Creator-oriented black ultrabook gamer, the Gigabyte Aero 15 XC-8FR1130SH runs Windows 10 Pro with a high-end GeForce RTX 3070 ray tracing NVIDIA Ampere graphics card capable of running recent games and speeding up multimedia processing like powerful core combining a Comet Lake-H Intel Octo Core i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM. Equipped with a 15-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare display with thin edges and 144Hz frequency that improves fluidity in games, this portable PC for gaming and creating benefits from fast (but limited capacity) SSD storage which boosts its responsiveness , a backlit chiclet keyboard or even a connection with USB-C Thunderbolt 3, dual video output and Wi-Fi ax.
Features of the Gigabyte Aero 15 XC-8FR1130SH
|Screen (s)||15.6 ” IPS Full HD LED 144Hz 72% NTS thin edges 3mm (3840×2160, matt / anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-10870H Comet Lake-H (2.2 GHz, 8 cores)|
|RAM installed (max)||16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 6 GB GDDR6 Max-Q, Intel UHD 630 integrated in the processor and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe) 1 free M.2 (2280) SSD slot SATA / NVMe PCIe|
|Connectivity||3 USB 3.0 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2) Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.1, mini-DisplayPort 1.4, SD UHD-II|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Wi-Fi 6 Intel AX200), Bluetooth 5.0 LE Gigabit Ethernet (2.5 Gb / s)|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, Gigabyte Fusion RGB per key, N-Key Rollover|
|Audio system||2 speakers (2x2W), Nahimic3|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Pro 64-bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||7 hours / Li-Polymer 99Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.0 Kg / 356 x 250 x 20|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Gigabyte Aero 15 XC-8FR1130SH
It has a rather elegant and discreet look for a gaming laptop PC which it nevertheless takes up the codes with its black aluminum frame with angular lines.
Note that the webcam is positioned not above the screen but below. To better protect privacy, you can slide in front of a cover.
This creator-oriented ultrabook gamer is cooled by 2 large fans (71 blades), 5 heat pipes (3 dedicated to CPU and GPU) and air vents.
It runs on Windows 10 Pro, a more complete system than classic Windows 10 with its advanced network management and security tools (eg: BitLocker).
The connectivity built into this thin and light laptop designed to play and create is good, including 1 USB-C Thunderbolt 3, HDMI video outputs and mini-DisplayPort convenient to easily connect this computer to a monitor or TV for example, Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi ax modules ( more recent and efficient than Wi-Fi ac ) to communicate and connect wirelessly, Ethernet and audio ports not to mention 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) guaranteeing transfers made up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 when plugging in USB 3.0 peripherals.
To make the keys easier to see in the dark, Gigabyte of course equips the chiclet keyboard with a backlighting solution, here of the RGB type per key.
With its 144Hz refresh rate, the screen improves fluidity in games compared to 60Hz panels. It is also very suitable for displaying videos and more generally High Definition content with its 16: 9 format and precise Full HD definition. As it is anti-reflective, the screen also offers better visibility in a bright environment (eg outdoors) than a shiny panel while being more restful for the eyes in prolonged use. The screen also adopts IPS technology guaranteeing significant vertical and horizontal viewing angles as well as more faithful than average colorimetry.
Gigabyte Aero 15 XC-8FR1130SH performance, autonomy
The Gigabyte Aero 15 XC-8FR1130SH targets those looking for a versatile 15-inch thin and light laptop that performs well, especially in gaming and creation.
It is possible to run the most recent games at a good level of detail on this designer-oriented Ultrabook gamer because it embeds the GeForce RTX 3070 , a high-end NVIDIA Turing dedicated graphics card with ray tracing, here in Max-Q edition .
Depending on the tasks performed, the on-board NVIDIA Optimus technology switches automatically and in real time between the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q and the Intel UHD 630 solution integrated into the processor.
Optimus uses the Intel UHD 630 as much as possible despite its very modest benefits because it uses little energy and therefore promotes autonomy.
In this area, expect around 7 hours of battery operation in light use.
The GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q is in practice activated by Optimus to perform graphics processing deemed too heavy for the Intel UHD 630. With one or the other, we can obviously watch photos and videos.
Creators will also appreciate the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q because it speeds up processing under software that takes advantage of GPU computing power, which is the case for example with Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere / Photoshop.
The Intel UHD 630 takes place within the Octo Core i7-10870H, Intel Comet Lake-H processor coupled here with a good amount of 16 GB RAM. Built around an Intel HM470 chipset, the heart of this Creative-oriented gaming laptops deliver all-around power to appeal to discerning users.
In particular, it guarantees much faster processing than a Quad / Hexa Core processor and 8 GB DDR4. We particularly feel the difference in work that consumes CPU and RAM resources using multicore, such as photo editing, video editing or 3D rendering.
On the storage side, we find an SSD that rivals the standard of hard drives in terms of capacity with its 512 GB while being silent, more energy efficient, more resistant to shocks and much faster.
Result thanks to the SSD, one obtains for example launches of games / software, processing and starts / stops much faster, or even a faster arrival on the cards of online games.
If 512 GB is too tight, however, an M.2 slot is available to add a second SSD.
You can also rely on an external storage unit. Favoring a USB-C / USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt 3 device then represents an interesting option to take advantage of fast transfers.
Easy to transport thanks to its thinness and its contained weight, particularly for a gaming laptop, this Ultrabook is heard when it is strongly pushed (ex: games, treatments) and also heats up in these conditions but it remains fairly controlled for this. type of PC in common use.