Gigabyte P34W V3
Average of 5 scores (from 5 reviews)
Reviews for the Gigabyte P34W V3
GTX 970M in a 14-inch laptop. What happens when you cram a 2.6 GHz i7-4720HQ CPU and an Nvidia GTX 970M together in an ultrathin 14-inch form factor? You get one of the fastest and truly portable gaming notebooks around - albeit one with some thermal issues.
This latest offering from Gigabyte will have gamers interested, as most will know the Gigabyte brand is built on fast motherboards and everything else builds on that, a lot of Desktops have Gigabyte motherboards but they brand notebooks themselves. The Gigabyte P34W measures 33x23.5x2cm and weights 18.17grams.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/18/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 80%
Source: Laptop Media
It’s not just the good looks – we really liked P34’s thinness at first sight, but to be fair, we thought that it won’t be able to successfully pass our tests. It turned out that it did it, with a little reproof, though – when the CPU and the GPU are heavy loaded, they’re like little helicopters. But how could we blame Gigabyte for that when P34W weighs 1.8 kg and is 20.60 mm thick, while accommodating Intel Core i7-4720HQ and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/29/2015
Source: Gadgets Now
Gigabyte's P34 series has a new winner in the P34W v3 in terms of raw gaming performance, and its compact and light size makes it great for taking on the move - we just wish its battery life lasted a lot longer and it didn't get so hot, as that stops it just short of greatness.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/08/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
The P34W is solid gaming device, period. With a powerful Intel Core i7 CPU and fast Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M GPU the 14-inch laptop is capable of competing toe to toe with many larger 17.3-inch models. The chassis may not be flashy, but it’s incredibly well made and the FHD matte IPS screen offers rich color and excellent viewing angles.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/23/2015
Rating: Total score: 81%
Source: Digital Versus
The Gigabyte P34W v3 is an updated version of the Gigabyte P34 Ultrablade that we tested last year. Little has changed in terms of design—it's still a 14", all-aluminium machine, with a matte Full HD display. The Gigabyte's 14" frame has been kitted out with a solid gaming configuration, and its performance reflects this. It's at a cost, though.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/27/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 80%
Model: Currently, the Gigabyte P34W V3 notebook is the one of the fastest gaming notebook around. This model is powered by the high-end 2.6 Ghz Core i7-4720HQ and a GTX 970M graphic card. The RAM has a total capacity of 16 GB. The ultrathin casing does not boast a flashy design. It looks rather subdued or restrained. At the first glance, it is easy to assume that this is a regular mainstream notebook model. In terms of quality, it is a notch above the mainstream models as it feels solid and well made. Its matte high-quality AU Optronics B140HAN01.1 IPS display with a resolution of 1080p is solely focused on gaming.
In the PCMark 7, the computer scores similar to other high-end and much larger gaming models and is ranked as one of the fastest lightweight gaming notebooks available. Storage-wise, it comes with a 1 TB HDD and a 128 GB SATA SSD. However, it is interesting to note that this model does not support RAID, which many larger gaming notebooks do in this price range. The 1.5 W built-in stereo speakers are standard and it lacks the bass sound, which was to be expected from a lightweight notebook. The battery life is 4.5 hours during constant WLAN use. Standard features of this model are 4x USB 3.0, an SD card reader, a built-in microphone, an HDMI port, a D-Sub port, and a built-in HD Camera.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M:
Second fastest high-end graphics card based on the Maxwell GM204 chip from the GeForce GTX 900M series.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
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.
4720HQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.6 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.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
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.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
Gigabyte: GIGABYTE Technology is a Taiwan-based manufacturer of computer hardware products best known for its motherboards. Established in 1986, its major customers include custom boutique PC manufacturers such as Alienware. Secondary lines in the company's product portfolio include complete PCs, laptops, optical drives, LCD monitors, keyboards, mice, cooling components, mobile phones and high end mobile phone products (PDA phone, TV phone etc.), networking equipment, power supplies, and a line of barebone mid and full sized ATX computer cases. Gigabyte laptop reviews are rare and the global laptop market share low.
In the notebook sector, Gigabyte is a medium player and does not belong to the Top 10 manufacturers globally. There are many reviews on Gigabyte laptops with average ratings, but there are only few reviews on Gigabyte tablets. Gigabyte does not play a role in the smartphone sector (as of 2016).
80.8%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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