What is the Aorus X5S v5 Camo?
For those with not quite that level of disposable income, the top end of the previous Maxwell generation of laptop graphics, the GTX980M, still has a lot to offer and one such laptop is the subject of this review. The X5S v5 Camo from Gigabyte’s gaming arm Aorus is from a limited edition of just 500 with a unique Camo design and offers a mighty specification including a 4K UHD 15.6” IPS display, GTX980M graphics, i7-6700HQ CPU, 32GB DDR4 RAM and an M.2 512GB SSD. Coming in at £1,800 it’s not cheap by an means, but read on to see how it fares in our tests and if it’s worth that price tag...
Limited Edition Design and Connections
Is the specification any good?
- OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
- CPU: Intel® Core™ i7 Skylake-6700HQ (2.6GHz - 3.5GHz)
- Display: 15.6" UHD, (3840 x 2160) IPS Wide View Angle
- Memory: 4 x 8GB DDR4 @ 2133Mhz
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX980M with 8GB GDDR5
Using the latest PC Mark 8 Storage test 2.0 that has been updated to provide better support for NVMe SSDs, which uses workload traces recorded from actual programs and is not affected by differences in CPU or GPU performance we get a score of 5084 with a storage bandwidth of 580MB/s. The 256GB SSD equates to 224GB in Windows and arrived to us with 178GB of free space and the 1TB HDD equates to 931GB in Windows. Manually timed from power on with a cold boot to the Windows desktop we get an average result of 19 seconds.
Is the 4K Display any good?
Many thanks to SpectraCal for providing the software and C3 Colorimeter for use with our reviews.
Is the audio any good?
Aorus X5S v5 Battery Life
Battery Life Tests
|Powermark Battery Test||154 minutes|
|YouTube 4K, High Performance, 100% Brightness||132 minutes|
|YouTube 1080P, Balanced, 50% Brightness||159 minutes|
|Netflix 1080P, High Performance, 100% Brightness||161 minutes|
To charge from flat to 100% took 118 minutes. As with most Windows laptops, the laptop will go to sleep with a good 4-7% of battery life remaining, so if it does die on you when you are in the middle of important work, you can start it back up and save all your work.
Aorus X5S v5 Benchmarks
|3840x2160 4K Resolution||FPS (Fraps)|
|Battlefield 4||High Settings||36|
|Battlefield 4||Ultra Settings||28|
|Sims 4||Medium Settings||74|
|Sims 4||Ultra Settings||61|
|Max Payne 3||High Settings||37|
|Max Payne 3||Maximum Settings||32|
|Metal Gear Solid 5||Maximum Settings||
|Metal Gear Solid 5||High Settings||38|
|1920 x 1080 Resolution||FPS (Fraps)|
|Battlefield 4||Ultra Settings||90|
|Sims 4||Ultra Settings||61|
|Max Payne 3||Maximum Settings||43|
|Metal Gear Solid 5||Maximum Settings||60|
Our other test results were all as expected when compared to similar systems with a Unigine Valley 1.0 score of 2080 and Heaven 4 of 1571. This system could play all our test games at maximum settings at a high frame rate, just not at 4K. Don’t buy this system expecting to play the latest games in 4K as you will be very disappointed.
Benchmark Score Summary
|Time to Desktop||19.03 Seconds||7|
|Super Pi @ 1M||10.8 seconds||9|
|3D Mark - Ice Storm 1.2||40789||5|
|3D Mark - Cloud Gate 1.1||17825||5|
|3D Mark - Fire Strike||8303||7|
|3D Mark - Sky Diver||19944||
|3D Mark - TimeSpy||2996||
|Passmark Performance Test 8.0||4188||7|
|Cinebench R15||Open GL 97.22FPS - CPU 677 CB||8|
|Unigine Heaven 4.0||1571||7|
|Unigine Valley 1.0||2080||7|
|PC Mark 8 - Home Conventional 3.0||2862||6|
|PC Mark 8 - Storage Test 2.0||5084||8|
System Noise and Heat
- High Specification
- Powerful GTX980M GPU
- Gorgeous 4K display
- Smart Camo design
- £300 extra just for Camo?
- Poorer than expected battery life
- Restricted performance when gaming using battery
- No disc drive
- Gets very hot underneath
Aorus X5S v5 Camo 15.6" UHD Gaming Laptop Review
Should I buy the Aorus X5S v5?Aorus claim this to be the World’s most powerful 15” laptop. Frankly that’s just not true anymore and you do have to feel a little sorry for the X5S v5 Camo. A few months back it would have been the cream of the crop as far as performance is concerned but with the release of Nvidia’s 10 series chips its thunder has been stolen.
Overall the laptop performed very well in all of our tests, with a superb cooling system to keep the temperatures down when under load and a reasonable quality on-board audio system. The battery life was a lot lower than we would have expected unfortunately and as with all gaming laptops you need it plugged in if you want to game properly. The specification here is still superb with the stunning 15.6” 4K display, Skylake i7-6700HQ CPU, GTX980M graphics with 8GB of GDDR5, 32GB of DDR4 and a very fast 256GB M.2 SSD but it most definitely isn’t the fastest 15” laptop anymore.
What alternatives are available?Of the £1,800 price tag, the limited edition Camo version takes up £300 of that. Remove that and £1500 offers reasonable value and isn’t far off the likes of Scan’s similarly specified system with G-Sync, the 3XS LG15 at £1,550. The recently released MSI GS63 using Nvidia 1060 graphics and a 4K display is currently £2,000, so £500 cheaper makes the Aorus X5S one to consider.
The Camo version is what we are reviewing here though and unfortunately unless you have money to burn we can see no reason why you would pay £300 extra just for a fancy camouflage skin. Four months ago this may well have scored an 8 and received an AVF Recommended Award, but with the extra for the Camo and the Nvidia 10 series laptops now available, a 7 is a more appropriate score we feel.
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