PC Specialist Optimus VII 17" -i5 6300HQ, 16GB Ram, GTX960M, FULL HD, 1TB WD, 256GB M.2 2280
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PC Specialist Optimus VII 17" -i5 6300HQ, 16GB Ram, GTX960M, FULL HD, 1TB WD, 256GB M.2 2280

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Found 26th Dec 2015
The 17.3" Optimus VII



Chassis & Display
Optimus Series: 17.3" Matte Full HD IPS LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i5 Quad Core Processor 6300HQ (2.3GHz, 3.2GHz Turbo)
Memory (RAM)
16GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M - 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 12
Memory - Hard Disk
1TB WD BLUE 2.5" WD10JPVX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 8MB CACHE (5400 rpm)
mSATA/M.2 SSD Drive
256GB M.2 2280, SATA 6Gb/s (564MB/R, 400MB/W)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
Ultra Slim 8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
Memory Card Reader
Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Def. Audio + SoundBlaster™ Cinema 2
Bluetooth & Wireless
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-8260 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11BGN) + BLUETOOTH
USB Options
4 x USB 3.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
Battery
Optimus Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (62.16WH)
Power Lead & Adaptor
1 x UK Power Lead & 120W AC Adaptor
Keyboard Language
OPTIMUS SERIES BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£79)
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365
Anti-Virus
BULLGUARD INTERNET SECURITY - FREE 90 DAY TRIAL
Notebook Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 2.0 MP FULL HD WEBCAM
Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Insurance
1 Month Free Laptop Insurance inc. Accidental Damage & Theft
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 8 to 10 working days

Specification Snapshot:

6th Gen Intel® Core™ CPUs
2GB GeForce™ GTX 960M
Backlit Keyboard
Full HD IPS 1920 x 1080
ANSP™ 3D Sound Technology
SOUND BLASTER™ Cinema 2*
SuperSpeed USB 3.0
Premium Onkyo Speakers
Fingerprint Scanner
Mini Display Port
VGA Output Connection
HDMI Output Connection
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
2.0 MP FHD Webcam
Wireless Fitted as Standard
BluRay Capable
Bluetooth Option Available
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8 Comments
i5 for this price. No thanks
not just the normal 6200u its the 6300HQ and also you can change to the i7
linhang90

i5 for this price. No thanks


That's typical of the sorts of kneejerk reactions that I often see on these forums. "I7=good and I5=bad". Well that's not always the case. Take a closer look at the spec and you will see this I5 is worth having and overall it's pretty good for the money.

First of all, this is a quad-core I5, not your usual 2-core fare, so far better than the cheap-end 2-core I7 chips and a only marginally slower than a standard quad-core I7. In fact, the only extra an I7 will give you is hyper-threading, and that's 20% speed improvement at most, (assuming the program you are using is well enough designed to make effective use of more than 4 threads), unless you are memory bandwidth limited in which case there's no performance difference. And if you are desperate for an I7 with hyper-threading it's available as an upgrade.

Then look at the rest of the spec - reasonably quick graphics and a fast SSD boot drive + plenty of storage and it's actually a pretty good deal.
More and more softwares will be devoloped to make effective use of more than 4 threads. Yes some low end i7 ones may not be as good as this i5.. But then they dont cost this much. Yes this is a brill processor but At this price i'd expect an i7 with quadcore too just saying lol
linhang90

Yes this is a brill processor but At this price i'd expect an i7 with … Yes this is a brill processor but At this price i'd expect an i7 with quadcore too just saying lol



So instead of just whingeing about it, how about you post a machine of equal or better spec at this price - with a 4 core i7 that performs better than this i5?


Edited by: "Spod" 29th Dec 2015
Plenty on ebay my friend
If with no so called "whinging" there would be no reviews or opinions on earth..when pointing sth out ..it doesnt mean ur whinging. The heat this thread gets says everything. Surprised its not minus..
linhang90

More and more softwares will be devoloped to make effective use of more … More and more softwares will be devoloped to make effective use of more than 4 threads. Yes some low end i7 ones may not be as good as this i5.. But then they dont cost this much. Yes this is a brill processor but At this price i'd expect an i7 with quadcore too just saying lol



I am very doubtful of (games) using more than 4 threads (in fact they rarely use even that much) as simply said they use the graphics card and in this system graphics card is the bottleneck so in some sense there is no point in putting an i7 into it. (I would really be surprised if you found a game which there would be any difference.)

Posting reviews of products you actually own and know something about is useful, but repeating general things people say in different situations without any understanding is simple whineing and is worse than useless (it is counter productive).

Ebay may offer good prices but in many cases when something goes wrong (and eBay items have a tendency for stuff going wrong more often than not) you are often screwed, having to pay Shireoaks for shipping and waiting for a month or two without machines. (there are exceptions but they usually don't offer that good prices).

This is customisable machine which you can tweak a bit to your liking (for example upgrading to that i7 you are so keen on...) at a reasonable prices and I believe it is useful to let people know of it.

It may not get a lot of heat (because of ****** like you) but it will help people looking for such machine having more choice.

So heres some heat.
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