Sunday, January 26, 2014

Clevo P570WM / Sager NP9570 Notebook Review & Performance Test


Sager is a brand name for a company which does high performance notebook customization. In the other words, you can order a notebook with fully customized parts. All the products of this company are high performance which mostly used for gaming and graphic design purposes. The Intel X79 express chipset allows this notebook to work with desktop CPU. Moreover it can support quad channel memory. The desktop CPU supporting feature is unique between all notebooks around the world which allows the owner to replace the CPU with a new model of desktop CPU.
This model is capable to upgrade to 3D screen, because the LCD support 120HZ refresh rate. Another feature is "Sleep and charge" which let it to have power on USB ports while its off.

This notebook customized with following options:
Motherboard
Intel® X79 Express Chipset

CPU
Intel® Core™ i7-4930K, 3.4-3.9GHz (22nm, 12MB L3 smart cache - 6 cores / 12 threads)

RAM
4x4GB SODIMMS (16GB 1600MHz Ram) Quad Channel

Graphic
SLI (2x) - NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 770M (6.0GB total) GDDR5

SSD
2x Samsung 840Pro 256GB

HDD
WD 750GB 7200RPM

RAID
SSD RAID 0

Ethernet
Built-in Gigabit Ethernet LAN

Wireless
Intel® Dual Band AC 7260 802.11 A/AC/B/G/N 2.4/5.0GHz + Bluetooth™ 4.0

Thermal Compound
IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU

LCD
17.3" FHD 120Hz (16:9) Anti-Glare Matte-Type 72% NTSC Color Gamut Screen (1920x1080)

DiskDrive
Blu-ray reader

Sound
Built‐in High Definition Audio Sound System
THX® TruStudio Pro™
External 7.1CH audio output supported by headphone, microphone and Line‐in jacks
1 x Built-In Microphone
5 x Built-In Speakers
1 x Built-in Subwoofer
Sound Blaster Compatible

Camera
Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera

Memory Card Reader
Internal 9-in-1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD/Mini SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo)

Input/output Ports
1 x DVI-I Output Port
1 x HDMI 1.4a Output Port
1 x Display Port 1.2
2 x USB 3.0 Ports
2 x USB 2.0 Ports
1 x eSATA Port
1 x IEEE-1394b Fire Wire
1 x RJ45 LAN
1 x Headphone Jack
1 x Microphone Jack
1 x Line-in Jack
1 x S/PDIF Output Jack
1 x ExpressCard 54/34 Slot

Extra Feature
Built-in 2.0M Digital Video  |  Kensington® Lock  |  Fingerprint Reader

Battery
8 Cells - Smart Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (78.44WH)

Size
16.50" (w) x 11.30" (d) x 2.20-2.40" (h)

Weight
5.5 KG including battery


The following pictures are the results of test that done using CPU-Z tool. The pictures show the CPU, Cache, Main board, Memory, and GPU performance.






This notebook is equipped with two "Samsung 840 Pro 256GB" SSDs. The raid 0 feature plus two SSD hard drives give a considerable boost to the hard drive. Using raid0 and parallelism feature the power of read and write is almost two times higher. Following picture shows the SSD performance which bench marked using CrystalDiskMark tool.

First the notebook came in a compact box which we didn't expect. We expect a bigger box.




Following items were included in the package:
  • The notebook
  • The charger
  • The charger power cable
  • Driver CD
  • User Manual
  • Two extra thermal paste



My friend (Jack), whom is the owner of this notebook, opened the notebook on the first day to analyze the hardware structure. As you can see in the following picture, this notebook has four fans. Two of fans are for two graphic cards and two fans are for the CPU due to the high temperature which is because of high wattage. On the left side you can see the first and second GPUs.

The following picture shows the battery which is fixed with screw and you should use a screwdriver or a coin for opening the battery.


This notebook has four memory slot which you can see three ram installed in the following picture (Located under the keyboard). The other ram (4th) is located on the other side and for changing it you need to open the CPU fan. Another important point about this laptop is that it can support  both 1.35Volt & 1.5Volt RAMs.


The following pictures are comparison of this notebook with Asus G73. G73 is also a well-known high performance notebook which designed for gamers. As you can see in the pictures Sager is thicker in aspect of size.




The charger of Sager is also much bigger than the charger of G73. The size of Sager charger is 20cm x 10cm.The power cord is designed to transfer high current of electricity.






The keyboard back light is adjustable similar to Alienware notebooks.

The following pictures are a comparison of size of this laptop with Toshiba Portege Z30.





For conclusion, this notebook gives a high performance to the user for different activities such as gaming, graphic design and programming. However the 5.5KG weight and the dimension is considerably high in compare to other ordinary notebooks. The most noticeable feature of this notebook is that the user can upgrade most of the parts. 

The following video shows the benchmark that we did on Sager NP9570 & Sager NP7338 Graphic adapters.

Special thanks to Jack which helped us in this review.

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