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Dell's new Alienware m15 can pack 6C/12T CPU, GTX 1070 Max-Q

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 5, 2018 2:29 am

Dell has just announced the new Alienware m15, the latest in their growing line up for super-powered gaming notebooks with the new Alienware m15 being the smallest 15-inch gaming notebook Dell has ever made.



The new Alienware m15 can be configured with either an Intel Core i5-8500H or Core i7-8750H, with Dell offering an overclocked GeForce GTX 1060 or a higher-end GTX 1070 Max-Q. There will be a few different LCD configurations with 1080p 60Hz display with a TN panel while an IPS panel powers the 1080p 144Hz version of the Alienware m15 laptop. Dell will also offer a 4K 60Hz IPS panel, but none of them support G-Sync unfortunately.


Inside, there's up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, dual storage options for a 1TB SSD and 1TB HDD. There's also Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 Type-A ports, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0 and even mini DisplayPort 1.3 connectivity.


Dell's new Alienware m15 laptop starts at $1299 and will be available starting October 25.

Next-gen gaming laptops coming with GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 5, 2018 4:30 am

NVIDIA is on the precipice of launching their next-gen GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards to desktop gamers, but mobile gamers want to get in on the Turing GPU architecture and real-time ray tracing technology bundled in with RTX... right?!




The latest on the RTX 20 series is that a new mobile Turing GPU is in the works as the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q mobile family, with next-gen gaming laptops to be unveiled in the coming months and into 2019. WCCFTech is reporting that the device IDs for the Turing lineup were posted on GitHub, which included the TU104M that is also listed on DeviceHunt with a device ID of '1eab'.




Interestingly, there's no GeForce RTX 2070M in sight meaning we might get the higher-end option in next-gen gaming laptops. WCCFTech says that a "random birt wandered in from an open window" (obviously an anonymous source, so take this with an even larger grain of salt) and said: "We will put the 2080-Max Q into the current thin 15 and the 17 with NVIDIA's help. It's still unclear on when the 2070 will be out. I don't think the weight will increase significantly on this new card. Our ID/design will be pretty much the same as what you saw".

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Lenovo's new ThinkPad: up to 17-inch, Quadro GPU, Xeon CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 14, 2018 4:40 am

Lenovo has just unveiled a new family of ThinkPad laptops, with some truly great designs and a new flagship laptop that blows the doors off of what we expect from a traditional workstation laptop.




The new ThinkPad P1 is the most compact of them all at just 18.4mm thick and weighing 3.76 pounds, but it packs a 15.6-inch 4K display. Inside, we have the 8th-gen Intel Core or Xeon CPUs, up to the NVIDIA Quadro P2000, up to 64GB of RAM, and up to 4TB of NVMe SSD. There's also an infrared camera, Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Windows 10. Connectivity wise Lenovo doesn't disappoint with 2 x Thunderbolt USB-C ports, 2 x USB-A ports, HDMI 2.0, mini GbE, and a smart card reader.


The higher-end ThinkPad P72 is a huge 17.3-inch mobile workstation that has the same Intel Core and Xeon options, but up to 128GB of RAM, up to NVIDIA's higher-end Quadro P5200 GPU, and up to a huge 6TB of SSD. The 17.3-inch ThinkPad P72 is much thicker at 25.9mm, and weighs 7.5 pounds. But what a laptop.


The new ThinkPad P1 4K will start at $1799, while the ThinkPad P72 1080p will start at $1799.

Origin's new EON gaming laptop rocks Core i9 CPU, GTX 1070

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 5, 2018 12:49 am

Origin PC has just announced two new laptops that are made for gamers, streamers, and everyone in between: we have the EON15-S and EVO17-S, depending on your needs.




The EON15-S is under 1-inch thick and only 3.4 pounds, with a hybrid mechanical keyboard that features individual key lighting, and can pack up to the Intel Core i9-8950HK (6C/12T) processor. Origin also uses an all-in, intuitive battery saving feature that provides up to 8 hours of casual use on the EON15-S with a single press of the button.


Inside, the new Origin EON15-S can pack the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, with a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display, up to 32GB of DDR4-2666MHz RAM, 2 x M.2 SSDs for storage, and Origin's own custom HD UV printing.


The larger EVO17-S from Origin is also less than 1-inch thick and under 6.6 pounds, where it can also pack Intel's impressive Core i9-8950HK processor. The screen gets bumped up to a larger 17.3-inch panel in either 1080p 144Hz G-Sync, or 4K 60Hz G-Sync depending on your needs.

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Apple blames firmware for overheating MacBook Pro laptops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 26, 2018 12:48 am

Apple has been in headlines across the world because of its overheating high-end MacBook Pro that's powered by Intel's flagship Core i9 processor, and now the company is blaming a "missing digital key" in its firmware, something that it has issued an update over.




The company has come out and apologized over the issue, with Core i9-based MBPs throttling its CPU when under super hard workloads and Apple said it didn't notice the issue before release. I don't understand how that type of thing happens at this level, with a CPU from Intel and a product from Apple... but it's not like Apple are going to admit this to the public.


A new update has been released for the MacBook Pro, for both the 13- and 15-inch versions of Apple's latest laptops.


Apple said in a statement: "Following extensive performance testing under numerous workloads, we've identified that there is a missing digital key in the firmware that impacts the thermal management system and could drive clock speeds down under heavy thermal loads on the new MacBook Pro. A bug fix is included in today's macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update and is recommended. We apologize to any customer who has experienced less than optimal performance on their new systems. Customers can expect the new 15-inch MacBook Pro to be up to 70% faster, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to be up to 2X faster, as shown in the performance results on our website".

Apple's new MacBook Pro SEVERELY THROTTLES from Core i9 heat

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 21, 2018 1:33 am

Apple's new MacBook Pro when configured with the Core i9 processor, maximum RAM and SSD, can come out to a huge $6700 but you'll get a free heater with it. Thanks to a new video posted on YouTube by David Lee, we now know just how ridiculously bad Apple's new Core i9-powered MacBook Pro really is.



Lee said: "This CPU is an unlocked, overclockable chip but all of that CPU potential is wasted inside this chassis -- or more so the thermal solution that's inside here". Why? Because when it's under 100% full load the cooling system Apple has used is not very good at all, and can't cool the Core i9 well enough for it to not severely throttle, threatening system performance.


The thermal throttling of the Core i9-based MBP is so bad that it performs WORSE than the 2017 model with the Core i7 processor. The new 2018 MBP with the 6C/12T processor inside took 39 minutes to render a video in Adobe Premier Pro, versus the 35 minutes of the previous-gen 2017 MBP with its 4C/8T chip.

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Apple's most expensive new MacBook Pro costs an insane $6700

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 13, 2018 11:30 pm

Apple has updated both the 13-inch and 15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro laptops, which now pack Intel's latest eighth-generation Core processors.




The new MacBook Pros can be configured with some deliciously high-end specs including an Intel Core i9 processor, up to 32GB of RAM, and 4TB of SSD storage. The new 2018 models have the same starting price as their 2017 counterparts, with the "base" 15-inch MBP starting at $2399 while the "high-end" MBP starts at $2799 which packs a faster CPU, better GPU, and twice the SSD capacity.


Jumping from the $2799 price we have a $300 upgrade that will net you the Core i7 @ 2.6GHz to a Core i9 @ 2.9GHz, while $400 more gets you 1TB of SSD, and another $1200 gets you 2TB of SSD that tops the price at $4299. But the draining your bank account doesn't end there for Apple, as there's an additional $400 for 32GB of RAM, and a freaking insane $3200 additional cost if you want 4TB of SSD.

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MSI's new gaming laptop: Core i9, GTX 1080, freaking 10GbE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 4, 2018 12:21 am

Computex 2018 - MSI is kicking off Computex early this year announcing their new GT75 Titan 8RG that has some impressive specs to say the least.




Inside, it rocks Intel's latest Core i9 processor with 6C/12T of power, and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080. MSI has used the Rapid Mechanical SteelSeries keyboard that rocks Per-Key RGB Backlight customization. But the big surprise here is that MSI uses an Aquantia 10GbE controller, so you can drive some insane networking speeds of up to 1GB/sec.


We will be finding this on the floor of Nangang this week at Computex 2018 to get some hands-on time with it.

RX Vega 56-based notebook here, 11 months after Vega debuted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 29, 2018 5:22 am

AMD debuted the Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 some 11 months ago now in LA, but there was nothing concrete about Vega-powered gaming notebooks... until now.




Acer revealed its new Predator Helios 500 gaming laptops that can be configured with an enthusiast level Intel/NVIDIA combo in the Core i9-8950HK and GeForce GTX 1070, but what about AMD? Acer has also offered up the first enthusiast AMD only gaming notebook, powered by the Ryzen 7 2700 and the Radeon RX Vega 56.


The 1080p variant of the Predator Helios 500 gaming laptops all rock 144Hz refresh rates, with the Radeon-powered option switching out G-Sync for FreeSync.

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Acer's new Predator Helios 500 notebook: Core i9, GTX 1070

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 25, 2018 12:29 am

Acer has just unveiled its new, and super-massive 17.3-inch gaming notebooks in the form of the new Predator Helios 500 range, which can pack the latest Core i9 processor from Intel.




The highest-end Predator Helius 500 can be configured with an Intel Core i9-8950HK, which is a 6C/12T chip from the Coffee Lake architecture, while NVIDIA backs the beefy CPU up with the GeForce GTX 1070. The CPU and GPU are cooled with Acer's own Dual AeroBlade 3D cooling system that packs all-metal fans that improve cooling, and opens up the floodgates for overclocking.




You can configure the gaming notebook with up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, with Acer including an Intel Optane SSD as well as providing ports for PCIe SSDs. The 17.3-inch display comes in either 1080p or 4K, with up to 144Hz refresh with G-Sync for the 1080p option. There's a 2.1-channel audio system with a built-in subwoofer on offer, with Acer TrueHarmony and Waves MAXXAudio.

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