P35w v3 CF1 - mini review on my thoughts so far (hopefully help and answer some recent questions) Reasons for buying – I wanted a light 15.6 laptop for web, watching video etc and occasional gaming. I started off looking at the Gigabyte P15F and then Asus G550JK but decided against the 850m with DDR3. I looked at several 860 and 870 options but with 970m being released decided to up my budget to get the latest option. I wanted subtle styling so too much red and glowing dragons were a negative for me although I still seriously considered the MSI GS60. Initial thoughts – I really like the styling and the build quality seems pretty good, feels solid. Screen seems very good (I'm no expert) but watching video on it last night and colours etc all seem great. I have so far taken advice from users on P35x thread and resisted updating drivers, I have updated the Gigabyte tools via smart update, new versions are better and I actually find them useful. Advice was not to update drivers via smart update, but so far I've just done Nvidia ones direct from Nvidia, no issues with wireless or anything else so far though. Performance – Gaming I've only really tried Crysis 2 Maximum Edition, runs on ultra settings and runs very well as you'd expect. I ran 3Dmark11 on settings Gigabyte note on their website and got pretty much 9000 with monitoring running in the background so no reason to doubt their figures. CPU throttling and heat keeps being mentioned, my findings were during 3Dmark on auto low fan speed 5% throttling although max read 41%, fans on max reduced this to 0% but it does get a bit loud... CPU gets up to 91 max which I assume it then throttles a bit, but actual laptop doesn't seem to get too hot. GPU seems to stay pretty cool I've forgotten actual figures but pretty sure it was around 75 max after playing Crysis for an hour. Battery life – No idea how to really measure this, I unplugged last night, installed some bits of software (15mins) and watched video from HDD for 50mins and it reported 2hrs 44 remaining. Same charge and I'm down to 60% as I write this but now saying 3hrs 45mins left that's 30% brightness, wifi on. Its got a bigger battery than the MSI GS60 and same CPU so guess it should last longer, realistically I'd guess around 4hrs+ Noise – I'd check out the Gentech pc youtube review of the P35x, its probably a good guide. I hate commenting on noise as it's so personal to what you are happy with. To me it's just audible in a very quite room right next to me when at idle, gaming it's fine with fans on auto but you would probably be better with headphones or move it away from you slightly and plug into monitor/TV as I do, running it to the max fan speed you'd want headphones and the volume at a reasonable level. The fan noise is just air being pushed through a small space though so no whine etc. Conclusion – so far very happy, I like the Gigabyte styling (sleek black box) , I like the spare and accessible mSata and HDD bays, I'm not worried by a bit of throttling of CPU I may try reducing turbo rates slightly on full core to reduce it as can't see the CPU will struggle in any game for a while. Sorry it got a bit long but hope an opinion helps someone.