XMG's Apex 15 MAX laptops are world's first to support the AMD R7 5800X3D desktop-grade processor with 3D V-Cache
XMG’s desktop replacement Apex 15 MAX laptops equipped with desktop-grade CPUs from the Ryzen 5000 series are getting a new BIOS that enables support for the Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor. This essentially transforms the APEX 15 MAX into the world’s first laptop to support 3D V-Cache technology, offering improved gaming performance.
The latest 1.07.09A01 BIOS version (including AGESA update to version 18.104.22.168) adds Ryzen 7 5800X3D compatibility and can be installed on all existing XMG E22 laptops with a B550 mainboard. Furthermore, the new firmware update unlocks additional BIOS overclocking settings including Precision Boost Overdrive 2 (PBO2) and the AMD Curve Optimizer for all other CPU options besides the Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
Internal tests provided by XMG show that the R7 5800X3D is actually slightly slower than an R7 5700X in CineBench tests, but it manages to beat even the R9 5900X by a considerable margin when it comes to games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Until October 11, XMG is offering a special deal for the XMG APEX 15 MAX through the Bestware site. The R7 5800X3D option costs an additional €342 over the default R5 5600X version, but the XMG “Zocktoberfest” campaign offers a discount of €300 for all configurations, so the 3D V-Cache option would actually cost €42.