Joined on 03/31/10
DELL Inspiron 15 7000 I7577-7272BLK-PUS - Good Quality but....
Pros: -Good performance out of the box -Samsung 961 OEM 256GB NVME SSD. 3 GB/s read/write capable -Decent IPS display -Power Adapter is more than enough for any activity without losing battery charge -Adequate Cooling -OK Speakers
Cons: -Thick Bezel -Bellow Average Track Pad. -No Display Port. -The GPU is a GTX 1060 Max Q, not the full fat GTX 1060. -No voltage or TDP control for the GPU, resulting in a stock core clock of 1300-ish MHz under load. The lowest for a GTX 1060 I've ever came across. -GPU is integrated into the motherboard. It is not replaceable. -The display can only be overclocked by 3-4 Hz above the standard 60 Hz. -Came with a single 16GB DDR4 stick, operating in single channel. Not preferable in a performance centric computer. -15.2V 3500 mAh battery not beefy enough for a gaming laptop.
Overall Review: First, I need to mention that I bought this laptop for $1200 CAD which is a really good value if you think about everything you're getting with it. The only thing I didn't know about when I bought it was that the GTX 1060 is a Max Q version, and one of the lowest performing models of the bunch (Max core clock hovers around 1300 MHz). However, given that it is still faster than any GTX 1050 Ti and has more video memory for roughly the same price, I can't really complain. The only thing extra that I would wish for in a a laptop like this, would be a 120Hz / Gsync panel. The cooling is decent out of the box, but being a tinkerer, I had to improve it. I took the laptop apart and cleaned the original thermal paste from the CPU and the GPU. There was too much of it, and it wasn't covering the processors in an equal manner, i.e. not covering the entirety of the die in thermal paste. I then applied insulating tape to the areas around the die (CPU and GPU) and carefully applied Liquid metal paste (Coollaboratory Liquid Pro) to the chips, assembled everything back together and immediately saw huge temperature improvements. I used AIDA64 stress test for 10 minutes to evaluate the cooling performance. Factory stock, the average CPU and GPU temps reached 96C and 85C, respectively. With new thermal paste, those temperatures dropped to 79C and 76C respectively. Incredible results. I didn't stop there though. I used Intel XTU to undervolt the process by 130 mV. Since the CPU and the GPU both share the same cooling system, by lowering CPU temperatures, you also lower GPU temperatures. After the undervolt, the CPU and GPU temperatures dropped to 69C and 71C, respectively. The whole operation dropped the temperatures by a massive amount and made the laptop much quieter under load. The battery lasts a bit longer now as well. I definitely don't recommend doing what I did to this or any other laptop, specially to people who have never taken a laptop apart, but the option is there if you're willing to put the time and effort in.
Trouble Free Recording
Pros: Easy to setup and record videos with. I use it with my PS3 and I make Gran Turismo 5 videos frequently. The ability to capture videos at 1080i is pretty impressive and the size of the files that it generates, even at the highest quality settings, is pretty small.
Cons: Rather expensive.
Pros: Excellent graphics card. This is the first EVGA product that I've bought and I've never had any problems with it. Right now it's overclocked to a smooth 1035 Mhz on the core and 2350 Mhz on the memory (4700 Mhz effective). Run's cool and quiet, and at the speed which I'm at right now it walks past a stock GTX 570/HD 6970/HD 6950. Excellent value for money.
Cons: To be honest, I couldn't find anything that's wrong with this card.
Overall Review: Sadly nVidia doesn't offer the 560 Ti with tri or quad SLI support.