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Gigabyte P37X Review (17.3″, i7, GTX 980M)

Gigabyte P37X Review (17.3″, i7, GTX 980M)

Gigabyte P37X Review – The System

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Gigabyte P37X Review – Software

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Gigabyte install Windows 8.1 on the P37X and having been freshly re-built with the factory image we can see that they do install some updates at the factory. Additional software is minimal, which is great…

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…basically we get Gigabytes Smart Manager which gives us control over key aspects such as wifi, volume, fan etc. Macro Hub lets us configure the extra keys on our system and LAN Optimiser allows us to prioritise traffic. There is also a nice app which monitors our drivers and BIOS for updates and allows us to grab the latest.

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As far as the BIOS goes, no surprises here. A standard Aptio version with all of the key options we would expect.

Gigabyte P37X Review – Performance

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Gigabyte P37X Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality of the P37X we have a system which immediately feels well built as we unbox it. The metal chassis feels solid and we like the minimal branding and curved edges. The parts used by Gigabyte for the key components are all from quality brands and little touches like adding in an ambient light sensor for the keyboard LEDs help elevate this aspect to a higher level. Looking around the system we are happy with the port layout and choice of connectors. Maybe all USB 3.0 would have been nice but thats about it.

We were pleased to see that there is no horribly bloated software suite on the P37X, Gigabyte only install the essentials, a few of their useful apps and then leave the user to install the applications they prefer. Elsewhere the other Gigabyte features such as extra macro keys are a nice bonus, the swappable front bay is a good addition and it is always good to see a manufacturer go with the latest tech such as Wireless-ac.

That brings us to performance where two of the key items start us off well. The quality of screen used by Gigabyte is good, both in clarity/vibrance and viewing angles. Battery life is decent for this marketplace at 1.5hrs for gaming and 4-5hrs productivity. As is almost always the case on a thin laptop the speakers are at best average, so make sure you have a decent set of headphones for key tasks.

CPU performance is bang on where we would expect it to be for the model used, if not a touch faster than some of the competition. The drive configurations offered are ideal, a nice mix of speed from the SSD for daily tasks and capacity from the mechanical drive and we noted no issues with USB speed or network performance. When really pushing the system the fans do get noticeable (again solved by headphones) but in general use the system is quiet. As for gaming, that is where the system really shines. The GTX 980M and i7 combo offers excellent performance in modern games, regardless of their genre.

Summary: A premium price however build quality, performance and features make it worthy of the cost.

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