September 27, 2021

Gigabyte unrolls GeForce 30-series with both Core and Ryzen CPUs

Gigabyte will adopt Nvidia’s new 30-series GPUs across its powerhouse Aero and Aorus laptop lines—and finally offer Ryzen 5000 alongside its Intel-based laptops, too. Announced at CES, pricing and availability weren't immediately available, but ...

Gigabyte will adopt Nvidia’s new 30-series GPUs across its powerhouse Aero and Aorus laptop lines—and finally offer Ryzen 5000 alongside its Intel-based laptops, too. Announced at CES, pricing and availability weren’t immediately available, but we do know a fair amount about the features.

We’ll start with Gigabyte’s Aorus family, which is aimed at gamers. The largest and likely the most powerful is the Aorus 17G. As its name implies, it’s a 17.3-inch laptop that will feature a mechanical keyboard using Omron switches, and up to a GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q GPU and 8-core Core i7-10870H CPU.

There are caveats wth the 17G. As a Max-Q variant of the 3080, the graphics memory is cut in half to 8GB. Also, the laptop’s fairly thick 26mm body and 6-pound weight strain the definition of portable. It’ll get the last laugh in performance testing, though: We’d guess it’ll outrun other 17-inch laptops with thinner bodies and lighter weights. There is an option for an RTX 3070 version as well.

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