Review Schenker XIRIOS W710 Notebook

Florian Glaser (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 08/20/2011

Workstation deluxe. Professional users who don't want to make any compromises in terms of performance and features might prick their ears up when hearing about the 17 inch Xirios W710. Schenker has provided us with one of the most expensive, with a price of around 7000 euros, and fastest devices that we have ever had in review.

Schenker XIRIOS W710

The barebone supplier, Schenker who is mainly known for its high performance gaming notebooks, also takes care of the sooner small group of professional users. The Xirios W710, based on the bulky and six kilogram heavy X7200 barebone, equips the user perfectly for video editing, 3D rendering and various other application fields - providing that the according components are installed. Exemplary: This desktop replacement can be configured in detail.

In addition to the gaming graphics card, GeForce GTX 580M (SLI) and Radeon HD 6970M (CrossFire), Schenker also offers the workstation models, Quadro FX 2800M and Quadro 5010M. In contrast to most laptops, not a mobile derivative, but a desktop respectively server representative is used as the processor. While gamers will be happy with Core i7 CPUs, the Xeon range sooner addresses the professional sector.

It goes on with the main memory that is just as generous. Namely, up to 24 GBs of DDR3 RAM can be installed into the 17 inch case. Since the 8 GB modules are still very expensive, we would recommend a maximum of 12 GBs (3x 4096 MBs). If you have large amounts of data, you can even build in three hard disks if you like. The possibilities have almost no limits here. Schenker offers conventional HDDs just like hybrid models and cutting edge SSDs. A RAID array is of course also feasible.

Meanwhile, a DVD burner is standardly installed as the drive. Movie fans should select the optional BluRay player or burner right away. The basic configuration doesn't include a WLAN module. Schenker takes a small extra charge. The operating system doesn't contain any surprises. The 64 bit version of Windows 7 (German or English) dominates. Finally, the warranty period is 24, 36 or 48 months.

The customer has to already pay a steep 2199 euros for the basic configuration. However, the Xirios W710 easily reaches a high four digit amount depending on the configuration. The best example is our test device: Only few users will be able or will want to invest nearly 7000 euros. Since Clevo's X7200 barebone is an old acquaintance (see the DevilTech HellMachine DTX, for example), we have omitted a description of the categories case, connectivity, input devices and speakers as an exception.

Display

Following the current trend, the Xirios W710 can serve with a Full HD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. 1920x1080 pixels in the 17 inch range are perfect. The resolution bids a good compromise of desktop and resource requirement. The built-in LED backlight is another plus point.

Depending on the customer's preferences, the laptop comes with either a glossy or - as in our case - a matt display. However, the surface isn't really that anti-reflective in the end. It is rather more a hybrid that makes a slightly coarser and glossier impression than a normal non-glare model. Beyond that, the screen looks purple when looked at from certain angles due to its special foil (isn't really irritating).

153
cd/m²
144
cd/m²
159
cd/m²
157
cd/m²
164
cd/m²
174
cd/m²
169
cd/m²
183
cd/m²
181
cd/m²
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 183 cd/m²
Average: 164.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 79 %
Center on Battery: 164 cd/m²
Black: 0.18 cd/m²
Contrast: 911:1
Distribution of brightness

The used Hannstar HSD173PUW1 screen is a welcome guest. Black picture segments don't display any unsightly gray hues thanks to the low black value of 0.18 cd/m2. Dark scenes in movies and games are rendered properly. In addition, it has a very high contrast. Most laptops can only dream of a rate of 911:1.

However, the brightness proves to be the biggest shortcoming. 164.9 cd/m2 are rather poor. You'll soon find yourself wanting a higher brightness in intensive daylight. Although the sRGB color spectrum isn't completely covered (see screenshot), the colors made a satisfactory impression. At least lower resolutions up to 1600x900 are interpolated well.

Schenker XIRIOS W710 vs. sRGB (grid)
Schenker XIRIOS W710 vs. sRGB (grid)
Schenker XIRIOS W710 vs. MacBook Pro 17 (grid)
Schenker XIRIOS W710 vs. MacBook Pro 17 (grid)
Schenker XIRIOS W710 vs. AdobeRGB (grid)
Schenker XIRIOS W710 vs. AdobeRGB (grid)

A decisive strength of the (fairly) matt display surface is its low susceptibility for reflections. Thus, the screen only reflects a bit in unfavorable positioning across or under windows. It's usually possible to work perfectly with the device. The eyes aren't unduly stressed.

The viewing angles are also better than most of the competition's. You can look onto the screen at a slightly wider angle horizontally and vertically without the picture changing significantly right away. Overall, we were very happy with the screen. An external monitor isn't absolutely necessary.

Viewing angles: Schenker XIRIOS W710
Viewing angles: Schenker XIRIOS W710

Performance

Turbo Boost
Turbo Boost

Processor: Intel Xeon X5670

The optionally available Xeon processors, optimized for servers and workstations, are definitely in a class of their own. Schenker gives our test device the extremely strong Xeon X5670, a hexa core that is currently not listed in the configurator. In view of the specs, a few readers will likely get teary eyed. Six cores, an enormous 12 MB L3 cache, 2.93 to 3.33 GHz clock rate and a TDP of 95 watts speak for themselves. The mobile Core i7 CPUs look like an old hat with a maximum of four cores and a maximum of eight MB of L3 cache in comparison.

One of the most important features is the so-called Hyper Threading Technology. A simultaneous processing of 12 threads is possible due to the simulation of six virtual cores. Alike current Intel processors, the Xeon X5670 is manufactured in a 32 nm structure width. Too bad: Since Intel has saved on a graphics chip, a manual or automatic GPU switch isn't feasible for notebook manufacturers.

System info CPUZ CPU
System info CPUZ Cache
System info CPUZ Mainboard
System info CPUZ RAM
System info CPUZ RAM SPD
System info GPUZ
System info HDTune (SSDs)
System info CrystalDiskMark (SSDs)
System info HDTune (HDD)
System info CrystalDiskMark (HDD)
System info HWiNFO
DPC Latency: High rates when webcam and Bluetooth are en- / disabled
System information: Schenker XIRIOS W710

CPU Performance

The Xeon X5670's performance rates are more than awesome. No matter which CPU benchmark is applied - the hexa core is always among the foremost leaders. For a better classification, we let the Xeon X5670 compete against the currently fastest quad core.

The 2.5 to 3.5 GHz fast Core i7-2920XM (Schenker XMG P501) at least has the lead in Cinebench R10 64bit's single core rendering. The advantage is nearly 16% with 5343 to 4613 points. The tide turns, as expected, in multi core rendering. The Xeon X5670 computes good 20% faster thanks to its higher core count (23701 to 19727 points). The gap is even bigger in Cinebench R11.5. The Core i7-2920XM lags behind by a whole 25% with 5.7 to 7.55 points.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3698
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
19954
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6620
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
4613 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
23701 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6638 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
65.06 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.55 Points
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GPU information
GPU information

Graphics Card: Nvidia Quadro 5010M

A DirectX 11 capable, wickedly expensive workstation graphics card model was used in our test device. The Quadro 5010M is based on Nvidia's Fermi architecture and represents the best mobile pro GPU before the Quadro 5000M (status: mid 2011).

Alike the top variant from the gaming division, the GeForce GTX 580M, the Quadro 5010M also has 384 shader units available. However, the clock rates are a lot lower. The Quadro "only" runs with 450/900/1300 MHz instead of 620/1240/1500 MHz. In return, the video memory is twice as large. 4096 MB of GDDR5 VRAM are extremely future-proof. Nvidia hasn't neglected the memory bus either. Only few programs can exhaust 256 bits.

Despite the low manufacturing process of 40 nm, the graphics card treats itself to a lot of power. A TDP of 100 watts even brings big laptops to their limits. Nvidia customizes the drivers in order to meet the needs of professional users as well as possible. The result: While games are rendered a bit smoother with a comparable consumer GPU, such as the Radeon HD 6970M, the Quadros are unbeatable in 3D rendering and other (scientific) calculations. Nvidia has done a very good job with the driver. Even less experienced users will manage.

7.5
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
7.7
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
7.7
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
7.5
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
7.5
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
7.9

GPU Performance

No GPU will be able to catch up to the Quadro 5010M in the professional field so fast. Almost no notebook has ever finished the program, SPECviewperf 11 (combines several OpenGL benchmarks), so smoothly. While the smaller brother, Quadro 5000M lags behind by 20%, the considerably less expensive Quadro FX 2800M's performance is almost 70% weaker (both rates come from HP's Elitebook 8740w).

The ice gets thinner for the Quadro 5010M when it comes to the gaming field and DirectX performance. The 41.7 fps that the workstation achieved in the demanding Unigine Heaven 2.1 benchmark (1280x1024, high, default tessellation) is excellent. However, the GeForce GTX 580M (Schenker XMG P501) surpasses it by 6% with 44.3 fps. The difference increases in the latest 3DMark 11 (1280x720, performance setting, GPU score). 3310 to 2693 points stand for a plus of 25%.

Schenker XIRIOS W710
Intel Xeon X5670, NVIDIA Quadro 5010M, 2x OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G (RAID 0)
HP EliteBook 8740w
Intel Core i7-820QM, NVIDIA Quadro 5000M,
HP Elitebook 8740w 820QM/FX2800M
Intel Core i7-820QM, NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M, WDC Scorpio Black WD5000BEKT-75KA9T0
SPECviewperf 11
-20%
-68%
1920x1080 Catia AA:0x AF:0x33.8928.7
-15%
9.53
-72%
1920x1080 Ensight AA:0x AF:0x36.7329.3
-20%
10.8
-71%
1920x1080 Lightwave AA:0x AF:0x40.0131.9
-20%
7.99
-80%
1920x1080 Maya AA:0x AF:0x53.6245.2
-16%
7.5
-86%
1920x1080 Pro/ENGINEER AA:0x AF:0x7.996.4
-20%
4.67
-42%
1920x1080 SolidWorks AA:0x AF:0x37.9330.2
-20%
6.73
-82%
1920x1080 Tcvis AA:0x AF:0x37.625.96
-31%
15.34
-59%
1920x1080 Siemens NX AA:0x AF:0x34.929
-17%
16.55
-53%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-20% / -20%
-68% / -68%
3D Mark
3DMark 0352873 points
3DMark 0524769 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
18617 points
3DMark Vantage12991 points
3DMark 113032 points
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AS SSD Benchmark
AS SSD Benchmark

Hard disk(s) Performance

One of the X7200 barebone's most important unique selling points is the possibility to build in a maximum of three hard disks. Schenker took the opportunity and equipped our test device with two SSDs and an HDD. We'll start with both 120 GB solid state drives from OCZ (Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G), which are connected via SATA3 and have been set up as a RAID0 array (increases the performance) by Schenker.

To make it short: The performance rates will likely knock the socks off some users. We determined a sequential read rate of 534 MB/s and a sequential write rate of 296 MB/s in the AS SSD benchmark - awesome! A single solid state drive falls back heavily in direct comparison. Intel's SSDSA2CW160G3 (160 GB) was only about half as fast in the test of Schenker's XMG A501, for example.

A conventional HDD doesn't stand a chance against the RAID array. Even fast 7200 rpm models, such as the 750 GB Seagate Momentus ST9750420AS (the third hard disk) have to be satisfied with a relatively meager 100 MB/s in sequential read and write. However, the differences in the access times are the greatest. While normal HDDs achieve between 15 and 25 ms, both SSDs accomplish an outstanding 0.2 ms. Windows responds lightning fast in routine and the system isn't fazed by massive multitasking.

2x OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G (RAID 0)
Transfer Rate Minimum: 494.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 531.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 516.7 MB/s
Access Time: 0.2 ms
Burst Rate: 1773.6 MB/s

System Performance

Unsurprisingly, the total performance is beyond any doubt. The Xirios W710 almost passes our previous reference rate that the Alienware M18x set up (18908 points) with an enormous 18896 points. PCMark 7 also confirms the high-end components' sheer power. Most notebooks are miles away from 4432 points. However, Alienware's M18x reclaims its throne - 4573 points equal a 3% higher result. You'll have noticed: The 17 incher is hard to beat in terms of system performance.

PC Mark
PCMark Vantage18896 points
PCMark 74432 points
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Gaming Performance

Wie wir testen - Leistung

Since gaming performance plays a rather inferior role in workstations, we only used two games for the test. If you'd like to take a closer look at the 10 other tested games, or compare them, we would warmly recommend taking a look at our comprehensive GPU chart. The ForceWare 280.26 was the used driver.

Dirt 3
Dirt 3

Dirt 3

Dirt 3 guarantees a first rate race experience in both terms of looks and gaming. The Quadro 5010M didn't have any bigger problems even with ultra high details and a resolution of 1920x1080 in the built-in benchmark. 35.3 fps is very playable. Nvidia's gaming king, the GeForce GTX 580M, can however run these settings even smoother. The Alienware M17x R3 settles to a 24% better 43.7 fps.

Dirt 3
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1920x1080Ultra Preset, 4xAA, -AF35.3 fps
 1360x768High Preset, 2xAA, -AF105.4 fps
Dirt 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x AF:-
Schenker XIRIOS W710
Quadro 5010M, X5670, 2x OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G (RAID 0)
35.3 fps ∼32%
Alienware M17x R3 GTX 580M i7-2820QM
GeForce GTX 580M, 2820QM, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT007-9ZV142
43.7 fps ∼40% +24%
Crysis 2
Crysis 2

Crysis 2

The hardware hungry game, Crysis 2, isn't rendered smoothly in maximum details. 1920x1080 pixels and the setting "Extreme" brought a modest 28.2 fps to light. The frame rate increases noticeably with a GeForce GTX 580M. 36 fps (Alienware M17x R3) equals a plus of 28%. The first person shooter first really runs smoothly with a reduced resolution and/or the graphics setting "Very High".

Crysis 2
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1920x1080Extreme28.2 fps
 1366x768Very High81.6 fps
Crysis 2 - 1920x1080 Extreme
Schenker XIRIOS W710
Quadro 5010M, X5670, 2x OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G (RAID 0)
28.2 fps ∼28%
Alienware M17x R3 GTX 580M i7-2820QM
GeForce GTX 580M, 2820QM, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT007-9ZV142
36 fps ∼36% +28%

Gaming Performance Verdict

Despite the focus on the professional field, the Quadro 5010M is perfectly suitable for gaming. The driver didn't cause any problems. Graphic errors or unexpected performance dropouts didn't turn up. The performance is usually enough for (very) high resolutions and details - including anisotropic texture filtering and moderate antialiasing - with exception of extremely demanding games like Metro 2033 or Crysis 2.

All in all, the Quadro 5010M performs approximately on a par with the popular AMD Radeon HD 6970M. The user is sufficiently equipped for the next generation of games. Compromises in picture quality hardly ever have to be made.

low med.high ultra
Need for Speed Shift (2009) 108.567fps
Resident Evil 5 (2009) 120.673.3fps
Risen (2009) 64.341.9fps
CoD Modern Warfare 2 (2009) 93.462.5fps
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010) 88.945.3fps
Metro 2033 (2010) 37.914.6fps
StarCraft 2 (2010) 98.452.7fps
Mafia 2 (2010) 86.651.9fps
Fifa 11 (2010) 268.6162.3fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010) 10572.8fps
Crysis 2 (2011) 81.628.2fps
Dirt 3 (2011) 105.435.3fps

Emissions

System Noise

The high emission rates are one of the Xirios W710's biggest weaknesses. The workstation is as present as the one or other laptop during 3D mode already in low load. While the hard disks remain pleasantly quiet, the fans emit a very audible noise.

The laptop turns up its noise even more during load. Many users will likely find the noise level disturbingly loud. The fans of course lose their "annoyance potential" when a movie, a game or a music track runs in the background. Talking about annoyance: The fan management isn't perfect. The speed occasionally varies during constant load. Noise sensitive users should rather look around for an alternative.

Noise Level

Idle 37.6 / 37.6 / 41.2 dB(A)
DVD 38.7 / dB(A)
Load 46.3 / 49.0 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft SL-320 (15 cm distance)
Stress test
Stress test (Furmark & Prime)

Temperature

The case's temperatures can be called moderate. The surfaces heat up to an acceptable 30°C after a longer idle period. In return, it gets quite hot for your hands during 3D applications. An average of 40°C is quite uncomfortable over a longer period. We could measure a maximum temperature of hefty 50°C above the keyboard.

The sophisticated cooling construction keeps the expensive luxury components well under control. According to HWMonitor, the graphics card and processor reached a bit more than 80°C during full load induced by the tools Furmark and Prime - a safe rate. Great: There was no throttling. The user can rely to 100% on the components.

Max. Load
 47.0 °C50.3 °C43.0 °C 
 44.2 °C43.5 °C33.1 °C 
 35.4 °C32.2 °C29.0 °C 
 
46.6 °C44.4 °C41.5 °C
32.0 °C46.1 °C37.0 °C
26.6 °C26.0 °C30.6 °C
Maximum: 50.3 °C
Average: 39.7 °C
 Maximum: 46.6 °C
Average: 36.8 °C
Power Supply (max.)  49.3 °C | Room Temperature 21.6 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Battery Life

The Xirios W710's potent components - unsurprisingly - consume a lot of power. 65.2 - 73.1 watts in idle mode and 155.7 - 257.1 watts in load is a significantly higher consumption than of other workstations. An example? The Fujitsu Celsius H710 (Core i7-2820QM & Quadro 1000M) only drained 15.5 - 21.4 watts (idle), respectively 88.0 - 117.4 watts (load) out of the socket during the test. Schenker doesn't include an incredibly thick and 1600 gram heavy 300 watt power adapter in the box just for fun.

Power consumption

Off / Standby 0.7 / 3.8 Watt
Idle 65.2 / 69.0 / 73.1 Watt
Load 155.7 / 257.1 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC-940
Reader's Test
Maximum battery life (Reader's Test)
Classic Test
Minimum battery life (Classic Test)

The included 8 cell battery (78.44 Wh, 5300 mAh) unfortunately doesn't have a long runtime. No matter how low or high the display brightness, no matter if minimum or maximum energy saving options are selected - the laptop is drained extremely fast remote from the outlet. The Xirios W710 lasted for just only 63 minutes in the BatteryEater's Reader's test (scrolls through a simple text document). It was even only 43 minutes when calculating the computationally intensive Classic test. But let's be honest: Who would really want to carry around such a voluminous case?

Benchmark power supply mode performance battery mode performance difference
Cinebench R10 64bit single CPU 4613 2350 -49%
Cinebench R10 64bit multicore CPU 23701 13165 -45%
Cinebench R11.5 64bit OpenGL 65.06 12.98 -80%
Cinebench R11.5 64bit CPU 7.55 4.15 -45%
Unigine Heaven 2.1 41.7 fps 7.5 fps -82%
3DMark 11 GPU 2693 461 -83%
Energy profile High Performance High Performance  
Battery runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
1h 03min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 43min

Verdict

Schenker XIRIOS W710
Schenker XIRIOS W710

The Xirios W710 is a textbook example of a workstation. All superlatives are almost used up when describing the 17 incher. Our 7000 euro expensive test device was just simply incredible in many ways. And by that we especially mean the practical performance besides the pure configuration features (up to three hard drives & 24 GB of RAM!).

Starting with the server processor from Intel's Xeon range, which easily excels its mobile Core i7 colleagues (e.g. Core i7-2630QM). Six cores and 12 threads boost the CPU's power in undreamed of heights. The graphics card has no need to hide beside it. Nvidia's Quadro 5010M looks extremely good in both games and professional applications.

Both speedy SSD hard disks (RAID0 array) complete the high-end claim. The workstation also gives a convincing presentation in other aspects. The X7200 barebone has good input devices, a high-end display and many interfaces (incl. 2 USB 3.0s). Schenker also deserves praise for the clean Windows installation without any bloatware.

The restricted mobility would have to be named primarily on the con side. The 17 incher only feels comfortable on the desk at home. The case is almost as heavy as a full-fledged tower. Battery life isn't worth mentioning. Additionally, there is the high temperature and noise development. The fans give a real noise concert especially during load.

The Xirios W710 is perfect for financially strong professional users who need a powerful workstation. There's barely a laptop that can compete with the 17 incher's performance. Schenker has one of the worldwide fastest devices available.

In Review: Schenker XIRIOS W710
In Review: Schenker XIRIOS W710

Specifications

Schenker XIRIOS W710

:: Processor
Intel Xeon X5670 2.933 GHz
:: Mainboard
Intel X58 + ICH10R
:: Memory
24576 MB, 3x 8192 MB SO-DIMM DDR3-RAM (1600 MHz @ 1333 MHz)
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA Quadro 5010M - 4096 MB, Core: 450 MHz, Memory: 1300 MHz, shader rate: 900 MHz, GDDR5-VRAM, ForceWare 280.26
:: Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, Hannstar HSD173PUW1 (HSD06A5), Full HD, LED backlight, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
2x OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G (RAID 0), 120 GB + Seagte Momentus ST9750420AS, 750 GByte, 7200 rpm
:: Soundcard
Realtek ALC888/1200 @ Intel 82801JB ICH 10 - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
3 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 Firewire, 1 DVI, 1 HDMI, 1 Infrared, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: headphone, microphone, line in, S/PDIF & surround out, Card Reader: MMC,RSMMC,MS,MS Pro,MS Duo,SD,Mini SD,SDHC,SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Antenne (CATV)
:: Networking
JMicron PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (10/1000MBit), Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN (a g n ), 2.1 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
Optiarc DVD RW AD-7710H
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 71 x 419 x 286
:: Weight
6 kg Power Supply: 1.632 kg
:: Battery
78.44 Wh Lithium-Ion, 5300 mAh, 8 cells
:: Price
6992 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 3.0 Megapixel, adapter: 300 watts, manual, driver & tool DVD, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, 24-48 Months Warranty

 

Hardly a case is as huge as Clevo's X7200 barebone.
Hardly a case is as huge as Clevo's X7200 barebone.
The workstation weighs impressive six kilograms.
The workstation weighs impressive six kilograms.
A height of seven inches is also unusual.
A height of seven inches is also unusual.
Most surfaces are painted in a matt black.
Most surfaces are painted in a matt black.
The glossy edge elements smudge very easily.
The glossy edge elements smudge very easily.
According to the manual, the maximum opening angle 135 °.
According to the manual, the maximum opening angle 135 °.
The fan outputs are located on the back.
The fan outputs are located on the back.
The 17-inch model has a 5.1 sound system.
The 17-inch model has a 5.1 sound system.
There is a small XMG logo on the lid.
There is a small XMG logo on the lid.
The anti-glare screen looks purple from certain angles.
The anti-glare screen looks purple from certain angles.
We didn't miss any interfaces, except for an ExpressCard slot.
We didn't miss any interfaces, except for an ExpressCard slot.
An external surround sound system can be easily used.
An external surround sound system can be easily used.
Two covers next to the battery can be removed.
Two covers next to the battery can be removed.
The cooling design is just tremendous.
The cooling design is just tremendous.
Our test unit contained two SSDs in a RAID0 array.
Our test unit contained two SSDs in a RAID0 array.
As a desktop processor, respectively server model is used.
As a desktop processor, respectively server model is used.
A maximum of three hard disks are rather rare in notebooks.
A maximum of three hard disks are rather rare in notebooks.
Schenker optionally offers a dual-GPU configuration.
Schenker optionally offers a dual-GPU configuration.
A subwoofer is located on the case's bottom.
A subwoofer is located on the case's bottom.
We liked the keyboard despite its loud typing noise.
We liked the keyboard despite its loud typing noise.
The XMG logo lights up in blue during use.
The XMG logo lights up in blue during use.
We would have preferred a smooth touchpad surface.
We would have preferred a smooth touchpad surface.
The wrist-rest is generously sized.
The wrist-rest is generously sized.
The right has four audio and three USB 2.0 ports.
The right has four audio and three USB 2.0 ports.
A Kensington lock protects the workstation against theft.
A Kensington lock protects the workstation against theft.
The 17 incher is supplied with power over the rear.
The 17 incher is supplied with power over the rear.
A DVI port has become a rare thing on laptops.
A DVI port has become a rare thing on laptops.
A BluRay player or burner is also optionally available as the optical drive (below the ports).
A BluRay player or burner is also optionally available as the optical drive (below the ports).
An infrared sensor is hidden on the front.
An infrared sensor is hidden on the front.
What would a laptop be without status LEDs?
What would a laptop be without status LEDs?
The 300 watt power adapter is almost as thick as four DVD covers.
The 300 watt power adapter is almost as thick as four DVD covers.

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+Clean installation
+Brute power
+Many interfaces
+Three hard disks
+Great display
+Good keyboard
 

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-Bulky barebone
-High weight
-Thick power adapter
-System noise

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What we like

Hardly more performance is possible in the workstation sector at present.

What we'd like to see

A smaller and lighter case, as well as a lower operating noise.

What surprises us

That a notebook can cost as much as a new small car.

The competition

Other workstations with the latest processor, such as the Fujitsu Celsius H710 or the Lenovo ThinkPad W520.

Rating

Schenker XIRIOS W710
08/16/2011 v2
Florian Glaser

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
76%
Connectivity
88%
Weight
36%
Battery
37%
Display
84%
Games Performance
95%
Application Performance
99%
Temperature
72%
Noise
56%
Add Points
84%
Average
75%
81%
Workstation *
Weighted Average

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Author: Florian Glaser, 2011-08-20 (Update: 2013-06- 6)