[DEAD]Eurocom X3 R2 (Clevo P157SM-A) 15.6″ gaming laptop, I5 / I7, GTX 965M, 1080p display, 8GB DDR3, 500GB 7200RPM HDD for $850 / $950 (no OS)

Clevo P157SM-A

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Eurocom Electra. Available from

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Eurocom Electra main specifications
CPU I5-4210M / I7-4710MQ
GPU GTX 965M MXM
RAM 1x8GB DDR3
HDD standard 500GB 7200RPM HDD
Screen 1080p display
Keyboard backlit keyboard
Weight 7.26 lbs (3.3 kg)

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Coupon code:  EUROCOM-GLJ-X3R210-043015 (10% off)

Clevo P157SM-AEDIT: Seems like Eurocom is not allowing paying in CAD no more for US buyers, so it means that for US buyers, the price is a little higher if indeed this is true (waiting for their reply). $850 for the I5 configuration and around $950-$960 for the I7 configuration. Still a good price for such a machine, but less tempting. Depends on what your needs are, as usual.

The high performance gaming laptop Clevo P157SM-A now has 10% off at Eurocom site. Let’s start with the configurations and pricing. The bolded parts are the ones changed:

1. With an I5-4210M CPU, a GTX 965M MXM GPU, 8GB RAM and 500GB 7200 RPM HDD => around $750 USD w/shipping paid in CAD

2. With an I7-4710MQ CPU, a GTX 965M MXM GPU, 8GB RAM and 500GB 7200 RPM HDD => around $850 USD w/shipping paid in CAD

Now, the P157SM-A is a high performance Clevo machine, with a replaceable CPU and GPU (using an MXM slot), so if in the future you’d want to replace the GPU, it might be possible given the bios version supports it. The CPU can be replaced to an I7, maybe even a Broadwell CPU, if it will be compatible. So, I would go with the I5 version, and not the I7 – if it comes to a point where you feel you need the I7 CPU, you can replace it.

For $850, this machine has excellent performance/price ratio and the highest under $1000 easily. There are more advantages of the P157SM-A besides the upgradeable CPU/GPU. Good thermals for such hardware and there shouldn’t be any problem with overheating and throttling (unless you’ll go with very hot chips). Good amount of storage bays (2xSATA3, 2xmSata, 1xSata2) and good selection of connection ports – HDMI out, DisplayPort 1.2, 4xUSB 3.0 (one powered) and more. TPM 1.2 is also included.

Main disadvantages are the weight, bulkiness and battery performance (though it’s ok at around 3.5 according to reviews) and the non-IPS non-eDP display which makes it hard to replace. Last, I think as usual you can’t expect much from the speakers, though the notebookreview review says the sound is “decent”.

Overall, it is a very good deal in my opinion for those who seek a good high performance machine with high performance/price ratio. The disadvantages are not enough to make the competitors like Lenovo Y50 and Acer V15 better, especially due to the fact that you’ll get around 40% higher gaming performance for the same price, at most.

 

 

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ipwn3r456
ipwn3r456
5 years ago

So it is impossible to pay in CAD when ordering any Eurocom laptops if you live in the USA? Also, did you get the reply from Eurocom about paying more in USD instead of CAD from your edit in the beginning? Thanks.

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  ipwn3r456

yes, no CAD for US buyers no more :

ipwn3r456
ipwn3r456
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

:/ I guess I will just have to pay in USD when I buy my laptop in a few months before going to college… Good thing I will use the student discount… but I still wish I live in Canada haha

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  ipwn3r456

But why this one? Before you buy, you’d might want to consider other models, especially because such a machine is too much to walk around and I’m not sure how well suited it is for students

ipwn3r456
ipwn3r456
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

I was also thinking of the M5 pro as well, kind of debating between those two. M5 pro doesn’t have mxm slots which I can’t upgrade GPUs, but laptop GPUs are so expensive, I don’t even know if it’s worth to even upgrade. But other than that, the m5 pro is better than the x3 r2 in most ways, such as ah-ips screen, lighter weight (better for my back), and design. I am more towards to the m5 pro, I am just not 100% sure lol

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  ipwn3r456

well, you have few months left, no?

ipwn3r456
ipwn3r456
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

About 3-4 months.

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  ipwn3r456

better wait. Broadwell CPUs are better. AMD might deliver a nice surprise too

ipwn3r456
ipwn3r456
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

I thought about broadwell as well, but I don’t know if it will make it in time. If it doesn’t support DDR4 ram, then I don’t think it will be a huge improvement, like the last 2 generations of Intel CPUs. But then again, we don’t know what will happen. I doubt AMD will release good CPUs for laptops, and I doubt eurocom will carry them as well, it’s mostly intel/nvidia lol. I was also hoping for nvidia to release pascal this year, seems like it won’t happen until 2016.

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  ipwn3r456

It is a huge improvement for hot system like this or the Clevo P650SE/SG. It’s much more power efficient and you’d able to get much higher clocks for the same 37-47W, so I think for gamers it’s worth it

AMD CPUs – lets wait and see. A lot f hype and I guess there is something to it actually. Their GPUs also should be available soon

ipwn3r456
ipwn3r456
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

If it makes it in time, then I will definitely get broadwell, I just don’t know when will eurocom release laptops with broadwell…

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  ipwn3r456

An Alienware with a Broadwell for $800-$1000 could be an excellent option too

ipwn3r456
ipwn3r456
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

Not sure about alienwares, probably not going for them. if I have to wait, might have to see if intel releases skylake as well, apparently it might be released around the same time as broadwell as well. I might just have to take whichever is released first.

ipwn3r456
ipwn3r456
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

Um, I just found something interesting. Is the currency limitation only limited to CAD for US buyers? I also found paying in euros is cheaper than USD as well, but as cheap as CAD, but very close. Would it work? I wonder if anyone would try.

can guy
can guy
5 years ago

can ya help junky, dono wher to put que, so just here, i have option of hp envy with i7,gtx 850 ddr3 4gb or alienware 13 i5 4210u (ulv) 860m 2gb ,both same price CAD $750 , both open box , will the i5 bottleneck?

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  can guy

The I5-U will bottleneck a bit in some games, yes, but I think the overall performance should be higher in most cases
How about the X3 R2?

can guy
can guy
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

thanks,canadian 750 is my limit , need minimum 30 fps 1600*900 at very high but not ultra settings in games like shadow of mordor , gta 5, assasins creed unity. so is it doable with this cpu? or will the envy with i7 850m ddr3 can do better in these games?

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  can guy

the 850M ddr3 *probably* won’t do better
But 1600×900 on an 1080p display will look distorted

For $750 CAD, however, the AW13 with 860M is quite a deal. Do you have other options?

can guy
can guy
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

max CAD 750 is prob, other option i have is gx 60(but no charger adapter included so skeptic about it) but it has A10 5750m & 8970m 2gb, is that cpu faster than i5 4210u for gaming?

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  can guy

I’m not sure about that.. the AMD A10-5750M can be limited by TDP quite a bit, though things should get much better in games that have Mantle support and/or with the upcoming DX12/Vulcan APIs. It’s a risk and I’m not sure it’s worth taking, but it might be.. It also has a replaceable GPU, so you can replace it to the 965M for example

Anyway, I don’t know where you find these laptops for such a price, but these are all very good compared to the US options for such a price

Denis Foster
Denis Foster
5 years ago

I don’t see where you enter the coupon…

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  Denis Foster

after clicking “order”, type it in the “configuration instructions”

Aditya
Aditya
5 years ago

Junky, it seems like Eurocom is not letting me pay in CAD coz I live in the US 🙁
Any ideas?

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  Aditya

Seems like they won’t allow this option no more :/ maybe when paying with wire transfer..
Still relatively good price
What do you think?

Aditya
Aditya
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

CAD versus USD does make a huge difference though. Even more difference than the 10% discount. I will try suggesting wire transfer. Thanks.

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  Aditya

On the plus side, the money you save from “downgrading” parts, it bigger, so the bottom line for the I5 configuration is only $100 and you still get a much faster machine than other laptops in this price range by far

Aditya
Aditya
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

Ended up buying the original configuration in USD. More costly than I had previously estimated. Hopefully will be worth it. I hope I get it soon.

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  Aditya

the original with GTX 970M?? at least remove the RAM an save the money..

Aditya
Aditya
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

I actually got the X8 with 980m SLI with student discount. 16gigs RAM because they were charging the same amount as newegg for 1866MHz CL10.

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  Aditya

that’s totally out of my scope and personally I wouldn’t get it

Aditya
Aditya
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

My first time buying such an expensive machine. I had to get it for the Oculus Rift. Hopefully I won’t regret it 🙂

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  Aditya

well, the SLI/CFx solution are far from perfect with low resolutions and the OR doesn’t have high resolutions (maybe in the future)
I would start with a lower price machine. You can replace it in one year.. think about it

Aditya
Aditya
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

Yes, I bought it for the currently unreleased OR CV1 as it is rumored to have high resolution. 1440p maybe. And I am hoping that Nvidia will deliver on its VR Direct promise for their 900 series. I am hoping to get at least 3 years with this machine with no upgrades.

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  Aditya

ok, as you wish. If you’ll regret it then send a message and we’ll find some other deal
Good luck with it!

Aditya
Aditya
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

If you know of a good 980m SLI deal, let me know!! i couldn’t find anything better. Thanks for your help with everything!!

brolly
brolly
5 years ago

Wow, this seems like a great deal for a GTX965. Especially with the potential upgradability.

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  brolly

yea. The only thing that really bothers me is the display quality

brolly
brolly
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

Ya that is an issue, but like the HDD I’d swap it out. For me I’m not sure I can go back to such a thick notebook after having this slim sexy Y50. I’d hope my next to be even thinner!

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  brolly

It’s not an eDP display like the new Clevo models or the Y50 and replacement panels are not available really, except maybe the specific LVDS upgrade display in their site