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A NEW Level of Gimmick? Gigabyte Aero 15 x9 Review

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*chinese phone makers adding AI into their phones for some time already*

 

Just time for implementing new stuff


Studying abroad, ditched the crappy laptop for a do-all laptop double. Dried factory CPU paste, long memory timings, cooler cools the inductors but not the mosfets and an inch of unused internal space on both left and right

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV system agent undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (1696MHz 0.812V ~ 1860MHz 0.95V) RAM: 12GB DDR4-2666 19-19-19-43 2T Storage: 128GB Toshiba NVMe SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172) Monitor: 1080p 120Hz IPS G-sync

 

The best thing to do is reading the clock speed that doesnt end in a pair of zeros. Software voltage readings are wrong if your motherboard's not a high end model

CPU: i7-2600K 4493MHz (multiplier: 43x) 1.35V (software) --> 1.4V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 104.5MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 10-11-11-30 2T 2133MHz, custom: 10-11-10-30 1T 2229MHz) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (OC'd 150Hz) TN Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Results: Cinebench R15 Single thread:159 Multi-thread: 770 (thx Meltdown Spectre patch) Super Pi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.11s 1M: 8.4s 32M: 7m 45.9s

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One of the Youtube tech reviewers tested this at CES with some games and productivity software but found no change in performance. Gigabyte stated it had to learn more :) Gigabyte on the other hand were using Premier 4 to show off its benefits.

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TLDW: Gigabyte Aero 15 x9 "AI Laptop" (Gaming Laptop)

 

Specs:

  • Intel Core i9-8950HK CPU (Overclockable)
  • Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB NVMe SSD
  • 94Wh battery
  • I/O:
    • 3x USB 3.1 type-A
    • 1x HDMI 2.0
    • 1x RJ45 (Ethernet)
    • 1x DP 1.4 USB 3.1 Type-C
    • 1x Thunderbolt 3 USB 3.1 Type-C
    • UHS-II Card Reader
    • Combo Audio Jack
  • Main selling point: "AI" optimization for games
  • 144Hz 15" 1080p display OR 60Hz 15" 4K display (Option)
  • $2400 for their recommended options

Upsides:

  • Good visual/structural design
  • Lots of I/O
  • Tons of horsepower in a really slim chassis
  • GPU performs great for gaming, CPU is decent (see thermal throttling note below)
  • Reasonable noise level
  • Great display, even good enough for pro photo/video work
  • Great trackpad (2nd favorite for the reviewer among all gaming laptops)
  • Great battery, still beats the competition but not by as much anymore now that the competition is getting better
  • Easily upgradable RAM/storage/battery
  • Considerably cheaper than comparable competition with double the storage

Downsides:

  • Very bad thermal throttling, crippling the power of the CPU (i.e. literally no reason to not buy the i7 model because it will give you the same performance and be much cheaper)
  • AI feature does not improve performance at all (against the implication of the marketing). It basically amounts to changing the optimization settings automatically for you (essentially turning your "gaming mode" on when you're gaming, and stuff like that)
  • No G-Sync
  • Bad webcam, bad mic, and AWFUL webcam positioning (also doesn't support Windows Hello)
  • Various nitpicks on the keyboard, though it works well enough (gives it a "B+" because the competition is still better)

Conclusion: Very strongly recommended for those looking for a good gaming laptop. Recommended except in the case where money is no object, in which case the reviewer recommends the Alienware M15 or Razer Blade 15 instead. Recommendation is made on the merits performance and convenience-wise and basically ignores the AI as a feature, as it doesn't improve performance like they say it does, and pretty much everything it provides can be done manually on comparable laptops anyway.

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So about the “AI” enhancing performance in video games. The AI will increase GPU when playing a game but say the game that you are playing does not really use GPU (in my case Arma 3). Will it instead help with RAM or CPU, or because it’s still a video game and it sees it as one will it up the GPU? I know that the AI doesnt make a difference but I am curious. 

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That's a very cool looking laptop (minus the front, ugh)

But good lord it is MASSIVELY EXPENSIVE


PC Rig: Scarlet Knight MKII

CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (5GHz@1.36V-- Motherboard: MSI Z170A Gaming M5 -- RAM: Kingston HyperX DDR4-2133 16GB (2x8GB) 

SSD#1: Samsung 960 EVO NVMe 250GB -- HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB -- GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Duke

PSU: FSP Hydro G 80 Plus Gold 750W -- Case: Golden Field Z2

Monitor: Dell Ultrasharp U2414H -- Keyboard: Corsair Strafe Cherry MX Red -- Mouse: Logitech G102 Prodigy

Soundcard: ASUS STRIX RAID PRO (ESS SABRE 9006A Premiere DAC)

 

Phone: LG G7 ThinQ

Camera: Sony A7R Mark 3 + FE 85 1.8

 

Laptop: Lenovo Legion Y530 - i7 8750H + GTX 1050

 

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18 hours ago, AlexTheGreatish said:

While everyone else has been making their laptops better, Gigabyte has been... adding AI?

 

Buy the Gigabyte Aero 15 x9
On Amazon: https://geni.us/XvxBgkK
On Newegg: https://geni.us/NF6VH

The prices for these things is still retarded if you ask me. Your paying sooo much for miniaturization and brand.

 

Also, can you please start at least mentioning pixel response on any vid you make in regards to displays. That's a 144hz IPS display, i will bet vital parts of my anatomy that the pixel response cannot keep up with the 144hz refresh frequency.

I know for damn sure IPS cant have a 100% transition pixel response less than 7ms currently.

The best I can see an IPS display being able to do with frequency whilst having a pixel response fast enough is 100hz, anything beyond that and the pixels wont be able to keep up, and thats going by the fastest IPS monitors iv seen tested.


CPU: Intel i7 3930k w/OC & EK Supremacy EVO Block | Motherboard: Asus P9x79 Pro  | RAM: G.Skill 4x4 1866 CL9 | PSU: Seasonic Platinum 1000w | VDU: Panasonic 42" Plasma |

GPU: Gigabyte 1080ti Gaming OC w/OC & Barrow Block | Sound: Asus Xonar D2X - Z5500 -FiiO X3K DAP/DAC - ATH-M50S | Case: Phantek Enthoo Primo White |

Storage: Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SSD + Samsung 850 Evo 256GB SSD | Cooling: XSPC D5 Photon 270 Res & Pump | 2x XSPC AX240 White Rads | NexXxos Monsta 80x240 Rad P/P |

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