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Sold in the high-end segment, the Gigabyte A5 X1 possesses a strong level of performance thanks to the most advanced components on the market today. In addition, the machine also gives users a smooth gaming experience thanks to the Full HD resolution screen with a refresh rate of up to 240Hz. Today’s article will review in detail the Gigabyte A5 X1 gaming laptop line, thereby showing the plus and minus points of the product line.

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Gigabyte A5 X1 . Specifications

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  • GPUs: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Memory: 512GB SSD
  • Screen: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080″
  • Size: 15.6 x 10.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Mass: 2.19 kg

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Gigabyte A5 X1: Design

The Gigabyte A5 X1 is a gaming laptop with a fairly basic design, with an outer shell made mostly of plastic. The machine is finished in black as the main color with a simple and practical design that does not attract much attention. The surface of the lid is smooth, while the chassis details are rough.

The machine has a good build quality and level of finishing, with every detail firmly and seamlessly tied together. The hinge system of the machine is a type of vertical spread on the body, which is firmly completed to help the screen of the machine always be kept fixed during use. The screen can be extended to a maximum angle of 120 degrees and can be opened with one hand.

In terms of volume and size, the laptops in our comparison group (including HP Omen 16, Acer Nitro 5, MSI Katana GF66 and Gigabyte A5 X1) do not have too much difference. The mass of the Gigabyte A5 X1 is classified as lightweight in this group of machines.

In terms of connectivity, the A5 is equipped with a total of 3 USB Type-A ports (1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 and 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2) and 1 USB Type-C port (USB 3.2 Gen 2). The device’s Type-C port also supports DisplayPort connectivity, allowing you to output images to an external monitor if desired. In addition, the machine is also equipped with 1 HDMI port and 1 mini DisplayPort port.

The connection ports of the machine are arranged along 3 sides of the laptop. All 3 output ports of the machine along with the Ethernet port are located on the back edge, while the USB ports are divided equally between the 2 sides.

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Gigabyte A5 X1: Keyboard and touchpad

Gigabyte A5 X1 is equipped with a full-size keyboard with a number pad on the side. The surface of the buttons is smooth and flat, with a moderate stroke and good bounce. Overall, the keyboard of the Gigabyte A5 X1 gives us a comfortable experience when playing games as well as when working.

The touchpad of the device has a 2-way size of 11 x 6.3 cm. The surface of the touchpad is smooth, allowing me to easily glide my finger across the surface to perform mouse pointer controls. The 2 buttons of the touchpad have a short travel, but have a very good bounce.

Gigabyte A5 X1: Screen

Gigabyte A5 X1 is equipped with a 15.6-inch diagonal screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. During our testing, the screen has an average brightness of 324 nits, higher than the segment average of 300 nits. The screen is supported with a refresh rate of up to 240Hz, providing a smooth user experience when playing games as well as when working.

By default, the Gigabyte A5 X1’s screen is capable of displaying very good colors, and has an acceptable level of deviation. However, the display quality of this monitor will be greatly improved if you perform calibration.

In terms of color reproduction, the Gigabyte A5 X1’s screen is capable of covering 71% of the AdobeRGB color range, 70% of the DCI-P3 range and 99% of the sRGB color range.

Gigabyte A5 X1: Performance

A5 X1 is a 15-inch gaming laptop from Gigabyte, capable of playing all different games on the market smoothly. The version of the machine we used in the review is equipped with a Ryzen 9 5900HX chip. The chip is made up of 8 processor cores and has a base clock of 3.3GHz, which can be squeezed to a maximum of 4.65GHz. The chip supports multi-threaded processing.

Using PCMark 10 to score overall performance, the A5 X1 has a recorded score of 6875 points, slightly lower than the segment average (6916 points), which includes the HP Omen 16 model. (chip i7-11800H, 7231 points). The performance score that A5 X1 achieved is higher than that of Acer Nitro 5 (6738 points), MSI Katana (6652 points).

The machine’s SSD has a capacity of 512GB, originating from the manufacturer Adata. This type of drive has a fast data exchange rate, but it is not in the top of the price segment. In addition to this SSD slot, the machine also owns a second NVMe SSD slot.

The actual performance level of the RTX 3000 series cards depends on various factors, including heat dissipation, virtual memory capacity, and the maximum power level selected by the manufacturer. Gigabyte equips the machine’s GeForce RTX 3070 card with a maximum capacity of 140W.

Using 3DMark to score graphics processing performance, the A5 X1 achieved an impressive result of 45160 points, much higher than the segment average at the moment.

In the video transcoding speed test, the device can complete the conversion of a 4K video to HD resolution in just 5 minutes and 21 seconds. This is an impressive result, and much higher than the gaming laptop segment at the time of writing.

During actual use, the A5 X1 can play all the different games on the market with a high frame rate. Specifically, with the game Witcher 3 (Ultra configuration level, 1080p resolution), the machine achieved an average frame rate of 101 fps, much higher than the average of the gaming laptop segment.

Gigabyte A5 X1: Heat dissipation

When performing basic office tasks, the A5 X1’s outer shell radiates a steady level of heat. During gaming, the machine’s heat level increased significantly, but was still within an acceptable threshold. In some intense test conditions, the CPU of the machine has a maximum recorded temperature of over 90 degrees Celsius.

Gigabyte A5 X1: Battery life

Similar to other high-performance gaming laptops on the market, battery life is one of the weak points of the Gigabyte A5 X1. During our test, the device turned off after 6 hours and 21 minutes of continuous web surfing using wifi. The battery life of the device will be even shorter if you play games.

summary

Packed with the most advanced components on the market, the Gigabyte A5 X1 has a powerful level of performance that allows users to conquer any game. In addition to speed performance, the device also offers a good entertainment experience through a brilliant FullHD screen with the ability to support refresh rates up to 240Hz.

However, the A5 X1 is not a perfect gaming laptop, with the biggest minus point in the battery life when used without a charger. If this weakness does not bother you too much, then the Gigabyte A5 X1 is a good laptop choice to conquer all different games on the market.

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Plus mark

  • Brilliant IPS display, 240Hz support
  • Strong overall performance
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Removable battery
  • Equipped with many connection ports

Minus point

  • The contrast of the screen is not high
  • Thunderbolt connection standard is not supported
  • Memory card reader is not supported

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