Gigabyte Aorus X9 Gaming Laptop: Full, in-depth review
- Great performance + display
- Outstanding keyboard
- Lack of portability
- Low battery life
With a winning combination of a 4K display, mechanized keyboard and solid performance, the Gigatyte Aorus X9 is almost-certainly going to be the gaming laptop you’ll wish you had.
When it was first unveiled at this year’s Computex, Gigabyte made the claim that the GTX 1070 SLI setup found in the Aorus will give you 30% better graphics performance than a single GTX 1080 would. This claim isn’t all that wild - common logic says that two high-end graphics are usually better than one. Still, we came away pretty impressed with the performance is delivered.
We used this laptop to review The Evil Within 2 and Forza Motorsport 7 and, as we noted above, it brought both games to life in stunning form. The lavishly detailed cars and scenic backdrops of Forza 7 were immediately impressive. The game ran at consistent smooth 60FPS with all the settings cranked to eleven.
With The Evil Within 2, we did initially encounter a little bit of trouble. Playing the game at the 4K resolutions the Aorus X9 is capable of resulted in a pretty rough experience. Even when bumped into the Auros X9’s High-Performance mode, we struggled to get above 30FPS here. Thankfully, bumping the resolution from down a notch from 4K made an immediate difference. Even the most intensive of graphical settings and effects became a breeze.
See the benchmarks below for more of a breakdown on how it compares to the two other gaming laptops we recently reviewed (the MSI GE73VR Raider and EVGA’s SC17). Admittedly, the products we compared the Aorus X9 to are $1000-1500 cheaper but they still serve to illustrate what that extra spending nets you.
As with all high-end gaming laptops, battery life feels like a foregone conclusion. After all, the form factor on the X9 means that this really isn’t going to be something you casually pull out of your bag whenever you want to play games on the go. Off the cable, the 4K display shines brightly but it does not shine for long.
When subjected to the Battery Eater testing tool, the Aorus X9 took just 1 hour and 11 minutes to dissipate its entire charge.
The Bottom Line
With a premium price-tag that’s not going anywhere anytime soon, the Aorus X9 might not necessarily be the gaming laptop you can afford to end up with. However, with a winning combination of a 4K display, mechanized keyboard and solid performance, it’s almost-certainly going to be the one you’ll wish you had.
The very model of a ‘halo’ product, the Aorus X9 blazes a trail that - while out of reach for many - will probably inspire imitators for years to come.
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