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Schenker XMG Apex 15: A love-hate situation

Schenker XMG Apex 15
Schenker XMG Apex 15
The XMG Apex 15 from Schenker Technologies is a notebook of extremes. On the one hand, it offers excellent performance thanks to its desktop processor. On the other, the cooling system can hardly keep up with this eager hardware - which becomes a very audible problem.
Florian Glaser (translated by Katherine Bodner), 🇩🇪

While Intel was resting on its laurels for the past few years, its main competitor AMD has slowly managed to overtake its opponent in terms of processing power. The 65-Watt Ryzen 9 3900 that our test configuration of the Apex 15 was equipped with shows no mercy. Its performance advantage according to CPU benchmarks such as Cinebench is gigantic - at least when it comes to multi-core performance.

However, this excellent speed comes at a price: The 15-inch notebook is very loud at medium to high load. So loud, that even a headset cannot keep it out. Unless users set the device to quiet mode in the Control Center, the cooling fans are very present even while idling and occasionally turn up for no apparent reason. This comes at no surprise when you look at the CPU temperatures. According to our measurements, the AMD chip lacks good energy-saving mechanisms. Apart from the fact that the barebone manufacturer Clevo is generally known for their lax approach when it comes to fan control. 

Find out more advantages and disadvantages of the Apex 15 in our complete reviewReview Clevo P170SM-A (One K73-4N) Barebones Notebook

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Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming Laptops - 688 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood, growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 1990s. I was especially fascinated with computer games, even from an early age. From Monkey Island through Lands of Lore to Doom, I tried every game I could get my hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with my focus mostly being on high-performance gaming laptops.
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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Florian Glaser, 2020-05- 9 (Update: 2020-05- 7)