Adata XPG Xenia Review: Not It It


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I find it exciting when a new laptop brand enters the gaming market. The space is a bit crowded at the moment, sure, but it can be refreshing to try something new. In my experience, there are usually some specialty or some hardware combinations that I have not seen before, or thermals as pleasant as my grandmother’s minestrone soup – not too hot, but just right. Adata’s XPG Xenia Gaming Notebook, the first gaming notebook created by the company, checks a lot of the right boxes. It was originally released in April 2020, which is quite a while ago, but I’m glad I was finally able to spend some time with it. This is a near-complete gaming laptop, which I would not like for myself, but I hope it can keep the same quality stability where the thermals are concerned, giving Ada a refresher with a new processor in the future Should choose to release the version (I hope they do.!).

It is a solid machine that I hope has SSDs, DRAM modules, CPU coolers, peripherals and more. Adata knows the gaming space. It is well versed with all the familiarity of packing a rig with the right specs at a reasonable price while keeping the PC cool and the XPG Xenia beautifully showcases Adata’s expertise in those areas. Regardless of whether some components are last-gen or soon we will all be laptop last-gen thanks to the announcements. ‘Going to end CES course, XPG Xenia is still worth a solid look.

This gaming notebook is designed with Intel Core i7-9750H, Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti GPU, 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz DRAM and 1 TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD. The IPS FHD display is 15.6-inch with a 144Hz refresh rate and 72% Ntsc color gamut. This color gamut range is, for the most part, less than $ 2,000 on average on gaming laptops, but the 85% screen to body ratio makes this laptop perfect with all other sleek-looking notebooks that are stealth gaming machines.

About six hours, battery life is above average for a gaming notebook. Not much Adata advertises 10+ hours of battery life, but battery life always changes depending on the programs you are running, the brightness of your screen and how much RGB you have enabled. The battery life of the XPG Xenia is actually longer than some other expensive gaming laptops we’ve tested before, such as Acer Predator Triton 500 (3 hours 20 minutes), Razor Blade Pro 17 (3 hours 36 minutes), and Asus Strix Scar G15 (4 hours 45 minutes). It arrives within a few minutes Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 And this Acer nitro 5.

The overall design is subtle and professional, which is definitely good for gamers who want to use their laptop for both work and play. Pre-pandemic, I would always feel awkward to put my three-year-old gaming laptop to work in a coffee shop, because the sharp lines dug in the lid stood out completely – not to mention the performance bezels are rough and awkward. Were visible It looked aggressive, so companies love to see more tame and mature-looking gaming laptops these days.

While the plastic keypad feels a little on the thin side, the low-profile mechanical keyboard is amazing for typing. My fingers seemed naturally suited to the layout, and the click of the keys was pleasantly quiet. There is also a slight bump at the actuation point, so those of you who like to be quiet and like the key may like it as much as I do. XPG Xenia finds this place. The RGB light is per-key as well, so if you want to make WASD or other commonly used keys while gaming is out, you can do so.

This gaming notebook is a stunning powerhouse, thanks to the 32 GB DRAM and how cool Xenia keeps all of its components, which I’ll get a bit. In our gaming benchmarks, this is certainly against many of the other highly-specialized laptops we’ve tested, including an Intel i9-10885H and an RTX2070 Max-Q or an AMD Rison 94900HS and an RT2020 Max. There are laptops with -Q, for example, 87 frames per second on 1080p Ultra Far Cry 5; At 63 fps Total War: Warhammer II; At 79 fps Tomb shadow; And at 42 fps Metro Exodus.

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Than even Acer nitro 5, Which has the same CPU, but an RTX 2060 and 16 GB of memory, XPG Xenia cranked the same number of frames in all the same games. It was also faster around 11 minutes and 30 seconds, delivering a 3D image in Blender by about 13 minutes compared to Nitro 5, and 4K video in handbrake at 1080p in about 11 minutes to 12 minutes and 30 seconds. Transcoding from

But here comes the Caviet, and it is not a flaw of adata: Intel decides to discontinue its 300-series chipset, Which includes the QMS380 laptop chipset. The Intel Core i7-9750H in XPG Xenia uses that chipset. So far, you can still get devices with compatible motherboards, but July of this year is your last chance to order one that needs a 300-series chipset. Adata could potentially place its final orders, so it has stock of this model until the end of 2021, but after that it will have to use the Intel 10th (or 11th-gen) CPU, which due to thermal demands makes me Worries

Nearly all 10th-gen Intel laptops I’ve tested in the past year are hotter than the ones related to the longevity of the machine, especially to be comfortable with the i7s and i9s. Maximum CPU temperatures reached 90 ° C (over 194 ° F), often falling within a few degrees of Intel’s maximum temperature of 100 ° C (212 ° F). Skin temperatures can easily reach 50 ° C (122 ° F). More in some areas above or above the keyboard.

But 9th-gen chips run so much cooler, and Adata’s cooling solution for the XPG Xenia is the best I’ve seen in a gaming laptop – even with a naturally cooler-running 9th-gen chip . Exynia’s maximum temperature only reached a high of 80 (Celsius) compared to the low 90s of Nitro 5. The average temperature stayed in the mid-60s, which is the right place under load for the CPU.

Skin temperatures remained in the low to mid-30s to high 40s, except for one local spot above the keyboard that was as hot as 48 ° C. I could feel the wind from the spinning fans coming through the keyboard, which kept my hands (well, left fingers) nice and quiet during gaming. The laptop has more air vents on the sides, bottom and back, so this thing is well ventilated.

Of course, when I ran these tests, the fan was 747-take-off-loud due to the laptop being in turbo mode, but I was very happy to see much cooler temperatures, which I didn’t mind. In balanced mode, there was not much difference in temperature, and there was a small drop in frame rate, about 2-3 frames. The fans were a bit quiet, but not too much.

All this is to say that Adata might be a good shot at Intel’s 10th-gen chip thermal detection, but if you’re looking for a good 1080p gaming laptop and a grand over to burn, XPG Xenia Seriously consider one. Yes, new laptops are around the corner and laptops with new parts. Yes, the 300-series chipset is on its way. but for As of $ 1,250 it is currently priced on Adata’s siteThe Yes, this is a good price for a professional looking, well, gaming laptop.

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  • Good performance runs amazingly well
  • Loud fans
  • Ok battery life
  • The general price is steep compared to similar gaming laptops, but it is on sale as of the publication of this review for a more reasonable price.
  • Lots of ports, weighs just four pounds

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