AVADirect Avant P870DM-G Laptop Review: What a difference a desktop GPU makes

By Jos ยท 15 replies
Apr 13, 2016
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  1. Gaming on a laptop normally requires a sacrifice of graphics power for form factor. AVADirect’s Avant P870DM-G gaming laptop houses a Nvidia Geforce GTX 980 desktop GPU, and it makes a hell of a difference.

    While the Avant is on the thicker and heavier side of the gaming laptop spectrum, weighing more than 10 pounds with battery installed, it’s not packing a full-sized GTX 980 like the ones proudly on display behind the tranparent side panels of gaming desktops.

    Last year Nvidia introduced a special laptop form-factor version of the card, featuring the same components and overclocking ability in something a bit slimmer. Properly cooled and clocked, this mini GTX 980 is capable of performing at or close to the same as its desktop counterpart.

    Read the complete review.

  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,287   +903

    I didn't like his writting, at all, the snotty remarks, the clearly not scientific method to test and so on. Thankfully it's not from Techspot -which I find awesome btw-.

    So you get a desktop grade computer on a laptop-ish size and a desktop-ish weight with no battery remarks to speak whatsoever? Behold!! The future is now...
  3. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 864   +880

    This barely qualifies as a 'review' in any stretch of the imagination....
  4. DJMIKE25

    DJMIKE25 TS Addict Posts: 174   +68

    No enough information in this review. I would like to see one on this laptop with much more information, like I don't know, battery life?????
  5. Vito05

    Vito05 TS Enthusiast Posts: 17   +28

    3 hours, says so in the picture... Sigh, when will next generation batteries come...
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  6. sac39507

    sac39507 TS Booster Posts: 115   +36

    Properly cooled? Yeah right!
  7. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 453   +181

    I found his writing style to be quite entertaining. I do agree it's not a proper review, more of an introduction to the product. I'm sure we could find more detailed reviews online if we were interested in buying it (at 3 grand, I'm not).
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    Anybody remember that GPU's can not be protected from infections???
    Yep, they perform great, but will put you into the Virus Removal Forum faster than you can click
  9. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,287   +903

    And how is this different from any computer?? You do know that in order to have a screen, ALL the computers need a GPU and that if it's integrated or external it's a GPU nontheless?

    And no.... unless you like porn.exe files or open whatever people you don't know send you from the spam folder, or navigate through obscure websites, or share your pendrive on college or libraries public computer... in the end if you have what is called common sense it's kind of pretty hard to get infected.
  10. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    My point is there is no Anti-Virus product today which can protect what gets loaded into the GPU.
    (after 37 years of this stuff, yes I understand CPU GPU and Graphic Cards, thank you).
  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,287   +903

    And what kind of point does that make that is related to the topic or that someone spoke about... that is something that goes beyond my wildest imagination...
  12. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    GPU acceleration comes at the increase risk of getting infected. If you want a secured system, don't use GPU acceleration.
  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,287   +903

    Dude... you went full retard there... I'm out...
  14. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    No comment
  15. DJMIKE25

    DJMIKE25 TS Addict Posts: 174   +68

    Yep I missed that. Although I'm going to have to assume that they mean when not performing intensive tasks.
  16. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,287   +903

    Ok your comment clearly bothered me more than it should've.

    This is only for the sake of educating, you may have 37 years of savvy-ness but you have some miss-conceptions.

    So, a virus on the most common way is a piece of software that goes into your computer through the hard disk drive, where the operative system resides. The operative system knows how to speak with the different peripherals you may have through the use of drivers, because in the end it's speaking with hardware that have no simple storage solutions. This means that for your GPU to get a virus would be as hard as for your processor to get a virus, or that your mouse gets a virus, maybe a bit simpler on the GPU since it actually has memory but this memory is volatile, the same your RAM is which means as soon as it's powered off, any and everything that it had on it's memory it's no longer there.

    The only way for a GPU to get infected, is that a virus that you get into your computer (Not through a video card, as we've cleared already earlier) (And when I say YOU, it's because YOU have to let it in, because they just don't waltz over) is smart enough that it gets a way to flash your video card ROM to put itself into your video card, which believe me it's practically impossible for someone who is not trying really really really hard to get your vacation trip photos or what not.

    To sum it up, your computer having a faster CPU or GPU has no impact on how fast a virus can infect your computer.
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