Mountain GTM X74G, review

We have the imposed idea that gaming laptops are expensive, but on many occasions it is not necessary to go for the last and more powerful to enjoy a good gaming experience. A mid-range like the Mountain GTM X74G is many times enough to have a very decent laptop without overspending.

Mountain GTM X74G was presented in December as a more affordable laptop than previous models that the Spanish assembler had in its catalog. Without Core i7 processors or top-of-the-range graphics, but with the always interesting SSD, a 17.3-inch screen and a price of about 1,000 euros, we have analyzed it to conclude that you can play comfortably on a laptop without leaving a kidney in it.

Technical characteristics of the Mountain GTM X74G

The equipment we tested is the Mountain GTM X74G, a model that has ceased to exist after Mountain's catalog change a few weeks ago. In its place is the Mountain Graphite 30 17 '' which, as confirmed by the company, is the current equivalent with identical characteristics except for the graphic section, where they have taken the opportunity to bet on the latest NVidia GTX 860M instead of the 760M of the GTM X74G we tested.

We will start by mentioning the technical characteristics of the equipment we have tested:

Mountain GTM X74G screen 17.3 inch
FullHD (1920x1080 pixels) matte panel Processor Intel Core i5-4310M 'Haswell'
2 cores (4 threads) at 2.7-3.4 GHz.
22nm., TDP 37 W. Integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 4600
400 MHz. - 1.25 GHz. Dedicated graphics NVidia GTX 760M (GPU GK106)
768 CUDA cores, 628-719 MHz.
2 GB GDDR5 128-bits RAM 4 GB DDR3 SO-DIMM PC3-12800
Kingston HyperX PnP (2x2GB) Storage Toshiba SSD MLC 19nm. mSATA, 128GB Battery Removable 8 cells, up to 5.8 hours
Li-ion 76.96 kWh. Others Full QWERTY keyboard + numeric keypad, no backlight
Intel 7260N (WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0)
Ubuntu Operating System, Windows 7/8 Dimensions 413x277.5x44 mm Weight 3.2 kilograms Price From 1,009 euros
(model tested 1,040 euros)

Here are some screenshots with more information on CPU, GPU and storage:

Don't expect a great design (or a slim laptop)

If you ask me about my favorite gaming laptop, I would say that it is the 14-inch Razer Blade, true geek eroticism. Slim, powerful and beautiful, but clear: starting at $ 1,800 in the United States. Mountain GTM X74G is a very different bet from the Blade, and we could even say that it is (almost) the opposite of American.

It is not thin (44 millimeters thick) or light (3.2 kilograms in weight), nor is its design strong. GTM X74G is a conventional laptop in which the important thing is not the exterior, but the interior formed by that Core i5 processor and the graphics, in our case NVidia GTX 760M. Obviously the set is technically inferior to what a Core i7 with the same GPU would provide, but the difference in terms of games is quite small and the lower price is something that many will possibly like.

It must be said that we are facing a large computer, 17.3 inches and FullHD screen. Once again we find a feature that could be better, referring to the resolution. The 1920x1080 pixels are already common even in panels of ten and less inches, but it is certainly a sufficient feature for the vast majority of users. Being a laptop designed to be affordable (or at least competitive), some could expect a lower resolution, although it must be recognized that Mountain succeeds in keeping 1080p at a size such as 17 inches.

The SSD falls in love once again

I have a growing impression that SSDs are critical to today's laptops. For a relatively small cost, around 100 euros, we can have a 128 GB solid state drive that provides extra essential performance to give speed to the operating system, which we will appreciate with each use. In the case of the product that we are dealing with today, Mountain GTM X74G does not incorporate it in its most basic configuration, but it is a more than reasonable extension to perform for a cost of less than 40 euros, replacing the hybrid installed by default.

Not everything is going to be red roses, of course, and obviously we will also find that if we decide to use an SSD, we will have the counterpart that the capacity is relatively low. With the space occupied by current video games, where the usual is 15, 20 or even more GB, those 128 GB can be very short and scarce. A flip for Mountain for not offering a secondary HDD in the most basic configuration, although there is its OneStep gap so that the user himself can, if he wants, install an additional unit in an almost trivial way. If you wish, you can ask the manufacturer to "assemble" them from the factory, with the consequent and logical increase in price.

The SSD, we said, is an essential element to achieve something that the X74G achieves: complete fluidity in the use and experience of the operating system, a Windows 8.1 in our case pre-installed. The differences between using a Core i5 or a superior Core i7 (both in technical characteristics and in performance ... and price) are negligible thanks, precisely, to the SSD, which, if not a part of the basic configuration, would undoubtedly be fully recommended its installation.

Other valuations

It is not a laptop for those looking for great design, high portability or easy portability, along with good performance. It is not the most beautiful or the most comfortable to move with us, as we have already commented previously, but the potential offered is really interesting.

Both in, say, general applications and video games it behaves very well, as we will see later with our benchmarks. Despite being large, its keyboard is quite comfortable, without being one of the best, and as for the trackpad We will leave it in a passable. We would appreciate using a mouse, since the mouse itself trackpad it's fine for an emergency and little else.

The battery, as you will expect, is far from the best on the market. Four or five hours of autonomy with navigation and WiFi, and two or three if we are playing, they are not bad, although it does move away from what other teams achieve and, therefore, most likely we will have to have the charger ( which is not very big or tiny) always in our pocket. This is precisely another of the characteristics that Mountain has cut to be able to lower the economic bar of the X74G.

Benchmarks and tests

Below we offer the analysis based on technical tests, divided into two sections: synthetic benchmarks and video games.

Synthetic benchmarks

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.

Video game

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.

Storage benchmarks

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 GTM X74G, Xataka's opinion


If we are looking for a laptop to play without fanfare in design (without lighting, without striking colors) that seeks to be relatively inexpensive while proposing fairly decent, balanced and thought-out gaming hardware, Mountain GTM X74G may be one of those options to have consider. The use of an SSD is essential to give that extra speed to the system, but it has as a counterpart that the capacity can be somewhat low to play. The good thing is that we can install an additional storage unit very simply as long as we need that much more space.

In terms of performance, using a Core i5 instead of a Core i7 has an impact on the benchmarks, but this is quite small since the graphics part is what is often more important: in our case an NVidia GTX 760M, a mid-range that has performed remarkably well in our video game tests. The main differences between using a Core i5 and a Core i7 are shown in calculation applications, where it is evident that the latter provides greater potential.

The design is another of the points where the X74G is seen to be a relatively inexpensive laptop.It leaves the visual aspect in the background in order to reduce costs, in order to focus on hardware, which is precisely what most interests many. With this, if the aesthetics do not matter to you and what you are looking for is a good performance at a good price, Mountain GTM X74G may be one of those options to value.

In favor

  • Performance / price
  • 17.3-inch screen
  • Configuration and customization possibilities

Against

  • Design and aesthetics, the expected
  • Battery, far from the market references
  • SSD is 'optional', when it should be part of the basic configuration

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