Aftershock Vapor 15X / Eluktronics MAX 15 10th Gen Review
, Its known as the MAX 15 from Eluktronics in the US and sold here in Australia as the Vapor 15X from Aftershock.. You can customize it when ordering and check updated prices with the links in the description.. The build quality feels nice, its got a silver magnesium alloy finish on both the lid and interior and no sharp corners or edges.. The weight is listed at 1.7kg and mine was around this or 3.9lb, then 2.6kg or 5.8lb, with the 230w power brick and cables. Its on the smaller side for a 15 gaming laptop with these specs coming in under 2cm thick., Its got a 15.6 1080p 240Hz display. No G, Sync or FreeSync though. Theres an option in the BIOS to enable or disable optimus, though, and this will give a performance boost in games. Ive, measured the average grey to grey response time at 4.6ms theres a link in the description. If you need an explanation on these numbers. Its one of the best response times out of the laptops that Ive tested and only just below the 4.16ms needed for a 240Hz screen. Ive tested the screen with the Spyder 5 and got 98 of sRGB 71 of NTSC 76 of AdobeRGB and 76 of DCI P3 decent results for a gaming laptop.. My panel was right on 300 nits at 100 brightness with a 5201 contrast ratio. So, although quite low for the contrast I cant say I noticed it and brightness was average., Backlight bleed was minor.
I never noticed it when viewing darker content, but this will vary between panels. Theres, a 720p camera below the display in the middle and its got IR for Windows. Hello, though, you have to tilt the screen back, so it can see you to unlock. As the camera is down the bottom, your fingers do kind of get in the way a bit while typing and youve got to push the screen back to actually get yourself in Frame. Heres what it sounds like when we set the fan to full speed, so its not doing a great job of isolating my voice over the fans.. The keyboard has 4 zones of RGB backlighting, which lights up all keys and secondary functions. Theres 4 levels of key brightness, which can be controlled using the keyboard, shortcuts or software.. I liked typing with the keyboard. It felt nice and tactile heres how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect. The glass precision. Touchpad is smooth and worked alright, but Im testing the larger 17 at the same time, and that one just feels much better.. It does a decent job of hiding fingerprints and dirt as its not matte black and the smooth surface makes cleaning easy with a microfiber cloth.. The weight distribution felt good, allowing for one finger opening and the screen goes a fair way. Back. Keyboard flex was only minor when pushing down hard. It feels quite solid. There was some flex to the lid, but it is on the thinner side.
It felt sturdy enough. On the left. Weve got a Kensington lock slot up the back air exhaust vent, USB 3.1 Gen2 Type, A port and separate 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks.. The right has a MicroSD card slot two USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A ports and an air exhaust vent.. The rest is on the back from left to right, theres, a USB Type C port with DisplayPort output and Thunderbolt 3 support, HDMI 2.0 output, gigabit ethernet and the power input.. The front has a little groove in the middle to aid. Opening the lid, as well as an RGB light bar, which can be customized through software with the keyboard. Both display outputs, connect directly to the Nvidia graphics, but Type C, cannot be used to charge. The laptop. Underneath has plenty of air vents towards the back half of the machine and the rubber feet do a good job of preventing sliding on my desk., Its easy to get inside just take out 11 Phillips head screws, and the panel basically comes right. Off. Inside weve got the battery down the front two M.2 slots above it on the left, two memory slots in the middle and WiFi 6 card to the right of that. Plenty of shared heatpipes and VRM coverage up the back for cooling.. The two speakers are on the left and right sides towards the front.. They sound about average, not too clear. At max volume there was a little bass, but also some vibration or distortion at max, and the latencymon results.
Werent too bad. Its powered by a 4 Cell 62Wh battery. Ive tested it with RGB lighting off background apps, disabled and screen at 50 brightness. The battery life wasnt great, pretty bad, given the size compared to others.. This is something Ive seen with other Tongfang laptops prior to BIOS updates. So I would expect this to improve over time. Lets check out thermals next. The control center software lets you change between three different performance modes, which, from lowest to highest, are office mode, game mode and beast mode. Office mode. Lets you pick different fan profiles or set a custom fan curve and also toggle ECO mode. Game and beast modes. Also give you the option to enable fan boost to max out the fans.. None of these modes applied any GPU overclocking. By default. Undervolting is allowed through the BIOS, and you can also undervolt through BIOS.. The idle temperatures were fine with a 21 degree Celsius, room stress tests were done with the Aida64 CPU stress test, with stress, CPU only checked and the Heaven GPU benchmark run. At the same time, while gaming was tested playing Watch Dogs 2., I might have gone a bit overboard on the testing. Here. Basically office mode seems to limit the CPU to an 80 degree. Thermal throttle, cap game mode increases this to 85 and then beast mode boosts this to 90 degrees.. This means its not possible for the CPU to rise above 90 degrees Celsius, which I think is good, even if it means some thermal throttling personally Id prefer it to not get hotter, but thats me.
. The GPU was thermal throttling at 86 in the game, with beast mode enabled, though this was only removed with the cooling pad.. These are the clock speeds for the same tests, just shown. Theres, not that big of a difference in beast mode with the game running with the cooling pad, so the GPU thermal throttle must have been small.. Gpu speeds were only really lower in office mode.. I also didnt see much difference with or without ECO mode, enabled more on that soon. CPU speeds rise in game mode, because the thermal throttle cap increases then again in beast mode for the same reason. Setting the fan to max speed, didnt change anything because it was Already running at full speed under both of these tests., The undervolt almost gets us 300Mhz extra clock speed. Then the cooling pad helped out more as again. Thermals are the limit to more performance.. I dont think this is too bad when we remember that this has an 8 core Intel, processor and 115 watt, RTX 2060 graphics in a 15 inch chassis, thats, thinner and lighter than most other laptops. Ive covered. Youve also got the option of upgrading to better thermal paste when ordering and realistically more than 4GHz over 8 cores for an Intel based laptop is a good result.. The 2060 had no problems running at its 115 watt limit, regardless of the performance mode in use.. We can see that office mode, regardless of whether or not ECO was ticked, seems to cap at 25 watts.
Otherwise, the CPU power is limited by the thermal throttle limits for each mode. With good cooling, though its possible to surpass a 55 watt TDP, which I think is good. As other laptops will cap this arbitrarily to 45 watts, as per Intel spec leaving performance on the table for lower temperatures. Heres, how CPU only performance looks in Cinebench with the GPU now idle. ECO mode is actually making a difference. Now, as we saw earlier, it didnt seem to do much in CPU, plus GPU workloads like gaming.. I found game mode and beast mode similar in terms of CPU performance, so it looks like the only difference may be. The thermal throttle limits of the processor, as noted earlier., When we compare the best result against others, its doing very well for a 10875H laptop, the best single core result Ive seen anyway and ahead of all the Ryzen laptops, though the multicore performance is being beaten by Those 8 core 4800H machines above it., The middle of the keyboard, was warmer when idling compared to most laptops Ive tested, but it was hardly warm to the touch.. It starts approaching hot in the middle, with the stress tests running in the same lowest office mode. Its not too different in game mode, still quite uncomfortable in the middle and up the back., Its the same deal with the highest beast mode, but the left and right Sides are much cooler, comparatively no problems playing a game and resting on WASD.
Lets have a listen to the fans.. The fans were still audible at idle, then, when under load, I found no difference to fan volume, whether in game mode, beast mode or enabling fan boost. So it was always at max regardless during these tests. Now lets check out how well the Vapor 15x performs in games and see how it compares with other laptops. Ive tested, Battlefield 5 in campaign mode at ultra settings, and the 15x is highlighted in red. Its just 1 FPS ahead of the only other 115 watt, 2060 Ive tested in the MSI GL65, which is just below it, though. The 1 low is almost 9 higher, presumably due to the better processor and theres, not that much of a gain to be had from the 2070 machines above it.. These are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra settings in the built in benchmark.. This test depends more on the processor, which is probably why its now ahead of the more powerful 2070 in the Dell G7 just below it. Shadow of the Tomb Raider, was also tested with the games benchmark tool with the highest setting preset., The average frame rate was The same as the 115 watt 2060 in the GL65 in this more GPU heavy test, just a few frames behind a 2070. Ive said it before and Ill say it again after the 2060, you really start getting into diminishing returns for the amount of money youre spending.. Now, for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike Timespy and Port Royal from 3DMark just pause.
The video, if you want a detailed look at these results. Ive, used Adobe Premiere to export one of my laptop review. Videos at 4K., Lower times are better here, and the 15X is similar to other RTX 2060 laptops, tested., Ive also tested Premiere, but with the Puget systems benchmark, which also accounts for things like live playback and the 15X is doing quite well, though, there are some Ryzen Options with lower powered GPUs that do better. The results were similar in Adobe Photoshop. This tends to be more of a CPU focussed test. However, its one of the lower results from a 10875H laptop.. I thought it would do better due to the higher power limits. DaVinci Resolve is more GPU heavy, though its basically the same as the 65 watt Max Q 2060 in the ASUS G14, just above it. Ive also tested SPECviewperf, which tests out various professional 3D workloads. Ive Used Crystal disk mark to test the 1TB, NVMe, M.2, SSD and both reads and writes, were great though this will vary based on drive selection when ordering. The microSD card slot was also doing. Ok and the card sticks out a little when inserted. For updated prices check. The links in the description as prices will change over time and you can customize when ordering, which will affect the total. At the time of recording the Vapor 15X starts from 2160 AUD, but you can get 50 off with code JARRODSTECH.. This config just has one stick of memory.
I definitely recommend upgrading to dual channel for the performance boost. In the US. They dont seem to offer the 115 watt 2060 option instead opting for 2070 2070 Super or 2080 Super Max Q.. So, to conclude, the Vapor 15x offers great gaming performance due to the higher wattage, 2060 graphics and 8 core processor, especially for the size and weight of the machine.. If youre after a good mixture of portability and power, then this one is worth considering. As a result of that combination. It can get hot to the touch in the middle, but the WASD area and sides were cool.. The internals are capped to different thermal throttle limits based on the mode in use, which I think is a good way to prevent it getting hotter, and you can get further improvements with some undervolting or a cooling pad. CPU performance was great, especially for single core, though Multicore was still behind cheaper Ryzen options, but thats just the current state of Intel 10th gen mobile processors when it comes to rendering workloads like this.. The screen was great for gaming 240Hz with low response time, good colour gamut for some content creation, brightness was average, but contrast was low, at least when I measured it. I cant say I noticed it myself when using it.. The main issue I had was with the battery life, but Ive found similar problems with tongfang laptops in the past prior to BIOS updates, so that will probably improve over time based on the size of the battery.
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