Schenker XMG U506, U706, and U716 gaming notebooks will have desktop Skylake CPUs
Like Eurocom, the Schenker XMG series is based on the latest Clevo barebones. the New XMG U506 and U706 will supplant the existing U505 and U705, respectively, and will carry a number of new features. First, the new Intel Z170 chipset will have native support for up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM and desktop Skylake processors. The XMG U506 is already under testing here at Notebookcheck.
Processor options include a Core i5 up to a Core i7-6700K with unlocked multiplier. The 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch FHD display supports G-Sync for smoother gameplay and no screen tears.
Clevo models are known for their massive internal storage options and the new XMG refresh configurations do not disappoint. M.2 SSDs running on the NVMe interface via PCIe x4 are supported at RAID 0 configurations for transfer rates of over 3 GB/s. This same feature is called "Super RAID 4" on the latest MSI Skylake refresh. A USB 3.1 Type-C port will be included with GTX 970M and GTX 980M GPU options.
Lastly, the flagship XMG U716 will include the recently announced GTX 980 GPU. This should easily outclass any notebook on the market in terms of GPU performance, but it will be interesting to see how it will stand up to existing notebooks equipped with GTX 980M SLI.
To cope with the excess heat, the XMG U716 will utilize a massive cooling system consisting of nine heat pipes spread across the CPU and GPU. Its 17.3-inch IPS panel will have G-Sync and 4K/UHD options for the first time in its size category.
The refreshed XMG series with Skylake is now available starting at about 1750 Euros. The U716 with GTX 980, Core i7-6700HK, and 16 GB DDR4 RAM will be available next month starting at around 3300 Euros. For North American users, the upcoming Eurocom X4 and X6 are the equivalent Clevo barebones.
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