EVGA thickens the SC17 gaming laptop with a GTX 1080

When it built the SC17 1070 laptop, EVGA packed about as much CPU horsepower and graphics muscle as one could reasonably hope to fit into an envelope 1.1" thick. The GeForce GTX 1070 in the machine was probably a bit overmatched by the 4K display, even with the benefit of G-Sync support. EVGA is back to remedy that situation with the SC17 1080, a notebook that boasts a GeForce GTX 1080 and an Intel Core i7-7820HK unlocked quad-core processor.

That beefy quad-core, octo-thread processor is surrounded by 32 GB of 2666 MT/s DDR4 memory. EVGA didn't invoke the word "Max-Q," so that GeForce GTX 1080 is the normal mobile model with 2560 stream processors, a boost clock of 1733 MHz, and 8 GB of 10 GT/s GDDR5X memory. The machine boots from a 256 GB NVMe M.2 drive and the user can park a Steam library on the additional 1 TB 2.5" hard drive. Networking comes by way of an Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet controller along with an Intel AC-8265 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 combo card. As in the previous model, the display is a 17.3" 4K IPS unit infused with G-Sync.

The SC17 1080 measures 16.1" (41 cm) wide and 11.6" (30 cm) deep. The laptop tips the scales at a hefty 8.9 lbs. (4.1 kg), and the body got a little bit fatter with the extra silicon jammed inside, seeing as it now measures 1.3" (3.3 cm) thick. Those strong enough to carry the machine can connect all kinds of peripherals when they reach their destination, thanks to the generous port selection. There's a Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB 3.1 Type-C port, an HDMI 2.0b jack, a pair of mini-DisplayPorts, and three USB 3.0 connectors.

EVGA's SC17 1080 is available right now for a wallet-busting $3000 from EVGA's store, though the notebook's bundled with a Torq X10 gaming mouse and a carrying bag. Those satisfied by the previous model's unlocked Intel Core i7-6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070, and 4K G-Sync display can get an SC17 1070 for $2400.

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    • southrncomfortjm
    • 2 years ago

    Gaming laptops just seem vastly less appealing now that the Nintendo Switch is a thing. I actually just sold my Dell gaming laptop with 960M since I have a Switch.

    • mcarson09
    • 2 years ago

    That thing could double as a portable oven.

    • LeoScott
    • 2 years ago

    4k is not that good on a 17″ monitor. I have an MSI with a 4k 17″ screen and I run it at 1080 because some menus do not scale properly and are unreadable on a 17″. I have Win 10 Pro and nothing in the settings will fix it for the programs that have the menu/dialog issue. One I play all the time is Civilization V and it certainly has the problem. Just a warning.

      • Kretschmer
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah 3K/4K/5K on laptop screens (especially gaming ones) is a triumph of marketing over good sense.

      • EndlessWaves
      • 2 years ago

      It’s frustrating but there has been ample time to prepare, Microsoft have been pushing this for at least a decade and it’s been standard on phones and Mac OS for several years now.

      It seems like some software companies are only going to support resolution independence once there are enough unhappy customers out there.

      At least with a game you can run it full screen and not have the resolution change affect anything else.

      Still, it’s a sensible resolution for 17″ in that you can drop back to 1920×1080 without much in the way of fuzzyness. It’s 1920×1080 on smaller screens that really makes me wince since it’s not an integer multiple of a usable resolution.

        • Kretschmer
        • 2 years ago

        My understanding is that (despite offering exactly four times the pixels), 4K screens don’t display 1080P content with perfect quality. And that 1080 won’t be running 4K content very well. So you’re taking a huge battery hit, running into scaling problems, and paying more for useless resolution. Unless you’re comfortable with tiny UIs 4K laptop screens are a vanity option, and I’ll continue going out of my way to pick up 1080P or 1440P options.

        For a gaming screen like this I’d much rather see a 1080P screen running at 100+ Hz with GSync, which would be much better for actual gaming.

          • Chrispy_
          • 2 years ago


          A 4K screen would be fantastic if you could run it at 1080p with simple pixel-doubling.

          For whatever stupid reason, interpolation filters are applied to make everything look horrific even when there’s an integer scaling value.

            • Waco
            • 2 years ago

            You can disable that junk on a good screen…sadly, laptops always seem to have a hardware interpolation chip to screw things up.

            You should be able to force native 1080p rendering and simple upscaling via the Nvidia control panel, but it almost always does a basic interpolation when upscaling as well. 🙁

            Something so simple…yet so far out of reach.

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