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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks

Florian Glaser, 04/04/2016

April 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.

Note: Due to our rating update v5, the ranking changed significantly since the previous update.

Gaming Notebook Charts as of April 2016

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
188%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
288%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
387%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
487%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
586%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
686%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
786%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
885%03/2016
New!
Acer 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
985%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
1084%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

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. 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 88%. 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

Alienware 17 R3
Alienware 17 R3

With the Alienware 17 R3, Dell offers a 17 inch desktop replacement, which likes to thinks of itself as main competitor to the Asus G752 and MSI GT72S. At the 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 only limited in our opinion, since the external graphics card has to be very powerful in order to significantly excel a GeForce GTX 980M.

4th

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 good.

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

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 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).

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 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.

7th

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.

8th

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.

The second gaming series of the Acer called Predator 15 or Predator 17 is not be able to remain in this Top 10 when applying our new rating system.

9th

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.

10th

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, the 17 inch gamer is only 243 mm high. The biggest disadvantage of the thin design are above average emissions. In 3D mode, the device gets as hot as 70 C and as loud as 51 dB(A). Moreover, the stability of the lid and the Clickpad do also not appear perfect to us.

In the 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 inch) deserves also respect.

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%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
360 cd/m² ∼51%
Asus G752VY-RH71
346.8 cd/m² ∼50%
MSI GT80S 6QF
298 cd/m² ∼43%
Schenker XMG U716
374 cd/m² ∼53%
Schenker XMG U706
298 cd/m² ∼43%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
303 cd/m² ∼43%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
180 cd/m² ∼26%
Gigabyte P37X v5
306 cd/m² ∼44%
Black Level (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
0.282 cd/m² * ∼6%
Schenker XMG U726
0.38 cd/m² * ∼8%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
0.44 cd/m² * ∼9%
Asus G752VY-RH71
0.393 cd/m² * ∼8%
MSI GT80S 6QF
0.35 cd/m² * ∼7%
Schenker XMG U716
0.4 cd/m² * ∼8%
Schenker XMG U706
0.305 cd/m² * ∼6%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
0.22 cd/m² * ∼4%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
0.19 cd/m² * ∼4%
Gigabyte P37X v5
0.42 cd/m² * ∼8%
Contrast (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
1265 :1; ∼79%
Schenker XMG U726
868 :1; ∼54%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
818 :1; ∼51%
Asus G752VY-RH71
882 :1; ∼55%
MSI GT80S 6QF
851 :1; ∼53%
Schenker XMG U716
935 :1; ∼58%
Schenker XMG U706
977 :1; ∼61%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
1377 :1; ∼86%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
947 :1; ∼59%
Gigabyte P37X v5
729 :1; ∼46%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
4.16 * ∼28%
Schenker XMG U726
3 * ∼20%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
4.76 * ∼32%
Asus G752VY-RH71
3.72 * ∼25%
MSI GT80S 6QF
2.72 * ∼18%
Schenker XMG U716
4.23 * ∼28%
Schenker XMG U706
4.16 * ∼28%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
3.47 * ∼23%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
6.74 * ∼45%
Gigabyte P37X v5
3.51 * ∼23%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
2.47 * ∼16%
Schenker XMG U726
3.81 * ∼25%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
3.69 * ∼25%
Asus G752VY-RH71
2.93 * ∼20%
MSI GT80S 6QF
3 * ∼20%
Schenker XMG U716
5.48 * ∼37%
Schenker XMG U706
3.13 * ∼21%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
1.17 * ∼8%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
6.44 * ∼43%
Gigabyte P37X v5
2.23 * ∼15%
Gamma (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
2.29 * ∼46%
Schenker XMG U726
2.52 * ∼50%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
2.24 * ∼45%
Asus G752VY-RH71
2.23 * ∼45%
MSI GT80S 6QF
2.36 * ∼47%
Schenker XMG U716
2.35 * ∼47%
Schenker XMG U706
2.26 * ∼45%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
2.35 * ∼47%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
2.29 * ∼46%
Gigabyte P37X v5
2.51 * ∼50%
CCT (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
6860 ∼91%
Schenker XMG U726
6306 ∼84%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
6091 ∼81%
Asus G752VY-RH71
6525 ∼87%
MSI GT80S 6QF
6995 ∼93%
Schenker XMG U716
6686 ∼89%
Schenker XMG U706
6213 ∼83%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
6658 ∼89%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
6465 ∼86%
Gigabyte P37X v5
6346 ∼85%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
56 % ∼56%
Schenker XMG U726
88 % ∼88%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
55 % ∼55%
Asus G752VY-RH71
56 % ∼56%
MSI GT80S 6QF
58 % ∼58%
Schenker XMG U716
88 % ∼88%
Schenker XMG U706
55.5 % ∼56%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
86 % ∼86%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
38 % ∼38%
Gigabyte P37X v5
56 % ∼56%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB) (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
85 % ∼85%
Schenker XMG U726
100 % ∼100%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
84 % ∼84%
Asus G752VY-RH71
85.2 % ∼85%
MSI GT80S 6QF
89 % ∼89%
Schenker XMG U716
100 % ∼100%
Schenker XMG U706
84.5 % ∼85%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
100 % ∼100%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
60 % ∼60%
Gigabyte P37X v5
85 % ∼85%
Brightness Distribution (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
85 %
Schenker XMG U726
86 %
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
90 %
Asus G752VY-RH71
91 %
MSI GT80S 6QF
78 %
Schenker XMG U716
88 %
Schenker XMG U706
91 %
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
83 %
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
83 %
Gigabyte P37X v5
89 %
Noise
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
33.1 dB * ∼66%
Schenker XMG U726
33 dB * ∼66%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
31 dB * ∼62%
Asus G752VY-RH71
33.4 dB * ∼67%
MSI GT80S 6QF
34 dB * ∼68%
Schenker XMG U716
33 dB * ∼66%
Schenker XMG U706
29 dB * ∼58%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
31.2 dB * ∼62%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
33.6 dB * ∼67%
Gigabyte P37X v5
32 dB * ∼64%
Idle Average (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
33.3 dB * ∼67%
Schenker XMG U726
34 dB * ∼68%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
32 dB * ∼64%
Asus G752VY-RH71
33.5 dB * ∼67%
MSI GT80S 6QF
36 dB * ∼72%
Schenker XMG U716
35 dB * ∼70%
Schenker XMG U706
30.8 dB * ∼62%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
31.2 dB * ∼62%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
33.8 dB * ∼68%
Gigabyte P37X v5
34 dB * ∼68%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
37 dB * ∼74%
Schenker XMG U726
35 dB * ∼70%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
33 dB * ∼66%
Asus G752VY-RH71
33.5 dB * ∼67%
MSI GT80S 6QF
40 dB * ∼80%
Schenker XMG U716
38 dB * ∼76%
Schenker XMG U706
30.8 dB * ∼62%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
36.2 dB * ∼72%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
34 dB * ∼68%
Gigabyte P37X v5
36 dB * ∼72%
Load Average (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
39 dB * ∼78%
Schenker XMG U726
42 dB * ∼84%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
38 dB * ∼76%
Asus G752VY-RH71
40.3 dB * ∼81%
MSI GT80S 6QF
51 dB * ∼102%
Schenker XMG U716
45 dB * ∼90%
Schenker XMG U706
42.1 dB * ∼84%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
45.3 dB * ∼91%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
39.3 dB * ∼79%
Gigabyte P37X v5
40 dB * ∼80%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
52.2 dB * ∼104%
Schenker XMG U726
46 dB * ∼92%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
50 dB * ∼100%
Asus G752VY-RH71
45.1 dB * ∼90%
MSI GT80S 6QF
60 dB * ∼120%
Schenker XMG U716
48 dB * ∼96%
Schenker XMG U706
43.5 dB * ∼87%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
47.3 dB * ∼95%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
51.4 dB * ∼103%
Gigabyte P37X v5
51 dB * ∼102%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
39.8 °C * ∼66%
Schenker XMG U726
46.9 °C * ∼78%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
51.1 °C * ∼85%
Asus G752VY-RH71
38.2 °C * ∼64%
MSI GT80S 6QF
45.7 °C * ∼76%
Schenker XMG U716
48.8 °C * ∼81%
Schenker XMG U706
45.6 °C * ∼76%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
50.1 °C * ∼84%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
48 °C * ∼80%
Gigabyte P37X v5
52.7 °C * ∼88%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
49 °C * ∼82%
Schenker XMG U726
61 °C * ∼102%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
53.2 °C * ∼89%
Asus G752VY-RH71
40.2 °C * ∼67%
MSI GT80S 6QF
61 °C * ∼102%
Schenker XMG U716
55.8 °C * ∼93%
Schenker XMG U706
52.4 °C * ∼87%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
56.2 °C * ∼94%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
57.3 °C * ∼96%
Gigabyte P37X v5
70 °C * ∼117%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
27.8 °C * ∼46%
Schenker XMG U726
36.3 °C * ∼61%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
31.7 °C * ∼53%
Asus G752VY-RH71
29 °C * ∼48%
MSI GT80S 6QF
36.4 °C * ∼61%
Schenker XMG U716
36.7 °C * ∼61%
Schenker XMG U706
34.9 °C * ∼58%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
28.3 °C * ∼47%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
31.9 °C * ∼53%
Gigabyte P37X v5
30.9 °C * ∼52%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
26 °C * ∼43%
Schenker XMG U726
40.8 °C * ∼68%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
32.2 °C * ∼54%
Asus G752VY-RH71
27 °C * ∼45%
MSI GT80S 6QF
39.2 °C * ∼65%
Schenker XMG U716
37.3 °C * ∼62%
Schenker XMG U706
36.3 °C * ∼61%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
31.1 °C * ∼52%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
33.4 °C * ∼56%
Gigabyte P37X v5
31 °C * ∼52%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
387 min ∼14%
Schenker XMG U726
170 min ∼6%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
758 min ∼28%
Asus G752VY-RH71
368 min ∼14%
MSI GT80S 6QF
148 min ∼5%
Schenker XMG U716
158 min ∼6%
Schenker XMG U706
245 min ∼9%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
530 min ∼20%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
769 min ∼28%
Gigabyte P37X v5
383 min ∼14%
Load (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
89 min ∼3%
Schenker XMG U726
94 min ∼3%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
105 min ∼4%
Asus G752VY-RH71
100 min ∼4%
MSI GT80S 6QF
58 min ∼2%
Schenker XMG U716
88 min ∼3%
Schenker XMG U706
69 min ∼3%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
75 min ∼3%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
114 min ∼4%
Gigabyte P37X v5
103 min ∼4%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
294 min ∼11%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
444 min ∼16%
Asus G752VY-RH71
241 min ∼9%
Schenker XMG U706
174 min ∼6%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
218 min ∼8%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
446 min ∼17%
Gigabyte P37X v5
254 min ∼9%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U726
36 Watt * ∼36%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
12 Watt * ∼12%
MSI GT80S 6QF
44 Watt * ∼44%
Schenker XMG U716
35 Watt * ∼35%
Schenker XMG U706
22 Watt * ∼22%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
8.9 Watt * ∼9%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
11.4 Watt * ∼11%
Gigabyte P37X v5
16 Watt * ∼16%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U726
45 Watt * ∼45%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
18 Watt * ∼18%
MSI GT80S 6QF
53 Watt * ∼53%
Schenker XMG U716
44 Watt * ∼44%
Schenker XMG U706
28.9 Watt * ∼29%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
13.9 Watt * ∼14%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
16.5 Watt * ∼17%
Gigabyte P37X v5
21 Watt * ∼21%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U726
53 Watt * ∼53%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
26 Watt * ∼26%
MSI GT80S 6QF
62 Watt * ∼62%
Schenker XMG U716
51 Watt * ∼51%
Schenker XMG U706
29.8 Watt * ∼30%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
15.6 Watt * ∼16%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
22 Watt * ∼22%
Gigabyte P37X v5
28 Watt * ∼28%
Load Average (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U726
139 Watt * ∼40%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
95 Watt * ∼27%
MSI GT80S 6QF
163 Watt * ∼47%
Schenker XMG U716
134 Watt * ∼38%
Schenker XMG U706
126.8 Watt * ∼36%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
89 Watt * ∼25%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
94.2 Watt * ∼27%
Gigabyte P37X v5
96 Watt * ∼27%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U726
306 Watt * ∼87%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
188 Watt * ∼54%
MSI GT80S 6QF
411 Watt * ∼117%
Schenker XMG U716
298 Watt * ∼85%
Schenker XMG U706
261.6 Watt * ∼75%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
118 Watt * ∼34%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
192.2 Watt * ∼55%
Gigabyte P37X v5
215 Watt * ∼61%

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
 
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935) Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
 
Asus G752VY-RH71 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
 
MSI GT80S 6QF Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Notebook), 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
 
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
 
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
 
Gigabyte P37X v5 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
7163 Points ∼90%
Schenker XMG U726
7093 Points ∼89%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
5938 Points ∼75%
Asus G752VY-RH71
6362 Points ∼80%
MSI GT80S 6QF
7386 Points ∼93%
Schenker XMG U716
7159 Points ∼90%
Schenker XMG U706
6582 Points ∼83%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
5861 Points ∼74%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
5846 Points ∼74%
Gigabyte P37X v5
5422 Points ∼68%
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%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
3154 Points ∼56%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
3822 Points ∼67%
Gigabyte P37X v5
4041 Points ∼71%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
12645 Points ∼63%
Schenker XMG U726
14925 Points ∼74%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
10464 Points ∼52%
Asus G752VY-RH71
12056 Points ∼60%
MSI GT80S 6QF
20055 Points ∼100%
Schenker XMG U716
14477 Points ∼72%
Schenker XMG U706
12326 Points ∼61%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
5635 Points ∼28%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
10623 Points ∼53%
Gigabyte P37X v5
11171 Points ∼56%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
125241 Points ∼68%
Schenker XMG U726
155037 Points ∼84%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
85689 Points ∼46%
Asus G752VY-RH71
126496 Points ∼68%
MSI GT80S 6QF
184803 Points ∼100%
Schenker XMG U716
154356 Points ∼84%
Schenker XMG U706
160881 Points ∼87%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
51420 Points ∼28%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
86651 Points ∼47%
Gigabyte P37X v5
87420 Points ∼47%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
25302 Points ∼78%
Schenker XMG U726
27629 Points ∼85%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
22136 Points ∼68%
Asus G752VY-RH71
22869 Points ∼70%
MSI GT80S 6QF
32522 Points ∼100%
Schenker XMG U716
26118 Points ∼80%
Schenker XMG U706
27998 Points ∼86%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
16358 Points ∼50%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
22947 Points ∼71%
Gigabyte P37X v5
22845 Points ∼70%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
MSI GT72S 6QF
11066 Points ∼47%
Schenker XMG U726
11096 Points ∼47%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
8099 Points ∼35%
Asus G752VY-RH71
8914 Points ∼38%
MSI GT80S 6QF
17165 Points ∼73%
Schenker XMG U716
10734 Points ∼46%
Schenker XMG U706
8741 Points ∼37%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
4008 Points ∼17%
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
8107 Points ∼35%
Gigabyte P37X v5
8355 Points ∼36%

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
 
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935) Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
 
Asus G752VY-RH71 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
 
MSI GT80S 6QF Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Notebook), 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
 
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
 
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
 
Gigabyte P37X v5 Intel Core i7-6700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e

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