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

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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    • ImSpartacus
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]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. [/quote<] The 980M is not the best Nvidia mobile chip, the laptop 980. Full blown gm204 at reduced clocks. Granted, it still wouldn't've been enough for 4k and requirements would've been too high.

    • rwburnham
    • 4 years ago

    At full load, is it loud or super loud?

    • BIF
    • 4 years ago

    I want to know if cooling is excellent, good enough, or “m’eh”.

    • RoxasForTheWin
    • 4 years ago

    It was all well and good until I saw 4K and no variable refresh. Why can’t laptop manufacturers realize that mobile graphics just aren’t there yet and would benefit from instead going to 1080p (something that’d fit this screen size better anyway)

      • Kurotetsu
      • 4 years ago

      At 17-inches I actually think 2560×1440 (QHD) or maybe 3200×1800 (QHD+) for really high end systems would make sense here. Conquerable for modern GPUS, but not quite as ridiculous as 4k and still an upgrade from 1080p.

        • vargis14
        • 4 years ago

        agreed 2560-1440 is the next hot gaming laptop resolution…..christ at 17″ how small do the pixels need to be:)

      • tay
      • 4 years ago

      Just run games at 1080p which should look great as well.

        • SoundChaos
        • 4 years ago

        I’ve yet to see a 4k screen not look horrible when playing a game on 1080p vs native 1080p. There are always some form of down-scaling issues.

        • trek205
        • 4 years ago

        please not the silly myth that 1080 will look good on a 4k screen. that only works on some TVs that have a special scaler to do that. 1080 on a 4k monitor will look like crap as the lower you go below native, the worse it will look. its absolutely asinine that gsync is not on this gaming laptop. hell a 980m is not even going to cut it for 60 fps at just 1080 in some games without many settings turned down.

      • Kretschmer
      • 4 years ago

      I agree 110%. Not to mention the huge battery life hit to running all those pixels.

        • Pwnstar
        • 4 years ago

        You don’t run gaming laptops on battery. That’s dumb.

          • Deanjo
          • 4 years ago

          One can argue that spending that kind of money on a laptop that needs a power umbilical cord when you could pimp out a desktop for the same money with better specs is equally as dumb.

            • Pwnstar
            • 4 years ago

            Good luck with your 30 minutes of game time.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 4 years ago

    Like it, but would dual GeForce GTX 980M in SLI be possible? Hate to have that kind of resolution and not enough GPU to take full advantage of it. I’m still waiting for OriginPC and Falcon-Northwest to offer that kind of screen.

      • Airmantharp
      • 4 years ago

      More = better, sure, but no combination of hardware that can be contained within a DTR is going to be able to push 4k with current AAA games acceptably, including dual GTX980M in SLI.

    • Airmantharp
    • 4 years ago

    4k on a laptop but no variable V-Sync?

    Hell, *any* laptop that purports to be a ‘gaming’ laptop that lacks variable V-Sync is a no go; egregious for a high-end unit just based on cost, and egregious for a low-end unit because *that’s where it’s needed most*.

      • vargis14
      • 4 years ago

      I do not know a single 4k gaming laptop that can do gsync on the 4k panel ..the 1080p one yes but no 4k paneled gaming laptops that i have ever seen. Correct me if I am wrong but I do not think Gsync can handle all those pixels as of yet.

        • Airmantharp
        • 4 years ago

        On laptops, Nvidia uses FreeSync (or their implementation of it), as all of the hardware is necessarily already there; further, the G-Sync module itself would be a ‘bridge too far’ given the additional space, power, and heat dissipation requirements let alone cost.

        As to why that may not be possible with the 4k panels- well, who knows. One would certainly expect Evga to include it if it were possible.

          • cygnus1
          • 4 years ago

          From last week:

          [url<]https://techreport.com/news/29902/eurocom-updates-sky-x9e-laptop-with-4k-and-g-sync[/url<]

            • Airmantharp
            • 4 years ago

            So it’s possible, and bad on Evga for not going the obvious mile.

            • cygnus1
            • 4 years ago

            Agreed, pretty big oversight. Supposedly it’s pennies to add it on laptop panels so VRR really should be standard on all gaming laptops and really any laptop that sells for more than $600.

    • Noinoi
    • 4 years ago

    That seems to be a crazy amount of power stuffed into a laptop that doesn’t look like a gaming laptop at all! I wish more “super-high-end” gaming laptops had an option that makes it look more like an unassuming normal high-end laptop. Usually the best I can find tend to have a bit that kind of screams “gamer”, even if minor, or wields a GTX 950M, sometimes the DDR3 variant (eugh).

    Makes me wonder if it’ll be able to handle its thermal load, though. I’m in a bit of a mood for laptop envy, really. All the new laptops, even those with “just” a GTX 950M, are making my 760M laptop look slow.

      • BIF
      • 4 years ago

      You’ve confused me.

      On one hand you don’t want a laptop that screams “gamer”, and then you contradict yourself by saying you’re worried about thermal load.

      Gaming laptops, many of them, are configured precisely to dump heat. This is best done with big fans, jet-fighter exhaust ports, louvers, and massive air pathways. I submit to you that one thing kind of goes with the other. Do you want an i3 or i5 laptop capable of running Word and Powerpoint, and for browsing Tech Report on your lunch break? If that’s all you want, why would you even bother to look at gaming laptops? Gaming laptops fit a different use-case (that is not just suitable only for games, by the way) and these are usually going to be in the $1500-$6,000 price range.

      This is what Apple doesn’t get, and that’s why the MacBook Pro has been stagnating like a field without rain.

        • Noinoi
        • 4 years ago

        One would think at the very least the styling could be not as aggressive as they usually are, though, while maintaining a thermal spec. Oh well, I guess one can’t have it all.

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