EVGA's SC 17 gaming notebook goes up for pre-order


— 11:58 AM on March 29, 2016

EVGA first gave us a look at its SC 17 gaming laptop back at CES. Today, this 17", overclocker-friendly machine goes up for pre-order. While EVGA has been making motherboards, graphics cards, and a host of other enthusiast-oriented gear for years, this is the company's first foray into in-house laptops. 

The SC 17 includes an unlocked Core i7-6820HK and a variety of overclocking tools to take advantage of it. EVGA's full-fledged BIOS features CPU configuration options normally reserved for desktop motherboards, including processor voltage controls. The SC 17 also comes with a clear CMOS button to help recover from failed overclocking attempts. The notebook's arrow keys can be used to enable overclocked or power-saving modes on the fly.

The SC 17's display is a 4K IPS panel, but it lacks Nvidia's G-Sync variable-refresh tech. Graphics power is provided by Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980M paired with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. While this is Nvidia's top-end mobile chip, it might still struggle with the notebook's native resolution. The high pixel density means that gamers can probably run games at lower resolutions without too much impact on visual quality, though. 

The notebook houses those components in an aluminum unibody chassis that's about an inch thick at its thickest point. EVGA makes good use of the large chassis with a full-size keyboard and number pad. The SC 17's storage complement includes a 256GB Samsung NVMe SSD and a 1TB, 7,200 RPM HDD. The notebook is available for pre-order now for $2269.99, and EVGA says it'll begin shipping in "mid-April."

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