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New Budget Aorus Gaming Laptops + X9 Replacement (Aorus 17)

October 11, 2019

Gigabyte have introduced a couple new entry
level gaming laptops into their Aorus lineup at Computex 2019 which should be good for
those on a budget, and they also teased a possible upcoming high end successor to their
top of the line Aorus X9. There has been a lot of interest in budget
friendly gaming laptops from Gigabyte, as up until now they only had the Gigabyte Aero
and Aorus 15, both of which can be specced up quite high. They used to have the Sabre
series, which I think used the popular Clevo chassis, and now at Computex 2019 they’ve
got the new Aorus 5 and Aorus 7 entry level gaming laptops. Let’s start with the Aorus 5, which is designed
to be the entry level gaming laptop, and this is reflected by the specs. While the CPU is
quite good, it’s paired with either GTX 1650 or 1050 3GB graphics. It’s got a 15.6”
1080p 144Hz screen with thin bezel design, though the camera is still up the top. On the right it’s got a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
port, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port with support for DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0 output and the
power input. On the left from the back there’s a Kensington lock, gigabit ethernet, second
USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, 3.5mm audio combo jack, and full size SD card slot. The lid is matte black like the rest of the
machine, and it has some extruded parts and Aorus logo with a mirrored finish. The bottom
is looking fairly standard with some air intakes towards the back, while the back is air exhausts
only. The keyboard area is looking pretty standard, with island style RGB keys, with
the power button towards the top left with what appears to be some additional ventilation
holes just behind the keyboard. So yeah, pretty standard, nothing too flashy going on, just
an entry level gaming machine with a higher end CPU. Next up we’ve got the Aorus 7, which is
a larger 17 inch machine with more options in terms of specs. It’s got the same 9th
gen i7-9750H CPU as the Aorus 5, and also has the same GTX 1050 3GB or 1650 graphics
options, but can also be taken a couple of steps higher to include the GTX 1660 Ti or
RTX 2060. The 17.3” 1080p 144Hz screen has a thin bezel design, again with the camera
still above the screen. Despite its size, the Aorus 7 has a 49 watt hour battery, while
the smaller Aorus 5 has a 51 watt hour battery. For the I/O on this one the from the front
to back the right has a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port, mini DisplayPort 1.2 output, full size
SD card slot and air exhaust vent. On the left from the back there’s another air exhaust,
USB 3.1 Gen1 and USB 2.0 Type-A port, and 3.5mm mic and headphone jacks. The display
outputs can differ a little based on the selected GPU though. On the lid there’s a painted on Aorus logo
on the matte black finish, and some air vents underneath. Towards the back it looks like
the battery is removable, and after closer inspection this seems to use the Clevo NH70RD
chassis. There’s some more I/O on the back, from left to right there’s a USB 3.1 Gen2
Type-C port, HDMI 2.0 output, gigabit ethernet, and the power input, it’s good to see the
bulky cables will be out of the way. Aside from the new Aorus 5 and Aorus 7, the
Aorus 15 was also on show. That was originally announced at CES as the only new Aorus model
at that time, and I’ve previously reviewed it on the channel if you’re after more information.
Basically it’s more of a mid to higher tier machine, available with GTX 1660 Ti, RTX 2060
or 2070 graphics, and that’s full size, no Max-Q. But wait, that’s not all. You may remember
that in the past the Aorus X9 was the top of the line model, featuring an overclockable
CPU and high powered graphics, easily identified by its unique lighting effects, well Gigabyte
are looking to introduce the Aorus 17 as its successor. Gigabyte haven’t provided much
information on this machine as it’s still a prototype and has not been finalised, so
what we’re seeing here could change by the time you buy it. For this reason Gigabyte
have not included official information about it, it’s just sitting in the suite waiting
to be used. With that in mind let’s see what this beast
has for us. On the front left and right corners it’s got the same unique lighting at the
X9, and this is also found on the back as well. While looking at the back, we appear
to have a HDMI output, two power inputs and an ethernet port. On the left from the back
there’s an air exhaust, two Type-C ports, USB Type-A port, and 3.5mm audio jacks. On the right there’s a third Type-C port,
what appears to be an SD card slot, two more USB Type-A ports, and another air exhaust
right at the back. On the left and right sides there appear to be upwards facing speakers. The keyboard is mechanical, and felt great
to type with, and of course has RGB lighting. Above the keyboard there appears to be some
air intakes to further help with cooling, power button in the center, and some more
RGB lighting just below the screen. The lid is all black like the rest of the laptop with
some grooves, while the mirrored finish Aorus logo appears to flash white to indicate it’s
asleep, meaning it’s not just using the screen’s backlight to light up, like we
saw with the Aorus 15, but I’m not sure if we’ll be able to customize that. Underneath there are heaps of holes for air
flow, as well as those angled feet up the back that they seem to be using to help reduce
hot air from being sucked straight back in. It’s a little hard to see, but it looks
like there’s some serious cooling, and what appears to be a subwoofer. There was a spec sheet next to it, but as
noted and like I was told, the actual machine may differ as this is an early model. They’re
not too specific, but with this thickness and cooling I wouldn’t be surprised to see
the 150 watt RTX 2080 graphics alongside an 8 core 9th gen Intel CPU, but we’ll have
to wait and see. Let me know what you guys think about Gigabyte’s
new Aorus gaming laptops down in the comments, it’s good to see some more options here
at Computex after only getting the Aorus 15 at CES, and I’m interested to see how the
new Aorus 17 ends up looking once it’s finalized. If you’re new to the channel and like tech
videos make sure you get subscribed for the rest of my Computex 2019 coverage.

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  • Reply Achref Legend May 30, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    ty for budget gaming laptops vid

  • Reply c May 30, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    beautiful machine.
    man these laptop makers keep me bouncing back and forth
    (asus, acer, aorus, razer… man what a day to be alive)

  • Reply mahmoud mohammed May 30, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Anything new from Lenovo ?

  • Reply Bob Of All Trades May 30, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Computex turned out much better than CES lol

  • Reply The WickedUndead 78 May 30, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Aorus gaming laptops in the Philippines is very very rare T_T

  • Reply Zz May 30, 2019 at 5:56 pm


  • Reply cyanogenmoded May 30, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Could someone enlighten me on 240hz displays. Is it bad If my frames are at 80ish and display is running at 240 or does gsync make it smooth

  • Reply Daniel Ahmadu May 30, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    I like the look of the Aorus 7

  • Reply TheAmmOmatic May 30, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    if I wanted to buy a clevo, why would I go with gigabyte. lazy gigabyte

  • Reply ChuddyzZ May 30, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Hello Jarrod! Any idea about the Aorus 5 & 7's prices range?

  • Reply Chaz Allen May 30, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    The New Gigabyte Laptop 💻 is Expensive

  • Reply Daniel Barakat May 30, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I really hate gigabyte and msi lids. I feel like I should be paid by them to rep the brand so hard.

  • Reply Brad Haines May 30, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    upward facing speakers and mechanical keyboard?! daamit i hate how it looks, but those 2 things are severely needed in laptops these days

  • Reply Fa-Him Ek May 30, 2019 at 6:10 pm


  • Reply Haresh RK May 30, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    man a [ overclockable i7 9850h , 2070 (no max q) or 2080(no maxq) and 240hz panel ] would be a great combo. its pretty sad that the i9 9880h is available but not the cheaper overlclockable i7 9850h. like how hard is it implement it ? a little bit more expensive than the standard 9750h but still a LOT cheaper than the i9 series.

  • Reply Jae May 30, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    why would they make a budget option by using Aorus brand? I thought Aorus was targeting the premium market.

  • Reply Farid Aghayev May 30, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Could you also make a price/performance comparison between desktop and laptop? As the laptops are getting advanced. Also, median price differences of similarly built desktops and laptop? Within different budget ranges?

  • Reply nfsdanz May 30, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Aorus 17 looks like a beefed up Aero 17.

    I prefer the look of the Aero 17 though.

  • Reply genexis_x May 30, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Aorus 5 looks like a Quanta
    Aorus 7 is definitely a Clevo NH70

  • Reply Nami Nami May 30, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Is it cone with thunderbokt 3?

  • Reply Chanrith JR May 30, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Hey Jarrod, do you happen to know their release date?

  • Reply Amait Vikram Bharadwaj May 30, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    According to me, no one has been more value for money than the legion y740.

  • Reply Kaushik Pulagara May 30, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Such bad config options. Who is gonna buy a 144hz laptop with a gtx1650/1050. They can hardly do 60fps at 1080p.

  • Reply Willem Alexander May 30, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Are these clevo chassis?

  • Reply Nest Tea May 30, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    wow such a small battery and weird gpu options. 1050 3gb in 2019? you crazy?

  • Reply DigitalShadow May 30, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    100% Intel 760P SSD? So you're telling me there's some laptops with like, 10% Intel 760P SSD?

  • Reply shamatuu May 30, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    So when can I get the 17 inch one and for how much?

  • Reply Edwin Vaughan May 30, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    I just don't get it. If they are trying to build a budget gaming laptop why would they add a core i7, they could have gone for an i5 and use a 1660ti instead. That would probably be cheaper and better for gamers.

  • Reply Nexx Lazzo May 30, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    some of these devs will make you ask yourself how acer makes their products so budget(cheap)

  • Reply Biker Gremling May 30, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Great to see Gibabyte merging the X9 and the X7 (but honestly they're jut removing the X7) into one model only. However they should develop more the "Lambo style" of these laptops because there is no cohesion on the design but rather a hotspoch of ideas. The Alienware Area 51 is a masterclass in design. MSI does a great job of creating cohesive laptop designs.

  • Reply Mr 2nd May 30, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Budget in my dictionary is under $700😁

  • Reply Sino Shohe May 30, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks for the Computex 2019 updates, much appreciated

  • Reply ANDRÉS ZHOU TSANG May 30, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    I wish they could add a battery like AERO’s and remove the HDD

  • Reply TechnoLadz May 30, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Personally what I would love to the successor of the X9 since the X9 originally had SLI GTX 1070s I’d like for them to try SLI RTX 2080s

  • Reply CRaul87 May 30, 2019 at 8:40 pm


  • Reply camaroboy1905 May 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    what brand is this? chinese?

  • Reply Carl Busani May 30, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    There's a 3GB version of the 1050?

  • Reply Abdel Ez May 30, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    1050 in 2019 with a 144hz display??? Are these engineers even humans???

  • Reply Tech Help May 30, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    When i am getting stressful your videos and voice making me calm down😂

  • Reply CMQL May 30, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Jarrod can you do top 10 gaming laptop under $800?

  • Reply Sam Fisher May 30, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    WOW they suck.

  • Reply q q May 31, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Budget, slick design, and RGB keyboard? It's really great we're seeing higher quality gaming laptops for cheaper

  • Reply Richard Zhang May 31, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Nice to see Aorus making some more affordable gaming laptops! And is there a chance that 2080 Ti comes to mobile?

  • Reply SNIPER X May 31, 2019 at 12:27 am

    This is my favorite YouTube channel… you deserve all support
    Thank you Jarrod ❤

  • Reply Richard Zhang May 31, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Hey, Jarrod is Clevo going to introduce successor for P870TM/P775TM at ComputeX? I hope they do…………………. P775/P870 is almost four years old by now, that bezels are thicker than my MSI………………………….

  • Reply Illusion Maho May 31, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Razer next ?

  • Reply Dani S. May 31, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Can you do a comparison video of GTX 1660 ti for laptops vs GTX 1070 also for laptops?

  • Reply Dev karan May 31, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Hmmmm Decide, Aorus 5 or Dell G3

  • Reply Javid Osanlu May 31, 2019 at 2:33 am


  • Reply Black Prince May 31, 2019 at 3:49 am

    Don't buy guys this is a rip off you can get much better laptops than this. Even on display these Auros laptops are lacking.

  • Reply lando hoth May 31, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Are these things higher end then the aero?

  • Reply Bravo Ace May 31, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Honestly disappointing that they didnt decide to refresh the X lineup. Having seen the 5 in person and comparing it to my own X7, its really a huge step backwards for them. I would pick up a 9th gen X7 in a heartbeat. Great form factor with surprisingly good cooling once tweaked and great specs for its thinness.

  • Reply Ronny Smith May 31, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Please do a Dell G7 7590 review

  • Reply Jonathan Hatton May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    like the aorus 17 but in a 15 inch size and with the screen without a giant gap at the bottom I hate those gaps for some reason.

  • Reply Chankii May 31, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    1050 3gb?

  • Reply Pablo Wasserman May 31, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    A webcam on the top on the cheap one then on the expensive one they ruin the design with a chin webcam… unbelievable

  • Reply Bounphithak Phithak May 31, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Hey Jarrod, Dont forget to do the full review of Asus TUF fx505 when ya back from Computex!

  • Reply Ikram Ramli May 31, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    good guy Aorus..

  • Reply 2011Kestrel June 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    The 17 looks amazing. Great port selection and build. Maybe drop the front end a few degrees more to get a better angle for typing, and hopefully stick in a QHD+ or better display option (144 Hz of course), but that's about it.

    And I loved how part of the bottom vent was shaped like a stooping falcon – probably doesn't help with function, but stylish none the less.

  • Reply Michael Stanton June 1, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I used to be super into Aorus gaming laptops, but they lost their way IMO.

  • Reply TheEradicator01 June 3, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Hey Jarrod, you have the BEST laptop review channel on YouTube. Very thorough and keep up the good work.

  • Reply Realistics June 9, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Would love to see thermals on arorus 5

  • Reply bargh70 June 12, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    What's the price actually?

  • Reply Emil Pers July 6, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    The struggle of waiting for the 17 to be released…

  • Reply Pillow Fighter July 29, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    is white one of the colors you can have as a backlight on the Aorus 17?

  • Reply HO YIN July 29, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    I heard oral sex 9

  • Reply Blurred Skies August 30, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Dammit literally was about to buy the alienware but that Aorus 17 is something else

  • Reply Serj Star September 21, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    I'm really love they're chasee that they use I really don't like multicolored out of this world gamery

  • Reply Snoer September 22, 2019 at 3:04 am

    I’ll probably end up with the Aorus 17.

  • Reply XTECT10 October 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

    aorus 17 is my dream laptop

    just look at it, and it has a mechanical keyboard to top it all off

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