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Gigabyte Aero 17 XA HDR Laptop Review: This is a *Really* Good 17-inch Laptop

Better than an Asus Zephyrus. Gigabyte has just created one of the best 17.3-inch laptops in the market for both professionals and gamers alike. The system packs almost everything you'd want in an ultrathin package including both long battery life and high graphics performance - an uncommon combination.

Unveiled at Computex 2019, the 17.3-inch Aero 17 follows on the footsteps of the 14-inch Aero 14 and 15.6-inch Aero 15. The Aero is Gigabyte's most successful flagship laptop series to date as these systems tend to offer higher specifications than your typical Ultrabook while still being just as portable for gamers, creators, and demanding multimedia users.

The table below summarizes the Aero 17 SKUs available at launch. Being a top tier series, all options are high-end configurations ranging from the hexa-core Core i7-9750H to the octa-core Core i9-9980HK with four different Nvidia Turing GPU options (GTX 1660 Ti, RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q, and RTX 2080 Max-Q) and either 1080p144 or 4k60 IPS. Aside from their high specs, Aero laptops are distinguished by their individually pre-calibrated X-Rite Pantone Certified panels that professionals can appreciate.

While Gigabyte generally avoids advertising its professional Aero series as dedicated gaming laptops in order to avoid overlap with its Aorus series, comparisons to other ultra-thin high-performance 17.3-inch gaming laptops like the Acer Predator Triton, Razer Blade Pro 17, Asus Zephyrus GX701, and the MSI GS75 are inevitable. Prices start at $1700 for the Aero 17 SA up to $2400 for the Aero 17 XA. Our particular test unit today is the Aero 17 HDR XA.

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Model

AERO 17 HDR YA

AERO 17 HDR XA

AERO 17 XA

AERO 17 WA

AERO 17 SA

OS

Windows 10 Pro High End / Windows 10 Pro / Windows 10

CPU

Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK
Intel® Core™ i7-9750H

Intel® Core™ i7-9750H

Display

AUO 4K Adobe RGB 100% Panel

LG FHD 144Hz IPS Panel

*X-Rite™ Pantone® Certified, individually factory calibrated

RAM

Samsung® DDR4 2666MHz, 2 slots (Max 64GB)

Graphics

NVIDIA® GeForce

RTX™ 2080

With Max-Q Design

NVIDIA® GeForce

RTX™ 2070

With Max-Q Design

NVIDIA® GeForce

RTX™ 2070

With Max-Q Design

NVIDIA® GeForce

RTX™ 2060

NVIDIA® GeForce®

GTX 1660 Ti

Storage

Intel® 760P SSD (2x M.2 SSD slots)

I/O

3x USB 3.1 Gen1 (Type-A)
1x Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB Type-C)
1x HDMI 2.0

1x DP 1.4 & USB3.1 (USB Type-C)

1x headphone jack

1x microphone

1x UHS-II SD reader
1x DC jack

1x RJ-45 LAN Port

Keyboard Type

GIGABYTE Fusion Per-key RGB Backlit

Network

Killer™ Ethernet E2600 LAN Chip / Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (Intel AX200)

Bluetooth: Bluetooth V5.0 + LE

Adapter

230W

Battery

Li Polymer 94.24Wh

Dimensions

396(W) x 270(D) x 21.4(H) mm / 15.6(W) x 10.6(D) x 0.84(H) inch

Weight

~2.5 kg / 5.5 lb

 

 

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Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q - 8192 MB, Core: 885 MHz, Memory: 1500 MHz, GDDR6, 436.15, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, Samsung, DDR4-2666, 19-19-19-43
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel 255 PPI, AU Optronics B173ZAN03.2, IPS, AUO329B, glossy: no, HDR
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8, 512 GB 
Soundcard
Nvidia TU106 - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
5 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphone, 3.5 mm microphone, Card Reader: UHS-II SD Card Reader, 1 Fingerprint Reader
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): 21.4 x 396 x 270 ( = 0.84 x 15.59 x 10.63 in)
Battery
94.24 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 2 Watt stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, AI Azure, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.5 kg ( = 88.19 oz / 5.51 pounds), Power Supply: 830 g ( = 29.28 oz / 1.83 pounds)
Price
2400 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The Aero 17 shares the same compressed aluminum chassis design as its smaller Aero 15 sibling and so our existing comments still apply. Corners and edges are sharper and more defined around the rear when compared to something like the MSI GS75 or Asus Zephyrus GX531. Unlike the "gamery" Razer Blade Pro 17 series or the gaudy Alienware m17 series, the Aero 15 design manages to look natural in both professional and gamer settings alike.

Chassis rigidity is excellent and comparable to the Alienware m17 while being significantly smaller. The system exhibits less twisting, warping, and creaking than the aforementioned MSI or Asus for very strong first impressions. On the other hand, we still have to give the small edge to Razer and its Blade Pro 17 because pressing down on the palm rests, keyboard center, or outer lid of the Aero 17 will show slightly more depressions.

Overall dimensions are very similar to the ultra-thin Asus Zephyrus S GX701 with differences of only 2 to 3 millimeters at most. They even weigh about the same at 2.5 to 2.6 kg. While the Razer Blade Pro 17 is thinner and heavier for a denser feel and the MSI GS75 is even smaller and lighter, the Aero 17 is still much more portable than most other 17.3-inch laptops in the market.

Matte CNC aluminum is both strong and pretty good at hiding fingerprints
Matte CNC aluminum is both strong and pretty good at hiding fingerprints
Sharper edges and corners compared to most other laptops in the market
Sharper edges and corners compared to most other laptops in the market
Outer lid opened to maximum angle (~140 degrees). Hinges are firm no matter the angle with no teetering when typing
Outer lid opened to maximum angle (~140 degrees). Hinges are firm no matter the angle with no teetering when typing
Glossy brushed aluminum along a section of the outer lid for added visual flare
Glossy brushed aluminum along a section of the outer lid for added visual flare
Chassis design strikes an excellent balance between professional and gamer
Chassis design strikes an excellent balance between professional and gamer
Manual slider to block the webcam if desired
Manual slider to block the webcam if desired
428 mm / 16.9 inch 305 mm / 12 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 3.4 kg7.44 lbs410 mm / 16.1 inch 292.5 mm / 11.5 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 2.6 kg5.8 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 293 mm / 11.5 inch 26.2 mm / 1.031 inch 2.9 kg6.28 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 272 mm / 10.7 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 2.6 kg5.81 lbs396 mm / 15.6 inch 270 mm / 10.6 inch 21.4 mm / 0.843 inch 2.5 kg5.51 lbs395 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.8 kg6.06 lbs

Connectivity

Port options cover the usual including USB Type-C, DisplayPort, HDMI, and Thunderbolt 3. Our main concern is the positioning of the ports as they are quite close to the front where cables can potentially get in the way. Furthermore, the ports along the right edge are tightly spaced meaning that thicker USB Type-C cables or adapters can block an adjacent port.

There are no ports along the rear since its entire length has been dedicated to cooling.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: USB 3.1 Type-A, USB Type-C + Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C + DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, CA adapter
Right: USB 3.1 Type-A, USB Type-C + Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C + DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, CA adapter
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: Gigabit RJ-45, SD reader, 2x USB 3.1 Type-A, 3.5 mm mic, 3.5 mm earphones
Left: Gigabit RJ-45, SD reader, 2x USB 3.1 Type-A, 3.5 mm mic, 3.5 mm earphones

SD Card Reader

Fully inserted SD card
Fully inserted SD card

The integrated card reader offers fast read rates of up to 238 MB/s to be able to move 1 GB worth of images from our UHS-II test card to desktop in about 5 seconds. Our main issue with the reader is that it is not spring-loaded and so a fully inserted card will still protrude by almost half its length for unsafe transporting. In comparison, most other 17.3-inch laptops with card readers will house the SD card flush against the edge.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
200.8 MB/s ∼100%
Aorus X7 DT v8
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
196 MB/s ∼98% -2%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
174.4 MB/s ∼87% -13%
MSI GS73 Stealth 8RF-011
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
172 MB/s ∼86% -14%
Dell Inspiron 7390 2-in-1
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
20.8 MB/s ∼10% -90%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Aorus X7 DT v8
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
244 MB/s ∼100% +2%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
238.3 MB/s ∼98%
MSI GS73 Stealth 8RF-011
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
215 MB/s ∼88% -10%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
203.4 MB/s ∼83% -15%
Dell Inspiron 7390 2-in-1
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
28.3 MB/s ∼12% -88%

Communication

The Aero 17 series is Wi-Fi 6 ready with its Killer AX1650 WLAN for theoretical transfer rates of up to 2.4 Gbps if your wireless router can support it. The AX1650 benefits from Killer Control Center 2.0 features not found on the standard Intel AX200.

We experienced no connectivity issues during our time with the unit. Performance can be faster than what we've recorded below as our test server is limited by a 1 Gbps line.

Removable Killer 1650x module sits adjacent to the RAM
Removable Killer 1650x module sits adjacent to the RAM
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
689 MBit/s ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
686 MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Alienware m17 P37E
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
670 MBit/s ∼97% -3%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
669 MBit/s ∼97% -3%
Aorus X7 DT v8
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
655 MBit/s ∼95% -5%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
697 MBit/s ∼100% +18%
Alienware m17 P37E
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
659 MBit/s ∼95% +12%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
655 MBit/s ∼94% +11%
Aorus X7 DT v8
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
599 MBit/s ∼86% +2%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
589 MBit/s ∼85%

Maintenance

The bottom panel can be easily removed with a T6 Torx screwdriver and a sharp edge. However, keep in mind that some stickers must be torn to remove the screws which could potentially impact the manufacturer warranty.

Users have direct access to the the batteries, both M.2 storage bays, both DDR4 SODIMM slots, and the WLAN module.

Easy serviceability
Easy serviceability

Accessories and Warranty

The only included extra in the box is a velvet cleaning cloth to accompany the usual manuals and AC adapter.

Gigabyte offers two-year global warranty as standard for its Aero laptops.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard is identical to the one on the Aero 15 and so many of our same comments apply here. Key feedback remains somewhat light and spongy in contrast to the firmer and deeper keys of the MSI GS/GE/GT SteelSeries keyboards or the HP Spectre x360 15 keyboard. The typing experience is most similar to the Razer Blade 15 or Blade Pro 17 except that Gigabyte integrates a full-size NumPad. We know Gigabyte is capable of producing more comfortable keyboards as exemplified by the older P55W and its 2.2 mm key travel.

As detailed on our page here, the per-key RGB lighting offers two levels of brightness for only the primary key symbols. Secondary symbols like ?, :, >, <, (, ), {, }, +, and more are all unlit. In comparison, each and every symbol on the latest Razer Blade laptops are all lit. This is likely an oversight on Gigabyte's part.

Touchpad

The clickpad is slightly smaller (10.5 x 7 cm) than the one on the 15.6-inch Dell XPS 15 (10.5 x 8.5 cm). Even so, its surface is smoother than the surrounding palm rests for a uniform glide with almost no sticking regardless of movement speed.

Our main complaint about the clickpad is that its integrated mouse keys are a bit on the spongy side. The shallow travel requires more force than usual to register an input as well which could be fatiguing if clicking repeatedly. We would have preferred dedicated mouse keys to better differentiate the Aero series from the Aorus series especially since the Aero series caters more to professionals.

Unfortunately, the secondary key symbols will not illuminate when the backlight is active
Unfortunately, the secondary key symbols will not illuminate when the backlight is active
Cursor control is smooth with no jittering, but the integrated mouse keys are too spongy
Cursor control is smooth with no jittering, but the integrated mouse keys are too spongy
Keyboard keys are slightly softer than we would like
Keyboard keys are slightly softer than we would like
Full-size Arrow keys and NumPad unlike on most other laptops
Full-size Arrow keys and NumPad unlike on most other laptops

Display

Aero laptops are notable for their color-accurate pre-calibrated Pantone certified displays and the Aero 17 is no exception. The 4K UHD AU Optronics B173ZAN03.2 IPS panel on our test unit is a newer version of the 4K UHD AU Optronics B173ZAN01.0 IPS panel as found on the last generation Alienware m17. Attributes like the wide color space (>100 percent sRGB) and high contrast ratio (~1500:1) remain. Response times, however, continue to be only average meaning that ghosting is still noticeable when gaming. This specific drawback makes the Aorus series or the standard FHD SKUs more attractive to gamers as these alternatives tend to offer displays with faster response times.

The most distinguishing characteristic of the Aero 17 HDR400 display is its very high brightness. At almost 650 nits, the Aero is two times brighter than most other 17.3-inch consumer laptops currently in the market. Both the high brightness and high contrast ratio are requirements for an HDR panel in order to accentuate the minute details of a scene that is both very dark and very bright.

There is a slight layer of graininess on the Aero that is common amongst most matte panels. While this makes the display a bit less sharp than a glossy alternative, the differences are not significant enough to be a real concern. Uneven backlight bleeding is also kept to a minimum in spite of the very high brightness.

We're able to notice a small bug related to the brightness setting. When at 23 percent brightness or under, the display will not change brightness at all. It's not until you reach 24 percent brightness or greater will the display brightness start to change. In other words, you've already reached the minimum brightness of the display when the brightness setting is at 23 percent.

Matte options only with no touchscreen or edge-to-edge glass protection. Edge "bumpers" reinforce the thin bezels
Matte options only with no touchscreen or edge-to-edge glass protection. Edge "bumpers" reinforce the thin bezels
Gigabyte Aero 17 claims to be the world's first 17.3-inch laptop with both 3 mm bezels and pre-calibrated X-Rite Pantone certification
Gigabyte Aero 17 claims to be the world's first 17.3-inch laptop with both 3 mm bezels and pre-calibrated X-Rite Pantone certification
Minimal uneven backlight bleeding
Minimal uneven backlight bleeding
RGB subpixel array
RGB subpixel array
631.5
cd/m²
652.8
cd/m²
616.7
cd/m²
603.6
cd/m²
667.3
cd/m²
611.6
cd/m²
602.8
cd/m²
669
cd/m²
638.2
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B173ZAN03.2
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 669 cd/m² Average: 632.6 cd/m² Minimum: 38.74 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 667.3 cd/m²
Contrast: 1451:1 (Black: 0.46 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.53 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 3.79
ΔE Greyscale 0.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
100% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 87.1% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.17
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
AU Optronics B173ZAN03.2, IPS, 17.3, 3840x2160
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
AU Optronics B173HAN04.0, IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Aorus X7 DT v8
AU Optronics B173HAN03.0 (AUO309D), IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Alienware m17 P37E
AU Optronics B173ZAN01.0, IPS, 17.3, 3840x2160
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
B173HAN04.0 (AUO409D), IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
AU Optronics AUO B173HAN04.0, IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Response Times
77%
61%
15%
76%
73%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
45.6 (24.4, 21.2)
6.8 (3.4, 3.4)
85%
18 (8.8, 9.2)
61%
35.6 (19.6, 16)
22%
7.2 (3.6, 3.6)
84%
6.8 (3.4, 3.4)
85%
Response Time Black / White *
30.4 (16.4, 14)
9.6 (5.2, 4.4)
68%
12 (6.8, 5.2)
61%
28 (16, 12)
8%
9.6 (4.4, 5.2)
68%
12 (6.8, 5.2)
61%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-32%
-10%
-61%
-4%
-31%
Brightness middle
667.3
299.3
-55%
297
-55%
357.9
-46%
288
-57%
312.3
-53%
Brightness
633
294
-54%
281
-56%
347
-45%
287
-55%
297
-53%
Brightness Distribution
90
94
4%
84
-7%
94
4%
91
1%
91
1%
Black Level *
0.46
0.29
37%
0.23
50%
0.33
28%
0.2
57%
0.21
54%
Contrast
1451
1032
-29%
1291
-11%
1085
-25%
1440
-1%
1487
2%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.53
2.55
28%
2.19
38%
6.57
-86%
2.33
34%
3.6
-2%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.88
4.73
31%
4.81
30%
9.86
-43%
5.34
22%
6.74
2%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
3.79
2.9
23%
6.74
-78%
2.47
35%
3.95
-4%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
0.9
3.5
-289%
1.31
-46%
4.3
-378%
1.19
-32%
3.1
-244%
Gamma
2.17 101%
2.28 96%
2.42 91%
2.6 85%
2.41 91%
2.26 97%
CCT
6533 99%
7101 92%
6464 101%
6403 102%
6710 97%
7002 93%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
87.1
57
-35%
59
-32%
88.4
1%
57
-35%
56.6
-35%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
88.7
-11%
91
-9%
100
0%
88
-12%
86.6
-13%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
23% / -15%
26% / 2%
-23% / -49%
36% / 8%
21% / -15%

* ... smaller is better

Color space is wider than any 144 Hz or 240 Hz IPS alternative to appeal to professionals. On the other hand, this comes at the cost of refresh rate as the 4K UHD SKUs are limited to 60 Hz. Gigabyte promises 100 percent AdobeRGB coverage which is similar to our 87 percent recording of the AdobeRGB 3D space.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Further measurements with an X-Rite colorimeter prove just how accurate Aero displays can be out of the box. Even without any end-user calibration, average grayscale and color saturation deltaE values sit at just 0.9 and 1.31, respectively, when up against the AdobeRGB standard. Most multimedia laptops would be lucky to have deltaE values this low after calibration.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

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
30.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 77 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
45.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24.4 ms rise
↘ 21.2 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. » 72 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.8 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: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9394 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is better than other 17.3-inch laptops due to the brighter backlight. Even so, glare from the sky will still be prevalent as shown by the images below unless if working under shade. We recommend a high text scaling setting especially since this is a 4K panel.

Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

LatencyMon
LatencyMon

The octa-core Core i9-9980HK is Intel's premier 10th gen Coffee Lake-H offering to succeed the last generation hexa-core Core i9-8950HK. Gigabyte is clearly gunning for the high-end space no matter the configuration. Optimus comes standard to automatically exclude G-Sync.

LatencyMon shows DPC latency issues even when wireless is disabled. However, the single spike would occur only once during a 10-minute period.

 

Processor

Unlocked CPUs are a mixed bag on laptops because they are generally unable to maintain their super-fast clock rates for extended periods and this continues to be the case on the Aero 17. When running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop, the initial score of 1594 points drops to 1333 points by the second loop to represent a performance dip of about 16 percent. Even so, this is still about 27 percent faster than the Core i7-9750H even after accounting for any performance throttling.

The Eurocom Nightsky RX15 ships with the same Core i9-9980HK CPU as our Aero 17 and yet it is able to consistently outperform our Gigabyte by about 10 percent because its processor able to maintain faster clock rates for longer as shown by our graph below. It may be minor, but the smallest of details become important when looking at these high-end configuration options.

See our dedicated page on the Core i9-9980HK for more technical information and benchmarks.

CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R20
CineBench R20
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Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77 GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1328 (1301.11-1593.37)
Eurocom Nightsky RX15 GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9980HK, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1490 (1469.51-1815.95)
MSI GE75 9SG GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1619 (1602.44-1728.31)
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1096 (1054.52-1187.97)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker XMG Ultra 15 Turing
Intel Core i7-9700K
203 Points ∼93% +1%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
202 Points ∼93% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
Intel Core i9-9980HK
201 Points ∼92%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (190 - 205, n=6)
200 Points ∼92% 0%
Alienware m17 P37E
Intel Core i9-8950HK
191 Points ∼88% -5%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
189 Points ∼87% -6%
Aorus X7 DT v8
Intel Core i7-8850H
182 Points ∼83% -9%
Dell Inspiron 7390 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8565U
179 Points ∼82% -11%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
Intel Core i7-9750H
179 Points ∼82% -11%
MSI GS73 Stealth 8RF-011
Intel Core i7-8750H
175 Points ∼80% -13%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
144 Points ∼66% -28%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1821 Points ∼42% +23%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
1721 Points ∼39% +16%
Average Intel Core i9-9980HK
  (1305 - 1930, n=7)
1646 Points ∼38% +11%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1481 Points ∼34%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15 Turing
Intel Core i7-9700K
1465 Points ∼33% -1%
Aorus X7 DT v8
Intel Core i7-8850H
1276 Points ∼29% -14%
Alienware m17 P37E
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1238 Points ∼28% -16%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
Intel Core i7-9750H
1166 Points ∼27% -21%
MSI GS73 Stealth 8RF-011
Intel Core i7-8750H
1132 Points ∼26% -24%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
805 Points ∼18% -46%
Dell Inspiron 7390 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8565U
557 Points ∼13% -62%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
201 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1481 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
142 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks rank our Gigabyte in the same ballpark as other gaming laptops with GeForce RTX graphics including the Alienware m17 and Asus G731. Overall scores are slightly higher than these alternatives likely due to the faster multi-thread performance of our octa-core Core i9 CPU.

We experienced no software or hardware issues during our time with the test unit. We did notice, however, that waking from sleep would be unusually slow each and every time. It takes about 6 seconds before the Windows login or lock screen appears when lifting the lid.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0)
11191 Points ∼93% +53%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
7332 Points ∼61%
Alienware m17 P37E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8950HK, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
7325 Points ∼61% 0%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7219 Points ∼60% -2%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
6827 Points ∼57% -7%
Aorus X7 DT v8
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8850H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
4753 Points ∼40% -35%
Productivity
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0)
8702 Points ∼90% +11%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
7833 Points ∼81%
Alienware m17 P37E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8950HK, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
7599 Points ∼78% -3%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7558 Points ∼78% -4%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7482 Points ∼77% -4%
Aorus X7 DT v8
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8850H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5769 Points ∼60% -26%
Essentials
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0)
10275 Points ∼93% +3%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
9979 Points ∼91%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
9473 Points ∼86% -5%
Aorus X7 DT v8
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8850H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
9171 Points ∼83% -8%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
9138 Points ∼83% -8%
Alienware m17 P37E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8950HK, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
8711 Points ∼79% -13%
Score
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0)
7171 Points ∼92% +20%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
5955 Points ∼77%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5734 Points ∼74% -4%
Alienware m17 P37E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8950HK, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
5632 Points ∼73% -5%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5580 Points ∼72% -6%
Aorus X7 DT v8
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8850H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
4524 Points ∼58% -24%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0)
6352 Points ∼97% +36%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5672 Points ∼87% +22%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5650 Points ∼87% +21%
Alienware m17 P37E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8950HK, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
4765 Points ∼73% +2%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
4668 Points ∼72%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Aorus X7 DT v8
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8850H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5779 Points ∼95% +50%
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0)
5610 Points ∼92% +46%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4412 Points ∼72% +15%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
4399 Points ∼72% +15%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
3841 Points ∼63%
Alienware m17 P37E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8950HK, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
3812 Points ∼63% -1%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3841 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4668 points
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Storage Devices

There are two M.2 2280 slots available whereas many other 17.3-inch laptops offer at least one seondary 2.5-inch SATA III bay. This makes the Aero 17 lighter albeit more costly to upgrade.

Our test unit comes with a single 512 GB Intel SSD 760p SSD. Gigabyte frequently advertises "Intel only" components and so it's unlikely that we'll see other configs sporting Samsung, Toshiba, or SK Hynix anytime soon. Sequential transfer rates are nearly 2x faster than the Intel SSD 660p as found on the Asus G731GV while being slower than the Samsung PM981 when it comes to reading and writing of smaller 4K blocks.

See our table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

Occupied primary M.2 2280 NVMe slot
Occupied primary M.2 2280 NVMe slot
Empty M.2 NVMe/SATA slot under the right palm rest for secondary storage
Empty M.2 NVMe/SATA slot under the right palm rest for secondary storage
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Aorus X7 DT v8
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
Alienware m17 P37E
SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
AS SSD
66%
8%
9%
91%
0%
Copy Game MB/s
1262.9
554.5
-56%
647.13
-49%
970.72
-23%
Copy Program MB/s
414.33
425.46
3%
493.02
19%
568.88
37%
Copy ISO MB/s
946.41
2086.06
120%
772.97
-18%
1415.5
50%
Score Total
1871
4197
124%
2539
36%
2306
23%
4771
155%
1616
-14%
Score Write
793
1977
149%
981
24%
988
25%
2091
164%
900
13%
Score Read
718
1468
104%
1058
47%
895
25%
1721
140%
462
-36%
Access Time Write *
0.227
0.037
84%
0.044
81%
0.053
77%
0.031
86%
0.046
80%
Access Time Read *
0.05
0.064
-28%
0.136
-172%
0.047
6%
0.08
-60%
0.079
-58%
4K-64 Write
533.86
1695.31
218%
757.3
42%
775.98
45%
1733.9
225%
703.23
32%
4K-64 Read
504.34
1239.5
146%
816.89
62%
687.04
36%
1576.8
213%
320.12
-37%
4K Write
107.65
107.11
-1%
89.94
-16%
99.97
-7%
122.46
14%
104.25
-3%
4K Read
32.68
45.16
38%
23.28
-29%
23.98
-27%
53.01
62%
48.05
47%
Seq Write
1512.07
1743.97
15%
1341.67
-11%
1120.94
-26%
2347.01
55%
920.81
-39%
Seq Read
1811.67
1831.1
1%
2182.48
20%
1834.8
1%
910.97
-50%
939.93
-48%

* ... smaller is better

Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2645 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1530 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 505.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 481.8 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2362 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1516 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 57.97 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 169.6 MB/s

GPU Performance

As the 15th laptop we've tested with RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics, the Aero 17 is performing exactly where we expect it to be in relation to other similarly equipped laptops. Performance is roughly 10 percent faster than the mobile RTX 2060 and 10 percent slower than the non-Max-Q mobile RTX 2070. Users upgrading from an older GTX 1070 laptop will only see about a 15 percent gain when playing DX12 titles according to 3DMark.

Note that there is almost no difference in gaming performance between the default Regular Fan mode and Maximum Fan mode. Running Fire Strike in Regular Fan mode returns Physics and Graphics scores of 20584 and 16369 points, respectively, compared to 20349 and 16658 points when on Maximum Fan mode. Thus, the biggest benefit for toggling Maximum Fan mode would be for its cooler core temperatures.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
DLSS 4K
DLSS 4K
Port Royal
Port Royal
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
Time Spy
Time Spy
Fire Strike (Default Fan mode)
Fire Strike (Default Fan mode)
Fire Strike (Maximum Fan mode)
Fire Strike (Maximum Fan mode)
3DMark
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
MSI GE75 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
5538 Points ∼82% +51%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
5148 Points ∼76% +40%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9980HK
3668 Points ∼54%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (3240 - 3896, n=13)
3610 Points ∼54% -2%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
3394 Points ∼50% -7%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI GE75 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
9754 Points ∼68% +51%
Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 AMP Extreme
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
9656 Points ∼68% +49%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
8844 Points ∼62% +37%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H
7294 Points ∼51% +13%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (5948 - 7105, n=16)
6521 Points ∼46% +1%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9980HK
6479 Points ∼45%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
5913 Points ∼41% -9%
Alienware 17 R5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
5689 Points ∼40% -12%
Asus ROG GA502DU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, 3750H
4867 Points ∼34% -25%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
3626 Points ∼25% -44%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
3565 Points ∼25% -45%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GE75 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
24623 Points ∼61% +48%
Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 AMP Extreme
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
23833 Points ∼59% +43%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
23032 Points ∼57% +38%
Aorus X7 DT v8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8850H
20813 Points ∼51% +25%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H
19230 Points ∼47% +15%
Alienware 17 R5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
17792 Points ∼44% +7%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (11563 - 20201, n=19)
17024 Points ∼42% +2%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9980HK
16658 Points ∼41%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
15696 Points ∼39% -6%
Asus ROG GA502DU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, 3750H
13355 Points ∼33% -20%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
11332 Points ∼28% -32%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
9536 Points ∼23% -43%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
MSI GE75 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
16523 Points ∼73% +6%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9980HK
15591 Points ∼69%
Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 AMP Extreme
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
13804 Points ∼61% -11%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
12260 Points ∼54% -21%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
12170 Points ∼54% -22%
Aorus X7 DT v8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8850H
12036 Points ∼53% -23%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (9107 - 15962, n=18)
11830 Points ∼52% -24%
Alienware 17 R5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
11288 Points ∼50% -28%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H
10270 Points ∼45% -34%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
7595 Points ∼34% -51%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
6839 Points ∼30% -56%
Asus ROG GA502DU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, 3750H
6644 Points ∼29% -57%
1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI GE75 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
34050 Points ∼67% +59%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
30910 Points ∼61% +44%
Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 AMP Extreme
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
30746 Points ∼60% +43%
Aorus X7 DT v8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8850H
26201 Points ∼51% +22%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H
24465 Points ∼48% +14%
Alienware 17 R5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
23414 Points ∼46% +9%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (14723 - 25259, n=18)
21618 Points ∼42% +1%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9980HK
21464 Points ∼42%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
20765 Points ∼41% -3%
Asus ROG GA502DU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, 3750H
17170 Points ∼34% -20%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
13447 Points ∼26% -37%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
12620 Points ∼25% -41%
3DMark 11 Performance
19651 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
28855 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
15412 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
6722 points
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Gaming Performance

You can always count on a respectable level of gaming performance whenever a GeForce RTX GPU is involved. The RTX 2070 Max-Q is powerful enough to play any current title at 1080p60 with most or all settings at maximum. Results aren't really that much better than the RTX 2060 or even the GTX 1660 Ti at 1080p and so the lesser AERO 17 SA SKU may be preferable if gaming is not your primary concern.

See our dedicated page on the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q for more technical information and benchmarks.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
110 fps ∼100% +39%
MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8G
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
104 fps ∼95% +32%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
94 fps ∼85% +19%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
79 fps ∼72%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (57 - 84, n=6)
75.5 fps ∼69% -4%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
73 fps ∼66% -8%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
70 fps ∼64% -11%
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GS
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
58 fps ∼53% -27%
MSI GF75 Thin 9SC
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
45 fps ∼41% -43%
Asus G752VY
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
39 (min: 31) fps ∼35% -51%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
109 (min: 94, max: 120) fps ∼100% +64%
MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z 8G
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
89.9 (min: 81, max: 101) fps ∼82% +35%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
77.6 fps ∼71% +17%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
66.5 fps ∼61%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (57 - 80.8, n=17)
64.5 fps ∼59% -3%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
60.5 fps ∼56% -9%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
56 fps ∼51% -16%
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GS
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
49.2 fps ∼45% -26%
MSI GF75 Thin 9SC
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
37.7 fps ∼35% -43%
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