Next, we tested DirectX, a technique most of the game titles apply.
The following () is the AORUS 5 (Core i7-9750H/ GTX 1660Ti) benchmark
3DMARK Fire Strike => 17516 (7997)
FINAL FANTASY XIV ： Shadowbringers
1920 X 1080 HIGH=> 15948 (10518)
FAR CRY 5
Resolution: 1920 X 1080/ Graphic setting: Ultra
We use its built-in performance test, FPS: 5878 (3187)
GTX 1660Ti can run most titles using 1080p, medium graphic setting; and RTX 2080 Max-Q can run 1080p at Ultra.
If you are running UHD 4K resolution, we recommend you to apply medium or lower setting.
RTX 2080 is the most powerful you can get on AERO 15 OLED, there’s also a more affordable “SA” with 9750H and GTX 1660Ti.
Based on the test results above you may learn the difference between different GPU models and the most expensive one may not be the best choice for you especially if you don’t have such high budget.
One more thing for your information, NVIDIA recently update the 436.02 driver which optimizes more new titles. You should update it if you play these titles.
Room temperature: 31°C, running Intel Core i9-9980HK cooling test.
Fan mode: normal (runs at 3800~4100 RPMs when CPU running at full speed)
CPU temperature: 79°C~90°C, highest temperature: 95°C, running LinX 0.7.1 at system’s full speed.
Fan speed is 2600~2800 RPMs when standby, at this stage you can barely hear the fan; the speed will raise to 3800~4100 RPMs and the fan noise becomes noticeable.
Comparing to other models we’ve tested, this is not too bad. 9980HK’s TDP is 45W, and AERO 15 OLED’s cooling system is capable of handling more power.
Most of the time the CPU frequency is around 3.9~4.1G, TDP is about 55~58W; when TDP gets close to 60W, the wattage will drop to 0.8V and the clock speed is 2.4~2.6G.
Please note that LinX is very demanding for CPU, actual usage such as game would not use that much power.
Therefore, under normal circumstances, the CPU clock sped should be around 3.9~4.1G.
Furmark is a GPU burn-in test.
GPU 1000MHz / MEM 6000MHz
Temparature: Standby: 55°C/ Full speed: 77°C
We cannot get the precise GPU clock speed, but we compared the result to MSI GS75 which we previously tested. Though both is running the same RTX 2080 Max-Q, the MSI model can only reach slightly above 870MHz.
While running LinX burn-in test, the center of the keyboard temperature is 32~36°C, upper side of it is 36~42°C, the rear side, air exhaust vent, is 38~48°C, and the bottom side, air intake vent, is 33~45°C.
The fan noise rose when running at full speed, but it’s not too bad and we think it’s acceptable.
You can barely hear the fan when you are surfing the Internet, watching videos or playing music.
About the battery life, GIGABYTE claims 8.5 hours of usage, which may only happen when handling simple tasks such as web browsing. We tested it with Wi-Fi on, Microsoft Azure AI Battery Save Mode, playing 480p videos on YouTube, and the result is not quite as GIGABYTE claims but still exceptional.
After 1 hour: 85%/ 2 hours: 69%/ 3 hours: 56%/ After 5 hours: 21%/ After 6 hours: 8%
The left is AERO 15 OLED with Samsung AMOLED display; the right is AORUS 5 with LCD IPS.
When the brightness is about the same, we can see the difference in details, such as the upper left, the ripples, or the left side on the AERO logo, the grass.
AMOLED performs better on both image details and color saturation.
Besides the advantages mentioned above, AERO 15 OLED’s display is color calibrated by Xrite Pantone, hence the photo shown on the laptop looks very similar to the real object, meaning the color displayed is very close to actual color.
To sum up, GIGABYTE AERO 15 OLED YA(i9-9980Hk/RTX 2080 Max-Q) has the following advantages:
1.ID design is not “gaming” but ore professional, and the overall build quality is great.
2.It carries the most high-end display that is available now: Samsung 4K AMOLED, has 3-side ultra-thin screen bezel and is color calibrated by Xrite Pantone.
3.It is equipped with 8C16T Intel 9th gen Core i9-9980HK and the performance is improved.
4.Thin& light but carries NVIDIA RTX 2080 Max-Q, currently the most powerful mobile graphics.
5.Useful GIGABYTE Control Center and Nahimic audio software.
6.Microsoft Azure AI can dynamically adjust hardware settings and increase efficiency.
7.Advanced dual fan+5 heat pipes+11 intake/exhale vents GIGABYE cooling design: Supra Cool 2 thermal system.
8.Per-key RGB backlight keyboard; membrane keyboard but offers great tactile feedback.
9.Killer AX1650 supports 802.11AZ (Wi-Fi 6).
10.Thoughtful design of camera cover for extra privacy; with great performance as well as portability thanks to its 94Wh battery.
11.Besides the most premium “YA”, GIGABYTE also offers more entry-level models.
Things we think could do better:
1.The glossy display can be reflective when the ambient is bright.
2.Webcam has low resolution.
3.Speakers performs poorly on subwoofer and sound field.
4.It’d be better if the AMOLED also comes in matte finish so that customers get to choose.
Performance ★★★★★★★★★☆ 93/100
Quality ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/100
Hardware Spec ★★★★★★★★★☆ 92/100
ID Design ★★★★★★★★★☆ 90/100
Price/Performance ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 75/100
AERO 15 OLED starts from about 1,800 to 3,000 dollars, this product line covers most GPUs.
The price varies according to hardware specs and the most expensive one is YA, then XA, WA, SA and NA.
The latest version carries Intel 9th gen Core i7-9750H or i9-9980HK, as for the graphics it has RTX 2080 Max-Q, RTX 2070 Max-Q, or RTX 2060.
The same ID also comes in with Sharp 240Hz FHD IGZO matte display, offering options from GTX 1660Ti to RTX 2070.
The newest AERO 15 has minimum “professional” look, great build quality and feels premium.
There are 2 different types of panels and both of them have ultra-thin screen bezel, color calibrated display and a keyboard that has exceptional tactile feeling.
The price varies according to the parts inside, the product line covers different level of performance for you to choose from, from “gaming performance” RTX 2080 Max-Q to more entry level GTX GPUs.
Personally, I’d choose AERO over normal gaming laptops if the hardware spec is similar.
In the future we hope to see a webcam supporting higher resolution and stronger speakers.
So, this is my review on the latest AERO 15 OLED, wish this information is helpful
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