During China Joy 2018, Xiaomi released an enhanced version of the Xiaomi Notebook Pro. It happened on August 16. While many features remained the same, the Xiaomi Notebook Pro’s new version comes with an upgraded graphics card. The MX150 graphics card was replaced with the GTX 1050 MAX-Q. We know much about both laptops, but the real changes can be reflected only when comparing them to each other.
Note: As the Xiaomi Notebook Pro GTX Version is a newer product we will focus on its features and performance more.
Xiaomi Notebook Pro vs Xiaomi Notebook Pro GTX Version: Appearance
Actually, the design of both models is the same. They adopt the same magnesium alloy frame with the aluminum alloy body design. Compared with the previous generation, the thickness of the fuselage shell is increased by 25%, and the thinnest part of the fuselage is only 16.9mm. The rigidity is doubled. The gray top side is simple and generous, without any logo.
The center of the D face has an attached relevant certification label. The lower center part carries a printed logo of Xiaomi. The row on the center has a wide heat dissipation window design, which is beneficial to the internal hardware.
On the edges of the bottom, we can notice the speaker grills. The Xiaomi Notebook Pro GTX Version is equipped with Harman Infinity custom speakers. Compared with the previous generation, it has a larger sound chamber design, which can bring lower frequency dive ability to users. The delicate high-frequency performance and support for Dolby panoramic sound effects will bring a cinematic sound experience as well. So we can state it has stronger support for professional-grade mixing and other audio operations.
The Xiaomi Notebook Pro GTX Version has a bare metal weight of 1.99kg, while the travel weight is 2.26kg. Compared with the previous generation bare metal 1.98kg and the travel weight of 2.13kg, it has become heavier a little. But generally, it is very portable and can be taken on the business trip.
The front side carries a 15.6-inch screen, with a 6.52mm ultra-narrow bezel design. The screen ratio is as high as 81.5% due to the full-fit technology. Its screen also uses the third generation of Corning Gorilla Glass. The intensity is higher and the display effect is excellent.
There is a 720P camera directly above the screen to provide a high-definition video interactive experience to meet the needs of users for video calls.
We used Spyder 5 to test it. From the test results, we can see that this screen has 95% sRGB color gamut, which is 71% in NTSC color gamut test. Honestly, it is slightly different from the officially promoted 72% NTSC color gamut.
Xiaomi Notebook Pro vs Xiaomi Notebook Pro GTX Version: Keyboard and Touchpad
In the lower frame of the screen, we can find the Xiaomi logo.
The C surface adopts the same silver-gray design as the A side and has a 19.5mm wide key spacing, which can effectively prevent accidental touch. The 1.5mm keystroke is matched with the hyperboloid keycap. The touch is comfortable. On the right side of the keyboard, we can find the function keys made for various operations to become easier.
The backlight of the keyboard adopts the automatic sleep design. Thus, the keyboard light will be automatically turned off when the keyboard is not in use. This will effectively save power.
The keyboard integrates the power button, the position of which is in the upper right corner. It comes with a white indicator light to facilitate the user to obtain the working status.
The Xiaomi Notebook Pro and the GTX Version use a large-size touchpad design, which supports multi-gesture operation. It is smooth and comfortable when touching. There is also a fingerprint reader in the upper right corner of the touchpad. So you can enter your space by quickly tapping. It will take only two seconds. Moreover, the fingerprint information is stored locally. So it will not upload to the cloud to effectively protect data within the computer while ensuring convenience.
Xiaomi Notebook Pro vs Xiaomi Notebook Pro GTX Version: Interfaces
Compared to the previous generation, there is almost no change in the interface configuration. The only upgraded point is that the Xiaomi Notebook Pro GTX version is equipped with a UHS-II 312MB/s SD card reader on the right side, which has a faster transfer speed when reading high-speed memory cards.
As for the rest of the ports, it is equipped with two USB Type-C interfaces. Both ports support external charging. The USB Type-C on the right side is a full-featured interface. With the Xiaomi USB-C multi-function adapter, the USB interface, HDMI interface, VGA interface, Mini DP interface and Gigabit network interface can be expanded, and the expansion performance is extremely high.
The left side is equipped with an HDMI interface, two USB3.0 ports, and a 3.5mm headphone/microphone 2-in-1 interface.
Xiaomi Notebook Pro vs Xiaomi Notebook Pro GTX Version: Performance Testing
The Xiaomi Notebook Pro GTX Version is packed with the eighth generation Core i7-8550U processor, with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q 4GB GDDR5 discrete graphics, 16GB 2400MHz dual-channel memory, and 256GB PCIe solid state drive. Thus, it is capable of providing an excellent performance.
Processor performance test
The eighth-generation Core i7-8550U processor is manufactured in a 14nm process. It has a quad-core and eight-thread design, with a 1.8GHz frequency, up to 4.0GHz, and a power consumption of 15W.
We used CineBench R15 to test the processor performance. In the benchmark’s multi-core test, it scored 795cb, while in the single-core test, it achieved 165cb. So we can write down the overall performance is very good. Its performance tests scores surpassed the i7-7700HQ, while the multi-core test, it surpassed the i7-7820HK.
Graphics performance test
We used 3DMark’s Fire Strike mode to test the graphics card, and the final score was 5,797 points. Compared with the previous generation’s 3194 points scored with the MX150 graphics card, it has a qualitative leap in graphics performance.
We chose PLAYERUNKNOWN to test the game performance. At the resolution of 1920 X 1080, we adopted the high-quality mode (the second highest). The average frame rate of the Xiaomi Notebook Pro GTX Version reached 60.437FPS, and the highest frame rate was 75FPS. Thus, it can smoothly run any heavy game. The previous generation Xiaomi Notebook Pro is equipped with the MX150 graphics card. So we can say the performance is almost a qualitative leap. Though it was perfect for office tasks, the original Notebook Pro can’t provide a smooth gaming experience.
Hard disk performance test
As we said, the Xiaomi Notebook Pro is equipped with a 256GB PCIe solid state drive. We used AS SSD for speed test. The continuous read speed is 2260.74MB/s and the continuous write speed is 696.54MB/s. The read and write performance is excellent and can satisfy any user’s requirements.
After 1 hour of continuous heavy usage, we used a thermal imager to check the temperature of the notebook. From the photos, we can see that under full load, the main heat of the notebook is concentrated in the air outlet of the cooling port.
For the C side of the notebook, the heat is basically concentrated on the air outlets of the cooling fan on the left and right. The other parts of the keyboard basically do not feel obvious heat coverage. The maximum temperature of the C surface is 57.6 ° C. As for the D side, the heat is basically concentrated in the upper right side of the shaft outlet. The maximum temperature is 48.1 °C.
We set the brightness of the notebook to 80%, the volume to 20%, turned off Bluetooth, GPS positioning, and other background software, and continuously play one hour of a 1080P video. The battery power drops from 99% to 89%, and the total power consumption is 10%. The Xiaomi Notebook Pro GTX version can play HD video continuously for 10 hours. In daily use, there is no problem with a battery life of 10 hours or so.
Battery, upgraded space, and heat dissipation structure
We removed the ring screws on the back cover. There is a hidden screw. It is at the bottom of the first row of pads. You need to lift the foot pad to screw it. After opening this screw, the back cover can be removed smoothly. Be careful, otherwise, you will cry without tears. haha
Removing the back cover, we can see that the fuselage has reserved the M.2 SATA SSD slot. The 256GB PCIe NVMe high-speed SSD is further expanded and upgraded to increase the storage capacity
Battery capacity can be obtained through the information printed on it. The Pro GTX version is equipped with a 60Wh large-capacity lithium battery. It adopts two strings and two designs. The thin and light battery effectively reduces the thickness of the body.
At the same time, we can also see the heat-dissipating module inside the fuselage. The Xiaomi Notebook Pro GTX Version is equipped with two cooling fans that come with ultra-thin metal blades. The large-diameter double-heat pipe is designed with large-area heat-conducting plates and is arranged in the graphics card area. With dual heat pipe design, the upgraded version of the cooling system has 38.5% of the cooling air volume improvement compared with the previous generation.
Power adapter and fast charging function
The Xiaomi Notebook Pro GTX Version uses the same dual USB Type-C interface connection charging as the previous generation. Both the adapter and the notebook need to use the USB Type-C interface data cable and the 90W power adapter port, supporting 1C fast charging option. Thus, in 35 minutes, you can charge to 50%.
Generally, as you guess, the Xiaomi Notebook Pro GTX Version as an upgraded version of the original Xiaomi Notebook Pro. Due to the upgraded graphics card, it can provide an outstanding performance for both business persons and game enthusiasts. It is a high-end laptop ready to face any challenge.
As for the comparison to the first-gen model, the new laptop performance better. It’s obvious – there is nothing common between the MX150 and the GTX 1050 MAX-Q.