Gigabyte Aorus 17X
The Gigabyte Aorus 17X slays the field with truly face-melting performance.
Powered by Intel Comet Lake-H processors and Nvidia GeForce RTX Super GPUs, the Aorus 17X outperforms any other pure gaming laptop right now. In 3DMark’s Sky Diver test, the Aorus 17X scored a 49,993, a 20,803 in Fire Strike, and a 10,252 in the Time Spy benchmarks – blowing clear past its nearest competitors in its class. For comparison, the Asus Zephyrus Duo GX550 we tested recently is one of the best performing gaming laptops we’d ever seen. It wasn’t benchmarked on Sky Diver, but it scored a 17,571 on Fire Strike and 7,641 on Time Spy. Powered by the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-P, the Aorus 17X performed just over 18% better on Fire Strike and about 34% better on Time Spy than the Zephyrus Duo, which was equipped with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q when we tested it. Both systems ran a Core i9-10980HK CPU with the same amount of RAM and VRAM. Another recent favourite of ours is the Gigabyte Aorus 17G, which we reviewed very highly.
Battery life Big, hulking beasts like the Aorus 17X clearly require a lot of power – the RTX 2080 Super build needs two power supplies, after all – so it’s natural to think that the battery is going to be all but useless on this laptop. Surprisingly, that isn’t the case, and the Aorus 17X put in a decent showing despite its enormous power requirements. In our HD video playback test, the battery lasted a respectable three hours and 14 minutes, which is better than many gaming laptops, but falls about 30% short of the Asus Zephyrus Duo’s four hours and 37 minutes, and makes it just past the halfway mark against the Aorus 17G’s six hours and 27 minutes. Gigabyte thankfully doesn’t load up the Aorus 17X with bloatware the way other manufacturers are known to do. And considering the 17X’s price tag, there’s no reason to subsidize a lower retail price with third party pre-installs like McAfee and the other usual suspects that budget laptops usually have to fall back on.
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