3 Best Gaming Laptops for Doom Eternal

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Winner
HP Omen X 2S - 15t Gaming and Entertainment Laptop (Intel i7-9750H 6-Core, 16GB RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, 15.6" 4K UHD (3840x2160), RTX 2070, WiFi, Bluetooth, Webcam, 3xUSB 3.1, 1xHDMI, Win 10 Pro)
Best Price
[2020] Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED YB Thin+Light High Performance Laptop, 15.6" 4K UHD OLED Display w/ 100% DCI-P3, GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q, i9-10980HK, 32GB DDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, Up to 8.5-hrs Battery
ROG G703GI Desktop Replacement Gaming Laptop, 17.3” 144Hz 3ms G-SYNC, Intel Core i7-8750H Processor, Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, 16GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe SSD + 2TB FireCuda SSHD – G703GI-XS71
Model
Omen X 2S
AERO 15
ROG G703
Test Result
Test Result 9.6/10 Excellent April 2020
Test Result 9.3/10 Very Good April 2020
Test Result 9.2/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Omen
Gigabyte
Asus
RAM
16GB RAM
16GB
32GB
CPU
i7-9750H
Intel Core i7-9750H
Intel Core i9-8950HK
Graphics Card
NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB Overclocked
Storage Capacity
256GB SSD
256GB SSD
2 x 256GB SSD + 2TB SSHD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
5.25 lbs
8.25 lbs
10.35 lbs
Pros
  • Best Gaming Performance for Doom Eternal
  • Innovative Integrated Second Display
  • Fast SSD
  • Great Gaming Performance for Doom Eternal
  • Best Price
  • Good Battery runtime
  • Great Gaming Performance for Doom Eternal
  • Overclocking Potential
  • Stays cool even while Gaming
Cons
  • High Price
  • A bit Loud under heavy workload
  • High Price
Winner
HP Omen X 2S - 15t Gaming and Entertainment Laptop (Intel i7-9750H 6-Core, 16GB RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, 15.6" 4K UHD (3840x2160), RTX 2070, WiFi, Bluetooth, Webcam, 3xUSB 3.1, 1xHDMI, Win 10 Pro)
Model
Omen X 2S
Test Result
Test Result 9.6/10 Excellent April 2020
Manufacturer
Omen
RAM
16GB RAM
CPU
i7-9750H
Graphics Card
NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB
Storage Capacity
256GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
5.25 lbs
Pros
  • Best Gaming Performance for Doom Eternal
  • Innovative Integrated Second Display
  • Fast SSD
Cons
  • High Price
Best Price
[2020] Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED YB Thin+Light High Performance Laptop, 15.6" 4K UHD OLED Display w/ 100% DCI-P3, GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q, i9-10980HK, 32GB DDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, Up to 8.5-hrs Battery
Model
AERO 15
Test Result
Test Result 9.3/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Gigabyte
RAM
16GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-9750H
Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Storage Capacity
256GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
8.25 lbs
Pros
  • Great Gaming Performance for Doom Eternal
  • Best Price
  • Good Battery runtime
Cons
  • A bit Loud under heavy workload
ROG G703GI Desktop Replacement Gaming Laptop, 17.3” 144Hz 3ms G-SYNC, Intel Core i7-8750H Processor, Overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, 16GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe SSD + 2TB FireCuda SSHD – G703GI-XS71
Model
ROG G703
Test Result
Test Result 9.2/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Asus
RAM
32GB
CPU
Intel Core i9-8950HK
Graphics Card
Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB Overclocked
Storage Capacity
2 x 256GB SSD + 2TB SSHD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
10.35 lbs
Pros
  • Great Gaming Performance for Doom Eternal
  • Overclocking Potential
  • Stays cool even while Gaming
Cons
  • High Price

We tested and compared the best Gaming Laptops and selected the Best Gaming Laptops for Doom Eternal in terms of Gaming Performance, Price, Display Quality and more. Above you can see the Ranking of the three best Gaming Laptops for Playing Doom Eternal. Below we show you the miminum and recommended System Requirements in order to have a smooth Gaming Experience, also we provided you with the in-depth analysis of each Laptop in the Ranking

System Requirements of Doom Eternal

With “Doom Eternal”, developer Id Software wants to make a big splash from March 20, 2020. This applies not only to the gameplay, but also to the graphics. It will push all supported platforms to their limits. Especially the now published system requirements for the PC draw worry lines on the faces of home computer users.

The technical requirements for playing the shooter in the highest level of detail are much higher than those of its predecessor and should prompt one or the other gamer to rush into a spontaneous system upgrade. However, the developers are reassuring and explain that the requirements are chosen very conservatively and in most cases even weaker configurations achieve good results. The system requirements for the different quality levels, resolutions and frame rates (FPS) at a glance.

Minimum system requirements (Low, 1080p, 60 FPS)

  • Operating system: Windows 7 (64 bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 with 3.3 GHz or AMD Ryzen 3 with 3.1 GHz
  • Graphics card: Nvidia Geforce 1050Ti (4 GB VRAM), GTX 1060 (3 GB VRAM), GTX 1650 (4 GB VRAM) or AMD Radeon R9 280 (3 GB VRAM), AMD Radeon R9 290 (4 GB VRAM), RX 470 (4 GB VRAM)
  • RAM memory: 8 Gigabyte RAM
  • Free hard disk space: 50 Gigabyte

Recommended system requirements (High, 1440p, 60 FPS)

  • Operating system: Windows 10 (64 bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
  • Graphics card for 1440p: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 (8 GB VRAM), RTX 2060 (6 GB VRAM) or AMD Radeon RX Vega56 (8 GB VRAM)
  • Graphics card for 1080p: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 (6 GB VRAM), Nvidia Geforce 970 (4 GB VRAM) or AMD RX 480 (8 GB VRAM)
  • RAM memory: 8 Gigabyte RAM
  • Free hard disk space: 50 Gigabyte

The Ultimate Setup for Playing Doom Eternal

If your system resources are not yet fully utilized with these requirements, the quality level “Ultra Nightmare” is available.

Here you can choose between a resolution of 2160p and a frame rate of 60 frames per second or 1440p with a frame rate of 120 frames per second. In order to play with these settings, however, you will have to go the extra mile technically:

  • Operating system: Windows 10 (64 bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i9-9900K or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • Graphics card: Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti (11 GB VRAM) or AMD Radeon 7 (16 GB VRAM)
  • RAM memory: 16 Gigabyte RAM

Consoles can’t keep up with the Desktop PC in playing Doom Eternal

On PS4, “Doom Eternal” runs at 60 frames per second at a native resolution of 1080p. The Xbox One only manages 900p and has to scale up to 1080p. PS4 Pro scales from 1440p and Xbox One X from 1800p to 4K. However, it looks darker for users of the Pro version of Google’s streaming service Stadia.

Although Google advertises the more expensive version of its service with native 4K resolution, “Doom Eternal” – just like other games before it – does not keep this promise. Instead, the game upscales from a lower resolution.

Ranking First: HP Omen X 2S

HP Omen X2S review

Pros

  • Best Gaming Performance for Doom Eternal
  • Innovative Integrated Second Display
  • Fast SSD

Cons

  • High Price

The OMEN X 2S 15 is the gaming notebook flagship of OMEN. While the hardware with Intel® Core™ i9-9880H processor, 32 GB RAM, RTX 2080 Max-Q and UHD-IPS display is gnawing at the upper performance limit, the real focus of the OMEN X 2S 15 is the second display above the keyboard. This is suitable for everything from Spotify to Let’s Plays to the NumPad. The notebook’s workmanship is good and all important connections are present. Considering the available performance, it’s also surprising how the notebook behaves under load.

Design

At first glance, the closed OMEN X 2S 15 looks rather simple. The top side with the illuminated logo is even more inconspicuous compared to the OMEN 15, as the aluminium case does without extravagant carbon and brushed aluminium textures.

The OMEN X 2S 15only becomes really noticeable when it is opened. Then the wide glass surface above the keyboard with the 6″ large display becomes apparent. There isn’t much room for embellishments and the keyboard also slides to the front edge. The workmanship is obviously on a very high level and a LAN, HDMI and Thunderbolt 3 port are also part of the package. So far so good, but let’s start with the technical details.

In the large packaging of the 2 cm slim OMEN X 2S 15, there is a 230 watt power supply unit and a power cable which is slim in comparison to other high-end gaming notebooks. In addition, OMEN also includes a chic, illustrated short manual. Additionally, there is a massive wrist-rest made of rubber, which you can put on the notebook’s front. Manual and rubber wrist-rest are packed with foil.

The design of the OMEN X 2S 15 is relatively simple. The upper side is interspersed with a large X, on the surfaces of which matt black is used. Two of the areas have a grid-like hole pattern. The logo on the top side has adjustable RGB lighting, just like the individual keys on the keyboard. There are no other RGB strips.

The display bezels on the sides are narrow, but the upper and lower bezels are a bit wider than in comparable notebooks in this price range. Ultimately, this is also necessary so that the upper side is flush with the underside when closed. The latter is completely taken up on the upper half by a glass surface, under which the 6″ large second display is located at noon. The wide edges remain unused.

The keyboard is located on the bottom half and slides to just about the edge. Those who don’t like this can use the rubber wrist-rest. The touch surface doesn’t function as a NumPad because the second display takes over this part on demand – or better, by pressing a button. The second display is separated from the keyboard by a small edge. This gradation is also found on the bottom, as the rear part with the cooling system is a bit thicker.

Keyboard and Speakers

HP Omen X2S review

The keyboard of the OMEN X 2S 15 makes a very good impression and is kept comparatively simple. The illumination of the keys can be controlled individually, but there is no stepwise brightness control, only “on” or “off”. The typing feel is flawless and the feedback of the keys pleasantly precise. Longer texts can be typed without problems. Merely the touchpad is a bit unusual because it relies on a matt and thus rather rough surface. It thus doesn’t react as smoothly as glass touchpads overall.

There are a few special keys above the touchpad. The OMEN button can be used to access the OMEN Command Center. With the key below you activate the number pad on the second screen. Since this is a touch display, you can simply type numbers on the display. Use the keys to the right to activate the second display, change the brightness or move open apps from the first to the second screen. Especially the latter is quite comfortable and saves you the tiresome moving and adjusting to the smaller display.

The OMEN X 2S 15 uses a stereo speaker system from Bang & Olufsen. Basses are hardly present and the sound image is unbalanced overall, as highs are emphasized too much. High passages are at least reproduced very clearly. Music can still be heard quite well at half volume.

Ports

OMEN uses many current connections in the OMEN X 2S 15. On the left side on the back half there is the power connection, one HDMI and two USB 3.2 type A ports. The narrow LAN port and the combo jack port are in front of it. OMEN places a Thunderbolt 3 and another USB 3.2 Type A port on the right side.

The OMEN X 2S 15 doesn’t have connections on the back. Due to the space requirement of the second display, one has to make concessions on the connections. A microSD card reader is missing and DisplayPort is only supported in connection with the Thunderbolt 3 connector (Type C). The device for a Kensington lock is also not included.

Display

HP Omen X2S test

The matte main display is a 15.6″ IPS panel with UHD resolution (3840×2160 pixels). It has a dot density of very sharp 282 PPI. The panel is from AU Optronics (AUO30EB). The display has a 16:9 format and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. However, the OMEN X 2S 15 is also available with FHD display and 240 Hz refresh rate.

The illumination of the display is good and it glows quite brightly with an average of 274 cd/m². As is often the case, the middle area is brightest and the luminance is about 10% lower towards the sides. However, this is not really visible. We calibrated the display with our Spyder5Elite, which makes the display much warmer and at the same time a little darker. The maximum brightness decreases by an average of 30 cd/m². The display is still nice and bright with 250 cd/m².

The second display above the keyboard is an almost six inch IPS display with touch support. The display is located centrally under a reflective glass surface that extends to the notebook’s side edges. The small display resolves with Full HD and is very bright with an average of 410 cd/m² at the highest brightness level. Thus, all contents are clearly visible.

The second screen can – hold on to it – be used like a second screen. You can use the key combination FN+F3 to set whether content should be expanded, only shown on the small display or only on the large display. With the “Content-Switch-Button” above the touchpad you can move all content from the large to the small display by pressing a button. This is much easier than dragging the windows into the small display via mouse.

Of course it is useful to show programs like Spotify or Youtube on the second display if you want to play a Let’s Play directly. Or you want to watch a video tutorial for Photoshop. When playing games like Doom Eternal, the Omen Commend Center is handy for monitoring the hardware load. Since the small display is treated like a second monitor, you will automatically switch to the desktop when you click on the second display in the game.

Whether and to what extent the display really adds value depends entirely on you. With a size of 6″ the display is comparable to a smartphone display. Contents are accordingly small and you should sit close to the notebook to be able to see them clearly. The reflection of the contents of the primary display in the secondary display might be perceived as disturbing for some people.

With the matt primary display there are no problems with light sources in the room. Both IPS panels have stable viewing angles and display colours richly but still naturally. The color coverage of the primary display is 99% sRGB, 70% NTSC and 76% AdobeRGB. As the diagram shows, it thus moves greatly above the midfield of our tested gaming notebooks.

Software

HP Omen X2S review

The OMEN X 2S 15 comes with Windows 10 Home in the 64-bit version installed ex works. In addition, there is a lot of Bloat- and Scareware in the form of Candy Crush Friends & Saga, Dropbox, LinkedIn, Netflix, Skype, Solitaire etc. A McAfee trial version annoying with popups is also installed ex works. The HP Care Pack does that too, by the way. Furthermore, the notebook contains a lot of HP software in the form of the OMEN Command Center, Energy Star, HP Audio Switch, HP Connection Optimizer, HP Documentation, HP JumpStarts, HP Smart etc. You can uninstall almost everything.

The OMEN Command Center can be accessed with a separate button next to the delete button. The software is well structured, tidy and runs smoothly. With the app you can check CPU, GPU and memory usage, adjust the lighting and also activate an energy-saving comfort mode. If you need even more power, you can increase the RAM, which runs at 2,666 Mhz by default, to 3,200 Mhz. However, it remains questionable whether noticeable performance improvements are achieved and what effect overclocking has on the temperature balance. It makes more sense to activate the “performance” mode, which will be discussed further in the following chapter. Those who need less performance can choose the energy-saving comfort mode.

Of the 1.86 TB of storage space of the two NVMe SSDs working in Raid 0, 1.82 TB are at your free disposal. Thus, there should be enough space for games as Doom Eternal and programs.

Gaming Performance

The OMEN X 2S 15 in the tested version has a Core i9-9880H, 32 GB RAM and an RTX 2080 in the flat Max-Q design. Besides the powerful eight-core, the RTX 2080 Max-Q is the second strongest GPU installed in gaming notebooks after the normal RTX 2080 in this graphics card generation. The OMEN X 2S 15 is therefore very well suited for gaming current games, for example Doom Eternal, in FHD or WQHD at maximum details and also for UHD gaming at medium detail level.

Depending on your own perception of a fluid frame rate, you have to make concessions with UHD, though, as titles like Ghost Recon Wildlands with an average of 40 frames per second are working perfectly fluid. I would prefer to use WQHD with maximum details for the 15.6″ display rather than UHD with low details. The high image sharpness is nevertheless given with WQHD on the display with 188 PPI. Those who want can activate the “performance” mode in the OMEN Commend Center, to even achieve higher frame rates. Thereby the hardware generates about 5 to 10% more power.

All values can be found in the diagrams of the individual games, as we tested with Doom Eternal. If you’re looking for even more performance, you’ll find it in the MSI GT76 Titan, which offers a desktop i9-9900K, an RTX 2080 and 64 GB RAM. You’re not really mobile with it, but you get the current maximum notebook performance.

In the Cinebench R20, the gaming notebook lands in second place with an eight-core CPU and 2,733 points. Only the MSI GT76 Titan with the desktop CPU is faster. The OMEN X 2S 15 can even take the lead in the Photoshop benchmark.

The gaming notebook contains two brand-name NVMe SSDs of the Western Digital SN720 type, each with one TB of storage. The SSDs reach a high value as RAID 0 group in the AS SSD benchmark with just over 4,000 points. Our reference, the EVO 970 Plus from Samsung (test) gets 6,255 points, but you should hardly notice the difference in everyday life. The SSDs also deliver above average values in the copy benchmark.

Battery runtime

HP Omen X2S test

Zocking is not possible on any notebook in battery mode, as the performance shrinks to a fraction of the normal performance when you pull the plug. The 72 Wh battery doesn’t supply enough voltage for the required performance and has to supply two displays with power in the OMEN X 2S 15. In the battery benchmark, the second display switches off after a short time and the gaming notebook achieves a total runtime of two hours and 17 minutes with a display brightness of 200 cd/m². After one hour in the benchmark it loses about 40% battery life.

Heating and Noise levels

I had expected that the OMEN X 2S 15 would be significantly warmer than the entry-level gaming notebook OMEN 15 with GTX 1650 due to the built-in hardware under load, but here the tested notebook disappoints me in a positive sense. As always, we examined the temperature behavior with HWiNFO64 in idle, during the system stability test of AIDA64 and when gaming The Witcher 3 in UHD at medium detail level.

The CPU and GPU temperatures are a good 47°C and 42°C in idle mode. In the stress test the temperatures rise to an average of 74°C (CPU) and 66°C (GPU). These are very low temperatures for the stress test and it’s not surprising that the CPU cores don’t have to be throttled. The eight-core can therefore keep the clock frequency permanently. The OMEN X 2S 15 doesn’t get annoyingly loud in the stress test either. The fans are audible, but damn quiet for a gaming notebook.

The OMEN X 2S 15 also behaves surprisingly confidently during gaming despite its flat design. Although The Witcher 3 challenges the notebook in UHD at medium detail level, the temperature and also the noise level remain on a very good level. The processor reaches an average temperature of 70°C and the RTX 2080 Max-Q gets 65°C warm on average. We also took a quick look at the behavior in gaming mode, but the temperature development and the noise level are also acceptable here, although a bit higher or louder. The temperatures increase to an average of 75°C (CPU) and 67°C (GPU).

Thus, the components stay quite cool, but the case above the second display and also on the bottom side gets a bit warmer. It can still be touched everywhere without it becoming unpleasant. If there were a silent award for quiet gaming notebooks in our country, the OMEN X 2S 15 would get it.

Thus, the somewhat lower performance in comparison to similarly equipped notebooks like the Razer Blade 15 pays off with a better energy management and thus possibly a longer lifespan.

Upgradeability

To open the bottom side, you have to loosen six screws. However, the plate is hooked into the middle of the underside quite strongly and it takes some strength and courage to open it completely. Since the gaps are very small, it is also not easy to find a beginning. The best way to start is to unhook the plate at one of the back corners. A plastic card is not absolutely necessary, but it simplifies the task considerably.

The interior appears tidy. The two SSDs, the battery and a RAM bar are directly accessible. Above the other RAM bar is a protective foil, which you can fold upwards. There are no free ports due to the large battery and the second display in the case. A 2,5″-HDD doesn’t fit into the case, unlike the OMEN 15. If you want to upgrade the existing components you have to replace them with better hardware. In my eyes this is not really useful.

Verdict

OMEN does a lot of things right with the current gaming notebook series. The OMEN 15 already convinced me in the test with its good workmanship, a chic design and the quiet and cool performance under load – and all that for a fair price. The OMEN X 2S 15 naturally goes one better in all aspects: More performance, very sharp UHD-IPS display, larger and faster SSD connection and a nice and high-quality aluminum case.

The eye-catcher of the OMEN X 2S 15 is the mirrored 6″-IPS display with FHD resolution and touch operation above the keyboard, with which the gaming notebook underlines its exclusive claim. It is quite suitable for the Omen Command Center, Spotify or Let’s Plays and Tutorials. To what extent this added value justifies the price is up to everyone to decide.

The OMEN X 2S 15 offers a lot of performance in a slim form factor of only 2 cm in height, which is sufficient for UHD gaming, but turns out a bit lower than comparable equipped gaming notebooks. In return, the gaming notebook stays pleasantly quiet and cool under load. The very good keyboard also came out positively in the test. That’s why the OMEN X 2S 15 is ranking First in the Best Gaming Laptops for Doom Eternal.

Ranking Second: Gigabyte Aero 15

Gigabyte Aero 15 review

Pros

  • Great Gaming Performance for Doom Eternal
  • Best Price
  • Good Battery runtime

Cons

  • A bit Loud under heavy workload

When it comes to powerful gaming notebooks, which with their slim dimensions and a noble look should also serve as a working tool on the go, the Gigabyte Aero 15X v8 is currently one of our favorites. Over the hot summer days we were sent two more model versions that either turn up the display or save on the graphics card and on top of that make differences within the ports. How the Gigabyte Aero 15X v8 with UHD display and the Gigabyte Aero 15W v8 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 perform in practice can be seen in this double test.

Slim gaming notebooks with compact and elegant cases are currently very much in vogue. With the ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501, the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin, the XMG Neo 15 and the Gigabyte Aero 15X v8, we have already had a few models in this class in the test. The Gigabyte model is our favorite, because while the other devices get very hot and loud or score with a rather low mileage, the new Aero generation delivers the best overall concept.

Just in time for the presentation of the new Coffee Lake H processors at the beginning of April, we were able to get a feel for the 15 incher for the first time. Thanks to the Intel Core i7-8750H, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and a brisk NVMe-SSD, the device is more than fast enough to conjure up the latest graphic hits on the display without jerking at the highest settings, but also performs quite a bit in everyday life. In addition, there is a high-capacity 94 Wh battery that can last a full working day in office mode.

But the model series is also available in numerous different equipment variants. Whether with a Full-HD panel or with a high-resolution UHD display, whether with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q or smaller GeForce GTX 1060, whether with SATA or PCIe SSD – there are few limits to the possibilities.

Design

Gigabyte uses the same case for all offshoots of its Aero-15 family. The noble optics, the high-quality material selection and the outstanding quality of workmanship are thus also available for the Aero 15X UHD and the Aero 15W. In concrete terms, the Taiwanese rely on a stable metal case, which has been further improved in terms of weight and height compared to the previous generation despite the more powerful hardware and the high-capacity battery. All devices in the new Aero 15 family measure 356 x 250 x 18 mm and weigh around 4.4 lbs.

Nevertheless, the quality of workmanship is once again impressive, because Gigabyte relies on high-quality aluminium, whose stability is convincing and does not give way at any point even under stronger pressure. The gap dimensions are excellently worked out and there are no sharp edges. Even the ventilation slits on the bottom are extremely stable. This is where the competition has to fight the most with its GS65 Stealth Thin.

Optically, all model variants of the Gigabyte Aero 15 v8 appear very plain, whereby there are minor color differences. The flagship models of the Aero 15X series are only available in a black edition, which means that the orange stripes on the screen cover, which are still present on the cheaper Aero 15W, are no longer present. However, the product family has completely turned its back on the former color variety with which it once debuted. All further impressions of the chassis can be found in our review.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Gigabyte Aero 15 test

The keyboard and touchpad are also identical on all Aero 15 devices. Here, one relies on a chiclet keyboard with 15 x 15 mm sized keys, which are usually placed at a distance of 4 mm. Despite the compact dimensions, Gigabyte doesn’t do without a separate number pad. An RGB backlight is also available, which can even be set individually for each key. However, a monochrome color change for all keys is used ex factory. Gamers will be pleased with a rollover of up to 40 fingers.

The touchpad is generously sized with 107 x 71 mm and has very good gliding characteristics thanks to its glass surface. The precision is good, multi-touch gestures are easily understood, dedicated keys for left and right mouse clicks don’t exist, they are executed directly on the clickpad.

There are no differences between the Aero 15X and the Aero 15W v8 in terms of connectivity. All models offer a card reader, three USB Type A interfaces and a 3.5mm jack plug for connecting a headset.

Features

Despite the quite hot and nippy hardware in the form of the Intel Core i7-8750H and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q or GeForce GTX 1060, the Gigabyte Aero 15 appears very simple in terms of cooling, as air inlets are only found on the bottom or between the screen and keyboard bed.

Another highlight is the display. Gigabyte relies on a thin bezel display, whose frame turns out very slim with just 5 mm. On top of that, it is very responsive with 144 Hz and has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, depending on the model. Due to the compact screen edges, Gigabyte had to position the webcam directly above the keyboard and at the bottom of the screen. Directly next to it, there are brightness sensors for automatic control of the display illumination.

The battery is also richly equipped, because while many other manufacturers usually use 60 to 70 Wh strong energy sources, Gigabyte has given its Aero 15 a 94 Wh strong battery, which lasted between five and ten hours in our last test device thanks to the numerous energy saving techniques and the Optimus technology. Other devices usually run out after two to six hours.

The battery is also richly equipped, because while many other manufacturers usually use 60 to 70 Wh strong energy sources, Gigabyte has given its Aero 15 a 94 Wh strong battery, which lasted between five and ten hours in our last test device thanks to the numerous energy saving techniques and the Optimus technology. Other devices usually run out after two to six hours.

Gaming Performance

Gigabyte Aero 15 test

In terms of the graphics card, the two models differ significantly from each other. While the Gigabyte Aero 15X here relies on a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 in Max-Q design, the Aero 15W has to make do with a GeForce GTX 1060. The Max-Q variant is based on the GP104 GPU with around 7.2 billion transistors, while the smaller GeForce GTX 1060 is based on the GP106 GPU with 4.4 billion transistors.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q offers 2,048 shader units and thus not only significantly more than the GeForce GTX 1060, but also the actual desktop model, which brings it up to 1,920 shader units. In return, the clock rates are significantly lower. The Max-Q version gets down to work here with a base and turbo clock rate of 1.215, respectively at least 1.379 MHz. It’s at least 1.506, respectively 1.683 MHz in the desktop, and even 1.405, respectively 1.671 MHz in the mobile GeForce GTX 1060’s case. The latter, however, only offers 1.280 shader units for this and is thus considerably slower in the end, at least on paper.

There are also differences between the two representatives in terms of memory expansion. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q in the Aero 15X can fall back on an 8 GB GDDR5 video memory, while the GeForce GTX 1060 in the Aero 15W has a somewhat smaller memory capacity of 6 GB GDDR5. The memory is connected once via 256 bit and once via a 192 bit wide data bus, whereby bandwidths of 192.2 to 256.3 GB/s are achieved at a clock rate of 2,002 MHz each, depending on the model. In practice, both of our test cards work with speeds of 1.265 MHz, which is a bit slow in the case of the GTX 1060.

Playing in the highest settings is possible without any problems in all our benchmarks. However, this only works in the native resolution of the Gigabyte Aero 15W, because our second test variant is equipped with a high-resolution UDH display, which is very demanding even for current high-end hardware and still represents the paradise discipline. Here you have to decide for yourself what you prefer: high performance or high resolution, which can be especially advantageous for image editing.

Games like “Doom Eternal” or “Call of Duty Warzone” run in Full HD at any rate with a fluid 65 to almost 90 FPS over the screen, in “Project Cars 2” it is enough for about 71 to 78 fps. In UHD resolution, only about 35 to 40 FPS are possible on the Gigabyte Aero 15X.

Battery runtime

The good endurance values of the Aero 15X v8 also apply to the UHD version and the Aero 15W v8. Thanks to the numerous power-saving functions and especially thanks to NVIDIA’s Optimus technology, where the notebook automatically switches to the more economical CPU solution when the dedicated graphics card is not in use, the runtimes of up to 602 and 619 minutes respectively are impressive, although the Max-Q variant can last a bit longer here without additional power supply. This is converted to over ten hours. These are extremely good values for such a high performance. In most other gaming notebooks in this price and performance category, it often ends after only about six hours.

However, if you play games and thus also demand the graphics card, you’ll push the runtimes down to only 274 and 278 minutes, respectively, and thus almost 4.5 hours. The model with GeForce GTX 1060 takes a slight lead here and shows a bit more stamina with its 94.24 Wh battery with a high capacity.

However, Gigabyte tries a trick ex works: When the power supply is unplugged, all Aero 15 devices automatically switch to balanced mode, in which the Intel Core i7-8750H’s performance is throttled to about 80%, though. This saves energy, but reduces performance, which should hardly be noticeable in everyday life. In our first test sample, Gigabyte had throttled the performance even further (to up to 50%). We set the value at the usual 100% for comparability in our tests.

When the battery is fully charged, which is the case after about two hours of charging time, the Gigabyte Aero 15X v8 UHD allows itself 15.8 W in idle and 136.5 W in gaming mode. The Gigabyte Aero 15W v8 remains a bit more economical with its GeForce GTX 1060 and is content with 13.5 and 126.7 W respectively. In the absolute worst case scenario, the power-hungry of both devices increases to 156.8 and 146.5 W respectively. The two devices are supplied with stationary power via an external power supply unit with an output power of 215 and 180 W.

Display

Gigabyte Aero 15 review

Another strength of the Aero family has so far been the display. The UHD version of the Aero 15X v8 and the Aero 15W v8 continue the success of the past, although there are some differences.

Whilst the UHD version achieves brightness levels of a whopping 392 cd/m², the full HD version of the smaller sister model is not quite as bright at 335 cd/m². Both of these are, however, loosely enough to make something visible on the display even in brighter surroundings and even in direct sunlight. The illumination of both models is excellent and reaches almost 91 or 90% depending on the model. Between the brightest and darkest values are just 37 and 45 cd/m² respectively. They are also rich in contrast. According to our measurements, the contrast ratios are 936:1 and 803:1, respectively, whereby the 4K variant is also slightly ahead again.

Both models are X-Rite-Pantone certified and should thus have a very good color reproduction. In fact, the AU-Optronics and LG panels don’t quite come close to the Aero 15X v8’s values from our last test. With average color temperatures of around 7,800 and 7,500 K, they have a strong blue cast, which isn’t unusual for a current gaming notebook in this price and performance category. Moreover, you can help a bit with the included gigabyte software.

Otherwise, both displays make it to a diagonal of 15.6 inches, show themselves very responsive with a refresh rate of 144 Hz and have an especially narrow display frame of only 5 mm. However, the 144 Hz only applies to the FullHD variant. Depending on the device, the resolution is 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, or at gamer-friendly 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.

Verdict

Gigabyte Aero 15 test

As mentioned at the beginning, the Gigabyte Aero 15X v8 is one of our favorites when it comes to especially compact and fast gaming notebooks. Thanks to the Intel Core i7-8750H and the fast SSD, the devices are very fast in everyday use and thanks to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, they are also perfectly suited for gaming.

All current games, like Doom Eternal can easily be displayed in the highest settings in a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. But the performance is not sufficient for the native UHD resolution of the top model. Depending on the game title, either the resolution or the level of detail should be reduced here. 4K and UHD remain the paradise discipline and that even for high-end hardware – more in the notebook than in the desktop.

The displays are a bit bluish, but very bright, very well lit and high-contrast. They are also very fast with a reaction speed of 144 Hz, which makes them especially interesting for gamers. Their thin display frames are clearly a highlight, overall the look of the Aero-15 family is very noble, the workmanship more than adequate to the price and on a very high level. This is no longer the case with such compact devices, as our tests in the past had to show.

Despite the compact dimensions and the light weight of only about 4.4 lbs, Gigabyte has been able to accommodate a high-capacity 94 Wh battery, which ensures long runtimes. Both 15-inchers achieve runtimes of up to ten hours in office mode and thus make it possible to get by without a power outlet for a whole working day. However, the runtimes are pushed down to about 4.5 hours in gaming mode, respectively with a stronger load on processor and graphic card. Both are rates that hardly any gaming notebook can come close to. Usually, the end is already reached after about six hours.

Overall, the Gigabyte Aero 15 is our second place in the best Gaming Laptops for Doom Eternal and at the same time our ‘Best Price’ winner. So if you are on a budget, we would strongly recommend buying this Gaming Beast.

Ranking Third: ASUS ROG G703

ASUS ROG G703 review

Pros

  • Great Gaming Performance for Doom Eternal
  • Overclocking Potential
  • Stays cool even while Gaming

Cons

  • High Price

Even though gaming notebooks have become more compact and optically less conspicuous from generation to generation over the past few years, the really thick high-end devices with aggressive looks are still around. The large volume, however, makes a strong cooling for a powerful overclocking possible and on top of that offers enough space for the one or other piece of extra technology.

ASUS is one of the manufacturers who have driven the slimness mania of fast gaming notebooks and had a corresponding model with noble optics in the back of their hands just in time for the launch of the first Max-Q graphic cards with the ROG Zephyrus GX501. The really thick rapper with arrow-fast hardware, powerful overclocking, elaborate cooling, large screen and with plenty of space for the odd extra piece of hardware is still available for its demanding clientele. The ASUS ROG G703 is the best example here, which certainly belongs to the fastest gaming notebooks.

It is of course driven by Intel’s newest Coffee Lake H processors with six computing cores. Depending on your wallet, ASUS offers the Core i7-8750H or the overclockable Intel Core i9-8950HK, which also attracts attention with significantly higher clock rates and especially with a larger cache memory. In addition, there are up to 64 GB DDR4 RAM and a graphics card up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, which doesn’t need to hide from many a desktop model. Of course, fast M.2 SSDs with PCI Express connection are used, but if desired, up to three models can be installed simultaneously, which are connected to each other in the fast RAID 0 group. A fast SSHD as an additional data grave for your own game collection can’t be missing either. The display always measures 17.3 inches in its diagonal, has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and is extremely fast with 144 Hz at 3 ms. G-Sync for a flicker and jerk-free picture is also available.

The keyboard has RGB backlighting, the touchpad is huge, the loudspeaker system is bass-heavy and loud, the connections reach up to Thunderbolt 3 and the cooling system has plenty of room to get even more out of the CPU and GPU clock rates. Fans of the Xbox controller can use it wirelessly thanks to the integrated wireless receiver – a USB dongle is not necessary.

Design

ASUS ROG G703 test

Not only because of its large 17.3-inch screen, the ASUS ROG G703 is probably intended more for stationary use and could possibly be used as a replacement for a real desktop computer. The unhandiness of the case also speaks for this, as the gaming bolide is not only very heavy with a weight of almost 10.3 lbs, but also very large with dimensions of 425 x 319 x 51 mm. The overall height is over 5 cm, which makes the device one of the thickest of its kind.

The massive construction also has its advantages, though: The ASUS ROG G703 offers enough space for a powerful cooling system, which might be absolutely necessary in view of the potent and quite hot components – especially if you want to dare to overclock. There is also room for up to three fast PCI Express SSDs and an additional 2.5-inch drive.

There’s not much to complain about in terms of processing quality. ASUS manufactures the display lid from brushed aluminum and uses a soft-touch surface in the top case area. It gives the device a chic look and a very good haptic, but is susceptible to grease and dirt stains. The complete bottom side, however, is made of plastic in order not to push the weight even higher. The stability is excellent, the hinges are stable, even if a bit creaky.

The design is chosen more aggressively than in the manufacturer’s last gaming notebooks, such as the Strix Hero II or the ROG Zephyrus M. ASUS relies on a mix of silver brushed aluminum in the display area, which is combined with copper-colored components on the back. The underside and top case are always kept in plain black, with modern colour accents here and there in the form of stripes. Of course, the ROG logo also adorns some places.

The keyboard provides further color accents. It is RGB-backlit and can be configured as usual via the AURA software. The keyboard is factory-set in rainbow colours without constantly changing its colour or flashing. Yellow, orange, red, purple and blue are also included.

The fact that the ASUS ROG G703 is a genuine gaming machine is also evident in the color-coded WASD keys, as well as in the quick dial buttons directly above the keyboard. Not only can the volume of the loudspeakers be quickly adjusted here, but also the integrated microphone can be muted. The AURA key is used to configure the RGB backlighting, and pressing the ROG logo starts the gaming centre, where the most important system parameters can be read out and set. The Xbox button, on the other hand, allows you to pair up with an Xbox controller, as the ASUS notebook offers an integrated radio receiver for this purpose.

Battery

ASUS ROG G703 back side

The fast hardware and especially the overclocking have their price. The ASUS ROG G703 already allows itself a proud 40.7 W in idle mode with a fully charged battery, which is partly due to the 17.3 inch IPS panel, but of course also to the power-hungry hardware and the abandonment of Optimus technology in favor of G-Sync. Thus, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 works continuously without switching to the economical CPU graphics. When playing games (here: Doom Eternal), the energy hunger of our test sample increases to over 275 W. Under absolute full load, it can even be up to 290 W at peak, which is quite a lot for a notebook.

This is at the expense of the runtime, because the screen turns black after 58 minutes in gaming mode. The 17 incher only turns itself off after 149 minutes in office mode and thus after about 2.4 hours. This is due to the comparatively low capacity battery with its 71 Wh. Other manufacturers even use stronger power supplies with up to 94 Wh in more compact devices. The battery is fully operational again after about one and a half hours.

Gaming Performance

ASUS ROG G703 gaming

ASUS has also reached high levels for the graphics card in our ROG G703 model. While the series entry of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 begins, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is built into our model. It corresponds almost 1:1 to its desktop counterpart and is also based on the GP104 GPU with its 7.2 billion transistors. It has 2,560 shader units at its disposal, which as usual consist of four Graphics Processing Clusters (GPC), each with five Streaming Multiprocessors (SMM), which in turn consist of 128 ALUs. 160 texture mapping units are connected to each of these shader clusters.

There are also no differences to the desktop model in terms of memory expansion. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 notebook solution also has a total of 8 GB of GDDR5X video memory available, which continues to communicate via a 256 bit wide data bus and, together with a clock rate of 1,250 MHz, can achieve a bandwidth of around 320 GB/s.

In order to remain within the TDP limits, NVIDIA has reduced the base and boost clock. While the GeForce GTX 1080 gets down to work in the desktop with a clock rate of 1.670 or at least 1.733 MHz, the mobile version gets down to work with speeds of 1.582. or 1.711 MHz as standard. However, ASUS has further turned the clock screw here and lets the GPU work with 1.682, respectively at least 1.871 MHz. The memory clock is also higher at 1.289 MHz. In practice, our model easily reaches over 1.900 MHz and isn’t inferior to its desktop counterpart in terms of performance.

Like most current Pascal graphic cards, the chip is manufactured at TSMC in a 16nm process. Unlike the desktop, a successor is not yet in sight, although there have been some rumors about it.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 remains the fastest 3D accelerator in the notebook for now, making it the best choice for gamers. Thanks to the overclocking, the device sets itself even further apart from the competition and overtakes similarly equipped gaming notebooks almost with ease, such as the HP Omen X 17 or the AORUS X9 DT from Gigabyte, both of which are also considered desktop replacements due to their sheer size. Playing current and upcoming graphic hits is thus possible without any problems, especially since ASUS relies on the gamer-friendly, native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. With a higher QHD or even UHD resolution, the performance would be significantly lower, and the hardware would at least work up a sweat faster. This discipline remains the paradise discipline and is rather meant for the successor with Turing technology.

The ASUS ROG G703 reaches three-digit frame rates in almost all our benchmark titles. The only exception is “Assassin’s Creed: Origins”, where only about 85 FPS are reached. But in “The Witcher 3”, “Call of Duty: WWII” and “Project Cars 2” it’s a good 100 to 125 frames per second. “Wolfenstein 2” even runs over 200 FPS on the display.

So you’re even well equipped for upcoming game titles and graphic hits with the ASUS ROG G703 – the performance is often at the top of our benchmarks.

Display

ASUS ROG G703 display

The display of the ASUS ROG G703 is only average. The maximum brightness of 318 cd/m² only slightly crosses the threshold to be suitable for outdoor use or especially brightly lit rooms, the illumination is overall only satisfactory. This is because between the brightest and darkest values there are up to 51 cd/m², which means that a homogeneity of only around 84% is achieved. The contrast values of the viewing angle stable IPS panel achieve good values for an AU Optronics panel with 1,326:1.

The blue cast of the recently tested ASUS devices has been eliminated by the ROG G703, respectively the blue cast is not as strong anymore. We measured an average color temperature of 7.178 K in our tests. Optimal would be about 6.500 K.

Otherwise, the 17.3 inch screen has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, has a fast reaction speed of 144 Hz at 3 ms and has G-Sync support, which ensures flicker-free and jerk-free gaming pleasure. Optimus has to be dispensed with, though.

Verdict

The ASUS ROG G703 clearly goes against the trend of compact gaming notebooks, but offers a lot more. Thanks to the arrow-fast Intel Core i9-8950HK with its upwardly opened multiplier and the NVIDIA GeFroce GTX 1080, which is already factory-firing with higher clock rates, the performance of the test bolide is impressive.

Almost all our benchmarks run over the screen with three-digit frame rates even in the highest graphic settings, which means the device has more than enough reserves. Thanks to the fast SSD RAID with PCI Express connection, the SSD performance is very fast in everyday use, the SSHD is also comparatively fast, the RAM with its 32 GB, dual channel and 2.666 MHz is very potent. The device is extremely fast both in everyday life and gaming.

The latter is also due to the fact that ASUS relies on the gamer-friendly Full-HD resolution with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The picture would look a bit different in QHD or even UHD. Nevertheless: The currently fastest notebook components are built in. The display is generally only average, only suitable for outdoor use to a limited extent and the illumination is average, but rich in contrast.

You have to make concessions especially in the power consumption of up to 290 W and the long battery life of just one to about 2.4 hours. The background noise isn’t exactly quiet, even if not quite as loud as some of the competition.


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