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Schenker XMG Fusion 15 in Review: Intel's reference design challenges the competition

Sebastian Jentsch, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Marius S.), 09/30/2019

Swift reference design. Intel and Schenker have created a thin gaming laptop with good battery life, lots of performance and an enthusiast-level port selection. Will it wipe the floor with competing Razer, Acer, Gigabyte, and Asus offerings? Update: Better contrast in new display measurement

Schenker XMG Fusion 15: Intel's reference design allows the 45-watt processor to reach its full potential
Schenker XMG Fusion 15: Intel's reference design allows the 45-watt processor to reach its full potential

(Editor's note: The Schenker XMG Fusion 15 utilizes the same Intel-designed chassis as the Maingear Element and Eluktronics MAG 15. Thus, our comments, measurements, and conclusions on this page also apply to the Maingear and Eluktronics systems.)


Schenker has been making a name for itself for years, producing high-performance laptops mostly for gamers and also for professional users. Before us now we have something created in cooperation with Intel: The XMG Fusion 15. It features a screen size of 15 inches and the powerful i7-9750H with a GTX 1660 Ti or alternatively an RTX 2070 Max-Q.

The Fusion 15 is not just made for gamers, but instead also addresses the content creation market. The latter constitutes a growing segment and one that Lenovo, Acer, and Razer are targeting as well. With 93 Wh, the Fusion offers excellent battery life and the high-quality keyboard as well as the abundance of ports should also satisfy users. The memory configuration offers a lot of flexibility thanks to two M.2-2280 and two RAM slots.

The dynamic cooling solution is the most interesting aspect however, since it not only allows the hardware to reach its maximum performance potential, but it also allows for a runtime of an entire day. While Intel has managed to fully exhaust the GPU Boost potential of the graphics card, the GPU still remains below the 75 °C mark under load. Meanwhile, the processor can limit its clock rate in order to increase the graphics performance.

Users may choose between three different power modes that offer maximum performance, a balanced noise profile, or almost silent operation and long battery life. We were surprised by how long the laptop lasted in battery mode despite the powerful components inside.

It should also be noted that the laptop was imported through Intel's distribution channels. According to Schenker, this reduces order times and grants users a three-year replacement parts warranty. Final assembly, support, and service continue to take place in Leipzig.

Update 10/18/2019: We repeated the display measurements of the Fusion due to a defective measuring device and implemented the new results below. The display sub-rating improves from 80.7 to 84.3 %, but the overall score of the Fusion is still 84 % (after the rounding of the decimal place). We can now confirm the advertised contrast ratio of >1000:1.

Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q - 8192 MB, Core: 885 MHz, Memory: 1500 MHz, GDDR6, Forceware 430.81, Optimus Intel UHD 630
Memory
16384 MB 
, Corsair PC4-21300
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, BOE NV156FHM-N4G, IPS, 144Hz, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake HM370
Storage
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB, 500 GB 
, Raid 0 and 1
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Mic, line-out, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20 x 356.4 x 233.7 ( = 0.79 x 14.03 x 9.2 in)
Battery
93 Wh, 8000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam, Windows Hello compatible
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix 1280x720
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: optomechanical keyboard with per-key RGB lighting, silent switches, Keyboard Light: yes, 230-watt ac adapter, Control Center, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.89 kg ( = 66.67 oz / 4.17 pounds), Power Supply: 830 g ( = 29.28 oz / 1.83 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The case is made of a magnesium alloy, making the device up to 30% lighter than an aluminum chassis of equal size. Visually, the matte and relatively easy to grip case is reminiscent of plastic. However, the case feels like metal. Of course, the aluminum surface does not remain cool after hours of gaming and the associated, high heat development.

Schenker Fusion 15
Schenker Fusion 15
Schenker Fusion 15
Schenker Fusion 15
Schenker Fusion 15
Schenker Fusion 15
Schenker Fusion 15
Schenker Fusion 15

The twisting resistance of the lightweight case is good and it should be mentioned that it weighs around 200 g less than the other devices in our comparison. The measurements are similar to those of a Razer Blade 15 and all of the other competitors are much larger, particularly in depth. On the other hand, the Fusion 15 (20 mm) is not the thinnest gaming laptop either: The competitors' thicknesses are only 18-19 mm.

Size Comparison

360 mm / 14.2 inch 252 mm / 9.92 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 2.1 kg4.55 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2.1 kg4.73 lbs356.4 mm / 14 inch 233.7 mm / 9.2 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 1.9 kg4.17 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 2.1 kg4.68 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 17.8 mm / 0.701 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs

Connectivity

The ports are distributed across three sides, which means there are ports available on the back of the device. Here, HDMI 2.0 and Thunderbolt 3 with dual-link DP 1.4 output are available, but there is no USB Type-A. The adapter cable's DisplayPort is G-Sync compatible.

Conveniently, a Type-C dock or a Thunderbolt dual display cable configuration can be plugged in on the back for improved ergonomics. The Type-C port does not support Power Delivery. One USB port adheres to the USB-A 3.1 Gen 2 standard, enabling faster file transfers in conjunction with appropriate external storage devices.

Back: RJ-45 (LAN), Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2 (DisplayPort & G-Sync enabled, no Power Delivery, HDMI 2.0 HDCP 2.2)
Back: RJ-45 (LAN), Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2 (DisplayPort & G-Sync enabled, no Power Delivery, HDMI 2.0 HDCP 2.2)
Right: USB Type-A 3.1 Gen 2, headphone jack, microphone jack
Right: USB Type-A 3.1 Gen 2, headphone jack, microphone jack
Left: 2x USB Type-A 3.1 Gen 1, card reader
Left: 2x USB Type-A 3.1 Gen 1, card reader

SD Card Reader

The card reader does not appear to be in a hurry. While around 80 MB/s for copying or writing is not bad per se, we have seen gaming and business laptops reach 190-240 MB/s.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
197 MB/s ∼100% +154%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
181 MB/s ∼92% +133%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.7 - 206, n=265)
91.2 MB/s ∼46% +18%
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
77.6 MB/s ∼39%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
242 MB/s ∼100% +180%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
198.2 MB/s ∼82% +129%
Average of class Gaming
  (13.4 - 257, n=263)
109 MB/s ∼45% +26%
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86.4 MB/s ∼36%

Communication

Connectivity options include Ethernet and the latest AX Wi-Fi. Conveniently, the Gigabit-LAN cable can be plugged in at the back. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax) are provided by the Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200. It supports the latest generation Wi-Fi standard. In order to achieve maximum throughput, a matching router is required.

Although the transfer speeds were not crazy high, only an AC router was available for testing. It will be replaced by an AX router in the near future.

The HD webcam is Windows Hello compatible. As the pictures show, resolution, color accuracy, and sharpness fall on the lower end of the spectrum.

The 720p webcam...
The 720p webcam...
...offers poor quality and innacurate colors...
...offers poor quality and innacurate colors...
...even in daylight.
...even in daylight.
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
696 MBit/s ∼100% +15%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
694 MBit/s ∼100% +15%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
684 MBit/s ∼98% +13%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
680 MBit/s ∼98% +13%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 1490, n=287)
621 MBit/s ∼89% +3%
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
603 (min: 531, max: 676) MBit/s ∼87%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
683 MBit/s ∼100% +12%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
678 MBit/s ∼99% +11%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
655 MBit/s ∼96% +7%
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
611 (min: 491, max: 652) MBit/s ∼89%
Average of class Gaming
  (144 - 1420, n=287)
573 MBit/s ∼84% -6%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
554 MBit/s ∼81% -9%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø603 (531-676)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø614 (541-652)

Security

With a Kensington lock and an integrated TPM 2.0 (via Intel PTT), the security aspect has not been neglected. However, there is no fingerprint scanner.

Software

The Control Center unites all of the system and hardware settings. The power profiles, which can also be switched using the hardware button, are available here as well.

Control Center: Performance and fans
Control Center: Performance and fans
Control Center: System overview
Control Center: System overview
Control Center: Lighting strip
Control Center: Lighting strip
Control Center: Display calibration modes and key lighting
Control Center: Display calibration modes and key lighting

Accessories

Schenker includes a USB-C/DP adapter free of charge. It allows for connecting a DisplayPort display. The Thunderbolt port supports dual-link DP, which means up to 2x4K over one cable. Conveniently, the Thunderbolt port is located on the back of the device, which prevents the cable from interfering on the sides.

Maintenance

Maintenance is easy:
Maintenance is easy:
After removing the phillips screws, the bottom plate can be removed without additional tools
After removing the phillips screws, the bottom plate can be removed without additional tools
The fans are accessible
The fans are accessible
Two occupied RAM slots
Two occupied RAM slots
Chipset and AX Wi-Fi
Chipset and AX Wi-Fi
Samsung SSD PCIe NVMe
Samsung SSD PCIe NVMe

Warranty

As per usual, the desired warranty option can be selected after the purchase, with options for two or three years. Within this time, users can opt for a quick repair warranty (for a premium).

Input Devices

Keyboard

Schenker and Intel did not cut corners when it comes to the mechanical keyboard with per-key lighting. The key clatter is not as loud as on a mechanical desktop equivalent. The silent switches and the shallow travel of 2 mm make the keyboard suitable for quieter environments.

Keyboard with distinct key travel and pressure point
Keyboard with distinct key travel and pressure point
The Control Center lets users choose from the craziest color modes
The Control Center lets users choose from the craziest color modes
The most comfortable one
The most comfortable one

Touchpad

The large ClickPad offers moderate key travel and a distinct acoustic feedback. It measures 13.5 centimeters diagonally and 11.7 cm in width. The smooth surface has excellent gliding properties.

Large ClickPad with decent travel
Large ClickPad with decent travel

Display

Subpixel array of the BOE display
Subpixel array of the BOE display
Slight backlight bleeding in the bottom right corner
Slight backlight bleeding in the bottom right corner

The matte BOE panel has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The contrast ratio of 690:1 is nothing to write home about and the competitors all offer more in this regard. On an entirely black image the screen's inability to display true black can be seen with the naked eye. However, the 144-Hz panel has a measured response time of just 8 and 9 milliseconds (black and gray, respectively). This makes it equal to the Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW, which scored the reference result in this exercise. The contrast ratio of the Zephyrus S is similarly low.

At 279 candela, the average brightness is not exactly great. The brightness in battery mode is almost identical. Illumination is very even at 91% and the brightness distribution is homogeneous. Backlight bleeding, which is depicted below with increased exposure, is minor and only slightly noticeable in a fully black image.

325
cd/m²
308
cd/m²
300
cd/m²
305
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
283
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
326
cd/m²
297
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
BOE NV156FHM-N4G
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 331 cd/m² Average: 309.4 cd/m² Minimum: 11.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 331 cd/m²
Contrast: 1034:1 (Black: 0.32 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.5 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 1.9
ΔE Greyscale 4.7 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
91% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 59% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.31
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
BOE NV156FHM-N4G, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
AU Optronics B156HAN08.2 (AUO82ED), , 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
NV156FHM-N4K (BOE082A), , 1920x1080, 15.6
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Sharp LQ156M1JW03 (SHP14C5), , 1920x1080, 15.6
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
LG Philips LGD05C0, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
6%
6%
-57%
-70%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
8 (4, 4)
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
10%
5.2 (2.6, 2.6)
35%
15.2 (7.6, 7.6)
-90%
16.8 (9.2, 7.6)
-110%
Response Time Black / White *
9 (5, 4)
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
2%
11.2 (6.8, 4.4)
-24%
11.2 (6.8, 4.4)
-24%
11.6 (7.2, 4.4)
-29%
PWM Frequency
23580 (24)
Screen
6%
12%
9%
8%
Brightness middle
331
286
-14%
288
-13%
266
-20%
314.7
-5%
Brightness
309
275
-11%
265
-14%
248
-20%
312
1%
Brightness Distribution
85
90
6%
84
-1%
89
5%
90
6%
Black Level *
0.32
0.37
-16%
0.22
31%
0.31
3%
0.38
-19%
Contrast
1034
773
-25%
1309
27%
858
-17%
828
-20%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.5
2.19
51%
3.22
28%
2.78
38%
2.56
43%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8
4.4
45%
6.26
22%
5.96
25%
4.89
39%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.9
2.27
-19%
1.5
21%
0.91
52%
1.71
10%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.7
2.2
53%
3.43
27%
3.58
24%
3.4
28%
Gamma
2.31 95%
2.41 91%
2.41 91%
2.46 89%
2.3 96%
CCT
7537 86%
6405 101%
7290 89%
7186 90%
6435 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59
59
0%
60
2%
62
5%
60.7
3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
91
91
0%
93
2%
96
5%
94.6
4%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
6% / 6%
9% / 11%
-24% / -1%
-31% / -4%

* ... smaller is better

AdobeRGB color space 59%
AdobeRGB color space 59%
sRGB color space 91%
sRGB color space 91%

The BOE only manages to cover 91% of the sRGB color space. Competitors do not do a better job or at least not a much better job. The more important question is, whether or not there is a blue tint ex-factory. Unfortunately, a blue tint caused by a deltaE of almost six is indeed present. The blue tint can be fixed entirely with calibration for a deltaE of 1.0 and perfect color parity.

Schenker offers an appropriate color profile in the download section, which eliminates the blue tint. A color temperature (standard, gaming, video, reading) can be selected from the Control Center. We left the color temperature adjustments disabled for our measurements. The pre-configured modes do not offer better color accuracy.

CalMAN Grayscale (new measurement)
CalMAN Grayscale (new measurement)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (new measurement)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (new measurement)
CalMAN ColorChecker (new measurement)
CalMAN ColorChecker (new measurement)
CalMAN Grayscale calibrated (new measurement)
CalMAN Grayscale calibrated (new measurement)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps calibrated (new measurement)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps calibrated (new measurement)
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated (new measurement)
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated (new measurement)


The matte surface may be a good approach...
The matte surface may be a good approach...
...but the brightness of just 300 cd/m²...
...but the brightness of just 300 cd/m²...
...is too low for outdoors.
...is too low for outdoors.

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
9 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 4 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 8 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4 ms rise
↘ 4 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 6 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.6 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 13539 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.


Viewing angles of the 144-Hz panel BOE HF NV156FHM-N4G
Viewing angles of the 144-Hz panel BOE HF NV156FHM-N4G

Performance

The 45-watt CPU and RTX graphics require two fans
The 45-watt CPU and RTX graphics require two fans

The gaming laptop's datasheet is impressive: The Intel Core i7-9750H (Coffee Lake) and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q are powerful components, the likes of which can also be found in many other high-end gaming laptops. While the SoC and the GPU are nothing out of the ordinary, it is interesting to see how much performance the Intel reference model is able to squeeze out of the components.

The SoC, which is rated for a TDP of 45 watts, was designed for large and heavy laptops. For thinner devices, the configurable TDP can be reduced to 35 watts. However, this is not the case with our Schenker and even though things get crowded, the CPU package has a budget of around 50 watts.

Alternatively, the Fusion 15 can be equipped with a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR6). Since the display is connected via Nvidia Optimus, the RTX card can be disabled in favor of the integrated UHD Graphics 630.

Performance Profiles

In the Control Center, Intel lets users choose between three different performance profiles, which are comprised of the building blocks CPU, GPU, and fan profile. This allows the CPU to run in balanced mode (TDP 63 W) and the GPU at 100% while gaming.

Enthusiast mode is supposed to satisfy gamers' needs: The graphics card runs at full power, while the processor runs in balanced mode in order to allow it to reduce the clock speed when the temperature rises too high.

System info: CPU-Z CPU
System info: CPU-Z cache
System info: CPU-Z mainboard
System info: CPU-Z memory
System info: CPU-Z SPD
System info: CPU-Z graphics
System info: GPU-Z
System info: GPU-Z Intel UHD Graphics
System info: HWiNFO
System info: Intel XTU

Processor

Cinebench R15 loop, clock speed and temperatures
Cinebench R15 loop, clock speed and temperatures

As the Cinebench R15 loop confirms, the processor is able to unfold its full Turbo Boost potential even in mode 2 (balanced). The clock speeds fluctuate between 3.7 and 4.0 GHz. The core temperature rises to just below 90 °C, causing the clock speed to temporarily drop to 3.7 GHz. This translates to a performance deficit of 5% overall, although the Fusion starts out with a much higher score than competing devices with an identical SoC.

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Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19 Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1225 (1188.53-1294.79)
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1040 (1017.76-1182)
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1066 (1053.71-1188.07)
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1007 (976.09-1115.02)
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø922 (913.2-999)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
Intel Core i7-9750H
189 Points ∼100% +3%
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
Intel Core i7-9750H
183 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (170 - 194, n=68)
183 Points ∼97% 0%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
Intel Core i7-9750H
177 Points ∼94% -3%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
175 Points ∼93% -4%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
174 Points ∼92% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (77 - 215, n=540)
157 Points ∼83% -14%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
Intel Core i7-9750H
1294 Points ∼100%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
Intel Core i7-9750H
1188 Points ∼92% -8%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
Intel Core i7-9750H
1182 Points ∼91% -9%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (964 - 1306, n=70)
1181 Points ∼91% -9%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
1115 Points ∼86% -14%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
999 Points ∼77% -23%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 2022, n=543)
845 Points ∼65% -35%
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1294 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
183 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
114.77 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

In terms of application performance, the Fusion 15 leaves its opposition in the dust and claims first place. That being said, the performance lead of just +1 % relative to the Acer Predator Triton 500 is small. Meanwhile, our test device cannot claim the top spot when it comes to productivity, falling behind by 3% compared to the first place Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
7357 Points ∼100%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
7314 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (6765 - 8220, n=9)
7300 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, 2x Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8 (RAID 0)
6936 Points ∼94% -6%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
6888 Points ∼94% -6%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6708 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (1764 - 11245, n=232)
6445 Points ∼88% -12%
Productivity
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
7695 Points ∼100% +3%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, 2x Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8 (RAID 0)
7661 Points ∼100% +2%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7547 Points ∼98% +1%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
7515 Points ∼98% 0%
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
7490 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (6834 - 7695, n=9)
7347 Points ∼95% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (4175 - 9077, n=233)
7197 Points ∼94% -4%
Essentials
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
9534 Points ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
9472 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (9140 - 9741, n=9)
9391 Points ∼99% -1%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
9366 Points ∼98% -2%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, 2x Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8 (RAID 0)
9231 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (4892 - 11266, n=234)
8580 Points ∼90% -10%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
8517 Points ∼89% -11%
Score
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
5784 Points ∼100%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
5746 Points ∼99% -1%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
5697 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (5439 - 5991, n=9)
5695 Points ∼98% -2%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, 2x Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8 (RAID 0)
5654 Points ∼98% -2%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5416 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 7511, n=236)
5261 Points ∼91% -9%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
6035 Points ∼100% +6%
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
5694 Points ∼94%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (4520 - 6035, n=6)
5624 Points ∼93% -1%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5607 Points ∼93% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (2484 - 6593, n=409)
5060 Points ∼84% -11%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
4890 Points ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
4851 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (3638 - 5661, n=6)
4756 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (2554 - 6093, n=426)
4272 Points ∼87% -13%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4150 Points ∼85% -15%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4890 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5931 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5694 points
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Storage Solution

Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus 500 GB
Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus 500 GB

The Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus (500 GB) can be used in a RAID 1 (redundant) or RAID 0 configuration. For users who do not need redundance, 400 GB of storage space is available. Since a second M.2-2280 slot for an additional SSD (PCI Express x4) is available, storage capacity is not a problem.

Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
2x Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8 (RAID 0)
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Average Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
7%
15%
14%
-8%
20%
Write 4K
106.47
97.04
-9%
108.8
2%
115.5
8%
93.88
-12%
153 (99.3 - 197, n=9)
44%
Read 4K
42.24
49.58
17%
40.31
-5%
57.97
37%
40.56
-4%
47.7 (38.5 - 53.2, n=9)
13%
Write Seq
1465.81
1838
25%
2488
70%
1555
6%
1468
0%
1695 (1087 - 2718, n=9)
16%
Read Seq
1336.59
2421
81%
1916
43%
2590
94%
1540
15%
1542 (974 - 2559, n=9)
15%
Write 4K Q32T1
337.26
326.9
-3%
382.4
13%
369.3
10%
293.5
-13%
432 (337 - 557, n=9)
28%
Read 4K Q32T1
407.59
372.9
-9%
421.8
3%
441.7
8%
346
-15%
526 (408 - 648, n=9)
29%
Write Seq Q32T1
2932.8
1894
-35%
2542
-13%
1547
-47%
1941
-34%
3224 (2933 - 3280, n=9)
10%
Read Seq Q32T1
3235.3
2828
-13%
3320
3%
2969
-8%
3266
1%
3460 (3235 - 3558, n=9)
7%
AS SSD
-28%
-2%
-23%
-7%
3%
Copy Game MB/s
1216.28
1140.57
-6%
1200.14
-1%
1099 (787 - 1434, n=6)
-10%
Copy Program MB/s
511.09
454.24
-11%
525.53
3%
438 (243 - 570, n=6)
-14%
Copy ISO MB/s
1997.6
2085.95
4%
1974.98
-1%
1939 (1394 - 2728, n=6)
-3%
Score Total
4886
2896
-41%
4329
-11%
2870
-41%
4079
-17%
5037 (4379 - 5862, n=8)
3%
Score Write
2694
1528
-43%
1927
-28%
1141
-58%
2010
-25%
2529 (1902 - 2853, n=8)
-6%
Score Read
1454
923
-37%
1604
10%
1186
-18%
1362
-6%
1655 (1414 - 2359, n=8)
14%
Access Time Write *
0.031
0.04
-29%
0.065
-110%
0.033
-6%
0.0294 (0.023 - 0.037, n=8)
5%
Access Time Read *
0.063
0.08
-27%
0.042
33%
0.047
25%
0.0498 (0.033 - 0.092, n=8)
21%
4K-64 Write
2358.62
1253
-47%
1546.17
-34%
921.88
-61%
1717.43
-27%
2154 (1494 - 2431, n=8)
-9%
4K-64 Read
1159.12
623.93
-46%
1272.09
10%
875.61
-24%
1125.76
-3%
1359 (1156 - 2050, n=8)
17%
4K Write
117.18
103.6
-12%
143.57
23%
126.51
8%
110.72
-6%
130 (99.1 - 166, n=8)
11%
4K Read
50.57
48.32
-4%
42.95
-15%
59.11
17%
52.31
3%
50.9 (30 - 59, n=8)
1%
Seq Write
2178.95
1711.53
-21%
2374.01
9%
923.81
-58%
1822.26
-16%
2454 (2081 - 2779, n=8)
13%
Seq Read
2438.1
2505.83
3%
2888.39
18%
2516.94
3%
1839.67
-25%
2445 (2172 - 2716, n=8)
0%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-11% / -13%
7% / 6%
-5% / -10%
-8% / -7%
12% / 9%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3235.3 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2932.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 407.59 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 337.26 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1336.59 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1465.81 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 42.24 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 106.47 MB/s

Graphics Performance

The performance profile can be selected with a dedicated key
The performance profile can be selected with a dedicated key

The GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q (TU106) is equipped with 8 GB of GDDR6 video memory. The GPU cores run at 885 MHz and can boost to up to 1,478 MHz.

The video memory is accessed through a 256-bit interface.

Max-Q denotes a more economical version of the mobile RTX 2070. Reduced clock speeds result in significantly lower power consumption and make the card suitable for thin laptops. As the clock speed readings during our The Witcher 3 ultra test confirm (1,478 MHz average; 1,700 MHz maximum), the installed Max-Q card is the powerful 90-watt TDP variant. Meanwhile, HWiNFO indicates a GPU power of just 80 watts.

In 3DMark, the Fusion 15 leaps ahead of competing devices in the comparison and is able to claim a sizeable performance lead of 6-9%.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
25259 Points ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9750H
24267 Points ∼96% -4%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
22749 Points ∼90% -10%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
22723 Points ∼90% -10%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
22005 Points ∼87% -13%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (14723 - 25259, n=21)
21637 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=642)
13790 Points ∼55% -45%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
20201 Points ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9750H
19123 Points ∼95% -5%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
18153 Points ∼90% -10%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
18060 Points ∼89% -11%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
17335 Points ∼86% -14%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (11563 - 20201, n=22)
17020 Points ∼84% -16%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=567)
11619 Points ∼58% -42%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
125189 Points ∼100%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
114431 Points ∼91% -9%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-9750H
112480 Points ∼90% -10%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-9750H
109473 Points ∼87% -13%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
106170 Points ∼85% -15%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (39014 - 125189, n=20)
91060 Points ∼73% -27%
Average of class Gaming
  (5761 - 184578, n=548)
68891 Points ∼55% -45%
3DMark 11 Performance
20181 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
39529 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
17593 points
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Gaming Performance

In order to evaluate the gaming performance, we performed our The Witcher 3 ultra test without the 60-FPS limit. During the test, the laptop consistently shows a high consumption of around 190 W and the GPU runs at 1,350 to 1,450 MHz. While this makes the Fusion 15 as good as the best thin gaming laptops, it does not make it better than them.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
70.2 (min: 58) fps ∼100% +6%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
68.9 fps ∼98% +4%
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
66 fps ∼94%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (57 - 80.8, n=20)
64.6 fps ∼92% -2%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
64.4 (min: 54) fps ∼92% -2%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
64.1 fps ∼91% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=336)
50.8 fps ∼72% -23%

The following screenshots show the clock speeds of the CPU and GPU during The Witcher 3 ultra during battery mode and while on mains. The performance is limited in battery mode, where the GPU clock falls from 1,400 MHz (mains) to 1,300 MHz. In turn, the GPU's power draw drops to 30 watts (from 60 watts) and the temperature decreases to 63 °C (from 74 °C).

The Witcher 3 ultra @AC: Clock speeds, temperature and power draw
The Witcher 3 ultra @AC: Clock speeds, temperature and power draw
The Witcher 3 ultra @battery: Clock speeds, temperature and power draw
The Witcher 3 ultra @battery: Clock speeds, temperature and power draw
F1 2019 - 1920x1080 Ultra High Preset AA:T AF:16x
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
105 fps ∼100%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
103 (min: 92) fps ∼98% -2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (97 - 105, n=4)
103 fps ∼98% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (10.8 - 152, n=23)
86.4 fps ∼82% -18%
Dirt Rally 2.0 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
79.1 (min: 64) fps ∼100% +2%
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
77.4 fps ∼98%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, 2x Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8 (RAID 0)
75 (min: 53) fps ∼95% -3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (68.8 - 79.1, n=4)
74.4 fps ∼94% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (23.9 - 114, n=24)
68.5 fps ∼87% -11%
Anthem - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, 2x Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8 (RAID 0)
79 (min: 64) fps ∼100% +12%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
75.7 (min: 49) fps ∼96% +7%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (67.8 - 75.7, n=4)
71.9 fps ∼91% +2%
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
70.6 fps ∼89%
Average of class Gaming
  (29.1 - 112, n=18)
69.3 fps ∼88% -2%
Farming Simulator 19 - 1920x1080 Very High Preset
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
128.1 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (106 - 128, n=2)
117 fps ∼91% -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (13.6 - 140, n=10)
77 fps ∼60% -40%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (57 - 84, n=8)
76.8 fps ∼100% +7%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, 2x Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8 (RAID 0)
74.2 fps ∼97% +3%
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
72 fps ∼94%
Average of class Gaming
  (23 - 124, n=59)
71.5 fps ∼93% -1%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, 2x Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8 (RAID 0)
70.2 (min: 58) fps ∼100% +6%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
68.9 fps ∼98% +4%
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
66 fps ∼94%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (57 - 80.8, n=20)
64.6 fps ∼92% -2%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
64.4 (min: 54) fps ∼92% -2%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
64.1 fps ∼91% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=336)
50.8 fps ∼72% -23%

In order to check whether the frame rates remain consistent over a prolonged period of time, we played The Witcher 3 for around 60 minutes in Full HD resolution and with maximum detail settings. The character controlled by the player was not moved during this time. The frame rate does not decrease over time and there is no drop in performance.

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Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19 GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB; The Witcher 3: Ø66 (59-73)
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9 GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8; The Witcher 3: Ø51.3 (44-61)
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ; The Witcher 3: Ø62.2 (57-70)
Acer Predator Triton 500 GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H, 2x WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-256G-1014 (RAID 0); The Witcher 3: Ø76.1 (70-81)
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ; The Witcher 3: Ø49.5 (46-53)
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GS GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G; The Witcher 3: Ø50.3 (45-54)
low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 66 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 77 72 fps
Farming Simulator 19 (2018) 128.1 fps
Anthem (2019) 70.6 fps
Dirt Rally 2.0 (2019) 77.4 fps
F1 2019 (2019) 105 fps

Emissions

Noise Emissions

The Witcher 3 ultra: Silent (until minute 15), balanced (until minute 37), enthusiast (until the end)
The Witcher 3 ultra: Silent (until minute 15), balanced (until minute 37), enthusiast (until the end)
Noise: There is no difference between balanced and enthusiast mode in The Witcher 3 ultra
Noise: There is no difference between balanced and enthusiast mode in The Witcher 3 ultra

The cooling solutions of the graphics card and the SoC are interconnected, which allows the graphics card fan to dissipate heat that originates from the processor and vice versa.

Both the most demanding gaming scenarios as well as the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark) result in a noise level of 52 dB(A). While this is very loud, users generally will not have to deal with quite such a high noise level when gaming: We recorded up to 49.7 dB(A) in our The Witcher 3 ultra benchmark.

Demanding games will usually be played in either balanced or enthusiast mode. In this case, users can expect up to 49.7 dB(A). The two modes are separated by only marginal differences in terms of energy consumption and equal in terms of the noise level in The Witcher 3 ultra. In return, the game runs at 67 and 65 FPS when using balanced or enthusiast mode, respectively. Oddly, the GPU's energy consumption drops from 80 to 55 watts in enthusiast mode. Note: The two FPS drops before minute 15 were caused by the screen turning off.

Silent mode is required for noticeably quieter operation. Although at 35.5 dB(A), the laptop only reaches 35 FPS. Less-demanding games can absolutely run smoothly in quiet mode.

The Witcher 3 ultra FHD
WattsNoiseFPS
Silent76 W35.5 dB(A)35 FPS
Balanced136 W
49.7 dB(A)
67 FPS
Enthusiast139 W
49.7 dB(A)
65 FPS

There is no sugarcoating it: Fan noise is very loud. The competitors do not achieve great results in this particular discipline either: The Zephyrus S emits 50-56 dB(A), for example. While the Razer Blade is quieter, it also performs worse in the R15 loop. Positive: The fan characteristics are indistinguishable and we are unable to tell whether the right or the left fan is spinning.

The fan remains switched off permanently in silent mode
The fan remains switched off permanently in silent mode

Noise Level

Idle
30 / 30 / 30 dB(A)
Load
46 / 51.6 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 Fusion 15 XFU15L19
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, 2x Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8 (RAID 0)
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Emissions
Fan Noise
51.6
Noise
-9%
-5%
-8%
9%
off / environment *
30
30
-0%
30
-0%
30
-0%
28.8
4%
Idle Minimum *
30
31
-3%
30
-0%
31
-3%
28.8
4%
Idle Average *
30
33
-10%
33
-10%
34
-13%
28.8
4%
Idle Maximum *
30
38
-27%
39
-30%
39
-30%
29.4
2%
Load Average *
46
50
-9%
45
2%
46
-0%
35.7
22%
Witcher 3 ultra *
51.5
53
-3%
49
5%
53
-3%
42.5
17%
Load Maximum *
51.6
56
-9%
51
1%
55
-7%
45
13%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-9% / -9%
-5% / -5%
-8% / -8%
9% / 9%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

During idle in silent mode, the two fans are consistently inactive. Due to this, the surface temperatures are not exactly cool and hover around 32 °C on average (top and bottom).

Our stress test (maximum load) pushes the CPU and GPU to their limits. The fans then spin very fast and the temperature inside of the case rises to 38 °C. Individual spots can reach up to 53 °C (top).

The Witcher 3 ultra represents prolonged, demanding gaming. Here, the temperatures climb even higher and settle at an average of 42 °C with individual spots reaching up to 57 °C (top).

We selected the Fusion 15's enthusiast mode for our stress test. Here, the core temperature of the CPU hovers around 90 °C. The clock speed lingers at around 3.1 GHz. Meanwhile, HWiNFO reports a CPU package power of about 50 watts.

The GPU clock in the second picture confirms that the thermals were optimized with the GPU in mind: FurMark demands maximum performance, making the GTX card run at 1,300-1,700 MHz. Meanwhile the temperature does not exceed 75 °C. According to HWiNFO, the GPU demands between 40 and 60 watts. The Witcher 3 ultra increases this value to a good 60 watts.

Stress test log GPU: Clock, temperature and energy
Stress test log GPU: Clock, temperature and energy
Stress test log CPU: Clock, temperature and energy
Stress test log CPU: Clock, temperature and energy
Max. Load
 46 °C
115 F
52.7 °C
127 F
43.2 °C
110 F
 
 27.6 °C
82 F
45.3 °C
114 F
28.6 °C
83 F
 
 32.1 °C
90 F
36.1 °C
97 F
35.9 °C
97 F
 
Maximum: 52.7 °C = 127 F
Average: 38.6 °C = 101 F
41.6 °C
107 F
50 °C
122 F
44.1 °C
111 F
35.7 °C
96 F
52.2 °C
126 F
35.1 °C
95 F
33 °C
91 F
36.1 °C
97 F
33.3 °C
92 F
Maximum: 52.2 °C = 126 F
Average: 40.1 °C = 104 F
Power Supply (max.)  26.2 °C = 79 F | Room Temperature 23.4 °C = 74 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.6 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 52.7 °C / 127 F, compared to the average of 39.6 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 52.2 °C / 126 F, compared to the average of 42.3 °C / 108 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 32.3 °C / 90 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
(-) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 42.1 °C / 108 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 37.1 °C / 98.8 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-8.3 °C / -15 F).
Heat distribution: Idle, top
Heat distribution: Idle, top
Heat distribution: Idle, bottom
Heat distribution: Idle, bottom
Heat distribution: Stress test, top
Heat distribution: Stress test, top
Heat distribution: Stress test, bottom
Heat distribution: Stress test, bottom
Heat distribution: The Witcher 3 ultra, top
Heat distribution: The Witcher 3 ultra, top
Heat distribution: The Witcher 3 ultra, bottom
Heat distribution: The Witcher 3 ultra, bottom

Speakers & Microphone

The stereo speakers are not very loud
The stereo speakers are not very loud

The speakers are one of the worst features of the laptop. They are not only relatively quiet, but they also lack any kind of bass and depth. As the comparison with the Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW shows, the sound spectrum is relatively unbalanced.

By contrast, we were impressed by the microphone: Sound recordings are crystal clear, regardless of whether we are within 60 cm or 3 meters of the device. These are optimal conditions for phone calls and voice chats.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.73132.72533.530.333.53138.231.638.24030.329.930.35034.831.234.86330.626.730.68025.326.625.31002624.72612528.123.828.116034.323.834.32003422.33425041.120.741.131548.320.148.340054.819.754.850056.619.256.663057.61957.680067.118.367.1100064.617.864.6125060.617.960.6160052.617.452.6200055.317.355.3250053.917.353.9315058.717.158.7400050.117.450.1500048.817.348.863005517.555800056.317.456.31000050.717.550.71250045.217.345.21600045.217.545.2SPL70.93070.9N25.71.325.7median 52.6median 17.8median 52.6Delta6.31.66.343.644.939.640.430.933.83542.828.335.92635.828.642.128.757.423.854.622.957.423.958.52560.92064.219.16417.965.117.372.516.97517.177.818.576.717.874.917.474.117.467.717.676.817.583.317.484.217.279.817.271.617.266.51769.216.863.43090.21.481.4median 17.5median 69.21.86hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSchenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (67 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (12.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (12% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 84% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 12% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 64% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 27% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 10.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.7% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (11.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 30% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 11% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 86% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Energy Consumption

The thick 230-watt ac adapter can be plugged into the back of the device
The thick 230-watt ac adapter can be plugged into the back of the device
The power supply weighs in at just below 800 grams
The power supply weighs in at just below 800 grams

The energy consumption is modest during idle and demanding under load. Since powerful systems tend to draw a lot of power even during idle, this is good news. The Schenker, on the other hand, only demands 7.5 watts in silent mode (brightness reduced, flight mode). In balanced and enthusiast mode, 14 and 17 watts are consumed, respectively. In terms of being economical, it beats most competitors.

The consumption under load and the maximum consumption also reflect well on the laptop. 243 watts at the beginning of the stress test (Prime95 + FurMark) indicates that the Fusion 15 is running at full power. The R15 loop in the performance section confirms this.

The Witcher 3 on ultra settings shifts the focus to graphics stress and demands an average of 170 W, which is a higher rate than on competing devices as well. High frame rates confirm a consistent performance level.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.7 / 1.6 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 7.5 / 14.6 / 17 Watt
Load midlight 181 / 243 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 2x Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8 (RAID 0), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8, IGZO, 1920x1080, 15.6
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
8750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
 
Average of class Gaming
 
Power Consumption
-61%
15%
-43%
8%
-30%
-47%
Idle Minimum *
7.5
24
-220%
7
7%
21
-180%
10.4
-39%
15.9 (5 - 46, n=19)
-112%
19.4 (3.4 - 113, n=722)
-159%
Idle Average *
14.6
27
-85%
12
18%
23
-58%
14.6
-0%
21 (12 - 59, n=19)
-44%
24.9 (6.6 - 119, n=722)
-71%
Idle Maximum *
17
33
-94%
22
-29%
32
-88%
16.3
4%
26.7 (16.3 - 65.5, n=19)
-57%
30.2 (8.3 - 122, n=722)
-78%
Load Average *
181
129
29%
86
52%
97
46%
88.5
51%
102 (83.4 - 181, n=19)
44%
104 (14.1 - 319, n=713)
43%
Load Maximum *
243
216
11%
177
27%
213
12%
182.4
25%
194 (120 - 243, n=19)
20%
173 (21.9 - 590, n=712)
29%
Witcher 3 ultra *
170
176
-4%
144
15%
148
13%
155.4
9%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The 93-Wh battery can be removed
The 93-Wh battery can be removed

Our Wi-Fi test accurately portrays real-world web-browsing conditions. The script, which periodically accesses web pages with multimedia content, depletes the battery in eight hours. We performed the test in silent mode and with the brightness reduced by five steps to 150 cd/m².

During idle, the runtimes should be longer. Our test, during which the laptop finally automatically shuts down after 9 h 19 m, confirms this. For this test, we chose silent mode, minimum brightness and flight mode.

The number of devices on the market with incredible performance on mains and long battery life are exceedingly rare. While the Gigabyte models Aero 15 Classic-XA & 15-X9 as well as the Acer Predator Triton 500 and Razer Blade 15 offer even longer battery life, their performance while on mains is lower, as evidenced by Cinebench R15. 

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)