[Launch] SCHENKER VISION 15 with Intel for 2021 : XMG_gg
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[Launch] SCHENKER VISION 15 with Intel for 2021 : XMG_gg

Pricey Neighborhood,

right now we introduced SCHENKER VISION 15, a brand-new laptop computer that’s the second mission in our collaboration with the SPG division in Intel.

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r/XMG_gg - [Launch] SCHENKER VISION 15 with Intel for 2021
r/XMG_gg - [Launch] SCHENKER VISION 15 with Intel for 2021

I already took some teaser footage out right here in Taipei, Taiwan

r/XMG_gg - [Launch] SCHENKER VISION 15 with Intel for 2021

Mainboard + Thermals with Core i7-1165G7

All real-life footage:

Product Highlights

  • Based mostly on Intel NUC M15: the brand new industry-standard reference implementation of the Tiger Lake and Undertaking Athena platform

  • Intel Core i7-1165G7 with Four Cores and eight Threads in 28W and a top-notch cooling system

  • Over 90% sRGB Protection, over 400 nits Brightness + Multi-Contact

  • 180° opening angle and one-hand opening

  • Excessive-quality membrane keyboard

  • Full steel unibody with anodised aluminium, i.e. no plastics, no paint, no magnesium –

  • Extraordinarily quiet even below full load

  • Extraordinarily cool within the keyboard space below full load

  • Efficiency Profiles with out third occasion app, totally realised with the Home windows battery slider

  • Tremendous-efficient LPDDR4X 4266MHz RAM, PCIe Gen4 x4 SSD Help with Samsung 980 Professional

  • Steady DPC Latency

  • 2x Thunderbolt Four and Intel Xe Graphics because of Tiger Lake

  • Thunderbolt Four and USB-C Charging on either side of the chassis

  • Out there in 25 keyboard layouts on Bestware.com

  • Wonderful laptop computer audio system out-of-the-box with out third occasion apps

  • Lengthy cable USB-C Charger already included within the package deal

  • Lengthy-term help because of Intel partnership

  • Anticipated to be totally appropriate with Thunderbolt docking stations and eGPUs

  • Sensible options akin to Voice Assistant even when closed, Wake on Method, Stroll Away Lock, No Lock on Presence

Benchmarks

A full overview embargo will probably be lifted on December 4, 2020. However we will already share a few of our inside testing with the i7-1165G7 in our samples:

In case you have questions for different particular benchmarks, please tell us within the feedback beneath.

Our position within the ‘WITH INTEL’ partnership

We’ve already demonstrated with XMG FUSION 15 that we might be an equal associate to an enormous akin to Intel. Intel’s reference design for the QC71 gaming laptop computer was offered world-wide via numerous manufacturers, however no associate like XMG introduced a lot help and after-sales firmware fine-tuning to the desk.

Over the lifetime of XMG FUSION 15 we had been at all times first to launch numerous BIOS updates, together with the most important function improve in June 2020 which delivered extremely sought-after premium updates to all current buyer, primarily based on the suggestions we’ve got acquired from our group over the months. Up till now, XMG FUSION 15 continues to be one in every of our gaming and content material creation bestsellers and we plan to proceed to help it effectively into 2021 as a result of it’s nonetheless a singular mixture of kind issue, battery life and efficiency that’s nonetheless completely unparalleled on this {industry}.

With SCHENKER VISION 15, we plan to repeat this success. We’ve had numerous conferences with Intel because the launch of FUSION 15 to assist them form their roadmap, to ship buyer suggestions and assist fine-tune the {hardware} and software program options of the following era. We’ve began testing samples of SCHENKER VISION 15 already months in the past and have been instrumental in serving to Intel to check their product outdoors of the lab in a real-life setting, with various utilization situations and with a eager eye on fine-tuning and the standard of consumer expertise. Already in our palms this product has gone via quite a few firmware updates and we’re trying ahead to additional fine-tune it forward of the primary consumer-ready cargo in January 2021.

Present Checklist of Characteristic Requests

We have already got a listing of speaking factors with Intel to be sure that this product will go the final mile and attain 100% perfection. For the sake of monitoring our progress with Intel, we are going to share a few of the gadgets right here.

[Last Update: November 19, 2020]

Merchandise Standing
Embrace Fn+Ctrl = ‘Context Menu’ Key Confirmed, will probably be carried out
Instrument to create customized consumer BIOS boot brand Principally confirmed
Enhancements on Fan Management at low temperatures tba
Modify or Disable Keyboard Backlight Sleep Timer tba
Skill to disable Fn Numpad in BIOS tba
Skill to disable Touchpad Toggle (top-left) tba

A few of these requests mirror the issues we’ve got finished on XMG FUSION 15 over time. For VISION 15, we hope to have the ability to ship them quicker.

In case you have a function request, irrespective of how distinctive or apparent it’s, please tell us within the feedback beneath.

Pre-Order, SKUs and Delivery Schedule

We’ll open pre-orders on December 4, 2020. The primary shipments ought to develop into accessible in the midst of January 2021 in keeping with Intel’s present build-plan. We’ll go for i7-1165G7 and 16GB solely – there will not be any Core i5 or 8GB configuration from us.

We commited to All Silver, and All with Contact show. A ‘Midnight Black’ version is likely to be deliberate for later in Q1 2021.

FAQ – Continuously Requested Questions

Q: How does Intel Tiger Lake sustain with AMD’s and Apple’s newest CPU choices?

A: Not too unhealthy, I might say. The i7-1165G7 in VISION 15 beats AMD’s 4000U collection in Single Core efficiency and reaches ~75% of the results of the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U in Cinebench R20 Multi, regardless of having solely half as many cores.

In Cinebench R23 Multi 10min Loop, the i7-1165G7 reaches ~77% of the results of Apple’s M1 within the actively cooled MacBook Professional M1 – though it stays to be seen how these two opponents fare within the pores and skin temperature vs. fan noise division. With a 15.6″ housing and the very environment friendly cooling resolution, we count on VISION 15 to be forward of the 13″ MacBook Professional in that regard.

However a CPU will not be solely about uncooked multi-core efficiency – it’s also in regards to the platform it’s enabling. There’s a lot to be stated in regards to the checklist of little-known options that Intel helps in Tiger Lake, however the important thing distinction makers are PCI-Categorical 4.zero for excellent SSD velocity and Thunderbolt Four for unparalleled connectivity. AMD nonetheless has no reply for Thunderbolt (and no USB 4.zero implementation both) and Apple’s USB 4.zero implementation on the M1 silicon is reported to lack help for eGPUs.

Different notable options in Tiger Lake in comparison with Intel’s predecessors embrace:

  • Help for Four shows in whole (Intel HD Graphics solely supported 3)

  • Native HDMI 2.zero and DisplayPort 1.4a

  • QuickSync with AV1 hardware-decode as much as 8K HDR

  • Intel Gaussian & Neural Accelerator (Intel GNA) for AI acceleration

By the way in which, should you assume Thunderbolt Four is only a re-brand of Thunderbolt 3 – take a look at this video of TechQuickie by LinusTechTips.

Q: How does the cooling and audio system of VISION 15 work precisely?

A: It is fairly easy. As you possibly can see within the image above, the it has a dual-fan cooling resolution with one heatpipe for every fan. Now the bottom unit of the laptop computer has a mesh above the keyboard. This serves a double perform as a type of speaker mesh and air inlet. Regardless of the audio system being on the outer backside edges of the chassis, the unibody is inbuilt a approach that it transports the sound very effectively to that mesh in order that the sound feels prefer it’s coming from the display screen. The result’s a really crisp audio quantity – with out having to fiddle with any third occasion audio enhancement apps.

Q: How does the system behave whereas on-battery?

A: It’s a part of Intel’s Undertaking Evo design pointers {that a} system should not throttle an excessive amount of when operating on battery. In VISION 15 that is carried out completely, the place neither CPU nor iGPU are performing beneath 95% of the ‘plugged-in’ efficiency on a full battery. This quantity may barely go down once you battery approaches the decrease ranges, however you’ll work on VISION 15 with full energy for a fairly very long time total. Your system will probably be totally responsive – irrespective of if plugged-in or on battery.

Q: Does VISION 15 help show output with VESA Adaptive Sync?

A: After already having pioneered NVIDIA G-SYNC in XMG PRO and ULTRA collection in recent times, supporting the extra open Adaptive Sync normal in as many fashions as potential is one in every of our design targets for 2021.

Intel Tiger Lake is the primary mainstream CPU platform during which Intel’s iGPU is meant to help Adaptive Sync in keeping with Intel’s advertising claims.

We examined it on our upcoming XMG CORE 14 with i7-1165G7 and GTX 1650. VRR ouput labored nice*** by way of Thunderbolt 4 (aka USB-C/DP) with exterior screens so long as these are marketed both with “AMD FreeSync” or with “G-SYNC compatile”. Primarily, these are screens that implement the VESA Adaptive Sync {industry} normal. Nonetheless, screens that implement the proprietary technique of NVIDIA G-SYNC (with the built-in G-SYNC module) are not capable of help VRR from the iGPU in our checks.

* Curiously, with present Home windows and driver, VRR solely labored for content material that was rendered on the NVIDIA dGPU though it’s certainly displayed via the iGPU framebuffer.

r/XMG_gg - [Launch] SCHENKER VISION 15 with Intel for 2021

This chart is simply FYI, primarily based on XMG CORE 14. Please be aware that VISION 15 doesn’t have a dGPU and isn’t deliberate to be upgraded with a dGPU both.

Now, VISION 15 does not have an NVIDIA dGPU so we have to get it to work on iGPU as an alternative.

In line with our contacts in Intel, the dearth of VRR on iGPU is because of lacking Home windows Replace. In line with Intel, all the things already works nice on the “Home windows 10 Iron” Construct 21H1 19624.200504 (or later) which is presently solely accessible for members of the Home windows 10 Insider program. We’ll attempt to discover out when this patch is meant to hit the mainstream Home windows Replace cycles.

Nonetheless, we don’t assume that proprietary NVIDIA G-SYNC panels will have the ability to be supported – similar like AMD desktop graphics playing cards can’t help AMD FreeSync on these proprietary NVIDIA G-SYNC panels.

In the meantime, VRR is known as ‘Adaptive Sync’ within the Intel Graphics Command Middle and is enabled by default.

Q: Will or not it’s potential to use Undervolting (Voltage Offset) on the CPU or iGPU?

A: We presently see no avenue to use undervolting on any of the Tiger Lake techniques we’re launching. We’ve mentioned the matter with the writer of a well-liked free software for Undervolting and tried a couple of unreleased Beta-versions and we’re fairly assured in saying that Voltage Offset was nonetheless potential in Ice Lake however is presently hard-disabled in {hardware} for Tiger Lake. We’ve mentioned this with our contacts in Intel and we’ll make certain to ship any suggestions and issues upstream to Intel.

Other than Plundervolt which is mentioned on this thread, another excuse to disable Voltage Offset is likely to be the relocation of the voltage regulators (CPU FIVR, PCH FIVR) within the new structure. We’ve causes to imagine that this have has strongly decreased the features you may make with voltage offset. In different phrases: the system may already be working at peak effectivity by default. This may warrant additional dialogue sooner or later, maybe when Intel is launching their Tiger Lake “H” collection designs (nonetheless below NDA). In case you have any distinctive perception on this subject, be at liberty to share your data within the feedback beneath or by way of PM.

What we can verify is that the bottom Idle energy consumption of TGL-UP3 has been enormously decreased in comparison with earlier generations. It is now between Three and 6W in the entire Tiger Lake techniques we’re presently launching the place their Comet Lake (CML) predecessors had been often extra like within the 10W ballpark.

Q: Any plans for a 4K decision display screen?

A: No plans proper now. SCHENKER VISION 15 is fastened to ship a really particular Full-HD Contact Shows with very excessive brightness and low weight and energy consumption. There will probably be solely that one panel – so there is not going to be a panel lottery like with different manufacturers. We do perceive the demand for increased resolutions and we’re looking for to be a part of the push for high-DPI panels in acceptable kind elements sooner or later. Once we picked the brand new household title for this product, we considered VISION to be not solely our most forward-looking collection within the SCHENKER portfolio but in addition to incorporate merchandise which have beautiful visuals. I can already say that 2021 goes to be an thrilling 12 months on that entrance.

Q: How repair-friendly is VISION 15?

A: VISION 15 has seven (7) Torx T6 screws within the backside cowl. The selection for T6 is closing because it supplies extra torque, resulting in stronger build-quality with out risking put on and tear (i.e. stripped screwheads). We’re presently debating whether or not we should always embrace a free Torx T6 screwdriver with each offered VISION 15. However you may as well get them in any PC-centric screwdriver set.

When you take away the 7 screws, the underside lid opens very simply. You have got entry to the Battery, Wi-Fi module and the PCI-Categorical SSD. At that time you may as well clear the followers and heatsinks with canned air.

Eradicating the mainboard will probably be very straightforward as effectively, requiring you to take away the SSD, Wi-Fi module, 5 ribbon cables and seven extra screws. The mainboard comes out with the followers and heatsinks nonetheless hooked up as one strong unit.

The LPDDR4x reminiscence is famously soldered on-board. That is why we choose to not supply any configurations beneath 16GB at launch. LPDDR4x is very environment friendly and solely accessible in BGA kind. The effectivity helps with thermals and battery life, so it is really a worthwhile trade-off.

Our cooperation with Intel on XMG FUSION 15 has satisfied us that Intel is extraordinarily environment friendly of their inside RMA dealing with. We can purchase spare elements straight from Intel’s manufacturing facility, however each barebone (minus SSD) will have the ability to get replaced in Intel’s logistics hubs in Europe with zero turnover (Superior Guarantee Alternative, AWR) and little or no communication overhead. Having such a robust associate within the again makes it even simpler for us to supply our 48h guarantee service to end-customers.

Q: How is the keyboard structure going to appear to be? What perform keys do you’ve got?

A: An summary over the German keyboard might be discovered right here. We’ll supply 25 completely different keyboard structure at launch – a listing might be discovered right here.

VISION 15 continues our current custom to supply FnLock – so you possibly can selected between having Fn features or F keys as the first enter for the highest row. Intel additionally carried out PageUp/Down/House/Finish features on the cursor keys which is one thing we’ve got finished on a lot of our current fashions as effectively.

Full checklist:

Key Fn Operate
Esc FnLock
F1 Standby
F2 Audio Mute
F3 Audio Down
F4 Audio Up
F5 Microphone Mute
F6
F7 Touchpad on/off
F8 Keyboard Backlight
F9 LCD Brightness down
F10 LCD Brightness up
F11 Exterior Display screen
F12 Flight Mode
Arrow ↑ Web page Up
Arrow ↓ Web page Down
Arrow ← House
Arrow → Finish

One merchandise continues to be lacking on the images: Fn+Ctrl will probably be ‘Context Menu’ key. This could are available one of many subsequent firmware updates and the icon will probably be printed on the keyboard if we get the firmware early sufficient.

We’re trying ahead to your suggestions!

// Tom

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