What is the Gigabyte P55W v6?
Eager to get our hands on a laptop with the new 10 series chips, Gigabyte were more than happy to oblige and have provided AVForums with the latest incarnation of their 15.6” Full HD P55W v6. This refresh now includes a GTX1060 with 6GB of GDDR5. Not a lot else has changed from the V5 with the same i7-6700HQ CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM and dual storage in the shape of a M.2 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD. The P55W v6 costs £1,349 as at the time of writing (January 2017) but it’s the GPU we're interested in and we are very eager to see how well it performs in our benchmarks. Read on to find out...
Design and Connections
As we said before this is no stick thin supermodel. Weighing in at 2.6kg it’s a pretty heavy beast with a footprint of 380 x 270mm and at its thickest point measuring 34mm. The battery is a Li-ion 6 cell, 5400 mAh with 63Wh. The connections are reasonably generous and include the latest versions of USB. To the left we have Ethernet port, VGA port, HDMI 2.0 port, 1 x USB 3.0 and 1 x USB C 3.1 port. To the right gives us a further 2 x USB 3.0 ports, the microphone and headphone jacks and the power connection. The DVD drive is also on the right. No connections to the rear and to the front is the SD card reader, the 5 LED indicators for HDD, battery and Wi-Fi status for example and the 2 x 2watt speakers.
Is the specification up to scratch?
- OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
- CPU: Intel Core i7 Skylake-6700HQ (2.6GHz - 3.5GHz)
- Display: 15.6" FHD, (1920*1080) IPS LCD Anti-glare
- Memory: 2 x 8GB DDR4 @ 2133Mhz
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX1060 with 6GB 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 4785 with a storage bandwidth of 140MB/s.
The 256GB SSD equates to 224GB in Windows and arrived to us with 179GB 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 decent result of 14.78 seconds.
Is the Full HD 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 P55W v6 Battery Life
Battery Life Tests
|Powermark Battery Test||283minutes|
|YouTube 1080P, Balanced, 50% Brightness||246 minutes|
|Netflix 1080P, High Performance, 100% Brightness||237 minutes|
To charge from flat to 100% took 123 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. Although when it does restart with 4-7% left, you barely have a minute or so before it completely dies.
Gigabyte P55W v6 Benchmarks
|1920 x 1080 Resolution||FPS (Fraps)|
|Battlefield 1||Ultra Settings||
|Battlefield 1||High Settings||
|Sims 4||Ultra Settings||104|
|Sims 4||Medium Settings||147|
|Max Payne 3||Maximum Settings||53|
|Max Payne 3||High Settings||104|
|Metal Gear Solid 5||Maximum Settings||60|
|Metal Gear Solid 5||High Settings||60|
Our other test results were similarly impressive with Unigine Valley 1.0 scoring 2204, Heaven 4 at 1851 and 3D Mark Timespy at 3642. The only test we did have an issue with was Cinebench R15 which would not give a result on the OpenGL test. We can only assume this is possibly down to an issue with the new 10 series chips.
Benchmark Score Summary
|Time to Desktop||14.78 Seconds||9|
|Super Pi @ 1M||11.6 seconds||9|
|3D Mark - Ice Storm 1.2||78702||8|
|3D Mark - Cloud Gate 1.1||21228||8|
|3D Mark - Fire Strike||9656||8|
|3D Mark - Sky Diver||23458||
|3D Mark - TimeSpy||3642||
|Passmark Performance Test 9.0||4175.3||6|
|Cinebench R15||Open GL N/A - CPU 651 CB||-|
|Unigine Heaven 4.0||1851||8|
|Unigine Valley 1.0||2204||8|
|PC Mark 8 - Home Conventional 3.0||3213||7|
|PC Mark 8 - Storage Test 2.0||4785||6|
System Temperature and Heat
- GTX1060 Graphics
- Dual Storage
- Good value for money
- Only Full HD display
- Poor gaming battery life and capped at 30FPS
Gigabyte P55W v6 Gaming Laptop Review
Should I buy the Gigabyte P55W v6 Gaming Laptop?With the old 9 series mobile GPUs you had to spend a huge sum of money to get a laptop that would play the latest games on maximum settings and even then with the GTX980M you occasionally had to sacrifice the top settings to get a decent frame rate. Here though with the £1,349 P55W v6 fitted with the new GTX1060 GPU that is no longer the case. Whilst at £1,349 it's still more expensive than an equivalent desktop, the gaming performance is at last on par.
The rest of the system is up to scratch too with the Skylake i7-6700HQ CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and the main storage drive being a 256GB M.2 SSD. Whilst not the best available, the 1080P display in the P55W v6 it does look very good with some excellent calibrated results. We didn’t really have too much to complain about here as it performed well across the board. Yes, we could moan about the battery life and the capped 30FPS under gaming is not good enough, the M.2 SSD could be faster and perhaps RGB keyboard backlighting would be a nice feature to see, but then we are just getting picky.
What alternatives are available?At £1,349 with the GTX1060 graphics you now get a stonking system for the money. Even now GTX980M laptops are still considerably more expensive and as we have seen offer lower performance than the GTX1060. As for other laptops with GTX1060 graphics, the P55W v6 does look to offer decent value for money with MSI’s similarly specced GE62VR coming out at £1,380. If you are looking for a laptop that can play the latest games on maximum settings and overall has an excellent specification, then you can’t go wrong with the P55W v6 and as such is a worthy winner of an AVForums Recommended award.
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