Aorus refreshes X3 Plus, X5, X7, and X7 DT with Nvidia Pascal
The thin and sleek Aorus series is always striving to offer the most powerful gaming systems in form factors as thin as possible. The 13.9-inch X3 Plus, 15.6-inch X5S, and 17.3-inch X7 may not be as thin as the MSI GS Ghost series, but they are able to incorporate higher-end GPUs and even SLI on some configurations.
The same systems from Aorus will now be shipping with Pascal GPU options. The new X7 DT and X7 x6 can be configured with up to the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, respectively. Other than the new GPU upgrade, both will have 120 Hz display options with 5 ms response times similar to the MSI GT72VR and its latest Pascal refresh. The internal cooling system has been updated to improve airflow and, unlike on any of the new MSI notebooks, the X7 series will have individually-lit RGB keys. Interestingly, Aorus is omitting Pascal SLI options for now whereas previous X7 SKUs included Maxwell SLI.
Moving down in size to the X5 v6 includes GPU options up to the GTX 1070. Users can choose between a WQHD+ (2880 x 1620) resolution display or a FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution display. A 120 Hz option is also available, but only for the lower resolution option. Individually-lit RGB keys are available here as well like on the larger X7 series.
Finally, the X3 Plus v6 can be equipped with up a GTX 1060 and a QHD+ (3200 x 1800) resolution IPS IGZO display. It will not, however, include individually-lit RGB keys and lower resolution options will not be made available.
All systems otherwise have the same chassis and connectivity options as their previous iterations, so we recommend checking out our existing reviews on each of the notebooks for a good overview of their features.