This 16-core beast is the most powerful notebook in the world

The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is an absolute monster when it comes to sheer computing power; its 16 cores and 32 threads will power through any task you throw at it - with aplomb.

XMG APEX 15 notebook - €1,958 from Bestware

XMG APEX 15 notebook - €1,958 from Bestware
(roughly $2,130/£1,700/AU$3,300)
This notebook packs an absolute beast of a CPU; the 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 3950X will chew through any task with ease. It also features an Nvidia GForce RTX2060 and a 250GB SSD - making for a mouth-watering proposition indeed.

With a base clock of 3.5GHz and a staggering 73MB cache, it’s almost a miracle this CPU has a TDP (power dissipation) of 105W. It's certainly a tantalizing prospect for professionals on the hunt for a desktop alternative.

German notebook vendor Schenker has integrated this beast of a CPU into its latest XMG APEX 15 notebook, which is available for €1,958 from Bestware (around $2,130/£1,700/AU$3,300).

Non-EU customers

Unfortunately, Bestware does not deliver globally, so non-EU customers may have to use a specialist parcel forwarding service if they want to take advantage of the deal. 

The Clevo-source chassis comes with a 144Hz full HD IPS display, an Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060 with 6GB GDDR6, 8GB Kingston memory, a 250GB Kingston A2000 SSD, Bluetooth 5.0 and two-year warranty - but no operating system.

105W is quite a lot of power to dissipate, so the 3950X runs in an eco mode that drops the base speed - via the Ryzen Master software (and possibly in the BIOS) - to about three quarters of its capacity, while consuming 44 percent less power.

Found a better deal?

Have you managed to get hold of a cheaper product with equivalent specifications, in stock and brand new? Let us know and we'll tip our hat to you. 

This brings up another interesting question: would it be better to buy a cheaper 12 or 8-core CPU instead that comes with a 65W TDP by default?

In any case, the XMG APEX 15 is quite the specimen - and we encourage you to check it out for yourself.

Desire Athow
Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website builders and web hosting when DHTML and frames were in vogue and started narrating about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium.