Aorus and Gigabyte have announced refreshed version of their popular gaming laptops that feature Nvidia’s new GTX 1070 and 1060 mobile graphics. The Aorus models also include a new RGB keyboard, keeping up with the trend of slapping shiny lights on just about everything that can power them.
Aorus introduces four new models in the X3 Plus v6, X5 v6, X7 v6, and X7 DT v6. As the names imply, these cover the usual laptop display sizes from 13.9- to 17.1-inches. As far as panels go, there is little overlap; with each model receiving its own resolution.
The X3 Plus v6 features a QHD+ IGZO display with a resolution of 3200 x 1800. On the other hand, the larger models each feature a choice between two resolution; although the choices also differ across models. Essentially, this boils down to a choice between a FHD and a QHD option. Alternatively, the X7 DT v6 offers a choice between QHD and full 4K resolution.
According to the announcement, the Aorus displays will also be available in 120Hz . That being said, it was not stated if this will be an option or if the laptops will ship with the rapid refresh rate.
As far as hardware goes, all four Aorus laptops are powered by an overclocked sixth generation Intel Core i7 processor paired with an unspecified amount of RAM. However, the real focus of the laptops is the new Pascal GPUs from Nvidia. The type of discrete graphics corresponds to the size of the laptop, with the Auros X3 Plus v6 sporting a GeForce GTX 1060; while the X5 v6 and X7 v6 are fitted with the GeForce GTX 1070.
The highest end X7 DT v6 will be powered by the GeForce GTX 1080; which is probably necessary considering the combination of 4K and 120Hz display. This is an indication of just what Aorus is expecting people to do with the laptops.
Gigabyte’s more mainstream line, on the other hand, also features for new models fitted with the Pascal GPUs. These are the P55 and P57 series; and the Ultraforce series P35 and P37.
Unlike the Aorus line, Gigabyte’s other laptops only come in two sizes – 15.6- and 17.3-inches. All four are powered by a stock sixth generation Intel Core i7 processor; unlike the Aorus machines.
Display choices vary somewhat, with the Ultraforce P35 and P37 offering a choice between 1080p and 4K resolution. In either choice, the laptop will feature Nvidia’s Geforce GTX 1070.
Alternatively, the Performance Gaming P55 is a 15.6-inch machine with a choice between FHD and QHD+ on the resolution. Powering the graphics is a somewhat less impressive GeForce GTX 1060; although it should still be more than adequate for its purpose.
Finally, the P57 is fitted a 17.3-inch display that is only available in 1080p. Despite this, there is a choice between the GTX 1060 and GTX 1070.
The Gigabyte P57, P37, and P35 also feature a hot-swappable bay that allows users some extra customisation of their machines. Gigabyte offers a choice between an optical drive or additional storage; allowing the user to switch between the two as needed.
Unfortunately, no price or release date has been announced as of yet. It shouldn’t be long before an official announcement for malaysia happens.