RTX Graphics and 240Hz: Some people might think that an RTX 2070 might be overkill for a notebook with a 1080P display, but in this case with the 240Hz refresh rate, it's a very solid match. The i7-9750H is also a solid CPU, and while it might not be as fast as the i9-8950HK, it still holds its own.
Azure AI: While this technology is still evolving, we have done some independent research into it and it does seem to optimize performance per each individual task you are doing.
More Affordable: Some of the gaming notebooks we take a look at cost well over $3K, and many of those come with RTX 2070s much like the one in this Aorus 15-XA. At only $2199, we find the combination of CPU, GPU, display, and storage to be reasonable.
Loud: While the cooling configuration of this notebook is quite impressive, the fans are very powerful and when they spin up they are obvious.
Battery life: Such a high powered notebook is going to use a ton of power, and the battery on this notebook isn't the largest, which helps with weight but not with battery life.
The GIGABYTE AORUS 15-XA is a workhorse gaming notebook, and we are currently writing this review on it. We can tell you that the keyboard is easy to work with, the tactile response and general look of the keys are decent, and it feels solid.
We can tell you that while the battery life is not that great and the notebook is a bit chunkier than other models, which are almost $2000 more expensive, we would easily settle for similar hardware to those more expensive models and give up on long lasting battery life and size to save a few thousand dollars. That is where the Aorus 15-XA really shines in regards to some other notebooks, it is actually affordable for many people who can't spend over $2500 on a gaming notebook but want a solid experience.
We have to admit we are a fan of the 240Hz display as well. If you are in the market for a very fast, heavily loaded gaming notebook with top of the line hardware at a fairly reasonable price, give the Aorus 15-XA a look.
The Bottom Line
When you toss a 15.6" SHARP 240Hz display together with a 9th generation hexa-core CPU and an RTX 2070 the gaming experience is pretty great, but in this case it's also affordable.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Physical Overview]
- Page 3 [Physical Overview Continued]
- Page 4 [Software and BIOS]
- Page 5 [System Performance Benchmarks]
- Page 6 [Gaming Performance Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System IO and Battery Performance]
- Page 8 [Thermal Performance]
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