XMG Apex 15 review: Ryzen 9 3950X in a laptop – and were not kidding – Eurogamer.net
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To see this content please make it possible for targeting cookies. Manage cookie settings Seeing is believing. Here’s the Digital Foundry video review for the Ryzen-powered XMG Apex 15. Maker info about
technological miracle is accomplished. The non-X 3900 is a 65W TDP part vs the standard 105W TFP in the desktop version. Compared to the full-fat model, you get the bulk of the performance, but with a big decrease in power draw. There is no such 65W model of the 3950X, however, so the BIOS of the note pad simply changes it into eco mode, imposing a 65W limitation. The genuine question is just how much of the totally opened experience the laptop offers you-and the responses are unexpected. Of course, there are compromises in aiming to provide correct desktop efficiency.
It’s in terms of form aspect. The XMG Apex 15 is certainly a 15-inch note pad in regards to its X and Y dimensions, but it’s considerably thicker and much deeper than the usual note pad. What this does suggest, however, is that you get full-size ports-including Ethernet- and they are positioned to the left, the right and on the back of the system. There, you get HDMI, USB-C (with video output assistance)and mini-Displayport. There’s likewise the power input there, with XMG providing a 230W external PSU, and for the Ryzen 9 3950X in gaming, it in fact maxes out its abilities. Totally let loose, this thing is monstrous.
Even at 65W, the Ryzen chips are drawing far more power than most laptop parts, so the cooling assembly is stressed heavily under load. At full throttle it’s extremely, very loud-there’s no doubt about it. XMG’s solution is merely to use the user option. In the custom-made control panel, there are four modes: power saving, peaceful, entertainment and performance. Entertainment is the standard, while performance totally unlocks the processor (within the 65W limitation, naturally). I ran Cinebench R20 in both single thread and multi-core modes on both Ryzen 9 3900 and Ryzen 9 3950X and these are the outcomes I got. In portion terms, it does seem to be the case that the 3900 maintains more of its performance the lower down the chain of modes you go, however then once again, it is a chip particularly created for the 65W power envelope. And did we mention it does hardware-accelerated ray tracing too? Power Saving Peaceful Mode Home entertainment Performance CineBench R20 3900 385/970 486/2628 490/5105 494/6474 Cinebench R20 3950X 267/1276 292/1971 454/4598 486/7501 I found the peaceful mode to be perfectly serviceable for general PC tasks, however power-saving was
not a particularly great experience at
all. I also can’t suggest the system for running
from battery power-the CPU
clocks down enormously on all cores and becomes far less responsive. There’s just a 62WHr battery
too, meaning that even
with hobbled efficiency, you
‘ll be very lucky
get an hour’s worth of use from the maker. This is unashamedly a desktop replacement however, and I consider the battery to be there just to keep the machine active on the go before plugging it in someplace else. And when I say desktop replacement, I mean it. To get a concept of the fundamental power level of this maker, I switched into performance mode and ran Cinebench R20. I then stacked up the outcomes with our desktop scores database and then included the Asus Zephyrus G14 laptop, based on the Ryzen 4000’Renoir’APU(which has eight cores and 16 threads with a 35W TDP). The outcomes are incredible: both 3900 and 3950X in the laptop computer beat Renoir in single-core efficiency and provide a 55 per cent/79 percent improvement in multi-core output. What’s outstanding here is that Renoir really is the cutting edge in mobile CPUs today. The Apex 15 annihilates it. However it’s the desktop comparisons that are interesting. We’re not making life easier for the Apex 15 here-our library outcomes are based on Ryzen chips that have no thermal constraints and perform at full power. On top of that, they’re combined with faster memory with much lower latency. However, the 3950X delivers 81 percent of the full chip’s performance level, and it’s seven percent much faster than a desktop 3900X. The 3900 non-X chip in the Apex 15 provides 92 per cent of the 3900X’s desktop output. The Apex 15 at the bottom, Dell XPS 15 in the middle and Asus Zephyrus G14 on top. The XMG is a bit of an unit in regards to thickness. 3950X Laptop 3900 Laptop 3900X Desktop 3950X Desktop 4900HS Laptop Cinebench R20 1T 486 494 514 514 477 Cinebench R20 MT 7501 6474 7032 9249 4192 Handbrake h. 264 55.0 fps 44.8 fps 51.8 fps 64.7 fps 26.5 fps Handbrake HEVC 20.4 fps 17.6 fps