Performance and Benchmarks
- 17.3-inch anti-glare 1080p display (1920×1080 resolution)
- Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- Intel Core i7-3920XM (2.9GHz, up to 3.8 GHz with Turbo Boost, 8MB L3 cache, 55W TDP)
- Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M w/ 4GB GDDR5 dedicated memory each (8GB GDDR5 total)
- 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM (2x 4GB; 16GB max. – 2x 8GB)
- 256GB Crucial M4 mSATA SSD and 480GB Intel 520 series SATA SSD
- Killer Wireless-N 1202 (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
- Integrated Bluetooth v4.0
- Integrated HD (1080p) webcam
- Integrated fingerprint reader
- Tray-load Blur-ray and DVD burner
- 8-cell li-ion battery (89.21Wh)
- Weight: starting at 7.7 lbs.
- Dimensions: 419 x 286 x 24-49.7mm (16.5 x 11.25 x 1-2 inches)
- Starting Price: $2,017 (USD)
- Price as Configured: $5,591 (USD)
Our review unit is more than twice as expensive as the base configuration thanks to options such as the Intel Core i7-3920XM Extreme Edition processor, dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M graphics, dual high-capacity solid state drives (SSDs), a Blu-ray writer optical drive and a dual-band Killer Wireless Wi-Fi card. The two most expensive upgrades are the Core i7-3920XM processor (+$899) and the dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M cards (+$972).
Bottom line, this is far from the most cost-effective gaming notebook on the planet. In fact, you only spend this kind of money on a gaming notebook if you MUST have the best gear so that you can play the latest games without any concern for the hardware requirements. In fact, even the base configuration of the Scorpius probably has more than enough performance for many serious PC gamers.
In any case, this fully-equipped P370EM delivers some of the best benchmark numbers we’ve seen to date. As equipped this notebook can even play the latest games in 3D (when connected to a 3D display) and still deliver amazing frame rates. A single NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M can play Max Payne 3 at 1920×1080 with all detail and AA settings at “Very High” in DX 11 mode and give you an average of 43 frames per second … and this notebook has TWO of those cards. Keep in mind that a motion picture or TV show runs at between 24 and 30 fps. You simply aren’t going to find a notebook that has better graphics cards in it this year … until someone shoves four GTX 680M cards into a single notebook.
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):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark 11 is a newer benchmark and measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark Vantage measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
Heat and Noise
The cooling system on the Scorpius/P370EM is pretty good about moving heat away from the interior without too much noise while the notebook is idle. In fact, during general use (web browsing, typing documents in Microsoft Office, etc.) the fan noise is almost silent. That said, as soon as you crank up the settings on a modern game like Max Payne 3 or Skyrim you’ll hear the cooling fans start to crank up as the graphics cards are pushed to their limits. As a result, if you’re going to be gaming at high detail settings with modern games you need to be prepared to crank up the volume on the built-in speakers or plug in a set of headphones if you want to hear the audio on your favorite game.
We measured just one hour and 12 minutes of battery life during our standard battery run down test (Windows 7 Balanced power profile, 70% display brightness, wireless active and refreshing a webpage every 60 seconds). This is definitely on the low side for a modern notebook but it’s within the average for a bleeding-edge 17-inch gaming notebook. Just keep in mind that the battery on a 17-inch gaming rig like this is more of an “emergency backup” rather than something you are supposed to use all the time.
Battery life test results (higher scores mean better battery life):