When we discovered, completely by accident, that GIGABYTE was the OEM behind the RAZER Blade, we wondered when they'd be releasing their own thin and light gaming notebooks. While it's been a bit of a progression, they finally released some extremely powerful variants under their AORUS brand name at COMPUTEX 2014. There was some trickle down because the P35 and P34 notebooks in their line up inherited some thin and lightness along with some powerful hardware. The GIGABYTE 'Ultraforce' P35X continues to push thin and light with even more powerful hardware.
The GIGABYTE Ultraforce P35X is the follow up to their original P35 notebook, continuing with the existing sandblasted, matte black, aluminum chassis design, that shows some design inspiration from their RAZER collaboration. But under the hood, the new P35X receives a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 8GB graphics upgrade that is capable of powering a new WHQH+ 15.6 inch wide-view panel which, by the sounds of it, is LED backlit IPS.
Further pushing the performance in this thin and light chassis weighing 2.2 kg, and is no more than 20.9mm thick, is the ability to run up to four drives inside. There is space for two mSATA SSDs up to 512MBs in size, and two more SATA HDDs up to 2TB in size. You can also RAID the two mSATA SSDs together for up to 1500MB/s in read peformance. One of the two SATA HDDs can also be hot swapped for an optical drive when needed. This would be an excellent setup for video editing allowing you to have your assets on one drive, with the ability to setup two more scratch volumes.
In terms of connectivity, you'll get a mini DisplayPort for output to an external monitor up to 4K, USB 3.0 x Two, USB 2.0 x Two, HDMI, D-sub, RJ45, Mic-in, Earphone-out(SPDIF), SD Card Reader, and DC-in Jack. About the only thing missing is a Thunderbolt port.
The GIGABYTE Ultraforce GIGABYTE P35X is available now, and should be hitting your favourite retailers like NewEgg, AMAZON, and NCIX very soon. Pricing will vary depending on configurations and region. Hit up the press release below for more details.
GIGABYTE P35X – Most Powerful 15.6" Laptop Paired with GTX 980M Graphics and WQHD+ Display
New Maxwell architecture brings performance breakthrough and improved efficiency in 20.9mm chassis
GIGABYTE unveiled the lightest 15.6” gaming laptop, called the ‘Ultraforce’ P35X. Measuring only 20.9mm thin and weighing 2.2 kg, P35X is powered by 4th-gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor and potent NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980M GDDR5 8GB (scoring P10000 in 3DMark 11) delivering amazing gameplay and smooth-rendering of 3D graphics. New Battery Boost 2.0 allows users to set graphics quality settings that apply only while the notebook is running on battery. Other than Battery Boost, impressive features include DSR (Dynamic Super Resolution) for increased fidelity and MFAA (Multi-Frame Anti-Aliasing) for fewer jagged edges. P35X boasts an elegant sandblasted aluminum matte finish, sleek and subtle for a boardroom yet enough firepower under the hood to power through games. ‘Ultraforce’ superior mobility releases power users from the shackles of desktop, providing uncompromised performance for playing major game titles or running resource-demanding applications on the go.
Lightning Response & Flexible Storage: GTX 980M, 5TB Capacity, & RAID Storm
The powerful NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980M GDDR5 8GB VRAM surges to P10000 in 3DMark11 and 4th-gen Intel® Core™ i7 Processor provides better battery life and improved power efficiency in the P35X. The hot-swappable ODD/HDD Bay adds flexibility for ultimate convenience and numerous possibilities for user customization. Unique massive quad-storage supports four drives for a gigantic capacity of a total 5TB: two 512MB mSATA SSDs and two 2TB HDDs. GIGABYTE Exclusive RAID Storm makes for speedy transmission up to 1500MB/ s* while the massive storage houses larger files ready for access. File or system backup without Internet access would thus be no problem. With GIGABYTE exclusive Supra-Cool technology, P35X is able to pack dual thermal pipes plus two dedicated fans for CPU & GPU, ensuring optimal cooling for the most arduous of tasks and gaming.
* Tested with 3mSATA SSDs in RAID Storm configuration. Product specifications and availability may vary by country and region. Please contact your local dealers for the latest product information in your country.
Sensational Vision: WQHD Wide-view Display & Mini DisplayPort
The WQHD+ display grants users unprecedented image details with resolution as high as 2880x1620; Wide-view panel delivers superb color accuracy and clear and vivid images for viewing from any direction, perfect for immersive gameplay and captivating multimedia entertainment. A Mini DisplayPort readies output to an external display up to 4K while built-in sound optimization and Blu-ray drive* turns P35X into a mobile personal theater. The backlit keyboard adjusts brightness depending on your need for accurate key strokes while gaming or typing in dimly lit conditions.
* Product specifications and availability may vary by country.
Smart Integration: Taking User Experience to a New Level
In addition to all the outstanding features on the P35X, the integrated hardware and innovative software make for an intuitive User-Interface. GIGABYTE Smart Manager allows the user to control many facets of the P35X with just one click. For instance, GIGABYTE Fan Tweak offers 4 modes of fan speed for easy configuration while system stability is assured. LAN Optimizer eliminates network latency and improves online gaming and/or web browsing by prioritizing the desired type of packets according to user settings. LockWin Key allows Windows Key to be locked during gaming sessions, freeing gamers from interruptions in gameplay. The P35X is created to ensure gamers enjoy the best playing time anytime, anywhere.
P35X Features and Specs:
- Thrilling Visuals with NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980M GDDR5 8GB for P10000 in 3D Mark 11
- Powerful and Efficient 4th-gen Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
- Only 20.9 mm slim (0.82 inch)
- Weight: 2.2kg (4.85 lbs)
- WQHD+ 2880x1620 Wide-view Display
- Hot-swappable Bay: 9.5mm Blu-ray/HDD or SSD/Weight saver
- Electroluminescence Backlit Keyboard
- USB 3.0 x Two, USB 2.0 x Two, HDMI, D-sub, Mini DisplayPort, RJ45, Mic-in, Earphone-out(SPDIF), SD Card Reader, DC-in Jack
- Dimensions: 15.2 x 10.6 x 0.82 inch
GIGABYTE Technology Co. Ltd., headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, is known as a leading brand in the IT industry with branch offices located in 24 countries around the world. Founded in 1986, GIGABYTE started as a small research and development team and has since taken a position as one of the in the world's top motherboard manufacturers. In addition to motherboards and graphics cards, GIGABYTE further expanded its product portfolio to include notebook and desktop PCs, datacenter servers, networking products, mobile handsets, and home entertainment devices to serve each facet of the digital life in the home and office. Everyday GIGABYTE aims to “Upgrade Your Life” with innovative technology, exceptional quality, and unmatched customer service. Visit www.gigabyte.com for more information.