Meet the Aorus X5S V5: A seriously powerful G-Sync 4K laptop like almost no other

by on March 22, 2016

Stephan Jukic – March 22, 2016

4K laptops are still a relative rarity in the world of 4K ultra HD computing technology and the few models on the market often come with their own particular defects which show the devices essential lack of serious 4K readiness.

Well, the Aorus X5S V5 trues to remedy a lot of this and in many ways it comes with the sorts of specs that indicate a very successful effort. This is a laptop built with effective rendering of ultra HD resolution graphics under even difficult conditions kept firmly in mind. First unveiled at CES 2016 in January, the X5S V5 boasts a 15.6 inch 4K UHD display with 3840 x 2160 pixels of resolution and the graphics processing power of a robust Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M GPU. On top of this, the X5S V5 also offers up one of Intel’s highly advanced new Core-i7 6700HQ CPU units.

In other words, the Aorus X5S V5 should deliver a fine balance between serious performance, easy portability and some very decent battery life to boot, even if this last part will be rather tricky with 4K display at work, especially with more intensive graphics.

G-Sync technology is also included with the X5S V5 and the company’s laptops offer the option of Hardware Live Streaming Engine technology, which is designed to keep graphics running smoothly and prevent dropped frames during streaming gaming sessions in whatever resolution is possible. Aorus is also claiming a boost in frame rates of 10% over what a more typical software streaming solution can offer, though this is something we’ll have to see for ourselves down the road.

Finally, the 4K Aorus X5S V5 also comes packed with a 16GB system RAM, a 256GB SSD for rapid startup and quick access to OS files and other essential data and finally, it includes a hefty 1TB HD storage for more regular data like movies, music, work files and games.

Intel's powerful Core-i7 CPU technology is found in both 2016 Aorus laptops

Intel’s powerful Core-i7 CPU technology is found in both 2016 Aorus laptops

The company has also released a new Aorus X7 Pro v5 Full HD laptop that is absolutely no slouch in its own right. In fact the HD model offers some truly superb and powerful specs to match those of the 4K X5 Pro v5. The X7 Pro v5 thus comes with twin Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M GPUs packed into an SLI form factor for some serious portable computing and gaming power. This second HD laptop offers up a 17.3 inch display and G-Sync technology from Nvidia as well, for a smooth game rendering experience between GPU and display screen.

On the other hand, with a rather heavy weight of 3kg, the X7 Pro v5 is definitely not for the really portability-conscious user.

The Aorus X7 Pro v5 also comes with a 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD memory and a 1TB hard drive storage.

Naturally enough, neither of these two powerful laptops are going to be cheap and the 4K UHD Aorus X5S v5 starts off at $3,000 while its full HD cousin the X7 Pro v5 is retailing for $3,140.

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  • David
    March 24, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Are you sure about G-Sync support in X5S model? They don’t mention it in the official specs for X5S, only for the original X5 with 965 SLI…


    • Stephen
      March 24, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Hello there David, you may be right. I’m going to look into this further and correct if it’s not represented. The X7S does however definitely offer G-Sync, though it’s only a Full HD model.


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