My second notebook review here at TweakTown will cover a very high-end gaming notebook from GIGABYTE. GIGABYTE is known for their motherboards, GPUs, and small form factor PCs (BRIX), but they also have factories that produce a wide assortment of products. GIGABYTE has been making gaming notebooks for over five years. In fact, I own a U2442, which has a Sandy Bridge i5 processor teamed up with a GT 640M, and it has lasted me almost five years. However, it was only a few years ago that GIGABYTE's notebooks started selling on mainstream sites in the US.
Notebook buyers, especially those who have little to no knowledge about the PC component market usually purchase notebooks based on brands. The flood of gaming notebooks from hardware vendors who aren't household names has brought a lot of excitement into the gaming notebook market. GIGABYTE is one of those companies trying to make a name for itself in the notebook market, so they are offering products with very attractive features and prices. One of those products is the P37X v5.
The P37X v5 comes in a few flavors with different screen sizes and resolutions. Our configuration uses a 17.3" 4K UltraHD IPS gaming panel paired with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M that carries 8GB dedicated VRAM and a fast Intel Skylake Core i7 6700HQ CPU. There are many gaming notebooks that use the GTX 980M and i7 6700HQ, but not many of them also carry an UltraHD (4K) screen. The P37Xv5 is also relatively thin and lightweight for such a powerful machine, and you can load in four drives (two M.2 and two 2.5-inch). So, without further ado, let's examine the P37X v5.
The P37X v5 doesn't seem to lack in any major area when it comes to features and specifications. A Skylake i7-6700HQ, 16GB DDR4, GTX 980M with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM, 17.3" 4K UHD IPS screen, support for two 32Gb/s M.2 drives, USB 3.1 type-C, and two 2.5" drives top the list when it comes to high-performance features. The notebook also carries a full-sized auto-adjusting backlit keyboard and a Macro key hub. Ports include HDMI 2.0, mini DisplayPort, D-Sub, RJ45, 3x USB 3.0, USB 3.1 type-C, headphone with SPDIF, mic-in, SD card reader, and a DC power jack.
The notebook weights 2.8kg (6.17 lbs) with the ODD tray that carries a Blu-ray player/burner or 2.7kg without it (a dummy tray is included). The notebook's height is impressive, at only 22.5mm it is very slim. However, its length and width come in at 287mmx417mm (11.29x16.42"), which isn't that small.
The P37X v5 is using Intel's i7-6700HQ which is a 4/8-core/thread CPU that comes in at 45W. It's as powerful as many desktop CPUs and won't eat your battery as fast as previous generation CPUs. The notebook has two DDR4 SO-DIMMs, and GIGABYTE has loaded them up with two Crucial 8GB modules. The notebook features the GeForce GTX 980M, but with NVIDIA Optimus technology the system will automatically switch the discrete GPU for the integrated to save battery when not playing games or running a GPU intensive program.
As far as storage goes, the system is using a Samsung MZVPV256HDGL 256GB NVMe M.2 SSD, which is an SM951. There is also an HGST HTS721010A9E630 1TB internal 2.5" hard drive and a Matshita BD-MLT UJ272 Blu-ray player/burner which sides in a removable ODD bay. You can replace the Blu-ray player with a hard drive or an empty bay.
The P37X v5 with a 17.3" 4K ISP screen is $1989.99.
PRICING: You can find the GIGABYTE P37X V5 Gaming Notebook for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The GIGABYTE P37X V5 Gaming Notebook retails for $1989 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The GIGABYTE P37X V5 Gaming Notebook retails for £1499 at Amazon UK.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
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- Page 5 [System Performance Benchmarks]
- Page 6 [Gaming Performance Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System IO and Battery Performance]
- Page 8 [Thermal Performance]
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