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Aorus X7 v7

Specifications

Aorus X7 v7
Aorus X7 v7 (X7 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1443 MHz, Memory: 8000 MHz, 256-bit GDDR5, ForceWare 384.94, no Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2400, dual-channel, four slots (two used)
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 2560 x 1440 pixel 170 PPI, AU Optronics B173QTN01.4 (AUO1496), TN LED, G-Sync, 120 Hz, QHD, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL, 256 GB 
, + HGST HTS721010A9E630 (1 TB, 7200 rpm)
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: microphone, headphone, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Brightness Sensor, TPM 2.0
Networking
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25 x 428 x 305 ( = 0.98 x 16.85 x 12.01 in)
Battery
94 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: two speakers + two subwoofers, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 230 W charger, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3.4 kg ( = 119.93 oz / 7.5 pounds), Power Supply: 774 g ( = 27.3 oz / 1.71 pounds)

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 85.4% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 97%, features: 67%, display: 84% mobility: 61%, workmanship: 82%, ergonomy: 84%, emissions: 69%

Reviews for the Aorus X7 v7

85.4% Aorus X7 v7 (7820HK, GTX 1070, QHD) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
Scrawny gaming powerhouse. The Aorus X7 v7 has plenty to offer. Besides a blazingly fast NVMe SSD, it also features more than decent gaming performance, a QHD display, upgradeability, and CPU/GPU overclocking capabilities.
Review: Aorus X7 v7
Source: Hexus English
Eager to swap your ageing desktop for a laptop with high-end gaming credentials? The Aorus X7 v7 ought to be on your shortlist.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/28/2017

Comment

Model:

It seemed like not long-ago Gigabyte released its Aorus branding to compete with the likes of Asus ROG or even Dell’s Alienware, While some might see it as another way for manufacturers to fragment and possibly overprice its already existing market the Aorus branding actually allowed Gigabyte to expand its market with a much more memorable brand. With that said what does the current Aorus X7 v7 have to offer? Matter of fact a slimmer high-performance device. Under the hood the Aorus X7 v7 sports an Intel Core i7-7820HK processor with 16 GB of memory, 1256GB of storage split between a 1TB HDD and 256GB SSD setup and a Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070 graphics processor. Of course, all of this would be useless without a properly designed chassis. And 17-inches of it the Aorus X7 v7 has, at a glance users can see that Gigabyte has redesigned the chassis to be much more sleeker with mesh grilles below the left and right hinges which helps with airflow thus keeping its internals well ventilated. In terms of chassis material the Aorus X7 v7 is made out of brushed aluminium which allows the notebook to stay somewhat light for its class but still rigid enough to maintain its shape without flexing too much. Over to the IO section Gigabyte has revised its ports which now includes 2 USB type C gen 2 ports with one of them supporting Thunderbolt 3, a HDMI 2.0 port, 1 mini Display 1.3 port, 4 USB 3.1 Type A ports and your usual Ethernet and audio jacks. One thing to note here is while the SDcard reader isn’t something to hoot about it is actually one of the fastest of its kind.

Next on the checklist would be the display which has a native resolution of QHD, Gigabyte does offer an additional 4K panel option should the user so desire. Both offered panels does have a 120hz refresh rate with G-Sync support which is more than a welcomed bonus then again considering this is Gigabyte’s flagship Aorus. While the panels perform well in gaming, It doesn’t do so well in color reproduction with sRGB ratings of only 87% and AdobeRGB ratings of only 57% suffice to say if you are a content creating gamer you should look elsewhere. Overall gaming performance the Aorus X7 v7 is powerful enough to handle all current games smoothly and handles heat well without throttling, this may be attributed to its large size which in turn allows for a much more beefier cooling system. As for the audio department, the speakers remain quite loud but lacks bass which does decrease from audio punchiness. However, when it comes to highs and mids there wasn’t any noticeable deterioration of sound quality. This means audio quality is about above average. Naturally with a beast like this power consumption is going to be high this means battery life is going to take a beating with the Aorus X7 v7 scoring a mere 3 hours on Wi-Fi which is lower than the average but still higher than a desktop replacement notebook. Users should set their expectations accordingly when carrying this notebook around although at 17 inches you might be hard pressed to find a decently large bag to fit it. Final words being from the outside the Aorus X7 v7 seem similar to its predecessor but has some actual improvements although in terms of processor improvements they are about minor.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop): Pascal based high-end mobile graphics card based on a cut down GP104 (like the GTX 1080) and GDDR5 graphics memory. Successor to the GTX 980M with a 10 Watts higher TDP. Similar to the desktop GTX 1070 performance wise, but with more shaders and lower clock speeds. These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing. » 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.  
7820HK: Quad-core notebook processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture running at 2.9 - 3.9 GHz. It is the second fastest model of the consumer H-series in the beginning of 2017. The chip also integrates the HD Graphics 630 GPU clocked at 350 - 1100 MHz and is manufactured in a 14 nm process (improved compared to Skylake). Compared to the Core i7-7820HQ, the 7820HK lacks business features like vPro or TXT support.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
17.3":

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.
3.4 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. 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).


85.4%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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