Gi­ga­byte Aorus X5 v7

Gi­ga­byte en­hances an old prod­uct yet again

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When you’re onto a good thing, stick to it. That seems to be the motto at Gi­ga­byte’s lap­top di­vi­sion, as they’re con­stantly re­leas­ing re­vi­sions of lap­tops that have been around for sev­eral years. The lat­est is the sev­enth it­er­a­tion of the X5, in the form of the X5 v7, and it’s quite the beast.

Gi­ga­byte has dubbed this the world’s fastest 15.6-inch lap­top, and the specs go quite a way to prove as much. But be­fore we delve into that, let’s look at what you’re go­ing to have fit into your back­pack. Thanks to the larger screen, it’s rather heavy, but Gi­ga­byte doesn’t have an of­fi­cial prod­uct page, and didn’t sup­ply us with any specs, so it’s hard to be pre­cise. We’d ap­prox­i­mate a weight of 2.5kg or so, so it’s not ex­actly upwardly mo­bile.

We ex­pe­ri­enced a cou­ple of weird quirks with our re­view sam­ple. Firstly, we al­ways up­date to the lat­est driv­ers when test­ing a lap­top. While the Win­dows Up­date worked fine, when we tried to up­date the Nvidia driv­ers, we kept get­ting an er­ror mes­sage say­ing “This graph­ics driver could not find com­pat­i­ble graph­ics hard­ware.” As a re­sult, we had to test with the fac­tory in­stalled driv­ers, Nvidia’s 382.30 driv­ers. Sec­ondly, when run­ning the 3DMark bench­marks, both tests ran in small win­dows, de­spite be­ing set to fullscreen mode. Even Alt+En­ter didn’t solve the is­sue, so we’d take these re­sults with a grain of salt.

Onto the ma­chine it­self. Our re­view ver­sion came with a 4K dis­play, though only a 1080p op­tion will be avail­able in Aus­tralia. It’s G-Sync en­abled, though it only has a 60Hz re­fresh rate ac­cord­ing to

it mightn’t be the most por­ta­ble lap­top on the mar­ket, but it cer­tainly is fast

the Nvidia con­trol panel. Again though, we can’t be sure that’s the ut­most re­fresh rate due to the driver is­sues and lack of spec­i­fi­ca­tions from Gi­ga­byte.

Pow­er­ing it all is In­tel’s i7-7820HK CPU, which boosts from a base speed of 2.9GHz up to 3.9GHz. This is paired with 16GB of DDR4-2400MHz mem­ory, but the real power comes from the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. Un­for­tu­nately it doesn’t ap­pear that Gi­ga­byte has em­ployed the new Max-Q ther­mal so­lu­tion, as this is one loud sucker. Dur­ing our harsh­est tests, fan noise was a rather rowdy 54dB, mak­ing it much louder than the new lap­tops em­ploy­ing Max-Q. Stor­age is very gen­er­ous, with a 256GB NVMe M.2 SSD and 1TB me­chan­i­cal hard drive.

It mightn’t be the most por­ta­ble lap­top on the mar­ket, but it cer­tainly is fast. We only wish it em­ployed Nvidia’s new Max-Q tech to keep it a lit­tle qui­eter, which will be rolling out in com­ing months. It’s also not ex­actly cheap, but if you want per­for­mance of this level, you’ve got to be will­ing to fork out for it. BEN­NETT RING


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