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Gigabyte Aero 15Y review: A portable GeForce RTX 2080 powerhouse

By Koh Wanzi - 29 Jan 2019

Introduction

Gigabyte Aero 15Y

If it ain't broke, don't fix it

NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX graphics have finally made their way to laptops, which means that some sweet, sweet performance is now going to be available on your next portable gaming system. NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2060, 2070, and 2080 all serve up some tantalizing performance, and if the previous generation Pascal cards are anything to go by, the mobile Turing cards shouldn't be that far behind their desktop counterparts.

The new Gigabyte Aero 15Y v9 is the latest version of the company's excellent slim-and-light gaming notebook. At first glance, it offers much of the same as its predecessor, but Gigabyte is now making a renewed push to highlight its choice of quality components, such as an AUO display panel and Samsung memory. More importantly, the Aero 15Y now supports much more powerful hardware than before, which is seriously impressive considering that the notebook's dimensions remain unchanged and it is still as sleek as ever. 

Here's an overview of its specifications:

  • 15.6-inch 3,840 x 2,160-pixel IPS 60Hz display
  • Intel Core i9-8950HK processor (2.90GHz, 12MB L3 cache)
  • Samsung 32GB DDR4-2666 dual-channel RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  • Intel 760p 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 94.24Wh battery
  • 356.4 x 250 x 18.9mm
  • 2kg

The above will cost S$6,099, propelling the Aero 15Y into the rarefied echelons of ultra-premium gaming notebooks. At the very least, it's clear what you're getting for the price, which is cutting-edge gaming performance and hardware, in a package that looks like it should house a mid-range GPU instead.

Here's a closer look at what the new Aero 15Y brings to the table in the following pages.

  • Design 8
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 7.5
  • Mobility 9
The Good
Good build quality
Excellent keyboard and Windows Precision Touchpad
Bright and accurate display
Excellent battery life and slim design
Top-notch hardware and good gaming performance
The Bad
Expensive; 4K display is not the best fit for a gaming laptop
Can get quite noisy and hot
Webcam still located in bottom bezel
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