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XMG Focus 15: The difficult position of the RTX 3050 Ti

Has a hard time competing against RTX 3060 laptops: The XMG Focus 15
Has a hard time competing against RTX 3060 laptops: The XMG Focus 15
Nvidia did not do itself a favor with the strongly varying TGPs of the current Ampere generation. Even though the XMG Focus 15 races past most other laptops with the RTX 3050 Ti, the RTX 3060 is clearly the better choice for gamers.
Florian Glaser (translated by Mark Riege), 🇩🇪

There is hardly any other graphics card that is as difficult to judge as Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. On one hand, the mid-range GPU is able to bring almost any current game smoothly to the screen at high to maximum detail levels.

On the other hand, even a version with a high TGP, such as in the XMG Focus 15 from Schenker Technologies, has no chance against a GeForce RTX 3060, which can often already be found in similarly expensive laptops, particularly since that includes raytracing.

Then there is also the meager storage of the RTX 3050 Ti. There are already some games that complain about 4 GB VRAM. 6 GB would have been much more appropriate for the graphics card and also more up-to-date. This is a complaint that clearly goes against Nvidia's product design (and even some of the more expensive Ampere GPUs have borderline limits in terms of the VRAM).

But there are also other reasons why the price-performance ratio of the XMG Focus 15 is not very convincing. For example, the cooling system of the Clevo Barebone is not very successful (high noise emissions, bad fan control). The sound and the battery capacity could also be better.

However, the case, the input devices, and the 144-Hz panel are to a large extent very attractive.

Find out in our review how the Focus 15 fares in our tests.

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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.
Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 317 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Florian Glaser, 2021-10- 2 (Update: 2021-10- 2)