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Right I've been looking for weeks for a decent, fairly light weight, 15.6 gaming laptop. I've came up with this list:

 

1: http://gaming.msi.co...-series?id=3541

 

2. http://gaming.msi.co...-series?id=3539

 

3: http://www.gigabyte....spx?pid=5700#kf

 

4: http://www.gigabyte....spx?pid=5696#kf

 

5: http://www.gigabyte....spx?pid=5458#kf

 

6: http://us.acer.com/a...el/NX.Q05AA.001

 

7: http://www.sagernote...k-NP8658-S.html

 

I also found this custom builder on scan.co.uk on which i found this: http://www.scan.co.u...el-skylake-15in

 

I'm aware that all of these laptops have pretty much the same specs, but my question is which one would have like the best cooling, highest quality construction etc. Is there one make that stands out above the rest? Are there any makes to avoid? All little things that could make a difference.

 

I really do want best price to performance I can. If anyone can help me choose i'd be thankful. I hate lot's of choices. And I lack any real expertise or experiance with any of these laptops.

 

Oh also is there any UK retailer that sells the sager laptop? (Number 7)

   
   
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Still the wrong section, surely this should be in Mobile Devices?

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Still 4.

Last post was in the right section.

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Moved to Mobile Devices.

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I'd wait until more of the full GTX 980s in Laptops come out. 

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Still 4.

Last post was in the right section.

Ok, but what makes you say Gigabyte over the others?

   
   
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I'll pick either the 8658-S or the Scan one. Both of these are Clevo systems, and Clevos can cool very well. The 8658-S has 3 cooling fans btw, which gives it an edge over the rest of the choices in terms of cooling performance. The Scan one has a beastly desktop CPU, and many of the parts in the Scan one can be upgraded by the user in the future, and this includes the CPU and GPU. From what I heard, Gigabyte machines have poor cooling performance.

 

I have something similar to the 8658, but it's the Haswell 980M variant, it is a really good machine and it has never made me think twice about my choice back then. I carry it to school everyday, though it is a little heavier than I would like, but I didn't mind because this is one machine I love, it is considered quite thin and light in it's class at approx 2.5kg and 28.8mm thick.

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Ok, but what makes you say Gigabyte over the others?

Gigabyte laptops overheat and thermal throttle a lot. My advice is to avoid them

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Gigabyte laptops overheat and thermal throttle a lot. My advice is to avoid them

Ok both of these answers are very helpful, I'll probaly narrow the choice down to the Sager one or the Scan one. Although I'm really struggling to find a place that sell the sager laptops in the UK. I don't really want to pay a tonne for shipping from the US.

   
   
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Gigabyte laptops overheat and thermal throttle a lot. My advice is to avoid them

 

 

I'll pick either the 8658-S or the Scan one. Both of these are Clevo systems, and Clevos can cool very well. The 8658-S has 3 cooling fans btw, which gives it an edge over the rest of the choices in terms of cooling performance. The Scan one has a beastly desktop CPU, and many of the parts in the Scan one can be upgraded by the user in the future, and this includes the CPU and GPU. From what I heard, Gigabyte machines have poor cooling performance.

 

I have something similar to the 8658, but it's the Haswell 980M variant, it is a really good machine and it has never made me think twice about my choice back then. I carry it to school everyday, though it is a little heavier than I would like, but I didn't mind because this is one machine I love, it is considered quite thin and light in it's class at approx 2.5kg and 28.8mm thick.

 

I'll pick either the 8658-S or the Scan one. Both of these are Clevo systems, and Clevos can cool very well. The 8658-S has 3 cooling fans btw, which gives it an edge over the rest of the choices in terms of cooling performance. The Scan one has a beastly desktop CPU, and many of the parts in the Scan one can be upgraded by the user in the future, and this includes the CPU and GPU. From what I heard, Gigabyte machines have poor cooling performance.

 

I have something similar to the 8658, but it's the Haswell 980M variant, it is a really good machine and it has never made me think twice about my choice back then. I carry it to school everyday, though it is a little heavier than I would like, but I didn't mind because this is one machine I love, it is considered quite thin and light in it's class at approx 2.5kg and 28.8mm thick.

Oh also I've heard quite a few good things from these Clevo types. From my understanding it's a motherboard config? I'm not really sure. Would you care to explain and also how can you tell if a laptop uses this clevo config?

   
   
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 I can highly recommend the MSI GS60 Ghost pro! I was really impressed with its performance and light weight, didnt have any issues with throttling under gaming loads

 

And clevo as always

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Oh also I've heard quite a few good things from these Clevo types. From my understanding it's a motherboard config? I'm not really sure. Would you care to explain and also how can you tell if a laptop uses this clevo config?

 

If you see a particular laptop that seems to look like the exact same machine somewhere else with a different brand and name, it is most probably a laptops using the Clevo barebones, unless it looks like an MSI product.

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The msi gs series feels absolutely amazing. Mine got super duper hot while gaming. Was scared I'd fry it. Ended up having to warranty it and got the GE62. GE62 has much better cooling but is much thicker.The keyboard is so beautiful on both. 

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Don't get acer whatever you do

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Don't get acer whatever you do

Yeah I think i've discounted that already.

   
   
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I think it's going to be a choice between the Sager or the Scan one. Not sure which really. I can buy scan products easily as it's local currency. But the sager laptop seems more difficult to buy in British pounds. I can't find any UK retailers.

   
   
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I'm debating when to buy the Sager NP8658-S model.  I'm changing to the 512 GB Samsung 950 Pro M.2 PCI-E SSD NVMe and Killer Networks Wifi.  This model and brand has been on my mind for a few months and I wish I purchased it a long time ago before I bought a Lenovo y510p.  I hope you make the right choice but I hear cooling is good and it's definitely thin and upgradable.  The MSI or even Asus looks good too but I'm keep telling myself just get the Sager and be done with it.

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I'm debating when to buy the Sager NP8658-S model.  I'm changing to the 512 GB Samsung 950 Pro M.2 PCI-E SSD NVMe and Killer Networks Wifi.  This model and brand has been on my mind for a few months and I wish I purchased it a long time ago before I bought a Lenovo y510p.  I hope you make the right choice but I hear cooling is good and it's definitely thin and upgradable.  The MSI or even Asus looks good too but I'm keep telling myself just get the Sager and be done with it.

 

Do note the CPU and GPU is not user-upgradeable though, these are soldered components.

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Do note the CPU and GPU is not user-upgradeable though, these are soldered components.

 

I don't see why I need the 6820HK chip and the GPU will remain as 980M GTX.  I was going to get the 6700HQ.  If overclocking is allowed, I don't think I'd do that in a laptop.

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  • 3 weeks later...

I don't see why I need the 6820HK chip and the GPU will remain as 980M GTX.  I was going to get the 6700HQ.  If overclocking is allowed, I don't think I'd do that in a laptop.

I ended getting the Sager 8658-S: Full HD IPS w/G-Sync: 1080P, i7-6820HK, 980M GTX 8GB, 16GB Ram, Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 PCIE, no other hard drives, Win 10 Home, Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260.  So far everything is good.  Going to install a Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SSD.  Ordered on 12/22/15 and received laptop 1/5/16 with implications of i7-6820HK on backorder and expected to ship by 1/4/16.  So it was very surprising to receive it by 1/5/16.

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I ended getting the Sager 8658-S: Full HD IPS w/G-Sync: 1080P, i7-6820HK, 980M GTX 8GB, 16GB Ram, Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 PCIE, no other hard drives, Win 10 Home, Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260.  So far everything is good.  Going to install a Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SSD.  Ordered on 12/22/15 and received laptop 1/5/16 with implications of i7-6820HK on backorder and expected to ship by 1/4/16.  So it was very surprising to receive it by 1/5/16.

 

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