Gigabyte P35W v5 Gaming Laptop Review




/ 5 years ago

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Gaming Performance


Grand Theft Auto 5

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The usual testing procedure for graphically intensive games involves multiple benchmark runs at the commonly used 1920×1080 resolution and 2560×1440 for high-end usage scenarios. This is because 21:9 resolutions like 2560×1080 and 3440×1440 remain fairly niche. Furthermore, very few consumers have a 4K display and modern hardware cannot cope with advanced details while pushing so many pixels. As a result, we decided to reduce the monitor’s resolution during games to accurately compare with other systems and ensure the frame-rate was playable. In GTA V, the laptop produced a really consistent 1920×1080 experience and surpassed 60 frames-per-second. Once this was increased to 1440P, there was definitely more frame dips in intense sections but the overall performance felt extremely smooth.

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Metro Last Light

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Metro Last Light’s supreme texture quality and complex tessellation effects poses a challenge for many gaming laptops aiming to reach an average of 60 frames-per-second. The Gigabyte P35W v5 was incredibly close to this feat during 1920×1080 testing and outclassed the P34W v3 by a surprisingly large margin. However, I’m fairly certain the majority of this is down to driver enhancements from NVIDIA. Although, the 6GB frame buffer might have provided a boost. In terms of 2560×1440 performance, the frame-rate was just about playable but it felt slightly jarring once the action became frantic. As a result, the GTX 970M needs to be paired with a 1920×1080 screen.

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Tomb Raider

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Despite Tomb Raider’s gorgeous visuals, modern systems can achieve impressive numbers across a wide range of resolutions. This is a testament to the game’s optimization and marvellous scaling on different configurations. Here we can see the laptop performs wonderfully once the panel is set to 1920×1080 and defeats its nearest rival. Additionally, it’s even possible to play the game at 2560×1440 while remaining perfectly smooth.

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Bioshock Infinite

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The Gigabyte P35W v5 is powerful enough to play Bioshock Infinite without hitching or severe frame dips providing the resolution is scaled back to 1920×1080. Once this is increased to 2560×1440, the game is still really enjoyable but there are drops into the low 30s which might prove to be too noticeable for some users.

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