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Gigabyte AORUS 17X Gaming Laptop (Intel 10th Gen)

NEX score 74%

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Product Overview

Gigabyte AORUS 17X is a 17.3-inch flagship gaming laptop that features mechanical keyboard, up to 300Hz IPS display with 72% NTSC wide gamut, 10th-gen Intel Core i9-10980HK processor, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics.
Sharing much of its components with higher-spec'd AORUS 17G, the AORUS 17X trades portability for uncompromised performance. Like the 15G and 17G, this includes a mechanical keyboard with per-key RGB lighting. What the AORUS 17X adds include fancier lighting elements and a more extreme version of the WINDFORCE Infinity Cooling System that includes a large Vapor Chamber. A significant bump in power supply is also included.
Gigabyte markets several other gaming laptops in the same generation: the mid-range AORUS 5 and AORUS 7, the ultra-portable AORUS 15P, and the high-end portable AORUS 15G and AORUS 17G.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful gaming performance with ray-tracing enabled
  • Excellent mechanical keyboard and trackpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre audio

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 74% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Decent performance
  • Good battery life
  • Good speakers
  • Gorgeous display
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • No G-Sync or FreeSync support
  • Only two refresh-rate options
  • Battery life could be better
  • Bloatware and bloatware
  • Loud fans
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
RTX 2070
RTX 2070 SUPER
RTX 2080 SUPER

Connectivity

Ports
3x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen1 + 1x HDMI 2.0 + 1x DisplayPort 1.4 / USB-C + 1x Mic + 1x Headphone + 1x SD + 1x RJ45
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0 LE

Construction

Battery | Capacity
94 Wh
Camera | Front
HD
Speakers
2x 2W Speakers + 1x 3W Subwoofer

Dimensions

Size | Depth
293 mm / 11.53 inch
Size | Height
38 mm / 1.49 inch
Size | Width
396 mm / 15.59 inch
Weight
3.75 kg / 8.26 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
Display Diagonal
17.3 inch
Display Type
IPS IGZO, matte (240Hz) / IPS, matte (300Hz)
Gamut
72% NTSC
Refresh Rate
240 or 300Hz
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)

Function

Audio
ESS Sabre HiFi Audio DAC, Nahimic 3 3D Audio for Gamers
Chipset
Mobile Intel HM470 Express
Graphics
Intel UHD Graphics 630 + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q 8GB, RTX 2070 SUPER Max-Q 8GB, or RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q 8GB
Keyboard Backlight
AORUS Fusion RGB Per-Key
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
10th-gen Intel Core i7-10750H, i7-10875H, or i9-10980HK
Security
Firmware-based TPM, supports Intel Platform Trust Technology (Intel PTT)

Performance

Key Travel
2.5mm (Mechanical Keyboard w/ OMRON Gaming Switch)
Memory | Capacity
Max 64GB (2x DIMMs)
Memory | Type
DDR4 2666MHz or 2933MHz
RTX 2070Power Supply
330 W
RTX 2070 SUPERPower Supply
330 W
RTX 2080 SUPERPower Supply
2x 330W
Storage
2x M.2 SSD 2280 (1x NVMe + 1x NVMe/SATA) + 1x 2.5" SATA

Production

Debut
2020
Made In
Taiwan
RTX 2070Model Name
AORUS 17X WB
RTX 2070 SUPERModel Name
AORUS 17X XB
RTX 2080 SUPERModel Name
AORUS 17X YB

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External Reviews

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
It's heavy at 8.3 pounds (3.8 kg), but that's actually middle of the pack for a 17-inch gaming monster. The air venting out the sides and back when running at full speed is hot enough to keep my coffee warm. Battery life, too, is pretty good for a gaming laptop.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life
  • Good speakers
Cons
  • No G-Sync or FreeSync support
  • Only two refresh-rate options
  • Battery life could be better

t3[2]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
Gigabyte Aorus 17x has an eight-core 10th-gen Intel Core i9-10980HK 2.4GHz processor, 32GB of RAM, 3GB of HDD/SSD storage, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics card. Gaming performance was mostly excellent, with high frame rates and smooth gameplay, though we did notice the occasional stutter on GTA V. The laptop is packed with ports too, including the usual headphone and mic jacks, plus 3 x USB-C, 1 x Thunderbolt (USB-C) and 1 x DisplayPort.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Super-smooth 4K display
  • Powerful CPU and GPU
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Loud fans

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Aorus 17X outperforms the Zephyrus Duo by about 16% on average. The 17X is the most powerful pure gaming laptop your money can buy right now. Gigabyte thankfully doesn't load up the 17X with bloatware. There's no reason to subsidize a lower retail price with third-party pre-installs.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Decent performance
Cons
  • Bloatware and bloatware

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Gigabyte Aorus 17X review: A power gaming laptop with a keyboard that just clicks. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/reviews/gigabyte-aorus-17x-review/. 2020-07-10. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Gigabyte Aorus 17x review: super-powerful gaming on the go. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/gigabyte-aorus-17x-review. 2021-01-15. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
3. ^ Gigabyte Aorus 17X review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/gigabyte-aorus-17x. 2020-07-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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