Clevo P750ZM: Potent DTR

Similar to the MSI GT72, the Clevo P750ZM / Eurocom P5 Pro is a top performance notebook with a price to match. For the vast majority of users, I think it makes more sense to pick up the MSI GT72 or some other notebook, but if you can use the extra CPU performance and you’re not willing to go with the LGA2011 DTRs (e.g. Clevo P570WM3) – or if you want as much CPU performance as possible in a 15.6” chassis – then the P750ZM can make sense. Being a desktop replacement, the usual caveats apply: battery life takes a big hit, and the system is definitely not a thin and light laptop. But it packs performance and tops nearly all of our benchmark charts.

For gamers looking just at frame rates, something like the P750ZM doesn’t really make that much sense – even though there are times where it outperforms the GT72 in our tests, it’s often less than a 5% difference. Running at lower quality settings can result in a larger margin of victory, but then we’re looking at frame rates well above the 60Hz most laptops run at. The real reason to go for the P750ZM over the GT72 is pretty simple: there aren’t any HiDPI displays available for the GT72, and in fact just finding a decent IPS display will require you to shell out $3000+.

Testing the 4K Sharp IGZO display shows that there are good reasons to shell out an extra $300-$400 for the display upgrade, but at the same time 4K is often too much for a single 980M in games and scaling issues continue to be a concern. A middle ground 3K or even 2560x1440 IPS display would probably be a more sensible option, but then finding a 3K or 2.5K display that can match the 4K IGZO might not be possible. While the 4K displays may not be perfect, though, they’re probably the next best thing. You can still get HiDPI and the best quality display the P750ZM supports and deal with DPI scaling and reduced performance at native resolution, or you can run at 2560x1440 with non-native resolution for gaming (it’s actually not that bad, since the pixels are hard to see with the naked eye).

For Eurocom, it’s also important to point out that they’re now offering GPU MXM upgrades for a variety of notebooks – you don’t even need to own a Eurocom system. Right now the GTX 980M is the fastest mobile GPU around, and if you happen to own an older notebooks like an Alienware M17x R4 they’ll sell you a 980M upgrade for…$891. Okay, that’s a lot of money, but the M17x R4 is still a capable system so you could upgrade from a GTX 680M to the fastest mobile GPU, skipping two generations of mobile GPUs in the process. Provided Eurocom keeps offering this service, in a couple more years you should be able to go from the GTX 980M and jump the Pascal architecture to whatever NVIDIA does next.

Ultimately, the P750ZM like all DTR notebooks is going to involve compromise. You have to decide that battery life (two hours or less) and weight (over 10 pounds with the AC adapter) is less important than performance, but if you’re willing to make that trade I don’t have any other complaints. The industrial design might not wow as much as a MacBook Retina or Razer Blade 14, but when it comes time to fire up a game or run some heavy number crunching, the P750ZM excels. I’m happy that the keyboard layout and feel as well as the touchpad all work well, and the cooling system is able to keep up with the power hungry components. With a starting price of $2000 the Eurocom P5 Pro is a serious investment, but it’s a solid notebook that should keep chugging for years to come.

Clevo P750ZM Thermals and Noise
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  • Denithor - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - link

    Okay, duh moment, was reading specs from bottom up looking for HDD/SSD, saw the HDD and didn't go on.

    Reading fail!
    LOL
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  • Buk Lau - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - link

    Jarred, can you post the icc files for the calibrated display? Also, if you check with the service manual provided by Clevo, you'll notice that two of the USB ports are actually USB 3.1 with ASM 1142 used as the bridging controller. I was hoping that you could do some testing with those USB ports but it's a pity that you didn't discover this :(

    the manual is linked here http://repo.palkeo.com/clevo-mirror/P75xZM/
    on page 18 and 22 of the document you'll see the Clevo listed two of ports on the left as USB 3.1 and on page 81 which is the schematic diagram of the USB port shows the ASM1142 controller
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  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - link

    I'd have to try and get a USB 3.1 peripheral or it won't do me much good I suppose. I believe Eurocom is also doing monitor calibration standard now (?), though my unit didn't have that. Reply
  • Buk Lau - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - link

    Doesn't AT have a bunch of those lol? I'd assume since you guys did USB 3.1 testing articles before Reply
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - link

    Different people in different places -- none of us live all that close to each other, and unless you count Purch (or Anand's house), there is no official headquarters. :) Reply
  • noeldillabough - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - link

    I'm extremely interested in the chip in the new Macbook Pro 13" (Core i7-5557U) and wondering how fast it is, how much power it uses, and how fast the HD 6100 graphics with 48 EUs are...

    Are any other laptops coming out with this particular chip? Seems like the best portable device chip around, low power but still 28W TDP.
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  • noeldillabough - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - link

    Interestingly the new Aorus X5 has the 5557U in a 15" format with SLI videocards...seems like overkill since there's no optimus support but will be nice to see the benches. Reply
  • will54 - Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - link

    Wow I bet that chip is going to bottleneck the X5. seems like a waste to have sli and use a low voltage cpu. Reply
  • Zak - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - link

    Did someone throw up on that keyboard? Reply
  • Khenglish - Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - link

    Any idea on why clevo did not include optimus? Does it not work properly with desktop CPUs? The battery life is attrocious. This laptop is much thinner and lighter than older EM and SM series and thus it's a shame that with the improved portability the battery life goes to crap. Reply

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