15.6" PROTEUS VI - RTX 2070 (not max q) at PC Specialist for £1209
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15.6" PROTEUS VI - RTX 2070 (not max q) at PC Specialist for £1209

£1,209£1,35111%PC Specialist Deals
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Refreshed 20th Apr (Posted 19th Apr)
15" laptop with a rtx 2070 - non max q version.

£1209 is most basic configuration, so you're going to want to upgrade the ram and storage. These can be done whenever and with whatever storage you want, though.

Seems like a bargain for the non max q version at £1209 - a lot more power.
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Starting Specification:

  • Intel® Core™ H-Series CPUs
  • GeForce RTX 2070
  • 144Hz FHD Panel (1920 x 1080), 72% NTSC
  • RGB Backlit Keyboard
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 2
  • HDMI Output Connection
  • Mini Display Port
  • Multi-colour backlit touchpad
  • Grey Brushed Aluminium Finish
  • GeForce RTX VR Ready!
  • Wireless Fitted as Standard
With 4GB ram and 120gb storage,

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I had this laptop for a while. It runs very hot the cpu thermal throttles almost all the time reaching 100.c even in simple tasks. Gaming it throttles really badly with the cpu frequency dropping drastically to reduce temps. It’s also loud with a high pitched fan noise. I tried under volting but tbh it made little difference. The screen also had bad backlight bleed so I returned it. Mine may have been a bad one but tbh overall I was not impressed.
Should also mention, if you have anyway of getting a free operating system, price comes down to £1,115.
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Wow, this is an amazing price for that GPU, plus an 8th gen i7 as well.
Should also mention, if you have anyway of getting a free operating system, price comes down to £1,115.
when you say 'any time' i think you mean 'pretty sharpish' else you are stuck with 4 gb ram and a 120gb ssd
so best to budget to increase straight away
brilly3 m ago

when you say 'any time' i think you mean 'pretty sharpish' else you are …when you say 'any time' i think you mean 'pretty sharpish' else you are stuck with 4 gb ram and a 120gb ssdso best to budget to increase straight away


You can upgrade the RAM and storage drives of most laptops whenever you want. Motherboards, graphics cards and CPUs, however, are soldered in and it is usually not worth the hassle to to repair or replace these.
Brendan_Elding1 m ago

You can upgrade the RAM and storage drives of most laptops whenever you …You can upgrade the RAM and storage drives of most laptops whenever you want. Motherboards, graphics cards and CPUs, however, are soldered in and it is usually not worth the hassle to to repair or replace these.


yes i am well aware of that - just that you WILL want to upgrade these almost straight away
brilly2 m ago

yes i am well aware of that - just that you WILL want to upgrade these …yes i am well aware of that - just that you WILL want to upgrade these almost straight away


Yeah probably. I imagine 4 gig of ram isn't really going to let you make the most out of the rest of the kit
Decent price for an rtx 2070 laptop. Just bought the m15 alienware with rtx 2060 and upgraded the screen and battery for 1500 or I might have bitten.

Dell had 12 percent off and I don't want a cheap looking laptop which is why I steered clear from these in the first place. No personal experience with them though.
Wow, with newest i7 and 2070 and 480gb ssd and 8gb ram, it comes to 1250 (without windows 10 key as can get that cheap). Don't need one but great find op.
Brendan_Elding8 m ago

Yeah probably. I imagine 4 gig of ram isn't really going to let you make …Yeah probably. I imagine 4 gig of ram isn't really going to let you make the most out of the rest of the kit


also eg for 18quid you can swap the 2.5inch 120gb ssd to a m.2 256ssd leaving the 2.5 sata slot free for drives many will have lying around or leave a bit of breathing room before needing extra space
may as well go for 8gb as well in the same way
only 40 extra total - hardly anything when spending 1200quid
Does it have GSYNC?

Any reviews about CPU temps etc?
jsmith198911 h, 6 m ago

Does it have GSYNC?Any reviews about CPU temps etc?


Nope to both.
Last professional review I saw of PC Specialist Proteus range was dated 2017. Their user forums are not very favourable but always take that with a pinch of salt.

Also, it's been this price for a while, even their own forums have had people asking for a while why this particular model was so cheap.
Edited by: "chris19992" 19th Apr
Cold loo
Brendan_Elding3 h, 10 m ago

Should also mention, if you have anyway of getting a free operating …Should also mention, if you have anyway of getting a free operating system, price comes down to £1,115.


you don't have to activate windows to use it
This is very tempting with the right upgrades to suit my needs...

Chassis & Display
Proteus Series: 15.6" Matte Full HD 144Hz 72% NTSC LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i7 Six Core Processor 8750H (2.2GHz, 4.1GHz Turbo)
Memory (RAM)
32GB Corsair 2666MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070 - 8.0GB GDDR6 Video RAM - DirectX® 12.1
1st Storage Drive
NOT REQUIRED - I have a fast 500GB SSD inside another machine that will fit nicely.
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3200MB/W)

Price: £1,386.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure: pcspecialist.co.uk/sav…Np/
Edited by: "dsob" 20th Apr
I always have concerns about build quality and support for these small independent laptop builders. You obviously save a lot of money for the spec, but I never really hear anything good about them long term. They tend to be quite bulky and questionable cooling design, which can limit ultimate performance. Without benchmarks for this exact chassis it's hard to confirm how good it is.

I would probably think about this, seeing as you need to drop £1350 to get a decent spec with options. Then probably swerve away and spend £1500, £1600 on something else for peace of mind at this pricepoint. Most likely an MSI GS65.
vulcanproject25 m ago

I always have concerns about build quality and support for these small …I always have concerns about build quality and support for these small independent laptop builders. You obviously save a lot of money for the spec, but I never really hear anything good about them long term. They tend to be quite bulky and questionable cooling design, which can limit ultimate performance. Without benchmarks for this exact chassis it's hard to confirm how good it is.I would probably think about this, seeing as you need to drop £1350 to get a decent spec with options. Then probably swerve away and spend £1500, £1600 on something else for peace of mind at this pricepoint. Most likely an MSI GS65.


They’re almost always Clevo OEM machines, so typically actually well-built just pretty uninteresting plastic boxes. MSI laptops are often rebadged Clevos, I only mention that as I had a gaming laptop from them a few times before and this is what you usually get. People are saying this Proteus VI is a Clevo PA71HP6.
Great price for the 2070, worth mentioning that the 2060 (Laptop) and 2070 Max-Q aren't really an upgrade from the older 1070 (Laptop) although DLSS, GDDR6 and RTX and a few other features are new.

notebookcheck.net/PC-…tml
That's a review of the older version of that model since there appear to be no reviews of this version.

I sold my 1070 Laptop just before the 20 series was announced with hopes of being able to get a decent upgrade (but I was clearly let down). Shame I'll have to accept a side grade or pay a ridiculous sum for a 2080 Max-Q or a bulky 2070 if I want any decent performance boost.
Done my own research and looks like this is Quanta nl5c or nl5t. Seems a good bargain, could not find any reviews for Proteus VI RTX, but surely it will need undervolting.
What's the weight?
I had this laptop for a while. It runs very hot the cpu thermal throttles almost all the time reaching 100.c even in simple tasks. Gaming it throttles really badly with the cpu frequency dropping drastically to reduce temps. It’s also loud with a high pitched fan noise. I tried under volting but tbh it made little difference. The screen also had bad backlight bleed so I returned it. Mine may have been a bad one but tbh overall I was not impressed.
f1refox2 h, 8 m ago

I had this laptop for a while. It runs very hot the cpu thermal throttles …I had this laptop for a while. It runs very hot the cpu thermal throttles almost all the time reaching 100.c even in simple tasks. Gaming it throttles really badly with the cpu frequency dropping drastically to reduce temps. It’s also loud with a high pitched fan noise. I tried under volting but tbh it made little difference. The screen also had bad backlight bleed so I returned it. Mine may have been a bad one but tbh overall I was not impressed.


Worth knowing, cheers dude
4GB of RAM?

Are they actually having a laugh?
ArcAndPie8 m ago

4GB of RAM?Are they actually having a laugh?


I have 2 2gb peices of ram I have from two pc specialist builds.. I've always gone with minimal ram/hd/ no operating system and upgraded day one myself.... I always pay the little extra for better thermal paste to save me and extend the warranty. Never had any issues.

Would love to be able to drop the money on 3 if these but....
intel.co.uk/con…tml

Battery Life (max) (h) 5 h
Battery Technology Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Description 6
Battery capacity 7180 mAh

3 kilos?!
Do you get a free trolley jack with this thing?

Plus looks like it comes with Windows10 Home as standard.
Edited by: "TopTrump" 20th Apr
chris1999221 h, 34 m ago

Nope to both.Last professional review I saw of PC Specialist Proteus range …Nope to both.Last professional review I saw of PC Specialist Proteus range was dated 2017. Their user forums are not very favourable but always take that with a pinch of salt.Also, it's been this price for a while, even their own forums have had people asking for a while why this particular model was so cheap.


Are you sure it doesn't have GSYNC? The old reviews I've found are for the laptops with a 60HZ refresh rate. This one has a 144hz refresh rate, surely it would have GSYNC especially with the new cards that have just come out?!
brilly23 h, 30 m ago

yes i am well aware of that - just that you WILL want to upgrade these …yes i am well aware of that - just that you WILL want to upgrade these almost straight away


It might well be an upgrade for a 2 Yr old laptop you're upgrading with a 500gb ssd in it and 8gb of compatible ram which you could swap in and sell off the old laptop with 4gb and 120gb ssd.
I’ve had a laptop from them in the past, gtx660 to give you an idea about its age and it’s still going strong! Nothing but positive things to say about the company.
I've had a prebuilt from PC specialist in the past, you can get decent specs for the money but the build quality is cheap/ plastic looking. This won't look like a £1200+ laptop or feel premium if that matters to you, but if you aren't taking it anywhere that probably doesn't matter.
Do these have thunderbolt 3 ports?
Intel 9th Generation Coffee Lake chips are going to release and become mainstream over the next months, and recent news from gaming laptop OEMs are promising in terms of availability and price point, so no surprise seeing retailers drop the prices on 8th Generation chips.
f1refox16 h, 23 m ago

I had this laptop for a while. It runs very hot the cpu thermal throttles …I had this laptop for a while. It runs very hot the cpu thermal throttles almost all the time reaching 100.c even in simple tasks. Gaming it throttles really badly with the cpu frequency dropping drastically to reduce temps. It’s also loud with a high pitched fan noise. I tried under volting but tbh it made little difference. The screen also had bad backlight bleed so I returned it. Mine may have been a bad one but tbh overall I was not impressed.


Exact same issue i had with the Defiance V, tried to repaste, undervolt etc but made no difference, would thermally throttle constantly. PCS said they had a solution from the manufacturer which was basically just changed the thermal curve so it started to throttle at 70 rather than 96, so i had a permanent gimped system. Luckily they refunded me.

Find out the name of the chassis and look at reviews before you buy these. Most of them are carbon copies of the chassis used for 4 core CPUS and they just stuck a 6 core in them without any care that they're unable to cool them. PCS does not care either.
This is one chunky laptop.
The high temps reached in these laptops are not generally the laptops fault. Every brand is struggling to cool the 8750H. THAT cpu is the problem.
I’ve heard many stories talking of throttling and high temps.
Only really big laptops will do an “adequate” job cooling it.

Also this is not to say this is a “cheap” brand. They are barebones clevo laptops unbranded. So xmg, sager will sell these “branded”. That’s why they come custom to order rather than prebuilt with fancy branding on it. Hence their cheaper prices.
Max q laptops cost more than regular versions because your paying for a thinner chassis laptop, doesn’t mean it’s a better laptop cos you pay more for it.
I'd avoid. Things gonna get super toasty no matter what you do, thermal throttle galore and hardware failure in 3 years due to the same.
Why is everyone saying i7 is new i9 is out or am i mistaking.
Decent price considering, 2000 series laptops hugely overpriced as you'd expect. Personally don't see the point of laptops with >90w GPU power usage as they need to be big and heavy to cope with heat, which usually means sacrificing battery. I think light and portable is the way forward with a plug-in thunderbolt GPU box makes far more sense and probably no more expensive.

Looking forward to 1660 releases, hopefully they'll come in at around £800, but I suspect £1000k more likely. Interesting to see if MS can make the surface book 3 VR compatible.
f1refox20th Apr

I had this laptop for a while. It runs very hot the cpu thermal throttles …I had this laptop for a while. It runs very hot the cpu thermal throttles almost all the time reaching 100.c even in simple tasks. Gaming it throttles really badly with the cpu frequency dropping drastically to reduce temps. It’s also loud with a high pitched fan noise. I tried under volting but tbh it made little difference. The screen also had bad backlight bleed so I returned it. Mine may have been a bad one but tbh overall I was not impressed.


Unsurprising with this incessant need to make gaming laptops slim. Bring back the 3-4kg behemoths with massive cooling systems! I have an original Alienware M15x (the ones after Dell took them over with the Nehalem i7), it’s solid metal with zero flex and doesn’t throttle.

As to your backlight bleed, I had that on a number of Clevo machines before, I kind of just put up with it as it was secondary to gaming for me.

MrMaccieKFC20th Apr

Intel 9th Generation Coffee Lake chips are going to release and become …Intel 9th Generation Coffee Lake chips are going to release and become mainstream over the next months, and recent news from gaming laptop OEMs are promising in terms of availability and price point, so no surprise seeing retailers drop the prices on 8th Generation chips.


9th gen doesn’t bring anything new to the table really. In fact everything after Skylake has been a letdown, other than increased core count for a given model and some clock speed bumps, what do we actually have?
Edited by: "plewis00" 21st Apr
jaymorgangrice19th Apr

Decent price for an rtx 2070 laptop. Just bought the m15 alienware with …Decent price for an rtx 2070 laptop. Just bought the m15 alienware with rtx 2060 and upgraded the screen and battery for 1500 or I might have bitten.Dell had 12 percent off and I don't want a cheap looking laptop which is why I steered clear from these in the first place. No personal experience with them though.


I'm between a recoil ii/defiance v from pc specialist and the alienware m15. I get 14% off with dell but concerns with thermals that I've read even when under volting on the m15.
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