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The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme In-Depth Review!

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme In-Depth Review!

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is a high-end mobile workstation designed to be the ultimate expression of Lenovo engineering prowess.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the ThinkPad X1 Extreme and find out what sets it apart from the competition!

 

The Official Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Tech Briefing!

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) is an ultra-light mobile workstation that can be equipped with a 4K HDR touchscreen display with Dolby Vision and optional pen support. But it’s no ordinary mobile workstation.

As an enterprise-grade mobile workstation, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is designed to be secure and tough. Not only is it built to withstand 12 military-grade requirements, it is secured by Lenovo ThinkShield technologies from the factory till the end of its lifespan.

 

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Price + Availability

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) is available in Malaysia with immediate effect. It has a starting price of RM 7,749 / ~US$ 1,890, with the following specifications :

  • Intel Core I5-8300H processor
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display (300 nits)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB)
  • 8 GB DDR4-2666 memory
  • 256 GB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

 

Unboxing The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) comes in a large brown cardboard box. Let’s take a quick look around, before unboxing it…

After you fully unbox it, you will find the following items inside :

  • One Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme mobile workstation
  • One set of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme User Guide, and Safety + Warranty Guide
  • One 135 watt Lenovo charger + power cable

That’s it! Lenovo does not spend (or waste) money on superfluous fancy packaging and accessories.

Next Page > The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Up Close + Key Features

 

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The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Up Close!

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) is powered by the 8th Generation Intel H series 6-core processor, with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics and fast NVMe SSD storage.

Lenovo offers two 15.6-inch display options :

  • a Full HD IPS display with 300 nits brightness and 72% Adobe RGB colour gamut, or
  • a 4K UHD HDR display with 400 nits brightness and 100% Adobe RGB colour gamut

The Full HD display option is slightly (0.3 mm) thinner and marginally (100 grams) lighter than the 4K UHD display option.

Despite sporting a large 15.6-inch display, it is only 18 mm thick, and weighs just 1.8 kg. It even has a long-lasting 80 Whr battery inside!

In addition to processor options, Lenovo also allows you to customise the following options :

  • DDR4-2666 Memory : 8 GB / 16 GB / 32 GB / 64GB
  • PCIe SSD Storage : 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB / 2 TB
  • Optional IR camera with Glance technology

 

Dual Fan, Dual Heatpipe Cooling

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) is designed to run in the most extreme conditions. Hence, it is kept cool by a dual-fan, dual-heatpipe cooling system that you can just see through the large vents on its underside.

The two heatpipes whisk heat away from the CPU and GPU to the two heatsinks – each kept cool by a fan that sucks in cool air from the underside. The hot air is then exhausted out the back. The inside of the chassis is also kept cool passively by large vents.

 

Webcam + Optional IR Camera

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) comes with a very basic 720p webcam. At this price point, we would have expected at least a 1080p webcam. But at least it comes with a ThinkShutter privacy cover.

Lenovo offers an optional IR camera, which we highly recommend because it allows for the more secure Windows Hello login method.

The IR camera also supports the Lenovo Glance technology, which merges face-, eye- and gaze-tracking. It allows the cursor to automatically focus on where you are looking at, or windows to shift with a move of your eyes. This is especially useful when you are working on multiple monitors.

 

Lay Flat Display

Whether you opt for the Full HD or 4K UHD panel, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) has a lay-flat display design. Its hinge is designed to let the display lay completely flat.

This makes it easier to work with other people, particularly since the display is touch-sensitive and supports writing with a pen. Lenovo offers an optional pen, but you can also use a third-party pen like the Genius Pen.

Next Page > More Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Features

 

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Fingerprint Sensor

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) has an enterprise-grade fingerprint sensor. Instead of being integrated into the Power button, it is built into the chassis, to the right of the keyboard.

It uses a Match-on-Chip fingerprint sensor, which means the fingerprint data is registered, stored and verified by the fingerprint reader chip itself.

This prevents a hacker or malware from using a man-in-the-middle attack to falsely verify a fake fingerprint.

 

Keyboard + Touch Pad + TrackPoint

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) has a full-sized keyboard that is spill-resistant. That means it will withstand a small spill of water without shorting out.

In addition to its glass touchpad, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) comes with the iconic ted TrackPoint joystick. Also known as a pointing stick, the TrackPoint is pressure-activated, allowing for faster and better cursor control with minimal movement.

 

Connectivity Options

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) comes with a plethora of connectivity options and ports.

Wirelessly, it supports 802.11 AC 2×2 WiFi connectivity, which means it has dual transmit and receive antennas for better reception and range. It also supports the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology.

Here is a list of ports you will find on the left and right side of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) :

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  1. AC Power Port
  2. Two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C / Thunderbolt 3 ports
  3. HDMI 2.0 port
  4. Network extension port
  5. 3.5 mm combo audio and microphone port
  6. Smart Card reader
  7. 4-in-1 SD card reader
  8. Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one is always on)
  9. Kensington lock slot

 

Battery + Charging

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) comes with a 4-Cell Li-Cylinder battery that Lenovo says will last up to 15 hours.

It has a total capacity of 80 Watt-hours, which means it will last one hour if the X1 Extreme uses 80 watts of power, or two hours if it uses 40 watts, or four hours if it sips just 20 watts of power.

Lenovo pairs it with a compact 135 watt rapid charging adaptor that they promise will recharge the battery to 80% in just one hour. A small LED indicator light next to the power port tells you the X1 Extreme’s charging status at a glance.

Here were our findings when we put its battery to the test :

  • 4K Gaming : 1 hour 40 minutes
  • 1080p Gaming : 2 hours 17 minutes
  • Full Screen 1080p YouTube : 3 hours 30 minutes

Next Page > Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Performance Examined!

 

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PCMark 10 – Productivity App Performance

Surprisingly, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) only scored 4,332 in PCMark 10 on AC power.

Many other laptops powered by the Intel Core i7-8850H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU would score just over 5,200 – about 20% higher.

When we switched to battery power, its performance was throttled by about 31% to improve battery life.

On AC Power

On Battery Power

 

3DMark Fire Strike (DX11, 1920 x 1080)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) scored 6,323 on Fire Strike, using the Max-Q version of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

This makes it about ⅓ as fast as a gaming laptop based on the full-powered NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which would score around 15,800.

If you run it on battery power, its performance gets throttled by about 21%, reducing its Fire Strike score to just under 5,000.

On AC Power

On Battery Power

 

3DMark Time Spy Strike (DX12, 1920 x 1080)

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) scored 2,393 on Time Spy – about ⅓ as fast as a full-powered NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which would score around 7,000.

When we switched to battery power, its performance was throttled by 9.5% – the smallest drop we recorded.

On AC Power

On Battery Power

Next Page > Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Verdict, Specifications, Price + Availability

 

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Our Verdict Of The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) looks and feels every bit like business laptop – from its angular design all the way to its matte black colour scheme. But it’s far more than just another mobile workstation.

Beneath its business-like veneer is a tough laptop that not only offers enterprise-grade Lenovo ThinkShield protection from factory till the end of its lifespan, but also military-grade toughness. In fact, every ThinkPad X1 Extreme has to pass 12 military-grade tests.

These aspects are important to note because the ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) is neither the most powerful mobile workstation in the market, nor does it offer the best performance for the money. In fact, our benchmarks show that it consistently underperforms laptops with the same processor and graphics card.

Performance, mark our words, is not what the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is offering. It is the entirety of the package that differentiates the X1 Extreme from its competitors – configurability, security and reliability in a thin and light package.

If you have the cash to spare, it offers an incredible 4K HDR display with 400 nits of brightness and 100% Adobe RGB colour gamut. You can also configure it with up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory, and up to two PCIe SSDs offering up to 2 TB of storage!

You can also count on its diverse connectivity options – super-fast Wireless-AC and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, with many ports to use – the latest Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports as well as the good-old 3.5 mm audio port!

It’s not just work, work, work though. The ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) supports Dolby Audio Premium and Dolby Atmos, so it doubles as a great entertainment and gaming laptop after a hard day’s work.

Just don’t expect to game at 4K. Its GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU with Max-Q Design is fast enough for 1080p gaming.

Ultimately, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) is designed for those who need absolute security and reliability. Whether you are working in the comfort of your flying office, or in harsh field environments, you know you can depend on the X1 Extreme.

 

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Specifications

Here are the key specifications of the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK). But remember – it is highly customisable, so the price and options will vary greatly, from country to country.

SpecificationsLenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme
Operating SystemUp to Windows 10 Professional
Display OptionsA. 15.6-inch 4K HDR display
- 3840 x 2160 pixels, 400 nits brightness
- 100% Adobe RGB colour gfamut
B. 15.6-inch FHD IPS display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels, 300 nits brightness
- 72% Adobe RGB colour gamut
Processor8th Gen Intel Core FL-H vPro processor
Graphics ProcessorIntel UHD Graphics 630
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
MemoryUp to 64 GB DDR4-2666 memory
StorageUp to two M.2 2280 PCIe SSDs (max. 2 TB)
ConnectivityIntel Wireless-AC 9560
- 802.11 AC 2x2
- Bluetooth 5.0
Camera720p HD video camera with ThinkShutter privacy cover
Optional Infra-red (IR) camera for Windows Hello login
SecurityFast Online Identity (FIDO) authentication
dTPM 2.0
Match-on-Chip touch fingerprint reader
Windows Hello facial recognition (with optional IR camera)
ThinkShutter privacy cover
Smart card reader
Kensington lock slot
AudioDolby Audio Premium
Dolby Atmos for headset
Noise-cancelling dual-array far-field microphones
KeyboardSpill-resistant keyboard with white backlighting
Touch PadMulti-touch glass touch pad
Ports2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Thunderbolt 3)
4-in-1 SD card reader
HDMI 2.0
LAN port
3.5 mm audio / mic combo port
Battery4-Cell Li-Cylinder Battery (80 Whr)
- 135 watt power adaptor
Dimensions361.8 mm wide
245.7 mm deep
18.4 mm thick (FHD) / 18.7 mm thick (4K(
WeightFHD non-touch : 1.7 kg
4K touchscreen : 1.8 kg

 

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Price + Availability

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) is available with immediate effect. Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

 

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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
Warranty2Yr Premium Support : Onsite Service with Accidental Damage

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… 😉

Next Page > More Dell G7 15 Key Features!

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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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The Official Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Tech Briefing!

At the Lenovo ThinkShield tech briefing and Lenovo-IDC report on Intelligent Enterprise, Lenovo took the opportunity to reveal the ThinkPad X1 Extreme laptop.

Let us share with you the official Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme tech briefing, as well as the specifications and price of Lenovo’s new ultralight mobile workstation!

 

The Official Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Tech Briefing!

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is an ultralight mobile workstation that can be equipped with a 4K HDR touchscreen display with Dolby Vision and optional pen support.

It is powered by the 8th Generation Intel H series 6-core processor, with NVIDIA GeForce graphics and fast NVMe SSD storage. Yet, it weighs less than 2 kg, with a long-lasting 80 Whr battery!

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme is also tough, being tested against 12 military-grade requirements. Needless to say, it is secure as well, with Lenovo ThinkShield technologies protecting it from the factory till the end of its lifespan.

 

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Specifications

Here are the MAXIMUM specifications of the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme.

SpecificationsLenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme
Operating SystemUp to Windows 10 Professional
Display OptionsA. 15.6-inch 4K HDR display
- 3840 x 2160 pixels, 400 nits brightness
- 100% Adobe RGB colour gfamut
B. 15.6-inch FHD IPS display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels, 300 nits brightness
- 72% Adobe RGB colour gamut
Processor8th Gen Intel Core FL-H vPro processor
Graphics ProcessorIntel UHD Graphics 630
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
MemoryUp to 64 GB DDR4-2666 memory
StorageUp to two M.2 2280 PCIe SSDs (max. 2 TB)
ConnectivityIntel Wireless-AC 9560
- 802.11 AC 2x2
- Bluetooth 5.0
Camera720p HD video camera with ThinkShutter privacy cover
Optional Infra-red (IR) camera for Windows Hello login
SecurityFast Online Identity (FIDO) authentication
dTPM 2.0
Match-on-Chip touch fingerprint reader
Windows Hello facial recognition (with optional IR camera)
ThinkShutter privacy cover
Smart card reader
Kensington lock slot
AudioDolby Audio Premium
Dolby Atmos for headset
Noise-cancelling dual-array far-field microphones
KeyboardSpill-resistant keyboard with white backlighting
Touch PadMulti-touch glass touch pad
Ports2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Thunderbolt 3)
4-in-1 SD card reader
HDMI 2.0
LAN port
3.5 mm audio / mic combo port
Battery4-Cell Li-Cylinder Battery (80 Whr)
- 135 watt power adaptor
Dimensions361.8 mm wide
245.7 mm deep
18.4 mm thick (FHD) / 18.7 mm thick (4K(
WeightFHD non-touch : 1.7 kg
4K touchscreen : 1.8 kg

 

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Price + Availability

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is available in Malaysia with immediate effect. It has a starting price of RM 7,749 / ~US$ 1,890, with the following specifications :

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  • Intel Core I5-8300H processor
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display (300 nits)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB)
  • 8 GB DDR4-2666 memory
  • 256 GB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

 

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The MSI GE75 Raider, P65 Creator, PS42 + WS65 Revealed!

MSI today revealed four different laptops, each catering to different users and market segments. They include the MSI GE75 Raider gaming laptop, the MSI P65 Creator laptop, the MSI PS42 business laptop, and the MSI WS65 mobile workstation. Check them out below!

 

The MSI GE75 Raider Gaming Laptop

The MSI GE75 Raider boasts a 17-inch IPS display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, and 3 ms overclockable response time. Its slim bezel design allows the large display to fit a smaller chassis, making the GE75 Raider a lighter and more portable gaming laptop.

The MSI GE75 Raider is powered by the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 discrete graphics, both kept cool by its Cooler Boost 5 technology. It comes with a SteelSeries gaming keyboard with per-key RGB backlight.

 

The MSI P65 Creator Laptop

The MSI P65 Creator has a thin and light design, with a weight of just 1.88 kg, and a thin bezel display. Thanks to MSI True Colour technology, its display offers close to 100% sRGB colours giving the creative user a more accurate colour representation of their work.

The MSI P65 Creator is powered by up to the 8th Gen Intel Core ii7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 discrete graphics, and kept cool by the exclusive MSI Cooler Boost Trinity cooling system. You can also work up to 9 hours on it, thanks to its large battery.

 

The MSI PS42 Business Laptop

The MSI PS42 is a slim and elegant laptop with a full metal chassis, weighing just 1.19 kg. Thanks to its ultra-slim bezels, it fits a 14-inch Full HD display in a 13-inch chassis, boasting a screen-to-body ratio of 81%.

Powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 or Core i5 processor, the MSI PS42 also comes with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 discrete graphics for better gaming and graphics performance. They are both kept cool by the MSI Cooling Boost 3 technology, which has two fans and three heat pipes.

 

The MSI WS65 Mobile Workstation

The MSI WS65 mobile workstation has a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display, with thin bezels and 72% NSTC colour gamut. With an Intel 8th Generation Core i9 processor and NVIDIA Quadro P4200 graphics, the WS65 is up to 40% faster than its previous generation model.

Designed for portable computing in mind, the MSI WS65 features an 82Whr battery that gives it up to eight hours of battery life, and it comes with three USB 3.1 Type-A, one USB 3.1 Type-C, one HDMI 2.0, one mDP 1.4, one mic-in and a headphone out.

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The MSI GE75 Raider, P65 Creator, PS42 + WS65 Prices Revealed!

MSI GE75 Raider

MSI P65 Creator

MSI PS42

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ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 + FX705 Gaming Laptop Preview

We were amongst the first in the world to get some hands-on time with the new ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 gaming laptop, which is a durability-enhanced 15.6-inch gaming laptop. ASUS also introduced a larger 17.3-inch version – the ASUS TUF Gaming FX705.

Here is everything you need to know about the FX505 and FX705 gaming laptops – the official tech briefing, price and specifications, as well as our own hands-on preview!

Updated @ 2018-10-22 : Added the official FX705 and FX505 tech briefing, price list, specifications and more!

Originally posted @ 2018-08-22

 

The ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Gaming Laptop

The ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop that is powered by up to an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, and up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. It boasts a NanoEdge display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, Gigabit LAN and Gigabit WiFi connectivity, and DTS surround-sound audio.

The TUF Gaming FX505 is also built to last over the long haul, with independent heatsinks and fans cooling the CPU and GPU separately, long-life keyboard switches, and special dust tunnels that provide long-term cooling and computing performance.

 

FX505 vs. FX705

ASUS also introduced a larger version of the TUF Gaming FX505 – the TUF Gaming FX705. Here are the main differences between the two models summarised :

  • The FX705 has a 17.3-inch display, while the FX505 has a 15.6-inch display.
  • The FX705 is about 4 cm wider, and 1.7 cm deeper, than the FX505.
  • The FX705 is about 500 grams heavier than the FX505.
  • The FX705 has a larger 64 WHrs battery, compared to the FX505’s 48 WHrs battery.

 

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 + FX705 Price + Availability

In this video, ASUS announces the official prices of FX505 and FX705 gaming laptops :

ASUS TUF Gaming FX705 Models + Prices

  • FX705G-MEV169T – i7-8750H, GTX 1060, 8GB DDR4, 256GB + 1TB : RM 5,899 / ~US$ 1,475
  • FX505G-MBQ202T – i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 5,299 / ~US$ 1,325
  • FX705G-EEW164T – i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 4,999 / ~US$ 1,250
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ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Models + Prices

  • FX505G-MES182T – i7-8750H, GTX 1060, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 5,599 / ~US$ 1,400
  • FX505G-EES241T – i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 5,099 / ~US$ 1,275
  • FX505G-MBQ202T – i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 4,399 / ~US$ 1,100
  • FX505G-EBQ242T – i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 128GB + 1TB : RM 4,699 / ~US$ 1,175
  • FX505G-EBQ269T – i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB DDR4, 1TB : RM 3,699 / ~US$ 925

 

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Up Close!

Back in August, we were one of the few to get early access to the ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 gaming laptop. Here was our hands-on look!

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ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 / FX705 Key Features

 Performance

The TUF Gaming FX505 is powered by up to the Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, which has 6 cores and 12 threads, greatly improving performance over the previous generation. It also comes with up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, a 512 GB PCIe SSD  and a 1 TB FireCuda solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD).

NanoEdge Display

The FX505 features a NanoEdge display, which features significantly slimmer side bezels. This allows for a more immersive gaming experience, and a reduced size. The display has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. It also boasts full sRGB coverage, wide viewing angles and a matte non-reflective coating.

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Red Matter

Tough Gaming Keyboard

The keyboard has 1.8 mm of key travel, and the exclusive ASUS Overstroke technology that raises the actuation point higher in the stroke to improve responsiveness. The key caps are also dished, with isolated arrow, and defined gaps for the function keys.

Backlighting is offered in either customizable RGB (Gold Steel), or a red glow that matches the chassis accents of the Red Fusion and Red Matter variants.

Immersive Audio

Audio also plays an important role in delivering high-quality, immersive gaming experiences. DTS Headphone:X technology is integrated so that over headphones or speakers, preset profiles for games, movies, music, and sports can produce tailored audio experiences for every situation.

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Red Fusion

Fast WAN + LAN

The TUF Gaming FX505 comes with a Gigabit Ethernet port for no-compromise gamers, as well as Intel’s latest 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi, capable of making connections at speeds of up to 1.73Gbps to compatible routers.

TUF and built to last

The TUF Gaming FX505 is built to withstand abuse. It has been put through rigorous quality and durability tests that exceed industry standards, passing even the demanding military-grade MIL-STD-810G test for sudden jolts. The HyperStrike keyboard uses switches rated for 20 million key presses, while the reinforced chassis and hexagonal design on the bottom add structural rigidity to make it even sturdier.

ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Gold Steel

Superior and long-lasting cooling

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The TUF Gaming FX505 features the HyperCool system, with independent fans and heatsinks to cool the CPU and GPU separately.

The design also places the fans directly underneath the keyboard to help remove heat, keeping the keyboard cool and comfortable during extended gameplay sessions. The patented trapezoid-cut lid allows more air to be ejected from the rear, improving cooling performance by up to 25% over other designs.

Cooling performance can degrade over time, with dust and particle build-up impeding airflow through thermal fin. So patented ASUS dust tunnels help to guide dust and particles off to a separate chamber to be ejected from the system, keeping the thermal fins clear for stable long-term cooling performance.

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ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 Models + Specifications

SpecificationsFX505 Metal
(High Spec)
FX505 Metal
(Mid Spec)
FX505 Metal
(Low Spec)
FX505
(High Spec)
FX505
(Mid Spec)
Model NumberFX505G-MES182TFX505G-EES241TFX505G-MBQ202TFX505G-EBQ242TFX505G-EBQ269T
ChassisGold Steel with Backlit ROG LogoTUF PlasticTUF Plastic
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8750HIntel Core i7-8750HIntel Core i5-8300HIntel Core i7-8750HIntel Core i5-8300H
Discrete GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
- 6 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
- 6 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
Display15.6-inch IPS display
- 300 nits, 100% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 144 Hz refresh rate, 7 ms response time (GTG)
15.6-inch IPS display
- 250 nits, 63% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 60 Hz refresh rate, 25 ms response time (GTG)
Cooling SolutionASUS HyperCool Technology : Dual 5V Fans, with Anti-Dust Tunnel
Memory8 GB DDR4-26668 GB DDR4-26664 GB DDR4-26668 GB DDR4-26664 GB DDR4-2666
Storage128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
KeyboardIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard with Single-Zone RGB Lighting, Transparent WASD keys, and 1.8 mm travelIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard with Red LED Lighting, Transparent WASD keys, and 1.8 mm travel
I/O Ports1 x USB 3.0 Type A, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A, 1 x Kensington Lock, 1 x 3.5 mm combo audio port
Battery4-Cell, 48 WHrs Lithium-Ion Battery
Dimensions36.0 cm wide x 26.2 cm deep x 2.58 cm thick36.0 cm wide x 26.2 cm deep x 2.67 cm thick
Weight2.20 kg

 

ASUS TUF Gaming FX705 Models + Specifications

SpecificationsFX705 Metal
(High Spec)
FX705 Metal
(Mid Spec)
FX705
Model NumberFX705G-MEV169TFX705G-EEV163TFX705G-EEW164T
ChassisGold Steel with Backlit ROG LogoTUF Plastic
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8750H
Discrete GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
- 6 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
- 4 GB GDDR5 memory
Display17.3-inch IPS display
- 300 nits, 100% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 144 Hz refresh rate, 7 ms response time (GTG)
17.3-inch IPS display
- 250 nits, 63% sRGB, 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 60 Hz refresh rate, 25 ms response time (GTG)
Cooling SolutionASUS HyperCool Technology : Dual 5V Fans, with Anti-Dust Tunnel
Memory8 GB DDR4-2666
Storage256 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
128 GB PCIe SSD
1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
KeyboardIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard with Single-Zone RGB Lighting, Transparent WASD keys, and 1.8 mm travelIlluminated Chiclet Keyboard with Red LED Lighting, Transparent WASD keys, and 1.8 mm travel
I/O Ports1 x USB 3.0 Type A, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A, 1 x Kensington Lock, 1 x 3.5 mm combo audio port
Battery4-Cell, 64 WHrs Lithium-Ion Battery
Dimensions39.9 cm wide x 27.9 cm deep x 2.66 cm thick39.9 cm wide x 27.9 cm deep x 2.76 cm thick
Weight2.70 kg

 

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ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580) Price, Features + Videos Revealed!

ASUS just launched the new ZenBook Pro 15 with its groundbreaking Screen Pad – an adaptive touchpad that doubles as a touchscreen display! Here are the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 price list and full details, including videos on its key features and the Screen Pad technology!

 

ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580)

The new ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 continues the legacy of the ZenBook Pro family, offering top-of-the-line performance in a slim, premium form factor.

It is powered by the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processors with up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory, and NVIDIA GeForce graphics powering a 15-inch PANTONE-validated display with up to 4K UHD resolution. All packed into a chassis the size of a traditional 14-inch laptop!

The new ZenBook Pro 15 also boasts fast PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, and a wide range of connectivity options including Gigabit-AC WiFI, and two USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 ports. It also supports face recognition and has built-in support for the Amazon Alexa voice service.

The ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580) is the first ZenBook Pro model to feature the new ASUS Screen Pad technology.

 

Touch The Future With ASUS Screen Pad

Screen Pad is a Windows Precision Touchpad (PTP) combined with an interactive 5.5-inch FHD touchscreen that intelligently adapts to what the user is doing. It offers helpful functions depending on the context, making it easier and quicker to multitask. A simple press of the F6 function key toggles Screen Pad between touchscreen mode and touchpad mode.

Screen Pad can be used in several different ways. Special dedicated Screen Pad Apps run within Screen Pad itself, with a variety of useful tools including Calculator, Music Player, NumKey and Launcher. Launcher allows users to open or switch between desktop apps via user-customizable shortcuts. NumKey turns Screen Pad into a handy numeric keypad for data entry. Screen Extender mode allows Screen Pad to be used as an extension to the main display, further aiding multitasking and productivity.

Selected desktop apps — at present limited to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but with other popular apps in the pipeline — offer even closer integration with Screen Pad, with adaptive menus and editing controls on Screen Pad that change automatically according to the app and what task is being performed.

Another innovative form of adaptive Screen Pad integration is via browser extensions, such as the Screen Pad YouTube Player for Chrome: this puts video playback controls for YouTube videos at the user’s fingertips.

Live updates ensure Screen Pad is always running the latest version, and new apps can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. A Screen Pad SDK is available for developers wishing to create new apps and explore the endless possibilities of Screen Pad.

 

ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 Price + Availability

The ASUS ZenBook Pro (UX580) is available in the Deep Dive Blue and Rose Gold colour options. ASUS Malaysia Country Manager Leo Tseng had the honour of revealing the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 price and model list. He also revealed the price of the 2018 ASUS VivoBook S 15 laptops.

Here is the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 price list for the three variants :

  • UX580G-EE2084T : RM 10,999 / ~US$ 2,750
    – Intel Core i9-8950HQ, 16 GB DDR4, 1 TB PCIe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4K UHD display, Microsoft Windows 10
  • UX580G-EE2030T : RM 8,899 / ~US$ 2,225
    – Intel Core i7-8750HQ, 16 GB DDR4, 1 TB PCIe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4K UHD display, Microsoft Windows 10
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  • UX580G-DBN044T : RM 5,999 / ~US$ 1,500
    – Intel Core i7-8750HQ, 8 GB DDR4, 512 GB PCIe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, 4K UHD display, Microsoft Windows 10

The Core i7 models are available for purchase with immediate effect. The Core i9 model is available for booking, with delivery about 3-4 weeks later.

 

ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 Q&A Session

Later, we sat down with ASUS Malaysia Country Manager Leo Tseng, ASUS Malaysia Product Manager Megan Wang, and ASUS HQ Senior Product Manager Johnny Cheng, for an exclusive Q&A session on the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15.

 

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The 2018 Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop Up Close!

The affordable Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop just got refreshed! Let’s take a look at the newly-launched 2018 Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop, and see what’s new!

 

The 2018 Acer Predator Gaming Laptops

Acer introduced three new Acer Predator gaming laptops – the 2018 Acer Predator Helios 500, the 2018 Acer Predator Helios 300, and the 2018 Acer Nitro 5. They also introduced the Acer Predator Aethon 500 gaming keyboard and the Acer Predator RGB Mousepad.

You can read more about these and other new 2018 Acer products in our article – 2018 Acer Predator Laptops, Desktops + Monitors Revealed!

 

The 2018 Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop

The 2018 Acer Nitro 5 is targeted at mainstream gamers, boasting a large 15.6″ Full HD IPS display with Dolby Audio and Acer TrueHarmony audio technologies.

It features the latest 8th Gen Intel Core processor, and up to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. The top-of-the-line 2018 Acer Nitro 5 even comes with 16 GB of Intel Optane Memory for much faster boot-up and game-loading time.

Keeping things cool is the Acer CoolBoost technology, which features dual fans with high fan speeds. You can even boost the fan speed using the Acer NitroSense application.

 

Styled for Domination

The 2018 Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop features a laser-textured chassis and a crimson red hinge that matches the futuristic design of the backlit keyboard. Its 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display has a front-facing HD web camera that lets you strategise with your squads in online games.

You can also broadcast games live with Mixer, directly from the Game bar on Windows 10 simply by pressing the Windows key plus G.

Gigabit Wireless

The 2018 Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop also features Intel Wireless-AC 9560 2×2 802.11ac wireless connectivity, which offers Gigabit performance that enhances gaming, streaming, and conferencing experiences. A plethora of ports including the latest USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0, and Gigabit Ethernet ports are part of the package.

 

The 2018 Acer Nitro 5 Models + Specifications

The 2018 Acer Nitro 5 comes in three variants to cater to different price points between RM 2,999 and RM 3,999 (~US$ 749 and US$ 999). Here are their specifications.

Specifications2018 Acer Nitro 5
(Low Spec)
2018 Acer Nitro 5
(Mid Spec)
2018 Acer Nitro 5
(High Spec)
Model NumberAN515-52-50WXAN515-52-73LNAN515-52-78AS
Display15.6" Full HD IPS Display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels
15.6" Full HD IPS Display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels
15.6" Full HD IPS Display
- 1920 x 1080 pixels
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 10 HomeMicrosoft Windows 10 HomeMicrosoft Windows 10 Home
ProcessorIntel Core i5-8300H
- 4 cores, 8 threads
- 2.3 GHz base clock
- 4.0 GHz boost clock
- 6 MB L3 cache
Intel Core i7-8750H
- 6 cores, 12 threads
- 2.2 GHz base clock
- 4.1 GHz boost clock
- 6 MB L3 cache
Intel Core i7-8750H
- 6 cores, 12 threads
- 2.2 GHz base clock
- 4.1 GHz boost clock
- 6 MB L3 cache
ChipsetIntel HM370Intel HM370Intel HM370
Memory4 GB DDR4 SDRAM4 GB DDR4 SDRAM4 GB DDR4 SDRAM
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB GDDR5 memory)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB GDDR5 memory)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB GDDR5 memory)
Storage1 TB Hard Disk Drive1 TB Hard Disk Drive1 TB Hard Disk Drive
16 GB Intel Optane Memory
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11b/g/n/ac
LAN : Gigabit LAN
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n/ac
LAN : Gigabit LAN
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n/ac
LAN : Gigabit LAN
Webcam1280 x 720 pixels1280 x 720 pixels1280 x 720 pixels
Audio2 x microphones
2 x speakers
2 x microphones
2 x speakers
2 x microphones
2 x speakers
Ports1 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
Gigabit LAN
HDMI
1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type C
1 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
Gigabit LAN
HDMI
1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type C
1 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
Gigabit LAN
HDMI
KeyboardRed backlit keyboardRed backlit keyboardRed backlit keyboard
Battery4-call, 48 Whr (3320 mAh) lithium-ion battery4-call, 48 Whr (3320 mAh) lithium-ion battery4-call, 48 Whr (3320 mAh) lithium-ion battery
Power Adaptor135 W135 W135 W
Dimensions390 mm wide
266 mm deep
26.75 mm tall
390 mm wide
266 mm deep
26.75 mm tall
390 mm wide
266 mm deep
26.75 mm tall
Weight2.70 kg2.70 kg2.70 kg
PriceRM 2,999 / ~US$ 749RM 3,599 / ~US$ 899RM 3,999 / ~US$ 999

 

The 2018 Acer Nitro 5 Price + Availability

These newly-refreshed Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptops are available nationwide from 1 July 2018 onwards, at the following prices :

The 2018 Acer Nitro 5 is available in North America starting in May 2018 with prices starting at US$749; and in EMEA in May 2018 as well, with prices starting at €799.

 

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The ArmoryX GLOCK Gaming Laptop Revealed!

The ArmoryX GLOCK is the first gaming laptop to be revealed from their ArmoryX COMMANDOS series. It is designed to be an affordable, customisable entry-level gaming laptop for esports gamers. Here are the full details!

 

The ArmoryX GLOCK Gaming Laptop

Unlike many other gaming laptops, the ArmoryX GLOCK is designed to scale with the user’s needs.

You will be able to choose the processor you want, from the Intel Pentium G5400, all the way to the Intel Core i7-8700, and you can even upgrade it in the future. Armory X also offers you several 15.6″ display panel options to meet your requirements.

SpecificationsArmory X GLOCK
Display Options15.6" UHD 3840 x 2160 IPS
15.6" Full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS
15.6“ Full HD 120 Hz 1920 x 1080
Processor OptionsIntel Core i7-8700 (3.2 GHz, 12 MB Smart Cache)
Intel® Core i5-8400 (2.8 GHz, 9 MB Smart Cache)
Intel Core i3-8100 (3.6 GHz, 6 MB Smart Cache)
Intel Pentium Gold G5400 (3.7 GHz, 4 MB Smart Cache)
ChipsetIntel 370 Express Chipset
Memory Options8 GB or 16 GB DDR4-2666
2 slots available (Max 32 GB)
Graphics ProcessorsIntel HD Graphics 630 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
Storage1 x 2.5” HDD
2 x M.2 2280 SSD slots (Supports NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 or SATA)
Operating System OptionsMicrosoft Windows 10 Professional
Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Free DOS
Webcam720p webcam
NetworkingLAN : Gigabit Ethernet
WiFi : 802.11ac (dual-band)
Bluetooth : BT 4.2
Connectivity1 x HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2)
1 x mini DP
1 x D-Sub
1 x USB 3.1 Type C
2 x USB 3.0 Type A
2 x USB 2.0 Type A
1 x 3.5 mm earphone + mic
1 x SD card reader
KeyboardBacklit Keyboard (White / Blue / Green / Orange / Red backlight options)
Battery47 Wh lithium-ion polymer battery
120 W charger
Dimensions378 mm wide, 250 mm deep, 29.8 mm thick
WeightFrom 2.35 kg onwards

ArmoryX also promises an omni-service approach to helping customers, with offline and online contact points with their service and sales teams all over Malaysia.

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  • Processor of your choice – Intel Pentium G5400 / Intel Core i3-8100 / Intel Core i5-8400 / Intel Core i5-8600 / Intel Core i7-8700
  • Upgrade to future Intel processor is CONFIRMED. Details to be revealed in Q3 2018, after Intel lifts the information embargo.
  • Comes with Sound Blaster Cinema 5 audio!
  • 15.6″ High Resolution Display Panel of your choice!
  • High performance twin blade cooling system delivers desktop-class performance without compromise.
  • Backed by 72 business hours support!

 

ArmoryX 72 Hours Pledge

ArmoryX commits to resolve any hardware-related problems within 72 business hours. If the device cannot be fixed within 72 business hours, ArmoryX will provide a complimentary laptop for you to use without any charges.

 

ArmoryX GLOCK Price + Availability

The ArmoryX GLOCK will be available for purchase starting 10 July 2018, with a starting price of RM 2,990 / ~US$ 748. Here are some suggested configurations and offers :

Config #1 : RM 3,085 (Free RM 150 cash voucher)
Intel Pentium G5400
8 GB DDR4 Memory
128 GB M.2 SATA SSD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB GDDR5
15.6” FHD IPS Antiglare
Free-DOS

Config #2 : RM 3,720 (Free RM 150 cash voucher)
Intel Core i5-8400
8 GB DDR4 Memory
1 TB 7200 RPM Hard Disk Drive
128 GB M.2 SATA SSD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4G GDDR5
15.6” FHD IPS Antiglare
Free-DOS

Config #3 : RM 4,450 (Free RM 150 cash voucher)
Intel Core i7-8700
8 GB DDR4 Memory
1 TB 7200 RPM Harddrive
128 GB M.2 SATA SSD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4G GDDR5
15.6” FHD IPS Antiglare
Windows 10 Home

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The ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 Gaming Laptop Revealed!

April 03, 2018 — ASUS today announced TUF Gaming FX504, the first laptop in the new TUF Gaming Series. Find out what are the key features of the ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 gaming laptop!

 

ASUS TUF Gaming FX504

To ensure system longevity and stable performance, the FX504 features the patented Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC), and it’s powered by the latest-generation Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics. The FX504 also features a gaming keyboard with a 20-million-key-press lifespan, a 15.6-inch 60Hz display, and 7.1-channel surround sound.

Performance and portability

FX504 is powered by up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750HQ processor, and features up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics with full Microsoft DirectX 12 support. With a slim 2.5cm chassis and an overall weight of just 2.3kg, FX504 offers a combination of performance and portability that’s great for on-the-go multitasking, entertainment, and gaming.

HyperCool technology

The thermal design of FX504 significantly prolongs its lifespan and provides stable cooling during intense gaming marathons. HyperCool technology pairs the patented ADC system with Fan Overboost. The ADC system expels harmful dust particles and dirt through two dedicated tunnels to prevent build-up in the thermal fins. The Fan Overboost function provides users with three different modes for the perfect balance between fan performance and noise level.

Additional cooling features include a pair of copper heat pipes and a dual-fan system to cool the processor and graphics card independently, while the trapezoid-cut lid optimizes airflow to increase thermal efficiency by up to 27% compared to a standard laptop chassis. An intelligently-placed fan is located right below the WASD key group to ensure the keyboard stays cool even during long gaming sessions. 

Immersive 7.1-channel surround sound

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DTS Headphone:X ensures home theater-quality 7.1-channel surround sound on headphones, laptop speakers, and external speakers. The Game profile enables the audio engine to process sounds more accurately than ever, so gamers are completely aware of what’s going on around them, giving them a competitive edge in fast-paced titles. In addition, the built-in equalizer allows for detailed audio adjustments for those looking to tailor settings to their own tastes.

Durable keyboard with 20-million-key-press lifespan

Designed and built to exacting TUF Gaming standards, FX504 has a desktop-style gaming keyboard that’s perfectly optimized for extended gaming and typing sessions. It’s one of the most durable keyboards to be found in a laptop, with a lifespan of 20 million key presses — double the current industry standard.

The scissor-switched keys have 0.25mm keycap curves and offer 1.8mm of travel for smooth and tactile keystrokes, and are backlit for gaming or working in the dark. Exclusive Overstroke technology enables earlier actuation and a longer over-stroke distance for fast, accurate, and effortless keystrokes. Highlighted WASD keys, a broad space bar, and isolated arrow keys enable fast and accurate control.

Superfast Wave 2 Wi-Fi

For high-performance wireless connectivity, FX504 incorporates the latest Intel 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi for data transfer rates of up to 1.7Gbps — 12X-faster than baseline 802.11b/g/n. Additionally, the 2×2 MIMO configuration provides up to 30% wider coverage than a 1×1 configuration. Users can stream high-res videos or play online with fewer dropped connections, even if FX504 is far away from the router.

FireCuda storage

Performance with durability is demanded for all TUF products, so FX504 features a 1TB FireCuda solid-state hybrid disk (SSHD) that loads games more than twice as fast as the more commonly used 1TB 5400rpm traditional HDD.

FireCuda’s flash memory acts like a cache by saving frequently accessed data without accessing the hard drive, resulting in lower power consumption, increased system performance and durability. It also provides a quieter, more stable system.

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THUNDEROBOT 911 Air + 911S Notebooks Launched!

THUNDEROBOT just launched the new THUNDEROBOT 911 Air and THUNDEROBOT 911S gaming notebooks in Beijing, as well as upgraded versions of their DINO, 911GT and ST Plus gaming laptops. Check the details out below!

 

THUNDEROBOT 911S

With a CPU score of 1218cb in Cinebench R15 and P13186 in 3DMark11, the THUNDEROBOT 911S can perform 10% faster than a typical 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor gaming notebook. This is due to a specially-designed 180W power supply, and three 8mm pure copper heat pipes and two cooling fans that keeps it running cool and steady.

The 911S uses a brushed aluminum chassis, and features the customizable RGB surface carving keyboard. It comes with a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 graphics processor, a 15.6-inch IPS panel with 144Hz refresh rate, 16GB DDR4-2400 RAM, 128GB M.2 PCIe SSD and 1TB HDD of storage, fast 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

 

THUNDEROBOT 911 Air

The THUNDEROBOT 911 Air features a 5 mm side bezel and 13 mm top bezel, offering a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display in a 14-inch body. The 911 Air is merely 20 mm at its thickest point and weighs just 2.0 kg.

Despite the slim and lightweight form factor, the THUNDEROBOT 911 Air comes with an 8th Gen Intel Core processor and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 graphics processor, WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0.

The THUNDEROBOT 911 Air also comes with a 128 GB M.2 PCIe SSD and 1 TB HDD, as well as a customizable RGB Surface Carving keyboard.

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Refreshed DINO, 911GT and ST Plus

THUNDEROBOT has also refreshed the DINO, 911GT and ST Plus with the Intel Core i7-8750H processor. The DINO now comes equipped with faster DDR4-2666 RAM, while all these gaming notebooks now have faster wireless performance with WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0.

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The Thunderobot DINO, 911GT, 911SE + ST Plus Revealed!

Thunderobot is a new gaming laptop brand from China, that has just launched their first overseas expansion right here in Malaysia. They unveiled the first slew of gaming laptops – the Thunderobot DINO, the Thunderobot 911GT and 911SE, as well as the Thunderobot ST Plus.

 

The Thunderobot DINO, 911GT, 911SE + SE Plus

To explain what Thunderobot is all about, and their current gaming laptops is Darya Wang, Thunderobot Overseas Marketing Director.

The Thunderobot DINO Gaming Laptop

The Thunderobot DINO is their flagship gaming laptop with a spaceship-like design. It features a space-grey metal chassis with a breathing blue logo. The DINO is powered by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, with a 15.6″ full HD IPS display.

To ensure optimal gaming performance, the DINO features an enhanced thermal design with dual fans and 4 copper heat pipes. The RGB backlit keyboard features surface carved keycaps, allowing the user to game in dimly-lit or dark environments.

The Thunderobot 911GT Gaming Laptop

The Thunderobot 911GT has a 17.3″ IPS display, and an integrated subwoofer, for a more immersive gaming experience. It is powered by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU.

Like the DINO, the 911GT also comes with an enhanced thermal design with dual fans and 4 copper heat pipes. It comes with a white backlit keyboard for gaming in dark environments.

The Thunderobot 911SE Gaming Laptop

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The Thunderobot 911SE features a unique polygon-edge design, and a white backlit keyboard with surface-carved keycap. It is powered by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU.

The Thunderobot ST Plus Gaming Laptop

The Thunderobot ST Plus is powered by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU. It features an RGB backlit keyboard, with surface-carved keycaps. Despite its power and 15″ display, it weighs only 2.3 kg and has a 27 mm slim profile.

 

Price & Availability

These Thunderobot gaming laptops are distributed through ECS Astar Sdn Bhd in Malaysia, with Lazada as the online store dealer. They are available right now at the following price points :

  • Thunderobot DINO : RM 8,899 / ~US$ 2,225
  • Thunderobot 911GT : RM 7,099 / ~US$ 1,775
  • Thunderobot 911SE : RM 4,499 / ~US$ 1,125
  • Thunderobot ST Plus : RM 4,899 / ~US$ 1,225

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FREE Rocket League with ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050!

ASUS is back again with its FREE Rocket League game bundle package, collaborating with NVIDIA this time round. Check out the great offer!

 

FREE Rocket League with ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050!

From now until the end of July 2017, you can get a FREE copy of the Rocket League game with any purchase of the ASUS GeForce GTX 1050, 1050 Ti or 1060 graphics card!

Each qualified purchase will entitle you to a game code for Rocket League, which must be redeemed at this page by 30th October 2017.

Promotion Period : 30th May – 31st July, 2017.

Code Expiration : 30th October, 2017.

 

If you are aching to buy an ASUS GeForce GTX 1060, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, check these offers out :

  • Lowest prices on the ASUS GeForce GTX 1060Amazon | Lazada
  • Lowest prices on the ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 TiAmazon | Lazada
  • Lowest prices on the ASUS GeForce GTX 1050Amazon | Lazada

 

GeForce GTX 1060 for 4K gaming

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card is loaded with innovative new gaming technologies, making it the perfect choice for Rocket League and the latest games. It delivers a stunning 4K experience at over 60 FPS with ‘ultra’ settings in Rocket League.  The GeForce GTX 1060 is the ‘Recommended’ GPU for Battlefield 1, For Honor, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Tekken 7, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands and many more of today’s most popular games.

Performance results using in-game benchmarks show the GeForce GTX 1060 delivers the best performance in its class. The GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card is the heart of the recently launched NVIDIA BattleBox Essential PCs.

 

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GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti for 1080p gaming

GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti deliver an amazing Rocket League experience at 1080p with ‘ultra ‘settings, delivering over 60 FPS. Now, you can turn your PC into a true gaming rig, powered by NVIDIA Pascal — the most advanced GPU architecture ever created.

They are loaded with innovative NVIDIA Game Ready technologies that let every gamer experience the latest titles in their full glory, and deliver a fantastic 1080p gaming experience in popular games such as OverWatch, DOTA2, Heroes of the Storm and more.

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AMD Radeon RX 580 Performance Comparison

The gaming enthusiast community may be eagerly waiting for AMD Vega to arrive, but AMD breathed life into the AMD Polaris microarchitecture with a refreshed line-up, which they called the AMD Radeon RX 500 Series. Headlined by the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon), the Polaris Refined series is basically an overclocked version of the Radeon RX 400 series.

AMD is pitching the Radeon RX 500 Series as a great upgrade option for gamers with 3 years or older systems, with the introduction of 27 new graphics cards. But just how much faster is the new Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) compared to its predecessor, the Radeon RX 480, and the NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards? Let’s find out in this performance comparison!

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Radeon RX 580 Specification Comparison

Here are the specifications of the five graphics cards in this performance comparison :

SpecificationsGeForce GTX 1050 TiRadeon RX 480Radeon RX 580GeForce GTX 1060GeForce GTX 1070
Texture Units4814414480120
ROPs3232324864
Core Speed1290 MHz1120 MHz1257 MHz1506 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Speed1392 MHz1266 MHz1340 MHz1708 MHz1683 MHz
Texture Fill Rate (Max)61.9 GT/s182.3 GT/s193.0 GT/s136.6 GT/s202.0 GT/s
Pixel Fill Rate (Max)44.5 GP/s40.5 GP/s42.9 GP/s82.0 GP/s107.7 GP/s
Memory Bus Width128-bits256-bits256-bits192-bits256-bits
Graphics Memory4 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5
Memory Speed1752 MHz1750 MHz2000 MHz2000 MHz2000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth112 GB/s224 GB/s256 GB/s192 GB/s256 GB/s
TDP75 W150 W185 W120 W150 W

 

Further Reading On The Radeon RX 500 Series

 

Further Reading On AMD Vega

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Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor running at 3.6 GHz

Motherboard : AORUS AX370-Gaming 5

Memory : 16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver 382.05 for the NVIDIA graphics cards, and Radeon Software 17.5.1 for the AMD graphics cards.

Note that we do not actually have any Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) graphics card. We simulated the Radeon RX 580 by overclocking the Radeon RX 480 graphics card according to AMD’s specifications for the Radeon RX 580.

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3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is the DirectX 12 benchmark in 3DMark. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was just 1% faster than the Radeon RX 480 in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It was 69% to 76% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and just 3% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the entry-level gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

At this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was virtually neck-to-neck with the GeForce GTX 1060. It was 62% to 69% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 

3DMark (2560 x 1440)

We then took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look at the results!

At this higher resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was about 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480. With its much higher pixel fillrate, the GeForce GTX 1060 pulled away with a 6% average performance advantage.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for the GeForce GTX 1070!

At this resolution, the GeForce GTX 1060 was still 5% to 7% faster than the Radeon RX 580 (Amazon), which was itself 61% to 65% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was just 1% faster than the Radeon RX 480, and 3.7% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare now…

At this higher resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480, and 2.3% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060. It was also 63% to 70% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (3840 x 2160)

Finally, let’s see how the cards perform with Ashes of the Singularity running at the Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was virtually tied with the Radeon RX 480 and GeForce GTX 1060 at this resolution. They were all about 67% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and 26% slower than the GeForce GTX 1070.

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480, 6.5% faster than the GeForce GTX 1070, 13% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 80% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

When the resolution increased to 1440p though, the GeForce GTX 1070 pulled away and was 24% faster than the Radeon RX 580. The average frame rate of the Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was just 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480, but it also delivered a significantly higher minimum frame rate.

 

Warhammer (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this ultra high resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was now 3% faster than the Radeon RX 480. It was also 5% and 82% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 and the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti respectively.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was 4% faster than the Radeon RX 480 at this resolution, putting it neck-to-neck with the GeForce GTX 1060.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

At this higher resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was essentially between the Radeon RX 480 and the GeForce GTX 1060 in performance, with a 4% difference either way. It was also 78% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, but 27% slower than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

The Witcher 3 (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

 

The 4K resolution in The Witcher 3 is really tough on graphics cards, virtually halving their frame rates. The AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was, again, between the Radeon RX 480 and the GeForce GTX 1060 in performance, with a 4-5% difference either way. Only the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 was able to deliver an average frame rate above 30 fps.

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For Honor (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At 1080p, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was exactly between the Radeon RX 480 and the GeForce GTX 1060 in performance, with a 4% difference either way. It was also 56% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, but 31% slower than the GeForce GTX 1070.

 

For Honor (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

Yet again, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) maintained its position between the Radeon RX 480 and the GeForce GTX 1060 in performance, with a 4% difference either way.

 

For Honor (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by For Honor‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

At this ultra high resolution, the GeForce GTX 1060 finally pulled away, with a 7% performance advantage over the Radeon RX 580 (Amazon), which was 3% faster than the Radeon RX 480. Only the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 was able to deliver an average frame rate above 30 fps.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

At this entry-level gaming resolution, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was no faster than the Radeon RX 480. They were both 9% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060 and 45% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

With the jump in resolution, the Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was just 1.5% faster than the Radeon RX 480. They were both 13% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060 and 48% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda (3840 x 2160)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

At this ultra high resolution, the Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) was now 2% faster than the Radeon RX 480. They were both 13% slower than the GeForce GTX 1060 and 53% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Only the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 was able to deliver an average frame rate above 30 fps.

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Our Verdict On The Radeon RX 580

It’s pretty obvious from our benchmark results that the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) is just a slightly faster version of its predecessor, the Radeon RX 480. That is no slight, as the Radeon RX 480 is a fast graphics card. In fact, it was so fast that NVIDIA was forced to introduce the GeForce GTX 1060 at a lower price point to compete.

The Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) reused the Polaris 10 GPU from the Radeon RX 480, running it and the GDDR5 memory at a 9% and 14% higher clock speeds respectively. However, it only delivered an performance boost of between 1.5% and 4%.

Obviously, you wouldn’t upgrade to the Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) if you already own the Radeon RX 480, or GeForce GTX 1060. But it would make for a great upgrade if you are using an older, slower graphics card. That is precisely why AMD is targeting the Radeon RX 500 Series at gamers with 3 years or older graphics cards.

Here is the key takeaway point from all these benchmarks. Like its predecessor, the Radeon RX 480, the AMD Radeon RX 580 (Amazon) is designed for 1440p gaming. With some tweaks to the graphics settings, you should have no problem achieving an average frame rate of 60 fps at that resolution.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti & GTX 1050 Laptops Launched!

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050 GPUs are now officially available on laptops! With the same silicon and cutting-edge features as found on its Pascal desktop brethren, the fast, powerful GeForce GTX 1050 delivers great gaming experiences to laptops a mere 17mm thick and supports the latest enhancements to NVIDIA BatteryBoost, for even longer battery life while gaming unplugged.

 

The new GeForce GTX 1050 Ti & GTX 1050 Laptops

With the new GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050 laptops, you can experience fast, smooth gaming experiences

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  • Achieve up to 3X the performance and power efficiency of previous-generation GPUs.
  • Play classic and modern games at 1080p @ 60 FPS with additional support for the latest DirectX 12 features
  • Explore advanced graphics technologies like NVIDIA GameWorks that provide a more interactive and cinematic experience.
  • Enjoy GeForce Experience – your gateway to great PC gaming. Download Game Ready drivers, keep your games optimized, and share your greatest gaming moments.
  • Create with NVIDIA Ansel – a revolutionary in-game camera that lets you take professional-grade screenshots.
  • Enjoy NVIDIA G-SYNC support buttery-smooth gameplay (on supported models only)
  • Put your overclocking skills to use just like you would do on the desktop

 

Availability & Pricing

There are 30+ laptop designs shipping in Q1 from the world’s leading OEMs. On show at CES this week will be a variety of models including those from Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI, and others. Many models will be available for sale later this week with all of them featuring Intel’s newest Kaby Lake platform for laptops. Pricing will vary from OEM, but we expect to see retail pricing starting at around US$699.

 

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BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Announced

Taipeh, 22 December 2016BIOSTAR announced its latest addition to its line of gaming products with its new VGA for gamers looking for the perfect balance of price and performance with the new BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

With an MSRP of US$159, this card will be the perfect upgrade gift for yourself or a gamer friend. Enjoy gaming to the next level with its new dual-fan cooling for the best performance the GTX 1050 Ti can bring.

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A special bonus is included with the new BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1050 Ti: users will receive invite code content bonus pack which includes the following premium gifts for World of Tanks gamers in Asia server:

  • German T-15 tank
  • 7 days premium access
  • 500 gold
  • 1 garage slot
  • 5x chocolates
  • 5x +50% Exp boosters 1 hour duration

World of Tanks is one of the most immersive games out right now and superb graphics give the game a realistic feel and experiencing it with the new BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1050 Ti makes the game more fluid so you get immersed in the true World of Tanks experience.

World of Tanks is the premium MMO game dedicated to armored warfare. Players get to select a vehicle on their own and win the match by sabotaging rivals¡¦ or occupying the opponents’ base. Experience intense tank-on-tank combat in a unique battlefield experience that’s a mix of multiple genres. Combined with top-notch graphics, a complex physics system, and stunning sound effects all help to provide endless excitement and entertainment.

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti series (Lowest price on Amazon) is based on NVIDIA’s 16nm FinFET Pascal structure and comes with 768 CUDA cores. This is supported by 4GB of GDDR5 video memory running with an effective boost clock rate of 1392MHz on a 128-bit bus.

Designed for the latest generation of games and gaming experiences, the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti takes gaming to the next level with performance and efficiency that beats everything before it featuring the all-new Pascal GPU architecture fabricatedon the 16nm FinFET process technology.

The new BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is cooled by the unique BIOSTAR Tank Dual Fan cooler inspired and design in cooperation with World of Tanks to keep the card running at optimal temperatures while keeping noise levels to a minimum. The new dual-fan cooler features a gaming tank-shaped stylish design exuding an aggressive feel to the card while keeping it cool.

NVIDIA leverages new technologies for this generation of graphics card and allows players to fully immerse themselves while providing higher performance for existing games and serving as a launch pad for new ones. Technology like Simultaneous Multi-Projection, ANSEL and Fast Sync allow gamers to fully maximize their gaming experience but also enjoy a whole new level of realism with VR.

 

BIOSTAR GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Specifications

 

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The GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti Performance Comparison

On 20 October 2016, NVIDIA officially launched the new GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards. Built around the new NVIDIA GP107 GPU, the two new GeForce cards are designed for entry-level and eSports gaming at very attractive price points of US$99 and US$139 respectively. But just how fast are they? Find out for yourself in our GeForce GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti performance comparison!

 

The Graphics Cards Compared

In this comparison, we will take a look at six different graphics cards launched in 2016 – 3 from AMD, and 3 from NVIDIA. We will pit the GeForce GTX 1050 against the Radeon RX 460, and the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti against the Radeon RX 470 (Review). We also included the higher-end Radeon RX 480 (Review) and GeForce GTX 1060 (Review) in this comparison.

SpecificationsRadeon RX 460GeForce GTX 1050GeForce GTX 1050 TiRadeon RX 470Radeon RX 480GeForce GTX 1060
Texture Units56404812814480
ROPs163232323248
Core Speed1090 MHz1354 MHz1290 MHz926 MHz1120 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Speed1200 MHz1455 MHz1392 MHz1206 MHz1266 MHz1708 MHz
Texture Fill Rate (Max)67.2 GT/s54.2 GT/s61.9 GT/s154.4 GT/s182.3 GT/s136.6 GT/s
Pixel Fill Rate (Max)19.2 GP/s46.6 GP/s44.5 GP/s38.6 GP/s40.5 GP/s82.0 GP/s
Memory Bus Width128-bits128-bits128-bits256-bits256-bits192-bits
Graphics Memory4 GB GDDR52 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR5
Memory Speed1750 MHz1752 MHz1752 MHz1650 MHz1750 MHz2000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth112 GB/s112 GB/s112 GB/s211 GB/s224 GB/s192 GB/s
TDP75 W75 W75 W120 W150 W120 W
Current PriceUS$ 99US$ 99US$ 139US$ 169US$ 239 (8 GB)US$ 249

 

Benchmarking Notes

Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :

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Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

Processor : Intel Core i7 6700K processor running at 4.0 GHz

Motherboard : ASRock Z170 Extreme4

Memory : 8 GB DDR4-2133 memory (dual-channel)

Storage : 240 GB HyperX Savage SSD

Monitor : Dell P2415Q Ultra HD Monitor

We used the GeForce driver version 375.63 for the three NVIDIA graphics cards, and the Radeon Software 16.9.2 driver for the three AMD graphics cards used in our tests.

Okay, let’s get on with the GeForce GTX 1050 & 1050 Ti performance comparison!

Next Page > 3DMark DirectX 12 & Direct 11 Benchmark Results

 

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3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)

3DMark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark that supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

The GeForce GTX 1050 is virtually equivalent to the Radeon RX 460 in performance, with the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti delivering 23% better performance. The Radeon RX 470 was 60% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and twice as fast as the GeForce GTX 1050.

 

3DMark (1920 x 1080)

For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the most common gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.

The GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti did better in DirectX 11. In this test, they were 17.6% and 27.4% faster than the Radeon RX 460 respectively.

The Radeon RX 470, on the other hand, was now 48% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and 67% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050.

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3DMark (2560 x 1440)

Then we took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look!

Surprisingly, the GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti did even better at this resolution. Despite having only 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, the GeForce GTX 1050 was 24% faster than the Radeon RX 460. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti was now 34% faster than the Radeon RX 460.

They also edged a little closer in performance to the Radeon RX 470, which was now 47% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and 60% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050.

 

3DMark (3840 x 2160)

This is torture, even for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and the GeForce GTX 1070!

It is definitely a very, very bad idea to play any game at this resolution on the GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti. Especially the GeForce GTX 1050, which only has 2 GB of memory. In this resolution, the Radeon RX 460 (which has 4 GB of memory) was actually 7% faster! The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti was now 33% faster than the Radeon RX 460.

The Radeon RX 470 was now 49% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and twice as fast as the GeForce GTX 1050.

Next Page > Ashes of the Singularity & Warhammer Benchmark Results

 

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Ashes of the Singularity (1920 x 1080)

We tested Ashes of the Singularity in the DirectX 12 mode, which supports the new Asynchronous Compute feature. We started with the full HD resolution.

The GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti were 6% and 17% faster than the Radeon RX 460 respectively. All three delivered playable frame rates of over 30 fps at this resolution.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (2560 x 1440)

We then took Ashes of the Singularity up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s see how the cards fare…

Only the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti was fast enough to deliver a playable frame rate above 30 fps at this resolution. The Radeon RX 460 was actually slightly (2%) faster than the GeForce GTX 1050, probably due to its larger memory size.

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Warhammer (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti were 2% and 15% faster than the Radeon RX 460 respectively. All three delivered playable frame rates of about 40 fps at this resolution.

 

Warhammer (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, recorded by Total War : Warhammer‘s internal DirectX 12 benchmark.

The GeForce GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti did better at this resolution, coming in 9% and 20% faster than the Radeon RX 460 respectively. Only the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti delivered (barely) playable frame rates at this resolution.

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The Witcher 3 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti did well in this game, coming in 17% and 32% faster than the Radeon RX 460 respectively. The two new GeForce cards delivered reasonably playable frame rates.

 

The Witcher 3 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in The Witcher 3.

The GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti maintained their performance advantage over the Radeon RX 460, but their frame rates were poor. Definitely not a good idea to play The Witcher 3 at 1440p with these cards.

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Fallout 4 (1920 x 1080)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

The GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti performed very well in Fallout 4, both delivering 20% better performance than the Radeon RX 460. This is the perfect resolution for all three cards.

 

Fallout 4 (2560 x 1440)

This chart shows you the minimum and maximum frame rates, as well as the average frame rate, that FRAPS recorded in Fallout 4.

Surprisingly, the GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti extended their lead over the Radeon RX 460, with 22% and 24% better performance respectively. Both new GeForce cards actually delivered playable frame rates at this resolution.

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Our Verdict

Hitherto, AMD had a real advantage in the entry-level and eSports gaming market with their Radeon RX 460 and Radeon RX 470 graphics cards. Priced at US$109 and US$179 respectively (at launch), they were much more affordable options for gaming at 1080p or lower resolutions.

That changed with the launch of the GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards.

The GeForce GTX 1050 was targeted squarely at the Radeon RX 460, with the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti offering slightly better performance and more graphics memory for those who can afford an extra US$40.

AMD is cognisant of the danger the new GeForce cards pose. So they preemptively slashed the prices of their Radeon RX 460 and Radeon RX 470 cards to make them more competitive. Did they succeed?

GeForce GTX 1050

Both the GeForce GTX 1050 and the Radeon RX 460 are priced at US$99. However, the GeForce GTX 1050 either matches the Radeon RX 460 in performance, or outperforms it by up to 22%. It does this despite having only 2 GB of memory.

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So if you are looking for a graphics card at the US$99 price point, the obvious choice is the GeForce GTX 1050.

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is roughly 10-15% faster than the GeForce GTX 1050, and has twice as much graphics memory. However, that is a limited advantage since it is still best used for 1080p gaming.

If you can cough up the extra US$40, you might as well cough up an extra US$30 to get the newly-repriced Radeon RX 470. That will buy you 45-70% better performance, enough for 1440p gaming.

 

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AMD Radeon RX 470 & RX 460 Price Cuts Announced!

Ahead of the global availability of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards, AMD pre-emptively slashed US$10 off the Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 460 graphics cards. Here are the full details of the AMD Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 price cuts…

 

Radeon RX 470 & RX 460 Price Cuts

The AMD Radeon RX 470 will be available for as low as US$169 starting October 23, 2016. This is US$10 down from its launch price of US$179. This narrows its price premium over the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (launch price of US$139) down to US$40.

The AMD Radeon RX 460 will be available for as low as US$99 starting October 23, 2016. This is US$10 down from its launch price of US$109. This puts it head-to-head against the GeForce GTX 1050, albeit with twice as much memory – 4 GB.

 

The AMD Advantage

AMD also made it known that they are offering more than just the Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 price cuts.

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  • All Radeon RX graphics cards are optimized for DX12 and Vulkan.
  • Asynchronous Compute, exclusively supported by the GCN or Polaris architectures, breaks up complex game workloads into smaller tasks that can run more quickly in parallel, extracting “free” performance from the GPU
  • AMD’s open source FreeSync technology is the industry’s choice for Adaptive Frame Synchronization, offering smooth, affordable gaming with support for HDMI and DisplayPort technology.
  • FreeSync monitors are significantly more accessible – starting at US$129 compared with US$379 for G-Sync – and with 126 FreeSync monitors available compared with only 86 G-Sync monitors, Radeon users have more choice

 

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti Details 2.0

Today, NVIDIA officially reveals two new graphics cards – the GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Built around the GP107 GPU, the new GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti are designed for entry-level and eSports gaming.

Posted initially @ 2016-10-18

Updated @ 2016-10-20 : Added NVIDIA’s commentary to the presentation in Page 2.

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Presentation

NVIDIA gave us a special briefing on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics yesterday. We prepared a video presentation so you can see what we saw during the briefing.

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  • It is based on the GP107 GPU.
  • It has triple the performance of the GeForce GTX 650.
  • It will deliver frame rates in excess of 60 fps in the latest games running at 1080p with medium settings.
  • It will come with 640 CUDA cores, 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, and a TDP of less than 75W.
  • It will be available on November 8th with a price tag of US$ 109.
  • A higher-end GeForce GTX 1050 Ti will have 768 CUDA cores, 4 GB of GDDR5 memory and a price tag of US$ 139 on October 25th.

 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Q&A Session

We also had the opportunity to ask NVIDIA some questions about the new cards. Check out the Q&A session!

Some key takeaways from the Q&A session :
  • The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 are NOT certified VR Ready. NVIDIA recommends the GeForce GTX 1060 and above.
  • They do NOT have SLI capability (obviously).
  • There won’t be any Founder’s Edition for these two cards.
  • They will both support NVIDIA Ansel.
  • They can be used as PhysX cards.

Get more details on both cards in the next page.

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 & GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Specifications

SpecificationsGeForce GTX 1050GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Graphics Processing Cluster22
Streaming Multiprocessors56
CUDA Cores (single precision)640768
Texture Units4048
ROP Units3232
Base Clock1354 MHz1290 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHz1392 MHz
Memory Clock3504 MHz3504 MHz
Memory Data Rate7 Gbps7 Gbps
L2 Cache Size1024 KB1024 KB
Total Video Memory2 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface128-bit128-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth112 GB/s112 GB/s
Texture Rate (Bilinear)54.2 GigaTexels/s61.9 GigaTexels/s
Fabrication Process14 nm14 nm
Transistor Count3.3 Billion3.3 Billion
Connectors1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x Dual-Link DVI
Form FactorDual SlotDual Slot
Power ConnectorsNoneNone
Recommended Power Supply300 Watts300 Watts
Thermal Design Power (TDP)75 Watts75 Watts
Thermal Threshold97 °C97 °C

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Presentation (With Commentary)

We’re adding two new gaming GPUs to our award-winning lineup of NVIDIA Pascal-based GPUs — the GeForce GTX 1050, starting at $109, and the GTX 1050 Ti, starting at $139. Both will let you play your favorite games at a smooth 60 frames-per-second.

Built on the same Pascal architecture as the most advanced GPUs in the world, the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti let new PC gamers discover why GeForce delivers the best gaming experiences.

These GPUs are a great choice for new gamers. Here’s why:

1) The PC Is the Premier Gaming Platform

If you’re a new gamer, these two new GPUs let you be a part of the biggest story in gaming. PC gaming is thriving because it’s open, dynamic and upgradable and developers are releasing more games for the PC than any other platform.

From first-person shooters to massive online battle areas, from top strategy games to simulation games, the PC offers the richest variety of gaming experiences.

2) eSports Are Bigger Than Ever

One of the biggest drivers of PC gaming is eSports, which continues to grow in popularity with a viewership of almost 300 million people in 2016 alone. This growth creates a virtuous cycle of increasing prize pools, which attract the world’s best talent. In fact, the $20 million prize pool for the latest DOTA 2 International is double that of both the Cricket World Cup 2016 and the 2016 Masters Golf tournament.

New content like Overwatch — which has drawn 77 million viewers in the first two months — continues to drive immense interest. And as more people watch eSports, more people are playing PC games.

3) Modern Games Need Modern Performance

The GPU performance required to run a modern game at 1080p and 60fps with good quality settings has tripled for modern, current generation games. So if you bought a GPU 3 or 4 years ago — such as the GeForce GTX 650 — and were able to play the latest games back then, you’ll find your graphics performance coming up short in today’s games.

With the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti, you’ll be able to play today’s most popular games at a smooth 60fps, while sipping a paltry 75 watts of power.

Out of the box the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti are both blazing fast, with the GTX 1050 Ti on average 40% faster and more than 128% more power efficient than the closest competing product at stock speeds, demonstrating again the prowess of our Pascal architecture and GeForce GTX lineup.

And upgrading to the GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti couldn’t be any easier. Neither need an external power connector. Yet both deliver unheard of levels of performance and power efficiency for this class of product. Just plug in the card, install our GeForce Experience software, click a button to optimize game settings and game on.

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4) Powerful Hardware Requires Powerful Software

GeForce is more than just the No. 1 brand in PC gaming. There are over 100 million GeForce PC gamers today, which is far and away the most popular brand on Steam and it’s the most popular GPU in iCafes around the world. When professional gamers are competing for multimillion dollar prize pools, the brand they overwhelmingly trust is GeForce.

In addition to high-performance gaming hardware, we’ve also created very powerful software. More than 300 specialized graphics engineers work closely with game developers to integrate the latest game technology into their titles. We deliver Game Ready drivers alongside the latest titles so gamers worldwide are always enjoying the best gaming experience. And our GeForce Experience application pulls it all together to provide instant driver updates, automatic game optimizations, the ability to share your favorite gaming experiences, and a host of giveaways to gamers everywhere.

 

GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti: Available Everywhere from Everyone

GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti custom boards will be available from NVIDIA GeForce Partners, including ASUS, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, iGame, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac. NVIDIA GeForce partners represent a global network that will deliver GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti to gamers in 238 countries and territories. GTX 1050 Ti will be available on October 25, while the GTX 1050 will be available on or before November 8.

You can check out the initial list (and pictures) of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti partner boards here!

 

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Partner Boards Revealed

With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti set for worldwide sale on 25 October 2016, everyone’s eager to see what their partner boards will look like. After all, there won’t be any Founder’s Edition for either graphics card.

 

What? No Founder’s Edition?

Yes, as NVIDIA pointed out in the Q&A session of our big reveal, there will NOT be a GeForce GTX 1050 Founder’s Edition, or a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Founder’s Edition. Only custom GeForce GTX 1050 or GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards from NVIDIA partners will be available for sale.

 

The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Partner Boards

Okay, let’s get right down to the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti partner boards. We don’t have any pictures of the GeForce GTX 1050 partner boards yet. Hopefully, we will get them before the launch date! In the meantime, enjoy! 😀

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What Are Their Specifications?

The specifications of the partner boards have yet to be announced. They can either keep to NVIDIA’s recommended clock speeds, or use higher clock speeds. Here are NVIDIA’s official specifications for both the GeForce GTX 1050 and the higher-end GeForce GTX 1050 Ti :

SpecificationsGeForce GTX 1050GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Graphics Processing Cluster22
Streaming Multiprocessors56
CUDA Cores (single precision)640768
Texture Units4048
ROP Units3232
Base Clock1354 MHz1290 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHz1392 MHz
Memory Clock3504 MHz3504 MHz
Memory Data Rate7 Gbps7 Gbps
L2 Cache Size1024 KB1024 KB
Total Video Memory2 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface128-bit128-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth112 GB/s112 GB/s
Texture Rate (Bilinear)54.2 GigaTexels/s61.9 GigaTexels/s
Fabrication Process14 nm14 nm
Transistor Count3.3 Billion3.3 Billion
Connectors1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x Dual-Link DVI
Form FactorDual SlotDual Slot
Power ConnectorsNoneNone
Recommended Power Supply300 Watts300 Watts
Thermal Design Power (TDP)75 Watts75 Watts
Thermal Threshold97 °C97 °C

 

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