Sure, AMD’s new Ryzen 9 4900HS is pretty powerful by laptop standards — it’s a 35 watt, 8-core chip based on Zen 2 architecture with support for speeds up to 4.3 GHz.
But you know what’s even faster? AMD’s 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X processor. That might seem like comparing apples and oranges, since it’s a desktop chip… but that didn’t stop XMG from putting the chip into a 5.7 pound gaming laptop with a 15.6 inch display.
Sure, the XMG Apex 15 has an underclocked version of the Ryzen 9 3950X processor. But even running at 65 watts (instead of 105 watts), it offers a heck of a lot of horsepower for a mobile computer.
While the desktop processor typically has a base frequency of 3.5 GHz and top single-core boost speeds up to 4.7 GHz, the version used in XMG’s laptop is clocked at 2.6 GHz and hits top speeds of 4.2 GHz.
But it’s a 16-core/32-thread processor that should offer desktop-class performance, especially when paired with the laptop’s other specs:
- 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS 144 Hz non-glare display
- Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics
- Up to 64GB DDR4-3200 RAM
- 1 x M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA III SSD
- 1 x M.2 2280 PCIe 2./0 x4 SSD
- 1 x 2.5″ drive bay (HDD or SSD)
Other features include a backlit keyboard, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, audio, Ethernet, USB-C, and USB-A ports, a microSD card reader, a Windows Hello-compatible webcam, WiFi 6, and Bluetooth 5.
The notebook measures 14.2″ x 10.2″ x 1.3″ and it could be one of the most powerful gaming laptops/mobile workstations around… but there’s a catch. With just a 62 Wh battery, I wouldn’t expect much in the way of battery life.
One disappointing thing about the laptop? It seems to lack a Thunderbolt 3 port, which seems like a strange omission on such an otherwise powerful notebook.