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Aftershock updates its laptops with 144Hz displays and Intel’s new 8th-generation processors

By Koh Wanzi - on 9 Apr 2018, 5:01pm

Aftershock updates its laptops with 144Hz displays and Intel’s new 8th-generation processors

Aftershock PRIME-15

Aftershock is updating its gaming notebooks with Intel’s new 8th-generation processors. The new processors boast more cores and threads across the board, which translates into overall better multi-threaded performance and improvements in games that can take advantage of the additional threads.

The star of the show is probably the Aftershock PRIME-15, the company’s flagship ultraportable 15.6-inch gaming notebook. It’s a good fit for those looking for both performance and portability, and it can be outfitted with up to a hexa-core Intel Core i7-8750H (2.2GHz, 9MB L3 cache) and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q.

It also measures just 18.6mm thick and weighs 1.9kg, so you can take it around easily with you.

In addition, the display has been upgraded to a 144Hz AHVA display, which should give you a butter-smooth gaming experience. Aftershock says it’s looking to make high refresh rate displays like this one a mainstream feature, even on entry-level models, so you can expect the feature to soon be a lot more accessible.

The PRIME-15 will cost you S$2,250 with a Core i7-8750H processor, 8GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. It is also outfitted with a 15.6-inch FHD IPS display and a 250GB Samsung 860 Evo M.2 SSD.

If you’d like a little more screen real estate, Aftershock has the S-17R, a 17.3-inch notebook that features up to an Intel Core i7-8750H processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. The keyboard has also been upgraded with per-key RGB lighting and a quieter design, so it’ll be more suitable for use in a classroom or at work.

Aftershock S-17R

And like the PRIME-15, the S-17R has gotten a display upgrade as well to a 144Hz AHVA display.

The S-17R will cost you S$2,974 with a Core i7-8750H processor, 8GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. The price is also inclusive of the 144Hz screen, a 120GB M.2 SSD, and a 1TB 7,200RPM HDD.

Finally, Aftershock is showing the budget segment of the market some love as well. For starters, its entry-level MX-series now supports both the quad-core Core i5-8300H (2.3GHz, 8MB L3 cache) and the hexa-core Core i7-8750H (2.2GHz, 9MB L3 cache).

Aftershock MX-series

On top of that, Aftershock is adding options for a 120Hz FHD display or a 144Hz AHVA panel. These screens are usually reserved for higher-end notebooks, so it’s nice that they’re trickling down to a more accessible price point.

Furthermore, the MX-series keyboards also sport the new and quieter design that Aftershock says its users have been asking for.

The MX-15 costs S$1,498 with a Core i7-8750H processor, 8GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB. It also comes with a 15.6-inch FHD IPS display and a 120GB M.2 SSD and 1TB 7,200RPM HDD.

You can check out the new laptops for yourself on Aftershock’s website.

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