Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) Review: The Best Gaming Laptop?

If you’re after a top-of-the-range gaming laptop then you need not look further than the Gigabyte Aorus 17GB 2021 gaming laptop. This gaming laptop looks and feels like something from the nineties and if it wasn’t for the RGB lights beaming out of the logo on the back and from the keyboard then you might think it was an old office laptop. However, we believe this isn’t a bad thing and it takes us back to a time when laptops were built to last and take a bit of punishment. The Gigabyte Aorus 17GB is the perfect gaming laptop with RAM power that will leave you breathless and a new Nvidia graphics card people are climbing over each other to get hold of.

Specifications

  • Price: £2099
  • CPU: 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7-10870H (8-core, 16MB cache, up to 5GHz)
  • Graphics: GeForce RTX 3070 MaxQ
  • RAM: 32GB DDR4
  • Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) 300Hz
  • Storage: 512GB SSD (PCIe)
  • Ports: 3 x USB 3.1 Gen1, HDMI-out, Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 x Mic-in, 1 x Headphone-out, 1 x UHS-II SD Card Reader, 1 x mini DisplayPort 1.4
  • Weight: 6 pounds
  • Size: 15.9 x 10.8 x 1.0 inches (405 x 276 x 26 mm); W x D x H

Design

Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) review
Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) review

The Gigabyte Aorus 17GB sticks out like a sore thumb when it comes to today’s gaming laptops. Whilst most modern gaming laptops have adopted small and slim designs, the Gigabyte Aorus 17GB takes us back to a time when gaming laptops weighed as much as our TVs! This isn’t a bad thing though because the bulky gaming laptop feels like a piece of quality in your hands. As soon as you inspect it you realize that it’s not going to break easily if you bash it in your bag. Weighing in at 6 pounds, it’s a rather heavy unit but still not too bulky that you can’t take it to gaming events every so often. 

The Gigabyte Aorus 17GB is the perfect alternative to having to pack your gaming PC into your bag which is never ideal because nobody wants to take their gaming PC around with them for fear of breaking it or losing pieces. Although it’s portable, the gaming laptop feels like something you’d want to set up on your desk and leave it there for most of the time. Whilst the design is bulky and heavy, it’s also beautifully solid. The Gigabyte 17GB comes with a hard black aluminum shell that doesn’t bend when pressure is applied to it. It would be fair to say that if it were to fall from your desk or you dropped something hard on its case, it wouldn’t dent it easily.

RGB lights beam out of the logo on the top and from underneath the keyboard when the laptop is turned on by the power button, located at the top center area of the keyboard. The keys are solid squares with plenty of bounce when pressed. The webcam is in an odd place though. It sits just above the keyboard which means when it’s activated, people will be looking up your nose! It’s also poor quality so if you want to live stream whilst you’re gaming, you might want to buy yourself a 3rd party webcam to use with this gaming laptop. The webcam does come with a built-in slider if privacy is something you look for in a laptop.

The actual screen is 17.3 inches across and has a powerful brightness at an impressive 300 Hz refresh rate so you’ll all but never experience any lag when you play your favourite games on their highest settings on the 1080p screen.

Along the sides of the device you’ll find three USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, HDMI, mini display port (DP), ethernet, dedicated audio jacks for both input and output, and even a full-sized SD card reader which makes this a great choice for creative professionals like photographers or 3D artists who need something with some portability.

Performance

Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) review
Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) review

The Gigabyte Aorus 17GB is one of a few gaming laptops to come with Nvidia’s new RTX 3000 series of laptop graphics cards which could be a good reason to buy this gaming laptop considering this graphics card has been so hard to come by since its release. The Core i7-10870H CPU and 32GB of RAM mean that you’ll have one of the most powerful gaming laptops on the market right now. It’s worth pointing out that the 32GB of RAM makes this gaming laptop also a great laptop for content creators like YouTuber’s or TikTok stars because you can effectively edit video without lag and you can also multitask with ease. 

In terms of battery life, you’ll be able to get just over 6 hours of juice when not connected to a power source which is rather good for a gaming laptop, especially one that is so powerful. Chances are, you’ll set this beautiful machine up on your desk most of the time anyway so battery life shouldn’t be an issue for you.

The Gigabyte Aorus 17GB can run AAA games at 80fps+ and even up to over 150fps! The best part is, the machine won’t get very hot. The gaming laptop runs quietly to considering it is working at such high rates. Even after long durations of gaming, this gaming laptop is still virtually silent and not too warm.

Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) review
Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) review
Here’s how the Gigabyte Aorus 17GB 2021 stacks up against some other competing gaming laptops in terms of benchmarks:

Gigabyte Aorus 17G (RTX 3070)Lenovo Legion 7(RTX 2080 Super)Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo(RTX 2080 Super)
Geekbench 5 (single core)122012951257
Geekbench 5 (multi core)745277018090
PCMark 10610153455100
3DMark Timespy914281118995

The Geekbench scores aren’t overly impressive and are not as good as the competitors but the Gigabyte Aorus 17GB 2021 outperformed the others when it came to PCMark 10 and 3DMark Timespy scores. This indicates to me that the Gigabyte would potentially perform better over longer periods of time. I think the hardware lends itself to gaming endurance because it’s powerful enough not to burn out on you during heavy usage at high settings.

Support for Ray Tracing means that compatible games will show enhanced shadows and highlights and the supported DLSS means it will boost the frame rates of even more supported games.

The Verdict

The Gigabyte Aorus has to be one of the top gaming laptops out right now. If you have the money to spare and you’re serious about gaming, you should buy this laptop. If you want to buy a gaming laptop to easily carry around with you, this one probably isn’t the one you’re looking for. You can pop it into your bag but it’s going to feel heavy and would instead be used best when it has a home on your desk. However, if you did want to take it to a friend’s house every now and again then it would be suitable for that.

The webcam is worse than potato so you should be aware that you’ll need to buy one if you live-stream a lot. It’s worth pointing out that you can take the back of the laptop off with a screwdriver to upgrade the RAM but at 32GB, there really shouldn’t be any need to. You’ll be playing games at such high frame rates you’ll wonder how you ever survived before you bought this laptop.

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