In a stylish silver design, big power and high storage capacity of 2TB in High Definition, this is what the Gigabyte Aero 16 XE5-73FR938HP multimedia designer gamer laptop offers with its 16-inch 4K OLED DCI-P3 display with much more faithful colors than the average powerful with its hybrid Intel Alder Lake-H Core i7-12700H processor and its nice amount of RAM of 32GB that accelerate the processing. This is also the case with the high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 Ti ray tracing graphics card capable of running the latest games. Featuring dual SSD storage that boosts responsiveness for a hefty 2TB total capacity, this versatile laptop designed for gaming and creating that runs Windows 11 Pro is equipped with an Infrared webcam for facial recognition, a backlit keyboard and connectivity with dual USB-C Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6E, all in a relatively thin and light aluminum chassis. It comes with a Hub to expand its ports.
Gigabyte Aero 16 XE5-73FR938HP performance, battery life
The Gigabyte Aero 16 XE5-73FR938HP may appeal to those with a nice budget who want to invest in a comfortable all-round laptop with up-to-date components, a large storage capacity and powerful gaming and creation.
It offers a total storage capacity of 2TB twice the average by combining 2 SSDs, so it has plenty of space to install and store multiple games, software and files including personal creations.
As a reminder, SSDs are silent while being more energy efficient than a hard disk, more resistant to shocks and much faster.
As a result, the responsiveness and fluidity are much better with an SSD than with a hard disk. Thanks to the SSD, multimedia processing is much faster, as are game/software launches and start/stop operations, and you get to the online game maps faster.
Gamers will be delighted to be able to enjoy the latest titles with this stylish aluminum designer gamer laptop as it features one of the most powerful mobile graphics cards available today, the top-of-the-line NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 Ti ray tracing.
Keep in mind, however, that 4K gaming is more computationally intensive than Full HD gaming, which means lower fps.
In any case, in addition to gamers, designers will be happy to find the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti because it accelerates processing under software that uses GPU computing power, such as Adobe Premiere/Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
The core of this gaming and creative laptop supports the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti very well in games. Above all, it delivers a level of overall power that is far beyond that provided by the vast majority of models on the market.
This is because it is built around an Intel Alder Lake-H Core i7-12700H hybrid processor and a large amount of 32GB of RAM.
This core guarantees much faster processing than with a classic Quad/Hexa/Octo processor and 8/16 GB of RAM. The difference is very noticeable in CPU and RAM-intensive areas that use multi-core processing, such as video editing, 3D rendering or photo editing, which will be appreciated by designers.
Finally, as far as battery life is concerned, you can expect about 3 hours of operation on battery power in light use for this multi-purpose multimedia gamer laptop, which clearly heats up and makes itself heard when pushed hard (e.g.: games, processing).
In addition to this computer, you can use a ventilated stand to limit temperatures (remember to check the dimensions!).
Gigabyte Aero 16 XE5-73FR938HP Specifications
|Screen(s)||16” AMOLED Samsung 4K 100% DCI-P3 HDR500 thin edges 0.2ms 16/10th (3840×2400, glossy)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-12700H Alder Lake-H (14 cores, 6P 2.3 GHz, 8E 1.7 GHz)|
|Installed RAM (max)||32 GB DDR5 4800 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB dedicated GDDR6 (1035MHz boost, 105W TDP), processor-integrated Intel Iris Xe and NVIDIA Optimus|
|Storage||2TB SSD: 2 x 1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4, 2280)|
|connectors||1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2) + 2 USB-C Thunderbolt 4 + USB-C Hub: HDMI (4K@60Hz), mini-DisplayPort (4K@120Hz), USB 3.1 (Gen1), RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6E ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi AX210), Bluetooth 5.2|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, white|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via Infrared webcam|
|Audio system||2 speakers (2 x 2W) DTS:X Ultra Audio|
|Operating system||Windows 11 Pro 64 bit|
|Announced autonomy / Battery||3 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 99Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.3 Kg / 356 x 248.5 x 22.4|
Gigabyte Aero 16 XE5-73FR938HP vs. the competition
The Gigabyte Aero 16 XE5-73FR938HP is now on special offer at SMIDistri and is one of the few in its class to offer such a high definition and colorful screen with such a large amount of RAM and such a large storage capacity, all in a thin, light and elegant chassis.
If the Aorus 17 XE4-73EE514SH doesn’t meet all of your requirements, you’ll find other gaming notebook configurations on our guide to gaming on a similar budget. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, as this will have the biggest impact on performance.
Gigabyte Aero 16 XE5-73FR938HP chassis, connectors, screen
It sports a sleek look with its light silver CNC machined aluminum design with black accents.
It is cooled by the Windforce Infinity solution with the help of 2 fans (59 blades 0.4mm), 5 heatpipes and air outlets.
The system here is Windows 11 Pro, a more complete system than the classic Windows 11 with its advanced network management and security tools such as BitLocker.
This designer gamer laptop is equipped with no less than 3 USB-C including 2 Thunderbolt 4, an audio port as well as Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E ax wireless modules (more recent and efficient than Wi-Fi ac)… and that’s it for the computer itself.
Fortunately, the brand also provides an Aero Hub, a box that connects to USB-C and extends the connectivity with 1 USB 3.0, a Gigabit Ethernet port but also 2 video outputs HDMI + mini-DisplayPort useful to connect the computer to a TV or monitor for example.
As an infrared webcam is integrated, we can authenticate biometrically by facial recognition through Windows Hello technology.
Of course, the keys of the chiclet keyboard can be backlit, which is useful to better discern them in the dark.
However, it’s a pity that there is no numeric keypad, a standard feature for 15-inch laptops, to make it easier to enter numbers.
The screen will seduce designers and more generally lovers of High Definition, colors much more faithful than average, deep blacks, low latency and large vertical and horizontal viewing angles. For it is adorned with specifications 4K (superior to Full HD) OLED DCI-P3, all associated with a 16/10th format more comfortable in height than the classic 16/9th.
The OLED implies however a brilliant treatment which is sensitive to the reflections in luminous environment (ex: outside) but revives the colors.