Gigabyte details Sabre 15 gaming notebook with GTX 1050 graphics
Unveiled at CES 2017, the Sabre 15 is Gigabyte's entry-level solution for the mainstream gamer on a budget. Its design is not unlike the existing Gigabyte P57 or P37 series but with updated Kaby Lake and Pascal hardware. Specifications include:
- 15.6-inch FHD matte display
- Core i7-7700HQ CPU
- 2 GB GeForce GTX 1050 or 4 GB GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics
- Up to 32 GB DDR4 RAM
- M.2 PCIe x4 SSD + secondary 2.5-inch HDD
The keyboard keys have a deep travel of 2 mm compared to 1.6 mm or shorter on many Ultrabooks. New to the series is the optional multi-zone RGB backlight whereas some higher-end Aorus models come standard with individually-lit RGB keys.
The GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti are very powerful cards even though they are considered mid-tier. Our own benchmarks show them to be in range of the previous generation GTX 960M/965M and GTX 970M, respectively, in terms of gaming performance.
Despite this second announcement, Gigabyte has yet to announce starting prices for the Sabre 15 and our own sources have yet to have any SKUs in stock. The Sabre 15 competes with the Pavilion 15, Lenovo Yoga 720, Asus GL553VD, and even the XPS 15 9560 as all are 15.6-inch notebooks with similar CPU and GPU options.