GIGABYTE has sent out their latest gaming notebook to us for review. The P25W-CF3 is a refreshed version of their P2542G gaming notebook that we reviewed several months ago. This system features a similar design, retaining the gorgeous yellow lid that I raved about during the original review.
Despite having a similar appearance, the hardware featured inside is completely revamped to include the latest hardware from NVIDIA and Intel, making this one powerhouse of a machine.
Can it take over the performance crown from the recently reviewed ASUS G750 or MSI GT70? Keep reading to find out.
Specifications, Configurations and Pricing
Our specific GIGABYTE P25 features Intel's Haswell-based Core i7-4700MQ quad-core mobile processor. This processor comes clocked in at 2.4GHz across four cores and eight threads, thanks to HyperThreading, and can boost all the way up to 3.4GHz, thanks to Intel's TurboBoost technology.
Coupled with the 4700MQ is 16GB of DDR3L SDRAM. 16GB of RAM is a pretty standard amount to expect on a gaming machine, though GIGABYTE could have probably gotten away with just 8GB to save costs.
Graphics are provided via a discrete NVIDIA GTX 770M with 3GB of vRAM. The GTX 770M is a very capable video card and will perform somewhere between the older GTX 675M and GTX 680M. It offers a total of 960 CUDA cores. It also requires less power, is clocked faster, and features GPU Boost 2.0 to increase performance when additional thermal headroom is available.
Despite being equipped with Windows 8, the GIGABYTE P25 does not feature a touch-enabled screen. It does, however, come with a full HD 1920x1080 panel with a matte surface coating.
Windows 8 is installed upon a pair of 128GB mSATA SSDs in RAID 0, providing for speedy read and write speeds, though for some things, such as Windows booting, a single larger SSD can be faster. The 256GB of SSD storage is complemented by a 1TB 5,400RPM HDD.
You can check out the GIGABYTE P25W packaging in the unboxing video below.
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