Gigabyte is pretty well known among the consumers thanks to its Aero 15X gaming which considered as the lightest and smallest 15 inch gaming machine available right now. For this case, we are not going to review another model for that laptop, but we want to take a look into another their popular series. The Gigabyte Sabre 17 is the direct successor of the same system which released in the 2017. This time, it brings of several improvements especially in term of hardware configuration. The Intel 8th generation processor is now featured alongside with 1050 TI graphic card. The improvement is actually greatly seen in matter of hardware, but the design itself is remaining similar.
Compared to last generation model, the difference is almost nowhere to be seen here. It might even use more powerful processor, but the manufacture won’t put of the new RTX card until the latest of 2019 and means they can just simply put the GTX card. For under 1500 dollars, this could be a good option if you look for highly powerful 17 inch gaming companion. Let’s take a look inside and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Connectivity
Difference than the Aero series, the chassis size in Sabre series is slightly bigger and thicker. They do it intentionally because they mainly target the usage for home or office usages only. There is one good thing we can have through its big chassis, the thing is a good thermal management. We have of so much space room inside and mean the hardware should reach its full potential without any issues. The chase itself is mostly created from plastic and coming with angular design and matte finishing surface. The build quality is good although I notice a slightly sound when twisting the lid cover. But, I find it as normal case considering I have the similar experience in ASUS ROG GL703GM.
One thing that I don’t really like is the surface finishing. The matte surface looks good, but becomes a fingerprint magnet pretty easily. I need to clean it regularly or will leaving some bad mark. I personally will love to see different design treatment here, but that is not going to happen soon here. As for the connectivity, the ports selections are decent although I still find of some legacy ports. There are two USB standard 3.0 ports which one of them is USB 2.0. USB 2.0 is pretty old, but thankfully they offer of a single USB type-C connectivity here.back to menu ↑
Display and Input
Gigabyte never put of bad screen panel into their gaming series for years and its even still continuing until now. The 17 inch display here features of an IPS panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution. The screen looks great although the bezel surrounded the panel is big and thick. In term of quality, the panel manages to cover of 90 % SRGB color or having of 72 % NTSC color. The result is quite impressive and looks promising for photo editing. Unfortunately, the panel still using of 60 Hz refresh rate and slightly falling behind in matter of smoothness in comparable with more modern panel nowadays.
As for the input support, we are seeing of a Chiclet style keyboard with numpad keys inside. Interestingly, the keyboard is slightly made recessed and somehow feels so comfortable to depend for long term usage. The backlighting support is one of the best features to find here. The zones are divided into three different areas and allowing you to customize each of them in your preference. The power button is no longer placed alongside the QWERTY keys and preventing for users to accidentally press it.
|Gigabyte Sabre 17 Inch||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Core I7-8750H Hexa Core 2.2 GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1050 TI|
|Display Size||17.3 Inch IPS 1920 X 1080|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||16GB DDR4 Memory|
|Storage||512GB SSD + 1TB HDD|
Gigabyte provides of several hardware configurations into this series and coming with lot of choices you want depending on your budget. For this review, I have the very basic model which equipped with Intel I7 8750H processor and GTX 1050 TI card. The higher end model will cover more powerful hardware like either of GTX 1060 or 1070 card and Intel Core I9 processor. In term of performance, the basic model will provide a pretty decent experience in gaming as long as you are okay with the medium setting in some games. Many newer games will require of more demanding hardware in order to get its maximum setting.
I have tested couple of games here included the Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Fortnite, and Assassin Creed Odyssey. I am able to get of around 70 FPS in Fortnite in the high setting, but getting the same performance in other games is tough here. Then, I tried of Tomb Raider and Assassin and both of them are only running smoothly in medium setting. High setting is possible, but you should notice of great drops in framerate during the gameplay. Make sure to pick the better GPU if you expect for higher framerate in gaming.back to menu ↑
I don’t notice something so difference or surprising in Sabre 17 2018, but it’s cheaper price point and good hardware inside making me so excited to review the new model. Here, I don’t see so many things to complaint beside than its big chassis. The chassis looks pretty big and carrying it around will have time to do it. Just never imagine carrying it around in your small bag because it’s impossible here. In matter of hardware performance, I will give my compliment for making everything well rounded here. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Make sure to check our latest article and mind leaving some comments for further assistance regarding the article.