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Gigabyte AORUS 17X YD 17.3" Gaming Laptop (Intel 11th, 2021)

NEX score 89%

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Product Overview

The 2021 Gigabyte AORUS 17X YD is a flagship 17.3-inch gaming laptop. It packs significant improvements over its 2020 predecessor, chiefly the 11th-gen Intel Core i9-11980HK CPU and NVIDIA RTX 3080 GPU with 16GB GDDR6.
Thanks to NVIDIA's new Ampere architecture, the RTX 3080 is significantly more powerful and efficient than the previous model. As a result, the new AORUS 17X YD only needs a single 330W power supply.
The calling card of the AORUS 17X is the full-size mechanical keyboard with per-key RGB lighting, 2.5mm key travel, and N-key rollover. The laptop also improves upon the previous WINDFORCE Infinity Cooling System. The same 300Hz IPS display is also carried over.
Naturally, the AORUS 17X YD also supports Thunderbolt 4 and PCI Express Gen4.
Alongside the AORUS 17X, Gigabyte also refreshed other models in its premium laptop lineup with Tiger Lake processors in May 2021.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
Cons
  • Bulky and heavy

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 89% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb gaming performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent keyboard and trackpad
Cons
  • Quite heavy
  • No webcam
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
1x Thunderbolt 4 + 3x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 2x USB-C 3.2 Gen1 + 1x HDMI 2.1 + 1x Microphone + 1x Headphone + 1x SD + 1x RJ45 (2.5Gbps)
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.2

Construction

Battery | Capacity
99 Wh
Camera | Front
HD
Microphone
Dual-Array Microphone
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, matte
Gamut
72% NTSC
Refresh Rate
300Hz
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)

Function

Audio
ESS Sabre HiFi Audio DAC, DTS X:Ultra
Chipset
Mobile Intel HM570 Express Chipset
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 16GB GDDR6
Keyboard Backlight
Fusion RGB Per-Key
Misc
N-key Rollover, 100% Anti-Ghosting
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
11th-gen Intel Core i9-11980HK Tiger Lake
Security
Firmware-based TPM, supports Intel Platform Trust Technology (Intel PTT)

Performance

Durability
Keyboard: 15 million keystrokes
Key Travel
2.5mm (Mechanical Keyboard w/ OMRON Gaming Switch)
Memory | Capacity
2x SO-DIMMs, Max 64GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 3200MHz
Power Supply
330 W
Storage
1x M.2 SSD 2280 PCIe Gen3 / SATA + 1x M.2 SSD 2280 PCIe Gen4

Production

Debut
2021-05-11
Made In
Taiwan
Model Name
AORUS 17X YD

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External Reviews

t3[1]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The Gigabyte Aorus 17X is one of the most powerful gaming laptops on the market. It has an 11th-gen Intel Core i9-11980HK processor, 64GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU that is very happy running the most demanding games out there at the moment. The 17.3-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixel IPS LCD panel runs at an impressive refresh rate of 300Hz.
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Pros
  • Superb gaming performance
  • Excellent keyboard and trackpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Quite heavy
  • No webcam

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Gigabyte Aorus 17X review: an absolute beast of a gaming laptop. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/gigabyte-aorus-17x-yd-review. 2021-09-01. Retrieved 2021-10-20.

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