07 February, 2011

Medion Akoya X7811 Gaming-Notebook

With the Akoya X7811, Medion has a real value for money bargain for 999 euro that can crow with a swift Radeon HD 5870. We've found out for you, if this offer is too good to be true. As Medion announced the Akoya X7811 at the Cebit in the beginning of March, we could hardly believe what we saw and heard: A gaming notebook with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 for 999 euro? There had to be a catch! All previously available notebooks with a Radeon HD 5870, like the Asus G73, or certain Clevo barebones, like the Deviltech Devil 9700 DTX are significantly beyond that in terms of price and add up to at least 1400 euro with the operating system. The customer, however, only gets the minimum configuration with a dual-core out of Intel's Core i3/i5 range for this. The Medion Akoya X7811 can, contrarily, serve with the quad-core Core i7-720QM already in the basic configuration. Therefore, we were in the same boat as the community, which has spent the last weeks in anxious expectation. After a subjectively endless waiting time, Medion has finally provided us with a prototype of the Akoya X7811, which we have tested thoroughly, as usual.

Specifications Medion X7811 / MD97327 DE :
  • Processor : Intel Core i7 720QM 1.6 GHz
  • Mainboard : Intel PM55
  • Memory : 4096 MB, 2x 2048 MByte DDR3-8500 (1066 MHz)
  • Graphics adapter : ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 - 1024 MB, Core: 700 MHz, Memory: 1000 MHz, GDDR5, 8.690.0.0
  • Display : 17.0 inch 16:10, 1680x1050 pixel, SEC4A47, glossy: yes
  • Harddisk : Seagate ST9500325AS, 500GB 5400rpm
  • Soundcard : Realtek ALC888/1200 @ Intel Ibex Peak PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
  • Connections : 1 Express Card 54mm, 4 USB 2.0, 1 Firewire, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Infrared, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: 4x audio (headphong/digital-out + SPDIF, microphone, line-out, line-in), Card Reader: MMC, SD, MS, MS Pro
  • Networking : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Realtek RTL8191SE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (), 2.1 Bluetooth
  • Optical drive : TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-S083C
  • Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 42 x 395 x 280
  • Weight : 3.2 kg
  • Battery : 58 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6 cell BTY-M66
  • Price : 999 Euro
  • Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit
  • Additional features : Webcam: 3.0 Megapixel, USB DVB-T TV-Tuner incl. antenna, remote control, Win 7 Home Premium 32 & 64bit recovery, driver & support DVD, Works 9.0, 24 Months Warranty

Performance
Fittingly to the potent graphic card, Medion had opted for a strong quad-core processor from Intel. The Core i7-720QM represents, so to say, the "starter model" of the Core i7 range and clocks with a low 1.60 GHz in its initial state. However, the clock rate can be boosted automatically up to 2.80 GHz with the turbo boost function. This overclocking is usually only enforced in lower load or when single cores are loaded. However, the turbo mode often remains disabled when everything is demanded from the cooling and the fan system due to a high load or when several cores are loaded. As a result, most games are currently still faster with a high clocked dual-core. But because more and more games have been benefiting from three or even four cores recently, and this trend will definitely become more common in the next few years, you will clearly have the greater future security with a quad-core. Thus, ambitioned gamers should without a doubt favor a quad-core CPU in the meantime.

Back to the Core i7-720QM. With assistance from a technology called hyperthreading, the processor can manage up to eight thread at the same time, which isn't so important for gamers (at the moment). The quite generously sized L3 cache of six MB is more significant. However, it should be mentioned that the stronger i7-820QM and i7-920XM models can even fall back on an eight MB L3 cache. The Core i7-720 consumes a lot of power with a TDP of 45 watts, which naturally has a negative impact on the battery life. Apart from that, the processor, manufactured in 45 nm, can handle temperatures up to 100°C (Tjunction), although you of course shouldn't really force such temperatures in view of durability.

A four GB DDR3 RAM (1066 MHz) that consists of two modules with 2048 MB each joins the processor. Incomprehensibly, Medion has only installed the 32 bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium. Thus, there are only about 3 GB of RAM available in practice. A 32 bit operating system might have a somewhat bigger hardware and driver compatibility, but the 64 bit design has long since begun its triumphal march. But because Medion has luckily included a DVD with the 64 bit version, you can remedy this condition yourself.

Referensi : www.notebookcheck.net

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