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AORUS X9 (Kaby Lake) Gaming Laptop Review (Page 1)

AORUS X9 (Kaby Lake) Gaming Laptop Review

GIGABYTE launched its newest gaming laptop today, the AORUS X9, based on Intel's Kaby Lake platform. And it's a damn beast!

By Steven Bassiri from Oct 19, 2017 @ 2:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: AORUS

Update: We made two errors. The first is that the adapter is rated for 330W (not 300W), and the second is that the notebook does not feature G-SYNC technology.

Introduction

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At COMPUTEX 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan, we took a hands-on look at GIGABYTE's AORUS X9 gaming laptop. It's unique because it not only has an overclockable 7th generation processor, support for multiple M.2 drives, a brilliant Pantone certified 17.3" display, but it also comes with two GTX 1070 8GB cards in SLI.

Yes, SLI on a gaming laptop, and on a gaming laptop that is quite thin (0.9-1.2 inches). At 30mm tall, it's one of the thinnest gaming notebooks with an overclockable CPU and two GTX 1070 8GB under the hood. Of course, the notebook also comes with a lot of other extras, such as a mechanical keyboard with RGB LEDs, custom designed trim, and flare, as well as a redesigned cooling system.

Let's take a look at this beast.

Specifications

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The X9 offers an i7-7820HK overclockable mobile processor, two NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB GPU in SLI (should be 30% better than one 1080), 32GB of DDR4 running at 2400MHz, two 512GB Samsung NVMe SSDs, a 17.3" 4K IPS anti-glare display with X-Rite Pantone certification and G-SYNC, ThunderBolt 3, ESS Sabre Hi-Fi DAC, 2 speakers and 2 subwoofers, mechanical RGB keyboard, and versatile RGB lighting aground the notebook.

The notebook features a 94.24Wh battery and weights 7.9lbs/3.59Kg. It also has dimensions of 428(W) x 314(D)x23.5-29.9(H) in millimeters. That's 0.9-1.2 inches thick.

Pricing

The X9 starts at $3649 for the version with a single 512GB NVMe SSD, and there is one version that is $3799, and it has two 512GB NVMe SSDs, and it's exclusively on Newegg. We have the model with two SSDs.

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