Metabox PA70ES-G Gaming Laptop Review and Benchmarks
This model has some pretty crazy specs, including an overclockable eye 9 CPU and nvidia 1070 graphics, so let's check it out and see how well it performs meta box are using the popular, clever chassis here, which gives us a fair amount of customization when ordering so I'll Start with the specs in my unit and also briefly mentioned other available options, starting with the CPU. You can pick either the eye 78758 or the eye. 989. 50, HK and I've got the i9 CPU here, which basically just has faster clock speeds and can be overclocked for the memory. The two slots support up to 32 gig in dual channel, which is what I've got here running at ddr4 2666. But you can also pick eight gig or sixteen gig configurations at different speeds for storage. It'S got two m dot two slots which both support, nvme PCIe, based storage, with the option of raid 0 or 1 there's. Also, a single 2.5 inch drive bay and mine is populated with a one terabyte hard drive, although there are quite a few different storage options to choose from for the graphics there's an nvidia 1070 with 8 gig of memory, which powers the 17.3 inch display. I'Ve got a 1080p 144 Hertz screen with g sync ear, although it's also available with the 1080p 60 Hertz screen, 1440p 120 Hertz screamed or 4k 60 Hertz screen. So there are a few options. Finally, for the network connectivity there's, a Gigabit Ethernet port support, fato 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 err and aluminium alloy. So it feels quite sturdy. Really. Nice build quality and it has a matte black finish: the dimensions of the laptop of 42 centimeters in width, twenty eight point: seven centimeters in depth and 2.5 centimeters in height, so about what you'd expect for a 17 inch laptop. Although, on the thinner side, considering the specs inside the bare bones, weight of the laptop is listed as 3 kilos, but the total will and on the selected components, mind weight around this and then with the 230 watt palette, brick and cable for charging the total weight Increased to over 4.1 kilos so starting to get a bit heavy as mentioned. The screen here is a 15.6 inch, 144 Hertz 1080p panel with g sync. The viewing angles were good still perfectly clear on all angles. The panel gets bright enough at 298 minutes at full. Brightness i've also measured the current color gamut using the spider v and my results. Return 96 of srgb, 69 of ntsc and 74 of adobe RGB so fairly decent results, but this will likely vary between the different panels, have taken a long exposure photo in a dark room as a worst case. Backlight bleed test, and there was a little bleed towards the bottom and in dark scenes in games. This was occasionally noticeable, but again this will vary between laptops and 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. The camera quality was really good, at least for a laptop same with the microphone. Both were really excellent, you'll be able to touch both for yourself for the keyboard. You'Ve got two options: the default keyboard option has RGB backlighting and can be controlled in three separate zones. Well, there's also the 89 upgrade that I've got here, which is an RGB keyboard with individual key backlighting. So you get more effects and customization options available through the software. The sides of the keys are clear as well, so the light shines through nicely. Overall, the keyboard was good to type with and here's how it sounds to use. There was a little keyboard flex, but I think that's just because the keyboard is removable overall, it felt quite solid. The touchpad worked well and uses synaptics drivers 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, just after the air exhaust vent, there's, the power input, HDMI 2.0 output, 2 mini DisplayPort, 1.3 outputs, a USB 3.1 gen2 type c port with thunder three support and two USB 3.
1 gen2 on taipei. Ports on the right. There are 3.5 millimeter headphone microphone and spdif jacks SD slot 2, more USB 3.1 gen2 on taipei, ports and gigabit ethernet port, followed by Kensington, lock, so there's a fair bit of io available the front just has some status LEDs towards the left hand side, while the Back just has some events up on the lid there's. The meta box logo in white in the center fingerprints show up fairly easily on both the lid and matte interior. Although, as a smooth surface, I had no problems with cleaning underneath there's heaps of vents for air intake and the subwoofer, as well as some rubber feet. It did a pretty good job of preventing it from sliding around, while in use the bottom panel can be removed by using a Phillips head screwdriver an insight. We get access to the Wi Fi card battery to and up two slots, two memory slots and single 2.5 inch drive bay. The two speakers have found just below the screen. They sounded pretty good for a laptop, although I expected more bass from the subwoofer underneath as a result of the speaker placement under the screen, you can still clearly hear them with the lid closed powering. The laptop is a four cell sixty six one 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 58 minutes.
That was with the Intel, integrated, graphics and use, and you can't use G sync with this enabled to make use of g sync. You need to swap it over from ms hybrid to discrete in the control panel or through the BIOS, which requires a reboot doing so. Will, however, mean that the nvidia 1070 graphics are always in use, so the battery will drain faster outside of gaming and in the exact same test, the battery lasted about an hour and a half less, while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidia's battery boost Set to 30fps the battery lasted for 56 minutes and was able to sustain 30 fps the entire time some others I've tested unable to do that and drop framerate on battery. Overall, the battery life seemed all bright. Considering the high powered specs, 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 you share heat pipes, a change in one component may affect the other at idle shown by the light blue bar at The bottom of the graph, it was actually running fairly cool, moving up into the gaming results shown by the green bar. The temperatures rise a fair bit while playing watchdogs with high settings once the fans are maxed out in yellow the temperatures drop back a bit.
Third, with a minus 0.15 EV volt under volt, applied to the CPU and all CPU cores overclocked, we start hitting thermal throttling shown by the red bar. The stress tests were completed by running a to 64 and the heav'n benchmark. At the same time, in order to try and fully utilize, both the processor and graphics, the dark, red and pink bars gave the same results. Because, under this test, the fans had already maxed out by leaving them set to automatic when the CPU is under bolted shown by the purple bar the temperatures drop. A little and performance increases as we'll see in the next graph and then with the CPU power limit. Boosted in dark blue thermal throttling was again reached. These are the average clock speeds while running the same tests for the temperatures just shown in the gaming results. The CPU clock speed rises quite a bit with the undervolt applied shown in red in the stress test, with the undervolt applied in purple. The performance increases by around 400 megahertz and then a little more once we boost the power limit up from the default 45 TDP limit, although it's still not able to reach the full 4.3 gigahertz or quarter burr speed of the i9. In this worst case scenario, juda thermal throttling – these are the clock speeds I got while just running CPU only stress tests without any GP load at stock. It was Paola madelung, as shown in the blue bar with a minus 0.
15 volt under volt applied. The clock. Speeds rose, as shown in the green bar, but there was still power limit throttling at the default 45 watt TDP. The power limit of the i9 CPU could be raised there. I just set it to 100 watts, so it wouldn't be an issue and, as shown in the yellow bar we're, now capped at the default 4.3 gigahertz all caught over speed of the unknown CPU. There was intermittent power limit throttling. At this point, though, so once we apply a CPU overclock shown in red there's, not really that much of an improvement, even with the fans maxed out, we can't get higher multi core speeds than this. This was nice to see many other gaming laptops with the lower i7 CPU can't, even reach the full 3.9 gigahertz to boost speed of that chip. So, although we can't do any serious overclocking here due to the thermal limitations, I think this is still a pretty good result for a six core laptop compared to many others. I'Ve tested here are some Cinebench CPU benchmarks to outline what we've just seen just for comparison. I'Ve got a reference. I 78758 down the bottom at stock, the i9 wasn't quite performing as well in multi core performance due to the power limit throttling, so you'll probably want to make some tweaks. Although single core performance is higher than the i7 as it can actually hit, the highest single core clock speeds, no problem with some under bolting and boosting the power limiter.
We can actually get a nice boost in performance, although s just discussed overclocking under a full multi core workload. Doesn'T really improve things further due to thermal throttling, but the single core speeds do see improvement here, which may be beneficial in some tasks such as gaming. These are the average clock speeds if the 1070 graphics, under a graphical stress test with a one hundred and seventy five megahertz overclock applied shown by the green bar, the average rose quite a bit and we'll see how this affected gaming performance soon. As for the external temperatures, where you'll actually be putting your hands at idle, the keyboard area is in the high 20s fairly standard. While gaming, it rose into the mid 40s again fairly typical and not too much of a difference with the stress tests running a little cooler as the fans were going faster now. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop I'll, let you have a listen to some of these tests at idle. It was only just audible and, while gaming, it wasn't that different compared to many other lower spec gaming laptops, I've tested, maybe even a little quieter. But once the fans are maxed out, it did get a little loud as expected. I'Ll also note that I didn't hear any coal whine in my unit. Finally, let's take a look at some gaming benchmarks. All tests were run at 1080p with the latest Nvidia drivers and Windows updates to date.
Installed fortnight was running quite well at all setting levels even an epoch. It was averaging above 100 fps and played quite smoothly, and the frame rates increased significantly in lower settings. However, watch was tested playing with the buds and again really good results of epic settings. Even the 1 lows are close to the 144 Hertz refresh rate of the display, so it always felt super smooth while playing pub G was tested using the replay feature, and it ran pretty well at all settings I'd personally, stick to high or below, for the best Experience there csgo was tested using the, u Etica, benchmark and even in max settings. The frame rates in this specific test are quite high for a laptop, far cry. 5 was tested with the built in benchmark, and the results in this test are pretty nice above 60fps. For the 1 lows at Ultra, so it should play pretty nicely. Assassin'S Creed origins was also tested with the built in benchmark and as a more resource intensive test. The results here are again pretty good for a laptop dota, 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replay. So this should be a worst case scenario. These results are not the same as playing the actual game. This benchmark is more intensive than typical gameplay, so expect even higher frame rates in actual gameplay Rainbow. Six siege was tested with the built in benchmark and the average frame rates were quite high, regardless of setting levels.
Even the 1 lows are fairly high, so it should run pretty nicely. Ghost. Recon is a fairly resource, intensive game and even with the good specs here, ultra settings aren't giving great results, but pretty nice frame rates at all of the setting levels. Watchdogs 2 was another resource intensive game, although I don't think it really needs a high frame rate to play to me. It played well live in at max settings, although the frame rates can be improved quite a bit by lowering settings now under the benchmarking tools, I've tested, Heaven Valley and super position from Unigine, as well as fire strike time. Spy and VR mark from 3 just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results, the results from the games tested were quite good owing to the fairly high in specs in the laptop, mainly the i9 CPU and 1070 graphics. Even if you go with the i7 CPU, I wouldn't expect too much of a performance loss in most games. The graphics will be the important factor, especially if you go with the high resolution panel and the 1070 is definitely a great choice when paired with a high refresh rate display, like the 144 Hertz one I've got here. As for overclocking, I have tested a few games with these settings to try and get the best performance with all of this power, though thermal throttling was the main limitation. As we saw earlier, hub G was tested with the same replay and add ultra settings.
There was an 18 improvement, the average frame rates pretty decent, far cry 5 was tested with the built in benchmark and ultra settings. There was a smaller 5 improvement to the average frame rates. Dry streak on was also tested with the built in benchmark and out ultra settings. There was a large 18 improvement to the average frame rates, although this seems to be lower at other levels. Just a 4 boost at low settings Rainbow six siege was again tested with the built in benchmark and we're, actually seeing lower 1 low results at all setting levels, but an improvement to the averages. Just a 4 improvement at Ultra with CPU under vaulting GPU and CPU overclocking. There were some pretty nice improvements, although it depends on the particular game and the ones I tested. There was quite a bit of variance which I suspect may have been due to occasional thermal throttling, making things inconsistent in crystal discs. Mark the 256 gig end to nvme SSD was giving some really nice results, but just keep in mind the performance will vary based on the drive you select here are the speeds of the one terabyte at 7200 rpm hard drive about what you'd expect for this sort Of disc, finally, these are the results of the SD slot tested with a V 90 rated god, so the Cod shouldn't be a bottleneck and the results weren't too bad. As for the price at the time of recording, it starts it under 2300 Australian dollars.
But the final price will depend on your hardware selection, with the exact specs I've got here. The press rises up to 3800 Australian dollars, as I wanted to see how the I 9 would hold here. So there are quite a few things he can change. So what did you guys think of the pa7 EES G gaming, laptop from meta box for the price it's a pretty good option here in Australia, although if you select the i9 CPU, the press does raise quite a bit personally. I'D. Probably stick with the eye 78758 option as that's still quite a good CPU from my testing and plenty for me personally, pang mall starts to result in diminishing returns, but the extra power is there. If you need it, and you can actually get a fair bit of performance out of the i 9 compared to other laptops, I've tested like the Dell g7. Otherwise, although it was nice to have a thinner body, this does result in higher temperatures and thermal throttling issues under high levels of load, preventing multi core overclocking for extended periods. Although this may be less of an issue with the i7, with the high refresh rate panel that my unit had combined with g sync, it made for a pretty good gaming laptop. Let me know what you guys thought down in the comments and leave a like to. Let me know if you found the review useful thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.