Gigabyte Sabre 17


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G iga­byte may have been pro­mot­ing the heck out of its Aorus pre­mium brand of gam­ing prod­ucts, but that doesn’t mean it’s for­got­ten the rest of us. At this year’s Com­pu­tex, it un­veiled the brand new range of Sabre gam­ing lap­tops, aim­ing to de­liver aord­able gam­ing lap­tops for those of us who don’t have thick wal­lets. The Sabre 17 is the first to come across our test­bench, and while it’s great value for a 17-incher, you’re go­ing to have to make com­pro­mises if you want to play the lat­est and great­est.

As men­tioned, it’s a rather large gam­ing ma­chine, dom­i­nated by the 17.3-inch dis­play. It’s a beau­ti­ful IPS panel that is ra­zor sharp de­spite be­ing just 1920 x 1080p, though only sup­ports the ba­sic 60Hz re­fresh rate and no sign of G-Synch. Gigabyte has gone for an ex­tremely sub­tle over­all de­sign – it’s ba­si­cally straight lines and pure black all the way, though the RGB key­board does spice things up a lit­tle bit.

We’re not huge fans of the touch­pad, which seems rather in­ac­cu­rate at times, but the ‘Flexikey’ full sized key­board is comfy and roomy, with a de­cent amount of key travel (2mm) with­out any sign of flex­ing. It’s rather heavy, weigh­ing in at a whop­ping 3.1kg, so don’t ex­pect to use this as a mo­bile gam­ing ma­chine of­ten. The bat­tery life backs this up, scor­ing just 85 min­utes in our PCMark 8 Bat­tery test – this is a large gamer de­signed to live mainly on a desk­top.

Thanks to the large size, there’s a bucket-load of I/O op­tions, start­ing with twin MiniDP out­puts (one is 1.3, the other 1.2), as well as a sin­gle HDMI 1.4 out­put. This makes it per­fect for set­ting up with mul­ti­ple screens at home. There’s plenty of USB ports, with four in to­tal, in­clud­ing a sin­gle USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, as well as a 6-in1 card reader and the usual mic-in/ head­phone out ports.

Help­ing to keep the costs of a 17.3-incher so rea­son­able is the choice of GPU, in this case an Nvidia GeForce GTX The RGB light­ing can be turned off A full suite of ports 1050 Ti. As our bench­marks show, it won’t run to­day’s triple A ti­tles at 60fps with Ul­tra set­tings, but if you’re look­ing for a mo­bile CS:GO or DOTA 2 ma­chine, it’ll do the trick. This is backed up by In­tel’s i7-7700HQ, which peaks at 3.8GHz un­der load. De­spite the high speed, we mea­sured a max­i­mum fan noise of just 46dB dur­ing the ex­tremely tax­ing Fire­Strike Ex­treme test.

We also gave PC Mark 10 our first run ever, a brand new bench­mark from 3DMark, but also in­cluded PCMark 8 Home for ref­er­ence to past ma­chines. The in­clu­sion of 16GB of me­mory and a 256GB SSD ob­vi­ously helps here, and there’s even a 1TB me­chan­i­cal HDD for your lesser speed-wor­thy files. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is in­cluded, as is a sin­gle Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net con­nec­tion.

It may not be the blaz­ing fast 17-inch 4K $6,000 ma­chines found at the high end of the mar­ket, but if you want a nice big screen, with enough power to play some of the more com­mon, less de­mand­ing games on the mar­ket, the Sabre 17 de­liv­ers. It’s hard to find any­thing else of this size in this price range, though the Metabox N870HK is pretty strong com­pe­ti­tion. Still, we think there’s room for a main­stream gam­ing lap­top se­ries from an­other man­u­fac­turer, and the Sabre 17 oers over­all ex­cel­lent value.

Over­all, The new Sabre se­ries from Gigabyte looks set to de­liver solid per­for­mance at a great price point, giv­ing the mid-range gamer even more op­tions to choose from.

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