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Aorus X7 v2

Specifications

Aorus X7 v2
Aorus X7 v2 (X7 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-4710HQ 4 x 2.5 - 3.5 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M SLI - 2x 4096 MB, Core: 797 MHz, Memory: 2500 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 333.11
Memory
16384 MB 
, 2x 8 GB SO-DIMM DDR3-RAM PC3-14200 (1866), 2 of 4 slots occupied, max. 32 GB
Display
17.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, AU Optronics B173HW02 V1 (AUO219D), TN LED, Full HD, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM87 (Lynx Point)
Storage
3x Lite-On LMT-128M6M (RAID 0), 384 GB 
, mSATA-SSDs + HGST Travelstar 7K1000 (HTS721010A9E630), 7200 rpm, 1000 GB HDD. Slots: 3x mSATA & 1x 2.5
Soundcard
Realtek ALC282 @ Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Kopfhörer (S/PDIF), Mikrofon, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: brightness, Surround-Port (HDMI)
Networking
Qualcomm Killer e2200 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 428 x 305 ( = 0.91 x 16.85 x 12.01 in)
Battery
73 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 1.0 MP
Additional features
Speakers: 2 speakers + 2 subwoofers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, power adapter: 200 Watt, cleaning cloth, warranty card, CyberLink PowerDVD 10, Microsoft Office 365 Trial, Windows Essentials 2012, several tools from the manufacturer, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3.24 kg ( = 114.29 oz / 7.14 pounds), Power Supply: 810 g ( = 28.57 oz / 1.79 pounds)
Price
2000 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 79.57% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 9 reviews)
price: 70%, performance: 95%, features: 82%, display: 69% mobility: 56%, workmanship: 86%, ergonomy: 69%, emissions: 51%

Reviews for the Aorus X7 v2

80% Aorus X7 v2 Notebook Review Update | Notebookcheck
Two are better than one. Although it has not been long since it appeared on the market, the successor is already available: Not even five months after our test, Aorus launched the next model of its slim high-end gamer, the X7. Instead of a pair of GTX 765M in SLI, now two GTX 860M graphics chips deliver a lot of gaming performance.
AORUS X7
Source: Toptenreviews English
The Aorus X7 isn’t perfect (we don’t like the noise or heat) and the second GPU may be wasted on some games, but it’s still one of the most desirable gaming laptops we’ve seen. If you’re not bothered about having a slim, attractive laptop and want to spend less, however, consider buying the Scan 3XS Graphite LG156. It also has great graphics performance and is powerful enough to use in place of a desktop computer.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/13/2017
70% Aorus X7
Source: Laptop Mag English
While the Aorus X7 doesn't pave new ground in the field of portable gaming laptops, it isn't overshadowed by the competition, either. For $2,299, the X7 offers a Core i7 processor, dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPUs, three SSDs in RAID 0 configuration, a gorgeous 1080p display and stellar audio. The fact that Aorus managed to cram these components into a chassis that measures less than an inch thick is nothing short of an engineering marvel.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
90% Aorus X7 V2 power laptop review: Every gamer's dream
Source: Tech Advisor English
The Aorus X7 v2 is a sturdily made all-metal gaming laptop that keeps its waistline to around 1in, even if it still tips the scales beyond 3kg. With its dual-GPU setup it proved itself the fastest gaming laptop in the group, albeit with an unsurprising price premium.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/14/2014
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% performance: 90% features: 90% workmanship: 80%
Aorus X7 v2
Source: Hexus English
Building on the foundations of the original X7, the v2 refresh takes the same sexy-looking and svelte 17.3in chassis and packs in some of today's highest-performing gaming components. Outfitted with a quad-core Intel Haswell processor, dual GeForce GTX 860M graphics, 16GB of memory and a trio of SSDs in RAID 0, the X7 v2 really is as fast as it sounds.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/04/2014
80% Aorus X7 v2 review
Source: Expert Reviews English
Despite these flaws, the Aorus X7 is an amazing machine. It's also incredibly expensive. In terms of performance, it just about beats the cheaper Schenker XMG P504, which is only around £100 cheaper. The Aorus X7 v2 isn’t perfect (we don’t like the noise or heat), and the two GPUs may be wasted on some games, but it's still one of the most desirable gaming laptops we’ve ever seen. If you’re not bothered about having a slim, attractive laptop and want to save money, however, you should consider buying the Scan 3XS Graphite LG156. It has great graphics performance and is also powerful enough to use in place of a desktop computer.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/15/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
87% Aorus X7v2 Review: Portability Meets Power
Source: Notebookreview.com English
The mix of high performance and portability make the Aorus X7v2 one of the most attractive slim gaming notebooks on the market. Equipped with SLI-enabled dual Nvidia GeForce 860M GPUs the laptop offers graphical performance on par with any laptop on the market. The device also features a lightning fast processors, ample RAM and storage options, and best of all it crams all of that into a manageable 6.6 pound frame.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/14/2014
Rating: Total score: 87%
70% Gigabyte Aorus X7 v2 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Gigabyte deserves praise for making a laptop that’s consistently quick in a chassis that’s much slimmer and lighter than rivals, but the Aorus struggles to cope in some departments. It’s loud and hot, has poor battery life, and its keyboard and screen aren’t as good as others. At this price, the Alienware 17 is a better option, and the MSI GT70 is better if you want to spend a little less cash.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/11/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 100% display: 60% mobility: 50% workmanship: 100% emissions: 40%
80% Aorus X7 v2 gaming notebook
Source: Good Gear Guide English
When you need speed, the Aorus X7 v2 can deliver. It has dual GPUs, triple SSDs, a quad-core CPU, and it flies. It's super-slim considering all this good stuff is inside, but it is a wide unit that can be cumbersome to transport. Basically, put this unit on your wishlist if you're a gamer or enthusiast after a portable powerhouse. Just don't expect perfection from its input devices.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

Portable Aorus X7 V2 - GTX 860M
Source: Cowcotland French FR→EN
Positive: Good design; high quality finish; SLI performance; lightweight. Negative: Hot under load; mediocre display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/18/2014

Comment

Model:

The Aorus X7 is unique as a high-end gamer laptop with two Nvidia Geforce GTX 860M in SLI with 8 GB GDDR5 video memory. In addition, it comes with a Core i7-4710HQ and DDR3-1866 RAM (up to 32 GB). It is a large laptop, with a 17.3 inch LED display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. However, this large screen display does not correlate to color sharpness. The screen quality is disappointing with low contrast ratio and dim color temperature.

Two GPUs in a slim notebook means that even simple tasks like surfing will be accompanied by audible fan noise. The sound gets even louder during gaming, which this laptop is made for. In addition, the case is warm to the touch even while idle.

The Aorus X7 houses two sub-woofers and two tweeters. So, basses are good and it is certainly enjoyable to listen to gaming music. Battery life suffers from the powerful hardware. It only lasts a mere 2.5 hours without internet, and 1.5 hours with WiFi.

If high temperature, loud noise, short battery life, and mediocre display can be ignored, the Aorus X7 is actually fairly attractive in terms of aesthetics and hardware. It houses three mSATA-SSDs in RAID-0 (very powerful drives). The Gigabyte Aorus X7 is an impressive performer at only 2.3 cm thick and 3.24 kg.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M SLI: Two GeForce GTX 860M graphics cards in SLI combination.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  


4710HQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.5 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


17.30":

This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


3.24 kg:

This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.


Aorus:

This company was founded as a subsidiary of Gigabyte in Tawain in 2014. The logo is a falcon head, since the name Aorus is derived from the ancient Egyptian falcon god Horus. According to employees, the first letter of HORUS was changed to "A" to represent the brand as "A team". Aorus primarily produces gaming laptops as well as computer accessories.

Since the market shares are still low, there are also few reviews. However, the products achieve relatively good ratings (as of 2016).


79.57%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2014-07- 8)