Sunday, August 21, 2011

Schenker XIRIOS W710 Notebook Review

Professional users who do not want to compromise on performance and features to prick up their ears when they hear about a 17-inch W710 Xirios. Schenker has given us one of the most expensive, costing about 7,000 euros, and high-speed devices.

Specifications Schenker XIRIOS W710 :
  • Processor : Intel Xeon (Desktop) 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 : OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G (RAID0), 2x 120GB + 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 (agn), 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,
Barebone provider, Schenker, who is best known for its high-performance portable computers in the games, also manages the group of small business users before. Xiria the W710, based on bulky and heavy X7200 Barebone six kilos, provides the ideal user for video editing, 3D and other fields of application - provided that the components are installed as. Copy: The desktop replacement can be configured in detail.

Beyond the game graphics, GeForce GTX 580 (SLI) and ATI Radeon HD 6970M (CrossFire), Schenker also offers models of workstation, the Quadro FX 2800M and Quadro 5010M. Unlike most laptops, mobile not a derivative, but a desktop server, respectively, used as a processor representative. While players will be pleased with the Core i7 processors, the Xeon line addresses before the professional sector.

It goes with the main memory which is just as generous. Namely, up to 24 GB of DDR3 RAM installed in the case of 17 inches. Since 8 GB modules are still very expensive, we recommend a maximum of 12 GBS (3x MBS 4096). If you have large amounts of data, you can even build in three hard drives, if you want. The possibilities are almost limitless here. Schenker conventional hard drives and hybrid models and SSD breakthrough. A RAID array is of course also possible.

Meanwhile, a DVD recorder is installed as a standard unit. Spectators must select the BluRay disc burner or optional at this time. The basic configuration does not include a WLAN module. Schenker is a small fee. The operating system contains no surprises. 64-bit version of Windows 7 (in German or English) dominates. Finally, the warranty period is 24, 36 or 48 months.

The customer has already paid a basic configuration of the steep euros in 2199. However, W710 Xirios easily reach a large number of four digits, depending on configuration. The best example is the test machine: only a few users can or want to invest almost 7,000 million.

Since the X7200 Barebone Clevo is an old friend (see the devil-tech HellMachine DTX, for example), we have omitted a description of the classes of case contacts, input devices and speakers rather than the exception.

Processor: Intel Xeon X5670
It comes Xeon processors that are optimized for servers and workstations, is certainly in a class by itself. Schenker, our test unit is the very high Xeon X5670, a hex core that is not currently listed in the configurator. Given the specs, some readers are likely to get watery eyes.

Six hearts, a huge 12 MB L3 cache, from 2.93 to 3.33 GHz clock speed and a TDP of 95 watts is telling. Mobile Core i7 processors to look like an old hat with a maximum of four cores and up to eight MB of L3 cache in comparison.

A key feature is the Hyper-Threading Technology. A simultaneous treatment of 12 threads is achieved through the simulation of six virtual cores. Same as current Intel processors, the Xeon X5670 is manufactured in a width of 32 nm structure. Damage: Since Intel has saved in a graphics chip, a manual switch or automatic GPU is not possible for handset manufacturers.

CPU Performance
The rate of performance Xeon X5670 is more than amazing. Whatever the CPU benchmark is used - the core hexa are still among the key managers. For better classification, let us Xeon X5670 compete with the current fastest quad-core.

2.5 to 3.5 GHz, the Core i7-2920XM (Schenker XMG P501) has led to at least 64bit Cinebench R10 single-core rendering. It has the advantage of almost 16%, and 5343-4613 points. The tide turns, as expected, multi-core rendering.

Intel Xeon X5670 drops by over 20% faster thanks to the higher number of cores (23701-19727 points). The gap is even bigger Cinebench R11.5. Core i7-2920XM behind the size of which 25% of 5.7 to 7.55 points.

Video Card: Nvidia Quadro 5010M
A DirectX 11 card are capable of extremely expensive graphics workstations used in our test device. The Quadro 5010M is based on Nvidia's architecture represents the Fermi and better mobile GPU Quadro 5000M Pro before (from mid 2011).

Same variant of the first division games, the GeForce GTX 580M, the 5010M Quadro has 384 shader units are also available. However, the clock frequencies are much lower. The Quadro "only" works with 450/900/1300 MHz 620/1240/1500 MHz instead of return, the video memory is twice as large. 4096 MB GDDR5 VRAM are highly scalable. Nvidia did not neglect or the memory bus. Only a few programs can drain 256 bits.

Despite the manufacturing process below 40 nm, the graphics card means a lot of energy. A 100-watt TDP, even large laptops brings to its limits. Nvidia drivers customized to meet the needs of business users as well as possible.

The result: While the games were a little softer with a comparable consumer GPU, like the Radeon HD 6970M, the Quadros are unbeatable in the 3D rendering and other calculations (science). Nvidia has done a great job with the driver. Even inexperienced users to handle.

GPU performance
No GPU will be able to catch up with the Quadro 5010M in the professional field so quickly. Almost no laptop has ever completed the program, SPECviewperf 11 (combines several criteria OpenGL), so smooth. While the younger brother, Quadro 5000 is lagging behind with 20%, much less expensive Quadro FX 2800M is the performance of almost 70% lower (both prices HP EliteBook 8740w).

Ice dilutes the Quadro 5010M when it comes to the playground and performance of DirectX. The 41.7 fps that the work done in heaven demanding Unigine 2.1 benchmark (1280x1024, high, paving the default) is excellent. However, the GeForce GTX 580M (Schenker XMG P501), over 6% to 44.3 fps. The difference increases at (1280x720 performance optimization, score GPUs) 3DMark 11. Points from 3310 to 2693 represent more than 25%.

Hard disk drive (s) Performance
One of the main points X7200 Barebone unique selling is the ability to build up to three hard drives. Apartment Schenker and equipped our test unit with two SSDs and hard drive. We start with two drives of 120 GB SSD OCZ (3 Vertex-VTX3 25SAT3-120G) connected via SATA3 and was created as a RAID0 array (increases performance) by Schenker.

In short: The rate of return is likely to knock the socks off some users. Rate was determined sequential read speed of 534 MB / s sequential write 296 MB / s SSD reference AS - great! A solid state drive drops sharply only in direct comparison. SSDSA2CW160G3 Intel (160 GB) was only half as fast in testing Schenker XMG A501, for example.

A standard hard drive, not a chance against the RAID array. Even fast 7200 rpm 750 GB model like the Seagate Momentus ST9750420AS (the third disc) must be satisfied with a comparatively meager 100 MB / s sequential read and write. But differences in access time is the greatest.

While the normal hard drives to reach between 15 and 25 ms, two SSDs achieve a remarkable 0.2 ms. Windows responds instantly to routine, and the system is not confused by the massive multitasking.

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