Gigabyte Aorus 17 XE4 gaming laptop review

This has been quite a year for gaming laptops (opens in new tab). AMD launched its Ryzen 6000 series mobile CPUs, Intel launched Alder Lake for the same market, and Nvidia has expanded the existing mobile GPU lineup with the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3070 Ti. Given that things were already pretty healthy in the laptop space, these latest releases have given laptop makers plenty of options when it comes to assembling powerful machines.

For the new Aorus 17 XE4, Gigabyte decided to use Intel’s Alder Lake alongside Nvidia’s more sensible new offerings. In particular, you’re looking at an Intel Core i7 12700H running alongside an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. This is a solid pairing, capable of producing strong numbers in both gaming and more serious uses without completely breaking the bank.