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Nexoc M731 III (Clevo W670RCQ) (i7, GTX 950M) Notebook Review

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 10/23/2015

New wine - old wineskin? Nexoc takes a tried-and-true Clevo barebone and packs top-of-the-line hardware into a familiar chassis. What could go wrong?

Nexoc M713 III (W670RCQ) with Skylake Core i7-6700HQ
Nexoc M713 III (W670RCQ) with Skylake Core i7-6700HQ

The Clevo Barebone W670RCQ is an old acquaintance, which we reviewed last in 2014 in the forms of the Schenker B713 (Clevo W670SZQ1) and the Nexoc M731 (Clevo W670SJQ). This time around, we are taking a look at the Nexoc M731III.

The weight, looks, and the build quality have not changed at all - a shame, since there's still room for improvement in our opinion. The silver-gray pattern does much to improve the drabness of the dark-gray plastic, but the flexibility of the lid and optical drive are throwbacks to 2014. The 17-inch notebook, which sells for a price of 1170 Euros (~$1287), looks rather outdated, since many manufacturers now offer brushed metal surfaces or aluminum frame parts, which improve the look and feel significantly.

Experienced notebook buyers might say "you can't have it all" - and of course there's truth to that. What's impressive though is what hardware components Nexoc integrated inside the unassuming exterior: a sixth-generation Skylake Intel Core i7, an upper middle-class GeForce GTX 950M GPU, and a storage combo of a 250 GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO and 1 TB conventional Hitachi hard drive. The notebook doesn't come with an IPS display, but the matte TN panel is very bright with high contrast (972:1) and sRGB coverage of 96%.

The performance of the 6700HQ processor is unquestionably high and matches other notebooks with the same CPU. Our tests revealed a slightly lower performance during the single-core portion of the benchmark, however.

The gaming performance of the GTX 950M lags behind a Radeon R9 M295X or GeForce GTX 960M, but that is to be expected. Compared to the GeForce 940M - which Nexoc also offers for this chassis - the performance plus of 70% is quite significant. Since this is an update review, we didn't check the gaming performance in detail. For more information, please take a look at the spec sheet of the GTX 950M. We recommend taking a look at systems with this GPU and the Haswell 4720HQ, which can be considered the predecessor of the 6700HQ.

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Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M - 2048 MB, Core: 993-1124 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, DDR3 128 Bit, ForceWare 354.00, Optimus HD Graphics 530
Memory
8192 MB 
, 1x 8GB DDR3 PC 1866 Kingston HyperX Single Channel
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, CMN173HGE-E11, TN, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM170 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB, 250 GB 
, 1 TB Hitachi HTS7210
Soundcard
Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone, microphone, Card Reader: 9-IN-1 (MMC, RSMMC,SD, MINI SD, SDHC, SDXC, MS, MS PRO, MS DUO)
Networking
Realtek RTL8168B/8111B Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208FB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 37.2 x 413 x 272 ( = 1.46 x 16.26 x 10.71 in)
Battery
49 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 2MP FHD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo speakers, Sound Blaster Cinema, Keyboard: Isolation, Keyboard Light: yes, Power adapter 120W output 19.5V 6.15A, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3.1 kg ( = 109.35 oz / 6.83 pounds), Power Supply: 591 g ( = 20.85 oz / 1.3 pounds)
Sold in
DACH
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Connectivity

Solid chassis...
Solid chassis...
... with scratch-sensitive surfaces.
... with scratch-sensitive surfaces.
The keyboard is quite decent.
The keyboard is quite decent.
Right side: individual microphone and headphone jacks, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, DVD burner, Kensington
Right side: individual microphone and headphone jacks, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, DVD burner, Kensington
Left side: VGA d-Sub, Ethernet RJ45, 2 x USB 3.0, HDMI (no eSATA as shown)
Left side: VGA d-Sub, Ethernet RJ45, 2 x USB 3.0, HDMI (no eSATA as shown)

Display


303
cd/m²
333
cd/m²
345
cd/m²
301
cd/m²
350
cd/m²
316
cd/m²
329
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
334
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
CMN173HGE-E11
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 350 cd/m² Average: 328.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 350 cd/m²
Contrast: 972:1 (Black: 0.36 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.17 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 11.58 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
96% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 60% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.46


Color-space coverage: AdobeRGB1998 at 60%
Color-space coverage: AdobeRGB1998 at 60%
sRGB at (an outstanding) 96%!
sRGB at (an outstanding) 96%!


The TN panel has a distinctly bluish hue...
The TN panel has a distinctly bluish hue...
...and significant color deviations...
...and significant color deviations...
...which are visible even to the naked eye.
...which are visible even to the naked eye.
PWM - except at maximum brightness; here at 147 cd/m²
PWM - except at maximum brightness; here at 147 cd/m²
Black/White change rise 6 ms
Black/White change rise 6 ms
Black/White change fall 17 ms
Black/White change fall 17 ms
Gray change rise 32 fall 22 ms
Gray change rise 32 fall 22 ms

Performance


Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
1.42 Points ∼58%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
1.66 Points ∼67% +17%
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.24 Points ∼50% -13%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
1.69 Points ∼69% +19%
Medion Erazer X7841 Pre-Sample
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
1.68 Points ∼68% +18%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
1.3 Points ∼53% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1.48 Points ∼60% +4%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
1.6 Points ∼65% +13%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
1.56 Points ∼63% +10%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
7.45 Points ∼17%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
6.81 Points ∼15% -9%
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.75 Points ∼6% -63%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
7.48 Points ∼17% 0%
Medion Erazer X7841 Pre-Sample
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
7.49 Points ∼17% +1%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
3.22 Points ∼7% -57%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
3.07 Points ∼7% -59%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
7.32 Points ∼17% -2%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
7.18 Points ∼16% -4%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
131 Points ∼60%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
149 Points ∼68% +14%
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
108 Points ∼50% -18%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
146 Points ∼67% +11%
Medion Erazer X7841 Pre-Sample
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
149 Points ∼68% +14%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
108 Points ∼50% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
131 Points ∼60% 0%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
117 Points ∼54% -11%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
135 Points ∼62% +3%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
586 Points ∼13%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
619 Points ∼14% +6%
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
247 Points ∼6% -58%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
680 Points ∼16% +16%
Medion Erazer X7841 Pre-Sample
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
677 Points ∼15% +16%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
292 Points ∼7% -50%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
279 Points ∼6% -52%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
676 Points ∼15% +15%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
661 Points ∼15% +13%
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
5404 Points ∼50%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
5516 Points ∼51% +2%
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4061 Points ∼37% -25%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
5093 Points ∼47% -6%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
4380 Points ∼40% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4945 Points ∼46% -8%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
5226 Points ∼48% -3%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5404
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.42 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.45 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
41.02 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
131 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
586 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
42.39 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance


PCMark 7
Computation (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
15974 Points ∼56%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
15900 Points ∼56% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
10840 Points ∼38% -32%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
17491 Points ∼62% +9%
Productivity (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
4950 Points ∼45%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
4970 Points ∼46% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4313 Points ∼40% -13%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
1780 Points ∼16% -64%
Score (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
5629 Points ∼62%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
6052 Points ∼66% +8%
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2780 Points ∼30% -51%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4518 Points ∼49% -20%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
3571 Points ∼39% -37%
PCMark 7 Score
5629 points
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Storage Devices

 

 

Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
Sequential Read: 498.6 MB/s
Sequential Write: 445.3 MB/s
512K Read: 423.6 MB/s
512K Write: 380.7 MB/s
4K Read: 46.66 MB/s
4K Write: 109.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 336.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 305 MB/s

GPU Performance


3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
3549 Points ∼16%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
5518 Points ∼24% +55%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
1763 Points ∼8% -50%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
1857 Points ∼8% -48%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
795 Points ∼4% -78%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
5152 Points ∼23% +45%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
7069 Points ∼31% +99%
1280x720 Performance Physics (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
6698 Points ∼34%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
8126 Points ∼42% +21%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
8420 Points ∼43% +26%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
3778 Points ∼19% -44%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
3529 Points ∼18% -47%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
8217 Points ∼42% +23%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
7261 Points ∼37% +8%
1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
4482 Points ∼9%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
5285 Points ∼10% +18%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
1487 Points ∼3% -67%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
2501 Points ∼5% -44%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
894 Points ∼2% -80%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
5016 Points ∼10% +12%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
8234 Points ∼16% +84%
1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
4589 Points ∼13%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
5602 Points ∼16% +22%
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2560 Points ∼7% -44%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
1727 Points ∼5% -62%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
2541 Points ∼7% -45%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
992 Points ∼3% -78%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
5342 Points ∼15% +16%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
7943 Points ∼23% +73%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Combined (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
985 Points ∼8%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
1680 Points ∼14% +71%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
341 Points ∼3% -65%
Medion Erazer X7841 Pre-Sample
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
3715 Points ∼30% +277%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
470 Points ∼4% -52%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
1664 Points ∼14% +69%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
2434 Points ∼20% +147%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
3130 Points ∼8%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
4353 Points ∼11% +39%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
1053 Points ∼3% -66%
Medion Erazer X7841 Pre-Sample
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
9865 Points ∼24% +215%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
1640 Points ∼4% -48%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
4157 Points ∼10% +33%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
6414 Points ∼16% +105%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
2802 Points ∼10%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
4038 Points ∼14% +44%
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1465 Points ∼5% -48%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
979 Points ∼3% -65%
Medion Erazer X7841 Pre-Sample
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
8436 Points ∼30% +201%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
1422 Points ∼5% -49%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
3901 Points ∼14% +39%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
5727 Points ∼20% +104%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
21211 Points ∼11%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
31459 Points ∼16% +48%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
8809 Points ∼5% -58%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
9152 Points ∼5% -57%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
5386 Points ∼3% -75%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
29162 Points ∼15% +37%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
32639 Points ∼17% +54%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
14319 Points ∼22%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
15941 Points ∼24% +11%
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
6231 Points ∼9% -56%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
8353 Points ∼13% -42%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
6427 Points ∼10% -55%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4601 Points ∼7% -68%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
16370 Points ∼25% +14%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
17182 Points ∼26% +20%
3DMark 11 Performance
4589 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
57367 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
14319 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2802 points
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Emissions & Energy

Noise Level

Idle
34 / 34 / 34.4 dB(A)
DVD
37.4 / dB(A)
Load
46.1 / 46.7 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)
Max. Load
 48.4 °C
119 F
44 °C
111 F
31.5 °C
89 F
 
 46.7 °C
116 F
45 °C
113 F
31.1 °C
88 F
 
 37.9 °C
100 F
33 °C
91 F
27.6 °C
82 F
 
Maximum: 48.4 °C = 119 F
Average: 38.4 °C = 101 F
38.5 °C
101 F
37 °C
99 F
45.3 °C
114 F
34.9 °C
95 F
33.7 °C
93 F
41 °C
106 F
29.4 °C
85 F
29 °C
84 F
30.2 °C
86 F
Maximum: 45.3 °C = 114 F
Average: 35.4 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  53.8 °C = 129 F | Room Temperature 25.1 °C = 77 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.4 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 31 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 48.4 °C / 119 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 45.3 °C / 114 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.3 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 31 °C / 88 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 37.9 °C / 100.2 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-8.8 °C / -15.8 F).

Power Consumption


Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
Power Consumption
15%
53%
7%
69%
-12%
-24%
Idle Minimum *
9.9
5.4
45%
4.6
54%
12.7
-28%
3
70%
7
29%
10
-1%
Idle Average *
16.6
11
34%
6.3
62%
17.8
-7%
6
64%
16.5
1%
15
10%
Idle Maximum *
22.4
16.5
26%
8.8
61%
19.3
14%
6.8
70%
26.1
-17%
28.2
-26%
Load Average *
81.4
77.8
4%
43.3
47%
53.9
34%
24.3
70%
120
-47%
117.2
-44%
Load Maximum *
104
137.7
-32%
61.5
41%
80.5
23%
30.4
71%
129
-24%
165.1
-59%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 9.9 / 16.6 / 22.4 Watt
Load midlight 81.4 / 104 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 960
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
250 min ∼100%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
327 min ∼131%
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
280 min ∼112%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
249 min ∼100%
WiFi (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
677 min ∼374%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
181 min ∼100%

Pros

+ bright and contrasty non-glare display
+ configurable
+ easy to maintain
+ backlit keyboard
+ high performance
+ SSD + HDD
+ low-profile power adapter

Cons

- location of ports not ideal
- noisy under load
- delicate glossy surfaces
- sound is not impressive

Verdict

In review: Nexoc M713 III (W670RCQ). Test model courtesy of Nexoc
In review: Nexoc M713 III (W670RCQ). Test model courtesy of Nexoc

Technical update of a tried-and-true concept or new wine in old wineskins? With the M731III (W670RCQ), it might look like Nexoc is placing a bet on an old horse, but we are not talking about a worn-out mare here considering what powerful hardware this 17-inch notebook packs. The standard-voltage Core i7 CPU ranks towards the top of the performance charts - most mainstream gaming notebooks with a GTX 950M GPU usually come with a significantly less powerful 15-watt SoC (e.g. the i7-5500U).

The use of an antiquated chassis - which does a very good job keeping the heat in check - certainly has advantages as far as the price is concerned. Comparatively equipped competing notebooks from large manufacturers can end up costing quite a bit more than the review notebook, which sells for less than 1200 Euros (~$1320).

The most significant disadvantage in our book in this price range is the TN panel. It's not low quality by any means, but the response times just don't justify the older technology. Current IPS panels can already at least match the response times of 32/22. The Clevo barebone also lacks USB-C, which is one of the technical advances of the Skylake CPU-generation.

Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ) - 10/14/2015 v4(old)
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
68 / 98 → 69%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
64%
Connectivity
65 / 81 → 80%
Weight
56 / 20-67 → 77%
Battery
85%
Display
82%
Games Performance
89 / 85 → 100%
Application Performance
92 / 92 → 100%
Temperature
84%
Noise
71 / 95 → 75%
Audio
50%
Camera
38 / 85 → 45%
Average
71%
79%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Sebastian Jentsch, 2015-10-23 (Update: 2018-05-15)
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