Overview, Design and Features
Gaming notebooks have been more powerful than ever with the release of NVIDIA’s 900M series of mobile GPUs. While most would be satisfied with a single 970M or 980M running the graphics of their portable gaming machines, AORUS – as always – has decided that one is not enough. The result is the X7 Pro, which houses a pair of GTX 970M GPUs.
Design and features
Like many other gaming notebooks, the AORUS X7 Pro doesn’t hide behind a bland exterior. While not exactly flamboyant by gaming notebook standards either, it still doesn’t take more than a glance to know that you are looking at a machine meant to play the latest games at the highest settings.
Measuring at 428 x 305 x 22.9 mm, the AORUS X7 Pro is not only slightly on the large side, but also on the heavy side as well, weighing at 3kg. Its size, however, does mean it gets to house a 17.3-inch Full HD screen. This may come across as a tad odd, as while the X7 Pro certainly has the graphics processing power to run a much denser screen, AORUS has chosen not to do so. That said, a higher resolution will also negatively affect performance, as beautiful as the display may be. All that said, we will see how the X7 Pro does during our benchmarks and, by extension, if AORUS has made the right decision to keep the display at 1,920 x 1,080.
The top lid, which houses the display, is thick and sturdy, despite its overall slimness, which means little to no flexing on the screen – a welcome change we didn’t quite expect after waves of thin, bendable displays. Second to the ever eye-catching AORUS logo on the top lid, the next thing that would catch your attention on the X7 Pro will be the exhaust vents. Running two GTX 970M GPUs naturally means it would require a powerful cooling mechanism, and that’s where these come in. The ones to look out for are located on the back, looking like some inspiration was taken from a Lamborghini Aventador. While this is where the radiators are, the rest of the notebook is littered with vents to facilitate air flow. Also on the back are the power port and two USB 2.0 ports.
On the left side, we have one USB 3.0 port, two 3.5mm audio ports – one for headphones or speakers, the other for microphones, a LAN port, a Surround port and a VGA port. On the right is where you’ll find the SD card reader, two more USB 3.0 ports, a Mini-DisplayPort and the HDMI port.
Flipping up the top lid, we get the Power button in the form of the AORUS emblem sitting in the middle of the speaker grills, a full-sized backlit keyboard and a macro panel on the left. The backlight has three settings: off, bright and brightest, and only in one color, so those who want a rainbow coming out from their gaming notebook in the dark will have to look elsewhere. The touch pad has a glass-like finish similar to Razer’s Switchblade UI, but it does nothing beyond being a touch pad.
At this point, we already know the X7 Pro has two 970Ms for its GPU. What it also has is a 4th generation Intel Core i7-4870HQ with a base and boosted clock speed of 2.5GHz and 3.7GHz, respectively. Our test unit also came with 16GB of DDR3L RAM as well as a 512GB mSATA SSD. What you can do, if you choose to get one yourself, is have a maximum of 32GB worth of RAM and a quadruple-storage system, supporting three slots of SSDs and one conventional HDD.