The Aorus X9 holds dual GTX 1070 in SLI and a low-profile mechanical keyboard in a slim 17.3-inch chassis
Edit: Our review of the Aorus X9 is now live on the website, please click here to view it.
Aorus, a subsidiary of Gigabyte, are well known for producing well-constructed, powerful, thin — and loud — gaming laptops. Today they expand their product portfolio by announcing the Aorus X9, a 17.3-inch gaming laptop which has its sights set on a few records.
Aorus claims that the X9 is the world’s thinnest 17.3-inch laptop with a mechanical keyboard, that it is the world slimmest 17.3-inch laptop with GTX 1070s in SLI, and that it is the world’s first 17.3-inch laptop with quad cooling fans. However, Aorus does like to make claims based on a technicality, such as when they touted the X3 as the most powerful 13.9-inch laptop even though this is an unusual screen size which it shared with few competitors (such as the Lenovo Yoga 910 convertible.)
Even if you put those claims aside, the X9 is an impressive notebook, with dual woofers to accompany two speakers, and a 3840x2160 IPS display which achieves 100% of AdobeRGB (something which mobile video and photo editors will appreciate). A 2560 x 1440 resolution 120 Hz WVA panel with a reported 5ms response time is also available for those who would prefer buttery smooth frame rates over the best color accuracy. Regardless of which panel you choose, it will have been calibrated and certified from the factory.
For storage, there is space for two M.2 NVMe drives and a single 2.5-inch bay for either a SATA SSD, or more likely, a hard drive with enough space to fit a 2 TB part. Four user accessible memory slots allow up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM. There is a 10-stage fan control, but since earlier models were known to run quite hot, and these are some power hungry parts inside a slim chassis, we wouldn’t be surprised if you were turning the fans all the way up when under heavy load.
External measurements are 428 X 314 X 23.5-30.5 mm (16.9 x 12.4 x 0.9-1.18 inches) W x D x H, and weight is a fairly-portable-for-the-size 3.6 kg (7.9lb). The Aorus X9 will be available later this month and retails for either US$3649 or US$3799 in the United States depending on which of the two launch configurations you select.
|Aorus X9-KL4K4M||Aorus X9-KL4K5M|
|Processor||Intel i7-7820HK 2.9/3.9 GHz 4C/8T with overclocking||Intel i7-7820HK 2.9/3.9 GHz 4C/8T with overclocking|
|Memory||2 x 16 GB DDR4-2400||2 x 16 GB DDR4-2400|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1070 SLI||NVIDIA GTX 1070 SLI|
|Screen||17.3-inch 3840x2160 IPS 100% AdobeRGB||17.3-inch 3840x2160 IPS 100% AdobeRGB|
|SSD||1 x 512 GB M.2 NVMe||2 x 512 GB M.2 NVMe|
|HDD||1 x 1000 GB 2.5-inch||-|
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