Aorus X7 SLI Gaming Laptop Review

Benchmark Results


3DMark is our go-to benchmark for accessing CPU and graphical performance, with a workload that mimics a 3D videogame. We look at the laptop’s performance running in SLI mode only, due to time constraints.

3DMark (latest) Ice Storm Cloud Gate Fire Strike
X7 (discrete, SLI) 116534 17586 4171
P27K (discrete) 58487 12372 2557
P27K (integrated) 41289 5294 575
P35K (discrete) 86517 13154 2675
P35K (integrated) 62813 7368 819
U2442 (discrete) 42430 4463 1147
U2442 (integrated) 36812 3955 517
Aspire S7 34113 3928 548
Aspire V5 32841 3633 474

As you’d expect we see impressive gains versus the single graphics card of the P27K and P35K that we reviewed earlier. Most notably, the gains increase with the workload, so you’ll likely notice more of a difference in performance between a single and dual GPU laptop when you’re running graphically demanding games. Generally, that means if you’re running older games at lower settings then getting an SLI laptop won’t be worthwhile, whereas recent games set at high detail settings will be drastically improved with the addition of a second GPU in SLI.

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Cinebench is a nice cross-platform benchmark that stresses the CPU and GPU. Again, discrete graphics results to follow.

Cinebench R15 OpenGL CPU
X7 (discrete, SLI) 88.42 641 cb*
P27K (discrete) 82.24 560 cb*
P27K (integrated) 22.32 567 cb*
P35K (discrete) 82.34 636 cb*
P35K (integrated) 90.72 638 cb*
U2442 (discrete) 23.33 2.33
U2442 (integrated) 16.13 2.59
Aspire S7 15.88 2.77
Aspire V5 14.15 2.39

This test doesn’t appear to benefit from SLI, so we see near-identical scores to the Gigabyte P35K, a laptop with the same processor and a single GTX 765M . This is a nice illustration of why it can be good to save £600 if you don’t run SLI-capable apps.

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CrystalDiskMark is a benchmark that examines disk read and write performance. Here, we’re testing only the SSD – the mechanical hard disk would report significantly worse scores.

CDM 3 Read Seq 512K 4K 4K QD32
X7 998.6 674.7 28.97 417.1
P27K 474.5 353.8 21.37 312.3
P35K 926.8 679.6 24.55 494.6
U2442 468.0 339.0 21.72 282.6
Aspire S7 793.1 333.0 22.3 193.3
Aspire V5 107.2 35.65 0.417 1.003
CDM 3 Write Seq 512K 4K 4K QD32
X7 631.6 627.3 62.59 375.0
P27K 317.0 320.7 40.10 262.0
P35K 624.2 574.1 56.59 473.7
U2442 177.9 178.2 46.07 150.2
Aspire S7 509.8 229.2 70.39 61.71
Aspire V5 106.7 50.47 0.973 1.147

Again, no real surprises here – the dual RAID0 SSDs of the X7 provide a clear advantage over the single SSD solution of the P27K.

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GeekBench is another cross-platform benchmark that examines memory and processor performance. As previously, I’m using version 3 of the benchmark.

GeekBench 3.1.3 Single-core Multi-core
X7 3196 12044
P27K 2820 10212
P35K 3233 11993

As expected, processor performance is similar to the P35K and faster than the P27K, due to a slightly worse processor and slower RAM found on the P27K.

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Metro: Last Light

Metro is a challenging game, both on you and your PC. Its benchmark tool is quite formidable, so let’s take a look at how the X7 performs in an actual game. The settings are Direct X 11 renderer, 1920x1080p, High quality, AF 4X filtering, normal motion blur, no SSAA, DirectX 11 tessellation or PhysX.

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Here we have considerably better performance than the P27K – 45 FPS, on average compared to 27 FPS on the single GPU laptop. That’s highly playable, and could reach 60 FPS with medium detail settings instead of high.

Company of Heroes 2

Our final benchmark is Company of Heroes 2, a strategy game set in World War II. It’s worth noting that the benchmark is much more stressful than a typical campaign mission or multiplayer match. The test settings are 1080p resolution with no v-sync or anti-aliasing, then medium for the other options.


Here we see slightly worse performance compared to the single GPU of the P35K, with an average FPS of 20.43. For comparison, my gaming PC (Core i7 2600k, 2x Radeon 6950 in SLI) gets only 40 FPS on the same settings, so it’s not bad for a laptop and certainly playable in-game. The reason that we don’t see impressive gains here is that the game is (deliberately) not set up to use SLI, so we are just using a single GPU here. I’m not sure why the score is 3 FPS lower on the ostensibly better X7, but the difference isn’t massive regardless.

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