Gigabyte Aero 15 X stuffs a GTX 1070 in a thin chassis

If you're a regular TR reader, you may recall that just a few weeks ago we reviewed the Gigabyte Aero 15 thin gaming laptop. The idea of combining "thin" and "gaming" in a single device usually goes poorly, but Gigabyte pulled it off with aplomb. The Aero 15 offers impressive gaming performance and battery life despite being just 0.75 inch thick (1.9 cm) and packing a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. If you need more speed, though, Gigabyte is readying up the Aero 15 X with a GeForce GTX 1070 inside.

The GP104-powered GeForce in the Aero 15 X is the Max-Q take on that card , and as a result it will run at slightly lower clocks than the usual 1442 MHz base and 1645MHz boost of a laptop GeForce GTX 1070. It's still got a 60% wider shader array than the GTX 1060 6GB, so the Aero 15 X should offer a nice bump in gaming performance over the model we reviewed. Battery life might take a hit, but the Aero 15's inclusion of Nvidia's Optimus technology means that drop shouldn't be too bad.

Besides the new GPU, the laptop remains unchanged. That means you get a Core i7-7700HQ CPU, dual-channel DDR4-2400 memory, and optionally a pair of M.2 SSDs. There's Thunderbolt 3 support on tap, and the keyboard is backlit with RGB LEDs. The onboard display is the same near-bezel-less 1920×1080 IPS panel as the regular model, and the battery is the same impressively-long-lasting 94 Whr model as before. A graphics card like the GeForce GTX 1070 cries out for an external display with a high refresh rate, and the Aero 15 X is ready with its HDMI, mini-DP, and USB Type-C connectors.

Gigabyte didn't offer pricing info, but says the Aero 15 X will be available in the middle of October.

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    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Wasted on the 15.6″ screen; The 1060 is already perfect match.

    If you’re going to hook your laptop up to external screens, there are better ways to do it than to compromise your laptop’s price and battery life. You can probably afford a TB3 external graphics card for less than the price difference between the Aero 15 and the Aero 15X….

      • auxy
      • 3 years ago

      I had a Powercolor Devil Box and it was just awful. I ssent it back and I never send anything back. I tested it on 2 different laptops with 3 different graphics cards and I could not get it to provide decent performance. Every game was a stuttery mess. I dunno if the Devil Box sucks or what but based on my experience and what I read I don’t think TB3 eGPUs really work.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        That sounds like the Devil box sucks.

        What you say is not how it’s supposed to be. [url=<]eGPUs over TB work pretty well[/url<] it would seem; There's a small performance drop of 10-20% depending on resolution that is caused by the lower PCIe bandwidth, but it doesn't seem to be any different to running an internal GPU over a 4x slot instead of a 16x slot.

      • mcarson09
      • 3 years ago

      The 980 ti is the baseline gpu for VR and the 1070 is close to it, so it would make a good idea for cheap VR setups or demos.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 3 years ago

    As I was in the market for a new gaming machine and wanting the mobility of a laptop, the Aero 15 review came at a perfect time. Upon seeing the price of a the base model being $2500 CDN, I sadly had to look at much cheaper alternatives.

    That being said, I can’t imagine the Aero 15X will be affordable for us mere mortals…

      • southrncomfortjm
      • 3 years ago

      Nintendo Switch + desktop > gaming laptop imo.

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