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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks

Florian Glaser (translated by Martina Osztovits), 05/05/2015

May 2015 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.

For the original German article, see here.

We 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 here. Our "classic" Gaming Top 10 (without any restrictions in terms of weight) is obviously still available.

Gaming Notebook Charts as of May 2015

Pos. RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionFinish
1

89%

12/14Asus G751JY
Intel Core i7 4710HQ
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M
24 GB RAM, SSD
from $2270 at Amazon
4.2 kg53 mm17.31920x1080matte
2

88%
new!

04/15

Schenker XMG U705
Intel Core i7 4790
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M
16 GB RAM, SSD
from €2426 at Schenker Tech.

3.9 kg39 mm17.31920x1080matte
3

88 %

02/15Alienware 15
Intel Core i7 4710HQ
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M
8 GB RAM, SSD
from $1698 at Amazon
3.0 kg34 mm15.61920x1080matte
4

88%

01/15Schenker XMG U505
Intel Core i7 4790S
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M
16 GB RAM, SSD
from €2224 at Schenker Tech.
3.5 kg36 mm15.61920x1080matte
5

88%

10/14

MSI GT72 2QE
Intel Core i7 4710HQ
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M
32 GB RAM, Quad-SSD
from $2199 at Amazon
3.8 kg48 mm17.31920x1080matte
687%
new!
04/15Alienware 17 R2
Intel Core i7 4980HQ
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M
8 GB RAM, SSD
from $1849 at Amazon
3.7 kg34 mm17.31920x1080matte
7

87%

02/15MSI GT80 2QE
Intel Core i7 4980HQ
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M SLI
32 GB RAM, Quad-SSD
from $2599 at Amazon
4.9 kg49 mm18.41920x1080matte
8

87%

01/15One K73-5N
Intel Core i7 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M
16 GB RAM, SSD
from €2254 at One
3.9 kg39 mm17.31920x1080matte
9

87%

12/14Schenker XMG P505 Pro
Intel Core i7 4710HQ
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M
16 GB RAM, SSD
from €2203 at Schenker Tech.
2.7 kg29 mm15.61920x1080matte
10

86%

03/15

Schenker XMG A505
Intel Core i7 4720HQ
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M
16 GB RAM, SSD
from €1852 at Schenker Tech.

2.5 kg29 mm15.61920x1080matte

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


Editors' Comments

1st

Asus G751JY
Asus G751JY

After the Top 10 had been led by the MSI GT72 2QE for months, we had the chance to review the Asus G751JY, which also features a GeForce GTX 980M and a Core i7-4710HQ. In our opinion, the main attraction of the 17-inch gaming monster is the relatively low system noise. Currently, no other high-end notebook manages a system noise below 37-44 dB(A) in 3D mode. The IPS display with wide viewing angles and precise colors is a reason to buy despite quite a modest black value. In addition, there are moderate temperatures, excellent features (but many interfaces are placed unfavorably) and great input devices.

However, it does not perform well enough for a 90% rating. First of all, the battery life is too low, because it lacks the Optimus technology. In addition, the G751JY is very heavy and big (4.2 kg and a height of 53 mm). Also, the maintainability is very limited. It is much easier to get to the components in the MSI GT72. Furthermore, several buyers faced a broken touchpad. Some might also criticize the sound balance (subwoofer too present, speakers are drowned out).

2nd

Schenker XMG U705
Schenker XMG U705

The XMG U705 is the 17-inch version of the XMG U505 (4th place). The chassis is available with an IPS panel by now, so the overall rating is identical. Both devices are easy to maintain and can convince with their comprehensive features. Up to four storage drives and a real desktop CPU are offered by hardly any notebook. Considering all the strengths, most buyers will be able to live with the short battery runtimes (no switchable graphics), the enormous power consumption and the hefty weight of around 4 kilograms.

Thanks to individual configurations, the XMG U705 can be adjusted to your personal needs. Our review unit with the Core i7-4790 and the GeForce GTX 970M does not use the most powerful components that are currently available, but the PCIe-X4 SSD from Samsung (SM951) can blow the competition away.

3rd

Alienware 15
Alienware 15

Apart from MSI (GS30), Alienware also tries an external graphics box. While the amplifier was not convincing in the 13-inch model because of the weak dual core CPU, the AW 15 performs significantly better. Although a connection via PCIe x4 can slow down the graphics performance by above 10% in the worst case, the performance level of an equal desktop PC is reached. The advantage over laptop GPUs is particularly impressive. The reviewed GTX 980 is on average 50 % faster than the GTX 970M for example.

But, the AW15 is also impressive without amplifier. Apart from a few weaknesses in maintainability and upgradability (soldered CPU/GPU, battery cannot be reached directly,...), system noise during 3D tasks and the position of the keyboard, there is hardly anything to complain about. As usually, Alienware wants to attract gaming fans with a high-end, stylish and strikingly lit chassis. The IPS panel, the input devices, and the sound, do not need to hide behind the competition. In addition, the battery life of the test model was above average with a maximum of 11.5 hours.

Discussion

4th

Schenker XMG U505
Schenker XMG U505

Contrary to most of its competitors, the Clevo P751ZM Barebone, which is sold as XMG U505 from Schenker Technologies, uses a Desktop CPU instead of a mobile processor. While the reviewed Core i7-4790S (3.2-4.0 GHz) only conditionally outperforms its notebook siblings, the XMG U505 can also be configured with a 4.0-4.4 GHz Core i7-4790K, which is about 25-30% faster than the Core i7-4710HQ. Either the GeForce GTX 965M, the GTX 970M or the GTX 980M are used as graphics card. While the first one suffers from quite a small memory interface (only 128-bit), the latter is extremely expensive.

With a height of 3.6 cm and a weight of 3.5 kg, the P751ZM barebone ranks in between thicker gaming notebooks like the Asus G751JY and ultra thin high-end representatives like the MSI GS60. The XMG U505 performs particularly well in image and sound quality. The 15-inch IPS panel is accompanied by a powerful sound system. Many interfaces and easy maintainability are also pros of this notebook. Because a graphics switch is missing, power consumption is high and battery life is poor. The stability of the lid should also be better.

5th

MSI GT72
MSI GT72

Just after the release of the GT72 2PE, MSI has already published a successor. Instead of a Kepler-based GTX 880M, a lightning fast GTX 980M with Maxwell architecture works in the GT72 2QE. Thanks to the GPU replacement, not only the heat emissions fell, but also the power consumption. The increased performance is a big advantage: The GTX 980M is finally +30% faster. However, not only the performance is high, but also the price is extremely steep. For example, the most expensive model with four M.2-SSDs costs above 3000 Euros (~$3424). Since the benefit of the RAID configuration is only limited, we would recommend one of the cheaper models.

If you only want to spend up to 2000 Euros (~$2282), the 2QD with a GTX 970M is a good choice. The latter GPU is not even 20% slower. Although MSI have not produced a perfect gaming notebook (modest WLAN reception, unusual keyboard layout, bluish TN panel, unreachable battery, etc.), gamers can safely buy it.

6th

Alienware 17 R2
Alienware 17 R2

Dell's Alienware 17 R2 is a 17-inch high-end notebook and the main rival for the Asus G751JY and MSI GT72 2QE. It looks like the Dell has the best chances at first. The stylish chase is not only thinner (34 vs. 48-53 millimeters), but also lighter and more sophisticated. The new revision also has some advantages in respect of the input devices and the illumination. The optional amplifier is not really worth it in our opinion, because the external graphics card has to be very powerful to surpass the top version GeForce GTX 980M.

One reason for the 2% lower rating compared to the G751JY is the noise development. With 43-52 dB(A), the 17 R2 is noticeably louder than the rival from Asus. This is not surprising since the G751JY does have a thicker cooling solution. The second drawback is the power adaptor, which is hardly sufficient. Buyers can apparently get a PSU with 240 Watts, but the problem with the 180-Watt power adaptor should not have happened in the first place. This means the notebook cannot get a "very good" rating so far. The BIOS update, which is supposed to improve the energy situation (throttling, battery discharge), does not really help according to user comments, either.

7th

MSI GT80
MSI GT80

The MSI GT80 is indeed a special notebook. Four M.2-SSDs in RAID-0 connection, two GTX 980M cards in SLI mode, 32 GB RAM, and a Core i7-4980HQ: That richly equipped is the top model of the desktop replacement. Those looking for maximum performance in a device under five kilogram, could like the 18-incher. If it wasn't for the steep price: MSI charges above 4000 Euro for the bundle.

While maintainability, accessories, display and sound system meet the high demands, the system noise turns out to be the Achilles' heel. Under full load the GT80 reaches up to 60 dB(A), which is even much for a gaming notebook. The laptop deserves kudos for its mechanical keyboard. Compared to a standard keyboard, typing appears significantly crisper and preciser, but you have to get used to the loud typing noise first. The touchpad with number block functionality is futuristic, too. In addition, you cannot complain about performance. The SLI connection is almost 40% faster than a single GTX 980M and 20% faster than a desktop GTX 980.

8th

One K73-5N
One K73-5N

The P771ZM barebone is the 17-inch counterpart of the P751ZM (see place 3). Since the chassis does not house an IPS panel yet and is about 400 g heavier, the total score is 1% lower. Otherwise the two devices are quite similar. The One K73-5N is just as easy to maintain and well equipped as the Schenker XMG U505. Hardly any other notebook offers up to four mass storage devices and a 2.1 system from Onkyo.

In view of the strengths, most customers might accept the short battery life, the enormous power consumption and the bluish TN panel. As it is individually configurable, the K73-5N can be adapted to your needs. With the Core i7-4790K and the GeForce GTX 980M, our test model came with the most powerful components currently available. If weaker hardware is used, the case should remain colder and quieter.

9th

Schenker XMG P505 Pro
Schenker XMG P505 Pro

Those looking for a compact, yet powerful gaming notebook will find an almost ideal choice in the Schenker XMG P505. It is based on the Clevo P651 barebone and even the model with GTX 980M only weighs 2.7 kg, which would rather suggest a multimedia product. A height of only 3 cm is also low in the gaming range. Like most competitors, temperatures and system noise are rather high in 3D mode, but the notebook does not get extremely hot or loud. Battery life is acceptable, too. Thanks to graphics switching the negative impact of the rather weak 4-cell battery (60Wh) is not too high. In terms of input devices, connectivity and sound, the device also manages a rating in the upper 70 or the lower 80% range.

Its biggest unique feature is the matte FHD display with IPS technology (optionally 3K or 4K). Such a contrast-rich image with vivid colors and big contrast is rare in the notebook range. It also deserves praise that the underside can be completely unscrewed. Overall, we would call the XMG P505 the best 15-inch gamer of 2014 - despite soldered CPU and GPU.

10th

Schenker XMG A505
Schenker XMG A505

If you look at the current price, the Schenker XMG A505 is in a tricky spot compared to the rivals. Despite the much lower performance, notebooks with the GTX 960M are often not much cheaper than devices with the GTX 965M (+15 %) and GTX 970M (+65 %), respectively. The plastic chassis of the XMG A505 also falls behind its 15-inch sibling XMG P505. Otherwise, the gaming notebook is actually quite convincing. An IPS panel is standard, just like the illuminated keyboard. The input devices do not reveal any serious drawbacks in general.

One of the best aspects is the maintainability. If you remove the bottom cover you can access the fans and all the other components (2x RAM, 1x 2.5-inch, 1x M.2). The only criticism concerns the soldered CPU and GPU. The cooling solution leaves a pretty good impression; the noise is still reasonable even with high load. You also get a sophisticated port layout, decent battery runtimes and a clean Windows installation. A weight of 2.5 kilograms is another advantage of the notebook. The manufacturer should improve the stability of the lid, the sound quality and the sensitive soft-touch surfaces. A more powerful power adaptor and more VRAM (only 2 GB) wouldn't hurt, either.

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

Screen
Brightness Center (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
329 cd/m² ∼47%
Schenker XMG U705
333 cd/m² ∼48%
Alienware 15
308 cd/m² ∼44%
Schenker XMG U505
250 cd/m² ∼36%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
273 cd/m² ∼39%
Alienware 17 R2
331 cd/m² ∼47%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
341 cd/m² ∼49%
One K73-5N
321 cd/m² ∼46%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
286 cd/m² ∼41%
Schenker XMG A505
284 cd/m² ∼41%
Black Level (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
0.47 cd/m² * ∼9%
Schenker XMG U705
0.3 cd/m² * ∼6%
Alienware 15
0.28 cd/m² * ∼6%
Schenker XMG U505
0.23 cd/m² * ∼5%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
0.3 cd/m² * ∼6%
Alienware 17 R2
0.3 cd/m² * ∼6%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
0.34 cd/m² * ∼7%
One K73-5N
0.31 cd/m² * ∼6%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
0.24 cd/m² * ∼5%
Schenker XMG A505
0.23 cd/m² * ∼5%
Contrast (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
700 :1; ∼44%
Schenker XMG U705
1110 :1; ∼69%
Alienware 15
1100 :1; ∼69%
Schenker XMG U505
1087 :1; ∼68%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
910 :1; ∼57%
Alienware 17 R2
1103 :1; ∼69%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
1003 :1; ∼63%
One K73-5N
1035 :1; ∼65%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
1192 :1; ∼75%
Schenker XMG A505
1235 :1; ∼77%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
3.95 * ∼26%
Schenker XMG U705
5.24 * ∼35%
Alienware 15
4.28 * ∼29%
Schenker XMG U505
3.41 * ∼23%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
11.63 * ∼78%
Alienware 17 R2
4.88 * ∼33%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
5.15 * ∼34%
One K73-5N
10.3 * ∼69%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
3.84 * ∼26%
Schenker XMG A505
2.46 * ∼16%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
3.36 * ∼22%
Schenker XMG U705
4.33 * ∼29%
Alienware 15
4.54 * ∼30%
Schenker XMG U505
2.88 * ∼19%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
11.9 * ∼79%
Alienware 17 R2
3.63 * ∼24%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
6.34 * ∼42%
One K73-5N
10.64 * ∼71%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
5.06 * ∼34%
Schenker XMG A505
2.3 * ∼15%
Gamma (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
2.46 * ∼49%
Schenker XMG U705
2.14 * ∼43%
Alienware 15
2.81 * ∼56%
Schenker XMG U505
2.18 * ∼44%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
2.56 * ∼51%
Alienware 17 R2
2.17 * ∼43%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
2.35 * ∼47%
One K73-5N
2.74 * ∼55%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
2.4 * ∼48%
Schenker XMG A505
2.32 * ∼46%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
56 % ∼56%
Schenker XMG U705
55 % ∼55%
Alienware 15
60 % ∼60%
Schenker XMG U505
59 % ∼59%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
54 % ∼54%
Alienware 17 R2
55 % ∼55%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
53 % ∼53%
One K73-5N
54 % ∼54%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
59 % ∼59%
Schenker XMG A505
60 % ∼60%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
33.6 dB * ∼67%
Schenker XMG U705
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Alienware 15
29.4 dB * ∼59%
Schenker XMG U505
32 dB * ∼64%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
34 dB * ∼68%
Alienware 17 R2
29.4 dB * ∼59%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
34.2 dB * ∼68%
One K73-5N
30.4 dB * ∼61%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
30.4 dB * ∼61%
Schenker XMG A505
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
34.8 dB * ∼70%
Schenker XMG U705
32.6 dB * ∼65%
Alienware 15
30.7 dB * ∼61%
Schenker XMG U505
32.3 dB * ∼65%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
34.5 dB * ∼69%
Alienware 17 R2
30.8 dB * ∼62%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
36.2 dB * ∼72%
One K73-5N
31.2 dB * ∼62%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
33.6 dB * ∼67%
Schenker XMG A505
30.8 dB * ∼62%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
35.2 dB * ∼70%
Schenker XMG U705
33.2 dB * ∼66%
Alienware 15
34 dB * ∼68%
Schenker XMG U505
34.8 dB * ∼70%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
34.7 dB * ∼69%
Alienware 17 R2
35 dB * ∼70%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
37.8 dB * ∼76%
One K73-5N
34.6 dB * ∼69%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
36.6 dB * ∼73%
Schenker XMG A505
42.6 dB * ∼85%
Load Average (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
36.8 dB * ∼74%
Schenker XMG U705
44.2 dB * ∼88%
Alienware 15
46.2 dB * ∼92%
Schenker XMG U505
42 dB * ∼84%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
40.3 dB * ∼81%
Alienware 17 R2
43.4 dB * ∼87%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
47.6 dB * ∼95%
One K73-5N
44.2 dB * ∼88%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
43.4 dB * ∼87%
Schenker XMG A505
41.6 dB * ∼83%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
43.8 dB * ∼88%
Schenker XMG U705
45.4 dB * ∼91%
Alienware 15
53 dB * ∼106%
Schenker XMG U505
45.2 dB * ∼90%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
49.4 dB * ∼99%
Alienware 17 R2
51.6 dB * ∼103%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
59.8 dB * ∼120%
One K73-5N
52 dB * ∼104%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
47.8 dB * ∼96%
Schenker XMG A505
43.8 dB * ∼88%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
43.3 °C * ∼72%
Schenker XMG U705
46.6 °C * ∼78%
Alienware 15
43.2 °C * ∼72%
Schenker XMG U505
46.7 °C * ∼78%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
40.1 °C * ∼67%
Alienware 17 R2
50.8 °C * ∼85%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
43.8 °C * ∼73%
One K73-5N
44.3 °C * ∼74%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
54.2 °C * ∼90%
Schenker XMG A505
56.4 °C * ∼94%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
48 °C * ∼80%
Schenker XMG U705
55 °C * ∼92%
Alienware 15
53.3 °C * ∼89%
Schenker XMG U505
53.2 °C * ∼89%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
52.1 °C * ∼87%
Alienware 17 R2
48.7 °C * ∼81%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
63 °C * ∼105%
One K73-5N
54 °C * ∼90%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
59.4 °C * ∼99%
Schenker XMG A505
61.8 °C * ∼103%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
27.7 °C * ∼46%
Schenker XMG U705
38.8 °C * ∼65%
Alienware 15
28 °C * ∼47%
Schenker XMG U505
39.1 °C * ∼65%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
28 °C * ∼47%
Alienware 17 R2
30.9 °C * ∼52%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
29.6 °C * ∼49%
One K73-5N
36.6 °C * ∼61%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
30.8 °C * ∼51%
Schenker XMG A505
41.3 °C * ∼69%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
27.9 °C * ∼47%
Schenker XMG U705
40 °C * ∼67%
Alienware 15
30.1 °C * ∼50%
Schenker XMG U505
38.5 °C * ∼64%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
27.5 °C * ∼46%
Alienware 17 R2
31.7 °C * ∼53%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
30.4 °C * ∼51%
One K73-5N
38.6 °C * ∼64%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
31.1 °C * ∼52%
Schenker XMG A505
40.2 °C * ∼67%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
272 min ∼10%
Schenker XMG U705
138 min ∼5%
Alienware 15
696 min ∼26%
Schenker XMG U505
150 min ∼6%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
397 min ∼15%
Alienware 17 R2
729 min ∼27%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
191 min ∼7%
One K73-5N
161 min ∼6%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
298 min ∼11%
Schenker XMG A505
352 min ∼13%
Load (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
85 min ∼3%
Schenker XMG U705
91 min ∼3%
Alienware 15
91 min ∼3%
Schenker XMG U505
89 min ∼3%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
87 min ∼3%
Alienware 17 R2
100 min ∼4%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
48 min ∼2%
One K73-5N
84 min ∼3%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
96 min ∼4%
Schenker XMG A505
105 min ∼4%
WiFi (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
220 min ∼8%
Alienware 15
266 min ∼10%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
184 min ∼7%
Alienware 17 R2
345 min ∼13%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
146 min ∼5%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
225 min ∼8%
Schenker XMG A505
216 min ∼8%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
22 Watt * ∼22%
Schenker XMG U705
38.3 Watt * ∼38%
Alienware 15
10.1 Watt * ∼10%
Schenker XMG U505
32.8 Watt * ∼33%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
23.9 Watt * ∼24%
Alienware 17 R2
8.9 Watt * ∼9%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
34.3 Watt * ∼34%
One K73-5N
35.2 Watt * ∼35%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
12 Watt * ∼12%
Schenker XMG A505
11.2 Watt * ∼11%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
27 Watt * ∼27%
Schenker XMG U705
38.8 Watt * ∼39%
Alienware 15
14.9 Watt * ∼15%
Schenker XMG U505
38.5 Watt * ∼39%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
29 Watt * ∼29%
Alienware 17 R2
16 Watt * ∼16%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
41.9 Watt * ∼42%
One K73-5N
41.3 Watt * ∼41%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
17.8 Watt * ∼18%
Schenker XMG A505
18.6 Watt * ∼19%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
32.6 Watt * ∼33%
Schenker XMG U705
44.4 Watt * ∼44%
Alienware 15
26.2 Watt * ∼26%
Schenker XMG U505
48.3 Watt * ∼48%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
33.6 Watt * ∼34%
Alienware 17 R2
26.6 Watt * ∼27%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
49.3 Watt * ∼49%
One K73-5N
47.3 Watt * ∼47%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
22.2 Watt * ∼22%
Schenker XMG A505
26 Watt * ∼26%
Load Average (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
93.3 Watt * ∼27%
Schenker XMG U705
119.3 Watt * ∼34%
Alienware 15
90.5 Watt * ∼26%
Schenker XMG U505
111.9 Watt * ∼32%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
97.2 Watt * ∼28%
Alienware 17 R2
124 Watt * ∼35%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
140.2 Watt * ∼40%
One K73-5N
144.2 Watt * ∼41%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
94.2 Watt * ∼27%
Schenker XMG A505
100.2 Watt * ∼29%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
212.8 Watt * ∼61%
Schenker XMG U705
221.4 Watt * ∼63%
Alienware 15
165.9 Watt * ∼47%
Schenker XMG U505
202.7 Watt * ∼58%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
210.1 Watt * ∼60%
Alienware 17 R2
165.8 Watt * ∼47%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
328.6 Watt * ∼94%
One K73-5N
275.9 Watt * ∼79%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
207.5 Watt * ∼59%
Schenker XMG A505
147.6 Watt * ∼42%

Legend

 
Asus G751JY-T7009H Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL
 
Schenker XMG U705 Intel Core i7-4790, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Samsung SM951 MZHPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Alienware 15 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
 
Schenker XMG U505 Intel Core i7-4790S, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Plextor PX-G256M6e
 
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4x Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD1 (RAID 0)
 
Alienware 17 R2 Intel Core i7-4980HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
 
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW Intel Core i7-4980HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI, 4x Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU (RAID 0)
 
One K73-5N Intel Core i7-4790K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SSD 840 EVO 500GB
 
Schenker XMG P505 PRO Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF
 
Schenker XMG A505 Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
6325 Points ∼87%
Schenker XMG U705
6847 Points ∼94%
Alienware 15
5627 Points ∼77%
Schenker XMG U505
6411 Points ∼88%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
5969 Points ∼82%
Alienware 17 R2
6622 Points ∼91%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
6624 Points ∼91%
One K73-5N
6860 Points ∼94%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
6054 Points ∼83%
Schenker XMG A505
6042 Points ∼83%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
4854 Points ∼88%
Alienware 15
3769 Points ∼68%
Schenker XMG U505
4970 Points ∼90%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
4889 Points ∼89%
Alienware 17 R2
4402 Points ∼80%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
5027 Points ∼91%
One K73-5N
5353 Points ∼97%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
3942 Points ∼72%
Schenker XMG A505
3746 Points ∼68%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
11192 Points ∼62%
Schenker XMG U705
9719 Points ∼54%
Alienware 15
8636 Points ∼48%
Schenker XMG U505
9629 Points ∼53%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
11173 Points ∼62%
Alienware 17 R2
11122 Points ∼62%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
17081 Points ∼95%
One K73-5N
11788 Points ∼65%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
11134 Points ∼62%
Schenker XMG A505
5639 Points ∼31%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
130943 Points ∼77%
Schenker XMG U705
152470 Points ∼90%
Alienware 15
80946 Points ∼48%
Schenker XMG U505
143659 Points ∼85%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
131093 Points ∼78%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
155449 Points ∼92%
One K73-5N
169066 Points ∼100%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
117521 Points ∼70%
Schenker XMG A505
84779 Points ∼50%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
22064 Points ∼79%
Schenker XMG U705
22537 Points ∼81%
Alienware 15
20182 Points ∼72%
Schenker XMG U505
21758 Points ∼78%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
22055 Points ∼79%
Alienware 17 R2
19882 Points ∼71%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
27977 Points ∼100%
One K73-5N
26222 Points ∼94%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
21648 Points ∼77%
Schenker XMG A505
15511 Points ∼55%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
Asus G751JY-T7009H
8338 Points ∼61%
Schenker XMG U705
6667 Points ∼49%
Alienware 15
6508 Points ∼47%
Schenker XMG U505
6644 Points ∼48%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
8364 Points ∼61%
Alienware 17 R2
8185 Points ∼60%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
13703 Points ∼100%
One K73-5N
8624 Points ∼63%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
8335 Points ∼61%
Schenker XMG A505
4071 Points ∼30%

Legend

 
Asus G751JY-T7009H Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL
 
Schenker XMG U705 Intel Core i7-4790, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Samsung SM951 MZHPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Alienware 15 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
 
Schenker XMG U505 Intel Core i7-4790S, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Plextor PX-G256M6e
 
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4x Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD1 (RAID 0)
 
Alienware 17 R2 Intel Core i7-4980HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
 
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW Intel Core i7-4980HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI, 4x Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU (RAID 0)
 
One K73-5N Intel Core i7-4790K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SSD 840 EVO 500GB
 
Schenker XMG P505 PRO Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF
 
Schenker XMG A505 Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF

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