Ibuypower Valkyrie CZ 17
SpecificationsNotebook: Ibuypower Valkyrie CZ 17 (Valkyrie CZ Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 3630QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M 4096 MB
Display: 17.3 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: no
Price: $1899 USD, ~1470 euro
Sold in: Anglo-America
Average of 6 scores (from 10 reviews)
Reviews for the Ibuypower Valkyrie CZ 17
DTR Powerhouse. Introduced late last year, the Valkyrie series is the premier lineup from iBuyPower aimed at hardcore gamers on-the-go and high-performance hunters. Essentially an MSI gamer in disguise, does this $1900 17.3-inch DTR hold up well against the competition?
Source: IT Reviews
The iBuypower Valkyrie CZ-17 is a great multimedia laptop with some gaming prowess. The big problem is that for $100 less, the EC-winning MSI GX60 has much better gaming performance. And, if I’m not mistaken, that’s why you would buy a humungous gaming rig over a thin and light ultrabook with excellent multimedia performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/28/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: PC Mag
The iBuypower Valkyrie CZ-17 is a great multimedia laptop with some gaming prowess. The big problem is that for $100 less, the EC-winning MSI GX60 has much better gaming performance. And, if I'm not mistaken, that's why you would buy a humungous gaming rig over a thin and light ultrabook with excellent multimedia performance. Thus the GX60 holds on to its Editors' Choice award, but consider the Valkyrie if you're going to spend a lot of time in between gaming sessions editing photos, videos, and the like.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/26/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
The iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17 costs $1900 as configured, and the manufacturer has included a 12-month guarantee free of charge. A machine that outperforms Dell’s Alienware M18x flagship gaming notebook, with its CrossFired duo of ATI HD7970M cards has no problem launchin apps in the Windows 8 OS aat lightning speed, and to cap a fantastic showing, iBuyPower have included recovery DVDs for a factory reinstall if ever things get sticky.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/12/2013
Source: Hot Hardware
The only external caveats are the machine's chassis flexion and the ridiculously sensitive trackpad, neither one of which is a deal breaker. This is a great system for someone who wants a capable gaming laptop that won't leave you on a Ramen Noodle budget through January, should you decide to spring for an early holiday gift. iBuyPower's upgrade options are flexible enough that customers who want to swap for an SSD or upgrade to a GTX 680M rather than older 580M/675M re-badged GPUs can do so.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/11/2012
Source: Think Computers
When it comes down to it the iBUYPOWER Valkyrie CZ-17 is a great gaming laptop that can play the latest games, has enough processing power do complete even the most CPU-intensive tasks and looks good doing it. For those looking to move away from a desktop this could be a viable desktop replacement. Overall ThinkComputers gives the iBUYPOWER Valkyrie CZ-17 gaming laptop a 9 out of 10 score.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/24/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
So, where does that leave us? The Valkyrie CZ-17 is great for the money, but it has a certain customer that it will appeal to. This is a desktop replacement notebook, as demonstrated by its performance and size. There are better machines out there if you demand the best of the best, but for your average LAN party attendee, this machine will be more than enough. If you aren't planning on doing a lot of gaming, I recommend looking at other machines, such as one of the many Ultrabooks available.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/14/2012
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 93% performance: 90% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
My goodness do you get a lot of laptop for your money with the iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17. It's not even a lot of money either. We understand that UK price conversion rates are sadly not as simple as applying the current exchange rate to a dollar amount, but it's definitely something worth investigating. For our American readers, who need not worry about such things, this represents great value for money. We like the lighting, we love the looks, we especially love the price and the performance. If you take the money you save between this and any equally-spec'd machine and spend it on the SSD upgrade, you'll be the envy of anyone who didn't do their research. For delivering so much in such a cost-effective package we have to award it our OC3D Gold Award.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/29/2012
Rating: price: 90% performance: 80% display: 80%
Really, the only big drawbacks are the battery life and the size of the unit. As stated above though, those are to be expected in a gaming laptop, and concerning the size specifically, it isn’t as if the Valkyrie isn’t portable. It’s slightly more bulky than other laptops that are on the market, but that 7 pound weight isn’t terribly huge. All in all, if you’re looking for a laptop that hold its own when it comes to gaming, you won’t be disappointed by picking up a Valkyrie CZ-17.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/24/2012
iBuyPower is a company that you need to be paying attention to. They're slowly but steadily growing from being a boutique player into a mainstream player, and the Valkyrie CZ-17 is proof enough of that. It's true that at its core, the CZ-17 is a slightly modified MSI chassis, but keep in mind that way back when the Mobile Athlon 64 was launched, eMachines/Gateway was doing roughly the same thing by taking notebooks built by Arima and rebranding them.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/21/2012
Source: Comp Reviews
The iBUYPOWER Valkyrie CZ-17 is a strong performer when it comes to being a gaming machine thanks to the new Intel Ivy Bridge processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M graphics processor. With prices starting around $1369, it certainly is also very affordable for this level of performance. The downside is that the display is not nearly as good as some of the competing 17-inch gaming laptops.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/16/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M: High-End graphics card of the GeForce GTX 600M series, based on the 28nm Kepler architecture (GK104) that is manufactured in 28nm.
These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
3630QM: An Ivy Bridge-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.4 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4000 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Ibuypower: iBUYPOWER Computer is a enterprise located in Southern California. The product lines include gaming desktops, gaming notebooks, workstations, media center PCs, peripherals, and multimedia products. The global market share according laptops is low.
76.17%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.