Review mySN XMG7 (Clevo M570TU) Notebook

New old acquaintance.

Barely any other barebone is offered under so many different predicates as the M570 from Clevo. It's not very surprising, as it is a chic 17 - inch notebook always on the newest stand of technique and therefore especially of interest for performance - enthusiasts. Schenker brings the M570TU as mySN SMG7 gaming notebook out, equipped with Intel Core 2 Extreme X9100 CPU and a brand new 9800M GTX graphics card.

mySN XMG7 (Clevo M570TU)

Wie eingangs schon erwähnt, verrichtet der innovative Display-Klappmechanismus eine einwandfreie Arbeit. Abgesehen von leisen Knarzgeräuschen lässt sich das Panel ohne Probleme in eine für den Benutzer angenehme Position bringen. Auf einen Verriegelungsmechanismus wird dabei jedoch verzichtet.

Note: The mySN XMG7 is the same as the Clevo M570TU barebone which is identically constructed as the already tested Clevo M570RU barebone. That is why the following pictures originate from this review.

Innovativer Klappmechanismus am HDX9320EG

Case

As already mentioned, the mySN XMG7 is a barebone out of the Clevo M570 series. Therefore the notebook case is similar to the devices based on the same barebones. For instance, the Nexoc E705III, the Deviltech HellFire m800, the Guru M570TU or even the One G8530 notebook.

The case shows itself fundamentally rather modest. Distinguishing is above all the orange colored border which runs on the side edges around the case and, though this, gives the barebone a strong recognition feature. Regarding the workmanship, the barebone cuts off passably whereas looking at the individual manufacturers slight differences in assembling quality due to dissimilar tests can be found. You can find more specific information about the case in our detailed review of the mySN M570RU notebook, which is the identically built forerunner of the new M570TU version.

Connectivity

In consideration of the offered models there are barely any differences in the connectivity, either. In comparison to the somewhat older models of the Clevo barebone M570RU version there has been some progress. Besides the established DVI port the M570TU has now an additional HDMI out as well as an eSATA port for connections to an external hard disk, found on the backside of the case.

Consistent is the connection possibility on the right side of the case, where two USB ports in the front area are found, followed by a fire-wire port as well as a modem and a LAN connection and a port for an antenna. Especially the two USB ports are not optimally positioned because when these are occupied, they can constrain the working area on the right side of the notebook considerably. Respectively the left side turns out more favorable because only the optical drive and the Kensington lock are found here.

brand new: HDMI Port and eSATA connection
brand new: HDMI Port and eSATA connection

In view of communication a bit happened in the new M570TU, as well. Thanks to the newer Centrino 2 technology from Intel, the XMG7 is already equipped with an Intel wireless WiFi Link 5300 module. This supports a data transmission rate of up to 450Mbps while with the likewise new 5100AGN module an information flow rate of up to 300Mbps can be reached.

In the wired communication the XMG7 offers a Gigabyte Ethernet port from Realtek (RTL8168C/8111C). Besides this a Bluetooth V2.0 module belongs to the standard equipment.

As optional features an Intel Turbo Memory module with 1-, 2-, and 4GB or a DVB-T MiniPCI Express card may be mentioned as an example. A BluRay drive is also available for the XMG7.

In the warranty Schenker assures a 24 month basic - guarantee with a pick-up and return service. For an extra charge of 160.00 Euro, this can be extended for a maximum of three years.

Input Devices

There are no changes to be found on the keyboard of the Clevo M570 bare-bone. As supplied before, a well-arranged keyboard with an additional numeric block is found. The keyboard could convince in practical use, in particular the extremely pleasant stroke reaction during typing is to be mentioned here. Further details can be found about the keyboard, and about the touch pad as well, in the review of the identically built mySN M570RU notebook.

Touch-pad
mySN XMG7 (Clevo M570TU) Touch-pad
Keyboard
mySN XMG7 (Clevo M570TU) Keyboard

Display

A WUXGA display with a maximal resolution of 1920x1200 pixels finds appliance as the screen of the mySN XMG7 from Schenker. With this, the notebook offers the best resolution results and a very good overall view on the display when working with more than one window. The panel shows itself with a glossy glare - type surface which on the one hand works out positively on the color elucidation but on the other hand is responsible for inconvenient reflections by unfavorable lighting conditions.

Not very convincing were the measuring results of the XMG7 screen luminosity. With a maximum of 134.3 cd/m2 in the middle upper area the M570TU barebone, with a WUXGA display, positions itself under the already mediocre results of the WSXGA display of the M570RU notebook. The illumination of the screen couldn't really convince with its 76.8%, either. For the record a very obvious diminution in brightness on the left side of the display of down to 103.2cd/m2 should be mentioned. Unfortunately this diminution is also visible to the naked eye, whereas the display in the whole does not seem very bright.

107.2
cd/m²
134.3
cd/m²
132.8
cd/m²
109.0
cd/m²
127.4
cd/m²
131.2
cd/m²
103.2
cd/m²
115.1
cd/m²
131.7
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 134.3 cd/m²
Average: 121.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 77 %
Black: 0.25 cd/m²
Contrast: 510:1

Due to the very low black value of only 0.25 cd/m2, the display offers a very good contrast with a maximum of up to 537:1 despite the mediocre brightness. After calibrating the display with help from the Spyder 3 tool from the firm Datacolor, the display reveals in view of the color elucidation definitively to cool and the blue tones outweighed.

In the horizontal range, the image is extremely stable in the viewing angle. In a shallow angle, inconvenient reflections appear on the screen. This applies to the vertical viewing angle, as well. A loss in contrast and a change in image related to this were already noticed earlier, though.

Performance

Schenker didn't go in for any compromises when equipping the XMG7. With the X9100 Core 2 Extreme CPU from Intel, our test-sample withholds the newest high performance mobile processor. Depending on the needed performance and/or financial possibilities the notebook can be fitted alternately with a P8600 (2.4 GHz), a T9400 and a P9500 CPU (both with 2.53 GHz) as well as the T9600 with 2.8 GHz. More information for the new Centrino 2 Penryn line you can find in this special editorial.

In consideration of the graphic card, the customer can choose between two high performance versions. On the one side the Geforce 9800M GT graphic card from nVIDIA with a 512MB GDDR3 video memory and as a top model a 9800M GTX solution with 1024MB GDDR3 memory. Both versions deliver first class performance in the gaming area, whereas the 9800M GT has about the same level as a Geforce 8800M GTX, and the 9800M GTX graphic card can be placed about 10 - 20% in front of that, depending on the application.

Both high - end graphic solutions have already been tested in accordance to gaming performance by Notebookcheck.com. You can find details about the nVIDIA Geforce 9800M GT graphic card in this editorial and more information as well as detailed gaming tests of the  Geforce 9800M GTX graphic card from nVIDIA in this review.

Barring for the first class performance in the 3D- and gaming area, the XMG7 can score bonus points in the application area because of the built in high performance components, as well. For instance in the PC Mark 2005 benchmark test where the Clevo M570TU barebone achieved first place, from up till now tested notebooks, with 7947 points.

The notebook reached a similar excellent result in the Cinebench R10 Benchmark test. Here, the Core 2 Extreme CPU with 3.06 GHz achieved a peak result in the Rendering test. Besides that the XMG7 with the Geforce 9800M GTX graphic card delivered very good results in the OpenGL Shading test and placed itself only slightly behind the CAD specialist Precision M6300 from Dell with a Quadro FX 3600 graphic card from nVIDIA.

Performance PCMark 2005
Performance PCMark 2005
Cinebench R10 Benchmark
Cinebench R10 Benchmark

Because the Clevo M570TU is built on the new Intel Centrino 2 technology, the faster DDR3 RAM can already be worked with on the notebook. Altogether the XMG7 has a 4096MB fast DDR3 RAM with 1066 MHz divided into two memory modules à 2048MB.

There are quite a few variation possibilities concerning the hard disk available, too. Alternately there is either a hard disk with a capacity of up to 500 GB and a velocity of 5400 rpm or a faster 7200 rpm with a gross capacity of up to 320 GB to choose from. Of course Solid State drives can be built in.

The, in our test-sample, built in 320GB hard disk from Seagate (ST9320421AS) showed in the HDTune Benchmark test extraordinary good transmission rates and a low access time of 16 milliseconds.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GFX
System information mySN XMG7 (Clevo M570TU)
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE44174 points
3DMark 0333411 points
3DMark 0518209 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
9952 points
3DMark Vantage4545 points
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3DMark Vantage in comparison
Lenovo Thinkpad X100e - 2876-27G (min)
 MV-40, Radeon HD 3200
98
   ...
Acer Aspire 3830TG-2414G75nbb
 2410M, GeForce GT 540M
4516
HP ProBook 450 G1 E9Y58EA
 4702MQ, HD Graphics 4600
4522
Sony Vaio SV-E1511V1EW
 3210M, Radeon HD 7650M
4536
Schenker XMG7 (9800M GTX)
 X9100, GeForce 9800M GTX
4545
Fujitsu Celsius H710 WXP11DE
 2820QM, Quadro 1000M
4566
Asus K93SM-YZ085V
 2670QM, GeForce GT 630M
4568
AMD Pumori Platform A10-4600M
 A10-4600M, Radeon HD 7660G
4570
   ...
Schenker XMG U702 (max)
 3960X, GeForce GTX 680M SLI
36739

PC Mark

PC Mark
PCMark 057947 points
PCMark Vantage4691 points
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PCMark Vantage in comparison
Sony SV-S1311G4E (min)
 2350M, HD Graphics 3000
811
   ...
Lenovo Thinkpad L512 2597-5VG
 330M, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
4684
Acer Aspire 5741G-334G50Mn
 330M, Mobility Radeon HD 5470
4684
Lenovo Thinkpad W700
 QX9300, Quadro FX 3700M
4685
Schenker XMG7 (9800M GTX)
 X9100, GeForce 9800M GTX
4691
Lenovo Thinkpad L412 0530-5ZG
 330M, Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
4697
MSI GE600-i5447W7P
 430M, Mobility Radeon HD 5730
4739
Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E535-NZR5BGE
 A8-4500M, Radeon HD 7640G
4743
   ...
One K56-3F (max)
 4700MQ, GeForce GT 750M
23558
Cinebench R10
 SettingsValue
 Rendering Single 32Bit3341 Points
 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit6075 Points
 Shading 32Bit5954 Points
Crysis - GPU Benchmark
 ResolutionSettingsValue
 1024x768Very High22.7 fps
 1024x768High40.2 fps
 1024x768Medium, 0xAA, 0xAF64.2 fps
 1024x768Low, 0xAA, 0xAF114.5 fps
320 GB - 7200 rpm
Transfer Rate Minimum: 35.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 88 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 67.2 MB/s
Access Time: 16 ms
Burst Rate: 76.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2.2 %

Verdict

There are barely any surprises hidden in the Clevo M570TU barebone, which is  found under a variety of names, available also as  the XMG7 Gaming Notebook from Schenker. The notebook offers a solid but average workmanship with an all over decent connectivity. The newest M570TU version comes with a HDMI and an eSATA port.

The input devices, especially the keyboard, made a very good impression in the test and are also qualified for various writing tasks next to the main field of computer gaming activity.

An, once again, average result was delivered from the WUXGA display, built in to the notebook, with a generous resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. As a result the maximal brightness of the display turns out with slightly more than 130 cd/m2 extremely below average. The good contrast value of the screen should be mentioned positvely, though.

The main focus of the XMG7 notebook lies, of course, in the available performance reserves. Here the device can make bonus points without any restrictions. Equipped with an Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU and a Geforce 9800M GTX graphic card, the laptop has the up-to-date most efficient components for use in mobile computers. Therefore, the results of the performed Benchmark tests are not a surprise. In applications as well as in gaming the XMG7 (Clevo M570TU) provides best values.

What almost can be called an anomaly is that the surface temperature remains within a frame, considering the offered performance. What is going on inside of the notebook becomes quickly obvious through the fan. The notebook causes a loudness of up to 49.7 dB under performance which requires quite a bit of getting used to.

The XMG7 or respectively the Clevo M570TU is an interesting model for the price conscious gamer. The device with the complete equipment like we had costs about 3000.00 Euro, but if one cuts back on the CPU or on the hard disk and RAM, a price of about 2000.00 Euro can be realized, whereas, thanks to the 9800M GTX graphic card from nVIDIA, a first class graphic performance is guaranteed.

 

mySN XMG7 (Clevo M570TU)
mySN XMG7 (Clevo M570TU)
Innovativer Klappmechanismus am HDX9320EG
Innovativer Klappmechanismus am HDX9320EG
Innovativer Klappmechanismus am HDX9320EG
Innovativer Klappmechanismus am HDX9320EG
In Review: mySN XMG7 (Clevo M570TU)
mySN XMG7 (Clevo M570TU)

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Specifications

Schenker XMG7 (9800M GTX)

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel PM45
:: Memory
4096 MB, DDR3 10700H, 2x2048MB, max. 4096MB
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX - 1024 MB, Core: 500 MHz, Memory: 799 MHz, GDDR3 VRAM, 7.15.11.7602 (Forceware 176.02)
:: Display
17 inch 16:10, 1920x1200 pixel, WUXGA Glare TFT, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
320 GB - 7200 rpm, 320 GB 7200 rpm Seagate Momentus ST9320421ASG
:: Soundcard
Realtek ALC662
:: Connections
1 Express Card 54mm, 3 USB 2.0, 1 Firewire, 1 DVI, 1 HDMI, 1 Modem, 1 Infrared, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: Microphone, headset, S/PDIF, LineIn, Card Reader: 7in1 Card Reader, TV Card: optional,
:: Networking
Realtek RTL8168C/8111C Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (10/100/1000MBit), 2.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
DVD +/- RW Double Layer
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 46 x 280 x 397
:: Weight
4.16 kg Power Supply: 0.9 kg
:: Battery
Lithium-Ion, 4400 mAh
:: Price
3000 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32 Bit
:: Additional features
Notebookcase, Handbook, Driver CD, 24 Months Warranty

 

pics

The mySN XMG7 from Schenker-Notebooks is an old acquaintance.
The mySN XMG7 from Schenker-Notebooks is an old acquaintance.
The speakers of the device, placed on the side edges, provide only a moderate sound.
The speakers of the device, placed on the side edges, provide only a moderate sound.
On the contrary to this, the surface temperature of the case always stays within a frame
On the contrary to this, the surface temperature of the case always stays within a frame
Unfortunately this goes to the expense of the sound, which turns out extremely intense under performance.
Unfortunately this goes to the expense of the sound, which turns out extremely intense under performance.
...as well as a brand new Geforce 9800M GTX graphic card from nVIDIA, the notebook reached peak results in the Benchmark tests.
...as well as a brand new Geforce 9800M GTX graphic card from nVIDIA, the notebook reached peak results in the Benchmark tests.
Equipped with a high performance Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU with 3.06 GHz...
Equipped with a high performance Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU with 3.06 GHz...
The strength of the XMG7 is quite clearly the extensive configuration possibilities.
The strength of the XMG7 is quite clearly the extensive configuration possibilities.
Although the illumination was rather below average, the display offers a very good contrast.
Although the illumination was rather below average, the display offers a very good contrast.
The new mySN XMG7 has a high resolution WUXGA screen built in, which only has only a moderate display brightness
The new mySN XMG7 has a high resolution WUXGA screen built in, which only has only a moderate display brightness
It is very pleasant to use and also has an additional numeric block.
It is very pleasant to use and also has an additional numeric block.
There are no changes to be found on the keyboard.
There are no changes to be found on the keyboard.
Besides the usual standard ports, the new M570TU barebone has an HDMI and eSata connection.
Besides the usual standard ports, the new M570TU barebone has an HDMI and eSata connection.
The connections that are included can let themselves be seen, too.
The connections that are included can let themselves be seen, too.
... and regarding the case stability, brings a passable result, as well.
... and regarding the case stability, brings a passable result, as well.
The case cuts off averagely regarding the workmanship,...
The case cuts off averagely regarding the workmanship,...
The Clevo M570TU barebone shows itself in the usual case with the distinguishing orange border that runs along the side edges.
The Clevo M570TU barebone shows itself in the usual case with the distinguishing orange border that runs along the side edges.
The battery runtime of about 1 - 2 hours, depending on the required performance, is average for a DTR - notebook, as well.
The battery runtime of about 1 - 2 hours, depending on the required performance, is average for a DTR - notebook, as well.

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Pro

+Simple, complaisant design
+Good connectivity (DVI, HDMI, eSATA)
+Pleasant to use keyboard
+Display with high resolution and good contrast
+Exceptional 3D and application performance
+Extensive configuration possibilities
+Low surface heating
+
+
 

Cons

-Moderate display brightness
-High sound emissions during performance
-Mediocre sound reproduction

Rating

Schenker XMG7 (9800M GTX)
09/12/2008
J. Simon Leitner

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
86%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
94%
Weight
54%
Battery
59%
Display
75%
Games Performance
99%
Application Performance
100%
Temperature
86%
Noise
63%
Add Points
92%
Average
81%
87%
Gaming *
Weighted Average

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Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2008-09-28 (Update: 2012-05-26)