When Nvidia announced the Max-Q design approach at its Computex 2017 press event, the green company specifically showcased the Asus ROG Zephyrus gaming notebook. That said, Gigabyte too has showcased its own iteration of a slim and powerful gaming notebook called the Aorus X5 MD.
When it comes to design, the Gigabyte Aorus X5 MD gaming notebook comes in a standard all black chasis, with a rather distinct Aorus logo on its front lid. But all “normality” fades away upon opening the lid of the gaming notebook. Impressively, the Aorus X5 MD has a backlit keyboard that features individually lit keys – RGB, of course. The trackpad is, again, endowed with the same Aorus branding that’s found on the front lit of the notebook.
Performance-wise, Gigabyte claims the Aorus X5 MD to come with about 15% more performance compared to the previous model, the Aorus X5 v7. It’s worth noting, however, that the old model came with a GTX 1070 GPU, the new Aorus X5 MD comes with a much more powerful GTX 1080 GPU. 15% improvement may sound underwhelming, but it should translate to noticeable performance improvements when gaming.
Other specifications of the Gigabyte Aorus X5 MD notebook include a 15.6-inch 4K display, up to16GB RAM, and an Intel Core i7-7820K processor. In addition, this slim notebook is also equipped with plenty of connectivity options as well; this range from HDMI, USB Type-A, USB Type-C (thunderbolt support) and more.
It’s worth mentioning that the Gigabyte Aorus X5 MD has a thickness of about 22.9mm, which is slightly thicker compared to Asus’ slim notebook. Despite this, the Gigabyte notebook is still rather slim nonetheless – especially when compared against other non-Max-Q gaming notebooks that’s in the market today.
Unfortunately, Gigabyte did not mention the date of availability and pricing for its Aorus X5 MD gaming notebook. But, judging by its features, we do expect it to come with a heavy price tag.