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GIGABYTE has new 17.3' gaming laptops on the way with Skylake

GIGABYTE has released two new desktop replacement, gaming focused, laptops to the world with the newest Skylake mobile powerhouse processors

Jeff Williams | Feb 25, 2016 at 10:58 am CST (1 min, 44 secs time to read)

GIGABYTE has some new 17.3-inch gaming focused laptops coming to market soon with the latest round of Skylake mobile processors.

GIGABYTE has new 17.3' gaming laptops on the way with Skylake  | TweakTown.com

The new laptops are in the P57 family, which has at its core, an Intel Core i7-6700HQ under the hood that runs at 2.6GHz and can boost to 3.5GHz. It's on Intel's HM170 chipset and can have up to 32GB of DDR4-2133 memory installed along side it. There are currently two different variants of the laptop, the P57K and the P57W.

They both share a 1080P IPS matte screen but the P57K powers that screen with an NVIDIA GTX 965M whereas the P57W has a more powerful GTX 970M with 3GB of VRAM. For storage they're using a 512GB M.2 SSD that uses a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface for some blistering fast speeds. In the front of the massive laptop is a Blu-Ray RW drive that's situated just under the trackpad, a strange and new location for the drive, which can also be swapped out for more storage if you so choose.

Connectivity wise there's 3 USB 3.0 slots, 1 USB 3.1 Type-C, an HDMI 2.0 out that supports HDCP 2.2, a D-sub out for business use, mini-DisplayPort out, an SD card reader ethernet and, of course, an 802.11ac capable wireless card with Bluetooth 3.1+LE capability.

The whole thing weighs around 2.1kg an has a 75.81Wh battery that should be able to give some decent battery life so long as you don't go crazy with CPU and GPU intensive applications. Just don't expect to be able to play games for long amounts of time without being tethered to the wall, that problem still hasn't been fixed with current battery tech.

The new desktop replacement laptops from GIGABYTE are available right now starting at $1499. Have a look if you're in the market for a new laptop.

Last updated: Apr 6, 2020 at 04:55 pm CDT

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Jeff grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he fell in love with gaming and building his own PC’s. He's a huge fan of any genre of gaming from RTS to FPS, but especially favors space-sims. Now he's stepped into the adult world by becoming a professional student looking to break into the IT Security world. When he’s not deep in his studies, he’s deep in a new game, revisiting an old game, or testing the extreme limits of his own PC. He's now a news contributor for TweakTown, looking to bring a unique view on technology and gaming.

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