Gigabyte Sabre 15
Hello! Guys, Today, I’m going to take a look at Gigabyte Sabre 15 review. This is not a particularly well-known laptop but it’s in that $1100 gaming laptop market and I think it’s pretty interesting. So, this is one of the first laptops at this price point that I’ve reviewed that didn’t have some kind of color accents on it. There’s no Red, Orange, and Green; it’s all black, inside and outside.
There’s still some edges and it’s got a bit of an angular design but there’s nothing obnoxious about this laptop. The build quality on this thing is decent, it could be better. The top panel has a bit more flex than I’d like. Chassis has some flex, nothing out of the ordinary. The Keyboard deck itself is sturdy when you’re typing, the hinge also seems to be good. As a whole, it doesn’t feel delicate but I wouldn’t want to drop this laptop.
The other thing is that it’s got a matte finish, so fingerprints show pretty readily on this laptop. On the left-hand side of the machine, there’s the AC Adapter port, Ethernet Port, 2 mini Display ports, HDMI Port, USB 3.1 Type-C Port and a USB 3.0 Port. On the right-hand side, there’s a headphone jack and microphone jack, USB 2.0 Port, USB 3.0 Port and the Kensington lock.
Interior Design: –
Taking a look at the interior part of this laptop, the first thing you might notice are the single heat pipe that comes off of the CPU and of the GPU that head over to their fans. And dispersed both for the CPU of the back and the GPU out of the side. You might notice that doesn’t seem like a lot of copper pipes and really it’s about the bare minimum you can have. We have our RAM slots right there, there’s one located in it currently there’s an open slot available for expansion.
M.2 located over there, you could obviously put larger sizes or faster speeds in. We also have M.2 with our Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on it. Our platter drive is located right there, this is the 1TB drive you could replace this with solid state memory if you wanted to find a two and a half SSD and do that or if you wanted more capacities larger sizes you could also replace it. You have two speakers right there down in the front and then up at the top with the empty slot is the removable battery which is easy to remove.
The screen is an IPS panel, 1080p. Bezels aren’t too thick, viewing angles are also pretty good. It could get a little brighter, though. This is just bright enough for me at work, and if you bring this outdoors, it’ll be tough to see the screen. Color gamut and accuracy aren’t the best, but it’s on par for a laptop at this price point. 720p Webcam looks pretty average.
I like the keyboard a lot, part of it is the backlighting, the base model comes with a white backlight. The upgraded models have RGB backlighting that’s controllable in three zones. Not individually lit, but it’s a nice spectrum to choose from. And honestly, it’s just nice to have options that aren’t red. Now, I might lay it a little thick with whole “I don’t like RED” thing, But seriously, every single gaming laptop at this Price Point has red on it. This is so refreshing to see. Okay, the keyboard is also nice to type on, the layout isn’t bad, it has a 2mm stroke. More than most laptop keyboards, but I don’t know if it makes that much of a difference. Mechanism feels a little soft, but I like it overall.
The trackpad, it’s a plastic surface, feels smooth, and because it uses Windows drivers, the accuracy and gesture controls are great. It uses dedicated physical buttons and I like them, not everyone likes physical buttons, but they do a good job on these ones. The click feels good and it’s not too loud or anything.
It starts us off with the CPU which is an Intel i7 7700 HQ, The GPU inside is the GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of GDDR5 RAM memory included is 16GB of DDR4 for storage. There’s a 128 gigabyte M.2 and a 1TB Hard Disk Drive for connectivity there’s built-in Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Intel dual-band wireless, and Bluetooth v4.0.
In terms of performance, Kaby-Lake i7 and GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti combo has standard-issues. If you get the 1050 Ti, it’s a device that’ll get you really solid frame rates on most AAA titles. Light-to-moderate demanding games, like Overwatch and Doom, will break 60 FPS on Ultra graphics. Heavier games, like Battlefield 1, will be in the mid-to-high 50s on high graphics, it still looks really good, though. The heaviest games, like Watch Dogs 2, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Witcher 3, those needs the graphics to be on medium to get really smooth frame rates. But for the price, this has great performance.
The Speakers sound okay, but they’re not in a great location. They’re facing downwards onto the table and audio clarity isn’t great. The volume gets reasonably loud, though.
Battery life is short, you’re looking at around 3.5-4 hours of regular use, with the screen at max brightness. Playing games, it’s going to be less than an hour. When I play games, I don’t notice any kind of throttling. GPU temperatures in the game can get to around 85 degrees but on extended stress tests, it’s closer to 90 degrees. External temperatures are fine, even the warmer GPU doesn’t make that part of the laptop uncomfortable.
Fan noise is moderately controllable, though their software. With performance mode, fans kick in frequently on idle. It’s noticeable but not too loud. And then on full load, the fans get a bit louder.
Overall, the Sabre 15, it’s Gigabyte’s entry into that whole $1100 gaming laptop market. It has a plastic build, decent structural integrity, but the exterior feels a little less sturdy. The screen is about average for the price point of a gaming laptop. Slightly more color accurate, but slightly dimmer. The Keyboard is good, the RGB backlighting is particularly nice at this price. Trackpad and buttons are also both pretty good.
Inside the Kaby-Lake i7 and the GTX 1050 can deliver really strong performance, but the thermal management on the GPU isn’t the best. The RAM and the storage are easily upgraded if you need and there’s a user-swappable 47Wh battery that’ll give you a little less than four hours of battery life.
Now, if you’re looking for a device that has this type of look, you won’t be disappointed with this. I mean, you’re not going to have the best thermals, but they’re pretty good. And I think, overall, this device is a great performing laptop.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Gigabyte Sabre 15||Rs. N.A.|
|Gigabyte Sabre 15||$ 1,099.00|
|LAN- 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
WLAN- 802.11 ac (a/b/g/n compatible)
Bluetooth- V4.2 + LE
|BODY||Dimensions- 14.9 x 10.9 x 1.1-inch
|DISPLAY||Type- IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080p) WVA anti-glare Display
Graphics: – Intel HD Graphics 630
-NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GDDR5 4GB/1050 GDDR5 2GB
|PROCESSOR||OS- Windows 10 Pro
CPU- 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700 HQ (2.8GHz-3.8GHz)
Chipset- Mobile Intel HM 175 Express Chipset
|MEMORY||System Memory- 8GB/16GB DDR4 2400 2 Slots (Max 32GB)
Storage- Support Dual storage system
-1×2.5 HDD slot
|– USB 3.1 (Type-A)
– USB 3.1 (Type-C)
– USB 3.0 (Type-A)
– USB 2.0 (Type-A)
– HDMI 1.4, Mini DP*2, RJ45
– 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD/mini SD/SDX/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/RS MMC)
– DC in Jack, Headphone Jack
|SECURITY||– TPM, Intel Platform Trust Technology (Intel PTT) Kensington Lock|
|SOUND||-2 Watt Speaker*2, Dual Array Micrphones, Sound Blaster Cinema 3|
Battery- Li-Ion 6-Cell, 4200 mAh, 47 Wh