A new Pascal-powered laptop that’ll knock the socks off a desktop
Since Nvidia launched the Pascal-powered GTX-10 series graphics cards, mobile gamers have been keen to see how well the new generation GPUs will perform in a laptop.
Nvidia, when releasing the 10-series, mentioned that the new GPUs will offer better performance at a lower power cost, far better than the previous, slightly underwhelming 9-series mobile GPUs.
Gigabyte is the first off the starting line in using the 10-series in its gaming laptops. Inside the P57X v6, you’ll find a 3.5GHz Intel i7-6700Q, 16GB of DDR4 2133MHz memory, a Transcend 256GB M.2 SSD with Windows 10 64-bit Home preinstalled and a further Hitachi 1TB hard drive.
The Nvidia 10-series used in the P57X v6 is a GTX-1070, with a GPU clock speed of a slightly slower 1442MHz, compared to the base desktop GPU clock speed of 1506MHz. The memory clock speed, however, is up to spec at 2002MHz and you still get the hefty 8GB of GDDR5 memory to play around with.
The mobile version of the GTX-1070 is certainly no slouch. It has 2,048 CUDA cores, a pixel rate of 92.3GPixel/s, a texture rate of 184.6GTexel/s and a floating point performance value of 5,906 GFLOPS. In short, although the
GPU clock speed is a tad lower than the Founders Edition desktop cards, the performance is nigh-on equivalent to that of a desktop GTX-1070.
This of course means you can happily get away with VR and 4K gaming. Our 3DMark 11 overall test came back with a score of 16088, by far the best we’ve seen in a laptop so far and not far off some of the higher-end desktops we’ve tested too.
Despite being able to enjoy 4K gaming, though. Gigabyte has decided to equip the P57X v6 with a 17.3“ 1920x 1080 IPS screen. In some ways we’re quite happy with this, as we’ve often found 4K screens on laptops a little too excessive and awkward to look at if the automatic scaling gets confused. Besides, HD gaming is still very much alive and although HD the IPS screen on the P57X v6 is perfectly clear, colourful and responsive.
As for connectivity, the P57X v6 manages to cram in a fair number of ports. There’s three USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, HDMI, VGA, gigabit Ethernet, an SD card reader, DVD RW drive, audio ports and of course the usual 802.11ac wi-fi and Bluetooth 4.1.
It’s a big laptop too, measuring 421 x 190 x 28.6mm and weighing in excess of 3Kg, so it’s not exactly portable. And as far as the battery life is concerned, you’ll be lucky to get four hours of video and around an hour or so of gaming in before needing to reach for a plug socket.
There’s a full-sized and backlit, anti-ghost 30-key rollover keyboard, though, complete with a good sized and sensitive touchpad. And since the laptop is a bit on the big side, there’s more than enough room to spread your hands out on the keyboard section.
Naturally, the Gigabyte P57X v6 isn’t going to be cheap. It’s a solid gaming beast, one that can easily tackle a desktop into submission, so you’ll be expected to pay something in the region for the luxury.
Yes it’s hugely expensive, but the Gigabyte P57X v6 is a superb gaming laptop, mm David Hayward
Very, very expensive. But also very, very powerful