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Sager NP5852 (Clevo N850HL, i7-7700HQ, MX150) Laptop Review

GeForce MX150 gaming. The performance-per-Watt of the MX150 is a generational leap over the 940MX, but its high starting price at the moment gives it poor performance-per-Dollar. We check out the entry-level Sager NP5852 gaming notebook to see how to stacks up against previous generation Maxwell offerings.

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Nvidia Pascal became widely available for notebooks in mid-2016 and it wasn't until a full year later that a proper entry-level Pascal GPU would begin shipping to customers. Called the GeForce MX150, the new GPU is essentially a GT 1030 as both share the same 64-bit memory bus, 384 CUDA cores, and even a base clock rate of 1468 MHz. It effectively replaces the aging GeForce 940MX that is still shipping on several new Ultrabooks and multimedia notebooks today.

The 15.6-inch Sager NP5852 is one of the first to pair the MX150 GPU with the Core i7-7700HQ CPU and is aimed at entry-level gamers for a base price of $800 USD (or about $950 as configured). A quick glance at its Clevo chassis reveals that it is essentially identical to the costlier Gigabyte Sabre 15 with very small adjustments to battery capacity, thickness, and port selection. Otherwise, everything from the 1080p IPS display, chassis quality, and keyboard remain identical. We recommend checking out our existing review on the Sabre 15 for more information on the hardware and its features. Our NP5852 review will instead focus on performance and how it compares to other mainstream 15.6-inch gaming notebooks with the GTX 1050 and older Maxwell GPUs.

Sager NP5852 (NP Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 - 2048 MB, Core: 1468 MHz, Memory: 6008 MHz, GDDR5, 382.05, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, PC4-19200, Single-Channel, 17-17-17-39
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, ID: LGD0533, Name: LG Philips LP156WF6-SPK3, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Western Digital WD Blue PC SSD WDS250G1B0B, 250 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm earphones, 3.5 mm microphone, Card Reader: SD reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24.9 x 378 x 267 ( = 0.98 x 14.88 x 10.51 in)
Battery
62 Wh, 5300 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: 2 W stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, FlexiKey, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.5 kg ( = 88.19 oz / 5.51 pounds), Power Supply: 567 g ( = 20 oz / 1.25 pounds)
Price
950 USD

 

Case

As mentioned on our Sabre 15 page, the chassis design is smaller and more angular than the clunky Clevo barebones we've come to known in the past. It's obvious that the manufacturer made it a priority to create something sharper and less boxy to better appeal to mainstream gamers. It still lacks color and sheen when compared to the brighter Lenovo Y series, Gigabyte Aero series, or Asus ROG GL series since the chassis retains the familiar monotonous black matte color scheme, but this style is down to personal preference.

Case quality is otherwise above average around the base. Attempting to flex the palm rests or center of the keyboard will result in slight depressions and creaking, but not by any worrisome degree. The lid is noticeably more prone to flexing especially down its outer center where rigidity is weakest. Denser notebooks like the XPS 15 9560 have stiffer displays that feel much stronger than what our Sager offers. When compared to the pricier and thinner aluminum-clad Clevo P957HR, however, the NP5852 doesn't feel any cheaper or more "budget-grade" despite being much more affordable.

At 2.5 kg, our Sager weighs about the same as the AsusPro P4540UQ, Samsung Odyssey, and Asus GL553 with almost identical dimensions between them. This is rather disappointing because these systems are equipped with faster GTX 1050 GPUs and yet they are not any heavier or bigger than the NP5852. The Acer Aspire 5 A515 with the same MX150 GPU is several hundred grams lighter due in part to its slower ULV CPU.

Connectivity

Available interfaces are identical to the Sabre 15 except that both of the mini-DisplayPort ports have been dropped in favor of a single VGA port. This was likely done to better accommodate the entry-level performance of the MX150 compared to the GTX 1050 in the Gigabyte equivalent. Unfortunately, right-handed users will lament the fact that the audio and USB ports are so close to the front edge where cables are more likely to pester when gaming.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Left: AC adapter, Gigabit RJ-45, VGA, HDMI, USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 2, USB 3.0, SD reader
Left: AC adapter, Gigabit RJ-45, VGA, HDMI, USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 2, USB 3.0, SD reader
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Right: 3.5 mm headphones, 3.5 mm microphone, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Kensington Lock
Right: 3.5 mm headphones, 3.5 mm microphone, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Kensington Lock

SD Card Reader

Transfer rates from the spring-loaded card reader are average at about 86 MB/s when using our Toshiba Exceria Pro UHS-II test card. Moving 1 GB worth of images from the card to desktop will take about 14 seconds.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Eurocom Tornado F5 Killer Edition
 
162.5 MB/s ∼100% +122%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
 
78.76 MB/s ∼48% +8%
Sager NP5852
 
73.19 MB/s ∼45%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
 
23.59 MB/s ∼15% -68%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Eurocom Tornado F5 Killer Edition
 
256.7 MB/s ∼100% +198%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
 
86.53 MB/s ∼34% 0%
Sager NP5852
 
86.27 MB/s ∼34%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
 
20.96 MB/s ∼8% -76%

Communication

The same Intel 3168 M.2 2230 module that ships with the Sabre 15 is present here on the NP5852. This 1x1 802.11ac card promises a theoretical maximum transfer rate of 433 Mbps while our real-world test standing one meter away from our Linksys EA8500 router returns a throughput of 310 Mbps. Interestingly, client-side speeds are noticeably slower at 170 Mbps even after several retries. Users can still install 2x2 Killer 1535 or Intel 7265 M.2 cards if faster speeds are desired as Sager offers no such pre-configured options.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
662 MBit/s ∼100% +289%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
240 MBit/s ∼36% +41%
Sager NP5852
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
170 MBit/s ∼26%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
594 MBit/s ∼100% +92%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
319 MBit/s ∼54% +3%
Sager NP5852
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
310 MBit/s ∼52%

Accessories

Extras include a drivers CD, Quick Start guide, and a few HDD screws. Note that an external optical drive will be required to actual make use of the drivers disk.

Maintenance

Serviceability is easy if not a bit troublesome since there are a total of 17 (!) Philips screws to remove from the bottom. Users have access to all core components including two DDR4 SODIMM slots, two storage bays, the BIOS battery, and the cooling solution. The setup is nearly identical to the Sabre 15 with the most noticeable difference being the extra heat pipe on the more powerful Gigabyte variant.

Sager NP5852
Sager NP5852
Gigabyte Sabre 15
Gigabyte Sabre 15

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Warranty

The standard one-year limited warranty applies. Sager offers up to three years optional warranty for all of its laptops with a free 30-day return policy.

Input Devices

Keyboard & Touchpad

We refer to our Sabre 15 page for our thoughts on the five-level backlit Chiclet keyboard and trackpad (10.2 x 5.8 cm). In general, the keyboard keys are slightly firmer and louder than the keys on the thinner Eurocom Q5 for a comfortable typing experience. Feedback is even across all QWERTY and NumPad keys which is more than what we can say for certain budget gaming notebooks. The trackpad is also firm and responsive with no cursor jumping if gliding slowly. Its surface is slightly roughened and works well if fingers happen to be a little oily. The dedicated mouse keys are unfortunately spongier with weak feedback and feel more cheaply made compared to the mouse keys on the larger MSI GT series.

The same Flexikey, Control Center, and SoundBlaster Cinema 3 software that shipped with the Sabre 15 is present here on the NP5852. 

Full-size arrow keys and NumPad
Full-size arrow keys and NumPad
Keys have firm feedback and medium clatter
Keys have firm feedback and medium clatter

Display

The 1080p IPS panel is run-of-the-mill with no special options for higher refresh rates, wider color gamuts, or G-Sync. Its LG Philips LP156WF6-SPK3 panel is identical to the one found on the Sabre 15 and both notebooks share very similar characteristics as a result including colors, response times, contrast, and even PWM frequency. Higher-end gaming notebooks like the Razer Blade Pro or Acer Predator 15 will have wider-reaching colors and deeper contrast levels closer to the 1000:1 mark.

Subjectively, texts and images are crisp with no obvious color grains that are common on matte panels. There is slight backlight bleeding along the bottom edge that is only barely noticeable during movie playback with black borders.

Very slight backlight bleeding on bottom right corner
Very slight backlight bleeding on bottom right corner
RGB subpixel array (141 PPI)
RGB subpixel array (141 PPI)
292.8
cd/m²
274.1
cd/m²
285.4
cd/m²
301.9
cd/m²
303.9
cd/m²
281.3
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
291.9
cd/m²
266.4
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Basic Pro 2
Maximum: 303.9 cd/m² Average: 286.2 cd/m² Minimum: 26.95 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 303.9 cd/m²
Contrast: 691:1 (Black: 0.44 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 7.3 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 6.6 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
56.5% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 36.4% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.24
Sager NP5852
ID: LGD0533, Name: LG Philips LP156WF6-SPK3, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
ID: LGD0533, Name: LG Display LP156WF6-SPK3, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
CMN15E8 (N156HCE-EN1), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
AU Optronics B156HAN06.1, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Acer TravelMate P658-G2-MG-7327
LG Philips LP156WF6-SPP1, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
LG Philips LP156WF6-SPB6, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
0%
1%
-16%
-8%
-9%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
29.6 (14.8, 14.8)
32 (16.4, 15.6)
-8%
38.8 (20.4, 18.4)
-31%
41 (18, 23)
-39%
38 (20, 18)
-28%
38 (20, 18)
-28%
Response Time Black / White *
28 (18, 10)
25.6 (15.6, 10)
9%
27.2 (14.8, 12.4)
3%
26 (15, 11)
7%
28 (17, 11)
-0%
29 (17, 12)
-4%
PWM Frequency
20000 (99)
20000 (99)
0%
25910 (20)
30%
21000 (90)
5%
21000 (90)
5%
Screen
2%
37%
27%
32%
35%
Brightness middle
303.9
248.4
-18%
335
10%
235
-23%
284
-7%
276
-9%
Brightness
286
241
-16%
313
9%
236
-17%
276
-3%
283
-1%
Brightness Distribution
88
84
-5%
83
-6%
80
-9%
82
-7%
85
-3%
Black Level *
0.44
0.3
32%
0.27
39%
0.17
61%
0.295
33%
0.27
39%
Contrast
691
828
20%
1241
80%
1382
100%
963
39%
1022
48%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
7.3
7.5
-3%
4.7
36%
4.69
36%
4.07
44%
3.92
46%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
27.3
25.2
8%
8.1
70%
7.9
71%
10.52
61%
9.13
67%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.6
6.5
2%
5.8
12%
3.34
49%
3.13
53%
2.6
61%
Gamma
2.24 107%
2.19 110%
2.06 117%
2.63 91%
2.41 100%
2.53 95%
CCT
7652 85%
7852 83%
6518 100%
6801 96%
7082 92%
6561 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36.4
37
2%
58.7
61%
36
-1%
56
54%
54.5
50%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
56.5
57.9
2%
90.1
59%
57
1%
86
52%
83.7
48%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
1% / 2%
19% / 29%
6% / 20%
12% / 23%
13% / 25%

* ... smaller is better

Color space is narrow at approximately 36 percent and 57 percent of the AdobeRGB and sRGB standards, respectively. Even subjectively the colors are not nearly as saturated as the displays on most Ultrabooks and some gaming notebooks that attain >80 percent sRGB coverage. While precision colors are not vital to browsing or the core gaming experience, graphics artists may want to look elsewhere.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. Samsung Odyssey 15
vs. Samsung Odyssey 15

Further measurements with an X-Rite spectrophotometer reveal average grayscale and a slightly cool color temperature out of the box. Our calibration efforts improve both by a noticeable degree for a better RGB balance, but color accuracy is still average since gamut is narrow. Blue and Magenta colors in particular are represented less accurately than others.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 10 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 59 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
29.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.8 ms rise
↘ 14.8 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 14 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 20000 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 20000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 20000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8882 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor usability is average when under shade and on the maximum brightness setting. Sunlight and slight glare will wash out colors and make viewing sessions uncomfortable after long periods. viewing angles are wide albeit limited by the ~140-degree maximum hinge angle.

Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

Configuration options are very limited for the NP5852. Users can select between the dual-core i5-7300HQ or quad-core i7-7700HQ and integrated HD Graphics 630 or HD Graphics 630 + discrete GeForce MX150. Display options appear to be fixed at standard 1080p. This is, after all, an entry-level gaming notebook.

Optimus is included if configured with the MX150.

Processor

The Core i7-7700HQ has been well-documented in our database since it is the CPU of choice for most newer gaming notebooks. Raw performance is not significantly faster than the Skylake i7-6700HQ or even Broadwell i7-5700HQ in both single- and multi-core CineBench benchmarks. Upgrading from the dual-core i5-7300HQ or much older i7-4700HQ will see performance gains of about 25 to 50 percent depending on the load.

Running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop results in no significant performance drops over time. The initial score of 735 points drops by just a few points to about 719 after the 6th run or so to indicate good Turbo Boost sustainability. It's not perfect, however, as indicated by our Stress Test section, but average performance is reliably steady.

See our Core i7-7700HQ CPU page for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
Intel Core i7-7820HK
163 Points ∼79% +1%
Sager NP5852
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
161 Points ∼78%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
152 Points ∼73% -6%
Gigabyte P55 V4
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
144 Points ∼70% -11%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
140 Points ∼68% -13%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567 Gaming (Core i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
129 Points ∼62% -20%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
125 Points ∼60% -22%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
Intel Core i7-7820HK
782 Points ∼27% +6%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
Intel Core i7-7820HK
763 Points ∼26% +4%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
738 Points ∼25% 0%
Sager NP5852
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
735 Points ∼25%
Gigabyte P55 V4
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
721 Points ∼24% -2%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
676 Points ∼23% -8%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567 Gaming (Core i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
514 Points ∼17% -30%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
490 Points ∼17% -33%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.83 Points ∼78% +3%
Sager NP5852
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.78 Points ∼76%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.73 Points ∼74% -3%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.55 Points ∼66% -13%
Gigabyte P55 V4
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
1.54 Points ∼66% -13%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567 Gaming (Core i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
1.49 Points ∼64% -16%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
1.46 Points ∼62% -18%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
Intel Core i7-7820HK
8.43 Points ∼35% +4%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.14 Points ∼34% 0%
Sager NP5852
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.1 Points ∼34%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.39 Points ∼31% -9%
Gigabyte P55 V4
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
6.89 Points ∼29% -15%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567 Gaming (Core i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5.56 Points ∼23% -31%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
5.29 Points ∼22% -35%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Sager NP5852
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5993 Points ∼55%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5877 Points ∼54% -2%
Gigabyte P55 V4
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
5516 Points ∼51% -8%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567 Gaming (Core i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5006 Points ∼46% -16%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
4999 Points ∼46% -17%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4720 Points ∼44% -21%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Sager NP5852
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22143 Points ∼45%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21824 Points ∼44% -1%
Gigabyte P55 V4
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
20801 Points ∼42% -6%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
19720 Points ∼40% -11%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567 Gaming (Core i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
17197 Points ∼35% -22%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
14329 Points ∼29% -35%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567 Gaming (Core i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
351.3 s * ∼4% -57%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
Intel Core i7-7820HK
330.9 s * ∼4% -48%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
323 s * ∼4% -44%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
225.617 s * ∼3% -1%
Sager NP5852
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
224.18 s * ∼3%
Gigabyte P55 V4
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
205.34 s * ∼2% +8%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Gigabyte P55 V4
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
593.228 Seconds * ∼3% -4%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567 Gaming (Core i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
591.2 Seconds * ∼3% -4%
Sager NP5852
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
570.281 Seconds * ∼3%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
569.349 Seconds * ∼3% -0%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
561.342 Seconds * ∼2% +2%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
Intel Core i7-7820HK
523 Seconds * ∼2% +8%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
9227
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
22143
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5993
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.1 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
65.23 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.78 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
161 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
96.46 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
735 Points
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks rank the Sager in the same ballpark as current gaming notebooks equipped with the GTX 1050. The quad-core i7-7700HQ CPU puts the system well ahead of the Acer Aspire F5 with the same MX150 GPU but slower ULV i5-7200U. Subjectively, we experienced no software issues or hiccups during testing.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5765 Points ∼88% +15%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
5063 Points ∼78% +1%
Sager NP5852
GeForce MX150, 7700HQ, Western Digital WD Blue PC SSD WDS250G1B0B
5011 Points ∼77%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
GeForce MX150, 7200U, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
4590 Points ∼70% -8%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4205 Points ∼65% -16%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
7882 Points ∼83% +66%
Sager NP5852
GeForce MX150, 7700HQ, Western Digital WD Blue PC SSD WDS250G1B0B
4741 Points ∼50%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
GeForce MX150, 7200U, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
4443 Points ∼47% -6%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
4274 Points ∼45% -10%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5460 Points ∼90% +46%
Sager NP5852
GeForce MX150, 7700HQ, Western Digital WD Blue PC SSD WDS250G1B0B
3742 Points ∼61%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
GeForce MX150, 7200U, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
3650 Points ∼60% -2%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
3431 Points ∼56% -8%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3372 Points ∼55% -10%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
6318 Points ∼67% +82%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
4432 Points ∼47% +28%
Sager NP5852
GeForce MX150, 7700HQ, Western Digital WD Blue PC SSD WDS250G1B0B
3476 Points ∼37%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
GeForce MX150, 7200U, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
2298 Points ∼24% -34%
Productivity
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
7316 Points ∼77% +10%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
6749 Points ∼71% +2%
Sager NP5852
GeForce MX150, 7700HQ, Western Digital WD Blue PC SSD WDS250G1B0B
6623 Points ∼70%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
GeForce MX150, 7200U, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
5506 Points ∼58% -17%
Essentials
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
8283 Points ∼82% +15%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
7542 Points ∼75% +5%
Sager NP5852
GeForce MX150, 7700HQ, Western Digital WD Blue PC SSD WDS250G1B0B
7204 Points ∼72%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
GeForce MX150, 7200U, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
6239 Points ∼62% -13%
Score
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5206 Points ∼67% +32%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
4364 Points ∼56% +11%
Sager NP5852
GeForce MX150, 7700HQ, Western Digital WD Blue PC SSD WDS250G1B0B
3939 Points ∼51%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
GeForce MX150, 7200U, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
3075 Points ∼40% -22%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3742 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4741 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5011 points
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Storage Devices

Accessible 2.5-inch SATA III bay adjacent to the corner speaker
Accessible 2.5-inch SATA III bay adjacent to the corner speaker

Two internal storage bays are available in the form of M.2 2280 with NVMe support and 2.5-inch SATA III for up to 9.5 mm-thick drives.

The sole Western Digital Blue 250 GB M.2 SSD returns respectable transfer rates for a SATA III drive. Sequential read and write rates are just under 500 MB/s each (or slightly faster according to CDM 5) to be similar to the Lite-On CV3 SSDs found on the Sabre 15 and TravelMate P658. Users intending to install more than just a handful of games will have to invest in a secondary HDD or a larger primary SSD for additional storage.

See our table of SSDs and HDDs for more benchmark comparisons.

CDM 5
CDM 5
AS SSD
AS SSD
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
Sager NP5852
Western Digital WD Blue PC SSD WDS250G1B0B
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
Liteonit CV3-8D128
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
Acer TravelMate P658-G2-MG-7327
Liteonit CV3-8D512
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
AS SSD
-14%
215%
-60%
11%
-34%
Copy Game MB/s
263.64
323.54
23%
889.32
237%
214.61
-19%
410.43
56%
168.23
-36%
Copy Program MB/s
191.1
195.3
2%
336.44
76%
71.09
-63%
266.91
40%
123.39
-35%
Copy ISO MB/s
337.49
446.8
32%
1677.53
397%
296.68
-12%
491.45
46%
266.93
-21%
Score Total
1027
752
-27%
3731
263%
1043
2%
982
-4%
977
-5%
Score Write
335
234
-30%
1158
246%
405
21%
400
19%
316
-6%
Score Read
453
337
-26%
1727
281%
414
-9%
379
-16%
442
-2%
Access Time Write *
0.054
0.073
-35%
0.028
48%
0.42
-678%
0.067
-24%
0.224
-315%
Access Time Read *
0.092
0.141
-53%
0.031
66%
0.191
-108%
0.068
26%
0.084
9%
4K-64 Write
231.42
132.19
-43%
870.35
276%
309.5
34%
293.52
27%
233.59
1%
4K-64 Read
372.93
257.03
-31%
1430.2
284%
328.38
-12%
301.64
-19%
364.52
-2%
4K Write
57.51
53.75
-7%
133.23
132%
52.52
-9%
58.04
1%
63.46
10%
4K Read
30.12
28.3
-6%
53.95
79%
38.73
29%
27.05
-10%
27.19
-10%
Seq Write
457.12
479.79
5%
1540
237%
424.99
-7%
488.74
7%
190.78
-58%
Seq Read
497.64
515.92
4%
2429
388%
471.66
-5%
501.43
1%
502.41
1%

* ... smaller is better

Western Digital WD Blue PC SSD WDS250G1B0B
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 559.1 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 521.5 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 322 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 309.4 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 505.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 465.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 32.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 66.33 MB/s

GPU Performance

Raw GPU performance is approximately 60 to 70 percent faster than the GeForce 940MX and roughly equivalent to the GTX 950M according to 3DMark benchmarks. It's certainly nowhere near as powerful as the mainstream GTX 1050, but that is ok because Nvidia is instead marketing the MX150 as an alternative to integrated Intel HD Graphics with massive performance-per-Watt advantages over the older GeForce 940MX. From this perspective, the MX150 is about three times faster than the HD Graphics 630 and even the Iris Plus Graphics 640 pales in comparison to the Nvidia GPU. Fire Strike scores are on par with our reference desktop build equipped with the GT 1030.

See our dedicated comparison review on the MX150 GPU for more technical information and benchmarks.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Unlimited
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
6166 Points ∼15% +66%
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
5701 Points ∼14% +54%
Gigabyte P55K v5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
5323 Points ∼13% +44%
Ibuypower Chimera CX-9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
3898 Points ∼10% +5%
Sager NP5852
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
3704 Points ∼9%
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop), E5-2680 v4
3585 Points ∼9% -3%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7200U
3576 Points ∼9% -3%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U
3574 Points ∼9% -4%
Asus N552VX-FY103T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
3233 Points ∼8% -13%
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7200U
2132 Points ∼5% -42%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U
1541 (min: 1484, max: 1547) Points ∼4% -58%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
1211 Points ∼3% -67%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
39507 Points ∼21% +79%
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
34892 Points ∼19% +58%
Gigabyte P55K v5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
33304 Points ∼18% +51%
Ibuypower Chimera CX-9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
28094 Points ∼15% +27%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U
22439 Points ∼12% +1%
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop), E5-2680 v4
22171 Points ∼12% 0%
Sager NP5852
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
22116 Points ∼12%
Asus N552VX-FY103T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
21794 Points ∼12% -1%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7200U
19333 Points ∼10% -13%
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7200U
13775 Points ∼7% -38%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U
11495 (min: 10969, max: 11750) Points ∼6% -48%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
10163 Points ∼6% -54%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
8447 Points ∼48% +91%
Gigabyte P55K v5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
6712 Points ∼38% +52%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
6707 Points ∼38% +52%
Ibuypower Chimera CX-9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
5021 Points ∼29% +14%
Sager NP5852
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
4421 Points ∼25%
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop), E5-2680 v4
4378 Points ∼25% -1%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7200U
4156 Points ∼24% -6%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U
4113 Points ∼23% -7%
Asus N552VX-FY103T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
3765 Points ∼21% -15%
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7200U
2877 Points ∼16% -35%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U
2193 (min: 2057, max: 2200) Points ∼12% -50%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
1867 Points ∼11% -58%
1280x720 Performance GPU
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
8597 Points ∼17% +84%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7731 Points ∼15% +66%
Gigabyte P55K v5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
7128 Points ∼14% +53%
Ibuypower Chimera CX-9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
4858 Points ∼10% +4%
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop), E5-2680 v4
4751 Points ∼9% +2%
Sager NP5852
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
4662 Points ∼9%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7200U
4575 Points ∼9% -2%
Asus N552VX-FY103T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
4416 Points ∼9% -5%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U
4251 Points ∼8% -9%
Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB 80X200C1GE
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7200U
2535 Points ∼5% -46%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7360U
2379 (min: 2355, max: 2425) Points ∼5% -49%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
1783 Points ∼3% -62%
3DMark 11 Performance
4906 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
72119 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
15501 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3353 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
1709 points
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Gaming Performance

Performance when gaming is comfortably between the GTX 950M and GTX 960M and about 40 to 45 percent slower than the GTX 1050. This is enough to run most games at native 1080p on low-medium settings so long as users are satisfied with a steady 30 FPS. More demanding titles like Batman: Arkham Knight and Witcher 3 have bandwidth-eating features like HairWorks and volumetric smoke that must be disabled in order to get decent performance. Once settings are balanced, however, performance will not be unlike what one would see from a standard Playstation 4.

Frame rates are nearly identical to our desktop GT 1030 setup and about 10 percent to 15 percent faster than the Aspire 5 A515 equipped with the same GPU. The slightly weaker performance from the Acer is likely due to its slower ULV dual-core CPU compared to the HQ-class processor in the Sager.

See our MX150 GPU page for more technical information and gaming benchmarks.

BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
61 fps ∼100% +75%
MSI GL72 6QF
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 256GB m.2 NVMe
49.9 fps ∼82% +43%
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop), E5-2680 v4, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
37.2 (min: 20.2, max: 54.9) fps ∼61% +7%
Sager NP5852
GeForce MX150, 7700HQ, Western Digital WD Blue PC SSD WDS250G1B0B
34.9 fps ∼57%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
GeForce MX150, 7200U, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
30.2 fps ∼50% -13%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
24 (min: 5.7, max: 45.5) fps ∼39% -31%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
13.5 fps ∼22% -61%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Iris Plus Graphics 650, 7267U, Apple SSD AP0256
13.3 (min: 8) fps ∼22% -62%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
34.2 fps ∼100% +78%
MSI GL72 6QF
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 256GB m.2 NVMe
25.6 fps ∼75% +33%
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop), E5-2680 v4, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
19.3 (min: 17, max: 22) fps ∼56% +1%
Sager NP5852
GeForce MX150, 7700HQ, Western Digital WD Blue PC SSD WDS250G1B0B
19.2 fps ∼56%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
GeForce MX150, 7200U, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
17.2 fps ∼50% -10%
Medion Erazer P6661 MD 99873
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
15.3 (min: 14, max: 18) fps ∼45% -20%
Overwatch - 1920x1080 Epic (Render Scale 100 %) AA:SM AF:16x
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
59 fps ∼100% +72%
Sager NP5852
GeForce MX150, 7700HQ, Western Digital WD Blue PC SSD WDS250G1B0B
34.4 fps ∼58%
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop), E5-2680 v4, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
33.8 (min: 28, max: 40) fps ∼57% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Iris Plus Graphics 650, 7267U, Apple SSD AP0256
21.4 (min: 17, max: 25) fps ∼36% -38%
low med. high ultra
Guild Wars 2 (2012) 95.25121.2fps
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 66fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 202.9113.895.434.9fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 97.484.649.825.6fps
Thief (2014) 79.251.944.123.2fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 694223.512.6fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 5749228fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 45.82519.8fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 78.444.624.519.2fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 35.120.717.1fps
Overwatch (2016) 16854.434.4fps
Mafia 3 (2016) 31.221.914fps
Prey (2017) 50.64034fps
Dirt 4 (2017) 52.93923.7fps
F1 2017 (2017) 83413220fps

Stress Test

We subject the notebook to unrealistic stress conditions in order to identify for any potential throttling or stability issues. When subjected to Prime95 load, the CPU can be observed alternating between 2.8 GHz and 3.4 GHz instead of operating at some steady clock rate in between. CPU temperature fluctuates between 82 C and 90 C and, perhaps more annoyingly, the system fan begins to pulsate in tandem as well. The processor will not dip below its base 2.8 GHz clock rate, however, so users can expect fluctuating Turbo Boost when under extreme processor stress. Running only FurMark to stress the MX150 will see the GPU operating at a relatively cool 57 C.

Running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously will strip the CPU of any Turbo Boost benefits for a steady 2.8 GHz base clock rate and a small core temperature fluctuation in the high 70 C range. GPU temperature remains cool in the low 50 C range compared to the low 60 C range of the GeForce 940MX in the Samsung Notebook 9.

Witcher 3 stress is more representative of real-world gaming loads. Both the CPU and GPU can each be observed operating at a cool 52 C. GPU clock rate, however, is steady at 1240 MHz when gaming or well below its base 1468 MHz clock rate.

Running on batteries will limit both CPU and GPU clock rates. A Fire Strike run on batteries returns Physics and Graphics scores of 5470 and 3421 points, respectively, compared to 10637 and 3704 points when on mains.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Witcher 3 stress
Witcher 3 stress
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The Witcher 3 medium
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 2.8 - 3.4 -- 82 - 90 --
FurMark Stress -- 1240 54 57
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 2.8 1240 75 - 79 52 - 56
Witcher 3 Stress (if applicable) 1.3 1240 52 52

Emissions

System Noise

The cooling solution consists of twin ~45 mm fans and two heat pipes. Unlike most thin gaming notebooks, the CPU and GPU are independently cooled with no overlap.

Fan noise is the one major advantage that the NP5852 has over the more powerful Sabre 15 variant. The system is very nearly silent during low loads like browsing or video playback with just the smallest hint of coil whine if working in a completely silent room. Medium and gaming loads will have the fan steady at around 40 dB(A) to be significantly quieter than the Sabre 15 and about the same as the Acer Aspire 5 A515. Extreme loads can bump fan noise to over 50 dB(A), but this should be an unrealistic condition for most users.

Asymmetrical cooling solution
Asymmetrical cooling solution
The two fans are identical in size
The two fans are identical in size
Sager NP5752 (White: Background: Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark06, Orange: Witcher 3, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
Sager NP5752 (White: Background: Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark06, Orange: Witcher 3, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
Gigabyte Sabre 15
Gigabyte Sabre 15
MSI GS63VR 7RF
MSI GS63VR 7RF

Noise Level

Idle
28.7 / 28.7 / 29.3 dB(A)
Load
41.6 / 53.7 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.3 dB(A)
Sager NP5852
GeForce MX150, 7700HQ, Western Digital WD Blue PC SSD WDS250G1B0B
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Liteonit CV3-8D128
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
GeForce MX150, 7200U, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH
Acer TravelMate P658-G2-MG-7327
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Liteonit CV3-8D512
Asus AsusPro P4540UQ-FY0056R
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Noise
-11%
3%
0%
4%
4%
off / environment *
28.3
28.2
-0%
29.4
-4%
30.1
-6%
30
-6%
30.3
-7%
Idle Minimum *
28.7
33
-15%
29.4
-2%
30.1
-5%
30
-5%
30.3
-6%
Idle Average *
28.7
33.3
-16%
29.9
-4%
30.2
-5%
30
-5%
30.3
-6%
Idle Maximum *
29.3
34.7
-18%
29.9
-2%
30.5
-4%
30
-2%
30.3
-3%
Load Average *
41.6
44.5
-7%
38.3
8%
41.1
1%
37.3
10%
35.4
15%
Witcher 3 ultra *
39.8
49.2
-24%
39.8
-0%
40.4
-2%
Load Maximum *
53.7
52.8
2%
39.6
26%
41.2
23%
38
29%
37.2
31%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The center of the keyboard can become as warm as 39 C when under heavy loads due to the positioning of the processors underneath. The surrounding WASD and NumPad keys never become uncomfortable to use and are comparatively cooler in the mid 30 C range. Fortunately, the hottest spot on the top left quadrant is away from keyboard keys and shouldn't be distracting when gaming. Surface temperatures are otherwise flat during low processing loads.

Users who choose to install a 2.5-inch SSD or HDD will experience warmer temperatures on the right palm rest than what we've recorded here.

Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)
Max. Load
 46.8 °C
116 F
28.8 °C
84 F
32 °C
90 F
 
 33.6 °C
92 F
39 °C
102 F
33.4 °C
92 F
 
 28.8 °C
84 F
32.2 °C
90 F
26.2 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 46.8 °C = 116 F
Average: 33.4 °C = 92 F
28.8 °C
84 F
31 °C
88 F
40.2 °C
104 F
40.8 °C
105 F
30.4 °C
87 F
33.6 °C
92 F
25.6 °C
78 F
35 °C
95 F
28.6 °C
83 F
Maximum: 40.8 °C = 105 F
Average: 32.7 °C = 91 F
Power Supply (max.)  50.6 °C = 123 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speakers

Speaker adjacent to M.2 2280 SSD
Speaker adjacent to M.2 2280 SSD

Our pink noise measurements confirm that speaker quality is similar to the Sabre 15. Thus, the integrated speakers suffer from the same drawbacks as the Gigabyte including poor bass and an overemphasized treble. In comparison, the pink noise graph for the GS63VR is broader and more able to evenly reproducible a wider range of frequencies. High volume settings will not introduce static or any major chassis reverberations.

Sager NP5852 (Pink: Pink noise, Red: System idle)
Sager NP5852 (Pink: Pink noise, Red: System idle)
Gigabyte Sabre 15
Gigabyte Sabre 15
MSI GS63VR
MSI GS63VR
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2043.437.32538.834.63134.8344035.533.9503534.96333.631.78032.931.410030.430.81253030.116029.33020028.72825027.330.131526.840.740026.648.450026.246.563025.449.180025.353.4100024.557.9125024.364.1160024.267.3200024.362.32500245831502453.8400023.848.8500023.857.5630023.958.2800023.9571000025.7471250024.248.11600024.449.7SPL36.772.1N2.824.8median 24.5Sager NP5852median 49.1Delta1.88.535.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Sager NP5852 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (67.28 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.8% higher than median
(-) | mids are not linear (18% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.9% higher than median
(-) | highs are not linear (19.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (37.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 99% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 0% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 97% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 2% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Power consumption is about 30 W less than an older system equipped with the i7-6700HQ CPU and GTX 950M GPU when under intensive loads. In other words, the MX150-equipped Sager is noticeably more power efficient than a GTX 950M while offering a similar level of graphics performance. As another example, the 14-inch ThinkPad T470p with an i7-6700HQ CPU and GeForce 940MX GPU is still slightly more efficient during similar medium loads, but the power consumption difference pales in comparison to the 60 to 70 percent boost in GPU power gained from the MX150. The large jump in performance-per-Watt should be unsurprising for anyone familiar with the advantages of Pascal over Maxwell. Competing notebooks with ULV U-class processors, however, will still demand less power than our Sager when under higher loads. 

When compared to the current generation GTX 1050, the Sabre 15 consumes about 20 W to 40 W more when under gaming loads.

Note that our power measurements when running Witcher 3 (54.8 W) are noticeably lower than our measurements when running 3DMark06 (71.3 W) due to different levels of CPU utilization between the two loads. Running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously will draw about 80 W from a small power adapter (~12.5 x 5.0 x 3.0 cm) rated for 90 W. The Sabre 15 actually ships with a more capable 120 W adapter in order to accommodate the GTX 1050 GPU.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.24 / 0.52 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 9.2 / 11.2 / 11.3 Watt
Load midlight 71.3 / 80.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Sager NP5852
7700HQ, GeForce MX150, Western Digital WD Blue PC SSD WDS250G1B0B, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Liteonit CV3-8D128, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
7200U, GeForce MX150, Kingston RBUSNS8180DS3128GH, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer TravelMate P658-G2-MG-7327
7500U, GeForce 940MX, Liteonit CV3-8D512, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus N552VX-FY103T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H, AH-IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Pavilion 15 UHD T9Y85AV
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
7700HQ, GeForce 940MX, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP, IPS, 2560x1440, 14
Power Consumption
-16%
35%
29%
-5%
-24%
25%
Idle Minimum *
9.2
8
13%
2.9
68%
3.9
58%
7
24%
8.3
10%
3.8
59%
Idle Average *
11.2
10.9
3%
5.9
47%
7.9
29%
10.9
3%
14.8
-32%
6.5
42%
Idle Maximum *
11.3
11
3%
6.4
43%
11.3
-0%
12.9
-14%
16.8
-49%
7.2
36%
Load Average *
71.3
76.7
-8%
54
24%
47
34%
72
-1%
71
-0%
62.5
12%
Load Maximum *
80.1
106.4
-33%
66
18%
62
23%
109
-36%
119.2
-49%
99.6
-24%
Witcher 3 ultra *
54.8
94.9
-73%
51
7%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Runtimes from the removable 62 Wh battery are average if not underwhelming for a gaming notebook. The Acer Aspire 5 with the same MX150 GPU can last for over two hours longer than our Sager when under similar WLAN conditions despite its smaller battery capacity. Users can expect just under six hours of real-world WLAN use out of the notebook or about two hours of gaming.

Charging from near empty to full capacity will take around two hours. It's worth mentioning that the battery for our NP5852 test unit is denser than the 47 Wh battery of the Sabre 15.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 18min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
5h 51min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 01min
Sager NP5852
7700HQ, GeForce MX150, 62 Wh
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 47 Wh
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 73 Wh
Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G-51RL
7200U, GeForce MX150, 48 Wh
Acer TravelMate P658-G2-MG-7327
7500U, GeForce 940MX, 55 Wh
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
7200U, GeForce GTX 950M, 40 Wh
Battery Runtime
-21%
41%
72%
44%
-22%
Reader / Idle
498
493
-1%
1061
113%
1253
152%
429
-14%
WiFi v1.3
351
261
-26%
535
52%
517
47%
506
44%
268
-24%
Load
121
77
-36%
70
-42%
142
17%
87
-28%
Witcher 3 ultra
68

Pros

+ relatively cool core temperatures when gaming
+ firm keyboard keys and comfortable trackpad
+ capable entry-level gaming machine
+ relatively easy serviceability
+ quiet fans under low loads
+ sharp chassis design

Cons

- large and heavy considering the entry-level gaming performance
- fluctuating Turbo Boost under extreme CPU loads
- pulsing fans under extreme CPU loads
- prone to fingerprints and grease
- lack of display options
- lid could be more rigid
- spongy mouse keys
- narrow color gamut
- average battery life
- no Thunderbolt 3

Verdict

In review: Sager NP5852. Test model provided by Sager Notebook Computers
In review: Sager NP5852. Test model provided by Sager Notebook Computers

In terms of performance, the gaming potential of the MX150 is impressive considering that it consumes about 40 percent less power than the Sabre 15 (GTX 1050) when gaming while being about 40 to 45 percent slower. Both running temperatures and fan noise are significantly cooler and quieter, respectively, for a respectable gaming experience in between schoolwork and breaks. It's actually quite amazing to see performance on par with an older GTX 860M or GTX 950M gaming notebook from an entry-level Pascal GPU.

Our main gripes about the NP5852 are not so much about its performance but on its price and chassis. Firstly, the $800 USD starting price is quite close to the Sabre 15, Samsung Odyssey, or Pavilion 15 Power with faster GTX 1050 graphics. Potential buyers will only need to invest about $100 to $200 USD more to get a very large boost in GPU power if gaming is priority. Secondly, the chassis is rather large for the entry-level MX150 GPU. The aforementioned alternatives are not significantly larger or thicker than our Sager and so a smaller Ultrabook-like chassis would have been more appropriate for the MX150. Pairing the MX150 with an Intel U-class will indeed result in slightly slower gaming performance as our comparisons against the Aspire 5 A515 have shown, but the extreme savings in weight and portability will likely offset the disadvantages for most casual gamers.

The Sager NP5852 is a great back-to-school casual gaming machine. Wait a couple of months, however, and the notebook market will be saturated with thinner and lighter designs that offer the same MX150 GPU. The NP5852 is recommendable only if prices fall further from the current crop of budget-friendly GTX 1050 notebooks.

Sager NP5852 - 09/21/2017 v6
Allen Ngo

Chassis
78 / 98 → 79%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
58 / 81 → 72%
Weight
60 / 10-66 → 89%
Battery
87%
Display
79%
Games Performance
79%
Application Performance
92%
Temperature
90 / 95 → 94%
Noise
80 / 90 → 89%
Audio
30%
Camera
55 / 85 → 65%
Average
73%
78%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2017-09-21 (Update: 2017-09-21)
Allen Ngo
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.