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Maingear Nomad 17 now available with an AMD CPU

The new model looks to combine top-tier gaming performance with an affordable price

There's no real way around it – gaming PCs are expensive. This is true of desktops and even more so of laptops. Maingear's latest configuration of the Nomad 17 custom gaming laptop tries to shave some of the price off by opting for an AMD processor instead of a pricier Intel chip.

The laptop features a Full HD 17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 anti-glare display, a quad-core AMD A10-5750 processor, AMD Radeon HD 8970M 2 GB GDDR5 graphics, up to 32 GB of RAM, dual-internal storage options ranging up to a 1 TB SSD, the latest 802.11ac wifi, THX TruStudio Pro sound, Windows 8.1, and the usual generous selection of ports for a gaming rig.

While still by no means cheap, Maingear certainly seems to have succeeded in making a device that is far more accessible while still ensuring it has the potential to run just about any modern game, though perhaps not at maximum settings.

The AMD variant of the Nomad 17 is available now from the Maingear website. Prices start at US$1289 not including an extra US$125 off for black Friday. The most basic configuration with an Intel Haswell processor starts at US$1762.



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Craig Munro, 2013-11-23 (Update: 2013-11-23)