Review Deviltech HellMachine Notebook

Florian Glaser (translated by Martina Osztovits), 12/14/2012

Double. After we had scrutinized the GeForce GTX 680M SLI a few weeks ago, an SLI configuration of two GTX-670MX-GPUs had to face up to our benchmarks. Deviltech was the first manufacturer to deliver such a 17-inch notebook. The curtain rises on the hell machine.

Deviltech HellMachine

For the original German review, see here.

The HellMachine lives up to its name. The desktop replacement available from 1489 Euros (~$1960) upwards, is mainly aimed at avid gamers. It is based on the 419 x 293 x 54 mm (~16.5 x 11.5 x 2.1 inches) big and nearly 4 kg (~8.8 pounds) heavy Clevo-P370EM barebone, which we had already reviewed in the form of Schenker's XMG P722 PRO.

Deviltech offer a wide range of configuration options. Except for the display (17.3-inch non-glare) nearly all components are customizable. Deviltech install either the tried and tested Windows 7 or the brand new Windows 8 operating system. We appreciate that operating system and keyboard are available in different languages.

As expected, the processors stem from Intel's popular Ivy Bridge generation. In addition to the Core i7-3630QM (2.4 - 3.4 GHz) also the more expensive Core i7-3740QM (2.7 - 3.7 GHz) and Core i7-3840QM (2.8 - 3.8 GHz) models are offered. The DDR3 RAM varies from 4 to 32 GB (4 slots). Depending on the type, mass storage capacities of up to 120 or 1000 GB are possible (two 2.5-inch slots).

The graphics solution is either a single GeForce GTX 680M or a dual GPU configuration of two GTX 670MX or two GTX 680M graphics adapters. A Blu-ray burner, a Blu-ray combo drive or a standard DVD-burner handle optical media. The default WLAN card can be replaced by a better module for a surcharge (Killer Wireless-N).

Our test sample, which is equipped with a Core i7-3630QM, a 120 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and the GTX 670MX SLI solution, is currently priced at 1640 Euros (~$2159). As we already pointed out, the case equals the Schenker XMG P722's. So we will skip the section on case, connectivity and input devices and directly start with the display.

Display

The matte 16:9 Full HD panel is referred to as Chi Mei N173HGE. Some readers of several gaming notebook reviews might recognize this name. Besides Clevo, MSI also frequently installs this display (see e.g. GE70 or GT70). Likewise, Asus like to employ this model (e.g., in the G75VW and N75SF). As the Chi Mei N173HGE's image quality is rather high-end, this is no surprise.

278
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
254
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
242
cd/m²
273
cd/m²
290
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 291 cd/m²
Average: 269.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 280 cd/m²
Black: 0.41 cd/m²
Contrast: 683:1

The panel deserves praise for its good brightness. According to our measurements with the X-Rite i1Pro 2, we calculated an average of 270 cd/m². The subprime brightness distribution (~83 %) does not have a negative impact in practice, however, the low black value (~0.4 cd/m²) is perceptible. Compared to ordinary panels, dark elements appear significantly less grayish. While this is hardly important for office and Internet tasks, it is easily recognizable in entertainment media.

Problem: Nvidia graphics cards and the N173HGE are not an ideal fit. Some users will be bothered about the horizontal stripes often occurring in dark scenes, especially in horror films and shooters (Alan WakeMetro 2033 etc.). Although the image looks normal most of the time, Clevo should consider a change. The AU Optronics B173HW01 V5 in the previous test model did not suffer from this problem.

Deviltech HellMachine vs. sRGB (grid)
Deviltech HellMachine vs. sRGB (grid)
Deviltech HellMachine vs. AdobeRGB (grid)
Deviltech HellMachine vs. AdobeRGB (grid)
Deviltech HellMachine vs. Schenker XMG P722 PRO (grid)
Deviltech HellMachine vs. Schenker XMG P722 PRO (grid)

The display performs pretty well in the remaining aspects. While inferior panels achieve a contrast of about 200:1, the Chi Mei nearly reaches 700:1. Moreover, the color coverage (sRGB coverage is quite good) is decent. So, the image looks vibrant. Due to the anti-reflective surface and the decent brightness, the notebook gives a great experience outdoors.

outdoors
outdoors
Deviltech HellMachine outdoors

There is little to complain about regarding the viewing angles. The figure below shows that the user hardly experiences any shifts in display color in the horizontal direction. As it is a TN panel, it does not score that well in the vertical direction. The image either looks too bright or dark from an oblique angle.

Viewing angles: Deviltech HellMachine
Viewing angles: Deviltech HellMachine

Performance

Ivy Bridge
Ivy Bridge

Processor

To meet demands for high performance, Deviltech equip the HellMachine with a powerful quad-core CPU. Because of its decent price-performance ratio we opted for a Core i7-3630QM.

This high-end CPU contains 1.4 billion transistors and, like all other Ivy Bridge models, it is manufactured using 22 nm lithography. In contrast to the more expensive Core i7-3840QM it only houses 6 instead of 8 MB L3 cache.

Typically Intel, the present processor generation supports a lot of features. In addition to Hyperthreading (simulates virtual cores) the Turbo Boost technology is especially interesting. The base clock is automatically increased by several 100 MHz under load. The Core i7-3630QM supports a maximum of 3.4 GHz. The TDP of 45 Watts exceeds the average of notebooks (dual-core CPUs: maximum of 35 Watts).

Because of SLI compatibility the HD Graphics 4000 cannot be used. We will analyze whether it is worth buying a more powerful CPU model by means of several benchmarks.

Systeminfo CPUZ CPU
Systeminfo CPUZ Cache
Systeminfo CPUZ Mainboard
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM SPD
Systeminfo HWiNFO
Systeminfo CrystalDiskMark
Systeminfo DPC Latenzen
System information: Deviltech HellMachine

Turbo Boost

The Turbo Boost technology is not limited in any way. The processor achieves about 3.3 GHz in single core rendering and about 3.2 GHz in multi-core rendering of Cinebench R10. Moreover, the clock rate also easily exceeds the 3 GHz mark in demanding scenarios. Even during the stress test the Intel monitor displayed an average of 3.2 GHz.

Single core load
Single core  load
Multi core load
Multi core load
CPU- & GPU load
CPU- & GPU load

CPU Performance

The Cinebench R11.5 attests the Core i7-3630QM as an excellent performer. In achieving 6.46 points the quad-core CPU calculates about twice as fast as its Core i5-3360M dual-core brother (3.25 points @ Dell Latitude E5530) in the multi CPU test. Compared to the Core i7-3740QM our Ivy Bridge model is nearly 7 % (6.93 points @ One M73-2N) slower. The Core i7-3840QM is about 10 % faster (7.15 points @ One M73-2N).

In our opinion the small performance gain does only partly justify the big surcharge. As the graphics card is the limiting factor in games, gamers will already be contented with the Core i7-3630QM. The results of Cinebench R10 are available in the table below.

Cinebench R10
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
22003 Points ∼62%
Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
24299 Points ∼68% +10%
Core i7-3840QM
One M73-2N
25245 Points ∼71% +15%
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
5821 Points ∼24%
Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
6366 Points ∼26% +9%
Core i7-3840QM
One M73-2N
6551 Points ∼27% +13%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5821 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
22003 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.41 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.46 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
46.69 fps
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SLI

GTX 670MX SLI
GTX 670MX SLI

Dual GPU solutions like the GeForce GTX 670MX SLI are controversial. They improve the performance: If the GPU driver supports an appropriate profile, the frame rates can sometimes increase by up to 80 to 100 %. 

But, high waste heat and huge energy demands requiring a good cooling system and a big power supply are negative aspects. The HellMachine comes with a 1.6 kg (3.5 pound) 300 Watt power supply. Another problem is micro stuttering. Sometimes time intervals between images are large enough that movements no longer appear to be smooth to the human eye. In extreme scenarios games look smoother on single card systems. Moreover, 3D programs can run even slower in SLI if the application does not specifically support it. This is currently true for Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Fortunately, Nvidia offers a handy update function.

Regardless of the upgrade, we recommend checking whether Nvidia made a completely new version available after some weeks. The beta driver 310.61 used in the benchmarks installs without troubles.

Graphics Card

GPU infos
GPU infos

Technically, the GeForce GTX 670MX is based on the modern Kepler architecture, which uses 28 nm lithography. The clock rates of 600 and 1,400 MHz (core/memory) are a little lower than the GTX 670M's (598/1,500 MHz), which, other than its name would suggest, belongs to the older Fermi generation and uses 40 nm lithography.

Due to more shaders (960 vs. 336, not directly comparable) and more transistors (2.54 vs. 1.95 billions) the GTX 670MX is nevertheless faster while the Kepler GPU is, as expected, slower than the GeForce GTX 675M. The Fermi model also scores points because of its wider interface (256 vs. 192 Bit).

However, it is a different story, how a dual GPU solution of two GTX 670MX cards performs. Can the Kepler model in SLI mode maybe even best Nvidia's flagship, the GeForce GTX 680M? Our benchmarks will provide the answer.

GPU Performance

In modern DirectX 11 benchmarks the second graphics card significantly increases the performance. In achieving 7,042 points, the Kepler team is about 95 % faster than a single GTX 670MX in 3DMark 11 (GPU-Score @ performance preset). Likewise, the GeForce GTX 680M does not stand a chance against the SLI combo scoring 5,967 points (Deviltech Devil 6700) which is slower by 15 %.

The differences in the Unigine Heaven 2.1 benchmark (1280x1024, high, tessellation normal) are similarly high. While a GTX 680M laptop achieves about 74 fps (Schenker XMG P702), the test sample is 18% faster (87.2 fps). If SLI is deactivated, the frame rate of the GTX 670MX is about 50 % lower (46.5 fps).

Unigine Heaven 3.0 - 1920x1080 DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
66.1 fps ∼45%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech Hellmachine
34.9 fps ∼24% -47%
GeForce GTX 680M SLI / Core i7-3960X
Schenker XMG U702
107.5 fps ∼74% +63%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
57.6 fps ∼39% -13%
3D Mark
3DMark 0378213 points
3DMark 0529851 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
23606 points
3DMark Vantage23526 points
3DMark 116459 points
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Mass storage

Samsung SSD 840
Samsung SSD 840

The 120 GB model of the brand new Samsung SSD 840 delivers mixed performance. Let's start with the positive aspects: In sequential reading the seven mm flat SATA-III model does not only outperform its SSD 830 predecessor (505 MB/s @ One M73-2N), but also the popular Crucial Real SSD M4 (489 MB/s @ Gigabyte U2442N). 512 MB/s in the AS SSD benchmark suggest a great performance.

It's a pity, that the results in the writing tests are anything but outstanding. In achieving 130 MB/s it is significantly slower than the RealSSD M4 (~200 MB/s) and the SSD 830 (~330 MB/s). But, the access times are rather decent. 0.08 ms in writing can only be bested by a few competitors. Overall, the performance of the Samsung SSD 840 is decent.

Windows appears to run significantly slower with an HDD. You'll soon learn to appreciate the advantages of the SSD technology (shorter boot, load and transfer times).

Samsung SSD 840 Series 120 GB (MZ-7TD120)
Sequential Read: 509.8 MB/s
Sequential Write: 137.5 MB/s
512K Read: 431.9 MB/s
512K Write: 134 MB/s
4K Read: 23.4 MB/s
4K Write: 56.05 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 268.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 134.5 MB/s

System Performance

It is hardly surprising that the HellMachine delivers a high system performance. Although 17,855 points in PCMark Vantage is not sufficient for a top rank, the result is still above average. The Toshiba Qosmio X870-119 (17,187 points) and the Alienware M14x R2 (18,158 points) achieved similar results in this test while the Alienware M18x R2 (22,421 points) still maintains the lead.

PC Mark
PCMark Vantage17855 points
PCMark 74689 points
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Gaming Performance

Dual GPU power
Dual GPU power

We ran 25 games on the HellMachine for the GeForce GTX 670MX SLI to leave a lot of footprints in our database. With a few exceptions (e.g. Dirt Showdown) the second graphics card was always active and provided a huge improvement.

Most of the titles ran about twice as fast in SLI mode. Summarizing over all games, a single GTX 670MX is about 66% slower in ultra settings (1920x1080, maximum graphics details). Two GeForce GTX 680Mk are only about 40 % (Schenker XMG U702) to 50 % (Schenker XMG P722) faster than a single one.

Speaking of the GTX 680M: Depending on the game, Nvidia's premium model can be faster or slower than the GTX 670MX SLI. There is no clear winner. As the two are about equally fast and the GTX 680M costs nearly 200 Euros (~$263) more, price-conscious gamers should definitely consider the SLI combo.

Nearly all titles run without stuttering with a second GeForce GTX 670MX in maximum details. Sometimes there are even reserve capacities for high-quality anti-aliasing. You'll find a detailed table at the end of the article.

low med.high ultra
Battlefield 3 (2011) 103.590.68141.9fps
CoD: Modern Warfare 3 (2011) 260179163.8115fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 88.363.4fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 253.8160.4106.450.8fps
Alan Wake (2012) 128.788.545.9fps
Mass Effect 3 (2012) 6059.959.9fps
Risen 2: Dark Waters (2012) 92.399.677.946.1fps
Diablo III (2012) 340.8284.2261.1170.9fps
Dirt Showdown (2012) 94.57774.631.4fps
Max Payne 3 (2012) 76.577.760.447.7fps
Darksiders II (2012) 192.1113fps
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 140.7102.984.626.7fps
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 232.7220.8208.2168fps
Guild Wars 2 (2012) 85.445.835.2fps
F1 2012 (2012) 1241029879fps
Borderlands 2 (2012) 117.8112.6104.278.9fps
Fifa 13 (2012) 361.2331.6315.4207.2fps
World of Tanks v8 (2012) 113.743.851.933fps
Dishonored (2012) 129129.3129.4126.6fps
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (2012) 151.3128.9113.247.2fps
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) 59.659.448.829fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012) 185.9171.7124.485.7fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 67.662.753.324.7fps
Assassin´s Creed III (2012) 57.755.731.2fps
Far Cry 3 (2012) 107.797.772.127fps

Emissions

System Noise

The noise is typical for high-end laptops: acceptable while idle and clearly audible under load. 43.4 dB (A) during 3DMark06 is a bit quieter than the identical Schenker XMG P722, which reached marginally higher 43.8 dB (A) with a GeForce GTX 680M SLI solution inside.

If the notebook only runs undemanding tasks or is idle, the three case fans sometimes turn off completely, but not always. In between, the fans accelerate and become fairly loud without reason - a sharp contrast to the silence. Clevo should definitely improve the fan control a little bit. We would prefer a constant, moderate noise level. The typical gamer will find the noise tolerable.

Noise Level

Idle 30.3 / 35.9 / 38.0 dB(A)
DVD 38.2 / dB(A)
Load 43.4 / 46.3 dB(A)
 
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silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test (Furmark & Prime)
Stress test (Furmark & Prime)

Considering it is a gaming notebook, the case temperatures are surprisingly low. Even under stress we only measured 30 °C (86 °F) on the keyboard side and 29 °C (84.2 °F) on the bottom side. The Schenker XMG P722 reached 36 °C (96.8 °F) on average. While running office or Internet tasks the 17-incher remains pleasantly cool. Left running idle for two hours, the HellMachine leveled out at a lukewarm 26 °C (78.8 °F).

Inside the case: no rude surprise. The temperature of the Core i7-3630QM increased to nearly 90 °C (194 °F) (CPUID Hardware Monitor) in the stress test, but this is not yet a critical level. At the end of the stress test the Nvidia GPUs reached temperatures of 80 and 60 °C (176 and 140 °F), while the GTX 680M in the Schenker XMG P722 exceeded 90 °C (194 °F).

Max. Load
 34.3 °C35.2 °C30.2 °C 
 31.7 °C31.8 °C30.1 °C 
 28.7 °C25.9 °C25.9 °C 
Maximum: 35.2 °C
Average: 30.4 °C
29.8 °C33.0 °C31.5 °C
27.2 °C32.0 °C31.9 °C
26.2 °C25.1 °C26.4 °C
Maximum: 33.0 °C
Average: 29.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  39.5 °C | Room Temperature 22 °C | Voltcraft IR-550

Battery Life

Power Consumption

Compared to the Schenker XMG U702 gaming fireball (Clevo P570WM barebone) recently reviewed, Deviltech's HellMachine seems almost frugal. The 17-inch high-end competitor powered by a very fast desktop CPU and two GTX 680M graphics cards requires about +100 % energy.

While the Deviltech model needs about 116 Watts (average, 3DMark 06) and 191 Watts (maximum, full load) the counterpart from Schenker requires 219 and 440 Watts. The differences are also huge in idle mode (28 - 40 Watts vs. 67 - 83 Watts). The reason for the slightly lower values of the XMG P722 could be the deactivated keyboard light. All measurements of the HellMachine were done with SLI.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.7 / 1.0 Watt
Idle 28.4 / 36.2 / 40.0 Watt
Load 115.5 / 191.0 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

Reader's Test
Maximum battery life (Reader's test)
Classic Test
Minimum battery life (Classic test)

Although the laptop comes with a powerful 8-cell battery, the battery runtimes cannot convince. Depending on the load and the display brightness, the 17-incher only runs 1.5 - 3.5 hours. The Asus G75VW and Samsung 700G7C deliver equally poor values.

High-end laptops which only contain a single GPU and use Nvidia's Optimus technology can be used significantly longer away from an outlet. The battery life of the MSI GT70 exceeds 5.5 hours under ideal conditions. 

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 29min
WiFi Surfing
2h 16min
DVD
1h 24min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 52min

Verdict

Deviltech HellMachine
Deviltech HellMachine (manufacturer's picture)

With the 17-inch HellMachine, Deviltech sell an extremely fast desktop replacement. Due to its quad-core CPU (Ivy Bridge) and two gaming graphics cards (Kepler) the notebook outperforms nearly all competitors.

The case is decent too. In addition to the lit keyboard we appreciate its rich connectivity (4x USB 3.0!). The high-end non-glare panel, the decent sound and the rather cool surfaces are further pros.

However, the HellMachine does not really win fame in the system noise, battery life, touchpad and power consumption categories. Because of its high weight (about 4 kg/~8.8 pounds) and big 300 Watt power adapter, the 17-incher is primarily designed for stationary use.

You might be willing to ignore the weaknesses as there are many upgrade and maintenance options. In our opinion 1637 Euros (~$2155) is a reasonable price.

In comparison

Far Cry 3 - 1920x1080 DX11 Ultra Preset (HDAO, Enhanced Alpha To Coverage) AA:4x MS
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
27 fps ∼41%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
13.7 fps ∼21% -49%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
23.6 fps ∼36% -13%
Hitman: Absolution - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS AF:16x
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
24.7 fps ∼33%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
12.7 fps ∼17% -49%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
22.6 fps ∼31% -9%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - 1920x1080 (Extra) High / On, FXAA AA:4xMS
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
85.7 fps ∼54%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
46.2 fps ∼29% -46%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
75.3 fps ∼48% -12%
Need for Speed: Most Wanted - 1920x1080 High / On
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
29 fps ∼48%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
29 fps ∼48% 0%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
51.4 fps ∼86% +77%
Medal of Honor: Warfighter - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS AF:16x
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
47.2 fps ∼59%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
25 fps ∼31% -47%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
40.9 fps ∼51% -13%
Dishonored - 1920x1080 High / On, FOV: 75 AA:FX
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
126.6 fps ∼97%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
75.4 fps ∼58% -40%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
115.7 fps ∼89% -9%
Fifa 13 - 1920x1080 High AA:4xMS
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
207.2 fps ∼52%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
180.6 fps ∼45% -13%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
256.9 fps ∼64% +24%
Borderlands 2 - 1920x1080 (Ultra) High / On (PhysX low) AA:FX AF:8x
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
78.9 fps ∼62%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
45.3 fps ∼36% -43%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
71.1 fps ∼56% -10%
F1 2012 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
79 fps ∼72%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
46 fps ∼42% -42%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
87 fps ∼80% +10%
Guild Wars 2 - 1920x1080 All Maximum / On AA:FX
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
35.2 fps ∼53%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
18.8 fps ∼28% -47%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
31.9 fps ∼48% -9%
Counter-Strike: GO - 1920x1080 (Very) High, FXAA AA:4x MS AF:8x
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
168 fps ∼65%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
95.7 fps ∼37% -43%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
128 fps ∼50% -24%
Sleeping Dogs - 1920x1080 Extreme Preset AA:Extreme
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
26.7 fps ∼37%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
13.1 fps ∼18% -51%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
22.7 fps ∼31% -15%
Darksiders II - 1920x1080 2/4 Shadows, No Ambient Occlusion, AA:Low
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
113 fps ∼58%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
63.2 fps ∼32% -44%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
108.8 fps ∼56% -4%
Max Payne 3 - 1920x1080 Very High, DX11 AA:Very High FX AF:8x
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
47.7 fps ∼56%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
24.8 fps ∼29% -48%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Deviltech Devil 6700
42.6 fps ∼50% -11%
Dirt Showdown - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
31.4 fps ∼36%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
32.4 fps ∼37% +3%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Deviltech Devil 6700
52.9 fps ∼61% +68%
Diablo III - 1920x1080 High AA:on
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
170.9 fps ∼66%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
89.5 fps ∼34% -48%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Deviltech Devil 6700
159.6 fps ∼61% -7%
Risen 2: Dark Waters - 1920x1080 Ultra / on AA:on AF:8x
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
46.1 fps ∼56%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
23.4 fps ∼29% -49%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Deviltech Devil 6700
42.2 fps ∼51% -8%
Alan Wake - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:4x AF:8x
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
45.9 fps ∼53%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
23 fps ∼27% -50%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Deviltech Devil 6700
41.9 fps ∼48% -9%
Anno 2070 - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:on AF:4x
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
50.8 fps ∼41%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
32.4 fps ∼26% -36%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Deviltech Devil 6700
51 fps ∼42% 0%
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:8x AF:16x
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
63.4 fps ∼73%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
34.3 fps ∼39% -46%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Deviltech Devil 6700
54.2 fps ∼62% -15%
CoD: Modern Warfare 3 - 1920x1080 Extra, all on, Image Quality: Native AA:4x
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
115 fps ∼72%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
61 fps ∼38% -47%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Deviltech Devil 6700
102.8 fps ∼65% -11%
Battlefield 3 - 1920x1080 ultra AA:4x MS AF:16x
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
41.9 fps ∼41%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Deviltech HellMachine
21.8 fps ∼21% -48%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Deviltech Devil 6700
34.7 fps ∼34% -17%

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In Review: DevilTech HellMachine
In Review: Deviltech HellMachine (manufacturer's pictures)

Specifications

Deviltech HellMachine

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM77 (Panther Point)
:: Memory
8192 MB, SO-DIMM DDR3-RAM PC3-12800 (1600 MHz), 4 slots, max. 32 GB
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI - 2x 3072 MB, Core: 600 MHz, Memory: 1400 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 310.61 Beta
:: Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, Chi Mei N173HGE (CMO1720), TN LED, Full-HD, diagonal: 43.94 cm, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Samsung SSD 840 Series 120 GB (MZ-7TD120), 120 GB / two 2.5-inch slots (max. 9.5 mm) + mSATA slot
:: Soundcard
Realtek ALC892 @ Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 4 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: headphones, mic, line-in, S/PDIF (7.1 out), Card Reader: MMC, RSMMC, SD, Mini SD, SDHC, SDXC, MS, MS Pro, MS Duo, 1 Fingerprint Reader,
:: Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
Optiarc DVD RW AD-7760H
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 54 x 419 x 293
:: Weight
4.106 kg Power Supply: 1.62 kg
:: Battery
89.21 Wh Lithium-Ion, 5900 mAh, 15.12V, 8 cells , P370BAT-8, 0.45 kg
:: Price
1637 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 2.0 Megapixel, Speakers: 2.1 (Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2), Keyboard Light: yes, power adapter: 300 watt, driver DVD, user guide, cleaning cloth, HDD accessories, 24-36 Months Warranty

 

All pictures on the right column stem from Schenker's XMG P722 PRO.
All pictures on the right column stem from Schenker's XMG P722 PRO.
The keyboard includes a configurable 3 section light.
The keyboard includes a configurable 3 section light.
Clevo use speakers from Onkyo.
Clevo use speakers from Onkyo.
The sound quality is above average.
The sound quality is above average.
The enter key is also single-row on the German QWERTZ keyboard.
The enter key is also single-row on the German QWERTZ keyboard.
The glossy touchpad works rather poor in practice.
The glossy touchpad works rather poor in practice.
Kensington Lock and RJ-45 Gigabit LAN.
Kensington Lock and RJ-45 Gigabit LAN.
9-in-1 card reader, Line-In, S/PDIF, mic, headphones
9-in-1 card reader, Line-In, S/PDIF, mic, headphones
HDMI, DisplayPort, and power input
HDMI, DisplayPort, and power input
One of a total of five USB ports.
One of a total of five USB ports.
eSATA/USB-2.0 combo and 3x USB 3.0.
eSATA/USB-2.0 combo and 3x USB 3.0.
A web cam is obligatory.
A web cam is obligatory.
The shape of the heat pipe is interesting.
The shape of the heat pipe is interesting.
The Clevo barebone is labeled P370EM.
The Clevo barebone is labeled P370EM.
We like the build quality.
We like the build quality.
The manufacturer uses a matte FullHD display.
The manufacturer uses a matte FullHD display.
The edgy lid is covered by a rubber coating.
The edgy lid is covered by a rubber coating.
The maximum opening angle could be somewhat larger.
The maximum opening angle could be somewhat larger.
Greasy fingers quickly cause finger prints.
Greasy fingers quickly cause finger prints.
The maintenance covers can be easily removed.
The maintenance covers can be easily removed.
Three fans are responsible for cooling.
Three fans are responsible for cooling.
In theory, it is possible to replace the graphics card.
In theory, it is possible to replace the graphics card.
Two of the four RAM slots are beneath the keyboard.
Two of the four RAM slots are beneath the keyboard.
The 300 watt power adapter (left) extremely big.
The 300 watt power adapter (left) extremely big.

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Pro

+contrast-rich FHD display with non-reflective surface
+moderate warming
+individual configuration
+backlit Keyboard
+very good performance
+decent sound
+easy maintenance
+many connections
+no bloatware
 

Cons

-massive and whistling power supply
-unfavorable touchpad surface
-heavy case

Shortcut

What we like

The P370EM barebone can be easily maintained

What we'd like to see

It is very likey to get a whistling power supply from Clevo

What surprises us

Two GTX 670MX cost less than a single GTX 680M. 

The competition

The Schenker XMG U702 and the Alienware M18x R2 are probably the toughest competitors.

Rating

Deviltech HellMachine
11/28/2012 v3
Florian Glaser

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
70%
Connectivity
86%
Weight
55%
Battery
73%
Display
86%
Games Performance
95%
Application Performance
97%
Temperature
90%
Noise
70%
Add Points
85%
Average
81%
85%
Gaming *
Weighted Average

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Author: Florian Glaser, 2012-12-14 (Update: 2013-06- 6)