UX430UN Hardware Review - Part 1

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    Great overview, can't wait for Part 2!!
     
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    Here's benchmarks and overview... none of me talking... :)

     
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    The USB 3.1 does support 4k/60! Even ran a few benchmarks to see what that little GPU can do. Dirt Rally on Medium details at 4K was running 20-24FPS! :eek:
     
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    Part 2 uploaded:

     
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    I was going to do a final Pros / Cons video, but here's my thoughts:

    Pros:
    - Definitely thin and light at 0.63 in thick and 2.76 lbs
    - Great battery life at 6-7 hours moderate use
    - Good performance CPU with 4 cores/8 threads
    - GPU can game well if you are realistic with its limits (i.e 720p medium settings)
    - LCD is bright with good color reproduction, wide viewing angles, and 60Hz panel good for gaming too
    - Three USB ports, two options for external display, supporting up to 4k/60
    - Keyboard and touchpad are very good (not the best but very good)
    - Solid overall aluminum construction
    - Speakers are clear and not distorted
    - User accessible bottom panel and upgradeable storage and thermal pipe repaste

    Cons:
    - CPU can get hot and thermal throttle almost too quickly without mods and/or undervolt
    - GPU has 74C thermal limit that cannot be adjusted, which limits overall GPU clock speeds
    - LCD has PWM backlight
    - Stock SSD has an electronic chirp. This went away when replaced by an alternate SSD.

    Other:
    - Fan tends to come on even at idle, although very quiet
    - CPU, GPU, RAM are not upgradeable
    - Lid hinge is sturdy, but requires one hand to secure the base of the laptop in order to open the lid
    - Speaker placement could be a bit better, since they are bottom facing
    - Laptop does not charge via USB-C port
    - Adding thermal pads over CPU and GPU can help better thermal performance
    - Upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update resulted in black screens with 3D gamess. Needed beta Intel driver (seems a MS update fixed that issue).
    - Wall wart power supply, inline would be better, and higher than 65W would be preferable.
     
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