win32asmguy Posted February 22 Share Posted February 22 Here is my quick initial review of the Eluktronics Mech 17 GP2 with 4090. Ordering Process I used their website to purchase after their pricing promotion started and barebones options were added. This was great for me as I already had 32GB of Samsung DDR5-4800 CL40 memory on hand as well as SSD and Windows license. Checkout forwarded me to paypal, which generated a receipt with specs but for some reason this order did not get associated to my account on their site so I could not see status updates. Eventually a few days later I received an email for shipping notification. Shipping I choose their $8 option which was UPS Ground. The package was picked up in PA the same day the label was generated. I will note that hold for pickup was not available for me via UPS MyChoice. Signature was required. The box was packed well a discreet outer brown box and they also put a piece of tape over the barcode on the UPS label which was nice as it keeps water damage on the label from preventing scans. There was also a piece of paper explaining their return policy before opening the laptop package. Build Quality The Lid and Bottom panel are made of thick aluminum that is rigid and does not flex. The palm rest is made of magnesium alloy and covered with a soft touch material similar to what is found on the Dell Precision laptops. Compared to the MAX 17 I would say its a bit less quality, but still more solid than the Clevo laptops I have used in the past. Disassembly My configuration was barebones so the first thing I needed to do was remove the bottom panel. All of the screws on the bottom panel fully remove, and the two near the back center need a deeper screwdriver bit as they are recessed. There are also two screws on the back near the water inlet/outlets. Then prying from the sides near the USB ports working towards the back and front the plastic clips eventually released. The M.2 screws were already installed in the screw holes. Drive installation was easy and the user manual indicated the slot closest to the fan was primary. The included Intel AX201 Wifi card was already pre-installed. Initial Boot / BIOS After a minute the system booted and I took a look at the bios. It has an advanced menu with some options like MUX control and then a Tuning menu with Overclocking / CPU / Memory options. By default a -125mv undervolt was applied to the 13900HX P-cores. Windows Support My initial OS I am testing on it is Windows 10 22H2. After it booted into the OS most drivers were able to install other than the Realtek Audio + Nahemic drivers. Unfortunately Eluktronics told me that their Microsoft agreement only allows them to support Windows 11 on these models. They also mentioned a WIM Windows 11 image is available for customers who purchased a barebones config to simply getting their system up and running. Linux Support I have Fedora 37 installed. These are the steps I took: Boot Live USB with nouveau.modeset=0 parameter to disable the open source nvidia driver After install, go into bios and set Fedora grub EFI entry as active, also ensure Secure Boot is disabled Download updates via Software Center, reboot Switch default session from Wayland to Xorg, reboot Install akmod-nvidia from rpmfusion, reboot As far as compatibility goes everything seems to be working fine so far. The speakers are quieter than in Windows with Nahemic but are usable. Probably the HDAudio pin config is not enabling the amp yet as the mappings likely have changed since the last revision (SB Cinema -> Nahemic). In this configuration the internal display only supports 2560x1600 without scaling from xrandr. Nvidia Settings can apply a scaled resolution but this doesn't always work well in the multi-monitor configuration I use. 60hz and 240hz is supported. In theory switching the MUX to Hybrid mode should allow decent battery life at 60hz as the software configuration should allow the Nvidia card to enter runtime D3. The nvidia power daemon (dynamic boost manager) is likely buggy and will randomly cause high CPU usage. I would leave it disabled unless you are gaming or doing something where you need beyond the base 150W. I will try to run a Linux GPU benchmark soon. Booting Windows 10 via GRUB for some reason is causing performance of the 4090 GPU to be limited. So for now if I boot into Windows I must use F7 and select the "Windows Boot Manager" option instead of the Fedora entry. Performance CBR23 in Beast Mode - ~31500, 120W CBR23 in Balanced Mode - ~25800, 75W TimeSpy in Beast Mode - 21021 Overall, 21790 Graphics, 17521 CPU (Control Center installed, Nvidia 528.49, Auto Fans, 175W pull observed) Fan Noise So far it has been pretty good. No high pitched whining and the fans do not have an issue with pulsing at idle or low usage with the default curve. Overall Initial Impressions Its a nice machine. The fan noise and build quality great. I will add more as I can think about it. 5 3 1 Alienware m18 (on order) - Intel i9 13900HX, Nvidia RTX 4080 175W, 16GB DDR5-4800, 512GB SSD, 18.0 inch 1920x1200 480hz 100% DCI-P3, Killer Wifi, 99Whr Battery, Windows 11 Home Dell Precision 7670 - Intel i9 12950HX, Nvidia 3080 Ti 100W, 32GB DDR5-4800 CAMM, 2TB WD SN850, 16 inch 1920x1200 60hz 45% sRGB, Intel AX211 Wifi, 95Whr Battery, Windows 10 Pro + Fedora 37 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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