Presentation of gaming laptops with Core i5-12500H and RTX 3060

Gigabyte updates its popular gaming laptops to the 12th generation Intel Core in terms of value for money. The Gigabyte G5 and G7 have been updated and now come with an Intel Core i5-12500H, and a maximum of an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card.

Gigabyte G5 and G7: content of the hardware refresh

Both gaming laptops Gigabyte G5 and G7 have received a hardware update in 2022. One of the most important innovations is the transition to the generation of Intel Alder Lake processors. All laptop models are equipped with the Intel Core i5-12500H processor, which allows for a maximum clock frequency of 4.5 GHz.

However, there are differences in the graphics card, as the 15.6-inch Gigabyte G5 and the 17.3-inch Gigabyte G7 are each offered in three variants. They start with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 with 4 GB of GDDR6 memory, which can eventually be replaced by an RTX 3050 Ti or an RTX 3060 with 6 GB of GDDR6 RAM. The latter also becomes more powerful with 180 watts (compared to 150W for the 3050 models).

Thanks to the integrated MUX switch, the power of the graphics cards can also be transmitted directly to the screen, resulting in increased performance and generally higher frame rates, according to the manufacturer.

Regardless of the model, they are all paired with 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM in dual channel mode (2x 8GB), expandable up to 64GB. Storage is provided for a total of 512GB in the form of two M.2 2280 SSDs, one with PCIe Gen 3×4 and a faster one with PCIe Gen 4×4 connectivity.

144Hz displays with Full HD resolution

The screens of the Gigabyte G5 and G7 gaming laptops differ only in terms of size. Both are based on a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and offer a refresh rate of 144Hz. However, the manufacturer does not mention concrete details about brightness and more.

The manufacturer’s Windforce cooling system offers strong cooling performance. It consists of two fans with 59 fins and five heat pipes and is therefore supposed to properly cool the laptops even under extreme load.

Despite their large cooling capacity, both laptops are relatively thin. The G5 measures 36.0 x 23.8 x 2.39 cm (width x depth x height) and weighs 1.99 kg. The 17.3-inch G7 weighs 2.49 kg and measures 39.7 x 26.2 x 2.5 cm.

Both laptops share a 64Wh lithium-ion battery, which Gigabyte does not specify in terms of autonomy. Other features include Gigabit LAN, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.2. Two 2-watt stereo speakers are also installed, which also support DTS:X Ultra Audio, as well as a microphone and a 1MP HD webcam.

Thunderbolt 4 only in combination with RTX 3060

The choice of ports is also extensive and is largely shared by the Gigabyte G5 and G7 models. You have a USB 2.0 Type A, a USB 3.2 Gen 1, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C), a Mini-DisplayPort 1.4, an HDMI 2.1, a combined 3.5mm jack, an additional 3.5mm microphone input, and an RJ-45 LAN port.

One of the two USB-C ports of the GeForce RTX 3060 variants also supports Thunderbolt 4. The selection is complemented by a microSD card reader. Of course, a backlit keyboard, available in 15 different colors for the new laptops, is also included.

We were able to test for ourselves that Gigabyte was able to build excellent gaming laptops in October 2021 with the Gigabyte AORUS 15P YD. Here, a compact case was combined with strong performance. Presumably, new hardware updates with a transition to the Alder Lake platform will also come from the AORUS division in the near future.

Prices and availabilities

For now, the manufacturer does not provide details on the prices and availabilities of the two new Gigabyte G5 and G7 gaming laptops in the announcement. The previous model G5 KD-52DE123SD currently costs 849.00 euros in the Idealo price comparison with comparable features with i5-11400H, 16GB of RAM, and RTX 3060.

However, you can get more details on the product websites for the G5 (12th generation Intel) and G7 (12th generation Intel).

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