The original Gigabyte Aero 15 was a little ray of sunshine in a world filled with massive, bloated gaming laptops, and nearly two years later there is still a lot to love about Gigabyte’s diminutive machine. Not a lot has really changed on the outside since that first machine crossed my desk – which is a definite plus – but the release of a new range of mobile Nvidia GPUs has given the Taiwanese PC giant a chance to refresh its Aero range.
And so here we have the Gigabyte Aero 15 X9, a GTX 2070 Max-Q gaming laptop with a Core i9 processor at its heart. Unfortunately, for the laptop crowd, the i9 designation doesn’t mean the same thing it does on the desktop – this is no eight-core Ryzen-bait. The i9 8950HK is a relatively standard six-core, 12-thread CPU, but with a higher base and boost clock compared with the Core i7 alternative.
But it’s the Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics silicon which is the reason behind the latest Aero 15 refresh, and means Gigabyte is now shipping its slimline gaming machine with the potential for real-time ray tracing. Right now there are only two games capable of taking advantage of either the ray tracing or the AI-powered DLSS features, but support is only set to grow. Surely.