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Power Pro 11:36 (MSI 16F2 barebone) review

Discussion in 'MSI' started by Tim4, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. Tim4

    Tim4 Alchemist

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    Review of Power Pro 11:36
    It doesn't have orange lights, it's just several hundred dollars cheaper
    Donald Stratton(Power Notebooks)

    Hello,
    We(Me and my friend) have oredred custom built laptop from Power Notebooks. it's called Power Pro 11:36. So, I wanted to share my experience with you. (NOTE:I am sorry for any mistyping or mistakes being made, English is not my native language.)
    So, let's start.
    Overview
    Build quality of this laptop is good. it looks better than GT68X in my opinion. It doesn't have any orange lights and touch panel. Speaker system is the same DynAudio as MSI GT68X use. So, you can expect very nice sound quality. Here are the specs that our unit has:
    Built-in Bluetooth Wireless 2.1+EDR
    Built-in 802.11a/g/n WiFi Card
    External USB Dual Layer SuperMulti DVDRW/CDRW Drive (Getting HDD for ODD Bay)
    750GB SATA II 3GB/s 7,200RPM Hard Drive in ODD Bay
    500GB SATA II 3GB/s 7,200 RPM Hard Drive - Seagate XT NCQ Hybrid w/4GB SSD
    120GB Team Group Xtreem SSD
    Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM (2.0~2.9GHz, 45W) w/6M L3 Cache - 4 Cores - 8 Threads
    15.6" Full HD (1920x1080) LED backlit Widescreen LCD
    12GB (3x2GB) DDR3/1333 Memory
    nVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 192bit w/1.5GB GDDR5

    Now let's go to details
    Chasis and buid quality
    As I said before buid quality is very good. It's better that my current GX660 has. In my opinion it looks better than GX660 also. I like this matte black plastic. It looks actually as brushed aluminum.

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    You will find no touch buttons on front panel as GT68X have. Actually you will find only 3 buttons Power button, Web camera button and win key enable/disable button. All other fetures are available thriugh Fn+Fx key combinations.

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    Display and battery life

    Display is FullHD Galre type AUO optronics B156HW01 V5, with very good viewing angles and image quality. What more can I say....:)
    Battery life is awesome with new generation of intel CPU
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    Keyboard and touchpad

    Touchpad is way better that my GX660 has. It's very responsive. Keyboard is the same with GT/GX series. Typing is very comfortable. No missed keystrokes.

    Sound quality

    As I said before this laptop is equipped with same DynAudio speakers as GT/GX series do. So, sound quality is the same. I compared it with my GX660 and found no difference. For me it's the best available sound system on laptops nowadays.

    Perforamnce and temps

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    This laptop have no turbo cooler function as MSI GT/GX series do. But actually you will benefit 2-4C if you have it.
    I have run some benchmarks. Here are the results:

    3D mark06 at default settings. Ambient temp 27C. GPU has stock thermal compound. Maybe it will be changed to ICD 24 in future

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    3D mark 11 performance preset.

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    Furmark 1.9

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    As you can see 85C is the max temps I have achieved with Furmark. So, it means you will never see higher temps during you gaming. it cools down also very quick. It cooled my GPU from 85C to 56C in 3 mins.

    Game tests

    Dirt 3 benchmark
    I have run dirt 3 benchmark 2 times
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    Fifa 11
    All settings on high vsync on 1920*1080. FPS never droped below 60

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    Heroes 6 beta
    Settings
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    The Whitcher 2
    Settings medium 1280*720

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    The highest temps were detected at Whitcher 2. All other games haven't reached this point. I think, that even 80C is pretty acceptable for high-end GPU. My ambient temp during testing 27C.

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    Shootout between MSI GT683R & PowerPro R 11:36 from PowerNotebooks.com.

    Video


    Conclusion
    I am very pleased with this laptop. It's truly affordable gaming notebook.
    It has everything you need. Powerful GPU and CPU, impressive sound system, effective cooling system and it looks cool:)
     
  2. arikere

    arikere Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey Tim,

    Nice review!

    can you post some frame rates for a few games on this machine??
     
  3. Tim4

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    Sure I will test couple of games tomorrow. it's 12:59 AM here now. So, I'll go to sleep now:eek:
     
  4. mrs1986

    mrs1986 Notebook Geek

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    Thanks Tim4 i'm willing to buy this laptop but was ANY about it, just thoughts :D
    I'm ordering this now, the price is unbelieveble. I was concerned about the quality of the laptop, Donald told me its really good but i wanted some review of an actual user...
    Thanks a lot, i hope you to make a video review so we can all see that baby almost in person :p
     
  5. mr.rak

    mr.rak Newbie

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    It comes with a stock 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3/1333 Memory, right? You got the 12GB (3x2GB) DDR3/1333, is it the ideal one for game purposes? Why not a 8GB 1600 instead of 1333? Will I note any improvement in fps with 1600?
     
  6. Rykoshet

    Rykoshet Notebook Deity

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    I suggest either 8GB, or if you must, 16GB, so you have dual-channel...
     
  7. Rykoshet

    Rykoshet Notebook Deity

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    Also, how is the stock screen...the 95% gamut is a $95 upgrade, and the matte another $95 on top...

    But I hope I don't have to...
     
  8. mangos47

    mangos47 Notebook Consultant

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    Hi Tim,

    very nice and timely review. thanks a lot!

    I'm quite interested in this one also. The only concern I have now is the screen. I don't like glossy ones as I mostly use laptop in well illuminated environment so the reflection is a headache. Do you think the screen is bright enough so that if I put an anti-glare screen film (for protection as well as getting rid of the reflections) it won't get too dark?

    another question is: I saw windows7 sticker on palmrest. Did your friend order it with OS? if yes, is the disc come together a installation disc or a recovery disc?

    thanks in advance!
     
  9. Tim4

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    Screen is bright enought for me. Actually I haven't tried anti glare film myself, so I can't recommend you anything. Only thing I can say that I am using screen on 3/4 of it's brightness.(hope it helps). regarding Win7 sticker. We have put it ourselves as we have copy of Win 7 here. You can ask Donald at Powernotebooks about Win 7 disk.
     
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    Yes, when you order Windows 7 the Microsoft disk comes with it, as well as the drivers disk.
     
  11. mrs1986

    mrs1986 Notebook Geek

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    Hi again Tim4 Can you talk a litlle more about the build quality, i mean, it is flimsy or something like that (note that i actually dont know what flimsy means my english is not good at all ^.^) I just want it to be sturdy
     
  12. Tim4

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    Hi. All I can say about buid quality it's very solid! I like the way it looks better than my GX660. It has matte plastic, which looks like brushed aluminum + it's fingerprint resistant. :) Hope it helped
     
  13. Tim4

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    I have updated review with some gaming tests. Please look first post.
     
  14. mr.rak

    mr.rak Newbie

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    How long does it usually takes, after order it, to delivery?

    Thanks for this nice review. If you could post some fps of battlefield bad company and cod would be great!

    How would this GPU handle the upcoming Battlefield 3 and COD4?? High-Hes?
     
  15. paladin44

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    We can usually ship within 4 to 5 business days, faster if you really need it.
     
  16. mrs1986

    mrs1986 Notebook Geek

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    Thanks a lot Tim4, I thought that it could handle witcher 2 a litlle better as there is some test on the gt683r that states that it should work at high on 1080p, actually i dont play that game ^.^ but I must say that looks awesome!
     
  17. Tim4

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    You are welcome. Battlefield 3 and COD 4 are console oriented titles, so be sure that laptop will handle these games with no issues on high. Since mainly all games(except PC exclusives) are limited with current console generation hardware.

    I have tested Whicher 2 with no patches installed, so I guess new patches improved performance for GPU in game. So, high on 1080p will run smooth.
     
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    mrs1986 Notebook Geek

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    Ohh I see, so... I asume that the review was telling the true :)
     
  19. mangos47

    mangos47 Notebook Consultant

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    Very nice machine.

    I almost decided on this one over Sager NP8130 until I noticed the 29lb shipping weight vs. 15lb of the later. For delivering the extra 15lb or so to where I live could cost me another 70-80 bucks. Now I'm struggling in mind again...
     
  20. robm@rkcomputer.net

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    The MS-16F2 is max 12lbs shipping weight for the complete box, notebook and included accessories (battery, a/c, etc).
     

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