Surface Book i7

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  1. Templesa

    Templesa Notebook Deity

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    The new Surface Book debuted today, I'm slightly interested in it, but it's expensive, and the refresh might be worth waiting for instead.

    For 2,399+ you can pre-order a Surface Book with an undisclosed i7 - no mention of quad core, I'm guessing it's going to be a top of the line Dual Core (6th Gen btw, no mention of Kaby Lake refresh) with a major update to GPU in the form of GTX 965M Nvidia Graphics. I know the GTX 940MX GDDR5 Custom chip that powered the SB Dedicated ran warm... I wonder how this thing will cope with the added heat.

    I was also hoping for a design where the hinge folded flat against the unit, but no deal. We may see some Q1/2 refreshes with Kaby Lake for the Surface Book, but I see myself still picking a top end Surface Pro 4 (5?) with the updated graphics.

    Thoughts on this new unit? Seems odd they'd go for purposely 1 Gen old hardware while their refreshed versions are available... Looks like they're banking on Holiday sales from uneducated buyers on this round of hardware.

    https://liliputing.com/2016/10/micr...ok-i7-longer-battery-life-better-gaphics.html
     
  2. Galm

    Galm "Stand By, We're Analyzing The Situation!"

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    Actually it's likely a quad core. Probably not specified because its a 1st gen quad core U series processor. There were rumours it would happen and I think it has to be that for the 16 hour battery life.

    Certain places like the verge (yes ik not a good source) was already reporting a quad, and if they are putting a 965m inside I doubt it'll be a dual core.
     
  3. Krissppy

    Krissppy Notebook Consultant

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    Gotta love it when new tech comes out.... I bought an i7 surface for my wife a little over a month ago. If I had known it was coming out with a 965m I definitely would have waited lol.

    As for it being a quad core, in my opinion there's a chance it could actually still be a dual core processor. If I'm not mistaken, the current AW 13 can be configured up to a 965m GPU http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/alienware-13 and that comes with an i7-6500U, albeit skylake.


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    Galm "Stand By, We're Analyzing The Situation!"

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    That doesn't have anything to do with the surface book though. The cpu is a new model, quad core U series have been rumored for a while, and a few different sources have been saying quad core.

    The AW 13 is very outdated, no idea why a new surface book has a 965m.
     
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    Krissppy Notebook Consultant

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    Yes, it is a new model as you said with a kaby lake cpu. I also think it will be quad core U series based on the rumors going around. I was just pointing out that with a 965m, it doesn't necessarily have to be a "quad core", hence the reference to the "dual core" skylake AW13 with the 965m.


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    Galm "Stand By, We're Analyzing The Situation!"

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    Oh I guess. That's still a pretty gimped machine, quad cores are useful for a lot more than just gaming.
     
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    Oh my, hype. Was considering this for a companion machine and that just made me justify it a bit more. But like @Templesa said, I worry about how the thermals will be like.

    I wonder if the GPU will be in the dock/keyboard... Microsoft pls.
     
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    It's a dual core, 15 watt CPU, same as the previous version.
     
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    mindinversion Notebook Evangelist

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    Has there been any whisper of a hope of a prayer of a mention that they may make the new base available for current Surface Book owners [preferably with a trade in discount?]

    Heck, I don't even really NEED it [though extra battery and GPU always helps] but it'd be a good gesture towards loyal MS customers.

    Therefore, as much as I KNOW they'll never do it, I have to ask anyway ; )
     
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    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Lisa, thank you for the new review of the upgraded Surface Book 2016 !!

    Microsoft Surface Book i7 with Performance Base 2016 Review
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    MobileTechReview
    Published on Nov 12, 2016
    "Lisa Gade reviews the latest Microsoft Surface Book model, the 2016 Performance Base with a much more powerful NVIDIA GTX 965M 2GB DDR5 graphics processor and a higher capacity battery. This is the new top of the line option for the Surface Book, and the price starts at $2,399 for the Core i7-6600U tablet with 8 gigs of RAM, a 256 gig PCIe NVMe SSD and NVIDIA GTX 965M graphics. The models introduced in 2015 are still available, this new offering simply sits above them in price, GPU performance and battery life.

    The clipboard (tablet) section remains the same, but unfortunately, Microsoft won’t sell you a performance base separately if you wish to upgrade your existing Book. The 3.6 lb. laptop with detachable tablet has a dual core 15 watt Intel Skylake 6th generation CPU (same as earlier Surface Books), included N-Trig pen, Marvell Avastar dual band WiFi 802.11ac with Bluetooth, a 5MP Windows Hello front camera, 8MP rear camera, two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, mini DisplayPort and an MS dock connector (again all the same as the original Book). Graphics performance doubles with the GTX 965M vs. the old 940M equivalent dGPU making video editing and light gaming more viable, and the laptop now has a total of 81 Whr battery capacity for long battery life."

     
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