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Gigabyte AORUS 15P KD/XD/YD 15.6" Gaming Laptop (Intel 11th, 2021)

NEX score 64%

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Product Overview

The 2021 Gigabyte AORUS 15P KD/XD/YD is a powerful 15.6-inch gaming laptop. As it is the case with AORUS 17G, this laptop is an incremental improvement over the XC/YC models unveiled just a few months before at CES 2021 with 11th-gen Intel Core i7-11800H Tiger Lake CPU.
On the GPU side, the options are now expanded and modified. An NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU is freshly available, while the RTX 3080 chip now comes with 16GB of GDDR6 graphics memory alongside the 8GB option.
Other related updates include DDR4-3200 memory, Bluetooth 5.2, Thunderbolt 4, and PCI Express Gen4 SSD.
Another important upgrade is the addition of a 360Hz FHD IPS display option next to the 240Hz panel from last year.
Alongside the AORUS 15P, 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
  • Very good gaming performance
  • Very good keyboard and touchpad
  • Good battery life
  • Good system performance
Cons
  • Mediocre webcam

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 64% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good system performance
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Gorgeous 240Hz display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Poor webcam placement
  • Expensive for a gaming notebook
  • Poor webcam quality
  • Mediocre webcam
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • High temperatures under load
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
AORUS 15P KD
AORUS 15P XD
AORUS 15P YD

Connectivity

Ports
1x Thunderbolt 4 + 3x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x HDMI 2.1 + 1x mini DisplayPort 1.4 + 1x Audio combo + 1x SD + 1x RJ45 (2.5Gbps)
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.2

Construction

Battery | Capacity
99 Wh
Camera | Front
HD
Speakers
2‎x 2W Speakers

Dimensions

Bezels
3 mm
Size | Depth
244 mm / 9.6 inch
Size | Height
27 mm / 1.06 inch
Size | Width
357 mm / 14.0 inch
Weight
2.2 kg / 4.8 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio
16:9
Display Diagonal
17.3 inch
Display Type
IPS, matte
Gamut
72% NTSC
Refresh Rate
240 or 360 Hz
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)

Function

Audio
DTS:X Ultra
Chipset
Mobile Intel HM570 Express Chipset
AORUS 15P XDGraphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB
AORUS 15P YDGraphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 8GB or RTX 3080 16GB
AORUS 15P KDGraphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB
Keyboard Backlight
Island-style AORUS Fusion Keyboard with per-key backlit control
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
11th-gen Intel Core i7-11800H Tiger Lake
Security
Firmware-based TPM, supports Intel Platform Trust Technology (Intel PTT)

Performance

Memory | Capacity
2x SO-DIMMs, Max 64GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 3200MHz
Power Supply
230 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

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External Reviews

notebookcheck[1]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Aorus 15P YD shows average interruption times in the test with LatencyMon. It's only pushed to second place by the Asus Zephyrus G15 when it comes to the individual discipline of "Productivity". The system always runs smoothly in everyday use, and no micro stutters or similar occur. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 used here has been configured by Gigabyte with a TGP of 130 watts.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • High-quality case
  • Good battery life
  • Good system performance
Cons
  • High temperatures under load
  • No Thunderbolt 3

techradar[2]

Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Gigabyte Aorus 15P YD is a great laptop for LAN parties and gaming. The 240Hz display would have benefited from a less glossy screen. 32GB of RAM is going to be overkill for anyone who is just after a laptop to play games on. The potential battery life is conflicting, and despite rigours testing we got inconsistent results.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 240Hz display
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Poor webcam placement
  • Poor webcam quality

tomshardware[3]

Sentiment Score 56%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
Gigabyte continues to make the extremely questionable decision of putting its 720p webcam below the hinge. As of this writing, it's out of stock, though some sites have it on a waitlist at $2,399. Gigabyte backs the Aorus 15P with a one-year warranty.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Strong gaming performance
  • Strong speakers
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre webcam
  • Expensive for a gaming notebook

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Aorus 15P YD in review: High-end gaming laptop with fast 360 Hz display. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Aorus-15P-YD-in-review-High-end-gaming-laptop-with-fast-360-Hz-display.545474.0.html. 2021-06-16. Retrieved 2021-06-16.
2. ^ Gigabyte Aorus 15P YD review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/gigabyte-aorus-15p-yd. 2021-08-25. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
3. ^ Gigabyte Aorus 15P Review: Satisfactory Stealth. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gigabyte-aorus-15p-review-satisfactory-stealth. 2021-06-30. Retrieved 2021-07-02.

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