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GIGABYTE P55W v6 Gaming Notebook Review (Page 9)

Steven Bassiri | Oct 19, 2016 at 10:50 am CDT - 3 mins, 1 sec time to read this page
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Here are key points about the P55W v6.

What's Hot

NVIDIA Pascal GeForce GTX 1060: NVIDIA's latest in graphics architecture is now available for mobile devices, and it's quite impressive. Bringing to the table the same performance increases seen on the desktop variants, NVIDIA's new approach of not drastically hindering mobile GPU performance is a good one. The GTX 1060 used in the P55W v6 is pretty much on par with its desktop variant, but with some hampering in clock speeds, so that its TDP doesn't go too much over 80W. You even get 6GB of VRAM.

Thin and Light: Some people might not like the fact that the body is based mostly on plastic, but the latest design is very lightweight for a gaming notebook of this magnitude. Regarding performance weighted against size and price, the P55W v6 is on par with previous-generation notebooks that are twice its size.

USB 3.1 Type-C: Type-C is the next generation USB port, and the P55W v6 offers a type-C port with a USB 3.1 controller. The P55W v6 is ready for faster file transfers and the next generation of USB 3.1 devices.

Side Ventilation: While the side vent doesn't have the same aesthetic appeal as dual rear vents, it performs admirably, and removes the heat towards a direction most people won't mind. Since most people are right-handed, and most gamers will use a dedicated mouse, it makes sense for the vent to be on the left side of the notebook as it is on the P55W v6. Nice design work.

Plenty of Storage: GIGABYTE loaded the P55W v6 with an M.2 slot for the primary OS drive and even a 2.5-inch 1TB drive for games and other storage. You can further increase this if you remove the ODD and get a slim SATA male to SATA female adapter and add in an extra drive, of course, that would take some modding. These days, where many notebooks are moving towards M.2-only storage configurations, it's nice to see options with regular 2.5-inch drive configurations.

What's Not

Backlit Keyboard is Weak: The P55W v6's backlit keyboard isn't very bright. In fact, you can't even see it's lit up unless the room is very dark.

Speakers: The P55W v6 has a few speakers, but they aren't very loud, so you won't be able to fill a room with sound.

Final Thoughts

GIGABYTE's P55W v6 merges the beauty of Intel Skylake microprocessors with NVIDIA's latest Pascal GPU architecture, bringing high performance with low power consumption to the table. However, while Skylake brought significant power savings gains over its predecessor, Pascal brings both power savings and performance bumps. The GeForce GTX 1060 6GB used in the P55W v6 might be a little less powerful than its desktop variant, but it does the same type of damage its predecessor's big brothers can do.

GIGABYTE P55W v6 Gaming Notebook Review 59 |

While Pascal and Skylake are great in a mobile mash-up, the manufacturer also has to execute the notebook well, and GIGABYTE does an excellent job. The P55W v6 is great all around, from the mixture of M.2 SSD and 2.5-inch HDD to the Intel LAN and USB 3.1, it is an all-around solid notebook.

While it has some minor pitfalls and a little less bling than many of its competitors, it is a solid option for a mid to high-end gaming notebook. While it does cost $1500, it offers performance you used to have to spend almost double to attain. As far as value and performance go, we're onto a good deal with the P55W v6.

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

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Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features89%
Bundle and Packaging88%
Value for Money92%
Overall Rating91%

The Bottom Line: Loaded with mobile NVIDIA Pascal and an Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU, GIGABYTE's P55W v6 notebook produces very high performance numbers in a slim yet stylish package, also with a decent price tag.

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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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