Gigabyte’s Aorus 17X is a monstrous laptop. That’s not an exaggeration either. Seriously, this laptop is massive, quite heavy and packs a powerful punch. The Aorus 17X touts itself as being the world’s first laptop with OMRON mechanical key switches and has great RGB lighting both in the keyboard and on the laptop chassis itself.
Before getting into performance aspects of the laptop, here are the tech specs:
⦁ Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro
⦁ 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK (2.4GHz~5.3GHz)
⦁ 17.3" Thin Bezel FHD 1920x1080 IPS-level Anti-glare Display LCD (240Hz, 72% NTSC) *X-Rite™ Pantone® Certified, individually factory calibrated.
⦁ 2x DDR4 2666MHz/ DDR4 2933MHz slots (8GB/ 16GB/ 32GB, Max 64GB) *The system memory spec may differ by country and region. Please contact your local dealers or retailers for the latest product information.
⦁ Mobile Intel® HM470 Express Chipset
⦁ Intel® UHD Graphics 630
⦁ NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 SUPER™ GDDR6 8GB
⦁ Supports NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
⦁ Support 3 Slots of Storage System.
⦁ 1x 2.5” HDD/ SSD (Only supports 7mm or thinner)
⦁ 2x M.2 SSD slots (Type 2280, supports 1x NVMe PCIe & SATA/ 1x NVMe PCIe) *The storage spec may differ by country and region.
⦁ AORUS Fusion RGB Per-Key Mechanical Keyboard with OMRON Gaming Switch
⦁ N-Key Rollover
⦁ Key Travel: 2.5mm
⦁ Killer™ Ethernet E2600
⦁ Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650(Powered by Intel)
⦁ Bluetooth: Bluetooth V5.0 + LE
⦁ 3x USB3.2 Gen1(Type-A)
⦁ 1x USB3.2 Gen1(Type-C)
⦁ 1x Thunderbolt3 (Type-C)
⦁ 1x HDMI2.0
⦁ 1x DP 1.4 & USB3.1 (Type-C) *The type-C port complies with VESA and USB Association specifications. Feasibility may vary by devices.
⦁ 1x Microphone
⦁ 1x Earphone (HiFi/SPDIF)
⦁ 1x UHS-II SD Card Reader
⦁ 2x DC-in Jack
⦁ 1x RJ-45
⦁ ESS Sabre HiFi Audio DAC
⦁ 2x 2W Speakers
⦁ 1x 3W Subwoofer
⦁ 1x Dual-Array Microphone
⦁ Nahimic 3
⦁ HD Camera
⦁ Firmware-based TPM, supports Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT)
⦁ Battery: Li Polymer 94Wh
⦁ Power Adapters: 330W x 2 *Adapter may differ by country and region. Please contact your local dealers or retailers for the latest product information.
⦁ Dimensions: 396(W)x 293(D)x 38(H) mm / 15.59(W)X11.53(D)X1.49(H) inch
From the above specs, you can clearly see that the Aorus 17X is incredibly well specced for a gaming laptop. This is high-end desktop level performance in a portable body. The 10th Generation Intel Core i9-10980HK processor along with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super and 32GB of DDR4 2933MHz RAM is a combination that will chew through any game that you throw at the laptop.
And chew through the games it did. We played Control with every single setting maxed out and motion blur switched off. The Aorus 17X didn’t even flinch with the game running at these settings. Even in an intense battle segment, we were getting well over 80 FPS with the frame rate exceeding 100 FPS quite easily when the combat died down. The game looked breathtaking to be quite honest and made us realize that raytracing at its finest is truly a spectacle to behold.
The Aorus 17X also sports a 240Hz display which is great news for competitive gamers that play titles such as Overwatch or CS:GO. An optional version of the laptop ships with a 300Hz display instead of the 240Hz because if you’re going all out, you might as well go all out on the screen too.
To test the laptop’s might even further we ran A Total War Saga: Troy’s built in benchmarks and obtained the following results.
We also ran Cinebench R20 and obtained some pretty interesting scores across the board. The test was run multiple times as follows.
Gamer, writer, self-proclaimed chemistry hobo. Always looking to make use of a good pun in the name of fun.
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