Aorus 17G YD: Gigabyte only provides the GeForce RTX 3080 GPU with a 105-watt TGP
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The Aorus 17G YD is a 17.3-inch gaming laptop. Gigabyte packs the laptop's technology into a matte-black aluminum case with smooth surfaces. The very thin bezel around the display increases the device's appeal considerably.
The test device provided to us is powered by a Core i7-11800H processor (Tiger Lake) and a GeForce RTX 3080 laptop GPU (max TGP: 105 watts). This combination brings all the latest games smoothly onto the screen. Full HD resolution and maximum quality settings can be selected here. In addition, resolutions beyond Full HD (an appropriate monitor would have to be connected for this) require a reduction of the quality level in some cases.
The hardware is supported by 32 GB of RAM (2x 16 GB, DDR4-3200, dual-channel mode). Expanding memory up to 64 GB is possible. The laptop is only equipped with a 512 GB NVMe SSD (M.2-2280) - not much for a gaming laptop. However, this can be increased as well. A second M.2-2280 slot (NVMe or SATA) is available. RAID is not supported, though.
The mechanical keyboard (with RGB lighting) left a good impression overall and will be a key factor for many potential buyers. Users who have never used this kind of keyboard will have to get used to the typing experience.
The display (Full HD, IPS, 300 Hz) offers stable viewing angles, good contrast, a matte surface, fast response times, great color reproduction, and good color-space coverage (sRGB: 100%). The maximum brightness is a bit too low.
Further information and many benchmark results are available in our review of the Aorus 17G YD.