Gigabyte Aero 15x vs Aorus X5 – 8th Gen Gaming Laptop Comparison

The Gigabyte Aero 15x and Aorus X5 are similar
in many aspects, to the point where I kind of see the Aorus X5 as the bigger brother
to the Aero 15x, so let’s compare these two laptops, see how they perform and help
you pick which is right for you. First let’s check out the differences in
specs. Perhaps most importantly, the Aero 15x has an Intel i7-8750H CPU, while the Aorus
X5 has the i7-8850H which is the next step up. There’s only a small difference in out
of the box clock speeds, however the 8850H can be overclocked while the 8750H can’t,
and we’ll see how this performs in the benchmarks. The Aero 15x also has 1070 Max-Q graphics
while the Aorus X5 has the next level up with a regular laptop 1070. They both also have
15.6” 1080p 144Hz screens, although the Aorus has G-Sync while the Aero doesn’t. Both laptops have 16GB of DDR4 memory running
at 2,666MHz, however the Aero is running in single channel while the Aorus is in dual
channel, so keep in mind that this will affect our benchmarks slightly, in any case both
laptops have two slots and can support up to 32GB. For storage both laptops have 512gb NVMe M.2
SSDs and both have two M.2 slots, while the Aorus also has a 2.5” drive bay which is
populated with a 1TB 7,200RPM hard drive, but again like the memory they’re available
with different configurations, this is just what I had. For network connectivity both have gigabit
ethernet ports, support for 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth version 4.2 in the Aero and
version 4.1 in the Aorus. Both laptops have a matte black metal design,
giving the interior and lid a nice clean look. The lids also have corresponding Gigabyte
and Aorus logos with mirrored finishes which light up white while the laptops are powered
on. As for size differences the Aorus is bigger
considering they’re both 15 inch laptops, although that’s not unexpected considering
the higher specs of the Aorus which requires more cooling. As for the weight differences the Aorus was
almost 600g more than the Aero, and this increased to around 750g more once you include the power
bricks and cables for charging, so the Aero is noticeably smaller and lighter. On the left the Aorus has its mini DisplayPort
1.4, two USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C ports one of which has Thunderbolt 3 support and 3.5mm
headphone and mic jacks while the Aero has it’s ethernet port, USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A port,
HDMI 2.0 port, mini DisplayPort 1.4 and 3.5mm audio combo jack. On the right both have an SD card slot and
two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, the Aorus’s are Gen2 while the Aero’s are Gen1, while the
Aorus has its HDMI 2.0 port and the Aero has its USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port with Thunderbolt
support as well as the power input towards the back. The Aorus has some more IO on the back, including
the power input, two more USB 3.1 Type-A ports and ethernet port, as well as some pretty
big air exhaust vents in the corners and on the sides, while there’s nothing on the back
of the Aero, which exhausts its air out the back just below the screen. Overall they have similar IO, the Aorus has
an extra Type-C and Type-A port. The screens are also somewhat similar, both
are 15.6 inch 1080p screens with a 144Hz refresh rate. The Aero uses a LG Philips panel while
the Aorus uses an AUO panel, both seem to be AHVA which to be honest looks similar to
IPS, giving both screens excellent viewing angles with no noticeable colour shift. The
Aorus has G-Sync available while the Aero doesn’t, although personally I think that’s
less of a benefit at the higher 144Hz refresh rates anyway. I’ve measured the colour gamuts of both
displays using the Spyder 5 pro, and the one in the Aorus scored slightly better, however
to my eyes both looked great and I’d happily use either for gaming or content creation. The bezels on the Aero are really thin, at
around 5mm or so, whereas the Aorus has your traditional thicker bezels. Due to the thin
bezels of the Aero the camera is placed below the screen, giving you that lovely up the
nose look, while it’s above the screen in the Aorus. The quality of both cameras and
microphones were similar, not great for both. There was backlight bleed detected with both
laptops, but there was much less with the Aero, I could only just barely notice it in
a dark room while I could occasionally notice the bleed from the Aorus in a normally lit
room when viewing darker content, however this will vary between laptops, this is just
my experience with a small sample size of one. As for screen flex, both were pretty similar,
there wasn’t a clear winner, they were both quite sturdy being metal. Keyboard flex was
again fairly similar, a little movement when pushing down hard but both were perfectly
fine while actually typing normally, overall the build quality in both was very similar
and quite good. When it comes to typing I’d rate both keyboards
about the same, although I did have some issues with the Aorus keyboard, as it has macro keys
on the left hand side which took some getting used to. Both have individual key RGB backlighting
with similar effects, and they might appear to be flickering in the video but that’s
just because of the shutter speed of my camera, in person both look fine. Both touchpads felt extremely smooth, the
Aero’s is plain while the Aorus features the Aorus logo in a bronze colour. They both
use the ELAN drivers out of the box which made them suboptimal, at least to me based
on my own preferences, but I was easily able to install precision drivers in both with
made them both perfect. Both laptops have 94 watt hour batteries inside.
While just watching YouTube videos with the screens on 50% brightness, keyboard lighting
off and background apps disabled, the Aero lasted for almost 3 hours more. This was because
only the Aero was able to swap to the integrated Intel graphics, as the Aorus has G-Sync which
cannot be disabled, so it was burning extra power with the Nvidia graphics the whole time. While playing the Witcher 3 with Nvidia’s
battery boost capping the frame rate at 30 FPS the Aero lasted about 40 minutes longer
than the Aorus. I didn’t expect the results to be that different given they’ve got the
same battery size, especially with the frame rates capped I didn’t expect the Aorus to
have to do extra work, although it could also be other factors such as the more powerful
8850H CPU. As for the temperatures I tested the Aero
15x with an ambient room temperature of 22 degrees celsius and the Aorus X5 at 18 degrees
celsius, so a little difference there as I had them at different times. These differences
haven’t been accounted for in the graphs, as simply adjusting up or down would not be
accurate as thermal throttling was taking place at 90 degrees, so just something to
keep in mind. Near idle though the Aorus was running slightly
warmer despite the cooler room temperature, and the 1070 graphics in the Aorus were also
warmer as expected, it’s a more powerful card. The CPU temperatures were all mostly
90 degrees, as that seems to be where both CPUs would begin thermal throttling, but this
could be improved with some undervolting. Unfortunately I didn’t do enough in depth
undervolting tests on the Aero 15x to compare the two properly, but I was able to remove
all thermal throttling on the Aero with a -0.150v undervolt while the Aorus was still
seeing minimal throttling in similar stress tests with the same undervolt applied, but
that was during a full load stress test. As for the areas where you’ll actually be
putting your hands both were about the same at idle, look at the temperature readouts
rather than the colours as the colours are automatically set by the camera. While gaming
the Aorus actually stays a fair bit cooler here, probably due to the side and rear exhaust
vents while the Aero removes all heat underneath the screen, and again with the CPU and GPU
stress tests running the Aorus is still cooler, so the Aorus seems to run warmer inside due
to the more powerful hardware but does a better job at containing or removing it. As for the fan noise produced by the laptops,
I’ll let you have a listen to some of these tests. At idle the Aorus was just slightly louder,
but while gaming the Aorus is quite a bit louder in comparison, although the gap narrows
if you manually max out the fans where both get quite loud. Now let’s check out some benchmarks! All
tests were run at 1080p, as this is the resolution of the screens, granted the Aero is available
with a 4K display that wasn’t what I had. Just as a quick recap remember that the Aorus
has a slightly better CPU which was overclocked to 4.3GHz out of the box, better graphics
card, and dual channel memory, so we expect it to perform better than the Aero. In Fortnite we’re seeing quite a big boost
with the Aorus, although the difference gets closer together at epic settings where there’s
still a 23% improvement with the Aorus. It played great on either laptop, but you can
average above 144 FPS to make use of the high refresh rate panel much easier on the Aorus.
Also don’t forget this game depends on what other players are doing, so take the results
with a grain of salt. PUBG was tested using the same replay, and
again we’re seeing a fair boost with the Aorus with just under 30% of an improvement
at ultra settings, but again like Fortnite take the results with a grain of salt as actual
gameplay will vary a lot based on which map you’re playing on, where you are in game
and what other players are doing. Overwatch was tested playing with the bots,
and the render scale defaulted to 140% here so you’d get better results by lowering
that back to 100, but even so the results are still quite good as this is a well optimized
game, and we’re seeing a 15% performance increase at epic settings. Battlefield 1 was tested playing the first
mission, and again the results were quite good, but much easier to hit that 144 FPS
with the Aorus again, with around a 15% performance improvement at ultra settings. Rise of the Tomb Raider was tested using the
built in benchmark, and yet again there’s a noticeable improvement with the Aorus, with
a 40% improvement at max settings. Watchdogs 2 is a more resource demanding game,
but it ran well on both laptops and doesn’t really need a high frame rate to play, and
at ultra settings the Aorus is performing around 38% better on average, even the 1%
lows with the Aorus are above the averages on the Aero. Ghost Recon is another resource intensive
game and at ultra settings we’re seeing around 20% of an improvement with the Aorus
laptop. Shadow of War was also tested with the built
in benchmark, and again we’re getting around 20% better at ultra settings with larger differences
at the lower setting levels as usual. The Witcher 3 on the other hand was running
15% better on the Aorus at ultra settings, but again this isn’t really a game that
feels much better with a higher frame rate in my opinion. Just quickly I’ve also got the results from
some benchmark tools, including the Heaven, Valley and Superposition benchmarks from Unigine,
as well as Firestrike, Timespy and VRMark from 3DMark. Just pause the video if you want
a closer look at these results. The differences in most games are much larger
than I expected, but keep in mind the CPU was overclocked to 4.3GHz on all cores out
of the box with the Aorus, the dual channel memory is likely helping out a bit too and
of course most importantly the 1070 graphics perform better than the Max-Q 1070 in the
Aero 15x. Just to give you an idea of CPU performance
differences here’s how both laptops did in Cinebench with the CPUs undervolted for
best performance, we can see the 8850H is only just slightly ahead in single core and
further ahead in multicore, especially when overclocked to 4.3GHz, but I’ll be comparing
these CPUs in more detail in a future video. I’ve tested the 512gb M.2 NVMe SSD speeds
using CrystalDiskMark, and the results weren’t too far apart, but keep in mind that you might
get different drive models or sizes in different regions. Both SD readers are UHS2, and these
results are unfortunately not directly comparable as I upgraded to a V90 SD card after testing
the Aero which performed better, but either way hopefully this shows that you should get
decent speeds from either. The Aorus also had a 1TB 7,200RPM hard drive in the single
2.5 inch drive bay, which the Aero doesn’t have. Now perhaps the most important difference,
the price. Here in Australia the Aorus goes for around $400 AUD more than the Aero. In
the US though there seems to be a $300 USD difference between the two, so you’ll need
to decide if the extra performance is worth the price. Personally I’m leaning towards the Aero
15x, but I’m looking at it from a content creation perspective and I don’t really
need the extra power of the 8850H and 1070 and I’d prefer the extra battery life as
I don’t need G-Sync, not to mention the thinner and lighter build. As for gaming though
you’re going to get quite a better experience with the Aorus X5 due to those better specs,
so you’ll need to decide if that boost in performance is worth the $300 USD difference,
or whatever the price difference happens to be at the time you’re deciding. Assuming you don’t mind the larger and heavier
Aorus with lower battery life, in US dollars the Aorus costs 13% more at the time of recording,
but at least in the games I tested was giving me anywhere from 15% to 40% of a performance
increase, so in terms of raw gaming power it may be worthwhile. Hopefully as you’ve seen the Aorus X5 is
basically a jacked up Aero 15x in many ways, which is why I tend to think of it as the
bigger brother of the Aero. So which of these two laptops would you guys
pick? The Aero 15x or Aorus X5? Let me know what you guys thought down in the comments,
and let me know what other laptops you want to see compared, as this video was made due
to a high number of requests. Thanks for watching, and don’t forget to subscribe for future
tech videos like this one.

68 thoughts on “Gigabyte Aero 15x vs Aorus X5 – 8th Gen Gaming Laptop Comparison

  1. After having the Aero 15X for like a month, i cant look at any laptops with bezels, just disgusting no matter the specs hahaha

  2. Damn you Aussies! All of you guys uploading one after the other. And it's now 12:40am! LOL! Great review Jarrod. Nice comparison.

  3. I like the aorus, but aero seems better as for portability. As a college student it is a hassle to carry heavy laptops everyday. I gotta say that undervolting or repasting is quite necessary for any of the i7 coffee lake mobile chips since they run pretty hot.

    Great video J, I would like to see you do a video regarding how to undervolt or repaste computers. Or maybe just comment here down below 🙂

  4. when it come to weight , aero 15x hands down , nothing beat the pleasure of using/carrying a thin and light powerful laptop to attend nature's call , and a great reviews as always Jarr.

  5. Hey Jarold, when you will do a MSI GT75 review? Also, you have steam account? Will be a pleasure talk with you 🙂 Thanks.

  6. 6:24 you probably meant the max q 1070 there? 🙂 i7 8850h shouldn't consume that much more than 8750h, but normal 1070 consumes noticably more power than the max q version

  7. I will purchase gigabyte 15w v7 in Indonesia anytime soon what do i need to consider before buying? :
    1) Warranty
    2) Costumer service
    3) Future proofing

    Help me guys 😉

  8. Could u please do a review on thi sparticular laptop, and keep up the good vids

  9. Sorry this is off topic but..
    Is this good?
    -i5 8400
    -Cooler Master Hyper 212
    -Asus B360-G
    -Zotac GTX 1060 6GB
    -RAM 16GB(2x8GB) Corsair 2666 Mhz
    -Adata 128GB SSD
    -Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD 7200rpm
    -Seasonic M1211 520W
    -Thermal Paste Arctic MX4

  10. Not sure if you already have one, but pls make a video of what laptop you would buy now and why. Maybe with price ranges? 1000, 1500 or ham…. (and maybe make it a monthly thing?)

    Also, you are starting to get attention everywhere, use both units of measurement >_<.

    Awesome video! I love seeing your content evolve into something better and better!

  11. i just dont know why gigabyte sell their product and advertise in many store in my country but only mother board and gpu instead laptop,their laptop seem great though 🙁

  12. I just realized you can't use the Aero 15X with the lid closed. At work I use my laptop as my main computer "docked" with a wide screen. Since I got enough screen realstate and better color accuracy for content creation, I just close the lid and tuck the laptop away. Due to how the vents oft the 15X work, if I happened to have this laptop, it would overheat.

  13. I appreciate your effort and it would great if you keep checking CSGO benchmarks in the future, however as always awesome video 👍🏻

  14. Hey man big fan! I dunno anyone on YouTube that goes in depth in their reviews like you do. Just wanted you to review the new gl504 scar 2 please.

  15. Thanks Jarrod!

    With your help I learned more about laptops and chose to buy the Acer Predator Helios 300. Bought it together with the HAVIT 5 Fans for even better cooling. Since that was a small issue!

    The specs in here are perfect for the price. The issues that I have are the build in speakers and mousepad, but I'll be using a headset and mouse anyways.

    Even though I have made my choice I'll still be supporting your channel!

    See you later!

  16. i switched from xtu to throttlestop for undervolting, and its so weird what you can do. i actually changed the TDP of the 8750H from 45w to 25w, and from the results of a few stress tests i see no other way to explain what its doing other than the TDP is actually different. it only boosts to around 2.8 steadily and has short spikes of 3.6 then goes back down to 2.8

  17. Aero is much prettier 🙂 Great video 🙂 I wanted to ask about your opinion on cooling pads?My laptop gets pretty hot on touch , and sometimes there is freezing in games, but I prefer to use it without a cooling pad because it is much prettier that way 😀 Sorry , off topic question, but I have to ask 😀 Thanks 🙂

  18. I love this in-depth video comparison between the Aero and the Aorus. It was straight to the point. Great video

  19. Hey jarrod , i really need your opinion on this. Which laptop is better for gaming according to you , MSI GL62MVR or Asus ROG GL502VM , based on their specs , please help me as i might get a new laptop soon . Thanks 🙂

  20. Hmm hard to decide. Pure performance x5 productivity 15x i'd properly use the 15x more due to its longer battery life, and when it becomes out dated i'd use it a business laptop, plus the 1070 max q isn't much of a step up from my current laptop with a 1060 6gb,Another great comparison Jarrod keep up this great work.

  21. Dude, I like the review style, but the way you present using your voice drives me nuts. I can’t even make it through an entire video. Hopefully your going back and listening to yourself before you upload. The way you end each sentence/paragraph begins to get repetitive and robotic about 1/4 way through the video. Just food for thought.

  22. aero 15x has 100% adobe rgb screen. that's not easy to find in most laptops. I don't think the aourus has it. For video editing/graphics designers it's kind of a must.

  23. If you report Delta T temperatures – Degrees above ambient instead of absolute temps, it will give you the ability to be more accurate when doing temp comparisons in your reviews, particularly if you dont have teh laptops together at the same time.

    The Delta T temp value will remain directly comparable regardless of the ambient temp up to the point where the ambient is high enough to get it hitting tMax. On hotter days, the absolute temp you measure will be higher but cooling 65W on a hot day will always increase temps by the same number of degrees from the ambient starting point as 65W on a cold day.

  24. Comparing the 8750H and 8850H and the 1070 Max Q and 1070 Laptop generally shows a less than 10% difference on each component. I was shocked to see the huge performance gains of the Aorus over the 15X, I think it has to be the single channel memory in the Aero 15X causing the significantly lower FPS. Any chance you have another 16GB SODIMM laying around that you could throw in the 15X and retest against the Aorus?

  25. This company's customer service is horrible. I bought as Aorus X7V7 and the screen started falling apart within 8 months of normal use. The company then wants me to pay for shipping to get it fixed under the WARRANTY. The adhesive they use to keep the screen together with the frame is garbage. Overall this has been a terrible experience. I will not buy another Aours product. Do not get ripped off!

  26. is it just me or are both laptops' keyboards' rgb colors flashing? does it look like that only on camera/videos or does it look like that in real life? 0:50

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