AVADirect Clevo W230ST: Performance

September 20, 2013 by Michael Wall Reads (97,802)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 9
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 9
    • Usability
    • 9
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 10
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 10
    • Total Score:
    • 9.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance and Benchmarks

Easily the most notable reason to buy the Clevo W230ST — whether it’s sold by AVADirect or another custom Clevo retailer — is its high-end specs and strong performance. Equipped with a 2.7GHz fourth-generation Intel Core i7-4800MQ processor, 16GB of RAM, an NVidia GeForce GTX 765M dedicated GPU and 128GB SSD the Clevo W230ST offers performance on par with most gaming notebooks at a far more affordable price point.

Standard web and word processing functions prove to be no challenge for this device. Notebook Review was able to run 10 web tabs simultaneously while two HD streams were playing in the background with no noticeable drop in performance. More demanding Microsoft Office tasks like complicated Excel spreadsheets will also run with lightning like responsiveness. With 16GB of RAM the AVADirect Clevo W230ST is able to handle multiple programs without any drop in performance. While testing the device Notebook Review was able to play BioShock Infinite while searching the web simultaneously without seeing a noticeable drop in performance.

Equipped with an NVidia GeForce GTX 765 GPU (with 2GB of DDR5) the Clevo W230ST is perfect for editing 1080p videos and is capable of playing most games on the market with high graphical fidelity. Notebook Review was able to play BioShock Infinite on max settings averaging at a respectable 34.5FPS (frames per second). However, with only 2GB of DDR5 some games will still prove to be too much for the machine, as the Clevo was only able to run Crysis 3 on high settings (with low post processing) at 18fps. While the Clevo W230ST won’t be able to max out every game; users will still be able to play the more demanding titles at lower settings, Notebook Review saw a huge boost in performance when running Crysis 3 on medium settings recording 33fps.

The Clevo W230ST also features a 128GB SSD allowing for better overall performance and fast data retrieval, along with a secondary 750GB HDD for added space to store games and media. Games and applications booted up incredibly fast and the notebook was able to return to Windows 7 from a state of complete rest in about 20 seconds.

The AVADirect Clevo W230ST certainly provides consumers bang for their buck, offering performance levels seen from most notebooks that cost $2,000 or more.

AvaDirect Clevo W230ST Performance

Our AVADirect Clevo W230ST review unit had the following configuration:

  • Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • 13.3-inch LED LCD 1920 x 1080 Display 307 nits
  • 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-4800MQ
  • NVidia GeForce GTX 765M (2GB of DDR5)
  • Intel Graphics HD 4000
  • 16GB DDR3
  • 128GB SSD
  • 750GB HDD (7200 RPM)
  • Wireless 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dimensions: 12.5″ x 8.44″ x 0.88″
  • Weight: 4.10 lbs.
  • Price as Configured: $1,566.81
  • Starting Price: $1,279.22
  • 1-year warranty

 

wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):

PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark and measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):

3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):

Crystal DiskMark storage drive performance test (C-drive on left, D-drive on right):

 

Configurations

The base model listed on the AVADirect website features a 2.4GHz fourth-generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, NVidia GeForce GTX 765M GPU, with 8GB of DDR3 and a 1TB HDD with a 8GB SSD cache for $1,279.22.

The unit that Notebook Review tested was equipped with a 2.7GHz fourth-generation Intel Core i7-4800MQ processor, NVidia GeForce GTX 765M GPU, with 16GB of DDR3 and a 128GB SSD with a secondary 750GB HDD for $1,566.81.

 

Heat and Noise  

The Clevo W230ST is loud plain and simple. Whether or not the machine is actually being taxed is irrelevant, as the device’s fan will rev up even when doing something as simple as opening a web browser. While the fan can be quite loud it also seems to serve its purpose, as the device remains relatively cool even when Clevo W230ST is being pushed to capacity. After playing Crysis 3 for more than 45 minutes the notebook was warm in a few areas, but the device was still comfortable to use.

 

Battery Life

To test battery life, we used our new PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than our previous test, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate real life use. With the test being far more demanding the scores are understandably lower than our previous benchmark.

Powermark “Balanced” battery life test results (higher scores mean better battery life):

In our tests, the AVADirect Clevo W230ST ran for 2 hours and 45 minutes with screen set to 125 nits before shutting down. The Clevo offers strong battery life beating out the high-end Alienware 14, though the Razer Blade offered even better battery life measuring an impressive 2 hours and 57 minutes before shutting down.

 


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