Featuring a backlit Omron mechanical keyboard, the Aorus 17G XD-73FR325SH gamer laptop creator with 17-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare display whose high 300Hz frequency improves smoothness in games is capable of running recent games thanks to its high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 ray tracing graphics card. This GPU accelerates multimedia processing like the Intel Alder Lake-H Core i7-12700H hybrid processor and 16GB of powerful RAM while the fast 512GB SSD storage boosts responsiveness. This versatile black Windows 11 laptop designed for gaming and creating is also equipped with connectivity with USB-C Thunderbolt 4, dual video output and Wi-Fi 6.
Aorus 17G XD-73FR325SH Performance, Battery Life
The Aorus 17G XD-73FR325SH is targeted at those who want a versatile, large-format notebook that performs well in games and has a mechanical keyboard.
It delivers all-around power to satisfy demanding users, as it is built around an Intel Alder Lake-H Core i7-12700H hybrid processor and 16GB of RAM.
This core guarantees much faster processing than a Quad/Hexa Core processor and 8GB of RAM, the difference being particularly noticeable in CPU and RAM-intensive areas using multicore, such as video editing, 3D rendering or photo editing.
Creative users will be interested, especially since the GeForce RTX 3070 dedicated graphics card accelerates processing in GPU-intensive software such as Adobe Premiere/Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
Yet the GeForce RTX 3070 ray tracing is a high-end NVIDIA Ampere dedicated graphics card that targets gamers. Because it is capable of handling the latest graphics-intensive games at a good level of detail.
Whether with the Iris Xe graphics module inserted in the Octo Core i7 or the GeForce RTX 3070, one can look at photos and videos of course but also play modest titles. The GeForce RTX 3070 is enabled by Optimus technology to perform graphics work that is deemed too heavy for the Intel Iris Xe.
In fact, NVIDIA Optimus technology automatically switches between the GeForce RTX 3070 and the Intel Iris Xe in real time, with the latter being favored as much as possible to provide the best possible autonomy because it consumes little power.
In this area, expect about 6 hours of battery operation with light use.
Thanks to the SSD storage, you can get to online game maps faster than with a simple hard disk, and you can launch games/software much faster, as well as process and start/stop.
More generally, the SSD ensures a much better fluidity and reactivity in use than a simple hard disk.
It must be said that an SSD is much faster than a hard disk while being more energy efficient, more resistant to shocks and silent.
With its 512 GB, the SSD offers a capacity in line with the standard of hard drives. However, if you need more space, you can use an external storage device such as a USB 3.0/Thunderbolt/USB-C device for fast transfers.
If desired, a second SSD can be added via the free M.2 slot.
Finally, in case of heavy use (e.g. games, processing), expect this versatile multimedia designer gamer laptop to heat up and make itself heard.
To keep the temperatures down, a ventilated stand can be used if necessary (remember to check the dimensions!).
Aorus 17G XD-73FR325SH Features
|Screen(s)||17.3” Full HD LED IPS 300Hz 72% NTSC thin edges 3mm thin edges (1920×1080, anti-glare/matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-11800H Alder Lake-H (2.3 GHz, 8 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 Dedicated 8GB GDDR6 (1290MHz boost, 105W TDP), processor-integrated Intel Iris Xe and NVIDIA Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe x4, 2280) + 1 free M.2 slot (PCIe x4)|
|connectors||3 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1, mini-DisplayPort 1.4, UHS-II SD card reader|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi AX200), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet (2.5 Gb/s, Realtek RTL8125-BG)|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, mechanical keyboard with OMRON RGB Fusion backlit switches per key (2.5mm stroke), N-Key Rollover, 10 million keystrokes|
|Audio system||2 speakers (2 x 2W) DTS:X Ultra|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Announced autonomy / Battery||6 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 99Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.7 Kg / 405 x 276 x 27.4-18.3|
Aorus 17G XD-73FR325SH versus the competition
The Aorus 17G XD-73FR325SH is currently available from SMIDitri and is positioned as one of the few in its class to offer such a high frequency display with dual video and Thunderbolt connectivity in such a comfortable form factor.
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If the Aorus 17G XD-73FR325SH doesn’t meet all of your needs, you’ll find other gaming laptops on our guide that can meet your budget. With the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, as it will have the most impact on performance.
Aorus 17G XD-73FR325SH chassis, connectors, screen
Cooled by the Windforce Infinity solution with 2 fans (12V, 71 blades), 5 copper heat pipes and 4 air vents, this versatile gamer and creative laptop sports a gamer look with its black angular design.
This creative gamer laptop is equipped with good connectivity including 1 USB-C Thunderbolt 4, convenient HDMI and mini-DisplayPort video outputs to easily connect it to a TV or monitor for example, Bluetooth 5. 2 and Wi-Fi 6 ax (more recent and efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, Ethernet and audio ports but also 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) guaranteeing transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 peripherals are plugged in.
The keyboard is not chiclet but mechanical with Omron switches (supporting at least 15 million keystrokes) to seduce gamers, especially since it can be backlit of course so that you can better discern its keys in the dark.
Gamers will be pleased that the screen adopts a 300Hz frequency that is significantly higher than the standard 60Hz which enhances the smoothness in games. Thanks to its IPS technology, the screen also displays more accurate colors than average with wide viewing angles, both horizontal and vertical. As it is treated anti-reflection, the screen also offers a better visibility than a glossy slab in bright environments (eg: outdoor) while being more relaxing for the eyes in prolonged use. Moreover, as it adopts a 16/9 format associated with a Full HD definition, the screen is well suited to videos and more broadly to High Definition content.