Mountain Graphite 40, analysis
We arrived with the analysis of the Mountain Graphite 40, one of the most powerful laptops we have had in our hands. Intel Core i7, NVidia GTX 870M, SSD ... who is it for? You can imagine it: professional games and applications.
A laptop that does not stand out for its design, but that provides a really high and interesting performance. To highlight both its potential and its sound, very good for being a laptop. All the details and benchmarks with its behavior, as always, below: start the analysis of the Mountain Graphite 40.
Technical characteristics of the Mountain Graphite 40
We will start by mentioning the technical characteristics of the equipment we have tested:
Mountain Graphite 40
FullHD - 1920x1080 pixels
4 cores (8 threads) at 2.5 ~ 3.5 GHz.TDP 47 W
400 MHz. ~ 1.15 GHz.
GPU 'Kepler' GK104, 941 Mhz. + Turbo Boost1344 CUDA cores, 6 GB GDDR5
Li-ION of 76.96 WH.
WiFi (up to 802.11n) and Blueetooth 4.0DVD burner
Here are some screenshots with more information on CPU, GPU and storage:
A good team to play
It is not the first laptop Mountain that we analyze around here. A few months ago the GTM X74 (renamed Graphite 30 17``) passed through our hands, a computer with a profile similar to the Graphite 40 that we are dealing with today. Smaller screen but very similar in the other features.
We are still facing a generously sized gaming laptop, with a somewhat high thickness - 4.3 centimeters, later we will talk more about the design - but what is the price to turn off. Of course it is not the lightest or thinnest laptop on the market, but in its defense it must be added that it is not excessively heavy when transporting or moving it with us. It is not, of course, a model to keep in mind for those looking for something light to always move with them.
As for technical characteristics, Graphite 40 offers a very good list of specifications. Here we refer to playing, but of course the fan can be opened to other uses and possibilities: professional software (CAD, 3D modeling, simulations) or of course any daily task. Core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM and NVidia GTX 870M graphics, the latter one of the most powerful features available on the market today.
To all this we add the always interesting SSD: the tested unit came with a Toshiba mSATA 128 GB model, although Mountain mounts Crucial M500 240 GB models by default. At older we can install, either on our own or as an extension of the equipment, another 2.5-inch storage unit in the hole they call OneStep.
Design? Well, without highlighting
It is not the strong part of Mountain, and although we have seen a significant improvement in terms of design, there is still a long way to go. It is, as we have already said, a thick and also sober team, completely black - or rather, a very dark gray - and with practically all straight lines.
The keyboard is one of its pluses: it is a complete keyboard that includes a numerical part and also a backlight, only available in blue. Its behavior is correct, and it provided us with a good experience although, it must be said, inferior to that of the MSI GE60, manufactured by SteelSeries and one of the best laptop keyboards I have tested.
Another positive point of the Graphite 40 and its design is that the battery is removable, providing 6 hours of autonomy according to official figures (we can easily extract 5 with normal use, which is a fairly accurate figure). The power adapter that comes with the computer is, in tune with the rest of the computer, quite large and somewhat heavy.
Onkyo sound with good results
Good performance and an acceptable design, but there is another feature that often goes unnoticed and that we must highlight: the sound of the Mountain Graphite 40 is very good for being a laptop. Of course it will be far from specific systems, but considering the product category we are in, the result is, at least, remarkable.
It is based on a system designed by Onkyo and offers great power, while maintaining a certain quality and strong bass. If we look at the back of the computer we will find a specific speaker for this, which enhances the result of the set. I would say that it has nothing to envy to a normal desktop sound system, and it is certainly much better than many of the built-in speakers on the screens, something common in these modern times. The sound is surprisingly good, and testing it with video games is a significant difference from other laptops.
Benchmarks and tests
We started the technical analysis based on technical tests in two sections: synthetic benchmarks and video games.
Benchmarks are software suites that allow you to test different aspects of the hardware. On this occasion we have carried out the following tests:
- 3DMark, divided into three tests (Ice storm, Cloud gate and Fire strike) with various levels of demand.
- 3DMark 11, a single test with DirectX 11.
- PCMark 7, a benchmark that measures overall performance.
- PCMark 8, the new version of the previous one with tests 'Home' and 'Creative'.
- CineBench 11.5, divided into two tests to study CPU and graphics chip performance using OpenGL.
- Unigine Heaven 3.0, with tests under DirectX 11 and OpenGL.
- Unigine Heaven 4.0, focused on two configurations Extreme and BASIC with different levels of demand.
We continue with the tests on video games, divided into the following titles:
- Battlefield 3, native resolution and settings Ultra and Low.
- Battlefield 4, native resolution and settings Ultra and Low.
- Bioshock Infinite, 1280x720p resolution and settings Very High and Low.
- Mafia 2, resolution determined by the benchmark in configurations Ultra and Low.
- Portal 2, native resolution and maximum supported configuration.
Finally, some benchmarks related to storage:
- ATTO Disk Benchmark: one test for reading and one for writing.
- Crystal Disk Mark: sequential measurement in both reading and writing.
Mountain Graphite 40, Xataka's opinion
If we are looking for a computer around 15 inches that is powerful, there is a very wide variety of products available on the market. For around 800 euros there are very decent laptops, although we will need something more to have certain always recommended extras: SSD, FullHD screens, backlit keyboard or better graphics.
Mountain Graphite 40 is, from a characteristics point of view, a very good computer. It is not cheap, since the unit tested goes up to 1,349 euros (VAT included). In exchange we will get a Core i7 processor, high-end NVidia graphics and an SSD with which the computer 'flies'. The performance is excellent, as you can see in the benchmarks, and at the height is the sound system Onkyo that has surprised us very pleasantly.
On the opposite side of the scale, Mountain continues to fail in the design of its notebooks, very sober and simple. While other brands offer exclusive, colorful cases with lots of light and a variety of details, the one on the Graphite 40 is quite bland by comparison. If you do not care about the aesthetics of your computer there will be no problem, but of course it is an aspect to highlight in a product whose competition increasingly offers more and more design details.
- Of course, the performance is very good
- Simplicity when installing a new storage unit
- The design can be improved
- Thick (4.3 centimeters) and heavy (3.1 kilograms)
- Included charger is large
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