The new Aorus 5X v8 gaming laptop’s got some really nice specs, including Intel’s new 6 core i7 8850H CPU and Nvidia 1070 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 wanted to mention that there’s 2 8gb sticks of DDR4 memory running at 2,666MHz in dual channel, the stock configuration present in my unit. All testing was done at 1080p, the native resolution of the laptop’s display, with VSync disabled. With that out of the way let’s check out some gaming results.
Starting out with Fortnite I was able to utilize the 144Hz refresh rate of the display at high settings or lower, however to me it still ran really well at max settings too. The 1% lows can drop quite a bit compared to the averages as this game greatly depends on what’s going on and what other players are doing, which also means you need to take the results with a grain of salt.
Overwatch was fairly similar in terms of the average frame rates, just playing with the bots we were able to surpass the refresh rate of the display at high settings or lower, and the 1% lows aren’t very low here so it basically always felt nice and smooth. CS:GO was averaging well above what the refresh rate of the display could output, the 1% lows drop down a lot in this test due to the smokes, but they’re still fairly high and can be improved by dropping the settings down.
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 can vary quite a lot, as shown by the 1% lows which are quite a bit lower than the averages. This was my first time testing Far Cry 5 due to popular demand and I’m just using the built in benchmark. The frame rate seems pretty decent, and while having a quick play it seemed to run pretty well.
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 actually playing, and even in this intensive test we’re always averaging above 100 FPS. Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built in benchmark and we’re seeing quite high frame rates at all setting levels, and while the 1% lows are a fair bit behind realistically they’re still quite high, so it should play great with the 144Hz screen.
Battlefield 1 also ran quite well, however although the average frame rates were quite high the 1% lows can drop down quite a bit during intensive fights, however to me it still felt nice and smooth, even 80 FPS dips aren’t that terrible, at least from someone that mostly uses a 60Hz monitor. The witcher 3 doesn’t really need a high frame rate to enjoy, and even on ultra settings to me it played great, however we can improve the frame rates quite a bit by lowering settings if needed. Rise of the tomb raider was tested with the built in benchmark, and the results are quite good with over 100 FPS even at maximum settings.
Ghost recon is a fairly resource intensive game, and was again tested with the built in benchmark. Although ultra settings are quite low, this is always the case in this game. At very high or lower it was definitely playable, despite the occasional dips as shown in the 1% lows. Watchdogs 2 is another fairly resource intensive game, but is another that I personally think doesn’t need a high frame rate to play.
Personally I can play this with 40 FPS averages no problem, so with 1% lows higher than this even at ultra settings it played really well. DOOM was tested using vulkan, and even at ultra settings I was able to average above the refresh rate of the display, to me it always felt nice and smooth even during intense fights. Shadow of war was another game tested with the built in benchmark and I think these results are more than enough to play the game even with fairly high settings.
Ashes of the Singularity was also tested with the built in benchmark, and again these are fairly good results for this game on a laptop. Overall I thought that the results from the Aorus X5 were pretty impressive, in many games we’re actually able to make use of the 144Hz screen with fairly decent settings, especially in the esports titles.
I haven’t yet tried undervolting or overclocking, I’ll cover those in future posts, but this is how the laptop performs out of the box, which to be honest is probably how most people will probably end up using it, so this is what you can at least expect at a base level.
So how do you guys think the Aorus X5 did in these games? I thought the 8850H CPU and Nvidia 1070 graphics made a pretty powerful gaming combination in a laptop, it can basically play any game with decent settings no problem. Let me know what you guys thought down in the comments!