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Gigabyte Laptops For Gaming, Streaming And Editing

We lined up three of Gigabyte's best gaming laptops, in three budget ranges and ranked them for gaming, streaming and video editing capabilities.

 

Gigabyte Laptops For Gaming, Streaming And Editing

 

Nobody is really looking for a gaming laptop anymore. Gaming laptops in 2022 need to be the proverbial Jack of all trades, primarily capable of delivering reliable gaming performance, but also able to meet the variable demands of the modern gamer, including streaming, video editing, communication, and productivity.

Whilst the latest 10th-Gen and 11th-Gen Intel Core and Cezanne Ryzen processors can handle multi-tasking at all budget levels, it is also necessary - where gaming is the main focus - that Nvidia's powerful mobile RTX GPUs are able to provide immersive, mouth-watering visuals that are comparable to their desktop counterparts. Choosing between a desktop and mobile gaming rig is a weighted decision for gamers, and the cost difference of the two options has narrowed substantially thanks to the GPU market. A gaming laptop and pre-built gaming PC with an RTX 3060 graphics card and comparable CPU have only got £50 - £60 difference in price, with the desktop option being the most expensive.

Comparison: Gigabyte G5 KC RTX 3060 (Intel) vs Gigabyte A5 RTX 3070 (Ryzen) vs Gigabyte AORUS 17G YD RTX 3080 (Intel)

The three laptops we're looking at today cover the gamut of gaming laptop price ranges, all with RTX graphics cards, and all with high-end 1080p capabilities. For creators and creative laptop users, the specs allow fast editing, design and rendering, from Photoshop to Premiere Pro, Blender to DaVinci Resolve and beyond.

Gigabyte Gaming Laptops Compared:

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Gigabyte G5 KC 15.6" RTX 3060 Gaming Laptop

Gigabyte G5 KC 15.6 RTX 3060 Gaming Laptop

Gigabyte A5 15.6" RTX 3070 Ryzen 9 Gaming Laptop

Gigabyte A5 15.6 RTX 3070 Ryzen 9 Gaming Laptop

Gigabyte AORUS 17G YD 17.3" RTX 3080 Gaming Laptop

Gigabyte AORUS 17G YD 17.3 RTX 3080 Gaming Laptop

CPU      
CPU Type Intel Core i5 AMD Ryzen 9 Intel Core i7
CPU Manufacturer Intel AMD Intel
CPU Family Intel Core i5 AMD Ryzen 9 Intel Core i7
Processor Number 10500H 5900HX 11800H
CPU Speed 2.5 GHz 3.3 GHz 2.3 GHz
Turbo/Boost Speed 4.5 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.6 GHz
Chipset Manufacturer Intel AMD Intel
Chipset Model HM470 Express Ryzen HM570 Express
Memory      
Memory Size 16384 MB 16384 MB 32768 MB
Maximum RAM 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB
Memory Bus Speed 2933 MHz 3200 MHz 3200 MHz
Memory Type DDR4 DDR4 DDR4
Memory Slot 2 x SO-DIMM 2 x SO-DIMM 2 x SO-DIMM
Storage      
HDD Type SSD SSD SSD
Solid State Storage Type NVMe M.2 PCIe Gen3 NVMe M.2 PCIe Gen4
Solid State Capacity 512 GB 512 GB 512 GB
Display      
Screen Size 15.6 in 15.6 in 17.3 in
Screen Type IPS-level IPS-level IPS-level
  144Hz Refresh Rate 240Hz Refresh Rate 300Hz Refresh Rate
Screen Res. Type Full HD Full HD Full HD
Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9 16:9
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels
Graphics Device      
Graphics Chipset GeForce RTX 3060 GeForce RTX 3070 GeForce RTX 3080
Graphics Device GeForce RTX 3060 GeForce RTX 3070 GeForce RTX 3080
Graphics Device
Memory
6 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Graphics Device
Memory Type
GDDR6 GDDR6 GDDR6
Graphics Features Boost Clock 1425 MHz, Maximum Graphics Power 105 W Boost Clock 1560 MHz, Maximum Graphics Power 140 W Boost Clock 1245 MHz, Maximum Graphics Power 105 W
    Dynamic Boost 2.0, Resizable BAR and Optimus Technology  
Input      
Keyboard All-zone of Single Colored Backlit Keyboard with 15 Colors LED Setting All-zone of Single Colored Backlit Keyboard with 15 Colors LED Setting AORUS Fusion RGB Per-Key Mechanical Keyboard with OMRON Gaming Switch
Pointing Device Trackpad Trackpad Trackpad
Sound      
Number of Speakers 2 speakers 2 speakers 2 speakers
Speaker Power Rating 2 W 2 W 2 W
Integrated Microphone Yes Yes Yes
Audio Features Nahimic 3 Nahimic 3 Nahimic 3
Interfaces/Ports      
USB Support USB3.1 USB3.1 USB3.0
USB Ports 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C 1 x USB-C 3.1 3 x USB 3.0
  1 x USB 3.1 Type-A 1 x USB 3.1  
  1 x USB 3.0 1 x USB 3.0  
  1 x USB 2.0 1 x USB 2.0  
HDMI Port 1 x HDMI 2.0 1 x HDMI 2.0 1 x HDMI 2.1
DisplayPort Available via USB-C Available via USB-C 1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
  1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.4 1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.4  
Thunderbolt Port(s) - - 1 x Thunderbolt 4
RJ-45 Ports 1 x RJ-45 1 x RJ-45 1 x RJ-45
Microphone In Port 1 x 3.5mm Jack 1 x 3.5mm Jack 1 x 3.5mm Jack
Headphone Ports 1 x 3.5mm Jack 1 x 3.5mm Jack 1 x 3.5mm Jack
DC Power 1 x DC-in 1 x DC-in 1 x DC-in
Media Adaptor      
Number of Card Slots 1 slot - 1 slot
Secure Digital SD SD SD, SDHC, SDXC
Network Card      
Network Card Data Link Protocol Ethernet Ethernet Ethernet
Network Card Speeds Up to 1 Gbps Up to 2.5 Gbps Up to 2.5 Gbps
Wireless
Communications
     
WiFi Type 802.11ax 802.11ax 802.11ax
Wireless System      
RF Network Standard Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6
RF Standard 802.11ax 802.11ax 802.11ax
Bluetooth      
Bluetooth Version Bluetooth 5.2 Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Camera      
Effective Pixel
Resolution
1280 x 720 pixels 1280 x 720 pixels 1280 x 720 pixels
Webcam Yes Yes Yes
System      
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Battery      
Battery Capacity 48.96+ Wh 48.96 Wh 99 Wh
Battery Format Li-ion Li-ion Li-polymer
Power Adaptor Output 180 W 230 W 230 W
Physical      
Form Factor Gaming Laptop Gaming Laptop Gaming Laptop
Case Colour Black Black Black
Security Locking
Mechanics
Kensington Lock Kensington Lock Kensington Lock
In The Box Notebook Notebook Notebook
  Power Adapter Power Adapter Power Adapter
  Power Cable Power Cable Power Cable
Width 361 mm 361 mm 405 mm
Depth 258 mm 258 mm 276 mm
Height 27.9 mm 25.3 ~ 34.4 mm 26 mm
Weight 2.2 kg 2.1 kg 2.7 kg
Key Features      
Refresh Rate 144 Hz 240 Hz 300 Hz
Warranty      
Warranty 1 Years 1 Years 1 Years

Whilst these laptops could immediately be separated by price alone (and would have made for a much shorter article, thinking about it) what we will also look at is their ability to deliver performance in multiple disciplines, and how Gigabyte design their laptops for a range of users.

Gigabyte Gaming Laptop Pedigree

Among the top ranks of gaming laptops, Gigabyte have consistently added value to their gaming-targeted SKUs, with proprietary technologies that make them a formidable opponent in any comparison table.

Best In Class Cooling

Gigabyte have long held the title for cooling in the mobile arena, with their Windforce technologies. Appearing in everything from power supplies, to GPUs to laptops, Windforce takes care of a major factor in gaming - adequate cooling and thermal control.

By utilising gigantic fans, heatpipes and intelligent venting, Gigabyte Windforce enables CPUs and GPUs to deliver 100% output without compromise.

Gaming Focused Keyboards

Designed for predictable feedback when typing and durable enough to withstand long gaming sessions, Gigabyte's backlit laptop keyboards are recognised for quality and long term reliability.

With the Aorus range, Gigabyte provide tactile mechanical switches in their keyboards, with Fusion- Keyboard control software for completely customisable, individual key backlighting, and an ultra-durable keystroke lifespan of up to 15 million times.

7.1 Surround Sound

NAHIMIC 3 is a next gen 7.1 virtual surround sound innovation from Gigabyte providing an outstanding sound experience. Gamers can rely on a true 3D surround effect with customised tuning, for complete immersion regardless of the playing environment.

MAX-Q Technologies

Gigabyte's adoption of MAX-Q technology in their laptops is a given, considering their ability to cool even the most thermally challenged components. Max-Q graphics graphics cards can fit in thin profile laptops because Nvidia has focused on optimizing them for “peak efficiency”.

Instead of ramping up clock speeds, memory buses and voltages to achieve the best performance, engineers tuned the GPUs to attain the best performance possible within thermal parameters and without a compromised acoustic output. In other words, the cards are designed to visually and physically perform at their best, specifically within a small chassis, without sounding like an Airbus is readying for take-off. Unfortunately, this has been met with some derisive comments on performance in some reviews, but Nvidia zeroing in on performance in the long term is something that should be commended, not least because it takes battery life and profile into consideration - both huge factors to mobile gamers.

"Max-Q is a system wide approach to deliver high performance in thin and light gaming laptops. Every aspect of the laptop, chip, software, PCB design, power delivery, and thermals, are optimized for power and performance. Our 3rd gen Max-Q technologies use AI and new system optimizations to make high performance gaming laptops faster and better than ever." - Gigabyte

DYNAMIC BOOST 2.0

An AI-powered power boost between the mobile graphics card, GPU memory, and processor for a more noticeable performance boost than ever before.

"The AI networks in Dynamic Boost 2.0 manage power on a per-frame basis, so your laptop is constantly optimizing for maximum performance while you’re gaming and creating." - Gigabyte

RESIZABLE BAR

Resizable BAR is an advanced PCIe (PCI Express) feature enabling mobile CPUs to access the entire GPU frame buffer at once, to deliver performance increases in a number of AAA and top titles.

Gigabyte G5 KC 15.6" RTX 3060 Gaming Laptop

 

Gigabyte G5 KC 15.6 RTX 3060 Gaming Laptop

 

At under £1000*, this Gigabyte G5 KC specification offers an RTX 3060 graphics card, 16GB of fast 2933 MHz DDR4 memory, and a Core i5 10500H processor that boosts up to 4.5 GHz. All of this comes wrapped up in a sleek, low profile chassis, with a 15.6" 144Hz screen.

With enough memory and processing power to run screen recording, communication, streaming and gaming applications at once, the budget entry in our comparison is far from a slouch, and can handle its business.

Benchmarks:

...one of the best gaming laptops for Warzone at this budget

The Gigabyte G5 KC RTX 3060 is worth considering as one of the best gaming laptops for Warzone at this budget, with a stable framerate of 90 FPS, with up to 120 FPS in less demanding areas of the game. After the Ray Tracing update last year ahead of Season 3, and excellent performance with DLSS enabled, the G5 is a solid choice for this battle royale shooter.

The G5 produced good, predictable results in this year's most wanted games, Minecraft, GTA 5, Fortnite and Valorant amongst others:

  • Call of Duty: Warzone: 90 FPS
  • GTA 5: 135 FPS
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: 65 FPS
  • Minecraft: 280 FPS
  • Battlefield V: 115 FPS
  • Hitman 3: 130 FPS
  • Escape from Tarkov: 90 FPS
  • Valorant: 320 FPS
  • Fortnite: 120 FPS

Gigabyte A5 15.6" RTX 3070 Ryzen 9 Gaming Laptop

 

Gigabyte A5 15.6 RTX 3070 Ryzen 9 Gaming Laptop

 

A step up in both the processor and graphics card department, the Gigabyte A5 offers single core gaming prowess thanks to AMD's 5900HX mobile CPU, and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070. AMD's gaming focused octa-core processor runs at a base clock speed of 3.3 GHz, but this can increase up to 4.65 GHz via Turbo; simultaneous multithreading (2x threads per core) is also supported - and is consistent over longer periods than other processors.

As a mid-range laptop, the A5 is capable of withstanding long streaming sessions and will happily be your workstation for creating videos or 3D animations, with the Ryzen 9 processor munching through rendering jobs in good time, backed by 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM.

Benchmarks:

Far Cry 6 running at 84 FPS in 1080p Ultra is an impressive benchmark

The A5 is more adept at handling some of the latest games, and proves itself as a worthy contender to the desktop version of the RTX 3070, with an impressive 90 - 93 FPS in Halo Infinite, a game that is as addictive as it is CPU bound. Incidentally, Far Cry 6 running at 84 FPS in 1080p Ultra is an impressive benchmark on a laptop, considering Ubisoft's less than attentive optimisation of their games.

  • Halo Infinite: 93 FPS (1080p High)
  • GTA 5: 155 FPS (1080p High)
  • Far Cry 6: 91 FPS (1080p High)
  • Battlefield 2042: 95 FPS (1080p High)
  • Halo Infinite: 90 FPS (1080p Ultra)
  • GTA 5: 94 FPS (1080p Ultra)
  • Far Cry 6: 84 FPS (1080p Ultra)
  • Battlefield 2042: 86 FPS (1080p Ultra)

Gigabyte AORUS 17G YD 17.3" RTX 3080 Gaming Laptop

 

Gigabyte AORUS 17G YD 17.3 RTX 3080 Gaming Laptop

 

The Aorus range of laptops from Gigabyte have established themselves in the higher echelons of gaming power, not least because of the top performing CPU, graphics card and whacking great 32GB DDR4 RAM. Gigabyte take the package one step further by ensuring the experience is complete with a raft of top-billing extras we've come to expect Aorus laptops.

The Intel Core i7 11800H processor and GeForce RTX 3080 GPU takes centre stage, for sure, but there is a lot to be said for the supporting cast: -

  • Thunderbolt™ 4 connectivity
  • AORUS Fusion lighting customisation
  • 300Hz gaming display
  • OMRON mechanical switch keyboard
  • HDMI 2.1 support
  • Galaxy-black aluminium body
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • DTS:X Ultra support

Couple all of these excellent features with ability to take care of the streaming, editing and creative tasks of a modern gamer, and you start to piece together what is - by far - Gigabyte's best entry yet as an all-rounder that currently (surprisingly) hovers around the £2000 mark. Creators will benefit from the ultra-fast Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, the huge 32GB 3200 MHz memory and can rely on the Core i7 11800H to get rendering & encoding jobs done quickly.

Benchmarks:

The specification and technology in the Aorus 17G means the laptop gets a worth mention among elite notebooks, rubbing shoulders with Alienware and MSI Raider laptops. What is worth mentioning is that the Aorus 17G can actually outperform both the Lenovo Legion 7i and its cousin, the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC in some gaming situations - the Aero 15 being a laptop that is over £1000 more expensive.

  • Halo Infinite: 100 FPS (1080p Ultra)
  • GTA 5: 95 FPS (1080p Ultra)
  • Dirt 5: 87 FPS (1080p Ultra)
  • Days Gone: 98 FPS (1080p Ultra)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn: 100 FPS (1080p Ultra)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: 13 FPS (1080p Very High Preset)

Last Word

Gigabyte are always good for passing on savings to their end users, and as new technology surfaces in Q1 of 2022 (read: Intel ARC and Alder Lake mobile CPUs), be ready to jump on deals that start to appear on these laptops. You can find current prices* below for these three gaming laptops, and with savings of up to £470, that makes the Aorus 17G a massive bargain.

Gigabyte AORUS 17G YD 17.3 RTX 3080 Gaming Laptop

(*) All prices correct as of February 15th 2022