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The Ultimate Productivity Programmer's Notebook MECHREVO Code 10 Review Part 2: Stick to 10中文

2022-01-14 14:25:07 | Source:song1118FairReviews | Writer:song1118
As a 16-inch 16:10 screen model, Code 10 is in a more delicate state due to the rare abandonment of the discrete graphics card and the use of a mobile standard version processor.

Article introduction

The original text is in Chinese, and it was translated by Google. Please understand that there are some unsatisfactory words! The original text can be viewed at https://www.song1118.com.

The full text contains more than 3,500 words and 40 pictures, divided into the following chapters:

  • gentleman's agreement

  • calm down

  • decided

  • hesitant

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gentleman's agreement

Since the author is still a time management apprentice, the second part of this review was released a month later after the first part of this review was published in mid-December 2021. Therefore, So, my apologies to all readers who have been waiting for a long time! 

Before, the author has stated to readers many times: future works will do their best to end without a hitch (that is, no longer the undefeated "eunuch" of the East), this is a gentleman's agreement, and readers can use this as a basis for continuous supervision. 

After the last article was published, many readers were very interested in the Code 10 of the mechanical revolution (hereinafter referred to as Code 10), and they left comments one after another, including (should be) the official product manager of the Code 10 of the mechanical revolution "Let's hear what A Pu has to say. ” message, the gist of it is as follows:

1. Code 10 originally planned to have not only a network port, but also an SD card reader.

2. Code 10 is not an upgrade of Code 01, and Code 01 Ver2.0, the upgrade of Code 01, died halfway through 2021;

3. Some details have been neglected in Code 10, but it has improved a lot than before;

4. You can see the respective v2.0 versions of Code 01 and Code 10 next year.

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So, this last point can also be regarded as a "gentleman's agreement" of the official mechanical revolution?

Next year... oh, it's already this year 2022, and the second generation of Code 10 will appear!

At this time, it is inconvenient for the author to continue to think differently, and it is better to complete the evaluation of the first generation of Code 10 at hand.


calm down

body

As a model with a 16-inch 16:10 screen, Code 10 is in a more delicate state due to the rare abandonment of the discrete graphics card and the use of a mobile standard version of the processor. Slightly thicker and heavier, but much thinner than most models with discrete graphics screens of the same size - the thickness is controlled under 18mm, and the weight is less than 1.6kg.

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The width of the borders on both sides of the screen is almost speechless; the upper border is slightly wider on the basis of retaining the most basic camera and microphone arrays; and the width of the lower border is determined by the sinking screen shaft design. Got a very nice visual effect.

A slight concern: the top cover is made of "aviation grade magnesium aluminum alloy", which is rigid enough to deal with daily scenes, but because the entire screen top cover is very thin, when the author's hands are vigorously twisted or pressed, the screen display will appear. ripple phenomenon. This phenomenon is unavoidable for almost all laptops today.

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However, there is no problem with the rigidity of the base of the Code 10. Whether it is pressed or twisted vigorously, or using one hand to hold a corner for vigorous exercise, no deformation or abnormal sound has been observed.

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Of course, Code 10 has a weight of nearly 1.6 kilograms. Compared with some super thin and light laptops with a weight of less than 1 kilogram, it is still difficult to hold with one hand for a long time. After all, its main direction is still thin enough to have the strongest power. CPU performance.

Therefore, the author believes that some users who are extremely demanding of CPU performance should be "relaxed" when using Code 10 in mobile work, and will not be troubled by its 1.6 kg weight.

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keyboard and mouse

In order for a laptop to make the user feel at ease, it is not enough to have a strong enough body, suitable weight and size, and powerful performance. It also needs a keyboard and mouse, an important part of excellent human-computer interaction.

Code 10's official announcement of "84 arrays of backlit keyboards, full-size directional keys, and 1.4mm key travel" is indeed true. As mentioned in the previous article: the Del button commonly used by programmers is in the upper right corner, and the Home, PgUp, PgDn, and End buttons are listed vertically on the far right. These layouts are very good. It is a pity that there is no separate numeric keypad, especially the right Shift key is grabbed by the standard-sized up arrow key, which takes time for most programmer users to get used to.

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Mouse-wise, the Code 10 uses a huge multi-function touchpad.

When the author turned on the phone for the first time, when the touchpad was enabled, there was a prompt that the product needs to be activated, and it would be activated automatically after connecting to the network. 

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After activation, I found that its functions are very rich, so I spent some time researching.

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Discover this multifunctional touchpad called Luckey, officially called "Ultra Thin Smart Keyboard", produced by Beijing Laku Company, this design has won many international design awards and has been adopted by many brands. The founder of Laku is also the world champion of seven top international creative design awards, and has won the three most authoritative awards in the world design industry (German Red Dot Design Supreme, German iF International Design, American IDEA)

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In this way, Code 10 has really put a lot of thought into the touchpad, and the Mechanical Revolution and Laku Company have also cooperated to a certain extent. 

After the author's actual measurement, this multi-function touchpad is indeed better than the ordinary touchpad: it has a large area and multiple functions. This is a highlight of Code 10.

 

Screen

An important part of good human-computer interaction, and the screen. 

The official promotional image of this Code 10 screen is as follows:

  • 16:10 aspect ratio, 2560x1600 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, anti-glare matte screen;

  • 100% sRGB color gamut, support DC dimming, 350 nits brightness.

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Use AIDA64 and HWiNFO64 to view the screen information, the name is CSOT T3, the model ID is MNG007DA1-2, and use the Windows settings to check to confirm that the refresh rate of 120Hz is supported.

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Check the industry authoritative screen information website Panelook (https://www.panelook.com), and the results are as follows: 

According to the model ID of MNG007DA1-2, it is found that it is produced by CSOT, the panel is LTPS TFT-LCD liquid crystal module, uses WLED backlight, and is a wide viewing angle thin screen (thickness does not exceed 3.2 mm).

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Both screens were measured using the Spyder X Elite and the results are as follows.

 Color gamut (Gamut) 

  • 100% sRGB;

  • 76% AdobeRGB;

  • 77% P3;

  • 71% NTSC.

sRGB conforms to 100% of the official nominal, which is no problem for programmers, and is sufficient for many other scenarios;

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Tone Response:

The tone response curve and display gamma (display luminosity) of 2.2 are almost completely repeated, with only a deviation of 0.01, which is excellent;

The gray scale is very small in the range of 20~80%, between 6330 and 6260 Kelvin.

 

Brightness and Contrast:

The maximum brightness is 331.2 nits, which is slightly lower than the official nominal 350 nits, but the absolute value is sufficient;

The measured contrast ratio is 1300:1 at the highest brightness, which is excellent;

The above measured brightness and contrast ratio belong to the current good screen.

 

Screen Uniformitu:

Color Uniformitu:

The highest Delta E value is 3.6 when the brightness is the highest, the lower right corner is the highest, and the lower left corner is the lowest; the color uniformity of the screen is relatively good.

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Luminance Uniformitu for Brightness

When the brightness is the highest, the maximum brightness difference is 17%, the upper right and lower left corners are the brightest, and the middle and lower parts are the darkest;

The brightness uniformity of the screen is good.

 

Color Accuracy:

At 1F, the maximum value of Delta E was 2.89, and the mean value was 1.14, which was excellent;

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Comprehensive evaluation (Monitor Rating):

According to the evaluation standard of Spyder X Elite, the comprehensive evaluation of the screen is as follows:

Color gamut, tonal response and contrast are all out of 5;

White point, color uniformity, and color accuracy are all high scores of 4.5;

The brightness uniformity also has 4 points;

The final (overall rating) composite score is 4.5 points, which is a relatively good screen.

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From the above measured data, the screen of this Code 10, I think it is a relatively good screen:

1. 16:10 ratio, 2560x1600 resolution and 100% sRGB color gamut, so that the display content, picture fineness and common color performance can be well guaranteed;

2. Approaching 90% screen-to-body ratio, 120Hz refresh rate and support for DC dimming, the appearance is icing on the cake, and users can also ensure good comfort when using it for a long time.

3. The maximum brightness is close to 340 nits, the contrast ratio is as high as 1300:1, and the anti-glare matte screen is added. The actual measurement can ensure the normal use of the user in bright outdoor areas;

Of course, in terms of color gamut, it cannot fully meet the needs of creative design users, but this is not the positioning of Code 10, which is understandable.

For game users, with a 2560x1600 resolution and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, Code 10's screen is also acceptable, but additional enhancements have been made in graphics performance---more on this later. talk. 

In summary, Code 10's body, keyboard, mouse, and screen are discussed. Next, it should be the most important performance measurement of the evaluation content.

 

decided

preset

Before starting the performance test, let's take a look at the factory default state and configuration of the Code 10.

Enter the original factory pre-installed system, the author uses WinPE system to boot, enables DiskGenius to check the information of the original factory pre-installed hard disk, and finds that the official divides the hard disk into two parts besides the necessary three hidden partitions: Windows Re tools, ESP and MSR. partitions:

1. One of the partitions has a size of 200GB and is used as the Windows system installation partition, and the other partition has the remaining 700GB as the data partition;

2. The last time for the system installation partition to be used from the factory should be November 25, 2021, and the time I received it was December 11, and the interval is normal;

3. Official drivers and electronic user manuals are stored in the data partition, which is environmentally friendly and convenient.

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Enter the system and open the device manager to view the main hardware as follows: intel mobile standard processing i7-11800H and integrated graphics card, Samsung PM9A1 1TB SSD, intel WiFi 6 AX201 wireless network card plus Bluetooth, Goodix fingerprint reader, MTD camera.

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Here's one of the big reasons why I decided to buy the Code 10: I have Thunderbolt 4 and USB 3.2.

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The system is pre-installed with 9 programs that occupy a 212MB hard disk, which is very simple.

The boot memory uses 2.6GB, which is very refreshing.

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Then use LatencyMon to test the drive delay. After nearly 2 hours of testing, the overall display is green, indicating that the overall performance of the Code 10 factory pre-installed drive delay is very good!

If you have the conditions, you can use it to try the audio editing work dominated by Apple laptops, and it may be able to withstand the test of audio editing work that requires driving low latency.

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CPU

The intel mobile standard version of Code 10 handles the i7-11800H parameters as follows, and there is no difference compared with other laptops of the same model: the third-level cache is 24MB, 8 cores and 16 threads, the base frequency is 2.3GHz, and the acceleration frequency can reach 4.6GHz , with intel UHD integrated graphics.

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However, in the advanced menu of BIOS Aptio Setup, Code 10's CPU, there are three optional PL1: 35, 45 and 55 watts, the default is 45 watts.

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Cinebench benchmark

On the Cinebench R15, R20 and R23 benchmarks, the i7-11800H on top of this Code 10 scored the following with PL 1 set to 35, 45 and 55 watts:

The R15 single-core scores were 229, 229, and 230, and the multi-core scores were 1539, 1598, and 1582, respectively;

The R20 single-core scores were 584, 583, and 586, and the multi-core scores were 3476, 3700, and 3668;

The R23 single-core scores were 1518, 1520, and 1518, and the multi-core scores were 8998, 9831, and 10126, respectively;

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Comparing the above scores with the comparative models selected from the author's historical measured data, the results are as follows:

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1.For the CPU of Code 10, when PL1 is set to 55 watts, the single-core performance is basically unchanged, and the multi-core performance is significantly improved in R23;

2. For the CPU of Code 10, when PL1 is set to 35 watts, the single-core performance is basically unchanged, but the multi-core performance is significantly reduced;

3. The CPU of Code 10, when PL1 is set to 45 watts, has roughly the same performance as the Intel Core I9-11950H on the ThinkPad P15v Gen 2.

 

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

In the 50-cycle Cinebench R15 multi-core performance test that tests the stability of the CPU under long-term and high-load operation, when the PL 1 is set to 35 watts, 45 watts, and 55 watts, the Code 10 CPU multi-core scores are as follows:

The peaks are 1528.53, 1589.57 and 1583.59 respectively----the difference between the three peaks is not large;

The mean values are 1368.35, 1541.84 and 1521.95-----35 watts, and the mean value of 35 watts has dropped significantly, and 55 watts is not as good as 45 watts;

The valleys are 1321.83, 1518.78, and 1492.65 - same as above.

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It can also be seen in the score curve comparison chart that 35 watts is a green curve. After the second test, the score dropped to more than 1300 points until the end of the test;

The 45-watt white curve performed well, and the overall fluctuation was not large, and it remained above 1510 points from beginning to end.

As for the 55 watt red tuneThe overall fluctuation is not large, but its values are basically below the white curve.

In the end, the score curves of 45 watts and 55 watts are slightly higher than the yellow curves of the Intel Core I9-11950H on the ThinkPad P15v Gen 2.

Why is the score curve of 55 watts slightly lower than that of 45 watts in the above test?

This will be explained in detail in the Stree Tests section.

 

3DMark CPU Profile

Tested with 3DMark CPU Profile, the i7-11800H on Code 10, with CPU PL1 set to 35 watts, 45 watts and 55 watts, scored as follows:

The maximum threads are 5329, 5345 and 5378;

16 threads are 5313, 5350 and 5358;

Single thread 941, 940 and 941 respectively.

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Only the latter two have little difference in multi-threading scores, and there is little difference between the single-threading three—even if the 3DMark CPU Profile benchmark does not need to run continuously for a long time, the burst performance under 55 watts, and compared with 45 watts, the improvement is still not obvious.

 

GPU

Code 10's integrated graphics card, intel UHD Graphics, is called "intel Tiger Lake-H-GT1 Intergrated Graphics", and its parameters are lackluster.

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In the BIOS, there are three optional settings for only DVMT graphics memory, the default is 256MB. Since Code 10 is not a model that focuses on graphics performance, I only tested its performance in its default state.

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3DMark

Using the 3DMark benchmark test software, when the CPU PL1 is set to 35 watts, 45 watts and 55 watts, the tests were carried out respectively, and compared with the scores of the author's historically measured models, the results are as follows:

Time Spy Extreme Graphics scores are: 321, 322 and 322.

Time Spy Graphics scores are: 703, 703 and 704.

Fire Strike Ultra Graphics scores are: 553, 548 and 551.

Fire Strike Graphics scores were: 2668, 2654 and 2675.

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It is proved that the PL1 change of the CPU will not cause any performance changes to the integrated GPU.

At the same time, the performance of the integrated graphics card is indeed far from that of the discrete graphics card.

 

storage

RAM

In the previous dismantling session, it has been mentioned that the Code 10 tested this time, the pre-installed memory is two 16GB and DDR4-3200 MHz memory, the brand is Crucial under Micron (Micron).

Using AIDA64's cache and memory benchmark test modules, the test results are as follows, and the performance is normal.

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hard disk

Code 10 has two M.2 2280 SSD slots. Among them, the slot between the battery and the speaker on one side is the main hard disk slot, which supports PCIe 4.0 SSD, and the other only supports PCIe 3.0 transmission mode.

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In the factory BIOS, the hard disk mode is preset to AHCI, and the intel RST hard disk mode is not enabled. When the number of hard disks is sufficient, RST can be enabled to form RAID 0 and 1.

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The factory-installed Samsung PM9A1 1TB SSD is a PCIe 4.0 SSD. Check it with CrystalDiskInfo and test it with CrystalDiskMark and AS SSD Benchmark. The results are as follows:

CrystalDiskMark's SEQ1M Q8T1 read and write rates are 6641.64MB/s and 4931.07MB/s;

The AS SSD Benchmark has a score of 7944 points.

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When the Western Digital SN850 PCIe 4.0 2TB SSD is installed in another M.2 SSD slot that only supports PCIe 3.0, the test results are as follows:

CrystalDiskMark's SEQ1M Q8T1 read and write rates are 3503.20MB/s and 3311.92MB/s;

The AS SSD Benchmark has a score of 7204 points.

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Using PCMark 10's Full System Drive benchmark, a system partition of a Samsung PM9A1 1TB SSD installed in the primary PCIe 4.0-capable slot, a Western Digital SN850 PCIe installed in another PCIe 3.0-only M.2 SSD slot 4.0 2TB SSD, respectively conducted the Full System Drive benchmark test, and the results are as follows:

The bandwidth of the former is 426.55MB/s, the average access delay is 61 microseconds, and the score is 2707 points.

The bandwidth of the latter is 341.91MB/s, the average access delay is 78 microseconds, and the score is 2143 points.

The PCIe 4.0 SSD under PCIe 4.0 does have better performance than under PCIe 3.0.

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Combine the above CPU, GPU, and storage test results,

in conclusion:

  • 1. The CPU performance of Code 10 is good, slightly higher than the Intel Core I9-11950H on the ThinkPad P15v Gen 2.

  • 2. There are three optional settings for PL1 in the BIOS of Code 10. 35 watts does save energy, but 55 watts seems to have little effect.

  • 3. The integrated graphics performance of Code 10 is normal.

  • 4. Storage section:

          a. In terms of memory, two memory slots, 16+16=32GB, are enough, and it is convenient for users to further upgrade.

          b. Two M.2 SSD slots, one of which supports PCIe 4.0 and can support RAID 0 or 1. The performance is measured well. For most users and most usage scenarios, there is no problem in performance, function, and capacity.

          c. The SD card reader in the official plan has been cancelled, and the user only uses an external USB card reader to solve it, unfortunately.

From this point of view, the performance and function of Code 10 are "decided"?

 

hesitant

However, the following questions remain unanswered: 

  • What will be the overall performance of Code 10?

  • Why doesn't it seem to bring about a CPU performance boost when the CPU PL1 is set to 55 watts?

  • Is there a problem with the heat dissipation of Code 10, which prevents the CPU performance from being fully utilized?

  • If there is a problem with cooling, how will the Code 10 perform under the stress test?

  • And how about its battery life?

All of these must be firmly determined, and we must do our best to test and investigate thoroughly!

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Code 10 is an integrated display model that focuses on CPU performance, which eliminates many graphics performance tests. However, because its CPU PL1 has three optional values, the related tests also require three times in total, so the test is still in progress. middle. And so far, there are more than 5,000 texts and 40 pictures in this article.

The above questions, I believe, should be answered in the second part of the " The Ultimate Productivity Programmer's Notebook MECHREVO Code 10 Review Part 3".

Stay tuned!


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