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The EVGA SC17 1080 G-SYNC gaming laptop is now available

The EVGA SC17 1080 G-SYNC gaming laptop. (Source: EVGA)
The EVGA SC17 1080 G-SYNC gaming laptop. (Source: EVGA)
This latest gaming laptop from EVGA is designed for maximum performance. Its overclock-friendly specs and software make it appealing to hardcore users; unfortunately, its high price erodes some of its allure.

EVGA has unleashed its most powerful gaming laptop yet in the SC17 1080 G-SYNC. As its name suggests, it comes with Nvidia's top-of-the-line GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, which means no sacrifices when it comes to gaming performance. The unlocked Intel Core i7-7820HK processor reinforces that fact, and a "Full GUI BIOS" helps make tinkering with overclocking settings easier than usual.

The list of specs is as follows:

  • 17.3-inch Ultra HD (4K) IPS display with G-Sync
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB GDDR5X GPU
  • Intel Core i7-7820HK Kaby Lake CPU
  • 32 GB of DDR4 2666 MHz RAM
  • 1x 256 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 1x 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA III Seagate HDD
  • Intel Snowfield Peak AC-8265 wireless card
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • 3x USB 3.0 Type-A ports / 1x USB Type-C port
  • Realtek ALC 255 audio / stereo speakers / 1x headphone jack / 1x microphone jack
  • Full HD (1080p) webcam with integrated digital mic
  • Full-sized backlit keyboard

The SC17 1080 supports up to 2 external monitors at a time, including a single external G-Sync monitor. These monitors can have displays up to 4K/60 Hz or 2K/120 Hz resolutions. To this effect, the laptop includes 2 mini DisplayPort 1.4 ports, as well as an HDMI-out 2.0b port.

EVGA's Full BIOS GUI is virtually a souped-up version of its popular PrecisionX overclocking software, except it controls the CPU as well as GPU. According to the company, it lets you adjust CPU multipliers, voltage, frequencies, and other settings. A "Clear CMOS" button located on the bottom side of the laptop is available in case your settings cause instability. In addition, fan curves can be customized according to need.

Sleekness is not something you generally associate with a desktop-replacement such as the SC17 1080, but EVGA takes pride in the relative thinness of its new laptop. Measuring only 1.3 inches at its thickest point, the SC17 1080 is a rather attractive alternative to other, bulkier devices. Still, it's not at the level of the new Max-Q laptops, which house high-end components but sport much slimmer designs.

A laptop with high-end specs and a "thin" design can be expected to command a hefty price tag. In the SC17 1080's case, that price may a bit too hefty. The laptop goes for US$2,999, or as low as US$264 a month with qualifying credit. Quite expensive, but if you're a laptop overclocking enthusiast it may be worth it.


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John Garcia, 2017-08-11 (Update: 2017-08-12)