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Gigabyte Aorus 17 coming this September with unlocked Core i9, GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, and OMRON mechanical switches

Gigabyte Aorus 17 will have both unlocked Core i9 and GeForce RTX 2080 options with unique OMRON mechanical switches (Source: Aorus)
Gigabyte Aorus 17 will have both unlocked Core i9 and GeForce RTX 2080 options with unique OMRON mechanical switches (Source: Aorus)
The OEM is claiming it to be world's first laptop with OMRON mechanical key switches. The new Aorus 17 will contrast the last generation Aorus X7 series by being thicker in order to incorporate additional features and performance options.

After unveiling the mid-range 17.3-inch Aorus 7 at Computex 2019 earlier this year, Gigabyte is now ready to unveil its higher-end 17.3-inch Aorus 17 at Gamescom 2019. This model will sport hardware not available on the less expensive Aorus 7 including GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, Core i9-9980HK CPU, 240 Hz X-Rite Pantone pre-calibrated display, Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt 3, and LED embellishments along the front and rear edges.

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the Aorus 17 will be its integrated OMRON mechanical keyboard switches that promise 2.5 mm key travel and an actuation point of 1.6 mm. In comparison, most Ultrabooks and gaming laptops have shallower key travel of <1.5 mm and <2.0 mm, respectively, that often lack the firmness or "clicky" feedback of desktop keyboards. The very large MSI GT83 also integrates mechanical switches to appeal to enthusiast gamers.

As for cooling, the Aorus system will include five heat pipes, a vapor chamber, and two fans that will hopefully keep fan noise to a minimum when gaming.

The Aorus 17 will launch in at least four different SKUs this September as detailed by the specification sheet below. We won't know the starting prices for these configurations until they become available online.

Model

AORUS 17 YA

AORUS 17 XA

AORUS 17 WA

AORUS 17 SA

OS

Windows 10
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Pro High End

Windows 10
Windows 10 Pro

CPU

9th Generation Intel® Core™ i9-9980HK (2.4Ghz~5.0Ghz)
9th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-9750H (2.6GHz~4.5GHz)

9th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-9750H (2.6GHz~4.5GHz)

Display

17.3" Thin Bezel AUO FHD 1920x1080 240Hz Anti-Glare Display *X-Rite™ Pantone® Certified, individually factory calibrated

17.3" Thin Bezel LG® FHD 1920x1080 144Hz Anti-Glare IPS Display *X-Rite™ Pantone® Certified, individually factory calibrated

System Memory

SAMSUNG® 8GB/16GB/32GB DDR4 2666MHz, 2 slots (Max 64GB)

Chipset

Mobile Intel® HM370 Express Chipset

Video Graphics

Intel® UHD Graphics 630
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™
2080 GDDR6 8GB

Intel® UHD Graphics 630
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™
2070 GDDR6 8GB

Intel® UHD Graphics 630
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™
2060 GDDR6 6GB

Intel® UHD Graphics 630
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX
1660Ti GDDR6 6G

Storage

*Support 3 Storages System 1 x 2.5” HDD/2.5“ SSD 2x M.2 SSD slots (Type 2280, supports 1x NVMe PCIe & SATA/ 1x NVMe PCIe) *The storage capacity may differ by country and region. Please contact your local dealers or retailers for the latest product information.

Keyboard Type

AORUS Fusion RGB Per-Key Mechanical Keyboard with OMRON® Gaming Switch N-Key Rollover Key Travel:2.5mm

I/O Port

Audio

1x HDMI2.0 2x USB3.1 Gen1(Type-A) 1x USB3.1 Gen2(Type-A) 1x USB3.1 Gen1(Type-C) 1x DP 1.4 & USB3.1 (Type-C)* 1x Thunderbolt3 (Type-C) 1x UHS-II SD Card Reader 1x Microphone 1x Earphone (HiFi/SPDIF) 1x RJ45 2x DC-in Jack

1x HDMI2.0 2x USB3.1 Gen1(Type-A) 1x USB3.1 Gen2(Type-A) 1x USB3.1 Gen1(Type-C) 1x DP 1.4 & USB3.1 (Type-C)* 1x Thunderbolt3 (Type-C,) 1x UHS-II SD Card Reader 1x Microphone 1x Earphone (HiFi/SPDIF) 1x RJ45 1x DC-in Jack

*The type-C port complies with VESA and USB Association specifications. Feasibility may vary by devices.

Audio

ESS Sabre HiFi Audio DAC, 2x 2W Speakers, 1x 3W Subwoofer, 1x Dual-Array Microphone, NAHINIC 3

Communications

Killer™ Ethernet E2600 Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650(Powered by Intel®) Bluetooth: Bluetooth V5.0 + LE

Webcam

HD Camera

Security

Firmware-based TPM, supports Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT)

Adapter

330W x 2*

330W*

230W*

*Adapter may differ by country and region. Please contact your local dealers or retailers for the latest product information.

Battery

Li Polymer 94Wh

Dimensions

396(W)x 293(D)x 38(H)mm     15.59(W) x 11.53(D) x 1.49(H)

Weight

~3.75 kg
8.26 lb

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Top-of-the-line gaming brand AORUS, reveals itself at the 2019 GAMESCOM trade show in Germany Cologne, in which the spotlight shines at the all-new 17inch flagship gaming laptop, the AORUS 17. AORUS takes the lead yet again through the co-op with world renowned switch manufacture OMRON® to innovate and develop a set of unique mechanical switches that is tailored for the AORUS 17, not only does the keys offer exceptional durability, it also offers one of the best feeling keys that gamers can find on a laptop.  The AORUS greatness continues through the combination of the brand new Intel® 8 core CPU, NVIDIA® RTXTM graphics chip with Ray Tracing technology and an exclusive WINDFORCE INFINITY cooling system, the AORUS 17 steadily sits on the high-end gaming thrown with these specs.

           

World’s First Laptop with OMRON® Mechanical Switches

AORUS leads the industry again by working with world renowned mechanical switch manufacture, OMRON® in order to create a unique set of mechanical keys for the AORUS laptop, with gamer oriented design details, including an optimal 2.5mm key travel and an actuation point of 1.6mm, giving gamers both the sensational touch and sound of a crisp blue switch, which gamers can now enjoy the qualities of a full mechanical keyboard right on their AORUS laptop.  AORUS pursues further by redesigning the key caps to produce stunning backlit keys with unique ”concentric” keycaps, letting the LED underneath the keycap shine though evenly, increasing the overall lighting intensity by 27%, in addition to the AORUS exclusive FUSION 2.0 keyboard customization software, gamers can truly create a unique personal style.

WINDFORCE INFINITY Cooling System

AORUS takes initiative to work with the legendry AORUS graphics card cooling team in order to come up with something we call “WINDFORCE INFINITY” cooling technology that takes a large leap when it comes to cooling performance. The AORUS 17 takes hold of the next generation cooling weapon, the super heat conductor (Vapor Chamber) that increases the cooling efficiency by 37%, in conjunction with 5 heat pipes, 2 sets of 12v 51 blade fans and the additional gigantic laptop base fan with large area air mesh. Gamers can fully enjoy gaming performances to the max, without worrying about any throttling or overheating issues.

All-New 9th Gen Intel® Coffee Lake H Refresh Processor

The all-new upgrade of the AORUS 17 comes in with the addition of Intel’s 9th Gen i9-9980HK processor, which is 10% more powerful compared to the 8th Gen CoreTM i9. The CPU clock speed has increased from 4.8Ghz to 5.0Ghz,8 cores and 16 threads of greatness. The new CPU is made for ultra-multi-taskers and gamers who want to play “triple A” games while recording or streaming online.

 

240Hz Gaming Display Panel with X-RiteTM Pantone® Calibration Certified

The highest spec AORUS 17 comes equipped with the AUO® 240Hz, 3 ms response rate gaming grade panel, that’s not all, the panel is calibrated before it leaves the factory with X-RiteTM Pantone® certified calibration. Gamers not only experiences the smoothest visuals but also with true colors that the game designers intended for gamers to experience.

 

Industry Only All Intel® Inside Technology

GIGABYTE collaborates with world renowned innovator Intel® to create the industry first “All Intel® Inside” technology. Intel® parts are strategically put together, including the Intel® Core™ i9- 9980HK processor, Intel® 760p SSD, Intel® based Killer™ AX1650 Wi-Fi chip, and Thunderbolt 3.

 

World’s First Microsoft® Azure AI Artificial Intelligence Performance Laptop

GIGABYTE AORUS 17 is fortunate to be loved by Microsoft® in order to team up for the world’s first AI gaming laptop with Microsoft® Azure AI. User preference data will pass through the Microsoft® Azure platform to be analyzed by the AI and further determines the best central processor (CPU) and graphics processor (GPU) wattage setting. The optimal wattage is then set in order to achieve the best gaming performance possible while also keeping the laptop cool with balanced and optimized settings.

 

Fully Built with Renowned Component Brands | Breaking Industry Standards

For gamers, knowing the quality and performance specs of internal parts of a laptop is a top priority. AORUS has gathered feedback from gamers and went to source the best parts possible, working with the likes of  LG® IPS 144Hz panel, AUO 240Hz panel , Samsung® for memory modules, Killer™ Wi-Fi adapter, NAHIMIC™ sound technology, Intel® processor, Intel®   SSD ,and NVIDIA® graphics processor. AORUS uses top quality components to ensure the most stable platform for gamers to battle on.

 

Next-Gen Architecture Graphics Display Chip | GeForce RTX™ 20 Series

AORUS 17 welcomes the arrival of NVIDIA® all new Turing based architecture, the GeForce RTX™ graphics. Not only does it drastically increase the 3D rendering performance, it also introduces an array of new technologies such as new “Real Time Ray Tracing”, deep learning technology (DLSS) and NVIDIA Adaptive Shading® (NAS). Providing a next-level realism and fine details of in-game graphics.

 

AORUS Flagship King | The True Gaming Spirit

The AORUS 17 not only has the top-of-the-range keyboard, display and performance, audio is also a part of the whole package with audiophile grade ESS Sabre Hi-Fi DAC chip, supporting 24bit/192KHz frequency output and driving 16~600ohm mid to high-end headphones, gamers can sure experience the highest level of complexity in sound details. On the internet connectivity side of things, the latest Wi-Fi 6 KillerTM AX 1650 wireless network card comes equipped, with a transfer speed of up to 2.4Gbps, in addition to KillerTM unique system data packaging technology, offering gamers a smooth internet experience without any distractions. AORUS remains focused on offering a full luxury experience for gamers and only seeks for an extreme gaming spirit.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-08-27 (Update: 2019-08-27)
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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.