The Aorus 17 is a thicker gaming laptop with
an 8 core overclocked i9 CPU and RTX 2080 graphics inside, but high end specs usually
equals high levels of heat, so what sort of performance and temperatures we are looking
at? In this testing I’ll take a detailed look at thermals and see how much we can improve
performance with some simple changes. I’ve got the highest specced version of
the Aorus 17 which includes 8 core overclocked i9-9980HK CPU, 200w Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics,
and 32gb of memory in dual channel. You can find other configurations and updated prices
linked in the description. Air is pulled in from underneath through the
mesh area towards the back, it’s also pulled in from the vents above the keyboard and through
the keyboard. Air is then exhausted out of the back left and right vents, and from the
vents on the left and right hand sides at the back. Inside we’ve got 5 heatpipes in
total, two of which are shared between the processor and graphics. The CPU and GPU dies
are cooled with a vapor chamber which is below the heatpipes, and these go out to two 12V
fans that are attached to large heatsinks. As you can probably imagine, these specs need
some serious power, and that’s why there are two 330 watt power bricks needed to power
it. The Aorus Control Center software allows us
to set the CPU between 6 different power levels. I found that all 8 cores were always overclocked
to 5GHz regardless of the power level set. The highest level 5 mode sets 100 watts for
PL1, however we can manually boost this higher too with software like Intel XTU. The GPU
can be changed between two levels, however I didn’t find this to actually make any
practical changes, it would run up to 200 watts in either mode and no overclocking was
being done, so not sure if that’s a bug. The control center software also offers three
default fan curves, quiet, normal and gaming. We also have the option of manually customizing
our own fan curve with a fair level of granularity, however I’ve just tested with either the
default normal mode, or with the fans manually set to max speed. You can quickly enable max
fan speed by holding the function key and pressing escape, which has the fan icon on
it. Thermal testing was completed in an ambient
room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius, so expect different results in different environments. At idle the temperatures were on the warmer
side, but realistically this isn’t a problem. The rest of the results are from combined
CPU and GPU workloads, and are meant to represent worst case scenarios as I ran them for extended
periods of time. The gaming results towards the upper half
of the graph were tested by playing Watch Dogs 2, as I find it to use a good combination
of processor and graphics. The stress test results shown on the lower half of the graph
are from running the Aida64 CPU stress test with only the stress CPU option checked, and
the Heaven GPU benchmark at max settings at the same time to fully load the system. The CPU was thermal throttling any time it
was averaging 95 degrees Celsius, which was happening with most of the stress tests and
during two of the gaming tests. The GPU was also thermal throttling while gaming with
the fan curve set to silent, which is to be expected as a quieter system comes at the
trade off of heat and less performance. I’ve tested the first stress test with the
CPU on the default level 1 setting and GPU on level 0 with the normal fan curve. If we
leave the fan curve the same, but boost the power limits to maximum, temperatures go up,
makes sense, more power equals more heat. If we then change the fan to max speed the
GPU temperature lowers by 10 degrees, however the CPU was still thermal throttling. Applying
a -0.12v undervolt to the CPU didn’t really affect thermals, and adding a cooling pad
only helped a little with the GPU temperature, again the CPU was still thermal throttling
at 95 degrees in this worst case workload. Setting the fan to max speed with this particular
game running was enough to remove the thermal throttle, but this will of course vary by
game. These are the average clock speeds for the
same tests just shown. Regardless of setting level, the GPU clock speed shown by the green
bars didn’t really change much. Under stress test from the lowest setting to best it improved
by 50MHz, though while gaming it was closer to a 100MHz improvement, but to be fair it
was only much lower in silent mode as that was thermal throttling on the GPU, and I didn’t
test silent with the stress tests. The CPU clock speeds were the lowest with
level 1 enabled, which is expected as this caps the power limit to 52 watts, however
in the stress test changing to the highest level 5 didn’t change much due to thermal
throttling. This is why setting the fan to max speed saw a massive improvement to the
CPU clock speed, as its helping reduce the throttling. The CPU undervolt helped some
more, and then the cooling pad was just icing on the cake and didn’t make too much further
difference. If you recall gaming with the silent fan curve
was thermal throttling on both the CPU and GPU, so simply going to normal fan improved
clock speeds to both. We then see improvements to clock speed as the power limit is raised,
which then triggers thermal throttling on the CPU again, which is why max fan speed
further boosts performance, with the best result of 4.4GHz being hit with best case
settings. It’s worth considering that this is over 8 cores, so that’s a pretty good
result given many 6 core i7 laptops I test struggle to hit their max 4GHz boost speed
in these same workloads. These are the average TDP values during these
same tests. We can see the CPU power limit change as we increase from level 1 to 5, and
then rise further as cooling improves to help lower the amount of throttling. The max 200
watts for the 2080 was being reached in all stress test results, however it would seem
that this particular game simply doesn’t benefit from more GPU power. Here are the CPU clock speeds while under
a CPU only stress test, so the GPUs idle. I’ve tested all 6 power levels that are
controlled through the Aorus control center software. Even when I manually boost the power
limit above the 100 watt maximum of level 5 and apply an undervolt we’re maxing out
at 4.7GHz. Thermals weren’t the limitation, I ran these tests with the fan at the same
max speed, so overall they’re on the cooler side and not getting too hot. Power limits
weren’t the show stopper either. By manually boosting the power limit to something high
like 200 watts with Intel XTU it peaked at 135 in this particular workload. The limit
was actually current limit throttling even with the undervolt applied, which I thought
was strange behaviour given both 330 watt power bricks were connected. Here are some Cinebench results to see how
this translates into performance. For reference, a best case 6 core i7-9750H can get to around
3000 points or so, which is easily beat even with level 1 on the Aorus 17. With the CPU
undervolted and power limit increased the best I could hit was just above 4400, which
is quite good when we remember this is a laptop. Just for comparison, here’s how the best
results compare against some other 8 core machines that I’ve recently tested, with
a good i7 score down the bottom for comparison. It’s not quite as good as the larger and
thicker machines ahead of it which I think is expected. I’ve also tested Shadow of the Tomb Raider
with the game’s built in benchmark tool with different fan modes, and even at max
settings with the quiet fan profile it’s scoring excellent results. Despite thermal
throttling in quiet mode, as we saw earlier, this mode was still achieving fair power limits
and clock speeds, so gaming with low fan noise at the expense of heat and some performance
is certainly possible. If you want to see more gaming benchmarks
from the Aorus 17, check the card in the top right where I’ve tested 20 games in total. As for the external temperatures where you’ll
actually be putting your hands, at idle in quiet mode it’s around the typical 30 degrees
Celsius I usually see. When gaming with the default normal fan curve and the CPU and GPU
at the default lower options the keyboard area is still completely cool. If I increase
the power limits but leave the fans on the normal profile it gets perhaps just a tiny
bit warmer. With the fans at max speed it gets quite a bit cooler when playing the same
game, though as you’ll hear soon it’s very loud by this point. The results were
similar with the CPU and GPU stress tests running, the keyboard and wrist rest area
was always cool to the touch. The back is only just a little warm, not even hot, not
that you need to touch there anyway. Here’s how the fans sound with these different
modes in these same tests. At idle the fans were very quiet but it was
still audible. I only tested gaming with the silent fan curve, and that was just below
45 decibels. With the default normal fan curve in use the fans were at 52 decibels both in
gaming and while under stress test, which is quite average when compared against most
other gaming laptops I’ve tested. With the fan set to maximum speed it’s very loud,
you’ll definitely want some headphones. Overall the performance from the Aorus 17
was quite good, however it did run on the hotter side under worst case stress test even
with the fans at super loud speeds. A cooling pad and undervolting didn’t quite help as
much as simply increasing the fan speed of the machine, and given Gigabyte are giving
us quite granular control of the fans it should be possible to find a sweet spot between total
system noise levels and performance. Despite the internals getting hot, the exterior remained
cool to the touch, so they’ve done a great job of isolating heat from where you’ll
rest your hands. Even under worst case load the RTX 2080 was still able to run up to 200
watts, and we’ve already seen in the gaming benchmark video, link in the description,
it can smash through any game. In the end I think the performance is about
where I expected. It’s not quite as good as the thicker options like the MSI GT76 or
Alienware 51m, but it’s still offering high levels of performance while being perhaps
a little more portable than those options – or at least as portable as you can be with
two large power bricks. I was a little confused as to why current limit throttling ended up
being the limitation preventing speeds above 4.7GHz in CPU only stress test, but hey these
are still pretty good results so I can’t complain too much. Just don’t expect to
hit 5GHz in sustained multicore workloads even though it’s overclocked to that speed
on all cores out of the box. It should be possible for less core heavy workloads though. These differences in performance shown aren’t
hard and fast rules, there are different factors which will vary results, primarily the temperature
of the room you’re running in, application of thermal paste, and even the specific hardware
which comes down to the silicon lottery. You may not be able to undervolt or overclock
your hardware the same as me, it depends on the chip and its specific power requirements,
so don’t just blindly copy my settings and do some testing to find out where your stable
point is for best results. It may be possible to improve temperatures
by swapping the thermal paste with something else, say liquid metal, however as this is
a borrowed review unit that I have to send back I’m not able to change the paste, otherwise
the next reviewer will unknowingly report different results due to what I’ve done. Raising fan speed, using a cooling pad or
undervolting are much easier for most people to do anyway, and as we’ve seen these tweaks
did help improve performance and temperatures with the Aorus 17. Let me know what you thought about the thermals
from the Aorus 17 gaming laptop down in the comments, and if you’re new to the channel
you’ll definitely want to get subscribed for the upcoming full review to see everything
this machine has to offer.

Aorus 17 YA Thermals – RTX 2080 + i9-9980HK Too Hot?
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82 thoughts on “Aorus 17 YA Thermals – RTX 2080 + i9-9980HK Too Hot?

  • December 9, 2019 at 11:02 am
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    Please do a review of MSI GE65 Raider i7 with RTX 2070

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:03 am
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    Good vid

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:05 am
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    Do a comparison between the mag 15 rtx 2060 boost and a normal rtx 2070

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:05 am
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    Damn that fan noise

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:05 am
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    And does alienware area 51m have side vents on rtx 2060

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:13 am
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    I need that fans on my 17 r4

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:13 am
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    It's the Titan GT75 all over again 😅

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:16 am
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    My gf is too hot
    Me : Run i9 RTX 2080 with a basic air cooler 😏

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:19 am
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    That chasis design is kind of too "gamer" for me. Although, it's pretty much in line with it's competitors.

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:20 am
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    hehehehe

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:27 am
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    nice vid jarrod i have some bad news i need to repaste my scar 3 🙁 not the best luck with the paste, what do u suggest before i repaste it should i send it back asus support or should i repaste it with metal liquid?

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:29 am
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    Me: I really like this laptop i should buy it
    My wallet: well yes but actually no
    Me: ok fine mcdonalds it is
    My wallet: ok i will grant you that wish
    Jarrod: Want a big mac
    Me: yes

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:29 am
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    So this is a radiator that you can game on?

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:29 am
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    This video: 6 minutes ago

    Me: this is a great opportunity to write down a good comment and gain Likes

    Me during this video: Nvm

    Me after wathing this video: this would be a comment

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:32 am
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    I am of the opinion that it may be a good product (better if with liquid metal), but the GT76 titan remains the best for both hardware and software

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:34 am
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    Considering that the desktop 9900k in the GT76 and Area 51m run hotter I think this is a great win. Plus the Aorus software seems very useful and gives the user a lot of control. Would be very nice to tune this machine to run at a lower cpu level for gaming and have it run even cooler. And the GPU temps are very nice.

    I am curious if you run the CPU and GPU at level 0 if it’s possible to game on one power brick? You know for when you want to play a quick game at Starbucks? 🤣

    Veeeeeery tempted to pick one up. Gigabyte has been impressing me the most lately and I think I can trust them to make a proper machine and stand behind their products.

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    Great video

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:40 am
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    Did the 4K screen is an option in the Dell G5 2018 ?
    +
    Excellent thermal testing

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:46 am
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    Hey Jarrod'sTech
    i need your help i want to buy a laptop and i have this option which one is good for game and audio softwares

    Asus G731GV-EV180T Intel Core i7 9750H 2600 MHz/17.3"/1920×1080/16GB/1512GB HDD+SSD/DVD нет/NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/WIndows 10 Home (90NR01P2-M03840)

    DELL G7 7790 G717-8226 Intel Core i7 9750H 2600 MHz/17.3"/1920×1080/16GB/1128GB HDD+SSD/ NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/Windows 10 Home

    Thank You….

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:49 am
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    what cooling pad you are using?

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:50 am
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    Great professional review. I really enjoyed it. Thank you Jarrod. But 2 power bricks wow.

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:52 am
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    It looks cool to be hot.

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:54 am
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    off the top of your head, whats the best laptop, fat or otherwise, that still has 1 power cord?

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:55 am
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    this thing looks more Alienware than Alienware..

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    Can I take this laptop out? I’ll give it back at a reasonable time.

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  • December 9, 2019 at 11:58 am
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    Could u do a comparison between a 90wh and 60wh is it worth it?

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  • December 9, 2019 at 12:10 pm
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    do you think it's worth waiting for ces 2020 before making a purchase? (lenovo y740) or the improvements will be minor

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  • December 9, 2019 at 12:16 pm
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    At that price just build a gaming desktop PC

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  • December 9, 2019 at 12:20 pm
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    Great video as usual! I have a question, From all the laptops you've tested, which one has the best thermals and which one has the worst thermals?.

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  • December 9, 2019 at 12:26 pm
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    this video must've taken a lot of time to make. Ty Jarrod!

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  • December 9, 2019 at 12:26 pm
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    Can it run with one power brick?

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  • December 9, 2019 at 12:31 pm
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    Hey Jarrod. My comment is not related to this video but I really wanted to thank you for your videos regarding the Lenovo Legion. It helped me make an informed decision. Just wanted to say you were right about all of it. With a special mention about the keyboard layout being a little weird in its layout. It will take a bit to get used to.

    One thing weird is the thermals and boost which for my machine goes all the way up to 4285 Mhz all core. And my temps seem to be on average about 5-10 degrees celsius lower than what you had without undervolting. Than you again for all the hard work and hope you keep this up.

    P.S: Do not let this distract you from the fact you do not have 1 mil subs yet! 😀

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  • December 9, 2019 at 12:39 pm
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    wow…nice fan curve you created…love to see that in use…lol

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  • December 9, 2019 at 12:58 pm
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    Will Smith: visibly excited

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  • December 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm
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    Welp this is atleast more laptopy than the mothership

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  • December 9, 2019 at 1:07 pm
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    The giabyte control center fan control is not REALLY customisable. You can only increase fan speed above default values but not vice versa
    – An aero 15×9 owner

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  • December 9, 2019 at 1:10 pm
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    Our journey has begun,Death to MPLA!!

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  • December 9, 2019 at 1:12 pm
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    3,700$
    holy shit that’s a lot😑.

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  • December 9, 2019 at 1:14 pm
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    95°….. CPU….😑☹🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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  • December 9, 2019 at 2:06 pm
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    Hi, can you tell me which notebook is better ? ASUS TUF gaming fx505du with Processor AMD Ryzen 7-3750H (2.3GHz, turbo 4GHz) 4GB , NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti 6GB GDDR6 SSDHD, 120Hz dis. or Dell G3 15 GAMING with Intel Core i7-9750H (2.6GHz, TB 4.5GHz, HyperThreading)6GB, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q 6GB GDDR6, SSDHDD, 144Hz dis. and both have 16GB RAM DDR4.

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  • December 9, 2019 at 2:12 pm
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    Sometimes I don't have time to watch video but I leave a like because I know that your review are awesome👍🏻

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  • December 9, 2019 at 2:16 pm
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    It will only cost us a leg 🦵 and arm maybe a kidney to get one. Overall great content!

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  • December 9, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Please review the Asus tuf rtx 2060 laptop ASAP

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  • December 9, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    What game was that in the beginning?
    The flying shooty thing.

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  • December 9, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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    That is too loud

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  • December 9, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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    That's WHY I hate little bit Intel

    Cuz OverHeat 🔥 on 45watt TDP Processors 🤔

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  • December 9, 2019 at 2:48 pm
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    Hmm.. 6 USB. I couldn't quite see if any of the USB C had Tbolt.. but if the DPC latency is low, then this is a good jack of all trades.. The fact you can game in quiet mode at those FPS does it for me.. and really, we knew it would never hit 5GHZ, but it's still able to exceed the cpu's normal specs of 4.2ghz all core turbo.

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  • December 9, 2019 at 2:54 pm
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    Ty for vid

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  • December 9, 2019 at 3:05 pm
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    A laptop this thick and unpractically heavy with both chargers should not be called a gaming laptop anymore

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  • December 9, 2019 at 3:44 pm
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    wooow more tech I can't afford

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  • December 9, 2019 at 4:19 pm
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    What us battery life. With optimus turn off. Brightness down to 50% and rgb turned off while surfing web and or watching movie. For the compact size is it better than MSI and Alienware 51 battery life? Please make that a big comparison for future videos. Battery life always matters.

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  • December 9, 2019 at 4:32 pm
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    Full review soon? Really interested in that 240Hz screen

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  • December 9, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    ummm… did i miss the weight test?

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  • December 9, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Wow, I wanna see this laptop vs the Asus Mothership, their battle will be LEGENDARY!!!!! I hope someone got the reference XD

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  • December 9, 2019 at 5:14 pm
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    Putting a liquid metal on the cpu would help a lot for that 5.0ghz boost clock

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  • December 9, 2019 at 5:43 pm
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    9750h + 2080 would be a better option. if they have it

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  • December 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Can someone post a TL;DW of this? Is the laptop too hot?

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  • December 9, 2019 at 7:26 pm
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    i've seen many buyers in amazon complaning about Aorus i think it's bad brand

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  • December 9, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    what do you use to grap TDP values??.. dont recall to have seen those in fx HWinfo64
    app that shows combine systemwide TDPload??
    // ahh perhaps aida64??

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  • December 9, 2019 at 8:46 pm
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    I love design of it absolutely stunning! One of the best so for. The back of it looks like a hyper car( mclaren senna)

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  • December 9, 2019 at 9:24 pm
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    I still don't see the point in chassis design. Those extra lines and shape only makes machining more difficult and costly

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  • December 9, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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    Hey there Jarrod! Like your videos, keep up with the great work! Question, Im planning to buy a laptop, I checked your video reviews on the Asus GX701 and the MSI GT76. I decided on these two, but which one would you recommend to get based on cooling solution? I got funds don't worry!

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  • December 10, 2019 at 1:56 am
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    Design aesthetically pretty good, cooling system and heat management wisely done, but the fun is pretty dang loud and the price hmmm I don’t know. Well done review🙏🙏🙏

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  • December 10, 2019 at 2:47 am
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    Hey jarrod, i’m looking to get a decent laptop, but my budget is only really enough for a nitro 5. My question is; should i get the 2017 ryzen 5 model? Im living in chile, and prices are super high right now, so i cant really afford more. Is it a decent laptop if i’m looking to play games with at least medium settings and esports titles at mid-high? Or do you have a better recommendation?

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  • December 10, 2019 at 3:23 am
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    IM SORRY, HOW IS THIS THING THERMAL THROTTLING On CPU! ITS SOO THICC THOUGH

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  • December 10, 2019 at 4:02 am
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    What is a good laptop that is under $300?

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  • December 10, 2019 at 5:00 am
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    That thing sounds like a server room lmfao.

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  • December 10, 2019 at 5:05 am
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    Curious why they use 2 *330w instead of something like 2 * 200w or 330w + 100w. A 100w CPU + 200w GPU + other components should still be less than 400w right? It is not like that laptop have huge headroom for overclocking… Or did I miss something?

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  • December 10, 2019 at 5:05 am
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    a… 600w laptop??

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  • December 10, 2019 at 5:15 am
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    An i7 8750h with rtx 2070 max q laptop for $1250 is a good offer?

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  • December 10, 2019 at 7:11 am
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    In your opinion, what is the best gaming laptop of 2019?

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  • December 10, 2019 at 8:12 am
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    What have they done with the heatpipes amount?? I've seen old laptops with more heatpipes than that xd
    Everyone should follow razer and start doing vapor chambers anyway!

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  • December 10, 2019 at 8:47 am
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    regardless of the thermals and the fans noise, I think the RTX 2070 and i7 9750h are the Sweet spots for this kind of laptop

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  • December 10, 2019 at 8:54 am
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    How does it run with the custom fan curve in your video?

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  • December 10, 2019 at 9:00 am
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    Can you recommend me Gaming Laptops with no webcams ?

    Privacy !

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  • December 10, 2019 at 1:07 pm
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    Would you recommend the i7-9750H config over this? it's much cheaper and probably has better thermal performance.

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  • December 10, 2019 at 2:26 pm
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    $3800 and only 5400rpm hdd? 😪

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  • December 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm
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    test the Lenovo y540 17inch with rtx 2060 vs Y740 17 rtx 2060 please

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  • December 10, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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    Bro in Laptop which graphic card is better gfx or max q variant?

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  • December 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    Why does it look like an ufo? 😀😂

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  • December 10, 2019 at 7:42 pm
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    where can you buy this in the USA/Canada?

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  • December 10, 2019 at 11:28 pm
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    Thats why Gigabyte only sells good in Desktop and not in Laptop…

    This should be sell through HIDevolution with every possible upgrade lol…

    But still I think this cooling its just a failure… And wont change anything.
    Not a heavy cooling when looking at it, especially with this shitty Intel processors.

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