Metabox P950EP Gaming Laptop Review and Benchmarks
An australian company who specialize in custom laptops so let's find out what one of their newest models has to offer. As you can customize the hardware when ordering i'll first cover the specs of my unit for the cpu we've got intel's, i 78758 6 core cpu, which can turbo up to 4 point 1 gigahertz in symbol, call workloads or 3.9 gigahertz in all core workloads. The 16 gig of ddr4 memory running at 2400 megahertz in dual channel, but the two slots support up to 32 gig at 2600, 66 megahertz for storage, there's, a single m2 slope which supports nvme, pcie based storage. In my case, it's populated with a 512 gig end up to sutter SSD there's, a single 2.5 inch drive bay, which is empty here, but you've got the option to add mesosphere your hard drive for the graphics as an nvidia 1066 gig, which powers the 15.6 inch. 1080P 60 hertz IPS panel, but it's also available with 120 Hertz, 144 Hertz or 4k options and we'll see how this performs soon in the benchmarks. Finally, for the network connectivity there's, a Gigabit Ethernet port support for ADA 2.11 AC Wi Fi, as well as Bluetooth version 5, but the Wi Fi card can also be customized, the interior, lid and base of the laptop or an aluminium alloy. So it feels quite sturdy and they've all got the same silver grey, matte color. The dimensions of the laptop are 38 centimeters in width 25 point two centimeters in depth and 1.
86 centimeters in height, so it's on the thinnest ID for a laptop with these specs. The bare bones weight of the laptop is listed as 1.9 kilos, with the battery included, so total weight will depend on the selected components. I found mine to weigh around two point: one kilos and when we add the 150 watt power, brick and cable for charging the weight increases to just under two point: eight kilos so still pretty portable. As mentioned. The screen here is a 15.6 inch, 60 Hertz 1080p IPS panel, no g sync available either the viewing angles were good, still perfectly clear on all angles. With the IPS panel, the panel doesn't get too bright, but it's enough for insight use at up to two hundred and seventy eight minutes. One hundred percent brightness i've also measured the current color gamut using the spider v pro and my results returned 61 of srgb. Forty four percent of ntsc and 46 percent of adobe RGB, so nothing special, definitely find for gaming and office use, but for professional content creation you might want to look at a different panel. I'Ve performed my usual backlight bleed test on the display, which involves, having the laptop show a black screen in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding. I then take a long exposure photo to display t bleed. So this is a moist case scenario test. It looked pretty good to my own eyes. Only the bottom bit was visible to me on certain angles.
However, this will, of course vary between laptops, and all of these things mentioned with regards to the panel will be completely different if you upgrade to the 120 hertz, 144 hertz or 4k panels, the screen was quite sturdy while flexing it. Thanks to the metallic lid, which had its hinges out towards the far corners, it can be opened up quite easily, with one finger demonstrating a fairly even weight distribution above the display in the center is a 1080p camera. It looks pretty good for a laptop camera way. Better than most of the other laptops i've tested, the microphone also sounds much better than most others, but you'll be able to judge both for yourself. The keyboard has RGB backlighting and can be controlled in three separate zones. The sides of the keys are clear which allows more light to shine through and there are a few different effects available through the control panel software. Overall, I really liked typing with the keyboard to me. It just felt nice to type with no problems at all here's. How the keys sound to try and give you a little sample of what to expect. There was a little keyboard flex, but I think that's just because you need to remove the keyboard to take the bottom panel off the body itself felt quite solid. The touchpad worked well: it's got a smooth texture with two physically separated left and right click buttons with a fingerprint scanner in the top left corner.
Moving on to the io on the left, that's, the power input, HDMI port, two mini DisplayPort, 1.3 outputs, two USB 3.1 gen2 type c ports, no mention of thunderbolt support and two USB 3.1 gen2 on type II, ports, the lust of which is powered on the right. There are separate 3.5 millimeter microphone and headphone jacks, a third USB 3.1 gen2 on type, a port SD card slot, Gigabit, Ethernet, port and Kensington. Look the front just has some status LEDs what's the left hand side, while the back has some events up on the lid? This the meta box, logo in white in the Sun top and the pattern just above it lights up white, while it's powered on I couldn't, find a way of turning it off. Fingerprints show up fairly easily on both lid and matte interior, although, as a smooth surface, I had no problems with cleaning underneath there's heaps of vents for air intake, as well as some rubber feet. That did a pretty good job of preventing the laptop from sliding around. While in use the bottom panel can be removed using a Phillips head screwdriver and there are some additional screws underneath the keyboard that also need to be removed, so it's not difficult. Just an extra step just be careful of the ribbon cables attached to the keyboard. When opening it up inside, we get access to the single m2 slot, Wi Fi card to memory slots and 2.5 inch drive bay.
The two speakers are found just below the screen. They sound a bit tinny with no bass. I'D, stick to headphones, where possible, powering the laptop is a four cell 55 watt hour battery and with a full charge and just watching YouTube videos. With the screen on half brightness, keep on lighting off and background apps disabled. I was able to use it for 4 hours and 12 minutes, not bad. The Intel integrated graphics were in use during this test, thanks to Nvidia Optimus, while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings and invidious battery boost set to 30fps the battery, lasted for 53 minutes and was able to sustain 30 fps the entire time many others I've tested. Aren'T able to do that and drop frame rate overall. The battery life was pretty good more than I expected considering the specs and somewhat thin in light form factor. Thermal testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. It'S cold here is it's winter. In Australia so expect warmer temperatures in a warmer environment it's also worth keeping in mind that, as the CPU and GPU share heat pipes, a change in one component may affect the other at idle. Both the CPU and GPU weren't too warm, as shown in light blue 46 and 38 degrees Celsius respectively, with the default fan speeds while playing pub G at high settings. The temperatures rise, as shown in the darker blue, just above if we apply a minus 0.
14 volt under volt to the CPU, the temperatures drop back a bit as shown in green and we'll, see how this affected clock speeds in the next graph, with no one to Volt then, just maxing out the fans in yellow. We still see a little improvement over stock fans when combining the CPU under fault and maxed out fans. We see the best temperatures in orange, the full load stress test was tested with a 264 and the heav'n benchmark running. At the same time and some thermal throttling was present, it was possible to slightly improve the temperatures a bit with the under multiplied. Although max fans don't seem to make much difference here on the CPU in comparison, these are the average clock speeds while running the same tests for the temperatures just shown it wasn't possible to reach the full 3.9 gigahertz, all core turbo speed in any of these tests. Due to thermal throttling, the under vault does help with this significantly they're much more than increasing the fan speed. These are the clock speeds I got while just rang CPU only stress tests without any GPU load. Although the undervolt did improve performance, a bit we're still not able to reach the full 3.9 gigahertz on all six cores. As for the external temperatures, where you'll actually be putting your hands at idle, the body of the laptop is sitting in the low 30s while gaming. This increases to the mid 40s in the center, but is warmest on the far left where the heat exhausts getting into the mid 50s.
The results were pretty similar with the CPU and GPU stress tests running and with the fans maxed out and CPU under vaulting applied. The temperatures just dropped slightly it wasn't too bad for the most part, while actually using the keyboard, but you'll want to avoid touching the part on the left. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop well, you ever was to some of these tests at idle. That was only just audible and while gaming it was a little lower than many other 1060 laptops I've tested. The stress test was very similar to gaming and when we maxed the fans out, it gets about three decibels. Louder. I'Ll also note that I didn't hear any coal whine in my unit. Finally let's take a look at some benchmarks. Will first cover some real world gaming benchmarks, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools. All tests will run at 1080p with the latest Nvidia drivers and Windows updates to date installed fortnight ran perfectly fine, even in epic settings. However, the results greatly depend on where you are in the game and what other players are doing so take these with a grain of salt, overwatch was tested playing with the bots and again even in epic settings have played great, but again the results will vary based On what's, going on in the game and the particular map, for example, sub G was tested using the replay feature, and I found it to run quite well at all setting levels, although, like the previous two games, results will vary based on what other players are doing.
Csgo was running well in this benchmark. Really high averages as expected, and even the 1 lowers with low settings, are at 60fps, I've tested Far Cry 5 with the built in benchmark and the results of dayson over 60 FPS average is even at Ultra settings. Assassin'S Creed origins was also tested with the built in benchmark and again decent results and still playable at highest setting levels. Dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replays, so this should be a worst case scenario. You'Ll get better results than this, while actually playing and even in this intensive test. The results are pretty good, so no worries at all playing this game. Rainbow. Six siege was tested with the built in benchmark and no issues at all here, even at Ultra settings. The 1 lows are above the refresh rate of the panel, so it should go. Great battlefield 1 was tested during the first campaign mission and even at Ultra settings are played well and felt smooth, no issues here. Ghost Recon is a fairly resource, intensive game and was tested with the built in benchmark. It should work pretty well with around high settings or blur watchdogs. 2 is another resource, intensive game, although I don't really think it meets a high frame rate to play. It was definitely playable at Ultra settings, but I think high Aloha gave the best experience. The Witcher 3 also doesn't really need a high frame rate to play, but it played really well at high settings or below.
Doom was test using Vulcan and it played great even at Ultra settings, as shown by the fairly high average frame rates now on to the benchmarking tools, I've tested, Heaven Valley and super position from Unigine, as well as fire strike time. Spy and VR mock from 3d mark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results, the results in these tests are quite good. The Nvidia 1060 is still a great choice for 1080p gaming at 60 fps in high settings and many games. You could optionally look at upgrading to the 120 Hertz or 144 Hertz panel if your games are able to reach these frame rates. Otherwise, if you need more graphical power check out the P 950 er model, which has the nvidia 1070 max q, graphics. As for overclocking, the 8750 hcp you can't be overclocked, but I've applied a 200 megahertz overclock to the 1060, and these are the actual GPU clock speeds. We go with the heaven benchmark running at default and with the overclock applied with both CPU under faulting and GPU. Overclocking applied, we see a nice little boost in games, I've retested, pub G and we're getting over a 9 performance increase on average, but this will vary between games. I'Ve got some Cinebench CPU benchmarks here, and we can see that the new 8th, gen coffee leak chip is a decent step up from the 7th generation, as we've got two extra cores with slightly faster single threaded clock speeds and we can see there's a nice boost With the under multiplier, although, as discussed earlier, there was still throttling taking place in a CPU only workload.
The 87 58 should be able to score above 1200 with no limitations in place in crystal disk mark. The 512 gig M dr. solder SSD, was getting around 550 megabytes per second and sequential reads and 460 megabytes per second on the writes, but it's worth remembering. You can select different drives, including in VM AE, which will change these fades. I'Ve tested the SD slot with a V 90 rated card, so the card itself shouldn't be a bottleneck, and I think these are the best results. I'Ve ever seen, really impressive. As for the price at the time of recording, it starts at 1800 Australian dollars, but this will of course, vary depending on the customizations that you make here in Australia. It'S a bit cheaper compared to other laptops with similar specs like the ASA Helios, 300 or Dell g5 for instance. So what did you guys think of the P 950 AP gaming laptop from meta box for the price it's? Definitely offering good value here in Australia, especially considering the thin and light form factor. However, this does appear to result in a drawback, namely that I wasn't able to make full use of a 758 CPU juda throttling, as discussed earlier. This could be improved with under vaulting, and even without that, the gaming results was still pretty decent. Let me know what you guys slow it down in the comments and leave a like to. Let me know if you found the review useful thanks for watching and don't.