Cyberpower PC Fangbook X7-200
The fine folks at Cyberpower PC have sent us over one of their latest creations, and truth be told, I'm looking forward to this one! What we have today is the Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 gaming notebook. The entire Fangbook series features a massive 17.3" screen (1920x1080 HD LED-Backlit), Intel Core i7-3630QM quad-core processors (to start), and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX and GTX 680M graphics. To say that these things are beasts doesn't do them justice. The Fangbook has the different versions to it, each with slightly different specifications and price points. The Fangbook X7-200 that we have in our hands today starts out at $1549.
The X7-100 and X7-200 each feature the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX while the X7-300 features the GTX 680M. The X7-100 features a single 500GB hard drive while the X7-200 and X7-300 each utilize a primary SSD and a secondary storage hard drive. Depending on what your budget is and what you're looking for there is a Fangbook for you.
The Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 I have on hand features the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX graphics card in addition to the Intel Graphics HD 4000 on the Intel Core i7-3630QM. Right now Cyberpower is running a post Easter Mega sale which allowed us to take advantage of a free upgrade to a pair of Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz C10 8GB modules from a set of 1333MHz Corsair of major brand.
CyberPower PC Fangbook Gaming Notebook Specifications
Let's move along and take a closer look at our review unit!
The Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 Gaming notebook comes packed in a large heavy box to keep it protected during shipping. Within the shipping box we find the box we see above. Which in itself is a heavy duty box that would probably be enough during shipping, but Cyberpower PC doesn't want to take any chances. This box features the Cyberpower logo and slogan of 'Unleash The Power'.
Opening up the packaging we can see that the X7-200 gaming notebook is packed securely in place.
There isn't much that comes with the Fangbook X7-200. On the left we have the power brick that has a rated output of 19.5 Volts and 9.2 Amps and the cable is ~6 feet long. In the center we have the paperwork and software disk, while the right features a typical PC power cable. While there isn't much with the Fangbook, it can be configured to come with just about anything you'll need, from a gaming mouse, mouse pad, and even an external monitor. That's one of my favorite features about working with boutique system builders, the configuration options are nearly endless.
The Cyberpower Fangbook is styled after the Fang series of desktop PC's and features the same type of aggressive styling. Definitely a good looking notebook, though performance will always speak louder than looks. The display on the Cyberpower PC Fangbook X7-200 is a full 1080p display. It also features an anti-glare technology to help prevent those pesky lights from reflecting while gaming.
The top of the Cyberpower Fangbook is stylish, though it only features the Cyberpower PC logo.
Flipping the Fangbook over we can see the removable battery, and the Windows 8 Certificate of Authenticity. Plenty of ventilation down here as well. At the top of the photo just left of center we can see the sub-woofer to give us that nice deep base while watching a movie or gaming.
The Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 features a 30 fps 720p webcam at the top of the display.
The Fangbook X7-200 has a good sized touch pad on it. Edge to edge it measures 4 inches and 2.875 inches top to bottom. Below the touchpad we can see the Icons for the LED's on the front of the X7-200. Left to right we have Bluetooth, Wi-fi, battery, sleep, and HDD activity.
Along the edge of the Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 we can find three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, a 4in1 card reader, and four 3.5mm audio jacks
The other side of the Fangbook features a pair of USB 2.0 ports and the 8x DVD Super-multi drive.
Each of the speakers is illuminated with a blue LED as we can see above.
Along the back of the Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 we'll find the HDMI, eSATA, VGA 15pin dSUB, Gigabit Ethernet, DC power in, and the spot for the security cable. The Gigabit Ethernet is no ordinary ethernet, the NIC is a Killer E2200 10/100/1000MB/s NIC.
Along the top of the keyboard is a series of eight touch sensitive buttons, two of the buttons are programmable, while the remaining six come pre-programmed. Left to right we have the P1 (programmable), Media, Fan Control, Keyboard illumination on/off), P2 (programmable), airplane mode, display on/off and an eject key for the DVD drive. In the center of all of these we have the power button. The keyboard on the Fangbook X7-200 has red back lighting that can be shutoff. The keyboard also features anti-ghosting technology and 10 key rollover, meaning you can press 10 keys at once and they will all register.
Inside the CyberPower PC Fangbook X7-200
In order to gain access to the components within the Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 we simply have to remove several of the screws holding an access panel on. We didn't need to remove the entire back cover to see what makes this beast up.
The battery is removable without taking the panel off, it simply pops out by releasing a couple of tabs that hold it in place. The Battery in the Fangbook X7-200 is a Lithium Ion battery that is rated for 11.1Vdc and 7800mAH, 87Wh. After a quick google search the BTY-M6D battery is a 9 Cell battery and is readily available on the open market for right around a hundred bucks, shouldn't need one anytime soon though.
The primary drive, an SSD is held in place by a simple piece of rubber that slips between the chassis and the drive. Sometimes it's best to use the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) method rather than over thinking it.
One we remove the SSD, we can see that it is an Intel 520 Series SSD, in our case it's the 60GB version. The Intel 520 Series is also available in 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, and 480GB sizes in addition to the 60GB we have. The 60GB version that we have is rated for 550MB/s Read and up to 475MB/s write.
The 60GB Intel 520 series SSD features the slim 7mm Z height, the black piece on the top does come from Intel though it could be removed to use the slimmer size if needed. If you were planning on upgrading the SSD, a standard Z height SSD will fit without an issue.
The secondary storage drive is a Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 2.5" (WD7500BPKT) hard drive.
The cooling system for the Intel Core i7 3630QM and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX features multiple heatpipes to keep all the temperatures under control.
The memory inside the Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 is a pair of two Corsair Vengeance memory (CMSX8GX3M1A1600C10) that features a CAS10 latency.
CPUz, GPUz, & Windows Experience Index
The Windows Experience Index certainly isn't the best, or even a truly accurate indicator of overall system performance, it does show where the system may be lacking. In the case of the CybePower PC Fangbook X7-200 it happens to be the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675 Graphics, the GTX 675 scored 7.0 in the W.E.I. while the Intel Core i7 3630QM and Corsair Veneance memory both scored 7.8, the primary hard disk scored 7.5.
Under a certain loads the Intel Core i7 3630QM can enable Intel Turbo Boost and increase the processor frequency up to 3.4GHz. Right now we are seeing it at ~3.3GHz, while the base frequency is 2.4GHz.
The Corsair Vengeance memory (CMSX8GX3M1A1600C10)being used in the Cyberpower PC Fangbook X7-200 is being run with 10,10,10,27,1T timings at 1600MHz.
Fire Strike is our new showcase DirectX 11 benchmark designed for high-performance gaming PCs. It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what is found in other benchmarks and games today. Fire Strike will only be available in the Windows editions of 3DMark initially.
Benchmark Results: Overall the CyberPower Fangbook X7-200 was significantly faster than the ASUS G75VW we are comparing to today. The overall score of the Fangbook was 2375 in the latest 3DMark Fire Strike while the ASUS G75VW scored 1792, a difference of ~33%. Looking at the sub-scores, the Fangbook has a Physics score of 8444 and a Graphics score of 2445. The ASUS G75VW has a Physics score of 6332 and a Graphics score of 1847.
The ASUS G75VW ROG 17.3" Gaming Laptop has an Intel Core i7 3610QM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and 8GB of DDR3 memory for those that are wondering what we are comparing it to.
Futuremark 3DMark 11
3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world’s most popular benchmark for measuring the 3D graphics performance of gaming PCs. 3DMark 11 uses a native DirectX 11 engine designed to make extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11, including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading.
We ran 3DMark11 with both the performance and extreme presets to see how our hardware will run.
3DMark11 Performance Benchmark Results:
Benchmark Results: The Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 had a solid showing in the performance preset with an overall score of P3792. The ASUS G75VW scored a little over 1000 points lower and looking at the sub scores we can attribute that to the Graphics score.
3DMark11 Extreme Benchmark Results:
Benchmark Results: Running the Extreme preset in 3DMark 11 the Fangbook X7-200 hits the elite score of 1337 (had to...) which is 446 points or 50% faster than the ASUS G75VW. It's interesting to note that in 3DMark 11, the Physics scores of the ASUS G75VW are higher in both of the presets than the Fangbook X7-200 despite using a slower processor.
CyberPower Fangbook X7-200 Memory Performance & Battery Life
The latest Sisoftware Sandra benchmark utility just came out a few weeks ago and we have started to include it in our benchmarking. Sandra 2012 comes with support for Virtualisation (Virtual PC/Server, Hyper-V, VMware) and GPGPU (OpenCL, DirectX 11 DirectCompute), but today we will be using the program to look at memory and CPU performance!
Benchmark Results: The ASUS G75VW was able to take a slight lead in the SiSoftware Sandra Memory Bandwidth benchmark. With the aggregate performance of the ASUS G75VW hitting 20.68GB/s compared to the Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 aggregate of 20.452GB/s, the difference is negligible but measurable nevertheless.
Cyberpower PC Fangbook X7-200 Battery Life
Truth being told, I wasn't sure what kind of battery life to expect from the Fangbook X7-200 when running futuremark Powermark. Needless to say I was plenty pleased with the performance! The Fangbook X7-200 is a gaming machine that happens to be in the package of a portable notebook, with that I thought that it would be slightly less power efficient that it is. The Fangbook X7-200 was able to last 2 hours and 24 minutes under the load that Powermark puts the system under. The ultrabooks haven't even lasted this long, with the exception of one. The Cyberpower Zeus M2 lasted 2 hours and 58 minutes.
On March 5th, 2013 Square Enix released Tomb Raider, billed as a reboot of the franchise. In Tomb Raider, the player is confronted with a much younger Lara Croft who is shipwrecked and finds herself stranded on a mysterious island rife with danger, both natural and human. In contrast to the earlier games Croft is portrayed as vulnerable, acting out of necessity, desperation and sheer survival rather than for a greater cause or personal gain.
The game has been built on Crystal Dynamics's game engine called the "Crystal Engine" and the graphics look fantastic. AMD and Crystal Dyanmic's worked on a new technology called TressFX Hair, which AMD describes as “the world’s first in-game implementation of a real-time, per-strand hair physics system” for this game title. We set the image quality to ultimate for benchmarking, but we disabled TressFX Hair under the advanced tab to be fair to NVIDIA graphics cards that don't support the feature.
Benchmark Results: Thanks to the faster Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675, the CyberPower Fangbook X7-200 was nearly 25% faster than the ASUS G75VW. Though with an average of 15.23 frames per second we would have to dial back the image quality settings a bit to play the latest iteration of Tomb Raider.
Battlefield 3 (BF3) is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts. The game was released in North America on October 25, 2011 and in Europe on October 28, 2011. It does not support versions of Windows prior to Windows Vista as the game only supports DirectX 10 and 11. It is a direct sequel to 2005's Battlefield 2, and the eleventh installment in the Battlefield franchise. The game sold 5 million copies in its first week of release and the PC download is exclusive to EA's Origin platform, through which PC users also authenticate when connecting to the game.
Battlefield 3 debuts the new Frostbite 2 engine. This updated Frostbite engine can realistically portray the destruction of buildings and scenery to a greater extent than previous versions. Unlike previous iterations, the new version can also support dense urban areas. Battlefield 3 uses a new type of character animation technology called ANT. ANT technology is used in EA Sports games, such as FIFA, but for Battlefield 3 is adapted to create a more realistic soldier, with the ability to transition into cover and turn the head before the body.
Benchmark Results: The Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 pretty well crushed the ASUS G75VW. At the native resolution of both systems of 1920x1080 the Fangbook averaged 36.189 frames per second while the ASUS system averaged only 23.074 frames per second!
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Some may believe that ultrabooks and tablets are the way of the future. While they have their place, I'm one for something with some meat to it! Over the past few weeks I've had the chance to play with a myriad of ultrabooks, and have gotten a pretty good feel for them. They are all nice and light and some of them feel like if your not careful you might break them if you pick them up wrong. I know that they aren't going to break and I don't doubt that they are much more durable than they seem, but there's something about them that generally feels a little weak and flimsy. Maybe it's like the difference of driving a Smart car and a Chevy 4x4, both may have a five star safety rating, but I sure feel safer in the 4x4. With that being said, now that we've had our fun with this full blown beast of a system today, it's time to look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Fangbook X7-200! With a starting price point of $1549, the Fangbook X7-200 is priced right for those looking for the ability to game on the go!
Starting out with the weaknesses of the CyberPower PC Fangbook X7-200, and there aren't many. Likely the biggest drawback to the Fangbook X7-200 is the size and weight. Personally the size and weight don't bother me, but if you're someone who carries their notebook around all day, the Fangbook may be a bit much for some. Compared to some of the ultrabooks that we have looked at, the Fangbook nearly feels like a brick! The Fangbook X7 series all weigh in right around 7.9 pounds, not light by any means. Before you think we are slamming the Fangbook for it's weight, we aren't. The Fangbook X7-200 is meant to be a portable gaming system, and certainly isn't meant to compete with ultrabooks in respects to portability. The Fangbook isn't what most would carry around for day to day use, but I think I would sacrifice having a little extra weight for the added capabilities of the Fangbook! There's nothing like being able to do my day to day work on the Fangbook X7-200 and switching gears and playing a little Battlefield 3 on my break! The only other 'weakness' that I would consider, is the small primary SSD. A 60GB SSD is great for the operating system and a couple of programs, but not really large enough to install many games on. While I point this out as a weakness, it is also easily remedied! The Fangbook X7-200 is fully customizable from Cyberpower PC! For as little as $36 the Fangbook X7-200 can be upgraded to a 128GB SanDisk SSD. If that's not enough for you, Cyberpower will hook you up with a SSD as big as the 480GB Corsair Neutron, the options plentiful!
One of the biggest perks to the Fangbook X7-200 is the available options. The options are nearly endless. It's all going to depend on how fast you want to go and how much you want to spend! The Intel Core i7-3630QM is the base processor for the Fangbook X7-200, but we have the option to select from four different processors during the configuration. Though each step up in the processor will add cost to the system, but it all comes back to the how much and how fast questions above. Pretty much every component in the Fangbook X7-200 can be upgraded or customized to exactly what you want from your system. The internal components aren't the only things that can be tweaked and added. In addition to the Fangbook X7-200 gaming notebook, you can order all of the peripherals that you'll need to complete your gaming experience! Anything from a USB flash drive, Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro External sound card, external 3D Monitors, speakers, headsets, gaming mice, keyboards, wireless routers, spare batteries, and just about anything that you think you might need, you can get when ordering!
There isn't much to say about performance, the Fangbook X7-200 performed right where we expected! Ahead of the ASUS G75VW Republic of Gamers machine. This was certainly expected since the specifications of the ASUS G75VW don't exactly meet up to the Fangbook X7-200. The Fangbook X7-200 with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675XM was easily able to trounce the ASUS G75VW that is using the GeForce GTX 660M.
The Fangbook X7-200 from Cyberpower is in the middle of the Fangbook X7 product stack. The X7-100 leaves out the primary SSD and uses a 500GB hard drive for everything. It also has half the RAM installed into the system, and appears to be in single channel mode with a single 8GB stick. The X7-300 has a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M 4GB graphics card, which is a step up from the GTX 675XM in the X7-100, and the X7-200. In addition the X7-300 also features a 6x Blu-Ray internal player. Depending on what you're looking for Cyberpower has what you need!
- Fangbook X7-100 $1349
- Fangbook X7-200 $1549
- Fangbook X7-300 $1849
Each of the gaming notebooks in the Fangbook series comes with a one year labor and parts warranty from the original invoice date. If you're curious about the warranty from Cyberpower PC, you can find the full details here.
Legit Bottom Line: The Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 gaming notebook is a beast of a system and was able to put up some great performance numbers. If you're in the market for a gaming notebook, the Fangbook X7-200 is a great choice! Everything is upgradable from the factory which gives you endless choices to make your Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 'you'!