Yep it should be possible to undervolt and overclock with any of these new Alviso chipset based laptops as long as you use a 7x5 series processor. Undervolting and overclocking depends mostly on the CPU. Some respond better than others. I've seen some people overclock to 2.26 or 2.4GHz and still able to undervolt much lower than my 2.13GHz voltage. It's really luck of the draw.
Thanks for this informative and objective review. It's true that people overreact to the little nuances of the Z71V, and they fail to look at its attractive features. Kudos for putting it in perspective.
Thanks for all the kind words everyone. Just a little update on gaming, I've been playing Far Cry quite a bit recently (picked it up for $20 at Futureshop) and I can play it at the LCD's native resolution of 1680x1050 with medium-high details. Now for you guys that have played Far Cry, you'd know that Far Cry is a pretty demanding game, so I'm very impressed. And that was at 250/500 cause I reformatted (first install was crappy, I didn't know what utilities and programs to install so I installed all of them) and didn't yet change the overclock again.
On the other hand, I was using a pair of headphones in the mic jack and I think I can hear some weird whirring sound in the background. I'll look into that more.
Excellent review. You make me wish I'd bought a 1.6/400 CPU as well. Of course, then I'd want no extended warranty, and probably try making my own GPU/Chipset heatsink replacement so overall, probably I'm better off with just stock stuff and not tweaking.
One thing to add to the discussion here. I got my 71v last week and the other night decided to try Everquest at native resolution. Unbelievable! Flawless performance and the best I've seen the game look ever. Full raids with zero video lag. This is better than I imagined.
Great, thank you for the review, you just convinced me to order a Z71V
Just wanna know something before: Do you think I will have to apply any thermal grease if I go with the 1.6Ghz DIP Switch trick or will the thermal pads supplied be enough to get it going? (I just hate applying thermal grease :P)
Man, I wanna thank you again for this review, this is one hell of a deal now!