Gigabyte has unveiled their latest entries into the wildly growing compact high-end gaming laptop category – the Aorus X3 and X3 Plus – which the company touts as the world’s lightest and thinnest gaming laptops.
The Aorus X3 and X3 Plus measure only 22.9mm thin and weigh only around 1.8 kilograms. The X3 features a 13.3-inch QHD screen with a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels while the X3 Plus is equipped with a 13.9-inch screen with a screen resolution of either QHD 2560 x 1440 pixels or QHD+ 3200 x 1800 pixels. Both laptops also feature a fully backlit keyboard with 5 dedicated macro keys and a glass trackpad.
On the inside, the X3 and X3 Plus both feature Intel’s latest 4th generation Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor with a clock speed range of 2.5GHz – 3.5GHz, NVIDIA’s latest GeForce GTX 870M graphics chip with 6GB of GDDR5 memory, two memory slots for up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and two slots for M.2 SSD drives. Connectivity-wise, both the X3 and X3 Plus support WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 as well as feature a Killer LAN Chip.
As for ports and slots, the X3 and X3 Plus is equipped with two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, one HMDI port, one mini Display port that supports UHD/4K output, a SD card reader, an SPDIF audio out, a mic-in jack, and the RJ45 port for the Killer LAN chip.
Gigabyte has designed a new thermal cooling system for the X3 and X3 Plus to support having both an i7 processor and an GTX 820M graphics chip in such a thin laptop. The cooling system features two large heat pipes, two fans, and two sets of vents for maximum cooling.
Pricing for the Aorus X3 and the QHD variant of the X3 Plus start at $2,099 while the QHD+ model of the X3 Plus will have prices starting at $2,249. Gigabyte said both laptops will be available sometime in the third quarter of this year.