Aorus X5 v8, x7 DT v8, and x9 DT v8 refreshed with 8th gen Core i7 and Core i9

Aorus X5 v8, x7 DT v8, and x9 DT v8 refreshed with 8th gen Core i7 and Core i9 (Source: Aorus)
Aorus X5 v8, x7 DT v8, and x9 DT v8 refreshed with 8th gen Core i7 and Core i9 (Source: Aorus)
The Aorus X9 in particular will receive the unlocked Core i9-8950H CPU, GTX 1080 GPU, and 144 Hz IPS display option with G-Sync for $3900 USD. Gone is the dual GTX 1070 SLI option in favor of a redesigned cooling solution fit for a single GPU. The 13.9-inch Aorus x3 will be the only one left out of 8th gen Coffee Lake-H bandwagon.

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Not to be outdone by the Asus Zephyrus GM501, MSI GS65, or Alienware 17, Aorus will be updating nearly its entire lineup from the 15.6-inch X5 up to the 17.3-inch X9 to the new hexa-core Core i7-8750H and unlocked Core i9-8950H. The Core i9 option will be reserved only for the x9 to compete directly against the Asus ROG G703, MSI GT75, Dell G7, and the aforementioned Alienware as they are all expected to carry the same Core i9 processor.

The new Coffee Lake chipset also carries additional perks such as support for faster DDR4-2666 RAM, though Aorus has not explicitly mentioned if the refreshed SKUs would take advantage of native Optane memory. All three updated models from the X5 up to the X9 will benefit from 144 Hz display options and the same X-Rite Pantone calibration that the Aero series enjoys for more accurate colors out of the box.

Previously, the Aorus X9 v7 shipped with GTX 1070 SLI graphics but Gigabyte has told us that it will begin moving away from SLI laptop solutions for the foreseeable future. This is definitely a smart move in our eyes especially since gamers benefit very little from SLI in DirectX 12 titles. A single GTX 1080 GPU is certainly more practical alongside G-Sync support for the first time in the X9 series. The manufacturer is promising a GPU uptick of about 10 percent just from swapping the Core i7-7820HK to the new Core i9-8950H.

Beyond the changes above, the X5 v8, X7 v8, and X9 v8 are visually identical to the outgoing v7 SKUs. Aorus X3 fans will be disappointed to learn that they will have to wait a little longer for any new announcements regarding the smallest member in the Aorus family.

The Aorus X5 v8, X7 v8, and X9 v8 will all be shipping in the next few weeks for $2600, $3000, and $3900 USD, respectively.

Aorus X5 v8
Aorus X5 v8
Aorus X7 DT v8
Aorus X7 DT v8
Aorus X9 DT v8 (Source: Aorus)
Aorus X9 DT v8 (Source: Aorus)
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(Source: Aorus)



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Allen Ngo, 2018-04- 3 (Update: 2018-04- 3)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.