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PCSpecialist Defiance III 17.3 Laptop (w/ GTX 1060)


First things first – with a fresh install of Windows 10, there is 440GB free on the SanDisk M.2 SSD, while the Seagate SSHD has 931GB of free space.

cpu-z gpu-z

Above we can see overviews of the CPU and GPU, thanks to CPU-Z and GPU-Z respectively.

The i7-6700HQ is clocked at 2.6GHz though it turbos to 3.5GHz – which is where it spends most of its time during testing. It is of course made up of 4 cores and 8 threads.

The GTX 1060 is the full-fat desktop chip, though the base clock has been reduced from 1506MHz to 1405MHz. It has a certified boost clock of 1671MHz, but we will talk more about clock speeds on the next page. The GPU is accompanied by 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, utilising a 192-Bit bus.

Comparison Systems

While I will be comparing the Defiance III with a number of system listed below, the most interesting comparison for me will be with the ASUS ROG GX700. I reviewed the GX700 in July, and given it sports a desktop GTX 980, plus an overclockable i7 CPU, it will be interesting to see how the Defiance III fares against it with its newer GTX 1060. The Defiance is also more than £2k cheaper than the GX700.

The rest of the comparison systems are as follows:

Dell Inspiron 15 7559

  • Intel Core i7-6700HQ
  • Nvidia GTX 960M
  • 16GB Dual-Channel 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
  • 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD


  • Intel Bay Trail-M Celeron N2808 SoC
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 64GB eMMc storage


  • Intel Braswell N3050 SoC
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 32GB eMMC storage

PCSpecialist Lafité

  • Intel Core i3 i3-5010U
  • Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • 8GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)
  • 240GB Kingston V300 SSD

Dell Latitude 13 7370

  • Intel Core™ m5-6Y57
  • Intel HD Graphics 515
  • 8GB LPDDR3 1866MHz Memory
  • 256GB Solid State Drive M2 2280 PCIe

UK Gaming Computers Styx

  • Intel Core i5-6500
  • 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400MHz DDR4 RAM
  • Asus Turbo GTX 960
  • 500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD


  • Intel Core i7-6820HK
  • Nvidia GTX 980 (desktop)
  • 32GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
  • 2x 256GB Samsung SM951 PCIe SSDs in RAID0

DinoPC Primal GT0

  • AMD FX-8320
  • AMD RX-480
  • 16GB DDR3 2133MHz RAM
  • 240GB Adata Premier SP550

And lastly my personal desktop with a Core i3-4160, 8GB 1866MHz DDR3 and a GTX 960.

Test software

  • SiSoft Sandra
  • Cinebench R15
  • Handbrake
  • CrystalDiskMark
  • ATTO Disk Benchmark
  • 3DMark 11
  • 3DMark
  • Prime 95 (version 26.6)
  • CPUID HWMonitor
  • AIDA64 Engineer

Test games

  • Tomb Raider
  • Grid Autosport
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Grand Theft Auto V

All games are tested at the 1920×1080 resolution using the latest Nvidia GeForce 372.54 driver.

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