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Gigabyte P15F v2 Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 03/27/2015

Maintenance friendly The P15F v2 could be seen as the affordable entry model into Gigabyte's World of Gaming laptops. The buyer gets a high-performance computer with good maintenance and upgrade options.

For the original German review, see here.

Gigabyte has a 15.6-inch gaming laptop in its lineup, the P15F v2. Thanks to a strong processor and a GeForce graphics core, games are rendered smoothly on the screen. Our report reveals whether the laptop has other qualities besides its gaming ability.

Rivals of the P15F v2 are, for example, the recently tested HP Envy 15-k203ng and the Acer Aspire VN7-571G. Both laptops also rely on a GeForce GTX 850M graphics core. However, unlike the P15F v2, they are equipped with ULV processors. The price range of Gigabyte's laptop (approximately 900 Euros; ~$975) also makes more powerful computers such as Acer's Aspire VN7-591G and Lenovo's Y50 likely competitors.

Gigabyte P15F v2
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M - 2048 MB, Core: 902-1084 MHz, Memory: 1000 MHz, DDR3, ForceWare 347.88 (9.18.13.4788), Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3-1600, single-channel, two memory banks (one filled)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, AU Optronics B156HTN03.6, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM86 (Lynx Point)
Storage
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, 1000 GB 
, 7200 rpm, 900 GB free
Soundcard
VIA VT1802P @ Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: headphone-out, microphone-in, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208FB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 31.4 x 374 x 252 ( = 1.24 x 14.72 x 9.92 in)
Battery
49 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
FreeDos
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, driver DVD, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.5 kg ( = 88.19 oz / 5.51 pounds), Power Supply: 575 g ( = 20.28 oz / 1.27 pounds)
Price
900 Euro

 

Case & Connectivity

The P15F is made of black plastic entirely. Gigabyte uses matte surfaces. No manufacturing flaws are visible, but there are weaknesses in stability. The base unit can be dented too easily on the wrist rest's front edge. In addition, in view of the price tag of 900 Euros (~$975), it could be more sturdy. Maintaining/upgrading the device is easy. Only two screws have to be removed to open the large maintenance cover. It would be possible to replace the processor since it is in a socket. The empty mSATA slot allows inserting an SSD without having to sacrifice the high-capacity hard drive.

Gigabyte P15F v2 (Picture: Gigabyte)
Gigabyte P15F v2 (Picture: Gigabyte)
Lid's back (Picture: Gigabyte)
Lid's back (Picture: Gigabyte)
A large maintenance cover enables accessing the innards.
A large maintenance cover enables accessing the innards.

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As well as the usual interfaces, the P15F features an eSATA port for connecting corresponding external hard drives, for example.

Gigabyte's laptop does not come with a Windows operating system. Only FreeDos is preloaded. However, it is easy to install Windows since Gigabyte provides drivers for Windows 7 (64-bit) and Windows 8.1 (64-bit).

Left: Power socket, VGA-out, Gigabit-Ethernet port, eSATA, HDMI, USB 3.0 (Picture: Gigabyte)
Left: Power socket, VGA-out, Gigabit-Ethernet port, eSATA, HDMI, USB 3.0 (Picture: Gigabyte)
Right: Microphone-in, headphone-out, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, DVD burner, Kensington Lock slot (Picture: Gigabyte)
Right: Microphone-in, headphone-out, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, DVD burner, Kensington Lock slot (Picture: Gigabyte)

Input Devices

The level, lightly roughened keys of the installed chiclet keyboard have a short drop and clear pressure point. We liked its crisp resistance. The keyboard yielded slightly in the area over the optical drive while typing on it. However, we did not find it annoying. The multi-touch capable touchpad has a surface area of approximately 10.7 x 6.3 cm (~4.2 x 2.5 in). Its sleek surface does not prevent fingers from gliding. The mouse buttons with a short drop and clear pressure point are located below the pad.

Input devices (Picture: Gigabyte)
Input devices (Picture: Gigabyte)

Display

Gigabyte has installed a matte, 15.6-inch screen with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels in its P15F v2. The screen in our review sample (AU Optronics B156HTN03.6) did not impress us. A brightness of just 206.2 cd/m² would be too low even in the low-budget sector. The contrasts of 292:1 and black level of 0.75 cd/m² do not correspond to the laptop's price level at all.

208
cd/m²
202
cd/m²
203
cd/m²
211
cd/m²
219
cd/m²
201
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
187
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 219 cd/m² Average: 206.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 219 cd/m²
Contrast: 292:1 (Black: 0.75 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.72 | 0.8-23.34 Ø6.5
ΔE Greyscale 11.59 | 0.64-98 Ø6.7
38% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.64

The screen's bad impression is continued in color reproduction. The screen displays an average DeltaE 2000 shift of 10.72. Such rates are common in the low-cost sector. A rate of less than 3 would be desirable. Furthermore, the screen exhibits a visible bluish cast.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

Gigabyte uses a TN screen in its laptop, and consequently the viewing angles are limited. The laptop can be used outdoors, but not in bright sunlight.

Gigabyte P15F v2 outdoors
Gigabyte P15F v2 outdoors
Gigabyte P15F v2
TN 1920x1080
HP Envy 15-k203ng
TN 1920x1080
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
IPS 1920x1080
Asus N551JK-CN166H
IPS 1920x1080
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
TN 1920x1080
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
IPS 3840x2160
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
IPS 1920x1080
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
IPS 1920x1080
Screen
13%
69%
64%
4%
79%
54%
41%
Brightness
206
286
39%
283
37%
312
51%
221
7%
303
47%
319
55%
299
45%
Brightness Distribution
85
85
0%
83
-2%
83
-2%
85
0%
87
2%
87
2%
77
-9%
Black Level *
0.75
0.78
-4%
0.32
57%
0.38
49%
0.722
4%
0.3
60%
0.46
39%
0.54
28%
Contrast
292
381
30%
1000
242%
850
191%
315
8%
1003
243%
689
136%
554
90%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.72
11.14
-4%
5.31
50%
7.4
31%
10.13
6%
3.15
71%
5.79
46%
5.96
44%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
11.59
12.16
-5%
4.73
59%
6.24
46%
10.04
13%
3.94
66%
5.01
57%
5.52
52%
Gamma
2.64 91%
3.13 77%
2.36 102%
2.98 81%
2.15 112%
2.35 102%
2.35 102%
2.29 105%
CCT
14959 43%
12217 53%
5980 109%
8098 80%
10438 62%
6855 95%
7347 88%
5831 111%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38
51.2
35%
52.9
39%
69
82%
34.26
-10%
61
61%
55
45%
51
34%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
94.4

* ... smaller is better

Performance

Gigabyte's P15F is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop. Essentially, the computer renders up-to-date games smoothly. Our review sample is available for approximately 900 Euros (~$975). Other configurations were not available at the time of testing.

Processor

The P15F v2 is equipped with an Intel Core i7-4710MQ quad-core processor (Haswell). Its TDP of 47 watts is significantly higher than that of ULV processors (TDP: 15 watts). The processor clocks with a base rate of 2.5 GHz, which can be increased to 3.3 GHz (all four cores), 3.4 GHz (two cores) or 3.5 GHz (one core) via Turbo. The Turbo is only utilized in AC mode. The CPU tests of the Cinebench benchmarks were performed with 3.1 to 3.5 GHz (single thread) and 3.1 GHz (multithread). Therefore, the processor lags slightly short of its potential. In battery mode, the tests were processed with only 1.5 GHz.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
18555
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6710
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5125
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.68 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.55 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
60.59 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
86.58 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
619 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
137 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
137 Points ∼69%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
120 Points ∼60% -12%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
108 Points ∼54% -21%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
130 Points ∼65% -5%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
125 Points ∼63% -9%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
136 Points ∼68% -1%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
137 Points ∼69% 0%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
119 Points ∼60% -13%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
619 Points ∼29%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
289 Points ∼13% -53%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
261 Points ∼12% -58%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
323 Points ∼15% -48%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
490 Points ∼23% -21%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
653 Points ∼30% +5%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
657 Points ∼31% +6%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
272 Points ∼13% -56%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
1.55 Points ∼68%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.25 Points ∼55% -19%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
1.46 Points ∼64% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
1.46 Points ∼64% -6%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
1.53 Points ∼67% -1%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
1.53 Points ∼67% -1%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
1.35 Points ∼59% -13%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
6.68 Points ∼3%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.8 Points ∼1% -58%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
3.5 Points ∼1% -48%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
5.29 Points ∼2% -21%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
7.1 Points ∼3% +6%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
7.22 Points ∼3% +8%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
2.92 Points ∼1% -56%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
5125 Points ∼58%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4672 Points ∼53% -9%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4109 Points ∼46% -20%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
4773 Points ∼54% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
4999 Points ∼56% -2%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
5058 Points ∼57% -1%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
4975 Points ∼56% -3%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
4527 Points ∼51% -12%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
18555 Points ∼37%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
9773 Points ∼20% -47%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
8662 Points ∼17% -53%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
10668 Points ∼21% -43%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
14329 Points ∼29% -23%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
19521 Points ∼39% +5%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
19497 Points ∼39% +5%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
9148 Points ∼18% -51%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
10955 Points ∼35%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
5982 Points ∼19% -45%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5323 Points ∼17% -51%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
12211 Points ∼39% +11%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
12251 Points ∼39% +12%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
5301 Points ∼17% -52%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
2992 Points ∼64%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2884 Points ∼62% -4%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2656 Points ∼57% -11%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
3252 Points ∼70% +9%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
3246 Points ∼70% +8%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
2646 Points ∼57% -12%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
93.3 ms * ∼2%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
101.7 ms * ∼3% -9%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
123.1 ms * ∼3% -32%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
88.3 ms * ∼2% +5%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
96 ms * ∼2% -3%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
84.4 ms * ∼2% +10%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
113.7 ms * ∼3% -22%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
2013.1 ms * ∼3%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2277.7 ms * ∼4% -13%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2558.3 ms * ∼4% -27%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2168.4 ms * ∼4% -8%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
2009.2 ms * ∼3% -0%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
1985.1 ms * ∼3% +1%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
2321.3 ms * ∼4% -15%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
15924 Points ∼32%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
14294 Points ∼29% -10%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
12442 Points ∼25% -22%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
15140 Points ∼31% -5%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
16207 Points ∼33% +2%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
16853 Points ∼34% +6%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
13750 Points ∼28% -14%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
2991 Points ∼48%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2749 Points ∼44% -8%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2446 Points ∼39% -18%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
3019 Points ∼49% +1%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
2698 Points ∼44% -10%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The laptop runs smoothly, and the PCMark benchmarks scores are very good. However, the P15F v2 does not stand out from rivals like HP's Envy 15 and Acer's Aspire VN7-571G, even though they both feature considerably weaker ULV processors. The stronger processor simply does not have any advantages in routine use. The system performance of Gigabyte's laptop can be increased. The laptop has an empty mSATA slot that can be filled with a corresponding SSD, which could then be used as the system drive.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3097 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3585 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4254 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
3097 Points ∼52%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3130 Points ∼52% +1%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3096 Points ∼52% 0%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
3113 Points ∼52% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3112 Points ∼52% 0%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
3729 Points ∼62% +20%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
3086 Points ∼52% 0%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
3603 Points ∼60% +16%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
3291 Points ∼55% +6%

Storage Devices

In our review sample, data is stored on a hard drive from HGST's Travelstar 7K1000. It has a capacity of 1 TB and spins with 7200 revolutions per minute. Overall, the drive's transfer rates are good. They are roughly 25% higher than those of 5400-rpm drives.

HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
Transfer Rate Minimum: 58.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 142 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 103.3 MB/s
Access Time: 15.7 ms
Burst Rate: 271.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2.3 %

Graphics Card

The P15F v2 is equipped with Intel's HD Graphics 4600 graphics core and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 850M GPU. They create a graphics switching solution (Optimus). Intel's chip is used in routine applications and battery mode, while Nvidia's graphics core takes care of performance-devouring applications like computer games. Switching is automatic, but the user can always intervene manually. The GeForce core is located in the upper GPU mid-range. It clocks with a base speed of 902 MHz, which can be boosted to 1084 MHz via Turbo. The 3DMark benchmark results are clearly better than those of rivals like Acer's Aspire VN7-571G and HP's Envy 15 because they both have considerably weaker ULV processors.

3DMark 11 Performance
4675 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
61851 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
13808 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2908 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4675 Points ∼16%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3961 Points ∼13% -15%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3912 Points ∼13% -16%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
4255 Points ∼14% -9%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
5061 Points ∼17% +8%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
5210 Points ∼17% +11%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
5124 Points ∼17% +10%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
1905 Points ∼6% -59%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
2908 Points ∼11%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2579 Points ∼10% -11%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2632 Points ∼10% -9%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2675 Points ∼10% -8%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3517 Points ∼13% +21%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
3733 Points ∼14% +28%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
3630 Points ∼14% +25%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
946 Points ∼4% -67%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
10666 Points ∼20%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
8665 Points ∼16% -19%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
8340 Points ∼16% -22%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
11750 Points ∼22% +10%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
11663 Points ∼22% +9%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
3740 Points ∼7% -65%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
13808 Points ∼28%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
9461 Points ∼19% -31%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
8783 Points ∼18% -36%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
9818 Points ∼20% -29%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
13255 Points ∼27% -4%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
15550 Points ∼31% +13%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
16111 Points ∼33% +17%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
4307 Points ∼9% -69%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
61851 Points ∼6%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
50365 Points ∼5% -19%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
47901 Points ∼4% -23%
Asus N551JK-CN166H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
61456 Points ∼6% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
84568 Points ∼8% +37%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
82813 Points ∼7% +34%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
108034 Points ∼10% +75%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
30990 Points ∼3% -50%

Gaming Performance

The P15F v2 copes with computer games easily. Most up-to-date games can be rendered in the HD resolution (1366x768 pixels) using medium to high quality settings. The screen's Full HD resolution can be used in only a few games. The laptop achieves higher frame rates than ULV rivals like HP's Envy 15 and Acer's Aspire VN7-571G. The more CPU demanding a game is, the bigger the advantage of Gigabyte's laptop. It would not even be necessary to pay more to increase gaming performance. Entry-level models of Acer's Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G models and Lenovo's Y50 series are already available for around 800 Euros (~$867). Both laptops come with a GeForce GTX 860M graphics core.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 251.8132.371.934.5fps
Tomb Raider
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
71.9 fps ∼14%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
65 fps ∼13% -10%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
67.5 fps ∼13% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
97 fps ∼19% +35%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
104.6 fps ∼21% +45%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
95.7 fps ∼19% +33%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
21.3 fps ∼4% -70%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
132.3 fps ∼23%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
112.1 fps ∼20% -15%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
116.1 fps ∼20% -12%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
163.7 fps ∼29% +24%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
156.6 fps ∼27% +18%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
36.2 fps ∼6% -73%

Emissions & Energy Management

System Noise

The fan spins slowly while idling and is barely audible. It is drowned by the noise of the hard drive. It is not surprising that the fan spins much faster during load. We measured a noise level of 53.9 dB(A) in the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour). After all, a terrifically strong processor and powerful GPU have to be cooled since both operate at full speed.

Noise Level

Idle
34 / 34.2 / 34.2 dB(A)
HDD
34.5 dB(A)
Load
48.3 / 53.9 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The P15F v2 in the stress test
The P15F v2 in the stress test

The P15F v2 performed the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) differently in AC and battery mode. The processor clocked with 3.1 GHz and the graphics core with 1084 MHz in AC mode. They were occasionally throttled to 2.7 GHz and 1071 MHz in the course of the test. The stress test was performed more slowly in battery mode. The processor operated stably with 1.5 GHz while the graphics core processed the test with 405 MHz. The temperatures are relatively moderate considering the laptop's configuration. Temperatures of around 50 degrees Celsius (~122 °F) were only reached during the stress test (AC mode) in the fan area.

Max. Load
 40.7 °C41.1 °C27.4 °C 
 48.1 °C40.3 °C27.8 °C 
 38.3 °C42 °C30.1 °C 
Maximum: 48.1 °C
Average: 37.3 °C
27 °C34 °C45.1 °C
28.1 °C35.1 °C50.6 °C
31.6 °C38.8 °C42 °C
Maximum: 50.6 °C
Average: 36.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  52.8 °C | Room Temperature 22.7 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the P15F v2 are located on the underside of the front edge. The speakers' sound is acceptable, but it is a bit tinny. The sound improves when the Sound Blaster Cinema 2 software is installed.

Power Consumption

Overall, the laptop's energy requirement is at a normal level for the installed hardware platform over the entire load range. The P15F v2 consumes significantly more power than rivals such as the HP Envy 15 and the Acer Aspire VN7-571G. This is not surprising since Gigabyte's laptop features a standard mobile processor (a model with four cores) while both other rivals are powered by low-voltage ULV processors (models with two cores).

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 13.7 / 16.8 / 17.3 Watt
Load midlight 79.5 / 124.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Websites are opened automatically every 40 seconds in the real-life Wi-Fi test using the "Balanced" profile, and a screen brightness of approximately 150 cd/m². The P15F v2 managed a runtime of 4:35 hours, which is perfectly fine. After all, the device is equipped with a very strong processor.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (IE 11)
4h 35min
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Gigabyte P15F v2
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710MQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
275 min ∼10%
HP Envy 15-k203ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 5500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
289 min ∼11%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G-574H
GeForce GTX 850M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
448 min ∼17%
WiFi (sort by value)
Asus N551JK-CN166H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
271 min ∼10%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
261 min ∼10%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
181 min ∼7%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
277 min ∼10%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
328 min ∼12%

Pros

+ High computing performance
+ Gaming suitable
+ Plenty of storage
+ Empty mSATA slot
+ Decent battery life
+ Maintenance-friendly
+ Two-year warranty

Cons

- Dark, low-contrast screen

Verdict

Gigabyte P15F v2. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de
Gigabyte P15F v2. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de

Gigabyte's P15F v2 is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop. The strong processor provides enough computing power for all conceivable application scenarios. Thanks to the GeForce graphics core, the laptop can render virtually every up-to-date 3D game. There is plenty of storage, which can be expanded via a solid-state drive in the mSATA format. Considering the hardware configuration, the battery life and the casing's temperatures are acceptable. Maintaining/upgrading the laptop is easy thanks to the large cover on the underside. On the other hand, the screen is disappointing: Gigabyte has installed a dark, low-contrast, viewing angle dependent model. More should be offered for a purchase price of 900 Euros (~$975).

We would recommend another laptop for users who are not only interested in the gaming suitability of a laptop: Acer's Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-571G. It consumes less power than the P15F v2, and can boast with much longer battery runtimes. It also features a considerably better IPS screen. Moreover, it is 170 Euros (~$184) cheaper than the P15F v2.

Gigabyte P15F v2 - 03/19/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
77 / 98 → 79%
Keyboard
76%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
68 / 81 → 84%
Weight
60 / 66 → 89%
Battery
88%
Display
75%
Games Performance
90%
Application Performance
91%
Temperature
82 / 95 → 86%
Noise
64 / 90 → 71%
Audio
50%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
72%
79%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-03-27 (Update: 2015-03-28)