Aorus refreshes laptops with Pascal cards and 120Hz IPS screens

— 4:53 PM on August 16, 2016

The recent release of mobile Pascal GPUs has given rise to a flood of laptop releases from all ends of the world. Aorus has thrown its chips in the pot, offering a choice of Pascal-powered laptops in sizes from 13.9" to 17.3". All the machines pack Nvidia GTX 10-series cards, Intel Core i7-6820HK CPUs slightly boosted with a 2.7GHz base clock, IPS screens, and M.2 NVMe SSDs.

Let's start with the big models first. The Aorus X7 DT v6 is a 17.3" machine sporting a mobile GTX 1080 graphics card. Display options on tap include a 2560x1440 IPS screen capable of 120Hz refresh rates, as well as a 3840x2160 IPS (presumably 60Hz) panel. Both screens offer Nvidia G-Sync support. Users can buy their machines with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and the four slots on tap should allow for further expansion.

Expandability doesn't end with RAM. The X7 DT v6 comes with a total of three M.2 slots, one already taken by an NVMe SSD. For those looking to fully trick out their machine, Aorus offers two interesting options: an M.2 capture card to help with game streaming, and an "Aorus Fusion keyboard" that offers per-key RGB-LED lighting. USB Type-A and Type-C ports, an HDMI 2.0 output, and a Killer DoubleShot Pro Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi combo adapter all round out the main package. Despite all the hardware, the machine is relatively svelte, with a weight of 7.1 lbs (3.2 Kg). It's also just  1" (25.4 mm) at its tallest point.

If the X7 DT's price tag is too dear, you can instead take a gander at the Aorus X7 v6. This model matches its bigger brother on most every point save for the move to a GTX 1070. Aorus offers an additional screen option on this model, too: a 1920x1080 IPS display with G-Sync support.

Chnces are you may prefer a 15.6" laptop instead, such as the Aorus X5 v6. This model offers pretty much the same specifications as the ones above it, save that the two G-Sync-infused screen options are a 1920x1080 120Hz IPS panel and an 2880x1620 IPS unit. This machine is predictably lighter and thinner than the bigger models, weighing in at 5.5 lbs (2.5 Kg) and with a thickness of 0.91" (23 mm.)

Last but my no means least, Aorus offers the 13.9" X3 Plus v6. The GPU on this machine drops down to a GTX 1060. There's a boon, however: the screen is an IGZO 3200x1800 IPS panel, which will likely have impressive sharpness given its relatively small diagonal. (We just hope it's not the same snail-like panel we experienced on the X3 Plus v5.)

The X3 Plus v6's smaller chassis leaves it with only two RAM slots, as well as two M.2 slots. The Aorus capture card or Fusion keyboard options aren't available in this model, while networking duties are handled by a Killer Ethernet LAN controller and an 802.11ac Wi-Fi controller. This mean little machine weights only 1.8 Kg.

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