15.6" Vortex IX review | PCSPECIALIST

15.6" Vortex IX review

barlew

Bronze Level Poster
So i finally got my Vortex back and this evening is the first chance i have had to properly run some benchmarks and tests to see how it performs.
The specs are as follows:

Chassis & Display
Vortex Series: 15.6" Matte Full HD 144Hz LED Widescreen (1920x1080) + G-Sync
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i7 Six Core Processor 9750H (2.6GHz, 4.5GHz Turbo)

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Memory (RAM)
16GB Corsair 2400MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070 - 8.0GB GDDR6 Video RAM - DirectX® 12.1

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1st Storage Drive
2TB SEAGATE 7mm SERIAL ATA III 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 128MB CACHE (5,400rpm)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
512GB INTEL® 660p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (upto 1500MB/sR | 1000MB/sW)
Intel Optane Memory
32GB INTEL® M10 OPTANE MEMORY - USE WITH MECHANICAL HDD
Memory Card Reader
Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)
AC Adaptor
1 x 230W AC Adaptor
Battery
Vortex IX Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
2 Channel High Def. Audio + SoundBlaster™ Cinema
Bluetooth & Wireless
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (2.4 Gbps) + BT 5.0
USB/Thunderbolt Options
1 x USB 3.1 PORT (Type C) + 2 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT
Keyboard Language
MULTI COLOUR BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KUK-00001]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365 (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
BullGuard™ Internet Security - Free 90 Day License inc. Gamer Mode
Browser
Microsoft® Edge (Windows 10 Only)
Notebook Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 1MP HD WEBCAM

Looks/build quality

So this is an extremely smart looking laptop. As i was told in the forums when i was trying to make the decision of which laptop to go for this system bears no resemblance to the Vortex i bought back in 2012.

The lid, palm rest and keyboard surround are all made from a metal and are finished with a lovely gunmetal colour. The rest of the laptop is made with black plastic, except for orange accents on the exhaust grills and down each side of the laptop which surprisingly i actually quite like.

The quality of materials and construction feel premium and there is absolutely no flex or creaking when handling this body. The only slight gripe i have is when the lid is closed and the laptop is in any position except flat flat on a desk the lid seems to open about 5 mm.

The keyboard looks fantastic when it is lit up however you can only have one colour the keyboard is not split down into different lighting sections. The keys feel really nice to type with providing a good amount of travel and stiffness with a satisfying click.

The touchpad appears to be made of glass and is really smooth and nice to use. It is extremely responsive and i have not noticed any input lag. The finger print scanner is integrated with the touch pad but is invisible until windows needs authorisation, at this point a fingerprint logo illuminates where you are required to put your finger. This is a really nice touch. It seems pretty accurate and recognises my finger 90% of the time however it does sometimes get it wrong, but i have had the same issue with every scanner i have ever used.

The mouse buttons are physical and seem good enough for the job. They don't feel cheap and don't feel like they are going to get un-duely loose over time.

Sound

The sound quality from the speakers is surprisingly good. It is delivered with a noticeable bunch and has a surprisingly high volume. When gaming without the headset the sound can easily be heard over the fans and after a while you forget the fans are there. This takes some doing as the laptops cooling system sounds like a jet turbine when it kicks in under load. This is another gripe but it cant really be helped as of course this is a laptop with some silly specs.

Screen

The screen is great. Very sharp and clear with good colour representation. The gysnc works and there are no dead pixels i havent really got much else to say about it.

There is also minor light bleed which is expected but it really is minimal so mo worries there.

Performance

This laptop is an absolute beast of a machine i can play all the latest games on ultra settings whilst maintaining at least 80fps. As someone who usually had to cap framerates at 30fps to maintain high settings on his old laptop this is a big deal. How inherently this means there is a drawback which as to be expected is the issue of heat. This laptop runs extremely hot which does result in thermal throttling. I did expect this but it does need mentioning.

I have configured the unit with a -135mV undervolt which is as low as i can get whilst maintaining system stabillity. This seems to reduce the typical systems temps i was experiencing by around 5C.

To give a quick idea of how hot the machine runs and how the undervolt has made a difference i played R6 Siege for approximately 3 hours before applying the undervolt with all settings set to ultra. Afterburner was reporting my CPU temperatures averaging around 98C and often hitting 100C whilst my GPU stayed at a steady 81C.

After finally finding a stable undervolt on another day i played Monster Hunter World for about 3 hours. The GPU temps were again low to mid 80C's and the CPU was sitting at 90 - 95C. After using a cheap 2 fan cooling stand this dropped to sitting at high 80C and very occasionally hit 90C. I have ordered a much better cooling stand which comes tommorow.

It is important to note that right now in the UK we are experiencing extremely hot weather and the room i was testing in had an ambient temperature of around 28C which of course is not ideal.

So this is clearly not particularly scientific which is why i have carried out a load of benchmarks and taking some measurements which will be detailed in a following post.

To conclude my thoughts this laptop really is astonishing especially when you compare it to equivalent known brands such as Razer or ASUS. Not only are they twice the price for an equivalent system but in many cases they arent even equivalent.
 
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Hi, sounds like a really great machine, I have ordered a similar configuration to replace my 10yo (!) 9800GTS Clevo laptop and look forward to trying some modern games at playable framerates and ultra settings.

Any chance you could answer a couple of questions to put my mind at rest? I have configured the specification to include the 230w AC connector instead of the 180W option and notice you did the same - so, I wondered: why do PC Specialist allow the configurator choice - I presume either is viable for this model and spec, and the cost was exactly the same, but is there any advantage to the higher wattage?

I also noticed the configurator stated a Thunderbolt3 USB-C port - does the Vortex IX have a genuine 40gbs connector as I was hoping to use an E-GPU setup at some point in the future when the spec is no longer cutting edge?

I chose the more expensive thermal paste for the CPU as I have seen other posts where the Delta-T was pretty high when stress-tested. Will post if I notice any significant benefit.

Hope to see some more posts about your experience with the Vortex IX, I am sure I will be testing it to the limits when I finally get mine!
 

SpyderTracks

Huntsman
Moderator
Hi, sounds like a really great machine, I have ordered a similar configuration to replace my 10yo (!) 9800GTS Clevo laptop and look forward to trying some modern games at playable framerates and ultra settings.

Any chance you could answer a couple of questions to put my mind at rest? I have configured the specification to include the 230w AC connector instead of the 180W option and notice you did the same - so, I wondered: why do PC Specialist allow the configurator choice - I presume either is viable for this model and spec, and the cost was exactly the same, but is there any advantage to the higher wattage?

I also noticed the configurator stated a Thunderbolt3 USB-C port - does the Vortex IX have a genuine 40gbs connector as I was hoping to use an E-GPU setup at some point in the future when the spec is no longer cutting edge?

I chose the more expensive thermal paste for the CPU as I have seen other posts where the Delta-T was pretty high when stress-tested. Will post if I notice any significant benefit.

Hope to see some more posts about your experience with the Vortex IX, I am sure I will be testing it to the limits when I finally get mine!
The 230w is for the 2070, the 180W is for the 2060.
 
The 230w is for the 2070, the 180W is for the 2060.
Thanks for the prompt answer, I suspected the GPU choice would have significant bearing on the current draw. Just... puzzled that the Vortex IX configurator lets you select either despite having already pinned the RTX 2070 dropdown by that stage. Rather relieved to have confirmation I made the right choice!
 

barlew

Bronze Level Poster
Thanks for the prompt answer, I suspected the GPU choice would have significant bearing on the current draw. Just... puzzled that the Vortex IX configurator lets you select either despite having already pinned the RTX 2070 dropdown by that stage. Rather relieved to have confirmation I made the right choice!
If you try to order it with the other PSU it tells you there is an incompatibillity.

I know there is a thunderbolt port on the laptop mate but thats as far as my knowledge goes as i probably wont use it i havent read up on it.
 
OK, cheers Barlew - good to know that you can't order the wrong adapter and also thanks for your confirmation of the TB port - the recent reclassification for USB 3.0 / 3.1 gen 1 / gen 2 / gen 2x2 etc has really muddied the waters:cool:
 

SpyderTracks

Huntsman
Moderator
OK, cheers Barlew - good to know that you can't order the wrong adapter and also thanks for your confirmation of the TB port - the recent reclassification for USB 3.0 / 3.1 gen 1 / gen 2 / gen 2x2 etc has really muddied the waters:cool:
Couldn't agree more, hopefully with the standardisation of wifi to wifi 6 rather than AC/N/ all that nonsense, others will follow suit.
 

darbyjack

Bronze Level Poster
Did you get the 4k screen and does it flicker? I'm getting really annoyed with my Vortex. Sometimes just clicking the "fullscreen" button on youtube causes it to spaz out and possibly restart. But apparently there is no fault according to PCS after doing an RMA.
 

barlew

Bronze Level Poster
Did you get the 4k screen and does it flicker? I'm getting really annoyed with my Vortex. Sometimes just clicking the "fullscreen" button on youtube causes it to spaz out and possibly restart. But apparently there is no fault according to PCS after doing an RMA.
No mate i want it for gaming so got the 144Hz Gsync screen. I have had no problems with it at all.
 

itburnz

Member
Did you get the 4k screen and does it flicker? I'm getting really annoyed with my Vortex. Sometimes just clicking the "fullscreen" button on youtube causes it to spaz out and possibly restart. But apparently there is no fault according to PCS after doing an RMA.
I have the 4k screen, no flickering however some green artifacting when switching between programs sometimes.

you state your flickering when changing to fullscreen causes your laptop to restart, that sounds like a problem which needs addressing to me
 
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