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AORUS X7 Gaming Laptop Now Available for $2099.99

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This gaming laptop is now available in North America.

Last week, Newegg and Gigabyte announced the launch of the AORUS X7 gaming laptop here in the States, deemed as the world's first and lightest dual-GPU gaming laptop. This machine is packed with lots of hardware goodness ranging from an Intel Haswell processor to Nvidia GeForce graphics in SLI. The laptop is on sale now at Newegg for $2,099.99.

According to the specs, the laptop sports a 17.3-inch LCD screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, powered by an Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor (2.4 GHz, 3.4 GHz), 16 GB of DDR3L memory (4 slots, 32 GB max), two Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M GPUs (2 x 2 GB GDDR5) in SLI mode, Windows 8.1, and a 73.26Wh Li Polymer battery.

"The pair of GTX 765M graphics chips comes with a ravishing P7393 in 3DMark 11, a pure phenomenal performance on par with GTX 780M. X7 has been forged and fine-tuned to run all available titles at high resolution and settings," reads the product page. The cooling aspect includes five thermal pipes, four vents and two fans, all of which are arranged at the rear for maximum coolness while gaming.

This new laptop also sports two 128 GB SSDs, a 1 TB 5400 RPM hard drive, and a Killer LAN chip handling the Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. There are also three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, a VGA port and a DisplayPort jack, two 2-watt speakers and two woofers powered by an integrated sound card. There's also a 1.3MP camera, an SD card reader and more.

So how thin is this portable gaming rig? The dimensions are 16.85 x 12.01 x 0.9 inches, and the weight is 6.39 pounds. All of this is encased in a full aluminum chassis with a style that "blends minimalism and fluidic sculpture." The full keyboard even provides macro keys using a scissor-type key switch.

"Fan Control tailors your fan speed to different user scenarios, striking a perfect balance between performance and system stability. Customizable modes: Auto, Stealth & Turbo are ready for all-condition tweak over your ultimate gaming flagship anytime, anywhere," reads the product page.

Last week we asked Gigabyte about the AORUS brand. What gives? Why not just use the Gigabyte name?

"For AORUS this brand, standalone from Gigabyte, is aiming for the high-end gaming laptop field," a Gigabyte rep told Tom's. "AORUS is targeting on the enthusiast user, while Gigabyte covers more for light use and the general gamer. Gigabyte laptops are good for daily use, business use, entertainment, and good gaming. AORUS is mainly focusing on how to bring the gamer the best gaming experience. AORUS and Gigabyte are just like LEXUS and TOYOTA, one is premium, and other one is standard."

There you go. For more information about the new laptop, head here.

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    stevenmi89 , March 5, 2014 9:39 PM
    uh if the performance is on par with a 780M...why not just put a 780M in there?
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    thesuperguy , March 5, 2014 9:13 PM
    Regarding the comment about this being the "first" dual-gpu laptop, that is utterly untrue. For example, some of the many configurations of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P include a dual GPU setup.
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    rajangel , March 5, 2014 9:16 PM
    Ha, already sold out. I want one, but I'll be waiting for the second version. There was a nice lengthy review on this lappy at another website, and it had some heating issues (80-90c at times, 98c in B4). Apparently the heatpipes for the GPU's were also connected to the CPU that caused some issues when playing games. A laptop pad didn't help, but they were able to lower the temperature by about 20c if they back was propped up on a book and they under clocked everything. (review- google htwingnut aorus review)
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    rajangel , March 5, 2014 9:19 PM
    Quote:
    Regarding the comment about this being the "first" dual-gpu laptop, that is utterly untrue. For example, some of the many configurations of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P include a dual GPU setup.
    They might be saying it's the first dual setup that they have produced, but still their claim is a little strange.
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    stevenmi89 , March 5, 2014 9:39 PM
    uh if the performance is on par with a 780M...why not just put a 780M in there?
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    airplanegeek , March 5, 2014 9:43 PM
    Quote:
    uh if the performance is on par with a 780M...why not just put a 780M in there?
    2 cards might be cheaper and it could allow for better thermal management? Everybody likes symmetry right?
    Quote:
    Ha, already sold out. I want one, but I'll be waiting for the second version. There was a nice lengthy review on this lappy at another website, and it had some heating issues (80-90c at times, 98c in B4). Apparently the heatpipes for the GPU's were also connected to the CPU that caused some issues when playing games. A laptop pad didn't help, but they were able to lower the temperature by about 20c if they back was propped up on a book and they under clocked everything. (review- google htwingnut aorus review)
    In almost all gaming laptops, the cpu and gpu heatpipes the same one
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    JOSHSKORN , March 5, 2014 9:45 PM
    I'm not paying for a "Gaming Laptop". LOL Definitely not $2.1k.
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    airplanegeek , March 5, 2014 9:47 PM
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    I'm not paying for a "Gaming Laptop". LOL Definitely not $2.1k.
    But this is a really reasonably priced laptop compared to something like the razer blade pro
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    rajangel , March 5, 2014 11:43 PM
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    In almost all gaming laptops, the cpu and gpu heatpipes the same one
    But not in the same way they are in this one. Read the review, as I posted, and you'll see why the heatpipe setup is a problem in this laptop. Most laptops put a fan over the
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    MxMatrix , March 6, 2014 1:47 AM
    It was Alienware (DELL) who made the first dual gpu laptop when the 18X was launched.
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    elcentral , March 6, 2014 3:12 AM
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    It was Alienware (DELL) who made the first dual gpu laptop when the 18X was launched.
    yes i believe so to, i think i remember a Alien ware with a dual 275 or similar.
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    ferooxidan , March 6, 2014 3:27 AM
    "AORUS and Gigabyte are just like LEXUS and TOYOTA, one is premium, and other one is standard."Yes! Gigabyte is standard. I'll buy a MSI or ASUS, either laptop or desktop components.lol just kidding
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    po1nted , March 6, 2014 3:49 AM
    Regarding the comment on the Alienware 18x being the first dual GPU laptop.... not even close to true. Dual configs have been around since at least the Nvidia 2xx series.Alienware was early to the game (not sure it was the first) with the 17x R1 in '09/10.
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    Reaver192 , March 6, 2014 4:39 AM
    My little brother has a dell xps with two 8800 gpu's in it. It is so old now, what are they referring too? It can't be simply the first GPU part of it. Maybe he means the first light weight dual GPU laptop?
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    Zeh , March 6, 2014 4:47 AM
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    uh if the performance is on par with a 780M...why not just put a 780M in there?
    Correct! Not to mention marketing. The "I have a laptop with TWO graphics cards" is powerfull. Especially when it's still a laptop, not a portable PC.
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    nbelote , March 6, 2014 5:24 AM
    Quote:
    uh if the performance is on par with a 780M...why not just put a 780M in there?
    Two 765m cards are cheaper than a single 780m.
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    Correct! Not to mention marketing. The "I have a laptop with TWO graphics cards" is powerfull. Especially when it's still a laptop, not a portable PC.
    This. I have a laptop with a single 780m but even I would feel it would be dwarfed next to, say, an Alienware 18 with two 765m's, even if a single 780m can still get it by 5-10%.
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    KaiserPhantasma , March 6, 2014 5:40 AM
    well at least its nice another company is trying to have a crack at it at the niche market
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    Au_equus , March 6, 2014 5:45 AM
    when considering the form factor (0.9" thick), its easier to dissipate heat from two 65W than it is a single 122W source. IOW, try dissipating heat from a 780M in a < 1" overall thickness chassis.
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    HiTechObsessed , March 6, 2014 6:35 AM
    Why in the world would you pay more for SLI, when you can get a 780M for cheaper? Then there's no worries on if SLI is supported or anything.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834198032Dumb.
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    ram1009 , March 6, 2014 7:17 AM
    The laws of physics will always win in the end. This "gaming laptop" will over heat as they all must. If it were possible to cool that much heat generation within the confines of a package only .9" thick it would already have happened and there would no longer be any gaming desktops. Anybody considering investing this much owes it to themselves to do a little reading on thermodynamics. It won't take very long to figure out that this is all hype.
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    slyu9213 , March 6, 2014 7:18 AM
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    In almost all gaming laptops, the cpu and gpu heatpipes the same one
    Yea but those gaming laptops are Single GPU and Single CPU. There is only one heatpipe cooling two GPUs and a CPU. I've seen the layout through Notebookcheck and basically there are two fans, one above each GPU. They pull the heat to the fins and then out the notebook. The CPU is basically dead center between each GTX 765. That brings the Heat from the CPU to the GPUs when exhausting heat but also shares the heat output of both GTX 765M with the CPU. It would have been nice to see a three fan and two heat pipe setup where. The two fans w/ 1 heat pipe cool the video cards, and a seperate fan and heat pipe cool the CPU and exhaust directly through the back of the laptop. No doubt the laptop would be noisier, but they could lower the RPM as there are three fans cooling the CPU and GPUs.
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