German manufacturer Schenker has revealed the company's latest XMG Apex 15 (opens in new tab), as per a ComputerBase (opens in new tab) report. The system aims to be one of the best gaming laptops (opens in new tab) by offering desktop-type performance in a mobile format.
The XMG Apex 15 measures 14.2 x 10.2 x 1.3 inches (361 x 258 x 32.5mm) and weighs up to 5.7 pounds (2.6kg). The device flaunts a robust exterior, including a metal lid and a display frame, top and bottom case made of resin.
The XMG Apex 15 utilizes AMD's B450 chipset (opens in new tab) to house the flagship AMD Ryzen 9 3950X (opens in new tab) desktop CPU (opens in new tab). The processor brings nothing less than 16 CPU cores (opens in new tab), 32 threads (opens in new tab) and a whopping 64MB of L3 cache (opens in new tab). However, a few sacrifices had to be made to make the Ryzen 9 3950X more mobile-friendly. The XMG Apex 15 operates the Ryzen 9 3950X in its Eco-Mode, which forces to chip to stick to a 2.6 GHz base clock and 4.2 GHz boost clock to run within the 65W envelope, as opposed to its native 3.5 / 4.7 GHz.
Schenker's gaming laptop features a 15.6-inch IPS (opens in new tab) panel at 1080p (opens in new tab) resolution and a 144 Hz refresh rate. To push the high-refresh rate display, the company allows you to choose between the an RTX 2060 (opens in new tab) or RTX 2070 (opens in new tab). These aren't the mobile or Max-Q (opens in new tab) variants either, so you'll get full desktop-level performance from either of the graphics cards (opens in new tab).
The laptop comes with two SODIMM DDR4 RAM (opens in new tab) slots and can hold up to 64GB of memory total.
There are three storage options. The machine has two M.2 2280 ports. One utilizes the PCIe (opens in new tab) 3.0 x4 interface, and the other uses PCIe 2.0 x4. There's also space for a 2.5-inch hard drive or SSD (opens in new tab) with a maximum height of 0.3 inch (7mm).
The XMG Apex 15 has one USB 2.0 Type-A port, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, one headphone out and one microphone-in jack. Display outputs include one Mini DisplayPort 1.4 output with support for Nvidia G-Sync (opens in new tab)and one HDMI 2.0 port with HDCP 2.2. There's a Realtek Gigabit Ethernet port for internet connectivity, as well as Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 functionality.
The laptop's other features consist of a backlit keyboard with a numeric keypad that offers 15 different color options, stereo speakers, Microsoft Precision Touchpad with two buttons, integrated microSD card reader, HD (opens in new tab) webcam that's compatible with Windows Hello and a fingerprint reader.
The XMG Apex 15 is equipped with a 62 Wh Li-ion battery. Being the powerhouse that it is, the gaming laptop draws power through a 230W power brick.