Hasee starts preselling 16.1-inch laptops powered by desktop-grade Intel Rocket Lake CPUs and RTX 3000 GPUs in China
While Intel seems to be taking its sweet time to launch the more powerful Tiger Lake-H35/45 mobile processors, some laptop OEMs are willing to compromise a bit on the design and portability aspect in order to offer the most potent solutions available, even if these are actually desktop processors. We have seen quite a few laptop models powered by desktop CPUs in the past, and most of the barebones for such models come from China (TongFang) or Taiwan (Clevo). This year, the situation is a bit chaotic, with Intel delaying the Rocket Lake desktop processors for a few weeks, but this did not stop Chinese laptop OEMs like Hasee to start preselling new models powered by the unreleased 11th gen desktop CPUs.
The new Hasee Ares laptops with Rocket Lake-S CPUs and RTX 3000 GPUs pre-sold like hot cakes (snagged by crypto miners most likely) on the JD.com site. It appears that these models use the DTR Clevo chassis with 16.1-inch FHD 144 Hz IPS displays that were already available with Comet Lake-S CPUs (i5-10400). Hasee only needed to upgrade the motherboard BIOS to enable support for the i5-11400 six-core and i7-11700 eight-core processor options. These are the non-K versions to keep the TDPs as low as possible (65 W is not really that low for laptops, though). Hasee already has a reputation among crypto miners, who are clearly more interested in the GPU options that include the RTX 3060 6 GB (TX8 models) and RTX 3070 8 GB (TX9 models).
Both TX8 and TX9 laptop models come with 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and 512 GB of NVMe SSD storage. Prices are quite decent for the performance level, with the TX8 i5-11400 + RTX 3060 models costing ~$1,300, and the TX9 i7-11700 + RTX 3700 models costing ~$1,670. Hasee might be able to offer more models if it manages to secure additional CPU and GPU stocks, but we are suspecting that all of these may already be reserved for miners. XMG will soon offer similarly specced Ultra 17 models, in case you really need these desktop-grade SKUs.