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Face Off: Dell Alienware 15 vs. Clevo P751ZM vs. MSI GE62

Not too big, not too small. Gaming notebooks can be as big as 18 inches or as small as 14, but most users will want something more practical and appropriate. We'll compare a few popular 15-inch gaming models that are all fit for both mobility and tight dorm spaces.

Hulking gaming systems like the 10-pound MSI GT80 sound jaw-dropping to own, but the more appropriate notebooks to have are the ones that best fit in the spaces available. A large gaming notebook may not be the ideal choice for a small apartment or tight dorm room where desk space can be a luxury.

15-inch gaming notebooks are popular for their portability and power. They may not be as mobile as 14-inch gaming models or as imposing as 17-inch ones, but this middle line is exactly what the majority of notebook gamers are looking for. For this Face Off, we'll be comparing and contrasting the well-known Alienware 15 to both the thinner MSI GE62 and the latest Clevo barebones.

We encourage users to check out our dedicated review pages below for more data and detailed analyses of each of the three models. This comparison is by no means a replacement, but a condensed aid for those on the fence.

Dell Alienware 15 (Radeon R9 M295X model)

Schenker Clevo P751ZM (Eurocom Clevo P750ZM)

MSI GE62 (iBuyPower MSI GE62)

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Case

All three models in comparison have roughly the same length and width, yet they use different materials for their respective chassis. Dell utilizes carbon-fiber and rubber-coated surfaces throughout the Alienware 15 for both a high quality look and feel. The aluminum-like outer finish adds another dimension to the otherwise black and dark gray color scheme. Case quality is one of the best in its size category and is similar to that of the Alienware 17. The lid could have been stiffer, but is still more rigid than on other notebooks.

Meanwhile, Clevo continues to rely on heavy-duty ABS plastic for its barebone shells. The lid and palm rests have rubberized surfaces and the base itself is just as tough as the Alienware. Unfortunately, its lid is weaker and can creak as is the case with our review model from Schenker. The Clevo is also much heavier due to its larger cooling system by necessity.

The GE62 is notably thinner by as much as 9 mm when compared to the Clevo. Its brushed metal finish contrasts the duller matte looks of both other notebooks as well. Like the Clevo, the base itself is strong with no major points of criticism aside from the slightly weaker spot immediately above the optical drive. The lid is again much weaker and can be easily twisted enough to have an effect on image quality and color.

Alienware comes out on top by not just having a rigid base, but also a stronger lid than both the GE62 and Clevo P751ZM. Users may not like that the Alienware 15 is thicker than the GE62, but at least that extra girth here means better overall build quality.

Winner: Dell Alienware 15

Dell Alienware 15
Dell Alienware 15
Schenker Clevo P751ZM
Schenker Clevo P751ZM
MSI GE62
MSI GE62
386 mm / 15.2 inch 262 mm / 10.3 inch 36 mm / 1.417 inch 3.5 kg7.72 lbs386 mm / 15.2 inch 270 mm / 10.6 inch 34 mm / 1.339 inch 3 kg6.66 lbs383 mm / 15.1 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 27 mm / 1.063 inch 2.4 kg5.29 lbs

Ports in Comparison

MSI GE62
MSI GE62
Dell Alienware 15
Dell Alienware 15
Schenker Clevo P751ZM
Schenker Clevo P751ZM

Connectivity

Connectivity features include some notable differences between the Alienware, Clevo, and MSI. The major feature on the latest Alienware 15 is the proprietary Amplifier port for connecting an external desktop GPU. Very few gaming models have this option thus far and Alienware is one of the first to have it standard. The notebook's 3x storage bays should prove sufficient for most users, but hardcore gamers may be disappointed to find no official RAID support through the system BIOS.

The Clevo P751ZM includes more video-out ports (including two full-size DisplayPorts) and more audio options than both the Alienware and MSI. Users who have no interest in the Amplifier may like the extra connectivity and storage bays on the Clevo. The GE62 skips the bells and whistles on the Alienware and variety on the Clevo, but at least it carries native RAID support and an optical drive.

We'll give the very slight lead to Clevo since opting for the Alienware and its Amplifier will mean sacrificing audio options, RAID, and an extra storage bay. The desired features are largely down to user preferences.

Winner: Schenker Clevo P751ZM

Ports and Connections

Dell Alienware 15 Schenker Clevo P751ZM MSI GE62

USB

4x USB 3.0 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.0/eSATA combo 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0

Video-out

1x Mini-DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 2x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 1x Mini-DisplayPort, 1x HDMI

Other

SD reader, Graphics Amplifier, 1x 3.5 mm mic, 1x 3.5 mm headphones, Gigabit LAN, Kensington Lock SD reader, 4x 3.5 mm audio, Gigabit LAN, Kensington Lock SD reader, 1x 3.5 mm mic, 1x 3.5 mm headphones, Optical drive, Gigabit LAN, Kensington Lock

Storage Bays

1x 2.5-inch SATA III, 2x M.2 2x 2.5-inch SATA III, 2x M.2 (2280) 1x 2.5-inch SATA III, 3x M.2

RAID compatible

No Yes Yes

Display

All three notebooks sport high quality IPS panels from either Samsung or AU Optronics with generally accurate colors across all tested saturation levels. The panel on our Alienware 15 in particular is the exact same one as found on the Latitude E5550.

Once we look a little deeper, however, we can see that Alienware is the winner in this category for its brighter display and high contrast. It may have slightly worse colors out-of-the-box compared to the Clevo and MSI, but this has little significance for a gaming machine. However, we did notice a bit of edge bleeding on our model when displaying dark backgrounds.

The GE62 and its 4K panel will clearly have the crispest image and it is indeed one of the sharpest panels available on a 15.6-inch notebook. Unfortunately, users must sacrifice contrast, color space, and brightness in the name of extra pixels. Its glossy cover only exacerbates the lower brightness with distracting glare.

Especially since 2K or 3K gaming is just barely playable on notebook graphics, we still prefer native 1080p panels at least for this current GeForce generation.

Winner: Dell Alienware 15

Dell Alienware 15
Dell Alienware 15
Schenker Clevo P751ZM
Schenker Clevo P751ZM
MSI GE62
MSI GE62
Displays at a Glance

Dell Alienware 15 Schenker Clevo P751ZM MSI GE62
Size 15.6-inch IPS 16:9 15.6-inch IPS 16:9 15.6-inch IPS 16:9
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 3840x2160
Pixel Density 141 PPI 141 PPI 282 PPI
Panel ID Samsung SDC4C48 AU Optronics B156HAN01.2 Samsung SDC4852
Panel Matte Matte Glossy
Alienware 15Schenker XMG U505MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Screen
Brightness middle
308
250
268
Brightness
292
245
227
Brightness Distribution
83
78
74
Black Level *
0.28
0.23
0.39
Contrast
1100
1087
687
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.28
3.41
4.12
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.54
2.88
3.65
Gamma
2.81 78%
2.18 101%
2.5 88%
CCT
7497 87%
6445 101%
6423 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60
59
49
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
92.9
90.3

* ... smaller is better

Dell Alienware 15 Color Profile
Dell Alienware 15 Color Profile
Schenker Clevo P751ZM
Schenker Clevo P751ZM
MSI GE62
MSI GE62

Input Devices

The keyboards on the Alienware 15 and Clevo P751ZM are visually similar down to their beveled layout and even solid feedback when pressed. Both offer shallow travel, but they are quiet nonetheless and are definitely not as soft as the keyboards on most Ultrabooks. The biggest differences here between the Alienware and Clevo is the NumPad on the latter notebook and the column of Macro keys on the former. As a result, the keys are a tad smaller and can feel more cramped on the Clevo. Since the keyboards are about the same otherwise, it's again down to user preferences if the integrated NumPad or dedicated Macro keys are more desirable.

Meanwhile, the SteelSeries Chiclet keyboard on the GE62 is a common find on most MSI notebooks. The keys here are louder with more clatter than the Alienware and Clevo and this gives off a cheaper plastic impression as well. Nonetheless, feedback is comfortable with a moderate stroke.

For the touchpads, the sizes on the Alienware, Clevo, and MSI are 10.0 x 5.5 cm, 10.7 x 6.2 cm, and 10.9 x 6.1 cm, respectively. MSI has the slightly larger touchpad for easier multi-touch gestures. The smooth matte finish on the Alienware and Clevo contrasts the brushed metal surface of the touchpad on the GE62. All models provide good gliding characteristics and the dedicated mouse buttons have solid feedback with no major concerns. For what it's worth, we did experience some minor scrolling issues on the Clevo P751ZM.

Winner: Keyboard -- Dell Alienware 15 and Schenker Clevo P751ZM

              Touchpad -- MSI GE62

Dell Alienware 15
Dell Alienware 15
Schenker Clevo P751ZM
Schenker Clevo P751ZM
MSI GE62
MSI GE62

Performance

CPU Performance

There are plenty of CPU, GPU, and RAM options between these three models, but we will be comparing our specific configurations that were sent to us from the manufacturers. Raw CPU performance is essentially identical between the i7-4710HQ and i7-4720HQ in the Alienware and MSI, respectively. Users can save a bit of cash by opting for the more inexpensive i7-4710HQ without sacrificing significant performance.

Clevo only recently started adding desktop Intel CPUs to its notebook lineup. Thus, the i7-4790S has the advantage of faster clock rates at the cost of higher heat output and power demand. Multi-core and single-core performances according to CineBench are roughly 5 to 10 percent above the i7-4710HQ in the Alienware. It's not that great of a performance benefit considering that its TDP is roughly 40 percent higher than the i7-4710HQ or i7-4720HQ. 

More comparisons and technical information on the Core i7-4710HQ and i7-4720HQ can be found on our dedicated CPU pages.

Hardware at a Glance

Dell Alienware 15 Schenker Clevo P751ZM MSI GE62
CPU 2.5 GHz Core i7-4710HQ 3.2 GHz Core i7-4790S 2.6 GHz Core i7-4720HQ
TDP 47 W 65 W 47 W
RAM 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz, 2x SODIMM 16 GB DDR3 1600 MHz, 4x SODIMM 16 GB DDR3 1600 MHz, 2x SODIMM
GPU Nvidia GTX 970M 3 GB GDDR5 Nvidia GTX 970M 6 GB GDDR5, MXM 3.0b Nvidia GTX 970M 3 GB GDDR5
Optimus Support Yes No Yes
Dell Alienware 15
Dell Alienware 15
Schenker Clevo P751ZM
Schenker Clevo P751ZM
MSI GE62
MSI GE62
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Alienware 15
140 Points ∼64%
Schenker XMG U505
150 Points ∼69%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
139 Points ∼64%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Alienware 15
647 Points ∼15%
Schenker XMG U505
714 Points ∼16%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
642 Points ∼15%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Alienware 15
1.56 Points ∼64%
Schenker XMG U505
1.72 Points ∼70%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
1.57 Points ∼64%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Alienware 15
7.04 Points ∼1%
Schenker XMG U505
7.78 Points ∼1%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
7.1 Points ∼1%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics (sort by value)
Alienware 15
9186 Points ∼28%
Schenker XMG U505
10116 Points ∼31%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
9151 Points ∼28%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Physics (sort by value)
Alienware 15
6464 Points ∼16%
Schenker XMG U505
7211 Points ∼18%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
5871 Points ∼15%
PCMark 7
System Storage (sort by value)
Alienware 15
5048 Points ∼71%
Schenker XMG U505
5592 Points ∼78%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
5547 Points ∼78%
Computation (sort by value)
Alienware 15
18969 Points ∼67%
Schenker XMG U505
12676 Points ∼45%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
19291 Points ∼68%
Creativity (sort by value)
Alienware 15
9423 Points ∼65%
Schenker XMG U505
9291 Points ∼64%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
10645 Points ∼74%
Entertainment (sort by value)
Alienware 15
4382 Points ∼41%
Schenker XMG U505
6151 Points ∼57%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
4277 Points ∼40%
Productivity (sort by value)
Alienware 15
5091 Points ∼47%
Schenker XMG U505
5430 Points ∼50%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
5280 Points ∼48%
Lightweight (sort by value)
Alienware 15
5503 Points ∼75%
Schenker XMG U505
6246 Points ∼85%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
6085 Points ∼83%
Score (sort by value)
Alienware 15
5627 Points ∼61%
Schenker XMG U505
6411 Points ∼70%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
5866 Points ∼64%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Alienware 15
4851 Points ∼74%
Schenker XMG U505
5172 Points ∼79%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
3678 Points ∼56%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Alienware 15
4639 Points ∼44%
Schenker XMG U505
5394 Points ∼51%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
4464 Points ∼42%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Alienware 15
3769 Points ∼62%
Schenker XMG U505
4970 Points ∼82%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
3061 Points ∼50%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2 (sort by value)
Alienware 15
39.5 fps ∼1%
Pass 1 (sort by value)
Alienware 15
150 fps ∼56%

GPU Performance

All models sport the powerful GTX 970M Nvidia GPU. Our configured Clevo P751ZM, however, utilizes the 6 GB GDDR5 model for twice the RAM. Performance gains from the additional RAM overhead is very limited on 1080p settings, so users will likely not see any tangible benefits on the Clevo unless if they are gaming on an external 3K or 4K monitor. This is a similar situation to what we discovered on our previous Face Off between 17.3-inch gaming notebooks with GTX 980M GPUs. For example, our 6 GB GTX 970M in our Aorus X3 Plus shows slight performance gains over the 3 GB GTX 970M in our Razer Blade 14 when gaming on a native 3200 x 1800 display resolution.

3DMark benchmarks put our Clevo consistently ahead of the Alienware and MSI by just a few percentage points at most.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Alienware 15
9439 Points ∼19%
Schenker XMG U505
10064 Points ∼20%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
9675 Points ∼19%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
Alienware 15
7440 Points ∼18%
Schenker XMG U505
7536 Points ∼19%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
7533 Points ∼19%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Alienware 15
51272 Points ∼28%
Schenker XMG U505
51368 Points ∼28%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
29548 Points ∼16%
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Alienware 15
60.14 fps ∼35%
Schenker XMG U505
69.93 fps ∼41%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
57.74 fps ∼34%
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Alienware 15
99.16 fps ∼40%
Schenker XMG U505
122.96 fps ∼49%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
95.63 fps ∼38%

Gaming Performance

Does the extra VRAM in the Clevo give it the edge in games performance? Any advantages are again small when playing on 1080p. Our Clevo shows higher FPS for The Evil Within and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, while gains are essentially non-existent on the generally buggy Assassin's Creed Unity. Meanwhile, the additional system RAM on the MSI compared to the Alienware (16 GB vs. 8 GB) may be responsible for some of the performance differences.

More benchmarks and comparisons on the GTX 970M can be found on our dedicated GPU page here.

GRID: Autosport
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS (sort by value)
Alienware 15
69 fps ∼46%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
83.9 fps ∼56%
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Alienware 15
79.6 fps ∼40%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
92.9 fps ∼46%
Far Cry 4
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics Quality AA:SM (sort by value)
Alienware 15
48.1 fps ∼42%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
48.1 fps ∼42%
1920x1080 High Graphics Quality AA:SM (sort by value)
Alienware 15
59.2 fps ∼47%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
52.3 fps ∼42%
Dragon Age: Inquisition
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics Quality AA:2x MS (sort by value)
Alienware 15
35.9 fps ∼21%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
62.9 fps ∼37%
1920x1080 High Graphics Quality (sort by value)
Alienware 15
49.9 fps ∼29%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
88.5 fps ∼51%
Assassin's Creed Unity
1920x1080 Ultra High Graphics Quality AA:4x MS (sort by value)
Alienware 15
22.9 fps ∼41%
Schenker XMG U505
22.6 fps ∼41%
1920x1080 High Graphics Quality AA:2x MS (sort by value)
Alienware 15
37.8 fps ∼45%
Schenker XMG U505
39 fps ∼47%
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
1920x1080 Extra / On (Cache Shadow Maps Off), 2x Supersampling AA:2x SM (sort by value)
Alienware 15
46.4 fps ∼60%
Schenker XMG U505
48.4 fps ∼63%
1920x1080 High / On (Cache Shadow Maps Off) AA:FX (sort by value)
Alienware 15
72.4 fps ∼58%
Schenker XMG U505
77.3 fps ∼62%
The Evil Within
1920x1080 High / Enabled AA:SM (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U505
71.1 fps ∼81%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
58.3 fps ∼66%
1366x768 Medium / Enabled AA:FX (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U505
106.7 fps ∼78%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
96.4 fps ∼70%

Stress Test

To test system stability, we run both Prime95 and FurMark to simulate maximum stress. These unrealistic conditions do not represent daily workloads, but are instead meant to put both the CPU and GPU at 100 percent capacity. If the notebook remains stable, then you can be sure it can handle any other tasks without major hardware failures.

The Alienware 15 performs very well under maximum synthetic stress. Its CPU never drops below its base speed and the GPU even retains some of its Boost potential. This is compared to the Clevo and MSI, both of which experience at least some slight throttling when running both Prime95 and FurMark. The CPU in the Clevo remains at its base 3.2 GHz clock, but GPU clock drops to the 800 MHz range. However, the Clevo shouldn't be discredited as it's already impressive that the desktop CPU can run without throttling on a notebook chassis.

The MSI GE62 comes out last as both the CPU and GPU run below their respective base clock rates.

Core temperatures are very high for all models. In particular, the GPU in the thinner MSI becomes much warmer compared to the GPUs in the Alienware and Clevo.

Winner: Dell Alienware 15 & Schenker P751ZM

Dell Alienware 15
Dell Alienware 15
Schenker Clevo P751ZM
Schenker Clevo P751ZM
MSI GE62
MSI GE62
CPU and GPU Clock Rates Under Stress

Dell Alienware 15 Schenker Clevo P751ZM MSI GE62
Rated GPU Core Clock (MHz) 924 924 924
Stable GPU Core Clock on FurMark (MHz) ~974.5 ~822.7 ~680 - 700
Rated CPU Core Clock (GHz) 2.5 3.2 2.6
Stable CPU Core Clock on Prime95 (GHz) 2.5 3.2 2.0 - 2.3
Maximum CPU temperature 90 C 92 C 84 C
Maximum GPU temperature 67 C 71 C 78 C

Emissions

System Noise & Temperature

All three systems tend to have pulsating fans or HDDs even during low processing loads. The notebooks may be silent one minute at ~30 dB(A) and then rise to ~35 dB(A) the next. Part of the issue can be negated by simply installing SSDs only, but this is an expensive investment when most PC games can be dozens of GBs.

Fan noise when gaming can reach over 50 dB(A) on the Alienware 15 and MSI GE62. The Clevo is a bit quieter in this regard by remaining in the low to mid 40s, though still noisy nonetheless.

Surface temperatures on the Clevo are both highest and lowest when idling and on high loads, respectively. It's an odd result, but it makes sense considering that its desktop CPU is already running at very high clock rates even when idling. On the other hand, the Dell is able to remain very cool under low loads and will only become very warm when the processing load demands it. The thinner case of the GE62 means higher surface temperatures than the Dell despite the similar CPU and GPU components.

A clear winner in this category is a a tough call between Dell and Clevo. The Alienware has low surface temperatures and higher fan noise, while the Clevo has lower fan noise and higher surface temperatures. We personally prefer lower fan noise, but this will be down to user preference.

Winner: Schenker Clevo P751ZM

Average Fan Noise and Surface Temperature

Dell Alienware 15 Schenker Clevo P751ZM MSI GE62
Fan Noise when idling 29 - 34 dB(A) 32 - 35 dB(A) 29 - 36 dB(A)
Fan Noise under high loads 46 - 53 dB(A) 42 - 45 dB(A) 46 - 52 dB(A)
Average surface temperature when idling 25.3 C 35.8 C 32.1 C
Average surface temperature under high loads 42.5 C 40.9 C 43.3 C

Battery Life

The Clevo loses this round before it even begins. Its more demanding desktop CPU and lack of Optimus both contribute to very poor runtimes at just 150 minutes under even the best of conditions. In comparison, the Alienware 15 can last for as long as 700 minutes under similar idling conditions. Results from the MSI are shorter than expected and may be attributed to the system's more power-hungry display and poorer power management.

Our Clevo has the advantage of a removable battery module that can be quickly swapped as needed compared to the integrated solutions on both the Dell and MSI. If based on pure runtimes, however, the Alienware 15 laps the competition.

Winner: Dell Alienware 15

Alienware 15
88 Wh
Schenker XMG U505
96 Wh
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
87 Wh
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
696
150
234
WiFi
266
Load
91
89
63
WiFi v1.3
162

Verdict

For power, performance, and personalization, the Clevo P751ZM is our top pick out of the three. Just be ready for a heavy package.
For power, performance, and personalization, the Clevo P751ZM is our top pick out of the three. Just be ready for a heavy package.

Normally for these Face Off rounds, we can quickly eliminate one of the three while the remaining two can be down to user preferences. The results are a bit more mixed this time between the Alienware 15, Clevo P751ZM, and MSI GE62.

In terms of performance and expandability, the Clevo indubitably comes out ahead. This alone may be be enough to persuade gamers who are just looking for the fastest and most complete package out of these three choices with end-user upgradeability. The main drawbacks are its heavy weight and shorter battery life, which gamers are more likely to shrug off in this case.

Next is the GE62, which is lighter and thinner with 4K display options. Such high resolutions are still not worth it in our opinion, especially since users must sacrifice backlight brightness and contrast. The Clevo and Alienware both have a leg up against the MSI in most other categories, so users who opt for the GE62 should be most drawn to its smaller size.

Lastly, the main attractions of the Alienware 15 are in its strong chassis and solid system performance under stress. It's an all-around great performer that unfortunately lacks some common gaming features like RAID or easily accessible core components. Its Amplifier port does give the notebook tremendous longevity should users take advantage of it.

Buy Dell Alienware 15

Buy Clevo P750ZM/P751ZM

Buy MSI GE62

See more quick comparisons in our Face Off series:

Dell Alienware 15Schenker Clevo P751ZMMSI GE62

+ Graphics Amplifier port

+ Higher display brightness

+ Dedicated Macro keys

+ Strong construction

+ Minimal to no throttling under extreme stress

+ Low surface temperatures when idling

+ Longer battery life

+ Larger touchpad

+ GTX 970M with 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM

+ Desktop Intel CPU

+ MXM 3.0b and LGA1150 sockets

+ Lower maximum fan noise

+ Easy accessibility, 4x SODIMM slots

+ NumPad and Fingerprint reader

+ Robust cooling system

+ 4x storage bays and RAID support

+ Removable battery

+ 4K resolution display

+ Thinner chassis and profile

+ 4x storage bays and RAID support

+ Easy maintenance

+ NumPad

+ Optical drive

+ Lightweight

- Less accurate display colors

- Slight backlight bleeding

- No official RAID support

- No NumPad

- "Only" 3x storage bays

- More difficult end-user maintenance

- High surface temperatures when idling

- Dimmer display

- No dedicated Macro keys

- GPU throttling under extreme stress

- Shorter battery life

- Much heavier than the Alienware 15 and GE62

- Dimmer display

- No dedicated Macro keys

- CPU and GPU throttling under extreme stress

- Shorter battery life

- Weaker lid rigidity

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Allen Ngo, 2015-07-13 (Update: 2018-05-15)
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Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.