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Gigabyte put an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q into its excellent Aero 15 X laptop

By Koh Wanzi - on 29 Sep 2017, 11:44am

Gigabyte put an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q into its excellent Aero 15 X laptop

Gigabyte Aero 15 X

Gigabyte has announced the Aero 15 X, an updated version of the original Aero 15 with a more powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics card.

The Aero 15 impressed us with its svelte dimensions – it was a 15.6-inch notebook in the body of a 14-incher – and gorgeous edge-to-edge display, and the Aero 15 X brings more of the same but with extra gaming heft.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB in the Aero 15 proved quite capable at handling games at 1080p, but a GeForce GTX 1070 (even a Max-Q version) is still a nice upgrade.

How much more performance are you getting? Around 20 per cent on average, according to tests we ran with two Aftershock PRIME-15 laptops.

That’s not too shabby, but it remains to be seen how battery life will be affected by the GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q. The Aero 15 posted outstanding battery life, and the Aero 15 X will be an even more compelling option if it manages to even come close.

Here’s an overview of the local specifications:

  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor (2.8GHz, 6MB L3 cache)
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Max-Q
  • 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD
  • 356 x 250 x 19.9mm
  • 2.1kg
  • Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)

Image Source: Gigabyte

The display is the same X-Rite Pantone-certified one on the Aero 15, so you should have few complaints in that area. In addition, you get the same backlit keyboard with customizable per-key RGB lighting

The Aero 15 X is also available in a new all-black color, so those of you who want a more classy and understated look without the bright orange stripe on the original will appreciate the option.

The laptop retails here for S$3,699, a significant premium over the S$3,099 Aero 15. After all, performance, portability, and good design do come at a hefty price.

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