Following Intel’s Alder Lake H launch, XMG presents the XMG NEO 15 (E22), a new generation of gaming laptops designed for mobile high performance. However, the 15.6 inch device kicks off with more than just an update to Intel’s Core i7-12700H and graphics cards up to the brand new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. It is also compatible with the XMG OASIS, an external liquid cooling system for laptops.
Core i7-12700H, graphics cards up to GeForce 3080 Ti with maximum TGP and 240 Hz WQHD display
In XMG’s laptop portfolio, the NEO model series rounds off the product range as a mobile high-end device. With Intel’s Core i7-12700H, the NEO 15 from the new E22 generation (Early 2022) integrates one of the fastest representatives of Intel’s latest 12th Core generation with hybrid design. Based on the big-little principle of Alder Lake-H, the CPU combines six performance and eight efficiency cores – making it one of the first mobile processors with a total of 14 cores. On the graphics card side, XMG focuses on NVIDIA’s ray-tracing-capable RTX 3000 chips. In addition to the familiar RTX 3060, the new NEO 15 also integrates two updated laptop GPUs – RTX 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti from the premium performance segment. In doing so, the laptop remains true to the NEO product range principle of offering the maximum specification level of each graphics card. In the case of the RTX 3080 Ti with 16 GB GDDR6 VRAM, this means that the graphics card now runs with a TGP of up to 175 watts (RTX 3070 Ti: up to 150 watts).
By using liquid metal on the CPU and a further improved cooling system, XMG ensures that the components can operate at permanently high performance and to the maximum of their power and TGP limits. Consequently, the optimised fans have 71 instead of 67 fins. Those who are looking for even more cooling capacity can opt for the optional XMG OASIS, which is compatible with the XMG NEO 15 (E22). This is the world’s first portable liquid cooling system for laptops.
While the XMG NEO laptops were among the first models with a 165 Hz WQHD display at the end of 2020, the new generation offers even more: With a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, its IPS panel runs at an even speedier refresh rate of 240 Hz. The brightness is 350 nits and the display covers more than 95 per cent of the sRGB colour space.
Compact partial aluminium chassis and high-performance power supply
Despite its performance features and a 93 Wh battery, the 360.2 x 243.5 x 26.6 millimetre NEO 15 remains comparatively light and mobile at 2.2 kilograms. A display lid and a palm rest made of aluminium contribute to the weight saving. Compared to the 2021 generation, XMG offers the laptop with a stronger 280 watt power supply.
All M.2 SSDs with PCI Express 4.0 and up to 64 GB DDR5-4800
The platform change to Alder Lake-H and a motherboard equipped with an H670 Express chipset paves the way for faster memory and storage options. Thus, the laptop now accommodates two M.2 SSDs each with a four lane PCIe 4.0 connection and offers two SO-DIMM slots for a maximum of 64 GB DDR5 RAM with a clock frequency of 4800 MHz.
Connectivity and input devices
A Thunderbolt 4 port with two 4K-capable DisplayPort streams and an HDMI 2.1 output allow the connection of up to three external monitors. The HDMI output is linked to the dedicated NVIDIA graphics card, while the USB-C is linked to the integrated Intel Xe graphics unit. In addition, there is 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6, three USB-A 3.2 ports, a full-size SD card reader and separate audio jacks for headphones and microphone. Besides a Microsoft Precision-compliant touchpad, the XMG NEO 15 continues to offer the already familiar optomechanical keyboard with tactile silent switches, programmable RGB per-key illumination, anti-ghosting and N-key rollover. The increased diameter integrated speakers now deliver a more powerful sound.
System tuning with the XMG Control Center
XMG gives its customers the possibility to get the maximum out of the CPU and GPU in the NEO 15 with the Control Center: Here, for example, the TGP of the RTX 3080 Ti can be set to a fixed 175 watts (without Dynamic Boost) or the power limit of the CPU (PL1) can be raised to 115 watts to achieve boost values far beyond the standard 45 watts.
On the other hand, those who attach particular importance to the quietest possible operation are also offered suitable setting options in the software: Features such as CPU undervolting, the adjustment of CPU power limits, to activate NVIDIA Whisper Mode from within the software and the creation of individual fan curve profiles allow every user to define their personal optimal balance between high performance and low noise emissions.
Freely configure and buy XMG NEO 15
In our partner shop bestware.com you can freely configure and buy the XMG NEO 15 (E22) in accordance with Intel’s embargo for the processors of the 12th Core generation starting at the end of January, shipping is expected from mid-February.
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