What is the Gigabyte P34G v5?
The Gigabyte P34G v5 available now for just £900 comes well under that magic £1,000 barrier, but as you would expect in the gaming laptop world, the specification has been reduced somewhat to compensate. The P34G v5 gives us a Full HD 14” LCD display with GTX960M graphics, i7-6700HQ CPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM and dual storage in the shape of a M.2 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD. On paper it’s not likely to impress with its gaming power as the GTX960M is not the fastest GPU, but it could still have a lot to offer. Read on to find out how it performs in our tests.
Design and Connections
A key area for a 14” laptop is the size and weight and the P34G comes in at just 1.8kg with a footprint of 340 x 239mm and is only 20.9mm thick. The battery is a Li-Polymer 61.25Wh. Whilst being very much a budget gaming laptop the connections offered should still cover most bases. To the left we have an Ethernet port, VGA port, 1 x USB 3.0 and 1 x USB C 3.1 port together with a combo audio jack. The right side features 2 x USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader, HDMI port and the power jack. Nothing to the rear which features the two exhaust vents and the front just features 5 LED indicators to show the status of the HDD, battery and Wi-Fi for example. There's no DVD drive with this laptop.
Is the specification any good?
- OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
- CPU: Intel Core i7 Skylake-6700HQ (2.6GHz - 3.5GHz)
- Display: 14" FHD, (1920*1080) Wide View Angle LCD
- Memory: 1 x 8GB DDR4 @ 2133Mhz
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX960M with 2GB 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 score of 4907 with a storage bandwidth of 202MB/s.
The 128GB SSD equates to 105GB in Windows and arrived to us with 87GB 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 a pretty decent result of 13.9 seconds.
What about the Full HD display?
Many thanks to SpectraCal for providing the software and C3 Colorimeter for use with our reviews.
Is the audio any good?
Gigabyte P34G v5 Battery Life
Battery Life Tests
|Powermark Battery Test||196 minutes|
|YouTube 1080P, Balanced, 50% Brightness||252 minutes|
|Netflix 1080P, High Performance, 100% Brightness||165 minutes|
Gigabyte P34G v5 Benchmarks
|1920 x 1080 Resolution||FPS (Fraps)|
|Battlefield 4||Ultra Settings||
|Battlefield 4||High Settings||
|Sims 4||Ultra Settings||69|
|Sims 4||Medium Settings||104|
|Max Payne 3||Maximum Settings||29|
|Max Payne 3||High Settings||33|
|Metal Gear Solid 5||Maximum Settings||37|
|Metal Gear Solid 5||High Settings||58|
Our other test results were on par with the reduced gaming scores with Unigine Valley 1.0 scoring 870 and Heaven 4 hitting 638. The website for this laptop does talk up the gaming power but as seen with these results don't expect to game on high settings with the lowly GTX960M on the latest games.
Benchmark Score Summary
|Time to Desktop||13.9 Seconds||9|
|Super Pi @ 1M||10.7 seconds||9|
|3D Mark - Ice Storm 1.2||60815||6|
|3D Mark - Cloud Gate 1.1||16717||6|
|3D Mark - Fire Strike||4039||5|
|3D Mark - Sky Diver||13323||
|3D Mark - TimeSpy||1284||
|Passmark Performance Test 8.0||3515||6|
|Cinebench R15||Open GL 47.96FPS - CPU 668 CB||6|
|Unigine Heaven 4.0||642||5|
|Unigine Valley 1.0||872||5|
|PC Mark 8 - Home Conventional 3.0||3188||7|
|PC Mark 8 - Storage Test 2.0||4907||7|
System Temperature and Heat
- Decent battery life
- Quality 14" FHD display
- Dual storage
- Gets very, very hot
- Could do with being £100 cheaper
- Larger SSD would have been nice
Gigabyte P34G v5 Gaming Laptop Review
The laptop did still perform reasonably well across the board in all our tests, with just the expected lowered gaming performance level thanks to the GTX960M GPU. The M.2 SSD is a tad mean at just 128GB which leaves you less than 87GB to play with. An area of concern we did have is the noise and heat levels with the CPU reaching 100°C and the system noise level topping out at 48dBs.
Whilst the 10 series Nvidia laptop chip has stolen the thunder of pretty much every 9 series gaming laptop out there, they are still pretty expensive but are becoming more competitive as each day passes. For example, the 17” ASUS Strix GL702VM due out in October includes the new GTX1060 GPU and is costing around £1,200. But if your budget is below £1,000 then the P34G v5 at £900 is one to consider but could possibly benefit from £100 being slashed off the price when compared to the likes of MSI’s 15.6” GP62 which offers an almost identical specification at just £800.
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