Those with perfect scores in the CSAT spoke as if they were salty whenever they were interviewed. “I studied mainly from textbooks.” Of course, no one believes this. Even if you believe it, you would have doubted at least once that the perfect score did not study only textbooks. Did the world make the people with perfect scores in the CSAT say that? Even so, if you look at the stereotypical words alone, it can be seen that at least the students with perfect scores were faithful to the regular curriculum.
So, can we apply the phrase ‘textbook-like’ to gaming laptops? Textbooks are tailored to the regular curriculum and help efficient learning. If you compare this to a gaming laptop, you can see it as a ‘laptop that can efficiently enjoy games tailored to general gamers’.
A laptop geared toward the average gamer is one that’s set at an affordable price point that lets you enjoy gaming at FHD resolution without overcompromising options. In that respect, Gigabyte is at the level of a textbook writer. It has created a product that can be seen as a textbook for 17.3-inch gaming laptops.
Textbook gaming laptop with added MUX switch
The Gigabyte G series is the standard gaming laptop. Performance, price, and design are all close to the standard. However, the 12th generation Intel Core processor-based G series has a unique design. Colorful patterns were drawn on the top plate and touchpad. It doesn’t look insipid on the outside, so it doesn’t get boring easily.
The GIGABYTE G7 KE (Gigabyte G7 KE, hereinafter G7 KE) to be introduced this time is a 17.3-inch laptop. Unlike the previous G series, it has a unique appearance. However, the inside is still the textbook itself. You can easily respond to any situation, such as gaming, video editing, and office work. However, among the G series, only the G7 KE has a little special function. It is a MUX switch technology.
Let’s check the specifications first. The G7 KE is a 17.3-inch gaming laptop. It has a Core i5-12500H (12 cores, 16 threads, 18MB cache, up to 4.5GHz), GeForce RTX 3060, DDR4 8GB 3200MHz (2 SODIMMs up to 64GB), and an NVMe 512GB SSD. The display is an IPS panel and supports FHD (1920×1080) resolution and 144Hz refresh rate on a 17.3-inch screen. The color gamut is also 100% sRGB.
Compared to the previous 11th generation Gigabyte G series, CPU performance has improved significantly. The Core i5-11400H had 6 cores and 12 threads, while the Core i5-12500H had 12 cores and 16 threads. The number of E-cores is increasing, which is very helpful when performing tasks that utilize all of the cores.
Also, note the MUX switch that is only applied to the G series G7 KE. The MUX switch allows you to disable the integrated graphics of your Intel processor. Through this setting, you can actively utilize the RTX 3060. Depending on the game, it boosts the frame rate by up to 8%. This function can be set by entering the BIOS. You can set whether or not to activate the built-in graphics in the BIOS.
CPU – Core i5-12500H (12 cores, 16 threads, 18 MB cache, up to 4.5 GHz)
RAM – DDR4 8GB 3200MHz (2 SODIMMs up to 64GB, support dual channel)
GPU – GeForce RTX 3060 (GDDR6 6GB), MUX switch technology
Display – DDR4 8GB 3200MHz / 2 SODIMMs up to 64GB, dual channel support
Storage – M.2 2280 512GB SSD (2 x M.2 2280 slots, PCIe Gen3x4/PCIe Gen4x4)
Keyboard/Touchpad – RGB backlit full-size keyboard with numeric keys, Windows Precision touchpad
Communication – Intel Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth V5.2, LAN 1GB
Camera – HD video camera
Ports – USB 2.0 x1, USB 3.2 Gen1 x1, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C x1, Thunderbolt 4 (Type-C) x1, Mini DP 1.4 x1, HDMI (with HDCP), 2in1 audio jack (headphone, microphone) x1, Microphone x1, RJ-45 x1, DC-in x1, MicroSD card reader x1
Audio – 2W x2 speakers, microphone, DTS:X Ultra Audio technology
Battery – Lithium 54Wh/230W power adapter
Size – 39.7×26.2×2.5cm
Weight – 2.49kg
Textbook gaming laptop with 100% sRGB support
The G7 KE has been reduced in size by 22% compared to the previous generation laptop, enhancing portability. The weight is 2.49kg based on the official website and the thickness is 2.5cm.
how about design? In the G7 KE, patterns inspired by science fiction movies are engraved on the laptop top and touchpad. It’s a unique pattern, but the design isn’t overdone. There is no burden even if you carry it and use it. In addition, the operating status can be checked through the LED indicator.
The display is a 17.3-inch FHD 144Hz IPS product family, suitable for gaming. It was a low-reflective type, so it was easy on the eyes. In particular, the brightness is 300 nits at 100% sRGB. In terms of color gamut, it can also be used for design work. If the brightness is 300nit, it is not too dark and is suitable.
Connection ports are USB 2.0 x1, USB 3.2 Gen1 x1, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C x1, Thunderbolt 4 (Type-C) x1, Mini DP 1.4 x1, HDMI (with HDCP), 2in1 audio jack (headphone, microphone) x1 , Microphone x1, RJ-45 x1, DC-in x1, MicroSD card reader x1. Use both the side and back of the laptop. It is also noteworthy that it supports Thunderbolt 4 with a bandwidth of 40 Gbps.
The keyboard has an RGB backlight. It is a method of applying 15 different backlight colors to all keys on the keyboard. RGB is not applied per individual key, but it is gorgeous in its own way. The right shift size is a bit small, but you get used to it quickly. You can set macros for each key.
The cooling solution uses Windforce cooling technology. It has 59 blade fans x2, 5 heatpipes, and 4 exhaust vents. As a textbook for a 17-inch gaming laptop, there is no doubt about its cooling performance. It manages heat well even when gaming.
The battery is 54 WHr. Comes with a 180W power adapter.
Audio is DTS:X Ultra applied. Even with the built-in speaker, it was confirmed that it is applied slightly differently when changing sound presets (games, watching movies), etc.
As for the wireless LAN, the product under test is the Wi-Fi 6 AX201, which supports Wi-Fi 6. The storage device is NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 512GB. It was confirmed that the test product was equipped with a gigabyte SSD.
The G7 KE has a Core i5-12500H, GeForce RTX 3060, DDR4 8GB 3200MHz (2 SODIMMs up to 64GB), and an NVMe 512GB SSD. During the test, the cooling fan was set to performance mode in the control center. The operating system is Windows 11 64bit.
Running Blender Benchmark puts a full load on the CPU. At this time, the CPU records a maximum of 99 degrees and maintains 82 degrees. All-core clocks are confirmed as P-core 3.5GHz and E-core 2.8GHz.
Then, the temperature of the laptop was measured while the game was running. The CPU temperature is confirmed to be 96 degrees and the GPU temperature is 82 degrees. The laptop temperature is confirmed to be 45.8 degrees at the top of the keyboard and 52.1 degrees at the back. There was no heat coming up to the top of the keyboard. The noise was confirmed to be 50.5 dB on average.
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provide a comfortable environment
The G7 KE is as stable as the Gigabyte G series. It manages heat well and keeps the game frame stable. In addition, the MUX switch is also supported so that the frame can be pulled out properly. The frame rate can be improved when the RAM is added later and configured as a dual channel. In addition, the display quality is also good with sRGB 100% and sRGB 300nit. The G7 KE is recommended when you want to enjoy a comfortable game like a desktop with a high-quality display.