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this is the gigabyte aero 17 it's been almost seven months since I looked at an

Aero laptop in fact the last one that I checked out was the Aero 15 OLED and I

didn't have the best experience with that in terms of functionality and

performance but that 4k display all the display was absolutely gorgeous it's

it's still in my memory now this one over here comes to the new 10gen

comet-like processor and in videos RTX Super Max acute graphics but most

importantly I've got the 17 inch of variant here so I was naturally curious

to see how we would cool the new hardware and of course compare it to

intel's ninth gen coffee like CPU and invidious non super max Q graphics the

standard one because if you think about it or if you recall both Intel and

NVIDIA launched their CPUs and GPUs for notebooks at the exact same time so is

this fresh Hardware gonna give us a noticeable improvement over last

generation let's find out oh and by the way I am gonna be comparing this to a

m-- DS 4900 HS the results are surprising time to pay some bills the X

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features aluminum alloy heat sinks with dr. Mazda 13 face power design for the

best overclocking experience it also has Wi-Fi six support 3m two slots along

with reinforced PCI brackets learn more down below alright so I want to quickly

go over the specs of the Aero 17 the model that I have over here comes with a

new core i7 10 875 h8 core 16 thread CPU 16 gigabytes of dual channel memory

running at 29 33 megahertz a 512 gig SSD and RT X 2070 Supermax acute GPU and a

4k display and the price you pay for all of that is $2,800 now that's what

gigabyte told us but their official site says $2,900 so take that for what it is

now of all the notebook brands that I've come across

gigabyte is probably the only one offering a million SKUs of their Aero

15 and 17 inch notebooks so you can pick this up from $79

all the way up so a whomping 4300 USD the notebook itself hasn't changed all

that much think of this as a super-sized Aero 15 with the same lid the same

backlit logo honestly gigabyte hasn't changed anything on the outside the

chassis for the most part is made out of CNC aluminum but it's not an all unibody

design like the Razer Blade and the build quality is pretty good the hinges

haven't stiffened up a bit one of my biggest issues with last year's model

was the wobbly screen but I barely noticed that on this year's sample when

you open up the laptop you're greeted with a full-size keyboard with pretty

straightforward layout now don't mistake yourself thinking that this comes with

front-facing speakers that's not the case they're just there for ventilation

in fact the speakers are located at the bottom and they sound okay I mean

there's no base there's a lot of treble it's not the best sounding laptop

speakers that I've come across they haven't changed the sound signature

compared to last generation so nothing new here the keyboard is really good the

typing experience is way superior compared to my blade notebook this is

basically a copy and paste from last year's assignment it's got good feedback

the RGB elimination is really nice and bright but unfortunately it does not

light up the function keys and that can be a bit frustrating in the dark I'm not

a huge fan of the font choice plus the wast keys are bolded it just kills the

simplicity or the continuity of the whole notebook in my opinion the

trackpad is not that great it's not a glass surface like what you can find on

the razor blade series or even the g14 from Asus so it's not as smooth to

navigate around with honestly at this price point I am disappointed to see he

could bite not improvise on this area because you can get a better experience

with the competition I mean sure this come with Windows

position drivers but having good software it doesn't necessarily mean a

good experience if you have a really poor trackpad or something that doesn't

meet up the standards especially since you're being close to $3,000 on a

notebook the trackpad does come with a fingerprint reader so if that's

something that you're looking into for added security you've got that but I do

want to mention something very important and that is the edges of the Aero

series laptops are way too sharp to type on especially when you're using it for

general purposes the webcam is positioned at the worst possible

location it stationary which means I can't

if I need to reposition my friend I'd have to physically move a laptop and not

the lid absolutely frustrating it seems like gigabyte is pretty adamant about

their design choice here and honestly I don't get the point with a Besant less

displace I mean what's wrong with having a little bit of space at the top - you

know implement a camera it just makes no sense the microphone sounds okay I mean

you know it's passable by honestly I wouldn't use this for business

conference calls just because it's not your best angle is pointing at your nose

and you don't want people looking at the earth and your nose for the most part so

yeah it's I'm pretty frustrated honestly get goodbye like why now you may or may

not have noticed coil 1 in that recording and the reason I say that is

because during idle scenarios in some cases this notebook started to exhibit

really bad coil whine I mean listen to this

so yeah that's something to be aware of we did confirm with a few other creators

who have the exact same sample they seem to experience the same issue too so this

might turn out to be a known issue for the new aero notebooks but after

speaking to gigabyte about this issue they did mention then you can exchange

your RMA the notebook if you are experiencing the same thing the i/o is

loaded on this notebook in fact it's one of my favorite things about the Aero

series so on the right hand side there's power in HDMI 2.0 mini DisplayPort 1.4

Thunderbolt 3 a type a USB 3 point to Gen 1 switching over to the left you get

an rj45 jack UHS 2 carburetor a couple more USB type a ports and audio jacks

it's basically a content creators dream come true however I can't seem to wrap

my head around gigabytes implementation of USB 3.2 gen 1 which is the flanking

bits per second protocol versus Jen - that's tanking bits per second protocol

because that was supported on kapolei CPUs so I'm not sure why they have not

dated the i/o spec to that I mean my razor blade with the 9 CPU has that so

it's kind of frustrating to say he could by not update the specs moving on to the

display this is by far the best that I've encountered on a notebook guys heck

even better the gaming monitor you see the model that I have here comes with a

4k resolution at 60 Hertz and it's pre calibrated by X right out of the factory

and gigabyte claims up to a hundred percent Adobe RGB that's never heard of

on a notebook at least I am an experienced one in the past now this

thing surpassed our despite quality analysis tests with flying colors

honestly I didn't even think about running the display tests in the first

place because when I opened the laptop of the first time I was drooling all

over it guys the colors are just beautiful with consistent contrast

ratios at different brightness levels the screen gets really bright close to

500 nits so you can easily take this thing outdoors plus it's matte I mean

what else can you ask for you can count on this display for some serious color

work or even if a photographer this is what you should be looking into the 4k

resolution scales really well in the Seventeen's form factor it's really

really sharp I honestly can't complain about it at all

now if you are thinking about gaming on a primarily

I would step down to the 1080p 144 Hertz display because yes 4k is great for

content creation but not necessarily for gaming so that's something to keep note

of now in terms of upgradability you get instant access to two Ram slots and you

can upgrade memory up to 64 gigabytes there are two MDOT two slots of which

one of them is populated and it has really good read/write performance the

battery on this thing is huge guys it's 94 hours which is a little less than the

actual legal limit which is about ninety nine point nine one hours and it's

really good on this laptop during our light load test we're

entering a Chrome web page for 15 seconds our system lasted over seven

hours during our heavy load test running real bench on a loop the system lasted

for about an hour and 40 minutes finally let's get into performance now

gigabyte has added various performance modes on the Aero 17 you can easily

access them through their control center we ran all of our tests in the highest

setting starting with synthetics the new 8 core 16 thread core i7 10 875 H is a

good 35 to 40 percent faster than the 6 core 12 thread 9750 H now keep in mind

I'm comparing this to the razor blade Pro which is another slim gaming laptop

just like the Aero 17 whereas the Legion Y 740 was a brick running at crazy high

clock speeds single core performance has improved and that kind of makes sense

since this laptop didn't have a problem maintaining clock speeds at 4.5 to 4.8

gigahertz but under heavy multi-core workload clock speeds dipped all the way

down to three to 3.2 gigahertz and the results we're well respectable but not

great especially when compared to the horizon 9 4900 HS as you can see from a

blender test it just can't quite keep up with AMD the same story applies to a

handbrake test transcoding a video doc 4900 HS is wicked fast guides now about

this way Noire tests a lot of this has to do with the SSD speeds along with

single thread performance and Aero 17 does really well that why sun 40 from

lenovo has one of the fastest SSDs and it's clocked really really high so

that's why it takes the lead here moving on to adobe premiere this thing

certainly favors Intel and that's thanks to quick sync but there is no

difference whatsoever compared to the 97 th even with four extra threads on the

new CPU I think this might be an optimization thing but if you really

think about it it's the same architectures so yeah

switching to DaVinci Resolve I think the r-tx 2070 super deserves the credit here

since it's got more cores and this program loves GPUs so there's barely any

effort put by the new Intel CPU gaming performance on the other hand was

outstanding that new r-tx 2070 super max Q is

noticeably faster than the non super variant and it almost reaches r-tx

2080 max Q levels we ran all of our tests in 1080p set to the high settings

keep in mind if gaming is your priority I get that 1080p 140 for its display for

the best smooth fast and fluid experience temperatures are really good

and I expected that for a 17 inch notebook so on the CPU it initially

spikes to ATC when clock speeds boost to 4.8 gigahertz but over time it averages

to about 63 C but keep in mind that clock speeds do take a hit even with

really good internal temperatures these surface temps were quite high especially

at the bottom doing gaming workloads so I wouldn't put this thing on my lap for

any of those GP or CPU intensive workloads the acoustic performance on

the Aero series was actually pretty impressive now during idle mind you the

system is pretty much dead silent but there is that coil one issue that I

talked about earlier that's something to be aware of doing heavy load scenarios

it's actually not that bad it doesn't sound like a jet fan so that's nice so

to conclude let's go over some of the pros of the Aero 17 and the first thing

that comes to my mind is that display it's absolutely gorgeous I think it's

one of the main highlights of this laptop the colors are just beautiful its

color accurate if you're a content creator colorist or if you're

photographer this is what you should be looking into the performance differences

or the performance improvements are respectable I mean if I were to be

completely transparent if you're someone who's using a program that takes

advantage of multi-core workload you will notice a difference with that extra

four threads but if you're using 'too Vinci resolve or if your premiere editor

there's absolutely no reason to upgrade to the new tension CPUs because there's

no difference whatsoever as you saw by those results and the RT

27 a super is really fast it actually reaches r-tx 28 Emacs q level so I can't

wait to see what the RT X 2080 Supermax q can offer I think that's something

that I really want to get my hands on but what's really interesting is that I

never saw this laptop hit 5.1 gigahertz according to Intel marketing slides when

they officially launched these processors because the CPU technically

can achieve 5.1 but I never saw clock speeds hit that but here's a million

dollar question would I spend twenty eight hundred dollars on this laptop and

the answer to that is a simple no because there are far more negatives

with this laptop then the pros I talked about earlier the first thing is

obviously the design it's way too sharp super uncomfortable to type on or just

generally use I just feel like gigabyte should refine the design a little bit

but they didn't do that the trackpad is really really bad I really wished if

they you know were able to offer something the blades here is able to

offer with a glass surface but that's not the case especially since you're

spending this kind of money webcam worst possible location I mean it's just

pointless I wouldn't even use it lastly there is

the i/o I really wished if gigabyte it's really weird to see them go with USB 3.0

gen one instead of gen - it's not at a spec even though you can pick up a nine

j'en processor on an older laptop with the updated specs so that's really weird

so yeah overall I I don't know I can't I can't recommend this laptop it's just

you know while the display is great the rest of it just fails to meet the

expectations for the price point so well that note thank you so much watching

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