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Pros: GTX 970m
Skylake i7 6700HQ
16GB DDR4 memory
m.2 SSD and room for 2.5inch drive

This machine runs GTA 5 flawlessly on high settings. It's light weight and sturdy. The keyboard has no flex when pressing down on it. The screen looks amazing from different angles and the anti glare works well with an open window behind you. The design is a blend of standard mixed with the "gaming laptop" appearance, so it doesn't have that obnoxious F-117 appearance. The left Ctrl key is in the correct location and the arrow keys aren't smashed together like on other space saving designs. There was also little bloatware on this device, not even a "free trial of that anti virus you don't want and always see on grandmas computer because they always hit yes when installing java"

Cons: Microphone is terrible. GTX 970m drivers from Nvidia won't work, you have to use the ones provided by Gigabyte...

Other Thoughts: I recommend this laptop to anyone looking for a very well made portable gaming machine, mainly due to it's price and specs compared to what you pay for with other manufacturers. I would also throw down roughly an extra $150 for a good 500GB SSD to replace the mechanical drive as well as $20-$30 for a cooling pad if you plan on doing long gaming sessions. overall, I am very happy with this and excited to use in future LAN parties. It's fast enough to play everything and while everyone is tearing down their towers at the end, I just close up and head home.

For those who do buy this, make sure you update both the GTX 970m drivers provided on Gigabyte's website and the Intel HD graphics driver from Intel's site first thing. Windows update wont do any of that for you and some games won't perform as well, or not at all (minecraft java crash).

Boxed Intel Compute Stick STCK1A32WFCR Ultra-slim PC Intel Atom Z3735F 1.33 GHz 2 GB DDR3 32 GB eMMC Intel HD Graphics Windows 8.1 32-Bit
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This little device can stream Netflix and standard definition and play video files at 1920x1080 resolution with no problems. It boots up at an acceptable speed and operates without too much load times during normal windows functions.

Cons: It does have small moments of lag when streaming HD Netflix. WiFi antenna seems a little weak considering most of my mobile devices can reach out farther.

Other Thoughts: This is great for turning your wall mounted TV into a media center that has virtually no restrictions. I recommend a Bluetooth keyboard to go along with this. If you are looking to do more, wait for the next version that doesn't use a year old Atom processor.

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-0974-KR 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Superclocked ACX G-Sync Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast. this card is wonderful. I was struggling to play some games at max settings. My old stock 570 couldn't push hard enough. This card makes everything run at at least 60FPS on a 1080P monitor. It is also quieter than most people pointed out. It is no louder than my last card.

Cons: nothing really.

Other Thoughts: Some reviews pointed out that one of the heat pipes doesn't touch the GPU die. I'm idling at 30c. It went up to 52c while playing WoT for 30 minutes. No big deal.


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Display Name: Robert K.

Date Joined: 12/13/05

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 09/30/07
  • Last Review: 04/09/16
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