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Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC laptop review: 4K OLED and the corresponding performance

Display hero. Gigabyte's Aero-15 lineup consists of stylish multimedia laptops that also have enough performance resources for 3D applications. Our model has a 4K OLED display that already looks impressive at first glance. A laptop GeForce RTX 3070 provides the necessary graphics power.
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In contrast to the Aorus series, the Gigabyte Aero series focuses on multimedia suitability, while the resulting gaming features are rather a nice side effect. Compared to its predecessor, last year's Aero 15 XB, not too much seems to have improved at first glance, except for the new Ampere graphics card. Since the number of multimedia laptops with GeForce RTX 3000 graphics cards that we have tested is currently still relatively low, we'll also compare the Gigabyte laptop with similarly equipped gaming laptops and multimedia laptops from the previous generation in the following review to better assess the performance level of our test device.

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Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC (Aero 15 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-10870H 8 x 2.2 - 5 GHz, Comet Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU - 8192 MB, Core: 1290 MHz, Memory: 1500 MHz, 105 W TDP, GDDR6, 461.40, Nvidia Optimus
Memory
32768 MB 
, DDR4-3200, dual-channel
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel 282 PPI, SDCA029, OLED, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM470
Storage
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-H - cAVS
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 0 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8125 2.5GBe Family Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20 x 356 x 250 ( = 0.79 x 14.02 x 9.84 in)
Battery
99 Wh Lithium-Polymer, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 8.5 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD 720p
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, thermal pad for M.2 SSD, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.23 kg ( = 78.66 oz / 4.92 pounds), Power Supply: 433 g ( = 15.27 oz / 0.95 pounds)
Price
2,300 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible contenders in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86 %
03/2021
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
i7-10870H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
2.2 kg20 mm15.60"3840x2160
87 %
02/2021
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
R9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
2.5 kg20.9 mm15.60"3840x2160
84 %
02/2021
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
i7-10870H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
2.1 kg19.8 mm15.60"1920x1080
90 %
01/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
i7-10750H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
1.7 kg18.7 mm15.60"1920x1080
85 %
05/2020
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
2.2 kg20 mm15.60"3840x2160
83 %
08/2020
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
2 kg19 mm15.60"3840x2160

Case - Aero with impressive metal housing

The Aero's case is visually very appealing. The subtle, relatively slim aluminum chassis is only decorated with the Aero logo and some glossy black stripes. Together with the sturdy case, this creates a thoroughly high-quality impression. The build quality is good, and there are no uneven gaps; only the webcam cover under the screen looks a bit cheap.

The lid has a recessed section, allowing it to be opened with one hand without any problems, which proved to be very useful in practice. Compared to the predecessor, there were no changes in the Aero 15 XC in this regard.

Compared to the competition, the Aero 15 OLED XC is quite compact. In addition to the small footprint, it's also one of the slimmest laptops. Only the ThinkPad X1 Extreme and the HP Envy 15 are even thinner and also a good bit lighter at only 1.7 kg and 2 kg, respectively.

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Size comparison

360 mm / 14.2 inch 268.3 mm / 10.6 inch 20.9 mm / 0.823 inch 2.5 kg5.53 lbs361.8 mm / 14.2 inch 245.7 mm / 9.67 inch 18.7 mm / 0.736 inch 1.7 kg3.76 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 19.8 mm / 0.78 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 237 mm / 9.33 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 2 kg4.5 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2.2 kg4.92 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2.2 kg4.8 lbs

Connectivity - Gigabyte Aero with Thunderbolt and SD card reader

The ports are distributed across the left and right sides of the laptop with sufficient spacing between them. The Thunderbolt 3 port, which you have to do without in many of the currently popular AMD-based models, is a particularly positive feature. In addition to the integrated DisplayPort in the Thunderbolt 3 port, you also get a separate Mini DisplayPort, so that theoretically, up to three external displays (2x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI) can be connected.

Left: HDMI 2.1, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, USB Type-A 3.2 Gen. 1, combined 3.5 mm audio jack, 2.5 Gb/s LAN
Left: HDMI 2.1, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, USB Type-A 3.2 Gen. 1, combined 3.5 mm audio jack, 2.5 Gb/s LAN
Right: 2x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen. 1, USB-C Thunderbolt 3 (with DisplayPort and Power Delivery), SD card reader, power supply
Right: 2x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen. 1, USB-C Thunderbolt 3 (with DisplayPort and Power Delivery), SD card reader, power supply

SD card reader

The Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC has a built-in card reader that can accommodate regular-sized SD cards. In a class comparison, it achieves very good transfer rates with our UHS II reference memory card, the 64 GB Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC. However, the card reader of last year's Aero 15 OLED XB was still a bit faster in this respect.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
204 MB/s ∼100% +5%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
194 MB/s ∼95%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 32GB)
167.3 MB/s ∼82% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
103 MB/s ∼50% -47%
Average of class Multimedia
  (18.1 - 222, n=61, last 2 years)
80.3 MB/s ∼39% -59%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
67.8 MB/s ∼33% -65%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
243 MB/s ∼100% +14%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 32GB)
217.4 MB/s ∼89% +2%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
213 MB/s ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
211.9 MB/s ∼87% -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (23.2 - 217, n=60, last 2 years)
91.2 MB/s ∼38% -57%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
87.8 MB/s ∼36% -59%

Communication

The wireless features Bluetooth 5.1 and WLAN 6 are provided by Intel's AX200 WLAN module. While the transmission rates meet our expectations for sending data, the Asus Zephyrus Duo 15 SE, for example, achieves an approximately 25% higher rate for receiving data with the same WLAN module.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1346 (725min - 1495max) MBit/s ∼100% +23%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (447 - 1645, n=106)
1094 MBit/s ∼81% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1090 MBit/s ∼81%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1089 (603min - 1196max) MBit/s ∼81% 0%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1063 (447min - 1204max) MBit/s ∼79% -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (52 - 1563, n=78, last 2 years)
949 MBit/s ∼71% -13%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1383 (1007min - 1505max) MBit/s ∼100% +28%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1349 (785min - 1508max) MBit/s ∼98% +25%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1263 (1093min - 1464max) MBit/s ∼91% +17%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (523 - 1640, n=107)
1173 MBit/s ∼85% +9%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1080 MBit/s ∼78%
Average of class Multimedia
  (119 - 1507, n=78, last 2 years)
1028 MBit/s ∼74% -5%

Webcam


Aero 15 OLED XC - Webcam
Aero 15 OLED XC - Webcam
ColorChecker
26.4 ∆E
29.6 ∆E
25.6 ∆E
20.4 ∆E
26.4 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
22.6 ∆E
27.2 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
18.1 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
18.3 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
12 ∆E
ColorChecker Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC: 17.03 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 29.59 ∆E
ColorChecker
3.2 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00: 7.23 ∆E min: 3.11 - max: 15.28 ∆E
ColorChecker
6.4 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
6 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
7 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
8 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
ColorChecker HP Envy 15-ep0098nr: 7.17 ∆E min: 3.27 - max: 10.37 ∆E

Security

The Aero 15 is equipped with a fingerprint scanner that is integrated into the touchpad and supports firmware-based TPM via Intel PTT.

Accessories

In addition to the device itself and the power adapter, a fabric sleeve, and a thermal pad for an M.2 SSD are included.

Maintenance

Opening the case requires unscrewing 12 hex cap screws, two of which are covered with stickers. This procedure is outdated, unnecessarily complicates the maintenance process, and possibly unsettles users who want to replace simple things like the SSD or RAM.

Warranty

Gigabyte offers users a warranty period of two years. Warranty extension options require online registration of the respective product.

Input devices - Keyboard with room for improvement

Keyboard

The keyboard includes a numeric keypad and extends across the entire width of the base unit, providing enough space for regular-sized keys. By making minimal adjustments to the width of individual keys, Gigabyte has managed to arrange all keys in a rectangular layout here, which gives the laptop an uncluttered overall look when opened.

Unfortunately, this technique doesn't quite live up to what the looks promise, though, since the keys offer low and quite mushy resistance as well as a shallow key travel. This makes the keyboard only partially suitable for typing longer text, but at least the keys are relatively quiet and visible even in low light thanks to the individual RGB lighting.

Aero 15 OLED XC - Keyboard
Aero 15 OLED XC - Keyboard
Aero 15 OLED XC - Keyboard backlight
Aero 15 OLED XC - Keyboard backlight

Touchpad

With an area of 10.5 x 7 cm, the touchpad is relatively small by today's standards, especially since the integrated fingerprint scanner further limits the usable area. However, the gliding properties of the plastic ClickPad are at the usual good level, and in contrast to the keyboard's keys, the integrated mouse buttons offer a clear pressure point and satisfying feedback.

Aero 15 OLED XC - Touchpad with integrated fingerprint scanner
Aero 15 OLED XC - Touchpad with integrated fingerprint scanner

Display - Impressive 4K OLED panel

The built-in glossy AMOLED panel has a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels (4K) and features a Pantone X Rite certification. The numerous rich colors of Gigabyte's cleverly chosen background image come into their own as a result and quickly show that the display of content on the 15.6-inch screen is the main focus here. Therefore, no other display options are available within the series.

The display is optimally equipped for media playback. The OLED display also has an HDR400 certification, which acknowledges its higher-quality reproduction of image areas with different brightness levels. Unfortunately, PWM is used for brightness control (as is common with OLED displays), which can be a problem for users who are sensitive to this. That being said, this is an excellent panel with a brightness distribution of 95% and a brightness level that is around 450 cd/m² according to our independent measurements. The OLED display doesn't suffer from screen bleeding due to the underlying technology.

459
cd/m²
452
cd/m²
463
cd/m²
450
cd/m²
442
cd/m²
455
cd/m²
443
cd/m²
447
cd/m²
453
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
SDCA029
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 463 cd/m² Average: 451.6 cd/m² Minimum: 4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 442 cd/m²
Contrast: 8840:1 (Black: 0.05 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.69 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6, calibrated: 2.59
ΔE Greyscale 0.9 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
100% sRGB (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
99% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
98.53% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
100% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99.92% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.172
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
SDCA029, OLED, 3840x2160, 15.60
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
Samsung SDC4145, AMOLED, 3840x2160, 15.60
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Samsung SDCA029, OLED, 3840x2160, 15.60
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AU Optronics B156ZAN05.1, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.60
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
N156HCE-GN1, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
AU Optronics B156HAN12.0, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Display
-3%
0%
-3%
-29%
-21%
Display P3 Coverage
99.92
88.48
-11%
99.94
0%
89.06
-11%
61.05
-39%
67.71
-32%
sRGB Coverage
100
99.99
0%
100
0%
99.91
0%
89.94
-10%
98.45
-2%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
98.53
99.92
1%
98.21
0%
99.11
1%
62.2
-37%
69.05
-30%
Response Times
6%
-22%
-360%
2769%
-522%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
2.4 (1.2, 1.2)
0.8 (0.4, 0.4)
67%
2.2 (1, 1.2)
8%
8.2 (3, 5.2)
-242%
33.6 (17.2, 16.4)
-1300%
14.4 (6.8, 7.6)
-500%
Response Time Black / White *
1.8 (1, 0.8)
2.7 (1.3, 1.4)
-50%
1.8 (1, 0.8)
-0%
10.4 (5.2, 5.2)
-478%
22.4 (12.8, 9.6)
-1144%
11.6 (7.6, 4)
-544%
PWM Frequency
240 (79)
242.7 (44)
1%
60 (80)
-75%
26040 (50)
10750%
Screen
-42%
-3%
-109%
-78%
-58%
Brightness middle
442
374.3
-15%
385
-13%
406
-8%
518
17%
259.5
-41%
Brightness
452
379
-16%
390
-14%
407
-10%
513
13%
264
-42%
Brightness Distribution
95
91
-4%
93
-2%
88
-7%
88
-7%
90
-5%
Black Level *
0.05
0.42
-740%
0.38
-660%
0.25
-400%
Contrast
8840
967
-89%
1363
-85%
1038
-88%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.69
5.47
-103%
2.46
9%
4.36
-62%
2.1
22%
2.52
6%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.27
8.22
1%
4.01
52%
7.55
9%
4.5
46%
5.55
33%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.59
4.61
-78%
2.6
-0%
3.63
-40%
1.3
50%
1.93
25%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
0.9
2.3
-156%
1.39
-54%
3.1
-244%
2.7
-200%
1.7
-89%
Gamma
2.172 101%
2.09 105%
2.31 95%
2.36 93%
2.35 94%
2.04 108%
CCT
6434 101%
6340 103%
6395 102%
6371 102%
7042 92%
6414 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
99
87.8
-11%
98
-1%
86.7
-12%
57.7
-42%
63.3
-36%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
100
0%
100
0%
99.9
0%
90.4
-10%
98.8
-1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-13% / -25%
-8% / -6%
-157% / -121%
887% / 433%
-200% / -109%

* ... smaller is better

The glossy 4K display is razor-sharp, and the black level of only 0.05 is excellent thanks to OLED technology. As a result, it achieves a contrast ratio of 8,840:1, which is almost unattainable for IPS displays. In addition, we were able to register a color-space coverage of 100% for sRGB and 99% for AdobeRGB in an independent measurement, which shows that the laptop is very well suited for digital image and video-editing.

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

Using the Aero 15 OLED XC outdoors is a double-edged sword, since the high brightness is an advantage on the one hand, but the glossy display restricts the view considerably at times on the other hand. Overall, however, legibility is still above average.

Aero 15 OLED XC vs. sRGB (100%)
Aero 15 OLED XC vs. sRGB (100%)
Aero 15 OLED XC vs. AdobeRGB (99%)
Aero 15 OLED XC vs. AdobeRGB (99%)
Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Aero 15 OLED XC - Outdoor use
Aero 15 OLED XC - Outdoor use

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1 ms rise
↘ 0.8 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 0 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
2.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.2 ms rise
↘ 1.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.1 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 240 Hz ≤ 79 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 240 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 79 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 240 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 14793 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

The OLED panel's viewing angles are excellent, and even when viewing it from extremely steep angles, the colors and contrast don't become distorted.

Aero 15 OLED XC - Viewing angles
Aero 15 OLED XC - Viewing angles

Performance - Plenty of performance potential

The Aero 15 OLED XC is equipped with an Intel Core i7-10870H, a laptop version of the GeForce RTX 3070, and an NVMe SSD. This is accompanied by 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM in dual-channel mode. As a result, it offers enough performance for common office tasks, multimedia applications, and a little more, so that there are plenty of resources for video and image-editing on the go. The two sibling models, the Aero 15 OLED YC and KC, respectively, only differ in terms of the graphics card: The former is equipped with a 105-watt laptop GeForce RTX 3080 and the latter with a 105-watt laptop GeForce RTX 3060.

However, for many application scenarios, the model that we have with us as well as the smaller KC model already offer enough graphics performance like we will see below.

CPU-Z - CPU
CPU-Z - CPU
CPU-Z - Caches
CPU-Z - Caches
CPU-Z - Mainboard
CPU-Z - Mainboard
CPU-Z - Memory
CPU-Z - Memory
CPU-Z - SPD
CPU-Z - SPD
HWiNFO
HWiNFO

Processor

The processor used here is the Core i7-10870H, an octa-core CPU from Intel's Comet Lake generation. If you look closely, you'll notice that the predecessor was actually equipped with the faster Core i7-10875H. The reason for using the weaker CPU, which only loses 100 MHz of base clock speed, is the significantly better efficiency in production. Although little changes for end users (the performance differences are usually within 5-8%), the differences in the production of the processors are quite substantial.

You don't have to worry about the processor's performance in either case, since it's at a very high level. However, the benchmarks also suggest that AMD's Ryzen 5000 CPUs are currently ahead in terms of raw performance and especially in multi-thread scenarios. Compared with other laptops that are equipped with the same CPU or with the Core i7-10875H, our review sample lags behind its rivals by a maximum of 7% in the Cinebench benchmarks depending on the case.

Based on our Cinebench R15 test, performance is limited by approximately 30% on battery power.

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Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC Intel Core i7-10870H: Ø1490 (1455.29-1701.11)
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX: Ø2260 (2246.56-2267.32)
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG Intel Core i7-10870H: Ø1502 (1440.51-1640.55)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00 Intel Core i7-10750H: Ø1183 (1166.86-1256.76)
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP Intel Core i7-10875H: Ø1573 (1544.4-1818.6)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
235 Points ∼100% +18%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H
213 Points ∼91% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
205 Points ∼87% +3%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
200 Points ∼85%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (196 - 204, n=11)
200 Points ∼85% 0%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
Intel Core i7-10870H
199 Points ∼85% 0%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
Intel Core i7-10750H
197 Points ∼84% -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (126 - 233, n=91, last 2 years)
186 Points ∼79% -7%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
2267 (2246.56min - 2267.32max) Points ∼100% +33%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H
1818 (1544.4min - 1818.6max) Points ∼80% +7%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
1701 (1455.29min - 1701.11max) Points ∼75%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
Intel Core i7-10870H
1641 (1440.51min - 1640.55max) Points ∼72% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (1336 - 1740, n=14)
1614 Points ∼71% -5%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
Intel Core i7-10750H
1293 (1270.12min - 1293.49max) Points ∼57% -24%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
1257 (1166.86min - 1256.76max) Points ∼55% -26%
Average of class Multimedia
  (334 - 1846, n=102, last 2 years)
942 Points ∼42% -45%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
Average of class Multimedia
  (261 - 1439, n=69, last 2 years)
567 Seconds * ∼100% -84%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
375 Seconds * ∼66% -22%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
Intel Core i7-10750H
352 Seconds * ∼62% -14%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
308 Seconds * ∼54%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (272 - 333, n=12)
298 Seconds * ∼53% +3%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
Intel Core i7-10870H
292 Seconds * ∼51% +5%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H
285 Seconds * ∼50% +7%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
219 Seconds * ∼39% +29%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
5633 MIPS ∼100% +6%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H
5457 MIPS ∼97% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
5341 MIPS ∼95% +1%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
Intel Core i7-10870H
5312 MIPS ∼94% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
5294 MIPS ∼94%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (5145 - 5429, n=12)
5293 MIPS ∼94% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3406 - 5481, n=68, last 2 years)
4891 MIPS ∼87% -8%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
Intel Core i7-10750H
4505 MIPS ∼80% -15%
7z b 4
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
62340 MIPS ∼100% +43%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H
47170 MIPS ∼76% +8%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (39581 - 46708, n=12)
44452 MIPS ∼71% +2%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
Intel Core i7-10870H
44272 MIPS ∼71% +2%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
43601 MIPS ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
34433 MIPS ∼55% -21%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
Intel Core i7-10750H
31820 MIPS ∼51% -27%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8984 - 51729, n=68, last 2 years)
27285 MIPS ∼44% -37%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
569 Points ∼100% +18%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H
511 Points ∼90% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
488 Points ∼86% +1%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
482 Points ∼85%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (460 - 484, n=12)
474 Points ∼83% -2%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
Intel Core i7-10870H
473 Points ∼83% -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (311 - 589, n=85, last 2 years)
472 Points ∼83% -2%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
Intel Core i7-10750H
431 Points ∼76% -11%
CPU (Multi Core)
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
5476 Points ∼100% +55%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H
3801 Points ∼69% +7%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
Intel Core i7-10870H
3759 Points ∼69% +6%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (3027 - 4020, n=12)
3588 Points ∼66% +1%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
3543 Points ∼65%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
Intel Core i7-10750H
3076 Points ∼56% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
2827 Points ∼52% -20%
Average of class Multimedia
  (727 - 4352, n=86, last 2 years)
2166 Points ∼40% -39%
Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
1467 Points ∼100% +13%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H
1347 Points ∼92% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
1300 Points ∼89% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
1295 Points ∼88%
Average of class Multimedia
  (813 - 1586, n=64, last 2 years)
1287 Points ∼88% -1%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
Intel Core i7-10870H
1280 Points ∼87% -1%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
Intel Core i7-10750H
1275 Points ∼87% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (1191 - 1295, n=12)
1273 Points ∼87% -2%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
9086 Points ∼100% +18%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H
8087 Points ∼89% +5%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
Intel Core i7-10870H
7755 Points ∼85% +1%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
7716 Points ∼85%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (6403 - 7882, n=12)
7482 Points ∼82% -3%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
Intel Core i7-10750H
6335 Points ∼70% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
5650 Points ∼62% -27%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1604 - 8053, n=64, last 2 years)
5150 Points ∼57% -33%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
17.1 fps ∼100% +46%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H
13 fps ∼76% +11%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
Intel Core i7-10870H
12.6 fps ∼74% +8%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (10.7 - 13.5, n=12)
12.2 fps ∼71% +4%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
11.7 fps ∼68%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
Intel Core i7-10750H
10.3 fps ∼60% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
9.45 fps ∼55% -19%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1.39 - 14.6, n=66, last 2 years)
7.24 fps ∼42% -38%
LibreOffice - 20 Documents To PDF
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
64.4 s * ∼100%
Average of class Multimedia
  (16.5 - 99.2, n=65, last 2 years)
55.2 s * ∼86% +14%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (46 - 64.4, n=12)
53.7 s * ∼83% +17%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H
52.4 s * ∼81% +19%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
49 s * ∼76% +24%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
Intel Core i7-10870H
48.2 s * ∼75% +25%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
Intel Core i7-10750H
47.9 s * ∼74% +26%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
44.8 s * ∼70% +30%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
Average of class Multimedia
  (0.552 - 1.002, n=65, last 2 years)
0.634 sec * ∼100% -11%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.61 sec * ∼96% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.597 sec * ∼94% -4%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
Intel Core i7-10870H
0.595 sec * ∼94% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (0.573 - 0.614, n=12)
0.591 sec * ∼93% -3%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
Intel Core i7-10870H
0.573 sec * ∼90%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.547 sec * ∼86% +5%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
0.507 sec * ∼80% +12%

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1701 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
140 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
200 Points
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System performance

In the PCMark benchmarks, the result varies depending on the load scenario. While the PCMark 10 overall score is sufficient for a place just below the top spot, the Aero 15 OLED XC ends up in last place in the Essentials test, for example. The large differences between the results can possibly be explained by an aggressive energy management. Subjectively, the laptop's speed doesn't give any reason for criticism, since all actions are executed at lightning speed.

PCMark 10
Score
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, 2x Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR (RAID 0)
6807 Points ∼100% +6%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
6580 Points ∼97% +2%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
6442 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (5660 - 6630, n=8)
6230 Points ∼92% -3%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
6121 Points ∼90% -5%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, i7-10750H, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
5553 Points ∼82% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
5225 Points ∼77% -19%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3028 - 6706, n=83, last 2 years)
4750 Points ∼70% -26%
Essentials
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
10458 Points ∼100% +14%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, 2x Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR (RAID 0)
10205 Points ∼98% +11%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
9437 Points ∼90% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
9395 Points ∼90% +2%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, i7-10750H, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
9359 Points ∼89% +2%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
9185 Points ∼88%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (8609 - 9518, n=8)
9120 Points ∼87% -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (6441 - 10539, n=82, last 2 years)
8925 Points ∼85% -3%
Productivity
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, 2x Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR (RAID 0)
8546 Points ∼100% +8%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
8200 Points ∼96% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (7012 - 8741, n=8)
8032 Points ∼94% +1%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
7916 Points ∼93%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
7873 Points ∼92% -1%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, i7-10750H, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
7767 Points ∼91% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
7457 Points ∼87% -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5448 - 9662, n=82, last 2 years)
7170 Points ∼84% -9%
Digital Content Creation
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, 2x Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR (RAID 0)
9816 Points ∼100% +13%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
9017 Points ∼92% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (7831 - 10130, n=8)
8816 Points ∼90% +2%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
8663 Points ∼88%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
8376 Points ∼85% -3%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, i7-10750H, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
6395 Points ∼65% -26%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
5526 Points ∼56% -36%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2148 - 9415, n=82, last 2 years)
4644 Points ∼47% -46%
PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
4792 Points ∼100% +13%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, 2x Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR (RAID 0)
4414 Points ∼92% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (4011 - 4792, n=4)
4384 Points ∼91% +3%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
4246 Points ∼89%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2742 - 5364, n=60, last 2 years)
3833 Points ∼80% -10%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, i7-10750H, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
3463 Points ∼72% -18%
Work Score Accelerated v2
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
6300 Points ∼100% +29%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (4878 - 6300, n=4)
5638 Points ∼89% +16%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, 2x Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR (RAID 0)
5006 Points ∼79% +3%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
4878 Points ∼77%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2594 - 5681, n=60, last 2 years)
4718 Points ∼75% -3%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, i7-10750H, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
4448 Points ∼71% -9%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4246 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4878 points
PCMark 10 Score
6442 points
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DPC latencies

LatencyMon reports problematic DPC latencies, meaning that the laptop is rather unsuitable for editing video and audio files in real time out of the box.

Aero 15 OLED XC - LatencyMon
Aero 15 OLED XC - LatencyMon
Aero 15 OLED XC - LatencyMon drivers
Aero 15 OLED XC - LatencyMon drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, i7-10750H, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
5214.4 μs * ∼100% -157%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
2029 μs * ∼39%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
1877.3 μs * ∼36% +7%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, 2x Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR (RAID 0)
1132.8 μs * ∼22% +44%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
706 μs * ∼14% +65%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
634.6 μs * ∼12% +69%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

In the drive tests, the Aero 15 OLED tends to perform slightly worse than the competition. Overall, however, only the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is considerably faster with its PM981 RAID configuration; in addition, the access times are pleasingly low here. The storage solution of the HP Envy 15 consistently achieves lower rates than the remaining comparison devices.

More information and benchmark comparisons can be found in our HDD/SSD Benchmarks article.

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
2x Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR (RAID 0)
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
54%
5%
5%
6%
-10%
Write 4K
126.04
229.7
82%
163.1
29%
159.5
27%
127.4
1%
100.2
-21%
Read 4K
44.94
47.13
5%
48.97
9%
53.14
18%
147.5
228%
112.8
151%
Write Seq
2763.28
4455
61%
2607
-6%
1723.02
-38%
485.9
-82%
537.2
-81%
Read Seq
1671.41
2933
75%
2316
39%
2164.45
29%
1352
-19%
1270
-24%
Write 4K Q32T1
451.63
597.3
32%
338
-25%
469.22
4%
476.5
6%
480.6
6%
Read 4K Q32T1
551.91
387
-30%
475.6
-14%
542.58
-2%
531.2
-4%
364.9
-34%
Write Seq Q32T1
3059.7
5623
84%
3090
1%
3055.2
0%
1061
-65%
1224
-60%
Read Seq Q32T1
3191.5
7042
121%
3421
7%
3295.9
3%
2552
-20%
2635
-17%
AS SSD
7%
-7%
-5%
-30%
-57%
Seq Read
2331
3009.86
29%
2197.73
-6%
2553
10%
1200.02
-49%
1004.81
-57%
Seq Write
2312
3115.99
35%
2595.61
12%
974
-58%
836.4
-64%
436.82
-81%
4K Read
39.13
49.58
27%
43.81
12%
49.69
27%
65.76
68%
51.45
31%
4K Write
98.12
184.98
89%
115.5
18%
139.51
42%
103.83
6%
87.97
-10%
4K-64 Read
1662.54
1400.82
-16%
1692.27
2%
1462.38
-12%
789.2
-53%
517.43
-69%
4K-64 Write
2138.19
1426.32
-33%
2161.9
1%
1474.45
-31%
929.38
-57%
838.56
-61%
Access Time Read *
0.099
0.037
63%
0.056
43%
0.063
36%
0.103
-4%
0.088
11%
Access Time Write *
0.038
0.061
-61%
0.098
-158%
0.031
18%
0.045
-18%
0.151
-297%
Score Read
1935
1751
-10%
1956
1%
1767
-9%
975
-50%
669
-65%
Score Write
2468
1923
-22%
2537
3%
1711
-31%
1117
-55%
970
-61%
Score Total
5388
4580
-15%
5513
2%
4308
-20%
2594
-52%
1972
-63%
Copy ISO MB/s
2903
3195.51
10%
2235.78
-23%
2094.27
-28%
1172.62
-60%
Copy Program MB/s
686
709.59
3%
689.92
1%
656.93
-4%
768.79
12%
Copy Game MB/s
1594
1669.32
5%
1546.36
-3%
1446.82
-9%
1044.74
-34%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
31% / 24%
-1% / -3%
0% / -1%
-12% / -15%
-34% / -40%

* ... smaller is better

WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3191.5 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 3059.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 551.91 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 451.63 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1671.41 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2763.28 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 44.94 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 126.04 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00: Ø3176 (2780.4-3230.07)
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, 2x Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR (RAID 0): Ø5785 (5050.15-5817.08)
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00: Ø3404 (3209.61-3419.11)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00 GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV1T02: Ø3294 (3081.35-3309.82)
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, i7-10750H, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H): Ø1963 (1001.39-2002.57)

Graphics card

GPU-Z
GPU-Z

Our configuration of the Aero 15 uses a laptop version of the GeForce RTX 3070 with a TDP of 105 watts. The chip is based on Nvidia's current Ampere generation and has a lot to offer in terms of performance. Consequently, the laptop hardly breaks a sweat even in high resolutions and can also fully show its strengths in demanding 3D applications.

The "Max-Q" designation no longer denotes graphics cards with a good balance between performance and heat development but rather special functionality features of the GPU. In our case, Dynamic Boost 2.0, Resizable BAR (a new technology that grants the CPU access to the graphics memory), and Optimus are supported.

Our test laptop develops its performance well in the 3DMark benchmarks, and the results are mostly in line with our expectations. Only with the slightly older, lower-resolution Cloud Gate benchmark does the brand-new graphics card not seem to harmonize quite well.

Performance is limited on battery power. A Fire Strike run delivers Physics and Graphics scores of 13,950 and 16,387, respectively, here, while 20,756 and 23,674 points are achieved when plugged in. More information can be found on our article regarding the laptop version of the GeForce RTX 3070.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
38532 Points ∼100% +21%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (20039 - 38275, n=22)
33085 Points ∼86% +4%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
31866 Points ∼83%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
31092 Points ∼81% -2%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
28900 Points ∼75% -9%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
20572 Points ∼53% -35%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
12275 Points ∼32% -61%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1678 - 31866, n=81, last 2 years)
9152 Points ∼24% -71%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
139665 Points ∼100% +119%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (62748 - 179716, n=15)
117849 Points ∼84% +85%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
112791 Points ∼81% +77%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
97176 Points ∼70% +53%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
63674 Points ∼46%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
38074 Points ∼27% -40%
Average of class Multimedia
  (7681 - 87836, n=67, last 2 years)
32851 Points ∼24% -48%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
28493 Points ∼100% +20%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (16628 - 29128, n=22)
24592 Points ∼86% +4%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
23893 Points ∼84% +1%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
23674 Points ∼83%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
21121 Points ∼74% -11%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
15578 Points ∼55% -34%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
9105 Points ∼32% -62%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1065 - 23674, n=89, last 2 years)
6555 Points ∼23% -72%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
11407 Points ∼100% +22%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (6059 - 11019, n=22)
9429 Points ∼83% +1%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
9323 Points ∼82%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
9131 Points ∼80% -2%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
7829 Points ∼69% -16%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
5914 Points ∼52% -37%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
3332 Points ∼29% -64%
Average of class Multimedia
  (300 - 9323, n=73, last 2 years)
2275 Points ∼20% -76%
3DMark 11 Performance
25475 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
37238 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
19995 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
9243 points
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Gaming performance

Gaming performance is excellent thanks to the GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU. As you can see from the frame rates, most modern games are also playable in the full 4K resolution. For a multimedia laptop, the graphics performance is already way above average. Therefore, a great gaming experience in games that don't require a high display refresh rate is a nice bonus.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
187.2 (176min - 201max) fps ∼100% +11%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
168 (129min - 191max) fps ∼90%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (126 - 207, n=14)
163 fps ∼87% -3%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
152.6 (141min - 166max) fps ∼82% -9%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
152 (119min) fps ∼81% -10%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
119 (110min - 132max) fps ∼64% -29%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
66 fps ∼35% -61%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10.1 - 170, n=68, last 2 years)
49.1 fps ∼26% -71%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
104.6 (97min - 110max) fps ∼100% +14%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
  (73.5 - 109, n=23)
92.3 fps ∼88% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
92.1 (67min) fps ∼88%
MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
89.7 (83min - 95max) fps ∼86% -3%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
79.1 (64min) fps ∼76% -14%
HP Envy 15-ep0098nr
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
62.9 (58min - 67max) fps ∼60% -32%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen3-20TLS0UV00
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
36.1 (34min, 35P1 - 39max) fps ∼35% -61%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5.9 - 92.1, n=68, last 2 years)
29.4 fps ∼28% -68%

Although frame rates drop slightly over time and aren't quite as consistent as with some competitors in our test with The Witcher 3, during which the character isn't moved for the entire period, we don't notice any major frame drops or fluctuations.

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