Aorus X5S v5
Average of 4 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Aorus X5S v5
One is better than two. The refreshed X5 shows that a single more powerful GPU is the better choice against two weaker GPUs in SLI.
Source: Laptop Mag Archive.org version
Aorus continues to create some of the sleekest, albeit most expensive gaming laptops on the block. For $2,299, gamers get a bona fide powerhouse that can produce frame rates on a par with more beastly 17-inch rigs -- provided the resolution's set to 1080p. When you're not gaming, the laptop can function as a kickass productivity machine, or just a gorgeous way to watch 4K movies.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/24/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Notebookreview.com Archive.org version
This notebook is marred by two glaring issues. The bottom of the chassis and parts of the top get too hot to the touch while gaming. It’s understandable to use the chassis as a heatsink, though we think this notebook takes it to the excess. Secondly, the fans are too loud at top RPM and have a highly distinct whine. Even though the X5S has a rather decent pair of speakers, we found ourselves reverting to headphones to hear quieter sounds in games. These issues are both sacrifices made to achieve such a thin and light design. You’ll have to decide whether the trade-offs are worthwhile.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Techradar Archive.org version
The Aorus X5S v5 is an excellent machine that offers tons of gamer-specific features beyond just its pretty screen and processing power. The bright, colorful display is adequately powered, and it handles productivity applications as easily as gaming. Part of the fun for me was seeing just how great my older games looked with their settings and resolution turned to the max.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/24/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Model: The Aorus X5S v5 is a high end gaming laptop with Mobile Intel HM170 Express Chipset, 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU, 16 GB DDR3 RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M GPU with 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM. Thus, it really comes with high-end hardware and supports NVIDIA Optimus Technology for energy saving. The Aorus X5s v5 supports four storage devices. It has one 2.5 inch HDD/2.5 inch SSD slot and three M.2 SSD slots, where two slots support PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 SSD and another slot supports PCIe NVMe Gen3 x2 SSD.
The 15.6 inch 4K (UHD) 3840x2160 IPS display is able to deliver sharp and high definition images. For better gaming experience, the Aorus X5S v5 comes with a backlit keyboard with individual macro keys, which is not commonly seen in laptops. As for audio, it brings two 1.5 W speakers and a 2 W subwoofer. In addition, an HD Webcam and an internal microphone are built into the laptop. For connecting peripherals, there are three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 (Type C) port, an HDMI 2.0 port, a mini-DisplayPort, RJ45, an SD card reader, and microphone-in and earphone-out port.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M:
Fast high-end graphics card based on the Maxwell GM204 chip from the GeForce GTX 900M series.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
6700HQ: Skylake-based quad-core processor for notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 530 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.
The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.
Aorus is a brand of Gigabyte Technology, a Taiwanese company that specializes in manufacturing computer hardware and accessories. Aorus was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. The logo is a falcon head, as the name Aorus is derived from the ancient Egyptian falcon god Horus. The Aorus brand focuses on developing high-end gaming products such as gaming laptops, gaming monitors, gaming mice, keyboards and other accessories. Aorus products are designed to enhance the gaming experience. The brand also has a strong presence in the e-sports community and sponsors many professional e-sports teams and events.
78%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.
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