FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Register Register  Login Login

xm15: i7 review

Post Date: 2013-04-30

 Post Reply Post Reply
Author
  Topic Search Topic Search  Topic Options Topic Options
firefoxx04 View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie
Avatar

Joined: 27 Mar 2009
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 3
  Quote firefoxx04 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: xm15: i7 review
    Posted: 30 Apr 2013 at 11:15pm
EDIT: as of 4 months, my laptop is doing great.

It has been about 4 months sense I got my laptop and it has done everything asked of it.

Netflix, School work, Engine Tuning, Skype, Web Browsing, light gaming (more on this), FTP. video encoding, etc. - None of that has given me a single problem. 

I upgraded my hard drive to a samsung 840 pro and man is it the fastest thing on earth.  Combined with an i7 and this thing handles business.   Bootup is very fast. It is fast enough for me to turn the laptop completely off between tuning sessions for our "race motors" and quickly being ale to get back into my program without much downtime/annoyance.  Everything is pretty instant with no lag.

The 1080p screen makes web browsing and using Office or even tuner studio at the same time easy.  You dont need to run programs full screen, rather you can run two side by side for quick back and forth research. 

Here is a screenshot of Tuner Studio, sorry if it is huge, it is 1920x1080 res :D




Now for gaming.  We all know the i5/i7 will handle any game just fine.  Even in a laptop games run pretty good.  The bottleneck in my system is the 635M gpu.  I can play Dirt3 and Skyrim just fine at lower resolutions and maintain 40-50+fps.  Playing at 1080p tends to cause the system to slow down in dirt3, as if its getting too hot.  Dropping the resolution probably makes things easier.  Its hard to notice a difference anyways on a 15inch screen when gaming.  I did not guy this laptop for games but it is nice to be able to go to a friends house and play skyrim side by side without having to bring my desktop.

Now onto battery life.  I never game without being plugged in so I cant comment on that part.  Battery life while running tuner studio is great. Sometimes I have the laptop datalogging my engine while I go on large drives (45min).  I do this with the screen closed 99% of the time.  Usually the battery level hardly even drops.  With the screen open/on, battery life suffers more but thats expected.  I NEVER find my self needing the laptop to run on battery for over an hour and a half.  Sometimes I leave it on and unplugged so I can fully drain the battery and let me tell you that it takes a while and can be annoying because I want to go to bed but I cant because im still at 30% battery haha. 


LINUX.  I wanted to run Ubuntu a majority of the time.  With the ssd everything was fast and smooth.  Performance in linux was great but I could not get the 3rd party nvidia driver that switches to the intel gpu when the 635M is not needed (honestly I dont need the 635 when running linux).  I think the lack of proper drivers for the dual gpu setup caused the system to have issues with battery life.  It was not terrible but it was worse than windows.  Because of that, I opted to run windows full time. 


Long story short, I am still satisfied. All the little things like usb3.0, webcam, mic, speakers, keys, touchpad, lights, fans still work like day one and dont give me issues.   It honestly feels like ive had the laptop for much longer than 4 months.  Im so comfortable with it now its great.

Thanks

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I got my XM15 from Digital Storm today, 2 days early according to Fed Ex.  Super Satisfied.


Packaging was great, nothing difficult to get into yet the laptop was protected and came out spotless. 

The laptop its self is very nice and feels well built.  Everything is just nice.


I got the xm15 with everything stock except for the CPU, I opted for the 3630 i7.  I cant stand slow laptops (not that the i5 would have been slow) but I wanted to be sure.  Combine the i7 with 8GB of ddr3 and Nvidea 635M gpu and you get a pretty tough laptop.  It will be used for Video editing, School work and maybe a little skyrim.  I did a couple benchmarks just to compare to my AMD systems, and Lets just say I am VERY satisfied (this is my first modern Intel setup)

- True Crypt AES bench 5mb

     3630 i7 = 1.5gb/s

     A4 APU = 800mb/s

    Phenom II quad 3.8ghz = to little to remember.  It was less than the APU (this cpu does not have an AES instruction set!)

- Win Rar

    3630 i7 = 4300kb/s (on battery)
    3630 i7 = 7000kb/s (plugged in)

    AMD 965 3.8ghz = 4300kb/s

The AMD 965 has faster ram.  Same speed but tighter timings.  Im glad the laptop is more powerful (in these tests), I can always upgrade the desktop.  The CPU and board are both somewhat dated.  


Thank you Digital Storm for the great laptop, and quick service!




Edited by firefoxx04 - 27 Aug 2013 at 5:20pm
Back to Top
Jay124 View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie
Avatar
Email address used to purchase matched with forums account email.

Joined: 27 Mar 2013
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 26
  Quote Jay124 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 May 2013 at 4:40am
Back to Top
Alex View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group
Avatar
Digital Storm Supervisor


Joined: 04 Jun 2012
Online Status: Online
Posts: 16237
  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 May 2013 at 11:06am
Thank you for taking the time to post your review!
Back to Top
Tidgxor View Drop Down
DS ELITE
DS ELITE
Avatar
The Kokopelli kid
Email address used to purchase matched with forums account email.

Joined: 17 Sep 2010
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 12581
  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 May 2013 at 11:51am
 Congrats! Strong
Back to Top
DomTheBomb View Drop Down
Groupie
Groupie
Avatar
Email address used to purchase matched with forums account email.

Joined: 19 May 2012
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 314
  Quote DomTheBomb Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 May 2013 at 1:48pm
Congrats on your new laptop!
DS x17, 1 Year 5 Months
i7 3720QM (2.6GHz/3.6GHz)
16GB 1600MHz DDR3
Nvidia GTX 680M 4GB
240GB Intel 520 SSD
Windows 8.1 Pro
Back to Top
Onkel_Ken View Drop Down
DS Veteran
DS Veteran
Avatar
Email address used to purchase matched with forums account email.

Joined: 17 Dec 2008
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 2863
  Quote Onkel_Ken Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 May 2013 at 6:01pm
Great review! Congrats!!!
Velox X/AMD 5900X/MSI X570 Pro Carbon MB/32GB DDDR 3200 DSPS/850W PS/500GB Samsung 980 Pro/1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus/500 GB HDD/Sound Blaster AE-7/EVGA FTW3 Ultra RTX 3080 10GB/Liquid CPU cooler AIO/
Back to Top
firefoxx04 View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie
Avatar

Joined: 27 Mar 2009
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 3
  Quote firefoxx04 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 May 2013 at 8:27pm
Thanks guys Awesome

I have two friends with DS laptops, they both love them.  I knew if I wanted something fast, I only had one choice.


Edited by firefoxx04 - 01 May 2013 at 8:27pm
Back to Top
firefoxx04 View Drop Down
Newbie
Newbie
Avatar

Joined: 27 Mar 2009
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 3
  Quote firefoxx04 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 27 Aug 2013 at 2:45pm
Updated top of main post with a 4 month review. 

Thanks. Everything is still great!
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down



This page was generated in 2.929688E-02 seconds.