Don't have a meltdown, pick up on Coffee Lake instead with the Gigabyte Aero 15Xv8

Subject: Mobile | April 4, 2018 - 04:22 PM |
Tagged: Intel, gigabyte, gaming laptop, coffee lake h, coffee lake, aero 15Xv8, Aero

Intel have stated that their new Coffee Lake processors are immune to Spectre and Meltdown, which is one of the more compelling reasons to consider an upgrade in several generations of chips.  Gigabyte's new Aero 15Xv8 contains such a chip, the i7-8750H which runs at 2.2 GHz base and 4.2 GHz in Turbo Boost 2.0 mode.  Along with the new CPU is a GTX 1070 Max-Q which makes this 0.7" (18 mm) thick, 4.4lb (2 kg) laptop an impressively compact gaming machine.  Take a look at The Tech Report's review to see how this new CPU performs, as well as the laptop overall.

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"Gigabyte's Aero 15Xv8 mixes Intel's Coffee Lake Core i7-8750H and Nvidia's GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics card into a potent blend of gaming and productivity potential. We put those parts to the test to see whether the Aero 15X's thin-and-light chassis is up to the task of keeping all of that processing power in check."

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April 4, 2018 | 05:36 PM - Posted by Randy (not verified)

I think you meant Don't have a Meltdown

April 4, 2018 | 06:37 PM - Posted by DependencyAndForcedVerticalIntegrationIsTheRuleForLappy (not verified)

Laptop OEMs do not have the Funds Themselves, or the Engineering/IP resources, to build their own laptops and are thus dependent on their CPU and GPU suppliers for the funds to do so. These SKUs are going to be a bit pricy compared to the time where Laptop OEM's could let a free market set their laptop parts' pricing.

Laptop OEM's no longer have the in house engineering knowledge to do any design work without any outside funding and software/hardware engneering help from their CPU/GPU processor suppliers. So much of a laptop's BOM is made up of CPU/GPU processor costs in hardware and outside engineering help that CPU and GPU manufacturer choice is not an option for the OEM laptop market.

Then there is the question of OS choice and that's dependent more on an outside OS supplier's "benevolence" also as the laptop OEM's lack that in-house sort of OS/Software ecosystem independence also.

Those Mini-Dasktop PC sorts of options with bare-bones offerings are the way forward and it's best to let these overpriced OEM Laptop offerings languish unsold for a year, or a while longer, until they are placed on some loss leader sale pricing. It's better on the wallet for laptop owners to remain forever a year or more behind bleeding edge in order to get the best deals owing to the complete lack of fair competition in that laptop market.

Gaming PCs home-built are still the best deals in spite of even that DRAM overpricing and the Mini-Desktop bare bones sort of configurations can be made portable with a USB monitor and foldable keyboard if necessary.

AMD has some Nice "APU" options but maybe AMD should more directly fund some of it's laptop OEM Partners offerings to get its RR offerings into laptops designs that can have better feature parity compared to what the competition is willing to fund for their OEM laptop partners. Semi-Custom Vega in that Intel EMIB/MCM series of SKUs for the NUC and various laptops is certianly better funded but at a price premium but that's still getting Vega in more OEM laptops.

Mini-Desktop is ther future for those that are looking to be more free of any OEM constraints in a similar manner to what the Big Desktop Rigs do for that home builder market and even the OEM bare-bones options are very nice as far as taking up less space like an OEM laptop without that OEM laptop restriction on upgradability that's such a bummer.

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