The first EVGA gaming laptop is a $2700 aluminum-clad monster – PCWorld
EVGA was light on specifics while demoing its first gaming laptop at January’s CES, but now the graphics card maker is revealing nearly all the details.
- Intel Core i7-6820HK CPU
- Nvidida GeForce GTX 980M graphics with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM
- 32GB of 2,666MHz DDR SO-DIMM RAM (two 16GB modules)
- 256GB M.2 SSD, 1TB 7,200RPM HDD
- HDMI and dual Mini DisplayPort output
- Two USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB-C port
- White backlit keyboard
- 1.05-inch aluminum chassis, weight 8.14 pounds
The only spec EVGA still isnât talking about is battery life. Itâll probably be all over the place depending on use, but some sort of ballpark would be nice.
Beyond the raw tech specs, EVGA is boasting about the SC17âs overclocking features, including a BIOS with a full graphic interface and mouse controls, a push-button âSuperClockâ mode, and granular controls over CPU multipliers, voltage, memory timing, frequency, and GPU overclocking. The laptop was also notable for its cool and quiet operation, even while gaming, during our CES hands-on time.
Thereâs just one potential snag: The SC17âs 4K display does not support Nvidia G-Sync, which helps combat stutter and tearing by keeping the screenâs refresh rate in step with the gameâs framerate. EVGA previously told PCWorld that itâs working on a G-Sync variant for later this year, but for now itâs a curious omission from what otherwise looks like a top-notch gaming laptop.
If youâre undeterred and have the money to burn, EVGA is throwing in one of its X10 gaming mice while supplies last, along with a copy of Ubisoftâs The Division, so thereâs that.
Why this matters: EVGAâs first attempt at building a PC is a big deal in its own right, but in general, laptops with 4K displays are still a rarity, and the use of unibody aluminum is practically unheard of on top-of-the-line spec beasts. Itâs certainly a splashy entrance for a company whose hardware tends to live under the hood.