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Gigabyte Aero 15X v8 (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q, Full-HD) Laptop Review

Florian Glaser (translated by Christoph Wendler), 04/07/2018

Now with six cores. With Intel’s new Coffee-Lake architecture now being released, manufacturers upgrade their existing models. Gigabyte’s new Aero 15X v8 inherits the predecessor's slim bezel, but adds a 144 Hz panel and a hex-core processor.

Gigabyte Aero 15X v8

While the desktop sector has been enjoying Coffee-Lake for months now, Intel's new CPU series will finally be launched on notebooks in April 2018. In addition to classic quad cores, which, like in the previous Kaby Lake series, can process a maximum of eight threads in parallel (Core i5), the manufacturer is releasing various six-core chips, which may process up to 12 threads simultaneously via hyper-threading (Core i7 & Core i9). 

The Gigabyte Aero 15X v8 is equipped with what is probably going to be the most popular Coffee-Lake chipset, the Core i7-8750H, which, like its more expensive brother, the Core i7-8850H, contains 9 MB of L3 cache and is defined to have a TDP of 45 W. The Hexa-Core CPU is accompanied by 16 GB of DDR4-RAM (1x 16 GB @ 2.666 MHz). Since the second slot is still free, you can easily upgrade to 32 GB down the road.

As with its predecessor, the new Aero 15X is equipped with the Max-Q version of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070. Our configuration came with Windows 10, preinstalled on a 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD. Sadly, a 2.5-inch drive bay is not present on the Aero 15X. Gigabyte prefers to use the available space to increase the battery capacity that is now at 94 Wh, is well dimensioned and should lead to a great battery life. Other highlights include the display. Depending on your configuration, your device could be equipped with either a full HD panel with 144 Hz refresh rate or a UHD panel that according to Gigabyte covers the entire AdobeRGB color space.

There is definitely no lack of competition in terms of 15-inch laptops. Other manufacturers offer similarly slim notebooks as well, be it MSI with the GS63VR or Acer with the Predator Triton 700. The Asus ROG Zephyrus M GM501 appears to be the toughest competitor in this field, featuring a Core i7-8750H, as well as a slightly more powerful regular GeForce GTX 1070.

Gigabyte Aero 15X v8 (Aero 15 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q - 8192 MB, Core: 1215 MHz, Memory: 8000 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 388.92, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, SO-DIMM DDR4-2666, Single-Channel, 1 of 2 slots used, max. 32 GB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LGD05C0, IPS, Full-HD, 144 Hz, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7, 512 GB 
, M.2-SSD
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Cannon Lake PCH
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo headphone/microphone, Card Reader: SD,SDHC,SDXC, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Realtek Gaming GBE Family Controller (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): 18 x 356 x 250 ( = 0.71 x 14.02 x 9.84 in)
Battery
94.24 Wh, 6200 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: 2.0, Keyboard: Chiclet RGB, Keyboard Light: yes, 215 W power supply, driver DVD, user guide, warranty information, additional tools, Adobe Reader XI, MS Office Trial, XSplit Broadcaster Trial, XSplit Gamecaster Trial, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.077 kg ( = 73.26 oz / 4.58 pounds), Power Supply: 566 g ( = 19.97 oz / 1.25 pounds)
Price
2500 EUR

 

Chassis - Subtle and made of aluminum

One of the greatest strengths of Gigabyte Aero 15X has always been its high-quality chassis. Unlike many other gaming laptops in this price range, the Aero 15X's exterior is not made of plastic, but rather aluminum. Although the metal makes the notebook highly sensitive to dirt, it leads to high stability and an elegant appearance. We particularly enjoyed the more subtle design, which at first glance suggests an office or multimedia notebook, rather than a full-on gaming machine.

Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8

Gigabyte has furthermore recognized current trends and decided to give the Aero 15X extremely narrow borders around its display. This leads to a scenario wherein the 1.8 cm (~0.7 in) already slim chassis appears particularly compact. The similarly slim Asus GM501 appears far larger due to its bigger overall footprint.

The Aero 15X is also lighter than the competition. At around 2.1 kg (~4.6 lbs), it feels noticeably lighter than the Zephyrus M at 2.5 kg (~5.5 lbs). All in all, the chassis is by our accounts excellent, leading to a high score in this respect.

Size comparison

Equipment - Numerous ports

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Connectivity

The Aero 15X is equipped with numerous USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, as well as an SD card reader and an RJ45 port. A dedicated DisplayPort is also a great addition. The Asus GM501 requires a Thunderbolt 3 adapter to plug into DisplayPort or HDMI devices.

The placement of ports is in our eyes very thoughtful. While the competitor from Asus has its ports at the front to accommodate for the side vents, Gigabyte have placed theirs on the rear of the notebook, reducing the risk of collisions (keyword: mouse movement).

Left: RJ45-LAN, USB-A 3.1 Gen2, HDMI 2.0, Mini-DisplayPort 1.4, 3.5 mm audio jack
Left: RJ45-LAN, USB-A 3.1 Gen2, HDMI 2.0, Mini-DisplayPort 1.4, 3.5 mm audio jack
Right: SD card reader, Thunderbolt 3, 2x USB-A 3.0, DC-in, Kensington Lock
Right: SD card reader, Thunderbolt 3, 2x USB-A 3.0, DC-in, Kensington Lock

SD card reader

While the card reader of the old model was held back by using the slower USB 3.0 interface (82-89 MB/s), the new Aero 15X achieves excellent results when testing with our reference card from Toshiba. Approximately 242 MB/s for sequential reading and 191 MB/s for transferring photos are among the best results we have ever measured. Even the already incredibly fast card reader of the MSI GS63VR (181-204 MB/s) falls a little behind.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
191 MB/s ∼100%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
181 MB/s ∼95% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.7 - 202, n=200)
89.9 MB/s ∼47% -53%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
82 MB/s ∼43% -57%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
242 MB/s ∼100%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
204 MB/s ∼84% -16%
Average of class Gaming
  (13.4 - 257, n=198)
109 MB/s ∼45% -55%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
89 MB/s ∼37% -63%

Communication

The WLAN performance is not so excellent. With 379 MBit/s the Aero 15X, or rather the wireless module Intel Wireless AC-8265, ranks clearly behind the MSI GS63VR and Acer Triton 700 in our testing (1m/~3 ft distance to the router) both of which rely on the Wi-Fi chip Killer 1535. The Zephyrus M equally has higher transfer rates, which can primarily be traced back to a newer Intel chip, the Wireless-AC 9560.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
698 MBit/s ∼100% +2%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
684 MBit/s ∼98% 0%
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
683 MBit/s ∼98% 0%
Acer Predator Triton 700
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
682 MBit/s ∼98% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
682 MBit/s ∼98%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 702, n=167)
593 MBit/s ∼85% -13%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
585 MBit/s ∼100% +54%
Acer Predator Triton 700
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
551 MBit/s ∼94% +45%
Average of class Gaming
  (213 - 697, n=167)
529 MBit/s ∼90% +40%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
524 MBit/s ∼90% +38%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
379 MBit/s ∼65%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
354 MBit/s ∼61% -7%

Software

Gigabyte has made some valuable software additions. The most important component is the Smart Manager, which in combination with the Smart Dashboard (see screenshots) offers a similar scope as the Asus Gaming Center. Besides the temperature measurements and the utilization of CPU, GPU, RAM and SSD, the Smart Software also includes various convenient functions, some of which can also be controlled via the keyboard (volume, brightness, etc.).

The fan control is worth mentioning since it offers three predefined profiles, as well as a manual mode. For our testing, we used - following the predecessor - the "Gaming" fan level. The Smart Update tool is also convincing, apart from its slow startup process. In it, the driver updates are neatly listed.

Smart Manager
Smart Manager
Smart Dashboard
Smart Dashboard
Smart Update
Smart Update
Smart Update
Smart Update

Accessories

The box contains a driver DVD, a warranty card, and a short manual. A 215-watt power supply that provides 205 watts for the notebook and 10 watts over an integrated USB port is also included.

Maintenance

Since the Aero 15X does not include a maintenance hatch, the entire base plate must be removed to access the hardware. Due to additional hooks, taking the laptop apart requires a great deal of force.

In any case, all components are located at the bottom. To start with, the cooling system consists of two fans and two heat pipes for CPU and GPU. In addition - as mentioned before - there are two DDR4 RAM banks and two M.2 slots, of which only one was occupied on our configuration.

Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8

Warranty

The Aero 15X comes with a 24-month warranty, which is valid worldwide.

Input - With RGB

Keyboard

At first glance, the keyboard appears to remain unchanged from the predecessor. Gigabyte once again has incorporated a chiclet keyboard which, thanks to its clear pressure point and firm feel, offers a very crisp typing experience that should suit prolific writers. After our review of the predecessor, some users complained about non-functioning keyboard shortcuts in the comments. Gigabyte claims to have taken care of this problem with this update. The RGB lighting is particularly praiseworthy, which offers two brightness levels and supports various modes via the software.

Due to good labeling and higher brightness, the keys are much easier to recognize than those found on the Asus GM501. The key size also leaves a good impression. Some improvements could be made to the (German) layout. We do not think it is a good idea for Paste/Delete and Pos1/Print to share the same key. Whether one can deal with the directional arrows protruding into the main block and the number pad is also a matter of personal preference.

RGB
RGB
multiple modes
multiple modes

Touchpad

The manufacturer has opted for a modern and - in comparison to other notebooks - surprisingly stable ClickPad without dedicated keys. The smooth finish enables fingers to glide very easily over the surface. The ClickPad is also sufficiently dimensioned.

Precision and Multi-Touch support are however only average. Two-finger gestures such as zooming or scrolling are recognized and implemented somewhat sluggishly.

Display - Fast IPS panel

Outdoor testing
Outdoor testing

To justify the hefty asking price, Gigabyte has given the Aero 15X an incredibly fast 144 Hz display. Unlike the one found on the ROG Zephyrus M, the panel is not from AU Optronics, but from LG.

While the brightness of both displays is very similar at around 300 cd/m², there are major differences in other categories. Because of the slightly worse black level (0.33 vs. 0.25 cd/m²), the contrast of the Aero 15X is approximately 20% lower, in this case leading to a 948:1 instead of 1,228:1, although such a result is still decent. Distribution of brightness on the Gigabyte is also slightly worse (78 vs. 89%).

310
cd/m²
315
cd/m²
338
cd/m²
285
cd/m²
313
cd/m²
319
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
288
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 338 cd/m² Average: 300.4 cd/m² Minimum: 9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 78 %
Center on Battery: 313 cd/m²
Contrast: 948:1 (Black: 0.33 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.29 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 0.69 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
94% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 60% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.43
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
LGD05C0, IPS, 1920x1080
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Chi Mei N156HCA-EA1 (CMN15D7), IPS, 1920x1080
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Chi Mei N156HHE-GA1 (CMN15F4), TN LED, 1920x1080
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
AUO B156HAN07.1 (AUO71ED), IPS, 1920x1080
Acer Predator Triton 700
AUO B156HAN04.2 (AUO42ED), IPS, 1920x1080
Response Times
-156%
40%
34%
-166%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
16.8 (8.4, 8.4)
43.2 (22.8, 20.4)
-157%
10.4 (6, 4.4)
38%
6.6 (3.4, 3.2)
61%
44.8 (21.2, 23.6)
-167%
Response Time Black / White *
11.2 (6, 5.2)
28.4 (15.6, 12.8)
-154%
6.6 (4.4, 2.2)
41%
10.4 (5.2, 5.2)
7%
29.6 (15.6, 14)
-164%
PWM Frequency
26000 (20)
25510 (25)
Screen
-179%
-58%
-157%
-155%
Brightness middle
313
338
8%
269
-14%
307
-2%
291
-7%
Brightness
300
324
8%
254
-15%
296
-1%
277
-8%
Brightness Distribution
78
88
13%
85
9%
89
14%
84
8%
Black Level *
0.33
0.34
-3%
0.21
36%
0.25
24%
0.22
33%
Contrast
948
994
5%
1281
35%
1228
30%
1323
40%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.29
5.92
-359%
3
-133%
5.74
-345%
5.52
-328%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
2.04
11.77
-477%
5.62
-175%
11.32
-455%
10.72
-425%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
0.69
7.45
-980%
3.18
-361%
6.44
-833%
6.59
-855%
Gamma
2.43 91%
2.58 85%
2.25 98%
2.48 89%
2.44 90%
CCT
6550 99%
6366 102%
7274 89%
8395 77%
7816 83%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60
59
-2%
77
28%
60
0%
58
-3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
94
90
-4%
100
6%
93
-1%
89
-5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.94
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-168% / -175%
-9% / -42%
-62% / -125%
-161% / -157%

* ... smaller is better

An advantage of the Aero 15X is its much higher color accuracy. Even in Native Color mode, the values hardly deviate from what we would consider ideal. The Aero 15X is X-Rite Pantone certified, which makes the display so accurate that calibration by the buyer is unnecessary. The Asus GM501 for example, displays a blue hue before calibration.

In terms of color space, the two competitors are virtually on the same level. The 94% sRGB and 60% AdobeRGB, which our model provides, meet the expectations for such a laptop at this price range. Professionals should consider the UHD version, which according to Gigabyte covers 100% of the AdobeRGB color space.

CalMAN: Gray scale (X-Rite Pantone)
CalMAN: Gray scale (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. sRGB (94%)
Aero 15X vs. sRGB (94%)
CalMAN: Gray scale (Native Color)
CalMAN: Gray scale (Native Color)
CalMAN: Saturation (Native Color)
CalMAN: Saturation (Native Color)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (Native Color)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (Native Color)
Aero 15X vs. AdobeRGB (60%)
Aero 15X vs. AdobeRGB (60%)

The response time is superior to many other notebooks equipped with TN panels, despite the fact that IPS technology is usually not known for its speed. 11.2 ms when switching from black to white and 16.8 ms when switching from gray to gray are not quite as impressive as what the ROG Zephyrus M offers (6.6-10.4ms), even though it should satisfy most gamers.

Subpixel
Subpixel
Bright spots
Bright spots
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

The fact that Gigabyte does without Nvidia's G-Sync function is, on one hand, understandable because the Aero 15X is primarily designed for mobility. On the other hand, one could integrate G-Sync AND the graphics switching technology Optimus, as the Asus GM501 and some Clevo Barebones (see e.g. the Schenker XMG Pro 17) have done.

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
11.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 5.2 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 8 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
16.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8.4 ms rise
↘ 8.4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 6 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41.1 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 not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8801 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance - 50 % more CPU cores

This chapter begins with a series of screenshots depicting the components.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
AS SSD Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark
Latency

Processor

After four-core CPUs have been the norm on high-performance desktop PCs and notebooks for several years, six- and eight-core CPUs are finally entering the mass market thanks to Intel's Coffee-Lake generation and AMD's Ryzen architecture. As with the Asus GM501, the Aero 15X is equipped with an i7-8750H, which clocks at 2.2 GHz as standard, but achieves up to 4.1 GHz (single-core load) or 3.9 GHz (multi-core load) via turbo boost.

Singlecore Cinebench
Singlecore Cinebench
Multicore Cinebench
Multicore Cinebench
GPU load
GPU load

The Core i7-8750H surpasses the previous Kaby Lake series effortlessly. In Cinebench R15, the multi-core score increases by almost 50% compared to the i7-7700HQ. In Cinebench R11.5, we measured an increase of almost 60%.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Core i7-8750H
175 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (163 - 177, n=37)
173 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
Intel Core i7-8750H
170 Points ∼97% -3%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼92% -8%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
158 Points ∼90% -10%
Acer Predator Triton 700
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
156 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (79 - 207, n=405)
151 Points ∼86% -14%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
Intel Core i7-8750H
1168 Points ∼100% +3%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Core i7-8750H
1133 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (863 - 1251, n=39)
1095 Points ∼94% -3%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
742 Points ∼64% -35%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 1408, n=406)
736 Points ∼63% -35%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
735 Points ∼63% -35%
Acer Predator Triton 700
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
734 Points ∼63% -35%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.98 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (1.92 - 2, n=27)
1.966 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.92 Points ∼97% -3%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.84 Points ∼93% -7%
Acer Predator Triton 700
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼92% -8%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼92% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.71 - 2.34, n=402)
1.675 Points ∼85% -15%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
Intel Core i7-8750H
13.29 Points ∼100% +3%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Core i7-8750H
12.93 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (9.54 - 13.4, n=27)
12.2 Points ∼92% -6%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.21 Points ∼62% -37%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.14 Points ∼61% -37%
Acer Predator Triton 700
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.13 Points ∼61% -37%
Average of class Gaming
  (1.13 - 15.8, n=503)
7.2 Points ∼54% -44%

Strange: Although the Aero 15X displays less consistent clock speeds, it delivers higher CPU performance than the ROG Zephyrus M during long test runs. While the Core i7-8750H in the Asus GM501 throttles from 3.9 to 3.3 GHz after a short load, leading to a performance loss of approximately 10%, the frequency of the Aero 15X generally varies between 2.6 and 3.9 GHz with an average of 3.6 GHz. The different turbo behavior of these Coffee Lake notebooks can be seen very nicely in our Cinebench chart.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
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Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
12.93 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
175 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1133 Points
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System Performance

The performance of the Aero 15X is comparable to its Asus counterpart. No wonder, as both offer the same CPU and utilize an NVMe SSD. As usual, the solid-state drive ensures short boot times and a responsive operating system.

PCMark 10 - Score
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ, 2x SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND) (RAID 0)
5277 Points ∼100% +4%
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5194 Points ∼98% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (5046 - 5362, n=5)
5155 Points ∼98% +2%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5059 Points ∼96%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
4933 Points ∼93% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 6620, n=107)
4921 Points ∼93% -3%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
4542 Points ∼86% -10%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5676 Points ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5662 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (5323 - 5751, n=6)
5616 Points ∼99% -1%
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ, 2x SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND) (RAID 0)
5211 Points ∼92% -8%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5195 Points ∼92% -8%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
5176 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (2484 - 6515, n=302)
4908 Points ∼86% -14%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ, 2x SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND) (RAID 0)
5160 Points ∼100% +15%
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
4627 Points ∼90% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (4393 - 4665, n=6)
4562 Points ∼88% +1%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
4504 Points ∼87%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
4394 Points ∼85% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (2554 - 6093, n=320)
4213 Points ∼82% -6%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
4193 Points ∼81% -7%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4504 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5676 points
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Storage Solution

If you want to use 2.5-inch hard drives, you are at the wrong address with the Aero 15X. Gigabyte relies purely on the M.2 interface (SATA III or PCIe), offering two slots. Our configuration came with a 512 GB NVMe drive from Toshiba, which in CrystalDiskMark and AS SSD was surpassed by the Samsung SM961. The latter is offered in both the Asus GM501 and the old Aero 15X, which is why the change is somewhat surprising. Despite the lower results, the two SSDs feel almost identical in day-to-day use, so there is no significant disadvantage resulting from this change.

Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
Gigabyte Aero 15X
Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
Acer Predator Triton 700
2x SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND) (RAID 0)
Average Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
 
AS SSD
39%
48%
37%
42%
6%
Score Total
2536
3570
41%
3848
52%
3649
44%
3282
29%
2444 (1979 - 2581, n=8)
-4%
Score Write
939
1333
42%
1185
26%
1446
54%
1243
32%
869 (557 - 981, n=8)
-7%
Score Read
1092
1522
39%
1795
64%
1471
35%
1350
24%
1069 (962 - 1118, n=8)
-2%
4K Write
80.44
113.85
42%
124.7
55%
90.23
12%
92.99
16%
102 (60.8 - 134, n=8)
27%
4K Read
23.36
46.56
99%
51.03
118%
43.42
86%
41.47
78%
31 (19.5 - 41.4, n=8)
33%
Seq Write
1163.11
1124.4
-3%
1280.96
10%
1580.23
36%
2371.95
104%
1175 (958 - 1342, n=8)
1%
Seq Read
2212.97
2507.7
13%
2382.08
8%
2090.99
-6%
2517.2
14%
2096 (1794 - 2261, n=8)
-5%
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2627 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1375 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 332.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 268.6 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1404 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1335 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 37.65 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 94.43 MB/s

Graphic Card

Buyers have to make concessions in terms of 3D performance. In order not to overtax the cooling, Gigabyte does not put a normal GeForce GTX 1070, but "only" a Max-Q version under the hood of the Aero 15X. Max-Q stands for clock-reduced yet at the same time more economical and thus cooler/quieter chips.

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Predator Triton 700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
18120 Points ∼100% +20%
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
17046 Points ∼94% +12%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
15156 Points ∼84%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (14146 - 16165, n=13)
14874 Points ∼82% -2%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
14607 Points ∼81% -4%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
14394 Points ∼79% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=435)
10251 Points ∼57% -32%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Predator Triton 700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
23694 Points ∼100% +24%
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
21925 Points ∼93% +14%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
19162 Points ∼81%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (17680 - 20240, n=13)
18859 Points ∼80% -2%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
18689 Points ∼79% -2%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
18205 Points ∼77% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=508)
11826 Points ∼50% -38%

Fortunately, the performance loss is not quite as great as with the GeForce GTX 1080 (Max-Q). In the 3DMark 11 and Fire-Strike, the ROG Zephyrus M is about 10% faster, though the still high results of the Aero 15X make it a great gaming device as well. 1,920x1,080 pixels rarely push the GTX 1070 (Max-Q) to its limit, even though the 144 Hz refresh rate often is not fully utilized. In demanding games and playing with maximum settings, one often achieves less than 60 FPS.

3DMark 11 Performance
15502 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
152533 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
34461 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
13281 points
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To test whether the GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q can maintain its performance over a longer period of time, we used "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt". During a 60-minute test (Full HD/Ultra) the Aero 15X showed no abnormalities. An average GPU clock of 1,480 MHz is respectable for the Max-Q edition. Nvidia actually claimed only 1,215 to 1,379 MHz as the turbo range.

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The Witcher 3 ultra

Gaming Performance

As long as you do not use a 4K display, you should get your money's worth. All seven tested games were fluid even on maximum settings. The six-core CPU had little impact on gaming performance. The “Witcher 3” ran just as fast as on the old Aero 15X despite the increase in cores. As requirements for high-end games may change, we would recommend going for a six-core based notebook if possible, to be future proof.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
62.9 fps ∼100% +20%
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
59.4 fps ∼94% +13%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
52.4 fps ∼83% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
52.4 fps ∼83%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (46 - 53.7, n=14)
50.9 fps ∼81% -3%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
50.2 fps ∼80% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=209)
45.1 fps ∼72% -14%

To avoid unnecessary power consumption in idle mode, the Aero 15X shuts off the dedicated Nvidia GPU and uses the graphics chip included with the processor (UHD Graphics 630).

low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 92.852.4fps
FIFA 18 (2017) 153152fps
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (2017) 89.483fps
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017) 88.978.5fps
Fortnite (2018) 122101fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 51.7fps
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018) 64.850.2fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 7975fps

Emissions - Loud despite Max-Q

Noise emissions

One of our main issues with the Aero 15X is noise. Although the ROG Zephyrus M contains a more powerful GPU, the competitor is quieter during 3D operation, which does not necessarily speak for the cooling of the Gigabyte notebook. 49 to 54 dB(A) is a lot, even for such a slim gaming system. Without headphones, games are often drowned out.

The high noise level is surprising in that Nvidia actually prescribes certain limits for Max-Q devices - at least for some 3D scenarios. Although the Max-Q laptops tested in the past often reached around 50 dB(A) under full load (see, for example, the Acer Triton 700 or the Eurocom Q5), in 3DMark 06 and when playing “The Witcher 3” we were able to measure significantly lower values of around 40 dB(A) in the past. The main reason for the noise increase is probably the six-core CPU. Credence to this leads to the fact that the old Aero 15X was quieter as well.

Idle
Idle
Load
Load
Speaker
Speaker

If the Aero 15X is idling or confronted with simple tasks such as office, video or web browsing, the fans are usually rather quiet and seldom spin up excessively. If you prefer it silent, simply switch to Quiet in the Smart Manager (there is also a manual control). The fans then deactivate completely.

Noise Level

Idle
30 / 31 / 35 dB(A)
Load
49 / 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: 29 dB(A)
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
Gigabyte Aero 15X
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
 
Average of class Gaming
 
Noise
4%
4%
2%
0%
3%
3%
off / environment *
29
30
-3%
30
-3%
29
-0%
31
-7%
29.3 (28 - 30, n=11)
-1%
29.5 (27.7 - 32, n=214)
-2%
Idle Minimum *
30
31
-3%
31
-3%
30
-0%
33
-10%
30.3 (28.5 - 31.5, n=12)
-1%
31.6 (28 - 41.7, n=635)
-5%
Idle Average *
31
32
-3%
34
-10%
31
-0%
34
-10%
32 (28.5 - 37, n=12)
-3%
32.8 (28 - 46.6, n=635)
-6%
Idle Maximum *
35
36
-3%
35
-0%
33
6%
40
-14%
35 (30.1 - 43, n=12)
-0%
34.7 (28 - 50.4, n=635)
1%
Load Average *
49
39
20%
42
14%
49
-0%
41
16%
43.1 (35.2 - 49, n=12)
12%
40.4 (30.3 - 58, n=636)
18%
Witcher 3 ultra *
51
44
14%
44
14%
50
2%
43
16%
Load Maximum *
54
52
4%
46
15%
52
4%
48
11%
48.8 (44 - 54.2, n=12)
10%
47.6 (38.9 - 64, n=636)
12%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

In addition to noise emissions, temperatures are also problematic. While the Asus GM501 reaches a maximum of 49 °C (~120 °F) during a stress test with FurMark and Prime95 on the bottom, the Aero 15X reaches up to 65 °C (149 °F) - rather too much for a gaming session on the lap. On the top, the Aero 15X reached "only" up to 53 °C (~127 °F), which is almost identical to the results we got on the ROG Zephyrus M. The wrist-rest and the WASD area generally do not become excessively warm and always remain below 40 °C (104 °F).

Load
Load
Load top (Optris PI 640)
Load top (Optris PI 640)
Load bottom (Optris PI 640)
Load bottom (Optris PI 640)

While idling, the laptop fairs far better. Temperatures of between 24 to 30 °C (~75-86 °F) are good. Core components reached upwards of 90 °C (194 °F) under full load.

Max. Load
 48 °C
118 F
53 °C
127 F
52 °C
126 F
 
 38 °C
100 F
44 °C
111 F
39 °C
102 F
 
 36 °C
97 F
38 °C
100 F
36 °C
97 F
 
Maximum: 53 °C = 127 F
Average: 42.7 °C = 109 F
65 °C
149 F
65 °C
149 F
53 °C
127 F
56 °C
133 F
57 °C
135 F
43 °C
109 F
39 °C
102 F
40 °C
104 F
38 °C
100 F
Maximum: 65 °C = 149 F
Average: 50.7 °C = 123 F
Power Supply (max.)  44 °C = 111 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-900
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
Gigabyte Aero 15X
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
 
Average of class Gaming
 
Heat
9%
7%
1%
-10%
1%
4%
Maximum Upper Side *
53
51
4%
47
11%
52
2%
61
-15%
52.6 (47 - 58, n=12)
1%
45.5 (28 - 68.8, n=600)
14%
Maximum Bottom *
65
58
11%
63
3%
49
25%
69
-6%
58 (41.2 - 65, n=12)
11%
49.1 (25.9 - 78, n=598)
24%
Idle Upper Side *
26
25
4%
25
4%
31
-19%
29
-12%
28.9 (24 - 33, n=12)
-11%
30.8 (21.6 - 46.8, n=551)
-18%
Idle Bottom *
30
25
17%
27
10%
31
-3%
32
-7%
29.6 (25 - 34, n=12)
1%
31.6 (21.1 - 50.3, n=549)
-5%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos

The sound quality of the Aero 15X is decent considering its slim design, though bass left a lot to be desired. Meanwhile, mid and high frequencies are quite linear and balanced. The sound is usable overall and beats competitors like the MSI GS63VR.

Fine-tuning is possible with the pre-installed Dolby Atmos program, which has an equalizer and several profiles ready. The ROG Zephyrus M offers considerably more bass, as well as the powerful Sonic Studio for fine-tuning.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.144.62535.6403128.430.44033.537.75026.428.56325.527.48029.23010028.932.312524.532.916021.141.520020.748.525020.955.931519.561.240018.465.150018.366.463017.567.68001867.9100018.665.3125017.469.2160016.765.8200017.264.5250017.365.9315017.268400017.257.3500017.256.4630017.261.1800017.3661000017.262.21250017.259.6160001754.1SPL29.777.5N1.342.2median 17.4Gigabyte Aero 15X v8median 62.2Delta1.86.835.935.83030.626.127.431.6312627.124.830.326.535.725.238.623.629.522.335.921.94320.752.820.360.119.364.61966.818.772.11876.218.184.6188618.279.917.974.61869.618.169.917.963.61862.31869.817.963.717.860.317.757.317.657.930.3901.467.4median 18.1MSI GS63VR 7RG-005median 63.71.16.8hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.6% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 46% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 43% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 23% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 71% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

MSI GS63VR 7RG-005 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.4% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (15.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 11.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 85% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 12% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 65% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 27% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy management - Great battery life

Energy consumption

The six-core processor does impact energy consumption significantly. Where the predecessor of the Aero 15X consumes only 10 to 20 W while idling, the Coffee-Lake model draws between 14 and 22 W from the socket (average value: 18 instead of formerly 13 W). The Core i7-8750H also leads to higher power consumption under load. Instead of 79 to 165 W, the newcomer requires 91 to 173 W. The Asus GM501 consumes even more (103-223 W) due to its non Max-Q graphics card.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.5 / 0.8 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 14 / 18 / 22 Watt
Load midlight 91 / 173 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
Gigabyte Aero 15X
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
 
Average of class Gaming
 
Power Consumption
17%
9%
-16%
-52%
7%
-28%
Idle Minimum *
14
10
29%
12
14%
16
-14%
28
-100%
11.4 (7 - 19.1, n=12)
19%
20.3 (3.9 - 113, n=595)
-45%
Idle Average *
18
13
28%
16
11%
19
-6%
33
-83%
15.7 (11 - 20.8, n=12)
13%
25.9 (6.8 - 119, n=595)
-44%
Idle Maximum *
22
20
9%
21
5%
26
-18%
41
-86%
20.6 (13.7 - 22.2, n=12)
6%
31 (8.3 - 122, n=595)
-41%
Load Average *
91
79
13%
85
7%
103
-13%
94
-3%
93.6 (73.7 - 131, n=12)
-3%
105 (14.1 - 319, n=586)
-15%
Load Maximum *
173
165
5%
162
6%
223
-29%
222
-28%
169 (150 - 207, n=12)
2%
166 (21.9 - 590, n=585)
4%
Witcher 3 ultra *
142
120
15%
128
10%
164
-15%
160
-13%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

When it comes to battery life, the Aero 15X wipes the floor with the competition. Gigabyte is the only manufacturer in this field that offers a battery far larger than 50 Wh, in this case an impressive 94 Wh, which guarantees first-class running times.

The Asus GM501 can only dream of about 8.5 hours of movie playback and 8.5 hours of Internet surfing via WLAN (medium brightness). The maximum runtime of the Aero 15X also deserves praise. Under ideal conditions (minimum display brightness, low load) the system lasts over 12 hours. Chapeau Gigabyte!

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 42min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 33min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 24min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 36min
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, 94.24 Wh
Gigabyte Aero 15X
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, 94.2 Wh
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, 52.4 Wh
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, 55 Wh
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ, 54 Wh
Average of class Gaming
 
Battery Runtime
-3%
-57%
-65%
-72%
-53%
Reader / Idle
762
781
2%
340
-55%
237
-69%
150
-80%
327 (39 - 1174, n=584)
-57%
H.264
504
456
-10%
229
-55%
159
-68%
106
-79%
244 (88 - 506, n=121)
-52%
WiFi v1.3
513
491
-4%
232
-55%
164
-68%
144
-72%
249 (78 - 622, n=260)
-51%
Load
156
157
1%
61
-61%
70
-55%
70
-55%
78.6 (18 - 202, n=552)
-50%

Verdict

Pros

+ X-Rite Pantone certified
+ slim and light chassis
+ great battery life
+ high build quality
+ thin bezels
+ RGB keyboard
+ subtle design
+ great additional software
+ 144 Hz panel
+ Thunderbolt 3
+ NVMe-SSD

Cons

- loud during 3D workloads
- high temperature under load
- sound could be improved
- brightness not perfectly distributed
Aero 15X v8 test model provided by Gigabyte Germany
Aero 15X v8 test model provided by Gigabyte Germany

When it comes to slim, high-quality, high-end notebooks, the Gigabyte Aero 15X and the Asus GM501 are in a hot head-to-head race. Each brings along its individual strengths and weaknesses.

While the ROG Zephyrus M offers relatively good sound and - despite a stronger GPU - lower temperature and noise, the Gigabyte notebook impresses with better input, more connections, and a much longer battery life. The narrow screen frame and the color-accurate panel also set it apart from the crowd.

However, Gigabyte should get the noise under control. Currently, the new Aero 15X is quite audible during 3D load, which may deter noise-sensitive users from buying it. Intel's six-core chip pushes the cooling system to its limit much more quickly and frequently than the quad-core CPU of its predecessor.

Gigabyte Aero 15X v8 - 04/04/2018 v6
Florian Glaser

Chassis
87 / 98 → 89%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
70 / 81 → 86%
Weight
63 / 10-66 → 94%
Battery
90%
Display
91%
Games Performance
96%
Application Performance
97%
Temperature
75 / 95 → 79%
Noise
69 / 90 → 77%
Audio
74%
Average
81%
88%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Gigabyte Aero 15X v8 (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q, Full-HD) Laptop Review
Florian Glaser, 2018-04- 7 (Update: 2018-04- 8)