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GIGABYTE AERO 15 KC-8US5130SP Tech Specs

The GIGABYTE AERO 15 KC-8US5130SP offers fantastic value for money for both creators and gamers. Although its looks are pointing more to the gaming side of things, its specs will surely appeal to both categories. It has a full-sized UHS-II SD card reader which is extremely useful for photographers to quickly transfer their photos. It features one of the best looking displays I’ve seen on a “non-professional” laptop. The Aero 15 is hard not to like, especially since it’s rather aggressively priced for what it has to offer.

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One thing though, make sure to also replace the memory modules this laptop comes with if you’re serious about unlocking its full potential. In my opinion, 16 gigabytes don’t go that well with its Core i7-10870H CPU and its RTX 3060 GPU.

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This rig will handle almost all games without a sweat. Furthermore, 3D rendering and faster graphics processing has been made available thanks to NVIDIA’s DLSS technology. There are plenty of available ports to connect your peripherals and external monitors. The AERO 15 KC-8US5130SP will get hot when pushed, but not overly so thanks to its new WINDFORCE Infinity cooling system (5 heat pipes, 2 71-blade fans).

For what it’s worth, this laptop isn’t as heavy as I anticipated. It weighs just 4.4 pounds, which is actually great for such a workstation. Battery life is decent when used lightly, but will drop sharply when put to actual heavy duty work. Expect around 6 hours of video playback and 90 minutes of gaming.

As an alternative, I’d suggest the more affordable Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-71HN. But only if you’d trade display quality for a higher refresh rate (144 Hz vs 60 Hz) and won’t mind the extra weight. Otherwise go for the Aero.

GIGABYTE AERO 15 KC-8US5130SP tech specs

ProcessorIntel Core i7-10870H
CPU core count8-core, 16 threads
CPU cache size16 megabytes
CPU frequency2.2 GHz up to 5.0 GHz
System memory16 gigabytes
Memory technologyDDR4-2933
Memory configuration2 x 8-gigabyte modules
Maximum memory64 gigabytes
Storage capacity512 gigabytes
Storage drive typeType 2280 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
Additional storage slotsYes, M.2 form factor
Screen size15.6 inches
Touch enabledNo
Display technologyAMOLED, IPS, 400nit, Delta E < 1, Pantone certified
Display resolutionFHD (1920 x 1080)
GPUNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile
GPU TypeDedicated
GPU Specs6GB GDDR6, up to 1703 MHz frequency
Interface options1 x Type-C Thunderbolt 3
3 x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1
HDMI 2.1
mini DP 1.4
UHS-II SD card reader
Audio combo jack
RJ-45
NetworkingIntel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Gigabit Ethernet
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 + LE
Backlit keyboardYes, RGB
WebcamHD webcam
Operating systemWindows 10 Pro
Battery type99 Whr Lithium-Polymer
Expected battery lifeup to 6 hours
Weight4.4 lbs.
Dimensions14.0″ x 9.8 ” x 0.78″

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GIGABYTE AERO 15 KC-8US5130SP

8.3

Design and features

8.0/10

Performance

9.5/10

Graphics and display

9.0/10

Interface and networking

9.0/10

Portability and battery life

6.0/10

Value for money

8.5/10