Although it was an almost completely virtual edition, CES 2022 has reserved many surprises for us, especially with regard to the notebook and desktop PC world. The events of Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA have guided the announcements of the various partners, including Gigabyte which, like the other Taiwanese ASUS, MSI, and ASRock, has unveiled new and interesting solutions for the consumer PC market.
Gigabyte’s most important announcements certainly concern the notebook segment, an area that saw the manufacturer unveil the AERO and AORUS series models, updated with the newly arrived Intel Alder Lake Mobile processors. Intel for Gigabyte is almost a common thread, in fact, the new Intel LGA 1700 motherboards with B660 / H610 chipset and high-performance DDR5 memories also arrive at CES. The first custom variants of the Radeon RX 6500 XT (also announced at CES) and the latest low-end proposal NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 close the circle.
Let’s start with the AORUS gaming notebook, updated as mentioned with Core 12th gen CPUs and, as per tradition, optimized especially for Creators and professionals looking for a versatile solution to work in different areas. Three models were announced, Gigabyte AERO 16, AERO 17, and AERO 5, all based on the Intel platform (no AMD strangely) and also updated with regard to the display department.
Gigabyte AERO 16 is the first to receive a substantial panel upgrade, now available with a 4K OLED option. We are talking about a notebook with a 16 “display ” compressed “in a 15” frame (16:10 format), a machine for those who do not look for compromises that can count on a Core i9-12900HK (or Core i7-12700H), DDR5 memories, and a GPU up to GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. For those looking at a desktop replacement, on the other hand, comes the 17 “variant – AERO 17 – which offers essentially the same hardware platform (CPU / GPU) but with a VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certified 4K 120Hz IPS mini led display.
These notebooks obviously support all the latest expansion/connectivity standards (Thunderbolt 4 USB 3.2 Gen 2, WiFI 6E), including the most recent DDR5 memories which, however, we do not find on the small Gigabyte AERO 5 series. The latter is a 15.6 “that supports CPU up to Core i7 12th gen H, DDR4 memory, and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU, but the highlight is the AMOLED 4K display (DCI-P3 100%) with VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification True Black.
The AORUS gaming notebook family is also renewed which, like the AEROs, offers three new variants – AORUS 17, AORUS 15, and AORUS 5 – always with Core 12th gen H series processors. In this case, we note that Gigabyte has been more conservative on the CPU (perhaps in terms of consumption), opting for a Core i7-12700H on all models (no Core i9 in practice); despite this, the GPU department can count on GPUs up to GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.
Display department, the company offers several options that also look to eSports, using FHD or QHD panels with refresh rate up to 360Hz. As for the other models, the AORUS can also count on all the latest technologies made available by the Alder Lake platform, alongside the typical “gamer” devices, primarily a backlit gaming keyboard.
Intel Motherboards And Ddr5 6000 Memories
As anticipated above, there is also room for motherboards based on the latest Intel B660 and H610 chipsets, we can say the mid-range and the low-end as far as the Core 12th gen desktop platform is concerned. Like other Intel partners, Gigabyte also comes with DDR4 or DDR5 models: different models shown ranging from entry-level ones to top of the range AORUS and Gaming series, also optimized in VRM with configurations up to 16 + 2 phases.
According to the company, these cards can manage DDR5 memories up to 6,000 MHz (B660), the latest generation PCI-E 4.0 SSD, WiFI AX, USB 3.2 gen 2, also integrating some options for overclocking and better management of series processors. K (always B660).
Staying in the DDR5 arena, Gigabyte also announced its latest AORUS RGB 6000, a high-performance 6,000 MHz kit with 32GB (2x 16GB) capacities and timings set to 40-40-40-76 (2T). The modules, which obviously support the XMP 3.0 functionality, are equipped with a high-performance copper and aluminum heatsink, integrating the now inevitable RGB LED system compatible with Gigabyte RGB Fusion.
Gigabyte’s announcements in the desktop PC field were different – interesting for example the new AORUS P1200W 80+ Platinum power supply – finally touching the graphics card sector with the latest “low-end” proposals – theoretically – from NVIDIA and AMD. The Taiwanese company presented the GeForce RTX 3050 Gaming OC 8GB (photo above) which, in essence, incorporates the characteristics of the RTX 3060 variant (Review) but with the latest, NVIDIA Ampere 2,560 Cuda Core GPU (not bad) cooled by the WindForce 3X dissipation system.
Gigabyte RTX 3050 Gaming OC will come along with two further models – cheaper – of the Eagle series with twin fan heatsink and factory overclock: basically the same treatment reserved for AMD’s Radeon RX 6500 XT which, remember, is a step below the RTX performance. 3050, if only for the amount of graphics memory (4GB vs 8GB). Gigabyte at the moment has not provided details regarding the prices of the new products, some of which should be available as early as January.
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