Gigabyte has updated its line of “small” gaming notebook launching a new Aorus Plus X3 v5. The size (330 x 264 x 23 mm) and weight (1.87 kg) are similar to its predecessor, but inside the body is another story: new chip, memory, SSD and a dedicated power supply. Basically, we could say that the new X3 v5 Aorus contends the cup of “gaming notebooks by 14 inches faster” with the previously announced MSI GS40 Phantom.
Instead of the Intel Core i7-5700HQ (Broadwell) installed in the fourth generation, Gigabyte Aorus Plus X3 v5 features a Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) with a frequency of 2.6GHz (3.5GHz in Turbo mode), more efficient but also more powerful in terms of graphics thanks to the Intel HD Graphics subsystem 530. For the most heavy and newer titles, however, the Taiwanese company has scheduled a dedicated graphics card Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M with well 6GB of video memory that will succeed to easily handle the screen from 13.9 inches qHD (3200 x 1800 pixels). The system can then rely on (up to) 32GB of RAM DDR4 (rather than DDR3) and two slots M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 SSD for up to 512GB, like the new Samsung 950 Pro.
As for interfaces instead, Aorus Plus X3 v5 offers three USB 3.0 ports and a USB 3.1 Type-C, Gigabit Ethernet, an SD card reader, an HDMI 2.0 output and mini-DisplayPort for external monitors to 4K UHD 60 Hz. Of course, not missing a 2×2 802.11ac WiFi module and Bluetooth 4.1 LE. The 73 Wh battery is recharged by a 150-watt power supply, which is a USB port to charge even a smartphone. The price should be around 2000 Euros.