Gigabyte Aero 15X Evaluation: The GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q makes it hum

    Gigabyte’s new Aero 15X says typical knowledge is mistaken. That typical knowledge says gaming laptops cannot be good “laptops” as a result of they’re too massive and eat an excessive amount of battery. The Aero 15X proves in any other case, with nice gaming efficiency and nice battery life. 

    If the Aero 15X seems to be acquainted, that is as a result of it is largely simply an upgraded copy of the Aero 15. We completely loved the Aero 15, which set the usual for efficiency and battery life, and the 15X provides to that success. 

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    The Aero 15X is mainly the Aero 15 with a quicker GPU (that is a very good factor).

    Worth, specs and options

    The Aero 15X mannequin we reviewed costs out at about $2,200 on the road with 32GB and a 512GB SSD, which is the one configuration we’re seeing accessible at the moment. Gigabyte’s web site says an 8GB model is offered as properly, however pricing of that mannequin wasn’t accessible.

    CPU: A quad-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ with HyperThreading

    RAM: 16GB DDR4/2400 in two SO-DIMM sockets

    GPU: Whereas the unique Aero 15 packed a GeForce GTX 1060, the 15X steps as much as a GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q, which we first noticed at Computex 2017 in Taipei. As you would possibly guess, given Max-Q’s mission to handle GPU efficiency and thermals extra equitably, the GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q is quicker than a GTX 1060 however slower than a full GeForce GTX 1070. 

    Show: 15.6-inch, 1920×1080 VA panel that’s factory-calibrated utilizing Pantone Xrite. For a non-IPS panel, we’ll say, the WVA panel within the Aero 15X is kind of good. We additionally dig the display screen’s gentle anti-glare coating.

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    The zero-bezel design means the digital camera goes from the highest of the display screen to the underside.

    Storage: A single 512GB NVMe Toshiba CX3 drive is included, however there’s house for a second M.2 drive.

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