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Sony VAIO Z VPCZ1 - Unboxing Photos and Movie

Discussion in 'Sony' started by ZoinksS2k, Mar 11, 2010.

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  1. ZoinksS2k

    ZoinksS2k Notebook Virtuoso

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    I'm really impatient.

    I picked up a VPCZ112GX/S from the Sony Style store this evening. I've taken a metric-sh*t ton of pictures that I'll be posting over multiple posts.

    I also have a video of the first-boot sequence that I'll try to upload this evening.

    System specifications are HERE. First one who asks what is in it, gets smacked :)

    I purchased this model primarily to evaluate the 128GB SSD. This configuration has two 64GB Samsung MMCRE28G drives configured in RAID0 (Stripe). I'll post a new thread on my findings this weekend, if somebody else doesn't beat me to the punch. I also have a VPCZ11FHX/XQ on order with the 512GB SSD.

    I DON'T HAVE MANY COMMENTS ON THE MACHINE AS I JUST FINISHED TAKING THE PICTURES BELOW. I will say that the previous generation Z charger works with the new Z. I haven't taken the new one out of the box.

    I also have a video of the first-boot sequence that I'll try to upload this evening. In addition, I did a video showing the duration from power-on to loading Windows with the RAID prompt enabled and disabled. This will go in the SSD thread.

    On to dumping tons of pics, enjoy.

    EDIT 3/12/2010: Added disassembly pictures. LINK

    EDIT: 1st boot and BIOS post videos. LINK

    EDIT 3/22/2010: Added shots of the Samsung 128GB SSD module (64GB x 2) LINK

    EDIT 3/30/2010: Added internal shots of the VPCZ11FHX/XQ LINK

    EDIT 4/27/2010: Disassembly video: LINK
     
  2. ZoinksS2k

    ZoinksS2k Notebook Virtuoso

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    The box

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    Open

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    Windows XP downgrade media

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    Accessories

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    The battery was already install. 70% battery remaining, for those that care
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    More on the way
     
  3. ZoinksS2k

    ZoinksS2k Notebook Virtuoso

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    Bottom

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  4. SPEEDwithJJ

    SPEEDwithJJ NBR Super Idiot

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    Wow. :) Thanks for taking the time & effort to post these photos for us. :)

    I love these new Sony VAIO packaging retail (pre-config) boxes. :) The VAIO CTO boxes used to come in a different "ugly" version for the U.S. market. I hope they change those U.S. CTO boxes to these lovely new boxes for all U.S. VAIO CTO orders. :)

    By the way, am I the only one to think that these silver VAIO Z notebook looks classier than the black ones? :confused: :eek:
     
  5. Sunfox

    Sunfox Notebook Deity

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    Meh, I've been through the "silver" fad of the late 90's early 2000's and am glad to see that black is back. Of course things seems to be starting to swing back to silver again. At least it's not gold.
     
  6. H.A.L. 9000

    H.A.L. 9000 308 Negra Arroyo Lane

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    Nice snout in the picture with the specs..lol I have been waiting for some user pics of this machine though, thanks!
     
  7. ZoinksS2k

    ZoinksS2k Notebook Virtuoso

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    Cats cannot be controlled :)

    More pics are uploaded, er, are uploading. This will be the mother load.
     
  8. SPEEDwithJJ

    SPEEDwithJJ NBR Super Idiot

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    ZoinksS2k, based on that photo, am I correct to say that your pet is even more anxious than you're to have your new VAIO Z notebook up & running? :p LOL! :D Or is that not a pet on the right of the photo above? :confused: :eek:
     
  9. ZoinksS2k

    ZoinksS2k Notebook Virtuoso

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    Another batch after this one

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    ZoinksS2k Notebook Virtuoso

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    ZoinksS2k Notebook Virtuoso

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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
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    This is the last of them for now.
     
  12. ckthepilot

    ckthepilot Notebook Deity

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    It's so pretty :(

    EDIT: I noticed the Windows Vista sticker??

    Re-EDIT: Nm, that sticker was on the old Z.
     
  13. ReactionRED

    ReactionRED Notebook Enthusiast

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    Nice pics, dude. Great job. Today, my Z cherry got popped by seeing it in person and all these photos! I want mine. I will go sleepless until I get my paws on it.
     
  14. ZoinksS2k

    ZoinksS2k Notebook Virtuoso

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    Oh, oh. Some people are going to get upset.

    The only option for RAID Level is RAID0. Can't select anything else.

    The main screen after I deleted the array
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    You can't select anything but RAID0. The arrow keys do nothing on that line. You can change the "Strip Size." Cant tell if you can have multiple volumes (only two drives).
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    In JOBD, Windoes sees the two disks. I'm running an Win7 install now.
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    Here are some stats. CrystalInfo didn't find a drive with RAID configured.
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  15. ZoinksS2k

    ZoinksS2k Notebook Virtuoso

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    One question answered. The 64GB Samsung SSD's support Trim. Looks like it helps with performance in most places as well

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    MJFlash Notebook Consultant

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    Hi, ZoinksS2K!

    This does confirm a couple of things. First, it appears that you took your first shot of the CrystalDiskMarks results initially, while the RAID array was still intact. Second, this does say that the 128GB configuration is actually a 2-channel setup (with just one Flash module). Beyond the BIOS and Intel RAID Manager shots, your CrystalDiskmark throughput figures would seem to further confirm this. Assuming that Sony USA is correct in its claims, that would seem to indicate that USA 256GB configurations will also be 2-channel configurations here - the SonyStyle website claims that this is a "256GB x 1" [module] setup. So, it would appear that the only 4-channel configuration here in the states is the 512GB version.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know the answers to many of our questions regarding RAID on this system!

    EDIT: And the drives are TRIM-capable! Well done! The only real challenge left will be that most motherboards would seem to disable HDDERASE capability unless the SSD cables are disconnected during power-up, and then plugged in after booting DOS, just before running HDDERASE. Obviously, with the Z that might get a little more involved than we might like. Thanks again!

    EDIT2: This'll have many folks seriously considering JBOD setups that won't significantly deteriorate, no doubt.

    Cheers!
    Mark
     
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    CrystalInfo didn't work with the default Sony configuration. Worked fine on Windows 7 with single drives. I'm restoring the machine to factory now and will try again.
     
  18. Sunfox

    Sunfox Notebook Deity

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    Well, with Trim supported on a hardware level all we have to do is wait for Intel to get their act together and release Trim-supporting RAID drivers. I see no reason why a Trim-aware RAID driver isn't possible, it will just take them (and everyone else for that matter) some work, and that work will progress faster as SSDs become more commonplace and people demand it.

    For those interested in a Trim-supporting environment *now*, it would actually be good if the US 256gb option was 128gbx2 instead of 64gbx4, as it would be easier to deal with 2 separate, larger drives instead of 4.

    This also confirms my worry that Sony might have butchered the Intel BIOS to remove options other than the one they wanted. I wonder if it will be possible to hack it back (much like older Z's have had unsupported features re-enabled).
     
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    If I'm feeling spunky, I'll try to feature enable the BIOS to see if this can be changed.

    I had a Dell Z600 with 2x SSD's. They only allowed Intel's crappy IRRT (mirror+). I wasn't able to circumvent this to enable other RAID types, like 0.

    This doesn't bother me in the slightest. I plan to use RAID 0 exclusively.

    Oh, and by the by, Windows 7 installed perfectly without extra drivers.
     
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