Samsung Electronics unveils the new 7 Gamer series of notebooks for maximum performance. The models are equipped with a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, advanced AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics, and 8GB of RAM with Express Cache technology. With this, plus a 17.3-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) 3D display, laptops are guaranteed the ultimate 3D gaming experience.
The 7 Gamer series models have four different optimization modes that can be changed using a dedicated panel. In addition to the basic “game” mode, there is a “balanced” mode for everyday use, a “library” mode for quiet operation, and a “economy” mode for longer battery life. Gaming mode maximizes CPU performance, maximizes cooling and automatically disables the touchpad to avoid interference while gaming. The laptops are also equipped with a dedicated gaming keyboard, similar to the desktop one. It has ergonomic U-shaped keys and separately located arrow keys, all for more precise control. The keyboard backlight works in white light in low light conditions and blue light in “game” mode. In this mode, the main gaming keys are illuminated in red and the Windows key is disabled.
The powerful Intel Core i7 quad-core processor found in the Samsung 7 Gamer Series delivers incredible performance even in the most advanced games. And intelligent Turbo Boost technology dynamically allocates processor resources between applications, directing the necessary power to priority tasks. The high-performance processor is complemented by the innovative Express Cache technology, which provides an additional 8 GB of flash memory. This memory is similar to an SSD and is used for automatic caching. This technology significantly speeds up OS loading, launching applications, downloading information from the Internet and increasing the speed of access to information, while maintaining data integrity thanks to the automatic save function. With this technology, the system boots up 25% faster, and launching Internet Explorer takes 2-3 times less time compared to notebook models without Express Cache.
1 – Asus ROG Zephyrus S17
2 – Razer Blade 17
Intel’s 11th Gen processor upgrade is particularly interesting: the performance gain over its predecessor is impressive, in part because the 2020 Core i7-10875H in the Blade Pro performed worse. The move to the new processors also brought support for PCIe 4 and Thunderbolt 4. The model also has a 130W RTX 3070. After two years of constant updates, the 17-inch Blade is generally more interesting and easier to recommend than the original first-generation model.
3 – Alienware x17 R1
Just a year after the Alienware m17 R2 / R3 / R4, Dell is getting a fresh start with the Alienware x17 R1. The redesign was worth it as the Alienware impresses with its very high performance and incredible cooling system. Another feature is the mechanical keyboard with Cherry switches.
The Dell Alienware x17 is designed for maximum performance, but because of this it is slightly larger and heavier than competing laptops.
4 – Razer Blade Pro 17 (2021)
The Razer Blade Pro 17 not only regularly ranks among the top 10 gaming models in our ranking, but is also often ranked number one. The same fate befell the updated 2021 model, which we tested with a Core i7-10875H and a mobile RTX 3080 (100W TGP). The video card confidently pulls any, even the most modern games, but in 4K resolution you cannot always set the maximum graphics quality. The case, which is typical of Razer, is high quality and durable – no surprise at such a high price (3999 euros).
5 – Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC received a bright and high quality 4K panel. It’s a pity, but the mobile GeForce RTX 3080 (TGP 105 W) installed here is not always capable of providing high performance in games at this resolution. The slim body in a discreet design will appeal not only to gamers, but also to designers. In addition, due to its good autonomy and relatively low weight, this model is well suited for work outside the home / office, despite the 17-inch form factor.
Gigabyte should change the location of the webcams and the keyboard backlighting (minor characters are not highlighted). The Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC configuration we tested is now available starting at € 3,899.
6 – Schwenker XMG NEO 17
With NEO 17, Schwenker puts all control of the hardware parameters into the hands of users: the TGP of the GPU can be easily changed through the proprietary utility. As is often the case, the AMD version has the best CPU performance, but lacks Thunderbolt.