The rise of VR headsets has revitalized the desktop-replacement notebook for developers and demonstrators who need a powerful yet portable system. Aorus' X7 DT appears ready and able to rise to the challenge. This 17.3" beast trades the twin GeForce GTX 970Ms of Aorus' previous top-end notebook, the X7 Pro v5, for a single desktop GeForce GTX 980 card. Aorus also gives game streamers the option to offload video processing from the CPU with an available AverMedia M.2 capture card. That card is claimed to boost FPS rates up to 30% during game streaming.
Adding in the AverMedia card certainly doesn't hamper the X7 DT's expandability. The machine comes with three M.2 slots in total, room for up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 2.5" drive bay. The machine's processing power comes from a four-core, eight-thread Core i7-6820HK CPU. Intel gives that chip an unlocked multiplier for overclocking, and Aorus harnesses it with a one-click option in its software utilities that pushes clocks to 4GHz (up from the stock 3.6GHz Turbo speed).
The X7 DT's 1080p, IPS display also comes with Nvidia's G-Sync technology enabled for a tear-free gaming experience. A Killer Ethernet port lets gamers take advantage of the company's client-side QoS software if they so desire. At just 1" (25.4 mm) thick and a little over seven pounds (3.2 kg), this machine cuts a relatively slim profile for its size. The USA version of the X7 DT will include a 512GB PCIe SSD, a 1TB hard drive, and 8GB of DDR4-2400 RAM in its $2,799 base configuration.