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Aftershock launches new notebooks with Intel 12th Gen CPUs , including its first external liquid-cooling module

By Aaron Yip - on 1 Mar 2022, 6:28pm

Aftershock launches new notebooks with Intel 12th Gen CPUs , including its first external liquid-cooling module

Image source: Aftershock

A new generation of Intel Core mobile chips means new notebooks. Manufacturers are starting to release their Alder Lake CPU-powered laptops, and Aftershock is no exception. Joining their existing family of products are new Forge, Vapor and Apex gaming notebooks, including a new 15.6-inch flagship - the Apex 15X EVO.

Apex 15X EVO

The Apex 15X EVO with the Aftershock Glacier Core. (Image source: Aftershock)

Right out of the gate, the most interesting aspect of the Apex 15X EVO is the ability to liquid-cool it through an external cooler. Dubbed the Glacier Core, the module contains the pre-requisite parts you'd usually find in a liquid-cooled PC, including a pump, fan and reservoir (up to 210ml of coolant), in a chassis measuring just 186 x 203 x 75mm.

Where the coolant is filled on the Glacier Core. (Image source: Aftershock)

Aftershock claims that, with the Glacier Core sharing the cooling load with the Apex's cooling system, temperatures can drop by as much as 20-degree Celsius while lessening fan noise. All in all, it claims, based on in-house tests, that the Apex 15X EVO sees nearly 10% increase in performance in liquid-cooling mode compared to air-cooling.

As for the rest of the notebook, it's about what you'd expect from a gaming laptop trying to go all out. Powering it are 12th Gen Intel chips, with either a Core i7-12700H or the top-end Core i9-12900H, and two graphics GPU choices: an NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti or 3080 Ti. 

Finally, the 15X EVO also promises more visual and tactile features. Front and centre is the display, with a QHD (1440p) resolution capable of pushing out a 240Hz refresh rate.

New Forge, Apex and Vapor notebooks

The Forge 15S. (Image source: Aftershock)

If the 15X EVO seems a little excessive, Aftershock has also refreshed its other lineups with more reasonable components (and prices). The Forge 15S, being the company's entry-level model, will come with an Intel Core i5-12500H or i7-12700H CPU, and customers have a choice of an RTX 3050 or 3050 Ti GPU. 

If you're looking for a larger screen though, the Vapor 17X notebook has a 2560x1440 with 240Hz display, and sportseither an Intel i7-12700H or i9-12900H powering it. Unlike the Forge 15S, graphics options are higher end with a choice of either an RTX 3060 or 3070 Ti.

The Vapor 17X. (Image source: Aftershock)

Then there's the Apex 15S. Despite the Apex moniker, Aftershock says it succeeds the previous Forge 15X series, catering to customers who are looking for a mid-range notebook. There's only one Intel CPU choice. the Intel i7-12700H, and two display and GPU choices: an RTX 3050 Ti with a Full-HD (1080p) display, or a QHD (1440p) display powered by an RTX 3060.

Availability and Pricing

All the above laptops are available for pre-order now. When they'll ship is a little less clear, with Aftershock giving an ETA of mid-to-late April. But we do have their starting prices:

  Starting Price
Forge 15S S$1,425
Apex 15S S$1,795
Vapor 17X S$2,425
Apex 15X EVO S$2,899

The Aftershock Glacier Core is an add-on for the Apex 15X EVO and goes for S$195, though Aftershock didn't specify whether it comes with the necessary coolant. Additionally, if you're going for the highest-end configuration possible for the Apex 15X EVO, do note that the RTX 3080 Ti option adds another S$1,100 to the price, so you may want to weigh that into your buying decision.

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