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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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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.


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