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The actual build quality is spot on too, the plastic used is of very high quality with a great matte finish and the whole unit screams out as being expensive. The screen hinge has a very robust feeling and we certainly think that even with a number of years usage this will stand the test of time. After a hour or so of usage we did find one thing that wasn’t designed too well, the front of the laptop has a very sharp flap where your wrists rest when typing, this can become quite uncomfortable after prolonged use. Gigabyte could have rounded it off a little too ease the pressure put on your wrists.
Gigabyte also decided it would be a great idea to have CyberLink Power DVD 10 pre-installed on the laptop. Upon opening this it gave me the option to upgrade to a full-edition with various “benefits”. VLC Player is all I need for DVD or any other video format playback, so again this software was promptly removed. I assume Gigabyte get some kind of kickback from the software house that produces PowerDVD. Other than that the rest of the software was just the standard Windows software with all the correct hardware driver installation setup.
We fired up Borderlands 2 and after a quick play in the options menu had the GFX settings setup with the following: 1920 x 1080, Field of View = 110, Anisotrphic Filtering = 4x, Bullet Decals = high, Foliage Distance = Far, Texture Quality = High, Game Detail = High, Ambient Occlusion = On, Depth of Field = On, FXAA = On, View Distance = Ultra High, Physc Effects = Low, Texture Fade = On.
We jumped straight into the game and played for about 30 minutes. Fraps was installed and the game gave an average of about 45-50 frames per a second (FPS) when roaming in large open zones. In heavy battles with a number of mobs with grenade explosions causing debris to be rendered on screen heavily the frame rate did drop a little but it still maintained 30+ FPS at all times. We did manage to get the odd slow down below 30 FPS but this was rare and only lasted for a second and then it rose back above 30 FPS - this was during the time we were in a vehicle and enabled turbo boost causing a lot of fast movement. Overall Borderlands 2 was perfectly playable at max settings. We tested it at medium settings on all the options and got a solid 60FPS for everything with the exception of turbo vehicle driving but that remained a steady 40-45FPS minimum.
Battlefield 3, is one of the most hardware intense games to be released (until Battlefield 4) and at 1080p running the game on high settings was not great, the game ran at about 25 FPS, which is not nearly high enough for a “gaming laptop”. Fast online first-person shooter games require a decent number of frames a second (40+) otherwise you get your ass handed to you in game, no matter how good you are. Changing the settings to medium and reducing the AA down to low did massively help the frame counter but my personal feeling is that if I’m spending over £1000 on a gaming machine, whether it be a laptop or desktop machine should be able to cope with the higher graphics settings.
- Excellent specifications
- Great connections
- Superb build quality
- Limited battery life
- Built-in speakers are lacking
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