Gigabyte has also taken the new 12th Intel processor generation as an opportunity to announce an update of some of its notebook series. The new AERO 16/17 models are more aimed at creators, the AORUS 15/17 models at gamers - but both are interesting for demanding video editing due to their performance data and (partly) equipment.
They are now equipped alongside the latest i7/i9 Intel Alder Lake H CPUs with up to 14 cores, mobile Nvidia RTX 30 (maximum 3080 Ti ) GPUs, Thunderbolt 4 ports and either 120Hz 4K mini-LED/OLED or 360 Hz IPS displays. In addition, they now feature a change to the Windows Hello Camera placement at the top of the screen requested by many Gigabyte users.
Gigabyte AERO 17
The external improvement concerns the relative ratio of display to case, which is now 90% - by reducing the size of the screen bezel, the case can thus be shrunk compared to the previous version for the same display size, turning the 17" into a 15" laptop while keeping the 17" display size the same.
Gigabyte AERO 16/17
Who the target audience of the AERO models is becomes clear primarily through the displays offered: each AERO panel is factory color-calibrated via X-Rite technology, Pantone certified and has a Delta E value of less than 1.
Interestingly, Gigabyte relies entirely on USB-C as a universal interface in the form of 1-2 Thunderbolt 4 and one USB 3.2 Gen2 port for the AERO 16/17 models - interfaces such as HDMI, MiniDP, USB Type-A and RJ45 are only available via the included pluggable AERO Hub. However, an SD card reader, which is often practical for many creative people, is missing - in the notebook as well as in the hub.
The AERO 17 and 15 are largely similar - except for the case or display size. Both can be equipped with either an Intel Core i9-12900HK (2.5GHz~5GHz) or Core i7-12700H (2.3GHz~4.7GHz) CPU of the latest 12th generation, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (with 16GB GDDR6) or an RTX 3070 Ti (with 8GB GDDR6) laptop GPU (both with Nvidia Studio drivers) and up to 2 M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen4 SSDs (with a maximum read speed of 7,000 MB/s) with in total up to 4TB of storage and up to 64GB of DDR5-4800.
Gigabyte AERO 17
The AERO 17 (2022) features a 17.3" UHD (3,840 x 2,160) miniLED panel with 120Hz refresh rate and VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification (i.e. a brightness of at least 1,000 nits), while the AERO 16 features a 16.0" UHD+ (3,840 x 2. 400) Samsung AMOLED display with VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black certification and a 16.0" QHD+ (2,560 x 1,600) miniLED display with VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification and 165Hz refresh rate to choose from (both support 100% professional DCI-P3 color space).
Gigabyte AORUS 17 and 15
It&s a similar story with the new 2022 AORUS 17 and 15 gaming models - the main difference being the display options. Here, too, you can otherwise choose (both within a model variant and between the different models) between an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (with 16GB GDDR6) or an RTX 3070 Ti (with 8GB GDDR6) laptop GPU.
However, only the 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H (2.3GHz~4.7GHz) is available as a processor here. As mass storage, up to 2 M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen4 SSDs with a total of up to 4 TB of memory can be configured, as well as up to 64GB of DDR5-4800.
Gigabyte AORUS 17
Unlike the AERO models, the AORUS models still have all interfaces on board : Still has all interfaces on board such as an HDMI 2.1, a Mini DP 1.4, a USB3.2 (Type-A), an Ethernet as well as a Thunderbolt 4 and a USB3.2 (Type-A) port.
Display Selection of the AORUS 17 and 15
The AORUS 17 comes with a 17.3" thin FullHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS anti-glare display with a refresh rate of 360Hz and 72% NTSC color space coverage, while the AORUS 15 comes with either a 15.6" QuadHD (2,560 x 1,440) anti-glare display (165Hz, 72% NTSC) or a FullHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS display LCD (360Hz, 72% NTSC).