Gigabyte P35W V3 Owners thoughts

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  1. slikvik

    slikvik Notebook Enthusiast

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    Had it for a few weeks now but I've just had to send it back which I'll discuss further down.

    One of the best laptops I've had.

    • Screen is great
    • SSD boot and access times are great.
    • 1TB is a 7200rpm which is a BIG difference from the lone crappy 5400 I had in my Lenovo Y500.
    • Speakers are adequate. I've heard worse.
    • No bloatware installed and the auto-update and smart manage tools are actually useful.
    • It's fast.
    • It's very quiet during normal operation but when gaming it's very noisy. Not the sort of thing other family members would be willing to listen to in the same room.
    • Plays Far Cry 4 on Ultra 1080p fine which is amazing for a laptop to be honest.
    • At the above settings the CPU temp maxed at 90 and GPU temp maxed at 88.


    BUT...

    Missing 970M in Device Manager issue:

    Halfway through a game of FC4 it locked - completely. On rebooting the 970M wouldn't show in device manager. It was under hidden devices as "No longer connected". When looking into the BIOS under PCIe configuration it showed NONE when it should show GENX3.

    I'd read that BIOS updates and Switching ODD via Smart Manager could cause this to happen but I'd updated the BIOS a week earlier. Rolled back to an older BIOS, loaded defaults, even did a full recovery as GB told me too. Nothing would bring the 970M back! I'd arranged to have the laptop replaced and then yesterday morning I turned it on and the 970M was back again! It appears to be an intermittent fault and I cant nail down the cause so I've sent it back for a replacement anyway. I was doing nothing but playing a game when it disconnected and did nothing but turn it on one morning when it came back. I was hoping it wasn't a heat issue that had killed the 970M (it gets hot!) which fortunately does not seem to be the case.

    People with P35X have been having the same issue so I hope Gigabyte get to the bottom of it.


    BSOD Wifi issue:

    The latest wifi driver would cause the laptop to BSOD when waking from standby and the wifi woldn't wake until you manually enabled it but I found a new driver on Lenovos site which fixed the problem. It now appears that GB have updated to this version 17 but if you are experiencing that problem, this version is the fix.

    I'll post back when I get the replacement but if anyone experiences the missing 970M please let me know.
     
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    kidoh1 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks for posting this! I've had the laptop for the few weeks as well and share the same pros. I have not had the 970m missing issue as you mentioned. I'm hoping that's not a common thing. As far as the heat goes, I've underclocked/undervolted my CPU down to 20x/-60mv. That has helped the temps and fans a bit. Underclocking the CPU hasn't affected gaming for me and I don't benchmark.

    I also had the BSOD issue. I have not tried the fixed driver so I'll give that a shot as well.
     
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    slikvik Notebook Enthusiast

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    Do you have a guide on dropping the CPU down? The GPU, RAM and disk speed are far more important than clock speed for the stuff I do.
     
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    Pcguy07 Notebook Geek

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    I want the P35W v3, but I'll be using it for work too and I want at least 4 hours of battery life and not to get hot when working! Should I be concerned?
     
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    slikvik Notebook Enthusiast

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    I don't believe it will get hot doing normal work related stuff. In a software dev and temps were fine. I've not run it on a battery yet so can't can't comment although it might be worth looking up battery benchmarks for the v2 as it's likely similar in that department. (Maybe a tad better due to more efficient processors)
     
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    kidoh1 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I just read the owner's for the P35X. They're essentially the same machine except for the GPU. I don't think anybody else underclocked though. They may have done it through the power settings.
     
  7. lamanian

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    Ive had my p35w v3 for over a month now also undervolted my cpu using intel etu only took mine down to -50mV. It ran without issue at -70mV but I prefer to run with the 20mV buffer just to be sure. Also experienced the BSOD but only before updated drivers and no issue since. Never had an issue with 970m not showing up and find everything about this laptop excellent. Great screen(1080p version), great battery life (around 6 hrs on light use, 1.5-2 hrs gaming) only issue I have had is every now and then it seems like my keyboard will produce double letters and spaces. Most frequently double space and even this doesnt happen very often so not really a problem hasnt produced any in this post yet. As far as heat, the cpu will throttle some, but with my undervolt, ic diamond repaste, and a laptop cooler, it can be prevented. Runs cool and silent during normal use and only gets hot and loud while gaming and benchmarking for me. Ive owned the razer blade 14, msi ghost pro (970m), and this is definitely the best of the 3 in my opinion.
     
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    lamanian Notebook Consultant

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    Love this laptop, however there is one small concern. Seems that sometimes my keyboard will produce double letters and spaces. Most of the time its double space, which isnt quite as bad as letter I guess but its still a bit annoying. Thankfully id doesnt happen very often, but does happen enough that its noticeable. Anyone else have this issue? Wondering if its software or hardware issue and if its just my keyboard or a frequent issue with this model.
     
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    I haven't notice the issue, but I'm mostly gaming so I wouldn't notice it.

    BTW, what were your temps before/after your repaste? Wondering if it's worth it. Underclocking/undervolting seem to do the job for me, but I'll repaste if it's a significant difference.
     
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    Had the repaste done by the seller so I dont know what factory temps would have been. I can say this tho, IC diamond seems to be better than Arctic silver 5 because I repasted with AS5 and temps arent as good as I was getting with IC diamond although I havent reached the recommended curing time yet so I suppose they might improve a bit. I would say if your going to be doing intensive gaming go for the repaste, if not, then dont worry about it because it only truly shines when you need that extra 2-3 degrees to keep from throttling. When I was using IC diamond I was able to prevent throttle with undervolt and laptop cooler with AS5 im getting some throttle with same conditions. Also, the IC diamond repaste job was a mess and they were very sloppy with it so a good repaste with diamond would probably be even better. I ordered a tube and hopefully when I revert back to it I can get back to throttle free gaming.
     
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