VAIO FH14 Ultra experience: upgrade to the edge

VAIO FH14 is an interesting product series. After the independent operation of this brand, VAIO has basically focused on high-end lightweight notebooks, mainly for business people. However, the emergence of this FH14 series has been expanded. It is cost-effective and has good performance. It is suitable for designers, photographers, video workers and moderate gamers. At the same time, it retains the two signature characteristics of VAIO notebooks: relatively thin and light, with complete interfaces.

Last year, we talked about the evolution of the 14-inch notebook market. Compared with 13-inch low-voltage and thin notebooks, 14-inch notebooks now have more space to install standard pressure processors and discrete graphics cards, and they are based on materials and processes. Make progress to maintain a decent weight and thickness. Of course, the 14-inch notebook can also be branched, focusing on performance while focusing on lightness and thinness. ROG Magic 14 takes the off-track performance route, while the VAIO FH14 series takes a relatively thin and light route.

Looking forward, the FH14 standard version is a combination of low-voltage processor and NVIDIA GTX1650Ti, which is a sufficient designer book or netizen book; FH14 Pro replaces the low-voltage processor with the highest i7-11370H, and the standard pressure processor allows its performance Going further, productivity going further. However, in the second half of 2021, NVIDIA graphics cards starting with 16 are not enough to see. After a period of graphics card shortage, 30 series graphics cards are no longer so in short supply, and the commercial RTX 3050 and RTX 3050Ti are also given to 14 inches. The notebook brings new life.

Thus, VAIO FH14 Ultra came into being.

One big and one small upgrade, RTX 3050Ti has made significant progress

Since the FH14 series is still in a product cycle, the mold of this FH14 Ultra has not changed compared with the previous FH14 and FH14 Pro, and even the weight of the body remains at 1.4KG, which will never increase the burden.

So where is this upgrade?

First of all, the biggest upgrade is of course the graphics card upgrade from the previous Nvidia GTX 1650Ti to RTX3050Ti (60W mobile version). Although the video memory is all GDDR6 4GB, the number of CUDA cores of the RTX 3050Ti has reached 2560 compared to the former 1024 CUDA cores. In addition, RTX3050Ti also supports DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) technology, which can optimize the frame rate performance and make up for the lack of 4GB of video memory.

More importantly, RTX3050Ti is an entry-level graphics card for ray tracing, and this is a cross-epoch. Ray tracing can achieve more realistic shadow and reflection effects, while also greatly improving translucency and scattering, bringing a more realistic scene effect similar to that seen by the human eye.

Although it is definitely unrealistic to run the full special effects "Cyberpunk 2077" on the RTX3050Ti, the performance is close to the recommended configuration at any rate, and you can still play with low special effects.

However, the stage that is more suitable for this graphics card may be those medium-sized stand-alone games that support ray tracing, as well as online games.

Compared with the top-equipped VAIO FH14 Pro (i7-11370H+GTX1650Ti), this time the top-equipped VAIO FH14 Ultra (i7-11390H+RTX3050Ti) performed much better in the 3D Mark.

In the Time Spy test session, the FH14 Ultra scored 5099, while the VAIO FH14 Pro (i7-11370H+GTX1650Ti) scored 3736 in the Time Spy session. This gap is still quite large.

Implemented in the game, in a game that has been released for 3 years, such as "Battlefield 5", the RTX3050Ti can almost reach the level of 85FPS or more under the full high quality of 1080P. Under the same setting, the frame rate of GTX1650Ti is only in the early 60FPS; In the case of "GTA 5", the RTX3050Ti can easily exceed one hundred frame rates at 1080P high image quality.

Of course, due to the size of the FH14 Ultra, the power of the RTX3050Ti is limited to 60W. The disadvantage is that it is not a full-blooded version, but the advantage is that the heat dissipation pressure is not large. In the entire test session, the body heat performance was quite good. At a room temperature of about 25 ℃, the notebook C-side was only slightly hot, indicating that I was working hard.

As for the upgrade of i7-11390H compared to i7-11370H, we know from the name that the rise is indeed a little bit, but not so obvious. Officials said that in Cinebench 20, the former performs 10% better than the latter.

However, in my test, there is not much difference between the performance of the two. Because the main frequency is a little higher, the i7-11390H can cross the threshold of 2500 points for multi-core and 600 points for single-core in Cinebench 20. The actual performance of the corresponding i7-11370H is in the early 2400s of the multi-core and the early 580s of the single-core. Strong is indeed stronger, but this enhancement is smaller than the upgrade from GTX1650Ti to 3050Ti.

Interestingly, in PC Mark 10, VAIO FH14 Ultra also crossed the threshold of 6000 points. So it seems that it really exists to cross the integer threshold of several running sub-software.

Unchanging

In fact, compared to the changes mentioned above, it is more unchanged. After all, from the outside, it is exactly the same as its brothers, except that the Nvidia sticker has a letter change. Another example is that 2TB hard drive and FH14 Pro are the same model.

However, thinking about the recent news that the new MacBook has re-added the SD card slot and HDMI interface, I can’t help but sigh. Japanese manufacturers have kept changing the number of ways. In the fast-paced era of consumer electronics, there are some benefits. After all, VAIO is even Many thin and light notebooks have VGA ports, let alone SD card slots and HDMI ports.

Again, buying a VAIO notebook now is probably because it has a complete interface and is easy to use.

Of course, the same is also relative. The latest Thunderbolt 4 interface is also available in FH14 Ultra, so there is no need to worry about bandwidth. The interface statistics are as follows:

  • RJ45 wired network port × 1
  • Thunderbolt 4 interface (USB Type-C), can be connected to video, can be charged, can transmit data × 1
  • USB Type-C 3.2 Gen2 × 1
  • USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A × 2
  • 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo interface × 1
  • HDMI video interface × 1
  • SD card slot × 1

Except for the low frequency VGA interface, all the interfaces we may use every day are present.

In terms of appearance, FH14 Ultra still uses magnesium-aluminum alloy on the A side, which reduces the weight to a certain extent and ensures the strength. Considering that it also has dual fans and three heat pipes in it, the weight of 1.4KG is pretty good. The screen is available in 1080P and 4K, and then the memory starts at 16GB and optional 32GB, which can basically meet the needs of heavier work.

If I have to say something to look forward to, then I still hope that it can use the 3:2 ratio screen in the next generation product line. Although the 16:9 screen is the mainstream now, considering the FH14 Ultra positioning productivity device, plus the current three sides The narrow bezel design seems to have a slightly wider chin. The 3:2 screen may be a better solution in terms of function and appearance, and of course the cost may be higher.

In terms of performance and interface, it focuses on productivity people, such as designers and video workers. In fact, the FH14 Ultra has also passed the certification of the color agency Pantone on the screen.

Pantone will restore and calibrate the settings of the product, similar to returning to the factory settings to restore the color range of the commercial display; then Pantone will distinguish the Pantone colors in the product display color gamut to calculate the color percentage in the color gamut; Then, the display color will be measured and evaluated by the color calibration instrument, and the values ​​of ΔE (color difference), Gamma (gray scale), and color temperature will be calculated; in the end, all parameters can reach the standard to obtain Pantone certification.

Because Pantone is currently an authority on color, to a certain extent, Pantone is also the definer of color. Many designers have Pantone color cards. Therefore, it is more convenient for designers to have Pantone certification.

Considering that the current laptops with RTX3050Ti graphics card are still mostly 15.6-inch gaming laptops, generally weighing about 2KG, and many 14-inch laptops are still using MX450 graphics cards, so FH14 Ultra actually chose a free slot for the card slot, at least In this size and weight, if RTX 3050Ti graphics card is required, users have not many choices. Just like the previous 12-inch notebook, the positioning of VAIO SX12 is also unique.

The FH14 Ultra i7-11390H+16G+512G +FHD+RTX 3050Ti is priced at 8599 yuan. This is not the most cost-effective model, and of course it will not be fooled. After all, the Mi Notebook Pro X 14 also uses the i7- 11370H+RTX 3050 was sold at a price of 8000.

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