Aero 15 X w/ 1070 Max-Q

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  1. Evermilion

    Evermilion Newbie

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    I wonder if this is true for all units or just some units. I’m thinking of returning this unit for another due to this issue along with the backlight bleed. But if this issue happens to all units, I may need to reconsider my options as it hinders my work/gaming so much.
     
  2. Playtoreview

    Playtoreview Newbie

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    First post but here are my thoughts on my Aero 15x.

    Recommendation (buy/hold/sell): Hold off
    Reason: Solid device with great features but with 11 series graphics coming later this year or early next and some features and implementation of software needing time to mature (bios unlock for memory, Gigabyte SmartManager software) you should wait if you can. I needed a new laptop and would buy it again if I had my time over but if you already have a capable laptop I would wait for the next gen or for confirmation some issues are resolved.

    A bit of a brief set of comments below across a number of areas but I would be happy to answer any questions that you ask on any of the points I highlighted.

    Main areas to highlight:
    • Adequately cooled (cpu repaste, low ambient temps, raising it off surface and fan blowing up on GPU/CPU from underneath) it is a beast and runs games and CPU intensive apps like with limited throttling and to the hardwares potential (but only as long as you don’t load both the GPU and CPU).
    • It runs hot and it does throttle under when taxing the GPU and CPU (straight to 90c when running game and then doing anything CPU intense in background.
    • You don’t get G.Skill Ripjaws by default (at least in HK) and so the reviewers benchmarks may be slightly different to your personal usage.
    • You will have backlight but its only noticeable if you know what you are looking for.
    • There are inconsistencies under the power profiles with some major stutter when on battery under balanced.
    • Battery life has been hit and miss and has been great (8+) some days while unexplainable poor (<2) others.
    • Expensive (especially in Hong Kong) given the fiddling around I think you need to do to get it running at its full potential (I wouldn’t recommend this to my parents or friends unless I was willing to set it up for them).

    What I want to see improve to be more positive on recommending it
    • Bios updates to unlock memory settings to get full speed of added ram.
    • Maturation of SmartManager energy profiles to fix inconsistencies.
    • Maturity of Gigabyte software given I wouldn’t recommend this laptop to anyone not wanting to tweak it via a clean install and through changing specifics in power profiles and using XTU as an example.

    If you own one what do I think you should do
    • Clean install of Windows.
    • Change Link State Power Management in the Balanced profile to “moderate power savings” and minimum processor power management to 10% if you are getting stuttering when on battery when trying to game or use anything GPU intensive.
    • Precision driver or trackpad (use Dave2D video, then restart, you may need a mouse to go back into the device manager to add the driver to the miniport PTP driver if your trackpad doesn’t work post install).
    • Add a second stick of ram to get dual channel memory if gaming (10% increase in some games for me; PUBG, Far Cry 5, Fortnite).
    • Repaste the CPU or order it through a company that can do it for you. This dropped 10 degrees off idle for me and reduced the throttling materially when loading both the CPU and GPU.
    • Upgrade Intel Wifi card to 9260 to get 867mbps and bluteooth 5.0.

    What I have changed
    • Clean install of Windows 10 Pro (to get access to bitlocker given the removable drive).
    • Precision driver for trackpad.
    • CPU repaste with Grizzly Kyronaut which dropped idle temps 10c and made it throttle less.
    • XTU undervolt 0.160 for core, cache and graphics.
    • Buy a laptop stand that can raise it when on desks to help with cooling.
    • Changed ram to 3200mhz G.Skill Ripjaws that only run at 2400mhz given bios doesn’t utilise XMP profiles and you can’t change the settings in the bios yet; CPU-Z 2400mhz, Task manager says 2666mhz).
    • Added 860 EVO 1tb drive as secondary.
    • Changed Wifi card to Intel 9260.

    What I like
    • Size is a perfect mix of usability for me given the screen to body ratio and the weight.
    • Understated even with the LED Gigabyte logo and doesn’t shout “gamer”. I use this laptop in a corporate environment and not a single person has said anything about it re being a gaming laptop. Easily fits into corporate meetings.
    • Performance when fully spec’d out is great (16gb dual channel ram, CPU repaste, intel 9260, undervolt).
    • Battery life (on the most part) is as stated with light browsing and note taking (OneNote; change it to low power mode in settings) being 6-8 hours on a single charge.

    What I don’t like
    • Physics; Thermals are poor given the current cooling as default, but this is to be expected given the size of the laptop and internals. I definitely recommend undervolting as a minimum and ordering from a company that can reapply the CPU paste or be willing to do it yourself.
    • Single channel ram that isn’t Ripjaws as the reviewer videos showed.
    • There is backlight bleed but only if you are looking for it (lower right for me).
    • Balanced energy profile by default has 90% max CPU on power and enables maximum power savings in the Link State Power Management which can impact gaming (stuttering).
    • Logo is illuminated.
    • Right shift key LEDs are poorly placed or the text should have been aligned to right.
    • 0 on keypad isn’t where it should be (should be below 1) but I can live with it.
    • Trackpad having an Apple laptop isn’t great.
     
  3. buddy1065

    buddy1065 Notebook Evangelist

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    Great review and thanks for taking the time out for us. Loving my version 7, purely stock.
     
  4. sdpadres2k16

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    Can someone post a pic of the lack of Shift key illumination?
     
  5. Cryptic Joker

    Cryptic Joker Notebook Enthusiast

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    Here you go. It's hard to notice in images, however its very noticeable in person. Simply bad placement of the leds under the key/location of the words on the key.
    [​IMG]
    https://imgur.com/a/x3q39wZ
     
  6. sdpadres2k16

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    Thanks for the pic....I wonder if there is a way to move the location of the leds
     
  7. xDjinn

    xDjinn Notebook Enthusiast

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    You got to admit its pretty clever that part of the intake for the cooling system is through the keyboard.

    With your battery settings I'm getting like 4hrs 56 min, is that what your getting?
     
  8. MaanKaas

    MaanKaas Notebook Geek

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    I think after updating to the latest nVidia and Intel drivers it really messed up the laptop.

    It was getting very hot even in idle (70 C to 80 C), random lags with video playback, very long black screen after boot, crazy bad battery etc.
    I did a clean install and it is all good again, not going to update the graphical drivers manually anymore, I think.
     
  9. DemShrimp

    DemShrimp Notebook Enthusiast

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    Anyone having weird issues with Smart Update on the original 15X? I tried to update to 3.9.7 via Smart Update, it broke it, so I uninstalled and downloaded 3.9.1 from their website and now I'm getting a Windows Defender severe trojan warning:
    Trojan:Win32/Tilken.B!cl
    file: C:\Users\xx\AppData\Local\Temp\Temp1_nb-driver-win7-64bit-smartupdate-3.9.1.zip\Smart_Update_win7_v3.9.1.exe->(nsis-1-SmartDashboard_quiet.exe)


    Likely a false positive, but anyone seen this before?
     
  10. MaanKaas

    MaanKaas Notebook Geek

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    Version 4.0.0 is out now
     
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