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Aorus 17 YA Gaming Laptop Benchmarks – 20 Games Tested!

December 4, 2019

The Aorus 17 is Gigabyte’s new high end
gaming laptop, featuring an 8 core overclocked CPU and RTX 2080 graphics, so let’s check
out how well this beast performs in 20 different games at all setting levels and see how it
compares with some other gaming laptops. I’ve got the highest specced version of
the Aorus 17 which includes 8 core overclockable i9-9980HK CPU, 200w Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics,
17.3” 1080p 240Hz screen and 32gb of memory in dual channel. You can find other configurations
and updated prices linked in the description. The Aorus control center software allows us
to either run with the Intel graphics using Optimus, or instead use the Nvidia GPU only
which should boost performance. I’ve tested all games without Optimus for best results. The control center software also lets us pick
between 6 different CPU power levels and 2 for the GPU. I didn’t find these modes to
apply any overclocking to either the CPU or GPU, however by default all cores were already
overclocked to 5GHz, otherwise I just found the CPU options to adjust max power limit. I’ve used the highest settings for best
performance along with max fan speed. We’re only covering gaming performance here,
so if you’re new to the channel you’ll definitely want to get subscribed for the
thermal testing and full review videos where I’ll cover everything. We’ll start off
by going through all 20 games at all setting levels, then afterwards we’ll see how the
Aorus 17 compares with some other laptops. Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode.
I’ve got RTX on shown by the green bars, and RTX off shown by the purple bars. It’s
pretty rare for us to see a good playable frame rate with RTX on at ultra settings in
this test, but the 2080 is able to average 60 FPS here which is a good result. With RTX
off though even the 1% low at ultra settings was higher than the average with RTX on, so
much higher performance is possible without it. Control was tested by running through the
start of the game, and again I’ve tested both RTX on in green, and RTX off in purple.
Despite using the highest RTX settings available, it was still pretty playable, with medium
settings almost averaging 60 FPS. Although RTX does actually look quite nice in this
game, I found the higher FPS from RTX off much better when getting into fights. Borderlands 3 was tested using the game’s
built in benchmark tool, and out of the laptops I’ve tested with so far generally it’s
quite hard to hit above 60 FPS with max settings in this test, but the Aorus 17 is achieving
it flawlessly. Apex Legends was tested with either all settings
at maximum, or all settings on the lowest possible values, as it doesn’t have predefined
setting presets. Over 200 FPS was being hit at minimum settings, while even maxed out
it was still playing extremely smoothly. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with
the built in benchmark, and these are some of the best results I’ve ever seen from
this test, but we’ll compare this title and more against some other laptops later. Ghost Recon Breakpoint was also tested with
the benchmark tool, and even very high settings was averaging above 100 FPS, which is a great
result for this title, even the highest ultimate preset was offering playable performance. Far Cry New Dawn was tested with the built
in benchmark, the results with this test don’t tend to change too much with higher hardware,
so while not appearing impressive the results are fair for this title. Fortnite was tested with the replay feature,
and as a less demanding game even epic settings was scoring great results. Given we’ve got
a 240Hz screen we can actually put it to use quite well with the high setting preset, though
low settings was scoring close to the screen’s refresh rate for the 1% low which is very
impressive. Overwatch is another well optimized game and
was tested in the practice range, again even with the highest epic setting preset we can
utilize the 240Hz panel quite well, with high settings and below hitting the 300 FPS frame
cap and achieving 1% lows that hit the screen’s refresh rate. CS:GO was tested using the Ulletical FPS benchmark,
and as a game that depends primarily on CPU power the results are a nice step up over
the 9750H laptops that I usually test as we‘re hitting higher clock speeds here. Even max
settings was scoring average FPS higher than the refresh rate of the screen, with over
100 FPS for the 1% lows. Dota 2 was tested playing in the middle lane,
and as another primarily CPU heavy game the results are some of the best I’ve ever seen
from a laptop. To be fair though, they’re not really that much higher than an i7 based
laptop with lower tier graphics, so there’s definitely diminishing returns at play for
this game. Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built
in benchmark. Even the maximum ultra setting preset was able to hit 140 FPS for the 1%
low and that’s with a 100% render scale, so another game that should play very nicely
on this machine. Metro Exodus was tested using the built in
benchmark, most parts of the game perform a fair bit better than this, so don’t take
these results as a good indication of what to expect throughout the entire game, it’s
more of a worst case. The Division 2 was also tested with the built
in benchmark, again impressive results, scoring over 100 FPS at the max setting preset isn’t
an easy task in this test, and almost 200 was hit at low settings. PUBG was tested using the replay feature,
and the results were a little lower than I expected considering I’ve tested a few i7
based laptops lately that could hit 150 FPS at low settings. Regardless the results are
still quite good here, especially with ultra settings. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was tested with
the built in benchmark, and as this is more of a CPU demanding test the results here are
quite good thanks to the overclocked 8 core CPU. Even with this top tier hardware we’re
only just able to get above 60 FPS maxed out, though to be fair it doesn’t need super
high FPS to play, plus much higher was achievable with lower settings. Watch Dogs 2 is a resource heavy game, but
I think it still plays fine with a stable 30 FPS, so considering that we’re smashing
this at ultra settings it’s playing very well without any issues whatsoever. The Witcher 3 was playing well even with ultra
settings, despite it being a step down in FPS compared to high settings and below. 120
FPS for the average is plenty for this title, so no issues running it maxed out on the Aorus
17 with these specs. F1 2019 was tested using the game’s benchmark
tool, and it’s a similar story to the witcher 3 in the sense that the highest setting preset
was a fair step back compared to the others, but realistically the performance is still
great anyway. Strange Brigade was tested with Vulkan using
the game’s benchmark tool. This test generally runs very well on any modern hardware, so
when combined with these top end specs we’re getting extra high results. Let’s also take a look at how this config
of the Aorus 17 gaming laptop compares with other laptops, use these results as a rough
guide only as they were tested at different times with different drivers. I’ve tested Battlefield 5 with ultra settings
and I’ve got the Aorus 17 highlighted in red near similarly specced machines. In this
test it’s well above most of the machines I’ve tested, and closer to the other high
specced laptops that also have the 2080. The ASUS mothership actually has the same CPU
and GPU, however the Mothership is doing better as the cooling there is next level. These are the results from Shadow of the Tomb
raider with the built in benchmark at highest settings. Again the Aorus 17 is ahead of most
laptops tested due to the high end specs, and it’s not far below the other high end
machines that I’ve covered on the channel in the past, I guess it really goes to show
what the 200 watt RTX 2080 can do in a laptop. Here are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra
settings in the built-in benchmark. This time the results from the Aorus 17 were much lower
compared to those other 3 machines ahead of it. I’m not exactly sure what the issue
was, but I triple checked the results, and while it is still a good result it’s more
inline with other lower specced laptops. As expected the gaming performance from the
Aorus 17 in this highest YA configuration is performing extremely well. The 200 watt
RTX 2080 puts it on an entirely different level when compared to even expensive 2080
max-q laptops. The specs are actually good enough to take
advantage of the 240Hz screen in many cases, granted this is typically with more esports
titles, but not being limited to minimum settings to surpass 200 FPS was nice. There are definitely some compromises to be
made with a machine like this, mainly in terms of size, battery life, portability and price.
Although it’s closer to the desktop replacement side than laptop, I found the Aorus 17 more
portable than the ASUS Mothership, MSI GT76, or Alienware 51m. Don’t get me wrong it’s
still thick, but yeah it didn’t seem quite as bad in that regard while still offering
high levels performance. I’ll be testing thermal performance in the
next detailed video, so if you’re new to the channel consider getting subscribed for
that as well as for future tech videos like this one.

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  • Reply EthanAnonymous December 4, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Yay first xD

  • Reply Bằng Đinh Kim December 4, 2019 at 11:01 am

    i9 is overkill

  • Reply WasdyRaptor December 4, 2019 at 11:02 am


  • Reply defmos December 4, 2019 at 11:02 am

    3.75kg. it's like carrying a stone around

  • Reply Ian Moore December 4, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Jarrod strikes again!

  • Reply DevilWasTaken YT December 4, 2019 at 11:05 am


  • Reply TayshaunRx7 December 4, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Keep up the good work my boi

  • Reply FROSTYG December 4, 2019 at 11:11 am

    0:03 showing your beastly PC i see

  • Reply ImHalfPro 165 December 4, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Dat exhaust tho 🥵🥵

  • Reply leleleleel YT December 4, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Im not first but im 16th comment
    Btw nice jarrod

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