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2021 HP OMEN 15 (Valkyrie) Gaming Laptop Preview!

HP just unveiled their 2021 OMEN 15 gaming laptop, codenamed Valkyrie – powered by both AMD and NVIDIA!

 

2021 HP OMEN 15 (Valkyrie) Gaming Laptop

Codenamed Valkyrie, the 2021 HP OMEN 15 gaming laptop is a 15.6-inch laptop built with serious gaming in mind, with a sleek and modern minimalistic design!

15.6-inch IPS Display

The 2021 HP OMEN 15 comes with a large 15.6-inch IPS display, with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

You can opt for a 144 Hz refresh rate, as well as a premium 144 Hz display with 300 nits brightness and 72% NTSC colour gamut.

Gaming Performance

The 2021 HP OMEN 15 is powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 series processor, and paired with up to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics!

It is kept cool by the OMEN Tempest Cooling Technology, with 3-sided venting and 5-way airflow, to ensure maximum performance even during prolonged gaming sessions!

Memory + Storage

The 2021 HP OMEN 15 comes with up to 16 GB of DDR4-3200 memory, in dual-channel mode for maximum performance.

You can equip it with up to a 1 TB PCIe NVMe TLC SSD, or up to two 256 GB SSDs in RAID 0 mode for super-fast transfers.

Connectivity

The 2021 HP OMEN 15 comes with Gigabit LAN wired connectivity built in, and offers either Intel Wi-Fi 6 or Realtek Wi-Fi 5 wireless connectivity.

Audio

You do not have to rely on headphones for maximum gaming enjoyment. The new OMEN 15 comes with Bang & Olufsen speakers and support for DTS:X Ultra!

Gaming Keyboard

The 2021 HP OMEN 15 comes with an island-style backlit keyboard with integrated numeric keypad.

You have the option of simple dragon red backlighting, or RGB backlighting with 4 independent zones.

 

2021 HP OMEN 15 (Valkyrie) : Specifications + Options

The 2021 HP OMEN 15 gaming laptop comes with these specifications and configuration options :

Specifications 2021 HP OMEN 15
Display 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Display Options 144 Hz, 300 nits, 72% NTSC
144 Hz, 250 nits, 45% NTSC
60 Hz, 250 nits, 45% NTSC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Professional
Microsoft Windows 10 Home
CPU Options AMD Ryzen 9 5900H
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
Memory Options Up to 16 GB DDR4-3200
GPU Options NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
Storage Options Up to 1 TB PCIe NVMe TLC SSD
Up to 2 x 256 GB PCIe NVMe TLC SSDs
Card Reader SD card reader
Audio Bang & Olfusen dual speakers
DTS:X Ultra support
Networking Gigabit LAN
Wireless Options Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.0
Realtek Wi-Fi 5 (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.0
I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.0 Type C with DisplayPort 1.4
1 x USB 3.0 Type A with Sleep + Charge
2 x USB 3.0 Type A
1 x RJ45 LAN port
1 x headphone / mic combo port
1 x Mini DisplayPort
1 x HDMI 2.0a
Camera HD camera with dual-array digital mic
IR thermal sensor
Keyboard Options 1-zone dragon red backlit keyboard
4-zone RGB backlit keyboard
Touchpad HP Imagepad Touchpad
Battery Options 6-cell Li-Po, 70.9 Wh
3-cell Li-Po, 52.5 Wh
Charger 150 / 200 watt charger
Dimensions 357.96 mm wide
239.7 mm deep
22.5 mm thick
Weight 2.37 kg

 

2021 HP OMEN 15 : Price + Availability

The new HP OMEN 15 gaming laptop has a starting price of RM 3,899 (about US$965 / £684 / A$1,220 / S$1,272).

It comes with 2-years of Accidental Protection Damage warranty, and is available from the HP Online Store in Malaysia right now.

Here are purchase options in other countries :

 

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Dell G5 15 5500 Review : Affordable RTX Gaming @ 144 Hz!

The Dell G5 15 5500 is a 15.6-inch gaming powerhouse that offers affordable RTX gaming, with on-site warranty!

Find out why we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award, and why this could be the gaming laptop you have been waiting for!

 

Dell G5 15 Series : What Is It?

The G-Series is Dell’s range of affordable gaming laptops, with the G5 15 as the mid-range option with a 15.6-inch display.

The Dell G5 series laptops come with more powerful processor and graphics options with beefier cooling, than the entry-level G3 series.

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Specifications

First, let’s take a look at the specifications of our review sample, which is the top-of-the-line model.

Dell offers cheaper configurations with a Core i5 processor, and GeForce GTX 1650 Ti or GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics.

Dell G5 15 5500
Display 15.6-inch TN display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels (141 ppi)
– 144 Hz refresh rate, 19 ms response time
– 300 nits max brightness
– 72% NTSC colour gamut
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Processor Intel Core i7-10750H
– 6 core, 12 thread, 45 W TDP
– 2.6 GHz base, 5.0 GHz boost
Chipset Intel HM470
Memory 2 x 8 GB DDR4-2933
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB)
Storage 512 GB SK hynix BC511 PCIe SSD
Camera 0.92 MP webcam (720p video)
Audio Realtek ALC3254 with Nahimic 3D Audio
2 x 2 W speakers
Dual-array microphone
Connectivity LAN : Killer E2500 Gigabit
Wi-Fi : Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
Ports 1 x RJ-45 LAN port
1 x Thunderbolt 3 port
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port
2 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x HDMI 2.0 port
1 x mini DisplayPort 1.4b
1 x audio port
Card Reader SD Card Reader
Security Wedge-shaped lock slot
Capacitive fingerprint reader
Keyboard 4-zone RGB Keyboard with G Key
– 18.7 mm x 18.05 mm key pitch
Touchpad 105 mm x 65 mm touchpad
Battery 4-cell polymer (68 Wh)
Charging 240 W charger
– 19.5 VDC @ 12.31 A
Dimensions 364.46 mm wide
254.0 mm deep
31.13 mm thick
Weight 2.65 kg

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Price + Availability

The Dell G5 15 5500 is available in the Interstellar Dark Cover colour, with a starting price of RM 4,499 (about US$1,083 / £847 / A$1,486 / S$1,482).

Here are some online purchase options :

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Box Contents

The Dell G5 15 5500 comes in a no-frills brown cardboard box. Inside, all you will find are these items :

  • Dell G5 15 5500 laptop
  • 240 watt charger + cable
  • Dell G5 Quick User Guide
  • Safety and Regulatory Information

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Hands-On Experience!

The Dell G5 15 5500 is designed to offer RTX gaming, at an affordable price point. So the first thing you will notice its thick plastic chassis and heft.

This is no thin and light laptop, not at 31 mm thick and a weight of 2.65 kg… and that’s not even counting the large and heavy 240 watt charger!

Performance

Our review model was powered by the Intel Core i7-10750H, a 6-core, 12-thread processor with a clock speed that goes up to 5 GHz.

It’s paired with 16 GB of DDR4 memory, and the the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory. More than powerful enough to handle any game you throw at it.

144 Hz Display

The Dell G5 15 5500 comes with a 15.6-inch TN display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and a 144 Hz refresh rate.

Thankfully, it’s paired with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, which should have no problem driving the high refresh rate for most games.

Storage

The Dell G5 15 5500 is spacious enough to support both a M.2 socket (for a PCIe SSD), as well as a 2.5-inch drive bay (for a hard disk drive).

Our review sample came with the 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD from SK hynix. Dell also offers a 512 GB Intel Optane storage option in some countries.

This is more than enough storage for a gaming laptop, but if you need more, there is a 1 TB SSD option, as well as a 2 TB hard disk drive option.

Next Page > Dell G5 15 5500 : A Closer Look!

 

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Dell G5 15 5500 : A Closer Look!

Available Ports

One advantage of not going thin and light is the additional ports. On the left side, you will find these ports (from left to right) :

  • its barrel power port,
  • a Mini DisplayPort 1.4b port,
  • a HDMI 2.0 port,
  • a USB 3.2 Gen 1 PowerShare port,
  • an RJ45 LAN port, and
  • a Thunderbolt 3 (USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C) port.

On the right side, you will find the following (from left to right) :

  • an SD card reader, which supports SD, SDHX and SDXC cards,
  • a 3.5 mm earphone + microphone jack,
  • two USB 2.0 Type A ports, and
  • a wedge-shaped security lock slot

Keyboard + Touchpad

Thanks to its larger form factor, Dell could fit a full keyboard with a numeric keypad, and a horizontal key pitch of 18.7 mm.

The keyboard is backlit in blue by default, with WASD key highlights. But it can be programmed to support any RGB combination, in up to 4 zones.

It has a pretty small touchpad – just 105 x 65 mm, and it’s offset to the left, which makes it a little awkward to use, unless you are left-handed.

But this isn’t a big problem. This is a gaming laptop, and you will definitely be using a mouse.

RGB Lighting

Complementing the RGB keyboard lighting is an RGB LED light strip along the front edge. This is arguably the Dell team’s only concession towards pointless gaming bling.

Some gamers will argue that it will give a more immersive gaming feel. Whatever rocks your boat, my friend.

Fingerprint Sensor

Dell offers an optional fingerprint sensor integrated directly into the power button, right above the keyboard. There is no IR camera option for face recognition.

We highly recommend adding this feature, as it allows for convenient logging in and greater security especially in public – there’s no need to type in your password.

Webcam + Microphones

The Dell G5 15 5500 comes with a basic webcam, capable of recording 720p video. As well as two microphones – one on each side of the webcam.

This is hardly the ideal setup for video streaming, but it is perfectly adequate for gamers who just need to use it for video chats.

Note that it doesn’t come with a privacy cover, only a status light to let you know when the webcam is activated.

Speakers

The Dell G5 15 5500 comes with two side-firing speakers with a 2 watt output.

Powered by the Realtek ALC3254 with an integrated amplifier, they are loud and offer pretty decent sound quality.

Killer Connectivity

Our premium model comes with a Killer E2500 Gigabit LAN connectivity. Otherwise, you will receive Realtek Gigabit LAN, which isn’t bad at all.

Wireless connectivity is provided through Killer 1650i, which offers Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) connectivity on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, as well as Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

The basic models though come with Qualcomm DW 1820, which offers Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) connectivity on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, as well as Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity.

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Surface Temperatures

An important criteria that many potential buyers forget to check for in a gaming laptop is “how hot does it get?

What’s the use of buying a powerful gaming laptop if it literally burns your hands while you game?

Take a look at the surface temperatures of the Dell G5 15 5500, with an ambient temperature of 29.8°C.

As you can see, the G5 15 5500 can get pretty toasty, with the temperature of the keyboard reaching a peak of just under 52°C.

On the underside, it peached a peak of 54.3°C in the middle. It is definitely not advisable to game with it on your lap!

We highly recommend you pair the Dell G5 15 5500 with a good laptop cooler, or play in an air-conditioned room. That will greatly reduce its contact temperature, and allow for hours of comfortable gaming.

Next Page > Dell G5 15 5500 : Performance, Verdict + Award

 

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Dell G5 15 5500 : Performance

Our Dell G5 15 5500 is the top-of-the-line model, powered by the 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H.

This is high-powered 45 watt processor with 6 cores and 12 threads, and a 2.6 GHz clock speed that ramps up to 5 GHz during intensive tasks.

The processor has Intel UHD Graphics built-in, but switches to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory) for gaming and more strenuous graphics work.

Our review sample came with 16 GB of DDR4-2933 memory, and a 512 GB SK hynix PCIe SSD. Keeping all that powered is a large 68 Whr lithium-ion battery.

Work Performance : PCMark 10

The Intel Core i7-10750H is about 13% faster than the Intel Core i7-10510U, which is a 25 watt processor, with 4-cores and 8-threads.

It is, frankly, overkill for basic work applications, but will be very helpful in tackling compute-intensive tasks, like rendering videos.

Gaming Performance : 3DMark Time Spy

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 offers 6X more graphics performance than entry-level graphics like the GeForce MX250.

It is roughly between the performance of the desktop Radeon RX 5500 XT, and the desktop GeForce RTX 2060.

That means it will not only easily handle games at the display’s native 1080p resolution, it can deliver higher frame rates to take advantage of the higher Hz refresh rates it supports.

Gaming Performance : 3DMark Time Spy Extreme

We also ran a Time Spy Extreme test for those who are thinking of hooking up this laptop to an external display.

Performing between the desktop Radeon RX 5500 XT, and the desktop GeForce RTX 2060, it can handle 1440p gaming, but at roughly half the frame rate.

Gaming Performance : Strange Brigade @ 1080p

Strange Brigade is a third-person shooter game released in August 2018. We tested it at 1080p using the Vulkan API at Ultra High settings.

As you can see, the Dell G5 15 5500 has no problem exceeding 144 fps at times, with an average frame rate of 101 fps.

Gaming Performance : The Division 2 @ 1080p

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a newer third-person shooter game released in March 2019, with much higher graphics requirements.

Even at the Extreme graphics settings, Dell G5 15 5500 was able to deliver an average frame rate of 59 fps.

It was head-to-head with the desktop Radeon RX 5500 XT, and just 6% slower than the desktop GeForce RTX 2060.

Battery Life : Modern Office + Gaming

We locked the display’s brightness at 50%, and ran PCMark 10’s Modern Office and Gaming tests until it powered off.

The Dell G5 15 5500 lasted about 5.5 hours running Modern Office applications, but only about 77 minutes while gaming.

You can only game on-the-go for a short time. Realistically, it should be plugged in when you game.

Battery : Recharging Speed

Dell quotes a 4 hour recharging time using the massive 240 watt charger, when the laptop is completely powered off.

We are glad to report that its real-world recharging speed is much, MUCH faster. To test it in a real world setting, we started charging at 10% with the display brightness set to 50% :

  • 25% : 21.5 minutes
  • 33% : 26.5 minutes
  • 40% : 35 minutes
  • 50% : 46 minutes
  • 60% : 57.5 minutes
  • 75% : 75 minutes
  • 90% : 91.5 minutes
  • 100% : 148 minutes

It charges really fast to about 90%, taking only just over 1.5 hours. However, the last 10% took much longer – an addition 56.5 minutes!

This gives it a battery life : recharging time ratio of 2.3:1 for office work. As a rule of thumb, you will need to recharge its battery about 26.5 minutes for every hour of battery life.

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Verdict + Award

The Dell G5 15 5500 does a good job of focusing on what’s important for gamers, wasting little on pointless aesthetic bling.

Its powerful 45-watt Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics will have no problem driving its Full HD display beyond 60 Hz, no matter what game you play.

It also comes with fast networking capabilities – Killer E2500 offering Gigabit LAN, and Killer AX1650i offering Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

And we love its large number of ports – three USB Type A ports, one USB Type C port, as well as an SD card reader and both HDMI and miniDP ports.

Powering all that is a large 68 Wh battery, but here’s a reality check – you can’t really game on-the-go for more than an hour or so. All that performance comes at a price – battery life.

Realistically, the Dell G5 15 5500 should be plugged into a wall socket whenever you game.

It is also a chunky and heavy laptop, no thanks to its large battery and the much higher cooling requirements for its powerful components.

But if all you want is an affordable gaming laptop that offers powerful gaming performance and a 144 Hz display, it’s hard to beat what Dell G5 15 5500 offers.

And here is what Dell offers over other gaming laptop brands – 2 years of premium on-site service!

Whatever happens to your G5 15 5500, just call Dell Support and they will either remotely solve the problem or send a technician to wherever you are to fix it.

That’s why we have no qualms awarding it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Where To Buy?

The Dell G5 15 5500 is available in the Interstellar Dark Cover colour, with a starting price of RM 4,499 (about US$1,083 / £847 / A$1,486 / S$1,482).

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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This RTX Laptop Mining Farm Could Make $3.5 Million / Year!

Take a look at this crypto-mining farm that could make $3.5 million a year using just 900 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 gaming laptops!

 

Hundreds Of RTX Laptops Used In Crypto Mining Farms!

Not only gamers are affected by the limited supply of graphics cards in the market. So are cryptominers!

Chinese cryptominers now have to resort to buying up whatever GeForce RTX gaming laptops they can find, literally hundreds of them!

Instead of ASIC miners or GPU mining rigs, they are now powering their cryptomining operations with RTX gaming laptops!

We earlier highlighted the new trend of using RTX gaming laptops to mine cryptocurrency. It looks as this is more extensive that we first thought.

A Weibo blogger called 神鱼BTCer just shared even more pictures of RTX laptop-based mining operations, big and small.

Many appear to be pretty ghetto, placing the laptops in a kind of “tent mode” for better cooling, wherever there’s space – on tables, chairs or the floor.

But he also showed a seriously big crypto-mining farm being built using these GeForce RTX 30-series gaming laptops.

He even shared a short clip (part of the video we posted above), showing the cryptocurrency mining farm partially operational, with more being set-up.

There are 10 laptops per shelf, with each shelving unit capable of accommodating 60 laptops.

While not particularly large, this cryptocurrency mining farm has at least 15 visible shelving units, so that’s a total of 900 RTX gaming laptops when it’s fully operational.

Currently, it’s only partially complete, with about 200 or so laptops running, with many boxes of laptops left to open and setup.

 

How Much Money Can This RTX Laptop Mining Farm Make?

We had earlier shared about how a Bilibili content creator used an RTX 3060 laptop to mine 0.00053009 ETH while she sipped her coffee at Starbucks for 2 hours.

Based on her experience, we can guesstimate that the average GeForce RTX 3060 laptop will be able to produce :

  • 0.000265045 ETH per hour
  • 0.00636108 ETH per day
  • 0.1908324 ETH per month (30 days)
  • 2.3217942 ETH per year

Chinese electricity costs about RMB 0.545 (US$0.084) per kWh. Assuming each laptop uses about 250 watts of power (including whatever external fans they may be using), that works out to about RMB 1,200 or US$186 per year.

As of 11 February 2021, Ethereum is priced at US$1740. So here’s roughly how much this cryptocurrency mining farm would make, at that price :

  • 100 laptops : $385,392 per year
  • 200 laptops : $770,784 per year
  • 300 laptops : $1,156,177 per year
  • 400 laptops : $1,541,569 per year
  • 500 laptops : $1,926,961 per year
  • 600 laptops : $2,312,353 per year
  • 700 laptops : $2,697,745 per year
  • 800 laptops : $3,083,138 per year
  • 900 laptops : $3,468,530 per year

So there you have it – this small cryptocurrency mining operation can potentially make almost US$ 3.5 million in a single year.

But what’s the ROI, you say?

The Chinese OEM, Hasee, offers a GeForce RTX 3060 gaming laptop with a starting price of just RMB 6,499 (approximately RM4,089 / US$1,005 / £732 / A$1,309 / S$1,340).

And the video shows that this mining operation is using the same, or similar, Hasee RTX gaming laptops.

Let’s say they paid a 20% scalper’s premium, and purchased all 900 Hasee RTX 3060 laptops for a cool US$1,085,400.

Let’s further round that up to US$1.1 million for miscellaneous costs – shelving units, lights, fans, etc. including US$500 per month for rental.

Based on those assumptions, their net profit for the 900-laptop mining farm would be US$2,368,530 per year, at current prices.

That’s an incredibly high ROI of 17.9% per month, which is 67% higher ROI than the 78-card GeForce RTX 3080 mining rig!

After recovering the cost of the entire mining farm ($1.1 million) in just over 3 months, everything else they make after that is pure profit (after deducting rental and electricity costs), unless they are stealing the electricity!

With such great ROI, you can count on cryptocurrency miners to buy up ALL the GeForce RTX 30 series laptops they can get their hands on!

 

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GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop Mining : Over 30% ROI?!

Here is the new craze in cryptocurrency mining – GeForce RTX 3060 laptop mining rigs!

Take a look at new laptop mining rigs in China, and find out how much they can make!

 

GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop Mining : The New Craze!

Supplies of desktop graphics cards are low, and prices are sky-high, and here’s more bad news – miners are coming for the laptops too!

A Weibo blogger called 神鱼BTCer just shared photos of different GeForce RTX 30 series laptop mining rigs!

BTCer claims they are all “home-based”, but we have no idea whether they are his, or from different cryptocurrency mining operations.

But in a response to a question, he said that the best way to keep them cool is by putting them in a sort of “tent mode”.

This picture shows four stacks of GeForce RTX 3060 laptops made by Chinese OEM Hasee, powered on (you can see the green light).

Hasee offers a GeForce RTX 3060 gaming laptop that has a starting price of just RMB 6,499 (approximately RM4,089 / US$1,005 / £732 / A$1,309 / S$1,340).

These twenty Hasee GeForce RTX 30 series gaming laptops would cost just over US$20,000.

This seems like a waste of power – leaving their displays turned on. But leaving the display up would definitely improve cooling.

 

How Much Money Can RTX 3060 Laptop Mining Rigs Make?

A Bilibili content creator Fish Pond f2pool demonstrated how fast someone with a GeForce RTX 3060 laptop can “mine” cryptocurrency.

She plugged in her GeForce RTX 3060 laptop into a power socket at Starbucks, and mined 0.00053009 ETH over 2 hours while she sipped her coffee.

On 5 February 2021, Ethereum closed at US$1,680.497, so she mined enough during her coffee break to make US$0.89 or RMB 5.76.

Not quite enough to pay for her coffee (about RMB 28), but at least the electricity is FREE!

Based on her experience, we can guesstimate that the average GeForce RTX 3060 laptop will be able to produce :

  • 0.000265045 ETH per hour
  • 0.00636108 ETH per day
  • 0.1908324 ETH per month (30 days)
  • 2.3217942 ETH per year

So that mining rig with 20 Hasee laptops you saw up there could make, at current prices, about :

  • $8.908 per hour
  • $213.80 per day
  • $6,413.87 per month (30 days)
  • $78,035 per year

Chinese electricity costs about RMB 0.545 (US$0.084) per kWh.

Assuming each laptop uses about 250 watts of power (including whatever external fans he may have), that works out to about US$3,679.20 per year.

So his net profit for the 20-laptop mining rig would be US$74,356 per year, at current prices.

That’s an incredible ROI of 30.8% per month, which means he will recover the cost of the entire rig ($20,100) in just under 3.5 months!

This is actually 2.9X higher ROI than the 78-card GeForce RTX 3080 mining rig!

With such great ROI, you can count on cryptocurrency miners to buy up hoards of GeForce RTX 30 series laptops!

 

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MSI GeForce RTX 30 Gaming Laptops : Price + Specifications!

MSI just released details of their upcoming GeForce RTX 30 series gaming laptops, that are now available for pre-order!

Take a look at the specifications and price list of the MSI GeForce RTX 30 series gaming laptops!

 

GeForce RTX 30 Gaming Laptops : Ampere Goes Mobile!

At CES 2021, NVIDIA announced the coming availability of Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30 series gaming laptops!

Starting 26 January 2021, NVIDIA partner brands like MSI will begin shipping RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 gaming laptops, followed by RTX 3060 gaming laptops from 2 February 2021 onwards.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series mobile GPUs are built on the NVIDIA Ampere architecture, giving them 2nd Gen Ray Tracing cores and 3rd Gen Tensor Cores.

  • New Streaming Multiprocessors : Delivering 2X the FP32 performance of NVIDIA Turing, and 30 Shader-TFLOPS of processing power
  • 2nd Gen RT Cores : Delivering 2X the performance of NVIDIA Turing, plus concurrent ray tracing and compute, with 58 RT-TFLOPS of processing power.
  • 3rd Gen Tensor Cores : Up to 2X the performance of NVIDIA Turing, with 238 Tensor-TFLOPS of processing power.

  • NVIDIA RTX IO : Enables rapid GPU-based loading and game asset decompression, accelerating I/O performance by up to 100X. When used in conjunction with Microsoft DirectStorage API, it offloads the work to the RTX GPU, improving frame rates and enabling near-instantaneous game loading.
  • GDDR6X Memory : Delivers close to 1 TB/s of memory bandwidth, improving gaming performance.
  • Custom Samsung 8N Process Technology : Delivers higher transistor density and greater efficiency.
  • HDMI 2.1 : Delivers single-cable connection to 8K HDR TVs and monitors for ultra-high resolution gaming.
  • AV1 Decode : First discrete GPUs to support hardware decoding of the new AV1 codec, allowing for up to 8K HDR videos at 50% less bandwidth.

 

MSI GS66 Stealth GeForce RTX 30 Gaming Laptops

MSI is introducing two GS66 Stealth gaming laptops :

  • a premium model powered by the Core i9-10980HK processor with GeForce RTX 3080 graphics, and
  • a more affordable model powered by Core i7-10870H processor with GeForce RTX 3070 graphics.

Specifications GS66 Stealth
RTX 3080
GS66 Stealth
RTX 3070
Display Size 15.6-inch
Display Resolution 3840 x 2160 1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate 60 Hz 300 Hz
Colour Gamut 100% Adobe RGB Almost 100% sRGB
CPU Intel Core i9-10980HK Intel Core i7-10870H
Memory 2 x 32 GB DDR4-3200 2 x 16 GB DDR4-3200
GPU GeForce RTX 3080 GeForce RTX 3070
Storage 2 TB PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe SSD
Wireless Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (2×2)
Bluetooth 5.2
Keyboard SteelSeries Keyboard with per-key RGB
Price RM 17,999
~US$4,449
~£3,235
~A$5,756
S$5,699
RM 10,999
~US$2,719
~£1,977
~A$3,518
S$3,499

 

MSI GE76 | GE66 Raider GeForce RTX 30 Gaming Laptops

The MSI GE76 Raider is a 17.3-inch gaming laptop, powered by the Intel Core i7-10870H processor, paired with the GeForce RTX 3070.

The smaller MSI GE66 Raider has a 15.6-inch display, and is powered by the Intel Core i7-10870H processor, paired with the faster GeForce RTX 3080.

Specifications GE76
Raider
GE66
Raider
Display Size 17.3-inch 15.6-inch
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate 240 Hz 300 Hz
Colour Gamut Close to 100% sRGB
CPU Intel Core i7-10870H
Memory 2 x 8 GB DDR4-3200 2 x 16 GB DDR4-3200
GPU GeForce RTX 3070 GeForce RTX 3080
Storage 2 TB PCIe SSD 1 TB PCIe SSD
Wireless Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (2×2)
Bluetooth 5.2
Keyboard SteelSeries Keyboard with per-key RGB
Price RM 9,999
~US$2,472
~£1,798
~A$3,196
~S$3,279
RM 14,999
~US$3,708
~£2,698
~A$4,794
~S$4,918

 

MSI GF65 Thin GeForce RTX 30 Gaming Laptop

The MSI GF65 Thin is a thin-and-light 15.6-inch gaming laptop, powered by the Intel Core i7-10750H processor, paired with the GeForce RTX 3060.

Specifications GF65 Thin
Display Size 15.6-inch
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate 144 Hz
CPU Intel Core i7-10750H
Memory 2 x 8 GB DDR4-3200
GPU GeForce RTX 3060
Storage 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Wireless Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (2×2)
Bluetooth 5.1
Keyboard Red backlit keyboard
Price RM 5,129
~US$1,268
~£923
~A$1,638
~S$1,681

 

MSI GeForce RTX 30 Gaming Laptops : Where To Buy?

Here are some direct purchase / pre-order links for the MSI GeForce RTX 30 gaming laptops :

Malaysia

Singapore

United States

Australia

 

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2020 HP OMEN 15 Gaming Laptop : What You Need To Know!

The new 2020 HP OMEN 15 offers better gaming performance, and a 15.6-inch display with a phenomenal 300 Hz refresh rate!

Here is what you need to know about the latest OMEN gaming laptop from HP!

 

2020 HP OMEN 15 : What You Need To Know!

The 2020 HP OMEN 15 is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop, built around the 10th Gen Intel processor, and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Max-Q GPU.

It features a new redesigned chassis, with a smaller footprint over the last generation, and a new OMEN diamond logo in a blue to green gradient.

Gaming Performance

The 2020 HP OMEN 15 comes with two 10th Gen Intel processor options :

  • Core i7-10750H – a 6-core, 12-thread processor with a 12 MB L3 cache
  • Core i5-10300H – a 4-core, 8-thread processor with an 8 MB L3 cache

Graphics-wise, you have a lot more options to choose from, albeit all NVIDIA GPUs :

OMEN Tempest Cooling Technology

The 2020 HP OMEN 15 comes with the industry’s first IR thermopile sensor optimise cooling performance and reduce noise levels.

And its OMEN Tempest Cooling Technology features enlarged vent openings and up to a 12 V fan with three-sided venting for five-way airflow!

15.6-inch Display With 4K or 300 Hz Options!

The 2020 HP OMEN 15 has a 15.6-inch display, with different panel options to suit your requirements.

Those who want to work and game on the OMEN 15 can opt for the 4K AMOLED display, with 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut and HDR 400 support.

HP Fast Charge

The 2020 HP OMEN 15 comes with either a 3-cell or a 6-cell battery, which supports HP Fast Charge.

If you are in need of a fast charge, just power it down and you can go from 0% to 50% in just 45 minutes!

RGB vs Red Backlit Keyboard

The 2020 HP OMEN 15 comes with a full-sized keyboard, with 26-key rollover, and anti-ghosting technology.

You can opt for either a simple dragon red backlight, or a 4-zone RGB backlight, to complement its shadow black keys.

 

2020 HP OMEN 15 : Specifications + Options

Specifications 2020 HP OMEN 15
OS Options Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
CPU Options Intel Core i7-10750H
Intel Core i5-10300H
Chipset Intel HM470
Display Size 15.6-inch
Display Options 4K AMOLED display, 400 nits, 100% DCI-P3, HDR400
4K IPS display, 400 nits, 100% sRGB, 120 Hz
FHD IPS display, 300 nits, 100% sRGB, 300 Hz
FHD IPS display, 300 nits, 72% NTSC, 144 Hz
FHD IPS display, 300 nits, 72% NTSC
FHD IPS display, 250 nits, 45% NTSC, 144 Hz
FHD IPS display, 250 nits, 45% NTSC
GPU Options Intel UHD Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX GTX 1650
Memory Options 2 x SDRAM slots (dual channel)
Up to 32 GB DDR4-2933
Storage Options Up to 512 GB Intel SSD + 32 GB Intel Optane
Up to 1 TB PCIe NVMe TLC M.2 SSD
Up to 2 x 512 GB PCIe NVMe TLC M.2 SSDs (RAID 0)
1 x SD card reader
Networking 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX-201 (2×2) + Bluetooth 5
I/O Ports 1 x USB Type C (GTX 1650 and 1650 Ti only)
1 x Thunderbolt 3 (all other models)
1 x USB Type A with HP Sleep and Charge
2 x USB Type A
1 x RJ-45
1 x headphone / microphone combo
1 x power port
1 x Mini DisplayPort
1 x HDMI 2.0a
Keyboard Options Red backlit with / without numeric keypad
4-zone RGB backlit with / without numeric keypad
Touchpad HP Imagepad with multi-touch support
Camera + Mic HD webcam + dual-array digital microphones
Audio Dual speakers by Bang & Olufsen
HP Audio Boost with DTS:X Ultra support
Battery Options 6-cell, 70.29 Wh Li-polymer battery
3-cell, 52.5 Wh Li-polymer battery
Power Adaptor 200 W power adaptor
150 W power adaptor
Dimensions 357.96 mm wide
239.7 mm deep
22.5 mm thick
Weight From 2.36 kg

 

2020 HP OMEN 15 : Price + Availability

The 2020 HP OMEN 15 is available with immediate effect, with a starting price of RM4,439 – approximately US$1,089 / £816 / A$1,469 / S$1,459.

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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2020 Acer Predator Helios 700 : What You Need To Know!

Acer just launched the 2020 Predator Helios 700, with the latest 10th Gen Intel processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics.

Here is what you need to know about the refreshed Acer Predator Helios 700 gaming laptop!

 

2020 Acer Predator Helios 700 : What You Need To Know!

The newly-refreshed 2020 Acer Predator Helios 700 is available in two variants, differing in their processor and graphics choices.

The base model comes with the Intel Core i7-10875H processor, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER graphics.

The top-of-the-line model, on the other hand, has the Intel Core i9-10980HK processor, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics.

They both come with a large 17.3-inch Full HD IPS display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, with NVIDIA G-SYNC support for tear-free gaming.

The Core i9 model comes with two 512 GB SSDs in RAID 0, while the Core i7 model comes a 512 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD.

They both come with Killer AX1650i for fast Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity, and Killer E3100G for Gigabit LAN connectivity with Killer DoubleShot Pro capability.

 

2020 Acer Predator Helios 700 : Specifications

For your convenience, we compare the two 2020 Predator Helios 700 variants in this table :

Specifications Predator Helios 700
(Intel Core i9)
Predator Helios 700
(Intel Core i7)
Model PH717-72-944E PH717-72-76GW
Display 17.3-inch G-SYNC IPS display (144 Hz)
– Full HD resolution
(1920 x 1080)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Processor Intel Core i9-10980HK Intel Core i7-10875H
Memory 1 x 16 GB DDR4-2933 (upgradable to 64 GB)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce
RTX 2080 SUPER
NVIDIA GeForce
RTX 2070 SUPER
Storage 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD
(512 GB x 2 in RAID 0)
512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD
+ 1TB HDD (7.2K RPM)
Connectivity Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i
Killer Ethernet E3100G
Bluetooth 5.1
Card Reader NA
Ports 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2
1 x HDMI 2.0 with HDCP
1 x Display Port 1.4
1 x Microphone
1 x Headphone
1 x RJ-45 Ethernet
Audio DTS X Audio + Acer TrueHarmony
Webcam Acer Full HD Webcam (1920 x 1080)
Dimensions 430 mm wide
299 mm deep
41.7 mm thick
Weight 4.8 kg

 

2020 Acer Predator Helios 700 : Price + Deal

The 2020 Acer Predator Helios 700 is available for PRE-ORDER in August 2020, with the following recommended retail price in Malaysia :

  • Intel Core i9 : RM 17,999 (about US$4,246 / £3,244 / A$5,962 / S$5,828)
  • Intel Core i7 : RM 12,999 (about US$3,066 / £2,343 / A$4,305 / S$4,209)

If you pre-order them during Acer Day 2020 (2 – 4 August 2020), you will receive these free gifts :

  • Acer Predator RGB Mousepad / Redmi TV Soundbar
  • Acer Predator Gaming Chair
  • Acer Predator Gaming Utility Backpack

 

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2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 : What You Need To Know!

Acer just launched the 2020 Predator Helios 300, with the latest 10th Gen Intel processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics.

Here is what you need to know about the refreshed Acer Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop!

 

2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 : What You Need To Know!

The newly-refreshed 2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 is available in two variants, differing only in their processor choice.

The base model comes with a 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H processor, while the top-of-the-line model has a 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H processor.

They both come with a large 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, powered by NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics.

In addition to a large and fast 512 GB PCIe SSD, it comes with a spare SSD slot, and a spare HDD slot, for storage upgrades.

The 2020 Predator Helios 300 comes with Killer AX1650 for fast Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, and Killer E2500 for Gigabit LAN connectivity.

 

2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 : Specifications

For your convenience, we compare the two 2020 Predator Helios 300 variants in this table :

Specifications Predator Helios 300
(Intel Core i7)
Predator Helios 300
(Intel Core i5)
Model PH315-53-77CF PH315-53-5462
Display 15.6-inch IPS display (144 Hz)
– Full HD resolution
(1920 x 1080)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Processor Intel Core i7-10750H Intel Core i5-10300H
Memory 1 x 8 GB DDR4-2933 (upgradable to 32 GB)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB)
Storage 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD
1 x SSD slot, 1 x HDD slot
Connectivity Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650
Killer Ethernet E2500
Bluetooth 5.0
Card Reader SD Card Reader
Ports 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x HDMI 2.0 with HDCP
1 x mini Display Port 1.4
Audio DTS X Audio
Webcam Acer HD Webcam (1280 x 720)
Dimensions 363.4 mm wide
255 mm deep
22.9 mm thick
Weight 2.2 kg

 

2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 : Price + Deal

The 2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 is available with in August 2020, with the following recommended retail price in Malaysia :

  • Intel Core i7 : RM 5,199 (about US$1,226 / £941 / A$1,724 / S$1,688)
  • Intel Core i5 : RM 4,599 (about US$1,085 / £833 / A$1,525 / S$1,493)

However, they are both available with a RM 100 discount during Acer Day 2020 (2 – 4 August 2020) :

  • Intel Core i7 : RM 5,099 (about US$1,203 / £924 / A$1,690 / S$1,656)
  • Intel Core i5 : RM 4,499 (about US$1,061 / £815 / A$1,488 / S$1,460)

In addition, you will receive these free gifts :

  • Acer Predator Mousepad (M)
  • Acer Predator Flask
  • Acer Predator Urban Gaming Backpack
  • Redmi Airdots Earbuds / Acer Slim Wireless Mouse / Predator Cestus 310 Mouse

 

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Death Stranding : How To Get It FREE With GeForce RTX!

Death Stranding is about to launch, and you can get it FREE with GeForce RTX for a Limited Time! Here are the details!

 

Death Stranding : What Is It?

From legendary game creator Hideo Kojima comes an all-new, genre-defying experience, starring Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux, and Lindsay Wagner.

Sam Bridges must brave a world utterly transformed by the Death Stranding. Carrying the disconnected remnants of our future in his hands, he embarks on a journey to reconnect the shattered world one step at a time.

 

Originally released for Sony PlayStation 4, this open-world action game will be released for the Windows platform on 14 July 2020.

Additional PC features include HIGH FRAME RATE, PHOTO MODE and ULTRA-WIDE MONITOR SUPPORT, as well as cross-over content from Valve Corporation’s HALF-LIFE series.

 

Death Stranding : How To Get It FREE With GeForce RTX!

From now until 29 July 2020, you will receive a Steam code for the PC digital download edition of Death Stranding with the purchase of these selected GeForce RTX graphics card, laptop or desktop!

After you purchase from a participating retailer, you will receive the bundle code in an email. Follow these instructions to redeem Death Stranding :

  1. Install your qualified graphics card
  2. Update or install the latest version of GeForce Experience.
  3. Open and log into GeForce Experience.
  4. Go to the Account drop-down menu on the top-right, and select REDEEM.
  5. Enter your bundle code from your qualifying bundle purchase.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to redeem Death Stranding. You will need to link your Steam account.

 

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Dell G7 15 7500 Gaming Laptop : What You Need To Know!

The Dell G7 15 7500 boasts the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce graphics, with a 4K OLED display panel.

Let’s dive into its key features and specifications, as well as its starting price and availability!

 

Dell G7 15 7500 Gaming Laptop : Dominate In Style!

The Dell G7 15 7500 is part of the Dell G Series, which are designed to deliver stylish gaming laptops for entry-level to mainstream gamers.

Thin, Sophisticated Design

The Dell G7 15 7500 gaming laptop features a Mineral Black chassis, with iridescent silver accents, that is just 18.3 mm thin.

You can equip it with a 4-zone RGB keyboard with WASD and chassis lighting, for an unforgettable look and feel.

Ultimate Gaming Experience

The Dell G7 15 7500 gaming laptop comes with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processor, with the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics, and a dual-fan cooling system to keep them cool.

You also have the option of equipping it with dual drives, including M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD options for super-fast boot-ups.

Immersive Display Options

The Dell G7 15 7500 gaming laptop comes with a variety of 15.6-inch display options, starting with a Full HD panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate.

You can boost that up to 300 Hz refresh rate, or opt for a 4K OLED display with 400 nits of brightness.

Gaming On-The-Go

The Dell G7 15 7500 starts with a 3-cell 56 WHr quick-charging battery. You can upgrade it to a 6-cell 86 WHr battery for longer gaming-on-the-go.

 

Dell G7 15 7500 Gaming Laptop : Specifications

Specifications Dell G7 15 7500
Display Options FHD (1920 x 1080) WVA display (144 Hz)
FHD (1920 x 1080) WVA display (300 Hz)
4K (3840 x 2160) OLED display (60 Hz)
Processor Options Intel Core i5-10300H
Intel Core i7-10750H
Intel Core i9-10980HK
Memory Options DDR4-2933 (8 GB / 16 GB / 32 GB)
Graphics Options NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (4 GB)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q (8 GB)
Storage Options 128 GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35)
256 GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35/40)
512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 35/40)
1 TB PCIe M.2 SSD (Class 40)
Connectivity Options 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1
802.11ac + Bluetooth 5.0
Gigabit Ethernet (GTX 1650 Ti)
Gigabit Ethernet with Killer Ethernet (all other models)
Keyboard Options Spill-resistant keyboard
Backlit, spill-resistant WASD keyboard
4-zone RGB backlit, spill resistant WASD keyboard
Touch Pad Precision touch pad
Camera 720p HD webcam
Audio 2 Tuned Speakers with nahimic 3D audio
1 combo headphone + microphone jack
Dual-Array Digital Microphone
Common Ports 1 x HDMI 2.0
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A (PowerShare)
1 x Microphone + Headphone Jack
Additional Ports
(GTX 1650 Ti only)
1 x USB-C DisplayPort Alt-Mode only
1 x RJ45 LAN
Additional Ports
(All Other Models)
1 x Thunderbolt 3
1 x miniDP
1 x RJ45 LAN
Battery Options 56 WHr, 3-Cell Battery
86 WHr, 6-Cell Battery
AC Adaptor 130 Watt AC Adapter
240 Watt AC Adapter
Dimensions 357.2 mm wide
267.7 mm deep
18.3 mm thick
Weight To be determined

 

Dell G7 15 7500 Gaming Laptop : Price + Availability

The Dell G7 15 7500 gaming laptop will be available for sale globally from 29 June 2020, with a starting price of US$1,429.99 / ~£1,160 / ~A$2,097 / ~S$2,014 / ~RM 6,199.

It will be available for sale here in Malaysia from 14 July 2020 onwards, with a starting price of RM 6,499 / ~US$1,520 / ~£1,214 / ~A$2,196 / ~S$2,114 for the following configuration :

  • 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz 300 nits WVA display
  • Intel Core i7-10750H 6-core processor
  • 8 GB DDR4-2933 RAM (2 x 4 GB)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB)
  • 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650
  • 4-Zone RGB Backlit Keyboard

 

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2nd Gen NVIDIA Max-Q Technology : What’s New?

The 100+ new NVIDIA GeForce laptops that are coming soon will feature new 2nd Gen Max-Q technology, that promises to DOUBLE efficiency over previous designs!

Find out what new Max-Q technologies NVIDIA are introducing in those new laptops!

 

NVIDIA Max-Q Technology : What Is It?

NVIDIA Max-Q Technology was first introduced at Computex 2017, and based on the NASA term, which refers to “the point at which aerodynamic stress on a vehicle in atmospheric flight is maximized“.

NVIDIA Max-Q uses a similar philosophy to design gaming laptops that are 3X thinner, with up to 3X more performance (compared to the previous-generation NVIDIA Maxwell GPUs).

So what exactly is the NVIDIA Max-Q design, and how does it work? Gaurav Agarwal, NVIDIA Product Marketing Manager, explains it all in this tech briefing.

 

2nd Gen NVIDIA Max-Q Technology : What’s New?

When NVIDIA announced 100 new laptop designs, including GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER and GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER gaming laptops, they also revealed details of the 2nd Gen Max-Q technology.

They basically added a bunch of new Max-Q technologies, which they promise will double efficiency over previous designs :

These are the new Max-Q technologies that will be included in all new 2020 GeForce RTX SUPER, GeForce RTX and GeForce GTX gaming laptops :

Dynamic Boost

Dynamic Boost Intelligently and automatically balances power between the GPU and CPU on a per-frame basis, boosting overall in-game performance.

Dynamic Boost is automatic, adaptive and always working to deliver more performance without increasing system power consumption.

Low-Voltage GDDR6

While not a technology unique to NVIDIA, NVIDIA say that they worked with their memory partners to increase memory efficiency, while delivering high performance with new lower voltage GDDR6 memory.

Advanced Optimus

Advanced Optimus controls which GPU is driving the display and intelligently determines the right GPU for the right workload at the right time, dynamically switching on the fly without needing a system reboot.

NVIDIA claims it will deliver long battery life and immersive, stutter-free gameplay with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology.

Next-Generation Regulator Efficiency

The 2nd Gen Max-Q designs will feature next-generation voltage regulators that will help optimise system design, so that the GPU will run more efficiently while delivering higher overall performance.

Deep Learning Super Sampling 2.0

Powered by the Tensor Cores in RTX GPUs, DLSS 2.0 is an improved deep learning neural network that boosts frame rates while generating beautiful, sharp images for games.

NVIDIA claims it will boost a game’s performance headroom while maximizing ray-tracing settings with increased output resolution and extending battery life by up to 20 percent.

 

2nd Gen NVIDIA Max-Q : Double Efficiency = Double Performance?

When NVIDIA says NVIDIA Max-Q will double efficiency, it is based on two caveats.

  • They are referring specifically to GRAPHICS performance.
  • On top of that, the additional efficiency is partly based on DLSS 2.0.

In the ideal scenario where you use a 2nd Gen Max-Q laptop with a game that supports DLSS 2.0, you should see almost a doubling of gaming performance.

Real world performance advantage from the 2nd Gen Max-Q technology will certainly be far, far less than that.

After all, how many games do you know support DLSS? And it will take time for DLSS 2.0 to be introduced.

That said, even a 25%-33% boost in efficiency would offer a nice upgrade over the last generation.

 

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER Gaming Laptops Unleashed!

NVIDIA just unleashed GeForce RTX SUPER gaming laptops, as part of over 100 new designs featuring new Max-Q technologies!

Here is what you need to know about the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER gaming laptops!

 

Over 100 NVIDIA GeForce Gaming Laptops Unleashed!

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, NVIDIA is introducing over 100 laptop designs from every major OEM out there, offering both GeForce GTX graphics starting at $699, and GeForce RTX graphics starting at $999.

In light of the new trend of working from home, NVIDIA is pushing the tagline – Worker By Day, Warrior By Night.

The new GeForce RTX and GeForce GTX gaming laptops will be available worldwide starting in the week of April 15, with more in May 2020.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER Gaming Laptops Unleashed!

In addition to new GeForce RTX and GeForce GTX gaming laptops, NVIDIA is also introducing new GeForce RTX SUPER gaming laptops for the first time.

With RTX 2080 SUPER and RTX 2070 SUPER options, they promise to deliver up to 25% faster gaming performance than the original GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs. This is what the new line-up looks like :

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER Gaming Laptop Specifications

The new gaming laptops will be using the same RTX 2080 SUPER and RTX 2070 SUPER GPUs as their desktop brethren, but with slightly different specifications. Check them out in this comparison :

 

New Max-Q Technologies

NVIDIA is offering these new Max-Q technologies for all new 2020 GeForce RTX SUPER, GeForce RTX and GeForce GTX gaming laptops :

  • Dynamic Boost
    – Intelligently and automatically balances power between the GPU and CPU on a per-frame basis, boosting overall in-game performance.
    – Dynamic Boost is automatic, adaptive and always working to deliver more performance without increasing system power consumption. 
  • Low-Voltage GDDR6
    – NVIDIA worked with its memory partners to increase memory efficiency while delivering high performance with new lower voltage GDDR6 memory. 
  • Advanced Optimus
    – A breakthrough display innovation that delivers long battery life and immersive, stutter-free gameplay from NVIDIA G-SYNC technology.
    – Advanced Optimus controls which GPU is driving the display and intelligently determines the right GPU for the right workload at the right time, dynamically switching on the fly without needing a system reboot.
  • Next-Generation Regulator Efficiency
    – Next-generation voltage regulators help optimise system design so the GPU runs more efficiently while delivering higher overall performance. 
  • Deep Learning Super Sampling 2.0
    – Powered by dedicated AI processors on RTX GPUs called Tensor Cores, DLSS 2.0 is an improved deep learning neural network that boosts frame rates while generating beautiful, sharp images for games.
    It boosts a game’s performance headroom while maximizing ray-tracing settings with increased output resolution and extending battery life by up to 20 percent. 

NVIDIA promises that these new Max-Q technologies will double efficiency over previous designs :

 

NVIDIA RTX SUPER | RTX | GTX For Laptop Presentation Slides

Here are the complete set of NVIDIA presentation slides for your perusal :

 

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Level51 Terra 15 | Terra 15 Lite Gaming Laptops Revealed!

Level51 just announced three new gaming laptops – the Terra 15 (RTX 2060), the Terra 15 (RTX 2070) and the Terra 15 LiteHere is our primer on these three gaming laptops from Level51!

 

Level51 Terra 15 | Terra 15 Lite Gaming Laptops

These 15.6-inch ultra-portable gaming laptops pair a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA graphics options with a high refresh rate display.

144 Hz Display

All three models come with a 15.6-inch IPS display, with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It supports a high refresh rate of 144 Hz, with a 100% sRGB colour gamut.

Their website did not mention G-SYNC support, but we reckon their displays should support NVIDIA G-SYNC.

Intel + NVIDIA

All three models are powered by the Intel Core i7-9750H 6-core processor, paired with three NVIDIA graphics options :

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Note that these are all high-performance parts, not the lower-powered Max-Q variants.

Cooling Performance

To keep those high-performance components cool while you game, these gaming laptops feature four heat pipes and two high-speed fans, with four exhaust outlets.

Premium Chassis

All three gaming laptops feature an aluminium chassis with orange accents, and they are surprisingly light – just 1.97 kg for the RTX 2060 and GTX 1660 Ti variant, and 2.1 kg for the RTX 2070 model.

They are also pretty thin – the RTX 2060 and GTX 1660 Ti models are just 21.4 mm thick, while the RTX 2070 model is slightly thicker at 24.4 mm.

 

Level51 Terra 15 | Terra 15 Lite Specifications

We created this table to let you compare the key specifications of all three models at a glance :

Specifications Terra 15
(RTX 2070)
Terra 15
(RTX 2060)
Terra 15 Lite
Operating System Windows 10 Home (Trial Edition)
Windows 10 Home (+RM 479)
Windows 10 Professional (+RM 606)
Display 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels, 100% sRGB
– 144 Hz refresh rate
Processor Intel Core i7-9750H
Memory 16 GB DDR4-2666
Graphics GeForce RTX 2070 GeForce RTX 2060 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Storage 1 TB NVMe SSD 512 GB NVMe SSD
Connectivity Intel 9560 AC Wi-FI + BT
Dimensions 361 mm wide
246 mm deep
24.4 mm thick
361 mm wide
246 mm deep
21.4 mm thick
Ryzen 3 4300U 2.1 kg 1.97 kg

 

Level51 Terra 15 | Terra 15 Lite Price + Availability

All three models are available with immediate effect, with the following starting prices :

  • Terra 15 Lite : RM 4,615 / ~S$1,529 / ~US$1,133 / ~£868 / ~A$1,651
  • Terra 15 (RTX 2060) : RM 5,375 / ~S$1,780 / ~US$1,320 / ~£1,011 / ~A$1,923
  • Terra 15 (RTX 2070) : RM 6,274 / ~S$2,078 / ~US$1,541 / ~£1,180 / ~A$2,245

But note that these laptops only come with a trial edition of Windows 10 Home, so you will need to top up RM 479 for a Windows 10 Home licence.

 

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Alienware Second Screen Concept : First Look!

Alienware demonstrated their Second Screen concept at CES 2020, as a showcase of what they are dreaming up for the future of PC gaming.

What is the Alienware Second Screen, and how useful can it be? Check it out and tell us what you think!

 

Alienware Second Screen Concept : First Look!

Alienware Second Screen is not a product or device, but a smartphone app. It is designed to offer you the ability to monitor your gaming laptop or PC using your smartphone as the “second screen”.

Competitive gamers who want the very best from their systems need to keep track on performance stats, just like how runners keep track of their heart rates, and race car drivers keep track of their RPM and oil temperature.

These are available through a separate PC application, which requires a switch to check stats. Even if it offers overlays with live data, that takes up space on the display and detracts from the game.

The Alienware Second Screen app would let you monitor those stats directly on your smartphone.

The Alienware Second Screen concept app currently supports :

  • Speed monitoring for CPU, GPU and RAM
  • Temperature monitoring for CPU and GPU

The team plans to add these features in the future :

  • Lighting controls
  • Overclocking, thermals, and other quick performance settings
  • Frames per second monitoring
  • In-game integrations (e.g. team kill count, maps, inventory)

 

Alienware Second Screen Concept : Price + Availability

The Alienware and Dell gaming teams are still working on the Second Screen app, so there is no word on both price and availability. Yes, it’s possible that Second Screen won’t be a free app.

That may be surprising because when it’s launched, Alienware Second Screen will support only Alienware and Dell G-Series gaming laptops and desktop PCs.

So tell us what you think about the Alienware Second Screen concept! Useful or meh?

 

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ILLEGEAR Concept Showroom + Latest Products Showcase!

ILLEGEAR, Malaysia’s top custom gaming system brand, just launched the first concept showroom, with a showcase of their latest gaming laptops and desktops!

Join us for a tour of the ILLEGEAR Concept Showroom, and the full launch coverage, including a showcase of their latest gaming systems!

 

Who Is ILLEGEAR?

ILLEGEAR was established in 2011 by hardware junkies and hardcore gamers who wanted more than just cookie-cut systems. That’s why they are focused entirely on developing custom-configured gaming desktops and laptops.

They are currently the top custom gaming system brand in Malaysia, with a wide variety of gaming desktops and laptops – all offering a myriad of configuration options.

In this video, ILLEGEAR Managing Director Chin Jiun How explains how they have grown from their humble beginnings to the rationale behind opening the new ILLEGEAR Concept Showroom.

 

The ILLEGEAR Concept Showroom Tour

The ILLEGEAR Concept Showroom is located at the drop-off point at Oval Damansara, which makes it really convenient for gamers in the Klang Valley.

If you are taking public transportation, we recommend you take the MRT Sungai Buloh (Green) line, and exit at the TTDI Station. It is a 10 minute walk to Oval Damansara.

If you are parking, please note that a Touch’N’Go card is required to park inside Oval Damansara.

 

The Latest ILLEGEAR Gaming Laptops + Desktops

Sean Lau took the opportunity to share with us their latest ILLEGEAR gaming laptops and desktops.

ILLEGEAR Gaming Laptops

ILLEGEAR RAVEN

  • 15.6-inch Full IPS display (60 Hz / 144 Hz)
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i5 / Core i7
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 / GeForce GTX 1650
  • 128 GB PCIe NVMe SSD + 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
  • Mechanical keyboard with GENESWITCH Blue switches
  • 2.2 kg weight, 25 mm thickness
  • Price range : RM 3,039 to RM 3,797

ILLEGEAR RAVEN SE

  • 15.6-inch Full IPS display (60 Hz / 144 Hz)
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i5 / Core i7
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 / GeForce GTX 1650
  • 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 6 TB)
  • RGB keyboard
  • 1.9 kg weight, 20 mm thickness
  • Price range : RM 3,039 to RM 3,987

ILLEGEAR RAVEN SE-R

  • 15.6-inch Full IPS 100% sRGB display (144 Hz)
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i5 / Core i7
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
  • 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 6 TB)
  • RGB keyboard
  • 1.9 kg weight, 20 mm thickness
  • Price range : RM 4,655 to RM 5,034

ILLEGEAR PRODIGY

  • 15.6-inch Full IPS 100% sRGB display (144 Hz)
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
  • 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 6 TB)
  • RGB keyboard
  • 1.75 kg weight, 18.5 mm thickness
  • Price range : RM 5,034 onwards

ILLEGEAR ROGUE

  • 17.3-inch Full IPS 100% sRGB display (144 Hz)
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 / GeForce GTX 1660 Ti / GeForce RTX 2060
  • 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 6 TB)
  • RGB keyboard
  • 2.35 kg weight, 27 mm thickness
  • Price range : RM 4,465 to RM 5,604

ILLEGEAR LAGUNA SE

  • 15.6-inch Full IPS 100% sRGB display (144 Hz)
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti / GeForce RTX 2060 / GeForce RTX 2070
  • 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 6 TB)
  • RGB keyboard
  • 1.9 kg weight, 21 mm thickness
  • Price range : RM 5,035 to RM 6,744

ILLEGEAR ONYX

  • 15.6-inch Full IPS 100% sRGB display (144 Hz)
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 / GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  • 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 6 TB)
  • Mechanical keyboard with GENESWITCH Brown switches
  • 1.95 kg weight, 19.9 mm thickness
  • Price range : RM 5,984 to RM 7,028

ILLEGEAR SELENITE

  • 17.3-inch Full IPS 100% sRGB display (144 Hz)
  • 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 / GeForce RTX 2070 / GeForce RTX 2080
  • 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD (up to 6 TB)
  • Mechanical keyboard with GENESWITCH Brown switches
  • 2.35 kg weight, 25 mm thickness
  • Price range : RM 6,269 to RM 9,498
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ILLEGEAR Gaming Desktops

ILLEGEAR RAIDER

  • AMD Ryzen 3000 or 9th Gen Intel Core processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti to GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • 128 GB NVMe PCIe SSD + 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
  • Air Cooling / AIO Water Cooling
  • Price range : RM 3,135 onwards

ILLEGEAR POSEIDON

  • AMD Ryzen 3000 or 9th Gen Intel Core processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti to GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • 128 GB NVMe PCIe SSD + 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
  • Air Cooling / AIO Water Cooling / Custom Open Loop Water Cooling
  • Price range : RM 3,515 onwards

ILLEGEAR TROIKA

  • AMD Ryzen 3000 or 9th Gen Intel Core processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti to GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • 128 GB NVMe PCIe SSD + 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
  • Air Cooling / Water Cooling
  • Price range : RM 3,420 onwards

ILLEGEAR POSEIDON XE

  • AMD Ryzen 3000 or 9th Gen Intel Core processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti to GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • 128 GB NVMe PCIe SSD + 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
  • Air Cooling / AIO Water Cooling / Custom Open Loop Water Cooling
  • Price range : RM 4,940 onwards

 

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Acer Predator Helios 700 Gaming Laptop Preview!

Earlier this month, Acer unveiled the Predator Helios 700 gaming laptop, with its unique HyperDrift keyboard.

In this preview, we will share with you its key features, and our hands-on video tour of the Acer Predator Helios 700!

 

Acer Predator Helios 700 : An Introduction

The 2019 Acer Predator Helios 700 is designed to offer the ultimate gaming experience, with a large 17.3-inch IPS display, and the latest Intel Core i9-9980HK processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics.

Its display has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, with a 144 Hz refresh rate and support for NVIDIA G-SYNC.

It comes with 32 GB DDR4 memory (upgradable to 64 GB), and two 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 configuration. But you can also add a separate HDD for additional storage.

The Predator Helios 700 boasts a unique HyperDrift keyboard that increases airflow by up to 18.9% through the top of the laptop.

The cooling system features two 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fans that maximise airflow while minimising noise. Part of it can be seen through the Gorilla Glass panel in the centre.

Pulling out the HyperDrift keyboard also extends a wrist rest, and makes it easier for you to use the keyboard, which incidentally has anti-ghosting capability, and per-key RGB lighting.

The HyperDrift keyboard also improves ergonomics, with a desktop-like feel. In addition, it comes with per-key RGB lighting, anti-ghosting and MagForce WASD keys.

The MagForce keys use analog-like linear switches that trigger actuation on initial press, and increase up to 100% to give players more precise movements in game.

Its large Precision Touchpad is outlined with blue lighting, and features two discrete mouse buttons. Its 17.3-inch IPS display is not only large, it supports a 144 Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC.

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Acer Predator Helios 700 Specifications

Specifications Acer Predator Helios 700
Model PH717-71-92HO
Display 17.3-inch Full HD IPS display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels, 144 Hz, G-SYNC
Processor Intel Core i9-9980HK (overclockable)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Memory 32 GB DDR4 memory (dual channel)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6)
Storage 2 x 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD (RAID 0)
Audio Waves MaxxAudio with Acer TrueHarmony Speakers
Connectivity LAN : Killer E3000 2.5Gbps
Wi-Fi : Killer WiFi 6 AX1650 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
I/O Ports 1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C / Thunderbolt 3
Keyboard HyperDrift Keyboard with MagForce keys
Battery 4-cell Lithium-Ion (4670 mAh)
Power Adaptor 330 W power adaptor
Dimensions 430 mm x 299 mm x 41.7 mm
Weight 4.90 kg

 

Acer Predator Helios 700 Price + Availability

The 2019 Acer Predator Helios 700 is available as of 4 October 2019, with a recommended retail price of RM 17,999 / ~US$4,299 / ~£3,489 / ~A$ 6,349.

Here are the prices for the Acer Predator Helios 700 in other countries (accurate as of 18 October 2019) :

  • US : $2,199.99 (i7-9750H, RTX 2070, 16GB + 512 GB)
  • UK : £2,289 (i7-9750H, RTX 2070, 16GB + 512 GB + 1TB)
  • UK : £3,699.97 (i9-9980K, RTX 2080, 32GB + 512GBx2 + 1TB)

 

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MSI Alpha 15 Price + Specifications For Malaysia!

The MSI Alpha 15 is the world’s first gaming laptop to feature the new AMD Radeon RX 5500M GPU, and it is now available in Malaysia!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the MSI Alpha 15 gaming laptop in Malaysia!

 

The MSI Alpha 15 Gaming Laptop

The MSI Alpha 15 is not only powered by the new AMD Radeon RX 5500M GPU, it runs on the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile processor, up to the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H!

The processor and GPU are kept cool by Cooler Boost 5, which features separate heatsinks with 7 heat pipes and two fans, to ensure peak performance even during the most strenuous gaming sessions.

The MSI Alpha 15 has a large 15.6-inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. MSI offers high-refresh rate options of 120 Hz, 144 Hz and even 240 Hz, and a tear-free experience through AMD FreeSync.

It also comes with larger speakers with independent sound chambers that are 5X larger than the competition. This, MSI says, will deliver a louder sound with more resonance and clarity. You are covered even if you are using headphones – it supports Hi-Res Audio for the best possible audio quality.

Finally, the Alpha 15 boasts a SteelSeries gaming keyboard with per-key RGB lighting.

 

MSI Alpha 15 Specifications For Malaysia

MSI is only offering one variant of the Alpha 15 here in Malaysia, and here are its specifications :

Specifications MSI Alpha 15 (Malaysia)
Display 15.6-inch IPS display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels, 144 Hz refresh rate
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
Graphics AMD Radeon RX 5500M with 4 GB GDDR6
Memory 16 GB DDR4-2666 memory
Storage 623 GB M.2 PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD
Connectivity LAN : Gigabit LAN
Wi-Fi : 802.11 ac
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
Webcam HD webcam (720p @ 30 fps)
Keyboard Per-Key RGB Backlit Keyboard
Audio 2 x 2 watt speakers
I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A
1 x RJ45 LAN port
1 x SDXC / SD card reader
1 x HDMI (4K @ 60 Hz)
1 x Mini DisplayPort
1 x Microphone in
1 x Headphone out (HiFi / SPDIF)
Battery 6-Cell Li-Ion Battery (51 Whr)
Charging 180 W AC adapter
Dimensions 357.7 mm wide
248 mm deep
27.5 mm thick
Weight 2.3 kg

Recommended : MSI Alpha 15 – World’s First RX 5500M Gaming Laptop!

 

The AMD Radeon RX 5500M GPU

The AMD Radeon RX 5500M actually use the same AMD Navi GPU as the desktop-class Radeon RX 5500, with 22 Compute Units with 1408 stream processors and a 128-bit memory interface.

The only difference is the mobile GPU has lower clock speeds, and 4 GB of GDDR6 memory, with a nominal TGP of 85 watts.

Recommended : AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series : Everything You Need To Know!

Specifications Radeon RX 5500 Radeon RX 5500M
Transistors 6.4 billion 6.4 billion
Fab Process 7 nm 7 nm
Total Graphics Power 150 W 85 W (nominal)
Stream Processors 1408 1408
Game Clock 1717 MHz 1448 MHz
Boost Clock 1845 MHz 1645 MHz
TMUs 88 88
Max. Texture Rate 162.4 GT/s 144.8 GT/s
ROPs 48 48
Max. Pixel Rate 88.6 GP/s 79.0 GP/s
Memory Size 4 GB / 8 GB 4 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Bandwidth 224 GB/s 224 GB/s
PCIe Interface PCIe 4.0 x8 PCIe 4.0 x8

Recommended : AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series : Everything You Need To Know!

 

MSI Alpha 15 Price + Availability Malaysia

The MSI Alpha 15 with the specifications above are available right now for only RM 4,799 / ~US$1,146 / ~£907 / ~A$1,688 with a one-year warranty.

 

Get A FREE Game With The MSI Alpha 15 In Malaysia!

The MSI Alpha 15 qualifies for the AMD Raise The Game promotion in Malaysia.

This means you get a FREE game – either Borderland 3 or Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint!

  • Promotion Date : Until 31 December 2019, or while stocks last
  • Redemption Date : Until 30 January 2020

Just make sure you purchase your Alpha 15 gaming laptop by the end of 2019, and redeem your free game by 30 January 2020!

 

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MSI Alpha 15 – World’s First RX 5500M Gaming Laptop!

MSI just unveiled the Alpha 15 – the world’s first gaming laptop to feature the new AMD Radeon RX 5500M GPU.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the MSI Alpha 15 gaming laptop!

The MSI Alpha 15 Gaming Laptop

The MSI Alpha 15 is not only powered by the new AMD Radeon RX 5500M GPU, it runs on the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile processor, up to the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H!

The processor and GPU are kept cool by Cooler Boost 5, which features separate heatsinks with 7 heat pipes and two fans, to ensure peak performance even during the most strenuous gaming sessions.

The MSI Alpha 15 has a large 15.6-inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. MSI offers high-refresh rate options of 120 Hz, 144 Hz and even 240 Hz, and a tear-free experience through AMD FreeSync.

It also comes with larger speakers with independent sound chambers that are 5X larger than the competition. This, MSI says, will deliver a louder sound with more resonance and clarity. You are covered even if you are using headphones – it supports Hi-Res Audio for the best possible audio quality.

Finally, the Alpha 15 boasts a SteelSeries gaming keyboard with per-key RGB lighting, with a red LED backlit option.

Recommended : MSI Alpha 15 Price + Specifications For Malaysia!

 

MSI Alpha 15 Specifications

MSI is offering two variants of the Alpha 15 – A3DDK and the A3DD, and here are their specifications :

Specifications MSI Alpha 15 (A3DDK) MSI Alpha 15 (A3DD)
Display 15.6-inch IPS display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels
144 Hz / 240 Hz options
15.6-inch IPS display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels
120 Hz / 144 Hz options
OS Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Professional
CPU Up to 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 H-class processor
Graphics AMD Radeon RX 5500M with 4 GB GDDR6
Memory 2 x DDR4 memory slots (up to 64 GB)
Storage 1 x M.2 PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD
1 x 2.5-inch SATA HDD
Connectivity LAN : Gigabit LAN
Wi-Fi : 802.11 ac
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
LAN : Killer Gigabit LAN
Wi-Fi : 802.11 ac
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
Webcam HD webcam (720p @ 30 fps)
Keyboard Per-Key RGB Backlit Keyboard Per-Key RGB Backlit Keyboard
Red Backlit Keyboard option
Audio 2 x 2 watt speakers
I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A
1 x RJ45 LAN port
1 x microSD card reader
1 x HDMI (4K @ 60 Hz)
1 x Mini DisplayPort
1 x Microphone in
1 x Headphone out (HiFi / SPDIF)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A
1 x RJ45 LAN port
1 x SDXC / SD card reader
1 x HDMI (4K @ 60 Hz)
1 x Mini DisplayPort
1 x Microphone in
1 x Headphone out (HiFi / SPDIF)
Battery 6-Cell Li-Ion Battery (51 Whr)
Charging 180 W AC adapter
Dimensions 357.7 mm wide
248 mm deep
27.5 mm thick
Weight 2.3 kg

 

The AMD Radeon RX 5500M GPU

The AMD Radeon RX 5500M actually use the same AMD Navi GPU as the desktop-class Radeon RX 5500, with 22 Compute Units with 1408 stream processors and a 128-bit memory interface.

The only difference is the mobile GPU has lower clock speeds, and 4 GB of GDDR6 memory, with a nominal TGP of 85 watts.

Recommended : AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series : Everything You Need To Know!

Specifications Radeon RX 5500 Radeon RX 5500M
Transistors 6.4 billion 6.4 billion
Fab Process 7 nm 7 nm
Total Graphics Power 150 W 85 W (nominal)
Stream Processors 1408 1408
Game Clock 1717 MHz 1448 MHz
Boost Clock 1845 MHz 1645 MHz
TMUs 88 88
Max. Texture Rate 162.4 GT/s 144.8 GT/s
ROPs 48 48
Max. Pixel Rate 88.6 GP/s 79.0 GP/s
Memory Size 4 GB / 8 GB 4 GB
Memory Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Bandwidth 224 GB/s 224 GB/s
PCIe Interface PCIe 4.0 x8 PCIe 4.0 x8

 

Get A FREE Game With The MSI Alpha 15!

The MSI Alpha 15 qualifies for the AMD Raise The Game promotion, which gives you a FREE game – either Borderland 3 or Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint.

  • Promotion Date : Until 31 December 2019, or while stocks last
  • Redemption Date : Until 30 January 2020
  • Applicable Regions : North America, EMEA, APJ, Taiwan / Hong Kong, LATAM
  • Not Valid In These Regions : China, Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Sudan and Iran

 

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The 2019 Acer Predator Helios 700 Price + Specifications!

Acer just unveiled the 2019 Acer Predator Helios 700 gaming laptop! Here is everything you need to know about the new Predator Helios 700, including its price and key specifications!

 

The 2019 Acer Predator Helios 700

The 2019 Acer Predator Helios 700 is designed to offer the ultimate gaming experience, with a large 17.3-inch IPS display, and the latest Intel Core i9 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics.

It comes with 32 GB DDR4 memory (upgradable to 64 GB), and two 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 configuration. But you can also add a separate HDD for additional storage.

The Predator Helios 700 boasts a unique HyperDrift keyboard that increases airflow by up to 18.9% through the top of the laptop. The cooling system features two 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fans that maximise airflow while minimising noise.

The HyperDrift keyboard also improves ergonomics, with a desktop-like feel. In addition, it comes with per-key RGB lighting, anti-ghosting and MagForce WASD keys.

The MagForce keys use analog-like linear switches that trigger actuation on initial press, and increase up to 100% to give players more precise movements in game.

Its large Precision Touchpad is outlined with blue lighting, and features two discrete mouse buttons. Its 17.3-inch IPS display is not only large, it supports a 144 Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC.

 

The 2019 Acer Predator Helios 700 Specifications

Specifications Acer Predator Helios 700
Model PH717-71-92HO
Display 17.3-inch Full HD IPS display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels, 144 Hz, G-SYNC
Processor Intel Core i9-9980HK (overclockable)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Memory 32 GB DDR4 memory (dual channel)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6)
Storage 2 x 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD (RAID 0)
Audio Waves MaxxAudio with Acer TrueHarmony Speakers
Connectivity LAN : Killer E3000 2.5Gbps
Wi-Fi : Killer WiFi 6 AX1650 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
I/O Ports 1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C / Thunderbolt 3
Keyboard HyperDrift Keyboard with MagForce keys
Battery 4-cell Lithium-Ion (4670 mAh)
Power Adaptor 330 W power adaptor
Dimensions 430 mm x 299 mm x 41.7 mm
Weight 4.90 kg

 

The 2019 Acer Predator Helios 700 Price + Availability

The 2019 Acer Predator Helios 700 is available as of 4 October 2019, with a recommended retail price of RM 17,999 / ~US$4,299 / ~£3,489 / ~A$ 6,349.

Here are the prices for the Acer Predator Helios 700 in other countries (accurate as of 18 October 2019) :

  • US : $2,199.99 (i7-9750H, RTX 2070, 16GB + 512 GB)
  • UK : £2,289 (i7-9750H, RTX 2070, 16GB + 512 GB + 1TB)
  • UK : £3,699.97 (i9-9980K, RTX 2080, 32GB + 512GBx2 + 1TB)

 

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The 2019 Acer Predator + Nitro Gaming Laptops Revealed!

Acer just unveiled the 2019 Acer Predator and Nitro gaming laptops!

Here are the full details on all six new Predator and Nitro models, as well as their special launch promotions!

 

The 2019 Acer Predator + Nitro Gaming Laptops Revealed!

Let’s start with the 2019 Acer Predator and Nitro launch briefing by Jeffrey Lai, Senior Product Manager of Acer Malaysia.

 

Acer Predator Triton 900

The Acer Predator Triton 900 is built around the unique Ezel Aero Hinge that flips, extends or reclines the 17.3-inch display, for four usage modes :

  • Display Mode for sharing the screen with friends
  • Ezel Mode for playing games on the touch screen
  • Notebook Mode for playing computer games
  • Stand Mode for using the Triton 900 like a tablet!

It is also a powerhouse, with the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, all kept cool by 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fans.

The Triton 900 comes with 16 GB DDR4 memory, and two 512 GB NVMe SSDs in RAID 0. It also comes with a mechanical keyboard with per-key RGB lighting.

Recommended : The 2019 Acer Predator Desktops + Monitors Revealed!

 

The 2019 Acer Predator Helios 300

The 2019 Acer Predator Helios 300 has a refreshed design, and the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i7 with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060. It is not only thinner, its 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display also has thinner bezels.

The new Helios 300 model is also kept cool by 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fans, which deliver 45% more airflow than regular fans while creating 35% less noise.

Recommended : The 2019 Predator Helios 300 with RTX 2070 Revealed!

 

The 2019 Acer Nitro 5 (15.6-inch | 17.3-inch)

The newly-refreshed Acer Nitro 5 series is available with either a 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch Full HD IPS display, with a narrow bezel design.

They can both be equipped with the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i7 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and come with two M.2 PCIe SSD slots, two DDR4 memory slots, and dual fans with Acer CoolBoost technology.

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The 2019 Acer Nitro 7

The new 2019 Acer Nitro 7 has a new sleek metal chassis that is just under 2 cm thick.

It can be equipped with the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i7 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and come with two M.2 PCIe SSD slots, two DDR4 memory slots, and dual fans with Acer CoolBoost technology.

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The 2019 Acer Predator + Nitro Price + Availability

All models mentioned here are available at the official Acer online stores, and all Acer authorised resellers with immediate effect. Here are their official prices :

  • Acer Predator Triton 900 : RM 15,999 / ~$3,864 / ~£3,044 / ~€3,400
  • 2019 Acer Predator Helios 300 (Core i7) : RM 6,199 / ~$1,497 / ~£1,180 / ~€1,317
  • 2019 Acer Predator Helios 300 (Core i5) : RM 5,399 / ~$1,304 / ~£1,027 / ~€1,147
  • 2019 Acer Nitro 7 (144 Hz display) : RM 4,899 / ~$1,183 / ~£932 / ~€1,041
  • 2019 Acer Nitro 5 (17.3-inch 144 Hz display) : RM 4,899 / ~$1,183 / ~£932 / ~€1,041
  • 2019 Acer Nitro 5 (15.6-inch display) : RM 3,499 / ~$845 / ~£666 / ~€744

 

The 2019 Acer Predator + Nitro Launch Offers

To kick-off the launch of the 2019 Acer Predator and Nitro gaming laptops, Acer is offering these special launch offers at all Acer Concept and Brand Stores, as well as All IT Hypermarket, Harvey Norman, Senheng, SNS Network and Thundermatch Technology, from 26 until 30 June 2019.

Model SKU SRP Launch Promo / Discount Free Gift
Predator Helios 300 (Core i7) PH315-52-76CQ RM 6,199 FREE VG240Y Gaming Monitor (worth RM 549) Edifier Speakers
Predator Helios 300 (Core i5) PH315-52-54KG RM 5,399 FREE VG240Y Gaming Monitor (worth RM 549) Office 365 /Galea 500 / Cestus 300
Acer Nitro 5 (15.6″) AN515-54-74YP RM 4,399 RM 150 Discount Office 365 /Galea 500 / Cestus 300
Acer Nitro 5 (17.3″) AN517-51-797S RM 4,899 RM 150 Discount Office 365 /Galea 500 / Cestus 300
Acer Nitro 7 (GTX 1650) AN715-51-76YF RM 4,899 RM 150 Discount Office 365 /Galea 500 / Cestus 300
Acer Nitro 7 (GTX 1660 Ti) AN715-51-773J RM 5,199 RM 150 Discount Office 365 /Galea 500 / Cestus 300

 

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The 2019 Lenovo Legion Y740 – A Gaming Work Of Art!

The 2019 Lenovo Legion Y740 has just been released and it looks every bit like a gaming powerhouse! Here is a primer on the new Legion Y740 gaming laptop!

 

The 2019  Lenovo Legion Y740 Gaming Laptop

Once known for their  business laptops, Lenovo is certainly focusing heavily on their gaming laptops.

The new 2019 Lenovo Legion Y740 (US) comes with either a 15-inch, or 17-inch display, with an optional 144 Hz Full HD (1920 x 1080) panel that supports NVIDIA G-SYNC.

Reviewers have described its performance as “excellent”, with a “competitive price” to boot. They also liked the fact that its chassis is all-aluminium, giving it a stylish looks.

On the other hand, they noted that it has a relatively short battery life of just 5 hours. Gaming sessions on-the-go will be short unless you can hook it up to a power outlet.

A Gaming Powerhouse

The 2019 Lenovo Legion Y740 (US) gaming laptop comes with these key features :

  • 9th Gen Intel Core i7 mobile processor
  • Microsoft Windows Home 10
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 or GeForce 1660 Ti with Max-Q Design

That is everything you need for the most intense gaming sessions!

Some reviewers even claim that this particular Lenovo model is a match for the highly-rated MSI GS75 Stealth.

 

The 2019 Lenovo Legion Y740 Optional Features

Users can choose to add on extra features to the 2019 Lenovo Legion Y740 (US), like :

  • Dolby Sound Radar
  • 32 GB DDR4-2666 memory
  • CORSAIR iCue RGB backlit keyboard

 

The 2019 Lenovo Legion Y740 Price + Availability

The 2019 Lenovo Legion Y740 (US) gaming laptop has a base price of RM 8,629 / ~$2,083 / ~£1,581 / ~€1,858 with a 15-inch display.

In the US, it retails for $2,299.99 with a 17-inch GSYNC display, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080, 16 GB DDR4 memory and 512 GB NVMe SSD.

 

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2019 MSI GE75 + GE63 Raider Gaming Laptops With WiFi 6!

MSI just unveiled the 2019 MSI GE75 Raider and GE63 Raider RGB gaming laptops, and they all boast the latest WiFi 6 wireless connectivity! Here’s a primer on these two new MSI gaming laptops!

 

The 2019 MSI GE75 Raider

The 2019 MSI GE75 Raider and its large 17.3-inch display is powered by the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 / 2070 / 2060 graphics.

In addition to its gaming performance, gamers can also count on its WiFi 6 wireless connectivity to ensure maximum bandwidth and low latency for esports gaming.

However, reviewers have noted that the 2019 MSI GE75 Raider’s battery life is shorter than expected when not plugged in, and its webcam was below par of a laptop with such a price tag.

Well, the higher the price, the higher the expectation right?

The 2019 MSI GE75 Raider Specifications + Price

Model GE75 Raider (RTX 2080) GE75 Raider (RTX 2070) GE75 Raider (RTX 2060)
Processor 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H + HM370
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB
Display 17.3″ Full HD (1920 x 1080), 144 Hz, 4-sided thin bezels, IPS gaming display
Storage 1 x M.2 SATA SSD
2 x M.2 SSD NVMe PCIe Gen3 or SATA-SSD Combo
1 x 2.5″ SATA HDD
Keyboard Per-Key RGB gaming keyboard by SteelSeries
Audio Sound by Dynaudio
ESS SABRE HiFi audio DAC technology
Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer
Dimension 397 x 268.5 x 27.5 mm
Weight 2.6 kg
Price RM 12,999
~US$ 3,144
~£ 2,402
~€ 2,796
RM 9,799
~US$ 2,370
~£ 1,811
~€ 2,108
RM 7,999
~US$ 1,935
~£ 1,479
~€ 1,720

 

The 2019 MSI GE63 Raider RGB

As the slightly lower price, the 2019 GE63 Raider RGB offers the same gaming performance in a smaller form factor, with a smaller 15.6-inch display.

According to reviewers, the downside to this particular model is that its screen is dim and its battery life quickly drains, especially if the RGB lights are turned on.

The 2019 MSI GE63 Raider RGB Specifications + Price

Model GE63 Raider (RTX 2080) GE63 Raider (RTX 2070) GE63 Raider (RTX 2060)
Processor 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H + HM370
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB
Display 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080), 144 Hz, 4-sided thin bezels, IPS gaming display
Storage 1 x M.2 SATA SSD
1 x M.2 SSD NVMe PCIe Gen3 or SATA-SSD Combo
1 x 2.5″ SATA HDD
Keyboard Per-Key RGB gaming keyboard by SteelSeries
Audio Sound by Dynaudio
ESS SABRE HiFi audio DAC technology
Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer
Dimension 383 x 260 x 29.5 mm
Weight 2.6 kg
Price RM 11,099
~US$ 2,686
~£ 2,051
~€ 2,388
RM 9,499
~US$ 2,298
~£ 1,756
~€ 2,044
RM 7,899
~US$ 1,911
~£ 1,460
~€ 1,699

 

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The 2019 MSI GS75 + GS65 Stealth Laptops Revealed!

The 2019 MSI GS75 + GS65 Stealth gaming laptops have just been revealed! Here is a primer on these two newversatile gaming laptops!

 

The 2019 MSI GS75 Stealth

The MSI GS75 Stealth may look slim and portable, but it does not disappoint in terms of performance.

Powered by the 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, gamers can rest assure it will handle even the most intense gaming sessions!

 

The 2019 MSI GS75 Stealth Specifications + Price

Model GS75 Stealth (RTX 2080) GS75 Stealth (RTX 2070) GS75 Stealth (RTX 2060)
Processor 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H + HM370
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB with Max-Q Design NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB with Max-Q Design NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB with Max-Q Design
Display 17.3″ Full HD (1920 x 1080), 144 Hz, 4-sided thin bezels, IPS gaming display
Storage 1 x M.2 SATA SSD
2 x M.2 SSD NVMe PCIe Gen3 or SATA-SSD Combo
Keyboard Per-Key RGB gaming keyboard by SteelSeries
Audio Sound by Dynaudio
ESS SABRE HiFi audio DAC technology
Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer
Dimension 396.1 x 259.5 x 18.95 mm
Weight 2.28 kg
Price RM 14,599
~US$ 3,532
~ £ 2,735
~€ 3,164
RM 11,099
~US$ 2,685
~£ 2,080
~€ 2,406
RM 9,799
~US$ 2,371
~£ 1,836
~€ 2,124

 

The 2019 MSI GS65 Stealth

The 2019 MSI GS65 may be smaller in size, but it packs the same performance as the larger GS75 gaming laptop.

In fact, the only differences are its smaller 15.6-inch display, with a consequentially smaller and lighter form factor.

 

The 2019 MSI GS65 Specifications + Price

Model GS65 Stealth (RTX 2080) GS65 Stealth (RTX 2070) GS65 Stealth (RTX 2060)
Processor 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H + HM370
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB with Max-Q Design NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB with Max-Q Design NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB with Max-Q Design
Display 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080), 240 Hz, thin bezels, IPS gaming display
Storage 1 x M.2 SATA SSD
2 x M.2 SSD NVMe PCIe Gen3 or SATA-SSD Combo
Keyboard Per-Key RGB gaming keyboard by SteelSeries
Audio Sound by Dynaudio
ESS SABRE HiFi audio DAC technology
Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer
Dimension 357.7 x 247.7 x 17.9 mm
Weight 1.9 kg
Price RM 14,999
~US$ 3,629
~ £ 2,811
~ € 3,251
RM 11,199
~US$ 2,710
~£ 2,099
~€ 2,427
RM 9,999
~US$ 2,419
~£ 1,873
~€ 2,167

 

 

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 Series Laptops – Everything You Need To Know!

NVIDIA today officially unveiled two new GeForce GTX 16 series GPUs for laptops – the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and the GeForce GTX 1650.

In addition, they announced the immediate availability of more than 80 gaming laptops that will feature one of the two GeForce GTX 16 series GPUs!

Here is everything you need to know about the two new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 series GPUs for laptops!

 

The Official NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 Series Laptop Briefing

Let’s start with the official tech briefing of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 series GPUs for laptops.

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 Series Laptop Q&A Session

For more information, you can join in on the GeForce GTX 16 Series Laptop Q&A session with NVIDIA.

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 Series Mobile GPUs Summarised

  • There are two models – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650.
  • There will be more than 80 gaming laptops available immediately from brands like Acer, ASUS, Dell and Alienware, GIGABYTE, HP, Lenovo, MSI and Samsung.
  • Models include the Acer Nitro 5, ASUS ROG Zephyrus G, Dell G5, Gigabyte AERO 15, Lenovo Legion Y7000 and MSI GS65.

NVIDIA Turing Architecture

  • 40% more power efficient than Pascal with 50% more instructions per clock
  • Concurrent execution of floating point and integer operations for greatly improved performance in compute-heavy workloads of modern games
  • A new unified memory architecture with twice the cache of Pascal
  • New shading advancements to improve performance, enhance image quality and deliver new levels of geometric complexity

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

  • 100+ FPS in the most popular competitive games
  • Up to 4X higher performance than GTX 960M
  • Up to 1.5X higher performance than GTX 1060
  • Starting at $999

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650

  • 60+ FPS in the most popular competitive games
  • Up to 2.5X higher performance than GTX 950M
  • Up to 1.7X higher performance than GTX 1050
  • Starting at $799

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 Series Mobile GPU Specifications

SpecificationsGeForce GTX 1660 TiGeForce GTX 1650
CUDA Cores15361024
Base Clock1140-1455 MHz1020-1395 MHz
Boost Clock1335-1590 MHz1245-1560 MHz
Total Graphics Power60-80 W35-50 W
Graphics Memory6 GB GDDR64 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface192-bit128-bit
Memory Speed12 GbpsUp to 8 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth288 GB.s128 GB/s

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 16 Series Laptop Availability

Gaming laptops based on either the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or the GeForce GTX 1650 will be available for purchase with immediate effect, from April 23, 2019 onwards.

 

Complete Set Of Presentation Slides

Here is the full set of presentation slides for your perusal!

 

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The 2019 Predator Helios 300 with RTX 2070 Revealed!

Acer just unveiled the 2019 Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop, powered by the latest 9th Gen Intel processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics.

Here’s a quick primer on the latest iteration of the Acer Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop!

 

The 2019 Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop

The newly-refreshed 2019 Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop is powered by the latest 9th Gen Intel processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with Max-Q Design.

It also comes with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 memory, and Killer DoubleShot Pro networking connectivity.

Gamers have a choice of either a 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch Full HD IPS display. Both options support a 144 Hz refresh rate, and a 3 ms overdrive response time.

It also has a new keyboard with distinctive Predator fonts and 4-zone RGB lighting. The WASD keys are highlighted, as well as the arrow keys are hotkeys. The spacebar has also been enlarged.

Like the Predator Helios 700, it has two hotkeys – Turbo to quickly engage overclocking, and PredatorSense to immediately access CPU + GPU temperatures, fan controls, RGB lighting and more.

4th Gen AeroBlade 3D Fans

The new Predator Helios 300 also comes with an improved cooling system with two 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fans, five copper heat pipes, and the Acer CoolBoost Technology.

The new 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fans have new 0.1 mm fan blades with a serrated edge, winglets along the top and bottom, as well as a curved fin along the inner portion of each blade. Acer claims this increases airflow by up to 45%!

 

The 2019 Predator Helios 300 Price + Availability

The 2019 Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop will be available in these regions at the following recommended retail prices :

  • North America in July 2019 : Starting at USD 1,199.99 / ~£ 916 / ~€ 1,060 /~RM 4,933
  • EMEA in June 2019 : Starting at EUR 1,499 / ~US$ 1,695 / ~£ 1,295  /~RM 6,976
  • China in May 2019 : Starting at RMB 11,999 / ~US$ 1,788 / ~£ 1,366 / ~€ 1,579 /~RM 7,359

 

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The 2019 Predator Helios 700 Adds HyperDrift Keyboard!

Acer just unveiled the 2019 Predator Helios 700 gaming laptop, with a unique HyperDrift keyboard! Here’s a quick primer on the latest iteration of the Acer Predator Helios 700 gaming laptop!

 

The 2019 Predator Helios 700 Adds HyperDrift Keyboard!

The newly-refreshed 2019 Predator Helios 700 gaming laptop has a slew of new CPUs and GPUs to choose from, including the new 9th Gen Intel Core i9 and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 or RTX 2070.

It also comes with up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory, and Killer DoubleShot Pro wired and Killer Wi-Fi 6 wireless connectivity.

All that power is convey to the gamer through a large 17-inch Full HD IPS display with 144 Hz refresh rate, 3 ms response time and NVIDIA G-SYNC support.

HyperDrift Keyboard

The most unique thing about the 2019 Predator Helios 700 is the new HyperDrift keyboard. Designed as part of the new Helios 700’s thermal architecture, it slides forward to uncover two additional air intakes for maximum cooling performance.

Sliding the HyperDrift keyboard forward also improves ergonomics – the keyboard is now closer to the gamer. On top of that – its MagForce keys use linear switches that triggers on the initial press, and increase up to 100 percent for more precise control.

It also has two hotkeys – Turbo to quickly engage overclocking, and PredatorSense to immediately access CPU + GPU temperatures, fan controls, RGB lighting and more.

4th Gen AeroBlade 3D Fans

The new Predator Helios 700 also comes with an improved cooling system. It not only leverages the HyperDrift keyboard for more airflow, it also comes with two 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fans, five copper heat pipes, and the Acer CoolBoost Technology.

The new 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fans have new 0.1 mm fan blades with a serrated edge, winglets along the top and bottom, as well as a curved fin along the inner portion of each blade. Acer claims this increases airflow by up to 45%!

 

The 2019 Predator Helios 700 Price + Availability

The 2019 Predator Helios 700 gaming laptop will be available in these regions at the following recommended retail prices :

  • North America in July 2019 : Starting at USD 2,699.99 / ~£ 2,061 / ~€ 2,387 /~RM 11,105
  • EMEA in July 2019 : Starting at EUR 2,699 / ~US$ 3,052 / ~£ 2,331  /~RM 12,557
  • China in June 2019 : Starting at RMB 19,999 / ~US$ 2,981 / ~£ 2,277 / ~€ 2,271 /~RM 12,265

 

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The Four 2019 Dell G7 + G5 Gaming Laptops Revealed!

The Dell G7 and G5 series of gaming laptops are getting a refresh! Here’s a look at what the four 2019 Dell G7 and G5 gaming laptops will introduce, and how much they will cost.

 

The 2019 Dell G7 + G5 Gaming Laptops

The Dell G7 and G5 gaming laptops are designed to offer an affordable alternative to the premium Alienware gaming laptops. The 2018 Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop we reviewed was certainly impressive in its own right.

The 17-inch 2019 Dell G7 17 Gaming Laptop

The 2019 Dell G7 and G5 gaming laptops will be upgraded with the latest 8th Generation Intel CFL-H quad– and hexa-core processors, and new NVIDIA graphics. They will also offer optional GSYNC support and 144 Hz display panel

For the first time, the new 2019 Dell G7 and G5 gaming laptops will come with Alienware Command Center pre-installed, and a keyboard with customisable 4-zone RGB backlighting.

The 15-inch 2019 Dell G7 15 Gaming Laptop

Dell is also introducing the 2019 Dell G5 15 Special Edition in the Alpine White colour. It has a clear panel at the bottom, to show off the blue fans of its cooling system!

 

The 15-inch Dell G5 15 Special Edition

2019 Alienware Command Center

The new 2019 Alienware Command Center that will be pre-loaded into every new Alienware and the 2019 Dell G7 and G5 gaming laptops will include new features like :

  • GPU overclocking and underclocking
  • Allow changes to take effect at the system level
  • CPU, RAM and GPU overclocking will now work together, in conjunction with system temperatures
The 15-inch Dell G5 15 Gaming Laptop

 

2019 Dell G7 + G5 Price + Availability

In the United States, the 2019 Dell G7 and G5 gaming laptops will be available starting 29 January 2019, with the following starting prices :

  • Dell G7 17 : $1,380 onwards
  • Dell G7 15 : $1,099 onwards
  • Dell G5 15 : $999.99 onwards

Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

  • 2019 Dell G7 15 with Core i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, RAM + storage options : $949.99 onwards
  • 2019 Dell G7 15 with Core i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, RAM + storage options : $1,179 onwards
  • 2019 Dell G5 15 with Core i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, RAM + storage options : $949 onwards

Here in Malaysia, the 2019 Dell G7 and G5 gaming laptops will be available at the end of February 2019. Their local price is yet unknown. We will update the article, as and when we receive new information from Dell.

 

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The 2019 Alienware m17 Gaming Laptop Revealed!

Alienware just revealed the 2019 Alienware m17 gaming laptop – the thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming laptop they ever created

In this article, we will share with you the official 2019 Alienware m17 tech briefing, as well as its key features, price and availability. Check it out!

The 2019 Alienware m17 Gaming Laptop

Designed for gamers on-the-go who prioritise mobility, the 2019 Alienware m17 is the lightest and thinnest 17-inch gaming laptop they ever made, with a starting weight of just 2.65 kg (5.79 lbs).

The new Alienware m17 gaming laptop is powered by the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors featuring dynamic CPU overclocking with greater thermal headroom from its Cryo-Tech Cooling Technology.

The 2019 Alienware m17 also boasts the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series graphics, delivering leading edge graphics capabilities like real-time ray tracing and DLSS.

The 2019 Alienware m17 Price + Availability

The 2019 Alienware m17 gaming laptop is available from 29 January 2019 onwards in the United States, with a starting price of US$ 1,579.99.

Here in Malaysia, it will be available at the end of February 2019. Its local price is yet unknown. We will update the article, as and when we receive new information from Dell.

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Alienware Shows Off 2019 Area-51m with Legend Design!

Alienware just revealed the 2019 Area-51m with the new Legend Design – the most powerful and upgradable gaming laptop they ever created.

In this article, we will share with you the official 2019 Alienware Area-51m tech briefing, as well as its key features, price and availability. Check it out!

The 2019 Area-51m with Legend Design From Alienware

The reimagined 2019 Area-51m is Alienware’s most powerful, upgradeable gaming laptop. It is their first and only laptop with an 8-core 9th Gen Intel Core i9 desktop processor, the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics, 64 GB of memory, and 2.5 Gbps Ethernet technology.

All that is kept cool using cutting-edge thermal and cooling technology. Alienware promises it will deliver 50% more performance in a 32% smaller form factor than its predecessor. Yet, it still comes with a 17-inch narrow bezel display with a 144 Hz refresh rate.

If that is not enough, its power desktop processor and graphics are upgradeable when newer and better processors and graphics are introduced.

Like the previous generation Area-51m, the new 2019 Area-51m comes with Tobii eye-tracking technology and the latest Alienware Command Center.

Alienware Legend Design

The new Alienware Legend design takes cues from sci-fi culture and early industrial designs.

It features improved AlienFX lighting, ultra-thin screen borders, and a new “three-knuckle hinge” design. The new hinge design reduces overall dimensions, while creating a stronger assembly.

Internally, Alienware laptops with the new Legend design are optimised with cutting-edge thermal and cooling technology to ensure sustained overclocking capability.

2019 Area-51m Price + Availability

The 2019 Area-51m with Legend design will introduce two optional finishes – Lunar Light and Dark Side of the Moon.

It will be available in the US, starting 29 January 2019, with a starting price of $2,549.

It will arrive in Malaysia, some time at the end of February 2019. Its local price is yet unknown. We will update the article, as and when we receive new information from Dell.

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The Dell G7 15 (7588) Gaming Laptop In-Depth Review!

Earlier this year, Dell revamped their gaming line-up, rebranding it it as the new Dell G-series. But is that all they really did?

Let’s find out in our in-depth review of the Dell G7 15  – their top-of-the-line G-series gaming laptop!

Updated @ 2018-12-27 : Updated the review with additional points and information. Corrected several minor mistakes.

Originally posted @ 2018-10-25

The Dell G Series Gaming Laptops

The Dell G Series is a new family of laptops designed for affordable high-performance gaming. Dell offers three options – the entry-level G3, the mainstream G5 and the top-of-the-line G7.

All three options are built around the 8th Generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce 10 series GPUs.

Dell G7 15 (7588) Specifications

SpecificationsDell G7 15 Base ModelUpgrade Options
Display15.6-inch IPS LED display (1920 x 1080 pixels) with anti-glare coating
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home Single Language (64-bit)
ProcessorIntel Core i5-8300H
- 4 cores, 8 threads
- 2.3 GHz base clock
- 4.0 GHz boost clock
Intel Core i7-8750H
- 6 cores, 12 threads
- 2.2 GHz base clock
- 4.1 GHz boost clock
Memory8 GB DDR4-2666 memory16 GB DDR4-2666 memory
Discrete GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
(4 GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
(4 GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
(6 GB GDDR5)
Storage1 TB 5400 RPM HDD128 GB SSD
256 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
WirelessDual-band 802.11ac (2x2) + Bluetooth 5.0
Ports1 x HDMI 2.0
3 x SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen Type-A including 1 with PowerShare
1 x Thunderbolt 3 Port (USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C with support for 40 Gbps Thunderbolt and DisplayPort)
1 x Noble lock slot
1 x 2-in-1 SD (UHS50) / MMC, RJ-45
1 x Headphone / microphone
WebcamWidescreen 720p Webcam with Dual Array Digital Microphone
Audio2 x tuned speakers; audio processing by Waves MaxxAudio Pro
KeyboardFull-size, spill-resistant keyboard with numeric keypad
Battery56 Whr, 4-Cell Battery
Power Adaptor130 Watt Power Adaptor180 Watt Power Adaptor
(NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q only)
Dimensions389 mm wide
274.7 mm deep
24.95 mm thick
Weight2.86 kg
Colour OptionsLicorice Black / Alpine White
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Dell G7 15 (7588) Price List

The 2018 Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop is available in four (as of October 2018) configurations, although you can customise it too :

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  • i5-8300H, 8GB DDR4, GTX 1050, 1TB HDD : RM 4,038.99 / ~US$ 1,010 (Malaysia}
  • i7-8750H, 8GB DDR4, GTX 1050 Ti, 1TB HDD : RM 4,838.99 / ~US$ 1,010 (Malaysia | US}
  • i7-8750H, 8GB DDR4, GTX 1050 Ti, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD : RM 5,008.99 / ~US$ 1,010 (Malaysia | US)
  • i7-8750H, 16GB DDR4, GTX 1060, 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD : RM 6,908.99 / ~US$ 1,010 (Malaysia | US)

All Dell G7 15 gaming laptops come with a free Dell Gaming Backpack 15, and free shipping.

Unboxing The Dell G7 15 (7588)

The 2018 Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop comes in a nondescript brown Dell cardboard box. The two labels on the side are the only clues of what lies inside. Let’s unbox it and see what we find inside!

When you unbox the Dell G7 15 gaming laptop, you will find the following items :

  • One Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop
  • One 180 watt AC/DC power adaptor
  • One power cable with a localised power plug
  • One set of Dell G7 15 Quick User Guide, and Safety and Regulatory Information leaflet

Next Page > The Dell G7 15 Up Close + Key Features!

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The Dell G7 15 Up Close!

The 2018 Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop features a completely new sleek design, with a two-tone colour scheme. It runs on an 8th Generation Intel Core processor, with an NVIDIA GeForce 10 series GPU powering its 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display.

Despite its gaming chops and beefed-up cooling system, Dell engineers managed to keep it under an inch thick, and under 3 kg in weight. That’s with a larger 4-cell 56 WHrs battery.

Dell G7 15 Key Features

Now, let’s take a closer look at the key features of the 2018 Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop.

Performance

Dell sent us their top-of-the-line model for our review. It was powered by the 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H – a 6-core, 12-thread processor; and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design.

All that is kept cool by a new dual-fan cooling system, that draws cool air from underneath and expels the hot air out large vents at the back.

For those with less budget, Dell offers the quad-core Intel Core i5-8300H processor, and the GeForce GTX 1050 or GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics as options.

Full HD IPS Display

Unlike many gaming laptops, the Dell uses an IPS panel with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That means better colour and a wider viewing angle, at the expense of a longer response time and higher cost.

It has an anti-glare coating, but lacks a higher refresh rate or anti-tear technologies like NVIDIA G-SYNC or AMD FreeSync. What this means is – your games will look great, but you will have to live with a longer response time, and some tearing in FPS games.

At the top of the display is a wide-angle 720p webcam with a dual-array digital microphone.

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Dual-Tone Colour Scheme

The 2018 Dell D7 15 (7588) comes in two colour options – Alpine White or Licorice Black. The Alpine White colour option is the more interesting of the two, because it is a dual-tone colour scheme. It has a white top and sides, with a black underside.

Licorice Black is a more professional-looking colour option. It’s plain black, like most business laptops, allowing you to game while pretending to work hard at the office… 😉

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More Dell G7 15 Key Features

Keyboard + Touch Pad

The Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop comes with a full-sized keyboard with a numeric keypad. The keys are all back-lit in blue, with the WASD keys specially-highlighted.

It also comes with a rather large touch pad, which is oddly offset to the left. The offset touch pad makes it a bit harder to use, but let’s be frank – no sane gamer would be using the touch pad.

Fingerprint Sensor

The Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop has a touch fingerprint sensor built into the power button.

Like current smartphone fingerprint sensors, it is fast and supports all-aspect fingerprint detection, making it really easy to log into Windows, and start gaming!

Connectivity Options

The Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop comes with a plethora of connectivity options. On the left side, you will find a Noble lock slot, the power port, an RJ-45 LAN port, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port and an SD card reader.

On the right side, you will find a 3.5 mm audio port, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a single USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C / Thunderbolt 3 port, and a HDMI 2.0 port.

On the wireless side, it supports dual-band 802.11ac WiFi with Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

Dual Drive Storage

Our Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop came with dual storage drives – a fast 256 GB Toshiba KSG60ZMV256G NVMe SSD and a 1 TB Seagate ST1000LM035 hard disk drive with a 5,400 RPM spindle speed.

Right out of the box, the SSD drive has 188 GB of available storage, while the hard disk drive has 931 GB of available storage.

Dell offers a smaller 128 GB SSD option, but we highly recommend sticking with the 256 GB SSD because you will run out of space pretty quickly on the 128 GB, and the SSD loads games much faster than the 5400 RPM hard disk drive.

Next Page > Dell G7 15 Battery + Gaming Performance, Our Verdict + Award

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Dell G7 16 Battery Life

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The Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop comes with a 4-cell, 56 WHr lithium-ion battery. It supports quick-charging, allowing you to recharge 25% of its capacity in just 15 minutes.

Our review model came with a larger and more powerful 180 watt charger. The lower-end models that use the GeForce GTX 1050 or GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics come with a 130 watt charger instead.

What’s truly impressive is how long it lasted. When we tested its predecessor, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming, we only managed to game for 45 minutes. The mobile gaming time has more than double with the 2018 Dell G7 15 – we played for just over 2 hours!

Dell G7 15 Gaming Performance

On Battery

We tested the Dell G7 15 running on battery, and it delivered 2,822 on the 3DMark FireStrike test.

This is not a very good score, but it is the secret of how the Dell G7 15 managed to last 2 hours of gaming.

On Main Power

If you really want the Dell G7 15 to roar, plug it into the main power, and it more than triples its gaming performance. Specifically, it scores 9,916 on the 3DMark FireStrike test – 3.5X higher than on battery power!

Our Verdict

The Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop is a refreshing new approach by Dell. Instead of tacking onto the Inspiron line, they rebranded it under the new Dell G line, with a new design.

It now sports a new sleeker design, with beefed-up gaming and cooling performance. Its hexa-core Core i7-8750H processor and GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics is more than fast enough to deliver high frame rates on its full HD display.

Dell also went with an IPS panel, when many gaming laptops opt for TN panels with a high refresh rate and a low response time. This means you will enjoy better colours and a wide viewing angle, which is great if you do more than just game.

The Dell G7 15 checks off many of the standard gaming features – a backlit keyboard, a solid state drive for fast boot-ups and game loads, a pair of decent speakers, and fast wired and wireless connectivity. To top it off – it has a longer-lasting battery – good enough for about 2 hours of gameplay.

Of course, there are tons of other gaming laptops with the same specifications. What’s really impressive though is its affordability. Even this top-of-the-line model costs less than RM 7,000 / ~US$ 1,750. This is a great deal for those who want to enjoy gaming on-the-go, but could not afford a decent gaming laptop.

The Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop is designed to offer an affordable combination of gaming performance, and they didn’t appear to cut too many corners to do it. That’s why we think it deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, Dell!

Where To Buy The Dell G7 15 (7588)

The 2018 Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop is available in four (as of October 2018) configurations, although you can customise it too :

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  • i5-8300H, 8GB DDR4, GTX 1050, 1TB HDD : RM 4,038.99 / ~US$ 1,010 (Malaysia}
  • i7-8750H, 8GB DDR4, GTX 1050 Ti, 1TB HDD : RM 4,838.99 / ~US$ 1,010 (Malaysia | US}
  • i7-8750H, 8GB DDR4, GTX 1050 Ti, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD : RM 5,008.99 / ~US$ 1,010 (Malaysia | US)
  • i7-8750H, 16GB DDR4, GTX 1060, 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD : RM 6,908.99 / ~US$ 1,010 (Malaysia | US)

All Dell G7 15 gaming laptops come with a free Dell Gaming Backpack 15, and free shipping.

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