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PC Specialist Octane VI RTX – 9900K & RTX 2080 Max-P in a Laptop!

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Specification:

CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K, 8 cores with HT, 800MHz base clock, All Core Boost 3.6GHz, Max Boost 5.0GHz, 95W TDP, 65W power limit.
Screen: 17.3-inch, 1,920×1,080 resolution, 144Hz refresh LED G-Sync
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 Max-P (Max Boost 1,600MHz)
Memory: 32GB Corsair DDR4-2133MHz Dual Channel (Max 64GB DDR4-2400MHz)
Storage: 512GB Samsung 970 Pro M.2 SSD
1TB Seagate ST1000LM049 SATA HDD
(2x 2.5-inch SATA, 2x M.2 slots)
Audio: Dual Speakers plus Sub-Woofer.
Ethernet: Killer E2500 Gigabit LAN
Wi-Fi: Intel Wireless-AC 9260 802.11ac + BT 5.0

I/O ports:
2x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
4x USB 3.1 Gen1Type-A
1x HDMI 2.0
2x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
4x 3.5mm audio jacks
6-in-1 card reader

Battery: 8-cell 82Wh/5400mAh
Power adapter: 330W
Dimensions: 418mm x 295.3mm x 40.9mm
Weight: 4.3kg plus 1.5kg for power supply and mains cable

We do not expect that anyone will give Clevo an award for the styling of the P775TM1 chassis that is used in this laptop as it is a big, bulky slab of a thing that looks like a throwback from distant times. Balanced against that, the chassis accommodates a cooling system that can handle pretty much any hardware you may choose to throw its way, which is essential as the combination of CPU and GPU sets new standards for modern laptops.

The base specification for Octane VI RTX includes a Core i3 and RTX 2060 graphics which would be a bizarre combination in a chassis of this size. Thankfully PC Specialist pushed the hardware in our review sample close to the limit, with a pairing of Core i9-9900K CPU and RTX 2080 graphics. They might have gone one step further by upgrading the 32GB of DDR4-2,133MHz with some 2,400MHz or 2,666MHz RAM and similarly they could have installed a third or fourth SSD or HDD to ramp up the storage even further.

Nonetheless the hardware that was chosen was certainly sufficient to demonstrate the performance you can expect to see from this family of laptops.

We were in two minds about the choice of screen as PC Specialist opted for a Full HD 1,920×1,080 panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and G-Sync. The panel has a matte coating that does not reflect overhead lighting and looks perfectly OK, but the alternative panel you can choose when you specify your Octane VI RTX is a 4K 3,840×2,160 panel with 60Hz refresh and no G-Sync.

That is pretty much the least you can expect from a 4K display and while we would like to see a 4K panel in a laptop with RTX 2080 graphics it would probably need to be a display with a more impressive set of features. Given the choice of the two panels on offer we could honestly toss a coin and settle for either, but if a better 4K 17.3-inch screen was available we are confident that would be our preference unless the cost of the upgrade was prohibitive.

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