Looking for a powerful gaming laptop that won’t break the bank? CyberPower Inc. unleashed the Raven X6, a gaming notebook packed with Nvidia graphics and an Intel "Haswell" processor. Available now, the pricing starts at $1,199, which isn’t too shabby for the base hardware you get.
The base specs for this new gaming laptop include a 15.6-inch LED-backlit IPS screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Backing the display is Intel’s Core i7-4710HQ processor, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 860M GPU with 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, and 8 GB of DDR3-1600 RAM (1x 8 GB). All of this is powered by a Li-ion battery and the Windows 8.1 operating system.
Also thrown into the default mix is a 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 3 hard drive, an HD webcam, dual digital microphones, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, a 4-in-1 card reader and more. The laptop also sports built-in macro keys and a backlit keyboard so that you’re not hunting keys in the middle of the night.
“By leveraging the latest processor technology from Intel and Nvidia, the Raven X6 sips very little power from the socket until you need it,” the press release said. “That’s when Nvidia Optimus Technology, and Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology kick in to send your computer into overdrive to power through games and applications that require more performance.”
So what can you customize? Not much, really. Customers can choose to add an mSATA SSD from the likes of ADATA, Intel and Samsung, and replace the current hard drive with an SSD. The 1 TB Samsung 850 Pro Series SATA 3 SSD costs an extra $774, and a 1 TB Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD costs $573 extra. The memory can be upgraded too to 16 GB (2x 8 GB).
Gamers purchasing this laptop will qualify for one of two Nvidia software bonuses: Free To Play, which includes credits for Warface, Path of Exile and Heroes of Newerth, or a free copy of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. The Borderlands game won’t arrive until October 14 here in North America.