XMG Focus 17: Putting the RTX 3050 Ti through its paces
While the high-end models from Nvidia's Ampere generation (RTX 3060, RTX 3070, RTX 3080) have been on the market for a while, the mid-range segment had to wait a bit longer for new GPUs. The XMG Focus 17 shows what an RTX 3050 Ti with a high TGP is capable of.
After we recently reviewed the Focus 15, we also tested its 17-inch counterpart. As was to be expected beforehand, both devices perform very similarly.
The high-contrast and responsive 144 Hz panel, which leaves many competing laptops behind, should be mentioned as a particularly positive aspect. The input devices found in the discreet chassis are also largely compelling.
However, the 17-incher doesn't do as well in terms of the cooling system. Despite the fairly high case temperatures, the XMG Focus 17 gets extremely loud under load. The fan control also shows weaknesses in idle usage (Performance Mode was used when running the tests). In addition, the sound quality is poor, and battery life is quite weak.
The GeForce RTX 3050 Ti leaves us with mixed feelings. On the one hand, the manufacturer uses a high TGP, but on the other hand, the 4 GB of VRAM is often a limitation in modern games.
Read our review to find out more about the Focus 17's strengths.
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