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Gigabyte P57W v6 Gaming Laptop Review

The Gigabyte P57W v6 is a 17" laptop equipped with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060. We've tested many GTX 1060 configurations before; will the P57W shine in comparison?

Battery, Thermal, And Display Testing

Battery Test - Tomb Raider 2013 Battery Rundown

To test battery life, we set each laptop’s battery profile to Balanced while running Tomb Raider’s built-in benchmark at the lowest detail preset. The frame rate is locked at 30 FPS through GeForce Experience’s Battery Boost to limit the strain on the battery. Meanwhile, a script running in the background monitors and time stamps the system’s battery percentage. The laptops are set to hibernate once battery levels reach 5%.

The Gigabyte P57W v6 gives us an impressive run of 1 hour and 53 minutes, just shy of two full hours. This is enough time to game during short trips or flights, and while we don’t recommend playing on battery life for a full two hours, the P57W has enough juice to come close. It is only outdone by the Asus GL702VM-DB71, which beats it by about 15 minutes.

Thermal Testing

For our thermal testing, we used our Optris PI 640 infrared camera to measure the laptop’s thermals. For more information about how we test, be sure to check out our Measurement Science article.

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Unlike the Gigabyte P37X, the P57W handles heat extremely well. Our Optris camera illustrates temperatures hovering between 38°C and 40°C, which is a normal idle temperature. After running Furmark for 15 minutes, the Optris detects temperatures no higher than 71°C on the CPU heatsink, the GPU heatsink, or either of the heat pipes. Furthermore, the Aida64 GPU diode sensor logged the average temperature at 70.3°C, only barely rising to 73°C at max. For a laptop, this is impressive, and although we don’t see temperatures as low as those of the Asus Strix GL502VM-DB71 we reviewed, the P57W still performs cooler than its similarly-sized competitors. Perhaps our previous suggestion for an additional cooling fan via the hot-swap bay isn't as necessary as we initially thought.

Display Testing

We used the SpectraCal C6 Colorimeter to measure the P37X v6’s display. Be sure to check out our Display Testing Explained article for a full description of our test methodology.

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The previously reviewed Gigabyte P37X v6 received top marks for its excellent display, so the P57W v6 has plenty to live up to, and it does for the most part. It has excellent contrast ratios, with low minimum and maximum black luminance in particular, although it would benefit from brighter white luminance.

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The P57W also has some of the most balanced RGB levels of any of the laptops we’ve tested. The red levels rise slightly at around 30% brightness and normalize at 80% brightness. Green levels dip within this range, but they recover at 100% brightness. Finally, the blue levels dip slightly between 40% and 70% brightness.

The display’s average gamma is just a bump above 2.2; sure enough the CalMAN gamma point chart illustrates a dip at 10% brightness and a spike at 90% brightness, but hovers close to 2.2 otherwise.

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Grayscale and average color accuracy have been points of failure in many of the laptops we've tested, and the Gigabyte P37X was one of the few that succeeded. The P57W follows in its footsteps with low grayscale and average color errors. Its grayscale error score is slightly higher than that of the P37X’s, but its overall color errors are lower, making the P57W’s display one of the most accurate laptop displays we’ve tested so far.

  • dstarr3
    Day 5: The Doom video is still in every article. Rations are low. Morale is deteriorating. I'm afraid we'll have to resort to cannibalism before long.
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  • FritzEiv
    19265093 said:
    Day 5: The Doom video is still in every article. Rations are low. Morale is deteriorating. I'm afraid we'll have to resort to cannibalism before long.

    Hi dstarr3: Thanks for keeping up the "campaign." I apologize for the annoying video. I'm told we'll soon have a better video player/experience, but in the meantime we're submitting a different rotation of videos to appear that will hopefully be much less annoying and that will rotate. I'm hoping that can be implemented swiftly, as in, early this week.
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  • itsmedatguy
    were the games tested at 4k? the 1060 should breeze through GTA 5 on max settings at 1080p...?
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  • Stone Cold
    Are we ever gonna get a RX470 laptop review?
    All these reviews come down to a combination of 2 intel CPUs and 2 Nvidia GPUs.
    It's all the same stuff over and over.
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  • FritzEiv
    19267666 said:
    Are we ever gonna get a RX470 laptop review?
    All these reviews come down to a combination of 2 intel CPUs and 2 Nvidia GPUs.
    It's all the same stuff over and over.

    That's a fabulous question with an open-ended answer. I have personally implored all manufacturers to give up ANY AMD-GPU powered gaming laptop; and I've been working also with AMD to elicit its help in coaxing some into our labs as well.
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  • Vernon_2
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  • warblade22
    Are there any reviews for the ASUS ROG G752VM, this is the 1060 version and comparable in price to the other laptops in this review. I Like the G752 series from ASUS better than the Strix ones and was just wonder how it stood up to the P57W v6.

    Thanks
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