[Memory Express] Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED KD (2021 i7-11800H, RTX 3060) - $1899
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- September 30, 2021
- Memory Express
I swore I would never buy another gaming laptop again after my experience with the 2018 Aero 15X, but this laptop changed that.
-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)
-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
-Full-size keyboard with a num pad
-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.