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Gigabyte unveils 0.9-inch thick, dual-GPU Aorus X7 gaming laptop

By Jos
Jan 8, 2014
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  1. Razer’s Blade family of laptops proved that mobile gaming doesn’t need to mean large and bulky devices. Now Gigabyte is joining the fray with the Aorus SLI Gaming Laptop X7, a 17.3-inch model is a mere 0.9-inches thick and weighs...

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,003   +1,503

    What is the point in neutering graphics to work in a laptop and then doubling the GPU count, which also introduces possible SLI performance issues? This concept puzzles me. Why not use a single GPU of equal performance?
     
  3. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Enthusiast Posts: 151   +32

    True, considering the GTX 780M is literally 2x as fast as the 765M... makes no sense to me, unless 2x 765Ms draw slightly less power, or help spread out the heat better (probably the main reason.)
     
  4. Endafy

    Endafy TS Rookie

    Did it ever occur to you that the 765M is easier to keep cool with such a small form factor than the 780M? It is less powerful and cooling two of them would be seemingly easier than a single 780M and they probably tried this during R&D and it turned out to overheat. They say it works as good as a GTX780M.

    2 765Ms draw significantly less power than a single 780M. While the memory bandwidth is less than half, it still performs quite well under SLI.

    Some games are reported to run slightly better on 2 765s than a single 780, others less so. It is give and take.

    Seeing as there are 2 765Ms in it, it looks to spread the heat across the entire bottom rather than being super hot in 1 spot causing extra strain on the components and contacts in such a small form factor.

    I am sure a ton of R&D went into making this, more reasons than I or you can list or think up. I am sure there were other issues not listed too.

    What I find annoying is that the webcam is only 1.3 mp... My sony Vaio Core 2 Duo has a 4MP camera... I mean I get they added it for say skype or something, but I mean come on. For the price I would have expected a better camera.
     
  5. There's still resemblance with alienware.. with a thinner profile.. and obviously I'm agreed with other comments why using two GPUs, not a single GPU with similar performance
     
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,003   +1,503

    Read and weep.
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI (120W-130W) vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M (100W)

    I don't care how you slice it, power consumption is heat produced. The 780M would produce less heat than two 765M within the confined space of a laptop.
     
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  7. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,223   +528

    Part of the problem is the price/cost of the GTX 780m, they are valued at around on their own depending on where you look 600-800 a piece versus a GTX 765m at 150-250 so sticking 2 of those equates to being a cheaper option. Though im with yall, if im paying 2k for a laptop, I would rather have a GTX 780m with SLI capability than 2 765m, but maybe we can upgrade this laptop like MSI's.
     
  8. "2 765Ms draw significantly less power than a single 780M. While the memory bandwidth is less than half, it still performs quite well under SLI"
    --> Lol

    "Seeing as there are 2 765Ms in it, it looks to spread the heat across the entire bottom rather than being super hot in 1 spot causing extra strain on the components and contacts in such a small form factor"
    "..cooling two of them would be seemingly easier than a single 780M"
    --> epic Lol
     
  9. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 906   +101

    "The glass touchpad with fingerprint-proof coating denotes the commander’s clear vision through chaos and turmoil,"

    Honestly who thinks up this stuff?

    “the metallic silver eagle badge and 3 molded ridges symbolize fierce yet rapid attack from high above."

    And then you have this! Almost fall over laughing...

    Thank you guest above for your insightful lol's

    Anyone think about frame buffer? Or if it could be a problem, 2x765M is 2x2048MB of VRAM or 2048MB buffer, vs the 780M which can support up to 4096MB which you can then SLI with. However I suppose you'll run out of GPU before if trying to run three screens at once.
     
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  10. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,223   +528

    Yea, I mean these are already mobile GPU's which is not as powerful as the desktop similar numbered so I can't imagine this working very well on three screens.
     
  11. Fbarnett

    Fbarnett TS Enthusiast Posts: 183   +24

    Wow all these companies making gaming laptops just because somebody else does? Why game on a laptop? I know I don't want to
     
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  12. Mikymjr

    Mikymjr TS Enthusiast Posts: 128   +7

    I liked the way gigabyte used to be, when they would put up motherboards and all with great value and upgradeable through bios updates and drivers. But seeing as to how disappointing it was for me when I bought a new z77x-d3h and had problems with wireless devices(yes even mouse and keyboard combo's), that worked good on other motherboards, not to mention the lackluster way of dealing with these issues, I pretty much thought to myself, to be careful with a range of their products when buying them. Next time I'll just go for an Asus deluxe as even though sometimes drivers where pushed late, the system never had issues with anything else most of the time. Yeah I know this was something way of topic. But it makes me wonder what they are thinking of when they bring something to the market that doesn't really seem to make sense
     
  13. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,977   +908

    Doubt it has anything to do with heat. 2 GPUs will always heat up more than 1 regardless.
     
  14. Middleman

    Middleman TS Rookie

    I would. Desktops are dead dude. Laptop and portability is the way to go.


    my next pc will be a slim gaming laptop
     
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,003   +1,503

    Only in your underpowered world. Don't be so arrogant, in thinking everyone else wants to be just as handicapped!
     


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