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Old 17-07-2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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My Aftershock X15 First Review

Hi Guys, this is my short review for my gaming notebook Aftershock X15. Feel free to give critiques.

Introduction
Got my Aftershock X15 for more than a week now, I ordered on 3rd July and collected it on 8th July. Build the specs with the shop owner and tested games which i intend to play. (Bf3, WoW, LoL) He recommended me alot of stuffs, felt that he is quite professional in this field. Got to know this shopowner from a World of Warcraft friend.

Always felt that notebooks are not really meant for playing high end graphics games, heat & fan noise is always an issue. But when i look at the products in his shop, it really changed my view. Even the 11" at his shop can play BF3 with no heat issue!

Since buying a notebook is not cheap. I believe having more choices to choose is better. I really recommend gamers to visit this shop to have a look. Importantly they allowed customization.

Pros:
Allow customization on the specs and shop owner actually allowed me to play test the games before purchasing the notebook. Testing the heat and noise to ensure there are no issues before i bring my notebook home.

Cons:
The battery life is lasted 4hrs max while using it for net surfing. It will die faster if it use to play game.
The Adaptor is quite big (150mm X 80mm X 40mm)
I felt the exterior design is plain, something can be done to make it looks better.

Damage: SGD 3102

My Specs:

Processor: 3rd Generation Intel® Ivy Bridge Core™ i7-3610QM (2.3GHz - 3.3GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache, 45W Max TDP)
Display: 15.6 Inch Full HD Premium Glossy LED display with 95% NTSC Color Gamut (1920 x1080)
Graphics Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 7970M (2048MB) GDDR5 DX11
Primary Hard Drive: Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 7200 RPM
MSATA: 128 GB MSATA SSD
Ram: Kingston DDR3 1333mhz 8gb
Thermal Compound: - Artic Sliver 5 Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU
Battery: Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell)
Bluetooth: Bluetooth Included
Camera: Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
Memory Card Reader: Internal 9-in-1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD/Mini SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo)
Optical Drive Bay: 8 x DVD ± R/RW/4X +DL Super Multi Drive & Software
Wireless Network: Built-in 802.11 Wireless B/G/N - Stock Wireless Card + Bluetooth

Games I played:

1) Battlefield 3 (Ultra settings)
avg fps above 50 /Temp max at 85

2) Starcraft 2 (Max settings)
avg fps 80 /Temp max at 80

3) League of Legend (Max settings)
fps locked at 60/Temp max at 70

Below are my 3DMark11:



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Old 17-07-2012, 03:10 PM   #2
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3.1k seems ex for a 15"
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Old 17-07-2012, 03:16 PM   #3
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the base cost is 2.7k for 7970, i bought an MSATA 128GB SSD and a 95 % color gaming gamut screens as add ons.

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Old 17-07-2012, 03:25 PM   #4
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Haha can i check how's the OS loading times from the mSATA? Some feedback i got is that it may not be fast. Like ~40s?
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Old 17-07-2012, 03:37 PM   #5
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I am not using the ssd as my boot drive. Using it to store my games only, but it is definitely a lot faster than my normal HDD (i don't get any stuttering when i load into games)

Will let u know if i decided to reformat and use it as boot drive.
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Old 17-07-2012, 03:47 PM   #6
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I went down yesterday to have a look at the coms, Cool people, marcus knows his stuff, good advice and def value for money, my own personal comparison would be alienware mx17r4 say around 4200, same specs in a ORIGIN casing (looks good btw) , would cost maybe 3.2k? value for money off the charts.



I am waiting for the 17" to arrive!!( as well as waiting for the cc installment plans to arrive haha)
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Old 17-07-2012, 10:02 PM   #7
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Thank you for the kind words and the review. In response to koon82's question about MSATA SSD, you can expect performance closer to SATA2 SSDs with an MSATA card in the X15. The card can be either used as an OS drive, Storage drive or for intel smart response technology(to accelerate your mechanical drive by acting as a cache). In comparison to mechanical drives, the performance is still far superior for the MSATA SSD (220 mb/s ~)
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I've got a chance to try out their aftershock's 11inch version the other day.
I have very realistic expectations from a laptop. Was initially looking for a compact portable laptop with some gaming capabilities.

Have to say i was pleasantly surprise, when the 11 inch load up Battle field 3 to run on High or Ultra setting, can't exactly recall the exact setting its either one. notice the heat seems to be less of an issue, compared to my antique Mac book pro. Seriously tempted to get their 11 inch version before guildwars 2 launches.

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Old 19-07-2012, 12:47 AM   #9
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I've got a chance to try out their aftershock's 11inch version the other day.
I have very realistic expectations from a laptop. Was initially looking for a compact portable laptop with some gaming capabilities.

Have to say i was pleasantly surprise, when the 11 inch load up Battle field 3 to run on High or Ultra setting, can't exactly recall the exact setting its either one. notice the heat seems to be less of an issue, compared to my antique Mac book pro. Seriously tempted to get their 11 inch version before guildwars 2 launches.
not really an expert on gadgets but is it really more value for money to buy custom built laptops compared to off the shelf brands? by the way do they have slimmer models or casings? the x15 i saw on youtube seem a bit bulky.

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Old 19-07-2012, 01:20 AM   #10
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Hi pencilbbreaker, would just like to quickly respond to your two very good questions. If you were to compare custom notebooks with pre-configured systems spec for spec, you would find them to be very reasonable. As for the size of the X15, the unit itself is actually thinner and lighter than most notebooks with similar enthusiast graphics cards. (i.e. 670m, 675m, 680m and 7970m).

You can find the exact dimension and weight details on our website. Hope i have answered your queries!
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Updated with more pictures!
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not really an expert on gadgets but is it really more value for money to buy custom built laptops compared to off the shelf brands? by the way do they have slimmer models or casings? the x15 i saw on youtube seem a bit bulky.

i am no expert too. But did a rough comparison on pricing, definitely value for money. its the same with self-build desktop. I build my own pc, this is the first time i heard about custom laptop. Custom computers definitely has it pros & cons. you are likely to prolong your purchase with upgrades along the way. Cons is you are constantly tempted to spend more for upgrade along the way lol. if i recall the 15 inch, is not really any bulkier compare to standard laptops, but the power brick is kind off. 11 inch is definitely a more portable gaming option for me.
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i am no expert too. But did a rough comparison on pricing, definitely value for money. its the same with self-build desktop. I build my own pc, this is the first time i heard about custom laptop. Custom computers definitely has it pros & cons. you are likely to prolong your purchase with upgrades along the way. Cons is you are constantly tempted to spend more for upgrade along the way lol. if i recall the 15 inch, is not really any bulkier compare to standard laptops, but the power brick is kind off. 11 inch is definitely a more portable gaming option for me.
has anyone bought from them? any reviews?
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Old 20-07-2012, 06:37 AM   #14
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The 11 inch looks really value for money !!
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Old 20-07-2012, 08:48 AM   #15
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I placed an order with them

Specs as follows, took the 17" (i like the origin casing, been shopping around, was nearly firm to get the MSI GT 70, thought of getting from origin but was worried about warrenty )

CPU - i7 3610QM

RAM - 16GB DDR3 Kingston

Display – 17.3 Inch Full HD Premium Glossy

Wireless card - Intel 6235 Centrino advanced N

HDD 1 - Intel 320 Series SSD 120 GB (Configured as OS)

HDD 2 - Western Digital 750GB 7200RPM

HDD 3 - Western Digital 750GB 7200 RPM + HDD Caddy

GPU - AMD RADEON 7970M

Thermal Paste – Artic Silver 5

ODD – None

Operating system – Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Warranty – 1 year parts, 3 year service.

Price Should be about 3.2~3.4k All in( no gst yet i think !! and Installment plan!!)

Only down thing was me was i prefered the steelseries laptop keyboard, but theirs is very similar to the alienware one

Will write a review once i get it and play on it abit!
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