The new Gigabyte Aero 15x laptop has some pretty nice specs, including Intel’s new 6 core i7 8750H CPU and Nvidia 1070 Max-Q graphics, so let’s find out how well it performs in a bunch of different games. Just quickly before we dig into the benchmark results, I want to mention that the laptop comes standard with one 16gb stick of memory, meaning that it’s running in single channel.
Most of the laptops I’ve tested would instead come with two 8gb sticks so that it runs in dual channel, as this typically improves performance, so just keep in mind that the results could be improved a little if you swap over to dual channel memory, but I’m testing the aero 15x in its stock configuration here. All testing was done at 1080p, the native resolution of the laptop’s display, although it’s also available in 4K you won’t really get a great 4K gaming experience here, I’d suggest playing at 1080p anyway, even with the 4K screen. With that out of the way let’s check out some gaming results.
By popular demand I’ve started testing Fortnite, and with the lowest settings we’re averaging 144 FPS which fully utilizes the 144Hz display in the laptop, but I thought it felt nice and smooth even maxed out. Overwatch was fairly similar, we’re getting fairly high frame rates and at epic it ran nice and smoothly for me, as shown by the fairly high 1% low frame rates. CS:GO was averaging just under the maximum refresh rate of the display, with the 1% lows sitting around 60 FPS so again it ran quite well.
Aero 15x PUBG
PUBG was tested using the replay feature, but take the results with a grain of salt, as like Fortnite it will depend on what’s going on in the game, so the results will vary quite a lot. While I was playing it ran pretty well, no noticeable issues.
Aero 15x Dota 2
Dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replay, so this should be a worst case scenario, realistically you’ll probably get better results than this while playing. Battlefield 1 also ran well, and again even at max settings to me it felt nice and smooth, with 1% low frame rates just under 60 FPS. The witcher 3 doesn’t really need a high frame rate to enjoy, to me it ran well even at ultra settings despite the large drop compared to the other levels. Rise of the tomb raider was tested with the built in benchmark, nothing in particular to call out other than it’s running pretty well.
Aero 15x Ghost recon
Ghost recon is a fairly resource intensive game, and was again tested with the built in benchmark. The frame rate drops down a little at ultra settings, but seems pretty good at any level below this. Watchdogs 2 is another fairly resource intensive game, but is another that I personally think doesn’t need a high frame rate to play. The averages and 1% lows are fairly close together at the top 3 levels, so you might as well just play on ultra settings.
DOOM was tested with Vulkan, and we’re able to get above 100 FPS averages at any setting level with not really too much difference between the setting levels. Shadow of war was another game tested with the built in benchmark, and we’re just able to average above 60 FPS at ultra settings.
Overall the gaming results were pretty decent, however the 1070 Max-Q doesn’t really seem to be powerful enough to consistently make use of the 144Hz 1080p panel. Some of the esports titles like csgo, overwatch and fortnite are able to reach high enough frame rates to make use of the refresh rate, but in general only at the lower setting levels, so it probably would have better been paired with a non Max-Q 1070 or above.
So how do you guys think the Aero 15x did in these games? I was quite happy with the performance, but I’m generally happy with anything above 60 FPS, higher is nice to have but not essential in many of the games I play, and the esports titles where this was needed were able to get quite high. I’m in the middle of testing the laptop out for the full review video, and so far I think the laptop is great, but you’ll hear more about that in the full laptop review.
- Intel® Core™ i7-8750H ¦NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 Max-Q design GDDR5 6GB¦VR Ready
- 94.24Wh Huge Battery Capacity up to 10 hours¦UHD 3840×2160 IPS Thin Bezel wide viewing angle LCD
- 16GB DDR4-2666 Memory¦512 M.2 PCIe SSD (SSD Slot *2)
- GIGABYTE FUSION Per key RGB Backlit Keyboard¦HDMI 2.0: True 4K at 60Hz¦Support UHS-II SD card reader
- Support USB charging in Hibernate and Sleep status¦Thunderbolt 3 port: One port that does it all
- Unique Aesthetics with all aluminum robust body¦
- 14.0 (W) x 9.8(D) x 0.78(H) inch¦4.62 lbs
- XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster Streaming Software¦Dolby® Digital Plus™ Home Theater
- 2 Year global warranty