Let’s face facts and admit that performance is the M5 Pro’s key selling point. This notebook is equipped to play all the latest games with its Intel Core i7-4710HQ quad-core processor, Nvidia GTX 970M 3 GB graphics card and an astounding 32GB of RAM. Eurocom is one of the few companies that offers DDR3L-1866 memory as in our review unit as opposed to the standard DDR3L-1600. The performance difference between DDR3L-1600 and DDR3L-1866 isn’t groundbreaking but is still worth mentioning as a possible advantage in applications that are sensitive to memory performance. Our review unit also features a fast 256 GB M.2 SSD and a secondary 1TB 7200RPM hard drive for storage, an ideal setup in our eyes. The M5 Pro has another M.2 slot for an SSD and a second 2.5″ drive bay as well for even more storage.
The M5 Pro’s CPU is non-changeable both from the factory and by the user because it’s permanently affixed to the motherboard; we can’t see this being a major downside as the Core i7-4710HQ is one of the most powerful CPUs available in notebooks today. Eurocom offers a faster Nvidia GTX 980M 4 GB graphics card as an upgrade over the standard GTX 970M 3GB in our review unit which is a good option if you plan to play games even though we found the GTX 970M’s performance level more than adequate for running modern games at a 1920×1080 resolution with high settings. If you plan on getting the 4K display, note even the GTX 980M won’t be able to drive the most modern demanding games at that resolution.
The 32 GB of DDR3L-1866 RAM in our review unit is undoubtedly overkill and added $670 to the final $2,630 price tag. For comparison 16 GB of DDR3L-1600 would add only another $138 as of writing and be more than sufficient for gaming and most other applications. Also note our review unit has the Pro version of Windows 8.1 which adds a marginal amount over a standard 8.1 license. Lastly, the 4K display adds a digestible $183 over the standard full HD display.
Our review unit of the Eurocom M5 Pro features the following technical specifications:
- 6-inch 4K display (3840×2160 resolution, IPS panel, glossy surface, Samsung panel)
- Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
- Intel Core i7-4710HQ quad-core processor (2.5GHz, up to 3.5GHz Turbo Boost, 6MB cache, 47W TDP)
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M w/ 3GB GDDR5 memory
- 32GB DDR3L-1866 RAM (Corsair Vengeance; 4x 8GB; max. supported)
- 256GB M.2 SSD (PLEXTOR PX-G256M6e)
- 1TB 7200RPM secondary storage drive (Hitachi HTS721010A9E630)
- No internal optical drive
- Realtek 802.11n wireless LAN
- Integrated Bluetooth 4.0
- Integrated 720p webcam
- 1-year limited warranty
- Dimensions: 15.4″ x 10.8″ x 0.84~1.0″
- Weight: 5.72 lbs.
- Starting Price: $1,375
- Price as Configured: $2,630
PCMark8 Home (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for general activities from web browsing and video streaming to typing documents and playing games (higher scores mean better performance):
The M5 Pro ran unplugged for 3 hours, 11 minutes in our demanding Powermark battery life test. This test simulates running different tasks including word processing, web browsing, video playback, and 3D gaming. This time is respectable for a gaming notebook. Expect to get around five hours of life under light usage and reduced screen brightness. Compare the M5 Pro’s 3 hour, 11 minute to some ultraportable non-gaming notebooks that run 5 to 6 hours in the same benchmark.
Three fans cool the M5 Pro’s high-performance components. The leftmost fan cools the CPU and sends warm air out a vent in the left side of the chassis. The other two fans are located on the opposite side of the chassis and cool the graphics card; these two exhaust behind the notebook.
For non-demanding tasks such as everyday usage the CPU fan remains on but is more or less imperceptible from a noise perspective and the graphics card fans remain off. All fans are active at medium to high speeds under gaming loads but even then have an impressively low noise level. Some whine exists but it’s not prominent enough to be an annoyance. The chassis remained cool to lukewarm all over including the bottom even after extended benchmark sessions. The results speak for themselves – this is a very well designed cooling system.
The M5 Pro uses a 180W power adapter more succinctly termed a power brick given its 2.2 pound weight and 6.75” x 3.25” x 1.8” dimensions. Its power cables including the length of the brick total 11.5 feet. The power brick became moderately warm to the touch after extended gaming sessions which is expected.
As of this writing, the Eurocom M5 Pro is available from Eurocom starting at $1,363.