To play and create serenely, we can turn to the gaming laptop creator Gigabyte A5 X1-CFR2130SB thin screen 15 inches IPS Full HD which improves fluidity in games with its high frequency of 240Hz and is powerful thanks to its powerful AMD Octo Core Ryzen 9 Cezanne processor and 16 GB of RAM that accelerate multimedia processing. This is also the case of the GeForce RTX 3070 ray tracing NVIDIA Ampere graphics card capable of running recent games while the fast 512GB SSD storage enhances responsiveness. This versatile gaming and creative laptop that runs Windows 10 also features a backlit keyboard and connectivity with dual video output, Wi-Fi ax and USB-C.
Features of the Gigabyte A5 X1-CFR2130SB
|Screen(s)||15.6” Full HD LED IPS 240Hz thin edges (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX Cezanne (3.3 GHz, 8 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200MHz (32GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Video card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 dedicated (1560Hz, 140W), AMD Radeon Vega 8 integrated processor and Optimus|
|Storage||512GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4, 2280) 1 free M.2 slot|
|Connection||1 USB 3.2 (Gen2) 1 USB 3.2 (Gen1) 1 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0 (HDCP), mini-DisplayPort 1.4|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 ax (2×2, Intel AX200), Bluetooth 5.2 Gigabit Ethernet (2.5 Gbps, Realtek RTL8125-BG)|
|Backlit keyboard||Yes (15 colors)|
|Audio system||2 speakers (2 x 2W) Nahimic3|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Autonomy advertised / Battery||6 hours / 6-cell Li-Ion 48.96Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.12 Kg / 361 x 258 x 25.3-34.4|
The Gigabyte A5 X1-CFR2130SB vs. the competition
The Gigabyte A5 X1-CFR2130SB is currently available from SMIDistri and is positioned as one of the only ones in its class to integrate such a powerful processor combined with such a powerful graphics card but also a screen with such a high frequency as well as a dual video output.
If this Gigabyte A5 X1-CFR2130SB does not meet all your criteria, you will find on our laptop gamer guide other configurations to play with a similar budget. For the same budget, choose the model that has the most powerful graphics card, it is it that will have the most impact on performance.
Gigabyte A5 X1-CFR2130SB chassis, connectors, screen
Cooled by 2 fans (5V, 53 blades), 5 heat pipes and 3 air vents, this versatile laptop designed to play and create has a resolutely gamer look with its dark design with angular lines housing part of the connectivity at the back.
Precisely this versatile gaming laptop creator has a good connectivity composed of 1 USB-C, a dual HDMI video output mini-DisplayPort convenient to easily connect to a TV or monitor for example, wireless modules Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi ax (newer and more powerful than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, Ethernet and audio ports or 3 USB including 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) ensuring transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 devices are plugged in.
The chiclet keyboard is obviously adorned with a practical backlighting solution of the keys to better discern them in the dim light.
Thanks to its 240Hz refresh rate, the screen significantly enhances fluidity in games compared to standard 60Hz. It also lends itself very well to the display of High Definition content such as videos because of its Full HD definition and its 16:9 aspect ratio, classic specifications. Thanks to its IPS technology, the screen has large vertical and horizontal viewing angles while reproducing colors more faithfully than average. Anti-reflective, the screen also offers better visibility than a shiny slab in a bright environment (e.g. outdoors).
Performance, battery life of the Gigabyte A5 X1-CFR2130SB
The Gigabyte A5 X1-CFR2130SB targets those looking for a versatile 15-inch laptop that is powerful in gaming and creation.
Whether with the Radeon Vega 8 graphics module directly housed in the processor or the dedicated GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card, you can watch photos and videos of course but also play light titles.
The GeForce RTX 3070 is activated automatically and in real time by Optimus technology to perform graphics work deemed too heavy for the Radeon Vega 8.
In fact, NVIDIA Optimus technology automatically switches between the GeForce RTX 3070 and the Radeon Vega 8 in real time, the latter being preferred to the maximum to ensure the best possible autonomy because it consumes little power.
In this regard, count on about 6 hours of operation on battery in light use.
Featuring NVIDIA Ampere architecture, the GeForce RTX 3070 ray tracing is a high-end dedicated graphics card that can support the latest and most graphics-intensive games at a good level of detail.
In addition to gamers, the GeForce RTX 3070 will also interest creators as it accelerates multimedia processing under software that takes advantage of GPU computing power, such as Adobe Premiere/Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
The Radeon Vega 8 is directly integrated into the AMD APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX Cezanne Octo Core processor here coupled with 16 GB of RAM to provide overall power to seduce demanding users.
This core that supports the GeForce RTX 3070 well in games guarantees much faster processing than a Quad / Hexa Core processor and 8 GB DDR4. We particularly feel the difference in CPU and RAM intensive areas exploiting multi-cores, such as video editing, 3D rendering or photo editing, which creatives will appreciate.
The storage is here entrusted to an SSD thanks to which we reach for example faster on the cards of online games than with a simple hard disk in particular, while the launches of games / software are much faster as well as the processing and start/stop.
More generally, the SSD ensures a much better fluidity and responsiveness than a hard drive.
It must be said that an SSD is much faster than a hard drive and offers other advantages such as greater shock resistance, lower energy consumption or quiet operation.
It is a 512 GB SSD that is proposed here, capacity in line with the standard of hard drives which may be too fair for some. We therefore appreciate that an M.2 slot is available to add a second SSD if necessary.
Of course, it is also possible to rely on an external storage unit. Choosing a USB 3.0/USB-C device is then an interesting option to obtain fast transfers.
Finally this versatile multimedia creator gaming laptop heats up and is noisy when strongly pushed (eg games, treatments).