Touring the Gigabyte & Aorus Booth at CES 2024
Here’s what Gigabyte and Aorus had to show us at CES 2024
We’ve already went to see MSI and ASUS at CES. Now, we are here to see Gigabyte, and they had a lot of kit to show us. They have a new range of white PC hardware, new PSUs, graphics cards, laptops, monitors and more. Their white motherboards even have white PCBs! That’s attention to detail.
A proper brew station!
If there is one thing that we appreciated about Gigabyte’s booth, it’s that it gave us a chance to have a proper brew. Yes, we did bring our own tea bags from the UK for CES. It’s not a crime to have some home comforts after all. What was a crime is the fact that our hotel room didn’t have a kettle! That made Gigabyte’s CES booth the first, and last, place we had a proper cup of tea at CES.
Gigabyte showed us a lot of white hardware at CES
If you have been coming to OC3D for a while, you will know that we like white PC hardware. Gigabyte are relatively new to the white hardware scene, but they are making up for that now with a huge range of white products.
Below, you can see a trio of motherboards, the Z790 AORUS PRO X, the B650 AORUS Elite X ICE, and the X670E AORUS PRO X. All of these motherboards are now available at retailers, giving Gigabyte fans white hardware options for both AMD and Intel based systems.
On the GPU side we have Gigabyte’s RTX 4070 AERO range. Specifically, Gigabyte were showing their RTX 4070 model at CES. Beside it we have the Gigabyte Ultra Durable UD850GM PG5W power supply. This is an 850W ATX 3.0 PSU with PCIe 5.0 certification. This is Gigabyte’s first white power supply, and we know that more white PSUs are coming!
Gigabyte presents an all-white gaming PC at CES
Using their new range of white hardware, Gigabyte has created an all-white PC for their CES booth. This PC features an Intel i9-14900K CPU, a Gigabyte Z790 AORUS PRO X motherboard, a GeForce RTX 4070 AERO OC 12GB graphics card, and a Aorus WaterForce X II 360 ICE CPU cooler.
This PC is inside Gigabyte’s new C301 Glass White V2 PC case and is powered by Gigabyte’s UD850GM PG5W power supply.
The only piece of non-Gigabyte hardware within this system is its DDR5 DRAM. This is odd because Gigabyte does produce DDR5 memory modules. That said, they do not make white DDR5 memory modules, at least not yet.
Gigabyte shows off their next-generation Aorus AIOs at CES
Within the next few months, Gigabyte plans to launch a new series of AORUS branded CPU liquid coolers. These coolers will be part of their WaterForce II range, and it will be available with both black and white options.
The AORUS WaterForce II 360 ICE features an RGB illuminated pump/block top that can be twisted so that its logo suits the user’s preferences. The AORUS WaterForce X II 360 ICE features an LCD display that can have its orientation shifted in software. The X also features other neat upgrade. It’s fans are magnetic, allowing them to be connected together and daisy-chained with ease. For the non-X model the fans clip together. This means that both models feature daisy-chainable fans, but the X series model has the cool factor that comes with magnetically attached fans.
Meet the Gigabyte Aorus 17X and its monstrous cooling solution
Before we look at Gigabyte’s AORUS 17X laptop, let’s look at its cooling solution. Yes, that’s a 4-fan cooling solution! This laptop can contain a max-TDP mobile RTX 4090 graphics card and an Intel Core i9-14900HX processor. This makes this laptop one of the highest-end laptops on the market, explaining Gigabyte’s need for such an extreme cooling solution.
This laptop features a 17.3-inch 1440p display that operates at 240Hz, supports Nvidia G-Sync, and is 100% DCI-P3 and Pantone validated. This laptop can also feature up to 64GB of DDR5 memory out of the box, and supports WIFI 6E.
Nvidia’s RTX 4070 SUPER and RTX 4070 Ti SUPER were on show
Below we have the RTX 4070 SUPER EAGLE and RTX 4070 Ti SUPER Gaming OC from Gigabyte. These two GPUs will be available later this month when Nvidia officially releases their RTX 40 SUPER series GPUs at retailers.
A 1600W PSU from Gigabyte
Gigabyte are getting ready to release a 1600W poser supply, one that features two 12VHPWR connectors. This PSU is the Ultra Durable UD1600GM PG5, and it is 80+ Platinum rated.
Ultrawide insanity – Meet the Gigabyte Aorus CO49DQ OLED
One of the highlights of Gigabyte’s CES 2024 boot was its range of monitors. Gigabyte had a lot of OLED monitors to showcase at CES, and all of them were beautiful. The most eye-catching of these monitors was the Aorus CO49DQ, a 49-inch OLED screen that runs at 144Hz and operates at a 5120×1440 resolution. This curved OLED screen is the equivalent of two 27-inch 1440p displays side-by-side.
This screen was shown running a racing game at CES, and it really showcased the benefits of super-wide displays for sim racing setups.
360Hz OLED gaming – Meet the FO27Q3
For more competitive gamers we have the Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q3, a 27-inch 360Hz OLED gaming monitor that has a resolution of 2560×1440 (1440p). With its high refresh rate, this screen is well suited to fast-paced shooter and other competitive games. It’s fast OLED screen gives users excellent motion response characteristics, giving fast-paced games an incredibly sharp presentation.
WQHD OLED at 240Hz – Meet the 34-inch MO34wQC2
The MO34wQC2 is essentially a mixture of the two above screens. It is not as wide as the Aorus CO49DQ OLED, and not as fast as the FO27Q3. This sits in the middle with a resolution of 3440×1440, a 21:9 aspect ratio, and a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz. This screen offers gamers the best of both worlds with a fast refresh rate and an ultra-wide aspect ratio. This screen is also an OLED monitor.
4K 240Hz with full DisplayPort 2.1
Last we have the AORUS FO32U2P, what Gigabyte is calling the world’s first DP2.1 UHBR20 OLED gaming monitor. This screen is a 32-inch 4K OLED screen that operates at 240Hz and supports the full capabilities of DisplayPort 2.1. This means that next-generation graphics cards will be able to use this screen at 4K 240Hz without using Display Stream Compression (DSC), enabling a higher level of detail for gamers.
While DSC is marketed as being “visually lossless” by VESA, it is neat to see that Gigabyte are putting the bandwidth of DisplayPort 2.1 to use. While no modern gaming GPU supports DisplayPort 2.1 with UHBR20, we know that it is coming. This is a next-generation monitor for next-generation GPUs.
Gigabyte has some super-thin OLED laptops at CES
Gigabyte has updated their AERO range of laptops with the latest OLED monitors. Beyond this, Gigabyte has added X-Rite calibration and Pantone validation to the mix to up the quality of their displays further.
Gigabyte’s AERO range of laptops are designed for both gamers and creators, which is why they are taking the quality of their OLED screens extra seriously. This system is also incredibly powerful with its Intel i9-13900H CPU and RTX 4070 laptop graphics.
In person, this laptop looks fantastic. It’s definitely a great option for people who do not want their laptop to look like a gaming machine.
A compact laptop that packs a punch
Moving dewn to the AERO 14 OLED we have an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 graphics card and an Intel i7-13700H processor. This laptop is very lightweight at under 1.5kg, and its 2560×1600 OLED screen is great for productivity tasks.
The 14-inch laptop form factor is great for portable creation use cases. Yes, you can fit more hardware and cooling into larger laptop designs, but that bulk has its downsides. That bulk requires suitcase/backpack space and adds to a notebook’s weight. Both of those things are annoying while travelling, especially if you are travelling by air and weight matters.
Closing thoughts on the Gigabyte CES booth
For us, the highlights of Gigabyte’s CES booth were its selection of white PC hardware and its wide range of new OLED monitors. It’s hard to leave Gigabyte’s booth without wanting an OLED screen upgrade. We also appreciate the company’s increased focus on white products.
Gigabyte has a lot of new hardware launching in 2024, and at CES the company have left us with a lot to be excited for.
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