COMPUTEX 2017 | Aorus X5 MD joins the Max-Q bandwagon with GTX 1080 graphics
The Aorus brand was founded on the basis of creating the most powerful and feature-heavy gaming notebooks in as thin and stylish of a chassis as possible. Thus, it was only natural for the manufacturer to include the forthcoming Max-Q series onto its next generation of gaming notebooks.
Called the Aorus X5 MD, the 15.6-inch notebook will carry the following core specifications:
- 15.6-inch matte IPS 4K UHD display w/ G-Sync
- Unlocked Intel Core i7-7820HK CPU
- Nvidia Max-Q GeForce GTX 1080 w/ 8 GB GDDR5X VRAM
- Thunderbolt 3, mDP 1.3, HDMI 2.0
- 32-bit ESS Sabre ES9018 DAC
- Individually lit RGB keys
The X5 MD chassis appears to be largely identical to the existing X5 v6 that we recently reviewed including its overall thickness of 22.9 mm, albeit with rearranged ports and the complete removal of legacy VGA. Additionally, Gigabyte will be bringing its X-Rite Pantone calibration efforts from its Aero 15 series to the Aorus X5 MD to ensure optimal color reproduction out of the box. The new 32-bit ESS Sabre Audio DAC should also improve sound quality from both internal speakers and any studio-grade external headphones.
While the specifications are impressive, Aorus is making no mention of 120 Hz/3 ms display options that will be coming to the MSI GS63VR/GS73VR refresh. Nonetheless, we're eager to see how the power-efficient Max-Q GTX 1080 will perform here as past Aorus notebooks have proven themselves to be exceptionally warm and loud when under gaming loads. The "low-power" Max-Q GPU should hopefully dial down core temperatures and fan noise to more tolerable levels.
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