Gigabyte had all of their current generation notebooks on display, which you can see in the images below, but while many of them are interesting in their own right – and I like that all of them have either IPS or AHVA display panels as far as I could tell – the notebook that’s really aiming to garner a following is the new AORUS 17” notebook. Sporting two GTX 765M GPUs in SLI packed into a thin 22.9mm / 0.9” thick chassis that weighs 2.9kg / 6.39 lbs. the AORUS is aiming to take a crack at the slim gaming notebook market. It’s a daring design, and performance of the two 765M GPUs looks to be quite good. What’s more, the AORUS features three digital video outputs (two full-size HDMI and one mini-DP), allowing for three-screen surround gaming (and the fourth internal laptop display can continue to run as well). Build quality looks good as well, similar to that of the Razer Blade. Storage is handled by up to two mSATA SSDs in RAID 0 with a 2.5” HDD bay, along with four SO-DIMM slots allowing up to 32GB of RAM. Also present on the keyboard are five macro buttons with a toggle switch at the top providing access to 25 custom macros. Availability should be in the next quarter or two, and you can find additional details about the AORUS on the official site.

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  • lmcd - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    Two are pictured on the official site.
  • Notmyusualid - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - link

    ^^ Absolutely this!

    My old Clevo had two on the back, and they were SO useful.

    Also, the VGA port on this machine looks too far forward for my liking too...
  • AlphandtheOmega - Sunday, January 26, 2014 - link

    Yes 2 USB 2.0 ports as well as power
  • Meaker10 - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    The 765m is the fastest but cheapest chip before you want to move to mxm slots due to power delivery and trace routing issues.

    But a 780m 15.6" machine makes more sense.
  • Magius - Friday, January 10, 2014 - link

    Perhaps one day but right now it seems that keeping a 780m cool in that small envelope is not yet feasable. :/ We can only wish it happens soon.
  • Hrel - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    I love that Gigabyte is getting into laptops. They're doing a really good job on them so far, probably gonna be my next laptop.
  • lmcd - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    Any word on Optimus?
  • Bob Todd - Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - link

    Same question here. Lenovo has been doing the midrange SLI thing with slower parts for a while now, but they've never had Optimus (even when the 2nd GPU from the interchangeable bay isn't installed), and have had horrendous battery life as a result. On a side note, I like Gigabytes design language for their gaming laptops. This isn't as classy as their P35K, but more subdued than most 17" gaming designs.
  • nerd1 - Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - link

    Optimus is always bad for gaming (unless you can manually turn it off).
  • iamkyle - Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - link

    Who is the actual ODM of this notebook? Seems like a longshot that Gigabyte is manufacturing this thing top to bottom.

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