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Gigabyte Aero 15X (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1070 Max-Q, FHD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Martin Jungowski), 11/04/2017

Sleek, slim, speedy. In addition to a powerful CPU and a potent GPU the thin Aero 15X is also equipped with a matte IPS panel, an NVMe-SSD, and Thunderbolt 3. Even battery life is pretty decent.

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The Aero 15X’s svelte case very effectively hides the fact that this is indeed a very powerful multimedia/gaming notebook equipped with a Kaby Lake quad-core processor and a GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU. The notebook is not entirely new to us since we have already had the chance to acquaint ourselves with its GTX-1060-equipped sibling a few months ago. Its main competitors are the Asus Zephyrus GX501VS, the MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US, and the Eurocom Q5.

Given that both Aero 15 models are identically constructed, we will skip reviewing case, connectivity, input devices, display, and speakers in detail. See our full review of the other Aero 15 for further details.

Gigabyte Aero 15X (Aero 15 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q - 8192 MB, Core: 1215 MHz, Memory: 8000 MHz, GDDR5, 256-bit bus, ForceWare 388.00, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, 2x 8 GB DDR4-2400 SO-DIMM, dual-channel, two slots (both occupied)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, Chi Mei N156HCA-EA1 (CMN15D7), IPS, FHD, 60 Hz, X-Rite Pantone, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e, 512 GB 
, SSD + free M.2-2280 slot (PCIe 3.0 x4)
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combo jack, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.9 x 356 x 250 ( = 0.78 x 14.02 x 9.84 in)
Battery
94.2 Wh, 6200 mAh Lithium-Ion, 15.2 V
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet RGB, Keyboard Light: yes, 215 W power supply, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, MS Office (trial version), XSplit Broadcaster, XSplit Gamecaster, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.17 kg ( = 76.54 oz / 4.78 pounds), Power Supply: 560 g ( = 19.75 oz / 1.23 pounds)
Price
2400 Euro

 

Size Comparison

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Eurocom Q5
195.42 MB/s ∼100% +138%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
82 MB/s ∼42%
Gigabyte Aero 15
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
78 MB/s ∼40% -5%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.59 MB/s ∼12% -71%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Eurocom Q5
212.26 MB/s ∼100% +138%
Gigabyte Aero 15
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
89 MB/s ∼42% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
89 MB/s ∼42%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
20.96 MB/s ∼10% -76%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
684 MBit/s ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 15
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
678 MBit/s ∼99% -1%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
669 MBit/s ∼98% -2%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
662 MBit/s ∼97% -3%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
652 MBit/s ∼95% -5%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
594 MBit/s ∼100% +68%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
491 MBit/s ∼83% +39%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
456 MBit/s ∼77% +29%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
354 MBit/s ∼60%
Gigabyte Aero 15
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
346 MBit/s ∼58% -2%

Display

subpixel geometry
subpixel geometry

The Aero 15X’s matte IPS display is identical to its namesake. Decent viewing angles, a very good contrast ratio, and sufficiently high brightness are its main characteristics. The two panels differ ever so slightly, which is expected: two seemingly identical panels are never truly 100% identical.

Unfortunately, at brightness levels of 20% and below we were able to detect PMW flickering. On the plus side at 26,000 Hz the frequency high enough to spare even the most sensitive users headaches and sore eyes.

302
cd/m²
319
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
320
cd/m²
338
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
339
cd/m²
342
cd/m²
333
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 342 cd/m² Average: 324.2 cd/m² Minimum: 11 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 338 cd/m²
Contrast: 994:1 (Black: 0.34 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.92 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 7.45 | - Ø
90% sRGB (Argyll) 59% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.58
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Chi Mei N156HCA-EA1 (CMN15D7), 1920x1080, 15.6
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
3840x2160, 15.6
Gigabyte Aero 15
N156HCA-EA1 (CMN15D7), 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
ID: AUO42ED, Name: AU Optronics B156HAN04.2, 1920x1080, 15.6
Eurocom Q5
ID: LGD04D4, Name: LG Philips LP156UD1-SPB1, 3840x2160, 15.6
Response Times
-14%
-4%
12%
12%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
43.2 (22.8, 20.4)
28 (15.6, 12.4)
35%
42.8 (23.6, 19.2)
1%
33.2 (18.4, 14.8)
23%
32.4 (16, 16.4)
25%
Response Time Black / White *
28.4 (15.6, 12.8)
23.6 (15.2, 8.4)
17%
32 (18.8, 13.2)
-13%
28 (15.6, 12.4)
1%
28.8 (18.8, 10)
-1%
PWM Frequency
26000 (20)
1351 (39)
-95%
26000 (20)
0%
Screen
-23%
4%
11%
-12%
Brightness
324
263
-19%
316
-2%
309
-5%
279
-14%
Brightness Distribution
88
92
5%
90
2%
86
-2%
87
-1%
Black Level *
0.34
0.44
-29%
0.36
-6%
0.35
-3%
0.65
-91%
Contrast
994
623
-37%
889
-11%
877
-12%
442
-56%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.92
8
-35%
4.62
22%
3.4
43%
4.5
24%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.45
9.1
-22%
6
19%
1.4
81%
4.6
38%
Gamma
2.58 93%
2.24 107%
2.46 98%
2.19 110%
2.39 100%
CCT
6366 102%
5020 129%
6761 96%
6558 99%
7393 88%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59
45.7
-23%
60
2%
55.6
-6%
59
0%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
90
72.1
-20%
92
2%
85
-6%
92.3
3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-19% / -20%
0% / 1%
12% / 11%
0% / -7%

* ... smaller is better

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 26000 Hz20 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 26000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 20 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 26000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8586 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

CalMAN: grayscales (native color)
CalMAN: grayscales (native color)
CalMAN: saturation (native color)
CalMAN: saturation (native color)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (native color)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (native color)
Aero 15X vs. sRGB (90 %)
Aero 15X vs. sRGB (90 %)
CalMAN: grayscales (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: grayscales (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: saturation (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: saturation (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (X-Rite Pantone)
Aero 15X vs. AdobeRGB (59 %)
Aero 15X vs. AdobeRGB (59 %)

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
28.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.6 ms rise
↘ 12.8 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 64 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
43.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22.8 ms rise
↘ 20.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 61 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (42.5 ms).

Performance

Gigabyte’s Aero 15X is a portable yet elegant 15.6-inch multimedia/gaming notebook. It manages to run all current games smoothly and has no trouble with other demands as well. Our review unit sells for around $2,200 in the US, and around 2,400 Euros in Europe. Several differently equipped SKUs are available.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
LatencyMon

Test Conditions

The preloaded “SmartManager” tool enables users to select from various fan control presets. While performing our benchmarks, we chose the profile “Gaming” save for the battery tests, where we reverted to “Normal”.

Gigabyte SmartManager
Gigabyte SmartManager

Processor

Like most gaming notebooks the Aero 15X is equipped with Intel’s Core i7-7700HQ quad-core Kaby Lake CPU. Given this microprocessor’s raw computing power combined with its comparatively moderate energy consumption this came as little surprise. With its base clock speed of 2.8 GHz it offers a turbo boost of up to 3.4 GHz on four, 3.6 GHz on two, or 3.8 GHz on a single core. Turbo boost is only applied on mains. In our tests, the CPU ran at full boost between 3.4 and 3.8 GHz in the single thread and 3.4 GHz in the multithread benchmarks. On battery, the firmware reduced the CPU’s frequency to just 2.6 GHz.

single-core rendering
single-core rendering
multi-core rendering
multi-core rendering
GPU load
GPU load

Whether or not a notebook is capable of maintaining its turbo boost for periods of sustained load is determined by our 30-minute Cinebench R15 multithread loop. The Aero 15X’s scores did not drop after the first few iterations or later on, and scores remained consistently high throughout the entire test.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

CPU benchmark scores were at eye level with other comparatively equipped notebooks.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6820
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
22380
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5952
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
64.4 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.21 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.84 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
96.28 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
742 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
161 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
162 Points ∼100% +1%
Gigabyte Aero 15
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼99% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼99%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼99% -1%
MSI GS63VR 7RG
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼99% -1%
Razer Blade (2017)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
154 Points ∼95% -4%
Acer Aspire VN7-593G-73HP V15 Nitro BE
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
152 Points ∼94% -6%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
152 Points ∼94% -6%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
150 Points ∼93% -7%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
742 Points ∼100% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
742 Points ∼100% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
742 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
740 Points ∼100% 0%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
738 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
734 Points ∼99% -1%
Razer Blade (2017)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
729 Points ∼98% -2%
MSI GS63VR 7RG
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
690 Points ∼93% -7%
Acer Aspire VN7-593G-73HP V15 Nitro BE
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
673 (min: 660) Points ∼91% -9%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Gigabyte Aero 15
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.84 Points ∼100% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.84 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.83 Points ∼99% -1%
MSI GS63VR 7RG
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.81 Points ∼98% -2%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.77 Points ∼96% -4%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.73 Points ∼94% -6%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Gigabyte Aero 15
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.23 Points ∼100% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.21 Points ∼100%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.18 Points ∼99% 0%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.18 Points ∼99% 0%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.14 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.06 Points ∼98% -2%
MSI GS63VR 7RG
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7.76 Points ∼94% -5%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5952 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5945 Points ∼100% 0%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5877 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5860 Points ∼98% -2%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5747 Points ∼97% -3%
MSI GS63VR 7RG
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5733 Points ∼96% -4%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22380 Points ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22243 Points ∼99% -1%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22228 Points ∼99% -1%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22217 Points ∼99% -1%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21824 Points ∼98% -2%
MSI GS63VR 7RG
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21405 Points ∼96% -4%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14090 Points ∼100%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
3840 Points ∼100%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14216 Points ∼100%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4682 Points ∼100%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
15111 Points ∼100%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4808 Points ∼100%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 41)
275.96 Points ∼100%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 40.15063.0.0)
263.75 Points ∼96% -4%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
257.14 Points ∼93% -7%
Acer Aspire VN7-593G-73HP V15 Nitro BE
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
256.84 Points ∼93% -7%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 40.15063.0.0)
234.49 Points ∼85% -15%

System Performance

System performance was top-notch, as can be seen in PCMark’s excellent benchmark scores. Again, this came as little surprise given the notebook’s powerful hardware. During our entire review period, we have not experienced any issues with the device whatsoever. Further improvements are all but impossible; Gigabyte has already maxed this notebook out.

PC Mark 10
PC Mark 10
PCMark 7 Score
6288 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4394 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5546 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5195 points
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PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
5358 Points ∼100% +3%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5348 Points ∼100% +3%
Gigabyte Aero 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD
5290 Points ∼99% +2%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5268 Points ∼98% +1%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5195 Points ∼97%
MSI GS63VR 7RG
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
5184 Points ∼97% 0%
Razer Blade (2017)
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
5008 Points ∼93% -4%
Eurocom Q5
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
4891 Points ∼91% -6%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
5009 Points ∼100% +14%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4858 Points ∼97% +11%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
4394 Points ∼88%
MSI GS63VR 7RG
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
4385 Points ∼88% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD
4248 Points ∼85% -3%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
4141 Points ∼83% -6%
Razer Blade (2017)
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
3958 Points ∼79% -10%
Eurocom Q5
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
3829 Points ∼76% -13%

Storage Devices

The 512 GB large M.2-2280 NVMe-SSD is made by Samsung. Out of the box, around 430 GB are available with the rest being gobbled up by the operating system and the recovery partition. The SSD is connected to the system via PCIe 3.0 x4, which allows for much higher transfer speeds than the usual SATA III connection, and as expected, the SSD’s transfer speeds were excellent. Installing Samsung’s NVMe driver did not improve upon storage performance.

The notebook is also equipped with an extra M.2-2280 slot that can be used for installing a second M.2 SSD.

Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
Sequential Read: 1381 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1546 MB/s
512K Read: 418 MB/s
512K Write: 1277 MB/s
4K Read: 51.27 MB/s
4K Write: 131 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 544.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 480.2 MB/s
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
Gigabyte Aero 15
Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
19%
12%
Write 4k QD32
480.2
526.9
10%
490.5
2%
Read 4k QD32
544.4
631.7
16%
644.8
18%
Write 4k
131
158.2
21%
123.3
-6%
Read 4k
51.27
54.2
6%
44.7
-13%
Write 512
1277
1531
20%
1069
-16%
Read 512
418
499.7
20%
890.7
113%
Write Seq
1546
1621
5%
1133
-27%
Read Seq
1381
2141
55%
1769
28%

GPU Performance

Our review unit was equipped with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, a more power efficient equivalent to the regular GTX 1070 designed specifically for thin and light notebooks. It runs at 1,215 MHz and can boost up to 1,544 MHz, however, this cannot be maintained for long periods. During our benchmarks, we found the GPU to be running around 1,350 MHz most of the time. The GPU has access to 8 GB of fast GDDR5 video RAM.

Compared to the identically equipped Zephyrus, the Gigabyte Aero 15X fell behind slightly in 3DMark. It is possible that the Asus Zephyrus GX501VS's GPU was capable of maintaining higher clock speeds.

The notebook supports switching between the GeForce GPU and Intel’s integrated HD Graphics 630 GPU automatically and on-demand thanks to Nvidia Optimus.

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3DMark 06 Standard
27822 points
3DMark 11 Performance
14847 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
130556 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
27624 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
12166 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
6378 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
4575 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
20240 Points ∼100% +8%
MSI GS63VR 7RG
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
19582 Points ∼97% +5%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
18689 Points ∼92%
Eurocom Q5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
18684 Points ∼92% 0%
MSI GS73VR 7RG
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
18642 Points ∼92% 0%
Acer Aspire VN7-593G-73HP V15 Nitro BE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
14942 Points ∼74% -20%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
14450 Points ∼71% -23%
Gigabyte Aero 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
14265 Points ∼70% -24%
Razer Blade (2017)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
13870 Points ∼69% -26%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
13279 Points ∼66% -29%
3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
16165 Points ∼100% +11%
MSI GS63VR 7RG
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
15416 Points ∼95% +6%
MSI GS73VR 7RG
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
14663 Points ∼91% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
14607 Points ∼90%
Eurocom Q5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
14557 Points ∼90% 0%
Acer Aspire VN7-593G-73HP V15 Nitro BE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
11494 Points ∼71% -21%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
11261 Points ∼70% -23%
Gigabyte Aero 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
11173 Points ∼69% -24%
Razer Blade (2017)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
10853 Points ∼67% -26%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
10349 Points ∼64% -29%

Gaming Performance

Its powerful hardware allows the thin 15.6-inch powerhouse to run all current games smoothly with high or maximum details at FHD resolution. Frame rates were at eye level with other GTX 1070 Max-Q equipped notebooks.

In order to determine whether frame rates remain consistent over long periods we run Witcher 3 in a loop for around 60 minutes with maximum details at FHD resolution (1920x1080). The avatar remains stationary throughout the entire test. Frame rates drop from around 51-52 FPS to 49-50 FPS after a few minutes. Consequently, we can assert that sustained gaming load does not result in performance drops.

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The Witcher 3 ultra
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Asus G752VS-BA338T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
139.4 fps ∼100% +13%
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
135 fps ∼97% +9%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
131.6 fps ∼94% +6%
Eurocom Q5
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
130.5 fps ∼94% +5%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
123.9 fps ∼89%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
100.6 fps ∼72% -19%
Acer Aspire VN7-593G-73HP V15 Nitro BE
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
88 fps ∼63% -29%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Aorus X5 v7
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
61.1 fps ∼100% +17%
Asus G752VS-BA338T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
59.6 fps ∼98% +14%
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
58.6 fps ∼96% +12%
HP Omen 17-an014ng
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
58 fps ∼95% +11%
Medion Erazer X7857
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK
57.6 fps ∼94% +10%
MSI GS63VR 7RG
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
53.7 fps ∼88% +2%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
52.4 fps ∼86%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
51 fps ∼83% -3%
Gigabyte P56XT
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
50.2 fps ∼82% -4%
Eurocom Q5
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
46 fps ∼75% -12%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
39.4 fps ∼64% -25%
Acer Aspire VN7-593G-73HP V15 Nitro BE
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
38.3 fps ∼63% -27%
Gigabyte Aero 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
37.7 fps ∼62% -28%
Razer Blade (2017)
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
37 fps ∼61% -29%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ
34.6 fps ∼57% -34%
Ghost Recon Wildlands - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
Asus G752VS-BA338T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
54.4 fps ∼100% +24%
MSI GS63VR 7RG
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
45.4 fps ∼83% +4%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
43.7 fps ∼80%
Gigabyte Aero 15
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
34.5 fps ∼63% -21%
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ
33.2 fps ∼61% -24%
low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 478.7439.3371.5185.2fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 249210.1194.4123.9fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 232.8164.894.552.4fps
For Honor (2017) 203.9128.6122.796fps
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) 148.48678.643.7fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (2017) 1321149069fps
The Evil Within 2 (2017) 88.553.35453.8fps
ELEX (2017) 122.5107.386.766.6fps

Emissions

System Noise

The fans are spinning with very low revs when idle, and are mostly quiet at this level. If you wish for a noiseless work environment, the “Quiet” fan control preset in SmartManager is the method of choice. The fans do not speed up or pulsate in low load scenarios, only during startup did we notice a short and sudden speed burst. Under load, however, they can become quite bothersome. We have measured a very loud sound pressure level of 52 dB(A) during our stress test. Fortunately, the gaming noise level was somewhat lower between 33 and 44 dB(A) with an average of 39 dB(A).

noise level (idle)
noise level (idle)
noise level (load)
noise level (load)
noise level (speaker)
noise level (speaker)

Noise Level

Idle
31 / 32 / 36 dB(A)
Load
39 / 52 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30 dB(A)
Gigabyte Aero 15X
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Gigabyte Aero 15
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
MSI GE63VR 7RF Raider
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Aorus X5 v7
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Gigabyte P56XT
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Noise
1%
0%
0%
9%
-10%
-9%
-4%
off / environment *
30
28.8
4%
30
-0%
31
-3%
28.5
5%
30
-0%
30
-0%
30
-0%
Idle Minimum *
31
33.1
-7%
30
3%
32
-3%
28.5
8%
33
-6%
35
-13%
34
-10%
Idle Average *
32
33.1
-3%
33
-3%
33
-3%
28.5
11%
35
-9%
36
-13%
35
-9%
Idle Maximum *
36
34
6%
37
-3%
34
6%
30.1
16%
40
-11%
40
-11%
39
-8%
Load Average *
39
37.2
5%
41
-5%
39
-0%
35.2
10%
48
-23%
43
-10%
39
-0%
Witcher 3 ultra *
44
46.1
-5%
42
5%
43
2%
41.7
5%
50
-14%
49
-11%
48
-9%
Load Maximum *
52
47.1
9%
50
4%
50
4%
48.8
6%
55
-6%
55
-6%
49
6%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The notebook behaved differently on battery and on mains while performing our stress test (Prime95 + FurMark for at least a full hour). In both cases, the GPU was running at around 1,000 MHz. However, the CPU went from 3.4 GHz on mains to just 2.5 GHz on battery.

Considering the notebook’s very powerful hardware, surface temperatures were fairly low. The case reached more than 50 °C (122 °F) at several spots during our regular stress test, and it got even slightly warmer during our Witcher 3 stress test (1 hour at FHD resolution and maximum details).

stress test
stress test
maximum load top (Optris PI 640)
maximum load top (Optris PI 640)
maximum load bottom (Optris PI 640)
maximum load bottom (Optris PI 640)
Max. Load
 49 °C45 °C51 °C 
 41 °C44 °C40 °C 
 37 °C38 °C36 °C 
Maximum: 51 °C
Average: 42.3 °C
55 °C58 °C51 °C
50 °C51 °C41 °C
36 °C38 °C35 °C
Maximum: 58 °C
Average: 46.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  44 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Voltcraft IR-900
Gigabyte Aero 15X
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Gigabyte Aero 15
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
MSI GE63VR 7RF Raider
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Aorus X5 v7
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Gigabyte P56XT
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Heat
-16%
-22%
-3%
-3%
-6%
-15%
-27%
Maximum Upper Side *
51
47
8%
56
-10%
54.4
-7%
48
6%
64
-25%
65
-27%
Maximum Bottom *
58
54
7%
61
-5%
41.2
29%
47
19%
56
3%
71
-22%
Idle Upper Side *
25
28.4
-14%
36
-44%
25
-0%
31.2
-25%
29
-16%
29
-16%
35
-40%
Idle Bottom *
25
29.6
-18%
40
-60%
24
4%
27.6
-10%
33
-32%
30
-20%
30
-20%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs204039.92535.836.73129.730.14033.840.75027.330.16327.727.88026.929.710025.836.71252334.616022.144.120022.656.525022.761.431520.462.440018.564.450017.967.263017.569.980017.669.8100017.566.5125017.264.8160017.265.2200017.563.9250017.861.6315018.262.2400018.358.1500018.658.1630018.957.6800019.156.7100002057.51250020.659.71600020.365.6SPL30.576.2N1.438.6median 18.6Gigabyte Aero 15Xmedian 61.6Delta2.14.936.938.736.134.736.134.434.235.233.43333.233.531.831.831.631.729.832.229.537.12846.128.251.127.456.226.459.125.961.225.86224.96524.960.824.859.924.762.724.261.124.162.824.263.923.968.62470.62471.42470.72465.623.966.724.258.836.878.62.842.1median 24.8Asus Zephyrus GX501VSmedian 61.21.96.9hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Gigabyte Aero 15X audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 32% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 65% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 18%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 14% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 83% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Asus Zephyrus GX501VS audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71.41 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 18.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 70% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 24% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 18%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 46% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram (checkboxes selectable/deselectable!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Power consumption when idle was at around 20 W thanks to Nvidia Optimus. Without switchable graphics, the notebook would consume around 30 W. With 165 W during our stress test and 120 W during the Witcher 3 benchmark, power consumption was decent overall. The power supply is rated at 215 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 5.2 / 5.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 10 / 13 / 20 Watt
Load midlight 79 / 165 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Gigabyte Aero 15X
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
Gigabyte Aero 15
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
MSI GE63VR 7RF Raider
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Aorus X5 v7
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Gigabyte P56XT
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
Power Consumption
-18%
-32%
-5%
-28%
-24%
-81%
-22%
Idle Minimum *
10
14.5
-45%
18
-80%
12
-20%
19.1
-91%
11
-10%
26
-160%
13
-30%
Idle Average *
13
17.3
-33%
23
-77%
15
-15%
20.8
-60%
16
-23%
31
-138%
17
-31%
Idle Maximum *
20
17.4
13%
30
-50%
20
-0%
21.8
-9%
21
-5%
36
-80%
22
-10%
Load Average *
79
93
-18%
85
-8%
82
-4%
73.7
7%
92
-16%
93
-18%
85
-8%
Load Maximum *
165
158
4%
161
2%
173.1
-5%
224
-36%
240
-45%
208
-26%
Witcher 3 ultra *
120
128.8
-7%
96
20%
111
7%
130.2
-9%
185
-54%
176
-47%
154
-28%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our real-life Wi-Fi test the Aero 15X lasted for 8:11 hours. In this test we simulate the load most common for browsing the web by loading various websites via a script at a normalized display brightness of 150 nits and the “Balanced” power plan selected. In our video test, in which we run the Big Buck Bunny short film (FHD, h.264-encoded) with all communication modules and power saving features disabled and a normalized display brightness of 150 nits in a loop, the Aero 15X ran out of power after 7:36 hours.

Despite an identical battery, our review unit outlasted its GTX 1060 equipped sibling in every single battery test.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 01min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 41)
8h 11min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
7h 36min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 37min
Gigabyte Aero 15X
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 94.2 Wh
Acer Aspire VN7-593G-73HP V15 Nitro BE
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 69 Wh
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 65 Wh
Razer Blade (2017)
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 70 Wh
HP Omen 15-ce002ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 70 Wh
Gigabyte Aero 15
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 94.24 Wh
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 50 Wh
Battery Runtime
-24%
-52%
11%
-57%
-15%
-70%
Reader / Idle
781
501
-36%
386
-51%
256
-67%
638
-18%
229
-71%
H.264
456
224
-51%
464
2%
WiFi v1.3
491
357
-27%
232
-53%
545
11%
198
-60%
422
-14%
147
-70%
Load
157
144
-8%
75
-52%
80
-49%
112
-29%
49
-69%

Verdict

Pros

+ bright high-contrast IPS panel
+ narrow display bezels
+ pre-calibrated display
+ NVMe-SSD
+ decent battery life
+ capable of running without a sound
+ compact charger with USB port
+ thin aluminum case
+ switchable graphics (Optimus)
+ very good performance
+ RGB keyboard backlight
+ low weight
+ useful tools
+ sleek design
+ decent stability
+ Thunderbolt 3

Cons

- display response times could be better
- weak sound output
Gigabyte Aero 15X. Review unit courtesy of Gigabyte Germany.
Gigabyte Aero 15X. Review unit courtesy of Gigabyte Germany.

Thanks to its powerful hardware, the thin and sleek Aero 15X manages to run all current games smoothly with high or even maximum details on its matte FHD display.

Despite powerful hardware, battery life is surprisingly decent.

Even though the Aero 15X is primarily a multimedia/gaming notebook Gigabyte has not forgotten everyday usage scenarios. Equipped with a decent keyboard the notebook is capable of noiseless operation, and it turned out to be surprisingly portable thanks to its high-capacity battery that managed to keep the notebook up and running for 8:11 hours in our real-world Wi-Fi test.

Overall system performance is very swift thanks to the device’s user-replaceable NVMe-SSD. Additional storage space can be installed in the second M.2 slot, however there is no room for a 2.5-inch hard drive. The matte FHD display offers decent viewing angles, adequate brightness, and a very good contrast ratio. Unfortunately, response times are on the slow side and could be a bit faster.

Gigabyte Aero 15X - 11/01/2017 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
84 / 98 → 86%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
68 / 81 → 84%
Weight
62 / 66 → 93%
Battery
90%
Display
85%
Games Performance
94%
Application Performance
95%
Temperature
77 / 95 → 81%
Noise
75 / 90 → 83%
Audio
75%
Average
81%
87%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2017-11- 4 (Update: 2017-11- 9)