PCGH Hands-on: Cyber-System SX15 with Geforce 9800M GT
We recently received a 15 inch Cyber-System Centrino 2 notebook with one of the new Geforce 9800M GT graphics units.
The Cyber-System SX15 has a elegant case which is decorated with silver painted edges. The bigger surfaces like the lid or the palm rest have a black aluminum-like finish. Restrained chrome details, round the Touchpad for example, emphasize the stylish look, without making the 3,280 gram heavy notebook appear twardy.
The keyboard, with its low notebook design, is easy to operate and has a distinct pressure point, but unfortunately there are noticeably click noises while typing. The keyboard is not rickety at all, but other models have a much better attenuation. Above the 15.4 inch display, with a native resolution of 1,680 x 1,050, a 2.0 megapixel camera is installed in the lid.
On the inside the Centrino 2 devices has a lot to offer: A Core 2 Duo T9600 with 2.8 GHz, six MiByte L2 cache and 1,066 MHz FSB, is working on the PM45 chipset at a TDP of 35 watt. Three GiByte DDR3 1,066 memory are available as well as a Geforce 9800M GT with 512 MiByte video memory. At default settings this combination reaches 9,468 points in 3DMark 06 and thus almost reaches the bigger SX17, which reaches 9,762 points with an Core 2 Extreme 9100 and a Geforce 8800M GTX.
That this performance is delivered by the new graphics chip is revealed by Cinebench R10. The X9100 beats with T9600 of the SX15 with 7.414 vs. 5.823 points. The additional equipment of the Cyber-System notebook consists of a 232 GiByte SATA hard drive with 7,200 rpm, which reaches an average reading speed of 73.0 MByte/s. But the average access time of 17.9 milliseconds is only average.
A card reader, Gigabit LAN, E-SATA, HDMI, an integrated modem and the obligatory Intel IEEE 802.11n WLAN chip complete this configuration of the Cyber-System SX15. The price: 2,191.