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[REVIEW] Illegear Onyx Laptop (i7-8750H, RTX 2060)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi everyone. This is my sixth review in LTT forum. I will be reviewing the Illegear Onyx laptop. Main specs of the laptop are as below:

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i7-8750H

RTX 2060 6GB

16GB 2666MHz RAM single channel

Samsung PM981 256GB

Intel 9560

W10 Trial

Mechanical keyboard (brown switch)

144Hz IPS

Kryonaut repaste and display colour calibration included

 

Based on TongFang GK5CP0Z chassis

A few notes before reading:

1. This is a quick review; thus, not everything will be covered in here

2. This review will mainly focus on thermals instead of performance

3. I will often compare this model with its bigger brother – Selenite (read the review here)

4. My English Language is not that great since it's not my native language. I apologize if you find the review too simple and boring.

 

Product page: https://store.illegear.com/slim-and-powerful-gaming-laptops/187-illegear-onyx.html

 

Part 1: Build quality, input devices

Build quality is excellent. If I had to nit-pick, I wish the chassis could be a bit thicker not only for more rigid feel (not to say that it’s flimsy) but also for better cooling performance. The lid has aluminium brush on top of it. There is only little flex when force is applied at the center. There is some flex when the lid is twisted due to the thinness. The lid is a bit wobbling but not a big deal. You can open the lid with 1 hand. The body is all metal build. There is no flex on the entire keyboard deck and it cannot be twisted with force. It feels slightly more solid compared to Selenite.

 

The mechanical keyboard (GENESWITCH v2, cap 2, brown switch) has low actuation force (slightly higher than the one in Selenite) and deep key travel. The switches are surprisingly quiet when pressed. Should be usable in quiet conditions such as in library. Like the Raven, the layout is a bit special (especially right CTRL and SHIFT keys) and I can sometimes mistype the up key when trying to press right shift. You can set the effect, brightness and speed of the keyboard lighting via Illegear Command Center.

 

The Clickpad has Precision driver. The plastic surface has satisfactory smoothness but can be a bit rough when you have wet/oily fingers. Like the Selenite, you can disable the clickpad by double tapping the left top corner of the clickpad. The L/R click feel is OK, nothing special. One thing to note is, the clickpad is aligned slightly to the right of the keyboard space bar which makes it more centralized.

 

Part 2: Display, Audio, Battery

The display is a 144Hz IPS panel from BOE (display ID BOE07AF). As you can expect from a high refresh rate panel, everything feels smooth. It gets bright enough, colours are vibrant, has low response times and good contrast.

 

The 2 down firing speakers has good audio (with a bit of bass too); however, you need to tune the audio via Sound Blaster software (otherwise the sound quality is terrible). Tuned audio profile: Music profile, bass 0, treble 3, surround 80, crystalizer 50, bass 40, smart vol 0, dialog+ off. Volume is a bit soft/quiet. Overall, the sound quality is slightly richer than the one in Selenite (with tuned audio profile too).

 

I don’t have time to test the battery life, however don’t expect much from the 46.74Wh battery.

 

Part 3: Cooling performance

The cooling design consists of 3 heatpipes with 2 shared on CPU+GPU. The heatsink is stretched to both left and right.

 

Notes on all thermal testing:

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PL1 – 70W, PL2 – 85W

BIOS N.1.01, EC 1.03.09

GPU driver tested is 418.91

Test is conducted in a A/C room (ambient 20-22C)

Game mode and equilibrium mode are used (more on that later)

Laptop is plugged in. The fans take a while to speed up when load is applied

Max fan noise is almost 60dBA

For some reason, the GPU has locked voltage (factory locked). There is no way to customize the voltage curve via MSI Afterburner (empty inside, tried many settings but no luck). Also, Throttlestop will automatically cause a 35W CPU power limit, use XTU if you wish to undervolt.

 

CPU Undervolt profile: -100mv on core and cache

Blue highlighted part is CPU undervolted result

 

CPU temp - Cinebench R15 multi core

Max 95C 3.6-3.7GHz 81-84W

Almost max fans

Max 90C 3.9GHz ~75W 1150+cb

Slightly reduced fans (compared to almost max fans)

 

CPU temp - Aida64 FPU 70W

Max 90C 3.0-3.1GHz

Max 90C 3.3-3.4GHz

Almost max fans for both

 

GPU temp - Unigine Valley (extreme HD profile)

Clock speed fluctuates, about 100-500MHz higher than boost clock (1200MHz)

Max 74C, max 95W

Slightly reduced fans

 

FPU (with undervolt) + Valley (extreme HD) with max fans

CPU: Max 95C 3.0-3.2GHz 49-52W

GPU: Max 78C same clock speed behaviour max 85W

 

Apex Legends 1080p all max, 6GB budget, 90 FOV (with undervolt)

CPU: Max 86C, clock speed fluctuates 3.0-3.9GHz 24-33W (see video below for explanation of the clock speed fluctuation)

GPU: Max 77C +100-200MHz max 85W

Slightly reduced fans

 

Unigine Valley benchmark (extreme HD, 1 run only)

FPS: 75.6

Score: 3164

 

The chassis will get warm (upper part – keyboard area, and bottom part) when it’s under load. However, the bottom part doesn’t get quite as hot as most reviews said (60+C). Maybe it’s due to the low ambient temp. Core temp differential is ~7C.

 

In Illegear Command Center, there are 2 modes to choose from: Game mode or office mode. Office mode gives you access to control fan speed but has a 35W CPU power limit.

 

There are also 4 power profiles to choose from:

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High performance (same with Windows)

Game

Equilibrium

Power saving

Here’s a good video on how all the power setting works. Very informative. Basically, just keep it to game mode and equilibrium

 

The included power adapter is an 180W unit from FSP. Take note that temps might be a little higher when running dual channel memory.

 

Part 4: Miscellaneous

The laptop is thin and light – 1.95kg and 20mm thickness. The footprint is also relatively small.

 

You need to press about 2 seconds to power on the laptop.

 

For the pictures of positioning of ports, cooling solution etc, you can refer Notebookcheck review on GK5CQ7Z 2070MQ (XMG Neo 15)

 

Other settings in Illegear Command Center:

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Power source for display – turn off internal display

Display colour profile: Standard, Gaming, Video, Reading, Customize

Light Effect: Keyboard backlight, LED light bar

Other settings: Windows key lock, Hibernation USB charging, Discrete GPU ‘on’, Turn off OSD, Gamer mode

Conclusion: Decent thin and light RTX laptop

 

Pros:

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Thin and light gaming laptop with small footprint

Reasonable temps

Excellent build quality

Good display

Plenty of ports

Great mechanical keyboard

Cons:

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Runs a bit hot as expected in small chassis, loud fans under load

Poor battery life - no option for bigger battery unlike 1050TI model

Thanks for reading! Let me know if there are mistakes in the review.


Laptop recommender and enthusiast

 

My daily driver: Lenovo Legion Y530 [REVIEW]

How to undervolt CPU and GPU in laptops

 

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Specs of my Y530:

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Intel Core i5-8300H Nvidia GTX1050TI 2GB LP156WFG-SPB2 144Hz IPS 16GB 2666MHZ DDR4 RAM (2x8GB) Samsung PM981 256GB NVMe SSD+Seagate ST1000LM035 1TB 5400RPM HDD (spare)

My Phone: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon 625, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM)

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In Illegear Command Center, there are 2 modes to choose from: Game mode or office mode. Office mode gives you access to control fan speed but has a 35W CPU power limit.

35w CPU power limit in office mode feels like a problem. Could this "problem" be potentially be solved with an update to the command center software? 

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1 hour ago, bindydad123 said:

35w CPU power limit in office mode feels like a problem. Could this "problem" be potentially be solved with an update to the command center software? 

Should be possible via firmware/software/BIOS update


Laptop recommender and enthusiast

 

My daily driver: Lenovo Legion Y530 [REVIEW]

How to undervolt CPU and GPU in laptops

 

Laptop Reviews:

Specs of my Y530:

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Intel Core i5-8300H Nvidia GTX1050TI 2GB LP156WFG-SPB2 144Hz IPS 16GB 2666MHZ DDR4 RAM (2x8GB) Samsung PM981 256GB NVMe SSD+Seagate ST1000LM035 1TB 5400RPM HDD (spare)

My Phone: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon 625, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM)

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