Gigabyte Aorus X9, The Mechanical Monster: Hands On

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Gigabyte has been hard at work this CES announcing new entries to its mainstream gaming line, but the biggest surprise comes from the company’s high-end Aorus line. The all new Gigabyte Aorus X9 looks to be the company’s most super-powered configuration to date. The 17-inch gaming powerhouse is still shrouded in mystery, but what we have learned so far leaves us very excited.

Gigabyte Aorus X9: Built Like a Sports Car

The Gigabyte Aorus X9 will be a bit thicker than the rest of the company’s lineup, but it’s every bit as stylish. The laptop has been heavily inspired by the popular Lamborghini sports car featuring sharp angles, flowing curves, and cascading lid design that drops off in the rear.

The black matte metal design looks fantastic and feels comfortably cool to the touch. While this model wasn’t complete, we were told the final version will house LED light strips circling around the outer edge of the deck. The company even went the extra mile and even placed vents in the shape of the Aorus logo on the bottom of the chassis. It honestly seems like Gigabyte is having a lot of fun designing this laptop, pulling out all the stops.

Aorus X9 back

Top of the Line Everything

In addition to looking beautiful this laptop will be decked to the brim with market-leading techs and specifications. While most of the specifics have yet to be finalized — or at least aren’t being released to the public yet — from what Gigabyte is alluding to this will be one of the most powerful laptops available when it releases later in June.

One thing that we do know for certain: The X9 will be the first Aorus laptop to ship with a full mechanical keyboard. Gigabyte hasn’t announced what switches they’ll be using yet, but they did tell NBR that they won’t be using Cherry MX switches. Having tested out the keyboard briefly we do know the laptop offers relatively shallow key travel with moderate action with consistent feedback. To top it all off the laptop will feature same full customizable RGB backlighting found on other Aorus laptops. Which means you’ll be able to customize color profiles and independent macros.

Aorus X9 keyboard

In addition to the mechanical keyboard the Gigabyte Aorus X9 will ship with both 3K and 4K display options. The 3K variant will offer 120Hz panel and both displays will come equipped with Nvidia G-Sync Support.

In terms of specs things are little bit more up in the air. We expect to the Gigabyte Aorus X9 will run on a 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor, and we’ve been assured that the CPU will be unlocked and offer full overclocking support. Gigabyte also said that this will be their most powerful machine to date in the graphics department. NBR suspects that will mean some form of SLI configuration as the company has been prone to do that in past with their top of the line X7 setups.

The better question is what GPU chipset will they use? It’s possible the company could opt for any number of Nvidia Pascal GPU. The GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 are both possible options. However, considering that the laptop is set to be fully revealed around Computex (in June) it’s also possible that Aorus X9 could be one of the first laptops to sport the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti. Still, NBR’s money is on the GTX 1080, while it would be amazing to see a notebook outfitted with dual GTX 1080 Ti’s the cost would astronomical.

Aorus X9 front 1

A Little Mystery Goes a Long Way

Gigabyte may have raised more questions than answers with their reveal of the Aorus X9, but we loved what we have seen so far. The black matte design is gorgeous, and manages to stay true to the Aorus lines core design principles while still adding an extra sense of flair. The mechanical keyboard is responsive and feature a great balance between travel and action. While we don’t quite know what’s going to be inside this machine yet, it’s likely going to be one of the more powerful laptops on the market when it comes out later this June.  



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