XMG Apex 15 - The Most Powerful Laptop, Powered by AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 10

XMG Apex 15 – The Most Powerful Laptop, Powered by AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

XMG Made the most powerful laptop as of now, by using a Desktop AMD Ryzen 9 3950X on there XMG Apex 15.
Yeah, they use a Desktop processor on a laptop, and it is amazing, but surely is an overkill, as they could have used a Ryzen 9 4900H which is more powerful than any of the intel’s current mobile offerings, but by using a 3950X the Apex 15 is more powerful than a Desktop system which is using an Intel Core i9-9900K, which is the intel’s current most powerful consumer series chip.

So let’s take a look at the Apex 15 and see how it performs.
As it’s not the question is whether it will wreak the competition or not, the question is by how much it will wreak the competition.

XMG Apex 15 Specification Table

SpecificationsXMG Apex 15 - The Most Powerful Laptop, Powered by AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 11
Display15.6″ Full HD IPS | 144 Hz | non-glare
Operating SystemWindows 10/Linux/DOS
CPU1) AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
3.1 – 4.3 GHz
12 cores/24 threads
2) AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
3.5 – 4.7 GHz
16 cores/32 threads
GPUNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 | 6 GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 | 8 GB GDDR6
Memory2x DDR4 SO-DIMM, Dual Channel, up to 64 GB
Storage1x M.2 2280 SSD via PCI-Express 3.0 x4 or SATA III
1x M.2 2280 SSD via PCI-Express 2.0 x4
1x 2.5″ SSD/HDD (7 mm)
AudioHigh Definition Audio
Stereo speakers
Microphone with noise cancelling
Sound Blaster Cinema 6
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
I/O Ports1x USB-A 2.0
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen2
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2
1x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0 (with HDCP 2.2)
1x RJ45 Port (LAN)
1x microSD card reader
Camera720p HD camera
Power62 Wh Li-Ion-battery
230W Power adapter.

Specification Details
https://www.xmg.gg/en/xmg-apex-15

Design and Build Quality

The design is pretty similar to what one would expect from a powerful gaming laptop{well most likely its not a gaming laptop but an ultra-high performance laptop}, the overall body is thick(mostly due to thermals for that 3900X/3950X), and is made of high-quality premium plastic, the bezels are thin on three sides and thick on the bottom side.
The design is made in such a way that there is great airflow for better thermals.

Display

XMG Apex 15

Apex 15 has a 15.6-inch FHD IPS-LCD display with 144Hz Refresh rate, honestly, it would be have been better if they used a 240Hz display, as with the specs it is easily possible to go beyond 200Hz is most of the games.

Performance

Apex 15 is powered by the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X a 16 core 32 threaded processor with a base clock of 3.5GHz and a boost clock of 4.7GHz, it is the most powerful processor from AMD in Ryzen consumer series chips and is way beyond the reach of any of the Intel’s Consumer series desktop chips, and even in a laptop where it is running of Eco-Mode where the TDP is reduced to 65W instead of the usual 105W, it is able to thrash the desktop Intel Core i9-9900K(Intel’s fastest consumer offering).
There is also an option for Ryzen 9 3900X a 12 core 24 thread processor, which offers less performance, but is still better than any of the intel’s offering.

It has Two GPU options.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 | 6 GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 | 8 GB GDDR6

Also, the CPU is upgradable, only the GPU is sorted on the motherboard, and in the future, if there are BIOS upgrades then the CPU can be changed.

Memory and Storage

We can get up to 64 GB RAM on Apex 15 which configured at 2x DDR4 SO-DIMM, Dual Channel,
Storage options include
1x M.2 2280 SSD via PCI-Express 3.0 x4 or SATA III
1x M.2 2280 SSD via PCI-Express 2.0 x4
1x 2.5″ SSD/HDD (7 mm)
These are slots available and the SSD/HHD may be available or unavailable based on the model you buy.

Battery

Apex 15 ha 62-Wh Battery, well a truly powerful gaming laptop(Ultra-High Performance Laptop) with good battery life is almost unheard of you can get around 1-1.5 hours of battery life, also it has 230W power brick.

I/O Ports

One advantage of a laptop being thick is that it can have all that ports essential for usage.
Apex 15 has
1x USB-A 2.0
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen2
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 (DisplayPort)
1x Mini DisplayPort 1.4 (supports G-SYNC-compatible monitor)
1x HDMI 2.0 (with HDCP 2.2)
1x Headphone-Out (smartphone headset support)
1x Mic-in
1x RJ45 Port (LAN)
1x microSD card reader

Keyboard and Track Pad

The keyboard is pretty standard you may like it or you may hate it, but I don’t think that’s an issue, and most of the gamers would use an external keyboard, the same is the case with the TrackPad, it would be better you use a mouse.

Audio

Audio is okayish for a gaming laptop
High Definition Audio
Stereo speakers
Microphone with noise-canceling
Sound Blaster Cinema 6

Thermals

XMG Apex 15

Apex 15 has a copper vent based thermals, and man it has one of the best thermal systems one can find on a laptop, the vents are wide, one of the widest copper vents on a laptop and there are plenty of vents to keep a laptop cool compared to other laptops even at full load.
The Max temp. we were able to see was around 90-degree Celcius, and that when it’s at full load i.e all the 16 cores were running and it throttled down to 3.0GHz which is amazing in itself.

Benchmarks(3950X Model)

In Cinebench R20 Multi-Threaded Performance, the Apex 15 was ahead of the Core i9-9900K but behind the Desktop Ryzen 9 3950X, due to a reduced TDP. Also in single-core, the Core i9-9900K is still better.

XMG Apex 15

In Blender BMW and Classroom render, the Apex 15 performance is phenomenal, it is able to get a lead of up to 5 mins ahead of the Core i9-9900K

In games, though, the Desktop Core i9-9900K was still the winner, but not by the margin I was expecting. Also, it is mostly due to the TDP difference between the RTX 2070 used in Apex 15 vs. the RTX 2070 used in the Core i9-9900K desktop system.

Pricing

The Apex 15 has several models.
Ryzen 5 3600 + RTX 2060 : $1500
Ryzen 7 3700X + RTX 2060 : $1600
Ryzen 9 3900X + RTX 2060 : $1675
Ryzen 9 3950X + RTX 2060 : $2200

Ryzen 5 3600 + RTX 2070 : $1630
Ryzen 7 3700X + RTX 2070 : $1800
Ryzen 9 3900X + RTX 2070 : $1850
Ryzen 9 3950X + RTX 2070 : $2300

These are prices with base storage and memory if you increase the storage and memory price will also increase.

Conclusion

The Apex 15 is currently the worlds most powerful laptop, well calling it a laptop is not good, it can be termed as the extremely portable Desktop.
If you are someone who needs pure Raw CPU performance with the extreme portability then this laptop is for you, yes it’s costly but it’s worth it, in some cases its performance per dollar is even better than a regular Desktop Ryzen 9 3950X, with a similar setup.

Also excluding the graphics card everything is upgradable, even the processor, as the motherboard used is an AMD B450, the processors can be swapped out easily like in a desktop, also the RAM, SSD’s and everything, are easily repairable, so in the future, if you want to upgrade the laptop you can do it easily, given that the next Ryzen 4000 series chips support this motherboard.

Source
https://www.xmg.gg/en/xmg-apex-15

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