The king of gaming laptops? For R30,000, I hope so

Aorus X7 Pro

When we write about powerful laptops on MyGaming you can bet your house on someone, somewhere, mentioning Aorus and its portable PCs.

Sometimes no comment is attached, just the model number of a laptop and a link to a page detailing the Aorus laptop.

After a year of reading about the local love for Aorus, I decided it was time we find out what all the fuss is about.

So, is a high-end Aorus gaming laptop really the best portable gaming has to offer? Let’s take a look at what it’s packing.

Aorus X7 Pro

A quick online search led me to this beauty – the Aorus X7 Pro (or V3, depending on which site you visit.)

The X7 is available locally for R32,000, which is a a hell of a lot of money, but you definitely get what you pay for.

Besides the usual laptop necessities – built-in speakers, HD webcam, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Gigabit LAN, and USB ports – the X7 sports an Intel i7, 16GB RAM, and 256GB of SSD storage.

Oh, and a decent graphics solution… two 3GB Nvidai GeForce GTX 970m chips running in SLI.

The X7’s basic specifications are tabulated below.

Aorus X7 Pro/V3
CPU Intel Core i7-4870HQ 2.5GHz
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 3GB x2 in SLI
RAM 16GB DDR3 1866MHz
SSD/HDD 256GB (128GB x 2) SSD + 1TB HDD
Display 17.3-inch FUll HD LCD
Battery Li Polymer 73.26Wh
Dimensions 428 x 305 x 22.9 mm
Weight 3kg

The Aorus laptop also features a backlit keyboard with programmable macro keys, large rear vents, and comes with Windows 8.1.

Aorus X7 Pro

Aorus X7 Pro

According to tests run by Aorus, the GTX 970M SLI set up performs 40% better than a 980M in 3DMark 11.

Tests done by Tom’s Hardware shows the X7 also performs well when it comes to gaming.

Aorus X7 Pro – Frame Rates
Game Settings Frame rate (frames per second)
Far Cry 3 4 x AA, HDAO, Ultra Quality, 1920 x 1080 74
Grid 2 8 x MSAA, Ultra Quality, 1920 x 1080 131
Arma 3 8 x AA, Ultra AF, 1920 x 1080 79
Battlefield 4 4 x AA, 16x AF, 1920 x 1080 104
Aorus X7 Pro

Aorus X7 Pro

Is the Aorus X7 Pro the gaming laptop to end all gaming laptops? Let us know what you think in the comments and forums.

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