A cheaper GTX 1060 gaming laptop with nothing exceptional compared to the others (Lenovo Y720, Helios 300), with none of the more interesting extra qualities like GSync, 120HZ display, good thermals or low weight. However, it’s often considerably discounted and can serve as a high performance cheap gaming laptop.
|CPU||Intel Core I7-6700HQ (Skylake 4c / 8t, 2.6 - 3.6GHZ)|
|GPU||GTX 1060 6GB (laptop) (Pascal), GP106, 1280 cores @ 1.404GHZ - 1.67GHZ, 6GB GDDR5 @ 2GHZ (8GHZ eff.), 192-bit.|
SSD: SanDisk SD8SBBU480G1122 480GB
|Display||AUO B173HW01 V0|
|Weight & Dimensions (w x d x h)|
3.83kg / 8.44lbs. PSU: / 18.61lbs
419mm x 284mm x 32.2mm, 16.5" x 11.18" x 1.27"
|Keyboard||white backlit, 3 levels including off|
rear : HDMI, mDP, RJ-45
left : 2xUSB 3.0, card reader
right : USB Type-C, USB 3.0, audio in/out
|Wireless||Intel Wireless-AC 7265 AC 2x2 HMC|
|Speakers||2.0 speakers + subwoofer|
|Battery||8 cell, 72Wh|
|More||Embedded TPM 2.0, Kensington lock|
The CyberpowerPC Vector 17 VR is CP’s previous generation 17.3″ midrange gaming machine. The new version is Vector II. The test unit has an I7-6700HQ CPU, GTX 1060 6GB Nvidia GPU, 1080p TN (relatively high quality), 500GB Sandisk Z410 SSD and 8GB RAM (which I upgraded manually just for the benchmarks). The CP Vector 17 has its own design which resembles a racing car a bit, to me at least. Like other CP machines, it can sometimes be bought for a relatively low price thanks to some aggressive discounts and can get as low as $900-$950 for such a machine (or its newer relatives).
Overall, this is a regular 17.3″ bulky gaming laptop, for a relatively low price. It might be based on some other machine. Even though it’s the previous generation, it’s probably a good marker for the successive version too, with the newer Kaby Lake I7 CPU, as gaming performance shouldn’t be such different.
OK, let’s review it!
Well, the CP Vector 17 VR chassis build quality is average. The base unit is strong enough, but nothing exceptional – it can be twisted if you use enough force and the base unit will yield under pressure including the keyboard surface. However, it’s nothing to worry about worry about nor exceptional. The hinges feel pretty strong and the screen’s outer lid can hold under high pressure if it delivered directly at 90deg angle. The screen unit can be twisted with not a lot of force, but this is not a common scenario.
Overall, seems like an average build quality.
As I wrote before, the Vector 17 VR has a somewhat “racing car” looks with its two speakers in front and “vectory” design of the body. The outer lid and keyboard surface have a slight metallic brush finish. Otherwise, it is pretty bulky in form and weight.
Personally, I wouldn’t walk around with such a laptop. I like them simple in looks, with no show off.
Maintenance and inner parts
There is a maintenance panel which is hold by two screws. You’ll see the battery and underneath it you’ll see the 2.5″ SSD/HDD. There is also an M.2 NVMe slot, 2 RAM slots (2 in total). You’ll also see the subwoofer.
CPU and GPU are soldered and the two of them share two heatpipes.
The keyboard is pretty comfortable to use. The keyboard surface can yield *a bit* under the pressure (really unnoticeable). The typing experience is pretty ok with good enough feedback, fast response, no missed clickes, well spaced keys and enough travel depth. Keys resistance could/should have been more pronounced. Overall, it should be comfortable for most to a good degree, but it’s not a high quality keyboard in the sense of typing experience.
Touchpad could be a little annoying. The active part of the pad is partial and it could be frustrating because the fingers continue with the motion, but the cursor does not respond. Also, unclear to me why, sometimes it gets “stuck” – perhaps for the same reason as I described before, something with the actual active surface of the touchpad. The buttons are dedicated and respond well, but require using more force that I think comfortable.
The Vector 17 VR comes with a 2.1 speakers system. Subjectively, the system maximal volume is not high, but the sound is relatively pleasant. The subwoofer is located on the bottom of the laptop and adds to the experience.
Latest Nvidia drivers were in use, 378.49.
This section is dull currently, but I’ll improve it soon!
The CP Vector 17 VR was fast, but at first it felt like it gets “stuck” from time to time. I think some software was the cause.
GPU-Z and CPU-Z screenshots:
Stress tests and throttling behavior
Cool air sucked from the bottom of the machine (hence, it’s important to keep its bottom above the sitting surface) and is thrown from the rear and side (in GPU case)
1. Idle, power saver mode
2. Gaming : Ashes Of Singularity benchmark. “Crazy” settings, “High performance” power mode. Four consecutive runs.
3. Prime95 torture test. “High performance” power mode.
4. Prime95 + Furmark on 900p test, AAx4. “High performance” power mode.
|CPU: stable temps [C]||CPU: max temps [C]||CPU: stable clocks||CPU: average utilization||CPU: max utilization||GPU : stable core temps [C]||GPU: utilization|
|Prime95 + Furmark||74||78||70|
|Ashes Of Singularity||70||72||67|
As you can see, thermals are not a problem with this big machine whatsoever. It’s quite interesting given that the machine cooling system is quite basic. I think that the space inside the laptop allows for better air circulation.
Under Prime95 + Furmark load, the GTX 1060 clocks are around the base, but while gaming, the clocks are much higher, averagely and the CPU clocks are almost at maximal.
The Vector 17 VR remains pretty cool even under continued highest load.
The noise levels of the Vector 17 VR are relatively good under high load and bad under low load. It seems that the preference with this machine is to start with high fans spin no matter what. There were several occasions when the fans stopped spinning, but it was rare. Under high load, the laptop can keep itself cool with relatively low fans speed, but it’s audible.
In the noise department, the Vector is not that great. It’s a simple matter, but not sure that CyberpowerPC will address it at all.
The CP Vector 17 VR 1080p display is a TN panel AUO B173HW01 V0. Although this is a TN model, it’s relatively good with good horizontal viewing angles and not too much distortion vertically – mostly changing brightness. Contrast is quite high. Subjectively, I it was nice to use, although I sometimes I felt that it’s a little hard to read (even though the contrast is higher according to the Datacolor Spyder5Elite screen measurement tool)
PWM could not be detected by me.
Generally, I’d say this is a nice 17.3″ display.
- Fans speed cannot be decreased, even under low load situation (Trying to get answer from CP tech support)
Currently, the alternatives are previous and current generations GTX 1060 laptops
- MSI GT62VR and GT72VR – has an MXM GPU, GSync + IPS display, better storage/connection ports selection and better software/support. Sometimes can be found for a very close price to this one
- If you want a slimmer laptop, the MSI GE72VR and the Asus GL502VM/GL702VM can provide it
- Others with a GTX 1060
Well, let’s consider not only this model, but also its successor, as they should be quite similar. The lowest price point of these machines – including all the CP promotions and discounts – is relatively low and performance/price is pretty high. At $900-$950, you it’s by far the most cost effective GTX 1060 machine for $1200 and less. This is its biggest advantages and main selling point.
Furthermore, the Vector 17 VR has relatively low temperatures even under highest load, it comes with an agreeable screen, even though it’s not an IPS (many IPSs are even worse than this one) and the speakers are indeed not bad at all (though maximal volume is not high). You can even get a 500GB SSD for the mentioned price.
Not all is great though. The Vector 17 VR is quite bulky (with no visible reason), has no Thunderbolt 3 nor USB 3.1 gen2 USB port (but it does have a Type-C port), storage connection options are limited for such a big machine. The touchpad isn’t great and because of the big size of the keyboard surface, you might find yourself touching the pad by mistake sometimes. The looks will probably be too heavy for many. The screen, although good, could be better in terms of sharpness and there is no GSync. The GPU and CPU are soldered. The system fans are almost constantly running, even if the system is cool and you’re doing nothing.
However, the biggest issue may be CyberpowerPC support. I couldn’t find how to get a bios update and it doesn’t seem you can get rely on it either.
Personally I think that if you can get a laptop with a GTX 1060 6GB for $900-$950 with a 500GB SSD (even a simple one) and you like the dimensions and looks, it’s *probably* worth it, just make sure you’re taking into account all the disadvantages. Personally, I’d try to wait and find a laptop like the GT72VR or GT62VR for $1100 with an SSD + HDD, GSync, better software + support, nicer to look at and has an MXM GPU.
Excellent performance/price ratio for prices under $1200
Unclear CyberpowerPC support quality, really heavy looks and TN panel with no GSync