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EVGA SC17 Gaming Laptop pre-orders open, ships in April

by Mark Tyson on 29 March 2016, 19:01

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We first saw the EVGA SC17 Gaming Laptop back in January at the CES in Las Vegas. EVGA Product Manager Jacob Freeman personally gave HEXUS a video introduction and over view of this potent portable. Now EVGA has launched this laptop, its first ever, with pre-orders now open and the intention to start shipping from mid-April. This 17-inch IPS 4K screen equipped machine with 6th generation Intel Core i7 6820HK processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M (8GB GDDR5) GPU is priced at $2699.99, with a limit of one per household.

Back in January we got a good overview of this new high performance 4K UHD gaming laptop but, as you would expect, EVGA has now published full technical specifications – after all you can actually lay down your hard earned cash from today.

Above you can see all the key technical specifications for the SC17. However we all know there's a lot more to a laptop than the mere sum of parts. First of all EVGA claims to have taken "no shortcuts" in producing its first ever laptop. The design comes from the ground up and is squarely aimed at the 'hardcore gamer', says the firm. With that in mind and with EVGA's pedigree you know that there are features beyond the bare tech specs implemented in the design here.

EVGA asserts that "it all starts with power" and provides in in-house designed power supply in a 'unique form factor' to provide up to 240W when required. The Intel Core i7 6820HK CPU equipped is unlocked and capable of overclocking to 3800MHz and beyond. The GPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M, is also overclockable. Complementing these hardware choices EVGA has provided a full GUI BIOS with mouse control to allow thorough tweaking of key settings such as voltages. A chassis mounted clear-CMOS button makes it even easier to start again should you tipple over the edge of what is possible. Further tweaking within Windows is available via the EVGA PrecisionX software, or via your mobile with EVGA PrecisionX Mobile.

Other key specs worth highlighting are the inclusion of a Samsung 256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD, plus SATA 6G 7200RPM 1TB HDD, and 32GB of G.SKILL 2666MHz DDR4 RAM is fitted (2x 16GB). You have a fully backlit keyboard, integrated subwoofer sound system, and fast USB 3.1 Type C plus 2x USB 3.0 ports. You can connect additional displays thanks to the 1x HDMI and 2x mini DisplayPort outs.

With so many high performance overclockable components in the confined space of a laptop, an equally good chassis and cooling system is a must. The design is said to offer "high thermal efficiency" with 165W+ thermal capacity. EVGA has managed to design the SC17 into a 'sleek' unibody chassis which folds to just 1.05-inches thick (26.6mm). The SC17 weighs in at 3.69Kg.

As mentioned in the intro, the EVGA ships starting mid-April but is pre-orderable now at $2699.99. Buyers receive a 2 year warranty, and for a limited time EVGA is bundling a free TORQ gaming mouse.

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Ah. One of the few well looking (in my taste) gaming laptops, that doesn't look like a brick modeled for a 1970's space program. If only one had the money, this could a serious consideration. I will look forward to a potential review.
Understated, minimalist looking laptop, made to appeal to “grown ups” rather than a child.
I Like It.
Not sure how they are going to limit it to one per household (aside from the price) as thats would be easy to negotiate around.
That bottom lip bezel though looks rather deep and no mention of touch enabled display.
The killer for me is what the noise levels are like.
I don't care about appearance, but I am also curious about the noise/heat level of this laptop. Controlling the noise in thin but high powered laptop seem to be a challenge for manufacturers.
Rarely mentioned, yet something I am going to pay close attention from now on, is the ease of cleaning the vent/fans. Usually you can get away without cleaning a desktop for a very long time but laptops aren't quite as forgiving and after a while will start to throttle because the fans can no longer push as much air. My current laptop requires me to dismantle everything from the screen to the optical drive if I wanted to clean the fan of the CPU and GPU.

Also add that once per household is kinda silly. A gaming laptop is a niche product, so demand isn't going to be through the roof, so unless they are anticipating supply issues, such restriction doesn't make sense.
We'll have a review of it early next week. Our sample is en-route to us now.
Eagerly Waiting for the review.