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Schenker W706 (Clevo P771DM) Workstation Review

Tobias Winkler, Tanja Hinum (translated by Martina Osztovits), 01/21/2016

Powerhouse. Schenker's mobile workstation models traditionally signify high performance for a fair price. In particular the big 17-inch W706 leaves little to be desired in terms of performance. We have extensively tested how the recently refreshed powerhouse performs in practice.

For the original German review, see here.

At a first glance, Schenker's W706 is definitely not a bargain for 4700 Euros (~$5124, gross price). However, if you consider the incorporated core components, including Nvidia Quadro M5000M graphics card, Intel Core i7-6700 processor, 32 of GB RAM and the 512 GB NVMe SSD, the driving cost factors can be quickly identified.

However, the mobile W706 workstation is a bit less expensive than its competitors from big, established manufacturers. A similarly equipped Dell Precision 7710 with Intel Core i7-6820HQ costs about 5000 Euros (~$5451, gross price) and a Lenovo ThinkPad P70 is priced at about 5100 Euros (~$5560, gross price). The Schenker model lacks usual business features, a UHD display or even an internal colorimeter.

Since the W706's case does not differ from the Gamer XMG U706's, we will only briefly discuss details relevant for its class in the related sections. Further, complementary impressions are available in our Schenker XMG U706 review.

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Schenker W706
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA Quadro M5000M - 8192 MB, Core: 1012 MHz, Memory: 1352 MHz, Forceware 354.56 Win10/ 64
Memory
32768 MB 
, 4x 8 GB
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, LP173WF4-SPD1, LGD046C, IPS LED, 84 % sRGB, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Z170 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e, 512 GB 
,
Soundcard
Realtek ALC892 @ Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: 4 separate audio ports including SPDIF, Card Reader: Realtek PCIe Cardreader UHS-II
Networking
Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 39 x 418 x 282 ( = 1.54 x 16.46 x 11.1 in)
Battery
82 Wh Lithium-Ion, removeable, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 2 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 2.0 MP web cam
Additional features
Speakers: Onkyo 2.0 Speaker, Soundblaster X-FI MB5, Keyboard: Standard with number block, Keyboard Light: yes, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
3.81 kg ( = 134.39 oz / 8.4 pounds), Power Supply: 930 g ( = 32.8 oz / 2.05 pounds)
Price
4700 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Schenker W706: Powerful workstation in a gaming case.
Schenker W706: Powerful workstation in a gaming case.

The case of the W706 workstation weighs 3810 g. Together with the 930 g power adapter, it is not light. In return, you'll get a quite stable plastic case with a lot of space for internal components. The palm rests are sturdy, the display hinges are stiff and the case is very rigid overall. The parts are precisely made and the interfaces accurately installed. Only the lid can be twisted a bit, but this does not reduce its protective effects.

Connectivity

With DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.1 Type-C, and HDMI 2.0, you'll find almost all the interface standards you might wish for. According to the manufacturer, the reversible USB 3.1 Gen.2 even supports Thunderbolt 3.0. Via BIOS setting, it can send a DisplayPort signal according to the specs, which, however, leads to deactivation of one of the rearward DisplayPorts (not tested). Moreover, owners of an older eSATA drive will be happy about the compatible eSATA / USB 3.0 combo port. Three further USB 3.0 ports, a fast card reader, and four separate audio ports complete the interface equipment.

The interface layout is practice-oriented. For example, the two USB 3.0 ports on the left side are far enough apart for combining a bigger USB thumb drive with a standard-sized USB cable. On the other hand, the distance is still small enough for powering devices with a Y-cable.

With our Toshiba Exceria Pro UHS-II card, the card reader achieves transfer rates of up to 185 MB/s according to AS SSD and up to 139 MB/s when moving our test image files. A Samsung SSD T1 achieved up to 428 MB/s via USB 3.0.

Front: no interfaces
Front: no interfaces
Left: Gigabit-LAN, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Gen.2 Type C, PCIe card reader, 1x eSata/ USB 3.0 combi-port
Left: Gigabit-LAN, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Gen.2 Type C, PCIe card reader, 1x eSata/ USB 3.0 combi-port
Rear: HDMI 2.0, 2x DisplayPort 1.2, power-in
Rear: HDMI 2.0, 2x DisplayPort 1.2, power-in
Right: USB 3.0, 4 x audio, Kensington lock slot
Right: USB 3.0, 4 x audio, Kensington lock slot

Communication

Apart from current dual band AC Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, and Bluetooth 4.0, our test model also comes with a 2.0 MP webcam with microphone. As usual, the latter is incorporated into the lid and its quality is sufficient for video chats. In about 15 m distance to a Fritzbox 7490 and through several indoor walls, the Wi-Fi module achieved signal strength between 2 and 3 bars.

Security

Apart from a Trusted Platform Module 2.0, the security features of the Schenker W706 workstation include the usual password security on BIOS and system level. At the time of writing, the online configuration does not allow opting for the fingerprint reader shown in the product images and listed in the specs. Our test model does not feature such.

Maintenance

As usual, the maintenance of Clevo barebones is very good. All important components can be easily replaced or serviced. Even a GPU upgrade is done in a few minutes thanks to an MXM slot.

Warranty

Alike for the Gamer XMG U706, Schenker Technologies grants a 24-month warranty for the W706 workstation. A surcharge of 300 Euros (~$327) is due for a warranty extension to 36 months, which is otherwise usual in this category. This alone sets the actual price advantage compared to its competitors from Lenovo, Dell, and co. into perspective.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard of the Clevo barebones convinces with big keys in a 19 mm grid, a good pressure point and a convenient stroke. The keypad sits firmly in the case and does not bend anywhere. In particular, prolific writers might profit from the medium stroke and number crunchers will be happy about the dedicated number block. The key labels are contrast-rich and the keyboard light is helpful in low-light scenarios. The highlighted WASD keys show that the device was originally targeted at gaming. While the font of the key labels is a bit unconventional, it is still useful due to a big font size. As usual, several settings can be comfortably changed via FN combination.

Touchpad

The touchpad comes with dedicated touchpad buttons. It is relatively big and features good gliding properties. It supports the usual multi-touch gestures, which make many inputs easier. However, you have to do without a TrackPoint, which many purebred workstations deliver as standard.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

The display of the Schenker W706 workstation is good, but it cannot keep up with current 17-inch displays in the competitors.
The display of the Schenker W706 workstation is good, but it cannot keep up with current 17-inch displays in the competitors.
Viewsonic VP2780-4k
Viewsonic VP2780-4k

The Full HD LP173WF4-SPD1 display from LG Philips is familiar to us. Other than Clevo barebones, notebooks from Medion, Asus, or MSI use it, too. Basically, it is a solid display with good basic properties. However, a new 17-inch display generation with significantly better properties has now become available. Competitors like Lenovo's ThinkPad P70 or Dell's Precision 7710 deliver big color spaces, 4k resolution, and better contrasts. In contrast, there are currently no other display options for Schenker's W706. As of now, 4k panels won't be available for this series, since the models available so far cannot be incorporated into the Clevo P771DM because of connection issues.

Thanks to DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 there are two options for connecting external 4k displays with native resolution at 60 Hz. We have tested this with Viewsonic's VP2780-4k and got a perfect image.

308
cd/m²
341
cd/m²
355
cd/m²
316
cd/m²
356
cd/m²
356
cd/m²
305
cd/m²
327
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LP173WF4-SPD1, LGD046C
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 356 cd/m² Average: 331.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 346 cd/m²
Contrast: 742:1 (Black: 0.48 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.64 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 3.65 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
84% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 55% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.02

The measured brightness in our nine segments ranges from 305 cd/m² in the left bottom edge to up 356 cd/m² in the central quadrant. On average, the maximum brightness is 331 cd/m² and the brightness distribution is 86%. Together with the matte display surface, the high brightness makes for a very good outdoor capability. The maximum display brightness is available on battery.

The contrast of 742:1 is competitive and makes for a significantly better black than many cheap standard displays. Images, videos, and games profit from the fact that colors appear quite vibrant. With 84% of the sRGB color space, the gamut is better than average, but it fails to cover sRGB, which is important for professional use.

Pixel grid
Pixel grid
vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% (sort by value)
Schenker W706 (17.2, 26.8)
44 ms * ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 (17.2, 26.8)
44 ms * ∼88% -0%
Dell Precision 7710 (17, 33)
50 ms * ∼100% -14%
Response Time Black / White (sort by value)
Schenker W706 (8.4, 20.8)
29.2 ms * ∼81%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 (4.8, 22.8)
27.6 ms * ∼77% +5%
Dell Precision 7710 (11, 25)
36 ms * ∼100% -23%
PWM Frequency (sort by value)
Schenker W706
0 Hz ∼0%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 (95)
228 Hz ∼100%
Dell Precision 7710 (25)
198 Hz ∼87%
Screen
Brightness middle (sort by value)
Schenker W706
356 cd/m² ∼107%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
365 cd/m² ∼110%
Dell Precision 7710
332 cd/m² ∼100%
Brightness (sort by value)
Schenker W706
331 cd/m² ∼108%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
341 cd/m² ∼111%
Dell Precision 7710
307 cd/m² ∼100%
Brightness Distribution (sort by value)
Schenker W706
86 % ∼104%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
85 % ∼102%
Dell Precision 7710
83 % ∼100%
Black Level (sort by value)
Schenker W706
0.48 cd/m² * ∼145%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
0.4 cd/m² * ∼121%
Dell Precision 7710
0.33 cd/m² * ∼100%
Contrast (sort by value)
Schenker W706
742 :1 ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
913 :1 ∼91%
Dell Precision 7710
1006 :1 ∼100%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Schenker W706
4.64 * ∼155%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
3.8 * ∼127%
Dell Precision 7710
3 * ∼100%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Schenker W706
3.65 * ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
6.09 * ∼152%
Dell Precision 7710
4 * ∼100%
Gamma (sort by value)
Schenker W706
2.02 ∼101%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
2.3 ∼115%
Dell Precision 7710
2 ∼100%
CCT (sort by value)
Schenker W706
6393 ∼90%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
6332 ∼89%
Dell Precision 7710
7089 ∼100%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Schenker W706
55 % ∼89%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
76.01 % ∼123%
Dell Precision 7710
62 % ∼100%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB) (sort by value)
Schenker W706
84 % ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
99.97 % ∼103%
Dell Precision 7710
97 % ∼100%

Legend

 
Schenker W706 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA Quadro M5000M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Intel Core i7-6820HQ, NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
 
Dell Precision 7710 Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5, AMD FirePro W7170M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e

* ... smaller is better

In terms of color fidelity, the not perfect color coverage especially has a negative impact. While the coverage of red and green is too small, yellow and magenta significantly exceed the limits. Although the average DeltaE of 4.64 in mixed colors (ColorChecker) and 3.65 in the grayscale suggest a good color fidelity, several orange colors significantly exceed the DeltaE2000 limit of 5 (up to 8.18). The primary color green is also far from the target with a DeltaE2000 of significantly above 7. Thus, color fidelity is not even possible with color profiles for professional work.

Grayscale
Grayscale
Primary colors
Primary colors
Saturation
Saturation
Combination colors
Combination colors
Grayscale calibrated
Grayscale calibrated
Primary colors calibrated
Primary colors calibrated
Saturation calibrated
Saturation calibrated
Combination colors calibrated
Combination colors calibrated

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
29.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8.4 ms rise
↘ 20.8 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 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 70 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.2 ms rise
↘ 26.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 65 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.5 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 not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9259 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Typical for IPS displays, the viewing-angle stability is very good and slight weaknesses become first visible from very flat angles, but color deviations cannot be observed.

Viewing angles: Schenker W706 with IPS FHD display.
Viewing angles: Schenker W706 with IPS FHD display.

Performance

Schenker's mobile Workstation W706 is available from about 1700 Euros (~$1854) in the online configurator, but it can quickly reach the 7000-Euro (~$7632) level when equipped to the fullest. As usual for Schenker Technologies, you have many options to configure the device according to your needs. Our test sample comes with an Intel Core i7-6700 desktop CPU, the professional Nvidia Quadro M5000M, 32 GB of RAM and a 512 GB NVMe SSD. The price is about 4700 Euros (~$5124). Nvidia's professional graphics unit especially boosts the price.

CPU
Caches
Mainboard
RAM SPD
RAM
GPU
HD Tune
Latenzen

Processor

Intel's Core i7-6700 is a powerful desktop CPU with 4 cores (up to 8 threads thanks to Hyper-Threading), 8 MB Level 3 cache, and Intel's Turbo Boost technology (3.4 GHz to 4.0 GHz). The cooling requirements are significantly higher than those of comparable mobile processors with a thermal design power of 65 Watt.

Performance-wise, the quad-core processor ranks in between the new Intel Mobil-Xeons E3-1505M and E3-1535M. For example, it achieves a very good 743 points in the Cinebench R15 Multi Core test (64-bit) and wPrime 1024m is done in 209 seconds. Overall, this desktop processor got 7th in our extensive CPU benchmark list. Thus, it currently belongs to the most powerful processors in notebooks.

In the stress test, the system keeps permanently working at a very high performance level regardless of full load. HWinfo 64 still records a CPU clock of 3.4 GHz and a GPU clock of 1012 MHz after above 2 hours of Prime95 and Furmark. Thus, there is not the slightest evidence of throttling or other thermal problems. Top marks!

However, you have to accept a permanent CPU throttling to 2 GHz on battery. As a result, the system only achieves 4.84 points instead of 8.69 points in Cinebench R11.5 (multi, 64-bit).

Stress test 1 minute
Stress test 1 minute
Stress test 83 minutes
Stress test 83 minutes
Stress test 148 minutes
Stress test 148 minutes
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6826
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
24237
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5634
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6833 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
31339 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
8213 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.69 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
116 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.94 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
117 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
743 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
117 fps
Help

System Performance

Our test system comes with powerful and well-balanced components. It does not have any bottlenecks. Certainly, the performance can still be improved a bit with RAID configurations, a more powerful CPU or faster and/or more RAM. However, it heavily depends on the user's requirements if the price-performance ratio is acceptable. 6772 points in PC Mark 8 Work is already very good and should continue to be of value in the distant future.

PCMark 7 Score
6859 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4914 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
6772 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5151 points
Help

Storage Devices

Schenker lists many storage devices in the online configurator. The two M.2 slots as well as the two 2.5-inch slots can be used in RAID 0/1 mode. We selected a 512 GB NVMe SSD for our test model, which is a good compromise in terms of performance and capacity. If you should run low on storage space, you can simply add another drive thanks to the good maintainability.

The Samsung SM951 NVMe SSD in the W706 workstation delivers excellent transfer rates with a maximum of 1915 MB/s in reading and 1511 MB/s in writing. The 4k values of just under 50 MB/s in reading and 146 MB/s in writing are alright. In everyday use, the system is very responsive and does not show signs of a slow storage device.

Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
Transfer Rate Minimum: 1223.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 1282.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 1269.2 MB/s
Access Time: 0.1 ms
Burst Rate: 300.4 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3 %

Graphics Card

Schenker also offers the W706 with three different professional Nvidia Quadro graphics cards apart from several consumer graphics cards. According to our definition, these are key components of a mobile workstation and the essential difference to gaming or consumer devices. Our test model comes with the brand new Nvidia Quadro M5000M (8 GB GDDR5, 256-bit, 1012 MHz core clock) top model of the new Maxwell generation, which is currently the most powerful professional graphics card. We have already tested the other options, the Nvidia Quadro M1000M and Nvidia Quadro M3000M, in the Dell Precision 5510 and the Lenovo ThinkPad P70. We have run further benchmarks on the Schenker W706 with the additionally provided M3000M. Thanks to an MXM slot, it is possible to quickly and easily replace the incorporated graphics cards with it. AMD Fire Pro alternatives are not supposed to be options for Schenker workstations in the foreseeable future.

The professional Quadro series especially differs from familiar consumer graphics chips by a modified BIOS, special drivers and a configuration optimized for stability. In the enterprise range, the many software certifications, which ensure trouble-free interactions between hardware and software, are important, too. Performance-wise, especially OpenGL optimized software profits from the special drivers. Calculation methods, which do not belong to the OpenGL standard yet, can be used and make for a performance gain.

We checked professional scenarios with the SPECviewperf benchmarks, which basically cover CAD, CAM, geology and medical MRT. The results show how much better the M5000M performs than its Quadro predecessors and the FirePro W7170M from AMD. The competitors are outperformed by a large margin. Directly compared to the Nvidia Quadro K5100M predecessor, the performance gain ranges from 20 to above 180%, depending on the subtest.

SPECviewperf 12
1900x1060 Solidworks (sw-03) (sort by value)
Schenker W706
105 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
62 fps ∼59% -41%
Schenker W706
92 fps ∼88% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
52.35 fps ∼50% -50%
Dell Precision 7710
73 fps ∼70% -30%
Schenker W505
86.99 fps ∼83% -17%
1900x1060 Siemens NX (snx-02) (sort by value)
Schenker W706
88 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
31 fps ∼35% -65%
Schenker W706
52 fps ∼59% -41%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
39.84 fps ∼45% -55%
Dell Precision 7710
63 fps ∼72% -28%
Schenker W505
56.94 fps ∼65% -35%
1900x1060 Showcase (showcase-01) (sort by value)
Schenker W706
44 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
20 fps ∼45% -55%
Schenker W706
37 fps ∼84% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
39.81 fps ∼90% -10%
Dell Precision 7710
37 fps ∼84% -16%
Schenker W505
27.73 fps ∼63% -37%
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01) (sort by value)
Schenker W706
33 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
12 fps ∼36% -64%
Schenker W706
22 fps ∼67% -33%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
17.46 fps ∼53% -47%
Dell Precision 7710
27 fps ∼82% -18%
Schenker W505
22.66 fps ∼69% -31%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04) (sort by value)
Schenker W706
73 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
30 fps ∼41% -59%
Schenker W706
61 fps ∼84% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
23.08 fps ∼32% -68%
Dell Precision 7710
46 fps ∼63% -37%
Schenker W505
47.94 fps ∼66% -34%
1900x1060 Energy (energy-01) (sort by value)
Schenker W706
7.4 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
0.69 fps ∼9% -91%
Schenker W706
4.8 fps ∼65% -35%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
4.68 fps ∼63% -37%
Dell Precision 7710
3.17 fps ∼43% -57%
Schenker W505
2.58 fps ∼35% -65%
1900x1060 Creo (creo-01) (sort by value)
Schenker W706
82 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
34 fps ∼41% -59%
Schenker W706
66 fps ∼80% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
42.17 fps ∼51% -49%
Dell Precision 7710
50 fps ∼61% -39%
Schenker W505
48.29 fps ∼59% -41%
1900x1060 Catia (catia-04) (sort by value)
Schenker W706
99 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
37 fps ∼37% -63%
Schenker W706
77 fps ∼78% -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
45.24 fps ∼46% -54%
Dell Precision 7710
58 fps ∼59% -41%
Schenker W505
62.35 fps ∼63% -37%

Legend

 
Schenker W706 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA Quadro M5000M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Dell Precision 5510 Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5, NVIDIA Quadro M1000M, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
 
Schenker W706 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Intel Core i7-6820HQ, NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
 
Dell Precision 7710 Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5, AMD FirePro W7170M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Schenker W505 Intel Xeon E3-1231 v3, NVIDIA Quadro K5100M, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 500GB

The free programming interface OpenCL allows running demanding calculations on the GPU instead of the CPU. This reduces the total system load and usually leads to faster results. In practice, OpenCL is primarily used in tasks such as encryption, conversion, image and video editing or financial analysis. We ran Luxmark 2.0 (ray tracing) and SiSoft Sandra 16 (GPGPU). The new Maxwell Quadro M5000M can particularly chalk up a huge performance gain in ray tracing and took the lead in many subtests. Only in finance analysis and image editing does AMD's FirePro W7170M still perform significantly better.

SiSoft Sandra 2016
Image Processing (sort by value)
Schenker W706
277 MPix/s ∼53%
Dell Precision 5510
127.5 MPix/s ∼24% -54%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
367.1 MPix/s ∼70% +33%
Dell Precision 7710
527.4 MPix/s ∼100% +90%
GP Cryptography (Higher Security AES256+SHA2-512) (sort by value)
Schenker W706
17 GB/s ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
7.38 GB/s ∼43% -57%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
11.12 GB/s ∼65% -35%
Dell Precision 7710
12.47 GB/s ∼73% -27%
GP Financial Analysis (FP High/Double Precision) (sort by value)
Schenker W706
47.63 KOPT/s ∼72%
Dell Precision 5510
17 KOPT/s ∼26% -64%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
32.97 KOPT/s ∼50% -31%
Dell Precision 7710
66.36 KOPT/s ∼100% +39%

Legend

 
Schenker W706 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA Quadro M5000M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Dell Precision 5510 Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5, NVIDIA Quadro M1000M, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
 
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Intel Core i7-6820HQ, NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
 
Dell Precision 7710 Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5, AMD FirePro W7170M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Room GPUs-only (sort by value)
Schenker W706
1324 Samples/s ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
534 Samples/s ∼40% -60%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
1258 Samples/s ∼95% -5%
Dell Precision 7710
782 Samples/s ∼59% -41%
Eurocom Racer 3W
417 Samples/s ∼31% -69%
Sala GPUs-only (sort by value)
Schenker W706
2167 Samples/s ∼97%
Dell Precision 5510
889 Samples/s ∼40% -59%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
2234 Samples/s ∼100% +3%
Dell Precision 7710
1412 Samples/s ∼63% -35%
Eurocom Racer 3W
774 Samples/s ∼35% -64%

Legend

 
Schenker W706 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA Quadro M5000M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Dell Precision 5510 Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5, NVIDIA Quadro M1000M, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
 
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Intel Core i7-6820HQ, NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
 
Dell Precision 7710 Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5, AMD FirePro W7170M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Eurocom Racer 3W Intel Core i7-4930MX, NVIDIA Quadro K5100M, Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3

In contrast to OpenGL optimized software, hardware performance is primarily important for DirectX. Thus, the results are on par with comparable consumer chips of the GeForce and Radeon series. For example, our test model achieves an excellent 9368 points in the GPU score of the Fire Strike test and 65687 points in Cloud Gate of the popular 3DMarks. Therewith, it ranks in just behind the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M. In the Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX11 benchmark, the graphics chip achieves 116.9 fps and accomplishes 48.4 fps in the Valley 1.0 test. Compared to OpenGL runs under otherwise same conditions (no optimizations), it achieves a few frames more in each of them. You can use our GPU benchmark list to extensively compare graphics chips.

3DMark 06 Standard
32607 points
3DMark 11 Performance
11336 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
150684 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
24971 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
8210 points
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Unigine Heaven 3.0
1920x1080 OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off (sort by value)
Schenker W706
104 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
43.4 fps ∼42% -58%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
43.4 fps ∼42% -58%
Dell Precision 7710
59.3 fps ∼57% -43%
1920x1080 DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off (sort by value)
Schenker W706
116 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
44.9 fps ∼39% -61%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
79.3 fps ∼68% -32%
Dell Precision 7710
76.9 fps ∼66% -34%
Unigine Valley 1.0
1920x1080 Extreme HD DirectX AA:x8 (sort by value)
Schenker W706
48.4 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
18.7 fps ∼39% -61%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
37.8 fps ∼78% -22%
Dell Precision 7710
30.7 fps ∼63% -37%
1920x1080 Extreme HD Preset OpenGL AA:x8 (sort by value)
Schenker W706
39.2 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
16.2 fps ∼41% -59%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
22 fps ∼56% -44%
Dell Precision 7710
26.6 fps ∼68% -32%

Legend

 
Schenker W706 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA Quadro M5000M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Dell Precision 5510 Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5, NVIDIA Quadro M1000M, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
 
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Intel Core i7-6820HQ, NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
 
Dell Precision 7710 Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5, AMD FirePro W7170M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e

Gaming Performance

The gaming capabilities of professional graphics chips depend on the used hardware. The Nvidia Quadro M5000M ranks in just under the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M. All titles tested by us run smoothly with maximum test settings. Further comparisons are possible by means of our extensive gaming benchmark list.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 537 352 240 74.4 fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 289 228 212 92 fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 154 151 122 66 fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 66 66 65 35 fps
Total War: Rome II (2013) 373 299 235 57 fps
Thief (2014) 118 111 104 61 fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 368 190 155 106 fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 216 157 88 68 fps
Ryse: Son of Rome (2014) 135 116 65 65 fps
F1 2014 (2014) 121 121 122 120 fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 386 160 126 73 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 155 123 67 38 fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 193 179 82 34 fps

Emissions

System Noise

System Noise Schenker W706
System Noise Schenker W706

Under low load, the test model behaves as many users would want. It is often silent and almost never calls attention to itself. Even during short load periods of a few seconds, a reaction is not noticeable. However, the fans are clearly audible at medium load with a noise level of 40.2 dB(A), but the overall decent noise characteristic is a pro. The user is spared from high frequencies, pulsating noise or similar nuisances.

The system noise reaches up to 46 dB(A) under full load, which might be inconvenient or even annoying in the long run. In view of the device category and its performance, the noise is quite modest.

Noise Level

Idle
30 / 30 / 30 dB(A)
Load
40.2 / 46.14 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 Arta (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The temperature increase shows that the cooling capabilities of the 17-inch case are not perfect. Together with one of the offered 91-Watt CPUs, the limit might be exceeded. Although we measured up to 68 °C on the underside after the stress test, we do not think that this is an absolutely critical value for our test model.

The heat especially accumulates at the big heatpipes, where some of the heat is emitted to the outside. The case remains significantly cooler and just under 50 °C near the GPU and CPU with their big fans. Nevertheless, use on the lap is not possible in view of such a worst case scenario. Moreover, the question rises of how the case might react to permanent temperatures of up to 68 °C during hard workstation tasks in the long run.

Max. Load
 34.1 °C
93 F
36.5 °C
98 F
35.4 °C
96 F
 
 35.3 °C
96 F
43.3 °C
110 F
32.5 °C
91 F
 
 25.3 °C
78 F
27.1 °C
81 F
27 °C
81 F
 
Maximum: 43.3 °C = 110 F
Average: 32.9 °C = 91 F
41.8 °C
107 F
68 °C
154 F
49.7 °C
121 F
45.1 °C
113 F
49 °C
120 F
33.4 °C
92 F
28.7 °C
84 F
29.5 °C
85 F
27 °C
81 F
Maximum: 68 °C = 154 F
Average: 41.4 °C = 107 F
Power Supply (max.)  58.6 °C = 137 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fennel FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.9 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 31.3 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Workstation.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43.3 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 37.2 °C / 99 F, ranging from 22.2 to 69.8 °C for the class Workstation.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 68 °C / 154 F, compared to the average of 40.4 °C / 105 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.5 °C / 87 F, compared to the device average of 31.3 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.8 °C / 87.4 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 27.8 °C / 82 F (-3 °C / -5.4 F).

Speakers

Undistorted maximum volume
Undistorted maximum volume

The gaming origin of the Schenker W706 becomes apparent with the speakers. The Onkyo system with subwoofer delivers an audibly better sound quality than many business notebooks. With decent mid-tones and acceptable basses, you'll get a pleasant alternative to the usual high-tone heavy solutions. Although the maximum volume of 68 dB(A) is a bit low, the sound remains undistorted. External solutions can be connected via USB, SPDIF, HDMI, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm jack or DisplayPort. Thanks to separate jacks for microphone and headphones, you can even use older headsets without needing an adapter.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption is relatively high because of the used components. With a minimum power consumption of 25.9 Watt (minimum display brightness, energy-saving mode, radio modules off), our W706 workstation requires, for example, twice as much energy than our Lenovo ThinkPad P70 test model (12.1 Watt). The desktop CPU and the lack of a graphics switch especially have an impact here. At medium load, the power consumption already reaches 104.7 Watt and a maximum of 193 Watt is required under full load. Thus, the reserve capacity of the power adapter rated at 230 Watt is sufficient for adding the one or other storage device at a later time. The battery capacity of 81 Wh is good in general, but it only makes for basic battery runtimes due to the high power consumption.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.28 / 1.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 25.9 / 31 / 31.9 Watt
Load midlight 104.7 / 193 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

The powerhouse just lasts 3:25 hours in the Battery Eater Reader's test (minimum display brightness, radio modules off, energy-saving profile). In more realistic scenarios such as our Wi-Fi test and the video test (151 cd/m² display brightness), the battery life falls to 2.5 to 3 hours. In case you demand maximum performance from the system: It only lasts 68 minutes when running the SPECviewperf. test in a loop. Moreover, this battery life is only possible since the CPU (2000 MHz) and GPU (800 MHz) throttle on battery. In the Battery Eater Classic test (maximum display brightness, radio modules on, maximum performance profile) the minimum battery life is slightly better with 1.5 hours, since the Classic test apparently does not use the system to capacity.

Reader
Reader
WLAN
WLAN
Video
Video
Classic
Classic
SPECviewperf.12
SPECviewperf.12
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 25min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
2h 57min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
2h 31min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 36min

Pros

+ solid case
+ very high performance
+ very stable under full load
+ system noise during low load
+ interfaces
+ display (brightness, viewing angle stability)
+ upgrade options
+ configuration options
+ input devices

Cons

- display (color fidelity, gamut)
- lacks business and security features
- weight / mobility / battery life
- heat under full load
- short warranty for its category (24 months)

Verdict

Schenker W706: powerful mobile workstation
Schenker W706: powerful mobile workstation
Test model provided by Schenker Technologies.
Test model provided by Schenker Technologies.

Schenker's mobile W706 workstation is a powerful notebook, which is suitable for many application scenarios.

Due to top results in system, processor, and graphics benchmarks, the powerhouse might be primarily interesting for performance enthusiasts.

Moreover, we liked the many configuration options, its moderate system noise, good maintainability, and many interfaces. In addition, the Schenker W706 workstation features solid input devices and a business suitable, discreet look.

While the used desktop CPU is powerful, it is also very power-hungry. The high minimum power consumption results in low battery runtimes in low-load scenarios. Together with the Nvidia Quadro M5000M, the high waste heat leads to borderline high temperatures at some spots.

While you can mitigate these disadvantages with a less powerful configuration to some extent, you cannot get around problems related to the concept such as missing business features or the slightly weak display.

All things considered, a moderate price advantage compared to workstations from established manufacturers remains, depending on the model the Schenker is compared to. But, it not only has to compensate for the mentioned weaknesses but also for the shorter warranty.

Schenker W706 - 03/17/2016 v5(old)
Tobias Winkler

Chassis
76 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
69 / 81 → 85%
Weight
51 / 10-66 → 73%
Battery
67%
Display
87%
Games Performance
99%
Application Performance
99%
Temperature
84 / 95 → 88%
Noise
85 / 90 → 94%
Audio
82%
Camera
32 / 85 → 37%
Average
78%
88%
Workstation - Weighted Average

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Tobias Winkler, 2016-01-21 (Update: 2018-05-15)