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Gigabyte Aero 15 XA Laptop Review: With OLED panel and 4K in a new design

Mike Wobker, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Mark Riege), 07/31/2019

RTX graphics in a slim case. While Gigabyte has discreetly changed the design of its Aero notebooks, it remains true to its previous line. With the Aero 15 OLED XA, buyers are greeted by a slim and powerful notebook with many connections. We find out in our test what performance exactly you can expect.

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA

In the past, Gigabyte was always able to score a positive point for its compact case. However, in the Aero 15 Y9 and Aero 15 Classic XA models, we could also see the disadvantages of this design in the form of high temperatures. At first glance, the updated design is just as compact as before, and we will see how well the cooling was designed here.

Inside our test unit, an Intel Core i7-9750H and 16 GB of working memory ensure a smoothly running system. In addition, there are a 512 GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q to handle the display of graphical contents.

In our test, the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA must also compete against comparable notebooks from the competitors. We select the Medion Erazer X15805, the Aorus 15-W9, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW, and the MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG. You can add other notebooks from our database for comparison underneath each of our comparison charts.

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA (Aero 15 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q - 8192 MB, Core: 855 MHz, Memory: 1500 MHz, GDDR6, ForceWare 431.11, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2666, dual channel, 2 of 2 slots occupied, max. 64 GB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel 282 PPI, Samsung SDCA029, OLED, UHD, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G8L, 512 GB 
, PCIe, slots: 2x M.2 Type 2280, 433 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Cannon Point-LP PCH - cAVS (Audio, Video, Speech)
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: combined audio port, Card Reader: SD card reader (UHS-II)
Networking
Killer E2600 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW) (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20 x 356 x 250 ( = 0.79 x 14.02 x 9.84 in)
Battery
94.24 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD (720p)
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 2-watt speaker, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 230-watt power supply, Control Center, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.214 kg ( = 78.1 oz / 4.88 pounds), Power Supply: 722 g ( = 25.47 oz / 1.59 pounds)
Price
2700 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Case - A notebook with a webcam that can be covered

Webcam with cover
Webcam with cover

Gigabyte continues to use aluminum in the case of the Aero 15, so the high-value impression and good stability remain. The base unit cannot be warped even with the use of stronger force. However, the lid shows some slight give, when it is opened with one hand.

The Aero 15 OLED XA is available in the colors black and silver, with our black test unit proving itself to be very susceptible to fingerprints and dirt. The webcam continues to be placed below the display, but now a mechanical cover protects it from unwanted views. Dust can also gather quickly here, and it is difficult to remove it with the sliding mechanism. 

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA

The dimensions of the Gigabyte Aero 15 remain almost unchanged by the redesign of the case. Only the thickness of the case is now specified as 20 mm (~0.79 in), instead of 19 mm (0.75 in) compared to the Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic XA.

Size Comparison

360 mm / 14.2 inch 249 mm / 9.8 inch 26 mm / 1.024 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs361 mm / 14.2 inch 246 mm / 9.69 inch 24.4 mm / 0.961 inch 2.2 kg4.88 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 252 mm / 9.92 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 2.1 kg4.55 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2.2 kg4.88 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2 kg4.35 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 2.1 kg4.68 lbs

Equipment - Gigabyte Aero 15 offers Thunderbolt and USB Type-C

While the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA offers a large amount of connections, it forgoes a Mini-DisplayPort. Instead, the gaming notebook now offers a USB-3.1 Gen1 port in the Type-C format with DisplayPort-1.4 support in addition to the Thunderbolt 3 port. The card reader and Gigabit-LAN continue to be included, offering many connection options to the user.

However, the connections have been moved significantly towards the front, making it possible for the plugs and cables to be in the way on the left as well as the right side. Under some circumstances, it might become tight for an external mouse that is supposed to sit next to the laptop.

Left side: HDMI 2.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C mit DP 1.4, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A, combined audio port, GigabitLAN
Left side: HDMI 2.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C mit DP 1.4, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A, combined audio port, GigabitLAN
Right side: 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A, 1x Thunderbolt 3, SD card reader, power connection
Right side: 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A, 1x Thunderbolt 3, SD card reader, power connection
Back: no connections
Back: no connections

SD Card Reader

The SD card reader of the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA does not swallow inserted storage cards completely, but they stick out of the case by about 1 cm (~0.4 in). Using our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference storage card, the card reader achieves very good read and write rates, which are sufficient for second place in our test field. However, some of the competitors do not include a storage card reader.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
197 MB/s ∼100% +1%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
195 MB/s ∼99%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.7 - 202, n=250)
92 MB/s ∼47% -53%
Medion Erazer X15805
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76 MB/s ∼39% -61%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
242 MB/s ∼100% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
241 MB/s ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (13.4 - 257, n=248)
110 MB/s ∼45% -54%
Medion Erazer X15805
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
85 MB/s ∼35% -65%

Communication

Gigabyte has equipped the Aero 15 OLED XA not only with fast ac WLAN, but also bets on the 802.11 ax standard (WiFi 6) that looks toward the future. Not only does this allow the gaming notebook to create wireless connections to the existing nets in the 2.4 and 5-GHz bands, but it will also benefit from the improved connectivity of future routers.

In our WLAN test, the Aero 15 OLED XA achieves very good speeds of 682 Mbps when receiving and 716 Mbps when sending data. This places the Gigabyte notebook first in our test field, with the Aero 15 Classic XA doing even slightly better while receiving data.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
696 MBit/s ∼100% +2%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
682 MBit/s ∼98%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
680 MBit/s ∼98% 0%
Aorus 15 W9
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
671 MBit/s ∼96% -2%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
666 (min: 651, max: 683) MBit/s ∼96% -2%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
659 MBit/s ∼95% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 702, n=273)
605 MBit/s ∼87% -11%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
716 MBit/s ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
683 MBit/s ∼95% -5%
Aorus 15 W9
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
680 MBit/s ∼95% -5%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
678 MBit/s ∼95% -5%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
620 MBit/s ∼87% -13%
Average of class Gaming
  (144 - 749, n=273)
558 MBit/s ∼78% -22%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
547 (min: 364, max: 590) MBit/s ∼76% -24%

Accessories

The box of the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA includes the power supply, a feedback request that offers a 20-Euro (~$22) Steam coupon, and a small cooling pad that can be glued on an SSD you might want to install later. Gigabyte does not offer any additional accessories that were particularly designed for the Aero 15.

Maintenance

In order to reach the insides of the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA, you have to first remove 12 screws on the bottom of the case. After removing them, the case bottom can be taken off with relative ease, giving you access to the fan, RAM, and storage solution. Our test unit is equipped with 16 GB of working memory consisting of 2x 8 GB modules configured in dual-channel mode. These can be replaced, allowing you to expand the memory up to 64 GB. In addition, the gaming notebook offers two NVMe slots, only one of which is occupied in our test configuration.

Maintenance options
Maintenance options

Warranty

Gigabyte offers a warranty period of 24 months to buyers of the Aero 15 OLED XA.

Input Devices - A quiet keyboard with a clear pressure point

Keyboard

The keyboard of the Aero 15 OLED XA offers very soft feedback with a noticeable pressure point. The slightly rubberized surface of the keys prevents slipping, and frequent typists will also be satisfied with the Gigabyte notebook. All the keys can be reached easily and the number block offers the same-size keys as the rest of the keyboard.

Users can turn on a two-step keyboard backlight that illuminates the key labels well. However, it is slightly too bright at the highest setting. The colors can be adjusted in Gigabyte's Control Center and set for each key individually.

Input devices
Input devices
Keyboard illumination
Keyboard illumination

Touchpad

As mouse replacement, the Aero 15 OLED XA offers a ClickPad, whose area is slightly reduced by a small fingerprint sensor in the top left corner. The surface is very smooth and hardly offers any resistance to the fingertips moving the mouse pointer. Touch input is accepted reliably and both the left and the right mouse keys can be triggered easily by pressing on the pad, which responds with a clear pressure point.

Display - A Gigabyte gaming notebook with an OLED panel

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

Update 09/16/19: Due to several strange display measurement results, Gigabyte has sent us another test unit for the Aero 15 OLED. For the second test unit, many values turned out significantly better (such as the Grayscales, Color Accuracy, and Color Space). All the corresponding charts and screenshots were replaced for the updates. However, the text still refers to the original values.

The display of the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA consists of a 15.6-inch AMOLED panel from Samsung that offers a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels. As typical for OLED panels, there is no screen bleeding. At an average brightness of 402 cd/m², the Aero 15 is able to place first in our test field. At 89%, the brightness distribution can be considered good.

As is also typical for OLED panels, the display flickers at a frequency of about 236 Hz. This effect occurs at brightness levels less than 78% and can cause some trouble for users with sensitive eyes.

392
cd/m²
384
cd/m²
371
cd/m²
377
cd/m²
373
cd/m²
373
cd/m²
364
cd/m²
370
cd/m²
370
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Samsung SDCA029
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 392 cd/m² Average: 374.9 cd/m² Minimum: 17 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 373 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.98 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 2.81 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
97% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 78% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.62
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Samsung SDCA029, OLED, 3840x2160
Medion Erazer X15805
LG Philips LP156WFG-SPB2, IPS, 1920x1080
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Sharp LQ156M1JW03 (SHP14C5), IGZO, 1920x1080
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
AU Optronics B156HAN08.2 (AUO82ED), IPS, 1920x1080
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
Sharp LQ156M1JW03 (SHP14C5), IPS, 1920x1080
Aorus 15 W9
LG Philips LP156WFG-SPB2 (LGD05E8), IPS, 1920x1080
Response Times
-396%
12753%
-250%
12585%
-541%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
2.4 (1, 1.4)
14 (7, 7)
-483%
15.2 (7.6, 7.6)
-533%
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
-200%
13.6 (8, 5.6)
-467%
16.8 (9.2, 7.6)
-600%
Response Time Black / White *
2.2 (1.2, 1)
9 (6, 3)
-309%
11.2 (6.8, 4.4)
-409%
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
-300%
12 (7.6, 4.4)
-445%
12.8 (7.6, 5.2)
-482%
PWM Frequency
60 (80)
23580 (24)
39200%
23260 (19)
38667%
Screen
-24%
-10%
2%
13%
-22%
Brightness middle
373
343
-8%
266
-29%
286
-23%
282.3
-24%
295
-21%
Brightness
375
290
-23%
248
-34%
275
-27%
269
-28%
292
-22%
Brightness Distribution
93
74
-20%
89
-4%
90
-3%
90
-3%
80
-14%
Black Level *
0.37
0.31
0.37
0.32
0.34
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.98
4.22
-6%
2.78
30%
2.19
45%
1.17
71%
3.89
2%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.28
7.83
-25%
5.96
5%
4.4
30%
3.29
48%
7.28
-16%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.81
5.1
-81%
3.58
-27%
2.2
22%
1.3
54%
4.98
-77%
Gamma
2.62 84%
2.2 100%
2.46 89%
2.41 91%
2.2 100%
2.45 90%
CCT
6434 101%
6970 93%
7186 90%
6405 101%
6643 98%
6407 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
78
58
-26%
62
-21%
59
-24%
63.8
-18%
60
-23%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97
92
-5%
96
-1%
91
-6%
97.5
1%
93
-4%
Contrast
927
858
773
882
868
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.33
0.91
2.27
1.06
1.44
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-210% / -99%
6372% / 3471%
-124% / -49%
6299% / 3441%
-282% / -126%

* ... smaller is better

Color Space Coverage (sRGB) - 97%
Color Space Coverage (sRGB) - 97%
Color Space Coverage (AdobeRGB) - 78%
Color Space Coverage (AdobeRGB) - 78%

Another characteristic of OLED panels is the contrast ratio beyond the measurable range and a black value of 0 cd/m². The latter results from black image areas being formed by pixels that are turned off. Our measurements attest the Aero 15 OLED XA a color space coverage of 90% in the sRGB and 68% in the AdobeRGB color space.

The CalMAN analysis shows that the color accuracy leaves something to be desired in the state of delivery - despite X-Rite Pantone.

CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker

As long as you seek out shady places, you can also use the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA outdoors. However, due to the reflective surface of the display, there will already be slight reflections of the surrounding objects even here. In direct sunlight, those are accordingly worse, making reading the display contents much more difficult.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
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
2.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.2 ms rise
↘ 1 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 (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
2.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1 ms rise
↘ 1.4 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 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 0 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 60 Hz ≤ 80 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 60 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 80 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 60 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9361 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The AMOLED panel of the Aero 15 OLED XA has very stable viewing angles. You can read the image contents from almost any angle, without them becoming distorted or the colors being distorted. Only from unusually steep viewing angles, you can see a slight green tint.

Stability of the viewing angles
Stability of the viewing angles

Performance - Balanced hardware

Our test unit of the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA is equipped with Intel's Core i7-9750H with an integrated UHD Graphics-630 graphics unit, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD. In addition, there is an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q that handles the display of contents that pose a higher demand on the graphics performance. This makes the Windows notebook suitable for gamers as well as content creators who are looking for a powerful device for creating multimedia contents.

According to Gigabyte, the Aero 15 OLED XA is also available in another storage configuration and instead of the Core i7-9750H, you can also get an Intel Core i9-9980HK.

Processor

The Intel Core i7-9750H is a hexa-core processor with a base clock speed of 2.6 GHz and a Turbo speed of up to 4.5 GHz. How long such high clock speeds can be maintained depends significantly on the cooling system used. In our Cinebench endurance test, the performance of the CPU in the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA starts at a high level and then drops by about 8% after a short time period. It is then able to maintain this value until the end of the test, performing significantly better than the other notebooks in our test field that are equipped with a Core i7-9750H.

This shows that the cooling system of the Aero 15 OLED XA is powerful and not only allows for short periods of high performance, but is able to ensure a consistent performance over a longer time period. Similarly equipped notebooks remain behind here, and in the multi-core performance, the Gigabyte notebook is able to lead our test field.

Single-core rendering
Single-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
GPU load
GPU load
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Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1164 (1153.67-1261.15)
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1007 (976.09-1115.02)
Medion Erazer X15805 Intel Core i9-8950HK, Intel Core i9-8950HK: Ø1197 (1182.87-1216.55)
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1040 (1017.76-1182)
Aorus 15 W9 Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø1017 (1003.76-1122.08)
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1110 (975.73-1185.01)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
203 Points ∼100% +14%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
178 Points ∼88%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
Intel Core i7-9750H
177 Points ∼87% -1%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
175 Points ∼86% -2%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
Intel Core i7-9750H
174 Points ∼86% -2%
Aorus 15 W9
Intel Core i7-8750H
170 Points ∼84% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (77 - 212, n=521)
157 Points ∼77% -12%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
1253 Points ∼100%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1217 Points ∼97% -3%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
Intel Core i7-9750H
1182 Points ∼94% -6%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
Intel Core i7-9750H
1126 Points ∼90% -10%
Aorus 15 W9
Intel Core i7-8750H
1122 Points ∼90% -10%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
1115 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 2022, n=524)
831 Points ∼66% -34%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
178 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1253 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
113.22 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

In the PCMark benchmarks, the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA achieves results that are not as good. The measured values in the PCMark-8 Work and Home tests remain below our expectations and are only sufficient for the last place in our test field (this might be related to the 4K panel). While our test unit is still able to place third in the "Digital Content Creation" area of the PCMark 10 benchmarks, in the overall score and the remaining areas, it only achieves one of the lower places.

You can find out the results achieved by other notebooks on our CPU benchmarks page.

PCMark 10 - Score
Medion Erazer X15805
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6044 Points ∼100% +11%
Aorus 15 W9
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
5839 Points ∼97% +7%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5725 Points ∼95% +5%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
5697 Points ∼94% +5%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, 2x Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8 (RAID 0)
5654 Points ∼94% +4%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G8L
5439 Points ∼90%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 7171, n=217)
5224 Points ∼86% -4%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
6035 Points ∼100% +34%
Aorus 15 W9
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
5899 Points ∼98% +31%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5751 Points ∼95% +27%
Medion Erazer X15805
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5713 Points ∼95% +26%
Average of class Gaming
  (2484 - 6515, n=397)
5041 Points ∼84% +12%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G8L
4520 Points ∼75%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Aorus 15 W9
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
5077 Points ∼100% +40%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
4851 Points ∼96% +33%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4454 Points ∼88% +22%
Medion Erazer X15805
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4439 Points ∼87% +22%
Average of class Gaming
  (2554 - 6093, n=414)
4260 Points ∼84% +17%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G8L
3638 Points ∼72%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3638 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4520 points
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Storage Solution

Gigabyte has equipped the Aero 15 OLED XA with a 512 GB SSD from Intel. About 433 GB of the storage space is still available to users for installing applications and their own data. In the storage card benchmarks, the built-in SSD does not produce outstanding results, but they are still very good. During the time of our testing, we did not notice any limitations such as micro stutters or anything else that would point to delays during data access.

You can find out on our HDD/SSD benchmark page, how the Intel SSD fares in the comparison with other storage solutions.

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G8L
Medion Erazer X15805
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
2x Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8 (RAID 0)
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Aorus 15 W9
Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
2%
-4%
-6%
-6%
-14%
Write 4K
126.7
116.8
-8%
115.5
-9%
97.04
-23%
91.32
-28%
99.18
-22%
Read 4K
66.11
41.42
-37%
57.97
-12%
49.58
-25%
40.73
-38%
54.06
-18%
Write Seq
1538
1994
30%
1555
1%
1838
20%
1915
25%
1524
-1%
Read Seq
2269
2392
5%
2590
14%
2421
7%
2051
-10%
2325
2%
Write 4K Q32T1
456.7
394.9
-14%
369.3
-19%
326.9
-28%
308.3
-32%
259.2
-43%
Read 4K Q32T1
554.1
438.2
-21%
441.7
-20%
372.9
-33%
417.4
-25%
328.9
-41%
Write Seq Q32T1
1541
1987
29%
1547
0%
1894
23%
1922
25%
1566
2%
Read Seq Q32T1
2567
3457
35%
2969
16%
2828
10%
3395
32%
2767
8%
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G8L
Sequential Read: 2050 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1474 MB/s
512K Read: 1303 MB/s
512K Write: 1212 MB/s
4K Read: 53.71 MB/s
4K Write: 99.47 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 386.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 326.2 MB/s

Graphics Card

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q used in the Aero 15 OLED XA is a power saving variant of the GeForce RTX 2070 and is well-suited for usage in slim multimedia and gaming notebooks. However, due to the lower power consumption, the performance is also slightly lower than in the regular GeForce RTX 2070. In addition, there are TDP variants of the RTX 2070 Max-Q, with the Aero 15 using the slightly weaker version.

In our benchmark tests, the Gigabyte notebook achieves good values in the middle of the field of our comparison devices. The offered performance is slightly above the average of all the laptops with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q we tested. You can find out about the performance of other graphics cards on our GPU benchmark list.

3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9750H
7277 Points ∼100% +12%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
7266 Points ∼100% +11%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
6716 Points ∼92% +3%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
6526 Points ∼90%
Medion Erazer X15805
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i9-8950HK
6499 Points ∼89% 0%
Aorus 15 W9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
6007 Points ∼83% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (368 - 13013, n=160)
5716 Points ∼79% -12%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9750H
19123 Points ∼100% +6%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
18962 Points ∼99% +5%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
18117 Points ∼95%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
17335 Points ∼91% -4%
Medion Erazer X15805
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i9-8950HK
16923 Points ∼88% -7%
Aorus 15 W9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
15501 Points ∼81% -14%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=548)
11408 Points ∼60% -37%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
24926 Points ∼100% +8%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9750H
24267 Points ∼97% +5%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
23133 Points ∼93%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
22005 Points ∼88% -5%
Medion Erazer X15805
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i9-8950HK
21660 Points ∼87% -6%
Aorus 15 W9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
20464 Points ∼82% -12%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=623)
13486 Points ∼54% -42%
3DMark 11 Performance
19110 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
29711 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
16110 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
6512 points
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Gaming Performance

Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q is able to display most of the current games smoothly and in 4K resolution. Our gaming tests turn out correspondingly well, with none of the games we chose creating any problems for the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA. The frame rates were at the same level as those of comparable devices. 

You can find out which other games run smoothly on the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q on our GPU games list.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
70.2 (min: 58) fps ∼100% +11%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
66.9 fps ∼95% +5%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
64.1 fps ∼91% +1%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
63.6 fps ∼91% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
63.5 fps ∼90%
Aorus 15 W9
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
58 fps ∼83% -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=316)
49.8 fps ∼71% -22%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
156.9 fps ∼100% +3%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
152 fps ∼97%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
150.7 fps ∼96% -1%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
150.3 fps ∼96% -1%
Aorus 15 W9
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
135.9 fps ∼87% -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (9.7 - 266, n=344)
97.7 fps ∼62% -36%
Thief - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
103 fps ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (9.3 - 142, n=185)
58.7 fps ∼57% -43%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 3840x2160 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
43.4 fps ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (9 - 87.4, n=43)
39.7 fps ∼91% -9%

Our "The Witcher 3" test shows that the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA is able to maintain its performance also over a longer time period. We notice a slight drop in the frame rates only towards the end of our test, but it increases again after a while.

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Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G8L: Ø63.6 (57-70)
low med. high ultra4K
BioShock Infinite (2013) 152fps
Thief (2014) 103fps
GTA V (2015) 1731651367769fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 63.5fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 43.4fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 119.494.689.680.628.3fps
Metro Exodus (2019) 12378584622fps
The Division 2 (2019) 150105866323fps
Anno 1800 (2019) 36.421.6fps
Control (2019) 2208159.318.1fps

Emissions - Good cooling with loud fans

Noise Emissions

The fans of the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA are always spinning, but you can hardly hear them during idle operation. A slight increase in the system load causes the noise to increase to a noticeable level, with it still remaining easily tolerable even in quieter environments. Under load, on the other hand, the noise level becomes very loud, so we recommend headphones during gaming, for example.

Noise level - idle
Noise level - idle
Noise level - load
Noise level - load
Speaker volume level
Speaker volume level

Noise Level

Idle
34 / 35 / 45 dB(A)
Load
43 / 54 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
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)

Temperature

Our measurements attest the Aero 15 OLED XA with surface temperatures up to 33 °C (91 °F) during idle operation and a maximum of 59 °C (138 °F) under load. The warmest area is concentrated in the center back on the bottom, where the large fan vents can also be found. Due to the high temperatures under load, operating the device on your lap is hardly possible anymore.

The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
Stress test (Phase I)
Stress test (Phase I)
Stress test (Phase II)
Stress test (Phase II)

During our gaming stress test, the core temperatures of the CPU rise up to 92 °C (198 °F). However, during this time the clock rates never drop below a value of 3.5 GHz, which speaks for the good performance of the cooling system. Our pure stress test scenario with FurMark and Prime95 puts a significantly higher load on the system, which also means that the clock speed falls below the base clock speed rate of 2.6 GHz for a short time. On average, the cooling system is able to constantly maintain a clock speed of about 3 GHz, and this does not change until the end of the hour-long test. Thus, users only need to expect limitations for short periods of time in the Aero 15 OLED XA due to the temperatures being too high.

Full load - top
Full load - top
Full load - bottom
Full load - bottom
Max. Load
 46 °C
115 F
49 °C
120 F
49 °C
120 F
 
 41 °C
106 F
47 °C
117 F
45 °C
113 F
 
 37 °C
99 F
41 °C
106 F
39 °C
102 F
 
Maximum: 49 °C = 120 F
Average: 43.8 °C = 111 F
56 °C
133 F
59 °C
138 F
51 °C
124 F
57 °C
135 F
57 °C
135 F
45 °C
113 F
40 °C
104 F
40 °C
104 F
39 °C
102 F
Maximum: 59 °C = 138 F
Average: 49.3 °C = 121 F
Power Supply (max.)  50 °C = 122 F | Room Temperature 24 °C = 75 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 43.8 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 49 °C / 120 F, compared to the average of 39.6 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 59 °C / 138 F, compared to the average of 42.2 °C / 108 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.6 °C / 87 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
(-) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 42.1 °C / 108 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
(-) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 41 °C / 105.8 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-12.2 °C / -22 F).

Speakers

The speakers of the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA are able to produce a relatively high volume and a fairly wide sound spectrum, with the mids being slightly over-represented and deep bass tones dropping slightly. While this makes the speakers well suited for the occasional reproduction of media content, for longer enjoyments we recommend external speakers or - not the least due to the loud fan noise - headphones. Those can be connected to the Gigabyte notebook via a combined 3.5-mm audio port, which accepts the corresponding plugs tightly and does not impact the sound quality negatively.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203641.32539.343.63128.434.54031.238.45027.632.36326.3308025.731.210027.530.312524.728.916024.842.720022.551.525020.260.931520.362.440019.668.850019.167.663017.972.58001877.5100018.374.712502175.8160018.173.9200017.671.4250018.269.5315017.871.6400017.665.8500017.863.6630017.565.9800017.663.51000017.5611250017.465.31600017.561.6SPL30.583.7N1.457.3median 18.1median 65.8Delta1.46.543.345.539.640.632.434.934.435.527.228.829.332.327.732.226.832.523.434.222.74922.958.323.562.119.962.219.762.419.260.217.967.51871.917.87118.975.217.871.617.470.117.768.517.770.917.869.317.562.417.564.617.467.717.366.717.367.617.362.630.281.91.453.1median 17.8median 66.71.54.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseGigabyte Aero 15 OLED XAGigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 58% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 36% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 31% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 62% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 32% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 63% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 12% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management - A gaming notebook with a good battery life

Power Consumption

Power supply
Power supply

Our measurements attest the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA with a minimum power consumption of 23 watts during idle operation and up to 197 watts under load. The average power consumption places it in the middle of the field of comparison devices. The value we measured for maximum power consumption is the second lowest in our test field.

The included power supply offers a nominal output of 230 watts and is thus sufficiently sized to provide the Aero 15 reliably with the power it needs.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.5 / 0.8 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 23 / 25 / 33 Watt
Load midlight 96 / 197 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
Medion Erazer X15805
8950HK, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Aorus 15 W9
8750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
Average of class Gaming
 
Power Consumption
14%
4%
-10%
9%
16%
6%
Idle Minimum *
23
15.1
34%
21
9%
24
-4%
18.3
20%
18
22%
19.4 (3.4 - 113, n=703)
16%
Idle Average *
25
19.2
23%
23
8%
27
-8%
22
12%
20
20%
24.9 (6.6 - 119, n=703)
-0%
Idle Maximum *
33
22.9
31%
32
3%
33
-0%
28.8
13%
28
15%
30.1 (8.3 - 122, n=703)
9%
Load Average *
96
107
-11%
97
-1%
129
-34%
93
3%
87
9%
104 (14.1 - 319, n=694)
-8%
Load Maximum *
197
213
-8%
213
-8%
216
-10%
215.9
-10%
175
11%
171 (21.9 - 590, n=693)
13%
Witcher 3 ultra *
168
148
12%
176
-5%
142.6
15%
135
20%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our realistic WLAN test, the Aero 15 OLED XA achieves a runtime of 5 hours and 42 minutes. This value again places the Gigabyte notebook in the middle of the field of our comparison devices. With a similar-capacity battery and similar hardware equipment, the Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic XA lasts about one-and-a-half hours longer, but it does not have to run a 4K display.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
9h 51min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
5h 42min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 29min
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 94.24 Wh
Medion Erazer X15805
8950HK, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 46.74 Wh
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 94.24 Wh
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 76 Wh
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 82 Wh
Aorus 15 W9
8750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 62 Wh
Average of class Gaming
 
Battery Runtime
-46%
12%
-45%
6%
-58%
-38%
Reader / Idle
591
545
-8%
353
-40%
176
-70%
347 (39 - 1174, n=667)
-41%
WiFi v1.3
342
185
-46%
421
23%
220
-36%
362
6%
141
-59%
258 (78 - 622, n=367)
-25%
Load
149
181
21%
62
-58%
81
-46%
79 (18 - 202, n=634)
-47%

Pros

+ OLED panel with great contrast and black value
+ many connection options
+ WLAN with 802.11 ax standard (WiFi 6)
+ slim bezels

Cons

- case susceptible to dirt and fingerprints
- quite loud under load
- reflective display surface

Verdict - Gigabyte improves the Aero 15 discreetly, but it also inherits some old weaknesses

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA, test unit provided by Gigabyte Germany.
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA, test unit provided by Gigabyte Germany.

In our test, the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA shows itself with a solid performance in the middle of the field of comparable devices. Even though the system performance in the synthetic benchmarks remains slightly behind that of the competitors, the processor, graphics, and storage performances offer no reason for complaints. In addition, there is good connection equipment and a futureproof WLAN adapter with WiFi 6 or the 802.11 ax standard. The reworked design is oriented on the strengths of the predecessor models, but still remains just as susceptible to dirt and fingerprints.

Gigabyte has improved the Aero 15 discreetly and continues to deliver a recommendation-worthy notebook with a slim design and good performance.

The highlight is of course the 4K OLED panel. The advantages in the contrast and black value cannot be denied. But here the weaknesses also show themselves, such as PWM that is particularly difficult for users with sensitive eyes. In addition, due to the reflective display surface, using the device outdoors becomes difficult. Finally, we should mention the good cooling system and the also good battery life, making the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA worth a look for anyone looking for a slim and powerful notebook.

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA - 09/20/2019 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
87 / 98 → 89%
Keyboard
86%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
69 / 80 → 86%
Weight
62 / 10-66 → 92%
Battery
67 / 95 → 71%
Display
86%
Games Performance
92%
Application Performance
86%
Temperature
77 / 95 → 81%
Noise
57 / 90 → 63%
Audio
76%
Camera
37 / 85 → 44%
Average
74%
84%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2019-07-31 (Update: 2019-09-17)