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Gigabyte Aorus 17X YD gaming laptop review

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The immense hardware combination packed into the Gigabyte Aorus 17X YD makes it the most powerful we’ve reviewed to date. Not only are we looking at a whopping 165W mobile variant of the Nvidia RTX 3080 16GB GPU, but a Core i9 11980HK processor also backs it up. With this 8-core, 16-thread monster CPU that tops out at 5GHz, and a GPU with enough wellie to ace even the likes of Metro Exodus with RTX on, this flagship 30-series-powered Aorus 17X kicks some serious butt.

Gigabyte Aorus 17X YD Specification

Processor: Intel Core i9 11980HK (2.6GHz-5GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia RTX 3080 16GB Max-Q (165W)
Memory: 2x DDR4 slots (DDR4-3200, Max 64GB)
Display: 17.3-inch IPS (300Hz)
Resolution: 1920×1080
Storage: 1x 1TB M.2 SSD and 1x 512GB M.2 SSD (supports Gen 4)
Battery: 99Wh
Connectivity: 3‎x USB3.2 Gen1 Type-A, 2x USB3.2 Gen1 Type-C, 1x Thunderbolt4 Type-C, 1x HDMI 2.1, 1x Headphone out (HiFi/SPDIF), 1x Microphone, 1x UHS-II SD Card Reader, 1x DC-in Jack, 1x RJ-45
OS: Windows 10 Pro
Dimensions: 15.59 x 11.53 x 1.49 inches (3‎96 x 293x 38mm)
Weight: 8lbs (3.6Kg)
Price: $TBC (£3,999)
Weight: 8lbs (3.6Kg)

The closest we’ve tested in terms of raw power is the Asus ROG Flow X13 with its external 150W RTX 3080 8GB eGPU. The Ryzen 9 5980HS in that machine trumps this machine when it comes to CPU encoding (see X264 graph) and CPU rendering (Cinebench graph)—let’s face it, the red team knows how to make a processor sing—but the Aorus utterly owns it in gaming performance. Gigabyte has managed to imbue this bad boy with heaps of gaming potential with no external GPU necessary. 

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