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Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB Review: Intel's 10th Gen H-series processor has arrived

By Aaron Yip - 17 May 2020
Launch SRP: S$4199

Intel 10th Gen H-series and NVIDIA 2070 Super Max-Q

Note: This review was first published on 23 April 2020.

The Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB is a hardware refresh to last year’s Aero 15 OLED XA gaming notebook, which means it still comes with the same stunning Patone-calibrated 4K AMOLED panel from Samsung, razor-thin bezels and unless you look really carefully, the XB is indistinguishable from its older sibling - as the major updates are all inside the notebook’s chassis.

 

Intel 10th Gen H-series and NVIDIA 2070 Super Max-Q

The Aero 15 OLED XB is one of the first gaming notebooks to be released with Intel’s latest 10th Gen Comet Lake H-series processors. These are Intel’s most powerful and demanding chips, designed to go in high-end gaming and creative notebooks for users who need the processing power. These new chips have a TDP of 45W and the i9 and i7 variants will also have a new feature called “Thermal Velocity Boost”, that Intel says will allow for maximum boost speeds of 5.0GHz or more.

To be clear, these new processors are still based on Comet Lake chips that are built on Intel’s 14nm process. These are not the same as the newer 10th Gen 10nm Ice Lake chips (I know, Intel’s classification of their chips are confusing these days), which also means that a lot of the benefits that come with the 10nm Ice Lake chips, such as Intel’s integrated Gen 11 Iris Plus graphics and Deep Learning Boost, won’t be found in these new notebooks. But since it is a given that almost, if not all, H-series notebooks will have a discrete mobile GPU, the absence of Intel’s newest integrated graphics is unlikely to be noticed at all.

The Aero 15 OLED XB for instance, comes with the new RTX 2070 Super Max-Q from NVIDIA - also an upgrade over the Aero 15 OLED XA’s GPU. The review unit I received from Gigabyte comes flaunted with the Intel Core i7-10875H, an eight-core, 16-thread processor with a base clock speed of 2.3GHz and max turbo speed of 5.1GHz. Gamers with deeper pockets will also be happy to learn there is a top-of-the-line Intel Core i9-10980HK (2.4GHz~5.3GHz) and RTX 2080 Super Max-Q options as well.

Here is an overview of the Aero 15 OLED XB specifications that I received:

  • 15.6-inch 3,840 x 2,160-pixel AMOLED display
  • Intel Core i7-10875H processor (2.3GHz, 16MB L3 cache)
  • 16GB DDR4-2933 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
  • Intel 760p 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD
  • 94Wh battery
  • 356 x 250 x 20mm
  • 2kg

As the Aero 15 OLED XB’s display, keyboard, trackpad and even audio are the exact same specifications as last year’s model (you can read our review here), I will just jump straight to the benchmarks where I compared the notebook to last year’s Aero 15 OLED model as well as the recently tested ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14.

8.0
  • Design 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 7
  • Mobility 7.5
The Good
Excellent Samsung AMOLED 4K panel with DisplayHDR 400 certification
Slim and compact design
Wide selection of connectors, including a UHS-II SD card reader
Full-sized keyboard and Windows Precision Touchpad
Good battery life
The Bad
Cooling fans can be extremely loud at full load
Awkward webcam location
Expensive