Speedy Application Performance as Well

For the majority of our synthetic, non-graphics related tests, we used the Mobility Radeon HD 5870-equipped notebook. Since these stress the processor and memory subsystems more than the graphics hardware, differences in performance between the two configurations should be imperceptible.

Futuremark PCMark Vantage

Futuremark PCMark05

Under PCMark, the two configurations trade blows but deliver extremely similar experiences otherwise. At least in PCMark, these GPUs are evenly matched.

Internet Performance

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R10

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R10

Video Encoding - x264

Video Encoding - x264

The Intel Core i7-820QM certainly pulls its weight here, falling in line behind the i7-920XM. In fact, it produces numbers that even encroach on i7-920XM-based builds; we can surmise that the cooling solution of the W860CU may be allowing greater headroom for the i7 to hit turbo speeds than the solutions of the other notebooks.

Mobile Gaming Showdown 3DMark Performance
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  • SlyNine - Thursday, June 3, 2010 - link

    I've been waiting for this, Could you throw in a 5730 for another video card.

    Also I think the I7 620 would out perform both the 720 and 820 in games.
  • crackedwiseman - Friday, June 4, 2010 - link

    "Thanks, we'll take the 820QM for $570 less. The i7-820QM comes with all the trimmings: 8MB of L3 cache, Hyper-Threading, and a 2.5 GT/s QuickPath"
    i think you mean DMI
  • JarredWalton - Friday, June 4, 2010 - link

    Fixed, thanks.
  • cacca - Friday, June 4, 2010 - link

    Frankly is disheartening to see a good opportunity to compare 2 notebooks identical except for the GPU being wasted like in this review. I am not looking at the results but on the complete mess of the tables and the methodology.

    If you want compare them first you do a round at directx 11, after you do a directx 10 and if you really want you do the directx 9. Is complete nonsense to use all the 3 different Directx in the same table.

    It really seem cherry picking of results, for me is exactly t he same who is the best, what i want to know is the difference in power. Comparing the notebook to other in the same table adds even more confusion.

    I hope that the next time there is a similar opportunity you will think the methodology before.
  • Ninjahedge - Friday, June 4, 2010 - link

    At present it's the second fastest in Intel's mobile lineup, behind only the obscenely expensive Core i7-920XM that adds a staggering $800 to the base cost of the W860CU. Thanks, we'll take the 820QM for $570 less.

    Um.... If the 920 adds $800 to the base, how is NOT using it only saving $570?

    Also, the $2500 you listed in the beginning, is that the LIST price? The price you say you got it for (1500-something?) is quite a bit less and hard to believe even with the known disparity between MSRP and Online Discount Prices......
  • JarredWalton - Friday, June 4, 2010 - link

    The base price of ~$1500 at AVADirect includes 2x1GB DDR3, HD 5870, a Seagate 500GB 5400RPM drive (I think that's right), and an i7-720QM. So the $800 extra for the 920XM is only $570 more than the 820QM. The upgrades to the memory and SSD add a lot to the price as well, giving the test configurations a cost of $2500.
  • Ninjahedge - Friday, June 4, 2010 - link

    Sorry, just read the section again.

    It is hard to use a price for "reference" when you have nothing to go on. Could you list the added components to be able to index the test model to the "base" system?
  • Kaboose - Friday, June 4, 2010 - link

    With the Asus G73jh-X1 at about $1600 on newegg almost $1000 less then your two champs I feel it does extremely well in most categories and anyone thinking of buying a notebook with a budget but still looking for high end performance i would think that it would be a no brainer. No offense to your clevo w860cu but really for price vs. performance i think the Asus wins.
  • JarredWalton - Friday, June 4, 2010 - link

    Which is why the ASUS got a Gold award and these just got a "nice laptop" declaration at the end. If you were to put an i7-820QM and SSD in the G73Jh, it would affect the price (about $450 more give or take). But the ASUS certainly has the better overall design, provided you don't mind the 17.3" chassis.
  • mod_to_odd - Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - link

    When it comes to quality gaming laptops, I dont think any body comes even close to Alienware and Sager. They have amazing customization options which no other brand offers.

    I had almost bought the Asus G73jh but after reading thousands of horrifying issues on the net regarding the customer support and faulty components even after RMA, i dint want to take any chances. In fact, one of my own friend who recently bought the G73jh is in a state of depression as he is dealing with new issues since the very day his notebook arrived.
    The most ridiculous of all is that when you are all excited to unbox the G73, u realize there is no windows7 dvd, you actually got to make backup discs of the Operating System. Asus does not provide you with a windows7 dvd along with such an expensive notebook, instead they fill up your laptop with loads of bloatware. Way to go ASUS...
    Asus needs to really improve big time on quality and customer satisfaction.

    It rather makes sense to buy a gaming notebook from a reputed company even if the price is a bit on the higher side. But then again, to each his own.

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