Is That A Notebook? MALIBAL's Six-Core, Dual-GPU, Speed Demon

Benchmark Results: Synthetics

Sporting a desktop Core i7-980X processor, the X7200 creates its own performance class in notebooks. The only fair comparison would be to itself, using single GPU data to show the advantage of SLI.

Some readers will want to know exactly how much more powerful the desktop processor is, and Alienware’s most recent M17x represents our best-performing previously-reviewed notebook.

A combination of more cores and higher clock speed allow the MALIBAL Nine X7200 to solidly trounce any notebook that uses a mobile processor. On the other hand, the desktop platform edges it out in spite of the fact that it’s underclocked from the correct 133.3 MHz base clock to 133.0 MHz.

Triple-channel mode isn’t supported by Intel’s notebook platforms, but the X7200’s motherboard uses desktop parts to enable it. This allows MALIBAL to triumph over Alienware, in spite of its rival’s tighter timings. The desktop system uses a mixture of modules to reach the same capacity, frequency, and timings as MALIBAL’s notebook, yet its bandwidth is still slightly higher.

PCMark benefits from the X7200’s striped SSD drives as well as its more powerful processor and wider memory bus. Plugging the same drives into the desktop platform allowed it to gain even more, however, in spite of the identical chipset, CPU, and memory settings.

Further analysis of the score points directly at Clevo’s implementation of Intel’s RAID controller, as the HDD scores (not shown) were 45886 for the desktop platform and 35596 for the X7200 notebook.

All of today’s charts are arranged by notebook GPU power, with the desktop’s non-notebook part keeping it out of the loop. SLI scaling over 80% for the second GeForce GTX 480m makes the X7200 look spectacular, while an even bigger lead for a pair of desktop-class GeForce GTS 450 graphics cards causes us to once again question Nvidia’s mobile-graphics naming scheme.

Create a new thread in the US Reviews comments forum about this subject
This thread is closed for comments
86 comments
    Your comment
    Top Comments
  • Darkerson
    Dear god, that thing is a beast...
    20
  • barmaley
    Maybe it’s because of my lack of imagination, but somehow I fail to find an appropriate application for it. Portable gaming of roughly 30 minutes on battery is next to useless. Which means you must have power outlet if you want to play most the time. In that case you might as well build a mini desktop for a quarter of the price and haul it everywhere with you along with a monitor, lol :)

    On a more serious note, I can see it being a good option if you are at one of those insane doctor appointments where they make you wait for like 3 hours for no reason before you get seen; or on a road trip; or at an airport and then on a plane if power is made available to you (business class).

    If I had a $6000 budget to blow on a computer, this thing would not be on the list. Desktop beats this thing for LAN parties hands down. With all of its performance you still have to live with this pricey, bulky, hot, heavy and butt-ugly unit.
    12
  • compton
    I'm not sure how awesome this is in practice. I'm sure someone out othere needs this, but that person would have to be blind to appreciate the asthetics.
    12
  • Other Comments
  • Darkerson
    Dear god, that thing is a beast...
    20
  • compton
    I'm not sure how awesome this is in practice. I'm sure someone out othere needs this, but that person would have to be blind to appreciate the asthetics.
    12
  • iam2thecrowe
    its more of a portable pc than a notebook. look at the power consumption. Even its own power adaptor cant keep up at max load.
    10
  • Darkerson
    In this case, its not really about looks, as much as its about "portable" brute strength. And it seems to have plenty of that...
    9
  • bombat1994
    this is why we cant have nice things,

    but seriously, the 480m is just a small 450
    1
  • Anonymous
    thats actually really good performance from a top end system
    at most rates it is still fairly close to a desktop in price also
    -3
  • maxiim
    This quite useless if you want all that power for gaming, you surely cant have it on the go with a battery provided....might as well build a with almost the same specs for less money.
    -6
  • compton
    Its the same price as a base model Kia Rio just about. Kudos to them for the engineering needed to make this gear work in a mobile chassis. I may not be sold on the concept, or see the need of, but I hope they sell a ton of them. It is kinda cool just because its so powerful -- but for the price you could build or buy two highly specialized systems. It could be a mobile workstation or for AV production work on site instead of just for gaming. Clearly these ultra powerful 'notebooks' are a niche segment, but there are quite a few now. Someone must be buying them.
    4
  • sudeshc
    Not that impressive to me main reason for Lappy is portability and thats where this lacks i wounder even if under no load how much heat it would generate and also the battery wont last long..
    0
  • Crashman
    comptonIt could be a mobile workstation or for AV production work on site instead of just for gaming. Clearly these ultra powerful 'notebooks' are a niche segment, but there are quite a few now. Someone must be buying them.
    Actually, that's what the X7200 is! Tom's Hardware got the "gaming" version simply to show off its capabilities to enthusiasts, but the Quadro versions are equally viable (and likely more valuable) in their own respective markets.
    5
  • Khimera2000
    I remember having some of clevo's other offerings. This thing although hard to lug is a god send for any one in the military... It was the only way i was able to game on deployement at the time. but on a negative note these things way a ton >.< don't do the messanger bag if you like where that sholders at :D
    5
  • ridewya
    DaMn This laptop is soo freakin ugly
    0
  • IzzyCraft
    That's one hell of a power brick.
    6
  • amdgamer666
    ridewyaDaMn This laptop is soo freakin ugly


    It's thick for sure but not ugly. There is a difference

    The day I can justify a purchase like this is the day I die a happy man.
    -2
  • barmaley
    Maybe it’s because of my lack of imagination, but somehow I fail to find an appropriate application for it. Portable gaming of roughly 30 minutes on battery is next to useless. Which means you must have power outlet if you want to play most the time. In that case you might as well build a mini desktop for a quarter of the price and haul it everywhere with you along with a monitor, lol :)

    On a more serious note, I can see it being a good option if you are at one of those insane doctor appointments where they make you wait for like 3 hours for no reason before you get seen; or on a road trip; or at an airport and then on a plane if power is made available to you (business class).

    If I had a $6000 budget to blow on a computer, this thing would not be on the list. Desktop beats this thing for LAN parties hands down. With all of its performance you still have to live with this pricey, bulky, hot, heavy and butt-ugly unit.
    12
  • joytech22
    I think the idea of this laptop is more of a desktop replacement, it's got the awesome power of a decent desktop in a small package with everything in one, so you don't need to lug around a mouse, keyboard and screen.

    But then again you'll still need those things for LAN's but at least it weighs less than most Enthusiast systems.
    2
  • arkadi
    Imagine....Your new "speed daemon" cup of coffee and sudden move...With one year warranty i will never spend 5k on computer...i wonder who will.....
    0
  • kingnoobe
    Theres very good reason to buy a laptop like this. One of those is being in the military. It would've sucked to pack up my desktop and bring here. Not to mention it wouldn't have made it anyways (all our shit got stolen). With a laptop like this (I personally don't have it but I do have the asus-g series) I don't have to worry about all the bullshit of a desktop (space). We're living in tents so that is a serious issue.
    7
  • Anonymous
    the battery at 7844 mWh capacity is about one third of ipad battery which is 25Wh or 2500mWh
    -5
  • alexcheng
    Anyone still need a definition for "hardcore"??
    8