After managing to shove in AMD’s 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X desktop CPU in a 2.5 kg “laptop”, Clevo is looking to give Intel’s upcoming 10th Gen Comet Lake-S processors the same treatment. You’re looking at a 17″ laptop packing the Core i9-10900K and an NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super (not Max-Q).
The Clevo X170SM-G comes with all the bells and whistles of a full-fledged desktop PC and weighs a bulky 4 kg. That’s nearly twice as much as the XMG 15 which features the Ryzen 9 3950X. Granted, the Intel variant has a larger display (17″ vs 15″ on the AMD model), but I suspect the extra weight has more to do with the internal thermal solution, rather than the screen itself.
Cooling Intel’s 10-core i9-10900K will require unconventional means, even more so if the damn thing is powering a laptop. Then there’s the RTX 2080 Super. We know for a fact that it’s not the Max-Q variant, but we’re not 100% sure if its the full-fledged desktop part or the Max-P model.
The Clevo X170SM-G features a Z470 mini-ITX motherboard, one that’ll most likely support the next-gen Rocket Lake-S processors too. For memory, you’re looking at up to 64GB of DDR4 memory running at 3600MHz+ across dual-sockets.
You can choose between two potential displays: A 17″ 1080p IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 300 nits of brightness. The screen has a color gamut of 72% NTSC and a contrast ratio of 800:1. You can also opt for a 1440p 60Hz display, but the IPC panel will be replaced with a TN panel to keep the price in check.
As for storage, you can opt for two M.2 NVMe drives and/or two 2.5″ SSDs or HDDs. A Qualcomm Ethernet adapter allows for up to 1000Mbits of network speeds and an Intel WiFi AX200 handles the wireless connectivity. You also get Bluetooth 5.0 and a 2.0 MP FHD webcam with the laptop.
The I/O options are quite diverse too: 1x USB 2.0, 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB C 3.1 Gen2, 1x Thunderbolt 3 (can be used as DP), 2x mDP 1.4 (G-Sync compatible) and 1x HDM1 2.0 (HDCP support included).
Lastly, the power supply has two operating options. The stock TDP is 330W while the load power-draw will undoubtedly be much higher. There’s an optional 780W operating mode which will likely allow the CPU and GPU to boost to their highest possible level (4.5 to 5GHz for the 10900K and 1800MHz+ for the RTX 2080 S).
The present selling price for the Clevo X170SM-G is €3,719, but like the rest of the specs, this might change too. Considering the steep MSRP, I doubt it’ll go any higher, but you never know.
Keep in mind that the official product page mentions the 9th Gen Core i9 along with the RTX 2080 (non-Super). These are mere placeholders and will be updated by the end of April when the Comet Lake-S parts are officially announced.