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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks

Florian Glaser, 09/06/2016

September 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.

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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 equal rating, newer articles are listed first.

Top 10 Gaming Notebooks as of September 2016

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
188%09/2016
new!
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
Intel Core i7-6820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
4.1 kg49 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
287%08/2016
new!
Asus 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
387%08/2016
new!
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015USMSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
3.9 kg48 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
487%02/2016Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
8 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
3.7 kg34 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
586%01/2016MSI GT80S 6QFMSI GT80S 6QF
Intel Core i7-6820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
5 kg49 mm18.4"1920x1080matte
686%12/2015Schenker XMG U716Schenker XMG U716
Intel Core i7-6700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
4.2 kg41 mm17.3"3840x2160matte
785%08/2016
new!
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032TAsus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
2.6 kg30 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
885%08/2016
new!
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
2.9 kg40 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
985%03/2016Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DVAcer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
2.3 kg23.9 mm15.6"3840x2160matte
1085%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

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


Editors' Comments

1st

MSI GT73VR 6RE
MSI GT73VR 6RE

The MSI GT73VR is the first Pascal gaming notebook with a total rating of 88% so far. In comparison to its strongest rivals, the 17-incher 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 also 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 also is available with GeForce GTX 1080 or two GTX 1070 chips in SLI connection. In addition, the Turbo mode (shift function of the Dragon Center) overclocks CPU and GPU.

Further highlights are strong sound, acceptable temperature and system noise, and a stylish light for 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 and poor battery life.

2nd

Asus G752VS
Asus G752VS

The G752VS from Asus follows in 2nd place. It also 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 kilogram (~9.9 lb).

3rd

MSI GT72VR 6RE
MSI GT72VR 6RE

Just under half a year after the launch of the GT72S 6QE (Maxwell), MSI rolls out the Pascal successor GT72VR 6RE. According to our tests, the GeForce GTX 1070 is about 10% faster than a GTX 980 and performs as much as 60% better than the GTX 980M.

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 US model comes with a 256 GB SSD, 32 GB DDR4 RAM, and an IPS panel. Speaking of the display: The GTX 1070 is capable of smoothly running all games with maximum details and multiple anti-aliasing in native Full HD resolution. Moreover, maintenance is comfortable (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 m.2 slots), which the predecessor provided - so that they can better push the GT73VR.

4th

Alienware 17 R3
Alienware 17 R3

With the Alienware 17 R3, Dell offers a 17-inch desktop replacement, which likes to think of itself as a main competitor to the Asus G752 and MSI GT72S. At first glance, the Dell actually appears to be better. For example, the stylish case is not only slimmer (3.4 vs. 4.8 cm), but also higher-end. The AW 17 also performs better in input devices and lighting.

Its biggest highlight is the great battery life: We recorded above 12 hours when the laptop runs idle at minimum brightness. The benefit of the graphics booster, called Amplifier, is rather limited in our opinion, since the external graphics card has to be very powerful in order to significantly outperform a GeForce GTX 980M.

We will certainly review the successor as soon as possible once Dell has announced the Pascal update.

5th

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 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 5000 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).

Discussion

6th

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 2016. 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(A) 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.

Note: The XMG U727 is already awaiting its test and might make it into the Top 10 soon.

7th

Asus GL502VS
Asus GL502VS

Those who like compact devices and travel a lot better stick to 15-inch devices and smaller. The 3 cm (~1.2 in) Asus GL502VS is quite slim. Nevertheless, it performs almost as well as its 17-inch rivals. Currently, a Core i7-6700HQ and a GeForce GTX 1070 make for more than enough fps - at least as long as you do not want to connect a 4K display and expect smooth gaming in 4K resolution with maximum settings.

In addition, our French test model features 32 GB DDR4 RAM, an m.2 SSD, and an IPS panel. In view of its small size and passable weight (2.6 kg), the GL502VS does not get too loud or hot during gaming. Connectivity, sound, input devices and build quality are also all right, although the chassis creaks in several spots and the mouse replacement could feature better gliding traits.

8th

MSI GT62VR 6RE
MSI GT62VR 6RE

IPS panel with G-Sync support? Check. High-end Pascal 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 inherits all advantages and disadvantages of its bigger sibling including the excellent maintainability, and the slightly weak battery life (no graphics switch). In size and weight, the GT62VR performs significantly better. For example, the 17-inch device is as high as 4.8 cm vs. 4.0 cm (~1.9 vs. 1.1 in) and weighs 3.9 kg vs. 2.9 kg (~8.6 vs. 6.4 lb).

Apart from smaller details, image and sound quality are nothing to sneeze at. The same is true for the keyboard, the touchpad, and the connectivity. However, the test model shows that Pascal notebooks are very expensive with a street price of 2100 Euros (~$2538).

9th

Acer V15 Nitro BE
Acer V15 Nitro BE

In the past, Acer was primarily known for office and multimedia notebooks. The Black Edition of the V15 Nitro or the VN7-592G changes this. While the manufacturer has made several tries towards high-end models (Aspire V3-772G), none of the old hands are able to compete with the Nitro. For example, Acer has not only equipped the 15-inch notebook with a gaming GPU from Nvidia's Maxwell generation (GeForce GTX 960M), but also with a matte 4K panel, which attracts customers with good brightness and contrast.

The technology is embedded in a compact chassis that is difficult to open. Great: The device is just 24 mm high (~1 in. weight: 2.3 kg/~5 lb). Further pros are always cool palm rests and the fast SSD/HD combination.

10th

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 little reason to complain. 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.

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Comparison of the Top 10 Gaming Laptops

Measurement Results

Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
26 ms * ∼10%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
38 ms * ∼15%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
34.4 ms * ∼14%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
33 ms * ∼13%
MSI GT80S 6QF
35 ms * ∼14%
Schenker XMG U716
45 ms * ∼18%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
38 ms * ∼15%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
34 ms * ∼14%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
49 ms * ∼20%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
48.8 ms * ∼20%
Response Time Black / White (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
6.8 ms * ∼3%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
22 ms * ∼9%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
25.2 ms * ∼11%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
23 ms * ∼10%
MSI GT80S 6QF
20 ms * ∼8%
Schenker XMG U716
28 ms * ∼12%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
23 ms * ∼10%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
22 ms * ∼9%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
25 ms * ∼10%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
28 ms * ∼12%
PWM Frequency (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
0 Hz ∼0%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
0 Hz ∼0%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
0 Hz ∼0%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
0 Hz ∼0%
MSI GT80S 6QF
250 Hz ∼2%
Schenker XMG U716
0 Hz ∼0%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
0 Hz ∼0%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
0 Hz ∼0%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
1000 Hz ∼10%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
200 Hz ∼2%
Screen
Brightness (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
294 cd/m² ∼42%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
317 cd/m² ∼45%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
327 cd/m² ∼47%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
336 cd/m² ∼48%
MSI GT80S 6QF
265 cd/m² ∼38%
Schenker XMG U716
356 cd/m² ∼51%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
290 cd/m² ∼41%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
278 cd/m² ∼40%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
291 cd/m² ∼42%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
179 cd/m² ∼26%
Brightness Distribution (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
89 % ∼89%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
88 % ∼88%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
89 % ∼89%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
90 % ∼90%
MSI GT80S 6QF
78 % ∼78%
Schenker XMG U716
88 % ∼88%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
85 % ∼85%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
88 % ∼88%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
83 % ∼83%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
83 % ∼83%
Black Level (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
0.23 % * ∼5%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
0.3 % * ∼6%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
0.323 % * ∼6%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
0.44 % * ∼9%
MSI GT80S 6QF
0.35 % * ∼7%
Schenker XMG U716
0.4 % * ∼8%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
0.32 % * ∼6%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
0.27 % * ∼5%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
0.22 % * ∼4%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
0.19 % * ∼4%
Contrast (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
1365 :1 ∼85%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
1093 :1 ∼68%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
1080 :1 ∼68%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
818 :1 ∼51%
MSI GT80S 6QF
851 :1 ∼53%
Schenker XMG U716
935 :1 ∼58%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
984 :1 ∼62%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
1011 :1 ∼63%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
1377 :1 ∼86%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
947 :1 ∼59%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
9.74 * ∼65%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
3.74 * ∼25%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
4.09 * ∼27%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
4.76 * ∼32%
MSI GT80S 6QF
2.72 * ∼18%
Schenker XMG U716
4.23 * ∼28%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
4.88 * ∼33%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
3.67 * ∼24%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
3.47 * ∼23%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
6.74 * ∼45%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
9.58 * ∼64%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
2.67 * ∼18%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
2.14 * ∼14%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
3.69 * ∼25%
MSI GT80S 6QF
3 * ∼20%
Schenker XMG U716
5.48 * ∼37%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
4.17 * ∼28%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
2.73 * ∼18%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
1.17 * ∼8%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
6.44 * ∼43%
Gamma (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
2.5 ∼71%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
2.41 ∼69%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
2.25 ∼64%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
2.24 ∼64%
MSI GT80S 6QF
2.36 ∼67%
Schenker XMG U716
2.35 ∼67%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
2.53 ∼72%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
2.49 ∼71%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
2.35 ∼67%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
2.29 ∼65%
CCT (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
11854 ∼1185%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
6861 ∼686%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
6885 ∼689%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
6091 ∼609%
MSI GT80S 6QF
6995 ∼700%
Schenker XMG U716
6686 ∼669%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
6683 ∼668%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
7029 ∼703%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
6658 ∼666%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
6465 ∼647%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
76 % ∼76%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
56 % ∼56%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
56.9 % ∼57%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
55 % ∼55%
MSI GT80S 6QF
58 % ∼58%
Schenker XMG U716
88 % ∼88%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
55 % ∼55%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
55 % ∼55%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
86 % ∼86%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
38 % ∼38%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB) (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
100 % ∼100%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
85 % ∼85%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
86.5 % ∼87%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
84 % ∼84%
MSI GT80S 6QF
89 % ∼89%
Schenker XMG U716
100 % ∼100%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
83 % ∼83%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
84 % ∼84%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
100 % ∼100%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
60 % ∼60%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
32 dB * ∼64%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
31 dB * ∼62%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
32.4 dB * ∼65%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
31 dB * ∼62%
MSI GT80S 6QF
34 dB * ∼68%
Schenker XMG U716
33 dB * ∼66%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
32 dB * ∼64%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
32 dB * ∼64%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
31.2 dB * ∼62%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
33.6 dB * ∼67%
Idle Average (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
33 dB * ∼66%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
32 dB * ∼64%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
32.4 dB * ∼65%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
32 dB * ∼64%
MSI GT80S 6QF
36 dB * ∼72%
Schenker XMG U716
35 dB * ∼70%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
33 dB * ∼66%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
33 dB * ∼66%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
31.2 dB * ∼62%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
33.8 dB * ∼68%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
35 dB * ∼70%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
33 dB * ∼66%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
32.4 dB * ∼65%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
33 dB * ∼66%
MSI GT80S 6QF
40 dB * ∼80%
Schenker XMG U716
38 dB * ∼76%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
34 dB * ∼68%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
34 dB * ∼68%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
36.2 dB * ∼72%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
34 dB * ∼68%
Load Average (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
35 dB * ∼70%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
40 dB * ∼80%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
39.4 dB * ∼79%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
38 dB * ∼76%
MSI GT80S 6QF
51 dB * ∼102%
Schenker XMG U716
45 dB * ∼90%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
39 dB * ∼78%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
40 dB * ∼80%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
45.3 dB * ∼91%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
39.3 dB * ∼79%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
49 dB * ∼98%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
47 dB * ∼94%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
52 dB * ∼104%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
50 dB * ∼100%
MSI GT80S 6QF
60 dB * ∼120%
Schenker XMG U716
48 dB * ∼96%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
51 dB * ∼102%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
46 dB * ∼92%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
47.3 dB * ∼95%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
51.4 dB * ∼103%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
44.9 °C * ∼75%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
42.9 °C * ∼72%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
40.6 °C * ∼68%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
51.1 °C * ∼85%
MSI GT80S 6QF
45.7 °C * ∼76%
Schenker XMG U716
48.8 °C * ∼81%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
48 °C * ∼80%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
44 °C * ∼73%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
50.1 °C * ∼84%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
48 °C * ∼80%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
51.2 °C * ∼85%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
41.5 °C * ∼69%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
59.4 °C * ∼99%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
53.2 °C * ∼89%
MSI GT80S 6QF
61 °C * ∼102%
Schenker XMG U716
55.8 °C * ∼93%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
46.8 °C * ∼78%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
53.1 °C * ∼89%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
56.2 °C * ∼94%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
57.3 °C * ∼96%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
32.7 °C * ∼55%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
31.6 °C * ∼53%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
28.2 °C * ∼47%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
31.7 °C * ∼53%
MSI GT80S 6QF
36.4 °C * ∼61%
Schenker XMG U716
36.7 °C * ∼61%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
33.7 °C * ∼56%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
28.8 °C * ∼48%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
28.3 °C * ∼47%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
31.9 °C * ∼53%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
34.2 °C * ∼57%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
29.5 °C * ∼49%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
27.8 °C * ∼46%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
32.2 °C * ∼54%
MSI GT80S 6QF
39.2 °C * ∼65%
Schenker XMG U716
37.3 °C * ∼62%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
30.5 °C * ∼51%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
28.2 °C * ∼47%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
31.1 °C * ∼52%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
33.4 °C * ∼56%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
290 min ∼11%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
311 min ∼12%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
322 min ∼12%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
758 min ∼28%
MSI GT80S 6QF
148 min ∼5%
Schenker XMG U716
158 min ∼6%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
243 min ∼9%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
300 min ∼11%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
530 min ∼20%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
769 min ∼28%
Load (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
72 min ∼3%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
84 min ∼3%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
86 min ∼3%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
105 min ∼4%
MSI GT80S 6QF
58 min ∼2%
Schenker XMG U716
88 min ∼3%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
58 min ∼2%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
97 min ∼4%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
75 min ∼3%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
114 min ∼4%
WiFi (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
min ∼0%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
min ∼0%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
min ∼0%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
min ∼0%
MSI GT80S 6QF
min ∼0%
Schenker XMG U716
min ∼0%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
min ∼0%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
min ∼0%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
min ∼0%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
min ∼0%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
206 min ∼8%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
210 min ∼8%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
224 min ∼8%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
444 min ∼16%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
196 min ∼7%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
246 min ∼9%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
218 min ∼8%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
446 min ∼17%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
31 Watt * ∼31%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
24 Watt * ∼24%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
22.3 Watt * ∼22%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
12 Watt * ∼12%
MSI GT80S 6QF
44 Watt * ∼44%
Schenker XMG U716
35 Watt * ∼35%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
20 Watt * ∼20%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
20 Watt * ∼20%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
8.9 Watt * ∼9%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
11.4 Watt * ∼11%
Idle Average (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
35 Watt * ∼35%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
31 Watt * ∼31%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
27.3 Watt * ∼27%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
18 Watt * ∼18%
MSI GT80S 6QF
53 Watt * ∼53%
Schenker XMG U716
44 Watt * ∼44%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
24 Watt * ∼24%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
26 Watt * ∼26%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
13.9 Watt * ∼14%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
16.5 Watt * ∼17%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
40 Watt * ∼40%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
36 Watt * ∼36%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
30 Watt * ∼30%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
26 Watt * ∼26%
MSI GT80S 6QF
62 Watt * ∼62%
Schenker XMG U716
51 Watt * ∼51%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
29 Watt * ∼29%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
32 Watt * ∼32%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
15.6 Watt * ∼16%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
22 Watt * ∼22%
Load Average (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
106 Watt * ∼30%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
94 Watt * ∼27%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
152.2 Watt * ∼43%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
95 Watt * ∼27%
MSI GT80S 6QF
163 Watt * ∼47%
Schenker XMG U716
134 Watt * ∼38%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
86 Watt * ∼25%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
100 Watt * ∼29%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
89 Watt * ∼25%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
94.2 Watt * ∼27%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
218 Watt * ∼62%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
204 Watt * ∼58%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
204.2 Watt * ∼58%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
188 Watt * ∼54%
MSI GT80S 6QF
411 Watt * ∼117%
Schenker XMG U716
298 Watt * ∼85%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
183 Watt * ∼52%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
202 Watt * ∼58%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
118 Watt * ∼34%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
192.2 Watt * ∼55%

Legend

 
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451 Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
 
Asus G752VS-XB78K Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
 
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1122
 
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935) Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
 
MSI GT80S 6QF Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop), 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
 
Schenker XMG U716 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
 
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
 
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 512 GB
 
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
7024 Points ∼87%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
6803 Points ∼85%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
5938 Points ∼74%
MSI GT80S 6QF
7386 Points ∼92%
Schenker XMG U716
7159 Points ∼89%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
5926 Points ∼74%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
5861 Points ∼73%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
5846 Points ∼73%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
5034 Points ∼89%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
5575 Points ∼98%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
4620 Points ∼81%
Schenker XMG U716
4466 Points ∼79%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
4651 Points ∼82%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
4541 Points ∼80%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
3154 Points ∼56%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
3822 Points ∼67%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
17829 Points ∼70%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
17151 Points ∼68%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
11913 Points ∼47%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
10464 Points ∼41%
MSI GT80S 6QF
20055 Points ∼79%
Schenker XMG U716
14477 Points ∼57%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
15822 Points ∼62%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
15492 Points ∼61%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
5635 Points ∼22%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
10623 Points ∼42%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
13974 Points ∼60%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
13621 Points ∼58%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
13239 Points ∼57%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
8099 Points ∼35%
MSI GT80S 6QF
17165 Points ∼73%
Schenker XMG U716
10734 Points ∼46%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
12909 Points ∼55%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
12317 Points ∼53%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
4008 Points ∼17%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
8107 Points ∼35%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
29415 Points ∼63%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
30142 Points ∼65%
MSI GT80S 6QF
33536 Points ∼72%
Schenker XMG U716
26845 Points ∼57%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
23797 Points ∼51%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
12388 Points ∼27%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
21839 Points ∼47%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451
29897 Points ∼81%
Asus G752VS-XB78K
27498 Points ∼75%
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US
25315 Points ∼69%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
22136 Points ∼60%
MSI GT80S 6QF
32522 Points ∼88%
Schenker XMG U716
26118 Points ∼71%
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T
22943 Points ∼62%
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21
23368 Points ∼63%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
16358 Points ∼44%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
22947 Points ∼62%

Legend

 
MSI GT73VR-6RE16SR451 Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
 
Asus G752VS-XB78K Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
 
MSI GT72VR 6RE-015US Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1122
 
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935) Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
 
MSI GT80S 6QF Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop), 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
 
Schenker XMG U716 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Asus Strix GL502VS-FY032T Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
 
MSI GT62VR-6RE16H21 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
 
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 512 GB
 
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake) Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D

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