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Gigabyte P35W v2 Notebook Review

Andre Reinhardt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 07/21/2014

Gaming rocket with shortcomings. Gigabyte wants to offer a laptop for gamers who value performance and style in the form of its P35W v2. Particularly the weight of just 2.44 kg and a thickness of only 2 cm are things that Gigabyte is proud of.

For the original German review, see here.

However, it is primarily the inner values of a gaming laptop that count. The P35W v2 boasts with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M that features a generous 6 GB of video memory. The 2.5 GHz clocked Intel Core i7-4710HQ provides the matching processor for the swift graphics solution. A model with a Core i7-4700HQ is optionally available.

There are various options for configuring the internal storage during the buying process owing to numerous hard drive and SSD combinations. Our model has a total of 3 drives. Two SSDs with a capacity of 128 GB each, and which are fused to a 256 GB unit, do their job in a RAID 0 array. It additionally sports a 1 TB hard drive. Apart from configuring the storage, the buyer can also choose the operating system and working memory.

Users who own a Windows 8.1 OS can also opt for a FreeDOS version of Gigabyte's P35W v2. The working memory is available with either 8 or 16 GB. Our review sample features Windows 8.1 and 16 GB. The manufacturer relies on a screen based on IPS LCD technology. Our model features the superior "Wide Viewing Angle LCD." Gigabyte also offers a version with a normal LCD screen.

We will compare the P35W v2 with two contending models in this test. The first rival is MSI's GE60-2PEi781B that comes with a very marginally slower Core i7-4700HQ, 8 GB of RAM, and also features a 15.6-inch Full HD screen. The installed graphics chip is Nvidia's GeForce GTX 860M. Asus' G750JS-T406H will also have to compete against Gigabyte's P35W v2 as a performance reference. Although this laptop also sports a GeForce GTX 870M, it only has 3 GB of VRAM. Like MSI's contender, the installed processor is Intel's Core i7-4700HQ.

Case

The lid features a striking brown color and is adorned with Gigabyte's silver logo.
The lid features a striking brown color and is adorned with Gigabyte's silver logo.

Gigabyte justifies the entry-price of beyond 1300 Euros (~$1757, FreeDOS version with Core i7-4710HQ, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD) with the use of aluminum, among other things. The resistant metal prevails on most parts of the casing. The lid is made of aluminum, and it is also used for the entire area around the keyboard and touchpad. That is continued in the casing's tray that is comprised of both plastic and aluminum in parts. The laptop's color shimmers in a brown to charcoal-black hue depending on the light incidence.

Compared with the 4 kg Asus G750JS, Gigabyte's P35W v2 is agreeably lightweight with slightly more than half the weight (2.4 kg). The latter, however, also has a 17-inch screen and it can be equipped with a GTX 880M. MSI's GE60 is within the same range with just below 2.7 kg.

The lid rocks slightly when opened and closed. The fact that the P35W v2 can be opened with one hand is very pleasing. The stereo speakers and a prominent on/off button in metal-looks are located above the keyboard. The DVD drive is on the device's front. Furthermore, the P35W v2 allows replacing the DVD drive with an SSD, HDD or a Blu-ray drive without a screwdriver on the fly via the hot-swap feature.

Gigabyte's P35W v2 also features a slot for the Kensington lock system, which ensures the appropriate security for such a device. The maintenance cover for the working memory is only secured with one screw and is easy to open. There are two memory banks that were filled in our review sample in state of delivery. The laptop's design language can be described as simple yet elegant.

Connectivity

Our review sample does not feature a Blu-ray drive - but Gigabyte also has a model of the P35W v2 with that in its line-up. The interfaces prove to be very versatile. 4 USB ports are installed; two support USB 2.0 and two support USB 3.0. Additionally, there is a mini-display port, VGA port, HDMI, memory card reader, LAN, and both a microphone and headphone jack.

All interfaces have been installed on the sides and are easy to reach. The large vents reserve the entire rear. The DVD drive on the front was a bit unusual at first but did not impair routine use. The battery in Gigabyte's P35W v2 has a capacity of 75.81 Wh and is built into the laptop. Except for a Thunderbolt port, for example, like in Asus' G750JS, the review sample supplies the most common interfaces.

Right: Display port, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA and power socket
Right: Display port, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA and power socket
Left: Kensington lock, 2x USB 2.0, headphone jack, microphone jack, SD card reader
Left: Kensington lock, 2x USB 2.0, headphone jack, microphone jack, SD card reader

Communication

Besides the option of connecting to a wired network, Gigabyte's P35W v2 naturally also offers Wi-Fi. Intel's Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 adapter is installed for this purpose, and thus the dual use of two 802.11 ac standards is possible. Asus' G750JS contender provides the Killer Wireless 1202 from Bigfoot Networks, which might be more appealing for gamers. However, Intel's solution should be sufficient for pure Internet usage and casual gamers.

A good reception was always possible in the author's personal test environment, even when the distance to the router was increased.

Accessories

In addition to a driver CD and PowerDVD 10 software, Gigabyte's P35W v2 is shipped only with the compulsory manual in printed form, and a warranty card. Furthermore, a chassis for the hot-swap slot for quickly inserting a hard drive or SSD into the laptop is included.

Maintenance

It is easy to implement additional storage devices when the optical drive is not needed. The RAM could also be replaced easily in case of defect. However, more effort is required for all other measures.

Warranty

Gigabyte includes a 2-year warranty on the laptop, and one year on battery and power supply.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The gaming claim is seen in the exterior appearance of Gigabyte's P35W v2. The W, A, S, and D keys that are essential for gamers have been visibly separated from the other keys with a white rim. The two-level light is also very homogeneous and bright. The manufacturer has done a really good job here. However, that cannot be said about the keyboard's utilization.

In the tester's opinion, the keys clearly make a lower quality impression than the rest of the laptop. In particular, the stroke of the single keys could be more defined. Furthermore, it was a bit annoying that the surrounding keys on the mat also yielded when typing faster. Gigabyte's P35W v2 does not provide multi-level lighting, like in MSI's GE60, or the typing comfort of, for example, Asus' G750JS.

The keyboard features a strong, blue light.
The keyboard features a strong, blue light.

Touchpad

The touchpad features a generous size and responds accurately.
The touchpad features a generous size and responds accurately.

The generously sized input device is one single surface. The left and right buttons have been made visible by a white line. The input device's responsiveness is quite good and has a high accuracy. The screen's corners are reached quickly without noticeable lags. The material is quite sleek, yet pleasant to the touch. Both the acoustic and palpable feedback of the touchpad buttons is sufficient. It does not produce excessively loud click noises.

Display

The screen of a gaming laptop is particularly important. LG Philip's 156WF4 is used. It has a diagonal of 15.6-inches, and its resolution is 1920x1080 pixels. The illumination of Gigabyte's gaming laptop is between both contenders. Asus' G750JS is not quite as bright, and MSI's GE60 offers a marginally higher brightness. The black level of 0.38 cd/m² is slightly below the rivals. MSI's GE60 achieves a rate of 0.43 cd/m², and Asus' G750JS manages 0.48 cd/m².

299
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
282
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
319
cd/m²
315
cd/m²
344
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 344 cd/m²
Average: 302.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 284 cd/m²
Black: 0.38 cd/m²
Contrast: 742:1

The analysis of the color reproduction is throughout positive. We measured a low DeltaE shift of just 2.34 in Grayscale and an equally good 4.08 in ColorChecker using our spectrophotometer.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
Outdoors
Outdoors

Gigabyte's P35W v2 can still be used quite well outdoors in moderate sunlight. However, it becomes difficult to recognize content when too much light hits the screen. At least a matte display is installed that does not thwart use even more due to reflections.

According to the manufacturer, our model should have particularly impressive viewing angles. We can unconditionally confirm that. Content can still be seen well on the 15.6-inch IPS Full HD screen even from somewhat slanted angles. The P35W v2 is comparable with MSI's GE60 and even in front of Asus' G750JS in this exercise.


Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability

Performance

An Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor paired with a swift GeForce GTX 870M with 6 GB of video memory is a promising match. Up to 8 threads can be processed simultaneously via Hyper-Threading technology. Intel's HD 4600 graphics solution is enabled for saving power in normal desktop operation. Nvidia's GPU is activated for more performance devouring graphics applications via Nvidia Optimus.

The GTX 870M features the same chipset as the unit in Asus' G750JS, but it has twice the video memory. The advantage over the GTX 860M in MSI's GE60 should therefore be even greater. Beyond that, our model also benefits from two speedy SSDs and the generous 16 GB working memory.

CPU-Z screenshot
CPU-Z screenshot
GPU-Z screenshot
GPU-Z screenshot
HWMonitor screenshot
HWMonitor screenshot

Processor

Intel's Core i7-4710HQ is based on the Haswell architecture and clocks with 2.5 GHz (base) and up to 3.5 GHz (Turbo). Apart from the fairly insignificant higher clock rate, the processor in Gigabyte's P35W v2 does not have an advantage over the somewhat lower clocked Core i7-4700HQ with a base clock of 2.4 GHz and Turbo of 3.4 GHz.

Surprisingly, our benchmarks show that the P35W v2 is even a bit slower in the processor part of Cinebench R15 and only on par with both the G750JS and GE60 in Cinebench 11.5.

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Gigabyte P35W v2
6.89 Points ∼39%
Asus G750JS-T4064H
6.94 Points ∼39% +1%
Asus G750JS-T4064H
6.94 Points ∼39% +1%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
6.97 Points ∼40% +1%
MSI GS60 - 2PEWi716SR21
7.12 Points ∼40% +3%
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Gigabyte P35W v2
1.55 Points ∼78%
Asus G750JS-T4064H
1.49 Points ∼75% -4%
Asus G750JS-T4064H
1.49 Points ∼75% -4%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
1.5 Points ∼75% -3%
MSI GS60 - 2PEWi716SR21
1.5 Points ∼75% -3%
Cinebench R15
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Gigabyte P35W v2
588 Points ∼38%
Asus G750JS-T4064H
641 Points ∼41% +9%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
642 Points ∼41% +9%
MSI GS60 - 2PEWi716SR21
652 Points ∼42% +11%
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Gigabyte P35W v2
126 Points ∼72%
Asus G750JS-T4064H
131 Points ∼74% +4%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
135 Points ∼77% +7%
MSI GS60 - 2PEWi716SR21
130 Points ∼74% +3%

Legend

 
Gigabyte P35W v2 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 2x Lite-On LMT-128M6M (RAID 0)
 
Asus G750JS-T4064H Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, SanDisk SD5SE2256G1002E
 
MSI GE60-2PEi781B Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
 
MSI GS60 - 2PEWi716SR21 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 2x Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD (RAID 0)
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.55 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.89 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
58.63 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
126 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
588 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
95.99 fps
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System Performance

We also ran Gigabyte's P35W v2 through PCMark 8 Home v2. However, MSI's GE60 only sports a conventional hard drive while Asus' G750JS has an SSD like our review sample. That in conjunction with the swifter graphics solution and lush working memory should result in a corresponding score. In fact, the P35W's score of 3457 points outperforms MSI's GE60 with 3242 points and Asus' G750JS with 3195 points. Nevertheless, an even bigger advantage would certainly have been expected.

PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Gigabyte P35W v2
3457 Points ∼70%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
3242 Points ∼65% -6%
Asus G750JS-T4064H
3195 Points ∼65% -8%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
4513 Points ∼68%
Asus G750JS-T4064H
4775 Points ∼72%
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
3966 Points ∼72%
Asus G750JS-T4064H
4199 Points ∼77%
Storage Score (sort by value)
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
2038 Points ∼41%

Legend

 
Gigabyte P35W v2 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 2x Lite-On LMT-128M6M (RAID 0)
 
MSI GE60-2PEi781B Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
 
Asus G750JS-T4064H Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, SanDisk SD5SE2256G1002E
PC Mark
PCMark 8 Home v23457 points
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Storage Devices

Two different kinds of storage devices are used in our review sample of Gigabyte's P35W v2 - a conventional hard drive with a capacity of 1 TB (Hitachi HTS721010A9E630) and two SSDs with 128 GB each (Lite-On LMT-128M6M). We ran both devices singly through CrystalDiskMark. The hard drive proved to be considerably faster than Western Digital's Scorpio Blu model in MSI's GE60, and the SSD was also significantly faster than the SanDisk in Asus' G750JS. Particularly the sequential write speed of almost 1 GB/s is impressive in Gigabyte's P35W v2.

However, this RAID 0 solution also involves a risk because the data is distributed over two storage places.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0
Read Seq (sort by value)
Gigabyte P35W v2
976.934 MB/s ∼66%
Asus G750JS-T4064H
502.3 MB/s ∼34% -49%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
94.82 MB/s ∼6% -90%
Write Seq (sort by value)
Gigabyte P35W v2
629.87 MB/s ∼57%
Asus G750JS-T4064H
405.7 MB/s ∼37% -36%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
91.4 MB/s ∼8% -85%
Read 4k (sort by value)
Gigabyte P35W v2
29.388 MB/s ∼68%
Asus G750JS-T4064H
31.32 MB/s ∼72% +7%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
0.388 MB/s ∼1% -99%
Write 4k (sort by value)
Gigabyte P35W v2
64.467 MB/s ∼40%
Asus G750JS-T4064H
81.38 MB/s ∼50% +26%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
0.974 MB/s ∼1% -98%

Legend

 
Gigabyte P35W v2 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 2x Lite-On LMT-128M6M (RAID 0)
 
Asus G750JS-T4064H Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, SanDisk SD5SE2256G1002E
 
MSI GE60-2PEi781B Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
 
MSI GS60 - 2PEWi716SR21 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 2x Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD (RAID 0)
2x Lite-On LMT-128M6M (RAID 0)
Sequential Read: 976.934 MB/s
Sequential Write: 629.87 MB/s
512K Read: 690.794 MB/s
512K Write: 610.753 MB/s
4K Read: 29.388 MB/s
4K Write: 64.467 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 509.133 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 492.681 MB/s

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics 4600 is used for office applications. However, Nvidia's GPU is enabled for games and applications that need a lot of graphics power. Nvidia's GeForce GTX 870M with 6 GB of memory is based on the Kepler architecture. Unlike Asus, Gigabyte does not overclock its laptop. It stays at its base clock of 941 - 967 MHz. We loaded the GTX 870M with 3DMark Fire Strike.

Owing to the higher clock rate, Asus' G750JS at least just outperforms Gigabyte's P35W v2 with 4384 to 4206 points here. The GTX 860M in MSI's GE60 clearly lags behind with 3679 points.

3D Mark
3DMark Fire Strike4206 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme2096 points
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3DMark (2013) - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
Gigabyte P35W v2
4206 Points ∼40%
Asus G750JS-T4064H
4384 Points ∼42% +4%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
3679 Points ∼35% -13%
MSI GS60 - 2PEWi716SR21
4294 Points ∼41% +2%

Legend

 
Gigabyte P35W v2 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 2x Lite-On LMT-128M6M (RAID 0)
 
Asus G750JS-T4064H Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, SanDisk SD5SE2256G1002E
 
MSI GE60-2PEi781B Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
 
MSI GS60 - 2PEWi716SR21 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 2x Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD (RAID 0)

Gaming Performance

Gigabyte's P35W v2 should be able to particularly flex its muscles in this part. Being a gaming laptop, we tested it as one. The user should be equipped for almost all games with the swift GTX 870M and its 6 GB of video memory. Again, we compared it with the GTX 870M with 3 GB in Asus' G750JS and the GTX 860M in MSI's GE60.

Metro Last Light once again benefits from the higher clock rate of the Asus GPU. The advantage is, however, only marginal. The GTX 860M in MSI's GE60 finds its limits in this game. Just 27 fps is possible using maximum details.

However, BioShock Infinite presents a high frame rate of 131 fps in high details, and 51 fps in maximum details. That is a considerably higher rate than from the GeForce GTX 860M in MSI's GE60.

The GTX 870M in Gigabyte's P35W v2 also delivers good rates in Battlefield 4. Fairly smooth gameplay is still possible with an average of 36 fps in maximum details. More results can be found in the chart.

Thief
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x (sort by value)
Gigabyte P35W v2
46 fps ∼43%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
37.4 fps ∼35% -19%
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x (sort by value)
Gigabyte P35W v2
31 fps ∼39%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
21.9 fps ∼28% -29%
Metro: Last Light
1366x768 High (DX11) AF:16x (sort by value)
Gigabyte P35W v2
58 fps ∼45%
Asus G750JS-T4064H
61.9 fps ∼48% +7%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
50.5 fps ∼39% -13%
MSI GS60 - 2PEWi716SR21
63 fps ∼49% +9%
1920x1080 Very High (DX11) AF:16x (sort by value)
Gigabyte P35W v2
33 fps ∼41%
Asus G750JS-T4064H
35.3 fps ∼44% +7%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
27.7 fps ∼34% -16%
MSI GS60 - 2PEWi716SR21
35 fps ∼43% +6%
BioShock Infinite
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Gigabyte P35W v2
131 fps ∼58%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
101.3 fps ∼45% -23%
MSI GS60 - 2PEWi716SR21
133 fps ∼59% +2%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
Gigabyte P35W v2
52 fps ∼45%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
39 fps ∼34% -25%
MSI GS60 - 2PEWi716SR21
54 fps ∼46% +4%

Legend

 
Gigabyte P35W v2 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 2x Lite-On LMT-128M6M (RAID 0)
 
Asus G750JS-T4064H Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, SanDisk SD5SE2256G1002E
 
MSI GE60-2PEi781B Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
 
MSI GS60 - 2PEWi716SR21 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 2x Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD (RAID 0)
low med.high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 60606060fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 17414613152fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 82775833fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 1411199137fps
Thief (2014) 50474631fps
Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014) 60606054fps

Emissions

System Noise

Here, the laptop can at least convince in relatively undemanding tasks. Gigabyte's P35W v2 is still pleasant in idle operation with an average of 32.4 dB(A) and is also still tolerable with 37.8 dB(A) during DVD playback. However, its noise climbs to 53.6 dB(A) during load. That is higher than the average 49 dB(A) of Asus' G750JS and the 50 dB(A) of MSI's GE 60. This noise level is unpleasant subjectively.

Noise Level

Idle 30.8 / 32.4 / 40.0 dB(A)
HDD 31.0 dB(A)
DVD 37.8 / dB(A)
Load 53.6 / 53.8 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The slim build of Gigabyte's P35W v2 is noticed in the temperatures. The laptop's rear gets very hot with over 50 °C in some areas. While Asus' G750JS clearly remains below the critical 50 °C and MSI's GE60 is just below that, the P35W v2 surpasses this rate evidently. We recorded temperatures as high as almost 64 °C on the underside and approximately 61 °C on the upper side in the stress test. Although only up to 36 °C was measured in the wrist rest's front area, it will be noticed that the device gets very hot in the keyboard area during practical gaming use.

We observed CPU throttling in the stress test. Additionally, this extreme scenario repeatedly caused the test system to crash. The recorded benchmarks in the performed games were all on the expected level though.

Max. Load
 52.4 °C61.2 °C59.8 °C 
 49.2 °C59.2 °C57.8 °C 
 32.6 °C36.4 °C35.6 °C 
Maximum: 61.2 °C
Average: 49.4 °C
58.5 °C63.9 °C53.3 °C
54.5 °C49.5 °C41.8 °C
31.6 °C32.5 °C33.3 °C
Maximum: 63.9 °C
Average: 46.5 °C
Power Supply (max.)  50.5 °C | Room Temperature 27.0 °C | Voltcraft IR-550

Speakers

In addition to the mentioned stereo speakers, there is also a small subwoofer on the laptop's underside. However, it is really only meant for appearance, and a clearly audible bass will not be heard. The sound quality of the P35W v2 is generally acceptable; it does not overdrive or distort even in maximum volume.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The average idle power consumption is 19 watts, which is just 6 watts more than in MSI's GE60. Asus' G750JS ranges in the midfield with an average of 16.4 watts. The P35W v2 draws decently from the outlet with as much as a whole 176 watts during load. The maximum rate of MSI's GE60 is 126 watts, and Asus' G750JS consumes 181 watts. The GTX 870M apparently contributes massively to that.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.2 / 0.6 Watt
Idle 14.3 / 19.0 / 23.7 Watt
Load 111.5 / 176.1 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Gigabyte's P35W v2 has a non-removable battery with a capacity of 75.81 Wh. That is considerably more than the 49 Wh of MSI's GE60, but also less than the 89 Wh in Asus' G750JS. Our idle mode assessment resulted in a runtime of up to 6 hours and 25 minutes. That is one hour longer than MSI's GE60 has to offer and almost 4 hours less than the enduring Asus G750JS. The P35W v2 shut down after only 1 hour and 58 minutes in load (Battery Eater Classic test) using maximum brightness.

That is still almost twice as much as what MSI's GE60 has to offer and even surpasses the rate of Asus' G750JS. A very satisfactory runtime was also achieved in the practical Wi-Fi test. Gigabyte's P35W v2 lasted for long 6 hours and 47 minutes. MSI's GE60 cannot compete with that, and Asus' G750JS is also clearly defeated.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 25min
WiFi Surfing
6h 47min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 58min

Verdict

Gigabyte P35W v2
Gigabyte P35W v2

The simple, yet elegant design and the good build are the first things noticed about Gigabyte's P35W v2. That conceals its brute power which is still enough for even the most demanding games. The long battery runtime is also pleasing. Basically, it is the rather mediocre keyboard and primarily the high load emissions (noise, surface temperatures) that prevent a better rating. Surface temperatures of beyond 60 °C and problems in the stress test prove that the slim P35W performs a balancing act on the limits of what is physically possible.

When these shortcomings of Gigabyte's P35W v2 can be accepted, the buyer will get a high-performance and, above all, a portable gaming laptop that is the perfect companion on the go owing to its low weight and slim build. Furthermore, the device is available in various configurations, which is a major plus point.

Sensitive ears should avoid the ultra-slim gaming category. Devices with a larger casing volume, for example, Asus' G750, remain quieter and cooler even during load and, in our opinion, they are also more suitable for extensive gaming sessions.

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In Review: Gigabyte P35W v2. Test model courtesy of Gigabyte Germany
In Review: Gigabyte P35W v2. Test model courtesy of Gigabyte Germany

Specifications

Gigabyte P35W v2

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM87 (Lynx Point)
:: Memory
16384 MB, Transcend TS1GSK64W6H
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M - 6144 MB, Core: 941 MHz, Memory: 1250 MHz, ForceWare 332.38, Optimus
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, LG Philips 156WF4, IPS, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
2x Lite-On LMT-128M6M (RAID 0) , 256 GB + 1 terabyte Hitachi HTS721010A9E630, 1200 GB free
:: Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 2, Card Reader: SD card reader,
:: Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 (a b g n ac), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
Matshita DVD-RAM UJ8E2
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20.9 x 385 x 270
:: Weight
2.5 kg Power Supply: 0.64 kg
:: Battery
75.81 Wh Lithium-Polymer
:: Price
1800 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD webcam, Speakers: 2, Keyboard: QWERTZ, Keyboard Light: yes, PowerDVD 10, 24 Months Warranty

 

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The prominent on/off button is above the keyboard.
The prominent on/off button is above the keyboard.
The underside has a small maintenance cover for the working memory.
The underside has a small maintenance cover for the working memory.
The optical drive is easy to take out via hot-swap.
The optical drive is easy to take out via hot-swap.
Gigabyte's P35W v2 in an opened state.
Gigabyte's P35W v2 in an opened state.
Both installed working memory bars.
Both installed working memory bars.
The keyboard with disabled backlight.
The keyboard with disabled backlight.

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Pro

+Quality casing
+DVD drive's practical hot-swap feature
+Screen's good colors and viewing angles
+High performance reserves
+Good battery runtimes possible
 

Cons

-Non-removable battery
-Keyboard needs getting used to
-Very hot...
-...and very loud during load

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What we like

The good build and swift performance. The screen is high quality and is well suitable for gaming.

What we'd like to see

The issues with temperature development and the high noise lessen the attractiveness.

What surprises us

The clever hot-swap mechanism is even easy to use for less computer-savvy people.

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Rating

Gigabyte P35W v2
07/15/2014 v4
Andre Reinhardt

Chassis
79 / 98 → 81%
Keyboard
73%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
72 / 91 → 79%
Weight
60 / 66 → 89%
Battery
86%
Display
88%
Games Performance
94%
Application Performance
90%
Temperature
60 / 95 → 63%
Noise
60 / 90 → 67%
Audio
73%
Camera
47 / 85 → 55%
Average
74%
82%
Gaming *
Weighted Average

> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Gigabyte P35W v2 Notebook Review
Author: Andre Reinhardt, 2014-07-21 (Update: 2014-07-21)