Cyberpower is a premier high end system builder, with that they have some great options from mild to wild when it comes to system designs and options. Today we have the Fangbook X7-200 which is a new extreme gaming laptop built to make the days of being chained to a desk obsolete.
When defining specs for a system the first thing many do is look at what components are there and scrutinize anything but the very best. Well we are enthusiasts and that’s what we do, but in reality as we have shown before there are many mainstream parts that can do a great job for your everyday needs and even for gaming. That being said, this is no mainstream notebook we have today. The Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 is a new extreme gaming notebook built for the direct purpose to remove the shackle holding you to your gaming desk and give you the freedom to take your gaming on the go without sacrificing visual settings.
Cyberpower is not taking this market lightly as they are very serious about doing this right the first time and after having the Fangbook for a while we can definitely agree the formula they have built is nothing short of amazing. The Fangbook launches with three available models, The Fangbook X7-100, X7-200 and X7-300 all of which are full customizable to match your exact needs. Respectively the MSRP for each is X7-100 ($1299), X7-200 ($1499) and X7-300 ($1799)
The difference between the models has to do with options from the start such as the 100 and 200 models utilize a GTX 675MX while the 300 has a GTX680M, also the 100 has a 750GB HDD while the 200 has a SSD and HDD same as the 300 and lastly the 300 comes equipped with a Blu-Ray drive where the 100/200 come with a DVD combo drive.
The model we received is the middle unit the X7-200 and the specs are as seen below.
|OS||Genuine Windows® 8 X64|
|CPU||Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM Processor (2.4GHz-3.4GHz) Ivy Bridge|
|Display||17.3″ Full HD 1920X1080|
|System Memory||2x8GB DDRIII 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance, 4 slots (Max 32GB)|
|Chipset||Mobile Intel® HM77 Express Chipset|
|Video Graphics||Intel® HD Graphics 4000
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX675MX 4GB
Supports NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
|Hard Disk Drive||
60GB 2.5″ Intel 520 Series SSD (Boot)
750 GB Seagate Momentus HDD (Storage)
|Optical Disk Drive||Slim-Body DVD- Super Multi Dual-Layer Drive|
|I/O Port||USB(3.0)*3, USB(2.0)*2, HDMI, D-sub, RJ45, Mic-in, Earphone-out,
4-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro), DC-in Jack
|Audio||Built in Stereo speaker*2.1, Internal Microphone|
|Communications||LAN: Killer LAN E2200 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet Base-T
Wireless LAN: Killer Wireless-N 1202 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless
Bluetooth: Bluetooth equipped onboard
|Battery||Li-ion 9-cell Battery pack 7800mAH 87Wh|
As you can see the specs are rather beefy and this could make for a great desktop replacement just by spec alone but were gonna run this one through the ringer to see what exactly we are getting for our buck.
The screen is a 17.3″ unit running at a native 1080P resolution and whats great about the higher end spec of this is that we can see most games playing stutter free at full settings at 1080p.
Intel Core i7 3630QM Processor
The Intel Core i7 3630QM Processor is one of the newest processors, recently released by Intel for the mobile platform. It offers 4 cores at a default speed of 2.4GHz and its turbo speed can reach up to 3.4GHz under a single core load. On top of that, the i7 models offer HyperThreading, which allows for up to 8 threads of processing power. The CPU also carries a hefty 6MB of L3 cache to ensure the performance we need is there when we need it. These processor models are from the newest Ivy Bridge family, which supports high memory speeds and also offers a 8-20% increase in performance from previous generation offerings. Also with the Ivy Bridge family comes Turbo Boost 2.0, which allows for even more of a turbo boost by dropping the unused cores to allow for much higher CPU speed while staying under the TDP of 45 Watts. The low 45W TDP allows for a compact cooling solution to be employed, ensuring safe operating temperatures even in a confined space. Integrated into the CPU is also an Intel HD 4000 Graphics Processor, which is a nice step up from in performance from the previous gen Sandy Bridge HD3000 and also supports DirectX11!
GeForce GTX 675MX Graphics Processor
The graphics processing power in this notebook comes in the form of the GTX 675MX GPU with a huge 4GB of frame buffer memory just to make sure high resolution duties are handled without a sweat. The GTX 675MX sports a beefy 960 CUDA cores to enhance the processing power and a memory controller with a 256-bit bus width. This GPU is on the upper enthusiasts range of offerings for Nvidia’s mobile GPU’s just behing the GTX 680M. The GTX 675MX also supports PhysX technology which is a great feature, since more and more games are supporting PhysX. Nvidia PhysX allows for a more realistic gaming experience as in-game objects will interact in a more lifelike way. Also on the slate of supported technologies is Nvidia’s CUDA, which allows for heavy work loads to be completed quickly and very efficiently by the GPU core. This means render jobs or even supported media encoding on the go is now possible and faster than before as GPU accelerated encoding really is quite faster than what you get from a straight x86 implementation.
Backlit Gaming Keyboard
The keyboard employed on all of the Fangbook models are a red backlit design with anti ghosting keys for the best possible gaming performance. The advantages of a backlit gaming keyboard on a laptop cannot be ignored as even when simply working in a dimly lit environment having the backlit keys makes searching for your place on the keyboard a thing of the past.
Above the keys there is a capacitive touch pad with some key quick access points such as Profile 1, Profile 2, Full speed fan mode, Airplane mode (disable Bluetooth/WiFi) open music app, Brightness adjust and Optical drive eject. This is pretty much one of the only areas that is piano finish and all of these buttons surround the main power switch at the very top.
Ultra RAID Capable
The Fangbook has many customization options including the option for “Ultra RAID” which allows a RAID 0 set of mSATA drives to be paired up for speeds exceeding 900MB/s while still having the second drive bay available for a larger capacity storage drive. This ensures that you can have blazing performance for lag free load times when mere milliseconds are the difference between agonizing defeat and glorious victory.
Nvidia Optimus Technology
Nvidia Optimus Technology is a feature we have seen before. It involves switching graphics between the low power integrated graphics processor and the much higher powered discrete graphics processor when needed. This feature has definitely become a lot more common with the introduction of Intel’s Z68 chipset. The Z68 chipset allows graphics switching using the Lucidlogix Virtu software.
Our time using the Optimus enabled notebook has proven to be a rather pleasurable one with no visual or noticeable signs of the switch between graphics processors. Another strong point we noticed was the long battery life when using standard desktop applications such as Microsoft Word or Outlook to create emails. Later, we test our battery life results with light desktop usage.
WiFi b/g/n & Bluetooth
The Cyberpower X6 comes with full wireless functionality with both WiFi b/g/n connectivity and Bluetooth to ensure constant connectivity. The WiFi worked very well and was lightning fast with all of our testing. The Bluetooth was equally well implemented allowing for pairing of Bluetooth devices as needed which is nice to have as wireless connectivity especially on a mobile device is almost standard now days.
One thing Cyberpower does amazingly well is offering options. Many times there are free upgrades to a higher memory density or even a free SSD upgrade or some other offer which just makes it awesome to purchase a notebook or system from them.
Even with such a new model there is so many customization options available you can change from a multitude of CPU’s, SSD’s memory kits and sizes it simply means you can custom tailor your system to match exactly what you need it for or even more.
The Cyberpower Fangbook Extreme Gaming Notebook
The notebook arrived with some protective film but not nearly as much as on the X6 series we had looked at before. This is not a bad thing as it was instead covered with a soft paper cloth sleeve over the screen and cover which kept it nice and protected. Once removed, we got to take in the whole package, and we can say that we are truly surprised as all of the materials used feel very solid and the overall feel of the notebook just feels like a very quality and well built machine. The wrist rest is a brushed dark aluminum styled material which is awesome and avoids some of the fingerprint issues that annoy me on Piano finished notebooks. Most of the areas you touch will not fingerprint very much which is a huge plus, since we get very annoyed by that especially on a system we game on.
The lid top has a backlit Cyberpower logo in a sort of groove between the silver/gray panels that resemble some sort of armor plates. Also between these plates is a honey comb style design which will add some iridescence to this small area. It reminds us of the nanosuit armor in the Crysis series of games. Overall it’s a good looking unit and the design cues are well done and placed in a way that it just flat out looks cool.
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Taking a look inside
When the lights go out:
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Testing & Methodology
We’ve expanded our testing suite considerably since the X79 chipset release, and will continue to use the same methods for most of the motherboards and CPU’s we test. In the interests of thoroughness and accurate results, we run each test at least three times, and some tests more than that. We average the total of all the tests from each benchmark then report the average here.
The OS we use is Windows 7 Pro 64bit with all patches and updates applied. We also use the latest drivers available for the motherboard and any devices attached to the computer. We do not disable background tasks or tweak the OS or system in any way. We turn off drive indexing and daily defragging. We also turn off Prefetch and Superfetch. This is not an attempt to produce bigger benchmark numbers. Drive indexing and defragging can interfere with testing and produce confusing numbers. If a test were to be run while a drive was being indexed or defragged, and then the same test was later run when these processes were off, the two results would be contradictory and erroneous. As we cannot control when defragging and indexing occur precisely enough to guarantee that they won’t interfere with testing, we opt to disable the features entirely.
Prefetch tries to predict what users will load the next time they boot the machine by caching the relevant files and storing them for later use. We want to learn how the program runs without any of the files being cached, and we disable it so that each test run we do not have to clear pre-fetch to get accurate numbers. Lastly we disable Superfetch. Superfetch loads often-used programs into the memory. It is one of the reasons that Windows occupies so much memory. Vista fills the memory in an attempt to predict what users will load. Having one test run with files cached, and another test run with the files un-cached would result in inaccurate numbers. Again, since we can’t control its timings so precisely, it we turn it off. Because these four features can potentially interfere with benchmarking, and and are out of our control, we disable them. We do not disable anything else.
One thing to note is that we are revamping our testing method in order to better represent performance and feature offering to you guys the consumer. Also we want to make it an easier read for you without miles of endless charts. Please feel free to provide feedback on what you think as many benchmarks will be shuffled or removed completely.
*All Gaming tests were done at standard notebook resolution of 1366×768 for a great gaming experience, and also “Ultra” tests were done at 1920×1080
We will use the following applications to test the performance of the notebook.
|SiSoft Sandra 2011b|
|Need For Speed Most Wanted (2012)|
The temperatures were recorded while normal gaming and other tasks such as encoding video until we found what would product the highest thermals for the specific item. The results were recorded carefully. After the results were noted, we let the system sit idle for 30 minutes before taking Idle temperature measurements. We avoid running synthetic stress tests like LINPACK or FurMark, as these do not simulate realistic loads, and go well above normal operations. The results were as follows:
|CPU Temperatures||Temperature (Idle/Load)|
|GPU Temperatures||Temperature (Idle/Load)|
|Nvidia GTX 675MX||30C/77C|
The results are quite impressive as we noted earlier that both the CPU and GPU share a common cooling fan and the fact that they both are cooled well within safe temperatures is an excellent result. It is worth noting that the fan is a bit thicker than most we have seen as this is a bigger chassis and therefore has more room for cooling equipment and it shows in the reported temps.
The Battery duration testing was performed by PowerMark which is a specially designed benchmark by Futuremark (Maker of 3DMark and PCMark) and shows battery expected life under different loading scenarios.
|Configuration||Runtime on battery|
|Light Load||3h 37m|
|Medium Load||2h 14m|
|Heavy Load||1h 31m|
The power consumption tests are broken into 3 different loading types.
- Light load – Basic Desktop usage such as email, word and internet browsing
- Medium Load – Flash based games, video playback light gaming workloads
- Heavy load – 3D gaming, benchmarks or heavy rendering
SiSoft sandra 2011
“SiSoftware Sandra (the System Analyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software. It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what’s really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.”
SiSoft Sandra has always been a go to benchmark for simple to interpret raw data on system CPU and subsystem speeds. Here once again as we have seen before the Ivy Bridge architecture simply impresses. It is very powerful and with the improved memory controller it has even more potential when paired with enough memory bandwidth.
SuperPi is a single threaded benchmark which measures efficiency and is heavily influenced by architectural changes as much as it is by clockspeeds.
This gaming laptop has no shortage of rendering power as it bests even the faster Ivy Bridge we had in our previous X6-9120 system by a bit, and in OpenGL it definitely pulls ahead.
The PCMark benchmark gives a pretty good representation of system performance in multiple types of usage for your PC. Here you can see that all facets of the benchmark are steps ahead of previous notebooks we have tested but it definitely is no surprise as all of those notebooks were value notebooks made to do some of everything. The Fangbook is not that, it is built to be a monster and to have just loads of brute power which it does.
3DMark 11 is the newest in Futuremark’s suite of benchmarking utilities. Its a fully capable DirectX11 benchmark which also stresses and analyzes the system performance as a whole to simulate a heavy rendering environment such as a high end game or other app the end user may run. This benchmark was run with Performance settings 5 times and all runs were averaged for the result below.
Here we see how the notebook scores on 3DMark 11 which is one of Futuremark’s most recent benchmarks barring the recent new 3Dmark released just last week. We will still use 3D11 for the foreseeable future until we can fully validate the new benchmark for repeatability and consistency of scoring. Here once again a very strong showing for this gamer as it really chewed through the benchmark and left some very good results for a mobile platform.
Battlefield 3 is a very popular first person shooter and at standard laptop resolution 1366×768 this machine eats the game alive. Only when pushing for ultra settings at 1080p do we see it drop to an area where it might have some stutters which once again is quite impressive as this game can put quite the hurt on a desktop GPU let along a mobile one.
Dirt Showdown has some amazing lighting effects along with very smooth and simply pretty graphics. Well with the Fangbook even on ultra things should stay nice and smooth for you.
Dishonored is a newer game and a very fun one, and from testing not as stressful as it would appear, as the Fangbook spent only minor dips below 100 FPS but for the most part was at 100 FPS or above.
Need For Speed Most Wanted 2012
The Need for Speed franchise has been around for as long as we can remember now and it has continually added new eye candy to make it better and better with each installment. The newest one released just last year definitely knows how to make your system work for a good show and the Fangbook shows it some true power as even on the highest setting at HD resolutions it never dropped below 30 FPS and even stayed above 40 FPS for most of the run.
When we first heard we were getting the Fangbook, we knew pretty well what it was. Having tested other “gaming” laptops before, we knew they were usually very unbalanced toward one way or another; or even worse, they are so highly priced that it is just not reasonable. To find the perfect balance is an art of forms as you have to be able to take many things into consideration such as price, performance, size, noise and a balanced experience. By this, we mean tuning the machine so that all of the correct parts are offered to allow the system to have nice battery life when doing standard office docs and normal everyday web surfing while still being a game killer when your brain can take no more work and simply needs a break. We believe that after using the Fangbook Cyberpower has stumbled upon a great mix of performance price and usability that cannot be denied.
The Fangbook is a composition of elements all which lend themselves to different methods of functionality and this perfect combination allows for the performance you desire along with the power to keep you going when there is no outlet in sight. Adding Optimus capable components is always a good choice as Nvidia’s GPU switching is well matured versus AMD’s technology. Additionally, having the OS on an SSD saves power as SSD’s drain the battery less. With the dynamic throttling of the Ivy Bridge CPU you get even more power savings, and we still have not taken into account the fact that the GTX 675MX is a Kepler based GPU which is a lower 22nm die and with that comes better efficiency for lower power consumption over previous generation chips.
The backlit gaming keyboard really opens things up for gamers as you can now play in any environment without ever losing your place and with multiple profiles you can be sure you’re always ready for whatever your game throws at you. Add to this the anti-ghosting keys, and this is a gamer’s dream built into a laptop.
In a world full of tablet gamers, Cyberpower uncages a beast of a gaming notebook that will rip through anything from Angry Birds to your favorite FPS. Seeing the raw power and awesome style of the Fangbook alone is enough to make us want it but using it has sealed the deal and it has reached “Must Have” status.
If you’re looking for desktop level performance that you can take with you, the Cyberpower Fangbook is your answer and with Cyberpower’s customization options you can be sure it will fit everything you need it to do and then some.
|OUR VERDICT: Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200|
|Summary: The Cyberpower Fangbook has insane amounts of power, speed and unbelievable gaming performance for a mobile. For this it earns the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award.|