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If you’re hoping to win the “best Christmas gift of 2021” award in your household and you’re buying for a PC gamer, you’ve come to the right place. GIGABYTE, maker of some pretty slick PC hardware, is celebrating the holiday-shopping season with deals on its AORUS-branded gaming products, and we’ve highlighted five selections below that could make some amazing gifts.
GIGABYTE is among the most respected manufacturers in the PC gaming-hardware scene. And with its AORUS brand of gaming gear, the company is notable for producing powerful, high-end motherboards, fast gaming laptops, and premium gaming monitors (among other things), all of which sport the brand’s iconic dark, angular design aesthetic.
The “Holiday Deals Powered by AORUS” sales event includes discounts on a wide range of hardware, from laptops spanning all budgets to displays and internal PC components, which would all be great for upgrading an existing setup.
There’s a lot to choose from, so here’s a selection of highlights to get you started on your way to inducing a mini freak-out moment for a PC gamer come Christmas Day.
GIGABYTE G5 15.6″ FHD IPS 144Hz Gaming Laptop
If you’ve ever considered purchasing a gaming laptop, you would probably know how pricey they can be. And that’s what makes this budget-friendly option from GIGABYTE so appealing.
It has an 11th-Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 16GBs of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card, appropriately paired with a 1080p display that runs at 144Hz. And if that’s all gibberish to you, just know that this means it can handle popular modern games like “Call of Duty: Warzone” or “Fortnite” with ease.
It also supports the latest and greatest Wi-Fi standards (Wi-Fi 6) for a fast wireless connection while gaming online, and it has a healthy selection of ports—including full-size HDMI and an SD Card reader.
This would be a fine choice for a first gaming laptop, or an upgrade from an older machine that’s no longer able to keep up with running new games.
GIGABYTE 15P YD 15.6” IPS Level 240Hz Gaming Laptop
If the previous laptop piques your interest but you’re looking for something a little more high-end, here’s a no-messing-around gaming laptop for the serious PC gamer.
The biggest upgrade is the graphics card—the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 is still currently the fastest graphics hardware you can get in a laptop, making this device a gaming powerhouse.
And with a 1080p, 240Hz display on board, it’s clear that this laptop is designed to deliver lighting-fast, high-frame-rate gaming. This is perfect for competitive gamers who want the best chance at dominating the opposition in fast-paced shooters like “Fortnite,” “Apex Legends,” or “Overwatch.”
And it has all the components primed to support that fast graphics card, including an 11th-Gen Core i7 CPU, 32GBs of RAM, and fast 1TB SSD for storage.
GIGABYTE M27Q 27″ 170Hz 1440P KVM Gaming Monitor
This monitor’s 170Hz refresh rate, 0.5ms pixel response time, and IPS-type panel make it a great option for a gaming PC. But this product has a special trick you don’t often see in gaming panels—it doubles as a KVM (Keyboard Video Mouse) device.
This means it contains a switching function that allows you to control multiple PCs with a single mouse and keyboard set. This is handy for someone who has a work PC and a gaming PC, or a MacOS device and a Windows machine at the same desk, allowing them to switch control between them without needing to have multiple keyboards and mice cluttering up their workspace.
Low blue-light emission and VESA mounting support are great features for those who work from home, and when it’s time for gaming, switching to a gaming PC is as easy as changing the channel.
AORUS FO48U 48″ 4K OLED 120Hz Gaming Monitor
This massive 48-inch panel is a dream display for a dream PC. Its 3840 x 2160 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate demands the most high-end of PCs to take full advantage of it, but if you have the hardware, this is 4K gaming at its best.
Almost large enough to be a TV for your main living room, the amount of screen real estate in the 48-inch canvas is staggering when placed on a desk just a couple of feet away from you.
With support for HDMI 2.1 (required for 4K at 120Hz), USB-C, and AMD Freesync Premium, it has all the trimmings to support its huge display area. It also sports 10-bit color, a 98% DCI-P3 rating, and 130% sRGB color gamut for producing highly accurate colors and vivid game visuals (and could likely double as an excellent productivity monitor for photographers or video editors).
GIGABYTE AORUS ULTRA LGA 1200 Intel Z590 ATX Motherboard
GIGABYTE is well-known for producing a range of motherboards designed to cater specifically to gamers. And they can be an especially demanding crowd with their need for robust overclocking features, extensive hardware control and configuration, and the means to support multiple high-speed components like beefy graphics cards, SSDs, and lots of RAM.
And this board delivers with support for 10th- and 11th-Gen Intel CPUs, plus DDR4 RAM and three PCI Express ports for impressive expansion capabilities. It also features the full gamut of overclocking and hardware-monitoring features you’d expect from a gaming-centric motherboard.
And for those who like a gaming PC with a bit of visual sass, those slick, metallic heat sinks bring as much style to the internals as they do cooling prowess for fast storage drives.
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