Aorus X7 v7
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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.
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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
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 Mobile: 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.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
i7-7820HK: 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.
17.30": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
A laptop with this weight is comparatively heavy and less designed for mobility than for use at the desk. Therefore, the devices tend to shine less with battery life than with a large screen and higher performance.
Aorus is a brand of Gigabyte Technology, a Taiwanese company that specializes in manufacturing computer hardware and accessories. Aorus was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. The logo is a falcon head, as the name Aorus is derived from the ancient Egyptian falcon god Horus. The Aorus brand focuses on developing high-end gaming products such as gaming laptops, gaming monitors, gaming mice, keyboards and other accessories. Aorus products are designed to enhance the gaming experience. The brand also has a strong presence in the e-sports community and sponsors many professional e-sports teams and events.
85.4%: This is an above-average rating. Nevertheless, it should not be forgotten that about one fifth of all tested models receive a better rating.
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