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Schenker XMG A706 (Clevo N170RD) Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Tanja Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 10/22/2015

Better thanks to Skylake. Although the new Skylake processor in Schenker's XMG A706 only results in a marginal performance increase compared with the XMG A705, the laptop comes with lower power consumption and longer battery runtimes owing to it improved energy efficiency.

For the original German review, see here.

Schenker's XMG A706 presents us with a 17.3-inch gaming laptop that is the successor of the XMG A705 that we tested previously. The devices are largely similar. Both laptops sport GeForce GTX 960M graphics cores. Only the installed processors differ: The Haswell processor installed in the XMG A705 has now made way for a Skylake model in the XMG A706.

Despite a price beyond 1000 Euros (~$1131), the XMG A706 does not lack rivals. We would for example name MSI's GE72-2QDAcer's Aspire V 17 NitroAsus' GL771JM, and Lenovo's Y70.

Since both the XMG A705 and XMG A706 are identical from the outside, we will not go in-depth about casing, connectivity, input devices or speakers. Corresponding information can be found in the review of the XMG A705.

Schenker XMG A706
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M - 2048 MB, Core: 1097-1176 MHz, Memory: 1253 MHz, GDDR5 (128 bit interface), ForceWare 358.50 (10.18.13.5850), Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR3-1866, dual-channel, two memory banks (both filled)
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, LG Philips LP173WF4-SPD1, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM170 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB, 250 GB 
, + WDC WD10JPVX (1 TB, 5400 rpm)
Soundcard
Realtek ALC269 @ Intel Skylake PCH-H - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone-out, microphone-in, S/PDIF 3.5 mm (coaxial), Card Reader: SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: brightness sensor, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SU-208GB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 31.9 x 413 x 285 ( = 1.26 x 16.26 x 11.22 in)
Battery
62 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, keychain, MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3.09 kg ( = 109 oz / 6.81 pounds), Power Supply: 440 g ( = 15.52 oz / 0.97 pounds)
Price
1558 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Display

A matte, 17.3-inch screen with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels is in our review sample. The measured rates do not give reason for complaint - quite the contrary. The brightness (322.2 cd/m²), contrast (1147:1) and black level (0.3 cd/m²) are very good. However, the screen exhibits light bleeding at the edges. We did not observe flickering in dimmed brightness.

308
cd/m²
326
cd/m²
332
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
344
cd/m²
332
cd/m²
313
cd/m²
327
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 344 cd/m² Average: 322.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 344 cd/m²
Contrast: 1147:1 (Black: 0.3 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.8 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 4.91 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
84% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 55% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.37

The screen in the XMG A706 cannot reproduce the sRGB or AdobeRGB color spaces. The coverage rates here are 84 percent (sRGB) and 55 percent (AdobeRGB). The color reproduction was already appealing in delivery state. The panel had a DeltaE shift of 4.8. A rate less than 3 would be desirable. The screen did not exhibit a bluish tint, either. We only achieved a slight improvement after calibration. The color shift then dropped to 3.39 and the grayscale level reproduction is more balanced.

XMG A706 vs. sRGB
XMG A706 vs. sRGB
XMG A706 vs. AdobeRGB
XMG A706 vs. AdobeRGB
black-white time (rise)
black-white time (rise)
black-white time (fall)
black-white time (fall)
gray-to-gray (rise)
gray-to-gray (rise)
gray-to-gray (fall)
gray-to-gray (fall)
no PWM
no PWM

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CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)

Schenker furnished our review sample with a viewing angle stable IPS panel. Thus, content remains legible from every position. The screen's brightness, contrast and matte surface also allow outdoor use.

Viewing angles: XMG A706
Viewing angles: XMG A706
XMG A706 outdoors (under completely overcast skies).
XMG A706 outdoors (under completely overcast skies).
Schenker XMG A706
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPD1
Schenker XMG A705
AU Optronics B173HW02 V1
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
Chi Mei N173HGE-E11
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
LG Display LP173WF4-SPF1
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
LG LP173WF4-SPF1
Asus GL771JM
LG LP173WF4-SPD1 (LGD046C)
MSI GP72-2QEi781
CMN N173HGE-E11 (CMN1735)
Screen
-42%
-24%
-30%
-1%
-15%
-31%
Brightness middle
344
322
-6%
255
-26%
330
-4%
329.5
-4%
336
-2%
250
-27%
Brightness
322
299
-7%
246
-24%
317
-2%
325
1%
309
-4%
231
-28%
Brightness Distribution
88
87
-1%
80
-9%
92
5%
91
3%
84
-5%
77
-12%
Black Level *
0.3
0.57
-90%
0.2
33%
0.59
-97%
0.381
-27%
0.41
-37%
0.25
17%
Contrast
1147
565
-51%
1275
11%
559
-51%
865
-25%
820
-29%
1000
-13%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.8
9.29
-94%
10.01
-109%
7.19
-50%
4.45
7%
7.21
-50%
10.3
-115%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.91
9.58
-95%
10.5
-114%
7.27
-48%
3.45
30%
4.96
-1%
10.83
-121%
Gamma
2.37 93%
2.17 101%
2.25 98%
2.54 87%
2.03 108%
2.98 74%
2.51 88%
CCT
6796 96%
11114 58%
12631 51%
7962 82%
6623 98%
6572 99%
13595 48%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55
59
7%
62
13%
59
7%
57.81
5%
58
5%
61
11%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
84
94
12%
95
13%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

Schenker's XMG A706 is a member of the 17.3-inch gaming laptop category. The laptop's powerful processor and superb configuration also looks impressive outside the gaming sector. The laptop is sold for approximately 1150 Euros (~$1300), but can climb to over 2000 Euros (~$2262) depending on the selected configuration. The price of our review sample is approximately 1550 Euros (~$1753).

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CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

The XMG A706 is powered by a processor from Intel's brand new Skylake lineup. The CPU installed here bears the name Core i7-6700HQ. It is not a frugal ULV processor, but rather a standard mobile processor with a TDP of 45 watts. The processor clocks at a base speed of 2.6 GHz, which can be boosted to 3.1 GHz (four cores), 3.3 GHz (two cores) and 3.5 GHz (one core) via Turbo. The processor performed our CPU tests at 3.1 to 3.5 GHz (single-thread) and 2.6 to 3.1 GHz (multi-thread). Thus, the CPU remains behind its potential in multi-thread applications. The processor clocked stably at 1.6 GHz in battery mode.

The Core i7-4720HQ (Haswell) is the pre-precursor of the Skylake model installed here. It is found in many of the laptops we have tested, for example in the predecessor of the XMG A706 - the XMG A705. Therefore, a comparison would make sense. Intel managed to increase the per-MHz performance marginally in the Skylake processors compared with the Haswell models. Consequently, the Core i7-6700HQ scores a bit better than the Core i7-4720HQ - although the latter clocks at higher Turbo speeds. However, the Skylake processor in our case can only place itself up front in single-thread applications. It lags behind slightly in multi-thread applications since the Turbo is not fully utilized.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6799
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
20508
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5516
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
44.82 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.81 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.66 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
51.82 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
619 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
149 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
149 Points ∼68%
Schenker XMG A705
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
132 Points ∼61% -11%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
137 Points ∼63% -8%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
126 Points ∼58% -15%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
132 Points ∼61% -11%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
134 Points ∼61% -10%
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
131 Points ∼60% -12%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
142 Points ∼65% -5%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
619 Points ∼14%
Schenker XMG A705
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
645 Points ∼15% +4%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
659 Points ∼15% +6%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
660 Points ∼15% +7%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
508 Points ∼12% -18%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
643 Points ∼15% +4%
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
586 Points ∼13% -5%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
694 Points ∼16% +12%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.66 Points ∼68%
Schenker XMG A705
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
1.58 Points ∼65% -5%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
1.58 Points ∼65% -5%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
1.29 Points ∼53% -22%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
1.45 Points ∼59% -13%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
1.52 Points ∼62% -8%
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.42 Points ∼58% -14%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
1.62 Points ∼66% -2%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
6.81 Points ∼25%
Schenker XMG A705
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
7.03 Points ∼26% +3%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
7.31 Points ∼27% +7%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
7.13 Points ∼26% +5%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
5.44 Points ∼20% -20%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
6.98 Points ∼26% +2%
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.45 Points ∼28% +9%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
7.7 Points ∼28% +13%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5516 Points ∼51%
Schenker XMG A705
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
5212 Points ∼48% -6%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
5185 Points ∼48% -6%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
4944 Points ∼46% -10%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
5040 Points ∼47% -9%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
4890 Points ∼45% -11%
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5404 Points ∼50% -2%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20508 Points ∼41%
Schenker XMG A705
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
19692 Points ∼40% -4%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
19986 Points ∼40% -3%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
19485 Points ∼39% -5%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
14856 Points ∼30% -28%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
19044 Points ∼38% -7%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
12934 Points ∼42%
Schenker XMG A705
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
12582 Points ∼40% -3%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
12654 Points ∼41% -2%
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
10698 Points ∼34% -17%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
3577 Points ∼74%
Schenker XMG A705
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
3407 Points ∼71% -5%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
3353 Points ∼69% -6%
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
2853 Points ∼59% -20%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
79.2 ms * ∼1%
Schenker XMG A705
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
82.9 ms * ∼1% -5%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
83 ms * ∼1% -5%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
154.7 ms * ∼2% -95%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
83.6 ms * ∼1% -6%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
950.4 ms * ∼2%
Schenker XMG A705
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
1928.8 ms * ∼3% -103%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
1953 ms * ∼3% -105%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
1274.3 ms * ∼2% -34%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
1987 ms * ∼3% -109%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
38692 Points ∼78%
Schenker XMG A705
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
17281 Points ∼35% -55%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
16851 Points ∼34% -56%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
29193 Points ∼59% -25%
Asus GL771JM
Intel Core i7-4710HQ
16852 Points ∼34% -56%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
2489 Points ∼40%
Schenker XMG A705
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
3159 Points ∼51% +27%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
3063 Points ∼49% +23%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

Just a glance in the technical specs of our review sample reveals that it will provide high system performance thanks to a potent processor, strong GPU and swift solid-state drive. The PCMark scores are correspondingly very good. The system performance can hardly be increased. Schenker has maxed out everything here.

Our test configuration of the XMG A705 featured an M.2 solid-state drive that was connected via PCI Express x4. The transfer rates are thus roughly twice as high as the SSD model in the XMG A706. This faster SSD does not improve the system's overall performance - as can be seen in our comparison chart. However, such as swift SSD definitely makes sense for a gaming laptop since it reduces loading times in games.

PCMark 7 Score
6052 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3894 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4633 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4971 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
3894 Points ∼64%
Schenker XMG A705
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
3790 Points ∼62% -3%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
3705 Points ∼61% -5%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
3620 Points ∼59% -7%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3096 Points ∼51% -20%
Asus GL771JM
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
3401 Points ∼56% -13%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3351 Points ∼55% -14%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
6052 Points ∼70%
Schenker XMG A705
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
6098 Points ∼71% +1%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
5895 Points ∼69% -3%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
5808 Points ∼68% -4%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3496 Points ∼41% -42%
Asus GL771JM
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Kingston RBU-SC100S37128GD
5322 Points ∼62% -12%
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
5629 Points ∼66% -7%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3284 Points ∼38% -46%

Storage Devices

The XMG A706 allows combining the advantages of an SSD with those of an HDD. There is room for both drive types. A Samsung SSD is the system drive in our review sample. It is a model in the M.2 format with a total capacity of 256 GB. The laptop's owner can use roughly 200 GB of that. The Windows installation and recovery partition reserves the rest. The SSD delivers overall good transfer rates. A conventional 2.5-inch hard drive (1 TB, 5400 rpm) is also installed for computer games. Users who require even more storage can replace the optical drive with an additional hard drive. Schenker offers the needed drive caddy for 21 Euros (~$24).

Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
Sequential Read: 506.4 MB/s
Sequential Write: 448.9 MB/s
512K Read: 422.9 MB/s
512K Write: 380.7 MB/s
4K Read: 38.91 MB/s
4K Write: 90.36 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 362 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 311.4 MB/s

Graphics Card

Like in Schenker's XMG A705, a GeForce GTX 960M graphics core is also inside the XMG A706. The GPU is a member of the lower upper range. It supports DirectX 11, and clocks at a base speed of 1097 MHz, which can be boosted to 1176 MHz via Turbo. The GPU finds support in a 2048 MB GDDR5 memory (128-bit interface). All in all, the laptop's 3DMark results are on a normal level of the GPU installed here.

In conjunction with Intel's HD Graphics 530, Nvidia's GPU creates a graphics switching solution (Optimus). Intel's core is responsible for routine use and battery mode. The GeForce takes over in performance-driven applications like computer games. Switching is automatic, but the user can always intervene manually.

3DMark 06 Standard
22855 points
3DMark 11 Performance
5602 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
68944 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
15941 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
4038 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
5602 Points ∼18%
Schenker XMG A705
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
5579 Points ∼18% 0%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
5577 Points ∼18% 0%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
5178 Points ∼17% -8%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
5081 Points ∼16% -9%
Asus GL771JM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
5078 Points ∼16% -9%
MSI GS70-2QE16SR51
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
9206 Points ∼29% +64%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
4574 Points ∼15% -18%
Medion Erazer X7615-MD99293
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
7099 Points ∼23% +27%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
4038 Points ∼15%
Schenker XMG A705
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
3978 Points ∼15% -1%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
4078 Points ∼15% +1%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
3633 Points ∼14% -10%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
3518 Points ∼13% -13%
Asus GL771JM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
3634 Points ∼14% -10%
MSI GS70-2QE16SR51
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
6603 Points ∼25% +64%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
2911 Points ∼11% -28%
Medion Erazer X7615-MD99293
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
4795 Points ∼18% +19%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
13084 Points ∼22%
Schenker XMG A705
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
12451 Points ∼21% -5%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
12954 Points ∼22% -1%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
11716 Points ∼20% -10%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
10324 Points ∼18% -21%
Medion Erazer X7615-MD99293
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
14227 Points ∼24% +9%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
15941 Points ∼27%
Schenker XMG A705
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
15106 Points ∼26% -5%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
17136 Points ∼29% +7%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
16299 Points ∼28% +2%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
13488 Points ∼23% -15%
Asus GL771JM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
15242 Points ∼26% -4%
MSI GS70-2QE16SR51
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
20633 Points ∼35% +29%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
14362 Points ∼24% -10%
Medion Erazer X7615-MD99293
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
16577 Points ∼28% +4%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
68944 Points ∼6%
Schenker XMG A705
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
85861 Points ∼8% +25%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
87539 Points ∼8% +27%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
82166 Points ∼7% +19%
MSI GS70-2QE16SR51
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
118713 Points ∼11% +72%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
52209 Points ∼5% -24%
Medion Erazer X7615-MD99293
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
88510 Points ∼8% +28%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
22855 Points ∼49%
Schenker XMG A705
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
25770 Points ∼55% +13%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
21431 Points ∼46% -6%

Gaming Performance

The XMG A706 can render most computer games easily. It is also normally possible to use the screen's full resolution (Full HD) and high quality settings. Games with only low hardware requirements allow for more. Very performance-driven games require reducing the resolution and/or quality level. Examples would be "The Witcher 3" and "Batman: Arkham Knight". Users not willing to make compromises in these games will need more graphic power, and will have to take laptops configured with a GeForce GTX 970M or GTX 980M core. However, these machines usually also cost a few hundred Euros more than the XMG A706.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 366.2184.8114.652.9fps
Thief (2014) 89.962.153.327.9fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 223.9139101.257.2fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 239.2118.574.633.9fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 78653119fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 606056.337.6fps
Mad Max (2015) 99.348.844.9fps
World of Warships (2015) 135.2119.498.169fps
Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
52.9 fps ∼19%
Schenker XMG A705
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
49.8 fps ∼18% -6%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
50.4 fps ∼18% -5%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
44.7 fps ∼16% -16%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
44 fps ∼16% -17%
Asus GL771JM
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
44.4 fps ∼16% -16%
MSI GS70-2QE16SR51
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ
80 fps ∼29% +51%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
114.6 fps ∼23%
Schenker XMG A705
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
112.1 fps ∼22% -2%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
113.4 fps ∼22% -1%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
97.5 fps ∼19% -15%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
97 fps ∼19% -15%
Asus GL771JM
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
97 fps ∼19% -15%
MSI GS70-2QE16SR51
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ
185 fps ∼36% +61%
Thief
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
27.9 fps ∼20%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
28.4 fps ∼20% +2%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
24.3 fps ∼17% -13%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
24 fps ∼17% -14%
Asus GL771JM
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
23 fps ∼16% -18%
MSI GS70-2QE16SR51
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ
39 fps ∼27% +40%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
53.3 fps ∼37%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
54.2 fps ∼37% +2%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
45.5 fps ∼31% -15%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
43 fps ∼30% -19%
Asus GL771JM
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
34.9 fps ∼24% -35%
MSI GS70-2QE16SR51
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ
68 fps ∼47% +28%
GRID: Autosport
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
57.2 fps ∼38%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
50.5 fps ∼34% -12%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
42.49 fps ∼28% -26%
Asus GL771JM
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
43.2 fps ∼29% -24%
Medion Erazer X7615-MD99293
GeForce GTX 965M, 4720HQ
59.2 fps ∼39% +3%
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
101.2 fps ∼50%
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
87.1 fps ∼43% -14%
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
71.91 fps ∼36% -29%
Asus GL771JM
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ
58.69 fps ∼29% -42%
Medion Erazer X7615-MD99293
GeForce GTX 965M, 4720HQ
85.7 fps ∼43% -15%
Batman: Arkham Knight
1920x1080 High / On AA:SM AF:16x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
19 fps ∼13%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ
0 fps ∼0% -100%
Medion Erazer X7615-MD99293
GeForce GTX 965M, 4720HQ
23 fps ∼16% +21%
1920x1080 High / On (Interactive Smoke & Paper Debris Off) AA:SM AF:8x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
31 fps ∼19%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ
20 fps ∼13% -35%
Medion Erazer X7615-MD99293
GeForce GTX 965M, 4720HQ
38 fps ∼24% +23%
Metal Gear Solid V
1920x1080 Extra High / On (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
37.6 fps ∼63%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ
26.7 fps ∼45% -29%
1920x1080 High / On (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
56.3 fps ∼94%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ
37.5 fps ∼63% -33%
Mad Max
1920x1080 Very High Preset AF:12x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
44.9 fps ∼17%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ
34.9 fps ∼13% -22%
1920x1080 High Preset AF:6x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
48.8 fps ∼18%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ
38 fps ∼14% -22%
World of Warships
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:High FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
69 fps ∼42%
1920x1080 High Preset AF:8x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
98.1 fps ∼59%
Dirt Rally
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
33.9 fps ∼20%
Medion Erazer X7615-MD99293
GeForce GTX 965M, 4720HQ
40.5 fps ∼24% +19%
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
74.6 fps ∼37%
Medion Erazer X7615-MD99293
GeForce GTX 965M, 4720HQ
85.4 fps ∼43% +14%

Emissions

System Noise

The XMG A706 can run very quietly if not silently - at least while idling. The fans are then often inactive and silence prevails. However, the noise under load is also astonishingly moderate. The noise level climbed to only 42.2 dB(A) during the stress test - a noise level that even some ULV laptops do not achieve. The rate even remains just below 40 dB(A) in medium load, such as in routine gaming. The A706 thus produces considerably less noise than its predecessor does under load.

Noise Level

Idle
29.2 / 30.4 / 37.3 dB(A)
HDD
31.1 dB(A)
DVD
34.8 / dB(A)
Load
39.8 / 42.2 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)
Schenker XMG A706
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Schenker XMG A705
4720HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
4720HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
4710HQ, GeForce GTX 860M
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
4710HQ, GeForce GTX 860M
Asus GL771JM
4710HQ, GeForce GTX 860M
MSI GP72-2QEi781
5700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
Noise
-6%
-7%
2%
1%
1%
-4%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
29.2
29.4
-1%
29.4
-1%
29.9
-2%
29.1
-0%
29.8
-2%
31.4
-8%
Idle Average *
30.4
30.6
-1%
34
-12%
30.7
-1%
30.8
-1%
32.4
-7%
32.2
-6%
Idle Maximum *
37.3
38.2
-2%
36
3%
32.1
14%
31.2
16%
33.2
11%
34.6
7%
Load Average *
39.8
44.4
-12%
44.4
-12%
38.1
4%
39.1
2%
39.6
1%
42.8
-8%
Load Maximum *
42.2
48
-14%
47
-11%
43.6
-3%
46.5
-10%
41.6
1%
43.4
-3%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

XMG A706 in the stress test
XMG A706 in the stress test

The XMG A706 processed our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) differently in AC and battery modes. The processor clocked stably at 1.6 GHz in battery mode, while the graphics core mostly clocked at 700 to 800 MHz. The processor calculated at 2.1 GHz when the stress test was performed in AC mode. The GPU reached rates from 1097 to 1176 MHz. It speed settled to 1097 MHz in the course of the test.

The XMG A706 generally heats up more than its predecessor. 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) was surpassed on several measuring points during the stress test. There are two reasons for that: The fans in the A706 do not speed up very vigorously, and the CPU reaches higher clock speeds. However, the stress test simulates an extreme case that will unlikely occur in everyday use, and thus there is no need to worry. The temperature increase is moderate, at most, in routine use.

Max. Load
 45 °C
113 F
53.7 °C
129 F
50.2 °C
122 F
 
 38.3 °C
101 F
53.7 °C
129 F
49.9 °C
122 F
 
 24.3 °C
76 F
28.1 °C
83 F
27.9 °C
82 F
 
Maximum: 53.7 °C = 129 F
Average: 41.2 °C = 106 F
61.1 °C
142 F
55.3 °C
132 F
45.3 °C
114 F
42.7 °C
109 F
43.4 °C
110 F
42.1 °C
108 F
27.6 °C
82 F
30.3 °C
87 F
26.8 °C
80 F
Maximum: 61.1 °C = 142 F
Average: 41.6 °C = 107 F
Power Supply (max.)  59.9 °C = 140 F | Room Temperature 24 °C = 75 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 41.2 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 53.7 °C / 129 F, compared to the average of 39.3 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 61.1 °C / 142 F, compared to the average of 41.7 °C / 107 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.3 °C / 87 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 28.1 °C / 82.6 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.7 °C / 83.7 F (+0.6 °C / 1.1 F).
Schenker XMG A706
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Schenker XMG A705
4720HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
4720HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
4710HQ, GeForce GTX 860M
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
4710HQ, GeForce GTX 860M
Asus GL771JM
4710HQ, GeForce GTX 860M
MSI GP72-2QEi781
5700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
Heat
8%
0%
12%
10%
18%
4%
Maximum Upper Side *
53.7
49.1
9%
56
-4%
53.3
1%
52.2
3%
44.1
18%
46.3
14%
Maximum Bottom *
61.1
48.4
21%
46.8
23%
55.1
10%
50.4
18%
53.8
12%
50.1
18%
Idle Upper Side *
37.5
34.6
8%
38.3
-2%
30
20%
34
9%
29
23%
39
-4%
Idle Bottom *
35.5
37.3
-5%
41.1
-16%
30.1
15%
32.4
9%
28.8
19%
39.4
-11%

* ... smaller is better

Energy Management

Power Consumption

We ascertained an idle consumption of up to 16.5 watts, which is almost 10 watts less than the XMG A706's predecessor. Therefore, Intel has done a good job with the energy efficiency of the Skylake processors. The laptops are roughly on par under full load. That was to be expected. The 137.7 watts that the A706 requires is much higher than the nominal output of the power supply (120 watts). That is, however, still acceptable when considering the estimated efficiency. This problem does not turn up in routine gaming where the power consumption ranges from 71 to 89 watts (average: 77.8 watts). Again, the A706 is satisfied with much less power than the XMG A705.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.4 / 11 / 16.5 Watt
Load midlight 77.8 / 137.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940
Schenker XMG A706
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Schenker XMG A705
4720HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
4720HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
4710HQ, GeForce GTX 860M
Asus GL771JM
4710HQ, GeForce GTX 860M
MSI GP72-2QEi781
5700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
Power Consumption
-60%
-77%
-5%
-19%
-50%
Idle Minimum *
5.4
13.5
-150%
16
-196%
5.4
-0%
7.2
-33%
13.8
-156%
Idle Average *
11
18.8
-71%
21.8
-98%
12.6
-15%
14.2
-29%
19.6
-78%
Idle Maximum *
16.5
25.5
-55%
28.5
-73%
18.3
-11%
23.5
-42%
23.2
-41%
Load Average *
77.8
95.8
-23%
102
-31%
84.2
-8%
85.6
-10%
78.8
-1%
Load Maximum *
137.7
140
-2%
118
14%
127.6
7%
111.4
19%
103.2
25%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The XMG A706 achieves an idle runtime of 11:49 hours. The GTX 960M equipped MSI GE72 rival is depleted sooner (8:18 h). Idle mode is determined using the Battery Eater Reader's test. The screen is set to minimum brightness, the energy-saving profile is enabled, and the wireless modules are disabled. The XMG A706 shuts down after 1:56 hours under load. The GE72 (1:02 h) again lags behind. Load runtime is ascertained using the Battery Eater Classic test using the screen's maximum brightness and high performance profile.

Schenker's laptop stopped the Wi-Fi test after 4:41 hours. It is again before the GE72 (3:30 h). This test simulates the load required for opening websites. The "Balanced" profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². We test video playback time by running the short movie "Big Buck Bunny" (H.264 encoding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The wireless modules are disabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The XMG A706 achieved a runtime of 5:27 hours, while MSI's laptop managed 2:52 hours.

We also tested the battery life for gaming. We ran the integrated benchmark of "GRID: Autosport" race game (1920x1080, very high, 4x MSAA) in a loop for this. The 17 incher achieved 47 minutes here at an average frame rate of 45.5 fps.

All in all, the battery life is very good for a 17-inch gaming laptop. The XMG A706 also does a much better job than its Haswell predecessor. That is owed primarily to the Skylake processor. 

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
11h 49min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 20.10240.16384.0)
5h 27min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
4h 41min
Gaming
0h 47min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 56min
Schenker XMG A706
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Schenker XMG A705
4720HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
MSI GE72-2QDi716H11
4720HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro (VN7-791G-759Q)
4710HQ, GeForce GTX 860M
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
4710HQ, GeForce GTX 860M
Asus GL771JM
4710HQ, GeForce GTX 860M
MSI GP72-2QEi781
5700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
Battery Runtime
-11%
-38%
-15%
-30%
-31%
-54%
Reader / Idle
709
324
-54%
498
-30%
522
-26%
438
-38%
574
-19%
359
-49%
H.264
281
228
-19%
172
-39%
116
-59%
WiFi v1.3
327
258
-21%
210
-36%
251
-23%
160
-51%
Gaming
47
68
45%
Load
116
109
-6%
62
-47%
111
-4%
92
-21%
56
-52%
50
-57%
WiFi
220
218

Pros

+ matte IPS screen
+ high processing performance
+ gaming suitable
+ swift SSD
+ plenty of storage
+ good maintenance options
+ decent battery life

Cons

- soldered CPU and GPU
- 2 GB video memory only
- power supply somewhat weak

Verdict

Schenker XMG A706, courtesy of Schenker.
Schenker XMG A706, courtesy of Schenker.

Thanks to the Core i7 processor, Schenker's gaming laptop has more than enough computing power for all thinkable application scenarios. It renders all current games (not always using maximum details) smoothly in conjunction with the GeForce GTX 960M. A fast SSD ensures a swiftly running system. However, there is no lack of storage. A conventional 1 TB hard drive is also on board. Both components can be replaced easily via the large maintenance hatch.

Schenker offers both the A705 and the A706 with two different screen types. Our tested A705 was furnished with a TN panel, the A706 with an IPS screen. The IPS costs almost 80 Euros (~$90) more - but it is worthwhile. The matte screen offers good brightness, lush contrast and stable viewing angles.

The biggest innovation of the XMG A706 is the Skylake processor. Its improved energy efficiency results in lower power consumption and consequently a longer battery life. That makes a good gaming laptop to an even better one.

Schenker XMG A706 - 10/18/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
76 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
82 / 81 → 100%
Weight
56 / 10-66 → 82%
Battery
87%
Display
87%
Games Performance
94%
Application Performance
98%
Temperature
76 / 95 → 80%
Noise
79 / 90 → 88%
Audio
64%
Camera
50 / 85 → 59%
Average
78%
86%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-10-22 (Update: 2015-10-24)