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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks

Florian Glaser (translated by Martina Osztovits), 09/02/2015

September 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 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 September 2015

Pos.RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreen
189%07/15Asus G751JYAsus G751JY
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
24 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
4.2 kg53 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
288%07/15MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BWMSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
3.7 kg48 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
388%05/15Schenker XMG U705Schenker XMG U705
Intel Core i7-4790
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
3.9 kg39 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
488%02/15Alienware 15Alienware 15
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
3 kg34 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
588%01/15Schenker XMG U505Schenker XMG U505
Intel Core i7-4790S
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
3.5 kg36 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
687%05/15Alienware 17 R2Alienware 17 R2
Intel Core i7-4980HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
8 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
3.7 kg34.4 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
787%02/15MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BWMSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
Intel Core i7-4980HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
4.9 kg49 mm18.4"1920x1080matte
887%01/15One K73-5NOne K73-5N
Intel Core i7-4790K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
16 GB Memory, 500 GB SSD
3.9 kg39 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
987%12/14Schenker XMG P505 PROSchenker XMG P505 PRO
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
2.7 kg29 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
1086%08/15Aorus X5Aorus X5
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI
16 GB Memory, 500 GB SSD
2.7 kg22.9 mm15.6"2880x1620matte

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


Editors' Comments

1st

Asus G751JY
Asus G751JY

The Asus G751JY, featuring a GeForce GTX 980M and a Core i7-4710HQ is currently leading our Top 10. Apart from Nvidia's G-Sync technology, 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 to 41 dB(A) in 3D mode. The IPS display with wide viewing angles and precise colors is a selling point - 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, as it lacks the Optimus technology. In addition, the G751JY is very heavy and large (4.2 kg/9.26 lb and a height of 53 mm/2.1 in) and the maintainability is very limited. It is much easier to get to the components in the MSI GT72.

Buy Asus ROG G751

2nd

MSI GT72
MSI GT72

Shortly after the appearance of the GT72 2PE, its successor was launched. Instead of a GTX 880M based on Kepler, a lightning fast GTX 980M with Maxwell architecture works in the GT72 2QE. Thanks to the GPU replacement, not only has the waste heat been reduced, but also the power consumption. The biggest advantage is the performance gain: +30% with the GTX 980M. Performance aside, the price is very high. For example, the test model with Core i7-5700HQ, wide view panel, 16 GB of RAM and two M.2 SSDs costs just under 2000 Euros (~$2222). Since the RAID connection does not always perform better in practice, a single SSD would also have been sufficient (e.g. with PCI Express technology).

Although MSI has not produced a perfect gaming notebook (modest Wi-Fi reception, unusual keyboard layout, display bleeding, minor manufacturing flaws...), gamers can safely buy it.

Buy MSI GT72

3rd

Eurocom P7 Pro (Clevo P770ZM).
Eurocom P7 Pro (Clevo P770ZM).

The XMG U705 is the 17-inch version of the XMG U505 (5th place). Since the chassis is now available with an IPS panel, 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 hardly offered by any notebook. Considering all the strengths, most buyers will be able to live with the short battery runtimes (no switchable graphics), the excessive power consumption and the hefty weight of around 4 kilograms (~8.8 lb).

Thanks to the 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. Note: Our US colleagues recently reviewed the Eurocom P7 Pro based on the almost identical P770ZM Barebone, which also achieved 88%.

4th

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...), 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, 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.

Note: As several readers told as, temperature problems with the hardware should especially crop up while idle. Only models with the original BIOS called A00 are hardly affected due to a higher fan activity.

Buy Alienware 15

Discussion

5th

Schenker XMG U505
Schenker XMG U505

Unlike 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 to 4.0 GHz) only conditionally outperforms its notebook siblings, the XMG U505 can also be configured with a 4.0 to 4.4 GHz Core i7-4790K, which is about 25 to 30% faster than the Core i7-4710HQ. The GeForce GTX 965M, the GTX 970M or the GTX 980M can be used as a 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 (~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 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.

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. At first glance, it looks as if the Dell has the best chances. The stylish case is not only slimmer (34 vs. 48 to 53 millimeters/~1.3 vs. ~1.8 to 2.1 in), but also more sophisticated. The new revision also has some advantages in terms of the input devices and the illumination. In our opinion, the optional amplifier is not really worth it, 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 to 52 dB(A), the 17 R2 is noticeably louder than the rival from Asus. This is not surprising since the G751JY does have a a more powerful and quieter cooling solution. The second drawback is the power adaptor, which is hardly adequate. Although buyers can get a 240-watt PSU, 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.

Buy Alienware 17 R2

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 of RAM, and a Core i7-4980HQ: This richly equipped device is the top model of desktop replacements. Those looking for maximum performance in a device under five kilograms (~11 lb), could like the 18-incher. If only the price was not so expensive: MSI charges over 4500 Euros (~$4444) for the package.

While maintainability, accessories, display and sound system meet high standards, the system noise turns out to be the Achilles' heel. Under full load the GT80 reaches up to 60 dB(A), which is too high even for a gaming notebook. The laptop deserves praise for its mechanical keyboard. Compared to a standard keyboard, typing appears significantly crisper and more precise, but first you have to get used to the loud typing noise. The touchpad with number block functionality is futuristic. 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.

Update: In the meanwhile, the 18-incher was also reviewed with a GTX-970M-Duo (the article is hier).

Buy MSI GT80

8th

One K73-5N
One K73-5N

Like the Schenker XMG U705, the One K73-5N is also based on the P771ZM Barebone from Clevo. Since an IPS display was not available at the time of testing, we had to make do with a test model with a TN panel (Chi Mei N173HGE-L11) with high brightness and high contrast, yet low color fidelity in factory state to put it mildly (remarkably bluish).

Although the One K73-5N features slightly more powerful components (Core i7-4790K + GeForce GTX 980M), its total rating is 1% lower due to the TN panel. Please refer to the 3rd place for the other pros and cons.

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 the GTX 980M weighs only 2.7 kg (~6 lb), which would rather suggest a multimedia product. A height of only 3 cm (~1.2 in) 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 also acceptable. Thanks to graphics switching, the negative impact of the rather weak 4-cell battery (60 Wh) 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 unique feature is the matte FHD display with IPS technology (optional 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

Aorus X5
Aorus X5

After the Asus G751JY (1st place), the Aorus X5 is the second gaming model with Nvidia's G-Sync technology scrutinized by us. Alike in the new model of the MSI GT72 (2nd place), the Core i7-5700HQ Broadwell processor with 14 nm lithography is used. Two GTX 965M chips are responsible for graphics. Together they reach about the performance level of a GeForce GTX 980M. Since single GPU notebooks delivers a more constant performance and notebooks with GTX 980M are »already« available for about 2000 Euro, the Aorus X5 appears to be too expensive at the first glance.

At a closer look, there are many features which are not provided by every high-end competitor, for example the 3K panel (2880 x 1620 pixels) or the two M.2-SSDs (total capacity of 512 GB). Despite many features, the 15 inch notebook is just 23 mm high and weighs just 2.7 kg. The flipside is that the system gets quite loud and hot under load. The upgrade and maintenance options could also be better (soldered CPU + GPUs, screwed battery, ...). Too bad: Currently, laptops from Aorus are hardly available in Germany.

Buy Aorus X5

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
329 cd/m² ∼47%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
285 cd/m² ∼41%
Schenker XMG U705
333 cd/m² ∼48%
Alienware 15
308 cd/m² ∼44%
Schenker XMG U505
250 cd/m² ∼36%
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%
Aorus X5
324.3 cd/m² ∼46%
Black Level (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
0.34 cd/m² * ∼7%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
0.45 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%
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%
Aorus X5
0.553 cd/m² * ∼11%
Contrast (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
968 :1; ∼61%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
633 :1; ∼40%
Schenker XMG U705
1110 :1; ∼69%
Alienware 15
1100 :1; ∼69%
Schenker XMG U505
1087 :1; ∼68%
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%
Aorus X5
586 :1; ∼37%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
4.13 * ∼28%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
5.1 * ∼34%
Schenker XMG U705
5.24 * ∼35%
Alienware 15
4.28 * ∼29%
Schenker XMG U505
3.41 * ∼23%
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%
Aorus X5
3.53 * ∼24%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
3.72 * ∼25%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
5.23 * ∼35%
Schenker XMG U705
4.33 * ∼29%
Alienware 15
4.54 * ∼30%
Schenker XMG U505
2.88 * ∼19%
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%
Aorus X5
3.12 * ∼21%
Gamma (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
2.36 * ∼47%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
2.32 * ∼46%
Schenker XMG U705
2.14 * ∼43%
Alienware 15
2.81 * ∼56%
Schenker XMG U505
2.18 * ∼44%
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%
Aorus X5
2.28 * ∼46%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
55 % ∼55%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
57 % ∼57%
Schenker XMG U705
55 % ∼55%
Alienware 15
60 % ∼60%
Schenker XMG U505
59 % ∼59%
Alienware 17 R2
55 % ∼55%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
53 % ∼53%
One K73-5N
54 % ∼54%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
59 % ∼59%
Aorus X5
55.4 % ∼55%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
31.2 dB * ∼62%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
33.2 dB * ∼66%
Schenker XMG U705
29.2 dB * ∼58%
Alienware 15
29.4 dB * ∼59%
Schenker XMG U505
32 dB * ∼64%
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%
Aorus X5
32.5 dB * ∼65%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
33 dB * ∼66%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
33.6 dB * ∼67%
Schenker XMG U705
32.6 dB * ∼65%
Alienware 15
30.7 dB * ∼61%
Schenker XMG U505
32.3 dB * ∼65%
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%
Aorus X5
32.6 dB * ∼65%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
34.2 dB * ∼68%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
34.4 dB * ∼69%
Schenker XMG U705
33.2 dB * ∼66%
Alienware 15
34 dB * ∼68%
Schenker XMG U505
34.8 dB * ∼70%
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%
Aorus X5
34.4 dB * ∼69%
Load Average (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
34.6 dB * ∼69%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
39.3 dB * ∼79%
Schenker XMG U705
44.2 dB * ∼88%
Alienware 15
46.2 dB * ∼92%
Schenker XMG U505
42 dB * ∼84%
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%
Aorus X5
44 dB * ∼88%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
41.4 dB * ∼83%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
46.4 dB * ∼93%
Schenker XMG U705
45.4 dB * ∼91%
Alienware 15
53 dB * ∼106%
Schenker XMG U505
45.2 dB * ∼90%
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%
Aorus X5
56.8 dB * ∼114%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
46.8 °C * ∼78%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
45 °C * ∼75%
Schenker XMG U705
46.6 °C * ∼78%
Alienware 15
43.2 °C * ∼72%
Schenker XMG U505
46.7 °C * ∼78%
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%
Aorus X5
55.6 °C * ∼93%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
51.9 °C * ∼87%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
54.9 °C * ∼92%
Schenker XMG U705
55 °C * ∼92%
Alienware 15
53.3 °C * ∼89%
Schenker XMG U505
53.2 °C * ∼89%
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%
Aorus X5
57.6 °C * ∼96%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
30.7 °C * ∼51%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
32.4 °C * ∼54%
Schenker XMG U705
38.8 °C * ∼65%
Alienware 15
28 °C * ∼47%
Schenker XMG U505
39.1 °C * ∼65%
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%
Aorus X5
36.2 °C * ∼60%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
30.5 °C * ∼51%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
32.4 °C * ∼54%
Schenker XMG U705
40 °C * ∼67%
Alienware 15
30.1 °C * ∼50%
Schenker XMG U505
38.5 °C * ∼64%
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%
Aorus X5
39.4 °C * ∼66%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
210 min ∼8%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
225 min ∼8%
Schenker XMG U705
138 min ∼5%
Alienware 15
696 min ∼26%
Schenker XMG U505
150 min ∼6%
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%
Aorus X5
165 min ∼6%
Load (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
79 min ∼3%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
81 min ∼3%
Schenker XMG U705
91 min ∼3%
Alienware 15
91 min ∼3%
Schenker XMG U505
89 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%
Aorus X5
91 min ∼3%
WiFi (sort by value)
Alienware 15
266 min ∼10%
Alienware 17 R2
345 min ∼13%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
146 min ∼5%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
225 min ∼8%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Aorus X5
112 min ∼4%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
24.2 Watt * ∼24%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
28 Watt * ∼28%
Schenker XMG U705
38.3 Watt * ∼38%
Alienware 15
10.1 Watt * ∼10%
Schenker XMG U505
32.8 Watt * ∼33%
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%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
29.4 Watt * ∼29%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
33.3 Watt * ∼33%
Schenker XMG U705
38.8 Watt * ∼39%
Alienware 15
14.9 Watt * ∼15%
Schenker XMG U505
38.5 Watt * ∼39%
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%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
33.9 Watt * ∼34%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
35.7 Watt * ∼36%
Schenker XMG U705
44.4 Watt * ∼44%
Alienware 15
26.2 Watt * ∼26%
Schenker XMG U505
48.3 Watt * ∼48%
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%
Load Average (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
93.4 Watt * ∼27%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
101 Watt * ∼29%
Schenker XMG U705
119.3 Watt * ∼34%
Alienware 15
90.5 Watt * ∼26%
Schenker XMG U505
111.9 Watt * ∼32%
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%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
196.8 Watt * ∼56%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
212.2 Watt * ∼61%
Schenker XMG U705
221.4 Watt * ∼63%
Alienware 15
165.9 Watt * ∼47%
Schenker XMG U505
202.7 Watt * ∼58%
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%

Legend

 
Asus G751JY Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL
 
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW Intel Core i7-5700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 2x Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU (RAID 0)
 
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
 
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 M.2
 
Aorus X5 Intel Core i7-5700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI, 2x Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G (RAID 0)

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
6073 Points ∼84%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
5796 Points ∼80%
Schenker XMG U705
6847 Points ∼94%
Alienware 15
5627 Points ∼77%
Schenker XMG U505
6411 Points ∼88%
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%
Aorus X5
6471 Points ∼89%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Alienware 15
3769 Points ∼68%
Schenker XMG U505
4970 Points ∼90%
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%
Aorus X5
4317 Points ∼78%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
11329 Points ∼63%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
11325 Points ∼63%
Schenker XMG U705
9719 Points ∼54%
Alienware 15
8636 Points ∼48%
Schenker XMG U505
9629 Points ∼53%
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%
Aorus X5
11638 Points ∼65%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
125067 Points ∼74%
Schenker XMG U705
152470 Points ∼90%
Alienware 15
80946 Points ∼48%
Schenker XMG U505
143659 Points ∼85%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
155449 Points ∼92%
One K73-5N
169066 Points ∼100%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
117521 Points ∼70%
Aorus X5
68846 Points ∼41%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
24043 Points ∼84%
Schenker XMG U705
22537 Points ∼79%
Alienware 15
20182 Points ∼70%
Schenker XMG U505
21758 Points ∼76%
Alienware 17 R2
19882 Points ∼69%
MSI GT80-2QES32SR311BW
27977 Points ∼98%
One K73-5N
26222 Points ∼91%
Schenker XMG P505 PRO
21648 Points ∼75%
Aorus X5
22188 Points ∼77%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
Asus G751JY
8559 Points ∼62%
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW
8429 Points ∼62%
Schenker XMG U705
6667 Points ∼49%
Alienware 15
6508 Points ∼47%
Schenker XMG U505
6644 Points ∼48%
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%
Aorus X5
7815 Points ∼57%

Legend

 
Asus G751JY Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU256HCGL
 
MSI GT72-2QE16SR21BW Intel Core i7-5700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 2x Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU (RAID 0)
 
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
 
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 M.2
 
Aorus X5 Intel Core i7-5700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI, 2x Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G (RAID 0)

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Author: Florian Glaser, 2015-09- 2 (Update: 2015-09- 2)