ASUS Z71V Barebones Review

Performance

Now in terms of CPU performance, you could look up any number of benches for the P-M 770 to see exactly how fast it is. Professional review sites have an array of benchmarks that I couldn’t even possibly think of matching. However, I believe it is the other components that are worth benching.

I tried my best to get a Hitachi 7k60 harddrive, but try as I might, they were no where to be found. I could’ve waited for one, but in the end, I needed the laptop now, so I went with probably the next best thing, a Seagate Momentus 5400.2 80GB HDD. I read quite a few reviews on this harddrive and it seems like it’s a top notch drive both in terms of performance and also power savings which is important for laptops.

I got a TSST 8X DVD+-RW Dual Layer drive as the optical device. It’s a pretty sturdy drive with a reinforced tray as opposed to the flimsy ones I’ve always seen on many laptops. Pressing the disc into the tray doesn’t make me feel like I’m about to snap the tray out from the drive altogether.

The spinup on this drive is definitely the loudest part of the system, although the Toshiba M40 I had was even louder when you read from a disc.



UPDATE [Jan. 6, 2006]: The drive I’ve found, after using it quite extensively for backing stuff up mainly, is pretty picky with DVD media. I at one point had 2 spindles of 4X BenQ DVDs, one DVD-R and one DVD+R. The DVD+Rs tended to burn with some errors on this burner while the DVD-Rs were totally unreadable. On the other hand, I have some 8X Fujitsu DVD+Rs that work fine, although the drive will only write them at 4X. So my best advice would be to get the higher quality discs for this drive if you feel like being to read them. I was pretty angry when my backups didn’t work after I reformatted.

Finally, on to what seems to me to be what you guys want most; video performance. The laptop comes with the GeForce Go 6600 128MB clocked 250/500 at stock.

As I said previously, the cooling is pretty dismal so overclocking probably isn’t going to be too great. As of right now, I’m running it at 305/610 on a day to day basis with stability. At the Detect Optimal frequencies of 337/675, 3DMark doesn’t even want to run, so I’m not exactly sure how they get those speeds. I’m slowly working my way up from 305/610 to see exactly where it is that the video card craps out. But for now, performance is more than enough.

250/500

305/610

And for those of you who really want to see some CPU performance, here’s a little assortment of random benches I did.


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  1. hi im really interested in cooling this laptop as well. I know someone from the Asus notebook forums has an aftermarket Graphics card heatsink/fan combo for this notebook (the Z71V) it has much better contact with the gpu and intel chipset has beefier aluminum and a faster fan. It costs $100 for it though! So its kinda out of my league but i really do want to get some more out of this laptop so if anyone has any ideas im definetly interested.

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