AORUS 15 – High Quality Design and Material of Thin Bezel Gaming Laptop Review

Discussion in 'Laptops & Notebooks' started by windwithme, Aug 20, 2019.

  1. windwithme

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    Recent years many laptop brands came out more and more gaming notebook in the red sea market,
    The GIGABYTE gaming laptops is rare to see in the market before.
    But these 2 years they start to have more products for gaming style design
    With the positive market competitions, the gaming laptops become much better on design and price range.

    GIGABYTE got its own gaming brand AORUS with gaming laptops,
    AORUS series is simple, only got AORUS 15, AORUS 5,7 series in 2019
    This simple way might make lower awareness in the market.

    Let?s get back to the AORUS 15; A cover used metallic design,
    Black matted coating with high quality. Looks might be a bit of finger print on it.
    Most of the current matted metal coating notebook chassis had this status.
    AORUS designed their Eagle shape logo with lines on both side to create speedy style.
    The Logo and lines will have white lighting when notebook boot up, it will be more fancy if comes with RGB lights.

    I tested around 2225g, it?s a bit lighter than their formal data.
    A side and back side heat exhaust sink holes, looks similar as HP Pavilion Gaming 15.
    Many high level gaming notebook had this kind of design, but AORUS 15 is most outstanding as my user experience.

    Open the AORUS 15, B and C side design
    The hinge design closer to the middle on both left and right side, the biggest open angle around 130 degree,
    because the chassis assembling quality is solid, so it didn?t easily shake when open up the screen.

    B side designed with thin bezel frame that thin gaming notebook often used since 2018
    The AORUS 15 with 6mm thin bezel on 3 sides.
    Webcam still on the top side, is more convenient and outstanding.
    15.6? matted display with IPS panel, with Full HD resolution and 144Hz refresh rate.
    HD Webcam, work with face tracing function, it?s smooth but image quality could be improved.

    C side use matted aluminum metallic chassis besides of keyboard. This part is same as A side.
    Designed with membrane full color backlit keyboard, support RGB Fusion technology.
    Although the thin membrane keyboard is easy to be soft, but this one is good on feedback.
    There are branding stickers aside the touchpad, if the sticker is too big will impact the beauty of the ID design, recommend to make it smaller and simplified, or put it under D side is also a way.

    Touchpad used larger surface design, looks wider on left and right side.
    This makes more convenient using experience, the pointing is very accurate when moving.
    In my personal experience, high accuracy touchpad appeared on higher price products mostly.
    The power button with white light when boot up, the left and right side aside the corner have LED project lights for gaming ambience.

    On top of C side is power button, it?s same icon as A side image.
    Align the button it designed with cooling holes with special shapes to give it streamline style.
    On the upper right side of keyboard key with fan icon, used Fn+Fan key to adjust fan speed.

    Left side IO
    From left, heat exhaust / RJ-45 LAN port / USB3.1 (Super Charge) / Micro SD reader
    Storage light / Power light. The heat exhaust hole design is really good looking and quality.

    Right side IO
    From left, headset port / 2x USB 3.1 / heat exhaust
    The USB 3.1 all Gen1 Type-A format
    This machine of cooling system used dual 7cm high speed fan, 6 heatpipes, 9 in & out airflow exhausts, it should have very good present on cooling power.
    The analysis is coming soon.
  2. windwithme

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    Back side IO
    From left, heat exhaust / NB Lock / USB3.1 Gen2 Type-C (Charge, Display)
    Mini DP 1.3 / HDMI 2.0 / AC connector / heat exhaust
    This photo could see the D side deign, half of the surface design with cooling holes, D side on the left and right could see speaker out hole, use stereo dual channel design.

    AORUS 15 mainly with 3 type of version
    Entry level with GTX 1660Ti / LG 144Hz IPS FHD display / 180W adaptor
    This test model with RTX 2060 / LG 144Hz IPS FHD display / 180W adaptor
    Highest level with RTX 2070 / SHARP 240Hz IGZO FHD display / 230W adaptor
    At this high level hardware SPEC., the adaptor is light and easy to carry.

    AORUS Control Center unique software
    Open up at first page is Smart Dashboard
    Mainly for hardware monitor, hardware SPEC., and hardware status
    The AI software on the right top side, it used Microsoft Azure with cloud and learning
    Use database to learn user experience on the programs, dynamic adjust CPU and GPU power consumptions.
    In a easy way is to use AI to optimized hardware performance, to have higher efficient on programs.

    Manager is similar as mobile phone interface
    Mainly to show the function status and quick open program

    AORUS Fusion technology, support highest up to 1677M colors of RGB Zone backlit keyboard.
    Left and right down side could see the aside project lights, could adjust lights.

    Smart Utilities
    About hardware update info, system backup, product intro, FAQ and register function.

    AORUS Control Center unique application got rich functions,
    Interface also improved a lot, looks like AORUS motherboard software UI
    But I think the interface and UI design still could be improved.
    Because windwithme used lots of many brands of high end gaming notebooks for years.
    So far I think Dell Alienware Command Center is the best, 2nd is MSI Dragon Center 2.

    Nahimic 3D sound software
    These years tested many MSI gaming notebook models all used this software
    The interface and function already updated many versions, it’s useful software
    Mainly support 4 sound scenario, with 3 functions to make it richer detail setup.

    Mic page have 2 type for conversation or meeting, also have 3 functions to adjust.

    Sound tracker is good for FPS gaming, it’s useful for in game experience.

    Here is the AORUS 15 sound experience, this part is subjective part
    High Freq. – No too sharp sound, rich detail, high quality present.
    Mid Freq. – Overall clarity is outstanding, human vocal not strong enough, still have room to improve.
    Low Freq. – Low frequency drums is clear, mid-low sound is not bad, but the woofer power is too light.
    Speaker might be the weakness on AORUS 15, the overall present is above the average.
    Because of the sound stage and mid-low sound is a bit weak, if you have higher sound quality request, recommend to use external speakers.
    The external headset AMP is good and brings outstanding headset sound detail at this price range. It benefits the gamers who like to use headset.

    AORUS 15 embedded i7 8750H with 6 Core 12 Thread, basic clock 2.2GHz and up to 4.2GHz.
    Fan Speed set to middle, about 2500~4500rpm to test CPU performance.
    CPU => 1155 cb
    CPU(Single Core) => 167 cb
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    CPU => 2556 cb
    CPU(Single Core) => 408 cb

    CPUZ 1.88.0
    Single Core => 450.8
    Multi Core => 3388.2
    Fritz Chess Benchmark => 43.67 / 20960

    Geekbench 4
    Single-Core Score => 5023
    Multi-Core Score => 21859

    Running Time => 3m 07s
    x265 Benchmark 2.1.0 => 35.8FPS

    Intel 9th Gen i7-9750H just in the market, the clock about 26GHz~4.5GHz, it’s about 300~400MHz, in fact the performance gap is small.
    Current 8th Gen CPU platform still popular in the market, and the price already dropped to lower range. Basically pick 8750H is more efficient and lower cost.
    AORUS 15 got stronger cooling system, so it’s easy to have higher score on CPU tests.
    In previous tests some notebook because of slim design but higher level SPEC., so they might need to boost their fan speed to higher level and test more times to have higher score.

    DRAM performance test – DDR4 2666
    AIDA64 Memory Read - 37260 MB/s

    Base on 8th Gen architecture with dual channel DDR4 2666 bandwidth, AROUS 15 bandwidth speed already at high level,
    with higher cost SAMSUNG DRAM, the compatibility and overclock speed is outstanding, if they could open Overclock options, it could be more unique as a gaming notebook.

    For storage part, this could install dual M.2 SSD and 1 2.5” SASA3
    Used Intel 760P M.2 PCIe 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD 5400rpm combination
    SSD test part – CrystalDiskMark
    Seq Read - 3061.1 MB/s,Write - 1516.3 MB/s
    AS SSD Benchmark - 3098
    Seq Read - 2636.31 MB/s,Write - 1485.31 MB/s
    4K - 64Thrd Read - 876.00 MB/s,Write - 1031.23 MB/s

    Since most high level notebook used SAMSUNG or TOSHIBA SSD, but Intel 760P got 3230MB/s of read speed, 1625NB/s of write speed.
    As a single NVMe M.2 SSD, the performance of 760P is already very good, with Intel long term branding image and SSD product line with good quality,
    it also fits AORUS 15 keep their All Intel Inside strategy with more Intel components.

    Got a Transcend RF9 USB3.1/UHS-II Card Reader, just fit my test to compared built-in card reader. Used SanDisk Ultra microSD UHS-I 128GB to test.

    We could see that AORUS 15 built-in card reader also good present,
    Compared to the comparison external Card Reader, the performance gap is not big.

    Then take a look on 3D performance test, this model comes with nVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
    Will also attached previous test of GTX 1070 and RTX 2080 Max-Q for comparisons.

    3DMARK Fire Strike => 13860
    GTX 1070=14668,2080 MAX-Q=17188

    3DMARK Time Spy => 6020
    2080 MAX-Q=7509

    1080P MEDIUM => 11465
    GTX 1070=13537,2080 MAX-Q=14380

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