XMG readies Ultra 17 laptops with desktop-grade Intel Rocket Lake CPUs and max TGP RTX 3000 mobile dGPUs
When it comes to desktop-replacement laptops, XMG is always among the first custom OEMs to announce refreshed models whenever a new desktop CPU generation is released. Now that the Intel Rocket Lake CPUs are officially available for purchase, XMG is ready to include these new CPUs in its refreshed Ultra 17 laptop series, and is also tossing some new features in the mix, including the high-end RTX 3000 dGPUs from Nvidia.
For the 2021 refresh of the Ultra 17 laptops, XMG is offering non-K and K CPU options for each of the i5-11600, i7-11700 and i9-11900 models. These can be coupled with up to 128 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 32 TB of NVMe SSD storage (note that only one of the 4X M.2 slots is connected to the PCIe 4.0 lanes). For the dGPU side, XMG includes maximum TGP variants of the RTX 3060, RTX 3070 and RTX 3080. Thanks to a new custom cooling solution, the RTX 3080 can easily be pushed to 165 W TGP and is now taking full advantage of all 16 PCIe 4.0 lanes.
The 17.3-inch display options remain the same two from last year’s Ultra 17. Users can either opt for the FHD G-SYNC IPS panel with 300 Hz refresh rate, 300 nits peak brightness and 100% sRGB color gamut, or a 4K G-SYNC IPS panel that only has 60 Hz refresh rate, but is 100 nits brighter and has 100% ARGB color gamut.
XMG is quite generous as far as the port selection is concerned, and the slightly larger chassis clearly facilitates this. There are 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors with DP function, 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2, 3x USB-A 3.2 Gen2, 2x miniDP 1.4 and HDMI 2.1 video outputs, audio jacks, 2.5 Gbit LAN jack and a UHS-III SD card reader. The LAN NIC and Wi-Fi 6.0 + Bluetooth 5 modules are provided by Killer. Other features include an HD webcam, Creative Super X-Fi and Sound Blaster Atlas audio chips, RGB backlit keyboard and configurable RGB LED bar, plus a hefty 97 Wh battery and two 2x 280 W power bricks. Unfortunately, there is no MUX switch.
Default configuration including an i7-11700K, 16 GB RAM, 500 GB NVMe SSD, RTX 3060 and the FHD display is now available for pre-order for €2,799. A max spec configuration can cost up to €10,426. XMG expects these models to start shipping in May.