Intended for gaming and creation, the Gigabyte Aorus 17G XC-8FR6430 is a designer-oriented gaming laptop capable of running recent games thanks to its high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card with ray tracing that accelerates also multimedia processing. This is also the case of the powerful core combining an Intel Octo Core i7 Comet Lake-H processor with a large amount of 32 GB RAM. Equipped with a 17 inch IPS Full HD anti-glare screen whose frequency of 300Hz improves fluidity in games, this laptop designed to play and create also benefits from fast SSD storage that enhances its responsiveness, a backlit keyboard with Omron mechanical keys or even Thunderbolt 3 USB-C and Wi-Fi connectivity. .
|Screen (s)||17.3 \’\’ Full HD IPS LED 300Hz 72% NTSC 3mm thin screen edges (1920×1080, matte / anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-10870H Comet Lake-H (2.2 GHz, 8 cores)|
|RAM installed (max)||32 GB DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 Super 8 GB GDDR6 Max-Q, Intel UHD 630 integrated in the processor and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB or 1 TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4) 1 free M.2 (2280) SSD slot|
|Connectivity||3 USB 3.0 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2) Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.1, mini-DisplayPort 1.4, SD UHS-II|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi AX200), Bluetooth 5.0 LE Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8125-BG 2.5G)|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes backlit RGB Fusion 2.0 by keys (2.5mm stroke), Omron mechanical keys, N-Key Rollover|
|Audio system||2 speakers (2x2W), Nahimic3|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||6 hours / Li-Polymer 99Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.7 Kg / 405 x 276 x 26|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Gigabyte Aorus 17G XC-8FR6430
With its dark CNC aluminum chassis with angular lines, it sports a rather discreet design for a gaming laptop PC of which it nevertheless adopts the codes.
WindForce Infinity technology is responsible for cooling this gaming laptop PC via 2 large fans (12V, 71 blades), 5 copper heat pipes but also air vents.
In terms of connectivity, this computer designed to play and create is well equipped with its USB-C Thunderbolt 3, its practical HDMI and mini-DisplayPort video outputs for easy connection to a monitor or TV for example, its Bluetooth 5.0 modules and Wi-Fi ax ( more recent and efficient than Wi-Fi ac ) to communicate and connect wirelessly, its Ethernet and audio ports as well as its 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) guaranteeing transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 devices are connected to it.
The keyboard stands out with its Omron mechanical keys, better suited to gaming chiclets. They can of course be backlit, here by an RGB solution per key, enough to discern them in the dark.
Thanks to its frequency of 300Hz, the screen improves fluidity in games compared to the 60Hz standard. As it adopts IPS technology, it offers more faithful than average colorimetry as well as comfortable vertical and horizontal viewing angles. Thanks to its anti-reflective coating, the screen is also more restful for the eyes in prolonged use than a shiny panel but also more readable in bright environments (eg outdoors). With its Full HD and 16: 9 specifications, the screen is also very suitable for displaying High Definition content such as videos.
Performance, battery life of the Gigabyte Aorus 17G XC-8FR6430
The Gigabyte Aorus 17G XC-8FR6430 targets those on a big budget who intend to acquire a versatile 17-inch laptop capable of gaming and creation oriented.
As it takes advantage of the high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 dedicated graphics card with ray tracing, here in Max-Q edition , this gaming laptop is capable of running the most recent games that require graphics resources.
In addition, the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q accelerates processing under software using GPU computing power (eg Adobe Premiere / Photoshop, Sony Vegas) which will interest creative people.
In practice, the on-board NVIDIA Optimus technology takes care of switching between the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q and the Intel UHD 630 solution integrated into the processor, and this automatically according to the tasks accomplished.
Despite its very modest features, the Intel UHD 630 is indeed favored as much as possible by Optimus because it is energy efficient and therefore allows better battery life. In this area, bet on about 6 hours of battery operation in light use.
In fact, the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q is enabled by Optimus to perform graphics work deemed too heavy for the Intel UHD 630, either of which of course allows you to view photos and videos.
Built around an Intel HM470 chipset, the heart of this creator-oriented gaming laptop PC goes well with the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q in games. It actually delivers an overall power unlike the vast majority of laptops on the market.
Because it consists of a Comet Lake-H Octo Core i7-10870H processor and a large amount of 32 GB RAM.
This heart will be of interest to demanding users, such as gamers and creators. The latter will particularly appreciate obtaining much faster processing than with 8/16 GB DDR4 and a Quad / Hexa Core processor. We can really feel the difference in areas that are greedy in RAM and CPU resources that take advantage of multicore, such as photo editing, video editing or 3D rendering.
On the storage side, it logically opts for an SSD because it clearly reinforces daily responsiveness compared to a simple hard drive.
Thanks to the SSD, for example, we get faster on the cards of online games than with a hard drive and we benefit from much faster starts / stops, processing and launching of games / software.
The question here is to know the proposed capacity, depending on the sources 512 GB (equivalent to the standard of hard disks) or 1 TB large.
In any case, an M.2 slot is free to add a second SSD. And we always have the possibility of relying on an external storage unit. Opting for a USB 3.0 / USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 device then represents an interesting solution to benefit from fast transfers.
Finally, you have to keep in mind that this designer-oriented gaming laptop PC heats up and is heard when it is heavily used (eg games, processing).