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Aorus X5 v6 Notebook Review

No performance compromises. The unique Aorus X5 is back with Pascal, individually lit RGB keys, and 120 Hz/5 ms FHD display options all in a chassis just under 23 mm thick. Owners will get the same gaming performance as a desktop with GTX 1070 graphics, albeit in a much louder package.

The gaming-centric Aorus brand of notebooks focuses exclusively on superthin designs with as few performance compromises as possible. Thus, users can have the power of something as large as the MSI GT73VR or Asus G752VS in a chassis that is practically half the size and weight.

The X5 v6 is the latest iteration in the manufacturer's 15.6-inch series with some major upgrades in terms of features and performance. More notably, 120 Hz/5 ms display options are now available alongside individually lit RGB keys and a GTX 1070 Pascal GPU. The overall design of the chassis is otherwise largely identical to the previous generation X5 SKUs with a few modifications to the keyboard and touchpad.

We recommend checking out some of our existing Aorus review pages for more information on the series and what the X5 family can offer in general.

Aorus X5 v6 (X5 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1442 MHz, Memory: 8008 MHz, GDDR5, 369.26
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4 SDRAM, PC4-19200, G-Skill, Dual-Channel, 1300 MHz, 16-16-16-39
Display
15.6 inch 1:78, 2880 x 1620 pixel 212 PPI, IPS, Name: Panasonic VVX16T028J00, ID: MEI96A2, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM170 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2, 256 GB 
, Secondary: 1 TB HGST HTS721010A9E630
Soundcard
NVIDIA GP104 - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm earphone (SPDIF-out), 3.5 mm microphone, Card Reader: SD reader
Networking
Qualcomm Killer e2200 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1+LE
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22.9 x 390 x 272 ( = 0.9 x 15.35 x 10.71 in)
Battery
94.24 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 1.5 W speakers, 2 W subwoofer, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 2x laptop feet, Quick Start guide, Warranty card, USB drive w/ drivers, Killer Network Manager, Aorus Audio Equalizer, Aorus Fusion, Command & Control, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.575 kg ( = 90.83 oz / 5.68 pounds), Power Supply: 822 g ( = 29 oz / 1.81 pounds)
Price
2400 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Externally, the X5 v6 is almost indistinguishable from its predecessors with the same jet black matte magnesium surfaces, sharp edges and corners, and accents on the smooth outer lid. Our comments on case quality from our previous reviews still apply here: The base is sturdy with strong resistance to twists and depressions while the very thin lid teeters and twists more easily than we would like. There is very minor creaking around the base and lid, but not nearly enough to be worrisome. A notable superficial change is the coloring of the Aorus logos as they are now orange to better reflect the series and Gigabyte brand as a whole.

Construction quality is excellent as we can observe no unintended gaps between materials. This includes the edges and corners of the screen where some other gaming notebooks have exhibited unevenness between the panel and inner bezel. Nonetheless, we're hoping that future iterations improve upon the hinge and lid as they feel quite fragile. We recommend opening the display carefully to avoid any risk of damaging or snapping the small hinges when at the maximum ~140 degree angle.

As for size and weight, the X5 v6 sits comfortably between the lighter and smaller 15.6-inch MSI GS63VR and the heavier and larger 15.6-inch Acer Predator 15. When taking into account the GPU, the Aorus is one of the thinnest with the GTX 1070 for its size class. The system feels dense yet its thin design makes it portable and easy to handle compared to larger systems with similar CPU and GPU options.

390 mm / 15.4 inch 266 mm / 10.5 inch 40 mm / 1.575 inch 2.9 kg6.44 lbs391 mm / 15.4 inch 300 mm / 11.8 inch 39 mm / 1.535 inch 3.5 kg7.76 lbs390 mm / 15.4 inch 266 mm / 10.5 inch 30 mm / 1.181 inch 2.6 kg5.73 lbs390 mm / 15.4 inch 272 mm / 10.7 inch 22.9 mm / 0.902 inch 2.6 kg5.68 lbs385 mm / 15.2 inch 271 mm / 10.7 inch 21 mm / 0.827 inch 2.6 kg5.81 lbs380 mm / 15 inch 249 mm / 9.8 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.9 kg4.19 lbs

Connectivity

Available interfaces include 3x video-out ports, 3x USB Type-A ports, and a USB Type-C gen. 2 port. The official specifications page lists just one HDMI port, but we can confirm that there are two and that both are HDMI 2.0 for 4K output at up to 60 FPS. A number of gaming notebooks continue to rely on HDMI 1.4 only, which is limited to only 30 FPS on a native 4K output.

Thunderbolt is conspicuously missing from the X5 v6 and this is a clear disadvantage compared to the competition. Another complaint is the lack of any USB Type-A ports on the left side of the notebook while the ports on the rear can be difficult to reach. VGA has also been removed since Nvidia has dropped native support for the legacy connection in its latest Pascal refresh, although the outline of the physical port itself can still be seen on the design of the notebook.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: SD reader, 2x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI 2.0
Right: SD reader, 2x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI 2.0
Rear: AC adapter, 1x USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet
Rear: AC adapter, 1x USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet
Left: 1x mDP 1.3, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x audio jack, 1x microphone, 1x USB Type-C Gen. 2
Left: 1x mDP 1.3, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x audio jack, 1x microphone, 1x USB Type-C Gen. 2

Software

The refreshed software package includes Command & Control from the previous generation with some new functions like Aorus Fusion for customizing macros and lighting and an audio equalizer for sound and microphone control. The overclocking utility in particular is very handy since it provides a quick glance at core clock rates, temperatures, and fan speed with preset overclocking profiles for both the CPU and GPU all in one window.

As a whole, the Aorus software is visually appealing and easy to update with accessible features. Our biggest gripe is that it can feel clunky compared to the equivalent software packages from MSI or Clevo. For one, the UI uses darker buttons and options that are often hidden or harder to see. Secondly, applying some features can feel slow with noticeable loading times. Choosing colors for each key, for example, is more time consuming than it ought to be as the software has a two second delay before users can see the change. Moving the overclock slider in the overclocking utility will take several seconds each time as well. There's definitely a small learning curve to using the software efficiently.

New custom fan control: Manually set the maximum or ceiling percentage
New custom fan control: Manually set the maximum or ceiling percentage
Power settings
Power settings
Preset color temperatures, but no color mode settings
Preset color temperatures, but no color mode settings
Customize macro for any key
Customize macro for any key
Pre-defined shortcuts and apps
Pre-defined shortcuts and apps
Save and record macros and mouse clicks
Save and record macros and mouse clicks
Customize Individually-lit keys with multiple profiles
Customize Individually-lit keys with multiple profiles
Aorus Audio with equalizer and preset settings
Aorus Audio with equalizer and preset settings
OC utility (system idling on High Performance)
OC utility (system idling on High Performance)

SD Card Reader

Transfer rates from the integrated card reader are underwhelming considering the price and flagship status of the X5 v6. Average read rate according to AS SSD is only about 90 MB/s compared to over 195 MB/s on the GT72VR or almost 260 MB/s on the Eurocom X7E2. Transferring 1 GB worth of photos from the card reader to desktop will take about 13 seconds when using our Toshiba UHS-II test card.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
 
136.5 MB/s ∼100% +71%
Aorus X5 v6
 
79.9 MB/s ∼59%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
 
23.8 MB/s ∼17% -70%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
 
195.2 MB/s ∼100% +116%
Aorus X5 v6
 
90.3 MB/s ∼46%
MSI GS73VR 6RF
 
27.6 MB/s ∼14% -69%

Communication

The Aorus now uses the same Killer 1535 WLAN module as most newer high-end gaming notebooks whereas older Aorus units shipped with Intel 8260 wireless instead. While raw transfer rates aren't dramatically different when connected to an 802.11ac network, the Killer card includes features catered towards gamers such as the Network Manager software, DoubleShot Pro, and latency reduction technology. See our dedicated review page on the Killer 1535 for more information.

A Jperf test standing 1 meter away from our Linksys EA8500 test router shows a real-world transfer rate of about 512 Mbps against a theoretical transfer rate of 867 Mbps.

Jperf (client)
Jperf (client)
Jperf (server)
Jperf (server)
Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m 512KB
Eurocom Sky X7E2
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
548.939 MBit/s ∼100% +6%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
530.963 MBit/s ∼97% +2%
Aorus X5 v6
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
519.603 MBit/s ∼95%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 512KB
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
549.653 MBit/s ∼100% +7%
Eurocom Sky X7E2
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
545.763 MBit/s ∼99% +7%
Aorus X5 v6
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
511.927 MBit/s ∼93%

Accessories

Included extras are a cleaning cloth, Quick Start guide, USB drive with drivers, Warranty card, and two detachable plastic feet for attaching to the bottom of the notebook. These aren't required for normal operation, but they can likely improve airflow since they elevate the base at a slight angle.

Outside of what's in the box, Aorus also sells a wide range of branded gaming accessories and backpacks in the familiar orange and black color scheme.

Maintenance

Aorus notebooks in general are very easy to service and the X5 v6 is no exception as the bottom panel comes right off without any taut latches or hidden screws. The only curve ball is that users must have access to a T6 Torx wrench similar to when servicing a Razer notebook.

Users have direct access to the main battery, BIOS battery, M.2 WLAN module, two SODIMM slots and all four storage bays. The last two SODIMM slots are underneath the motherboard and require additional disassembly. Note that both the CPU and GPU are soldered and not upgradeable and that even the cooling pipes have been changed slightly from the previous X5S v5.

Warranty

Aorus offers two-year limited warranty as standard compared to just one year from some manufacturers like Lenovo or HP in the U.S.. The manufacturer also covers any number of bright or "stuck" pixels with a free LCD panel replacement. Users must register their notebook purchases before submitting claims.

Easy serviceability
Easy serviceability

Input Devices

Keyboard

On a tactile level, the Chiclet keyboard remains unchanged from the previous generation. That is, expect the same shallow travel with adequate feedback for a satisfactory typing experience. The keys clatter and wiggle in place slightly more than on the SteelSeries keyboard of the MSI series, so we prefer the latter in terms of comfort if only slightly. Note that the column of Macro keys are larger now and easier to press compared to the X5S Plus.

The biggest change to the keyboard is its individually lit RGB keys that help distinguish the new Aorus lineup from others. Like the Razer Blade Stealth and some mechanical keyboards for gamers, users can choose from one of 16.7 million colors for each individual key. The end result is admittedly very cool, but the implementation is not perfect. First, larger keys such as CapsLock, Backspace, and Enter are not illuminated as evenly compared to the smaller QWERTY keys. Secondly, cycling through the five sets of Macro keys with the top left "G"button will cause the entire keyboard backlight to inexplicably blink each time.

Yet another minor annoyance is the responsiveness of the aforementioned "G" key. It's possible to push this key without the system registering an input, which is the last thing any gamer would want when in the heat of battle. Fortunately, the issue seems isolated to this key as the rest of the keyboard operates normally and reliably.

Touchpad

Aorus has heard the pleas from users and the press about the previously glossy and hard-to-use touchpad on the original X5. The new surface is not only larger (10.6 x 7. 8 cm) but also matte and completely smooth with a slightly soft finish not unlike on the X5S Plus. Cursor control and multi-touch gestures are much easier this time around with no major complaints. Meanwhile, the integrated mouse clicks still feel the same as on the outgoing X5S Plus. They could have benefited from firmer feedback, deeper travel, and a more solid auditory click.

No major changes to keyboard layout and feel
No major changes to keyboard layout and feel
Touchpad is finally matte!
Touchpad is finally matte!
Two levels of backlight brightness. Larger keys like CapsLock and Backspace are not illuminated as evenly as these smaller QWERTY keys
Two levels of backlight brightness. Larger keys like CapsLock and Backspace are not illuminated as evenly as these smaller QWERTY keys

Display

Our test unit comes equipped with a WQHD+ 2880 x 1620 resolution panel in an uncommon 1.78 aspect ratio. A quick search for its Panasonic VVX16T028J00 panel shows that this is the same screen as found on the Gigabyte P35X v3, ThinkPad T540p, and even the older Aorus X5. While contrast is excellent and backlight brightness is more than sufficient for indoor conditions, brightness distribution could have been better as the bottom left quadrants can be slightly dimmer than the rest of the screen. Otherwise, texts and images are very crisp and there is only minimal color graininess when displaying a bright white background.

There is light-moderate uneven backlight bleeding around the bottom left corner of our test model. It's fortunately not significant enough to be noticeable during day-to-day workloads, but the faint glow can be seen when viewing movies with black borders.

The display on our test unit exhibits something very unusual for a notebook: Pulse-with modulation can be detected on all brightness levels even up to the maximum setting. We tested with automatic brightness controls turned on and off, but the results remain similar. We suspect that the operating system or the new Aorus software itself may be preventing us from setting the display backlight to its "true" maximum setting. Users sensitive to onscreen flickering may want to avoid the X5 v6 WQHD+ option for now. Unfortunately, we cannot yet speak on the 120 Hz/5 ms option until we have a properly configured unit.

In addition, the unavoidable PWM is interfering with our ability to measure black-to-white and gray-to-gray response times. Our measurements below are thus based on manual estimates with built-in tools on the oscilloscope.

Moderate backlight bleeding around the bottom left edge
Moderate backlight bleeding around the bottom left edge
Subpixel array (212 PPI)
Subpixel array (212 PPI)
266.4
cd/m²
264.7
cd/m²
283.4
cd/m²
244.6
cd/m²
280.4
cd/m²
270.5
cd/m²
245.9
cd/m²
286.8
cd/m²
295.3
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 295.3 cd/m² Average: 270.9 cd/m² Minimum: 17.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 280.4 cd/m²
Contrast: 1126:1 (Black: 0.249 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.94 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 5.13 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
85.9% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 55.9% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.26
Aorus X5 v6
IPS, 15.6, 2880x1620
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
LG Philips LP156WF6-SPB6 (LGD046F), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
Samsung 156HL01-104 (SDC324C) , IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Gigabyte P35X v5
SHP144E , IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
LG Philips LP156WF6 (LGD046F), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
8%
11%
-24%
16%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
34 (19, 25)
38 (16, 22)
-12%
51.2 (21.2, 30)
-51%
34 (14, 20)
-0%
Response Time Black / White *
32 (8, 24)
23 (5, 18)
28%
26 (8, 18)
19%
39.2 (8.4, 30.8)
-23%
22 (5, 17)
31%
PWM Frequency
198.4
202 (100)
2%
200 (20)
1%
Screen
-2%
6%
-18%
6%
Brightness middle
280.4
315
12%
293
4%
278.9
-1%
273
-3%
Brightness
271
290
7%
279
3%
272
0%
278
3%
Brightness Distribution
83
85
2%
84
1%
80
-4%
88
6%
Black Level *
0.249
0.32
-29%
0.33
-33%
0.562
-126%
0.27
-8%
Contrast
1126
984
-13%
888
-21%
496
-56%
1011
-10%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.94
4.88
1%
3.59
27%
4.47
10%
3.67
26%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.13
8.88
-9%
5.79
29%
8.64
-6%
8.33
-2%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.13
4.17
19%
3.86
25%
6.13
-19%
2.73
47%
Gamma
2.26 97%
2.53 87%
2.53 87%
2.2 100%
2.49 88%
CCT
7433 87%
6683 97%
7229 90%
7047 92%
7029 92%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55.9
55
-2%
63
13%
60.87
9%
55
-2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
85.9
83
-3%
97
13%
95.43
11%
84
-2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
3% / 0%
9% / 7%
-21% / -20%
11% / 7%

* ... smaller is better

Color space is approximately 56 percent and 86 percent of the AdobeRGB and sRGB standards, respectively. Competing manufacturers may offer even wider gamuts for full sRGB or near complete AdobeRGB coverage like on some Clevo barebones and the Asus UX series, but such accurate colors have little impact on the actual gaming experience.

vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. Asus GL502
vs. Asus GL502
vs. MSI GT62VR
vs. MSI GT62VR

Grayscale and colors are average and fairly balanced out of the box. A quick calibration, however, shows noticeable gains across the board with more accurate colors on all tested saturation levels. Colors become less accurate at higher saturation levels due to the panel's imperfect sRGB coverage.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

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
32 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8 ms rise
↘ 24 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 81 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 25 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 23 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (40.7 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 detected 198.4 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 198.4 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 198.4 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9705 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is average at best. The backlight and matte panel are adequate when under shade while direct sunlight will quickly wash out onscreen colors and content. As usual, the maximum brightness setting is recommended to reduce glare as much as possible.

Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

Like most Aorus notebooks, the X5 v6 has fixed CPU and GPU options with just a couple of display options at most. Thus, SKUs are limited to the Core i7-6820HK and GTX 1070 with a choice of either the FHD 1080p 120 Hz/5 ms panel or the 3K WQHD 1620p panel. Other configurable options are the number of storage drives and their capacities with the optional Live Stream Engine module occupying one M.2 slot. The unlocked CPU is a noteworthy mention especially for a notebook this thin and lightweight.

G-Sync is included by default with no options for Optimus for improved battery-saving features. Both Nvidia features remain mutually exclusive for now.

Processor

Aorus could have easily outfitted the system with the more common Core i7-6700HQ, but decided to go one step higher with the unlocked Core i7-6820HK instead. Our unit comes pre-overclocked to 4 GHz for a noticeable boost in raw performance when compared to the base i7-6820HK. For example, the same processor in our Asus G701VO is about 11 to 13 percent slower than the Aorus X5 v6 in both single- and multi-threaded workloads according to CineBench benchmarks. This also brings processing power closer to that of the desktop-class Core i7-6700K running at base speeds, which is an amazing feat considering the size of the Aorus.

See our dedicated CPU page on the Core i7-6820HK for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Aorus X5 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK
171 Points ∼78%
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
Intel Core i7-6700K
166 Points ∼76% -3%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
Intel Core i7-6820HK
149 Points ∼68% -13%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
144 Points ∼66% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH002RGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
143 Points ∼66% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH002RGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
143 Points ∼66% -16%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
139 Points ∼64% -19%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
125 Points ∼57% -27%
CPU Multi 64Bit
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
Intel Core i7-6700K
865 Points ∼20% +9%
Aorus X5 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK
790 Points ∼18%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
719 Points ∼16% -9%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
Intel Core i7-6820HK
707 Points ∼16% -11%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
669 Points ∼15% -15%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
490 Points ∼11% -38%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH002RGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
348 Points ∼8% -56%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH002RGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
306 Points ∼7% -61%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Aorus X5 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK
1.94 Points ∼80%
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
Intel Core i7-6700K
1.91 Points ∼78% -2%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
Intel Core i7-6820HK
1.7 Points ∼70% -12%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
1.68 Points ∼69% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH002RGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
1.63 Points ∼67% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH002RGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
1.62 Points ∼66% -16%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.59 Points ∼65% -18%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
1.46 Points ∼60% -25%
CPU Multi 64Bit
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
Intel Core i7-6700K
9.56 Points ∼35% +7%
Aorus X5 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK
8.9 Points ∼33%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
7.96 Points ∼29% -11%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
Intel Core i7-6820HK
7.76 Points ∼29% -13%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.4 Points ∼27% -17%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
5.29 Points ∼20% -41%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH002RGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
3.84 Points ∼14% -57%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH002RGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
3.39 Points ∼13% -62%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
Intel Core i7-6700K
6487 Points ∼60% +2%
Aorus X5 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK
6339 Points ∼59%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
Intel Core i7-6820HK
5671 Points ∼52% -11%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
5567 Points ∼51% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH002RGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
5469 Points ∼50% -14%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5055 Points ∼47% -20%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
4999 Points ∼46% -21%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
Intel Core i7-6700K
26150 Points ∼53% +8%
Aorus X5 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK
24280 Points ∼49%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
21681 Points ∼44% -11%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
Intel Core i7-6820HK
21022 Points ∼42% -13%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20059 Points ∼40% -17%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
14329 Points ∼29% -41%
Lenovo ThinkPad T560-20FH002RGE
Intel Core i7-6600U
10836 Points ∼22% -55%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
323 s * ∼4% -54%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
233.067 s * ∼3% -11%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
Intel Core i7-6820HK
224.57 s * ∼3% -7%
Aorus X5 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK
210.349 s * ∼2%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
206.294 s * ∼2% +2%
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
Intel Core i7-6700K
178.464 s * ∼2% +15%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
635.934 Seconds * ∼3% -31%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
573.691 Seconds * ∼3% -18%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
569.349 Seconds * ∼3% -17%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
Intel Core i7-6820HK
558.605 Seconds * ∼2% -15%
DogHouse Systems Mobius SS
Intel Core i7-6700K
498.33 Seconds * ∼2% -2%
Aorus X5 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK
486.718 Seconds * ∼2%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6782
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
24280
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6339
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.9 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
80.79 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.94 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
171 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
123.21 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
790 Points
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks rank our Aorus X5 v6 in the same ballpark as competing models with Skylake CPUs and Pascal GPUs while being noticeably ahead of the older Gigabyte P35X v5. Subjectively, system responsiveness is very fast from the NVMe SSD.

A big annoyance is the Aorus splash screen that must run every time when waking from sleep. This adds a few seconds before the desktop is finally available to the user compared to just a couple of seconds from most Ultrabooks under similar conditions. Otherwise, we experienced no software or hardware issues during our time with the test unit.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
5053 Points ∼78%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
5011 Points ∼77% -1%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
4924 Points ∼76% -3%
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
4859 Points ∼75% -4%
Gigabyte P35X v5
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
3999 Points ∼61% -21%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
4828 Points ∼79%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4651 Points ∼76% -4%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
4541 Points ∼75% -6%
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
4060 Points ∼67% -16%
Gigabyte P35X v5
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
3301 Points ∼54% -32%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4828 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
7973 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5053 points
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Storage Devices

Plenty of storage options considering the thin chassis
Plenty of storage options considering the thin chassis

A surprising number of storage options are available for the size. Its 3x M.2 2280 slots (2x PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 + 1x PCIe NVMe Gen3 x2) and 1x 2.5-inch SATA III bay should be more than enough for the hardcore gamer. Other thin gaming notebooks like the GS73VR or even the larger GT72VR include fewer internal storage bays than the X5 v6. Note that RAID is supported despite no mention of it on the official product page and that the 2.5-inch bay can support both 7 mm and 9.5 mm drives.

Our test unit comes equipped with a primary 256 GB Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 NVMe SSD and a secondary 1 TB Hitachi HGST HTS721010A9E630. Transfer rates from the SSD are extremely fast as expected from a NVMe drive with sequential read and write rates of well over 1000 MB/s. Similar Samsung SSDs can also be found on other notebooks like the Gigabyte P35X with very close performance numbers overall. Meanwhile, the secondary 7200 RPM HDD returns a very fast average transfer rate of 110 MB/s according to HD Tune.

See our table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmarks and comparisons.

AS SSD (Primary SSD)
AS SSD (Primary SSD)
CDM (Primary SSD)
CDM (Primary SSD)
CDM (Secondary HDD)
CDM (Secondary HDD)
HD Tune (Secondary HDD)
HD Tune (Secondary HDD)
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
 
Aorus X5 v6
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Gigabyte P35X v5
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
MSI GS73VR 6RF
SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
Eurocom Sky X7E2
Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-64%
-1%
-70%
11%
Write 4k QD32
358.7
256.3
-29%
385.5
7%
167.1
-53%
422.1
18%
Read 4k QD32
687.9
149.4
-78%
592.7
-14%
251.6
-63%
693.5
1%
Write 4k
158.8
75.74
-52%
145.1
-9%
42.51
-73%
144
-9%
Read 4k
52.95
21.44
-60%
51.42
-3%
20.3
-62%
51.54
-3%
Write 512
1221
287.8
-76%
1214
-1%
254.4
-79%
1561
28%
Read 512
989.5
294.8
-70%
1119
13%
242.3
-76%
1180
19%
Write Seq
1275
312.4
-75%
1247
-2%
319
-75%
1576
24%
Read Seq
1565
485.4
-69%
1541
-2%
334.3
-79%
1673
7%
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
Sequential Read: 1565 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1275 MB/s
512K Read: 989.5 MB/s
512K Write: 1221 MB/s
4K Read: 52.95 MB/s
4K Write: 158.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 687.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 358.7 MB/s

GPU Performance

Raw graphics performance from the GTX 1070 in the Aorus is essentially on par with our desktop GTX 1070 reference card. In other words, there are no substantial performance differences between the mobile and desktop versions despite their different core configurations according to 3DMark Fire Strike benchmarks. Users can expect a boost of about 40 percent from the GTX 980 and about 50 to 60 percent from the GTX 1060.

See our dedicated GPU page on the GTX 1070 for more and benchmark comparisons and our review page on the Pascal series for more technical information.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Unlimited
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark
3840x2160 Fire Strike Ultra Graphics
Eurocom Sky X7E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K
5120 Points ∼51% +22%
Aorus X5 v6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
4191 Points ∼41%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K
4126 Points ∼41% -2%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6820HK
3009 Points ∼30% -28%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
2592 Points ∼26% -38%
EVGA SC17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK
2326 Points ∼23% -45%
Fire Strike Extreme Graphics
Eurocom Sky X7E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K
10382 Points ∼52% +21%
Aorus X5 v6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
8556 Points ∼43%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6820HK
6123 Points ∼31% -28%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
5541 Points ∼28% -35%
EVGA SC17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK
4663 Points ∼23% -46%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Eurocom Sky X7E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K
21781 Points ∼54% +22%
Aorus X5 v6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
17869 Points ∼44%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K
16685 Points ∼41% -7%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6820HK
13018 Points ∼32% -27%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
11957 Points ∼29% -33%
EVGA SC17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK
9820 Points ∼24% -45%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K
11482 Points ∼51% +10%
Aorus X5 v6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
10423 Points ∼46%
Eurocom Sky X7E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K
10419 Points ∼46% 0%
EVGA SC17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK
9256 Points ∼41% -11%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6820HK
9017 Points ∼40% -13%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
8338 Points ∼37% -20%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Eurocom Sky X7E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 6700K
28321 Points ∼56% +19%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 4790K
23990 Points ∼47% +1%
Aorus X5 v6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
23723 Points ∼47%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6820HK
16946 Points ∼33% -29%
EVGA SC17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK
12890 Points ∼25% -46%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
12731 Points ∼25% -46%
3DMark 11 Performance
18156 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
144778 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
30162 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
14476 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
7857 points
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Gaming Performance

Most if not all games will run on maximum settings at 1080p60 as the GTX 1070 was designed for gaming on native resolutions much higher than FHD. It's not quite powerful enough to play all games on 4K UHD at 60 FPS, however, so the X5 v6 is in a unique position with its middle-ground 3K 2880 x 1620 resolution panel. We used the same Ultra settings as on our 1080p benchmarks for 1620p and our results are shown on the second table below. Most games maintain frame rates above 60 FPS while a few are in the low 50 FPS range where G-Sync works best. These data points are not saved onto our database since this particular display resolution is so uncommon on notebooks.

Fallout 4 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
111.3 fps ∼100%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL (RAID 0)
79.3 fps ∼71% -29%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
71.6 fps ∼64% -36%
EVGA SC17
GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
55.5 fps ∼50% -50%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
43.5 fps ∼39% -61%
Sleeping Dogs - 1920x1080 Extreme Preset AA:Extreme
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
118.6 fps ∼100%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL (RAID 0)
75.2 fps ∼63% -37%
EVGA SC17
GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
59.5 fps ∼50% -50%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
44.9 fps ∼38% -62%
Guild Wars 2 - 1920x1080 All Maximum / On AA:FX
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
78.8 fps ∼100%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
52.9 fps ∼67% -33%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
136.8 fps ∼100%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL (RAID 0)
106.2 fps ∼78% -22%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
105.5 fps ∼77% -23%
EVGA SC17
GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
90.2 fps ∼66% -34%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
69.5 fps ∼51% -49%
Metro: Last Light - 1920x1080 Very High (DX11) AF:16x
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
117.9 fps ∼100%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL (RAID 0)
88.3 fps ∼75% -25%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
82.1 fps ∼70% -30%
EVGA SC17
GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
69.7 fps ∼59% -41%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
50.5 fps ∼43% -57%
Thief - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
106.6 fps ∼100%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
72.4 fps ∼68% -32%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL (RAID 0)
67.9 fps ∼64% -36%
EVGA SC17
GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
63.7 fps ∼60% -40%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
47.5 fps ∼45% -55%
Batman: Arkham Knight - 1920x1080 High / On AA:SM AF:16x
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
89 fps ∼100%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL (RAID 0)
63 fps ∼71% -29%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
62 fps ∼70% -30%
EVGA SC17
GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
50 fps ∼56% -44%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
36 fps ∼40% -60%
Metal Gear Solid V - 1920x1080 Extra High / On
EVGA SC17
GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL (RAID 0)
60 fps ∼100% 0%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
60 fps ∼100%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
97.4 fps ∼100%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
63.5 fps ∼65% -35%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL (RAID 0)
60.4 fps ∼62% -38%
EVGA SC17
GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
54.7 fps ∼56% -44%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
42.8 fps ∼44% -56%
Doom - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
128.9 fps ∼100%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
96.5 fps ∼75% -25%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL (RAID 0)
84.3 fps ∼65% -35%
Overwatch - 1920x1080 Epic (Render Scale 100 %) AA:SM AF:16x
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
162 fps ∼100%
Asus G701VO-CS74K
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL (RAID 0)
118.2 fps ∼73% -27%
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
106.3 fps ∼66% -34%
low med. high ultra
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 118.6fps
Guild Wars 2 (2012) 78.8fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 136.8fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 117.9fps
Thief (2014) 106.6fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 89fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 60fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 111.3fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 97.4fps
Doom (2016) 128.9fps
Overwatch (2016) 162fps

2880 x 1620 Resolution on Ultra Settings

Average FPS
Sleeping Dogs 57.3
Guild Wars 2 77.9
Metro: Last Light 67.2
Thief 67.1
Batman: Arkham Knight 57
Metal Gear Solid V 60
Fallout 4 62.3
Rise of the Tomb Raider 51.9
Doom 81.5
Overwatch 91.1

Stress Test

We stress the notebook on its default overclocked settings and on its maximum fan speed to identify for any throttling or stability issues. The CPU throttles slightly to 3.1 GHz down from its 3.2 GHz multi-core maximum when subjected to Prime95 stress, so the system is unable to maintain maximum Turbo Boost speeds for extended periods. Core temperature can be seen rising to about 86 C during the first few moments of stress before throttling down clock rates for a more reserved 74 C range. Meanwhile, running FurMark will see the GPU plateauing at about 77 C.

Running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously will bump CPU and GPU temperatures up to 93 C and 83 C, respectively, with steady clock rates of ~3.2 GHz and ~1350 MHz. It's never comforting to have core temperatures in the 90 C range, but such extreme processing conditions are generally not representative of gaming loads. The system has no issues maintaining slight Turbo Boost and GPU Boost clock rates and at lower core temperatures when running Unigine Valley.

There are five preset GPU overclocking levels included with the OC utility. Each level raises both GPU clock and memory clock by 25 MHz each as shown by our second table below. 

Running on batteries will throttle both the CPU and GPU. A 3DMark 11 run on battery power returns Physics and Graphics scores of 8313 and 6891 points, respectively, compared to 10816 and 23723 points when on mains.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Unigine Valley stress
Unigine Valley stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 3.1 -- 74 39
FurMark Stress -- 1367 72 77
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 3.2 1354 93 83
Unigine Valley Stress 3.6+ 1721 ~58 78

Preset GPU Overclock Levels

Level GPU Clock (MHz) GPU Memory Clock (MHz)
0 1442 4004
1 1467 4029
2 1492 4054
3 1517 4079
4 1542 4104

Emissions

System Noise

The five heat pipes and dual fans have a lot on their shoulders, so it's unsurprising that fan noise is always audible on the X5 v6 even when set to its lowest power setting and on the quietest fan mode with no overclocking. Its idling fan noise is slightly louder than most competing superthin gaming notebooks and the fans themselves are more sensitive to onscreen loads. Thus, we don't recommend running on Balanced or High Performance if users want the lowest possible fan noise when emailing, word processing, or watching videos.

Running games will increase fan noise as expected, but it brings the X5 v6 to very loud levels even by gaming notebook standards. We set the fan to Gaming mode before running Unigine Valley and were able to record fan noise steadily increasing until finally settling at 53 dB(A). This is significantly louder than most gaming notebooks where the low to mid 40 dB(A) range is much more common. Headphones are definitely recommended for a better experience when gaming. Running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously and on the maximum fan setting will bump fan noise to over 57 dB(A).

Our test model also exhibits audible coil whine. While we can't say the same for all units available, users may want to check their systems upon purchasing as the high-pitched noise can be distracting to some.

Twin ~50 mm fans
Twin ~50 mm fans
Fans are always active no matter the workload
Fans are always active no matter the workload
Aorus X5 v6 (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: Unigine Valley, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
Aorus X5 v6 (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: Unigine Valley, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
MSI GS73VR (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: Unigine Valley, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
MSI GS73VR (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: Unigine Valley, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
Gigabyte P57X v6 (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: Unigine Valley, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
Gigabyte P57X v6 (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: Unigine Valley, Green: Prime95+FurMark)

Noise Level

Idle
33.4 / 35.2 / 35.2 dB(A)
Load
53.3 / 57.6 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.3 dB(A)
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
Acer Predator 15 G9-592-7925
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
Noise
8%
9%
10%
11%
off / environment *
29.3
30
-2%
30
-2%
30
-2%
Idle Minimum *
33.4
32
4%
32
4%
32
4%
31
7%
Idle Average *
35.2
33
6%
33
6%
33
6%
32
9%
Idle Maximum *
35.2
34
3%
34
3%
34
3%
36
-2%
Load Average *
53.3
39
27%
40
25%
37
31%
40
25%
Load Maximum *
57.6
51
11%
46
20%
46
20%
47
18%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Surface temperatures when idling on Power Saver and the Quiet fan mode are already quite warm around the center of the keyboard compared to the palm rests. This delta naturally increases when running more demanding loads, but hot spots are thankfully away from the WASD keys and nearer towards the first row of keyboard keys were the user's fingers are less likely to touch. The hot spot on the bottom of the notebook is right above the GPU with noticeably warmer surfaces on this half of the unit. Thicker notebooks tend to run cooler than the X5 v6 including the Asus GL502VS and GT62VR when given the same GTX 1070 GPU.

Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)
Max. Load
 45.6 °C
114 F
57 °C
135 F
38.8 °C
102 F
 
 36.8 °C
98 F
46.8 °C
116 F
34 °C
93 F
 
 33 °C
91 F
28.2 °C
83 F
26.6 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 57 °C = 135 F
Average: 38.5 °C = 101 F
46.4 °C
116 F
48.8 °C
120 F
54 °C
129 F
38.6 °C
101 F
47.2 °C
117 F
50.4 °C
123 F
34 °C
93 F
39.2 °C
103 F
39.4 °C
103 F
Maximum: 54 °C = 129 F
Average: 44.2 °C = 112 F
Power Supply (max.)  55.6 °C = 132 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.5 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 57 °C / 135 F, compared to the average of 39.3 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 54 °C / 129 F, compared to the average of 41.8 °C / 107 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 32.8 °C / 91 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (33 °C / 91.4 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.7 °C / 83.7 F (-4.3 °C / -7.7 F).

Speakers

Front speaker adjacent to 2.5-inch drive
Front speaker adjacent to 2.5-inch drive

The stereo 1.5 W speakers and dual 2 W subwoofers output balanced sounds with average bass according to our microphone measurements. Quality is not as good as on the larger 17.3-inch Sky X7E2 and maximum volume is quieter than on the GS73VR. Nonetheless, distortions and reverberations are kept to a minimum. The Aorus Audio software provides an equalizer for manual customization alongside preset settings for gamers.

A Sabre Audio DAC is not included unlike on high-end MSI machines, so support for high impedance studio headphones is limited.

Aorus X5 v6 (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
Aorus X5 v6 (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
MSI GS73VR (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
MSI GS73VR (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
Eurocom X7E2 (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
Eurocom X7E2 (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.2402535.136.33134.837.14033.1345031.632.56332.1348032.33510032.634.112531.834.216030.940.620028.446.625027.848.531527.75240026.556.550025.557.563026.857.880026.556.8100025.154.6125024.859.5160025.659.5200023.951250023.953.2315023.95940002659.450002462.5630023.565.480002363.81000023.164125002361.8160002352.1SPL3772.3N2.929.9median 25.5median 56.8Delta2.15.535.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAorus X5 v6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Aorus X5 v6 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (72.31 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 70% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 23% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 44% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 48% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The X5 v6 is a demanding system with a minimum recorded power draw of 25 W compared to <20 W on some of its closest competitors. In Aorus' defense, however, the system shipped to us in an already overclocked state, so our Idle and Load Average measurements are slightly overblown. Running 3DMark draws about 167 W of power to be similar to the larger 17.3-inch Asus G701VO with the same CPU and the older GTX 980.

Running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously draws a measured 222 W of power from an AC adapter (17.0 x 9.5 x 2.5 cm) rated for only 200 W. We've double-checked our measurements and Aorus themselves have admitted to the readings when queried. Users should never reach over 200 W when gaming or during everyday loads, but this is extremely unusual nonetheless. We don't suggest running on maximum stress for extended periods or running on overclocked settings when the additional performance is not needed.

(October 20, 2016 update: Despite our power consumption results, we want to make it clear that the PSU will still provide adequate power to the system. Our results when gaming or through 3DMark show no performance throttling from the notebook.)

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.5 / 0.85 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 25 / 28.9 / 30.1 Watt
Load midlight 167.3 / 222.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Aorus X5 v6
6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2, IPS, 2880x1620, 15.6
Lenovo IdeaPad Y900
6820HK, GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2, , 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GT72VR 6RD-063US
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1122, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus G701VO-CS74K
6820HK, GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL (RAID 0), IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Power Consumption
12%
9%
7%
-1%
Idle Minimum *
25
24.3
3%
24.4
2%
22.3
11%
28.2
-13%
Idle Average *
28.9
29.6
-2%
26.6
8%
27.3
6%
32
-11%
Idle Maximum *
30.1
29.9
1%
36.4
-21%
30
-0%
32.6
-8%
Load Average *
167.3
110.1
34%
117
30%
152.2
9%
162.2
3%
Load Maximum *
222.6
171.4
23%
163.6
27%
204.2
8%
173.5
22%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Runtimes are average at about three hours of real-world WLAN use on the Balanced profile. We were expecting a bit more from the Aorus as its 94 Wh internal battery is larger compared to 60 to 70 Wh on competing models. We made sure to disable any overclocking and to set fan speed to Quiet mode for the best possible representation of undemanding WLAN usage. At most, users can expect just over four hours of battery life when idling on desktop at the minimum display brightness setting.

Charging from near empty to full capacity will take about two hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
4h 9min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
3h 02min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 40min
Aorus X5 v6
6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 94.24 Wh
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 62 Wh
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 75.24 Wh
Gigabyte P35X v5
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 980M, 76 Wh
Acer Predator 15 G9-592-7925
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 970M,  Wh
Battery Runtime
-12%
17%
28%
162%
Reader / Idle
249
243
-2%
300
20%
345
39%
WiFi v1.3
182
196
8%
246
35%
261
43%
476
162%
Load
100
58
-42%
97
-3%
101
1%

Pros

+ 4x storage bays, 4x SODIMM slots, 2x HDMI 2.0 ports
+ very fast performance; overclockable CPU and GPU
+ high sRGB coverage; high quality WQHD+ panel
+ 120 Hz/5 ms FHD or WQHD+ display options
+ stylish design; thin and portable
+ dedicated column of Macro keys
+ larger and improved touchpad
+ feature-heavy Aorus software
+ NVMe and RAID compatible
+ individually lit RGB keys
+ easy serviceability
+ strong base

Cons

- coil whine and backlight bleeding on our test unit
- slight CPU throttling under extreme loads
- high power demand; average battery life
- PWM detected on all brightness levels
- slightly uneven keyboard backlight
- Aorus software is clunky at times
- no Thunderbolt 3; VGA removed
- loud fan noise when under load
- soldered GPU; no MXM 3.0 slot
- system fans always active
- no USB ports on left edge
- lid and hinges feel fragile
- fingerprint magnet

Verdict

In review: Aorus X5 v6. Test model provided by Aorus.
In review: Aorus X5 v6. Test model provided by Aorus.

Aorus has carved itself a niche in the gaming market by offering hardware normally found on larger notebooks in a chassis half the thickness. The X5 v6 even offers a unique set of features including its 3K 1620p display, dual HDMI 2.0 ports, and Live Stream Engine Hardware for streamers. Why purchase a bulky solution when a significantly thinner Aorus is available with similar CPU and GPU options?

The answer has less to do with performance and features and more to do with fan noise. The GTX 1070 GPU in our test unit performs just as fast as our desktop GTX 1070 reference, so performance in games isn't throttled in any way. Its 120 Hz/5 ms G-Sync display options, individually lit keys, 4x internal storage bays with RAID support, and easy serviceability further separate the X5 v6 from the likes of other superthin gaming notebooks. Additionally, the uncommon WQHD panel pairs up very nicely with the GTX 1070 as opposed to a straight up 4K UHD panel.

System noise is the most notable disadvantage. The fans are loud to the point where they can be very distracting when not wearing headphones especially during quieter games like MGS V. Other smaller downsides quickly add up including the unimpressive battery life, PWM on all brightness levels, lack of Thunderbolt 3 and MXM 3.0, and slight throttling of the CPU when under extreme stress. Combine this latter disadvantage with the notebook's odd power consumption behavior (>200 W power draw from a 200 W AC adapter) and we have a system that would have likely performed just as well with the less expensive Core i7-6700HQ instead.

The portable Aorus X5 v6 is a full-performance gaming notebook built from the ground up for hardcore gamers and streamers with a myriad of features. Like other thin gaming notebooks, its biggest drawback continues to be fan noise.

Aorus X5 v6 - 10/08/2016 v5.1
Allen Ngo

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
60 / 81 → 75%
Weight
59 / 10-66 → 88%
Battery
69%
Display
83%
Games Performance
98%
Application Performance
97%
Temperature
82 / 95 → 86%
Noise
54 / 90 → 60%
Audio
80%
Camera
50 / 85 → 59%
Average
76%
83%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2016-10-10 (Update: 2018-06-29)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.