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Samsung’s Odyssey Z gaming notebook is the first with so-called NVIDIA Max-P graphics

By Koh Wanzi - on 5 Apr 2018, 10:56am

Samsung’s Odyssey Z gaming notebook is the first with so-called NVIDIA Max-P graphics

Samsung Odyssey Z

Samsung hasn’t gained much traction with its Odyssey line of gaming notebooks. First announced at CES 2017, the first batch of Odyssey laptops didn’t really impress with their predominantly plastic build and chunky design.

That said, Samsung is taking another shot at the gaming market with its new Odyssey Z laptop. It’s gotten a boost from Intel’s 8th-generation hexa-core processors and new and more interesting design elements, so Samsung is definitely hoping for greater success this time around.

The new 15.6-inch Odyssey Z takes a leaf from the book of laptops like the Acer Predator Triton 700 and ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501. It’s moved the keyboard right up to the edge of the notebook and stuck the trackpad to the right of it, a potentially polarizing decision that could alienate users who prefer a more traditional layout.

However, in my experience with the ROG Zephyrus, this particular layout isn’t all that difficult to get used to, so I don’t find Samsung’s decision to be a big problem.

The other interesting detail about the notebook is its use of what Samsung calls NVIDIA’s Max-P graphics. Specifically, this is a so-called GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Max-P, which the company says delivers 10 per cent more performance than its Max-Q counterpart.

Samsung stopped short of providing further details however, and it’s not entirely clear whether this is a new performance-oriented configuration (as opposed to the focus on efficiency espoused by Max-Q) or Samsung’s name for regular configurations of the GeForce GTX 1060.

That said, it is logical to assume that the Max-P designs have higher frequencies than their Max-Q counterparts, while possibly still using cherry-picked GPUs.  

Samsung has also given the cooling solution a fancy name. The Z AeroFlow cooling system comprises a vapor chamber, two blower fans, and huge vents at the bottom, top, and sides of the chassis.

Air is drawn through the perforations at the bottom and top, and then expelled out the sides. The CPU and GPU used in the Odyssey Z dissipate over 100W of heat, so the ample ventilation is much appreciated.

Samsung Odyssey Z

Elsewhere, the specifications are pretty much par for the course for a gaming laptop of this caliber, with a 1080p displayup to 16GB of DDR4-2400 memory and a 1TB PCIe SSD.

Samsung didn’t specify which Core i7 processor it would be using, but it’s probably going to be either the Core i7-8750H (2.2GHz, 9MB L3 cache) or Core i7-8850H (2.6GHz, 9MB L3 cache).

For connectivity, the Odyssey Z offers one USB-C and three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, an HDMI output, and a headphone and microphone combo jack.

Portability is kind of a mixed bag, as the Odyssey Z is quite slim at 17.9mm thick, despite its relatively wide dimensions and 2.4kg weight. Its larger space footprint can probably be attributed in part to its thick bezels, so it isn’t quite as svelte as something like the Gigabyte Aero 15.

Samsung says it plans to start selling the laptop in China and South Korea this month. However, given its exit from the local market years ago, it probably will not be arriving here.

Source: Samsung