Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1070 Gaming Graphic Card Review

Gaming enthusiasts have desktop PCs as their first priority mainly because they can handle the heavy loads and graphics problem with ease. Compared to that, laptops usually do not meet specifications to give you a good gaming experience. It is a fact that laptop is portable and you don’t have to move a dozen of other accessories with it as in the case of desktop PCs where you got to take separate monitors and other peripherals.

Observing the need of gamers, different tech companies have introduced gaming laptops too. But they really don’t replace the traditional laptops mainly because they are heavy and large as well.  Another major factor that refrains gamers to buy a gaming laptop is the heavy price. Most of them range from $1400 to $4000 and even more. So that’s definitely isn’t a choice of budget-oriented gamer. In this scenario, gaming boxes come handy. The function of gaming box is to power your laptop for the heavy games without hindering the portability. In simple words, you will connect a small box with your laptop and rest of the working will be overtaken by the box. And guess what, you don’t need a lot of space for all these stuff to set up. And when you want to move the whole system from one place to another, it really isn’t a problem thanks to its size and weight.

Plenty of gaming boxes are available in the market but not everyone is your cup of tea. Some of them don’t even feature a graphics card which means you are going to invest another chunk of money into it. An example of this is Razer Core which would cost you $800 straightly along with graphics card. And that’s how Aorus GTX 1070 Gaming Box outspeeds other competitors. GTX 1070 gaming box costs your around $600 which is quite amazing and reasonable as compared to other boxes.

Specs:

So let’s talk about the specs first. It features GP104 graphics processor along with 1920 cores as compared to 2500 core of GTX 1080. Having memory type of GDDR5 with a capacity of 8192 MB, GTX 1070 is equipped with 256-bit bus width. This little box has 7200 million transistors to make the gaming experience steady and uninterrupted. And surprisingly, it weighs only 2.4 kg. Amazing, isn’t it? Now that’s what you can move to anywhere in the room.

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DesignPerformance
Now let’s move to the design of the box. The box is metallic and goes around with vertical vents on both sides. Power slot and Thunderbolt 3 USB ports are located at the back. Frankly speaking, I wasn’t expecting the setup to be that easy. All you need to do is connect the power cable to box and connect the box to the laptop via Thunderbolt 3. A small configuration window will pop up that will lead you to the setting, installing the required graphics driver. And and. No, stop there. You have successfully established the whole system. Yeah, really it’s that simple.
And then we moved to its performance. I have tried playing games like Batman: Arkham Knight, Battlefield 1: MP, Fallout 4, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Witcher 3, Tomb Raider etc. with my not so high spec ultrabook and unfortunately, with exception of Tomb Raider, none of the above-mentioned games run. Even Tomb Raider ran at 65 fps on 720 low setting which is the lowest possible quality at which they can be played. Another fun fact is that this game was released some five years ago so basically not a good test to perform with. BUT when I connected GTX 1070, the result was overhauling. Not even the games ran on that quite old ultrabook, the gaming experience was wonderful. Mass Effect Andromeda, Witcher 3 gave an outstanding performance. Batman: Arkham Knight was above average. And Tomb Raider ran excellently well.

However, I must tell here that Battlefield and Fallout 4 weren’t that impressive. Well, that’s exactly not the problem of gaming box but also of ultrabook. In my experience, using an Ultrabook of higher specs result in greater performance. Similarly, using external monitors also lets the game run at higher frames per second. Laptops with dedicated graphics cards also perform well with GTX 1070. Another plus point you must know is that you won’t be facing the noise issues. As far as temperature is concerned, it will be at 70 C when in full use but that’s normal for heavy gaming.

There’s no on/off switch on the box. Just plug in the box to your ultrabook and game will automatically switch to box when games needing higher graphics card are played. Similarly, removing the plug will reverse everything smoothly. Additionally, the box will also charge your laptop up to 100W. The transition from the internal graphics card to GTX 1070 is so smooth that most of the time you won’t feel it switching. Using external devices such as monitors, mouse and keyboard are permissible thanks to USB ports at the back and they enhance the performance of the box.

The best reason to buy one is definitely the price. However, if you are choosing to buy a new ultrabook and gaming box, I would recommend you to buy a gaming laptop instead because of it almost worth a same. As I explained you before, most of them start with as low as $1400.

So that’s all folks for GTX 1070. It is affordable and reliable. If you are looking for gaming right on the budget and performance, there’s no better choice especially when you have the built-in graphics card. So you got my recommendation on it. Still, if you think that’s not your cup of tea, Gigabyte has other improved versions such as GTX 1080 which gives a far superior performance.

Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1070

Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1070
8.8

Low temperatures

9/10

No coil whine

9/10

4k Gaming

9/10

Max Screen Resolution

9/10

Overall

9/10

Pros

  • Fans turn off in idle
  • RGB illumination on both card and backplate
  • Large overclock out of the box

Cons

  • Tripleslot design might not fit all cases

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Written by Addison Aiken

Addison Aiken is a reporter at GadgetSkull focused on diversity, inclusion and social justice. He previously spent two years at Business Insider covering tech startups focused on the shared economy, IoT and music industry. He is graduated from the University of Southern California in 2011 with a degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism.

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