What is the Gigabyte P35X v6?
Our last laptop review saw our first foray into the world of the 10 series laptops with Gigabyte’s P55W and the GTX1060. Overall this performed superbly and showed us just what these 10 series chips can do. Our next laptop for review is also from Gigabyte, this time we have the delights of the GTX1070. The P35X v6 comes with a 15.6” UHD display, i7-6700HQ CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM and dual storage in the shape of a M.2 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD but that does come at a price with this configuration costing just shy of £2,000. Given the performance received with the P55W and the 1060, we are eager to see how well this P35X v6 performs with the GTX1070 and 8GB of GDDR5. Read on to find out how it performs.
Design and Connections
Aiming for those wanting a thin and light gaming laptop, Gigabyte have used a chassis with a standard footprint of 385 x 270mm but with a thickness of just 20.9mm and weighing just 2.4kg. The battery is a hefty 75.81Wh 11.1v Li-polymer. The connections aren’t the most generous we have seen with just 2 x USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet port, microphone and headphone jacks and SD card reader to the left, a further USB 3.0 port (with USB charge), USB C 3.1, Mini display port, VGA and HDMI to the right along with the power connection. Nothing to the rear and to the front we find the DVD drive and two 1.5 Watt speakers.
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*2160) IPS LCD Anti-glare
- Memory: 2 x 8GB DDR4 @ 2400Mhz
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX1070 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 score of 5078 with a storage bandwidth of 569.83MB/s.
The 256GB SSD equates to 224GB in Windows and arrived to us with 192GB 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 of 19.6 seconds, which is one of our slower times seen of late.
Is the UHD 4K IPS LCD display any good?
Many thanks to SpectraCal for providing the software and C3 Colorimeter for use with our reviews.
Is the audio any good?
Gigabyte P35X v6 Battery Life
Battery Life Tests
|Powermark Battery Test||170minutes|
|YouTube 4K, High Performance, 100% Brightness||119 minutes|
|YouTube 1080P, Balanced, 50% Brightness||202 minutes|
|Netflix 1080P, High Performance, 100% Brightness||209 minutes|
Gigabyte P35X v6 Benchmarks
|3840 x 2160 Resolution||FPS (Fraps)|
|Battlefield 1||Ultra Settings||
|Battlefield 1||High Settings||
|Sims 4||Ultra Settings||74|
|Sims 4||Medium Settings||91|
|Max Payne 3||Maximum Settings||54|
|Max Payne 3||High Settings||108|
|Metal Gear Solid 5||Maximum Settings||43|
|Metal Gear Solid 5||High Settings||58|
|1920 x 1080 Resolution||FPS (Fraps)|
|Battlefield 1||Ultra Settings||
|Sims 4||Ultra Settings||80|
|Max Payne 3||Maximum Settings||83|
|Metal Gear Solid 5||Maximum Settings||60|
The other test results were equally outstanding with Unigine Heaven 4 scoring 2903, Valley giving 3134 and 3D Mark Timespy 4849. The 1070 laptop GPU is a fantastic performer.
Benchmark Score Summary
|Time to Desktop||19.6 Seconds||7|
|Super Pi @ 1M||10.65 seconds||9|
|3D Mark - Fire Strike||12676||9|
|3D Mark - Sky Diver||24691||
|3D Mark - TimeSpy||4849||
|Passmark Performance Test 9.0||4191.7||6|
|Cinebench R15||Open GL 86.57 - CPU 688 CB||8|
|Unigine Heaven 4.0||2903||9|
|Unigine Valley 1.0||3134||9|
|PC Mark 8 - Home Conventional 3.0||2877||7|
|PC Mark 8 - Storage Test 2.0||5078||8|
System Temperature and Noise
Gigabyte’s ‘Supra-cool technology’ is used here which features dual heat pipes and dual fans, but the ultra-thin chassis seems too much for this cooling technology to cope with. A rethink is needed with the P35X v6 because having an ultra-thin laptop is all well and good, but not at the expense of a cooling system that it screaming its guts out when under load.
- Superb gaming performance
- Powerful GTX1070 GPU
- Glorious 4K Display
- Fast Samsung M.2 PCIe SSD
- Dual Storage
- Gets far too hot
- Very noisy
- Low battery life when gaming
- Quite expensive
Gigabyte P35X v6 Gaming Laptop Review
Should I buy one?At £2,000, the P35X v6 is a whole lot of money to pay for a gaming laptop. The specification is top notch though with a glorious UHD 4K display, 8GB GTX1070 GPU, Skylake i7-6700HQ CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a lightning fast Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD. No longer will gaming laptop owners have to lower the settings massively to get a decent frame rate and maximum settings are not exclusive to desktop owners anymore.
Apart from the very powerful GTX1070 graphics, the UHD IPS display is one of the standout features. With the right 4K content, the display is stunning with incredible levels of detail, but the 4K resolution is still one that Windows and a lot of games and applications haven’t got to grips with properly yet. For example, Sims 4 in 4K is unplayable as the GUI is so small you can hardly make anything out. But, did we mention how good it looked?
Our main gripe with this laptop is that due to the ultra-thin chassis and the cooling system employed, it is extremely noisy and very hot. Possibly the noisiest laptop we have ever reviewed at 51dB, which is just not acceptable for a machine that you are likely to be just a few inches away from. We’d also have concerns over the long-term health of a machine that, performing the function that you most likely bought it for, i.e gaming, regularly sees the GPU and CPU topping 90°C.
What alternatives are available?As for alternatives, there are now many laptops available with the new 10 series GPUs. If you can forgo the UHD screen, Full HD 1070 laptops can be found for around £1,600, some even with G-Sync for this price too. If you must have UHD then it does seem the P35X v6 is a tad overpriced with similar specced models starting from £1,750. If Gigabyte could shave a chunk off the price and sort out the excessive noise issues, they might be on to a winner, but the model as reviewed is unfortunately some way off receiving an award.
Those looking to buy the Gigabyte P35X v6 can find it here.
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