- Oct 4, 2016
The eSports focus and low price mean an understandably muted specification. The key gaming component is the GeForce MX150 ? a new GPU from Nvidia that?s designed for games such as League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Rocket League. The MX150 retains the Pascal architecture found in the rest of Nvidia?s current GPUs, but it only has 384 stream processors and 2GB of memory ? even the modest GTX 1050 has about double those numbers. It has a solid clock speed of 1468MHz, though.
The rest of the components are similarly modest. The Core i5-7300HQ processor only runs at 2.5GHz and doesn?t have Hyper-Threading, limiting its multi-threading abilities, although it at least has four physical cores. There?s 8GB of memory, but it?s only single-channel, and the Toshiba XG3 SSD only offers 128GB of space ? when that?s formatted and Windows is installed, you?re left with barely enough room for a game or two. At least there?s a 1TB hard disk. There?s also an option to buy this laptop without an SSD for the cheaper price of ?769 inc VAT, but even a low-capacity SSD will make Windows much more responsive and improve boot times.