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Aftershock's Forge 15 Red laptop can be outfitted with the 16-core AMD Ryzen 3950X

By Hoots the Owl - on 9 Apr 2020, 1:33am

Aftershock's Forge 15 Red laptop can be outfitted with the 16-core AMD Ryzen 3950X

Aftershock Forge 15 Red

Aftershock has announced the Forge 15 Red, its first ever creator notebook to be powered by desktop-class AMD processors. It uses a desktop AMD B450 motherboard, which means it can accommodate the mean 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X. This is intended as a no-holds-barred desktop replacement, and it'll likely appeal to content creators looking for some serious multi-threaded performance.

And since it uses a desktop motherboard, the CPU is completely upgradeable too, so you can swap it out for a faster model where needed. And given AMD's commitment to support its AM4 socket till 2020, you should be good for at least one more generational upgrade.

On the GPU front, the Forge 15 Red is no slouch either. You can pick between the new 115W version of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 Max-P, so there's some flexibility in terms of configuring the notebook to fit your budget.

The keyboard utilises a new tactile, silent keyboard, featuring also support for per-key RGB customisations for a more personalised experience.

Here's an overview of the recommended specifications:

  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 144Hz display
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (3.6GHz, 32MB L3 cache)
  • 16GB dual-channel DDR4-2666 memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
  • 500GB M.2 PCIe SSD

It'll cost you S$1,925, but if you want to go all out, opting for the Ryzen 9 3950X will require you to pony up an extra S$980. The Forge 15 Red can also hold up to 32GB of memory and a 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus PCIe SSD and a second 1TB Samsung 860 Evo SSD. 

Aftershock puts the weight at 2.5kg, which actually doesn't seem that heavy for the calibre of hardware it can hold. The Forge 15 Red also supports the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard, courtesy of an Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 module.

The notebook is already available to buy on Aftershock's website, starting at S$1,620 for the base configuration.