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August 2, 2006 10:43:14 PM

If anyone out there has one of these notebooks could you please share your experiences with it ?

Im so curious about this laptop and if anyone could run some benchmarks and
talk about performance and heat, noise and maybe even take a few pics.

Basically i guess im asking for someone to do a mini review of the unit seeing as all the notebook websites are too set in there ways to review it.

I bet it would be helpfull to allot of people

Thank you

Miro.

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August 5, 2006 12:29:31 AM

I guess nobody on earth has an executioner, or at least in these forums.
oh well.
August 5, 2006 2:02:20 AM

Can I just give you an email of someone that has one?
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August 5, 2006 3:51:14 AM

yeah that would be good. I really just want to hear a little bit of feedback on it. If you could get them to post on the forums that would be even better cause ive found others that are interested in this particular laptop, but i understand that you probobly dont want to hound your clients about posting there thoughts.

BTW;Do your notebooks have any branding on them ? like a logo ? giant sword pic maybe ?

I like the idea of having a clean notebook without some logo.
Been looking at the exact same laptop from sager, certain things i dislike is having to pay $200.00 for a no dead pixel guarantee thats only 30 days ! and the logo.

Did you guarantee no dead pizels as part of your standard warranty ?
Thanx.
Miro.
August 5, 2006 4:42:23 AM

Got a 100% NDP guaranty. I can leave off all branding.
August 5, 2006 5:27:44 AM

I will be receiving my Executioner by a week from now, i plan on doing some benchmarking with it, along with of course tons of gaming. I am planning on posting my thoughts about it and killernotebooks.com on these forums. Might as well post it under this header you started. So far I am really impressed with the site, and Mark Mueller has himself answered over 100 e-mails with all my questions and concerns. That, more then any other reason, is why i have chosen where to spend my hard earned Jink-a-Link.

More to follow when I get...... My Precious!!!

P.s. Did i mention I ordered it with a core dual 2? killernotebooks has them!!! so bad ass!!
August 5, 2006 12:50:19 PM

Yea, I think it was closer to a hundred and fifty actually. 8O

Just kidding my ninja. :D 

August 5, 2006 8:27:05 PM

you crazy ninjas,

Looking forward to the review man.
Thank you for taking the time to do so.


miro

haha I figured out how to post pics !
sweeeeet.
August 12, 2006 4:59:01 AM

Here is a post someone had put in another thread:
Quote:
(Msg. 5) Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2006 11:53 pm
Post subject: Re: Dealing with Dell Business ... [in reply to: KillerNotebooks]

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I was looking at getting a dell or alienware notebook for gaming, but after doing some research I bought one of KillerNotebooks' Executioners (price couldn't be beat -- $1500 less and with better features than a similarly configured Dell).

And speaking of customer service, I had a question about some software on my Executioner this morning, so I emailed Killernotebooks. I got a response back within an hour answering my question and including a screenshot and a short video showing how to do it.

Just thought I'd pass that along in case anybody was on the fence.
Carl Ramrod
August 14, 2006 5:40:33 AM

Yeah, I've had my Killernotebook Executioner for about 4 days now, and I couldn't be happier. Definitely recommended.
August 15, 2006 2:20:33 PM

I just received my Executioner a few days ago. So far i must say I am VERY impressed with it and Killernotebooks.com. The build quality of the unit is top notch. I was able to get it with the new core dual 2 CPU, both cores running at 2.16 ghz with 4 megs of shared level 2 cache! I went with the 2 gigs of ram, and 100 gig, 7200 rpm harddrive. Of course it also came with the 7900 gtx with 512 megs of ram, simply a must if you are going to game on a laptop IMHO.

I will post more here when i have a few more days to play with it and run some benchmarks for everyone. One thing i will tell the peeps though, Killernotebooks undercuts everyone out their, but their machine is the best out their. I did a lot of research before i made my big purchase. widowpc.com sells the same unit ( not with core duo 2's though, lol ), for like almost a Grand more, go figure. and don't even bother trying to get this level of machine configured on dell or alienware or even falcon, it will quickly depress you with the 4000.oo plus pricetag.
August 16, 2006 5:12:07 AM

I've had one for several weeks. It is definitely a quality machine, and set up well. I've been building my own PCs for a long time, so its weird to get something all set up.

I ran 3dmark 06 when I first got it, and if I remember correctly it hit 4800.

core duo 2.33, 2gb ram

Mark is good to work with, willing to answer questions and responds quickly.
August 16, 2006 5:41:18 PM

When I have the cash to buy my next laptop upgrade. I will not buy from dell or the others. When I can save $1,000+. And buy a better laptop from KN.
August 17, 2006 3:19:36 AM

Got an Executioner around 2 weeks ago, it is excellent.
I have not yet used it much, out and about, just at home with my 24" monitor, 5.1 speakers, G15 keyboard and G5 mouse. I'm using a dock/fan aluminum CoolerMaster, I got it for $30 on NewEgg I think. As far as a padded backpack for it I've had a hard time finding one that will fit it, tried two different Oakley bags, the Icon and the AP Sand Bag. Ended up sticking with the one it came with, which does the job, just isn't a backpack like I wanted.

I could not be happier with it, so far. I got the performance gain I hoped for compared to my desktop:
zalman copper heatsink'd x800 pro and p4 3.0E, 1.5Ghz DDR 400 hyperX, asus p4p800-e deluxe...

Gaming is great. It plays everything I've tried on it very smooth.

Executioner:
BF2 at (command line widescreen) 1920*1200 (in game settings at 1600*1200) w/ 4xAA and High everything, 100% distance,
with display (quality) "performance & quality settings",
online 64 persons, map "Operation Road Rage" was
getting between 40-70fps and looks amazing, all eye candy.
-- after probably 30 minutes, I did start to get some artifacts and certain color distortions so I stopped, turned off the fancy new advanced settings like "transparency" and "Gamma correct" antialiasings and haven't had the glitches since, I've turned a few things down to medium in the game settings as well and have played for hours with solid 50-80fps butter smooth; no artifacts.

Desktop:
BF2 same map, 64 persons at 1920*1200 w/ AA off and Low everything, 100% distance,
with display (performance) "performance & quality settings"
gets between 30-50 and looked good but almost no grass and no texture, geometry, lighting or details.

*CS:S is 60-100fps smooth everything maxed 1920*1200. Desktop same settings was anywhere from 25-80fps.

The sound is very good as well and is easy to adjust the out-ports to be whatever/where-ever you need them to be.

The screen is awesome as well, I got the WUXGA+ so I could get the full 1920*1200 to output to my monitor (the WSXGA+ will output up to 1680*1050).


It was a pricey buy, but versus the same specs from Dell or anyone else, you just don't get all of it, like you do with the Executioner; for the price.
I am very happy I dished it out. Safeware.com will insure it too, if you want/need that.
August 18, 2006 7:02:43 AM

I just wanted to mention that the 3D marks on this system are desktop replacement level easy. This is BEFORE the official BIOS release to support this CPU also I should throw in.

These are the results form a DESKTOP 7900 GTX 512 MB 3DMark

Configured on a Test System
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+
Motherboard: ASUS A8N-SLI Premium
Memory: 4x 512MB Kingston DDR400 CL 3-4-4-7
Harddisk Samsung T133 300GB 7200RPM
Power Supply: Tagan 480W ATX 2.0
Software: Windows XP SP2, Forceware 91.33

I was just corrected by a customer, the system in question was running at 1280 res... I need to run and post a pic of that. Bear with me, and thanks.

Ok, I was all proud of myself that I did the benchmark and I came here to update this post and I did it at 1280 x 800 widescreen resolution and I see the desktop version was at some weird 1280x1024 square resolution... well anyway, here's the new numbers I got at 1280 x 800:


August 18, 2006 3:59:36 PM

One more thing I'll mention.
I've not used it out and about, battery-wireless-etc... So as far as that side of the laptop I can not say I've tested it yet much. I used it once in the passenger seat of my friends ride as we drove for about an hour, it was fine on my lap in the car.
I can tell you it is a big beast, weighs just under 10 lb's and from corner to corner on the top it's 19". It's hard finding a bag, backpack type, for it(you know there'll be many larger bags coming out eventually).
I think the size is excellent though because once I'm on the road, where-ever I have a desk (a hotel, library, coffeshop) I can just set it back about 1 foot plug in my keyboard and mouse; and it will feel just like a desktop since the screen is 17", wide and beatiful.
Just consider what your use will be, whether you'll use it in one place mostly or if you're gonna be on the go a lot with it all the time or like me, mainly in one place but the occassional travelling; it just depends on your needs or plans for it.
August 18, 2006 7:43:12 PM

I thought you were the Sarge and had the Assassin, now I don't know who this is. It's like musical customers.. gimmie a hint.

One of the options is a tv tuner with remote, but I think where they are missing the boat with the tv tuners in notebooks is the 'over the air' HD signals. THAT would be cool, and actually useful. The one I can get is internal, but you have to plug the wire in.

Killer Notebooks Warehouse

Not really. :tongue:
August 26, 2006 3:46:27 PM

I have an Executioner - I've been using it just over two weeks. Core 2 duo, 2 gig ram, all the other standard specs...and two 7200 rpm drives in a raid 0 (striped) configuration. Unbelievably fast. I love it.
Its amazing how often the cpu on this machine is just idling when it used to be spiked doing the same workload on an older machine.

Mark has been very good to work with - I've exchanged just about 100 emails with him both before and after the sale. Its great not to have to go through an endless support call tree and "tier 1" support - with Mark, you just ask your most technical question and get back a detailed response, usually within a day and sometimes within the hour. Very nice.

Its a physically large machine, of course - but I've decided that since I use a "laptop" every day for 10 hours a day (usually sitting at a desk, though the location varies) I'm not really interested in compact. I'm interested in "very very fast, with awesome display."
September 7, 2006 3:51:13 PM

I got mine about a week ago and ran 3DMark06 on it...
CPU = Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 @ 2.16Ghz
Ram = 2032MB
GFX: NVidia GeForce Go 7900 GTX

Settings:
Resolution 1280x1024
AA: None
Filtering: Optimal
HLSL VS Target: 3_0
HLSL PS Target: 3_0

Results: 4782 3DMarks
September 7, 2006 4:37:09 PM

Look in the next couple days on the SUPPORT section of the site where the updated 7900 GTX drivers will be posted :twisted:
September 19, 2006 7:49:35 PM

Hey, I got thsi email from a customer and I wanted to share it.
How many email like this do you think little Mikey DELL gets?

Quote:
Just wanted to let you know that I did receive the Executioner sometime last week, and I had been head over heels immersed in it, found some time to come up for a breath of air and write this mail to you. It is everything I had hoped it would be, and then some.

A huge thank you, Mark, for the Executioner, I am extremely happy with it, and I know for a fact that I will continue to be extremely happy for a long time to come, it's such a kick ass machine!

Thank you sir!

Best Regards,
Wilbie Poh, Singapore
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notebook
October 8, 2006 11:51:24 PM

hmmm... its seems as though i have an executioner !

...

*insert evil laugh here*


October 9, 2006 4:00:56 AM

That's sweet. I thought you were in Canada! How long did it take to get it?
Did you see that the killer is posting at a new forum www.GuruOfGaming.com
October 9, 2006 4:15:08 AM

It shipped on September 28 and I had it at my house on October 02.
October 9, 2006 5:21:13 PM

I dont have a executioner , but my Wakizachi should be showing up today
And yes i requested the branding. I think it looks awesome , plus why not show off the machine. Mark gave me a great customer service aspect and no one ever answers as fast as mark does.

Wakizachi
CPU
Intel T2500 Core Duo 2.0 Ghz
Memory
2 GB DDR2-667
Hard Drives
60 GB 7,200 rpm
Wireless Network Card
54G ( Mark offered discount since he was out of 108's )
Video Card
x1600 256 MB
Optical Drive
Dual Layer DVD Burner
Customization
K|N Logo Brand
Shipping U.S.A.
October 10, 2006 4:26:37 PM

Well i have had it for a day so so far. The screen is GORGEOUS , the performance is far above any other laptops i have played with. keyboard is comfortable , Wow plays at around 45fps with everything turned up high. BF 2142 Demo played flawlessly. Mark has answered every questions quickly. I would recommend them , and will buy again.



Quote:
I dont have a executioner , but my Wakizachi should be showing up today
And yes i requested the branding. I think it looks awesome , plus why not show off the machine. Mark gave me a great customer service aspect and no one ever answers as fast as mark does.

Wakizachi
CPU
Intel T2500 Core Duo 2.0 Ghz
Memory
2 GB DDR2-667
Hard Drives
60 GB 7,200 rpm
Wireless Network Card
54G ( Mark offered discount since he was out of 108's )
Video Card
x1600 256 MB
Optical Drive
Dual Layer DVD Burner
Customization
K|N Logo Brand
Shipping U.S.A.
October 12, 2006 4:02:29 PM

I usually take Tom's guide and associates as gospel, thankfully i've not bought a dell xps yet, looks like i'll be looking at killer notebooks seriously as a gaming platform/workhorse on the go.

@Killernotebook Do you ship outside of states, sorry i've just asked this in another thread as well, and literally just stumbled over these posts, some might say divine intervention, I like to call it informed purchases and thoruogh market research.
October 12, 2006 5:15:56 PM

Im pretty sure they ship world wide. I live in canada and got my Executioner in 5 days.
October 15, 2006 3:10:36 AM

Just wanted to add my voice to this post. This forum is the first place I read about killernotebooks.com. My executioner shipped on the 6th, I got it on the 10th, and it is the fastest machine I have ever owned.

From what I can see from checking around, I paid a pretty darned reasonable price, and dealing with Mark was a pleasure. EVEN THOUGH there was a mix up at the last minute (his supplier was out of one of the parts that would have come with my machine as I ordered it).

When I first got the note telling me that there was a slight problem, I have to be honest and say I was prepared to pull my order and go elsewhere with it, but Mark did something that I was not expecting, nor am I used to....he took responsibility, and made things right, for me.

He bumped my display up to the 1900x1200 display, and shipped it to me 2nd day fedex, which I thought was a fairly good example of "taking care of the customer".

Mark's a pretty good guy, and he provides a really kick ass machine for a good price. I am a fan.
October 18, 2006 2:23:56 AM

I have an Executioner.

Mark was great and im going to buy from him again.
October 19, 2006 7:30:15 PM

Quote:
Well i have had it for a day so so far. The screen is GORGEOUS , the performance is far above any other laptops i have played with. keyboard is comfortable , Wow plays at around 45fps with everything turned up high. BF 2142 Demo played flawlessly. Mark has answered every questions quickly. I would recommend them , and will buy again.



I dont have a executioner , but my Wakizachi should be showing up today
And yes i requested the branding. I think it looks awesome , plus why not show off the machine. Mark gave me a great customer service aspect and no one ever answers as fast as mark does.

Wakizachi
CPU
Intel T2500 Core Duo 2.0 Ghz
Memory
2 GB DDR2-667
Hard Drives
60 GB 7,200 rpm
Wireless Network Card
54G ( Mark offered discount since he was out of 108's )
Video Card
x1600 256 MB
Optical Drive
Dual Layer DVD Burner
Customization
K|N Logo Brand
Shipping U.S.A.


What do you think about the mobility? I am considering replacing my company provided laptop (inspiron b120 - why do people buy dell?) with the Wakizachi. I would like a machine that I could bring with me to work daily and on the occasionally trip (ruling out the monster dream machine - executioner). My only real intensive application is WoW, and that is not really that intensive.
October 19, 2006 8:27:00 PM

I take mine back and forth from the office daily. The tote that shipped with the computer kinda sucks, so I did buy a nice Targus bag. It's no featherweight, but it's hardly an issue over the old 15" dell it replaced. It is about equal to lug around as my co-worker's 17" Asus.

Battery life: Haven't really tested it since normally I've got it plugged in, but I messed around playing WoW and found that it died within an hour. I don't know if that's good or bad since I've never used a laptop as a pure wireless device (always plugged in)...

One nice thing about it for office use is that it is "professional" to look at. The Dell XPS looks real "gamey" as do quite a lot of others with this kind of horsepower.
October 19, 2006 8:33:09 PM

Thanks for the information.

Did you get the WSXGA+ (1680x1050)? If so, how does it (WoW) look and run?
October 19, 2006 10:48:24 PM

it rules
October 19, 2006 11:30:32 PM

I did get the WSXGA+ and actually prefer it to using my Matrox Triplehead2go (3 monitor) setup. It's a thing of beauty running everything at max.
October 20, 2006 1:46:03 PM

Thanks for the information!
October 20, 2006 2:45:31 PM

I've been a long time reader but this is my first post.

After reading all of the great reviews of KillerNotebooks I have decided that I MUST get my grubby hands on one! The customer service and prices sound wonderful.

This is going to be the first laptop I've owned.
I really want to get an Executioner but I just don't think it would be a smart move with my budget at the moment and the fact that it has no included optical drive bugs me, even though I know the reasoning behind it. It is quite the machine though. wow!

So I've been contemplating getting a Wakizachi. I'll need it for work (at least that is what I tell myself to justify the purchase) but I really want a machine that I can game on.

Does anyone know if the X1600 250MB Radeon card that is in the Wakizchi will effectively run games like Oblivion? I also play Wow and other stuff oblivion just seems the most cpu and graphics heavy.

If all else fails I'll just cross my fingers and hope for a Christmas bonus.
Executioner is my dream machine. haha

Any information or help is appreciated.
Thanks guys. :D 
October 20, 2006 4:01:46 PM

For people who have an Executioner or are otherwise in the know, how does changing the resolution of your notebook affect image quality?
In particular, how well does the image scale down on the WUXGA from 1900x1920 to say 1680x1050 or 1280x800, to play Oblivion for example?
Notebook screens must have a native resolution just as standard TFTs...
October 20, 2006 7:55:04 PM

This is to answer both of the above Q's.
The Executioner comes with WXGA+ 1440x900 resolution also.
It isn't listed on the site because no one wants it.

It is $250 cheaper and WXGA+ is perfect for a 17" screen, IMHO).
This DOES NOT effect the external monitor resolution anymore, you can still output WUXGA and higher resolutions.

Changing the native resolution is imperceivable to me as far as loss of quality. I actually add the custom resolution WXGA+ to the Executioner when it leaves here and set it on that because inevitably, the first email I would always get was, "How do I turn down the res?" If I didn't think it looked the best, I wouldn't go through the trouble of adding it to the choices in the nVidia desktop manager.
October 20, 2006 10:11:58 PM

My Executioner has a resolution of 1400 * 900 and i think it looks great. I played quake 4 on it with anti aliasing way up and i thought it was encredibly smooth looking.
October 20, 2006 11:06:07 PM

I, of course have that review system which I had to go with 1920 x 1200 resolution on it, but I never run it at that. I keep it at 1440x900.

I have a 24" LCD that runs 1920 x 1200 and that is fine... but that is 7" more screen!
October 21, 2006 3:13:11 AM

I have a KN Executioner, i like running at 1900X resolution

Although before I had a WXSGA+ and thats plenty for anyone...but im on of those rare people with perfect vision and love big resolution.


I believe the WXSGA is called the Ronin
October 21, 2006 7:46:26 AM

Quote:
I've been a long time reader but this is my first post.

After reading all of the great reviews of KillerNotebooks I have decided that I MUST get my grubby hands on one! The customer service and prices sound wonderful.

This is going to be the first laptop I've owned.
I really want to get an Executioner but I just don't think it would be a smart move with my budget at the moment and the fact that it has no included optical drive bugs me, even though I know the reasoning behind it. It is quite the machine though. wow!

So I've been contemplating getting a Wakizachi. I'll need it for work (at least that is what I tell myself to justify the purchase) but I really want a machine that I can game on.

Does anyone know if the X1600 250MB Radeon card that is in the Wakizchi will effectively run games like Oblivion? I also play Wow and other stuff oblivion just seems the most cpu and graphics heavy.

If all else fails I'll just cross my fingers and hope for a Christmas bonus.
Executioner is my dream machine. haha

Any information or help is appreciated.
Thanks guys. :D 


I have a core2duo t7200 with a x1600 and I play both of the games you mentioned.

In WoW, in raids it is about 40fps, in average areas 60+ and when looking at the ground it goes to 120 lol. This is on a wsxga+ (1680x1050) reso, all turned on except vertical sync. With vertical sync it seems to be always around 40-60 mark even if looking on the ground.

In Oblivion , wsxga+ would give around 10+ fps. For me, my min comfortable playing fps is around 30fps, and you can get that for 1280x800 even with HDR or bloom. In complicated geometry it goes down to 20fps. But overal still rather smooth play. And it still looks just as awesome when dropped and scaled in that reso.
October 23, 2006 2:25:35 PM

Thanks for all of the help. It is nice hear everyone's first hand experience with their notebooks.
Sounds awesome!
October 23, 2006 4:15:06 PM

Quote:

What do you think about the mobility? I am considering replacing my company provided laptop (inspiron b120 - why do people buy dell?) with the Wakizachi. I would like a machine that I could bring with me to work daily and on the occasionally trip (ruling out the monster dream machine - executioner). My only real intensive application is WoW, and that is not really that intensive.


ive had it for about 2 -3 weeks now. I take it everywhere. I take it in the car , work , home , starbucks. Its not heavy at all , extremly quiet. 110% satified.
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I only play wow on it , and use it for quicken. It plays wow beautrifully.
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