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Nexoc G739 (Clevo N870HK1) Laptop Review

Andreas Osthoff (translated by Mark Riege), 04/08/2017

Large entry-level gamer. The Nexoc G739 is a 17.3-inch laptop with a strong Kaby Lake Core-i7 and the new Pascal GPU GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. But the downside of the good performance is high emissions.

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The Nexoc G739 is a large 17.3-inch notebook based on the N870HK1 Barebones by Clevo. For 1200-1500 Euros (~$1272-$1590) depending on the configuration, the laptop offers an entry into the gaming segment. Nexoc equips all configurations with a powerful Kaby Lake quad-core processor as well as the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB) mid-range graphics card, which handles the Full HD display panel very well. The differences between the various configurations are limited to the supplied memory. Our test device, which is offered in the Nexoc shop for 1360 Euros (~$1442), is equipped with 16 GB DDR4-RAM and a dual storage system (SSD/HDD).

In terms of price, the Nexoc G739 falls into a quite contested segment, since some other gaming laptops offer the stronger GTX 1060 for this price. In our review, we are using the following devices for comparison: Asus ROG Strix GL753VD, HP Omen 17, MSI GE72 7RE, as well as the thinner Asus GL702VM. Does the G739 offer a good package, or would you be better off choosing another gaming notebook?

Nexoc G739
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook) - 4096 MB, Core: 1493 MHz, Memory: 3500 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 378.92, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2400, Dual-Channel, 2/2 slots occupied, max. 32 GB
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 127 PPI, CMN1738, IPS, Full HD, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, 256 GB 
, m.2-SSD Typ 2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 + Seagate Mobile ST1000LM035, 1TB HDD @5400 rpm, 2.5 Inch
Soundcard
Realtek ALC269
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm head phone jack, 3.5 mm microphone jack , Card Reader: 6-in-1 (MMC, RSMMC, SD, Mini SD, SDHC, SDXC), 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 27 x 419 x 289 ( = 1.06 x 16.5 x 11.38 in)
Battery
62 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6 cell battery
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 2.0 MP
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Sound Blaster Cinema 3, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 120 Watt power supply, DVD with drivers, Control Center, MS Office (trial version), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.865 kg ( = 101.06 oz / 6.32 pounds), Power Supply: 464 g ( = 16.37 oz / 1.02 pounds)
Price
1360 EUR

 

Case

For a gaming laptop the Nexoc G739 is remarkably unremarkable. If you deactivate the colorful keyboard illumination, the gray plastic case could easily be taken as an office system as well. We like the modest design of the Clevo Barebones, but anyone who likes a more aggressive look with lit-up elements should look elsewhere to the competition.

The stability of the base unit turns out to be especially very good. Only in the area above the keyboard does pressure lead to slight creaking noises. Though both hinges are firm, the large screen bounces back quickly. Moreover, you need both hands to open the lid. Pressure also does not give any trouble to the display lid, and we cannot observe any waves forming on the panel. When twisting, however, the image brightens quickly.

The Clevo Barebones does not offer any maintenance hatches - in order to access the components, the whole bottom cover has to be removed. At least the battery can be removed from the outside. But unfortunately the case wobbles when it is removed, since one of its feet is on the battery.

Compared to the other competitors, the G739 appears a little compressed. With the exception of the very thin Asus GL702VM, all the comparison notebooks are thicker, but in terms of its footprint, the tested device is one of the largest of the gamers. At 2.9 kg (6.4 pounds) however, it is not one of the lighter models in our comparison.

Size Comparison

Ports

Though the Nexoc G739 offers many ports, their positioning on both sides is not optimal. The ports are either in the middle or, on the right side, even very far to the front. Using both the mini-DisplayPorts (1.2) and the HDMI port, altogether three external monitors can be connected. So together with the internal display, four screens can be controlled at the same time. 

With its USB ports the test system does not quite go with the current standard. Of the three regular Type-A ports, one uses only the slower 2.0 standard, and even the USB Type-C port supports no more functions other than the USB 3.1 protocol (Gen 1). So potential buyers have to do without Thunderbolt 3 as well. At ~320 MB/s the performance of the USB 3.0 connectors is okay (Samsung SSD T3), but it could be even higher.

Front: no connections
Front: no connections
Right: headphones, microphone, USB 2.0, USB 3.0
Right: headphones, microphone, USB 2.0, USB 3.0
Links: Kensington lock, power supply, RJ45-LAN, 2x mini-DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI, USB Typ-C (Gen1), USB 3.0, SD-card reader
Links: Kensington lock, power supply, RJ45-LAN, 2x mini-DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI, USB Typ-C (Gen1), USB 3.0, SD-card reader
Back: no connections
Back: no connections

SD-Card Reader

The SD-card reader operates at an average speed. With our reference card from Toshiba (Exceria Pro SDHC UHS-II 64 GB, max. 260 MB/s), we get transfer rates of 80-90 MB/s. The competitors almost go head-to-head with that, only the MSI GE72 7RE is clearly left behind here.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Nexoc G739
78 MB/s ∼100%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
76.3 MB/s ∼98% -2%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
73 MB/s ∼94% -6%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
72.6 MB/s ∼93% -7%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
26 MB/s ∼33% -67%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Omen 17-w100ng
87 MB/s ∼100% 0%
Nexoc G739
87 MB/s ∼100%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
85.8 MB/s ∼99% -1%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
84.6 MB/s ∼97% -3%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
28 MB/s ∼32% -68%

Communication

In contrast to many other gaming notebooks, the G739 Nexoc does not bet on the networking products by Killer, which offer particular functionalities for gamers. Instead, a Realtek module handles the cable network connections, and the well-known Intel 8260 is responsible for wireless networks. It supports all current standards and always provided a stable connection in our experience. In our WLAN tests with the Linksys EA8500 router (1 m, ~3 ft distance) however, we observed mixed results. The average values were 443 Mbit/s (receive, max. 656 Mbit/s) and 388 Mbit/s (send, max. 508 Mbit/s).

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
674 MBit/s ∼100% +52%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
666 MBit/s ∼99% +50%
Nexoc G739
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
443 MBit/s ∼66%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
345 MBit/s ∼51% -22%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
543 MBit/s ∼100% +40%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
524 MBit/s ∼97% +35%
Nexoc G739
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
388 MBit/s ∼71%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
294 MBit/s ∼54% -24%

Security

Fingerprint scanner
Fingerprint scanner

Although this is a gaming notebook, security doesn't get short-changed. Aside from the in-house Trusted Platform module, below the touchpad is a fingerprint scanner that can be used to unlock the device. The finger must be passed over the small sensor, so it is not quite as comfortable as the modern touch models, but in practice the recognition worked regularly. Far back on the left side we also find a connector for a Kensington lock, so the device will stay where it is.

Accessories and Warranty

Aside from the notebook itself, the test system is delivered only with a 120-watt power supply, a DVD with the drivers, and the usual service manuals. There are no specific accessories for the Nexoc G739.

The warranty is 24 months.

Software

The installation of the 64-bit version of Windows 10 Home is very clean, since Nexoc does without any bloatware except for the customary trial version of Microsoft Office. All the important settings for the system are neatly centralized in the Control Center. The keyboard illumination can also be configured extensively.

Preinstalled software
Preinstalled software
Control Center
Control Center
Keyboard illumination
Keyboard illumination

Maintenance

Since there are no special maintenance hatches, the whole back cover of the base unit must be removed. But first a dozen screws will need to be removed, which takes some time. As soon as the cover is removed, you can see that there is quite a lot of unused space in the casing. All components are within reach, but the graphics card and processor are soldered-in. 

GPU fan
GPU fan
CPU fan
CPU fan
M.2 SSD
M.2 SSD
2.5-inch HDD
2.5-inch HDD

Input Devices

Keyboard

The large chiclet keyboard (separate number pad) reminds us most of the SteelSeries models in many MSI laptops. The typing experience is decent, but the key stroke could be more generous, especially in light of the case thickness. Also, the clicking sounds are a little loud. But we liked the arrow keys because they were not down-scaled.

The brightness of the keyboard back-light can be adjusted in three steps. Apart from that, the illumination can be configured extensively, in terms of the colors (three zones), as well as various lighting effects (pattern, pulsing, etc.).

Keyboard illumination (single color)
Keyboard illumination (single color)
Keyboard illumination (multi-color)
Keyboard illumination (multi-color)

Touchpad

A traditional touchpad with dedicated keys replaces the mouse. The Synaptics pad offers a 10.5 x 6.5 cm (4.1 x 2.6 in) surface that visually is not much distinguished from the hand rest. However, it sits slightly recessed in the surface, so that its edges can be easily felt with the fingers. The precision is also okay in the edge areas, but since the surface is slightly rough, it only offers average sliding characteristics. Both of the dedicated mouse keys produce a rather loud clicking noise. If possible, you should use an external mouse.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The Nexoc G739 comes solely equipped with a Full HD display based on the IPS technology. While the Full HD resolution corresponds well to the performance of the GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, the 1920x1080 pixels only result in a pixel density of 127 PPI on the large 17.3-inch surface. Here you can see a clear difference to high-resolution displays which simply produce a sharper image. Fast 120-Hz/5-ms panels are also not available.

In our measurements, the ChiMei (CMN1783) panel performs well. The average brightness is slightly more than 300 cd/m² and thanks to the low black value (0.23), this results in a very high contrast ratio of more than 1300:1. Subjectively, we are satisfied with the image. There is only minimal screen-bleeding on the bottom edge, but the PWM-flicker could become a problem for some users. Up to 90% of the brightness we measure a frequency of 450 Hz.

277
cd/m²
324
cd/m²
297
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
312
cd/m²
308
cd/m²
301
cd/m²
315
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 324 cd/m² Average: 304.2 cd/m² Minimum: 27 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 312 cd/m²
Contrast: 1357:1 (Black: 0.23 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.19 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 3.72 | - Ø
91% sRGB (Argyll) 59% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.29
Nexoc G739
CMN1738, 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
LP173WF4-SPF3, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Omen 17-w100ng
LG Philips LGD046E, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GE72 7RE-046
N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF3, 1920x1080, 17.3
Response Times
12%
17%
54%
17%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
45 (20, 25)
33.2 (14.4, 18.8)
26%
35 (14, 21)
22%
27 (13, 14)
40%
38 (12, 26)
16%
Response Time Black / White *
28 (7, 21)
28.8 (7.6, 21.2)
-3%
25 (4, 21)
11%
9 (6, 3)
68%
23 (5, 18)
18%
PWM Frequency
450 (90)
Screen
-26%
-8%
-16%
-40%
Brightness
304
337
11%
331
9%
230
-24%
312
3%
Brightness Distribution
85
91
7%
84
-1%
86
1%
91
7%
Black Level *
0.23
0.58
-152%
0.32
-39%
0.24
-4%
0.5
-117%
Contrast
1357
602
-56%
1069
-21%
1054
-22%
652
-52%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.19
4.5
-7%
4.35
-4%
5.01
-20%
6.3
-50%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.72
3.3
11%
3.73
-0%
7.26
-95%
7.37
-98%
Gamma
2.29 105%
2.15 112%
2.23 108%
2.09 115%
2.37 101%
CCT
7104 91%
6103 107%
6801 96%
6329 103%
7116 91%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59
55.7
-6%
57
-3%
76
29%
55
-7%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
91
75.7
-17%
86
-5%
100
10%
83
-9%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-7% / -19%
5% / -3%
19% / -2%
-12% / -29%

* ... smaller is better

The analysis with the X-Rite i1Pro2 spectral photometer in connection with the CalMAN professional software shows decent values in factory condition for the average DeltaE-2000 deviations of colors and grayscale, which only result in a minimal blue tint. The performance can be improved some more via calibration (icc profile linked above), however, with some isolated colors the deviation still remains quite high. At 91% the sRGB color-space coverage is relatively good, but for gaming laptops these values play a rather minor role.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
Nexoc G739 vs. sRGB (91%)
Nexoc G739 vs. sRGB (91%)
Nexoc G739 vs. AdobeRGB (59%)
Nexoc G739 vs. AdobeRGB (59%)

Of course, the matte display surface helps outside, and the brightness does not get reduced away from the outlet. Yet, the background illumination is not strong enough to counter bright sunlight. There are no problems, however, in the shade.

Outside (sunlight)
Outside (sunlight)
Outside (sunlight)
Outside (sunlight)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 58 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
45 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 25 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 68 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (42.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 450 Hz90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 450 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 450 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 57 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 6272 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

As expected, the stability of the viewing angle of the IPS screen turns out to be very good. Even from wider viewing angles the colors remain stable and the contrast decreases only minimally.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

All configurations of the Nexoc G739 use the fast Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor in connection with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Pascal graphics card with 4 GB VRAM. The differences are limited to the memory configurations. Overall, with this the G739 is also geared for demanding tasks. In models without an SSD, however, the subjective work performance can be noticeably different.

Processor

Like its Core i7-6700HQ Skylake predecessor before, the current i7-7700HQ Kaby Lake chip is a favorite choice for powerful multimedia & gaming laptops. Thanks to four cores including Hyper-threading and a maximum clock speed of up to 3.8 GHz, it is also suitable for demanding tasks and should not lead to limitations during the gaming operations over the next few years. Aside from the higher clock speed, nothing much has changed in comparison to the old Skylake chips, so there are no larger performance jumps.

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

In the Cinebench tests the Nexoc G739 is able to make excellent use of the power of the processor, and in our comparison the test device takes the lead in versions R11.5 and R15. We also only observe minimal fluctuations under constant load. In the Multi-test the old Core i7-6700HQ falls behind by about 10%. More information and benchmarks of the i7-7700HQ can be found in our technical section.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.82 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.15 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
69.37 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
161 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
743 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
105.81 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Nexoc G739
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼100%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
151 Points ∼94% -6%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
145 Points ∼90% -10%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
134 Points ∼83% -17%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
132 Points ∼82% -18%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Nexoc G739
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
743 Points ∼100%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
741 Points ∼100% 0%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
732 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
678 Points ∼91% -9%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
464 Points ∼62% -38%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Nexoc G739
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼100%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.72 Points ∼95% -5%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.65 Points ∼91% -9%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.5 Points ∼82% -18%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
1.49 Points ∼82% -18%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Nexoc G739
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.15 Points ∼100%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.14 Points ∼100% 0%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.1 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.47 Points ∼92% -8%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
5.32 Points ∼65% -35%

System Performance

The operation is very fluid in practice, mainly thanks to the primary SSD and fast components. There are no unnecessary waiting times during application startup, and the system also boots up quickly. No restrictions appeared in the PCMark 8 tests as well, and in PCMark 7 the test device even came out on top. During the whole time of our testing there were no problems whatsoever.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 17-w100ng
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6300HQ, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
5252 Points ∼100% 0%
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5243 Points ∼100%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4809 Points ∼92% -8%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 17-w100ng
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6300HQ, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
4711 Points ∼100% +10%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4670 Points ∼99% +9%
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4270 Points ∼91%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
4088 Points ∼87% -4%
PCMark 7 - Score
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
6331 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6300HQ, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
5990 Points ∼95% -5%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
5810 Points ∼92% -8%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4114 Points ∼65% -35%
PCMark 7 Score
6331 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4270 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5420 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5243 points
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Storage Devices

A fast Samsung PCIe SSD is deployed as primary data storage. The M.2-2280 model (PM961, NVMe) currently belongs to the fastest consumer models and also achieves very good transfer rates in the benchmarks. But since modern games need quite a lot of storage and would fill the 256-GB SSD very quickly, Nexoc also builds-in a conventional 1 TB HDD by Seagate. This operates at 5400 rpm and according to HD Tune achieves a good average transfer rate of a little more than 100 MB/s. More benchmarks of many SSDs/HDDs are available in our comparison chart.

Nexoc G739
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
HP Omen 17-w100ng
SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
MSI GE72 7RE-046
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-60%
-70%
-51%
-96%
Write 4k QD32
544.4
234.9
-57%
170.8
-69%
212.9
-61%
1.186
-100%
Read 4k QD32
635.7
247.6
-61%
141.6
-78%
372.5
-41%
1.106
-100%
Write 4k
154.5
76.8
-50%
76.14
-51%
112.9
-27%
1.146
-99%
Read 4k
60.74
24.7
-59%
20.25
-67%
22.7
-63%
0.602
-99%
Write 512
826.7
346.6
-58%
172.4
-79%
481.4
-42%
63.33
-92%
Read 512
856.5
336.1
-61%
315.5
-63%
455.1
-47%
44.85
-95%
Write Seq
1192
419.1
-65%
180.2
-85%
495.7
-58%
130.6
-89%
Read Seq
1666
475.7
-71%
495
-70%
539.6
-68%
134.6
-92%
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Sequential Read: 1666 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1192 MB/s
512K Read: 856.5 MB/s
512K Write: 826.7 MB/s
4K Read: 60.74 MB/s
4K Write: 154.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 635.7 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 544.4 MB/s

Graphics Card

GPU-Z Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
GPU-Z Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

The most interesting component in a gaming notebook is, of course, the graphics card. In the Nexoc G739, Nvidia's current mid-range model, the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB VRAM, takes care of all the necessary calculations. The shift from the Maxwell to the Pascal architecture has provided some ample performance jumps, and the direct predecessors are clearly outpaced. Overall, the GTX 1050 Ti comes out on the level of the old GTX 970M high-end chip, which has been limited to costly gaming laptops.

Nvidia states a core clock speed of 1493 up to a maximum of 1620 MHz (boost), but on average we even saw around 1700 MHz. Altogether, the benchmarks don't result in any surprises. The smaller GTX 1050 falls behind by ~30%, while the GTX 1060 performs another 40% faster.

The Nexoc G739 supports graphics-switching via Optimus, so in simple applications the integrated HD Graphics 630 processor chip is used to save power.

You can find further benchmarks of the GTX 1050 Ti and other mobile graphics cards in our GPU list.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
HP Omen 17-w100ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
14642 Points ∼100% +46%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
14317 Points ∼98% +43%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
10186 Points ∼70% +2%
Nexoc G739
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
10008 Points ∼68%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
7360 Points ∼50% -26%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP Omen 17-w100ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
11326 Points ∼100% +41%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
11311 Points ∼100% +41%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
8086 Points ∼71% +1%
Nexoc G739
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
8027 Points ∼71%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
5784 Points ∼51% -28%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
5421 Points ∼48% -32%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
79107 Points ∼100% +52%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
74982 Points ∼95% +44%
Nexoc G739
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
51987 Points ∼66%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
49223 Points ∼62% -5%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
35884 Points ∼45% -31%
3DMark 11 Performance
9687 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
22876 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
6950 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
2519 points
Help

Gaming Performance

As we already mentioned, the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is a very good choice for the Full HD resolution. Even modern and very demanding titles can be played with high and often even maximum detail levels. In the gaming benchmarks, a similar picture as before in the synthetic tests is shown. The GTX 1050 Ti again falls between the smaller GTX 1050 and the faster GTX 1060, however, the distance to the GTX 1060 tends to be slightly larger here. 

For further gaming benchmarks we point to our extensive list of games.

Battlefield 1
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
79 fps ∼100% +56%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6300HQ
78.5 fps ∼99% +55%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
50.8 fps ∼64% 0%
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
50.8 fps ∼64%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
41.1 fps ∼52% -19%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
87.4 fps ∼100% +57%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6300HQ
86.6 fps ∼99% +55%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
56.7 fps ∼65% +2%
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
55.7 fps ∼64%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
46.5 fps ∼53% -17%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
27.6 fps ∼100%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
26.9 fps ∼97% -3%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
19.7 fps ∼71% -29%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
50.4 fps ∼100%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
48.7 fps ∼97% -3%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
29.1 fps ∼58% -42%
Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
40.7 fps ∼100%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
39.7 fps ∼98% -2%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
31.2 fps ∼77% -23%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
47.6 fps ∼100%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
47.4 fps ∼100% 0%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
37.1 fps ∼78% -22%
For Honor
1920x1080 Extreme Preset AA:T AF:16x
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
46.1 fps ∼100%
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
45.8 (min: 33) fps ∼99% -1%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:8x
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
62.9 (min: 51) fps ∼100% +1%
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
62.1 fps ∼99%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
HP Omen 17-w100ng
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6300HQ
99.1 fps ∼100% +37%
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
98.9 fps ∼100% +36%
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
72.5 fps ∼73%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 72.5fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 89.850.427.6fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 84.247.640.7fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 79.255.750.8fps
For Honor (2017) 65.862.146.1fps

Emissions

The cooling system of the Nexoc G739
The cooling system of the Nexoc G739

System Noise

In the picture above, you can see the two fans for the CPU (right) and the GPU (left). But they are relatively small and each connected to the components by only a heat pipe. Here, the casing would have clearly offered more space for a more powerful cooling system. 

Ideally both fans are deactivated during low load; however, here we can hear the whirring of the conventional hard drive. Furthermore, even during low load there is often an unnecessary speeding up, which is clearly audible at a maximum of 38 dB(A). Also, during gaming (40-48 dB(A)) as well as maximal load (50 dB(A)) the Nexoc G739 is one of the noisier devices, although the values still remain within limits. In addition, the two fans act independently of each other, and the GPU fan becomes noticeably louder, while the CPU fan rattles mostly at lower speeds.

Noise levels, idle
Noise levels, idle
Noise levels, load
Noise levels, load
Sound levels, speaker
Sound levels, speaker

Noise Level

Idle
31 / 32 / 38 dB(A)
HDD
31 dB(A)
Load
44 / 50 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30 dB(A)
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
HP Omen 17-w100ng
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6300HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
Noise
-0%
-6%
-1%
5%
off / environment *
30
28.8
4%
31
-3%
30
-0%
30.5
-2%
Idle Minimum *
31
33.9
-9%
35
-13%
34
-10%
31.4
-1%
Idle Average *
32
33.9
-6%
36
-13%
35
-9%
31.4
2%
Idle Maximum *
38
37.8
1%
37
3%
36
5%
31.5
17%
Load Average *
44
42.7
3%
44
-0%
41
7%
40.9
7%
Load Maximum *
50
47.4
5%
54
-8%
49
2%
46.2
8%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

In terms of case temperatures, the large Nexoc G739 does not do particularly well. Though everything still remains in the green area during low load, under load almost the whole device warms up considerably, and we determine average temperatures of almost 45 °C (113 °F) on the top and bottom surfaces. The power supply reaches more than 50 °C (120 °F) as well.

The stress test with both the Prime95 and FurMark synthetic tools results in a deactivation of the CPU turbo with occasional incursions at 700 MHz. At ~1300 MHz the clock speed of the graphics card also falls below the base frequency (throttling). The processor temporarily reaches a temperature up to 100 °C (212 °F) at this time, thus being at the limit. Here as well, a more powerful cooling solution would be a good idea.

Usually such extreme load is not reached during gaming. For example, the Unigine Heaven benchmark is processed at higher clock speeds, so there should be no restrictions during gaming. A 3DMark-11 run directly after the stress test does not show anything conspicuous either. 

Stress test
Stress test
Full load top (Optris PI 640)
Full load top (Optris PI 640)
Full load bottom (Optris PI 640)
Full load bottom (Optris PI 640)
Max. Load
 48.5 °C50.6 °C43.3 °C 
 48.7 °C50.1 °C44 °C 
 42.5 °C42.8 °C31.3 °C 
Maximum: 50.6 °C
Average: 44.6 °C
46.5 °C50 °C50.8 °C
45.8 °C48.9 °C40.9 °C
37 °C39.2 °C39.4 °C
Maximum: 50.8 °C
Average: 44.3 °C
Power Supply (max.)  51 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Voltcraft IR-900
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
HP Omen 17-w100ng
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6300HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
Heat
19%
2%
0%
-8%
Maximum Upper Side *
50.6
37.7
25%
41.5
18%
45.8
9%
53.1
-5%
Maximum Bottom *
50.8
36.3
29%
45.5
10%
45.2
11%
44.9
12%
Idle Upper Side *
28.7
25.7
10%
31.8
-11%
31.7
-10%
32.9
-15%
Idle Bottom *
27.1
24.4
10%
29.6
-9%
29.9
-10%
33.4
-23%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

One of the two speakers
One of the two speakers

The sound system consists of two small stereo speakers located on the underside towards the front. In spite of the lavish space provided, there is no separate sub-woofer. The sound of the module does not convince us. Due to the missing bass, the power is lacking and the joy while watching movies or gaming fails to appear. The SoundBlaster-Cinema software is not able to change this. We recommend external speakers or headphones, in particular when gaming (keyword: fan noise).

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.839.42531.632.43133.328.2403433.95034.132.16329.628.98032.831.710029.729.912527.6251602625.320024.227.425024.235.531521.647.740021.749.150021.450.963019.251.880018.157.8100018.266.8125018.16816001866.9200017.764.7250017.861.2315017.566.3400017.865.1500017.663.3630017.855800017.758.51000017.849.91250017.953.51600017.755.4SPL30.776N1.532.9median 18.1Nexoc G739median 55Delta2.211.336.839.132.432.930.731.229.530.328.630.628.13126.932.425.132.624.231.323.347.122.557.521.661.720.859.819.95919.660.218.971.718.268.817.964.117.764.617.162.917.165.81767.51768.11768.517.371.41775.617.373.817.667.917.560.317.561.229.981.51.352.1median 17.7Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045Tmedian 64.11.85.5hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Nexoc G739 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (12.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (29.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 94% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 3% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 18%, worst was 34%
Compared to all devices tested
» 84% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 12% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 43% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 53% worse
» The best had a delta of 10%, average was 18%, worst was 34%
Compared to all devices tested
» 21% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes above can be checked or unchecked!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The 120-Watt power supply is too weak.
The 120-Watt power supply is too weak.

With maximally 23 watts, the Nexoc G739 needs quite a lot of power while idling, especially considering the graphics-switching. Here, the Asus GL753VD, for example, shows itself considerably more efficient. While gaming, we determine 82 watts, which keeps the test device within the limits, but at 163 watts, the maximum power consumption turns out very high. Here, the 120-Watt power supply is insufficiently dimensioned (even taking into account the efficiency) - it should be at least 150 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.6 / 1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 7 / 14 / 23 Watt
Load midlight 82 / 163 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
HP Omen 17-w100ng
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6300HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ
Power Consumption
16%
-40%
-27%
-32%
Idle Minimum *
7
6.2
11%
17
-143%
14
-100%
15.6
-123%
Idle Average *
14
12.2
13%
22
-57%
20
-43%
20.2
-44%
Idle Maximum *
23
14.8
36%
29
-26%
25
-9%
21.4
7%
Load Average *
82
84.9
-4%
72
12%
82
-0%
90
-10%
Load Maximum *
163
120.7
26%
141
13%
135
17%
147
10%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Six-cell battery
Six-cell battery

Despite the power consumption being a bit high, the six-cell battery in the back (62 Wh) enables acceptable runtimes. In the realistic tests with an adjusted brightness of 150 cd/m² the large 17-inch notebook lasts almost 5 (WLAN test) or 5.5 hours (video test). Under load, it is finished after little more than two hours, though the full power is not available here. Away from the outlet, a 3DMark-11 run determines 6231 points which is one-third less than during mains operation (9687 points). To completely charge the battery takes around two hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 13min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
4h 48min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 22min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 08min
Nexoc G739
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, 62 Wh
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, 48 Wh
HP Omen 17-w100ng
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6300HQ, 95.8 Wh
MSI GE72 7RE-046
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, 51.4 Wh
Asus GL702VM-GC102D
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, 76 Wh
Battery Runtime
-30%
6%
-38%
-27%
Reader / Idle
613
515
-16%
543
-11%
353
-42%
H.264
322
313
-3%
195
-39%
262
-19%
WiFi v1.3
288
261
-9%
363
26%
184
-36%
250
-13%
Load
128
45
-65%
145
13%
87
-32%

Verdict

Pros

+ all components are accessible
+ high-contrast FHD IPS display
+ backlit keyboard
+ good performance
+ stabile base unit

Cons

- high casing temperature during high loads
- loud fan noise during 3D operation
- under-dimensioned power supply
- weak speakers
- no Thunderbolt 3
Nexoc G739. Test device provided by Nexoc Germany.
Nexoc G739. Test device provided by Nexoc Germany.

Thanks to the powerful hardware, the Nexoc G739 is a capable entry-level notebook. The graphics card harmonizes well with the Full HD display, which is sufficiently bright and otherwise achieves decent results as well. But in many other areas, such as for example the connections, casing, and input devices, the test device is only average.

In terms of the performance, the Nexoc G739 does not show any weaknesses and also handles demanding games, but the emissions of the Clevo-N870HK1 Barebones could be improved.

The weak points clearly include the temperature and noise generation. The casing would offer sufficient space for a stronger cooling system, but both small fans make a lot of noise and the casing gets very warm as well. There is also need for improvements in the connectors (no Thunderbolt), and we looked in vain for particular gaming features such as G-Sync.

Overall, the Nexoc G739 is not a bad gaming notebook, but a look at the competition cannot hurt.

Nexoc G739 - 04/01/2017 v6
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
76 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
75%
Connectivity
60 / 81 → 74%
Weight
57 / 66 → 85%
Battery
81%
Display
87%
Games Performance
89%
Application Performance
96%
Temperature
82 / 95 → 86%
Noise
72 / 90 → 80%
Audio
64%
Camera
50 / 85 → 59%
Average
75%
82%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Andreas Osthoff, 2017-04- 8 (Update: 2017-04-15)