Application and Futuremark Performance

By this point, the ubiquity of Intel's Core i7-2630QM entry-level mobile quad-core has given us a pretty good idea of just where we can expect the chip to perform. Toshiba pairs it with 6GB of RAM in the Qosmio X775, so it should be fairly consistent, but keep in mind that some of our other test units have benefitted from SSDs while the X775 still makes do with mechanical storage.

PCMark remains inscrutable as ever, with the Qosmio X775 bouncing all over the tables but never actually putting in what one would characterize as a poor performance until the storage benchmark. Given the other components, either we're looking at a lack of BIOS tuning or the HDD happens to be particularly slow. PCMark Vantage should remain just as incomprehensible.

Thus it has been, thus it shall always be. PCMark scores suggest that ASUS and others are doing a better job at tuning overall performance, so we're not sure where the problem lies but clearly PCMark doesn't run as well on the X775 as it did on the ASUS G73SW. Thankfully our Cinebench and video encoding benchmarks tend to be far more consistent in gauging processor performance.

And now look how neatly everything lines up, although it does seem like the X775 is having a bit more trouble keeping up with other i7-2630QM-equipped notebooks, particularly when you look at the x264 results. It's not a major difference but it's a consistent one.

Once we get into the 3DMarks, we can see the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M is a pretty clear improvement on the 460M in most cases. That's not surprising since it's the same chip with a 100MHz core boost, but it's nonetheless essentially a free upgrade in the marketplace that brings Optimus with it. That said, aside from the odd entry-level 3DMark Vantage score, the 560M is still incapable of duking it out with the premium mobile graphics chips even though it's a clear improvement over last generation's Mobility Radeons (and thus an improvement over the comparably-specced Radeon HD 6850M and 6870M.)

Toshiba's Qosmio Goes on a Diet Gaming Performance
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  • SlyNine1 - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    "...the clock has gone up 100MHz to 775MHz..."

    You mean 675 to 775.

    Just trying to help out my favorit review site. Thanks for the great reviews and keep up the good work!
  • SlyNine1 - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    Never mind. My bad lol.
  • danjw - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    No SSD option, plus an extra pound to get a decent resolution display. 2 hard drives? What a waste. My question is are the hard drives user replaceable? So I could pull out the dead wait and install an SSD?
  • danjw - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    err, dead weight.
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    Yes, you can swap the HDD out. Also, since the HM65 doesn't support RAID, that at least means you don't need to worry about doing a RAID0 to non-RAID downgrade first (a problem I've encountered on some MSI models).
  • rallstarz - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    Any word when your review of the Mythlogic laptops is coming out? Thanks!
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    Writing as we speak... hope to be up by Friday.
  • rallstarz - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    Great! Thanks! Looking forward to it.
  • Solidstate89 - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    Although it's not a gaming laptop, is there any chance of you guys doing a review of the new Dell Precision notebooks? Especially with the option of the IPS panel on the 15" M4600.

    Heck, I've got the TN panel version and its black levels are at least as good as the E-IPS monitor I use for my desktop. I figure it's a perfect way for you to get over all these disappointing screens Dustin, by reviewing a laptop with a good one ;)
  • Hrel - Thursday, August 18, 2011 - link

    I can't even start to consider this with that screen. I kind of understand skimping on lower end laptops, under 700 bucks. Even under 1000 to a certain degree. But this is among the worste 900p screen I've ever seen. Most of the time I consider 900p to be "good enough". On a 1300+ 17" laptop though... Whatever screen Clevo is using, is the minimum I expect.

    GTX560M is fine for a 15.6" laptop, I get it, heat constraints. But I expect more in a 17" laptop. From my perspective 17" is too big to be something you carry around everywhere anyway. So it's probably acting as a desktop replacement. Which means it needs to be able to play every current game at 1080p at max settings at over 60fps. Idk, maybe that can't be done for 1500 or less yet on laptops; but I'd never consider getting a desktop replacement if it can't be.

    The other thing I consider required is 2+ hdd bays and 4 RAM slots. Again, it can be done in 15" models, 17" should be a piece of cake.

    Fuck Blu Ray; that is all.

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