Samsung Odyssey Z Gaming Notebook Boasts Beefy 8th Gen Core i7 And So-Called GTX 1060 Max-P GPU

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Earlier this week saw the release of new Notebook 3 and Notebook 5 mainstream notebooks from Samsung, both of which feature Intel's 8th generation Core processors. Now the company is offering up something a bit more interesting in the form of the Notebook Odyssey Z, which is a gaming laptop also powered by Intel's new Coffee Lake processors.

The focal point of the Odyssey Z, of course, is its 15.6-inch display. In this case, the IPS panel has a Full HD resolution (1920x1080), which is powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with Max-P. No, that's not a typo, Samsung is calling this version of the GTX 1060 “Max-P” instead of using the Max-Q terminology that's we've come to recognize from NVIDIA. According to Samsung, Max-P allows the GPU to offer roughly a 10 percent boost in graphics performance compared to its Max-Q counterpart. We don't know exactly what Samsung is doing that's so special here, but we'll take the company's word for it.

Samsung doesn't say what specific processor is powering the Odyssey Z, but does indicate that it's a Core i7 part with six cores and 12 threads. That means that the company is using either the i7-8750H or the i7-8850H -- these processors have base/single-core turbo clocks of 2.2GHz/4.2GHz and 2.6GHz/4.3GHz respectively. Up to 16GB of DDR4-2400 memory is supported.

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To keep all of this hardware cool, Samsung guess what it calls the AeroFlow Cooling System. The system is made up of a Dynamic Spread Vapor Chamber (which wicks heat away from the CPU and GPU) and a Z Blade Blower, to draw in cool air and expel hot air. Samsung says that its cooling system is designed to provide a "sweat free gaming session".

Other features include up to a 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD, two 1.5W speakers, a backlit keyboard, and a precision touchpad mounted beside the keyboard. Power comes from an internal 54 WHr battery, and the entire system weighs in at 5.3 pounds.

Samsung says that the Notebook Odyssey Z will launch first in South Korea and China this month, with U.S. availability coming during the third quarter (pricing will be announced closer to launch).