Metabox Alpha-X NH58RD (i7-9750H/RTX 2060) Laptop Review
For the specs, my configuration has an Intel: i7 9750H CPU Nvidia, RTX, 2060 graphics, 16GB of memory running in dual channel, a 15.6 1080p 240Hz screen and a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD.. Its also got gigabit ethernet, WiFi, 6 and Bluetooth. 5. However, hardware can be customized, while ordering you can check the options as well as updated pricing using the link in the description.. The laptop has a silver body with a metallic lid, while the interior seems to be plastic.. The edges are smooth, but I found the front corners a bit rough. If you push up against then otherwise. Overall, it feels quite well built.. The weight of the laptop is listed at 2.2kg barebones, so expect differences based on hardware selection, though mine was under this. With the 180 watt power, brick and cable for charging included the total weight rises to 2.7kg.. The dimensions of the laptop are 36.1cm in width 25.8cm. In depth, and just under 2.8cm in height, so not exactly thin, but not quite thick either.. The smaller overall footprint gives us thin bezels around the screen, which are about 9mm, based on my own measurements.. I requested mine with the 240Hz panel, as I havent previously had the chance to test one from them. So now we can get some data. Its a 15.6 1080p IPS screen, but you can pick from 60Hz, 120Hz, 144Hz or even 4K 60Hz options when ordering. However, theres no G, Sync with this model. Ive, measured the colour gamut of the screen using the Spyder 5 Pro and my results returned 96 of sRGB, 68 of NTSC and 74 of AdobeRGB.
At 100 brightness. I measured the panel at 316 nits in the center and with a 8601 contrast ratio, so decent results, overall. Backlight bleed looked fine here, just some very minor glow patches, but it was perfectly fine when viewing darker content, though this will vary between laptops and panels.. There was some screen flex, however, it seemed quite sturdy with the hinges being out towards the far corners.. It couldnt quite be opened with one finger as theres more weight towards the back, including the cooling and battery, but it still felt stable on my lap. Despite the thin screen bezels, the camera is found above the display in the center., The cameras a bit blurry, but The audio sounds pretty good. Heres. What typing sounds like, and this is what it sounds like when we set the fan to max speed. So you can still hear me over the fan.. The keyboard in my unit has RGB backlighting. However, you can only customize the entire thing in one zone with the included control center software., Its got 4 levels of brightness or can be turned off and even the secondary functions on all keys get lit up.. Overall, I liked typing on the keyboard. The small shift on the right may annoy some, but I dont personally use it so didnt notice heres how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect.. There was a little keyboard flex while pushing down hard, which I think should be expected.
Given the keyboard is removable no issues during normal use. Though. The touchpad has precision drivers and worked well. It was smooth to the touch but doesnt actually press down its got separate. Left and right click, buttons, though., Fingerprints and dirt are harder to see on the silver finish and as a smooth surface, its easy to clean. On the left. Theres, a Kensington, lock air exhaust vent, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A port, USB 2.0 Type, A port and 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks. On the right theres, a USB 3.1 Gen2 Type, A port mini DisplayPort, 1.2 output, SD card slot and air exhaust vent. On the back. Theres one air exhaust vent on the left corner the right, isnt, actually a vent as the battery is there then from left to right. Weve got a USB 3.1 Gen, 2 Type C port with DisplayPort 1.3 support no Thunderbolt, though HDMI output, the version isnt specified, but I could run an external 4K monitor at 60Hz, which seems to indicate 2.0 gigabit, ethernet port and the power input.. I like that. Theyve got the bulky IO such as HDMI, ethernet and power on the back and out of the way.. Meanwhile, the front just has some status LEDs towards the right hand, side. On the lid theres, the Metabox logo in the center and the bits on the side. Light up white from the screens backlight. Underneath it looks like theres heaps of ventilation holes, however, not that many of these cut out areas actually allow air through but well see how the cooling does soon.
. The speakers are found towards the front left and right corners. They sounded ok for laptop speakers, but were a bit tinny with no bass. Heres. What were looking at in terms of maximum volume with music playing and the Latencymon results looked ok.. The bottom panel can be removed by taking out 12 screws with a Phillips head screwdriver, and the two screws in the back corners are slightly longer.. The battery is also easily removable. So if you have a spare, you can quickly swap in a fully charged one. A nice and uncommon feature these days. Underneath the battery there are three more Phillips head screws to take out before the bottom panel can be removed. So 15 screws all up. Once inside from left to right, weve got access to the WiFi card. Single 2.5 inch drive bay, two memory slots in the middle and two M.2 slots towards the right, which both support, NVMe PCIe drives., Powering the laptop is a removable 4 cell 49 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 3 hours and 17 minutes.. 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 56 minutes and the frame rate didnt drop at any point.
. Both results were a bit below average, though it is a smaller battery paired with decent specs. However, it is also removable, so in theory, you could get spare batteries to quickly swap in. Ill. Also, note that I never saw the battery drain with the 180 watt power. Brick plugged in throughout any of my testing. Lets look at thermals next. Air is pulled in underneath the machine where there are two fans and heatpipes shared between the processor and graphics.. Thermal testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius so expect different results in different environments. By default. Metabox are applying a 0.1v undervolt to the CPU, which is great to see.. Theyve advised me that theyll be doing this with their laptops going forward. So out of the box, we should see increased performance. The control center software allows us to swap between different power modes, quiet, entertainment and performance.. These basically set different power limits and fan speeds and Ive tested with them all. So we can see the differences. At idle. In quiet mode, the temperatures were looking, good fans were only just barely audible.. The rest of the results are from combined CPU and GPU workloads and are meant to represent worst case scenarios, as I ran them for extended periods of time.. The gaming results towards the upper half of the graph were tested by playing Watch Dogs 2, as I find it to use a good combination of processor and graphics.
. The stress test results shown on the lower half of the graph are from running the Aida64 CPU stress test, with only the stress, CPU option checked and the Heaven GPU benchmark at max settings at the same time to fully load the system so kind of a worst Case. In quiet mode, thermal throttling was reported on the GPU.. This is kind of expected, though youll hear later how quiet its running. So this mode lets you run quieter at the expense of thermals. Entertainment mode, increased the power limits, but also fan speeds. So the GPU temperature drops back with minimal changes to the CPU. Performance mode. Further increased the power limits, so we see higher CPU temperatures now as a result. 97 is higher than Id like, but as well see in the next graph were getting high levels of performance. Here., Adding a cooling pad was able to help out additional undervolting may have helped a little too, but I figured the default. 0.1V was good enough.. These are the clock speeds for the same tests. Just shown.. We can see the low results in quiet mode due to the thermal throttling, which then increase quite a bit in entertainment, mode. In performance mode were almost seeing the full 4GHz all core turbo boost speed of the 9750H in both tests. An excellent result – and this explains the higher CPU temperatures that we just saw – many machines – are not capable of this at all and its clearly, due to the default CPU undervolt.
, With the cooling pad in use and temperatures being brought under control, were now seeing a solid 4Ghz average, in both tests with the GPU clock speeds, also raising, presumably, as GPU boost, prefers cooler temperatures.. These are the average TDP values reported by hardware info. During these same tests.. We can see that if we want the GPU to perform its best performance mode is required, as this raises the GPU power limit up to 90 watts.. Additionally, the CPU is also running close to 50 watts, even in this combined CPU and GPU stress test. Most other machines tend to cap this at 45 watts for combined load. So this looks like a good result.. I could play most games alrightish in quiet mode watch, dogs 2, while doing the thermal testing did have some lag spikes when thermal throttling was being hit constantly less demanding games may be ok, though otherwise, entertainment mode and performance mode played well.. It was a bit warmer compared to the lower specced configs of the same chassis, Ive reviewed, but this is likely due to the higher powered 2060 graphics. So thats going to be a trade off for more performance.. Ive got some Cinebench results here, so we can get. An idea of CPU performance. By default were almost averaging 3000. A great result for the 9750H CPU Ive tested many other laptops that get far below this due to lower power or thermal limits.. That said, I was also able to further boost the power limit higher with Intel XTU and crack the 3100 mark.
. As for the external temperatures, where youll actually be putting your hands at idle, it was in the low 30s fairly average., While under stress test in quiet mode. It gets to the 50s in the center. As we saw earlier, the internals were quite hot now, but the fan was also low. In entertainment mode. The performance rises, but so does the fan so were looking at much lower temperatures. In performance mode. The fan was maxed out and the temperatures are looking about. The same., As for the fan noise produced by the laptop Ill, let you have a listen to some of these tests. At idle. In the quiet mode, the fans were just barely audible., While gaming or under stress test with the same quiet mode. It was still very quiet, so you can see – or I guess hear why it was throttling there., Regardless of using entertainment, mode performance mode or manually, setting the fan to max speed. It was reaching the same maximum speed.. Despite this, it wasnt too loud about average when compared to most other gaming laptops. It didnt get up to 57 decibels like most others. Do, though, which could explain some of the warmer temps. Next lets. Take a look at some gaming benchmarks. Ive tested these games with these Nvidia drivers with performance mode in the control center software enabled for best results. Control was tested, walking through the start of the game and Ive tested with RTX enabled in the green bars and RTX off in purple.
. I dont think this game needs a very high frame rate to play. For the most part, high settings with RTX off went, ok, but medium still looks good, so Id prefer the higher frame rate. RTX on even with low settings wasnt great in terms of performance, though, even if it did look, nice. Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode And again, RTX on results are shown by the green bars.. Rtx played ok at medium settings, but when you can get higher FPS with RTX off at ultra settings and in my opinion, have it look better RTX again, doesnt seem too useful. 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.. It was still playing very well even with max settings, but we could get higher results for our 240Hz panel at minimum.. Borderlands 3 was tested using the games built in benchmark tool and high settings was needed to maintain an average above 60 FPS. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark, and these are the best results Ive seen with an RTX 2060 laptop. So far, however, well compare this game with some other laptops. Soon. Far Cry. New 5 was also tested with the built in benchmark and well also take a look at how this game compares against some other laptops. Shortly. CSGO was tested with the Ulletical FPS benchmark and is one of the esports titles thats actually capable of taking advantage of the 240Hz panel.
. Even with all settings maxed out, the averages were close to this. Point. Fortnite also saw decent results with medium settings getting above 200 FPS and looking super smooth with the 240Hz panel, and it was also capable of reaching 120 FPS even maxed out at epic settings. Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built in benchmark and is another Title that may actually be able to make use of the 240Hz panel at lower setting levels where we were just able to average 200 at low settings with a 100 render scale. Ghost Recon Breakpoint was tested using the built in benchmark and even the highest ultimate preset Was averaging around 60 FPS due to our decent GPU power and 100 FPS was just hit at medium settings and below. 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 Battlefield 5 with ultra settings and Ive got the NH58RD highlighted in red near similarly specced machines.. This is the first and only time Ive had the RTX 2060 paired with a 9750H. So it could be beating the other 2060 machines due to the better CPU, but regardless its in the lead.. These are the results from Far Cry 5, using the built in benchmark at ultra settings., Again its ahead of the other 2060 machines and a little better than our single GTX, 1070 laptop, although as a CPU heavy test again, this could just be due to the slight Edge the 9th gen CPU offers.
In Shadow of the Tomb Raider with the built in benchmark at highest settings. The NH58RD was ahead again of the other 2060 machines. Ive recently tested actually scoring the same as the 2070 Max Q in the Lenovo Y740, but again theres that small CPU difference. Overall, the gaming performance was good. All games ran well even at higher setting. Levels. Ive found the RTX 2060 to perform around 14 better than the GTX 1660 Ti, and in most cases it does seem worth paying a little extra for.. That said, though, the 1660 Ti is still a nice sweet spot and can also handle pretty much any modern game with good settings at 1080p. No problem, as we saw in the NH58RC review. I think RTX on the 2060, is a little underwhelming at the moment. I wouldnt personally buy today just with RTX in mind, but it may be more useful in the future. Only time will tell. Ill. Also note that we didnt really put the 240Hz screen to use outside of esports titles. If this is what youre mainly playing at lower settings, then it could definitely be a nice upgrade, but for most people I think the 144Hz option for 140 AUD less is a better well rounded choice. Ive tested a 240Hz screen in the past with an RTX 2070 And even there, it still only made sense with esports titles at lower settings. 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. Ive, used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage and my 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD was performing alright, but speeds will depend entirely on what drive you select when ordering. There are quite a few options.. The SD slot was pretty decent, too not amazing, but ahead of many others. For updated pricing check the links in the description as prices will change over time. At the time of recording in Australia. The base model goes for about 1780 AUD.. This is with dual channel memory, though its 120 more for the 144Hz upgrade option, which I think would be a good match up for these specs for gaming.. For my US friends, thats about 1100 USD without taxes, although to actually buy this same Clevo chassis in the US from Amazon, it starts from 1350 USD granted thats with the more expensive 240Hz screen. Lets conclude by looking at the good and bad aspects of the Metabox Nh58Rd., While having decent specs to play basically any modern game with good settings, the laptop has a clean and professional design without the typical gamer aesthetic.. The performance is quite impressive. Once you consider that the fan noise is below average., It does get warm under stress test, but in most games it seemed fine and the compromise was excellent performance likely thanks to the default 0.1v undervolt that theyve introduced. In Australia. This thing is serious value. Just for comparison, the Acer Helios 300 with 1660 Ti is at least 400 AUD more money, and this was outperforming it in many games.
. I liked that the bulky IO, including HDMI ethernet and power, are found on the back of the machine and out of the way.. The IO is otherwise pretty decent with SD card slot and Type C port, though USB 2.0 in 2019 is a bit odd and, as is usually the case with these Clevo units, no Thunderbolt, 3 support., The removable battery is also nice to have. You could buy spares and very quickly, swap in a fully charged one if you want, which would be good as battery life was on the lower side. Theres, not really much else to say. Overall, I found it quite good for the price., Like the other Alpha X model Ive covered. This is easily one of the best Clevo units from Metabox Ive tested so far, based on the specs overall performance and price. I think the Alpha X series is offering great value for money, especially here in Australia, where bigger brands cost way more than they do in the US.. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments and, if youre new to the channel consider subscribing for future laptop reviews and tech.