Eurocom X7E2 (Clevo P775DM3-G) quick review

Supreme gaming performance, good for 1440p and even 4K in some cases. Lots of connection/storage ports and many optional extra features.

Excellent gaming performance, allowing 120FPS@1080p and good FPSs even for 1440p and 4K in many games
Excellent connection/storage ports selection, including 2xM.2 NVMe, HDMI 2.0, mDP, Thunderbolt 3, 2.5" SATA
Replaceable MXM GPU and CPU. Upgrades to next gen GPU and Coffee Lake CPUs could be cost effective
Good 1080p IPS display. 120HZ option
Speakers, though far from being great, do provide some good sound, especially for games
Quite quite for low/mid load levels, office work
Relatively a very good keyboard, and although not the best, should satisfy most
Keyboard backlit is multicolor and configurable
Simple, solid looks
Very responsive (maybe on the back on power consumption)

Steep price and being overkill. Also, weight and size (but you should expect it in such a machine)

Can reach near-100C CPU degrees under highest system load (Prime95 + Furmark)
Performance/price could be lower than some cheap GTX 1070 laptop, at least in the short run
Outer lid could be more firm
Speakers could be better for a system that start at $2000
At this point, brightness control not working in my machine (probably due to custom Prema bios)
(optional) 120HZ display advantages are not always clear
Noisy under high load. The 780W adapter even more (but it is not really necessary for this system)
1080p for a 17.3" display is a little on the low side for this machine. 1440p should be more suitable
Battery running times are relatively short
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Introduction

Eurocom X7E2 (Clevo P775DM3-G)

I’ve got the new Eurocom X7E2 17.3″ gaming laptop on my hands for a quick review. The X7E2 is based on the Clevo P775DM3(-G) model. This is the top Clevo gaming laptop with single GPU configuration currently, allowing both the CPU and GPU to be upgraded. The P775DM3-G comes with all the niceties Clevo has to offer in terms of internal cooling, build quality, connection ports selection, keyboard quality, screen options and storage options. My specific X7E2 instance comes with the 120HZ 1080p IPS AUO display, G-Sync and 1TB 7200RPM HDD. I added a simple 120GB SSD just to make it easy to use.

The replaceable MXM GPU and CPU are a good selling point as this machine can be more cost effective with future upgrades.

Eurocom even added the Prema bios upgrade as a bonus for this review, with no additional cost (don’t count on it otherwise). The new Prema bioses are used by various Clevo reseller / rebrands, including Eurocom. It unlocks many of the bios options otherwise locked and allow for near full customization of the bios – CPU, RAM, and such.

I wanted to review this machine also because I wanted to see what is the top Clevo can provide, for a single GPU laptop. The price is steep no matter for this machine (everywhere), but it may interests some, now, or in the future, as a used heavy gaming machine. Is it really worth the money?

ComponentDescription
Model NamesEurocom X7E2, Clevo P775DM3(-G)
PriceBasic version: $2000-$2100 with a GTX 1070, ~$2500-$2600 with GTX 1080, before discounts
As Configured: $3000
CPUI7-7700K, 4.2-4.5GHZ, 91W Max TDP
MotherboardEUROCOM SKY X7E2 powered by premamod.com / Intel Z170 (Skylake PCH-H)
3xPCI Express x1, 2xPCI Express x4, 1xPCI Express x16
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB (GP104, Rev A1) GDDR5, 2560 shadars core@1582-1780MHZ, GDDR5X@1.25GHZ (10GHZ effective), 256-bit bus
RAMBasic version: 2 x 8GB 2400MHZ DDR4
Test unit: 2 x 8GB 2400MHZ DDR4
4 slots total (2 under the keyboard)
StorageHDD : 1TB HGST HTS721010A9E630
SSD (not originally included): TOSHIBA THNSNK128GVN8 M.2 2280 128GB
M.2: 2xM.2 NVMe PCIe x4
2.5" SATA: 2xSATA 7/9.5mm.

LCD PanelIn review: 1080p 15.6", AUO B173HAN01.2, IPS, 120HZ, 40-pin eDP
Weight / Dimensions~4.0kg / 8.9 lbs, PSU 1.1-1.3kg
418 x 295 x 40 mm
16.72" x 11.81" x 1.6"
(w x d x h)
Keyboardconfigurable multicolor backlit, 5 levels including off
Connection Portsright side: Kensigton Lock, 2Xusb 3.0, headphones, S/PDIF, mic, line-in
Left: RJ-45 gigabit LAN, Thunderbolt 3.0, USB 3.0 Type-C, 2xUSB 3.0, card reader
Rear: HDMI 2.0, 2xmDP 1.3, power in
Camera1080p@30FPS camera
WiFi / EthernetWiFi: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 x2x HMC
Ethernet: Qualcomm/Atheros e2400 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Speakers2.0 speakers + subwoofer.
Battery6 cell, 74Wh
Bios / EC version (test unit)1.06.05EC v1 /
Extra featuresEmbedded TPM 2.0
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Build quality, Case, design and looks

The X7E2/P775DM3 is a heavily built plastic laptop. It’s bulk, heavy, the plastic is thick. However, the screen outer lid and even the hinges, like in other “gaming” branded laptops and unlike in the usual high end “business” laptop, can be twisted a bit and the outer lid will yield under pressure, especially on its lower part. That is disappointing, but not terribly as most of the screen will be protected from a mild direct stress. The keyboard can be removed easily from the upper side of the laptop, which is great.

Looks

The X7E2 / Clevo P775DM3 looks like a big chunk of plastic with some “gaming” styling and finish, as their other models, only bigger. Nothing special about it. For me it’s ok, being mostly black and not too shiny. Generally, solid simple plastic looks.

Maintenance and inner parts

Two maintenance covers are used in the X7E2. They are easily removed after removing some screws. Under them you’ll see the cooling system, MXM GPU, replaceable I7-7700K, 2xM.2 and 2×2.5 SATA slots. Two empty RAM slots also. The other two RAM slots are accessible under the keyboard.
X7E2 motherboard bottom

Keyboard and touchpad

Keyboard. The keyboard on the X7E2 is a configureable multicolor backlit color like in other Clevo, MSI, Asus, Acer high end gaming laptops. My typing experience was pretty good. The keys have good resistance, responsiveness and feedback. The keys felt a bit (just a bit) stiff and bigger travel depth could help as I felt I sometimes clicked “too hard”, which could be solved by bigger travel depth.

Touchpad. The touchpad is average, rather slick and comfortable, but nothing special.

Sound & Speakers

Good for a laptop. The X7E2 comes with a 2.1 speakers system. 2.0 speakers located on the upper part of the base unit and a the subwoofer is located at the middle of the base unit’s bottom. The good: the system produces good amount of lows and mids and they sound relatively deep and rich. Highs are sufficienct. That’s excellent for games. The less good part is although the lows and mids do sound rich and deep, they do not sound precise and clear. According to my subjective experience, the speakers system have a hard time handling complex situation, with various sounds (a lot of music is like that), clarity deteriorating and distinction between sounds becomes problematic. Moreover, I had to use the X-Fi SBX Pro software to adjust the bass levels. It’s not clear to me why, but with the software turned off, the sound is quite bad. I used only the bass dial, with all other options turned off (and adding nothing).

Bottom line, I did like the speakers relatively to other laptops. The mids do have some charm to them certainly and music is enjoyable, especially slower, acoustic, and less instrumentally crowded kind of music, at least for my ear. That’s more or less similar to the other Clevo laptops and even MSI/Asus high end gaming laptops.

At this point I still don’t have “objective” tests to show.

x-fi SBX pro

General subjective performance experience

Well, as expected the X7E2 is very responsive. As we know, the hardware of the X7E2 is very powerful for a laptop, but I suspect that there is something else in the works here, as the laptop remains very responsive even with all the power saving modes on. I guess that the components that are usually slipping into low energy/off mode are not doing it in this laptop, as intended. That’s also why the battery performance is relatively high, even when removing the GPU power usage from the equation.

Gaming Performance

Test Methods & Drivers

OS: Windows 10, version 1703

Drivers: 381.89

Synthetic 3D benchmarks



Games performance

Deus EX : Ex Machina

2560x1440, DirectX 12 vs DirectX 11

Deus EX : Ex Machina

1920x1080, DirectX 12 vs DirectX 11

The Division

DirectX 12, AVG

Dragon Age: Inquisition

DirectX 11, AVG

The Talos Principle

1920x1080, Vulkan 1.0 vs DirectX 11

The Talos Principle

3840x2160, Vulkan 1.0 vs DirectX 11

The Talos Principle

2560x1440, Vulkan 1.0 vs DirectX 11

Total War : Attila

DirectX 11, AVG

Total War : Warhammer

DirectX 11, AVG

Rise Of The Tomb Raider

3840x2160, DirectX 12 vs DirectX 11

Rise Of The Tomb Raider

2560x1440, DirectX 12 vs DirectX 11

Rise Of The Tomb Raider

1920x1080, DirectX 12 vs DirectX 11

Gears Of War 4

DirectX 12, AVG

Shadow Of Mordor

DirectX 11, AVG

Battlefield 1

3840x2160, DirectX 12 vs DirectX 11

Battlefield 1

2560x1440, DirectX 12 vs DirectX 11

Battlefield 1

1920x1080, DirectX 12 vs DirectX 11

Battlefield 4

DirectX 11, AVG

Hitman

DirectX 12, AVG

Ashes of Singularity

DirectX 12, AVG

Metro : Last Light

DirectX 11, AVG

Thief

DirectX 11, AVG

Bioshock Infinite

DirectX 11, AVG

Alien : Isolation

DirectX 11, AVG

Doom (2016)

2560x1440, Vulkan 1.0 vs OpenGL 4.5
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Thermals, Throttling & Noise handling

Cool air sucked from the bottom of the machine (hence, it’s important to keep its bottom above the sitting surface) and is thrown from the rear.

Four tests:

1. Idle, power saver mode

2. Gaming : Ashes Of Singularity benchmark. “Crazy”@1440p settings, “High performance” power mode. Four consecutive runs.

3. Prime95 torture test. “High performance” power mode.

4. Prime95 + Furmark on 1080p test, AAx2. “High performance” power mode.

As you can see, the temperatures of the CPU and GPU can get pretty high and even close to 100C degrees. CPU downvolting doesn’t help a lot under the highest load.

What we don’t see here are the noise levels. The noise levels for Furmark + Prime95 are pretty high, but for Prime95 and Ashes Of Singularity they are certainly lower. In the future We’ll have more “objective” measurements for noise levels.

Heat

The X7E2 chassis temperatures are relatively good. It gets warm ofcourse, but given the hardware and compared to other laptops, that’s pretty good.

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Throttling

Well, under the highest load I could master (Prime95 + Furmark), the X7E2/P775DM3 can maintain 3.8-3.9GHZ for the CPU and higher than the base clocks, on average, for the GPU. I couldn’t reach 4.4-4.5GHZ at all, which may be a bummer for some. Using the XTU freeware and settings -100mV for the CPU and limiting power consumption to 81W (-10W) helped a bit, but nothing too significant (100-150MHZ, at best).

That’s not bad for such a system, but people who get such a machine probably hope for at least the base 4.2GHZ for the CPU.

Noise

The noise part is a bit tricky. I’ll start with the bad news for my specific configuration. With the 780W power adapter, you’ll find that the noise is very very high when the system is loaded even with simple games. The 780W adapter comes with a fan that spins quite a lot and makes quite a noise, even compared to the usual ATX power adapters (though, true, they are bigger). Moreover, the adapter fan spinning up and down constantly even on relatively low load (a bit of internet browsing), which is annoying. Good news: the 780W adapter is not really necessary even with the GTX 1080. According to the readings from HWInfo and the adapter itself, the highest consumption I could get is around 320-330W, so the 330W should be enough, if you are not running it 24/7 (and even then, it should be just fine). With a GTX 1070 you can get the 330W adapter, no question.

About the noise of the laptop itself. It handles temps pretty well for low-medium loads, plus you can set the fans speed to some degree via the Clevo control center software (and perhaps even more precisely via some other software). On “quiet” mode, the fans virtually would not spin for low-medium loads. In my configuration the noise came from the HDD itself, which is very noticeable, not sure if that’s because of the HDD itself or that the construction holding it is not very noise resistant. I would suggest going with lower noise HDD or ditch it altogether.

On very high loads, the fans obviously spin, but it’s not nearly as noisy as the 780W adapter. With the right settings, you could get the laptop itself to have relatively low noise in some games ( Running “World Of Tanks”, limited to 60FPS and on “quiet” mode resulted in noise levels suitable for night gaming, with people around ).

One point to mention – the fans don’t play around. When the laptop hits a specific temp, they spin, when it cools, they stop. No shady algorithm that makes the fans zig-zag and annoy.

Bottom line, the laptop is not meant to be that quiet for high loads (and you won’t buy it unless you need high loads) when it is quite noisy. However, for gentle rides of internet browsing and office work, it can be configured to be quite quiet, especially if your storage is quiet. Also, you should probably get the 330W adapter, not the 780W adapter, which is meant for the SLI really.

Screen & Screen quality

This specific review configuration comes with the 120HZ AUO 1080p B173HAN01.2 option. It’s a fine 17.3″ IPS display, with good contrast and brightness in today’s standard. According to my tests using the Spyder5Elite, it does provide >72% adobeRGB which is nice. As far as accuracy goes, I’ll check that soon.

The special selling point of this display, however, is its 120HZ refresh rates which is targeted at gamers. With a GPU like the GTX 1080, many games will run at higher than 60FPS at highest settings @ 1080p and many will get to 120HZ easily. This means more fluent experience, though it really depends on the individual using it and the game. In non-FPS games, it doesn’t really matter.

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Battery Performance

Power consumption is quite high even on low loads, compared to high efficiency laptops. One reason is the GTX 1080 power monster which requires lots of energy just to work on lowest volume, but it seems that even without the GPU, the power consumption is quite high and as said before, my guess that it’s a policy meant to keep all the laptop’s components away from low energy modes. That’s also why it’s responsive all the time, I think, unlike some other laptops I’ve tried, even with NVMe SSD (like the XPS 9560)

Issues

  • At this point, brightness control is not working, not via windows and not otherwise. It might be related to the Prema unlocked bios and I’m talking with Eurocom, at this point, in order to solve it. I couldn’t get any solutions before the review is published.

Competing gaming laptops / Alternatives

    1. Other GTX 1080 equipped laptops. Probably cost the same or more, especially if you can get some discount from Eurocom (10% off for students, sometimes more)
    2. GTX 1070 laptops, which could be more cost effective if you catch a nice deal, even with a 120HZ display

Conclusion

Well, the X7E2 is a very good machine overall. It probably has all the extras you’d like as a gamer, including an optional 120HZ 1440p display, TB3 port, MXM GPU and replaceable 1151 socket Intel CPU. It can handle the gaming load of a typical game, even the quite heavy Ashes Of Singularity. Now the X7E2/Clevo P775DM3 can even be configured with a Prema unlocked bios. Its caveats will rarely bother most of the gamers (weight, noise) as they are usual and expected, at least when compared to other laptops.

But the price is high and the benefit of a GTX 1080 are unclear – not FPS-wise, but experience-wise. Even a GTX 1070 is very fast and gaming is not about FPSs almost never. Not really. So, I think that a laptop like the X7E2/P775DM3 is mostly for those who want the fastest machine (maybe also for stuff like 3D editing and CAD), with an impressive feature-set, maybe a 120HZ display. The replaceable CPU and GPU can provide an performance upgrade path in the future and prove cost effective, so I’m not sure that the X7E2 is less cost effective absolutely, but given that a GTX 1070 equipped laptop can be purchased for as low as $1300-$1500 (even with a 120HZ display) from time to time, you should consider your options carefully. Yes, even when considering the I7-K CPU.

Compared to other GTX 1080 equipped laptops, the X7E2 is priced well, perhaps could be considerably cheaper with Eurocom’s discounts (like 10% off for students, sometimes more). The GT73VR Titan Pro, for example. comes with an I7-7820HK, and maintains lower clocks according to NBC review (but CPU is cooler, as expected) and I see no real advantages over the X7E2.

Bottom line, probably a very good machine for those who wants exactly what it offers, probably with less empathy to performance/price ratio. And, if you do get this machine, aim for an 1440p display, not 1080p.