CES 2014: Gigabyte Crams Core i7-4700HQ CPU, NVIDIA GTX 765M SLI Inside Thin Gaming Notebook
January 8, 2014 1:16 PM
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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.
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1/9/2014 5:14:56 AM
MSI GT60 20D-261US
GTX 780m (better than 2x 765m in SLI)
...oh, and it's 15.6". And the same price.
RE: No thanks
1/9/2014 8:34:30 AM
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
1/10/2014 1:06:17 AM
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".
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