XMG Unveil CORE 15 AMD and Intel Gaming Laptops with 3060 GPUs
Mike Sanders / 6 months ago
In XMG’s product line-up, the XMG CORE 15 and CORE 17 gaming laptops embody first-class hardware adoption in the upper-mid performance bracket. The new E21 model generation brings an update with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060 and introduces an optional 165 Hz IPS display with WQHD resolution. Featuring both current AMD and Intel 8-core processors, the laptops offer versatile memory and storage options. Their discreet and solid design provides a classic aesthetic counterpoint to the playful RGB lighting and aggressive gaming-biased design trend.
XMG CORE 15 Laptops
In contrast to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, the RTX 3060 in the XMG CORE laptops from the new E21 model generation shows a significant performance increase: with 3840 CUDA Cores, opposed to previously just 1920, the GPU is prepared for more demanding tasks than only Full HD gaming at high-quality settings. This explains why, for the first time, XMG now also offers the CORE 15 and CORE 17 with optional high-resolution WQHD displays. Since the graphics card operates at the maximum TGP specified by NVIDIA of up to 115 watts, it can unleash its full potential. XMG continues to offer both models with processors from AMD and Intel. However, the Intel version gets an upgrade to the Core i7-10870H, meaning that 8-core CPUs are now used across the board. The AMD-based laptops will utilise a Ryzen 7 5800H in the future. However, until the Cezanne processors are more readily available, XMG is still planning on offering a transitional generation that combines the GeForce RTX 3060 with a Ryzen 7 4800H.
All XMG CORE laptops with Intel CPUs and the AMD-based CORE 17 start with a Full HD resolution, 144 Hz IPS display. However, the basic configuration of the 15.6-inch model with Ryzen 7 4800H or 5800H features a 240 Hz screen. Full HD displays provide more than 90% sRGB colour space coverage.
XMG offers an optional WQHD IPS display with 165 Hz technology and 95% coverage of the sRGB colour space for all models. This brings the powerful CORE E21 generation a little closer to XMG’s performance upper class, such as the NEO series.
One of the XMG CORE series’s characteristics has always been its design, focusing on visual understatement. The current models continue the simple elegance trend, offering a discreet alternative to the more excessively gaming-orientated design of many other laptops. Placing special emphasis on a robust chassis and the integration of a powerful cooling solution, they define the new upper-midrange performance segment with a high quality and well balanced unified concept.
The XMG CORE 15 knows exactly how to impress with excellent portability, featuring compact dimensions of 359.8 x 243, 22.9 mm and weighing in at a mere 1.99 kg. An aluminium display lid and upper chassis provide the 15.6-inch laptop with a high-quality look and feel. The XMG CORE 17 measures 395.7 x 260.8 x 30 mm and weighs 2.5 kg. Both models pack a screwed-in 62 Wh battery and feature a webcam positioned on the display’s upper edge.
With two SO-DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB DDR4 RAM and two M.2 slots connected via PCI Express, the XMG CORE 15 and CORE 17 provide generous memory and storage configurations.
Both provide a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port, Wi-Fi 6, three USB-A, one USB-C port, HDMI 2.1, an SDXC card reader, and separate audio jacks for a headphone and microphone. Additional features include a Microsoft Precision compliant touchpad and a keyboard with multi-level adjustable RGB backlighting and FnLock function allowing for permanent switching between the primary (F1 to F12) and secondary functions of the F keys, such as for adjusting volume or display brightness.
Price & Availability
The base configuration of the XMG CORE 15 (Intel) and XMG CORE 17 (Intel), which can be freely configured on bestware.com, features a Core i7-10870H, 8 GB DDR4-2933, a 250 GB Kingston A2000 SSD in M.2 form factor and a 144 Hz IPS display with Full HD resolution. The XMG CORE 15 (AMD) and XMG CORE 17 (AMD) integrate a Ryzen 7 4800H and 8 GB DDR4-3200. While XMG also offers a 144 Hz IPS panel with Full HD resolution in the CORE 17 (AMD), a faster 240 Hz model is used in the CORE 15 (AMD). An upgrade from the Full HD 144 Hz to the WQHD 165 Hz display adds 45 euros. In the CORE 15 (AMD), this panel can be configured as an alternative to its Full HD 240 Hz display at no additional cost.
Prices start from € 1,399 (AMD-based models) and € 1,449 (Intel-based models) incl. 19 % VAT (in some countries, different tax rates apply).
Pre-orders will be possible from the end of February at the earliest, delivery is expected from the end of March (XMG CORE with Intel Core i7-108750H) and the end of April (XMG CORE with AMD Ryzen 7 4800H). When exactly the Ryzen 7 5800H in the XMG CORE will be available is not yet foreseeable due to the general supply bottlenecks and uncertainties regarding quantities.
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