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Newegg has Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD Gaming Laptop (AERO 15 OLED XD-73US624SP) on sale for $1899 - $200 Gigabyte Rebate = $1699. Shipping is free.

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  • Intel Core i7 11800H 8-Core 2.3 GHz Processor (11th Gen Tiger Lake)
  • 15.6" 3840x2160 4K/UHD Thin Bezel AMOLED 60Hz Display w/ 100% DCI-P3 X-Rite Calibrated/Validated Color Accuracy
  • 1TB M. PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD
  • 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 Memory (3200MHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GPU
  • Intel WiFi 6 AX200 w/ Bluetooth v5.0 + LTE
  • Gigabyte Fusion RGB Per Key Backlit Keyboard
  • Lithium Polymer 99 Wh
  • Windows 10 Pro (64-Bit)
    • Inputs
      • 3x USB 3.2 Gen-1 (Type-A)
      • Thunderbolt 4 (Type-C)
      • Mini DisplayPort 1.4
      • HDMI 2.1
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  • Typically includes a 1-year manufacture warranty w/ purchase

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  • High performance specs overall for this gaming/creator laptop
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SPEC:
  • Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
  • 15.6" 4K 3860x2160 AMOLED Display, 100% DCI-P3
  • i7-11800H 2.3 GHz (8C/16T, 4.6 GHz Turbo, 24MB Cache)
  • 16GB (8GBx2) DDR4 3200 MHz Ram (64GB Max)
  • 1TB M. PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD
  • RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 Graphics, up to 105W TGP
  • 2 x 2W Speakers
  • GIGABYTE Fusion RGB Per-Key Backlit Keyboard
  • 720p HD Webcam
  • Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 2x2 + Bluetooth 5.0 + 2.5G Ethernet
  • PORTS:
    • 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
    • 1x USB 4.0 Type-C with Thunderbolt 4
    • 1x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
    • 1x HDMI 2.1
    • 1x Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
    • 1x UHS-II SD Card Reader
  • 230W AC Adapter
  • 99 WHr Li Polymer Battery
  • 4.4 lbs
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Zaren717 asked this question on 08-02-2021 at 11:22 AM
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There is no 4K OLED display offering more than 60 Hz for laptops.
Prodigalphenom asked this question on 08-03-2021 at 10:18 AM
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None of the modern Laptop OLED displays, all are made by Samsung BTW, suffer from Burn In Issue unless you are really careless and say keep the screen-on time as 1 hour and then sleep every night without switching the laptop off or closing the lead. This 15.6" 4K OLED display has been here for 3 to 4 years now and Gigabyte as well as a lot of other Companies, including Dell G series, Alienware m15, HP Omen, have used this exact panel on their laptops and I never encountered any widespread reports of Screen Burn in.
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So I just returned the 1399 RTX 3060 model yesterday. The screen is beautiful, and GPU compute performance was pretty close to my desktop GTX 1080 OC'd under water (the 3060 mobile even beat it in some things, very impressive considering the 3060 was running about 90 watts, the desktop 1080 about 220 watts).

Reasons why I returned it:
1. The Gigabyte control software for hardware functions is horrible, occasionally crashes, settings often randomly revert, the AI keeps turning itself back on.

1b. Did I say the Gigabyte software quality is horrible? So much so that it broke the built in Windows reset, and the Gigabyte specific reset in the Windows recovery menu would say it completed but didn't actually get rid of the data. I had to make a usb recovery drive with Gigabyte's USB Smart Backup Tool (which as far as I could tell isn't a backup tool but just a wipe the drive and reset to factory recovery tool) before I could finally return it to Best Buy. I reset the TPM chip to get rid of the bitlocker key on the windows partition before rewritting it with the tool.

The rest are much more minor complaints about the hardware:

1. The Intel CPU is decent but still not Ryzen-level, it ended up being power constrained pretty heavily. Cyberpunk 2077 would max all cores (perfectly playable but worrying for the future when my, all-be-it, desktop 3700x sits around 30-50% at 60 watts ish, Intel 11800 throttling to 45 watts ish in the upper 2Ghz or low 3Ghz range).

2. The 6GB of VRAM, size/bandwidth, was definitely a limiting factor in some scenarios against the 8GB GTX 1080. The 3060 mobile is still a great GPU, but it's sad to see it limited by that (and of course the 100 watt power limit).

3. No hardware MUX switch for the GPU output, meaning the internal screen will always be run physically from the i-gpu (10-20% performance hit in many games).

4. No USB C trickle charging and somewhat disappointing battery life, despite the 99WH battery and trying to minimize power usage (possibly due to the crappy Gigabyte software seemingly pulsing the dedicated GPU for no reason).

5. The hinge is a little wobbly and the fans are a bit high pitched.


Overall, I still liked the laptop but decided I could wait a while for other performance laptops with OLED screens at reasonable prices. If you need something now, the compromises on this aren't terrible.

PS: The 60Hz limitation wasn't nearly as bad as the consequential lacking of VRR/G-Sync. Still, turning VSync on if you can keep 60+ FPS mostly solves that.
I also did some comparisons between 1080p DLSS upscaling, Intel's integer upscaling, and native 4k on Cyberpunk. The quality difference isn't huge and I ended up settling on the integer upscaling for 20-30% more performance than DLSS (25fps ish DLSS to 35 fps ish integer)
Aero 15 is mainly targeted towards productivity related workloads like Content creation, Video and Photo editing while keeping it's gaming DNA. The concept is similar to XPS 15 lineup but rather than being a full fledged productivity machine, Aero series strikes a balance between Gaming and Productivity. and RTX 3070 can play a lot of games in 4K with middle or lower-middle setting and a lot of Multiplayers games like PUB-G, Overwatch, COD online, FIFA and a lot of others in high settings at 4K.
They don't. Don't spread misinformation. Those are IPS. you always forget to share a link of your examples, don't you?

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That's interesting. I don't think an RTX 3070 is going to game well at 4K, though I can imagine you can scale down to 1080p and play just about anything well.
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That's interesting. I don't think an RTX 3070 is going to game well at 4K, though I can imagine you can scale down to 1080p and play just about anything well.
Aero 15 is mainly targeted towards productivity related workloads like Content creation, Video and Photo editing while keeping it's gaming DNA. The concept is similar to XPS 15 lineup but rather than being a full fledged productivity machine, Aero series strikes a balance between Gaming and Productivity. and RTX 3070 can play a lot of games in 4K with middle or lower-middle setting and a lot of Multiplayers games like PUB-G, Overwatch, COD online, FIFA and a lot of others in high settings at 4K.
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Is the refresh rate locked at 60hz?
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Nice find Suryasis!
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Is the refresh rate locked at 60hz?
There is no 4K OLED display offering more than 60 Hz for laptops.
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So I just returned the 1399 RTX 3060 model yesterday. The screen is beautiful, and GPU compute performance was pretty close to my desktop GTX 1080 OC'd under water (the 3060 mobile even beat it in some things, very impressive considering the 3060 was running about 90 watts, the desktop 1080 about 220 watts).

Reasons why I returned it:
1. The Gigabyte control software for hardware functions is horrible, occasionally crashes, settings often randomly revert, the AI keeps turning itself back on.

1b. Did I say the Gigabyte software quality is horrible? So much so that it broke the built in Windows reset, and the Gigabyte specific reset in the Windows recovery menu would say it completed but didn't actually get rid of the data. I had to make a usb recovery drive with Gigabyte's USB Smart Backup Tool (which as far as I could tell isn't a backup tool but just a wipe the drive and reset to factory recovery tool) before I could finally return it to Best Buy. I reset the TPM chip to get rid of the bitlocker key on the windows partition before rewritting it with the tool.

The rest are much more minor complaints about the hardware:

1. The Intel CPU is decent but still not Ryzen-level, it ended up being power constrained pretty heavily. Cyberpunk 2077 would max all cores (perfectly playable but worrying for the future when my, all-be-it, desktop 3700x sits around 30-50% at 60 watts ish, Intel 11800 throttling to 45 watts ish in the upper 2Ghz or low 3Ghz range).

2. The 6GB of VRAM, size/bandwidth, was definitely a limiting factor in some scenarios against the 8GB GTX 1080. The 3060 mobile is still a great GPU, but it's sad to see it limited by that (and of course the 100 watt power limit).

3. No hardware MUX switch for the GPU output, meaning the internal screen will always be run physically from the i-gpu (10-20% performance hit in many games).

4. No USB C trickle charging and somewhat disappointing battery life, despite the 99WH battery and trying to minimize power usage (possibly due to the crappy Gigabyte software seemingly pulsing the dedicated GPU for no reason).

5. The hinge is a little wobbly and the fans are a bit high pitched.


Overall, I still liked the laptop but decided I could wait a while for other performance laptops with OLED screens at reasonable prices. If you need something now, the compromises on this aren't terrible.

PS: The 60Hz limitation wasn't nearly as bad as the consequential lacking of VRR/G-Sync. Still, turning VSync on if you can keep 60+ FPS mostly solves that.
I also did some comparisons between 1080p DLSS upscaling, Intel's integer upscaling, and native 4k on Cyberpunk. The quality difference isn't huge and I ended up settling on the integer upscaling for 20-30% more performance than DLSS (25fps ish DLSS to 35 fps ish integer)
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Quote from NervousVolcano3135 :
So I just returned the 1399 RTX 3060 model yesterday. The screen is beautiful, and GPU compute performance was pretty close to my desktop GTX 1080 OC'd under water (the 3060 mobile even beat it in some things, very impressive considering the 3060 was running about 90 watts, the desktop 1080 about 220 watts).

Reasons why I returned it:
1. The Gigabyte control software for hardware functions is horrible, occasionally crashes, settings often randomly revert, the AI keeps turning itself back on.

1b. Did I say the Gigabyte software quality is horrible? So much so that it broke the built in Windows reset, and the Gigabyte specific reset in the Windows recovery menu would say it completed but didn't actually get rid of the data. I had to make a usb recovery drive with Gigabyte's USB Smart Backup Tool (which as far as I could tell isn't a backup tool but just a wipe the drive and reset to factory recovery tool) before I could finally return it to Best Buy. I reset the TPM chip to get rid of the bitlocker key on the windows partition before rewritting it with the tool.

The rest are much more minor complaints about the hardware:

1. The Intel CPU is decent but still not Ryzen-level, it ended up being power constrained pretty heavily. Cyberpunk 2077 would max all cores (perfectly playable but worrying for the future when my, all-be-it, desktop 3700x sits around 30-50% at 60 watts ish, Intel 11800 throttling to 45 watts ish in the upper 2Ghz or low 3Ghz range).

2. The 6GB of VRAM, size/bandwidth, was definitely a limiting factor in some scenarios against the 8GB GTX 1080. The 3060 mobile is still a great GPU, but it's sad to see it limited by that (and of course the 100 watt power limit).

3. No hardware MUX switch for the GPU output, meaning the internal screen will always be run physically from the i-gpu (10-20% performance hit in many games).

4. No USB C trickle charging and somewhat disappointing battery life, despite the 99WH battery and trying to minimize power usage (possibly due to the crappy Gigabyte software seemingly pulsing the dedicated GPU for no reason).

5. The hinge is a little wobbly and the fans are a bit high pitched.


Overall, I still liked the laptop but decided I could wait a while for other performance laptops with OLED screens at reasonable prices. If you need something now, the compromises on this aren't terrible.

PS: The 60Hz limitation wasn't nearly as bad as the consequential lacking of VRR/G-Sync. Still, turning VSync on if you can keep 60+ FPS mostly solves that.
I also did some comparisons between 1080p DLSS upscaling, Intel's integer upscaling, and native 4k on Cyberpunk. The quality difference isn't huge and I ended up settling on the integer upscaling for 20-30% more performance than DLSS (25fps ish DLSS to 35 fps ish integer)
So, no advanced optimus on these?
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So, no advanced optimus on these?
Nope: https://www.gigabyte.com/WebPage/784/
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There is no 4K OLED display offering more than 60 Hz for laptops.
Alienware offers a 120hz 4k OLED on several models.
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These Aero laptops always have great specs at a decent price. I already returned one of the previous generation for the following reasons:
1. the screen was defective, it would artefact like crazy every now and then
2. there was an incredible amount of coil whine
3. I hated the keyboard
I hope they at least fixed the coil whine in this generation. It was almost comical in my unit.
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Quote from NervousVolcano3135 :
So I just returned the 1399 RTX 3060 model yesterday. The screen is beautiful, and GPU compute performance was pretty close to my desktop GTX 1080 OC'd under water (the 3060 mobile even beat it in some things, very impressive considering the 3060 was running about 90 watts, the desktop 1080 about 220 watts).

Reasons why I returned it:
1. The Gigabyte control software for hardware functions is horrible, occasionally crashes, settings often randomly revert, the AI keeps turning itself back on.

1b. Did I say the Gigabyte software quality is horrible? So much so that it broke the built in Windows reset, and the Gigabyte specific reset in the Windows recovery menu would say it completed but didn't actually get rid of the data. I had to make a usb recovery drive with Gigabyte's USB Smart Backup Tool (which as far as I could tell isn't a backup tool but just a wipe the drive and reset to factory recovery tool) before I could finally return it to Best Buy. I reset the TPM chip to get rid of the bitlocker key on the windows partition before rewritting it with the tool.

The rest are much more minor complaints about the hardware:

1. The Intel CPU is decent but still not Ryzen-level, it ended up being power constrained pretty heavily. Cyberpunk 2077 would max all cores (perfectly playable but worrying for the future when my, all-be-it, desktop 3700x sits around 30-50% at 60 watts ish, Intel 11800 throttling to 45 watts ish in the upper 2Ghz or low 3Ghz range).

2. The 6GB of VRAM, size/bandwidth, was definitely a limiting factor in some scenarios against the 8GB GTX 1080. The 3060 mobile is still a great GPU, but it's sad to see it limited by that (and of course the 100 watt power limit).

3. No hardware MUX switch for the GPU output, meaning the internal screen will always be run physically from the i-gpu (10-20% performance hit in many games).

4. No USB C trickle charging and somewhat disappointing battery life, despite the 99WH battery and trying to minimize power usage (possibly due to the crappy Gigabyte software seemingly pulsing the dedicated GPU for no reason).

5. The hinge is a little wobbly and the fans are a bit high pitched.


Overall, I still liked the laptop but decided I could wait a while for other performance laptops with OLED screens at reasonable prices. If you need something now, the compromises on this aren't terrible.

PS: The 60Hz limitation wasn't nearly as bad as the consequential lacking of VRR/G-Sync. Still, turning VSync on if you can keep 60+ FPS mostly solves that.
I also did some comparisons between 1080p DLSS upscaling, Intel's integer upscaling, and native 4k on Cyberpunk. The quality difference isn't huge and I ended up settling on the integer upscaling for 20-30% more performance than DLSS (25fps ish DLSS to 35 fps ish integer)
I have 2019 model of Aero 15 OLED. I'd say stay away from this, my GPU side fan was broken just after a year, the electronics on GPU side keep make squeezing noisy when running games. I suspect it will burn down in one day.

The overall build is good, almost perfect on specs at that time, but the accompany control software just a piece of sh*t. keep slowing down the whole system and wipe out all settings(keyboard color, charge limit, macro...) when update each time.

I used to posted some positive feedback a year ago when it's a well round laptop, but I'll eat my own word now, won't recommend it to anyone anymore after all these issues in a long run.
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That's interesting. I don't think an RTX 3070 is going to game well at 4K, though I can imagine you can scale down to 1080p and play just about anything well.
I have an rtx3070 and i can play 4k cyberpunk and warzone with maxed graphics.
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