Gigabyte Aero 15 Review

May 2, 2017 // 4:47 p.m.

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Battlefield 1

Publisher: Electronic Arts

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We use the DirectX 12 API and the games 'Ultra' preset. We benchmark a section of the single-player campaign as this is the most repeatable and reliable means, though we've chosen a part that we found to be representative of the more demanding areas. Specifically, it's a manual, 30-second run through the start of the mission 'The Runner'.

Battlefield 1

1,920 x 1,080, DX12, 'Ultra' settings

  • Intel Core i7-6700K with EVGA GTX 1080 FTW
  • Razer Blade Stealth with Razer Core (EVGA GTX 1080 FTW)
  • Gigabyte Aero 15 (GTX 1060)
  • Razer Blade (GTX 1060)
    • 110
    • 123
    • 47
    • 59
    • 47
    • 51
    • 37
    • 51
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25
50
75
100
125
Frames Per Second
  • Minimum
  • Average

Fallout 4

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

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Our Fallout 4 benchmark is a 30-second FRAPS recording of a manual playthrough, where our character runs forward through a woodland area just outside the Corvega Automation Plant. The scene is very challenging relative to the rest of the game, with massive draw distances and complex volumetric lighting. This means the results below are not representative of typical gameplay, but rather of the most challenging points in the game. We test at the game's 'Ultra' preset, the highest available, and v-sync is disabled in the game's .ini file.

Fallout 4

1,920 x 1,080, DX11, 'Ultra' settings

  • Intel Core i7-6700K with EVGA GTX 1080 FTW
  • Razer Blade Stealth with Razer Core (EVGA GTX 1080 FTW)
  • Gigabyte Aero 15 (GTX 1060)
  • Razer Blade (GTX 1060)
    • 97
    • 119
    • 70
    • 81
    • 47
    • 57
    • 47
    • 57
0
25
50
75
100
125
Frames Per Second
  • Minimum
  • Average

3DMark

Publisher: Futuremark

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3DMark is arguably the most popular synthetic benchmark around today. The DirectX 11 portion, Fire Strike, comes in three flavours: Fire Strike, Fire Strike Extreme and Fire Strike Ultra, which run at 1080p, 1440p and 4K respectively. All cards are tested in Fire Strike using the default settings, as anyone can download and run this exact benchmark for free so you can easily compare your own system's score with those you see below. More powerful cards are tested in Fire Strike Extreme and Fire Strike Ultra as appropriate, but you'll need to pay to unlock these benchmarks yourself.

3DMark also recently added Time Spy, a DirectX 12 benchmark that runs at 1440p. It is designed to properly utilise the advantages of the DirectX 12 API. The benchmark is available for free but you'll need to pay to change any of the settings, including the resolution. Nonetheless, it still serves as a useful at-a-glance comparison of performance in this increasingly important API.

3DMark Fire Strike

1,920 x 1,080, DX11, default settings

  • Intel Core i7-6700K with EVGA GTX 1080 FTW
  • Gigabyte Aero 15 (GTX 1060)
  • Razer Blade Stealth with Razer Core (EVGA GTX 1080 FTW)
  • Razer Blade (GTX 1060)
    • 18316
    • 9532
    • 9425
    • 9194
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5000
10000
15000
20000
Score
  • Score

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

2,560 x 1,440, DX11, default settings

  • Intel Core i7-6700K with EVGA GTX 1080 FTW
  • Razer Blade Stealth with Razer Core (EVGA GTX 1080 FTW)
  • Razer Blade (GTX 1060)
  • Gigabyte Aero 15 (GTX 1060)
    • 10069
    • 7010
    • 4991
    • 4966
0
2500
5000
7500
10000
Score
  • Score

3DMark Time Spy

2,560 x 1,440, DX12, default settings

  • Intel Core i7-6700K with EVGA GTX 1080 FTW
  • Razer Blade Stealth with Razer Core (EVGA GTX 1080 FTW)
  • Gigabyte Aero 15 (GTX 1060)
  • Razer Blade (GTX 1060)
    • 7228
    • 4839
    • 3559
    • 3538
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1000
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5000
6000
7000
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Score
  • Score

VRMark

Publisher: Futuremark

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VRMark is another synthetic GPU benchmark from Futuremark, this time specifically designed to assess a system's ability to handle VR gaming, although no VR headset is required. The Orange Room test assesses whether a system is capable of meeting the current minimum requirements for an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive VR headset. We run it at default settings so users can easily compare scores here to the free version of this benchmark where settings cannot be changed.

VRMark - The Orange Room

2,264 x 1,348, default settings

  • Intel Core i7-6700K with EVGA GTX 1080 FTW
  • Gigabyte Aero 15 (GTX 1060)
  • Razer Blade (GTX 1060)
  • Razer Blade Stealth with Razer Core (EVGA GTX 1080 FTW)
    • 10816
    • 5951
    • 5606
    • 5443
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10000
Score
  • Score

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