In the past few years, we have seen quite a few desktop-grade CPUs packed into the laptop form factor and mostly it has been done with Intel CPUs. With time things have turned round and AMD has jumped into the performance leadership and the Ryzen 3000 processors delivers better price-to-performance ratio than Intel’s 9th gen CPUs.
OEMs are quickly adapting their products to the AMD trend and Schenker, a German OEM that specializes in custom-built systems, will be the first one to make a laptop featuring the humongous Ryzen 9 3950X, the fastest desktop CPU ever.
Schenker’s XMG Apex 15 laptop features a custom B450 motherboard which supports desktop-grade AM4 CPUs along with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM.
You can either opt-in for the Ryzen 5 3600 or Ryzen 7 3700X processors, while if you need more power you can go up to the Ryzen 9 3900X and 3950X chips. All of the CPUs have been limited to 65 W while the Ryzen 9 models will run in Eco mode in order to achieve lower TDPs.
The increased power requirements will easily diminish the meagre 62 Wh battery included, especially when boosting the beastly Ryzen 9 3950X. These laptops are a bit bulkier than your average laptop, but are lighter than any of the Intel-based counterparts, with maximum weights of around 5.7 lbs.
Schenker has used Clevo’s latest barebones with 15.6-inch 144 Hz 1080p IPS displays while on the GPU front, users can choose between the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or RTX 2070.
As this is a B450 motherboard, it doesn’t feature PCIe 4.0 but there’s support for PCIe 3.0 x4 and x2 NVMe/SATA 3 SSDs along with a 2.5-inch HDD bay for up to 6 TB of storage. The ports include: 1x USB-A 2.0, 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen2, 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 (DP compatible), mini DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0b video outputs, GbE jack plus audio outs.
The Ryzen 5 3600 variant with 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD and RTX 2060 will cost 1,337 Euros ($1,510), while a Ryzen 9 3950X powered variant sporting 32 GB of RAM, 1 TB NVMe SSD and RTX 2070 costs 2,631 Euros ($2,882).
A full-fledged model will cost you more than 3,500 Euros ($3,850), all custom laptop orders are supposed to take up to 10 weeks for shipping. Check out: Bestware.
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