XMG announces Neo 15 / 17 gaming laptops with Intel Tiger Lake-H45 processors
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Schenker XMG is adding Intel Tiger Lake-H45 processors to the list of CPU options for this year’s Neo 15 / 17 gaming lineup. Just like the AMD-based models (E21), the M21 Intel laptops come with maximum TDP Max-P Nvidia RTX 3000 GPUs and global MUX switches, plus high refresh rate WQHD displays and robust coolers. However, unlike the E21 variants, the M21 models also offer PCIe 4.0 support and Thunderbolt 4 connectors.
XMG only offers one CPU option for now: the Intel i7-11800H. Our XMG sources revealed that the M21 systems may end up costing slightly more compared to the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H models due to the ongoing shortages and allocation problems. From our preliminary tests, the Intel CPU performance is not quite matching the AMD competition, but it’s still very close. Nevertheless, the addition of PCIe 4.0 and Thunderbolt 4 connectors more than makes up for the price difference. As with previous Intel models, the cooling system is based on liquid metal.
On the GPU side, users can still choose among the RTX 3060, 3070 and 3080 models with max TGP (up to 165 W for 3080). The IPS display options only include the 165 Hz 1440p panels with 95% sRGB color gamut. RAM capacities go up to 64 GB DDR4-3200 and there are two M.2 PCIe NVMe slots for up to 16 TB of storage. Otherwise, the chassis appear to be identical with those from the AMD-based models, also including opto-mechanical RGB keyboards and HD webcams. Looking at how other brands are providing larger higher-wattage power supplies for the Tiger Lake-H systems, we expect XMG to follow the trend for the M21 Neo laptops, aw well.
The new XMG Neo 15 / 17 models powered by Intel’s i7-11800H processors will be pre-orderable from bestware.com in early June, with deliveries scheduled for late June. Basic configurations for both Neo 15 and 17 models include Intel's Core i7-11800H, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 16 GB DDR4-3200, a 500 GB Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus and a WQHD IPS display with 165 Hz refresh rate. This should cost 1,949 Euros (US$2,382), but, as previously stated, XMG cannot yet guarantee final pricing.