Gigabyte P34G v2 review

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Look at the name and the photos and you’ll see nothing remarkable, but the Gigabyte P34G v2 is a gaming laptop that flies in the face of convention. On paper, the combination of an Intel Haswell CPU with Nvidia’s latest 8 Series GPU isn’t strictly new; the giant-sized MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro has already beaten Gigabyte to the punch in delivering that combination. But the P34G v2, which will hit the shops later this month, performs the impressive feat of squeezing those high-power components into a slim, portable 14in chassis. See also: The best laptops of 2014

The Gigabyte doesn’t wear its heart on its sleeve. The exterior is finished in an understated palette of matte-grey plastics, and it’s only once you tilt back the slim, sturdy-feeling lid that proceedings are enlivened by a keyboard surrounded with a plate of silver metal.

Gigabyte P34G v2

Compared to the slick, stylish exteriors of cutting-edge Ultrabooks, the Gigabyte is less than enticing. That’s not to say build quality is bad, though – it’s anything but. The 1.7kg chassis feels well put together, and although it measures a relatively dainty 23mm across its thickest point, there’s barely any flex or give anywhere.

The two sizable fan exhausts on each rear corner give a clue as to this laptop’s capabilities. The quad-core 2.4GHz Core i7-4700HQ is normally more at home in 15in or 17in designs, and Gigabyte has partnered the powerhouse CPU with Nvidia’s recently launched GeForce GTX 860M GPU, which is why it requires such a beefy cooling system.

Gigabyte P34G v2

There’s even a modest amount of upgradability. Our review unit came with a single 8GB DDR3L SODIMM installed, leaving one RAM slot free, and a 128GB Lite-On mSATA SSD drive. Other models of the P34G v2 also have room for a secondary 2.5in HDD, but in this model there isn’t enough room due to the larger battery.

Alongside the fastest laptops and mobile workstations on the market, the Gigabyte P34G v2 can hold its head up high. In our Real World Benchmarks the P34G v2 scored 0.99, a whisker ahead of far larger laptops such as the 3kg MSI GE70 2PE Apache Pro and the Dell Precision M3800.


Physical specifications

Dimensions340 x 239 x 23mm (WDH)
Travelling weight2.35kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core i7-4700HQ
RAM capacity8.00GB
Memory typeDDR3
SODIMM sockets free1
SODIMM sockets total2

Screen and video

Screen size14.0in
Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080
Graphics chipsetNvida GeForce GTX 860M
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs1
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0


Battery capacity4,300mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0


Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportyes

Other Features

ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)2
FireWire ports0
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
3.5mm audio jacks1
SD card readeryes
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Integrated microphone?yes
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno
Carry caseno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use7hr 26min
3D performance (crysis) low settings91fps
3D performance settingMedium
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.99
Responsiveness score0.93
Media score1.03
Multitasking score1.00

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 8 64-bit
OS familyWindows 8

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