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Aorus X5 v7 (i7-7820HK, GTX 1070, UHD) Laptop Review

Christian Hintze (translated by Katherine Bodner), 10/11/2017

4K vs. battery. Aorus has made several improvements since last year's model of the X5: 4K display, Thunderbolt 3 and a Kaby Lake CPU are only a few of the positive additions. Can the X5 v7 improve on its predecessor's rating (83%) or might it even reach pole position among slim gamers? We will try to find out in our review.

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Aorus is a subsidiary of Gigabyte and is known for fitting potent gaming hardware into slim cases. This is also the case with today's test unit, which is equipped with a Core i7-7820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 and 32 GB of RAM. Its direct predecessor, the Aorus X5 V6, had to submit to our review almost exactly a year ago. Design and performance were good, but the slim design had the usual challenges with its cooling system, and its fans were way too loud.

The Aorus X5 V7 now has a slightly reworked case, for example with new ventilation slots which should make cooling more efficient and minimize fan noise. But the gaming laptop has also been given some technical improvements with a Kaby Lake processor instead of the old Skylake CPU as well as a Thunderbolt 3 port and 4K display. We want to find out whether the new changes deal with the predecessor's faults and how the device fares compared to notebooks such as the Gigabyte P56XT, the Schenker XMG P507, the Eurocom Sky MX5 R3 and the MSI GT62VR 7RE Dominator Pro.

Aorus X5 v7 (X5 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1463 MHz, Memory: 8000 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 382.66, No Optimus
Memory
32768 MB 
, 2x 16 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-2400, Dual-Channel, 2 of 4 slots occupied, 64 GB max
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 3840x2160 pixel 282 PPI, AU Optronics B156ZAN02.3 (AUO23EB), IPS, UHD, G-Sync, 60 Hz, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7, 256 GB 
, SSD + HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, 1 TB HDD @ 7200 rpm. drive bays: 2x M.2 Typ 2280 (SATA-III or PCIe/NVMe) & 1x 2.5-inch
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: heaphones, microphone, Card Reader: SD,SDHC,SDXC
Networking
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10MBit), Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 390 x 272 ( = 0.91 x 15.35 x 10.71 in)
Battery
94 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 1.5-watt speaker, 2x 2-watt woofer, Keyboard: chiclet RGB Fusion, Keyboard Light: yes, 200-watt power supply, USB stick with drivers, Adobe Reader XI, Command and Control, CyberLink PowerDVD 12, Killer Performance Suite, MS Office 365 Trial, XSplit Broadcaster Trial, XSplit Gamecaster Trial, 24 Months Warranty, 12 months on battery, 30 days on display pixel errors
Weight
2.6 kg ( = 91.71 oz / 5.73 pounds), Power Supply: 714 g ( = 25.19 oz / 1.57 pounds)
Price
2700 Euro

 

Case

Lid with decorative edge
Lid with decorative edge

The case of the X5 V7 has been slightly reworked, but its basic characteristics regarding stability and workmanship remain mostly the same. This means that the device sports an elegant, matte-black design with magnesium surfaces and a few color and form highlights. This includes the backlit Aorus logo made from reflective material and positioned at the back of the display and the aesthetic cut in the top center of the display case as well as the red Aorus logo on the touchpad. The many ventilation slots are also quite noticeable as they are placed all around the base unit.

The base unit and keyboard are still very stable but the display cover could be a little more resistant to warping and appears less stable. The hinges are not completely tight and so the display reacts quickly to the slightest jogging of the table or other surfaces it is placed on. But at least the display does not show any discoloration when warped. The general build quality is very good and there are no wide gaps in the material or rattling parts. The battery is still not exchangeable.

Careful: The gaps can collect crumbs and lead to loss of hair.
Careful: The gaps can collect crumbs and lead to loss of hair.

Two additional ventilation slots have been added and are positioned on the base unit below the hinges. They support the slots at the side and below and should help the air circulate even better.

Users with a lot of arm hair should beware of the small gaps around the arm and wrist rest which can occasionally pull out a hair or two.

All comparison devices are about the same size with varying thickness. The Aorus X5 V7 does very well in this area, as did its predecessor. The X5 V7 is only 23 mm (~ 0.9 in) thin, which makes it the slimmest device compared to the other four rivals. However, there are even slimmer gaming laptops around, for example the Gigabyte P35X v5 or the MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro from last year. But overall, our test device is very compact and a little lighter than most competitors at 2.6 kg (~57.3 lbs).

Size Comparison

Connectivity

Ports

Aorus has finally given the V7 a Thunderbolt 3 port after we complained that last year's model did not include one. This port has now replaced the predecessor's second HDMI port. The old VGA port has also been replaced by a further USB-A port at the back, which we consider a good decision. Overall, the X5 V7 is now equipped with 4 USB-A ports and 2 USB-C ports (1x incl. Thunderbolt 3). Apart from that, it offers an HDMI 2.0 as well as a Mini DisplayPort 1.3, an SD-card reader and LAN connector. There is a jack each for headphones and microphone.

The ports on the back are a matter of taste. On the one hand, they are a little more difficult to reach, but on the other they free up space at the sides. The spaces between ports are mostly generous; they are a little close to each other on the right side, however, and wide HDMI cables and USB devices might get in the way of each other.

Left: Kensington, Mini DP, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C 3.1 Gen2, headphone, microphone
Left: Kensington, Mini DP, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C 3.1 Gen2, headphone, microphone
Right: SD-card reader, 2x USB-A 3.0, HDMI
Right: SD-card reader, 2x USB-A 3.0, HDMI
Front: control LEDs
Front: control LEDs
Back: power supply, 2x USB-A 3.0, LAN
Back: power supply, 2x USB-A 3.0, LAN

SD-card reader

Testing the card reader with our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference card showed that Aorus has also made some less immediately visible changes. While the V6 was fiddling about with transfer rates between 80 and 90 MB/s, the V7 is right at the top with read rates over 200 MB/s. Only the MSI card reader can vaguely keep up with these speeds.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Aorus X5 v7
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
201 MB/s ∼100%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
153 MB/s ∼76% -24%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80.63 MB/s ∼40% -60%
Aorus X5 v6
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
79.9 MB/s ∼40% -60%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
78 MB/s ∼39% -61%
Gigabyte P56XT
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76 MB/s ∼38% -62%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Aorus X5 v7
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
244 MB/s ∼100%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
209 MB/s ∼86% -14%
Aorus X5 v6
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
90.3 MB/s ∼37% -63%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
89.85 MB/s ∼37% -63%
Gigabyte P56XT
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
89 MB/s ∼36% -64%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
88 MB/s ∼36% -64%

Communication

Our test device did less well at network speeds. Aorus has kept the predecessor's Killer™ Wireless-AC 1535, which is also part of many other gaming notebooks, but it cannot reach its full potential in the Aorus X5 V7. Our test device almost made last place compared to the other devices, although the top-ranked Eurocom Sky MX5 R3 is equipped with the same Wi-Fi hardware.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Gigabyte P56XT
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
677 MBit/s ∼100% +54%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
675 MBit/s ∼100% +53%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
674 MBit/s ∼100% +53%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
669 MBit/s ∼99% +52%
Aorus X5 v7
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
441 MBit/s ∼65%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
631 MBit/s ∼100% +27%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
579 MBit/s ∼92% +17%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
513 MBit/s ∼81% +3%
Aorus X5 v7
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
496 MBit/s ∼79%
Gigabyte P56XT
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
343 MBit/s ∼54% -31%

Software

Again, Aorus has given the V7 its own software package. Particularly the Command & Control tool is very useful as it lets you regulate a lot of laptop parameters easily and quickly. For example, you can change power settings, overclock the GPU and CPU or adapt fan regulation.

However, the tool window is a little too small on the integrated 4K display and its size cannot be modified. This means that you need to move closer to the screen in order to read the small lettering on the even smaller buttons. Still, this is a very practical tool for the X5 V7.

Additionally, you will find an Aorus Audio Equalizer. This enables you to change between various audio profiles such as Gaming, Movie, Music etc. and even choose the kind of movie (e.g. Horror, Sci-Fi), change volume, adjust microphone sensitivity and manually create and save your own equalizer profiles.

Aorus Audio Equalizer
Aorus Audio Equalizer
Aorus Command & Control
Aorus Command & Control

Accessories

Apart from the laptop and power supply, you will also receive a quick-start guide, a very small USB stick with drivers and warranty information.

Maintenance

The insides
The insides

Maintenance has not changed since the last version, but that was not necessary anyway. After all, the bottom of the V6 base unit was easy to remove and gave access to the internal hardware. The same goes for the new V7. Twelve screws need to be unscrewed, and they are all easily visible. The only avoidable challenge is for users who do not have the suitable Torx screwdriver (T6), as Asus continues to use these screws for its devices.

Removing the bottom gives you access to the battery, the BIOS, the M.2 Wi-Fi module and the three hard-drive bays, two of which are in M.2 format. The processor and graphics chip are still firmly soldered on and unfortunately access to the RAM is complicated, as it is not immediately visible and probably placed below the motherboard. This is OK in our case as the RAM is a large 32 GB, but the V7 is also available with 8 and 16 GB. Upgrading the primary RAM is unnecessarily complicated.

Warranty

The manufacturer's warranty for the laptop is the standard two years, but this is not valid for all parts of the device. The battery, for example, only has a one-year warranty.

We would definitely recommend checking the display for bright pixels after purchase, as the manufacturer will only change the display due to faulty, bright pixels for free within the first 30 days after purchase, and only if you can show them your receipt.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Keyboard
Keyboard

Despite the short travel, typing is comfortable and easy on this keyboard. The typing noise is not too bad, although it could be a little quieter. The only thing we are not quite sure about is the layout. As there is not a lot of available space, the arrow keys were not given their own area but intrude both into the number block and into the left side of the keyboard. The enter key is also rather small and narrow.

We also had to get used to the macro keys, although we realize that they are useful. They are positioned to the left of the normal keyboard and at first we occasionally hit them instead of the Ctrl or shift-key. But it does not take long to get used to all this, as well as the unusually angular typeface used to mark the keys. 

Similarly to its predecessor, each key of the V7 is individually backlit. This feature has been implemented better this time and backlighting is more consistent, even around large keys. Aorus also seems to have dealt with the predecessor's flickering of the backlight when macro profiles are changed. Another point of criticism we had last year was that the upper G-key did not always respond properly. This also seems to have been fixed in the V7.

Narrow enter key and little space around the arrow keys
Narrow enter key and little space around the arrow keys
Macro keys on the left side
Macro keys on the left side

Touchpad 

Touchpad with red Aorus logo
Touchpad with red Aorus logo

The touchpad seems unchanged since the V6. It works well; the smooth matte surface allows for easy gliding and the size of the pad is quite generous. The clicking sound of the keys is satisfyingly quiet.

The left mouse key could sometimes be more precise. Particularly when you press it towars the middle of both keys, the touchpad does not always register it as a left click. Multi-touch gestures, however, work fine.

Display

Subpixel
Subpixel

The display in our test unit is a 4K panel from AU Optronics. The matte, 3840x2160 IPS panel can also be exchanged for a WXHD (2880x1620) version. Both displays support Nvidia G-Sync. Unfortunately, we do not know whether the predecessor's WXHD display problems regarding screen-bleeding, bad brightness distribution and PWM at all brightness levels have been solved, but the 4K display is not affected by these problems. We only noticed a little screen-bleeding at the bottom edge after a closer look. This is so low that it is hardly visible in the photo.

There is no PWM, the brightness distribution of 92% is one of the best in our comparison field (only the Eurocom has similar results) and most other results of our display are also very convincing. Only brightness (297 cd/m2) could be a little stronger. The Schenker (365 cd/m2) and the Eurocom (409 cd/m2) both have better brightness levels.

292
cd/m²
295
cd/m²
281
cd/m²
298
cd/m²
307
cd/m²
285
cd/m²
307
cd/m²
301
cd/m²
306
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 307 cd/m² Average: 296.9 cd/m² Minimum: 14 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 307 cd/m²
Contrast: 1023:1 (Black: 0.3 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.72 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 4.79 | - Ø
92% sRGB (Argyll) 60% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.42
Aorus X5 v7
AU Optronics B156ZAN02.3 (AUO23EB), 3840x2160, 15.6
Aorus X5 v6
2880x1620, 15.6
Gigabyte P56XT
LG Philips LP156WF6 (LGD046F), 1920x1080, 15.6
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
AUO B156HTN05.2 (AUO52ED), 1920x1080, 15.6
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
ID: AUO52ED, Name: AU Optronics B156HTN05.2, 1920x1080, 15.6
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
LG Philips LP156WF6 (LGD046F), 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
1%
11%
50%
60%
11%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
44 (21.2, 22.8)
34 (19, 25)
23%
37.2 (18.4, 18.8)
15%
24 (12, 12)
45%
20.8 (11.6, 9.2)
53%
37 (16, 21)
16%
Response Time Black / White *
26.4 (14, 12.4)
32 (8, 24)
-21%
24.8 (14, 10.8)
6%
12 (4, 8)
55%
8.8 (6.8, 2)
67%
25 (4, 21)
5%
PWM Frequency
198.4
20000 (95)
Screen
-2%
-13%
-39%
-53%
-1%
Brightness
297
271
-9%
280
-6%
365
23%
409
38%
311
5%
Brightness Distribution
92
83
-10%
87
-5%
85
-8%
94
2%
85
-8%
Black Level *
0.3
0.249
17%
0.32
-7%
0.5
-67%
0.86
-187%
0.3
-0%
Contrast
1023
1126
10%
941
-8%
714
-30%
484
-53%
1033
1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.72
4.94
-5%
6.21
-32%
9.93
-110%
8.4
-78%
4.82
-2%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.79
5.13
-7%
6.08
-27%
10.32
-115%
11.2
-134%
3.94
18%
Gamma
2.42 99%
2.26 106%
2.31 104%
2.11 114%
2.23 108%
2.45 98%
CCT
7690 85%
7433 87%
7375 88%
10096 64%
10036 65%
6877 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60
55.9
-7%
55
-8%
58
-3%
57.2
-5%
54
-10%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
92
85.9
-7%
84
-9%
89
-3%
87.3
-5%
83
-10%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-1% / -2%
-1% / -8%
6% / -21%
4% / -30%
5% / 2%

* ... smaller is better

Color-space coverage is not particularly important for gaming, but anyway, the V7's results (90% sRGB, 60% AdobeRGB) are quite decent. The same can be said for the contrast ratio of 1023:1 as well as the black value and color deviation. Overall, the 4K display has very good results, which our personal impression confirms. Colors appear rich without being unnatural. Text is very sharp due to the high resolution and black also appears deep. Both available displays of the X5 V7 were professionally calibrated and certified by X-Rite™ Pantone®, which is supposed to ensure even more natural-looking colors.  

The only thing that could bother passionate gamers is the relatively high latencies, which can cause some streaking and motion blur in fast shooters. Overall, however, the display convinced us in almost all areas.

CalMAN: Grayscale (Native Color)
CalMAN: Grayscale (Native Color)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (Native Color)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (Native Color)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (Native Color)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (Native Color)
Aorus X5 v7 vs. sRGB (92%)
Aorus X5 v7 vs. sRGB (92%)
CalMAN: Grayscale (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: Grayscale (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (X-Rite Pantone)
Aorus X5 v7 vs. AdobeRGB (60%)
Aorus X5 v7 vs. AdobeRGB (60%)
Outdoors in indirect sunlight
Outdoors in indirect sunlight

The screen is still readable outdoors, even in sunlight - as long as it is not direct sunlight. Nonetheless, brightness could be higher (over 300 cd/m2). The matte screen does swallow most reflections which makes the V7 suitable for outdoor use - apart from its battery life (see below).

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
26.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 12.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 49 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21.2 ms rise
↘ 22.8 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. » 63 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (42.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 56 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 7499 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Viewing-angle stability is typically good, which you can see from the photo below. This shows the screen from various sides at an angle of 45 °. Colors remain accurate and you only lose a little brightness.

Performance

LatencyMon: no dropouts
LatencyMon: no dropouts

Aorus has given the processor an update. Last year, the V6 was equipped with a Skylake processor from Intel, the Core i7-6820HK. Now, the V7 is equipped with a more up-to-date Core i7-7820HK. This is still supported by the very potent Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory. Both the CPU and the GPU can easily be overclocked. You can choose between 8, 16 and 32 GB of working memory. As mentioned above, our test unit is equipped with 32 GB of RAM.

This means that the device is primarily directed at passionate gamers who wish to remain mobile with a laptop that has a compact case. But the potent hardware and good 4K panel also lend themselves to video and image-processing, at least for semi-professional use (see color-space coverage in the Display section).

Processor

The processor Aorus has chosen for the V7 is the very fast Intel Core i7-7820HK. At the time of launch, the quad-core CPU that supports Hyper-Threading is the second-fastest processor of the series. Therefore, it should be well-equipped for all tasks and uses. The processor clocks between 2.9 and 3.9 GHz and can additionally be overclocked in the Aorus. Unfortunately, the integrated graphics unit Intel HD Graphics 630 cannot be used at all as the device does not support Optimus (Nvidia still has not enabled simultaneous running of G-Sync and Optimus).

Due to the overclocking option for CPU and GPU via the Command & Control software, the device's components are even more powerful than the standard versions. As it is so easy to set up and the clock rates seemed stable during a Cinebench test run, we decided to run our tests with a medium overclock. Usually at this setting, the CPU clocks at up to 4.1 instead of 3.9 GHz.

The processor cores clock steadily between 3.8 and 3.9 GHz during the 30-minute Cinebench R15 loop (multi-core). They do not reach the maximum clock rate of 4.1 GHz, but the almost 3.9 GHz is constant and there is no throttling. The clock rates during the Cinebench test did not drop noticeably on battery.

Single-core rendering
Single-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
GPU load
GPU load
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

As the competing notebooks probably do not clock at the maximum turbo rate, the overclocking is noticeable and the Aorus X5 V7 is at the top of our comparison table in all Cinebench tests. The results are also higher than the average results of the Intel Core i7-7820HK from the benchmark section. Last year's V6 was already at the top here and this model has done even better. Overall, the performance of the Aorus gives a very good impression.

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Aorus X5 v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
174 Points ∼100%
Aorus X5 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK
171 Points ∼98% -2%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼93% -7%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼92% -8%
Gigabyte P56XT
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼92% -8%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
Intel Core i7-7820HK
156 Points ∼90% -10%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Aorus X5 v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
827 Points ∼100%
Aorus X5 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK
790 Points ∼96% -4%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
Intel Core i7-7820HK
772 Points ∼93% -7%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
742 Points ∼90% -10%
Gigabyte P56XT
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
739 Points ∼89% -11%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
731 Points ∼88% -12%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Aorus X5 v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.98 Points ∼100%
Aorus X5 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK
1.94 Points ∼98% -2%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.84 Points ∼93% -7%
Gigabyte P56XT
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.84 Points ∼93% -7%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼92% -8%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.81 Points ∼91% -9%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Aorus X5 v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
9.18 Points ∼100%
Aorus X5 v6
Intel Core i7-6820HK
8.9 Points ∼97% -3%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
Intel Core i7-7820HK
8.44 Points ∼92% -8%
Gigabyte P56XT
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.17 Points ∼89% -11%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.16 Points ∼89% -11%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.15 Points ∼89% -11%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
Aorus X5 v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
8652 Points ∼100%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
Aorus X5 v7
Intel Core i7-7820HK
32769 Points ∼100%
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6836 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
32769 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
8652 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
9.18 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
81.95 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.98 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
174 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
127.13 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
827 Points
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System Performance

System performance paints a different picture, however: Our tests with PCMark 8 only deliver average Home Score results. Performance is even worse during the Work Score test and the device is 50% below the second-to-last device in our comparison table, which is the predecessor, V6. If you run the benchmark in the conventional mode (not accelerated), the V7 can reach almost 1000 points more in the Work Score, which indicates that there might be some problems in the OpenGL or with other drivers. On the other hand, it could be PCMark 8 itself. As the notebook did not appear to have any other problems or limitations, we are considering the Work Score as an outlier.

PCMark 8: Home Score
PCMark 8: Home Score
PCMark 8: Work Score
PCMark 8: Work Score
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
5406 Points ∼100%
Gigabyte P56XT
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, LiteOn CX2-8B256
5261 Points ∼97%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
5192 Points ∼96%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
5180 Points ∼96%
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
5053 Points ∼93%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
5065 Points ∼100% +7%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
5011 Points ∼99% +6%
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
4828 Points ∼95% +2%
Aorus X5 v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7
4718 Points ∼93%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
4320 Points ∼85% -8%
Gigabyte P56XT
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, LiteOn CX2-8B256
4239 Points ∼84% -10%
PCMark 10 - Score
Gigabyte P56XT
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, LiteOn CX2-8B256
5021 Points ∼100%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4718 points
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Storage Devices

The Aorus X5 V7 has two storage drive bays: the 256-GB SSD from Toshiba is home to Windows 10 64-bit and is placed 34th in our SSD/HDD benchmark list. It has good transfer rates and can keep up quite well with its competition. But most of our comparison devices are also equipped with similarly good SSDs, which means that the Aorus cannot overtake them in this category. Only the main storage device of the MSI has a significantly lower result, even though it is also equipped with an SSD.

Aorus' secondary storage device is a 1-TB HGST Travelstar HDD. It runs at 7200 rpm and serves as main storage and gaming drive, as the 256 GB of the SSD is soon filled up with the operating system and other programs. The HGST Travelstar is also listed on our benchmark list - in place 549. Despite appearances, it is one of the highest-ranking HDDs after the many SSDs and has rather good characteristics for an HDD.

Aorus X5 v7
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7
Aorus X5 v6
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
3%
14%
2%
-47%
Write 4k QD32
555.5
358.7
-35%
546.3
-2%
511.1
-8%
257.9
-54%
Read 4k QD32
697.2
687.9
-1%
667.8
-4%
524.3
-25%
388.4
-44%
Write 4k
137.8
158.8
15%
177.5
29%
152.7
11%
122.8
-11%
Read 4k
44
52.95
20%
59.11
34%
58.79
34%
38.55
-12%
Write 512
1101
1221
11%
1216
10%
1132
3%
286.9
-74%
Read 512
1086
989.5
-9%
872.6
-20%
840
-23%
462
-57%
Write Seq
1076
1275
18%
1635
52%
1521
41%
422.8
-61%
Read Seq
1479
1565
6%
1718
16%
1219
-18%
521.4
-65%
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7
Sequential Read: 1479 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1076 MB/s
512K Read: 1086 MB/s
512K Write: 1101 MB/s
4K Read: 44 MB/s
4K Write: 137.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 697.2 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 555.5 MB/s

Graphics

The V7 is equipped with the same graphics card as its predecessor was: the fast Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. This is currently the second-fastest mobile graphics card (without SLI) and should satisfy even the highest gaming requirements. Similarly to the CPU, the GPU can also be overclocked easily via Aorus' Command & Control tool. We ran our tests on the middle of four available levels (level 1 = standard). 

The Aorus managed good results in 3DMark 2013 and went right to the top of the list of comparison devices in Cloud Gate. The Fire Strike test positioned it in the midfield. Our test device managed similarly average results in 3DMark 11.

GPU performance is throttled significantly on battery. In The Witcher 3, the frame rate in 4K and high settings dropped from 39 fps to only 27 fps, which equates to a performance loss of 30%. Subjectively, we felt that it was even worse and the game could not be played without juddering in these settings.  

As the notebook is supported by Nvidia G-Sync it cannot have Nvidia Optimus. This means that the GTX 1070 is constantly active, which brings high performance but also high-power consumption.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
3DMark: Fire Strike
3DMark: Fire Strike
3DMark: Cloud Gate
3DMark: Cloud Gate
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
Aorus X5 v6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
14476 Points ∼100% +5%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
14447 Points ∼100% +4%
Aorus X5 v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
13827 Points ∼96%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
13768 Points ∼95% 0%
Gigabyte P56XT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
13179 Points ∼91% -5%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
13129 Points ∼91% -5%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score
Aorus X5 v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
30201 Points ∼100%
Aorus X5 v6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
30162 Points ∼100% 0%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
28943 Points ∼96% -4%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
26786 Points ∼89% -11%
Gigabyte P56XT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
26099 Points ∼86% -14%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
24365 Points ∼81% -19%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
Aorus X5 v6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
18156 Points ∼100% +4%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
17505 Points ∼96% 0%
Aorus X5 v7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
17468 Points ∼96%
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
16383 Points ∼90% -6%
Gigabyte P56XT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
15625 Points ∼86% -11%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
15359 Points ∼85% -12%
3DMark 11 Performance
17468 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
30201 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
13827 points
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Gaming Performance

The Aorus X5 V7 has sufficient performance to display all current games in Full HD and Ultra settings. But the notebook has a 4K screen, which means that maximum sharpness can only be reached in native resolution. Most games can also be played well in 4K, but not always with Ultra settings. For example, our test of Rise of the Tomb Raider in 4K and high graphics settings resulted in an average of 36 fps. This is sufficient, but it can lead to juddering in some very demanding scenes of the game. The Witcher 3 runs at an average of 39 fps in these settings. We would not recommend switching to Ultra settings, as this further decreases the fps rate. Doom runs smoothly in 4K and high settings at over 50 fps.   

Playing The Witcher 3 for a longer period of time showed that the GTX 1070 turbo decreases slightly after a longer gaming session. The frame rate dropped from an initial 61 fps to 55 fps. This is a loss of almost 10%. For 4K measurements, this would mean a drop to 35 fps and below, which only offers a very narrow margin for more-demanding scenes.

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The Witcher 3 ultra

It is difficult to compare our device's gaming performance with those of its competitors as we have little data available of how the three tested games ran on the comparison devices. It is clear, however, that the V7 does not always rank at the top despite overclocking. It does manage best performance with Doom both in Full HD and Ultra settings, but its performance in The Witcher 3 and Rise of the Tomb Raider is merely average - the Eurocom is quicker in some of these games. Overall, the measurements are normal for a GTX 1070, although they should be better due to the slight overclocking we set it to. But although the Aorus could not beat its competition despite overclocking, its general gaming performance is still very good. 

The Witcher 3
3840x2160 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Aorus X5 v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
39.19 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
66.3 fps ∼100% +9%
Aorus X5 v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
61.1 fps ∼92%
Gigabyte P56XT
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
50.2 fps ∼76% -18%
Rise of the Tomb Raider
3840x2160 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Aorus X5 v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
36.52 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
100.5 fps ∼100% +4%
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
97.4 fps ∼97% 0%
Aorus X5 v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
96.93 fps ∼96%
Doom
3840x2160 High Preset AA:FX
Aorus X5 v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
53.31 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:SM
Aorus X5 v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
139.41 fps ∼100%
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
128.9 fps ∼92% -8%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
126.7 fps ∼91% -9%
low med. high ultra4K
The Witcher 3 (2015) 264.41192.1286.8161.139.19fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 250183.58117.7496.9336.52fps
Doom (2016) 169.43169.7144.17139.4153.31fps

Emissions

System Noise

The above-mentioned Command & Control tool lets you adjust the cooling system, at least by switching between three profiles: Gaming, Normal and Quiet. When you activate the latter, the cooling fans stop completely while idling. At the request of Gigabyte, we ran the tests in the Gaming mode.

The criticized loud cooling fans have only partly been improved in the V7. But you can tell that some changes were made to deal with this issue. The noise level has noticeably improved in 3D applications. The volume under average load has dropped from the 53 dB(A) of the V6 to 43 dB(A) - an enormous improvement. The differences are not so big under higher loads, but the V7 still remains quieter under load than its predecessor. This can definitely be considered an improvement. The V7 still only managed average results compared to the other devices. 

The device seems to have become louder while idling, however. The difference is small, but it is still worth noting. The current Aorus was the loudest device among our comparison devices while idling, although there is not much difference. But of course, this is also connected to the Gaming mode. If you change the profile to Quiet, the cooling fans can even fall silent at times - depending on the load. 

But none of the devices really manage great results here. The Eurocom is considerably quieter while idling but then louder under load, where most gaming devices have similar values anyway. We did not notice any coil whine or other particular background noises during the test.

Noise level idle
Noise level idle
Noise level load
Noise level load
Noise level speaker
Noise level speaker

Noise Level

Idle
35 / 36 / 40 dB(A)
HDD
33 dB(A)
Load
43 / 55 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30 dB(A)
Aorus X5 v7
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Aorus X5 v6
6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Gigabyte P56XT
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Noise
-1%
4%
-1%
9%
7%
off / environment *
30
29.3
2%
30
-0%
31
-3%
28
7%
30
-0%
Idle Minimum *
35
33.4
5%
34
3%
33
6%
28.5
19%
34
3%
Idle Average *
36
35.2
2%
35
3%
34
6%
29.2
19%
35
3%
Idle Maximum *
40
35.2
12%
39
2%
44
-10%
35.5
11%
36
10%
Load Average *
43
53.3
-24%
39
9%
46
-7%
47
-9%
40
7%
Witcher 3 ultra *
49
48
2%
Load Maximum *
55
57.6
-5%
49
11%
52
5%
51
7%
46
16%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

It is no secret that gaming laptops produce a lot of heat due to their potent hardware and can reach high temperatures even despite good cooling systems. However, the predecessor of the V7 already started heating up unnaturally while idling. Luckily, this has been improved in the V7 which has good temperatures between 29 and 30 °C (~84.2 - 86 °F).

This changes a little under load: the V7 heated up more than its predecessor during the stress test and while temperatures only increased a little on the bottom of the base unit (average), they went up to 64 °C (~147.2 °F) on the top. This makes the new Aorus the hottest device of the comparison field (together with the Gigabyte). The high temperatures may be connected to the reworked cooling system which is trying to be quieter but now cools less under load.

On top of that, the hottest area is the top left side, where gamers would usually lay their fingers onto the WASD keys. Very demanding games and sequences can make this area heat up to uncomfortable temperatures. Subjectively, we felt that the W key heated up most. Gaming notebooks usually are not suitable for having on your lap while gaming anyway, unless you are in very cold surroundings. Despite our measurements claiming the opposite, we felt that the bottom of the Aorus heated up more than the top. 

We let FurMark and Prime95 run simultaneously for an hour in our ultimate stress test. During this test, the cores of the Core i7-7820HK heated up to a maximum of 96 °C (~204.8 °F) before they started to throttle. After an hour, the clock rate had stabilized itself around 3.3 GHz with a core temperature of 90-95 °C (~194 - 203 °F). The GPU ran at 1300 MHz after an hour and had a temperature of 84 °C (~183.2 °F).

Of course, this would only occur in an extreme stress situation. Overall, the Aorus has average temperatures. The MSI GT62VR had the best results here and can be considered the coolest notebook of our comparison devices.

Stress test
Stress test
Full load top (Optris PI 640)
Full load top (Optris PI 640)
Full load bottom (Optris PI 640)
Full load bottom (Optris PI 640)
Max. Load
 63 °C64 °C45 °C 
 52 °C53 °C44 °C 
 38 °C36 °C35 °C 
Maximum: 64 °C
Average: 47.8 °C
52 °C56 °C53 °C
53 °C56 °C56 °C
40 °C43 °C44 °C
Maximum: 56 °C
Average: 50.3 °C
Power Supply (max.)  57 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Voltcraft IR-900
Aorus X5 v7
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Aorus X5 v6
6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Gigabyte P56XT
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Heat
-9%
-13%
-3%
2%
18%
Maximum Upper Side *
64
57
11%
65
-2%
49.2
23%
50
22%
40.6
37%
Maximum Bottom *
56
54
4%
71
-27%
62
-11%
52.2
7%
48.4
14%
Idle Upper Side *
29
36.2
-25%
35
-21%
32.4
-12%
33.2
-14%
26.8
8%
Idle Bottom *
30
38
-27%
30
-0%
33
-10%
32.4
-8%
26.4
12%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The Aorus is equipped with two 1.5-watt speakers and two 2-watt woofers. You would expect good sound and decent volume from this combination and subjectively, the V7 did offer more bass. But only a little more and the low volume cannot produce loud bangs or play music loud enough even in quiet surroundings. The sound spectrum is also rather meager.

We would recommend connecting headphones or external speakers for a more immersive gaming experience. The device offers two audio jacks, one for headphones and one for a microphone.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2046.3372539.732.83133.1294036.637.35027.828.16327.327.38026.528.710024.932.512522.932.116020.937.220022.348.725021.152.131520.555.640018.760.350018.76263017.865.780017.666.7100017.164.1125017.169.7160017.369.4200017.468.7250017.466315017.964.9400018.259.6500017.962.8630018.264.4800018.364.11000019.161.71250019.261.4160001957.7SPL30.178N1.341.4median 18.3Aorus X5 v7median 62Delta1.45.937.839.434.837.433.634.533.832.43331.634.436.232.732.130.53130.43228.530.22834.427.345.826.255.125.858.124.959.324.963.227.262.325.263.424.969.623.770.423.866.123.774.123.374.623.17523.170.92372.42369.623.163.722.963.723.256.136.3832.751.8median 24.9MSI GS63VR 7RF-228USmedian 63.41.910.6hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Aorus X5 v7 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 45% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 18%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 25% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.98 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 89% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 6% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 18%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 79% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 16% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption seems to be the weakest spot of the Aorus X5 V7. At times, it consumes significantly more power than its competition while having similar components. Its predecessor was already the opposite of energy-efficient and the V7 seems to go even further. Of course, this is due to the overclocking of the CPU and GPU as well as the 4K screen. Our comparison devices only have Full HD screens which consume less power. The missing Optimus support is another reason for the device's high consumption. We would recommend manually clocking down to the base clock rate after every game.

Particularly tricky: We measured a consumption of 240 watts under extreme load, but the power supply only offers 200 watts. This means that in some cases, the power supply might be too small. This should not occur in day-to-day use - we measured a consumption of 176 watts during The Witcher 3 in Ultra settings. But still, this device is all but energy-efficient.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.5 / 0.8 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 26 / 31 / 36 Watt
Load midlight 93 / 240 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Aorus X5 v7
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Aorus X5 v6
6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Gigabyte P56XT
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Power Consumption
-9%
28%
29%
12%
19%
Idle Minimum *
26
25
4%
13
50%
14
46%
22
15%
20
23%
Idle Average *
31
28.9
7%
17
45%
18
42%
24.5
21%
24
23%
Idle Maximum *
36
30.1
16%
22
39%
24
33%
25.2
30%
29
19%
Load Average *
93
167.3
-80%
85
9%
87
6%
97.2
-5%
82
12%
Load Maximum *
240
222.6
7%
208
13%
201
16%
213.8
11%
193
20%
Witcher 3 ultra *
176
154
12%
177.5
-1%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The battery of the Aorus X5 V7 offers 94 Wh. Considering its high-power consumption it is not surprising that the V7's battery runtimes are rather meager and lower than those of its predecessor. If you turn off all unnecessary components and set the brightness to minimum, the V7 can last 3 hours and 28 minutes.

But if you watch a film in the "Balanced" power setting and with reduced brightness, the device turns off after 2 hours and 43 minutes. At least this is long enough for a standard-length film.

Under load, the gamer needs a refill after only one hour and 24 minutes. We therefore cannot recommend gaming away from a power socket - you would not be playing for long.

Our practical Wi-Fi test, in which we surf in the "Balanced" power setting and with reduced brightness, went on for 2 hours and 31 minutes. This is long enough for a short train ride but does not make the V7 suitable for long trips. 

Compared to its direct competitors, the V7 had the worst consumption and battery runtime rates. This might play a role for potential buyers, although gaming notebooks traditionally stay connected to the power supply anyway. But particularly for slim gamers, portability plays an increasingly important role and the compact size would at least suggest a focus on portability.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 28min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
2h 31min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
2h 43min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 24min
Aorus X5 v7
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 94 Wh
Aorus X5 v6
6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 94.24 Wh
Gigabyte P56XT
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 91.2 Wh
Schenker XMG P507 PRO
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 60 Wh
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop),  Wh
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 75 Wh
Battery Runtime
20%
124%
30%
15%
54%
Reader / Idle
208
249
20%
568
173%
204
-2%
377
81%
H.264
163
370
127%
213
31%
252
55%
WiFi v1.3
151
182
21%
384
154%
195
29%
174
15%
246
63%
Load
84
100
19%
120
43%
110
31%
98
17%

Verdict

Pros

+ good 4K display
+ relatively slim
+ high-performance hardware
+ Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0 & miniDP
+ fast card reader
+ overclocking tool
+ macro keys

Cons

- high power consumption
- low battery runtimes
- mediocre Wi-Fi
- high temperatures in the WASD area
The Aorus X5 v7, test unit provided by Gigabyte
The Aorus X5 v7, test unit provided by Gigabyte

The Aorus X5 V7 is a good gaming package that has improved noticeably since its predecessor, the V6. The good 4K display, the many ports including Thunderbolt 3, the macro keys and Aorus tool for overclocking and quick changes of important settings are great additions.

However, there are still some deficiencies, including high power consumption and low battery runtimes. Potential buyers will have to decide for themselves whether portability and power consumption are important to them or not. Temperature management could be better as well, despite the improved cooling system - particularly around the WASD keys, which are so important for gamers.

The Aorus X5 V7 will make most gamers happy as it offers strong hardware and good gaming performance. However, its slim case only pretends to offer high mobility, while high power consumption and short battery runtimes tell another story.

Overall, the Aorus is still a well-made gaming notebook and you can tell that the developers and designers have put a lot of effort into creating as good a gaming notebook as possible. However, the new Aorus is not cheap and is available for about $2340. This makes it the most expensive device of all the comparison devices. Its rating, however, does not put it at the top. Comparable devices are available from around $2500, although you would probably have to forego the 4K display here. Potential buyers will have to decide for themselves whether the display and other features are worth the higher price.

Aorus X5 v7 - 10/08/2017 v6
Christian Hintze

Chassis
83 / 98 → 85%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
66 / 81 → 82%
Weight
59 / 66 → 88%
Battery
66%
Display
88%
Games Performance
93%
Application Performance
97%
Temperature
73 / 95 → 77%
Noise
58 / 90 → 64%
Audio
75%
Camera
50 / 85 → 59%
Average
75%
85%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Christian Hintze, 2017-10-11 (Update: 2017-10-12)