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Schenker XMG A726 (Clevo N170RF1-G) Notebook Review

Florian Glaser, Tanja Hinum (translated by Martina Osztovits), 05/15/2016

Fine tuning. Schenker Technologies have added new gaming models to their Advanced series in May. Thanks to the many new features, the XMG A726 is notably more modern than its 17-inch XMG A716 and XMG A706 siblings. We checked the differences in detail. Is the extra cost worth it?

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Seven months after the XMG A706, it is now time for the brand new XMG A726 to go through our benchmarks. As with its siblings, the 17-inch gaming model can be configured extensively on the manufacturer's website.

There are no options other than an FHD panel with IPS technology for the display and a Core i7-6700HQ and a GeForce GTX 965M for CPU and GPU, respectively. But, the other components, including the DDR4 RAM (8 to 32 GB) and hard drive (M.2-SSD up to 512 GB + 2.5-inch drive up to 2000 GB) can be configured. The buyer may also select the optical drive, the Wi-Fi adapter, and the operating system.

The basic configuration of the 17-inch device costs 1449 Euros (~$1640). Those who prefer a solid-state drive, upgrade the RAM or have Windows 10 pre-installed, have to budget for more. Currently, our test configuration is available for 1754 Euros (~$1986). Other companies already offer notebooks with GeForce GTX 970M in this price range.

Schenker XMG A726
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M - 4096 MB, Core: 935 MHz, Memory: 2500 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 362.03, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, 2x 8 GB DDR4-2133, 2 of 2 slots used, max. 32 GB
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, LG Philips LP173WF4-SPD1 (LGD046C), IPS, Full HD, G-Sync, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Sunrise Point HM170
Storage
Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB, 250 GB 
, + Western Digital Blue WDC WD10JPVX-00JC3T0, 1000 GB HDD @5400 rpm. Slots: 1x M.2 Typ 2280 NVMe/PCIe & 1x 2.5 inch
Soundcard
Realtek ALC269 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1x headphones, 1x microphone, 1x S/PDIF, Card Reader: MMC, RSMMC, SD, Mini SD, SDHC, SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Optical drive
Slimtype DVD A DU8A6SH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 32 x 413 x 285 ( = 1.26 x 16.26 x 11.22 in)
Battery
62 Wh, 5400 mAh Lithium-Ion, 11.1V, N150BAT-6, 6 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 2 MP Bison (FHD)
Additional features
Speakers: 2.0 Onkyo (Sound Blaster Cinema 2), Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, power adapter: 120 Watt, accessories: recovery DVD, drivers DVD, XMG sticker, Tools: Control Center, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3.12 kg ( = 110.05 oz / 6.88 pounds), Power Supply: 444 g ( = 15.66 oz / 0.98 pounds)
Price
1754 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Overview

Compared to its XMG A716 and XMG A706 siblings with the same look, which are based on the Clevo Barebones N170RF (reviewed as MIFcom EG7) and N170RD, the N170RF1-G Barebone of the XMG A726 brings several improvements:

  • DDR4 RAM vs. DDR3 RAM
  • 4 vs. 2 GB VRAM
  • HDMI 2.0 vs. HDMI 1.4 (for 4K at 60 Hz)
  • 2x DisplayPort vs. 1x DisplayPort + VGA
  • 3x USB 3.0 + 1x USB 3.1 Typ-C vs. 4x USB 3.0
  • G-Sync support

G-Sync is probably one of the biggest highlights. Attention: Several Barebone resellers only use the N170RF1 (without G at the end of the name), which does not support G-Sync. Battery runtime enthusiasts can deactivate G-Sync via a tool (formerly only possible through a BIOS setting) and use Optimus instead. The option is called “GPU switch” (see screenshot #3). We ran our tests in the “MSHYBRID” mode, which enables the graphics switch.

Since it is similar to the already mentioned chassis, we will skip evaluating the chassis, connectivity, input devices and sound here. Information about these can be found here.

Control Center - system program
Control Center - system program
Control Center - device
Control Center - device
Control Center - gaming
Control Center - gaming
Flexikey
Flexikey

Display

Although the XMG A726 and the XMG A716/706 use the same panel, G-Sync is only enabled in the new barebone (Nvidia charges license fees).

298
cd/m²
326
cd/m²
312
cd/m²
298
cd/m²
316
cd/m²
292
cd/m²
297
cd/m²
306
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 326 cd/m² Average: 302.6 cd/m² Minimum: 17 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 316 cd/m²
Contrast: 1317:1 (Black: 0.24 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.57 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 5.15 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
84% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 55% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.57

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Schenker XMG A726
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPD1 (LGD046C)
Schenker XMG A706
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPD1
MIFcom EG7
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPD1 (LGD046C)
Gigabyte P57W
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF1 (LGD0469)
Gigabyte P37X v5
LP173WF4-SPF1 (LGD0469)
Response Times
-10%
2%
-13%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
37 (12, 25)
41 (15, 26)
-11%
37 (13, 24)
-0%
45 (17, 28)
-22%
Response Time Black / White *
25 (5, 20)
27 (5, 22)
-8%
24 (5, 19)
4%
26 (5, 21)
-4%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-2%
-4%
-6%
-4%
Brightness middle
316
344
9%
330
4%
286
-9%
306
-3%
Brightness
303
322
6%
312
3%
274
-10%
294
-3%
Brightness Distribution
85
88
4%
89
5%
87
2%
89
5%
Black Level *
0.24
0.3
-25%
0.32
-33%
0.31
-29%
0.42
-75%
Contrast
1317
1147
-13%
1031
-22%
923
-30%
729
-45%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.57
4.8
-5%
4.98
-9%
4.49
2%
3.51
23%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.24
7.83
5%
8.39
-2%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.15
4.91
5%
4.39
15%
4.76
8%
2.23
57%
Gamma
2.57 86%
2.37 93%
2.26 97%
2.47 89%
2.51 88%
CCT
6833 95%
6796 96%
6049 107%
6843 95%
6346 102%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55
55
0%
55
0%
55
0%
56
2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
84
84
0%
83
-1%
84
0%
85
1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-2% / -2%
-7% / -5%
-2% / -5%
-9% / -6%

* ... smaller is better

The LG Philips LP173WF4-SPD1 performed well to very well in the display measurements. 300 cd/m² and a contrast of about 1300:1 are respectable. Moreover, the black value of 0.24 cd/m² is also impressive.

CalMan: Grayscale
CalMan: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale (after calibration)
CalMAN: Grayscale (after calibration)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (after calibration)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (after calibration)
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker (after calibration)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (after calibration)
Schenker XMG A726 vs. sRGB (84%)
Schenker XMG A726 vs. sRGB (84%)
Schenker XMG A726 vs. AdobeRGB (55%)
Schenker XMG A726 vs. AdobeRGB (55%)

The 17-inch device does not perform that well in terms of brightness distribution. Along the upper and especially the lower edge, the test device showed some heavy backlight bleeding, which reduces the quality impression and might disturb many buyers.

Subpixel
Subpixel
Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

Otherwise, there is hardly anything to complain about. Color precision and gamut (84% sRGB, 55% AdobeRGB) are definitely sufficient for a gaming notebook. The viewing angles also do not have to hide behind the competitors. This is not surprising, since the XMG A726 uses an IPS panel.

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
25 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 20 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. » 40 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
37 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12 ms rise
↘ 25 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. » 32 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (40.8 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: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9868 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance

With a solid-state drive, the XMG A726 is one of the lower premium segment and thanks to the GeForce GTX 965M, it is an entry into upper class gaming. The 17-inch device is also cutting-edge thanks to its USB 3.1 Type-C port and the use of DDR4 RAM, even though compared to DDR3 the performance gain is very small.

Processor

As expected the processor is a quad core chip from Intel's Skylake generation. The Core i7-6700HQ contains 6 MB L3 cache and is specified with a TDP of 45 watts. Only at CPU load can the 14 nm model fully utilize its Turbo potential. For example, the Core i7-6700HQ clocks at between 3.1 GHz (multi core test) and 3.5 GHz (single core test) in Cinebench R15.

If the GPU is stressed simultaneously, the Turbo takes a break and runs at its base clock of only 2.6 GHz. The MIFcom EG7 suffers from the same problem. However, this hardly brings disadvantages in everyday gaming, since the GPU is the limiting factor in most games.

Single core rendering
Single core rendering
Multi core rendering
Multi core rendering
CPU- & GPU stress
CPU- & GPU stress

If you run simple tasks such as office, web surfing, or videos on the 17-inch device, the system uses the processor chip, HD Graphics 530, instead of the Nvidia graphics card in hybrid mode.

Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.65 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.49 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
144 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
676 Points
Help

The CPU benchmarks did not bring any surprises. In Cinebench R11.5 as well as Cinebench R15, the XMG A726 is on par with other 6700HQ devices.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker XMG A706
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
149 Points ∼100% +3%
MIFcom EG7
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
148 Points ∼99% +3%
Schenker XMG A726
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
144 Points ∼97%
Gigabyte P37X v5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
142 Points ∼95% -1%
Gigabyte P57W
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
140 Points ∼94% -3%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Gigabyte P37X v5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
682 Points ∼100% +1%
Schenker XMG A726
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
676 Points ∼99%
Gigabyte P57W
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
675 Points ∼99% 0%
MIFcom EG7
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
672 Points ∼99% -1%
Schenker XMG A706
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
619 Points ∼91% -8%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
MIFcom EG7
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.68 Points ∼100% +2%
Gigabyte P37X v5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.67 Points ∼99% +1%
Gigabyte P57W
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.67 Points ∼99% +1%
Schenker XMG A706
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.66 Points ∼99% +1%
Schenker XMG A726
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.65 Points ∼98%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker XMG A726
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.49 Points ∼100%
MIFcom EG7
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.47 Points ∼100% 0%
Gigabyte P37X v5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.47 Points ∼100% 0%
Gigabyte P57W
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.46 Points ∼100% 0%
Schenker XMG A706
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
6.81 Points ∼91% -9%

System Performance

We could not detect any anomalies in system performance. For example, PCMark 7 reports a total score of 5977 points, which is usual for the hardware used. Note: The results of the system tests depend on the used storage device.

PCMark 7 Score
5977 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
6052 Points ∼100% +1%
Schenker XMG A726
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
5977 Points ∼99%
MIFcom EG7
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
5974 Points ∼99% 0%
Gigabyte P57W
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
5955 Points ∼98% 0%
Gigabyte P37X v5
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
5422 Points ∼90% -9%

Storage Device

Unlike the other Clevo Barebones, the N170RF1-G can be equipped with only two storage devices unless you use a caddy instead of the optical drive. The operating system is installed on the 250 GB variant of the Samsung 850 EVO. While the M.2 model cannot keep up with PCIe or NVMe SSDs in sequential performance, everyday Windows experience is similarly fast. A Western Digital Blue HDD with 1000 GB is used as secondary storage device and also performs decently.

Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
Sequential Read: 504.4 MB/s
Sequential Write: 465.8 MB/s
512K Read: 424.7 MB/s
512K Write: 382 MB/s
4K Read: 43.98 MB/s
4K Write: 107.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 360.2 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 318.9 MB/s
Schenker XMG A726
Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
Schenker XMG A706
Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
MIFcom EG7
Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
Gigabyte P57W
Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
Gigabyte P37X v5
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
AS SSD
-5%
-5%
-19%
Score Total
1024
1042
2%
994
-3%
911
-11%
4K Write
91.82
77.68
-15%
78
-15%
55.54
-40%
4K Read
40.05
35.54
-11%
34.77
-13%
28.77
-28%
Seq Write
470.29
469.68
0%
488.64
4%
406.16
-14%
Seq Read
505.54
503.7
0%
510.06
1%
486.74
-4%

Graphics Card

Schenker Technologies uses a DirectX 12 capable model from Nvidia. The GeForce GTX 965M variant from 2016 is based on the Maxwell architecture and ranks in halfway between the GTX 970M and the cheaper GTX 960M, which is only suitable for hard-core gamers to some extent.

Nvidia system control
Nvidia system control
G-Sync
G-Sync
Optimus
Optimus

We appreciate that the manufacturer does not use 2 GB but 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM. As a result, the XMG A726 is more future-proof than comparable GTX 965M notebooks whose VRAM capacity is used to the full extent in several games or settings. Apart from “Assassin's Creed Syndicate”, the “Rise of the Tomb Raider” for example, also recommends as much GB as possible. However, it has to be mentioned that the performance of the GTX 965M is usually restricted due to other factors (shader count etc.). A GTX 980M or GTX 980 bring a much higher base performance and would suffer even more from too low a VRAM capacity.

3DMark 11 Performance
8074 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
71664 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
19524 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
5339 points
Help

In the synthetic graphics tests, double the VRAM capacity hardly brings any advantages. Regardless of whether 3DMark 11 or 3DMark 13 is used: The XMG A726 is almost as fast as the MIFcom EG7, which uses a GTX 965M with only 2 GB of VRAM.

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Gigabyte P37X v5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
9673 Points ∼100% +58%
Gigabyte P57W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
7489 Points ∼77% +23%
Schenker XMG A726
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
6103 Points ∼63%
MIFcom EG7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
5973 Points ∼62% -2%
Schenker XMG A706
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
4353 Points ∼45% -29%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
Gigabyte P37X v5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
8355 Points ∼100% +56%
Gigabyte P57W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
6619 Points ∼79% +24%
Schenker XMG A726
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
5339 Points ∼64%
MIFcom EG7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
5243 Points ∼63% -2%
Schenker XMG A706
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
4038 Points ∼48% -24%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
Gigabyte P37X v5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
12373 Points ∼100% +52%
Gigabyte P57W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
9713 Points ∼79% +19%
Schenker XMG A726
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
8154 Points ∼66%
MIFcom EG7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
8099 Points ∼65% -1%
Schenker XMG A706
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
5285 Points ∼43% -35%
1280x720 Performance
Gigabyte P37X v5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
11171 Points ∼100% +38%
Gigabyte P57W
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
9363 Points ∼84% +16%
Schenker XMG A726
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
8074 Points ∼72%
MIFcom EG7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
7939 Points ∼71% -2%
Schenker XMG A706
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
5602 Points ∼50% -31%

Gaming Performance

In order to evaluate the gaming performance, we have installed 7 games from 2015 to 2016. While less demanding games run smoothly with maximum details (FIFA 16), graphic intensive games such as “Need for Speed”, “Anno 2205”, and “Far Cry Primal”  run decently with only high settings. “XCOM 2”, “The Division”, and “Hitman” only achieved above 40 fps at medium details in the native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels.

So, if you always want to enjoy highest graphics quality, you had better buy a notebook with GeForce GTX 970M or better. If compromises are acceptable, the Maxwell chip of the XMG A726 is a good choice in our opinion. Note: Nvidia will soon launch the successor generation, Pascal, which, as usual, promises higher performance.

low med. high ultra
FIFA 16 (2015) 237.6187.4127.4fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 122.8100.745.615.8fps
XCOM 2 (2016) 88.943.326.612.2fps
Far Cry Primal (2016) 97464128fps
The Division (2016) 116.274.83627.6fps
Hitman 2016 (2016) 6762.926.625fps
Need for Speed 2016 (2016) 82.473.643.632.3fps

Emissions

System Noise

Despite the almost identical components, the N170RF1-G Barebone was louder than its 17-inch N170RF (MIFcom EG7) sibling in the test. As far as we know, it is unlikely that this has been caused by double the VRAM capacity. We suspect a different fan control, which pays slightly more attention to temperatures. Instead of a maximum of 43 dB(A), the XMG A726 reached up to 46 dB(A) in 3D mode. During 3DMark06, we measured between 36 and 45 dB(A), which is clearly audible. Even slimmer gaming notebooks such as the MSI GS70 6QE or the Gigabyte P37X v5 work rather quieter under these conditions. However, the XMG A726 never gets annoying. In everyday gaming, the system noise is set in perspective when using a headset or a loud speaker volume.

System noise: idle
System noise: idle
System noise: load
System noise: load
Pink & White Noise (speakers)
Pink & White Noise (speakers)

Suboptimal: As in other Clevo Barebones, sometimes the cooling system speeds up unnecessarily during simple tasks. Otherwise, we liked the fan control when the system is running idle. Depending on the situation, the fans are completely off or produce a very quiet noise that is on par with the hard drive (31 to 32 dB). Without an HDD, the device would fall silent time and again.

Noise Level

Idle
31 / 32 / 36 dB(A)
HDD
32 dB(A)
DVD
35 / dB(A)
Load
43 / 46 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)   environment noise: 30 dB(A)
Schenker XMG A726
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
MIFcom EG7
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
Gigabyte P57W
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
Gigabyte P37X v5
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Noise
4%
3%
1%
-3%
off / environment *
30
30
-0%
Idle Minimum *
31
29.2
6%
32
-3%
32
-3%
32
-3%
Idle Average *
32
30.4
5%
33
-3%
33
-3%
34
-6%
Idle Maximum *
36
37.3
-4%
34
6%
37
-3%
36
-0%
Load Average *
43
39.8
7%
39
9%
37
14%
40
7%
Load Maximum *
46
42.2
8%
43
7%
47
-2%
51
-11%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The case temperatures of the XMG A726 are about the same as the MIFcom EG7's. However, you can only compare the values to some extent, since both systems show a different throttling behavior when running FurMark and Prime95. While the CPU clock in particular falls in the N170RF Barebone (800 MHz), the GPU clock throttles in the N170RF1-G (drops to 200 to 300 MHz). However, throttling is not to be expected during everyday use. All tested benchmarks delivered impeccable results.

Stress test
Stress test
Case: full load (top side)
Case: full load (top side)
Case: full load (underside)
Case: full load (underside)

By the way: A maximum of 49 °C (~120 °F) on the top side and a maximum of 47 °C (~117 °F) on the underside are lower than those in most gaming representatives. Above 50 or even 60 °C (~122 to ~140 °F) are not uncommon. Further positive aspects are the cool palm rests, which do not exceed 26 °C (~79 °F) even under full load.

Max. Load
 42 °C
108 F
48.8 °C
120 F
47.1 °C
117 F
 
 38.7 °C
102 F
48.1 °C
119 F
46.9 °C
116 F
 
 23 °C
73 F
26 °C
79 F
25.1 °C
77 F
 
Maximum: 48.8 °C = 120 F
Average: 38.4 °C = 101 F
43.2 °C
110 F
46.9 °C
116 F
46.1 °C
115 F
38.6 °C
101 F
38.2 °C
101 F
37.8 °C
100 F
25.6 °C
78 F
27.5 °C
82 F
25.4 °C
78 F
Maximum: 46.9 °C = 116 F
Average: 36.6 °C = 98 F
Power Supply (max.)  49.9 °C = 122 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.4 °C / 101 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 48.8 °C / 120 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 46.9 °C / 116 F, compared to the average of 41.7 °C / 107 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.4 °C / 85 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 26 °C / 78.8 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 (+2.7 °C / 4.9 F).
Schenker XMG A726
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
MIFcom EG7
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
Gigabyte P57W
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
Gigabyte P37X v5
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Heat
-10%
-11%
2%
-7%
Maximum Upper Side *
48.8
53.7
-10%
56.2
-15%
55.1
-13%
52.7
-8%
Maximum Bottom *
46.9
61.1
-30%
52.4
-12%
55.2
-18%
70
-49%
Idle Upper Side *
34.9
37.5
-7%
39.3
-13%
30.8
12%
30.9
11%
Idle Bottom *
37.9
35.5
6%
39.8
-5%
27.1
28%
31
18%

* ... smaller is better

Energy Management

Power Consumption

With the Optimus technology, the XMG A726 is quite frugal. 10 to 22 watts while idling guarantee a decent mobility. Our measurement instrument showed between 79 watts (average value during the first scene of 3DMark 06) and 151 watts. This is slightly high when you consider the specification of the power adapter (120 W, but we do not know the exact effectiveness), since GPU and CPU throttle during the stress test.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 1.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 10 / 16 / 22 Watt
Load midlight 79 / 151 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Schenker XMG A726
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
MIFcom EG7
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
Gigabyte P57W
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
Gigabyte P37X v5
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Power Consumption
23%
-5%
-8%
-36%
Idle Minimum *
10
5.4
46%
11
-10%
11
-10%
16
-60%
Idle Average *
16
11
31%
17
-6%
17
-6%
21
-31%
Idle Maximum *
22
16.5
25%
24
-9%
22
-0%
28
-27%
Load Average *
79
77.8
2%
77
3%
85
-8%
96
-22%
Load Maximum *
151
137.7
9%
155
-3%
178
-18%
215
-42%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The battery life is nothing to sneeze at. Although the XMG A726 lasts only about 2 hours with active GeForce GTX 965M (Battery Eater Classic Test @100% brightness), just over 5 hours of Wi-Fi surfing at medium brightness and up to 8 hours when running idle (Battery Eater Readers Test @0% brightness) are impressive. 62 Wh make for an about mid-range battery life. Notebooks such as the Gigabyte P57W or P37X v5 with larger batteries do not necessarily keep the system running longer.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 51min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
4h 50min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 50min
Schenker XMG A726
62 Wh
Schenker XMG A706
62 Wh
MIFcom EG7
62 Wh
Gigabyte P57W
75.81 Wh
Gigabyte P37X v5
76 Wh
Battery Runtime
23%
3%
1%
-12%
Reader / Idle
471
709
51%
455
-3%
460
-2%
383
-19%
WiFi v1.3
290
327
13%
334
15%
254
-12%
Load
110
116
5%
120
9%
99
-10%
103
-6%
H.264
281
266
296
334
Gaming
47

Pros

+ three external displays possible (4K @60 Hz)
+ many configuration options
+ clever interface layout
+ cool palm rests
+ decent battery life
+ G-Sync or Optimus
+ comfortable maintenance
+ keyboard with backlight
+ no bloatware
+ good IPS panel
+ 4 GB VRAM
+ USB 3.1 Gen2

Cons

- CPU and GPU throttling under full load
- soft touch finish gets dirty easily
- power adapater had better been rated at 150 Watt
- build quality could be better
- no CPU turbo during 3D load
- mediocre sound
- screen bleeding

Verdict

In review: Schenker XMG A726. Test model provided by Schenker Technologies.
In review: Schenker XMG A726. Test model provided by Schenker Technologies.

In view of the hardware, the Barebone manufacturer Clevo has changed the right things. The biggest criticisms of  the chassis of the N170RF predecessor included the missing USB-3.1 Gen2 support and the meager VRAM. As part of the update the RAM and the HDMI port were also upgraded.

However, the behavior of the CPU clock (no Turbo in 3D mode), the brightness distribution of the display (screen bleeding), and the sound could still be improved. The quality of the integrated speakers is quite poor. Meanwhile, the sensitive soft touch finish did not bother us at all.

The contrast-rich IPS panel, good input devices, and always cool palm rests are the positive aspects. Nvidia's G-Sync technology is a highlight, which guarantees a smooth display by eliminating screen tearing and minimizing display stutter and input lags. Moreover, the individual configuration and the clean Windows installation are noteworthy. Unlike the other manufacturers, Schenker has not installed bloatware.

However, we would recommend at least a GeForce GTX 970M to demanding gamers. The GTX 965M does not have enough performance reserves for great graphics quality in all settings.

Schenker XMG A726 - 05/12/2016 v5.1
Florian Glaser

Chassis
71 / 98 → 72%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
73 / 81 → 90%
Weight
55 / 10-66 → 80%
Battery
80%
Display
86%
Games Performance
89%
Application Performance
91%
Temperature
84 / 95 → 88%
Noise
73 / 90 → 81%
Audio
65%
Average
78%
83%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Florian Glaser, 2016-05-15 (Update: 2018-05-15)