Gigabyte Aorus 17X is a high-end gaming laptop model, designed to bring the smoothest gaming experience to users. It’s packed with class-leading premium components, a premium build design, and a market-leading 1080p display.
The Aorus 17X uses the Intel Comet Lake chip family and the Nvidie GeForce RTX Super series of graphics cards, delivering an impressive level of overall performance to conquer all the most highly-configured games on the market.
However, the Aorus 17X is not a perfect laptop, with the biggest drawback being the bulky size of the machine. This is understandable because the Aorus 17X is equipped with high-performance components. With an overall weight of 3.75 kg, you will not be able to carry the laptop with you as conveniently and easily as the Ultrabook models on the market.
Although equipped with powerful cooling features, which include 2 large ventilation fans along with cooling slot systems, the laptop will still emit a fairly high level of heat during gaming. However, if what you need in a gaming laptop is a high level of performance, then the Aorus 17X will be an option that is hard to ignore.
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Specifications of Gigabyte Aorus 17X
- CPU: Intel Core i9-10980HK
- GPUs: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-P
- RAM: 32GB
- Memory: 1TB SSD
- Screen: 17.3-inch Full HD, 240Hz
- Size: 15.59 x 11.53 x 1.49 inches
- Mass: 3.75kg
Gigabyte Aorus 17X: Design
Aorus 17X owns a typical design language of most product models on the gaming laptop market. The laptop’s outer shell is finished in jet black, and is embellished with brilliant RGB lighting details.
Located on the front edge of the machine are 2 large light strips, giving a unique and impressive appearance to the gaming laptop. It possesses an impressive build quality and level of finishing. The pair of screen hinges of the device are designed firmly, helping the screen to be kept in place during use.
When opening the laptop, you will see a set of mechanical keyboards that are set against the body, providing a comfortable and natural input experience for the user. The touchpad of the machine is located right below, with very good sensitivity to help me control the mouse pointer easily and conveniently.
The machine is equipped with many connection ports, allowing you to use a variety of peripherals during gaming. Along the left edge of the laptop is a headphone and microphone jack, a USB 3.1 Type-A port, a Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB 3.1 Type-C port. Located on the right side of the machine is a USB 3.1 Type-C port, an SD card reader and two more USB 3.1 Type-A ports.
The remaining connection ports of the laptop are located on the back edge, specifically including E2600 Ethernet port, HDMI port and 1 or 2 power ports (depending on the configuration version you choose).
Located on the two sides of the laptop, it is also equipped with ventilation slots, which function to bring hot air from the inside to the outside. Located on the bottom of the machine is also equipped with ventilation slots, to give the laptop the most stable temperature.
The screen of the device is wrapped inside a 3mm bezel on the top and two sides, while the bottom edge of the screen is about 4mm thick. Located at the bottom edge of the screen is also equipped with a 720p webcam. This is a rather strange webcam placement and will bring annoyances during actual use.
Meanwhile, the screen itself of Auros 17X has extremely clear and vivid image quality. The screen is supported with a 240Hz refresh rate, allowing all animations when interacting with the operating system or when playing games to be done quickly and smoothly. The screen panel of the device meets Pantone standards, so the colors displayed on the screen will be extremely vivid and vibrant.
Gigabyte Aorus 17X: Performance
Here are the results that the Auros 17X achieved in different benchmark tests:
- 3DMark Sky Diver: 49993 points; Fire Strike: 20803 points; Time Spy: 10252 points
- Cinebench R20: 3505 cb
- Geekbench 5 Single-Core: 1319 points; Multi-Core: 8410 points
- PCMark 10 Home: 7001 points
- PCMark 10 Battery Life: 3 hours 5 minutes
- Total War: Three Kingdoms: 234fps (1080p, Low) 83fps (1080p Ultra)
- Metro Exodus: 174fps (1080p, Low), 81fps (1080p, Ultra)
Powered by an Intel Core H-series chip and an Nvidia GeForce RTX Super graphics card, the Aorus 17X possesses the highest level of performance on the market today.
Testing the machine’s graphics processing capabilities with the Sky Diver test in 3DMark, the Aorus 17X achieved an impressive score of 20803. This is an impressive result and much higher than the average of the high-end laptop segment. . For comparison, the Asus Zephyrus Duo GX550 series that we recently reviewed is a product in the high-end gaming laptop segment, only achieving a score of 17571 on the Fire Strike test.
Using the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-P graphics card, the Aorus 17X scored 18% higher on the Fire Strike test and 34% higher on the Time Spy test when compared to the results achieved by the Zephyrus Duo.
During actual use, in the game Total War: Three Kingdoms, Aorus 17X achieved an average frame rate of 82 fps when playing in Ultra configuration mode. In the game Metro: Exodus, the machine reached a frame rate of 80 fps at Ultra configuration.
Gigabyte Aorus 17X: Battery life
Models with large designs like the Aorus 17X will require a large amount of power to operate optimally. Especially in the version of the RTX 2080 Super card, the device needs a total of 2 chargers to be able to output the most optimal performance level.
In our battery life test, the Aorus 17X powered off after just 3 hours and 14 minutes of continuous web surfing over wifi. This result is a bit longer than the current gaming laptop segment, but it is worse than the battery life of the Asus Zephyrus Duo (4 hours 37 minutes) and Aorus 17G (6 hours 27 minutes).
Continuing the battery life test with PCMark 10, the Aorus 17X lasted about 3 hours and 5 minutes before running out of battery completely.
Gigabyte Aorus 17X: Software
Gigabyte doesn’t pre-install a lot of bloatware inside the Aorus 17X. The built-in software includes system utility tools such as Aorus Smart Backup, Aorus Control Center, and so on.
Aorus Control Center is a utility software that allows you to monitor the overall performance of each component, control the machine’s security functions, and change the effects and colors of the lighting systems. RGB on the body and of the keyboard set.
Buy it if…
Are you looking to buy a gaming laptop with the highest performance in the segment?
Gigabyte Aorus 17X is one of the highest performing gaming laptops in the segment at the moment. With this level of performance, you can play all the different games on the market with ease.
You are looking to buy a gaming laptop with high display quality
The screen of the Gigabyte Aorus 17X, although only has a resolution of 1080p, but possesses an impressive and brilliant display color quality. The screen also supports 144Hz refresh rate, making all animations when playing games as well as when interacting with the operating system to be displayed smoothly and seamlessly.
Are you looking for a laptop that can replace your computer?
The Gigabyte Aorus 17X is a true desktop replacement laptop. Equipped with a top level of performance, along with a quality mechanical keyboard.
Don’t buy if…
You don’t have much money to pay for a new gaming laptop
The Gigabyte Aorus 17X is a laptop that doesn’t come cheap, so choose another model if your economic conditions do not allow it.
You are looking to buy a gaming laptop with high portability
Gigabyte Aorus 17X weighs more than 3.5kg, so you won’t be able to carry the laptop with you easily and conveniently.
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- Top performance in the segment
- Top build quality
- Brilliant screen
- Super comfortable mechanical keyboard
- Bulky design
- Battery life is average
- High price