Gigabyte P35g V2 News

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  1. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Notebook Consultant

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    I'm also very interested in this laptop. I put together a list of all the things I'd like on a laptop and put them in order, and I think this one hits the most boxes.

    My two main issues are a) the price is a bit higher than I'd like to pay, and b) WHY IS THE BEZEL AROUND THE SCREEN SO FREAKING WIDE?!?! It makes the laptop look like something from 1995.
     
  2. chris_laptopfan

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    That is exactly what bothers me on this laptop as well. :D This and the hinges.
    The bezel on the MSI GS60 is a little too wide to me, but the P35... holy sh*t! :D It just looks quite inelegant and clumsy to me... :(
    Don't know why they don't just make a P35 with the P34g's design... :confused: It's much more elegant.
     
  3. ZugZug

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    The overall footprint of the laptop is larger than your typical 15". That's how they managed to cram everything into it and keep it thin. It's about an inch deeper than my 15" SONY.

    However, one must appreciate all the connectivity options and swappable bay.

    Hinges appear to be fine and overall construction is very solid, IMO.

    The wire that leads to battery check button is lose, be careful when re-assembling not to damage it. HD/SSD bracket feels flimsy and weird but actually works fine when screwed-in and saves on weight.
    MSATA connectors are just that, there is no USB signalling there. I tried simple straight USB mini PCI-E card and it did not work.

    I wish power brick was smaller. It's 2014, after all.
     
  4. s1rrah

    s1rrah Notebook Evangelist

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    Question for any P35G V2 owners regarding setting up RAID 0 on the mSATA slots ...

    My P35G V2 is arriving this thursday and for the initial build, I've gone with a single 512gb SSD in one of the mSATA slots.

    In a couple weeks, I'm going to get a second 512gb mSATA so as to run them both in RAID 0. Since my system is arriving from GenTech already built and with Win 7 installed ... I was wondering ... is the setting up of the RAID process dynamic in that I can add the second mSATA drive and then build the array with my current Win 7 install and all other data automatically being reconstructed in the array or will I have to build the array and then re install everything?

    I'm thinking the array build process will simply incorporate the existing data from my single drive in to the new RAID 0 array but not sure...

    I have a 1 TB mechanical installed as well for back up ...

    Thanks for any information ...

    .joel
     
  5. ZugZug

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    RAID 0 is striping, not mirroring, so no incorporating of existing data is going to happen.
    My P35G came with SATA adapter set to AHCI mode. If yours does too (most likely), switching it to RAID will cause Windows 7 fail to boot.
    But there is GIGABYTE SATA mode switching tool (just Google it) that might help. I've never used it myself though.
    The sequence would then be:
    - install the tool, run it, switch to RAID
    - reboot, go to BIOS, change AHCI to RAID
    - boot to Windows 7, verify that adapter is in RAID mode
    - shutdown, install additional SSD
    - boot, hit Ctrl-I when RAID BIOS is loading, configure RAID array
    - reboot to Windows, let it do its thing detecting disk changes.

    An alternative is software RAID array: windows support RAID in disk management both mirror and stripe (dynamic disks).
     
  6. TheMightyKnight

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    I am planning on buying the P35w.

    Could someone pls give more details about battery life and noise level (dB) ?

    It would be much appreciated! Thx


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  7. Shadow Cloud

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    Just received my P35G V2 last night. I do wish replacing the HDD can be faster (just like how upgrading RAM can be done quickly because of how compartmentalized it is) though since I remember it only taking like five minutes to do it on my PS4. I'll give my impressions soon though I will say that I'm not a fan of how huge the bezel is along with the hinges. They feel like something with the 90s. I also have to get use to the keyboard since the key presses don't have a depth like my current MSI 1651.
     
  8. s1rrah

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    Had my P35G V2 for most of the day ... 500gb Crucial M550 system drive and a 1TB mechanical.

    I would prefer a thinner bezel as others have said but it's really not bothersome at all in a functional regard (just my inner aesthetic critic would prefer thin). That said, the screen is gorgeous. Seriously nice pop and typical IPS depth. Just really nice. My particular screen has a tiny bit of bleed in the upper left but nothing too bad regarding BLB ... totally a non issue.

    I had Windows 7 installed by GenTech and things are snapping right along very nicely on the 500gb SSD drive; I'm waiting for a second 500gb SSD drive to ship and will RAID 0 the two SSD's some time this week ... and generally use the 1 TB mechanical for system imaging/backup.

    I ran FurTech 1080p 15 minute benchmark in a 22C ambient room and the 860M card topped out at 80C. Not bad. I did have GenTech apply the free IC Diamond compound so not sure if that is making a difference or not. But not unhappy with that max temp ... especially considering it was during a Furmark run.

    The fan noise during the Furmark test was not too horrible ... definitely ramps up but it's not an ugly sound of fan noise as some can be (or overtly fatiguing in a sonic regard) ... I thought it would be louder, personally. The system on AUTO fan seemed to do a really good job of managing fan speeds as well ... ramping up as needed and quickly ramping down when exiting the game/benchmark. I will always wear noise canceling headphones when playing on the go, though and so no big deal. The laptop is strictly for mobile use as I have a SLI GTX670 desktop machine and so headphones will always be used.

    Overall ... I totally love the design of the thing (fat bezel not withstanding). It's spartan, business like and really minimalist (which pleases me with anything industrial). The keyboard back lighting is solid and overall, the connectivity options (especially the optical drive) are incredible for such a thin, light weight machine. I'm totally stoked with it.

    Everything I play (Hawken, Metro: Last Light, Skyrim, Deux Ex: Human Revolution, CS:GO, etc.) plays perfectly ... most on high settings (not Ultra) and Last Light on "Normal" ... by "perfectly" I mean 60 to 90 FPS with VSYNC turned off ... I know some folk say 30FPS is a good benchmark but that just feels to slow for me and so I always adjust settings to get 60+ ...

    Anyway ...

    Super dope rig.

    Hope it holds up over time..

    ;-)
     
  9. s1rrah

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    Oh yeah ... BTW ...

    The Case Logic neoprene notebook sleeve fits the P35 like a glove, perfect:

    Amazon.com: Case Logic LAPS-116 15 - 15.6-Inch Laptop Sleeve (Black): Computers & Accessories

    And if looking for a good bag as well, the Slappa Kiken 18-Inch is a perfect match as well (nevermind the smaller Slappa, oddly, the 18" is a perfect fit for this laptop and especially when in a sleeve:

    Amazon.com: Slappa Kiken 18-Inch 2 Pocket Custom Build Laptop Shoulder Bag, Black (SL-SB-104-05): Computers & Accessories

    ...
     
  10. ZugZug

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    What are your temperatures on idle/browsing?

    Mine has about 56C for cores and 60C on PCH (the latter causes fan periodically kick in on auto). That appears too high IMO. ASUS 750 with 4700HQ on idle has 43C for cores and 55C on PCH. I know, ASUS has larger body and better natural airflow. Still... This is all on a flat glass surface, nothing obstructing airflow. The area around cooling assembly (center back) of P35G gets really hot.
     
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