side: 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C, 1x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A, 1x microphone, 1x headphones
Left side: 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C, 1x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A, 1x microphone, 1x headphones
Right side: 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C, UHS-II SD card reader, 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
Right side: 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C, UHS-II SD card reader, 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
Back: HDMI, 2x power connections, GigabitLAN
Back: HDMI, 2x power connections, GigabitLAN
Front: no connections
Front: no connections

SD Card Reader

When inserting a storage card into the card reader of the Aorus 17 YA, half of the card will stick out, so that the card cannot remain in the device when transporting it. Using our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference storage card, the UHS-II SD card reader achieves very good read and write rates, placing the gaming notebook from Gigabyte at the top of our test field.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Aorus 17 YA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
206 MB/s ∼100%
Asus ROG G703GXR
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
194 MB/s ∼94% -6%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
181.3 MB/s ∼88% -12%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
174.4 MB/s ∼85% -15%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.7 - 218, n=303)
93.5 MB/s ∼45% -55%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Asus ROG G703GXR
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
246 MB/s ∼100% 0%
Aorus 17 YA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
246 MB/s ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
203.4 MB/s ∼83% -17%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
198 MB/s ∼80% -20%
Average of class Gaming
  (13.4 - 257, n=301)
110 MB/s ∼45% -55%

Communication

In addition to Gigabit LAN, users of the Aorus 17 YA can also connect to networks wirelessly. To do this, there is a Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650X WLAN adapter, which reached very good speeds of 687 Mbps during reception and 743 Mbps when transferring data using our Linksys EA8500 reference router. 

With 2x2-MIMO antenna technology and support of the 802.11-ax standard, the Aorus 17 YA is also well-equipped for future WLAN technology.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 1670, n=358)
748 MBit/s ∼100% +9%
Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-785M
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
692 MBit/s ∼93% +1%
Aorus 17 YA
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
687 MBit/s ∼92%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
686 MBit/s ∼92% 0%
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
682 MBit/s ∼91% -1%
Asus ROG G703GXR
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
676 MBit/s ∼90% -2%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
655 MBit/s ∼88% -5%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Aorus 17 YA
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
743 MBit/s ∼100%
Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-785M
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
729 MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
697 MBit/s ∼94% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (144 - 1645, n=358)
688 MBit/s ∼93% -7%
Asus ROG G703GXR
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
677 MBit/s ∼91% -9%
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
668 MBit/s ∼90% -10%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
647 (652min) MBit/s ∼87% -13%

Accessories

Gigabyte does not offer any accessories that are designed specifically for the Aorus 17. However, you can purchase general peripheral devices and gaming accessories from the website of the manufacturer.

Maintenance

After removing all the screws from the bottom, the case of the Aorus 17 YA can be opened, providing access to the fans as well as the working memory and storage. The latter is abundant, with a SATA hard drive offering 2 TB of storage in our test unit, for example. Below a plate covered by some cooling paste, there are also a 1-TB NVMe SSD, which holds the operating system, and an additional SATA/NVMe slot.

Maintenance options
Maintenance options
SSDs below a cooling plate
SSDs below a cooling plate

Warranty

Gigabyte offers buyers of the Aorus 17 YA a warranty period of 24 months.

Input Devices - A gaming notebook with a mechanical keyboard

Keyboard

According to Gigabyte, an "AORUS Fusion keyboard with single-key RGB illumination and OMRON Gaming Switches" is used in the Aorus 17 YA. This label corresponds to a full-sized chiclet keyboard with a number block and mechanical keys. The keys offer a very comfortable feedback, but they are very flat, offering only little support for the fingertips. While the key stroke is specified as 2.5 mm (0.1 in), it feels like slightly more. This means that while it might take slightly longer to get used to, after that, you should be able to easily perform even prolonged typing tasks.

Using individually adjustable single-key illumination and macro functions, the keyboard can be adjusted to your individual tastes. The Aorus Control Center offers all the functions clearly arranged and allows for extensive adjustments.

Aorus 17 YA - Input devices
Aorus 17 YA - Input devices
Aorus 17 YA - Keyboard illumination
Aorus 17 YA - Keyboard illumination

Touchpad

A ClickPad is used as the mouse replacement in the Aorus 17. This offers a very comfortable surface, allowing you to precisely navigate the mouse pointer. Some slight pressure on the pad will reliably trigger a left or right mouse click, producing a soft clicking noise as feedback.

Display - An already well-calibrated 240-Hz panel

Screen bleeding
Screen bleeding

The display of the Aorus 17 YA consists of a 17.3-inch IPS panel that offers a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and a refresh rate of 240 Hz. At about 252 cd/m², the brightness is not particularly high, making it only sufficient for last place in our test field. On the other hand, with 98 percent sRGB, the color space coverage is very good. In more affordable equipment variants, the Aorus 17 is also available with a 144-Hz panel.

253
cd/m²
245
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
247
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
261
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
247
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B173HAN05.0 (AUO509D)
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 261 cd/m² Average: 251.6 cd/m² Minimum: 11 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 253 cd/m²
Contrast: 1265:1 (Black: 0.2 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.14 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 1.01
ΔE Greyscale 1.12 | 0.64-98 Ø6
98% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 66% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.43
Aorus 17 YA
AU Optronics B173HAN05.0 (AUO509D), IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
AU Optronics B173ZAN03.3, IPS, 3840x2160, 17.3
Asus ROG G703GXR
AU Optronics B173HAN04.0 (AUO409D), IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-785M
AU Optronics B173HAN03.1 (AUO319D), IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
Chi Mei N173HCE-G33 (CMN175C), IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
AU Optronics B173HAN04.0, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Response Times
6%
23%
-5%
33%
36%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
16 (8.4, 7.6)
15.2 (8.4, 6.8)
5%
6.4 (3.4, 3)
60%
16.8 (8.4, 8.4)
-5%
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
55%
6.8 (3.4, 3.4)
57%
Response Time Black / White *
11.2 (6.4, 4.8)
10.4 (5.2, 5.2)
7%
12.8 (7.6, 5.2)
-14%
11.6 (6, 5.6)
-4%
10 (5.2, 4.8)
11%
9.6 (5.2, 4.4)
14%
PWM Frequency
25510 (17)
Screen
-124%
-101%
-136%
-10%
-64%
Brightness middle
253
346.7
37%
290
15%
288
14%
366
45%
299.3
18%
Brightness
252
332
32%
281
12%
271
8%
343
36%
294
17%
Brightness Distribution
93
91
-2%
91
-2%
85
-9%
91
-2%
94
1%
Black Level *
0.2
0.27
-35%
0.2
-0%
0.2
-0%
0.29
-45%
0.29
-45%
Contrast
1265
1284
2%
1450
15%
1440
14%
1262
0%
1032
-18%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.14
5.62
-393%
4.77
-318%
5.79
-408%
1.51
-32%
2.55
-124%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
2.01
9.36
-366%
9.08
-352%
11.89
-492%
3.22
-60%
4.73
-135%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.01
3.81
-277%
1.46
-45%
1.89
-87%
0.71
30%
2.9
-187%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.12
5.5
-391%
5.83
-421%
6.92
-518%
1.93
-72%
3.5
-213%
Gamma
2.43 91%
2.25 98%
2.47 89%
2.46 89%
2.38 92%
2.28 96%
CCT
6366 102%
6175 105%
8076 80%
8433 77%
6881 94%
7101 92%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
66
87.2
32%
59
-11%
60
-9%
60
-9%
57
-14%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98
100
2%
92
-6%
92
-6%
94
-4%
88.7
-9%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-59% / -104%
-39% / -82%
-71% / -116%
12% / -4%
-14% / -49%

* ... smaller is better

Our measurements attest the display of the Aorus 17 YA with a good contrast ratio of 1265:1 and a very good black value of 0.2 cd/m². This causes the colors to be well delineated, and black display content appears relatively deep and saturated. With these values, the Aorus gaming laptop is able to place itself in the middle of the field of our selected comparison devices.

In the state of delivery, the Aorus 17 YA comes with a Pantone calibration, and our CalMAN analysis shows a color reproduction that is correspondingly well-balanced. With an additional calibration, you can even improve the display slightly further. For example, the DeltaE value can be lowered from an already low 1.12 points even further down to 0.8. You can download the corresponding ICC file from the link above, in the frame to the right of the graphic on the display brightness distribution.

CalMAN: Grayscale (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: Grayscale (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: Saturation (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: Saturation (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)

Outdoors, the Aorus 17 YA can only be used on overcast days or if you seek out shady places. The matte display surface will prevent reflections, making it easier to read the display contents. However, the screen will probably not be bright enough to use in direct sunlight.

Aorus 17 YA vs. sRGB (98%)
Aorus 17 YA vs. sRGB (98%)
Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Aorus 17 YA vs. AdobeRGB (66%)
Aorus 17 YA vs. AdobeRGB (66%)
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

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
11.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6.4 ms rise
↘ 4.8 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 14 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
16 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8.4 ms rise
↘ 7.6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 13 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.7 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 not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17507 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

The IPS panel of the Aorus 17 YA has very stable viewing angles, allowing you to read the display contents from almost any angle without being distorted, or the colors becoming distorted.

Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - Core i9 with unthrottled performance

The equipment of our Aorus 17 YA test unit is targeted towards ambitious gamers who do not want any compromises in terms of the performance. With Intel's Core i9-9980HK, 32 GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, it is the highest configuration, but configurations with an Intel Core i7-9750H and Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2060, or GTX 1660 Ti graphics card are also available. In addition, there are various options to configure the working memory and storage.

 

Processor

The Intel Core i9-9980HK used here is an octa-core processor with a Turbo clock speed of up to 5 GHz when only two cores are fully loaded, and a maximum of 4.2 GHz when all the cores are fully loaded. The cores are able to process up to 16 threads simultaneously, and thanks to Intel's Thermal Velocitiy Boost, even higher clock speeds are possible when the core temperatures remain below 50 °C (122 °F). In addition, the i9-9980HK offers an open multiplier and can therefore be overclocked relatively easily.

In the Cinebench-R15 benchmark, the Intel Core i9 is able to use its performance significantly better in the Aorus 17 YA than in the Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77, for example. In the single disciplines, the gaming notebook leads our test field, and in the constant load test, the high performance is also maintained for longer periods with only the occasional drop. However, the preset fan behavior plays a large role in this. For example, the even and constantly high performance is only achieved in the "Game Mode" fan profile. In the "Normal" setting, the fans are significantly more subdued, causing the performance over time to quickly drop to the level of the Aero 17 XA RP77.

Single-core rendering
Single-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
GPU load
GPU load
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Aorus 17 YA Intel Core i9-9980HK, Intel Core i9-9980HK: Ø1717 (1628.6-1778.57)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1076 (1067.18-1187.86)
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77 Intel Core i9-9980HK, Intel Core i9-9980HK: Ø1328 (1301.11-1593.37)
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1024 (1016.29-1117.57)
Asus ROG G703GXR Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1251 (1244.71-1256.04)
Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-785M Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1224 (1159.08-1279)
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1133 (1114.27-1233.11)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Aorus 17 YA
Intel Core i9-9980HK
213 Points ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
Intel Core i9-9980HK
201 Points ∼94% -6%
Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-785M
Intel Core i7-9750H
185 Points ∼87% -13%
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
Intel Core i7-9750H
180 Points ∼85% -15%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-9750H
180 Points ∼85% -15%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
Intel Core i7-9750H
175 Points ∼82% -18%
Asus ROG G703GXR
Intel Core i7-9750H
171 Points ∼80% -20%
Average of class Gaming
  (77 - 219, n=622)
162 Points ∼76% -24%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Aorus 17 YA
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1880 Points ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1481 Points ∼79% -21%
Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-785M
Intel Core i7-9750H
1279 Points ∼68% -32%
Asus ROG G703GXR
Intel Core i7-9750H
1256 Points ∼67% -33%
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
Intel Core i7-9750H
1233 Points ∼66% -34%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-9750H
1180 Points ∼63% -37%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
Intel Core i7-9750H
1094 Points ∼58% -42%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 2804, n=627)
925 Points ∼49% -51%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
213 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1880 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
159.45 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

The Aorus 17 YA achieves very high values in the synthetic benchmarks of the system performance. The 17-incher leads the test field here as well, achieving results that are significantly above the average of all the gaming notebooks we previously tested.

You can find out about the performance of other devices in our CPU benchmark page.

PCMark 10 - Score
Aorus 17 YA
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8
7082 Points ∼100%
Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-785M
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9750H, 2x WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G-1014 (RAID 0)
6453 Points ∼91% -9%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
6202 Points ∼88% -12%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i9-9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
5955 Points ∼84% -16%
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR (RAID 0)
5804 Points ∼82% -18%
Asus ROG G703GXR
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5780 Points ∼82% -18%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5734 Points ∼81% -19%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 7511, n=305)
5329 Points ∼75% -25%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Aorus 17 YA
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8
6524 Points ∼100%
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR (RAID 0)
5716 Points ∼88% -12%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5672 Points ∼87% -13%
Average of class Gaming
  (2484 - 6825, n=458)
5120 Points ∼78% -22%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4755 Points ∼73% -27%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i9-9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
4668 Points ∼72% -28%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Aorus 17 YA
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8
5731 Points ∼100%
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR (RAID 0)
4461 Points ∼78% -22%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4412 Points ∼77% -23%
Average of class Gaming
  (2554 - 6093, n=475)
4291 Points ∼75% -25%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4255 Points ∼74% -26%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i9-9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
3841 Points ∼67% -33%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
5731 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
6524 points
PCMark 10 Score
7082 points
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Storage Solution

Gigabyte has equipped our test unit with an Intel 760p SSD offering 1 TB of storage space and a Western Digital SATA HDD with a capacity of 2 TB. In addition, there is also an empty NVMe/SATA slot, where you can insert another storage module.

In the storage benchmarks, the built-in SSD achieves read and write rates that are good on average and at the same level as the other gaming laptops in our test field. You can find out about the performance that other storage solutions achieved in our tests in our HDD/SSD benchmark list.

Aorus 17 YA
Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8
Asus ROG G703GXR
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-785M
2x WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G-1014 (RAID 0)
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR (RAID 0)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-12%
15%
12%
-23%
Write 4K
139.6
99.28
-29%
115.3
-17%
95.46
-32%
100.7
-28%
Read 4K
62.89
40.25
-36%
41.79
-34%
42.59
-32%
41.03
-35%
Write Seq
1573
2001
27%
2841
81%
2851
81%
1146
-27%
Read Seq
2808
2107
-25%
2547
-9%
2696
-4%
1115
-60%
Write 4K Q32T1
509.3
348.3
-32%
498.6
-2%
402.6
-21%
384.6
-24%
Read 4K Q32T1
639.3
391.5
-39%
554.5
-13%
443.9
-31%
429.5
-33%
Write Seq Q32T1
1573
2003
27%
3123
99%
3420
117%
1859
18%
Read Seq Q32T1
3082
3482
13%
3476
13%
3514
14%
3179
3%
Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8
Sequential Read: 2423 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1563 MB/s
512K Read: 1284 MB/s
512K Write: 1517 MB/s
4K Read: 35.85 MB/s
4K Write: 134.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 644.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 542.7 MB/s

Graphics Card

Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 is currently the most powerful mobile graphics card, achieving values that are correspondingly high in our benchmarks. Even though compared to other laptops with this graphics card, the values are above the average, some RTX-2080 notebooks such as the Acer Predator Helios 700 are able to achieve even better values. However, the performance is still excellent, overall.

You can find out on our GPU benchmark list, what GPU power you can expect from other notebooks with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080.

3DMark - 1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-785M
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, Intel Core i7-9750H
168006 Points ∼100% +17%
Aorus 17 YA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, Intel Core i9-9980HK
143755 Points ∼86%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
124764 Points ∼74% -13%
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
124677 Points ∼74% -13%
Asus ROG G703GXR
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, Intel Core i7-9750H
119847 Points ∼71% -17%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
118058 Points ∼70% -18%
Average of class Gaming
  (5761 - 184578, n=616)
72001 Points ∼43% -50%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i9-9980HK
39456 Points ∼23% -73%
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
47736 points
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Gaming Performance

In games as well, the Aorus 17 YA delivers results that correspond to its hardware. In current games, it achieves high frame rates throughout, that are more than enough for gaming in Full-HD resolution. There should also be sufficient performance reserves for 4K gaming using an external monitor. However, at this point, high detail levels might still lead to the occasional stutter. Here as well, the fan profile setting strongly contributes to the frame rates. For example, during "GRID (2019)," the high FPS value was achieved using the "Gaming Mode." In contrast, the average value was about 10 FPS lower in the "Normal" setting.

You can find out about the performance achieved by the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 in other games in our games list.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-785M
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9750H
105 (86min) fps ∼100% +10%
Asus ROG G703GXR
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9750H
97.1 (80min) fps ∼92% +2%
Aorus 17 YA
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9980HK
95.4 (80min) fps ∼91%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H
92.7 fps ∼88% -3%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H
87.4 fps ∼83% -8%
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H
76.9 fps ∼73% -19%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i9-9980HK
66.5 fps ∼63% -30%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=416)
54 fps ∼51% -43%
Dota 2 Reborn - 1920x1080 high (2/3)
Aorus 17 YA
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9980HK
140.7 (123min) fps ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (15.3 - 167, n=81)
112 fps ∼80% -20%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Aorus 17 YA
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9980HK
200 fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H
189.5 fps ∼95% -5%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H
177.7 fps ∼89% -11%
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H
163.7 fps ∼82% -18%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i9-9980HK
155.7 fps ∼78% -22%
Average of class Gaming
  (9.7 - 266, n=388)
102 fps ∼51% -49%
GRID 2019 - 1920x1080 Ultra High Preset
Aorus 17 YA
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9980HK
107 fps ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.9 - 107, n=25)
62.5 fps ∼58% -42%

Our constant load test with "The Witcher 3" shows that when using the Aorus 17 YA over a prolonged time period, gamers only have to expect a small drop in the performance.

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Aorus 17 YA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8: Ø97 (89-104)
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 200 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 95.4 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 152.8 144.7 140.7 133.8 fps
GRID 2019 (2019) 107 fps

Emissions - A Gigabyte notebook with loud fans

Noise Emissions

The Aorus 17 YA becomes very loud. Even in the "Quiet Mode" of the fan control, the fans occasionally start during idle operation and then become clearly audible. Under load and with the "Gaming Mode" profile activated, the background noise becomes extremely high, clearly surpassing the measured values of all the comparison devices in our test field.

Noise Level

Idle
42 / 44 / 52 dB(A)
Load
56 / 64 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.536.836.534.832.42546.644.944.940.543.53140.435.336.935.234.54041.636.139.633.1375046.149.640.439.946.56346.839.834.732.838.18041.140.139.627.155.9100424240.823.746.112540.536.933.224.439.816038.137.230.725.4402003733.729.523.441.525039.335.429.322.143.63154237.731.1214740043.640.832.619.349.450044.14132.618.950.263044.139.531.32050.880043.640.432.617.951100044.441.234.418.951.4125044.741.63318.552.3160045.241.732.318.252.3200046.1423417.453.4250046.343.13017.354.2315046.54126.617.453.5400043.337.825.117.553.5500039.333.221.117.550.1630034.628.420.417.546.1800030.124.31817.543.610000272117.817.540.61250024.319.217.817.338.91600021.31817.817.234.4SPL55.851.942.530.363.6N10.784.11.418.1median 42median 37.8median 30.7median 18.2median 49.4Delta5.154.61.65.3hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAorus 17 YA
Aorus 17 YA
i9-9980HK, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
Asus ROG G703GXR
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-785M
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Average of class Gaming
 
Noise
20%
15%
20%
25%
23%
off / environment *
30
30
-0%
30
-0%
30
-0%
28.2
6%
29 (24 - 32, n=411)
3%
Idle Minimum *
42
33
21%
30
29%
31
26%
28.2
33%
31.3 (24 - 42, n=834)
25%
Idle Average *
44
34
23%
34
23%
32
27%
28.2
36%
32.5 (25 - 46.6, n=834)
26%
Idle Maximum *
52
35
33%
45
13%
38
27%
30.8
41%
34.7 (27 - 57, n=834)
33%
Load Average *
56
38
32%
40
29%
47
16%
42
25%
41.3 (28 - 59, n=835)
26%
Witcher 3 ultra *
60
50
17%
57
5%
48
20%
51
15%
Load Maximum *
64
54
16%
60
6%
49
23%
53
17%
48.6 (38.9 - 66.6, n=835)
24%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Our measurements attest the Aorus 17 YA with surface temperatures of up to 28 °C (82 °F) in idle operation and a maximum of 49 °C (120 °F) under load. The warmest spots are in the back area of the base, meaning that the palm rest remains relatively cool. Compared to the other notebooks from our test field, the warming of the 17-inch notebook is average. Using the notebook on your lap during gaming operation is only possible to a limited extent.

The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
Stress test
Stress test
Full load - top
Full load - top
Full load - bottom
Full load - bottom

During our stress test (FurMark & Prime95) that runs for about an hour, the CPU temperatures rise to a maximum of 85 °C (185 °F). The clock speed remains at about 2.7 GHz, meaning that it does not go below the basic clock speed of the Intel Core i9-9980HK. Users therefore do not need to expect any limitations due to temperatures being too high, even after prolonged usage.

Max. Load
 44 °C
111 F
38 °C
100 F
46 °C
115 F
 
 32 °C
90 F
34 °C
93 F
41 °C
106 F
 
 32 °C
90 F
32 °C
90 F
30 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 46 °C = 115 F
Average: 36.6 °C = 98 F
49 °C
120 F
46 °C
115 F
45 °C
113 F
46 °C
115 F
45 °C
113 F
41 °C
106 F
32 °C
90 F
31 °C
88 F
30 °C
86 F
Maximum: 49 °C = 120 F
Average: 40.6 °C = 105 F
Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.6 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 33.4 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 46 °C / 115 F, compared to the average of 39.8 °C / 104 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 49 °C / 120 F, compared to the average of 42.7 °C / 109 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.9 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 33.4 °C / 92 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 32.4 °C / 90 F, compared to the device average of 33.4 °C / 92 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32 °C / 89.6 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-3.2 °C / -5.8 F).
Aorus 17 YA
i9-9980HK, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
Asus ROG G703GXR
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-785M
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Average of class Gaming
 
Heat
-6%
-3%
-19%
2%
-7%
Maximum Upper Side *
46
46
-0%
37
20%
55
-20%
43
7%
46.1 (28 - 68.8, n=798)
-0%
Maximum Bottom *
49
49
-0%
40
18%
65
-33%
47.2
4%
49.9 (25.9 - 78, n=796)
-2%
Idle Upper Side *
28
31
-11%
34
-21%
30
-7%
27.2
3%
30.7 (21.6 - 46.8, n=750)
-10%
Idle Bottom *
28
32
-14%
36
-29%
32
-14%
30
-7%
31.8 (21.1 - 50.3, n=748)
-14%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The speakers of the Aorus 17 YA produce a medium amount of volume but hardly any bass. The sound spectrum emphasizes the mids and is quite suited for the occasional reproduction of media contents. However, because of the high fan noise, particularly during gaming, users should use headphones, since even external speakers have to be turned up very high to be heard against the noise of the cooling system. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.835.42540.5443135.235.94033.139.55039.941.86332.8368027.140.310023.741.812524.437.416025.436.820023.438.725022.150.53152153.840019.358.950018.964.56302069.980017.968.6100018.964.1125018.562.3160018.261.2200017.459.7250017.359.9315017.466.4400017.561.8500017.560.6630017.555.1800017.5581000017.557.81250017.3521600017.244.8SPL30.375.4N1.435.7median 18.2median 58.9Delta1.65.843.64438.140.737.939.338.939.537.336.336.836.435.337.234.242.933.148.433.558.332.962.331.467.831.171.43170.130.271.629.472.629.175.728.773.828.175.327.974.627.671.127.667.727.463.127.466.327.170.927.271.127.164.32759.226.956.726.954.640.283.63.960.4median 28.1median 67.81.95.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAorus 17 YARazer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Aorus 17 YA audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (75 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 60% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 33% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 60% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.63 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 10.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.3% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 46% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 24% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Power Management - The gaming notebook needs two power supplies

Power Consumption

Our measurements for the Aorus 17 YA determine a power consumption of at least 34 watts during idle operation and up to 386 watts under load. This is the highest power consumption in our test field. 

Gigabyte includes not one, but two 330-watt power supplies with the Aorus 17, since only in this way, a sufficient amount of power can be ensured under load. For operation under moderate load, one power supply is sufficient to run the gaming notebook. However, when using 3D-heavy applications or playing games, the second power supply definitely must be connected.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 2 / 3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 34 / 37 / 41 Watt
Load midlight 123 / 386 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Aorus 17 YA
i9-9980HK, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Asus ROG G703GXR
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-785M
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Average of class Gaming
 
Power Consumption
10%
7%
9%
42%
38%
35%
Idle Minimum *
34
34.2
-1%
27
21%
28
18%
13
62%
16.2
52%
18.8 (1.9 - 113, n=794)
45%
Idle Average *
37
37.2
-1%
32
14%
34
8%
17
54%
20.4
45%
24.2 (6 - 119, n=794)
35%
Idle Maximum *
41
50
-22%
39
5%
45
-10%
25
39%
26.1
36%
29.8 (8.3 - 122, n=794)
27%
Load Average *
123
106.1
14%
124
-1%
98
20%
96
22%
96.5
22%
104 (14.1 - 319, n=786)
15%
Witcher 3 ultra *
250
178.7
29%
274
-10%
263
-5%
156
38%
182.9
27%
Load Maximum *
386
223.6
42%
338
12%
307
20%
239
38%
214.3
44%
177 (21.9 - 590, n=785)
54%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our realistic WLAN test, the Aorus 17 YA achieves a runtime of almost 4 hours. With this, the pleasantly large 94-Wh battery does not last quite as long as other notebooks in this class. In the direct comparison with the Acer Predator Helios 700, which is equipped with the same GPU and a slightly weaker CPU, the battery life appears appropriate. Note that our battery life measurements were performed using the dGPU graphics-switch mode (Control Center), where the Nvidia GPU is active.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
3h 55min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 51min
Aorus 17 YA
i9-9980HK, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, 94.24 Wh
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 70 Wh
Asus ROG G703GXR
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, 96 Wh
Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-785M
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, 72 Wh
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 80.25 Wh
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 70 Wh
Average of class Gaming
 
Battery Runtime
-5%
6%
-36%
10%
-2%
-7%
Reader / Idle
484
213
461
295
364 (39 - 1399, n=736)
WiFi v1.3
235
223
-5%
367
56%
168
-29%
357
52%
280
19%
268 (62 - 683, n=455)
14%
Load
111
61
-45%
63
-43%
74
-33%
86
-23%
79.8 (18 - 243, n=704)
-28%
H.264
410
277 (88 - 860, n=171)

Pros

+ very good CPU and GPU performance
+ many maintenance options
+ mechanical keyboard

Cons

- extremely noisy
- bulky and heavy
- needs two power supplies

Verdict - A strong performance at the detriment of noise development

Aorus 17 YA. Test unit provided by Gigabyte Germany.
Aorus 17 YA. Test unit provided by Gigabyte Germany.

In our tests, the Aorus 17 YA shows itself as what it is: a gaming laptop for passionate gamers. The hardware is able to bring current games to the Full-HD screen smoothly and without any problems, and the corresponding performance reserves also prepare the notebook for the future. The CPU is able to use its full performance and there are also hardly any limits for the graphics card. Users are able to strongly influence the behavior of the notebook using the fan control in the Control Center, which ensures a high flexibility. In addition, there are excellent maintenance options, a display that is already well-calibrated at delivery, and ample connection equipment.

Thanks to the good cooling, the hardware can use its full performance in the Aorus 17 YA. However, the fan noise turns out to be borderline.

A powerful cooling system enables the first-class performance, but this also leads to the largest complaint about the Aorus 17 YA. While the high power consumption is to be expected in a notebook with this type of equipment, the volume of the fan noise is something else, even for a gaming device. Those who demand the full performance will only be happy wearing headphones and will still annoy any other gamers who might be in the same room. Aside from that, buyers will receive a really high-quality gaming notebook that even offers a mechanical keyboard on top. 

Aorus 17 YA - 12/04/2019 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
81 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
71 / 80 → 89%
Weight
51 / 10-66 → 73%
Battery
57 / 95 → 60%
Display
88%
Games Performance
95%
Application Performance
96%
Temperature
88 / 95 → 93%
Noise
22 / 90 → 24%
Audio
68%
Camera
33 / 85 → 39%
Average
71%
82%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Aorus 17 YA Gaming Laptop Review: Extreme performance, extreme noise
Mike Wobker, 2019-12- 5 (Update: 2019-12- 6)
Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Editor
I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.