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Aorus 5 KB laptop in review: Gigabyte builds upon Clevo barebone with the RTX 2060

With potential for upgrades. With the Aorus 5 KB, Gigabyte has gone with a barebone case from Clevo. This has some advantages like a replaceable battery and very good maintenance options. In our review we'll clarify how well this ultimately works with the hardware installed and the performance that can be expected.
Mike Wobker, 👁 Florian Glaser, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain),
Aorus 5 KB

Prospective buyers can certainly spend up to 4,000 Euros (~$4,706) on an Aorus laptop as was the case with the release of the Aorus 17 YA, for example. The Aorus 15-SA and Aorus 15G XB models were rather mid-priced at just over and just under 2,000 Euros (~$2,353), but they weren't as inexpensive as our current test device. The latter offers an Intel Core i7-10750H, 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 for about 1,200 Euros (~$1,412).

Aorus 5 KB (5 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-10750H 6 x 2.6 - 5 GHz, Comet Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile - 6144 MB, Core: 960 MHz, Memory: 1375 MHz, NVIDIA 451.67, Intel UHD Graphics 630
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4 2666 dual-channel
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LP156WFG-SPB2 (LGD05E8), IPS, glossy: no, 144 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM470
Storage
ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro (ASX8200PNP-512GT), 512 GB 
, M.2 SSD, 430 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC293 @ Intel Comet Point PCH - cAVS
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1x 3.5 mm headphone connection, 1x 3.5 mm microphone connection, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (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 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 28 x 361 x 258 ( = 1.1 x 14.21 x 10.16 in)
Battery
48.96 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1280x720)
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 2W, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.122 kg ( = 74.85 oz / 4.68 pounds), Power Supply: 498 g ( = 17.57 oz / 1.1 pounds)
Price
1,200 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

With this configuration, the Aorus 5 KB has to face the competing devices listed below, to which other gaming laptops from our database can be added under each section.

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
84 %
10/2020
Aorus 5 KB
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
2.1 kg28 mm15.60"1920x1080
83 %
02/2020
Schenker XMG Pro 15
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
2.5 kg30 mm15.60"1920x1080
83 %
06/2020
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
R7 4800H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
2.2 kg24.9 mm15.60"1920x1080
83 %
07/2020
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
i5-10300H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
2.5 kg26.1 mm15.60"1920x1080
81 %
10/2020
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
R7 4800H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
2 kg23.5 mm15.60"1920x1080

Case - Gaming laptop with replaceable battery

Gigabyte has chosen a barebone from Clevo for the case of the Aorus 5 KB as we've already seen, for example, in the 17-inch Nexoc GH7. A 15-inch model made of plastic is used here, and it shows no weaknesses in terms of workmanship. The gap dimensions are even all around, and the material used appears robust. The lid can be opened with one hand up to an aperture angle of about 120° and is held firmly by the hinges in each chosen position. The battery can be removed at the bottom of the gaming laptop without tools.

Aorus 5 KB
Aorus 5 KB
Aorus 5 KB
Aorus 5 KB
Aorus 5 KB
Aorus 5 KB
Aorus 5 KB
Aorus 5 KB

At a weight of 2.1 kg, the Aorus 5 KB belongs to the lighter gaming laptops in our test field. The dimensions and especially the thickness correspond to the level that comparable competitors have to offer.

Size comparison

363.1 mm / 14.3 inch 259.6 mm / 10.2 inch 26.1 mm / 1.028 inch 2.5 kg5.42 lbs361 mm / 14.2 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 28 mm / 1.102 inch 2.1 kg4.68 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 30 mm / 1.181 inch 2.5 kg5.58 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 24.9 mm / 0.98 inch 2.2 kg4.8 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 257 mm / 10.1 inch 23.5 mm / 0.925 inch 2 kg4.37 lbs

Connectivity - No Thunderbolt in the Aorus 5 KB

The Aorus 5 KB offers an extensive selection of connections. The manufacturer doesn't include a Thunderbolt 3 port, but in return, there are USB ports with the USB 3.2 Gen 2 standard that also support DisplayPort via USB Type-C. 

Left side: Kensington lock, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 2.0 Type-A, 1x 3.5 mm microphone, 1x 3.5 mm headphone
Left side: Kensington lock, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 2.0 Type-A, 1x 3.5 mm microphone, 1x 3.5 mm headphone
Right side: 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1x MiniDP 1.2, SD card reader
Right side: 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1x MiniDP 1.2, SD card reader
Back: 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (including DisplayPort 1.4), 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x Gigabit LAN, power supply
Back: 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (including DisplayPort 1.4), 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x Gigabit LAN, power supply
Front: No ports
Front: No ports

SD card reader

The Aorus 5 KB's memory card reader achieves speeds of 76 MB/s for copying and 86 MB/s for writing data with our reference memory card, the 64 GB Toshiba Exceria Pro UHS-II SDXC. This result is below the average of other gaming laptops tested by us, but it's still suitable for everyday use. Inserted memory cards almost fit into the card reader completely and only protrude about 2 mm from the edge of the case.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Schenker XMG Pro 15
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
204 MB/s ∼100% +168%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.7 - 218, n=305)
94.1 MB/s ∼46% +24%
Aorus 5 KB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76 MB/s ∼37%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
35.7 MB/s ∼18% -53%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Schenker XMG Pro 15
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
224 MB/s ∼100% +160%
Average of class Gaming
  (13.4 - 257, n=303)
111 MB/s ∼50% +29%
Aorus 5 KB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86 MB/s ∼38%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
36.8 MB/s ∼16% -57%

Communication

The Aorus 5 KB has a Gigabit LAN port and can establish wireless connections over Bluetooth 5.0 as well as Wi-Fi 6. In combination with our Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router, the gaming laptop reaches very high speeds of 1,380 Mb/s for receiving and sending data. In our test field, only the Schenker XMG Pro 15 is a little faster in terms of data transmission.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Aorus 5 KB
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1380 MBit/s ∼100%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1330 MBit/s ∼96% -4%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (523 - 1640, n=67)
1118 MBit/s ∼81% -19%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
880 (772min - 916max) MBit/s ∼64% -36%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 1670, n=362)
753 MBit/s ∼55% -45%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
637 (626min - 648max) MBit/s ∼46% -54%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
630 (571min - 641max) MBit/s ∼46% -54%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1390 MBit/s ∼100% +1%
Aorus 5 KB
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1380 MBit/s ∼99%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (447 - 1645, n=66)
1025 MBit/s ∼74% -26%
Average of class Gaming
  (144 - 1645, n=362)
693 MBit/s ∼50% -50%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
662 (553min - 769max) MBit/s ∼48% -52%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
662 (635min - 674max) MBit/s ∼48% -52%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
566 (37min - 647max) MBit/s ∼41% -59%

Webcam

Like most current laptops, the Aorus 5 KB's webcam has a low resolution of 0.9 MP. Even without zooming in, the photo of our test charts shows a clear blurriness and a rough graininess that becomes even more pronounced in poor light. In addition, colors appear pale and much brighter than on our ColorChecker Passport.

ColorChecker
26.7 ∆E
30.4 ∆E
31.6 ∆E
25.9 ∆E
30.2 ∆E
19.8 ∆E
24.9 ∆E
35.1 ∆E
18.8 ∆E
18.8 ∆E
19.6 ∆E
24.3 ∆E
24.2 ∆E
27.1 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
21.7 ∆E
30.1 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
22.6 ∆E
25.4 ∆E
16.4 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Aorus 5 KB: 22.26 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 35.1 ∆E

Accessories

In the box, the Aorus 5 KB comes with a 180-watt power adapter alongside the laptop. 

Maintenance

The bottom cover of the Aorus 5 KB can be detached after removing all screws on the bottom and in the battery compartment. Users should proceed carefully here and use a plastic spatula to gradually remove the chassis parts from the retaining brackets along the edges. Inside the case, you will have access to the SSD and RAM. The fans can also be cleaned easily. In addition, a SATA port and a second M.2 slot are available for the installation of additional mass storage devices.

Aorus 5 - Maintenance options
Aorus 5 - Maintenance options
Aorus 5 - SSD
Aorus 5 - SSD
Aorus 5 - SATA port
Aorus 5 - SATA port

Warranty

Gigabyte grants buyers of the Aorus 5 KB a warranty period of three years.

Input devices - Good keyboard with fixed colors

Keyboard

The keyboard of the Aorus 5 KB is well suited for typing longer texts. All keys offer a nonslip surface and a pleasant pressure point. On the positive side, the normal-size arrow keys stand out as well as the fact that the delete, end, home, and insert keys have not been placed as secondary assignments. The illumination of the keys is even and doesn't dazzle, but only predefined colors are available. A white backlight, for example, is not available.

Touchpad

Users of the Aorus 5 have a touchpad with separate mouse buttons at their disposal as a mouse replacement. It's well suited to control the mouse pointer, and both the left and right mouse buttons are triggered with a clear pressure point.

Aorus 5 - Input devices
Aorus 5 - Input devices
Aorus 5 - Backlighting
Aorus 5 - Backlighting
Aorus 5 - ClickPad
Aorus 5 - ClickPad

Display - 144 Hz panel in gaming laptop

Screen bleeding
Screen bleeding

The Aorus 5 KB's screen consists of a 15.6-inch IPS panel and offers a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels with a refresh rate of 144 Hz. The maximum brightness of 298 cd/m² on average sits in the middle of our test field; the same applies to the brightness distribution of 87%. PWM isn't used for brightness control, so users with sensitive eyes don't have to fear any problems.

298
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
304
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
318
cd/m²
306
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips LP156WFG-SPB2 (LGD05E8)
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 318 cd/m² Average: 298 cd/m² Minimum: 15 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 318 cd/m²
Contrast: 1060:1 (Black: 0.3 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.49 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7, calibrated: 1.53
ΔE Greyscale 1.6 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
89% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 65% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.211
Aorus 5 KB
LG Philips LP156WFG-SPB2 (LGD05E8), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Schenker XMG Pro 15
AU Optronics B156HAN (AUO80ED), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
LM156LF-2F01, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
BOE CQ NV156FHM-NX1, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
LG Philips LP156WFG-SPK1, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Response Times
-10%
-125%
-67%
-5%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
14.4 (7.6, 6.8)
17.2 (8, 9.2)
-19%
34 (16, 18)
-136%
26 (12, 14)
-81%
16 (9, 7)
-11%
Response Time Black / White *
11.2 (6.8, 4.4)
11.2 (6, 5.2)
-0%
24 (13, 11)
-114%
17 (8, 9)
-52%
11 (7, 4)
2%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-29%
-69%
-54%
4%
Brightness middle
318
346
9%
280
-12%
301
-5%
363
14%
Brightness
298
346
16%
254
-15%
277
-7%
327
10%
Brightness Distribution
87
89
2%
88
1%
77
-11%
84
-3%
Black Level *
0.3
0.28
7%
0.15
50%
0.26
13%
0.185
38%
Contrast
1060
1236
17%
1867
76%
1158
9%
1962
85%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.49
4.62
-86%
5.89
-137%
5.12
-106%
2.69
-8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.06
8.93
-76%
19
-275%
8.86
-75%
5.06
-0%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.53
1.58
-3%
4.79
-213%
4.88
-219%
1.7
-11%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.6
4.95
-209%
4.08
-155%
3.47
-117%
2.77
-73%
Gamma
2.211 100%
2.36 93%
2.33 94%
2.37 93%
2.56 86%
CCT
6714 97%
7733 84%
7303 89%
7062 92%
6385 102%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
65
61
-6%
37
-43%
37
-43%
60.3
-7%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
89
94
6%
58
-35%
57
-36%
92.8
4%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-20% / -26%
-97% / -78%
-61% / -56%
-1% / 3%

* ... smaller is better

Our measurements show that the Aorus 5 KB's display has a solid black level of 0.3 cd/m² and an equally solid contrast ratio of 1,060:1. Although both values are surpassed by the other gaming laptops in our test field, they are definitely suitable for everyday use.

The CalMAN analysis also shows that the screen displays content with a very low Delta E 2000 deviation and balanced color components out of the box. However, calibration can still bring about a slight improvement. The corresponding ICC file can be downloaded in the window located at the top, to the right of the display's brightness distribution graph.

CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Color saturation
CalMAN: Color saturation
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)

On cloudy days and in places in the shade, the brightness of the Aorus 5 KB is sufficient to display image content legibly.

Aorus 5 KB vs. sRGB (89%)
Aorus 5 KB vs. sRGB (89%)
Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Aorus 5 KB vs. AdobeRGB (65%)
Aorus 5 KB vs. AdobeRGB (65%)
Aorus 5 - Outdoor use
Aorus 5 - Outdoor use
Aorus 5 - Outdoor use
Aorus 5 - 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↗ 6.8 ms rise
↘ 4.4 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 (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
14.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7.6 ms rise
↘ 6.8 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 636 (maximum) ms. » 12 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.6 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 9596 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The IPS panel of the Aorus 5 KB is very viewing-angle stable and displays image content from almost any angle without it becoming distorted or showing wrong colors.

Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability

Performance - Good performance under continuous load

With the Aorus 5 KB, Gigabyte is targeting gamers who want to play modern and upcoming games smoothly and in Full HD resolution. Besides the configuration presented here, the gaming laptop is also available with a modified memory configuration and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.

All the following benchmark tests were performed under the "Turbo" performance profile and the "Automatic" fan profile.

Aorus 5 KB - CPUz
Aorus 5 KB - CPUz
Aorus 5 KB - CPUz
Aorus 5 KB - CPUz
Aorus 5 KB - GPUz
Aorus 5 KB - HWiNFO

Processor

The Intel Core i7-10750H used here is a processor with six cores that can process up to twelve threads simultaneously. The clock rates are between 2.6 and 5 GHz, whereby high clock speeds can only be maintained over longer periods of time with sufficient cooling. Our Cinebench R15 endurance test shows that the fans of the Aorus 5 KB need a moment to be able to sufficiently cool the CPU. This results in a slightly larger performance drop, but it's leveled out after a short time.

Compared to other laptops that we've tested with this CPU, the Aorus 5 KB achieves slightly above-average results. Compared to our test field, it can consequently secure itself a good place in the upper middle section of the results.

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Aorus 5 KB Intel Core i7-10750H, Intel Core i7-10750H: Ø1145 (1045.12-1193.85)
Schenker XMG Pro 15 Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1023 (1010.13-1155.97)
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172 AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H: Ø1753 (1601.6-1850.14)
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H Intel Core i5-10300H, Intel Core i5-10300H: Ø896 (889.24-899.4)
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H: Ø1848 (1812.42-1883.86)
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
491 Points ∼100% +3%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
485 Points ∼99% +2%
Aorus 5 KB
Intel Core i7-10750H
476 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (431 - 504, n=24)
471 Points ∼96% -1%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
Intel Core i5-10300H
459 Points ∼93% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (312 - 524, n=138)
451 Points ∼92% -5%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
421 Points ∼86% -12%
CPU (Multi Core)
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
4369 Points ∼100% +42%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
4257 Points ∼97% +38%
Aorus 5 KB
Intel Core i7-10750H
3075 Points ∼70%
Average of class Gaming
  (1397 - 6321, n=139)
3009 Points ∼69% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (2467 - 3325, n=24)
2983 Points ∼68% -3%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
2410 Points ∼55% -22%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
Intel Core i5-10300H
2217 Points ∼51% -28%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Aorus 5 KB
Intel Core i7-10750H
203 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (184 - 213, n=30)
195 Points ∼96% -4%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
Intel Core i5-10300H
187 Points ∼92% -8%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
187 Points ∼92% -8%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
186 Points ∼92% -8%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
174 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Gaming
  (77 - 219, n=629)
162 Points ∼80% -20%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
1884 Points ∼100% +58%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
1850 Points ∼98% +55%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (804 - 1418, n=31)
1286 Points ∼68% +8%
Aorus 5 KB
Intel Core i7-10750H
1194 (1045.12min - 1193.85max) Points ∼63%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
1156 (1010.13min - 1155.97max) Points ∼61% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 2804, n=636)
932 Points ∼49% -22%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
Intel Core i5-10300H
898 Points ∼48% -25%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
Intel Core i5-10300H
485.9 Seconds * ∼100% -25%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
450 Seconds * ∼93% -16%
Aorus 5 KB
Intel Core i7-10750H
388 Seconds * ∼80%
Average of class Gaming
  (179 - 901, n=94)
383 Seconds * ∼79% +1%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (322 - 531, n=24)
374 Seconds * ∼77% +4%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
262.5 Seconds * ∼54% +32%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
257.8 Seconds * ∼53% +34%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
52152 MIPS ∼100% +46%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
45679 MIPS ∼88% +28%
Average of class Gaming
  (3034 - 75612, n=95)
37168 MIPS ∼71% +4%
Aorus 5 KB
Intel Core i7-10750H
35797 MIPS ∼69%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (26040 - 37082, n=24)
34121 MIPS ∼65% -5%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
33899 MIPS ∼65% -5%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
Intel Core i5-10300H
24635 MIPS ∼47% -31%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Aorus 5 KB
Intel Core i7-10750H
5253 MIPS ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (4504 - 5277, n=24)
5021 MIPS ∼96% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (2480 - 5811, n=95)
4922 MIPS ∼94% -6%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
Intel Core i5-10300H
4903 MIPS ∼93% -7%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
4725 MIPS ∼90% -10%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
4666 MIPS ∼89% -11%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
4622 MIPS ∼88% -12%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
7984 Points ∼100% +25%
Average of class Gaming
  (2783 - 11393, n=77)
6614 Points ∼83% +3%
Aorus 5 KB
Intel Core i7-10750H
6397 Points ∼80%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (5242 - 6652, n=24)
6262 Points ∼78% -2%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
6068 Points ∼76% -5%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
5920 Points ∼74% -7%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
Intel Core i5-10300H
4640 Points ∼58% -27%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Aorus 5 KB
Intel Core i7-10750H
1316 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (1114 - 1331, n=24)
1248 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (703 - 1428, n=77)
1225 Points ∼93% -7%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
Intel Core i5-10300H
1220 Points ∼93% -7%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
1196 Points ∼91% -9%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
1166 Points ∼89% -11%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
1141 Points ∼87% -13%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
13.3 fps ∼100% +40%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
10.8 fps ∼81% +14%
Average of class Gaming
  (1.7 - 19.8, n=94)
10.2 fps ∼77% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (7.11 - 11.6, n=24)
9.89 fps ∼74% +4%
Aorus 5 KB
Intel Core i7-10750H
9.5 fps ∼71%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
9.1 fps ∼68% -4%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
Intel Core i5-10300H
7.69 fps ∼58% -19%
LibreOffice - 20 Documents To PDF
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
67.98 s ∼100% +39%
Average of class Gaming
  (23.9 - 95.8, n=71)
56.3 s ∼83% +15%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (46.9 - 86.6, n=25)
54.3 s ∼80% +11%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
Intel Core i5-10300H
52.6 s ∼77% +7%
Aorus 5 KB
Intel Core i7-10750H
49 s ∼72%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
28.6 s ∼42% -42%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
0.664 sec * ∼100% -10%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
Intel Core i5-10300H
0.634 sec * ∼95% -5%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (0.585 - 0.708, n=23)
0.618 sec * ∼93% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.531 - 1.088, n=75)
0.616 sec * ∼93% -2%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
0.603 sec * ∼91% -0%
Aorus 5 KB
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.602 sec * ∼91%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
0.569 sec * ∼86% +5%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1194 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
120 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
203 Points
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System performance

In the PCMark 10 test for system performance, the Aorus 5 achieves second place in our test field. Depending on the individual discipline, it has to admit defeat either to the HP Pavilion Gaming 15 or to the Schenker XMG Pro 15. During our daily testing, the Aorus 5 KB ran smoothly at all times and showed no micro stuttering or the like. Programs could be started without any problems, and files were accessed without delays as well.

The performance achieved by other laptops in our tests can be found in our CPU Benchmarks article.

PCMark 10 - Score
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, R7 4800H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5602 Points ∼100% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (4984 - 6268, n=8)
5488 Points ∼98% +1%
Aorus 5 KB
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H, ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro (ASX8200PNP-512GT)
5452 Points ∼97%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 7511, n=310)
5337 Points ∼95% -2%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, R7 4800H, Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
5095 Points ∼91% -7%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
5013 Points ∼89% -8%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i5-10300H, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
4887 Points ∼87% -10%
PCMark 10 Score
5452 points
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DPC latencies

In our test with LatencyMon, the Aorus 5 shows slightly increased delay times. Therefore, it's only partially suitable for real-time applications.

LatencyMon - Statistics
LatencyMon - Statistics
LatencyMon - Drivers
LatencyMon - Drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Aorus 5 KB
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H, ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro (ASX8200PNP-512GT)
1218.2 μs * ∼100%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, R7 4800H, Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
797.4 μs * ∼65% +35%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, R7 4800H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
789.9 μs * ∼65% +35%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i5-10300H, Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
723.4 μs * ∼59% +41%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

In our test configuration of the Aorus 5, Gigabyte uses a 512 GB SSD from Adata. It achieves very good read and write speeds, whereby only the Samsung 970 EVO Plus in the Schenker XMG Pro 15 can score even better.

The performance that can be expected from other storage devices can be found in our HDD/SSD Benchmarks article.

Aorus 5 KB
ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro (ASX8200PNP-512GT)
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
Samsung PM991 MZALQ512HALU
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
Average ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro (ASX8200PNP-512GT)
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-1%
-24%
-26%
-35%
-0%
Write 4K
162.1
120.6
-26%
219.8
36%
145.4
-10%
110
-32%
160 (159 - 162, n=2)
-1%
Read 4K
60.66
46.13
-24%
50.16
-17%
51.6
-15%
52.79
-13%
60.6 (60.5 - 60.7, n=2)
0%
Write Seq
2366
2900
23%
978.7
-59%
1007
-57%
982.8
-58%
2366 (2365 - 2366, n=2)
0%
Read Seq
2633
2929
11%
1990
-24%
1145
-57%
1608
-39%
2665 (2633 - 2696, n=2)
1%
Write 4K Q32T1
428.2
372.2
-13%
515.8
20%
468.4
9%
461.3
8%
423 (418 - 428, n=2)
-1%
Read 4K Q32T1
582.2
422.2
-27%
298.3
-49%
528.1
-9%
345.4
-41%
564 (546 - 582, n=2)
-3%
Write Seq Q32T1
2480
3245
31%
981.7
-60%
1381
-44%
982.1
-60%
2476 (2471 - 2480, n=2)
0%
Read Seq Q32T1
3121
3565
14%
1907.2
-39%
2291
-27%
1820
-42%
3182 (3121 - 3242, n=2)
2%
AS SSD
40%
-21%
-31%
-32%
1%
Score Total
3279
5463
67%
2143
-35%
2643
-19%
1802
-45%
3210 (3141 - 3279, n=2)
-2%
Access Time Write *
0.036
0.025
31%
0.02
44%
0.036
-0%
0.046
-28%
0.0335 (0.031 - 0.036, n=2)
7%
Access Time Read *
0.049
0.038
22%
0.087
-78%
0.117
-139%
0.07
-43%
0.046 (0.043 - 0.049, n=2)
6%
4K-64 Write
1375.73
2238.89
63%
845.47
-39%
780.22
-43%
762.14
-45%
1298 (1221 - 1376, n=2)
-6%
4K-64 Read
713.6
1507.95
111%
472.49
-34%
850.81
19%
325.28
-54%
714 (714 - 714, n=2)
0%
4K Write
121.32
150.9
24%
164.78
36%
109.31
-10%
153.55
27%
121 (121 - 122, n=2)
0%
4K Read
53.33
62.25
17%
60.21
13%
43.66
-18%
56.57
6%
53.4 (53.3 - 53.5, n=2)
0%
Seq Write
2171.68
2596.92
20%
904
-58%
1261.05
-42%
867.64
-60%
2206 (2172 - 2240, n=2)
2%
Seq Read
2794.95
2975.48
6%
1682
-40%
2011.91
-28%
1552.88
-44%
2819 (2795 - 2844, n=2)
1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
20% / 21%
-23% / -23%
-29% / -29%
-34% / -33%
1% / 0%

* ... smaller is better

ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro (ASX8200PNP-512GT)
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3121 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2480 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 582.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 428.2 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2633 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2366 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 60.66 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 162.1 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics card

An Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 is responsible for displaying image content in the Aorus 5 KB. It supports features like DLSS and Real-Time Ray Tracing and is also suitable for demanding tasks. In the 3DMark benchmarks, the GPU achieves results that meet our expectations for the hardware.

The performance achieved by other graphics cards in comparison can be found in our GPU Benchmarks article.

3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Schenker XMG Pro 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
7662 Points ∼100% +25%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (5660 - 6910, n=38)
6211 Points ∼81% +1%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
6164 Points ∼80% +1%
Aorus 5 KB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
6123 Points ∼80%
Average of class Gaming
  (368 - 13013, n=264)
6072 Points ∼79% -1%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
6043 Points ∼79% -1%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
5017 Points ∼65% -18%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Schenker XMG Pro 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
20762 Points ∼100% +27%
Aorus 5 KB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
16362 Points ∼79%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (14768 - 18358, n=40)
16301 Points ∼79% 0%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
15967 Points ∼77% -2%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
15609 Points ∼75% -5%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
13659 Points ∼66% -17%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=648)
12359 Points ∼60% -24%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
Schenker XMG Pro 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
20935 Points ∼100% +13%
Aorus 5 KB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
18491 Points ∼88%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (15612 - 20404, n=37)
18000 Points ∼86% -3%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
17390 Points ∼83% -6%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
17319 Points ∼83% -6%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
17255 Points ∼82% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (560 - 31493, n=731)
12297 Points ∼59% -33%
3DMark 11 Performance
18491 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
15034 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
6258 points
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Gaming performance

Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2060 can run modern and upcoming games smoothly at Full HD resolution and maximum details. In the titles that we tested, high frame rates are possible without any problems. However, a stable 60 fps can't always be guaranteed in very demanding titles.

Our GPU Games article shows the performance that can be expected from the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 in other games.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Schenker XMG Pro 15
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
74.4 (62min) fps ∼100% +31%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i5-10300H
68.3 fps ∼92% +20%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (50.6 - 74, n=38)
61.3 fps ∼82% +8%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, R7 4800H
60.5 (51min - 68max) fps ∼81% +6%
Aorus 5 KB
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H
57 (47min) fps ∼77%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=421)
54.3 fps ∼73% -5%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, R7 4800H
53.2 fps ∼72% -7%
Far Cry 5 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i5-10300H
85 fps ∼100% +1%
Aorus 5 KB
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H
84 fps ∼99%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (76 - 90, n=8)
83.4 fps ∼98% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (10 - 113, n=58)
73 fps ∼86% -13%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark - 1920x1080 High Quality
Aorus 5 KB
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H
66.1 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (56.8 - 66.1, n=5)
62.6 fps ∼95% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.8 - 108, n=60)
57.4 fps ∼87% -13%
Dota 2 Reborn - 1920x1080 high (2/3)
Schenker XMG Pro 15
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
130 (113.1min) fps ∼100% +7%
Aorus 5 KB
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H
121 (106.1min) fps ∼93%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i5-10300H
118.8 (104.4min) fps ∼91% -2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (85.4 - 128, n=15)
112 fps ∼86% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (15.3 - 167, n=82)
112 fps ∼86% -7%
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, R7 4800H
85.4 (77.3min) fps ∼66% -29%
Doom Eternal - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Average of class Gaming
  (25.9 - 219, n=40)
138 fps ∼100% +7%
Aorus 5 KB
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H
129 fps ∼93%
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i5-10300H
126.1 fps ∼91% -2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
  (98.7 - 138, n=10)
122 fps ∼88% -5%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, R7 4800H
93.4 fps ∼68% -28%

The continuous load test with The Witcher 3 in the "Ultra" graphics setting shows that users have to expect a slight drop in frame rates when operating times become prolonged.

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Aorus 5 KB GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H, ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro (ASX8200PNP-512GT): Ø55.8 (51-60)
low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 57 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 140 128 121 115 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 66.1 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 107 93.1 79.1 fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 84 fps
Doom Eternal (2020) 129 fps

Emissions - Easily adjustable fans

Noise emissions

Under load, the Aorus 5 KB's fans can become very loud at up to 56 dB(A). Users who don't constantly utilize the maximum possible performance, however, can achieve a significantly lower noise level thanks to an adjustable fan profile. On our test device, there was an occasional coil whine when the battery was charged.

Noise Level

Idle
26 / 30 / 34 dB(A)
Load
53 / 56 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 25 dB(A)
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Temperature

In our full load test, the surface temperatures of the Aorus 5 rose up to 50 °C (~122 °F). As a result, the laptop feels significantly warm and can no longer be placed comfortably on the lap, for example.

The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
Stress test
Stress test
Full load - Top
Full load - Top
Full load - Bottom
Full load - Bottom

During our approximately one-hour stress test, the temperatures inside the Aorus 5 rose up to 92 °C (~198 °F). The CPU's clock rates dropped to about 2.6 GHz, which was still above the base clock speed. Therefore, users don't have to fear performance drops even under heavy load.

Max. Load
 49 °C
120 F
50 °C
122 F
47 °C
117 F
 
 46 °C
115 F
46 °C
115 F
46 °C
115 F
 
 38 °C
100 F
35 °C
95 F
32 °C
90 F
 
Maximum: 50 °C = 122 F
Average: 43.2 °C = 110 F
45 °C
113 F
42 °C
108 F
48 °C
118 F
42 °C
108 F
42 °C
108 F
49 °C
120 F
30 °C
86 F
38 °C
100 F
40 °C
104 F
Maximum: 49 °C = 120 F
Average: 41.8 °C = 107 F
Power Supply (max.)  50 °C = 122 F | Room Temperature 23 °C = 73 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 43.2 °C / 110 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 50 °C / 122 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 31.8 °C / 89 F, compared to the device average of 33.4 °C / 92 F.
(-) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 42.6 °C / 109 F, compared to the device average of 33.4 °C / 92 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 39 °C / 102.2 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-10.2 °C / -18.4 F).

Speakers

The speakers of the Aorus 5 offer relatively high volume and a wide sound spectrum, where the lower tones are somewhat underrepresented. They are certainly suitable for the occasional playback of media content, but external speakers or headphones are recommended in the long run.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.440.22535.535.83144.3434029.931.45041.841.46326.837.5802436.210016.622.312515.923.416021.127.720018.940.925015.761.431513.967.7400126650011.561.463011.266.480011.270.710001172.4125011.174.5160011.474.4200011.474.8250011.576.1315012.978.2400013.181.2500014.374.6630014.474.7800013.573.61000012.876.51250012.374.21600011.875SPL2587.8N0.672.4median 12.8median 73.6Delta1.59.629.928.229.935.232.335.23534.13528.825.828.83027.1302325.52321.120.721.125.718.525.732.718.832.736.31836.335.517.135.529.916.229.937.114.937.150.614.650.65614.85657.314.357.353.514.353.555.61455.658.813.958.85714.15760.714.160.757.414.657.454.914.654.95814.75860.914.860.955.714.855.755.715.155.752.215.252.246.216.446.245.915.445.969.426.769.424.40.824.4median 54.9median 14.8median 54.98.30.78.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAorus 5 KBHP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Aorus 5 KB audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 33.1% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (16.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 58% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 32% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 61% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (60.85 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 70% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 21% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 45% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy management - Average battery life

Energy consumption

We measure a power consumption of up to 217 watts under load. However, we can assume this to be a peak value that only occurs for a short time, since the gaming laptop manages to run our The Witcher 3 Ultra test with a power consumption of 138 watts.

The USB Type-C port can't be used to charge the laptop.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 1.2 / 1.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 8 / 12 / 21 Watt
Load midlight 128 / 217 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Aorus 5 KB
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
Schenker XMG Pro 15
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
R7 4800H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
i5-10300H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
R7 4800H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
Average of class Gaming
 
Power Consumption
-32%
20%
31%
38%
-48%
Idle Minimum *
8
15
-88%
5.4
32%
3.2
60%
3.8
52%
18.7 (1.9 - 113, n=798)
-134%
Idle Average *
12
19
-58%
10
17%
8.3
31%
7.7
36%
24.1 (6 - 119, n=798)
-101%
Idle Maximum *
21
26
-24%
10.5
50%
8.7
59%
9.5
55%
29.8 (8.3 - 122, n=798)
-42%
Load Average *
128
101
21%
135
-5%
82
36%
90
30%
104 (14.1 - 319, n=790)
19%
Witcher 3 ultra *
138
177
-28%
144
-4%
151
-9%
99
28%
Load Maximum *
217
245
-13%
147
32%
195
10%
156
28%
177 (21.9 - 590, n=789)
18%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

In our practical WLAN test, the Aorus 5 KB achieves a runtime of 4:45 hours. This is slightly above the average value for the gaming category. A quick-charge function or the like is not available.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 58min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
4h 45min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 58min
Aorus 5 KB
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, 48.96 Wh
Schenker XMG Pro 15
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 62 Wh
Asus TUF A15 FA506IV-HN172
R7 4800H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, 48 Wh
Lenovo Legion 5 15IMH05H
i5-10300H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, 60 Wh
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec1177ng
R7 4800H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, 52.5 Wh
Average of class Gaming
 
Battery Runtime
-15%
46%
52%
29%
0%
Reader / Idle
538
312
-42%
587
9%
848
58%
365 (39 - 1399, n=738)
-32%
WiFi v1.3
285
208
-27%
370
30%
433
52%
367
29%
269 (62 - 683, n=459)
-6%
Load
58
72
24%
116
100%
84
45%
79.9 (18 - 243, n=706)
38%

Pros

+ very good maintenance options
+ no PWM
+ good system performance
+ stable case
+ replaceable battery

Cons

- moderate battery life
- backlighting only offers fixed colors

Verdict - Solid, well-equipped barebone

In review: Gigabyte Aorus 5 KB. Test device provided by: Gigabyte Germany
In review: Gigabyte Aorus 5 KB. Test device provided by: Gigabyte Germany

With the Aorus 5 KB, Gigabyte delivers a comparatively inexpensive gaming laptop that shines with its extensive maintenance options. Especially the expansion options for the storage devices are numerous, but access to the RAM and fans is also possible. The performance is at the expected level for the hardware and can also be maintained well under load. In addition, the possibility to influence performance and fan behavior through the software also provides users with good control mechanisms.

The Aorus 5 KB offers many maintenance options and can keep up its performance even under load.

By using a Clevo barebone, Aorus didn't set its own accents on the case. Furthermore, the keyboard's backlight control is limited to predefined colors. However, the workmanship, the 144 Hz panel, and the port selection are rock solid and should please most users.

Aorus 5 KB - 10/06/2020 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
77 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
65 / 80 → 82%
Weight
62 / 10-66 → 93%
Battery
62 / 95 → 65%
Display
88%
Games Performance
91%
Application Performance
93%
Temperature
82 / 95 → 86%
Noise
64 / 90 → 71%
Audio
80%
Camera
33 / 85 → 39%
Average
74%
84%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2020-10-10 (Update: 2020-10-10)
Mike Wobker
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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.