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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks

Florian Glaser, 03/04/2017

March 2017 update. Here you will find the current best gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.

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We have divided the Top 10 into two sections to meet the increasing number of lightweight gaming notebooks. You can now find a list with the best high-end laptops that weigh less than 3 kg (~6.6 lb) here. Our "classic" Gaming Top 10 (without any restrictions in terms of weight) is obviously still available.

The following table shows an overview of the top 10 gaming notebooks that we have reviewed in the previous 10 months. Upon an equal rating, newer articles are listed first.

Top 10 Gaming Notebooks as of March 2017

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
188%02/2017
new!
Alienware 13 R3Alienware 13 R3
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
2.5 kg22 mm13.3"2560x1440glossy
287%01/2017MSI GT73VR 7RF-296MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
Intel Core i7-7820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
4.1 kg49 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
387%10/2016MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
Intel Core i7-6820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
5.5 kg69 mm18.4"1920x1080matte
487%08/2016Asus G752VS-XB78KAsus G752VS-XB78K
Intel Core i7-6820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
64 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
4.5 kg51 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
586%03/2017
new!
Asus G701VIK-BA049TAsus G701VIK-BA049T
Intel Core i7-7820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
4 kg38 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
686%02/2017
new!
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
2.9 kg40 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
786%02/2017
new!
Alienware 15 R3Alienware 15 R3
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory
3.5 kg25 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
886%01/2017MSI GT72VR 7RE-433MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
3.8 kg48 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
986%09/2016Schenker XMG U727Schenker XMG U727
Intel Core i7-6700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
5.5 kg47 mm17.3"3840x2160matte
1085%01/2017Eurocom Tornado F5Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
64 GB Memory, 512 GB 
3.1 kg39.8 mm15.6"1920x1080matte

Top 10 of the previous 10 months at the time of writing - current articles are listed first


Editors' Comments

1st

Alienware 13 R3
Alienware 13 R3

The third revision of the Alienware 13 differs from conventional gaming notebooks in several aspects. On the one hand, there are the extensive lighting (including touchpad), and the striking design, which may not appeal to everyone. On the other hand, the case quality is different in general. For example, the manufacturer uses a combination from metal and (rubberized) plastic, which on the one hand increases the weight, but, on the other hand, ensures excellent stability. The build quality is also flawless.

Thanks to its promising OLED display (2560x1440 pixels), which outclasses TN and IPS panels, the test model, for 2200 Euros (~$2330), achieves one of the best ratings overall. Contrast, viewing angles, color intensity, and response time are excellent. The glossy touch surface, which reflects heavily, is a small disadvantage.

Otherwise, we can only complain about the missing card reader, the imperfect maintenance and the high depth. Measuring 26.9 cm (~10.6 in), the device appears much like a 14-inch laptop. In return, the Alienware 13 R3 delivers unrivaled performance in the 13-inch segment. Those who buy the top model will get a PCIe SSD, a Core i7-7700HQ, and a GeForce GTX 1060. The latter two are rather usual in 15-inch and devices and bigger. In case the performance might still become too low some day, it can be improved with external solutions such as a Graphics Amplifier or Thunderbolt 3 (eGPU).

Note: According to several forum messages, the current Alienware generation frequently suffers from temperature problems. Our tests of the 15 R3 confirm this (high, inconsistent CPU values). Apparently, the cooling system is too weak and/or the quality or quantity of thermal grease is too low.

2nd

MSI GT73VR 7RF
MSI GT73VR 7RF

Currently, the MSI GT73VR 7RF is in the 2nd place in the Gaming Top 10. In comparison to its strongest rivals, the 17-inch device scores points with a 120 Hz display and significantly better maintainability. Under the hood, the MSI not only has three M.2 slots (two of them: PCIe/NVMe), but it also has a huge cooling system consisting of two fans and a record-breaking number of 10 heat-pipes. This is not surprising, since the high-end device uses the currently strongest notebook chip with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080. In addition, the Turbo mode (shift function of the Dragon Center) overclocks the CPU and GPU.

Further highlights are powerful sound, acceptable temperature development, and a stylish light for the keyboard and touchpad. Apart from color precision, the matte FHD display appears very good (fast response time, G-Sync, great contrast). The only disadvantages are its bulky build, poor battery life, and loud system noise under full load.

3rd

MSI GT83VR 6RE
MSI GT83VR 6RE

The MSI GT83VR 6RE is indeed a special notebook: The desktop replacement is richly equipped with two NVMe SSDs in RAID 0, two GTX 1070 cards in SLI mode, 32 GB of RAM, and a Core i7-6820HK, which is overclocked up to 4 GHz. Those who are looking for maximum performance but do not want a tower PC could like the 18-inch device if it was not for the steep price. MSI charges about 4000 Euros (~$4299) for the technology used.

While connectivity, display (unfortunately only Full HD), and sound system meet the high expectations, the system noise is a big disadvantage. The GT83VR reached up to 57 dB(A) under full load, which is high, even for a gaming notebook. However, the mechanical keyboard deserves respect. Inputs are significantly crisper and more precise compared to a standard keyboard. The touchpad with number block functionality is also futuristic. Moreover, you cannot complain about performance: The Pascal SLI combo outperforms the GTX 980 SLI of the predecessor by about 20 to 50% in synthetic graphics benchmarks.

4th

Asus G752VS
Asus G752VS

The G752VS from Asus also comes in tied for 2nd place. It impresses with an overclocked GeForce GTX 1070 and an overclocked Core i7-6820HK. Apart from a decent system noise (40-47 dB(A) in 3D mode), the bright and viewing-angle stable IPS panel with G-Sync support is a reason to buy this laptop. In addition, the temperature is relatively low, the connectivity is excellent (but the interface layout is unfavorable), and the input devices are good.

However, it does not perform well enough for 88%. On the one hand, the maintainability could be better (non-technical users cannot get to the cooling system). On the other hand, the G752VS weighs as much as 4.5 kilograms (~9.9 lb).

5th

Asus G701VIK
Asus G701VIK

The G701VIK is the right choice for those who think that the performance of the G752VS is not future-proof enough. The 17-inch device not only uses an overclocked Core i7-7820HK, but also a GeForce GTX 1080. In addition, Asus incorporated a G-Sync display with 120 Hz, which, in contrast to most competitors, is based on IPS instead of TN (better image quality, slower response times). In our opinion, the resolution of 1920x1080 pixels is a disadvantage, since the GTX 1080 is capable of more. Hence, the premium chip cannot show its full potential.

The build quality of the test model is also lower than expected. In addition, the manufacturer could improve the sound, the interface layout, and the emissions. With enabled overclocking, the components get very hot and the fans quite loud - despite a powerful cooling system (the device weighs 4.0 kg/~8.8 lb). Otherwise, there is hardly anything to complain about. In addition to the big touchpad, the PCIe SSDs (RAID 0 system), the Thunderbolt 3 port and the useful Gaming Center are appealing.

Discussion

6th

MSI GT62VR 7RE
MSI GT62VR 7RE

IPS panel with G-Sync support? Check. High-end DirectX 12 GPU GPU? Check. Only one m.2 slot for modern SSDs? Check. USB 3.1 Type C without Thunderbolt? Check. The 15-inch counterpart of the GT72VR has inherited all the advantages and disadvantages of its larger sibling, including the excellent maintainability and the moderate emissions (temperature, system noise). In terms of size and weight, the GT62VR http://www.notebookcheck.net/MSI-GT62VR-6RE-Dominator-Pro-Notebook-Review.171215.0.htmlperforms significantly better. For example, the 17-inch device is as high as 4.8 cm vs. 4.0 cm (~1.9 vs. 1.6 in) and weighs 3.9 kg vs. 2.9 kg (~8.6 vs. 6.4 lb).

The image quality of the Full HD IPS panel is not bad and neither are the keyboard, the touchpad and the connectivity. However, with a street price of 2100 Euros (~$2345) the test model shows that Pascal notebooks are very expensive.

7th

Alienware 15 R3
Alienware 15 R3

While the 13-inch model performed very well in our review, we faced some difficulties with the Alienware 15 R3. Due to heavily fluctuating and suspiciously high CPU temperatures, the 15-inch laptop got above-averagely loud and warm (see 1st place for potential reasons). Without this mistake, there would be almost nothing to complain about. Well, the device is very long in depth due to the protruding fan construction and not everybody will like the fussy design.

However, you cannot complain about the case quality. Build quality, material, and connectivity are absolutely convincing. Only maintenance, weight (3.5 kg/~7.7 lb), and speaker sound could be even better. The parent company, Dell, does not omit anything in terms of features: Macro key, Eye-Tracking camera, lit Touchpad and G-Sync: The Alienware 15 R3 wants to attract as many gamers as possible. Our test model comes with a 120 Hz TN panel.

8th

MSI GT72VR 7RE
MSI GT72VR 7RE

Nearly six months after the launch of the GT72VR 6RE (Skylake), MSI rolls out the Kaby Lake successor GT72VR 7RE. According to our tests, the Core i7-7700HQ is only just under 10% faster than the very successful Core i7-6700HQ.

The GT72VR also proves to be state-of-the-art in the other categories. For example, Nvidia's G-Sync technology minimizes display stutter and input lag. In addition, the test model comes with an M.2 SSD with a capacity of 256 GB, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, and a 120 Hz panel. Speaking of the display: The GTX 1070 is capable of running all games smoothly with maximum details and multiple anti-aliasing in native Full HD resolution. Moreover, maintenance is easy (GPU based on MXM), the sound is good, and the connectivity is versatile. However, it is annoying that MSI has omitted or reduced several features (manual graphics switch, the Thunderbolt port and the number of M.2 slots), which the predecessor provided - so that the manufacturer can better push the GT73VR.

9th

Schenker XMG U727
Schenker XMG U727

The Schenker XMG U727 is a prime example of a full-fledged desktop replacement. Despite its heavy weight (~5.5 kg/~12.1 lb) and thick build (4.7 cm/~1.8 in) the 17-inch case could mostly convince us. In particular, the upgradeability and the display deserve praise. Not only does the 4K panel incorporated in our test model impress with a high resolution, but it also offers a surprisingly high color space (88% AdobeRGB), to which you have to get used to however.

The performance of the SLI combo is also noteworthy. Two GTX 1080 chips achieve a performance level that is unmatched to date. While the XMG U727 does not last long on battery, its sound is top-notch. The same is true for connectivity (Thunderbolt 3), keyboard, and touchpad. However, temperature and system noise are only mediocre.

10th

Eurocom Tornado F5
Eurocom Tornado F5

In contrast to Schenker Technologies, Eurocom does not use a Clevo barebone but uses an MSI barebone for its 15-inch DTR, which visually and technically resembles the GT62VR. The bundle does not need to hide behind the competition. Thanks to a Core i7-7700K and a GeForce GTX 1070, the Tornado F5 lives up to its name. In addition, it is richly equipped with up to 64 GB DDR4 RAM. The test model features a combination of SSD and HDD. A Full HD panel with IPS technology and G-Sync support is responsible for graphics output.

As usual for an MSI notebook, it comes with many interfaces and features (e.g. manual fan control and extensive lighting). A further pro is the easy maintainability, which allows many upgrades and eases cleaning. The emissions are a mixed bag. While the chassis temperatures are acceptable, the system noise is quite high under load.

Runners-up

The following devices, which were reviewed in the last month, did not make our Top 10:

Recent Gaming Notebook Awards

Comparison of the Top 10 Gaming Laptops

Measurement Results

Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
26 ms * ∼4%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
37 ms * ∼6%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
38 ms * ∼6%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
38 ms * ∼6%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
37 ms * ∼6%
Alienware 15 R3
25 ms * ∼4%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
29 ms * ∼5%
Schenker XMG U727
39 ms * ∼6%
Eurocom Tornado F5
33.6 ms * ∼5%
Response Time Black / White (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
2.8 ms * ∼1%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
7 ms * ∼3%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
21 ms * ∼9%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
22 ms * ∼9%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
20 ms * ∼8%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
25 ms * ∼10%
Alienware 15 R3
12 ms * ∼5%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
7 ms * ∼3%
Schenker XMG U727
24 ms * ∼10%
Eurocom Tornado F5
31.2 ms * ∼13%
PWM Frequency (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
240 Hz ∼1%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
0 Hz ∼0%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
250 Hz ∼1%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
0 Hz ∼0%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
0 Hz ∼0%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
0 Hz ∼0%
Alienware 15 R3
0 Hz ∼0%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
0 Hz ∼0%
Schenker XMG U727
0 Hz ∼0%
Eurocom Tornado F5
0 Hz ∼0%
Screen
Brightness (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
310 cd/m² ∼44%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
284 cd/m² ∼41%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
277 cd/m² ∼40%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
317 cd/m² ∼45%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
299 cd/m² ∼43%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
311 cd/m² ∼44%
Alienware 15 R3
382 cd/m² ∼55%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
277 cd/m² ∼40%
Schenker XMG U727
328 cd/m² ∼47%
Eurocom Tornado F5
310 cd/m² ∼44%
Brightness Distribution (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
87 % ∼87%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
85 % ∼85%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
84 % ∼84%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
88 % ∼88%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
91 % ∼91%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
85 % ∼85%
Alienware 15 R3
93 % ∼93%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
87 % ∼87%
Schenker XMG U727
87 % ∼87%
Eurocom Tornado F5
90 % ∼90%
Black Level (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
0 % * ∼0%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
0.25 % * ∼5%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
0.4 % * ∼8%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
0.3 % * ∼6%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
0.27 % * ∼5%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
0.3 % * ∼6%
Alienware 15 R3
0.39 % * ∼8%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
0.27 % * ∼5%
Schenker XMG U727
0.32 % * ∼6%
Eurocom Tornado F5
0.33 % * ∼7%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
2.54 * ∼17%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
9.65 * ∼64%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
1.83 * ∼12%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
3.74 * ∼25%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
3.98 * ∼27%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
4.82 * ∼32%
Alienware 15 R3
10.2 * ∼68%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
9.65 * ∼64%
Schenker XMG U727
3.94 * ∼26%
Eurocom Tornado F5
5 * ∼33%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
1.43 * ∼10%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
10.07 * ∼67%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
1.38 * ∼9%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
2.67 * ∼18%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
4.15 * ∼28%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
3.94 * ∼26%
Alienware 15 R3
11.28 * ∼75%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
9.68 * ∼65%
Schenker XMG U727
4.13 * ∼28%
Eurocom Tornado F5
4.2 * ∼28%
Gamma (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
2.3 ∼66%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
2.12 ∼61%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
2.44 ∼70%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
2.41 ∼69%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
2.45 ∼70%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
2.45 ∼70%
Alienware 15 R3
2.23 ∼64%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
1.89 ∼54%
Schenker XMG U727
2.46 ∼70%
Eurocom Tornado F5
2.12 ∼61%
CCT (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
6337 ∼634%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
12145 ∼1215%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
6723 ∼672%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
6861 ∼686%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
7386 ∼739%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
6877 ∼688%
Alienware 15 R3
11383 ∼1138%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
11652 ∼1165%
Schenker XMG U727
6533 ∼653%
Eurocom Tornado F5
6107 ∼611%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
78 % ∼78%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
75 % ∼75%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
59 % ∼59%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
56 % ∼56%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
58 % ∼58%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
54 % ∼54%
Alienware 15 R3
59 % ∼59%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
75 % ∼75%
Schenker XMG U727
88 % ∼88%
Eurocom Tornado F5
54.5 % ∼55%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB) (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
97 % ∼97%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
100 % ∼100%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
90 % ∼90%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
85 % ∼85%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
89 % ∼89%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
83 % ∼83%
Alienware 15 R3
90 % ∼90%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
100 % ∼100%
Schenker XMG U727
100 % ∼100%
Eurocom Tornado F5
83 % ∼83%
Contrast (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
1228 :1 ∼77%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
775 :1 ∼48%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
1093 :1 ∼68%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
1133 :1 ∼71%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
1033 :1 ∼65%
Alienware 15 R3
990 :1 ∼62%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
1107 :1 ∼69%
Schenker XMG U727
1125 :1 ∼70%
Eurocom Tornado F5
957 :1 ∼60%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
29 dB * ∼58%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
34 dB * ∼68%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
33 dB * ∼66%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
31 dB * ∼62%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
30 dB * ∼60%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
34 dB * ∼68%
Alienware 15 R3
31 dB * ∼62%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
34 dB * ∼68%
Schenker XMG U727
33 dB * ∼66%
Eurocom Tornado F5
33.3 dB * ∼67%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
30 dB * ∼60%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
35 dB * ∼70%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
34 dB * ∼68%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
32 dB * ∼64%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
31 dB * ∼62%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
35 dB * ∼70%
Alienware 15 R3
32 dB * ∼64%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
35 dB * ∼70%
Schenker XMG U727
35 dB * ∼70%
Eurocom Tornado F5
33.5 dB * ∼67%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
31 dB * ∼62%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
37 dB * ∼74%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
35 dB * ∼70%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
33 dB * ∼66%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
36 dB * ∼72%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
36 dB * ∼72%
Alienware 15 R3
42 dB * ∼84%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
37 dB * ∼74%
Schenker XMG U727
40 dB * ∼80%
Eurocom Tornado F5
33.5 dB * ∼67%
Load Average (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
36 dB * ∼72%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
39 dB * ∼78%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
48 dB * ∼96%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
40 dB * ∼80%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
47 dB * ∼94%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
40 dB * ∼80%
Alienware 15 R3
49 dB * ∼98%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
37 dB * ∼74%
Schenker XMG U727
44 dB * ∼88%
Eurocom Tornado F5
44.2 dB * ∼88%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
49 dB * ∼98%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
56 dB * ∼112%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
57 dB * ∼114%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
47 dB * ∼94%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
56 dB * ∼112%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
46 dB * ∼92%
Alienware 15 R3
50 dB * ∼100%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
44 dB * ∼88%
Schenker XMG U727
53 dB * ∼106%
Eurocom Tornado F5
52.5 dB * ∼105%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
48.8 °C * ∼81%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
39.8 °C * ∼66%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
35.8 °C * ∼60%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
42.9 °C * ∼72%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
50.9 °C * ∼85%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
40.6 °C * ∼68%
Alienware 15 R3
46 °C * ∼77%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
41.5 °C * ∼69%
Schenker XMG U727
55.8 °C * ∼93%
Eurocom Tornado F5
37.4 °C * ∼62%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
60.4 °C * ∼101%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
47.8 °C * ∼80%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
42.8 °C * ∼71%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
41.5 °C * ∼69%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
44.6 °C * ∼74%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
48.4 °C * ∼81%
Alienware 15 R3
51.8 °C * ∼86%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
50.6 °C * ∼84%
Schenker XMG U727
63.7 °C * ∼106%
Eurocom Tornado F5
44.8 °C * ∼75%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
33.1 °C * ∼55%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
27.1 °C * ∼45%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
24.7 °C * ∼41%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
31.6 °C * ∼53%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
29.9 °C * ∼50%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
26.8 °C * ∼45%
Alienware 15 R3
36.5 °C * ∼61%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
26.4 °C * ∼44%
Schenker XMG U727
34.7 °C * ∼58%
Eurocom Tornado F5
25.4 °C * ∼42%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
30.1 °C * ∼50%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
27.4 °C * ∼46%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
22.8 °C * ∼38%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
29.5 °C * ∼49%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
28.8 °C * ∼48%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
26.4 °C * ∼44%
Alienware 15 R3
38.2 °C * ∼64%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
25.4 °C * ∼42%
Schenker XMG U727
34.7 °C * ∼58%
Eurocom Tornado F5
24.8 °C * ∼41%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
524 min ∼19%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
min ∼0%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
152 min ∼6%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
311 min ∼12%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
342 min ∼13%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
377 min ∼14%
Alienware 15 R3
382 min ∼14%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
316 min ∼12%
Schenker XMG U727
157 min ∼6%
Eurocom Tornado F5
291 min ∼11%
Load (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
90 min ∼3%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
min ∼0%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
54 min ∼2%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
84 min ∼3%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
83 min ∼3%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
98 min ∼4%
Alienware 15 R3
102 min ∼4%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
91 min ∼3%
Schenker XMG U727
78 min ∼3%
Eurocom Tornado F5
67 min ∼2%
WiFi (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
min ∼0%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
min ∼0%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
min ∼0%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
min ∼0%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
min ∼0%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
min ∼0%
Alienware 15 R3
min ∼0%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
min ∼0%
Schenker XMG U727
min ∼0%
Eurocom Tornado F5
min ∼0%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
320 min ∼12%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
160 min ∼6%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
120 min ∼4%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
210 min ∼8%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
241 min ∼9%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
246 min ∼9%
Alienware 15 R3
264 min ∼10%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
230 min ∼9%
Schenker XMG U727
118 min ∼4%
Eurocom Tornado F5
216 min ∼8%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
7 Watt * ∼7%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
29 Watt * ∼29%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
32 Watt * ∼32%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
24 Watt * ∼24%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
24 Watt * ∼24%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
20 Watt * ∼20%
Alienware 15 R3
19 Watt * ∼19%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
20 Watt * ∼20%
Schenker XMG U727
43 Watt * ∼43%
Eurocom Tornado F5
21.2 Watt * ∼21%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
12 Watt * ∼12%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
35 Watt * ∼35%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
47 Watt * ∼47%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
31 Watt * ∼31%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
31 Watt * ∼31%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
24 Watt * ∼24%
Alienware 15 R3
23 Watt * ∼23%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
27 Watt * ∼27%
Schenker XMG U727
53 Watt * ∼53%
Eurocom Tornado F5
25.1 Watt * ∼25%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
18 Watt * ∼18%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
40 Watt * ∼40%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
52 Watt * ∼52%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
36 Watt * ∼36%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
38 Watt * ∼38%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
29 Watt * ∼29%
Alienware 15 R3
29 Watt * ∼29%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
31 Watt * ∼31%
Schenker XMG U727
64 Watt * ∼64%
Eurocom Tornado F5
26.3 Watt * ∼26%
Load Average (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
76 Watt * ∼22%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
94 Watt * ∼27%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
152 Watt * ∼43%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
94 Watt * ∼27%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
98 Watt * ∼28%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
82 Watt * ∼23%
Alienware 15 R3
85 Watt * ∼24%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
86 Watt * ∼25%
Schenker XMG U727
185 Watt * ∼53%
Eurocom Tornado F5
169.4 Watt * ∼48%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
161 Watt * ∼46%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
315 Watt * ∼90%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
366 Watt * ∼105%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
204 Watt * ∼58%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
320 Watt * ∼91%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
193 Watt * ∼55%
Alienware 15 R3
192 Watt * ∼55%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
184 Watt * ∼53%
Schenker XMG U727
490 Watt * ∼140%
Eurocom Tornado F5
202.4 Watt * ∼58%

Legend

 
Alienware 13 R3 Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
 
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296 Intel Core i7-7820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
 
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451 Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
 
Asus G752VS-XB78K Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
 
Asus G701VIK-BA049T Intel Core i7-7820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
 
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223 Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
 
Alienware 15 R3 Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop),
 
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433 Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG5
 
Schenker XMG U727 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
 
Eurocom Tornado F5 Intel Core i7-7700K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
12319 Points ∼43%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
20510 Points ∼71%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
24267 Points ∼85%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
17151 Points ∼60%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
21727 Points ∼76%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
15359 Points ∼54%
Alienware 15 R3
16435 Points ∼57%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
15575 Points ∼54%
Schenker XMG U727
24547 Points ∼86%
Eurocom Tornado F5
18317 Points ∼64%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
9584 Points ∼41%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
16478 Points ∼70%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
21132 Points ∼90%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
13621 Points ∼58%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
17700 Points ∼76%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
13768 Points ∼59%
Alienware 15 R3
13728 Points ∼59%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
13685 Points ∼59%
Schenker XMG U727
21423 Points ∼92%
Eurocom Tornado F5
14664 Points ∼63%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
21924 Points ∼44%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
31711 Points ∼64%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
31696 Points ∼64%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
27498 Points ∼56%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
32489 Points ∼66%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
26786 Points ∼54%
Alienware 15 R3
26672 Points ∼54%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
26904 Points ∼54%
Eurocom Tornado F5
34367 Points ∼69%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
5482 Points ∼68%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
7635 Points ∼95%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
7551 Points ∼94%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
6803 Points ∼85%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
7903 Points ∼98%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
6831 Points ∼85%
Alienware 15 R3
6886 Points ∼86%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
6618 Points ∼82%
Schenker XMG U727
6605 Points ∼82%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Alienware 13 R3
3894 Points ∼65%
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451
5332 Points ∼89%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
5575 Points ∼93%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
5662 Points ∼95%
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223
5011 Points ∼84%
Alienware 15 R3
4966 Points ∼83%
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433
5009 Points ∼84%
Schenker XMG U727
4507 Points ∼75%
Eurocom Tornado F5
5476 Points ∼92%

Legend

 
Alienware 13 R3 Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
 
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296 Intel Core i7-7820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
 
MSI GT83VR-6RE32SR451 Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
 
Asus G752VS-XB78K Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
 
Asus G701VIK-BA049T Intel Core i7-7820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
 
MSI GT62VR 7RE-223 Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
 
Alienware 15 R3 Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop),
 
MSI GT72VR 7RE-433 Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG5
 
Schenker XMG U727 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
 
Eurocom Tornado F5 Intel Core i7-7700K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2

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