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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks

Florian Glaser, 02/02/2016

February 2016 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 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.

Gaming Notebook Charts as of February 2016

Pos.RatingDateimageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreen
190%11/2015MSI GT72S 6QFMSI GT72S 6QF
Intel Core i7-6820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook)
64 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
3.8 kg48 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
290%10/2015Schenker XMG U726Schenker XMG U726
Intel Core i7-6700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook)
32 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
5 kg45 mm17.3"3840x2160matte
389%01/2016Asus G752VY-RH71Asus G752VY-RH71
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
32 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
4.5 kg48.2 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
489%12/2015Schenker XMG U716Schenker XMG U716
Intel Core i7-6700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook)
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
4.2 kg41 mm17.3"3840x2160matte
589%09/2015Schenker XMG U706Schenker XMG U706
Intel Core i7-6700K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
3.9 kg38.7 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
687%01/2016MSI GT80S 6QFMSI GT80S 6QF
Intel Core i7-6820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Notebook)
32 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
5 kg49 mm18.4"1920x1080matte
787%12/2015Asus GX700Asus GX700
Intel Core i7-6820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook)
64 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
3.9 kg38 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
887%11/2015Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
3.1 kg34 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
987%10/2015Schenker XMG P706Schenker XMG P706
Intel Core i7-6820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
3.3 kg30 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
1087%10/2015Schenker XMG U506Schenker XMG U506
Intel Core i5-6600K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
3.5 kg36 mm15.6"1920x1080matte

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


Editors' Comments

1st

MSI GT72S 6QF (GTX 980)
MSI GT72S 6QF (GTX 980)

About half a year after the release of the GT72 2QE (Broadwell), the GT72S 6QF (Skylake) successor has already been launched. Nvidia's brand-new top model, the GeForce GTX 980, brings a performance gain of about 30-40% according to our review, but this is definitely noticeable in the price.

The GT72S is also state-of-the-art in other aspects. There is, for example, Nvidia's G-Sync technology, which ensures a smoother image without time delays. Depending on the model, it is combined with two SSDs in RAID mode, up to 64 GB DDR4 RAM and an IPS panel. Speaking of the display: The GTX 980 can smoothly run almost all titles in native Full HD resolution with maximum details and multiple anti-aliasing. In brief: Although MSI did not produce a perfect gaming notebook (moderate WiFi reception, unusual keyboard layout, etc.) affluent gamers can buy it without hesitation.

MSI GT72S 6QE (GTX 980M)
MSI GT72S 6QE (GTX 980M)

The identical GT72S 6QE, which MSI equipped with a GTX 980M, would rank similarly in our charts with 89%. Because of its identical base unit, we do not list it separately. In view of its significantly cheaper price and the quiet system noise besides top performance, this variant is also interesting for gamers.

2nd

Schenker XMG U726
Schenker XMG U726

The MSI GT72S 6QF and the Schenker XMG U726 are the first gaming notebooks with an overall rating of 90%. Despite the enormous weight (~5 kilograms with hard drive) and the thick construction (4.5 centimeters), the 17-inch notebook could convince us in many areas. Besides many upgrade possibilities and the customer-friendly maintenance, we have to praise the display as well. The 4K panel of the review unit not only has a high resolution but also a high luminance and a surprisingly wide color gamut (88% AdobeRGB), but you will have to get used to it first.

Another highlight is the brutal performance. Instead of an SLI configuration with two GTX 970M chips, you can also equip the device with Nvidia's brand-new top model, the GeForce GTX 980. The XMG U726 does not have as much stamina due to the missing graphics switching, but the sound quality is really good. This is also the case for the connectivity (USB 3.1 Type-C!), the keyboard and the touchpad. Temperature and noise development on the other hand are just mediocre. Attention: The high-end notebook does not support G-Sync when you configure it with the 4K panel.

3rd

Asus G752
Asus G752

The G752VY from Asus follows in third place. It boasts a GeForce GTX 980M and a Core i7-6700HQ. Apart from an acceptable system noise (40-45 dB in 3D mode), the bright IPS display with wide viewing angles is also a reason to buy it. Moreover, the temperatures are modest, the connectivity is excellent (but the interface layout is unfavorable), and the input devices are great.

However, the performance is not good enough for a rating of 90%. On the one hand, the 17-incher is extremely big (height of 48 mm). On the other hand, the G752VY weighs in at a high 4.5 kg. Apart from mobility, the maintainability is also limited. It is much easier to get to the components in Schenker notebooks.

The review of the cheaper G752VT with GTX 970M is available here.

Discussion

4th

Schenker XMG U716
Schenker XMG U716

Slimmer and lighter case aside: In terms of technology, the Schenker XMG U716 reminds us a lot of the XMG U726. Instead of the 200-Watt variant of the GeForce GTX 980, it only uses the 185-Watt model, but this has hardly any impact on the performance. Thanks to its high performance, the desktop replacement belongs to the fastest gaming notebooks from 2015 and is only outperformed by dual GPU solutions like the GeForce GTX 980M SLI (MSI GT80) - if at all. Build quality, input devices, and connectivity also show a strong affinity to the XMG U726.

Since the 17-incher lacks a graphics switch, you should stay close to a power outlet (max battery life: 2.5 hours). In return, the XMG U716 scores with an excellent 4K display with unmatched color space. Upgradeability and maintenance are equally exemplary. Apart from the battery, it is, for example, also possible to replace the processor and graphics card. Handy tools (including fan control) complete the bundle. However, the system noise is a drawback. 45-48 dB in 3D mode is relatively loud. In addition, the manufacturer could still improve the sound of the speakers and the stability of several parts of the case.

5th

Schenker XMG U706
Schenker XMG U706

The XMG U706 is the 17-inch counterpart of the XMG U506 (seventh position). Since the results of the IPS display and the performance of the test model are slightly better, the total rating is 2% higher. Both models are easy to maintain and convince with many features. Hardly any notebook offers up to four storage devices and a desktop CPU from Intel's Skylake generation. In view of the strengths, most buyers might accept the short battery life (no graphics switch), the enormous power consumption and the high weight of about 4 kg.

Thanks to being individually configurable, the XMG U706 can be adapted to personal requirements in detail. With a Core i7-6700K, GeForce GTX 980M and the PCIe-x4-SSD Samsung SM951, our test model came with the most powerful components currently selectable.

6th

MSI GT80S
MSI GT80S

The MSI GT80S 6QF is indeed a special notebook. The top model of the desktop replacement is richly equipped with two PCIe SSDs in RAID 0, two GTX 980 graphics cards in SLI mode, 32 GB of RAM, and a Core i7-6820HK, which can be overclocked to up to 4.1 GHz. Those looking for maximum performance but do not want a tower PC could like the 18-incher if it was not for its steep price: MSI charges just under 5500 Euros (~$6042) for it.

While maintainability, accessories, display, and sound system meet the high expectations, system noise is a big disadvantage. The GT80S reached up to 60 dB(A) under full load, which is even high for a gaming notebook. Among others, the mechanical keyboard deserves respect. Input is significantly crispier and more precise than standard keyboards'. The touchpad with number block functionality is futuristic, too. Moreover, you cannot complain about performance: The SLI combo outperforms a single GTX 980 by about 35% (average of FHD/Ultra + 4K/High).

7th

Asus GX700
Asus GX700

Hardly any other manufacturer has the courage to try as many new things as Asus. The GX700 belongs to the very first notebooks with external water cooling called Hydra Overclocking System, which overclocks the processor (Core i7-6820HK) from 2.7-3.6 GHz to 4.0 GHz. Fittingly, a GeForce GTX 980 is incorporated. However, it suffers from performance loss and can only achieve the level of a GTX 980M, since it does not use the water cooling. Apart from the GPU temperature, no other advantages become obvious when compared to a standard notebook. The GX700 gets very loud under load, too, and the Hydra station emits an unpleasant humming noise while idle.

The included travel case can only make up for the huge weight to some extent. The GX700 weighs 8.5 kg with water cooling. In addition, smaller flaws in processing and quality (sensitive underside, spongy keyboard, etc.) spoil the overall impression, too. The same is true for the short battery life and the difficult maintenance. Pros are especially the huge touchpad, the good sound, and the SSD RAID. Design and image quality are also good.

Overall, the GX700 proves to be a very exceptional high-end notebook; however, it still suffers from teething problems.

8th

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 over 10% in extreme cases, it is on par with an equivalent desktop PC. The advantage over laptop GPUs is particularly impressive. The reviewed GTX 980 is on average 50% faster than, for example, the GTX 970M.

However, the AW15 is also impressive without an amplifier. Apart from a few maintainability and upgradability weaknesses (soldered CPU/GPU, the battery cannot be reached directly, etc.), system noise during 3D tasks and the position of the keyboard, there is hardly anything to complain about. As usual, Alienware aims to attract gaming fans with a high-end, modern 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.

9th

Schenker XMG P706
Schenker XMG P706

The 17-inch sibling of the XMG P506 (tenth place) gets one percent point more in our review thanks to the slightly faster GPU. It is unusual that the barebones do not reveal a serious issue. Except for the sound, the device got at least 80% in every category. The carefully built metal chassis (3.3 kg) offers good input devices, a decent cooling solution as well as an IPS panel including G-Sync support. Nvidia's Optimus technology also ensures reasonable runtimes. Similar to any other product, you can configure the XMG P706 comprehensively.

The high-end notebook is unfortunately no bargain. Even the basic version (only HDD, no operating system) retails for 1649 Euros (~$1814). Our review unit with a Core i7-6820HK, GeForce GTX 980M, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, PCIe-SSD and Windows 10 costs around 2800 Euros (~$3081).

10th

Schenker XMG U506
Schenker XMG U506

Unlike most of its competitors, the Clevo P751DM Barebone, which is sold as XMG U506 from Schenker Technologies, uses a Desktop CPU instead of a mobile processor. While the Core i5-6600K (3.5-3.9 GHz) performs hardly better than its notebook siblings, the XMG U506 can also be configured with a 4.0 to 4.4 GHz Core i7-6700K. The GeForce GTX 970M or GTX 980M can be used as graphics card.

With a height of 3.6 cm (~1.4 in) and a weight of 3.5 kg (~7.7 lb), the P751ZM Barebone ranks in between thicker gaming notebooks like the Asus G751JY and ultra-slim high-end representatives like the MSI GS60. The XMG U506 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.

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)
MSI GT72S 6QF
356.7 cd/m² ∼51%
Schenker XMG U726
330 cd/m² ∼47%
Asus G752VY-RH71
346.8 cd/m² ∼50%
Schenker XMG U716
374 cd/m² ∼53%
Schenker XMG U706
298 cd/m² ∼43%
MSI GT80S 6QF
298 cd/m² ∼43%
Asus GX700
332 cd/m² ∼47%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
180 cd/m² ∼26%
Schenker XMG P706
306 cd/m² ∼44%
Schenker XMG U506
298 cd/m² ∼43%
Black Level (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
0.282 cd/m² * ∼6%
Schenker XMG U726
0.38 cd/m² * ∼8%
Asus G752VY-RH71
0.393 cd/m² * ∼8%
Schenker XMG U716
0.4 cd/m² * ∼8%
Schenker XMG U706
0.305 cd/m² * ∼6%
MSI GT80S 6QF
0.35 cd/m² * ∼7%
Asus GX700
0.34 cd/m² * ∼7%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
0.19 cd/m² * ∼4%
Schenker XMG P706
0.34 cd/m² * ∼7%
Schenker XMG U506
0.42 cd/m² * ∼8%
Contrast (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
1265 :1; ∼79%
Schenker XMG U726
868 :1; ∼54%
Asus G752VY-RH71
882 :1; ∼55%
Schenker XMG U716
935 :1; ∼58%
Schenker XMG U706
977 :1; ∼61%
MSI GT80S 6QF
851 :1; ∼53%
Asus GX700
976 :1; ∼61%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
947 :1; ∼59%
Schenker XMG P706
900 :1; ∼56%
Schenker XMG U506
710 :1; ∼44%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
4.16 * ∼28%
Schenker XMG U726
3 * ∼20%
Asus G752VY-RH71
3.72 * ∼25%
Schenker XMG U716
4.23 * ∼28%
Schenker XMG U706
4.16 * ∼28%
MSI GT80S 6QF
2.72 * ∼18%
Asus GX700
5.35 * ∼36%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
6.74 * ∼45%
Schenker XMG P706
5.49 * ∼37%
Schenker XMG U506
5.26 * ∼35%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
2.47 * ∼16%
Schenker XMG U726
3.81 * ∼25%
Asus G752VY-RH71
2.93 * ∼20%
Schenker XMG U716
5.48 * ∼37%
Schenker XMG U706
3.13 * ∼21%
MSI GT80S 6QF
3 * ∼20%
Asus GX700
6.45 * ∼43%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
6.44 * ∼43%
Schenker XMG P706
3.97 * ∼26%
Schenker XMG U506
5 * ∼33%
Gamma (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
2.29 * ∼46%
Schenker XMG U726
2.52 * ∼50%
Asus G752VY-RH71
2.23 * ∼45%
Schenker XMG U716
2.35 * ∼47%
Schenker XMG U706
2.26 * ∼45%
MSI GT80S 6QF
2.36 * ∼47%
Asus GX700
2.34 * ∼47%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
2.29 * ∼46%
Schenker XMG P706
2.15 * ∼43%
Schenker XMG U506
2.46 * ∼49%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
56 % ∼56%
Schenker XMG U726
88 % ∼88%
Asus G752VY-RH71
56 % ∼56%
Schenker XMG U716
88 % ∼88%
Schenker XMG U706
55.5 % ∼56%
MSI GT80S 6QF
58 % ∼58%
Asus GX700
56 % ∼56%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
38 % ∼38%
Schenker XMG P706
55.5 % ∼56%
Schenker XMG U506
55 % ∼55%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
33.1 dB * ∼66%
Schenker XMG U726
33 dB * ∼66%
Asus G752VY-RH71
33.4 dB * ∼67%
Schenker XMG U716
33 dB * ∼66%
Schenker XMG U706
29 dB * ∼58%
MSI GT80S 6QF
34 dB * ∼68%
Asus GX700
33 dB * ∼66%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
33.6 dB * ∼67%
Schenker XMG P706
30.9 dB * ∼62%
Schenker XMG U506
31 dB * ∼62%
Idle Average (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
33.3 dB * ∼67%
Schenker XMG U726
34 dB * ∼68%
Asus G752VY-RH71
33.5 dB * ∼67%
Schenker XMG U716
35 dB * ∼70%
Schenker XMG U706
30.8 dB * ∼62%
MSI GT80S 6QF
36 dB * ∼72%
Asus GX700
35 dB * ∼70%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
33.8 dB * ∼68%
Schenker XMG P706
31.2 dB * ∼62%
Schenker XMG U506
32.4 dB * ∼65%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
37 dB * ∼74%
Schenker XMG U726
35 dB * ∼70%
Asus G752VY-RH71
33.5 dB * ∼67%
Schenker XMG U716
38 dB * ∼76%
Schenker XMG U706
30.8 dB * ∼62%
MSI GT80S 6QF
40 dB * ∼80%
Asus GX700
42 dB * ∼84%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
34 dB * ∼68%
Schenker XMG P706
31.2 dB * ∼62%
Schenker XMG U506
33.8 dB * ∼68%
Load Average (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
39 dB * ∼78%
Schenker XMG U726
42 dB * ∼84%
Asus G752VY-RH71
40.3 dB * ∼81%
Schenker XMG U716
45 dB * ∼90%
Schenker XMG U706
42.1 dB * ∼84%
MSI GT80S 6QF
51 dB * ∼102%
Asus GX700
46 dB * ∼92%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
39.3 dB * ∼79%
Schenker XMG P706
40.5 dB * ∼81%
Schenker XMG U506
37.6 dB * ∼75%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
52.2 dB * ∼104%
Schenker XMG U726
46 dB * ∼92%
Asus G752VY-RH71
45.1 dB * ∼90%
Schenker XMG U716
48 dB * ∼96%
Schenker XMG U706
43.5 dB * ∼87%
MSI GT80S 6QF
60 dB * ∼120%
Asus GX700
48 dB * ∼96%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
51.4 dB * ∼103%
Schenker XMG P706
47 dB * ∼94%
Schenker XMG U506
44.8 dB * ∼90%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
39.8 °C * ∼66%
Schenker XMG U726
46.9 °C * ∼78%
Asus G752VY-RH71
38.2 °C * ∼64%
Schenker XMG U716
48.8 °C * ∼81%
Schenker XMG U706
45.6 °C * ∼76%
MSI GT80S 6QF
45.7 °C * ∼76%
Asus GX700
48.7 °C * ∼81%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
48 °C * ∼80%
Schenker XMG P706
44 °C * ∼73%
Schenker XMG U506
49.7 °C * ∼83%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
49 °C * ∼82%
Schenker XMG U726
61 °C * ∼102%
Asus G752VY-RH71
40.2 °C * ∼67%
Schenker XMG U716
55.8 °C * ∼93%
Schenker XMG U706
52.4 °C * ∼87%
MSI GT80S 6QF
61 °C * ∼102%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
57.3 °C * ∼96%
Schenker XMG P706
42.3 °C * ∼71%
Schenker XMG U506
62.1 °C * ∼104%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
27.8 °C * ∼46%
Schenker XMG U726
36.3 °C * ∼61%
Asus G752VY-RH71
29 °C * ∼48%
Schenker XMG U716
36.7 °C * ∼61%
Schenker XMG U706
34.9 °C * ∼58%
MSI GT80S 6QF
36.4 °C * ∼61%
Asus GX700
32 °C * ∼53%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
31.9 °C * ∼53%
Schenker XMG P706
31.7 °C * ∼53%
Schenker XMG U506
36.8 °C * ∼61%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
26 °C * ∼43%
Schenker XMG U726
40.8 °C * ∼68%
Asus G752VY-RH71
27 °C * ∼45%
Schenker XMG U716
37.3 °C * ∼62%
Schenker XMG U706
36.3 °C * ∼61%
MSI GT80S 6QF
39.2 °C * ∼65%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
33.4 °C * ∼56%
Schenker XMG P706
29.9 °C * ∼50%
Schenker XMG U506
38.7 °C * ∼65%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
387 min ∼14%
Schenker XMG U726
170 min ∼6%
Asus G752VY-RH71
368 min ∼14%
Schenker XMG U716
158 min ∼6%
Schenker XMG U706
245 min ∼9%
MSI GT80S 6QF
148 min ∼5%
Asus GX700
201 min ∼7%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
769 min ∼28%
Schenker XMG P706
297 min ∼11%
Schenker XMG U506
210 min ∼8%
Load (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
89 min ∼3%
Schenker XMG U726
94 min ∼3%
Asus G752VY-RH71
100 min ∼4%
Schenker XMG U716
88 min ∼3%
Schenker XMG U706
69 min ∼3%
MSI GT80S 6QF
58 min ∼2%
Asus GX700
88 min ∼3%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
114 min ∼4%
Schenker XMG P706
97 min ∼4%
Schenker XMG U506
113 min ∼4%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
294 min ∼11%
Asus G752VY-RH71
241 min ∼9%
Schenker XMG U706
174 min ∼6%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
446 min ∼17%
Schenker XMG P706
220 min ∼8%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U726
36 Watt * ∼36%
Schenker XMG U716
35 Watt * ∼35%
Schenker XMG U706
22 Watt * ∼22%
MSI GT80S 6QF
44 Watt * ∼44%
Asus GX700
40 Watt * ∼40%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
11.4 Watt * ∼11%
Schenker XMG P706
12 Watt * ∼12%
Schenker XMG U506
23.1 Watt * ∼23%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U726
45 Watt * ∼45%
Schenker XMG U716
44 Watt * ∼44%
Schenker XMG U706
28.9 Watt * ∼29%
MSI GT80S 6QF
53 Watt * ∼53%
Asus GX700
45 Watt * ∼45%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
16.5 Watt * ∼17%
Schenker XMG P706
17.9 Watt * ∼18%
Schenker XMG U506
27.6 Watt * ∼28%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U726
53 Watt * ∼53%
Schenker XMG U716
51 Watt * ∼51%
Schenker XMG U706
29.8 Watt * ∼30%
MSI GT80S 6QF
62 Watt * ∼62%
Asus GX700
51 Watt * ∼51%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
22 Watt * ∼22%
Schenker XMG P706
19.3 Watt * ∼19%
Schenker XMG U506
35 Watt * ∼35%
Load Average (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U726
139 Watt * ∼40%
Schenker XMG U716
134 Watt * ∼38%
Schenker XMG U706
126.8 Watt * ∼36%
MSI GT80S 6QF
163 Watt * ∼47%
Asus GX700
149 Watt * ∼43%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
94.2 Watt * ∼27%
Schenker XMG P706
97.7 Watt * ∼28%
Schenker XMG U506
110.2 Watt * ∼31%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U726
306 Watt * ∼87%
Schenker XMG U716
298 Watt * ∼85%
Schenker XMG U706
261.6 Watt * ∼75%
MSI GT80S 6QF
411 Watt * ∼117%
Asus GX700
313 Watt * ∼89%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
192.2 Watt * ∼55%
Schenker XMG P706
213 Watt * ∼61%
Schenker XMG U506
237.2 Watt * ∼68%

Legend

 
MSI GT72S 6QF Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 2x Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF NVMe (RAID 0)
 
Schenker XMG U726 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Asus G752VY-RH71 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
 
Schenker XMG U716 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Schenker XMG U706 Intel Core i7-6700K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
MSI GT80S 6QF Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Notebook), 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
 
Asus GX700 Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL (RAID 0)
 
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
 
Schenker XMG P706 Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Schenker XMG U506 Intel Core i5-6600K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
7163 Points ∼90%
Schenker XMG U726
7093 Points ∼89%
Asus G752VY-RH71
6362 Points ∼80%
Schenker XMG U716
7159 Points ∼90%
Schenker XMG U706
6582 Points ∼83%
MSI GT80S 6QF
7386 Points ∼93%
Asus GX700
7933 Points ∼100%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
5846 Points ∼74%
Schenker XMG P706
6054 Points ∼76%
Schenker XMG U506
7064 Points ∼89%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
5149 Points ∼91%
Schenker XMG U726
4343 Points ∼77%
Asus G752VY-RH71
5026 Points ∼89%
Schenker XMG U716
4466 Points ∼79%
Schenker XMG U706
5062 Points ∼89%
Asus GX700
5669 Points ∼100%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
3822 Points ∼67%
Schenker XMG P706
3961 Points ∼70%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
12645 Points ∼63%
Schenker XMG U726
14925 Points ∼74%
Asus G752VY-RH71
12056 Points ∼60%
Schenker XMG U716
14477 Points ∼72%
Schenker XMG U706
12326 Points ∼61%
MSI GT80S 6QF
20055 Points ∼100%
Asus GX700
15462 Points ∼77%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
10623 Points ∼53%
Schenker XMG P706
11514 Points ∼57%
Schenker XMG U506
11079 Points ∼55%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
125241 Points ∼68%
Schenker XMG U726
155037 Points ∼84%
Asus G752VY-RH71
126496 Points ∼68%
Schenker XMG U716
154356 Points ∼84%
Schenker XMG U706
160881 Points ∼87%
MSI GT80S 6QF
184803 Points ∼100%
Asus GX700
179732 Points ∼97%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
86651 Points ∼47%
Schenker XMG U506
151181 Points ∼82%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
25302 Points ∼78%
Schenker XMG U726
27629 Points ∼85%
Asus G752VY-RH71
22869 Points ∼70%
Schenker XMG U716
26118 Points ∼80%
Schenker XMG U706
27998 Points ∼86%
MSI GT80S 6QF
32522 Points ∼100%
Asus GX700
30430 Points ∼94%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
22947 Points ∼71%
Schenker XMG U506
19220 Points ∼59%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
11066 Points ∼47%
Schenker XMG U726
11096 Points ∼47%
Asus G752VY-RH71
8914 Points ∼38%
Schenker XMG U716
10734 Points ∼46%
Schenker XMG U706
8741 Points ∼37%
MSI GT80S 6QF
17165 Points ∼73%
Asus GX700
11440 Points ∼49%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
8107 Points ∼35%
Schenker XMG P706
8380 Points ∼36%
Schenker XMG U506
8246 Points ∼35%

Legend

 
MSI GT72S 6QF Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 2x Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF NVMe (RAID 0)
 
Schenker XMG U726 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Asus G752VY-RH71 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
 
Schenker XMG U716 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Schenker XMG U706 Intel Core i7-6700K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
MSI GT80S 6QF Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Notebook), 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
 
Asus GX700 Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL (RAID 0)
 
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
 
Schenker XMG P706 Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Schenker XMG U506 Intel Core i5-6600K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL

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MSI GT72S 6QF
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6
89% v5
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7
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MSI GT72S-6QEG16SR421BW
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9
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Author: Florian Glaser, 2016-02- 2 (Update: 2016-02- 3)