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Schenker VIA 15: Long-distance runner with an AMD processor

Manages to get the most out of its chip: the Schenker VIA 15
Manages to get the most out of its chip: the Schenker VIA 15
Schenker has chosen a similar path to Huawei and has equipped its VIA 15 with two Ryzen models from AMD instead of offering a wide range of CPUs. This means that the device is tuned to the chip so well that the Ryzen 5 3500U in our test unit reaches its full potential.
Mike Wobker (translated by Katherine Bodner), 🇩🇪

The Schenker VIA 15 is directed at business users and gave us a good impression in our review. Its light, high-quality magnesium case makes it look good in any situation and the keyboard and display are just as pleasing. The real highlight, however, is on the inside of this Schenker laptop.   

Like the Huawei MateBook D15, the VIA 15 managed to get through our entire CineBench R15 loop from start to finish without any throttling. The cooling system turns up a bit, of course, but nothing out of the ordinary. The clock rates do drop a little under maximum load in our stress test, but they never go below the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U's base clock rate of 2.1 GHz.

But then again...

According to the technical specifications, the VIA 15 is also available with a Ryzen 7 3700U. We shall have to wait for another review to find out whether the cooling system can handle that chip just as well. The same goes for the 13 hours of battery life that our test unit offers. More performance might also mean more consumption, after all.

There's one real drawback we'd like to mention and that's RAM. Schenker has decided to go for a single RAM module - and has therefore only installed a single slot. This makes dual-channel configurations impossible. An upgrade to dual channel might have benefited the integrated graphics unit AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 and given the VIA 15 an even better overall rating.

Nonetheless, the Schenker VIA 15 is a very good AMD notebook.


Find out more in our detailed Notebookcheck review of the Schenker VIA 15

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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 444 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Katherine Bodner
Translator: Katherine Bodner - Translator - 285 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I completed my master's degree in translation at the University of Vienna a few years ago and have been working as a translator for English, German and French ever since. I first started translating for Notebookcheck in 2017 and have learned more about computers than I ever imagined, and I have even become the person my family turns to for advice when it comes to consumer electronics. Other than that I also focus on everything connected to sustainability and renewable energy.
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Mike Wobker, 2020-04-12 (Update: 2020-05-19)