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First AMD/Nvida pairing for me
Submitted on Sunday, September 08, 2019
Strengths of the product
Good, All around Laptop. For people who are not using their laptop for heavy gaming on Ultra settings, it will play all current games (2019) just not on ultra. Good for everyday use such as word processing, excel spreadsheet building, browsing the web and watching video off the hard-drive or online such as YouTube and Netflix, etc... The price for the AMD chip is much cheaper then the Intel options. There is a 2.5 inch bay for a more cost effective upgrade for storage memory. RGB Keyboard lighting (if your into that). The AMD chip is power efficient making the laptop run cooler and more power efficient. About 5 hours of video playback. If you want to, you can upgrade the RAM from 16GB to 32GB DDR4 2400MHz SDRAM. The savings from the Intel tax gave me enough to get an RTX 2060 instead of the GTX 1660Ti. Got it on sale for $150.00 off for $1,549.99 and the cheapest Intel comparable option was $2,099.00 and that was with it being on sale for $300.00 off.
Weaknesses of the product
The AMD Ryzen 7-3750H is about 8%-10% worse then the Intel i5-8300H in term of performance (Gen 8 Intel). The 2060 upgrade from the 1660TI is about an $300.00 dollar difference. If your not doing anything above 1080p resolution you should be getting the 1660TI variant for becasue the Nvidia tax is heavy on this one. When playing games, the fans kick into turbo, which can get loud and really hot. The fans exhaust heat mostly from the sides and the back, which can heat up anything right next to the laptop. No, USB Type C port or SD card slot or thunderbolt port. The speakers are fine at best, as the speakers face the bottom of the laptop and are outputting into the surface your laptop is on. The M.2 512GB PCIE SSD is Gen 3 SSD and not a MVNe drive.
Before I begin I want to say that this laptop was purchased on Sept 8, 2019 and the review is based off the tech that is currently out that means this is before Intel Gen 10 mobile chips and before AMD get out a Zen 2 mobile chip (if they ever even get one out). Keep in mind that this is a AMD Ryzen 7-3750H which uses the Ryzen Gen 2, Zen+ architecture. Why hasn't AMD release a 7nm mobile chip yet, once Intel release their 10 Gen chips they are going to be 3 generations behind. Oh just a note the M.2 slot is capable of using the MVNe format. If you do upgrade to MVNe, congratulations your Windows 10 (if your using Windows 10) loads in 8 seconds instead of 14 seconds. I hope that $100.00 - $400.00 dollar upgrade was worth it for the 6 seconds. If your using your laptop for large amounts of production purposes like video and image editing and formatting, why are you even looking at this Laptop the i7 9750h preforms about 60% better then this AMD mobile chip. For this price point and for what I use my laptop for, this was a great fit for me. I don't actually use the laptop to do any of my heavy gaming as I also have a desktop rocking a i9900k with a RTX 2080. If you just need something that is fine and don't need something that is top of the line, this is a good option. This is definitely not for everyone. Well update as time goes by.