Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop Review. The First Notebook to Play the Company With A GTX 1060


Last March we officially met the Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop, a laptop-oriented entirely to the gaming market where the most demanding users must pay high prices for their equipment, but Xiaomi comes to this segment with the purpose of offering portable gaming with more contained prices and adjusted.

We knew that in spite of everything, the Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop would not be economical, although if we compared it with the competition, there would be important cost differences, which finally benefits the users in general by acquiring a product of similar or better quality. a lower cost and the pre-sale of this product has officially started.

GeekBuying already has in advance the Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop for all those interested in betting on this portable gaming, but we must review its technical specifications to show you all the benefits that it includes in case you do not know them.

Screen: 70% NTSC, Brightness, Color Is Good

The Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop has a 15.6 “screen and has IPS technology and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 Full HD. The screen is from BOE. The specific model is the NV156FHM-N61.

Here we use the Red Star 5 color correction instrument to test this screen. In the color gamut, this screen reached 95% of sRGB, 70% of NTSC, and 74% of Adobe RGB, which basically matched the official nominal 72% of NTSC.

The tone response should be consistent with the “luminance 2.2” curve as much as possible. It can be seen that the measured black curve is already very close to the “luminance 2.2” curve, and the performance is very good.

In the grayscale curve, the screen is very smooth at 20%-80% brightness

its maximum brightness can reach 307.8nits, 850:1 contrast.

In terms of color uniformity, only the ?E value of the square in the lower left corner is relatively high, reaching 3.6, and the rest are all less than 2, which is a level at which the human eye basically cannot discern the color difference.

The brightness uniformity is also the largest difference in the left-bottom box, which is 15%.

In terms of color accuracy, only the deviation of 1F is slightly larger, and the others are still good. The overall average is 1.11.

Hardware Performance: All Aspects Are Quite Balanced

The core i7-7700HQ is a 45-watt TDP processor and 2.80 GHz base, which goes up to 3.80 GHz with Boost. It is a quad-core processor based on the seventh generation Kaby Lake H architecture , it is manufactured under a 14nm + process which makes it very energy efficient, it integrates the Intel HD Graphics 630 GPU, which is able to deliver fluid graphics and HD videos in simple applications, leaving the GTX 1060 for pure gaming.

in terms of RAM memory have 8GB DDR4 2400 Mhz. while the serial storage includes 1 TB of hard disk and an SSD of 256GB, In the graphics section the Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop has the Nvidia GTX 1060 in its mobile version. Based on the Pascal architecture to 16nm technology FinFET of TSMC and a memory of 6GB GDDR5


Anyway, let’s take a look at the performance of the CPU. Through the Cinebench R15 test, we can see that the i7-7700HQ multi-core score is 734cb while the single-core score is 152cb, this result belongs to the i7-7700HQ mainstream level. There are no problems with maps and games.

However, if we put this result in front of the 8th generation CPU, it would be a little weak. Here we borrowed a comparison chart between the previous 8 genes and 7 genes of Core Duo processor. Among them, the score of i7-8750 comes from the machinist. T90.

Can see 6 core 12 threads of i7-8750H in the single, multi-core has improved, especially multi-core performance, compared to 4 core 8 threads i7-7700HQ increased by 38%, single-core also has a 15% increase, this progress is quite obvious.

Hard Drive

In terms of hard drives, Xiaomi’s gaming Laptop uses an SSD+HDD dual-drive combo solution. The SSD uses Samsung’s PM961, which has a capacity of 256GB, takes PCI-E 3.0×4 channels, HDD comes from Seagate, and has a capacity of 1TB.

According to the information detected by CrystalDiskInfo, the specific model of the SSD is MZVLW256HEHP, and the column of the transmission mode is PCI-E 3.0×4, which is the full-speed bandwidth of 32Gb/s.

In terms of SSD performance, sequential reading and writing under Q32T1 can reach 3353MB/s and 1243MB/s respectively, and 4K random reading and writing under Q1T1 can reach 45MB/s and 137MB/s, and the performance is very good.

Graphics Card

3DMark Fire Strike total score is 9356 and graphics card points are 10835

3DMark Time Spy total is score 3719 and its graphics card points are 3649

In terms of video card games, except for the minimum GTX, 1050 Ti is the GTX 1060 6G graphics card, aiming at 1060 can also be regarded as demonstrating the performance level positioning of the Xiaomi Gaming Laptop.

Judging from the 3DMark’s points, the GTX 1060 has been able to meet most of the games. According to our previous test experience, the GTX 1060 has no problem in fluently game testing under 1080P resolution and high picture quality.

Heat Dissipation: The CPU is Basically Not Down-Converted at Full Load, With One Key Cooling Noise

In terms of heat dissipation, we use the AIDA64 system stability test (single-fired FPU) and Furmark to allow the CPU and GPU to reach 100% load. After that, the temperature of the notebook C/D plane is detected by the FLUKE thermal imager. Dual baking time is 30 minutes.

It should be noted that the frequency multiplier of the i7-7700HQ has been stable between 30-32 during the double baking process. That is, the frequency stability is between 3.0GHz and 3.2GHz, and the power consumption can basically run at 45W. There is no obvious Downclocking (i7-7700HQ 4 cores with the highest Turbo 3.4GHz). The maximum CPU temperature is 93°C and the graphics card is 74°C.

Looking at the detection results of the thermal imager, the maximum temperature of the C surface is 52.6°C, which appears in the middle of the F function key. The temperature in the middle of the keyboard is slightly higher, and the temperatures on the left and right sides are relatively low, basically below 40°C.

The maximum temperature of the D surface is 51.4°C, which appears in the lower part of the cooling grille. The red part is basically a heat pipe, and the temperature is generally about 50°C.

In addition, we also tested the noise problem known as “Tornado” one-button heat dissipation. Before the author revealed that the name of the tornado was not covered. This is because the speed of the fan after turning on one-button cooling is really large.

Before opening a key to heat, the decibel meter shows 37.9dB

But after opening a key to heat, the decibel meter shows 69.3dB

We put the this Mi gaming Laptop in a relatively confined space for testing. When the one-key heat is not turned on, the decibel meter shows 37.9dB. After the one-button heat is turned on, the decibel meter shows 69.3dB. The sound after opening a key heats up a lot. 30dB, sounds close to 70dB have been considered noisy.

Internal Review: Neat Layout, Slightly Expandable

The interior of the Mi Gaming Laptop is still very neat. The above is the four heat pipes + dual fans covering the CPU and GPU. The bottom left is the wireless network card and the M.2 SSD, and the right side is the memory covering the metal shield, and the lower left is 2.5-inch HDD and the battery on the right side.

There is also an upright M.2 interface on the right side of the M.2 SSD, but this location is in conflict with the lower 2.5-inch hard disk drive (when the SSD is mounted, it will just reach the HDD cable).

Fortunately, the MI Gaming Laptop is a combination of SSD+HDD, and the SSD’s capacity is sufficient (except for the top allocation is 256GB, the remaining three configurations are 128GB), basically, do not need to upgrade.

Written In the Final: Performance Does Not Need to Worry, Appearance is the Determinant of Purchase

In fact, the performance of Xiaomi’s game is completely unnecessary to worry about, whether it is the quality of the screen, the performance of various parts of the hardware, or internal cooling and workmanship, Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop are considered superior.

The only slot in terms of performance may be the 7-generation Core CPU. If it is updated to the 8th generation of Core CPUs in the near future, we believe that it is still very competitive. So it’s worth noting that Mi Gaming Laptop is worth buying. You just need to consider whether you like it enough or not. That’s it.

As we mentioned at the beginning, the Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop is in pre-sale with GeekBuying initiating prices from $1079 for the most “basic” version, but if we go up to the second intermediate model will have a price of $1279, but in this case and for the next two versions GeekBuying gives us $20 using the coupon :  QVMORJAC. Its mean you can order it at priced $1059.99.

Update on Nov.17, 2018

Start Date Product Name Link on Coupon Final Prices Limited Qty
11/17/2018 Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-8750H GeForce® GTX1060 HLXZZZYK $1,465.99 100

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