At CES 2016, EVGA popped up with their new, first-ever gaming laptop, the SC17 (SC standing for “Superclocked”). It’s an interesting beast, measuring 17.3 inches diagonally and weighing quite a bit. What sets it apart from other gaming notebooks is the overclocking aspect, which is covered under EVGA’s warranty. What’s more, it doesn’t feature the usual boring, static UEFI text-based BIOS interfaces seen in other brands. Instead, it features the same interface that EVGA uses for its motherboards, offering settings like an overclock preset that can be set at the touch of a button. If you ever run foul of your settings and bork something in the BIOS, there’s a CMOS reset button just above the power button, which you can press in with a pin. EVGA expects to start shipping this beast in February 2016, with a starting price of around $2499.
EVGA’s SC17 lays claim to being the first notebook to ship with the Intel Core i7-6820HK, which is a quad-core with hyper-threading processor that belongs to the Skylake family. It sports a base clock of 2.7GHz and a boost clock speed of 3.8GHz, though you can tweak this through altering the multiplier, the BLCK strap clock speed, and voltages through the BIOS. It has a thermal design power (TDP) of 45W and officially (according to Intel) tops out at DDR4-2133 for memory speed, though that should be plenty of bandwidth for a gaming laptop.
Inside, the SC17 houses up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory, a NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980M GPU with overclocking support, an IPS UltraHD 4K G-Sync display, and a battery large enough to keep this puppy running off the wall for about four hours. If that doesn’t seem like a lot, it’s because there is no NVIDIA Optimus support for the SC 17G, as the GPU interfaces directly with the display to allow for G-Sync to work. You might be able to extend that rating to around six hours off the wall with a few tweaks to the power settings and the monitor’s refresh rate.
The chassis is also made entirely out of an aluminium alloy with an indented keyboard tray to reduce the possibility of the keys scratching the screen. Taking a leaf out of Apple’s design book, the display is protected by a layer of hardened glass that also covers the bezel. Because most of the notebook’s weight is in the base owing to the location of the battery, it is possible to open the lid of the notebook with a single finger. Connectivity is catered for through two USB 3.0 ports along with a USB 3.1 Type C connector, HDMI 2.0, two mini-Displayport 1.2a ports, gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.0. Check out EVGA’s promo video embedded below.