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Review: Aorus X9

by Parm Mann on 19 October 2017, 08:01

Tags: AORUS, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Test Methodology

Comparison Laptops - Part One

System Name
Form Factor
17.3in
17.3in
17.3in
17.3in
CPU
Intel Core i7-7820HK
Intel Core i7-7820HK
Intel Core i7-6820HK
Intel Core i7-6820HK
CPU Base Frequency
2.9GHz
2.9GHz
2.7GHz
2.7GHz
CPU Turbo Frequency
4.3GHz
4.3GHz
4.0GHz
3.8GHz
CPU Cores / Threads
4 / 8
4 / 8
4 / 8
4 / 8
CPU TDP
45W
45W
45W
45W
Memory
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
32GB DDR4 (2x16GB)
64GB DDR4 (4x16GB)
64GB DDR4 (4x16GB)
Memory Speed
2,400MHz at 16-16-16-39-2T
2,400MHz at 16-16-16-39-2T
2,400MHz at 17-17-17-39-2T
2,400MHz at 17-17-17-39-2T
Integrated GPU
-
-
-
-
Dedicated GPU(s)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
2x Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
Display
17.3in AUO1496 QHD TN (2,560x1,440)
17.3in AUO1396 QHD TN (2,560x1,440)
17.3in AUO119D Full-HD IPS (1,920x1,080)
17.3in LGD04E8 Full-HD IPS (1,920x1,080)
Battery Capacity
94Wh
94Wh
93Wh
88Wh
Wireless
Killer Wireless-AC 1535
Killer Wireless-AC 1535
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
Network
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet
Primary Storage
256GB Samsung SM961 SSD
512GB Samsung SM961 SSD
2 x 512GB Toshiba XG3 SSDs in RAID 0
512GB Toshiba XG3 SSD
Secondary Storage
1TB HGST Travelstar HDD
-
-
1TB HGST Travelstar HDD
Optical Drive
-
-
-
Blu-ray reader
Power Supply
230W External
330W External
330W External
230W External
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Dimensions (W x D x H)
428mm x 305mm x 22.9mm
428mm x 314mm x 29.9mm
429mm x 309mm x 35mm
416mm x 322mm x 49mm
Weight
3.2kg
3.6kg
3.8kg
4.3kg
Standard Warranty
Two years
Two years
Two years
Two years
Date Reviewed
July 2017
October 2017
February 2017
August 2016
Price When Reviewed
£2,500
£3,300
£3,100
£2,300

Comparison Laptops - Part Two

System Name
Form Factor
17.3in
17.3in
17.3in
17.3in
CPU
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
Intel Core i7-6820HK
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
CPU Base Frequency
2.3GHz
2.5GHz
2.7GHz
2.8GHz
CPU Turbo Frequency
3.2GHz
3.5GHz
3.6GHz
3.8GHz
CPU Cores / Threads
4 / 4
4 / 4
4 / 8
4 / 8
CPU TDP
45W
45W
45W
45W
Memory
8GB DDR4 (1x8GB)
12GB DDR4 (8GB + 4GB)
32GB DDR4 (2x16GB)
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
Memory Speed
2,133MHz at 15-15-15-36-2T
2,400MHz at 17-17-17-39-2T
2,666MHz at 18-18-18-43-2T
2,400MHz at 17-17-17-39-2T
Integrated GPU
-
Intel HD 630
-
-
Dedicated GPU(s)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
Display
17.3in LGD04E8 Full-HD IPS (1,920x1,080)
17.3in LGD04E8 Full-HD IPS (1,920x1,080)
17.3in SHP145E UHD IPS (3,840x2,160)
17.3in CMN1747 Full-HD TN (1,920x1,080)
Battery Capacity
76Wh
48Wh
74Wh
83Wh
Wireless
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
Killer Wireless-AC 1435
Network
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet
Intel Gigabit Ethernet
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet
Primary Storage
128GB Samsung CM871A SSD
128GB SanDisk Z400s SSD
256GB Samsung SM951 SSD
256GB Samsung SM951 SSD
Secondary Storage
1TB HGST Travelstar HDD
1TB HGST Travelstar HDD
1TB Seagate Spinpoint HDD
1TB HGST Travelstar HDD
Optical Drive
-
DVD writer
-
DVD writer
Power Supply
180W External
120W External
240W External
230W External
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Dimensions (W x D x H)
415mm x 280mm x 25mm
415mm x 273mm x 30mm
408mm x 296mm x 26.6mm
428mm x 294mm x 48mm
Weight
2.7kg
3.0kg
4.1kg
3.8kg
Standard Warranty
Two years
Two years
Two years
Two years
Date Reviewed
January 2017
June 2017
November 2016
May 2017
Price When Reviewed
£1,200
£1,100
£2,900
£2,000

CPU Benchmarks

HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching PiFast test is used to benchmark the computational power of each system's CPU.
Cinebench Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses as many cores as possible.
HandBrake Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores.

Memory and Storage Benchmarks

AIDA64 Benchmark that analyses memory bandwidth and latency.
CrystalDiskMark Popular free-to-use storage benchmark, used to gauge sequential performance and aggregated 4K QD32 speeds.

Gaming Benchmarks

3DMark DX12, Time Spy test.
Gaming A selection of modern titles are tested at various resolutions.

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Display Datacolor's Spyder 4 Elite professional monitor analyser is used to return a quantitative assessment of display quality.
Power Consumption Noted for system idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and whilst playing Dirt Rally.
Temperature Noted for CPU idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and whilst playing Dirt Rally.
Battery Life Measured while looping a high-definition movie clip with 50 per cent screen brightness and flight mode enabled.