Hardware Overview and System Performance

The hardware inside the Gigabyte Aero 15 is nothing new. This laptop comes with an Intel ‘Kaby Lake’ Core i7-7700HQ processor, which we’ve seen before in a wide range of gaming laptops. It has four cores, eight threads clocked at 2.8 GHz with a single-core Turbo boost frequency of 3.8 GHz.

The GPU is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 memory. This discrete graphics chip is essentially identical to the desktop equivalent, with 1280 CUDA cores, 80 TMUs, and 48 ROPs. It’s clocked at 1404 MHz with a rated boost of 1670 MHz, slightly lower than the desktop GPU. Its 6GB of memory is clocked at 8000 MHz on a 192-bit bus for 192 GB/s of bandwidth.

Currently, only one configuration of the Aero 15 is available. It comes with 16GB of DDR4 2400 MHz memory in a single-channel configuration and a 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD.

There are no surprises to how the Aero 15 performs in a range of system benchmarks. In some benchmarks which are memory bandwidth limited, the single-channel configuration here does reduce the performance of the laptop, but for the most part performance is very similar to other Core i7-7700HQ laptops.

My Gigabyte Aero 15 was kitted out with a 512GB Samsung SM961 PCIe NVMe SSD, which is one of the fastest OEM SSDs from Samsung. As a result, sequential performance is fantastic, achieving over 1.5 GB/s in CrystalDiskMark. Random performance doesn’t hit the same marks, but it’s still a very solid SSD in this regard.