A case and a cooler
Next, we were treated to the sight of a brand-new product inside of a brand-new product. The Aorus AC300W Gaming Chassis is a rather subdued affair, all things considered. While it does have built-in RGB LED accents and a transparent acrylic side panel, the overall design is one of clean lines and restraint. The case's most standout features are its USB Type-C and HDMI passthrough ports lurking among the front panel I/O.
Aorus is just getting its feet wet with cases, but if all goes well, this mid-range mid-tower will be followed up by a more luxurious tempered-glass full-tower. Gigabyte expects to sell the AC300W at the $100-ish price point, but that's not yet set in stone.
The machine assembled inside the AC300W was powered by an Aorus X299 Gaming 7 and an Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition card. Though the CPU underneath remained a mystery, Gigabyte was happy to tell us about the hunk of metal cooling it. The Aorus ATC 700 cools processors with three 10-mm copper heatpipes and a dense array of fins. It comes with two 120-mm PWM spinners and will provisionally retail around $50.
We then spent some time with Gigabyte's growing lineup of laptops. There were at least a dozen models on display, but many of them were merely incremental refreshes or products living in the limbo between prior unveilings and a bona fide release. We'll confine our attention to the models we hadn't seen before.
The Aorus Sabre line was announced at CES earlier this year, ostensibly to serve the entry-level market of 1080p gaming machines. Now the company is taking the wraps off a new model, the SabrePro 15. While the SabrePro still uses a 1080p screen, it ups the ante with a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics card. Other features include an M.2 PCIe SSD, an unspecified Kaby Lake Core i7 CPU, a fully RGB LED-backlit keyboard (including the numerical pad), and four dedicated macro keys.
The P56XT provides more amenities for more dollars. It packs a full-fat GeForce GTX 1070, which drives your choice of a 1080p or 4K display. A Core i7 CPU, up to 32GB of DDR4, and a 1TB PCIe SSD round out the package for a serious gaming machine. Creature comforts include Thunderbolt 3 ports, a 91 WHr battery, and a per-key RGB LED-lit keyboard. Gigabyte says the P56XT will be available soon for around $2000 at the very least.
Last, we ogled Gigabyte's gorgeous gaming ultrabook, the Aero 15. Though technically not new (it's already available at Newegg), this was the first time we'd laid eyes on the machine in person. I have a weakness for thin-bezeled notebooks—I'm typing this up on an XPS 13—and was immediately quite taken with the device. The Aero 15 is powered by a quad-core Core i7-7700HQ CPU and either 8GB or 16GB of DDR4-2400 RAM. Graphics horsepower is provided by a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, with a choice of 1080p or 4K monitor. Both displays carry an X-Rite Pantone certification for color-sensitive work. Thunderbolt 3 ports and a beefy 94 WHr battery seal the deal to make for an exceptionally-attractive mobile gaming machine.
Box o' Brix
On the Brix front, Gigabyte had its new Brix Gaming VR mini-PC prominently on display. The little machine was just honored with one of Computex's Design and Innovation awards, and it's easy to see why. The thing is tiny, but nonetheless can sport some serious hardware. The display unit was loaded with a Core i7-7700HQ CPU, a Patriot Hellfire NVMe drive, two DDR4 3200 MT/s SO-DIMMs, and a GeForce GTX 1060.
On top of all that, there's room for an additional M.2 drive and 2.5" drive if desired. It's not a backpack system à la Zotac VR GO, but then again you could choose your own backpack and easily stuff a Brix VR inside it.