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AORUS X3 Plus v6 (Skylake) Gaming Laptop Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Gaming Laptops in Laptops | Posted: Feb 1, 2017 12:40 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: AORUS

Here are key points about the AORUS X3 Plus v6.

 

What's Hot

 

Overclocked: I was happy to find that AORUS allows you to overclock the 6820HK up to 4GHz. Of course, it is Intel's first overclock-able mobile CPU, and there is no Kaby Lake CPU like it yet. The performance difference between an overclocked mobile CPU and a stock one is noticeable in games. That is because NVIDIA'a Pascal GPUs, such as the GTX 1060 used here are quite powerful, a mobile CPU could potentially bottleneck the CPU, and overclocking helps alleviate this bottleneck. I was also happy to see that AORUS has the memory running at XMP, so instead of 2133MHz, you get 2400MHz RAM.

 

 

Small and Light: One thing I didn't like about the Maxwell-based mobile GPUs was that they ran hot and required a lot of cooling. That meant that gaming notebooks were heavy and bulky. The same cannot be said for NVIDIA's Pascal GPU such as the GTX 1060 used here. I would have never expected that a notebook this size could play games at QHD+ resolution with ease, but it is now possible. The notebook is also not that heavy considering a 94Wh battery takes up half the internal storage space.

 

Dual M.2: M.2 is the best consumer storage interface currently on the market. It allows the use of NVMe drives and very fast ones at that. All the fastest consumer storage devices are coming out for M.2 and in decent capacities. The AORUS X3 Plus v6 I have here today has 1TB of Samsung NVMe-based storage, and it is blazing fast. The good news is that you can also RAID M.2 drives, so I could significantly increase storage performance if I wanted to.

 

QHD+ IGZO: At 13.9", the Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) TFT panel offers a maximum resolution of 3200x1800, and the best part is that the display is very good at reducing glare. The 400cd/M2 luminance is also a nice touch as is the 170-degree viewing angle.

 

USB 3.1 type-C: Some notebooks are going all type-C, and that's just sad because there aren't that many type-C devices other than phones and expensive dongles. However, having at least one type-C port is a good idea, and AORUS made sure to include a USB 3.1 type-C port among the many USB 3.0 ports the notebook offers.

 

AC/DC Charger's USB Port: The 2.1A USB charging port built into the AC/DC power adapter is a small detail, but it's one of my favorite parts of the notebook. It came in handy more times than I can count while I was traveling with the AORUS X3 Plus v6 for work.

 

What's Not

 

I Needed to Tweak TP-Rejection: The touchpad looks nice, and I really like the dimpled clicking area, but the default TP-rejection needs to be tweaked. I had the same issue with my first GIGABYTE laptop many years ago, it is just too sensitive, and the cursor will jump when you do not want it too. Luckily, you can tweak this setting.

 

Overclocking Requires Software: Like most people who like computer hardware, we really don't like software from hardware vendors, especially overclocking software. I would have liked to see some overclock settings, even presets in the UEFI, that way users could uninstall any vendor software and have a totally clean system with an overclocked CPU. I should mention I didn't have any issues with their overclocking software.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

AORUS products do cost more than GIGABYTE products with similar specification because they are tweaked and tuned specifically for gaming. Better storage devices, overclocking, cooling, and even accessories have been optimized to meet the needs of gamers rather than the normal consumer when it comes to AORUS.

 

The notebook was relatively light, thin, powerful, and looked sleek. Occasionally, I go to an event for work, this time it was CES. I decided to take the AORUS X3 Plus v6 with me because honestly, it was the only notebook I had small enough to travel with.

 

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The notebook served me well; its battery lasted the entire plane ride, when I had some downtime I could play Ashes of Singularity, I wrote up three reviews on it (not including this one) and did a lot of photo editing as well. The notebook impressed me a lot, but I had to tweak the touchpad settings, so I didn't get annoyed. The notebook is not cheap, it will cost you close if not over $2000 depending on the configuration, but nothing powerful and small is inexpensive.

 

If you want a solid gaming notebook that is light enough and small enough to be backpack-portable, the AORUS X3 Plus v6 is worth a close look, and that is why I am awarding it our second highest honor, the Silver Award.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance96%
Quality including Design and Build91%
General Features93%
Bundle and Packaging91%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating92%

The Bottom Line: I never expected to find an overclocked Intel Core i7 matched with an NVIDIA Pascal GPU and two M.2 drives in a shell this thin and lightweight until I met the AORUS X3 Plus v6.

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