Gigabyte Aorus 16X review: this laptop is not just for gaming

Big, heavy, and with some puzzling design decisions in its keyboard, the 16X is a potent gaming machine that’s a good all-rounder for creatives.

Gigabyte Aorus 16X
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Our Verdict

Yes, it’s another gaming laptop, but it could be one of the last of its kind before the onslaught of AI-focused Snapdragon notebooks begins. The Gigabyte Aorus 16X packs some decent specs, and thanks to the simple measure of stuffing more battery into its chassis than many comparable laptops, it manages a very respectable battery life too. It may be big, heavy and hot, but the performance isn’t bad at all. It exists in a very competitive segment of the market, however, and you’ll need to be sure it’s the one for you before you buy it.

For

  • Good screen
  • Decent performance
  • Long battery life (for a gaming laptop)

Against

  • Big and heavy
  • Gets a bit hot
  • Strange keyboard lighting

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The Gigabyte Aorus 16X is a powerful, though large and heavy, gaming laptop that, with its bright 16-inch screen, Thunderbolt connection and full-sized HDMI 2.1 port, is exactly the sort of thing that will appeal to creative users too. While it may have been designed with gaming in mind - something signified by the rainbow trapped behind the keyboard and the screen’s 165Hz maximum refresh rate - the powerful components and fast SSD means it acquits itself well when asked to edit video or flip through large InDesign documents too.

Gigabyte Aorus 16X

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CPU:Intel Core i7-14650HX
GPU:Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070
RAM:32GB
Storage:1TB SSD
Screen:16in, 2560x1600 IPS, 165Hz
Connectivity:Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.4, 1x USB4/Thunderbolt 4, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1x micro SD, 1x Ethernet, 1x HDMI 2.1, 1x headset, 1x DC in
Dimensions:35.6 x 25.4 x 2.7cm
Weight:2.3kg
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Cinebench 2024:Single-core: 73Multi-core: 257GPU: 572
Cinebench R23:Single-core: 1,943Multi-core: 20,262Row 1 - Cell 3
PCMark 10:Test: 7,752Row 2 - Cell 2 Row 2 - Cell 3
Geekbench 6:Single-core: 2,255Multi-core: 8,455OpenCL: 99,604
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The Verdict
7.5

out of 10

Gigabyte Aorus 16X (2024)

Yes, it’s another gaming laptop, but it could be one of the last of its kind before the onslaught of AI-focused Snapdragon notebooks begins. The Gigabyte Aorus 16X packs some decent specs, and thanks to the simple measure of stuffing more battery into its chassis than many comparable laptops, it manages a very respectable battery life too. It may be big, heavy and hot, but the performance isn’t bad at all. It exists in a very competitive segment of the market, however, and you’ll need to be sure it’s the one for you before you buy it.

Ian Evenden

Ian Evenden has been a journalist for over 20 years, starting in the days of QuarkXpress 4 and Photoshop 5. He now mainly works in Creative Cloud and Google Docs, but can always find a use for a powerful laptop or two. When not sweating over page layout or photo editing, you can find him peering at the stars or growing vegetables.