At Newegg, the Gigabyte Aero 15 with 11th Gen Intel Core i7 and RTX 3080 GPU is still $1,999 after a $1,000 discount. How is it still this cheap!?
This price cut has been in place for well over a month now, which we spotted while updating the list of every RTX 3080 laptop in stock right now, I'm just as shocked as you are now to see this massive discount stick around for so long.
Which begs the question: how long will it stick around for? It could disappear at any time, so don't miss out!
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Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED YD (Core i7, 4K OLED): was $2,999, now $1,999 @ Newegg
Get $1,000 off this stunner of a machine, which uses a 4K Samsung AMOLED panel that covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 gamut and supports DisplayHDR 400. This system also has a Core i7-11800H CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Its RTX 3080 has a boost clock of 1,245 MHz and a maximum graphics power of 105W.
With a screen refresh rate of 60Hz, this is not fully intended to be a gaming laptop — rather a powerful creator rig, to handle the likes of Adobe After Effects with ease. But you best believe that it can keep up with even the most intensive games, which look crisp and colorful on the 4K OLED display.
And all of this power is crammed into a sleek, stylish design with a virtually bezel-free display, spacious keyboard, good thermal management and 9 I/O ports including Thunderbolt 4.
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If you’re tired of waiting for RTX 3080 stock, this is a great choice and you’re getting a great laptop too.If someone were waiting for a 3080 for their desktop system, then it should be noted that this laptop "3080" isn't going to come anywhere close in terms of performance. You obviously can't pack the performance of a desktop card drawing upward of 320 watts into a laptop design drawing less than a third of that power. Not only does it not even use the same graphics chip as the identically-named desktop part, which has almost 42% more active graphics cores, but it's also clocked lower. The net result is hardware that typically performs more like a 3060 Ti, not a 3080. The desktop 3080 can often be around 60% faster, so it's deceptive marketing for Nvidia to put the same model number on an entirely different mobile part.
In any case, anyone comparing this system's hardware against similar-performing desktop hardware should be comparing it against the 3060 Ti. If one were considering roughly that level of graphics performance in a complete, portable package, it might be a decent alternative given the current price-gouging going on with graphics cards. But even with the inflated GPU prices, you're not really saving anything over a similar or slightly better performing self-built desktop system, which would also be capable of future upgrades. And adding this level of graphics performance to an existing desktop system would cost far less, even at the current marked up prices from resellers. So it's not really what I would consider a "great choice" for anyone just looking for a card.
"How is it still this cheap!?"Reply
Because it's not? It's $2499.99 but has a $500 mail in rebate which gives you a prepaid card that must be used in 6 months, and since you have to remove the UPC from the box you can't return it, and if anything goes wrong you have to deal directly with Gigabyte.
"With a screen refresh rate of 60Hz, this is not fully intended to be a gaming laptop"
But a console which cuts resolution to hit 60fps is a gaming console?