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Samsung Chronos 7 - 700Z3C Review tomorrow

Discussion in 'Samsung' started by Norwaygeek, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. Norwaygeek

    Norwaygeek Notebook Enthusiast

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    In lack of some solid info on the New Ivy Bridge 700z3C model
    (C=Ivy bridge cpu/chipset) (700z3A = Sandy Bridge previous gen. )



    The config.
    NP700Z3C-S01SE
    Intel Core i5 3210M / 2.5 GHz (3.1 GHz at turbo)
    6 GB ( 4+2) SDRAM DDR3 1600 MHz
    1 TB HDD (8 GB flash-5400 rpm (will be swapped With my 256 Vertex4 SDD)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M - 1 GB GDDR5 SDRAM (With optimus)
    14" LED 1600 x 900 ( HD+ )
    Bluetooth 4.0
    Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235

    Comments: I did Not want to wait for a 700z3c with a Core i7 (that might come later , but i dont know) (and i guess it would not give me as much battery life as i5 3210 will bring)

    As With 6gb ram (i might upgrade later on.. but feels 6gb is enough for me at this time)

    Im really excited to see if the nvidia GT 630 chip is of the New 28nm kepler (GF117) and NOT the 40nm - Firstly due to battery longelivity. I will be hugely dissapointed i if it proves that the "old" 40nm kepler is still beeing shipped With Ivy bridge. (22nm cpu With 28nm gpu will give a Nice boost of battery life compared to the fist gen 700z3A series.)
    UPDATE - I can confirm that the GPU is indeed the new 28nm Kepler (GF117) - But it has a 64 bit memmory interface (probably to conserve battery life)

    Benchmarks: Windows Performance Index - Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
    7.1 CPU
    7.5 RAM
    6.7 Wingraphics
    6.7 Gamegraphics
    7.9 HDD Vertex 4 256

    Note I replaced the 1 TB HDD With my Vertex 4 SDD 256

    IBatterylife about 4 hours (at 80% charge limit) around 5h30m at 100%

    Its quite silent (and there is even an option to set the fans in silent mode, which i dont see the point in... as silent as it is by default.)

    Its quite cool and stays that way (even on some lighter gaming tests)

    LCD screen is quite good - But as some of you have mentioned it does not give Black/Black .. but more in the lines of charcoal (gray - But it does not bother me - And goes from low light.. all the way to very very Bright.

    The Touchpad is excellent - I have configured it to work like a macbook.. Two finger scrolling works smoothly - two finger tap brings up "right button" alternatives.


    Be ware - It came preinstalled with all sorts of Bloatware - and it took me some time to get rid of 95% of it - The only software i kept was Samsung easy settings to get the FN keys to work
     
  2. walkingtoaster

    walkingtoaster Newbie

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    Thanks for the review!

    Maybe you could explain how to change the hdd in your review? I ordered the same laptop but i'm not sure about changing it without a little tutorial.

    And maybe you could state if theres a way to replace the hdd without losing the warranty

    Btw. all GT630M chips are based on Fermi as you can see here.Just relabeled GT540M cards
     
  3. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    Just don't damage anything and keep the original HDD and replace it if you want warranty service. There are no seals to break to indicate that you have been inside the computer.

    John
     
  4. Sebl

    Sebl Notebook Guru

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    Could you compare the screen with other notebooks? I really want to know if they got the same screen in the ivy bridge model as with sandy bridge. Its contrast really sucks and black is more grey.
     
  5. REMF

    REMF Notebook Consultant

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    the 630 can also be a 28nm respin (GF117)

    so low power, even if not kepler tech.
     
  6. Norwaygeek

    Norwaygeek Notebook Enthusiast

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    Removed - Updated the top post instead
     
  7. Aycerr

    Aycerr Notebook Enthusiast

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    Are you sure the 630m is 64 bit? According to notebookcheck, as well, all 630m chips should be 128 bit.
     
  8. Norwaygeek

    Norwaygeek Notebook Enthusiast

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    No im not 100% (nvidia controlpanel system info said 64 bit (in win7 pre installed) - And allthough notebookcheck say 128 bit.. there can allways be variables on some chips (64 Draws less Power, so the manufacturer can choose to Down"clock" the chip a bit.
     
  9. motherfo

    motherfo Notebook Enthusiast

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    hmmm when will this model come to the US :) I need an nvidia chipset. The AMD card has caused me nothing but problems with my 3D work.
     
  10. XtremeProject

    XtremeProject Notebook Consultant

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    Unforunately you cannot use Nvidia drivers because you need to get drivers directly from Samsung only. Unless something like Leshcat drivers appear.
     
  11. wolkenlos

    wolkenlos Newbie

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    I´m using mine for about a week now. The screen is pretty bright but the contrast is very low too...its alright for me because I can use my notebook even in direct sunlight (no joke this is amazing).
    Diablo 3 runs smootly and without any problems.
    I have the 8GB version with a 750GB drive and I think this is the only weak point...but I prefer the extra GB over a ssd speeds.
    Somehow the drivers for the backlight of the keyboard and the touchpad seem to need some time to load....even if the laptop is already running for some minutes some of the touchpad gestures do not ssem to work...anyone else has the problems?
    So far I did use Diablo 3, Rhino 3D, Photoshop, Indesign, Lightroom, Illustrator on this Laptop and everything was fine. AutoCAD is going to be installed tomorrow.
    And one more thing: The sound qualityof the speakers does amaze me!
    Thats everything I can say till now.
     
  12. Norwaygeek

    Norwaygeek Notebook Enthusiast

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    ffUPDATE:

    Having spent two days with it (back to Win7 - To get Nvidia optimus working)

    I have some lessons that i have learned.

    When you clean install - Install the Touchpad driver early - So that the multitouch features work straigt away after booting to windows (and you dont have to wait for 30 sec at the desktop for these features to kick in (think boot-order).

    I have now installed a EFI (UEFI boot=enabled) partition. It works allmost like a dream, with even faster booting "and stuff that is supposed to be better with this kind of softwarebios - Restart works fine (BUT when i Shut down completely - when i then start the pc (powerbutton) .. the screen goes Black and the fan spinns up and nothing happens... When i then press the startbutton 4 sec. for shutdown, I start the computer again and it starts/boots flawlessly.. IF ANYONE HAVE AN IDEA ON HOW TO FIX THIS - Please post it here.

    And i dont know how to enter the EFI bios - And as some of you allready know - Easysettings works at boot, but hangs when you try to start it (allready reported by other samsung chronos users on this forum before)

    I might reinstall all over useing UEFI Boot = Disable in bios - Cuz i dont really se the point.

    Another thing that i have learned - If you, as I, want to/ have swapped the original disk to a SSD a- There is no point in using ExpressCache - BUT you can format the 8 GB iSSD (disk) and put your Swap/pagefile on it.. And conserve diskspace from your main SSD disk.
     
  13. Norwaygeek

    Norwaygeek Notebook Enthusiast

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    To swap the disk - Just unscrew the "screws"(?") take out the old disk - and in with the new. (you take the bottom cover off - Quite easy )
     
  14. wolkenlos

    wolkenlos Newbie

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    I have some problems with the displaydriver in AutoCAD 2012...the Heidi module doesn´t want to load. Anybody knows a solution? (I did already reinstall the displaydriver and did some 3dconfig stuff but it all doesn´t help very much)
     
  15. Elf4U

    Elf4U Notebook Guru

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    does the ivy version also have the express cache?

    i just pick a new 700z3a for a great deal. $699
    (i was lurking around the samsung part website and saw that us version of 700z3c-s02us is listed. motherboard cause around $400)
    guessing us version will be release soon.
     
  16. bolt.pt

    bolt.pt Notebook Evangelist

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    Can you please give a screenshot of latest GPU-Z for better GPU identification?
    It'd be nice to know which 630M version is inside that laptop, and GPU-Z should do the trick.

    Thanks
     
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    Pookiepooky Newbie

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    Where exactly have you purchased this laptop online? Is it an English version?
     
  18. jahnh

    jahnh Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi there,...

    I like to know if you experience any heat problems? The previous version of this piece was affected by cpu throttling, e.g. in gaming situations.

    How is the performance in Diablo III with the 630m? At which detail levels and resolution are you playing?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  19. Norwaygeek

    Norwaygeek Notebook Enthusiast

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    Well some cad applications are looking for cad certified drivers - and the geforce 630m is by all standards a consumer gpu - Not proffesional, so that might be the reason -

    Alternatively you can try the latest nvidia drivers 300 series at nvidia.com
     

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