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Review: PC Specialist 16.1" Defiance V RTX

by Parm Mann on 25 February 2019, 14:00

Tags: PC Specialist, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Test Methodology

Comparison Laptops - Part One

System Name
Form Factor
15.6in
15.6in
15.6in
15.6in
15.6in
CPU
Intel Core i7-8750H
Intel Core i5-8300H
Intel Core i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8750H
Intel Core i9-8950HK
CPU Base Frequency
2.2GHz
2.3GHz
3.1GHz
2.2GHz
2.9GHz
CPU Turbo Frequency
4.1GHz
4.0GHz
4.1GHz
4.1GHz
4.8GHz
CPU Cores / Threads
6 / 12
4 / 8
4 / 8
6 / 12
6 / 12
CPU TDP
45W
45W
65W
45W
45W
Integrated GPU
Intel UHD 630
Intel UHD 630
Intel HD 630
Intel UHD 630
Intel UHD 630
Memory
16GB DDR4 (1x16GB)
8GB DDR4 (2x4GB)
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
16GB DDR4 (1x16GB)
32GB DDR4 (2x16GB)
Memory Speed
2,666MHz at 19-19-19-43-2T
2,666MHz at 19-19-19-43-2T
2,400MHz at 17-17-17-39-2T
2,666MHz at 18-18-18-43-2T
2,666MHz at 198-19-19-43-2T
Dedicated GPU(s)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q 6GB
Radeon RX Vega M GL 4GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q 8GB
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q 8GB
Display
15.6in AUO71ED Full-HD IPS (1,920x1,080)
15.6in AUO63ED Full-HD IPS (1,920x1,080)
15.6in SHP148D UHD IPS (3,840x2,160)
15.6in LGD05C0 Full-HD IPS (1,920x1,080)
15.6in AUO31EB UHD IPS (3,840x2,160)
Battery Capacity
55Wh
56Wh
75Wh
94Wh
94Wh
Wireless
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
Killer Wireless-AC 1435
Intel Wireless-AC 8265
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i
Network
-
Killer E2400
-
Realtek Gigabit
Killer E2500
Primary Storage
512GB Samsung SM961 M.2 SSD
128GB SK hynix SC311 M.2 SSD
512GB Toshiba XG5 M.2 SSD
512GB Toshiba XG3 M.2 SSD
1TB Intel 760p M.2 SSD
Secondary Storage
1TB Seagate FireCuda 2.5in HDD
1TB Seagate Mobile 2.5in HDD
-
-
-
Power Supply
230W
130W
130W
200W
230W
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10
Microsoft Windows 10
Microsoft Windows 10
Microsoft Windows 10
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Dimensions (W x D x H)
384mm x 262mm x 19.9mm
389mm x 275mm x 25.0mm
354mm x 235mm x 16mm
356mm x 250mm x 18.9mm
356mm x 250mm x 18.9mm
Weight
2.5kg
2.6kg
2.0kg
2.0kg
2.1kg
Standard Warranty
Two years
One year
One year
Two years
Two years
Date Reviewed
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
April 2018
February 2019
Price When Reviewed
£2,200
£999
£2,199
£2,200
£3,299

Comparison Laptops - Part Two

System Name
Form Factor
15.6in
15.6in
16.1in
15.6in
15.6in
CPU
Intel Core i7-8750H
Intel Core i7-8750H
Intel Core i7-8750H
Intel Core i7-8750H
Intel Core i7-8750H
CPU Base Frequency
2.2GHz
2.2GHz
2.2GHz
2.2GHz
2.2GHz
CPU Turbo Frequency
4.1GHz
4.1GHz
4.1GHz
4.1GHz
4.1GHz
CPU Cores / Threads
6 / 12
6 / 12
6 / 12
6 / 12
6 / 12
CPU TDP
45W
45W
45W
45W
45W
Integrated GPU
Intel UHD 630
Intel UHD 630
Intel UHD 630
Intel UHD 630
Intel UHD 630
Memory
32GB DDR4 (2x16GB)
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
Memory Speed
2,666MHz at 19-19-19-43-2T
2,400MHz at 16-16-16-39-2T
2,400MHz at 16-16-16-39-2T
2,666MHz at 19-19-19-43-2T
2,400MHz at 16-16-16-39-2T
Dedicated GPU(s)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q 4GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q 6GB
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 8GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q 8GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Display
15.6in LEN40BE UHD IPS (3,840x2,160)
15.6in CMN15E8 Full-HD IPS (1,920x1,080)
16.1in CMN1602 Full-HD IPS (1,920x1,080)
15.6in LGD05C0 Full-HD IPS (1,920x1,080)
15.6in CMN15D7 Full-HD IPS (1,920x1,080)
Battery Capacity
80Wh
62Wh
62Wh
80Wh
47Wh
Wireless
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
Network
Intel Gigabit
Realtek Gigabit
Realtek Gigabit
-
Realtek Gigabit
Primary Storage
1TB Samsung PM981 M.2 SSD
512GB Intel 660p M.2 SSD
512GB Samsung 970 Pro M.2 SSD
512GB Samsung SM981 M.2 SSD
250GB Samsung 960 Evo M.2 SSD
Secondary Storage
-
-
1TB Seagate BarraCuda 2.5in HDD
-
1TB Seagate BarraCuda 2.5in HDD
Power Supply
135W
150W
180W
230W
150W
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Microsoft Windows 10
Microsoft Windows 10
Microsoft Windows 10
Microsoft Windows 10
Dimensions (W x D x H)
333mm x 229mm x 17.1mm
360mm x 243mm x 19.8mm
380mm x 252mm x 19.9mm
355mm x 235mm x 16.8mm
359mm x 236mm x 19.9mm
Weight
1.8kg
1.9kg
2.3kg
2.1kg
2.0kg
Standard Warranty
Three years
Three years
Three years
One year
Two years
Date Reviewed
December 2018
November 2018
February 2019
June 2018
May 2018
Price When Reviewed
£2,640
£1,170
£1,999
£2,330
£1,400

CPU Benchmarks

HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching PiFast test is used to benchmark the computational power of each system's CPU.
Cinebench Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses as many cores as possible.
HandBrake Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores.

Memory and Storage Benchmarks

AIDA64 Benchmark that analyses memory bandwidth and latency.
CrystalDiskMark Popular free-to-use storage benchmark, used to gauge sequential performance and aggregated 4K QD32 speeds.

System and Gaming Benchmarks

PCMark 10 The tests in this benchmark cover a wide range of activities from everyday productivity tasks to demanding work with digital media content.
3DMark 3DMark Time Spy is a DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs.
Gaming A selection of modern titles are tested at various resolutions.

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Display Datacolor's Spyder Elite professional monitor analyser is used to return a quantitative assessment of display quality.
Power Consumption Noted for system idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and while gaming.
Temperature Noted for CPU idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and for GPU while gaming.
Battery Life Measured while looping a high-definition movie clip with 50 per cent screen brightness and flight mode enabled.