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GIGABYTE caters to Malaysian gamers and creators with AORUS and AERO laptops

by Vyncent ChanJuly 4, 2019
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GIGABYTE is finally here in Malaysia in full force with their notebook lineup. They are introducing both the creator-oriented GIGABYTE AERO laptops as well as the AORUS series of gaming laptops. GIGABYTE is proud to boast of All-Intel Inside configurations, from the processor down to the WiFi adapter.

GIGABYTE AERO 15

For starters, let’s take a look at the AERO 15 Classic models. The AERO 15 Classic can be configured with either regular 144 Hz IPS panels, 240 Hz IGZO panels as well as 4K 100% Adobe RGB displays. GIGABYTE also shared that unlike laptops that carry the “PANTONE Validated” badge, AERO laptops carry the X-Rite PANTONE Color Calibration Certification, which means each and every GIGABYTE AERO laptop’s display comes factory calibrated.

In addition to featuring PANTONE’s blessing, the GIGABYTE AERO 15 Classic laptops powered by GeForce RTX GPUs are also NVIDIA Studio Ready, meaning they are certified to support the creative apps that content creators rely on. Here are full list of configurations of GIGABYTE AERO 15 Classic available in Malaysia:

AERO 15 Classic SA FHD 144 HzAERO 15 Classic WA FHD 144 HzAERO 15 Classic WA UHDAERO 15 Classic XA FHD 240 HzAERO 15 Classic XA UHDAERO 15 Classic YA FHD 240 HzAERO 15 Classic YA UHD
ProcessorIntel Core i7 9750H, 6C/12T, up to 4.6 GHzIntel Core i9 9980HK, 8C/16T, up to 5.0 GHz
GPUGeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6
RAM16GB (8GB*2) DDR4 2666 MHz (Samsung), max 64GB32GB (16GB*2) DDR4 2666 MHz (Samsung), max 64GB
Storage512GB Intel 760p M.2 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe SSD
Display15.6″, 1080p, 144 Hz LG IPS15.6″, 4K, 60 Hz, Adobe RGB 100%, AUO AHVA15.6″, 1080p, 240 Hz Sharp 240 Hz IGZO15.6″, 4K, 60 Hz, Adobe RGB 100%, AUO AHVA15.6″, 1080p, 240 Hz Sharp 240 Hz IGZO15.6″, 4K, 60 Hz, Adobe RGB 100%, AUO AHVA
ConnectivityKiller Doubleshot Pro LAN
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 (Intel Wireless-AC 9560)
Bluetooth 5.0
2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 3.1 (Type-A)
1 x Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C)
1 x DisplayPort 1.4 (Type-C)
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5mm Combo Jack
1 x SD card reader (UHS-II)
Battery94.24 WHr battery, 230W power adapter
Weight2.0 kg
PriceRM6999RM8299RM8899RM9699RM11699RM13999RM17999

Overall, the GeForce RTX 2070 and GeForce RTX 2060 models are priced pretty reasonably, while the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a bit on the pricier side of things. I guess opting for premium hardware and also factory calibrated displays does put quite a big toll on pricing? Meanwhile, for those who are waiting for the GIGABYTE AERO 15 OLED, they are only going to bring that in August.

It’s really quite light!

GIGABYTE AORUS 15, AORUS 5 and AORUS 7

Today’s highlighted gaming laptop was the GIGABYTE AORUS 15, but they are also bringing in the AORUS 5 and AORUS 7 just to fully flesh out their gaming laptop lineup. The former is introduced as the best performance laptop under 1″ thick, with 3DMark scores well above the competition. This is enabled by implementing the WINDFORCE Technology, a technology borrowed from their AORUS graphics cards.

The AORUS 15 can be configured with a 240 Hz display, while the AORUS 5 and AORUS 7 top out at 144 Hz. GIGABYTE’s All-Intel Inside configurations also extends to the AORUS lineup, with all of the AORUS laptops sporting Intel’s processors, M.2 PCIe storage and WiFi adapters.

Here are the AORUS 15’s configurations:

AORUS 15 SA FHD 144 HzAORUS 15 WA FHD 144 HzAORUS 15 XA FHD 240 Hz
ProcessorIntel Core i7 9750H, 6C/12T, 4.6 GHz
GPUGeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
RAM16GB (8GB*2) DDR4 2666 MHz (Samsung), max. 64GB
Storage512GB Intel 760p M.2 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe SSD512GB Intel 760p M.2 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe SSD
2TB HDD
Display15.6″, 1080p, 144 Hz LG IPS15.6″, 1080p, 240 Hz Sharp IGZO
ConnectivityKiller LAN
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 (Intel Wireless-AC 9560)
Bluetooth 5.0
3x USB 3.0
1x USB 3.1 Type-C (support DP 1.3)
1x miniDP 1.3
1x HDMI 2.0
1x microSD reader
1x combo audio jack
Battery62 WHr
180W power adapter
62WHr
230W power adapter
Weight2.4kg
PriceRM6399RM6899RM8899

For more budget-conscious users, you can opt for the AORUS 5 and AORUS 7 laptops, detailed in the following table:
AORUS 5 NA FHD 144 HzAORUS 7 NA FHD 144 HzAORUS 7 SA FHD 144 Hz
ProcessorIntel Core i7 9750H, 6C/12T, up to 4.6 GHz
GPUGeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6
RAM8GB (8GB*1) DDR4 2666 MHz (Samsung), Max. 32GB16GB (8GB*2) DDR4 2666 MHz (Samsung), Max. 32GB
Storage256GB Intel 760p M.2 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe SSD
1TB HDD
512GB Intel 760p M.2 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe SSD
Display15.6″, 1080p, 144 Hz LG IPS17.3″, 1080p, 144 Hz LG IPS
ConnectivityKiller LAN
Killer Wireless -AC 1550 (Intel Wireless-AC 9560)
Bluetooth 5.0
2x USB 3.0
1x USB 3.1 Type-C (support for HDMI 1.4 and DP 1.2)
1x HDMI 2.0
1x SD card reader
1x combo audio jack
Gigabit LAN
Killer Wireless -AC 1550 (Intel Wireless-AC 9560)
Bluetooth 5.0
2x USB 3.0
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A
1x USB 3.1 Type-C (support DP 1.3)
1x HDMI 2.0
1x MiniDP 1.2
1x SD card reader
1x combo audio jack
Battery51.28 WHr
180W power adapter
48.96 WHr
180W power adapter
Weight2.15kg2.5kg
PriceRM4999RM5199RM6199

There are no GeForce RTX options for the AORUS 5 and AORUS 7, given the lower price point. The AORUS 5 is probably one of the best options if you want a portable gaming laptop without having to shell out more than RM5000.

What do you think? Which of the new GIGABYTE laptops entice you the most?

Pokdepinion: I am looking forward to putting the AERO 15 through its paces!

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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