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AORUS X9 (Kaby Lake) Gaming Laptop Review (Page 9)

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.

Here are key points about the AORUS X9.


What's Hot

All Around Performance King: It destroyed every single other gaming and productivity notebook in our tests, except the one that uses a top of the line desktop processor overclocked to 4.5GHz. The 7820HK can be overclocked up to 4.3GHz, and its performance is actually better than another notebook with the 7820HK overclocked, and that is because of the cooling capability of the notebook. Other than that, the two GTX 1070 8GB in SLI with G-Sync produce excellent results in most everything they do. The two M.2 slots with Samsung drives are also super-fast, as is the installed memory.

True 4K Gaming on the Go: I see a lot of gaming notebooks with 4K displays and top of the line i7 processors matched with a single GTX 1070 or 1060, and to be honest, those notebooks can't play games at 60FPS at 4K. Only an overclocked GTX 1080, or in this case two GTX 1070s in SLI are capable of running 4K content at or above 60 FPS on a 4K panel. All the games I tested were playable at 4K, and that is something amazing considering how thin the notebook is.

Super Slim and Quite Cool: The notebook is very thin, and surprisingly, cooling is also excellent. I typically can throttle down a notebook in under 30minutes with my loading software, but I wasn't able to make this notebook throttle like that. Its cooling design is sound, no pun intended. It's also not that loud compared to some other ultra-high-end gaming notebooks.

ThunderBolt 3 and Output Capability: ThunderBolt 3.0 is a very nice connection protocol. You don't only get 40Gbps ThunderBolt 3.0, you also get Display Port 1.2, faster charging, and the ability to plug in USB 3.1 and below type-C devices. The notebook also features a second type-C port that supports USB 3.1 10Gb/s, DisplayPort 1.3, and HDMI 2.0. Did I mention the headphone output uses an ESS SABRE DAC?

RGB Customization: Some people might not care for RGBs, but those people haven't experienced it in a sleek and chic fashion. I get why people dislike lights in their faces, but in the case of the AORUS X9, the lighting is well diffused, the effects are neat, and they can actually be useful. You have an array of RGB LEDs built right under the screen, and you can customize that display to indicate the temperature of your CPU, indicate battery life, or even synchronize with music.

What's Not

Super Heavy: The notebook might be extremely thin, but it's also extremely heavy. Even carrying around the notebook in its box isn't that easy. The notebook weights 8lbs or 3.6Kg, so it's lighter than some other gaming notebooks, but it's still really heavy.

Battery Life: It's not that great, but that was expected because of the notebook's size and weight.

Final Thoughts

The AORUS X9 is a masterpiece; it embodies everything GIGABYTE wants the AORUS brand to stand for. It is basically what an ultra-high-end 4K gaming laptop should be. The choice of GPUs is also very good.

Thermals and power consumption become a big deal with GPUs, and if this notebook had two GTX 1080s instead of two GTX 1070s, it definitely would have been thicker, heavier, more expensive, and battery life would have been even worse. Going with two GTX 1070s should provide roughly 30% better performance than a single GTX 1080 in games where SLI is fully optimized, so it makes sense for an ultra-high-end notebook such as this to use two GTX 1070s.

Some of you might be wondering why I didn't mention price as a negative, and while I do think the notebook is extremely expensive, I don't think the price is unreasonable. There are many other gaming notebooks out there above $3000, and the AORUS X9 offers something unique and new in that price bracket. If you want an ultra-high-end gaming notebook that can truly play games at 4K with ease and is loaded with features, then the AORUS X9 is the right notebook for you.

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Overall TweakTown Rating94%

The Bottom Line: Loaded with an overclocked i7, two GTX 1070s in SLI, a Pantone X-Rite calibrated 4K display, and an overabundance of other exciting features, the AORUS X9 is the definition of a brilliant thin ultra-high-end gaming notebook.

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