Metabox N950TP Gaming Laptop Review and Benchmarks
Inside the box, weve got the laptop itself manual and warranty information power. Brick and power cable. To start lets. Look at the specs of the model. Ive got here as you can configure it a bit while ordering. For the CPU Ive got an Intel, 8th generation, Coffee Lake i3, 8100 CPU, which has 4 cores and runs at 3.6GHz.. I specifically requested this, as the 8th gen i3 gives us 4 cores, and I wanted to see how the cheaper option would perform. However, you can optionally select a 6 core, i5 8400 or even an i7 8700 CPU. If you prefer., Theres, also 8GB of DDR4 memory running at 2400MHz, but the two slots can support up to 32GB at 2666MHz. For storage theres, a 128GB M.2 SATA3 SSD, with the option of adding a second and a 1TB 5400 RPM hard drive installed. For the graphics Weve got Nvidias 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 memory in combination with a 15 inch 1080p 60Hz IPS panel and well see how this performs later in the benchmarks. For the network. Connectivity theres a gigabit, ethernet port and Intel 3168AC WiFi, which supports up to 802.11ac as well as Bluetooth 4.0, but this too can be upgraded.. The laptop has a black matte, look to it on the both the outside of the plastic lid and the plastic interior.. The physical dimensions of the laptop are 37.8cm in width 26.7cm in depth and 3cm in height.. I thought it seemed a bit on the thicker side and this is probably because cooling space is required if you get it with the 6 core 8700 CPU.
. The total weight of the laptop is advertised as starting at 2.7kg with the battery, but this can, of course, change depending on the selected components.. In my own testing, I found it to weigh just under 2.8kg and 3.6kg with the power brick and cable for charging.. As mentioned, the screen here is a 15 inch. 60Hz 1080p IPS matte panel, no G, Sync available here.. The viewing angles are pretty good. The colours are still clear: on sharp angles. Ive, also measured the colours produced by the screen using the Spyder 5 Pro, and my results returned 65 of sRGB, 46 of NTSC and 49 of AdobeRGB, so in terms of colour reproduction, it doesnt actually seem that good compared To other laptops, Ive tested., I think it looks fine and for gaming I dont think its a problem, but you might want a better panel for content. Creation. Ive performed my usual backlight bleed test on the display, which involves having the laptop show a completely black screen. In a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding around the edges., I then take a long exposure photo with my camera to help display any bleed. So basically, this is a worst case scenario. Test.. There was a bit of bleed on the left corners, but I didnt actually notice this while using it under normal lighting conditions, although this will of course vary between laptops., While moving the display. There was only a little bit of flex. Overall, it was pretty sturdy owing to the hinges that were placed on the left and right corners, and you can almost open the laptop with one finger demonstrating that there seems to be more weight distributed towards the back.
Above. The display is a Full HD camera capable of 1080p video.. The camera looks alright, with some decent lighting still a bit grainy though, while the microphone actually sounds pretty good, but youll be able to judge both for yourself.. The keyboard seems the same as other Metabox laptops. Ive tested recently its nice to type with, and I had no problems with it. Theres RGB backlighting, which can be controlled in three separate zones through the included software.. There was only tiny bit of of keyboard flex while pushing down fairly hard, but overall it felt pretty solid and this wasnt an issue while typing normally.. I also found the touchpad to work pretty well its got a light matte surface and there are physical left and right buttons, which werent too clicky. Moving onto the available IO on the left, theres a USB 3.0 Type, A port, a USB 2.0 Type, A port and 3.5Mm headphone and mic jacks. Over on the right: theres an SD card reader, a second USB 3.0 Type, A port, a USB 3.1 Gen, 2 Type C port, two Mini Displayport, 1.2 outputs, HDMI, 1.4 port ethernet port power input and kensington lock.. The fronts got some status LEDs and the speakers and theres nothing on the back other than the air exhaust vents.. The speakers are found underneath the front and I found them to sound. Alright, perhaps a little tinny with a lack of bass, but still fairly clear. Even at full volume.
Up on the lid theres, the Metabox logo and both the lid and the interior do a good job at hiding fingerprints. Thanks to that, matte finish. Underneath theres some air intakes to keep everything cool, as well as some rubber feet, which both help prevent the laptop from moving around on flat surfaces when in use and also rise it up slightly to help let cool air in. Powering the Laptop is a 62 Watt hour 6 cell battery and whats cool here is that you can easily remove the battery allowing you to swap in a charged spare. 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 4 hours and 28 minutes., While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidias battery boost set to 30 FPS. The battery lasted for 54 minutes.. Overall, I thought the battery life was pretty good. Ive had similar sized laptops with similar specs that ran out in half the time, though this may be less if you go with a 6 core CPU. During normal use, with an ambient room temperature of 21 degrees celsius, the CPU idled at 47 degrees celsius, while the Gpu sat at around 40 and here are the external temperatures of the laptop, where youll actually be putting your hands getting to around 32 degrees., With the CPU and GPU maxed out for half an hour with the default fan profile using the heaven benchmark and Aida64 at The same time with the same room temperature, the CPU reached a maximum of 67 degrees celsius, while the GPU peaked at 77.
So overall it actually stayed fairly cool with no thermal throttling observed.. The keyboard area got a fair bit warmer up to 48c in the middle and was noticeable while using it, but it wasnt too bad.. When I manually max out, all fans were able to drop a few degrees off the temps, although the tradeoff is, of course, that it gets louder as youll hear soon, and the keyboard area drops down to around 38 degrees at the hottest point in the center.. The gaming result was from playing PUBG at high settings and we can see that the GPU is slightly warmer than when running the Heaven benchmark, but its quite close and within margin of error territory.. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop Ill, let you have a listen to each of these tests.. Overall, I thought the temps were pretty good, considering theres a quad core CPU and 1060 inside Im, guessing the i3 CPU just doesnt get too hot and that the thicker body of the laptop is packing. Some decent cooling, inside. Id expect it to get a bit warmer. If you chose an i5 or i7 CPU, but it does appear that its got some thermal headroom in the CPU area in order to support those options.. Finally, lets take a look at some benchmarks. Well, first cover some real world gaming benchmarks, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools.. All tests were run at the 1080p resolution, with all Windows and Nvidia updates to date, installed.
Ive tested Overwatch for 5 minutes at each setting level, just playing with the bots even at max settings were getting over 100 FPS on average, and even the 1 lows are Above the refresh rate of the panel, so no problems with this game. Dota2 isnt too demanding but Im testing with a fairly intensive replay and were not seeing too much of a difference between the different setting levels. Its definitely very playable. PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds was tested with the latest 1.0 version using the replay feature.. The results at all setting levels are pretty good with over 70 FPS on average at ultra settings, but this can dip down quite a bit depending on whats going on in the game, as shown by the 1 lows. Shadow of war, with the built in benchmark scores. Almost a 60 FPS average or higher at all setting levels, the laptop did quite well here. Battlefield 1 ran smooth, regardless of the setting level used. Even at ultra settings were able to average above 60 FPS with the 1 lows, not too low either. I didnt notice any issues even during intense fights.. The Witcher3 also ran quite well. It played great at high or lower settings, although even with ultra settings, the averages werent too far below 60 FPS. However, the 1 lows were a bit lower than the rest of the settings, which was noticeable.. Watchdogs 2 is a fairly resource intensive game and I felt like the game was stuttering a bit at all setting levels, despite the frame rates actually showing that it was otherwise running.
Alright. Ive found this to happen in this game with 8GB of RAM, and that seemed to be the issue. It probably would have been fine with 16GB. Rise of the Tomb. Raider is running alright, with above 60 FPS averages at all setting levels with the built in benchmark. Ghost recon is another fairly resource intensive game. However, its actually running quite well at all setting levels other than ultra. I thought it was going to do much worse, but the results werent too bad. DOOM performs mostly the same regardless of the setting level used and even with ultra settings. The 1 lows are above 60, FPS and thats with OpenGL. So this is another game. Thats running really well., Despite the i3 CPU, most of the gaming results were pretty good, as the 8th gen i3s have 4 cores with decent clock speeds, a nice step up over last generations, dual core i3s. For the most part it was performing close to or better Than other 7700HQ laptops with the 1060 that Ive tested Ill have to compare these in a future video.. In most cases, there were no issues running most of these games at good frame rates, even at high settings., Now onto the benchmarking tools, while a useful indicator note that these results are less practical compared to the real world gaming results previously, shown. Well start with the Unigine benchmarks: this is how the laptop performed in Heaven benchmark with the tessellation set to extreme and anti aliasing, set to x8 heres, how Valley benchmark performed with anti aliasing on x8 at various graphics settings.
And finally, these are the results from their newest Superposition benchmark.. For the final graphics benchmarks, I ran Fire Strike and Time spy from 3DMark as well as VRMark, and these results are actually better than a 7700HQ and 1060 laptop. In Crystal Disk Mark. The 128GB SATA3 M.2 SSD performed around 560MBs in sequential reads, but just 195MBs in sequential, writes so fairly typical for a SATA3 based SSD, but a little low on the writes.. The 1TB hard drive gets around 140 MBs in sequential reads and and 100 MBs in sequential, writes again pretty typical for a 5400 RPM hard drive. However, both drives can be upgraded, quite a bit. At minimum specs. So without the 1TB hard drive, the laptop starts at 1349 AUD, so about 1040 USD with all taxes included for my international viewers and will of course, vary based on your final hardware. Selection. For the exact configuration Ive got here with the extra disk, its only an additional 55 AUD.. This is a pretty good price for a gaming laptop with a 6GB 1060 here in Australia, which is why I asked for this laptop with the cheaper quad core i3 CPU.. I could have got it with a 6 core, i5 or i7 instead, but those cost more, and I was really interested to see what the Coffee Lake i3 CPUs are like and, as we saw in the benchmarks, the laptop was still a capable gaming machine for a Good price Im definitely going to compare it to a 7700HQ laptop in the future, so keep an eye out for that.
. So what did you guys think of the N950TP gaming laptop from Metabox? I think its a pretty well priced gaming, laptop here in Australia in general. It seems to be cheaper than lots of other laptops with a 1060 and 7700HQ CPU and as weve seen, the quad core i3 CPU is able to perform pretty well. I think it definitely represents good value for money.. Let me know what you guys thought down in the comments or simply leave a like or dislike to quickly. Let me know. Thanks for watching and dont forget to subscribe for future tech.