Cinebench tests a processor's performance by rendering a 3D scene without the GPU's help. It also provides options that allow us to compare single-threaded versus multithreaded performance.
Compared to the Aorus X3, the Gigabyte P57W scores about 6% higher in the single-threaded test, and over 8% higher when the test uses all available threads. That's interesting. Even though the laptops use the same processor, they're not showing the same results in every benchmark. Perhaps thermal or power constraints are to blame.
The Aorus X3 commands a premium price, and it ships with an equally premium SSD: Samsung's SM951 M.2 drive. The P57W costs significantly less, and part of those savings come at the expense of its storage package. Instead of one large SSD, the P57W ships with a 256GB LiteOn SSD. Like the SM951, this drive fits into an M.2 slot, but it doesn't leverage the speedy NVMe interface. The P57W also ships with a 1TB mechanical hard drive for extra storage, and the optical drive bay can be repurposed into a bay for a second hard drive. We tested the sequential read speed of the SSD in the P57W, and compared it to a few competitors.
The LiteOn drive posts numbers just shy of Samsung's mainstream 850 EVO SSD. Those numbers are significantly lower than what the SM951 accomplishes in benchmarks. This is a synthetic benchmark, however. In practice, the drive is responsive, even when loading large levels in games. Speaking of games, the latest Doom game requires 55GB of hard drive space. That's over 20% of the SSD devoted to just one game. A large library of modern games just isn't going to fit on a 256GB drive. The P57W's M.2 slot is ready for a bigger SATA or PCIe SSD, though, and that should be an easy upgrade for folks who want a larger storage device to work with.
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