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Gigabyte AORUS 15G Gaming Laptop (RTX 30 Series, 2021)

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Product Overview

The 2021 Gigabyte AORUS 15G is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop that improves upon the 2020 model by offering NVIDIA RTX 30-series GPUs. It retains the 240Hz display with 72% NTSC color gamut, while dropping the 300Hz option.
Other tangential improvements include the larger 99Wh battery and the upgrade of HDMI to v2.1. More importantly, the 2021 AORUS 15G now measures only 0.9 inch thin, down from 0.98 inch.
A large collection of I/O options as well as the elegant CNC aluminum alloy chassis are carried over.
Alongside the AORUS 15G, Gigabyte also refreshed the AORUS 17G and AORUS 15P with RTX 30-series graphics at CES 2021.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful performance from Nvidia's RTX 3070 GPU
  • Bright 240Hz display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Dim display
  • Poor webcam

What external reviewers found***

Ext 68% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good battery life
  • Gorgeous 15.6-inch display
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Bright 240Hz display
  • Improved graphics performance
  • Powerful CPU and GPU
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • Short battery life
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No webcam
  • No webcam placement
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Specifications

RTX 3060RTX 3070RTX 3080

Connectivity

Ports3x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen1 + 1x HDMI 2.1 + 1x mini DisplayPort 1.4 + 1x Audio combo + 1x SD + 1x RJ45 (2.5Gbps)
Wireless ConnectivityWiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0 LE

Construction

Battery | Capacity99 Wh
Camera | FrontHD
MaterialAluminum
Speakers2‎x 2W Speakers

Dimensions

Bezels3 mm
Size | Depth244 mm / 9.6 inch
Size | Height23 mm / 0.9 inch
Size | Width357 mm / 14.0 inch
Weight2.0 kg / 4.4 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio16:9
Display Diagonal15.6 inch
Display TypeIPS, matte
Gamut72% NTSC
Refresh Rate240Hz
ResolutionFHD (1920x1080)

Function

AudioNahimic 3 3D Audio for Gamers
ChipsetMobile Intel HM470 Express
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB, RTX 3070 8GB, or RTX 3080 8GB
Keyboard BacklightIsland-style AORUS Fusion Keyboard with per-key backlit control
Operating SystemWindows 10
ProcessorUp to 1‎0th Gen Intel Core i7-10870H
SecurityFirmware-based TPM, supports Intel Platform Trust Technology (Intel PTT)

Performance

Memory | CapacityMax 64GB (2x DIMMs)
Memory | TypeDDR4 2933MHz
Power Supply230 W
Storage2x M.2 SSD 2280 (1x NVMe + 1x NVMe/SATA)

Production

Debut2021-01-13 (CES 2021)
Made InTaiwan
Model NameAORUS 15G KCAORUS 15G XCAORUS 15G YC

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External Reviews

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score 60%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Aorus 15G has a powerful Intel Core i7-10870H processor with 32GB of RAM. It transcoded a 4K video to 1080p in just 8 minutes and 5 seconds on our HandBrake benchmark. Gigabyte's 512GB SSD has a transfer rate of 801 MBps, faster than the average mainstream gaming laptop.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful CPU and GPU
  • Bright 240Hz display
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Short battery life
  • No webcam

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Aorus 15G XC is a high-performance gaming laptop without any major issues. It offers good performance and manages to deal with temperatures and volumes quite well. It's also fairly portable for a gaming laptop due to its large battery. If you are familiar with the predecessor, however, you might be somewhat disappointed.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Improved graphics performance
  • High-quality case
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

t3[3]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
Gigabyte Aorus 15G offers all the benefits of the RTX 30 series from Nvidia. It offers a substantial performance boost, ray tracing, advanced AI processing and more besides. As you would expect, the visuals were super-smooth and super-impressive in every game we tried. Wi-Fi 6 support provides the fastest possible connection speeds as far as wireless internet goes.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 15.6-inch display
  • Top-notch performance
Cons
  • No webcam placement
  • Poor battery life

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021, RTX 3070) review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/gigabyte-aorus-15g-2021-rtx-3070. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Aorus 15G XC Gaming-Laptop review: Features suffer setback in favor of an upgrade to RTX 3070. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Aorus-15G-XC-Gaming-Laptop-review-Features-suffer-setback-in-favor-of-an-upgrade-to-RTX-3070.521426.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Gigabyte Aorus 15G (RTX 30 series) review: top-tier gaming laptop power. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/gigabyte-aorus-15g-rtx-30-series-review. 2021-06-10. Retrieved 2021-10-20.

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