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Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED KD (2021 i7-11800H, RTX 3060) - $1899

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[Memory Express] Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED KD (2021 i7-11800H, RTX 3060) - $1899

A model with the 3080 and more storage is available at Newegg for $2,500: http://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?i ... 5&u1=rfdcb

I swore I would never buy another gaming laptop again after my experience with the 2018 Aero 15X, but this laptop changed that.

Pros:
-Absolutely gorgeous 4k AMOLED (282 dpi, 500 nits, 100% sRGB / 173% volume, 100% DCI-P3 / 125% volume, 97% Adobe RGB / 123% volume, can actually do HDR)
-PCI-E 4 nVME out-of-the-box (7,000+ MB/ ..s write)
-Li-Po battery (I consider this a plus)
-Slim and light (4.4 lbs) without using a soldered SODIMM
-Great port selection (Thunderbolt 4, 3x USB 3.2 Type-A, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort v1.4)
-Windows biometrics
-Aluminum chassis
-UHS-II SD card reader
-Completely user serviceable with an empty m2 slot
-Webcam, but it's a nasal cam
-Intel AI silicon allows Tiger Lake to demolish Cezanne in AI work loads
-Resizable Bar
-Full-size keyboard with a num pad
-Amazing thermals

Cons:
-Gigabyte's support is trash
-Gigabyte's software is trash, but there is third party software that addresses this need (Aeroctl, Throttlestop, NBFC)
-Tiger Lake is not as energy efficient as Cezanne
-Fans are higher pitched than other laptops, but this can be controlled
-Power adapter is in an irritating spot

Overall, if you are willing to tinker with your laptop, this thing is an absolute monster for content creation and still does quite well gaming. The screen is so good that I don't bother connecting it to external displays unless I play a game where frame rate is paramount to me (e.g., shooters).

I am getting about 8 hours of battery life with my custom power tweaks (Turbo set to Aggressive Efficient, 50% brightness, killing a few Windows services that were trying to hit the dGPU for no reason). Temperatures are around 45 C when passively cooled, but I usually just let the fans run around 800 - 1,000 RPMs, which keeps temps in the high-30's. There's more performance and heat management on the table with undervolting if you want to unlock the bios, but I'm fine with how things are for now.
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[OP]
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SusanK82368 wrote: How does this display compare to the XPS?
Which XPS configuration? There are many.
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Does it have a mux switch? And don't all gigabyte laptops have wifi problems?
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JonR29230 wrote: Does it have a mux switch? And don't all gigabyte laptops have wifi problems?
The 10th generation ones had WiFi problems where the GPU was interfering with the WiFi card. This generation fixed the issue. I did a WiFi stress test overnight with zero issues.
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unshavenyak wrote: Which XPS configuration? There are many.
Sorry, I can't find a lot of detail on the Dell panel. I can see that it's 100% DCI-P3 and lower resolution than the Gigabyte display. Both are Samsung AMOLED panels. The Dell display is a pentile setup and it's quite likely that the Gigabyte one is as well. Pentile displays have two blue pixels for every green and are used to reduce burn-in. What this means is that the visual sharpness, as a worst case, is resolution * 1/sqrt(2) for a pentile display relative to a standard RGB subpixel layout. Now, that is a worst case scenario where there are no green pixels on the screen.
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Under Cons I feel like 60hz screen should be listed.
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unshavenyak wrote: The 10th generation ones had WiFi problems where the GPU was interfering with the WiFi card. This generation fixed the issue. I did a WiFi stress test overnight with zero issues.
Just Josh still has WiFi issues in his 2021 test unit. I wonder if a BIOS update has been released that fixed this.



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Too rich for my blood.

If you are richer than me, NewEgg has this with the 3080 and more storage for $500 more - $2400 for a 3080/OLED is actually pretty hot if that's the market you shopping in.
https://www.newegg.ca/p/N82E16834233444
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I bought this at the end of August https://www.newegg.ca/p/N82E16834233445 and added 64gb of ram for another $300. The price was $2150 and a $200 gift card (rebate, still haven't received however )

This laptop is an absolute beast. I'm rendering 4k video from a gh5m2 4k 10 bit 420 400mbps in a fraction of the time, edits without proxy in real time in DaVinci. I'm honestly blown away by the performance.

No wifi issues it's very fast with my unifi u6-lr-us, no heat issues, everything is very high quality. Make sure you check the reviews on the 3080 version, the power allocated to the card is the same, there is virtually no advantage going with a 3080 over the 3070. However large boost from the 3060 to a 3070

If you have a 100w usb c pd charger you can use it to charge the one I got

If I was to list a "con" it would be the fan noise does have a slightly high pitch to it, however most of the time I'm editing with a headset on. Creators might want to also consider going with the 17.3" as the 15" does feel slightly cramped however it is gorgeous.
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PS.... i found a post where they state the WiFi card has changed and is now an Intel. However with the previous generation, there were posts where people swapped in Intel WiFi cards they still had weak WiFi and speculated it was the built-in antenna design.

What was the card used before? a Killer?

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NewsyL wrote: PS.... i found a post where they state the WiFi card has changed and is now an Intel. However with the previous generation, there were posts where people swapped in Intel WiFi cards they still had weak WiFi and speculated it was the built-in antenna design.

What was the card used before? a Killer?

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I honestly have no WiFi issues. I am sustaining 400 up/down on my Bell router. I imagine it will be far faster once I swap to a proper WiFi 6 setup.
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Freefast99 wrote: I bought this at the end of August https://www.newegg.ca/p/N82E16834233445 and added 64gb of ram for another $300. The price was $2150 and a $200 gift card (rebate, still haven't received however )

This laptop is an absolute beast. I'm rendering 4k video from a gh5m2 4k 10 bit 420 400mbps in a fraction of the time, edits without proxy in real time in DaVinci. I'm honestly blown away by the performance.

No wifi issues it's very fast with my unifi u6-lr-us, no heat issues, everything is very high quality. Make sure you check the reviews on the 3080 version, the power allocated to the card is the same, there is virtually no advantage going with a 3080 over the 3070. However large boost from the 3060 to a 3070

If you have a 100w usb c pd charger you can use it to charge the one I got

If I was to list a "con" it would be the fan noise does have a slightly high pitch to it, however most of the time I'm editing with a headset on. Creators might want to also consider going with the 17.3" as the 15" does feel slightly cramped however it is gorgeous.
Agreed. The combination of super fast storage, a good GPU and Tiger Lake make this thing monstrously fast. My AI rendering is around 30% faster (depending on batch size) than the Strix G15 AE I tried before.
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btman wrote: Under Cons I feel like 60hz screen should be listed.
You are not getting a 4K OLED display with a higher refresh rate in any laptop right now. All the 4K 120 Hz displays are LCDS with awful peak brightness and in laptops that cost $3.5k or more.
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JonR29230 wrote: Does it have a mux switch? And don't all gigabyte laptops have wifi problems?
Sorry, I missed this. I don’t think it has a mux switch. Gigabyte usually reserves that for the Auros line. It does connect direct to the dGPU through the mini-DP output.
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I bought this exact same model from Newegg.ca for the same price back in July 2021. It currently shows $1999.99.

Overall I echo all of OP's comments. The OLED screen is absolutely gorgeous. I use it for every day video and media playback. I still have yet to receive my mail in rebate either.

If anyone is interested in any benchmarks let me know, I can try to run them.
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btman wrote: Under Cons I feel like 60hz screen should be listed.
rubennafonso wrote: How is this compare to Legion 5 pro? Is the screen better?
This notebook is not meant for gaming.
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unshavenyak wrote: I honestly have no WiFi issues. I am sustaining 400 up/down on my Bell router. I imagine it will be far faster once I swap to a proper WiFi 6 setup.
It wasn't speed that was the issue, it was irregular but often disconnects which some users stated seemed to be related to opening a new app.

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