A large-format gamer laptop, the Gigabyte A7 K1-BFR1150SB 17-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare display that enhances smoothness in games with its 144Hz frequency benefits from a comfortable 1TB SSD storage that boosts its responsiveness, a backlit keyboard and connectivity with Wi-Fi ax and USB-C. This versatile Windows 11 laptop designed for gaming and creating is capable of supporting the latest games with its high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 ray tracing graphics card that also accelerates multimedia processing as does the AMD Ryzen 7 Octo Core Cezanne processor and powerful 16GB of RAM.
Gigabyte A7 K1-BFR1150SB Performance, Battery Life
The Gigabyte A7 K1-BFR1150SB is for those looking for a versatile 17-inch laptop that performs well in gaming and creation.
It has a large 1TB SSD storage capacity that can accommodate multiple files, software and games.
In addition, an SSD offers several advantages compared to a hard disk because it is more resistant to shocks, silent in operation, more energy efficient and much faster.
In concrete terms, the SSD allows you to get to the online game maps faster, while game/software launches are much quicker, as are processes and start/stop operations.
The latest games can be played with this creative gamer laptop because it is equipped with the high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 ray tracing dedicated graphics card.
In addition, the GeForce RTX 3060 accelerates processing in GPU-intensive software such as Adobe Premiere/Photoshop or Sony Vegas, which creative people will appreciate.
In practice, the GeForce RTX 3060 is automatically activated/deactivated in real time by NVIDIA Optimus technology depending on the tasks performed.
Optimus prefers the Radeon Vega 8, a graphics solution integrated into the processor, but much more modest because its reduced energy consumption favors autonomy.
In this respect, you should expect about 5 hours of battery operation in light use.
Of course, whether it’s the GeForce RTX 3060 or the Radeon Vega 8, you can look at photos and videos, the former being used for graphics work that is too heavy for the latter, typically for gaming.
The Radeon Vega 8 takes place directly in the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Octo Core APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) Cezanne, which delivers an overall power capable of seducing demanding users, associated with 16 GB of RAM.
This core, which supports the GeForce RTX 3060 in games, guarantees much faster processing than a Quad/Hexa Core processor and 8GB DDR4, the difference being particularly noticeable in CPU- and RAM-intensive jobs that use multiple cores, such as video editing, 3D rendering or photo editing.
Note also the possible scalability in terms of storage offered by this multi-media creative gamer laptop thanks to its free M.2 and 2.5 inch slots for SSD and/or hard disk.
Finally, this computer heats up and makes itself heard in the event of heavy use (e.g. games, processing).
To keep the temperature down, a ventilated stand can be used in addition (remember to check the dimensions!).
Gigabyte A7 K1-BFR1150SB Specifications
|Screen(s)||17.3” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz ComfyView 72% NTSC thin edges (1920×1080, anti-reflective)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Cezanne (3.2 GHz, 8 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6 dedicated (130W, 1702MHz), AMD Radeon Vega 8 processor integrated and Optimus|
|Storage||1 TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4, 2280) + 1 free M.2 PCIe SSD slot + 1 free 2.5 inch slot|
|connectors||1 USB 3.2 (Gen2) + 1 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 2.0 + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0, mini-DisplayPor 1.4|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 ax (2×2, Wi-Fi 6 AX200), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet (2.5Gb/s, Realtek RTL8125-BG)|
|Audio system||2 speakers (2 x 2W) Nahimic 3|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Announced autonomy / Battery||5 hours / Li-Ion 48.96Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.48 Kg / 396 x 262 x 25.5-34.4|
Gigabyte A7 K1-BFR1150SB versus the competition
The Gigabyte A7 K1-BFR1150SB is currently on special offer at SMIDistri and meets few competitors in its category where it is one of the only ones to offer such a high capacity SSD storage.
If this Gigabyte A7 K1-BFR1150SB doesn’t meet all your criteria, you’ll find other configurations to play with on a similar budget in our gamer laptop guide. With the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, as it will have the most impact on performance.
Gigabyte A7 K1-BFR1150SB chassis, connectors, screen
Cooled by the WindForce solution with 2 fans, 5 heatpipes and 3 air outlets, this versatile gaming and creative laptop sports a gamer look with its black, angular design.
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This creative gamer laptop is well equipped in terms of connectivity with its USB-C, its 2 HDMI and mini-DisplayPort video outputs to easily connect it to a TV or a monitor for example, its Bluetooth 5. 2 and Wi-Fi ax wireless modules (more recent and efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, its practical HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor for example, its Ethernet and audio ports or its 3 USBs including 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) guaranteeing transfers that are up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 peripherals are connected.
The keys of the chiclet keyboard can be backlit, which is useful for better visibility of the keys in the dark.
The chiclet keyboard has a backlighting system to make it easier to see the keys in the dark.
To appeal to gamers, the screen adopts a 144Hz frequency higher than the standard 60Hz which enhances the smoothness in games. The screen also has large vertical and horizontal viewing angles while displaying colors more accurate than average thanks to its IPS technology. The screen also lends itself very well to the display of videos and more broadly of High Definition content by its 16/9 format and its Full HD definition. 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.