Infinity X5 (i7-9750H/GTX 1660Ti) Gaming Laptop Review
In this detailed review., The Infinity laptop brand started up last year and theyre currently selling in Australia and New Zealand, though the information should still apply to the same models sold around the world by other companies., Starting with the specs. My unit has an Intel: i7, 9750H CPU Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti graphics, 16gb of memory running in dual channel; a 15.6 1080p 144Hz screen and 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD. Theres, a gigabit ethernet port 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 5.. There are quite a few options available, though you can find examples and updated pricing linked in the description.. The lid of the laptop is matte black metal, while the interior is also black, but with a rubberised finish., All edges and corners were smooth and overall, it felt quite well built.. The weight of the laptop is listed at 1.9kg, and mine was a little under this. Without a 2.5 drive installed. With the 180 watt power, brick and cables for charging the total weight rises to over 2.4kg.. The dimensions of the laptop are 35.9cm in width 23.6cm in depth and under 2cm in height. So on the thinner side – and this results in thinner, 7mm screen bezels based on my own measurements., The 15.6 144Hz 1080p IPS level screen – looks quite good. All viewing angles were fine, though there was no G Sync available here.. The screen seems to use PWM to control. Brightness, however, my camera could only detect this at lower brightness levels.
Ive, measured the current colour gamut of the screen using the Spyder 5 Pro and my results returned 97 of sRGB and 73 of AdobeRGB. At 100 brightness. I measured the panel at 315 nits in the center and with a 8601 contrast ratio, so around average for a good gaming laptop panel.. There was pretty much. No backlight bleed some extremely minor imperfections, but nothing actually noticeable during normal use. But this will vary between laptops and panels.. There was only a little screen flex. The metal lid seemed quite sturdy, despite being on the thinner side, which was aided by the hinges being out towards the far corners.. I couldnt quite open it up with one finger. It was a little heavier towards the back, though no problems using it on my lap. Due to the thin bezels, the 720p camera is found underneath the screen., The camera doesnt. Look that good as its down the bottom. So its more of a chest: cam. The microphone, sounds ok and when you type your fingers kind of get in the way of the camera, a bit., If you want to be in the frame youve got to push the screen right back. So its not very practical, and if you max the fan, speed out, this is what it sounds like. So it does actually do an ok job of isolating my voice. You can still kind of hear me, but the fan noise is a bit annoying. So its not really removing it.
The membrane keyboard in my unit has four zones of RGB backlighting has four levels of brightness available or can be turned off if you prefer, and even all secondary key functions get lit up. Overall, I really liked typing with the keyboard. Heres how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect.. There was a little keyboard flex, but overall it was quite sturdy and this wasnt a problem while using the machine normally. Next to the power button, is a button that lets you swap between the different performance modes available. Just like the software with status LEDs found behind here, which are also viewable with the lid closed., The touchpad has precision. Drivers was very smooth to the touch and can be disabled by simply double tapping, the top left corner, which could be useful in games if youre using a mouse anyway. Its got all the usual gestures, clicks down anywhere and worked well. Fingerprints didnt show up too easily On the black interior, which appears to have a very subtle, glitter or something in it, despite it being some sort of rubberised material, they were easy to clean. On the left from the back theres, a Kensington, lock air exhaust vent, gigabit, ethernet port USB 2.0 Type, A Port bit odd for a 2019 machine and 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks. On the right, theres, a full size, SD card slot, two USB 3.1 Type, A ports and air exhaust vent. On the back.
There are more air exhaust vents towards the corners, then from left to right. There are two Mini DisplayPort: outputs, HDMI output, USB 3.1 Type C port and the power input. No mention of Thunderbolt support here: though. Theres, nothing on the front, just plastic from the bottom panel. On the matte black metal, lid theres, just the Infinity logo in the center. Underneath theres some nice room for air vents towards the back thick rubber feet to help raise It up a little and reduce movement and speakers towards the front left and right corners.. The speakers sound, ok and got loud enough. Nothing special, a bit tinny with no real bass. Heres. What were looking at with volume at maximum and music playing and the latencymon results were looking good.. The bottom panel can be removed by taking out 11 screws with a Phillips head screwdriver., Once inside from left to right, weve got two M.2 slots. Single 2.5 inch drive bay, two memory slots battery and WiFi card. Powering the laptop is a smaller 3 cell 46.7 Watt hour battery and with a full charge and just watching YouTube videos. With the screen on half brightness keyboard lighting off and background apps disabled. I was able to use it for just 2 hours and 5 minutes a very poor result for this test.. The Intel integrated graphics were in use during this test due to Nvidia Optimus., While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidias battery boost set to 30 FPS.
The battery lasted for 1 hour and 17 minutes. However, the battery didnt seem capable of providing enough power, as the game was running at 17 FPS, the entire time, rather than the usual constant, 30. At 13, remaining or after the first hour and 4 minutes. This lowered further to 4 FPS and was no longer usable. So, overall, the battery wasnt great youll definitely want to stay plugged in where possible. I did notice some battery drain. During my testing while plugged in, however, it seemed to stop at around 94 and not result in performance loss, which is pretty standard.. Thermal testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius, so expect different temperatures in different environments. Out of the box. The CPU also came with a 0.05v undervolt, so thats the stock setting where Ive noted UV on the graph thats my additional undervolt to 0.15v. At the bottom of the graph at idle. The temperatures were actually quite warm.. The gaming tests in the upper half were done with Watch Dogs 2, as I find it to use a good combination of CPU and GPU.. The stress tests represent a worst case scenario and were done by running the Aida64 CPU stress test, with the stress, CPU, only option checked and the Heaven GPU benchmark at max settings at the same time in order to fully load the system., Starting with the stress tests. I was seeing thermal throttling on the CPU at 95 degrees Celsius, which was happening in most cases.
. The software on the machine lets us swap between game mode and turbo mode and, while turbo mode looks cooler as well, see in the next graph, its not performing as well. The additional undervolt and cooling pad wasnt enough to remove thermal throttling on the CPU, though it Does help reduce the GPU temperature, which was actually thermal throttling under turbo mode, as it seems to redirect power from the CPU to GPU., While gaming, the temperatures looked fine but thats due to severe power limit throttling which well see soon.. These are the average clock speeds for the same tests, just shown. With the stress tests. We can see that Turbo mode has lower CPU clock speeds, but higher GPU clock speeds honestly, Im not exactly sure how this was working. At least the latest version of hardware info did not detect the power increase and no overclocking was being done as part of turbo mode. Undervolting. The CPU raises the clock. Speed, as this helps reduce the thermal throttling, while the cooling pad provided a further boost. Again, as this was addressing the thermal limitations, though, even in this best case scenario, the full 4GHz all core turbo speed of the i7 9750H CPU was not hit. Again, the CPU clock speeds from the gaming tests were quite low due to power limits that well look At next. Its worth remembering that at stock, the CPU already has a 0.05v undervolt applied. So even with this default tweak, the results are lower than I expected.
. These are the average TDP values reported by hardware info in these same tests, for both the CPU and GPU. Under these combined workloads. In almost all tests, the green bar is at the 80 watt limit for the GTX 1660 Ti. However, I actually saw a lower result with turbo mode enabled because, as mentioned, enabling turbo mode made it thermal throttle at 86 degrees Celsius.. Otherwise, in terms of CPU performance with the stress tests at stock were not passing 36 watts due to the thermal throttling taking place. As the cooling pad helped reduce thermal throttling. By increasing air flow, we saw higher CPU clock speeds and, as a result, higher power levels being hit despite the same temperatures. So, although still running hot, it is performing better like this., Interestingly, while actually playing a game, whether in game mode or turbo mode. The CPU TDP was not passing 30 watts under this combined load.. It would go up to 60 watts in CPU only load, but while actually playing a game, it was significantly lower. For comparison, most laptops. I test run at 45 watts on the CPU, while gaming by default, so this is definitely on the lower side and well see how it affects games soon, but Im already expecting lower 1 low performance as a result and lower FPS at lower settings. When the machine is more CPU bound., As for some of that, CPU only performance here are the results from Cinebench. Single core scores are looking fine, but a bit low for multicore prior to undervolting, as thermal throttling was being hit in this CPU only workload, however, additional Undervolting gets us to about what Id expect from the 9750H.
. As for the external temperatures, where youll actually be putting your hands at idle, it was warmer than the usual 30 degrees. I see with most other machines a result of the higher than average idle temperatures noted earlier., While gaming it gets to the low 50s in the center, and the keys were quite warm to the touch. Then, just a little hotter with the stress tests and hot right up the back granted, you shouldnt be touching there often unless using the profile change button next to the power button.. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop Ill, let you have a listen to some of these tests. At idle. The fan was quiet, but definitely audible, though at times it would completely shut off.. Otherwise, while under stress test or gaming, I found the fan speed. Would max out anyway, under the workloads I tested, it was the same at stock as manually setting it to maximum.. Overall, the machine ran hot, despite the out of the box stock undervolt on the CPU., Regardless of workload tested, the fans were already running at maximum speed and while gaming, the CPU TDP was considerably lower at 30 watts.. I suspect you could probably boost that by using a custom BIOS though, as there are quite a few available out there for these Tongfang based units.. Next lets. Take a look at some gaming benchmarks. Ive tested these games with game mode enabled rather than turbo, because, as discussed, I was seeing better performance.
Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode and even with ultra settings, it was playing alright here easily above the 60 FPS sweet spot, even at ultra settings. However, the 1 low performance was noticeably lower compared to other laptops with same specs, Ive recently tested as youll see, soon. Apex Legends was tested with either all settings at maximum or all settings at the lowest possible values, as it doesnt have predefined setting presets. Max settings. Still played fine with above 80 FPS, though we could boost average FPS by 44, with minimum settings., Far Cry. New Dawn was tested with the built in benchmark, and the results were ok, though again a bit lower than other machines with similar specs tested, but still performing fine.. The Division 2 was also tested with the built in benchmark, and this is only the third time Ive tested this game and compared to Lenovo Y540 with same specs that I recently tested. The averages are similar. However. Interestingly, the 1 low performance was a fair bit. Better. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark and again mixed results, actually pretty good for these specs at max settings as well see later in the comparisons, but once more lower performance at lower setting levels due to the CPU performance. CSGO was Tested with the Ulletical FPS benchmark, and this test always results in high frame rates on modern hardware, not too different from most other machines tested with this CPU.
Assassins, Creed Odyssey was tested with the built in benchmark and the results were quite similar to the Lenovo Y540. With same specs that I recently tested at high settings and above though, lower results at lower settings again, indicative of the lower CPU performance noted, earlier., Dota 2 was tested in the middle lane with an average amount of action going on and the results were good. Hitting 200 FPS averages at low settings with not really much difference to 1 low. It played perfectly fine with maximum settings. Rainbow. Six Siege was tested with the built in benchmark and in this test the results were actually extremely close at most setting levels compared to the Y540, with same specs, so seemingly fair results., The Witcher 3 was tested with hairworks disabled and played well even with ultra settings. No issues here at all decent results. To get some context lets see how it compares with some other gaming laptops use this information as a rough guide. Only as tests were done at different times with different drivers.. Here are the results from Far Cry 5 using the built in benchmark at ultra settings with the Infinity laptop shown in red.. Its stacking up pretty well here very similar results to the Lenovo Y540 with same specs, while both were actually slightly ahead of the two 2060 machines tested. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider with the built in benchmark at highest settings, the Infinity laptop was performing alright. Generally.
I find this test to mask CPU issues, so I presume its more GPU intensive and the 1660 Ti is actually scoring close to both of the RTX 2060 machines. Ive got here. In Battlefield 5 with ultra settings were seeing. Ok averages only just below the Lenovo Y540 with same specs. However, the 1 low performance was a fair bit lower here, due to the lower CPU performance covered earlier in the thermal testing.. Overall, the gaming performance was alright. The 1660 Ti is a good sweet spot for gaming. In my opinion, though, we did see lower performance in some games due to the lower CPU performance covered earlier, but in most cases thats just numbers on a graph. I found the games themselves to play well even at higher settings, mostly because we start becoming more GPU bound and the 1660 Ti can take over. Now for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike, Timespy, Port Royal and VRMark From 3DMark just pause, the video, if you want a detailed look at these results. As we saw earlier, weve got the option of overclocking and undervolting the CPU further to increase performance, so lets see how these changes actually help in gaming., Far Cry 5 was tested at Ultra settings with the built in benchmark at 1080p., There was a 5 improvement to average FPS with the custom settings in place. Most of this would be due to the CPU undervolt, as this would allow for more performance within the strict power limits that were observed.
While running games. Ive used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage and my 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD was performing fairly, interestingly, better writes than reads which is uncommon.. The SD card slot wasnt going too well with a V90 card, though I still prefer having it than not. At all. For updated pricing check the links in the description, as prices will change over time. At the time of recording in Australia. This model is going for 2000 AUD. For my international viewers. Without our tax and converting the price thats under 1250 USD but youve also got to factor in that we typically pay more. Here too, I cant see anywhere in Amazon selling, this chassis at the moment. Compared to many other options from larger brands here in Australia, thats not too bad. However, at the same time, you can get the same specs in a 15 inch Clevo unit for around 100 AUD, less granted. It is currently on sale, though, based on my own testing, I did find the thermals to perform a fair bit better.. So what do you guys think about the Infinity X5? 9G6. 88. Apart from the long name Lets conclude with the good and the bad. Overall, the laptop itself seems decent its a Tongfang chassis and built pretty well, the materials feel good and build quality is fair.. The keyboard was great to type with, and touchpad worked well.. The screen was decent in terms of colour, gamut and brightness, while still being 144Hz.
However, the flickering associated with PWM may be an issue for some, however, bleed was extremely minor., While under combined CPU and GPU load, I was seeing high temperatures despite the out of the box undervolt on the CPU, whereby the CPU would thermal throttle or the GPU would Thermal throttle in turbo mode, possibly due to the machine being on the smaller and thinner side, though that is a worst case test., While gaming, the CPU power limit, seemed to be capped quite harshly to 30 watts, and while that could possibly be raised with some other Bios out there, I think its important for me to review the machine in the way it came to me, which should represent how most people would buy it.. This resulted in some dips in performance in a few games noted by the 1 lows. However, at higher setting levels, the 1660 Ti was still able to do the heavy lifting resulting in decent game performance in terms of average FPS.. The battery was on the smaller side and seemed a little weak as the games. I were testing werent able to hit the standard 30 FPS cap of Nvidia battery boost, so Id want to stick to being plugged in while gaming, if possible, for better performance and the battery life overall was just not very good. Im, not sure if an upgrade is Possible, I know other 15 inch. Tongfang machines support this. If youre willing to take out the 2.
5 inch drive bay but theres not much information on this exact model.. It was good to see that this unit came with dual channel memory. Unlike the Infinity S7, I previously reviewed with single channel.. I still cant see this specified when buying, though so, Im, not sure which configuration you would actually get.. Let me know what you guys thought about the Infinity X5 gaming laptop down in the comments and, if youre new to the channel get subscribed for future tech.