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Thin Aorus X7 has impressive hardware

Considering how down sales are in the computer market for consumer machines, it might seem like a bad time to launch a new line of gaming-oriented notebook computers for Gigabyte. That hasn’t stopped the company from doing just that with the announcement of the Aorus X7 gaming notebook.

This machine is very thin considering the powerful hardware it has inside. The X7 measures 392mm W x 263mm D x 22.9mm H and weighs 2.9kg with the battery installed. The processor running the show is a fourth generation Intel Core i7-4700HQ operating at 2.4GHz to 3.4GHz.

That processor is paired with either 4GB or 8GB of DDR3L 1600 RAM, but the machine supports up to 32GB max. The notebook uses an Intel HM87 Express chipset and graphics are handled by dual NVIDIA GTX 765M graphics cards with 4GB of GDDR5 RAM. The screen is 17.3-inches and has a native resolution of 1920x1080. 

The machine supports a triple storage system: it has two slots for mSATA drives with 128GB or 256GB available, and it also has a single slot for a 2.5-inch HDD up to 1TB in capacity. Other features include a backlit keyboard, a Killer LAN chip, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. The backlit keyboard also has anti-ghosting tech and dedicated macro buttons that gamers will appreciate. In addition, it includes dual HDMI outputs, a mini DisplayPort, and a VGA output.

The machine will reportedly start at $2,099, with availability beginning in March.

Sources: Aorus, The Verge

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By Argon18 on 1/8/2014 1:55:39 PM , Rating: 1
"This machine is very thin considering the powerful hardware it has inside."

Why is being pitched as a good thing? All it means, is that this machine is going to run really freaking hot. Either that, or it's going to have fiercely loud fans. Apple does the same thing with the MacBook Pro; impressive specs in a way-too-thin chassis.

When it comes to air-cooling, you either need large heatsinks and fans that are quiet, or you need tiny heatsinks and fans that sound like a vacuum cleaner. I'll take large and quiet, and keep my sanity, thankyouverymuch.

RE: Why?
By EasyC on 1/8/2014 2:39:35 PM , Rating: 2
This is inaccurate. I have a 14" laptop with HQ4750, 16gb, 250GB SSD. It's less than an inch thick (.85?) and I've never heard the fan spin up or seen it get hot.

RE: Why?
By Flunk on 1/8/2014 2:55:25 PM , Rating: 3
That's not a helpful comparison, lack of discrete graphics means it's dissipating about 1/3 the heat of this system.

RE: Why?
By SpartanJet on 1/8/2014 3:02:34 PM , Rating: 2
Not even close to the same class of laptop. Its like saying I have a smartphone that never gets hot.

RE: Why?
By FITCamaro on 1/8/2014 6:47:38 PM , Rating: 2
I have an April 2011 Macbook Pro with an i7 2720QM 2.2GHz, 16GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, and a 6750 and it gets hot as hell.

I can only imagine what two high end GPUs in a thin laptop would be like. And I wouldn't want my nuts anywhere near it.

RE: Why?
By BillyBatson on 1/8/2014 2:46:54 PM , Rating: 2
Apple does the same thing with the MacBook Pro; impressive specs in a way-too-thin chassis.
um, what? I can't speak for 15" Retina macboook, but my moms 13" retina model playing Batman: Origins through Steam (yes running win8.1) is fairly quite and runs pretty darn cool. Yes you can feel the heat radiate out from the chassis earlier than other machines but that isn't due to it being thin but because of its aluminum body, which does help to act as a heatsink or sorts. My macbook air 2013 with core i7 doesn't even make noise and only gets hot during gaming if i have been playing for a while with it on a blanket.
You are still right however than this Laptop could possibly get hot with its 2 video cards but then again the Razer Blade has been doing just fine even before the cooler running Haswell was introduced.

RE: Why?
By Argon18 on 1/8/2014 5:35:10 PM , Rating: 2
I had an original C2D MacBook Pro. The chassis design is quite good, way better than any plastic peecee. Unlike the peecee makers, Apple puts no intake vents whatsoever on the underside, so there's nothing to clog with dust. Plus their solid aluminum chassis is leagues better than the plastic peecee chassis' out there. But even so, mine had an annoyingly loud fan when playing games.

RE: Why?
By SpartanJet on 1/8/2014 6:13:52 PM , Rating: 1
Wow Apple even magically solved the problem of dust by pulling air out of the system magically with no intakes. Usually the laws of physics would require for air to be pushed it must be pulled from somewhere but Apple can do it magically. What a wonderful company!

RE: Why?
By FITCamaro on 1/8/2014 6:48:37 PM , Rating: 2
It pulls it through the keyboard.

RE: Why?
By SpartanJet on 1/9/2014 1:34:19 AM , Rating: 2
Of course it does, and dust can certainly get pulled in. The previous poster seems to think that makes it dust proof or has any advantage over laptops that pull from the bottom.

RE: Why?
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/8/2014 6:51:45 PM , Rating: 2
keep my sanity
That's been long gone..

I wish...
By Breakfast Susej on 1/8/2014 1:55:36 PM , Rating: 2
I wish that at least one other company besides Razer could make a "gaming" device that doesn't look like a tacky, gaudy, ridiculous looking thing that's attempting to look like an F-117 nighthawk.

RE: I wish...
By HostileEffect on 1/8/2014 2:43:36 PM , Rating: 2
I like looking like I'm carrying a F-117, it gets me some amusing comments. I even had one person ask me if my Sager was a laptop because its so big.

MSI and the smaller Sagers don't look like a Blade runner...

RE: I wish...
By FITCamaro on 1/9/2014 7:57:07 AM , Rating: 2
I had a Sager in college. It was huge and plain looking.

No thanks
By inperfectdarkness on 1/9/2014 5:14:56 AM , Rating: 2
Here's why:

MSI GT60 20D-261US

-same CPU
GTX 780m (better than 2x 765m in SLI)
-16GB ram
2880x1620 screen

...oh, and it's 15.6". And the same price.

RE: No thanks
By RedemptionAD on 1/9/2014 8:34:30 AM , Rating: 3
it's cooling is very poor/loud, 128gb ssd isn't alot of space once you have a few games, keyboard is crappy, it throttles (see first line), its very bulky.
I would love to see the day someone crams a 780m class graphics card in a thin stylish chassis, but I will have to wait longer. I wish gigabyte would have gone with a 780 in this model and used the saved space by only have to cool 1 gpu to cool a 780. I rather not deal with the issues with SLI.

RE: No thanks
By inperfectdarkness on 1/10/2014 1:06:17 AM , Rating: 1
I think you missed the point. The 128GB SSD is for OS install, the 1TB drive is for games, movies and everything else.

Btw, the new GT-series keyboards (Steel Series) are very well reviewed and have been given high marks. Throttling is due to Nvidia's shitty drivers (which is why I wish ATI had some good competition here over the 780m). And "bulk" is a relative thing when you're talking about a 17" laptop that won't fit into most backpacks anyways.

As to the noise? The cooling system is adequate; no reviewer listed it as being unable to handle the task at hand. And while it is a tad loud, that's chiefly during GPU stress (gaming), and even then, it's not obnoxious.

The bottom line is, laptop gaming is already a compromise (has been for a long time). You literally cannot have everything in 1 PC. If "thin" is your thing, you're not going to have the best and greatest inside. For the price point (currently $2070 on Newegg), you simply cannot find more value. MSI crammed everything they could into a 15.6" laptop. Frankly, any user should be happy if the biggest grumble they have about the GT60 is "a loud fan" (and it's not that loud, my Sager is WAYYYYY louder).

Again, 17" isn't really "portable" in my book. Designing a <1" thick laptop at this size is practically an oxymoron. The GT60, on the other hand, weighs less than most counterparts of the same 15.6" size (and practically all 17" size), so in relative terms--just because it's thicker doesn't mean it's "bulkier".

equal to 780m
By Khenglish on 1/8/2014 4:17:53 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know if you guys looked at the specs much, but these are not skimpy low end 750m cards, but 765m. In SLI this is equal to a 780m, which clevo and AW have laptops ~1.75" thick for, while this one is just under an inch. I highly doubt the cooling is as good though, but still impressive if it doesn't throttle at stock clocks.

I wonder if they did all the muxing needed to make optimus work with SLI? If not the battery life will be 1.5-2 hours.

RE: equal to 780m
By TakinYourPoints on 1/8/2014 10:41:31 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder what the quality of the screen is like. The only ding against the Razer gaming laptop is the display, which is weird given that they didn't cut corners anywhere else. It is really bad for a laptop of that price. Hopefully the one here is good.

This thing looks awesome either way. Cramming all that horsepower into something so thin and light is no joke. I'd expect it in a laptop twice that weight and thickness.

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