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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Lightweight Gaming Notebooks

Staff, 08/04/2016

August 2016 update. Here you will find the latest best slim and lightweight mobile gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.

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"Mobile gaming" - what sounded like a bad joke a few years ago has already become common practice; at least in the notebook range. Processors and graphics cards are getting smaller and more power efficient, which makes cooling easier. As a result, powerful components can be packed into slimmer and slimmer cases. While 17-inch powerhouses still dominate (see our 17-inch gaming notebook charts), the 15-inch and smaller range is steadily growing; keyword: "slim gaming".

The following table shows an overview of the Top 10 gaming laptops reviewed by Notebookcheck in the previous 12 months with a weight below 3 kg (~6.6 lb), which are still available. If ratings are equal, the latest review is listed first.

Lightweight Gaming Notebook Charts as of August 2016

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
185%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
284%04/2016Schenker XMG P506 PROSchenker XMG P506 PRO
Intel Core i7-6820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
2.8 kg29 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
384%04/2016Asus G501VW-FY081TAsus G501VW-FY081T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
8 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
2.1 kg21.3 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
484%03/2016Gigabyte P37X v5Gigabyte P37X v5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
2.9 kg23 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
584%12/2015Aorus X3 Plus v5Aorus X3 Plus v5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
1.8 kg22.9 mm13.9"3200x1800matte
683%06/2016Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
2.6 kg23.5 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
783%04/2016Gigabyte P55K v5Gigabyte P55K v5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
2.6 kg34 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
883%01/2016Schenker XMG P406Schenker XMG P406
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
2.2 kg25 mm14"1920x1080matte
982%04/2016Aorus X5S v5Aorus X5S v5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
2.5 kg22.9 mm15.6"3840x2160matte
1082%04/2016Schenker XMG C506Schenker XMG C506
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
16 GB Memory, 250 GB SSD
2.4 kg21 mm15.6"1920x1080matte

Editors' Comments

1st

Acer V15 Nitro BE
Acer V15 Nitro BE

In the past, Acer was primarily known for office and multimedia notebooks. At the latest, 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 und contrast.

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

2nd

Schenker XMG P506
Schenker XMG P506

Anyone looking for a compact, yet powerful gaming notebook will find an almost ideal choice in the Schenker XMG P506. It is based on the Clevo P651 Barebone and even the model with the GTX 980M weighs less than 3 kg (~6.6 lb), which would rather suggest a multimedia product. A height of only 2.5 to 2.9 cm (1 to 1.1 inches; depending on the GPU) 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. In terms of input devices, connectivity, and sound, the device also manages a rating in the 70 to 80% range. 

Its unique feature is the matte IPS display with G-Sync support. Such a contrast-rich image with vivid colors and big contrast is rare in the notebook range.

3rd

Asus G501VW
Asus G501VW

Even though the Asus G501VW only comes with a GeForce GTX 960M, it performed better than several more powerful gaming notebooks in our test. The primary reason for the high rating is relatively low emissions. In contrast to many competitors, the G501 does not get too hot under load. Nevertheless, the chassis is slim with a height of 21 mm. Thanks to a weight of 2.1 kg, the 15-incher also is very portable.

Most buyers might also be satisfied with the input devices, the system noise, and the battery life. Moreover, our test model came with a Full HD IPS panel and a Solid State Drive. However, it is slightly annoying that Asus omitted an Ethernet port. In return, the left side houses a Thunderbolt 3 port.

4th

Gigabyte P37X v5
Gigabyte P37X v5

Slim, slimmer, Gigabyte P37X v5. Although the former top model from Nvidia deals with graphics processing with the GeForce GTX 980M (outperformed by the GTX 980 in the meanwhile), the notebook is only 23 mm (~0.9 in) high. As if the manufacturer had actually planned it to be like that, the P37X just meets the criteria for our »lightweight« category with a weight of 2.9 kg. The biggest disadvantage of the slim design is the above average emissions. In 3D mode, the device gets as hot as 70 °C (~158 °F) and as loud as 51 dB(A). Moreover, the stability of the lid and the ClickPad do not appear perfect to us.

In other aspects, the 17-inch device performs relatively well - be it the IPS display, the keyboard with backlight, or the attractive chassis. A maximum of four storage devices (2x M.2 + 2x 2.5 inches) also deserves respect.

5th

Aorus X3 Plus v5
Aorus X3 Plus v5

With a diagonal display size of 35.3 cm (~13.9 inches) and a weight of 1.8 kg (~4 lb), the Aorus X3 Plus v5 (gaming brand from Gigabyte) is one of the smallest high-end notebooks. Despite a slim profile, buyers do not have to do without good performance. For example, the manufacturer has incorporated Nvidia's third-best laptop GPU in the 13-inch chassis. The GeForce GTX 970M is only about 20% slower than the GTX 980M in most games. The rest of the X3 Plus v5's hardware is also nothing to sneeze at. Apart from 16 GB of RAM and an IPS display with 3200x1800 pixels, Aorus has incorporated a PCIe SSD from Samsung with a capacity of 512 GB in the test model for 2400 Euros (~$2686).

We did not like the sensitive touchpad, weak lid, and creaky chassis. In addition, the system gets loud under full load. On the other hand, the battery life is decent.

Discussion

6th

Asus GL502VY
Asus GL502VY

While Asus aims at casual gamers with the G501VW, the GL502 is  targeted at gaming enthusiasts. Depending on the last letters of the name, the SKU either comes with a GeForce GTX 970M (VT) or a GTX 980M (VY), which can run most titles smoothly in 1920 x 1080 pixels and with high details. The latter model has recently been reviewed by our American colleagues and achieved a rating of 83 %.

Pros are the USB 3.1 Gen. 2 port, easy access to components, and good build quality. Further highlights are the IPS panel and the compact shape. At 24 - 30 mm, the GL502 is not very thick for a high-end model. Nvidia's G-Sync technology, which slowly gets usual in notebooks, makes the bundle complete. Disadvantages are the sensitive touchpad, poor sound and relatively high temperatures and system noise under full load.

7th

Gigabyte P55K v5
Gigabyte P55K v5

Gigabyte more and more evolves into a gaming expert in the laptop range. Apart from the P35X v5 and the P37X v5, the P55K v5 made it into the lightweight Top 10. Although, the 15-inch model is slightly thicker than its siblings with 34 mm, it still gets loud under full load because of its single fan solution.

The chassis also has advantages and disadvantages. For example, the beautiful design and the easy maintenance can only make up for the unfavorable interface layout to some extent. There is almost nothing to complain about battery life and display (IPS panel). Performance-wise, the incorporated GeForce GTX 965M belongs into the lower high-end segment. The review of the GTX 970M variant is available here.

8th

Schenker XMG P406
Schenker XMG P406

The German notebook dealer, Schenker Technologies, has also recognized the trend for portable gaming devices and started to sell a suitable 14-inch model in 2016 with the XMG P406. Although the device weighs only 2.2 kg (~4.8 lb) and is only 2.5 cm (~1 inch) high, a GTX 970M handles the graphics calculations. Aside from the second-rate battery life, the quite long response time of the display and the suboptimal Turbo or fan control, the 14-inch device has hardly any disadvantages.

Like all other Schenker Notebooks, the XMG P406 can also be freely configured. The solid and precisely manufactured chassis impresses with many interfaces (three video-outs), very good input devices, and user-friendly maintenance. Overall, the rival from MSI, the GS40, falls slightly behind (rating: 83 vs. 86%).

9th

Aorus X5S v5
Aorus X5S v5

Other than its predecessor, the Aorus X5S v5 does not support G-Sync any longer, but it uses Nvidia's Optimus technology. The partly higher battery runtimes were also made possible by omitting a dual GPU solution. The new revision »only« uses a single GPU (GTX 980M) instead of two GTX 965M chips. This prevents micro stuttering and reduces driver dependency. Nevertheless, the 23 mm slim chassis gets quite warm and loud under load. Moreover, the parent company Gigabyte should improve the touchpad and the power consumption. Among others, the high energy demand is caused by the bright UHD display with 3840 x 2160 pixels.

Pros are the stylish look and modern features. As befits a current gaming notebook, the 15-incher comes with DDR4 RAM, USB 3.1 Gen2, and PCIe/NVMe-SSD (up to four storage devices!). Several users might also be delighted by the Macro keys.

10th

Schenker XMG C506
Schenker XMG C506

Other than most laptops from Schenker Technologies, the XMG C506 uses a chassis from Gigabyte insteat of Clevo. It is based on the P35X v5 in the 10th place. Instead of a 4K panel and a GeForce GTX 980M (optionally available), the test configuration of the XMG C506 comes with a FHD display and a GeForce GTX 970M. Despite weaker components, the total rating is identical to Gigabyte's counterpart.

However, Schenker offers its customers many options. Regardless whether RAM, hard drive(s), WiFi module or operation system: Almost all components can be individually configured. The biggest highlight is the so-called hot swap slot. It either houses a DVD or Blu ray burner or a 2.5 inch storage device. Moreover, the pre-installed tools and the thin metal case are designed in a smart way. We would wish for a better sound, a stiffer keyboard, and a conventional touchpad with dedicated buttons in the successor.

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Top 10 in Comparison

Measurement Results

Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
49 ms * ∼20%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
37 ms * ∼15%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
50 ms * ∼20%
Gigabyte P37X v5
45 ms * ∼18%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
52.4 ms * ∼21%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
32 ms * ∼13%
Gigabyte P55K v5
37.2 ms * ∼15%
Schenker XMG P406
56 ms * ∼22%
Aorus X5S v5
41.2 ms * ∼16%
Schenker XMG C506
48 ms * ∼19%
Response Time Black / White (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
25 ms * ∼10%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
25 ms * ∼10%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
39 ms * ∼16%
Gigabyte P37X v5
26 ms * ∼11%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
47.2 ms * ∼20%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
25.6 ms * ∼11%
Gigabyte P55K v5
29.2 ms * ∼12%
Schenker XMG P406
30 ms * ∼13%
Aorus X5S v5
36 ms * ∼15%
Schenker XMG C506
27 ms * ∼11%
PWM Frequency (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
1000 Hz ∼10%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
0 Hz ∼0%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
200 Hz ∼2%
Gigabyte P37X v5
0 Hz ∼0%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
198 Hz ∼2%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
0 Hz ∼0%
Gigabyte P55K v5
0 Hz ∼0%
Schenker XMG P406
0 Hz ∼0%
Aorus X5S v5
198 Hz ∼2%
Schenker XMG C506
0 Hz ∼0%
Screen
Brightness (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
291 cd/m² ∼42%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
293 cd/m² ∼42%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
312 cd/m² ∼45%
Gigabyte P37X v5
294 cd/m² ∼42%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
370 cd/m² ∼53%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
327 cd/m² ∼47%
Gigabyte P55K v5
259 cd/m² ∼37%
Schenker XMG P406
266 cd/m² ∼38%
Aorus X5S v5
324 cd/m² ∼46%
Schenker XMG C506
296 cd/m² ∼42%
Brightness Distribution (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
83 % ∼83%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
87 % ∼87%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
83 % ∼83%
Gigabyte P37X v5
89 % ∼89%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
79 % ∼79%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
88 % ∼88%
Gigabyte P55K v5
72 % ∼72%
Schenker XMG P406
81 % ∼81%
Aorus X5S v5
90 % ∼90%
Schenker XMG C506
88 % ∼88%
Black Level (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
0.22 % * ∼4%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
0.32 % * ∼6%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
0.32 % * ∼6%
Gigabyte P37X v5
0.42 % * ∼8%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
0.293 % * ∼6%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
0.348 % * ∼7%
Gigabyte P55K v5
0.367 % * ∼7%
Schenker XMG P406
0.22 % * ∼4%
Aorus X5S v5
0.403 % * ∼8%
Schenker XMG C506
0.26 % * ∼5%
Contrast (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
1377 :1 ∼86%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
975 :1 ∼61%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
1066 :1 ∼67%
Gigabyte P37X v5
729 :1 ∼46%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
1347 :1 ∼84%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
998 :1 ∼62%
Gigabyte P55K v5
749 :1 ∼47%
Schenker XMG P406
1282 :1 ∼80%
Aorus X5S v5
806 :1 ∼50%
Schenker XMG C506
1112 :1 ∼70%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
3.47 * ∼23%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
4.45 * ∼30%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
4.23 * ∼28%
Gigabyte P37X v5
3.51 * ∼23%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
4.8 * ∼32%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
4.53 * ∼30%
Gigabyte P55K v5
3.39 * ∼23%
Schenker XMG P406
4.98 * ∼33%
Aorus X5S v5
2.62 * ∼17%
Schenker XMG C506
4.47 * ∼30%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
1.17 * ∼8%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
3.05 * ∼20%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
4.69 * ∼31%
Gigabyte P37X v5
2.23 * ∼15%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
5.04 * ∼34%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
2.84 * ∼19%
Gigabyte P55K v5
4.21 * ∼28%
Schenker XMG P406
4.08 * ∼27%
Aorus X5S v5
2.55 * ∼17%
Schenker XMG C506
3.05 * ∼20%
Gamma (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
2.35 ∼67%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
2.58 ∼74%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
2.53 ∼72%
Gigabyte P37X v5
2.51 ∼72%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
2.26 ∼65%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
2.05 ∼59%
Gigabyte P55K v5
2.18 ∼62%
Schenker XMG P406
2.51 ∼72%
Aorus X5S v5
2.11 ∼60%
Schenker XMG C506
2.51 ∼72%
CCT (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
6658 ∼666%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
6495 ∼650%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
7549 ∼755%
Gigabyte P37X v5
6346 ∼635%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
7343 ∼734%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
6664 ∼666%
Gigabyte P55K v5
6069 ∼607%
Schenker XMG P406
5877 ∼588%
Aorus X5S v5
7000 ∼700%
Schenker XMG C506
6684 ∼668%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
86 % ∼86%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
55 % ∼55%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
63 % ∼63%
Gigabyte P37X v5
56 % ∼56%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
63.4 % ∼63%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
54.7 % ∼55%
Gigabyte P55K v5
59.2 % ∼59%
Schenker XMG P406
54 % ∼54%
Aorus X5S v5
59.4 % ∼59%
Schenker XMG C506
54 % ∼54%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB) (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
100 % ∼100%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
84 % ∼84%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
97 % ∼97%
Gigabyte P37X v5
85 % ∼85%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
98.1 % ∼98%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
84.1 % ∼84%
Gigabyte P55K v5
90.9 % ∼91%
Schenker XMG P406
83 % ∼83%
Aorus X5S v5
92.3 % ∼92%
Schenker XMG C506
81 % ∼81%
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
31.2 dB * ∼62%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
32 dB * ∼64%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
32.1 dB * ∼64%
Gigabyte P37X v5
32 dB * ∼64%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
32.1 dB * ∼64%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
32 dB * ∼64%
Gigabyte P55K v5
32 dB * ∼64%
Schenker XMG P406
30 dB * ∼60%
Aorus X5S v5
34.3 dB * ∼69%
Schenker XMG C506
32 dB * ∼64%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
31.2 dB * ∼62%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
33 dB * ∼66%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
32.1 dB * ∼64%
Gigabyte P37X v5
34 dB * ∼68%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
32.4 dB * ∼65%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
32.2 dB * ∼64%
Gigabyte P55K v5
33 dB * ∼66%
Schenker XMG P406
32 dB * ∼64%
Aorus X5S v5
34.4 dB * ∼69%
Schenker XMG C506
33 dB * ∼66%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
36.2 dB * ∼72%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
37 dB * ∼74%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
32.1 dB * ∼64%
Gigabyte P37X v5
36 dB * ∼72%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
32.5 dB * ∼65%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
32.2 dB * ∼64%
Gigabyte P55K v5
33 dB * ∼66%
Schenker XMG P406
40 dB * ∼80%
Aorus X5S v5
34.4 dB * ∼69%
Schenker XMG C506
35 dB * ∼70%
Load Average (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
45.3 dB * ∼91%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
41 dB * ∼82%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
43.3 dB * ∼87%
Gigabyte P37X v5
40 dB * ∼80%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
40.1 dB * ∼80%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
45.3 dB * ∼91%
Gigabyte P55K v5
41 dB * ∼82%
Schenker XMG P406
47 dB * ∼94%
Aorus X5S v5
50 dB * ∼100%
Schenker XMG C506
38 dB * ∼76%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
47.3 dB * ∼95%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
49 dB * ∼98%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
44.3 dB * ∼89%
Gigabyte P37X v5
51 dB * ∼102%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
54.6 dB * ∼109%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
50.1 dB * ∼100%
Gigabyte P55K v5
50 dB * ∼100%
Schenker XMG P406
51 dB * ∼102%
Aorus X5S v5
54 dB * ∼108%
Schenker XMG C506
48 dB * ∼96%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
50.1 °C * ∼84%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
53 °C * ∼88%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
41 °C * ∼68%
Gigabyte P37X v5
52.7 °C * ∼88%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
44.6 °C * ∼74%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
60.4 °C * ∼101%
Gigabyte P55K v5
52.6 °C * ∼88%
Schenker XMG P406
55 °C * ∼92%
Aorus X5S v5
57.6 °C * ∼96%
Schenker XMG C506
49.4 °C * ∼82%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
56.2 °C * ∼94%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
58 °C * ∼97%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
48.2 °C * ∼80%
Gigabyte P37X v5
70 °C * ∼117%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
49.8 °C * ∼83%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
44 °C * ∼73%
Gigabyte P55K v5
50.2 °C * ∼84%
Schenker XMG P406
58.7 °C * ∼98%
Aorus X5S v5
53 °C * ∼88%
Schenker XMG C506
60.7 °C * ∼101%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
28.3 °C * ∼47%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
33.7 °C * ∼56%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
26.4 °C * ∼44%
Gigabyte P37X v5
30.9 °C * ∼52%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
24.8 °C * ∼41%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
31.2 °C * ∼52%
Gigabyte P55K v5
22.6 °C * ∼38%
Schenker XMG P406
36.9 °C * ∼62%
Aorus X5S v5
30.6 °C * ∼51%
Schenker XMG C506
28.1 °C * ∼47%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
31.1 °C * ∼52%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
33.2 °C * ∼55%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
26.7 °C * ∼45%
Gigabyte P37X v5
31 °C * ∼52%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
24.8 °C * ∼41%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
29.4 °C * ∼49%
Gigabyte P55K v5
23.4 °C * ∼39%
Schenker XMG P406
41.7 °C * ∼70%
Aorus X5S v5
28.2 °C * ∼47%
Schenker XMG C506
25.6 °C * ∼43%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
530 min ∼20%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
310 min ∼11%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
610 min ∼23%
Gigabyte P37X v5
383 min ∼14%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
481 min ∼18%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
273 min ∼10%
Gigabyte P55K v5
502 min ∼19%
Schenker XMG P406
275 min ∼10%
Aorus X5S v5
313 min ∼12%
Schenker XMG C506
min ∼0%
Load (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
75 min ∼3%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
98 min ∼4%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
64 min ∼2%
Gigabyte P37X v5
103 min ∼4%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
55 min ∼2%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
76 min ∼3%
Gigabyte P55K v5
79 min ∼3%
Schenker XMG P406
72 min ∼3%
Aorus X5S v5
82 min ∼3%
Schenker XMG C506
min ∼0%
WiFi (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
min ∼0%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
min ∼0%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
min ∼0%
Gigabyte P37X v5
min ∼0%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
min ∼0%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
min ∼0%
Gigabyte P55K v5
min ∼0%
Schenker XMG P406
min ∼0%
Aorus X5S v5
min ∼0%
Schenker XMG C506
min ∼0%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
218 min ∼8%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
267 min ∼10%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
330 min ∼12%
Gigabyte P37X v5
254 min ∼9%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
305 min ∼11%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
187 min ∼7%
Gigabyte P55K v5
295 min ∼11%
Schenker XMG P406
197 min ∼7%
Aorus X5S v5
223 min ∼8%
Schenker XMG C506
290 min ∼11%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
8.9 Watt * ∼9%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
15 Watt * ∼15%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
6.9 Watt * ∼7%
Gigabyte P37X v5
16 Watt * ∼16%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
Watt * ∼0%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
20.6 Watt * ∼21%
Gigabyte P55K v5
10.1 Watt * ∼10%
Schenker XMG P406
12 Watt * ∼12%
Aorus X5S v5
27.4 Watt * ∼27%
Schenker XMG C506
14 Watt * ∼14%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
13.9 Watt * ∼14%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
20 Watt * ∼20%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
10.7 Watt * ∼11%
Gigabyte P37X v5
21 Watt * ∼21%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
Watt * ∼0%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
22.1 Watt * ∼22%
Gigabyte P55K v5
13.3 Watt * ∼13%
Schenker XMG P406
16 Watt * ∼16%
Aorus X5S v5
30.7 Watt * ∼31%
Schenker XMG C506
18 Watt * ∼18%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
15.6 Watt * ∼16%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
27 Watt * ∼27%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
13.2 Watt * ∼13%
Gigabyte P37X v5
28 Watt * ∼28%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
Watt * ∼0%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
22.5 Watt * ∼23%
Gigabyte P55K v5
15.4 Watt * ∼15%
Schenker XMG P406
22 Watt * ∼22%
Aorus X5S v5
31.2 Watt * ∼31%
Schenker XMG C506
22 Watt * ∼22%
Load Average (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
89 Watt * ∼25%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
98 Watt * ∼28%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
82 Watt * ∼23%
Gigabyte P37X v5
96 Watt * ∼27%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
Watt * ∼0%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
130.6 Watt * ∼37%
Gigabyte P55K v5
75.8 Watt * ∼22%
Schenker XMG P406
90 Watt * ∼26%
Aorus X5S v5
130.4 Watt * ∼37%
Schenker XMG C506
87 Watt * ∼25%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
118 Watt * ∼34%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
210 Watt * ∼60%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
94 Watt * ∼27%
Gigabyte P37X v5
215 Watt * ∼61%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
Watt * ∼0%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
177.2 Watt * ∼51%
Gigabyte P55K v5
144 Watt * ∼41%
Schenker XMG P406
170 Watt * ∼49%
Aorus X5S v5
216.6 Watt * ∼62%
Schenker XMG C506
157 Watt * ∼45%

Legend

 
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 512 GB
 
Schenker XMG P506 PRO Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
 
Asus G501VW-FY081T Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
 
Gigabyte P37X v5 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Aorus X3 Plus v5 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
 
Gigabyte P55K v5 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
 
Schenker XMG P406 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Samsung SM951 MZHPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Aorus X5S v5 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
 
Schenker XMG C506 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
5861 Points ∼73%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
6245 Points ∼78%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
5020 Points ∼62%
Gigabyte P37X v5
5422 Points ∼67%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
5396 Points ∼67%
Schenker XMG P406
6147 Points ∼76%
Schenker XMG C506
6019 Points ∼75%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
3154 Points ∼56%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
3495 Points ∼62%
Gigabyte P37X v5
4041 Points ∼71%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
4033 Points ∼71%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
4413 Points ∼78%
Gigabyte P55K v5
3845 Points ∼68%
Schenker XMG P406
3371 Points ∼59%
Aorus X5S v5
3260 Points ∼58%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
5635 Points ∼22%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
11406 Points ∼45%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
5533 Points ∼22%
Gigabyte P37X v5
11171 Points ∼44%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
9297 Points ∼37%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
11177 Points ∼44%
Gigabyte P55K v5
7269 Points ∼29%
Schenker XMG P406
9332 Points ∼37%
Aorus X5S v5
11055 Points ∼44%
Schenker XMG C506
9417 Points ∼37%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
4008 Points ∼17%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
8371 Points ∼36%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
4028 Points ∼17%
Gigabyte P37X v5
8355 Points ∼36%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
6489 Points ∼28%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
8282 Points ∼35%
Gigabyte P55K v5
4760 Points ∼20%
Schenker XMG P406
6564 Points ∼28%
Aorus X5S v5
8179 Points ∼35%
Schenker XMG C506
6531 Points ∼28%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
16358 Points ∼47%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
24074 Points ∼69%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
17094 Points ∼49%
Gigabyte P37X v5
22845 Points ∼65%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
20458 Points ∼58%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
23034 Points ∼66%
Gigabyte P55K v5
18013 Points ∼51%
Schenker XMG P406
21052 Points ∼60%
Aorus X5S v5
18711 Points ∼53%
Schenker XMG C506
21376 Points ∼61%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
51420 Points ∼26%
Schenker XMG P506 PRO
90620 Points ∼46%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
58706 Points ∼30%
Gigabyte P37X v5
87420 Points ∼44%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
52842 Points ∼27%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
103899 Points ∼53%
Gigabyte P55K v5
83531 Points ∼42%
Aorus X5S v5
52105 Points ∼26%
Schenker XMG C506
88920 Points ∼45%

Legend

 
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 512 GB
 
Schenker XMG P506 PRO Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
 
Asus G501VW-FY081T Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
 
Gigabyte P37X v5 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Aorus X3 Plus v5 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
 
Gigabyte P55K v5 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
 
Schenker XMG P406 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Samsung SM951 MZHPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Aorus X5S v5 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
 
Schenker XMG C506 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
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