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Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Tongfang GK7CP0S) Laptop Review: A good package

Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Katherine Bodner), 11/28/2019

Unique selling point. These days, gaming notebooks are a dime a dozen out there. In order to stand out from the crowd, the XMG Neo 17 is equipped with a mechanical keyboard. Find out what we think of its other aspects in our review.

Schenker XMG Neo 17

We have been provided with the 17-inch XMG Neo 17 as well as the 15-inch XMG Neo 15 (see review) from Schenker Technologies. The high-end gamer has a starting price of 1450 Euros (~$1600) with a configuration including 8 GB of DDR4-RAM, a 250-GB SSD and a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.

If you are looking for more performance, you will have to dig a little deeper into your pocket. Users can create their own configurations with up to 64 GB of RAM and up to three storage devices (2x M.2 Type 2280 & 1x 2.5-inch). Demanding gamers can also choose from the raytracing GPUs RTX 2060RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 Max-Q. The created images are displayed on a matte 144-Hz display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. There is only one available processor. But Intel's six-core chip Core i7-9750H should be largely sufficient for the next few years. Our test unit, which costs around 1850 Euros (~$2000), is equipped with 16 GB of RAM, a 500-GB SSD and a GeForce RTX 2060. 

Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop) - 6144 MB, Core: 960 MHz, Memory: 1750 MHz, GDDR6, ForceWare 441.12, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, 2x 8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-2666, Dual Channel, all slots occupied, max. 64 GB
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, LG LP173WFG-SPB1 (LGD0615), IPS, Full-HD, 144 Hz, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB, 500 GB 
, NVMe, Slots: 2x M.2 Type 2280 & 1x 2.5 inch
Soundcard
Realtek ALC269 @ Intel Cannon Point PCH
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1 headphone (out), 1 microphone (in), Card Reader: SD,SDHC,SDXC
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 27 x 396 x 261 ( = 1.06 x 15.59 x 10.28 in)
Battery
46 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: 2.1, Keyboard: RGB, mechanical, Keyboard Light: yes, 230-Watt AC adaptor, Control Center, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.52 kg ( = 88.89 oz / 5.56 pounds), Power Supply: 682 g ( = 24.06 oz / 1.5 pounds)
Price
1857 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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XMG Neo 17 competes with other 17-inch devices running on Coffee Lake and Turing such as the Asus Strix G731GV, the Lenovo Legion Y740-17, the MSI GL75 9SEK and the Razer Blade Pro 17. We have included these devices in our comparison tables for this review.

RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionBest Price
84%11/2019Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
2.5 kg27 mm17.3"1920x1080
86%08/2019Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
2.9 kg26.2 mm17.3"1920x1080
84%10/2019Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
3 kg23 mm17.3"1920x1080
83%10/2019MSI GL75 9SEK-056US
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
2.5 kg28 mm17.3"1920x1080
89%08/2019Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
2.8 kg19.9 mm17.3"1920x1080

As the case is identical with that of its predecessor, we shall not be going into detail on the chassis, the connectivity and the input devices. You can find more information on these aspects here.

Schenker XMG Neo 17
Schenker XMG Neo 17
Schenker XMG Neo 17
Schenker XMG Neo 17
Schenker XMG Neo 17

Size Comparison

412.6 mm / 16.2 inch 304.9 mm / 12 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 3 kg6.52 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 293 mm / 11.5 inch 26.2 mm / 1.031 inch 2.9 kg6.28 lbs397 mm / 15.6 inch 271 mm / 10.7 inch 28 mm / 1.102 inch 2.5 kg5.51 lbs396 mm / 15.6 inch 261 mm / 10.3 inch 27 mm / 1.063 inch 2.5 kg5.56 lbs395 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.8 kg6.06 lbs
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
187.2 MB/s ∼100% +137%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.7 - 206, n=262)
91.7 MB/s ∼49% +16%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
79 MB/s ∼42%
MSI GL75 9SEK-056US
 
23.5 MB/s ∼13% -70%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
206.7 MB/s ∼100% +140%
Average of class Gaming
  (13.4 - 257, n=260)
109 MB/s ∼53% +27%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86 MB/s ∼42%
MSI GL75 9SEK-056US
 
28.5 MB/s ∼14% -67%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1370 MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 1380, n=283)
614 MBit/s ∼45% -55%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1160 MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (144 - 1160, n=283)
566 MBit/s ∼49% -51%

Display

The Full-HD display has been updated slightly since the last generation. Our new test unit is equipped with a display from LG instead of the BOE panel.

278
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
292
cd/m²
318
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
275
cd/m²
289
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG LP173WFG-SPB1 (LGD0615)
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 318 cd/m² Average: 286.4 cd/m² Minimum: 11 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 318 cd/m²
Contrast: 1383:1 (Black: 0.23 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.89 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 1.03
ΔE Greyscale 5.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
96% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 60% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.46
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
LG LP173WFG-SPB1 (LGD0615), IPS, 1920x1080
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
AU Optronics AUO B173HAN04.0, IPS, 1920x1080
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
LG Philips LP173WFG-SPD2 (LGD05E0), IPS, 1920x1080
MSI GL75 9SEK-056US
AU Optronics AUO479D (B173HAN04.7), IPS, 1920x1080
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
AU Optronics B173HAN04.0, IPS, 1920x1080
Response Times
27%
4%
-89%
40%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
15.6 (8, 7.6)
6.8 (3.4, 3.4)
56%
14.8 (7.6, 7.2)
5%
26 (11.6, 14.4)
-67%
6.8 (3.6, 3.2)
56%
Response Time Black / White *
11.6 (6, 5.6)
12 (6.8, 5.2)
-3%
11.2 (6, 5.2)
3%
24.4 (12.8, 11.6)
-110%
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
24%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-17%
1%
-42%
-8%
Brightness middle
318
312.3
-2%
282
-11%
259.1
-19%
300.4
-6%
Brightness
286
297
4%
261
-9%
261
-9%
289
1%
Brightness Distribution
86
91
6%
87
1%
93
8%
93
8%
Black Level *
0.23
0.21
9%
0.27
-17%
0.25
-9%
0.32
-39%
Contrast
1383
1487
8%
1044
-25%
1036
-25%
939
-32%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.89
3.6
7%
3.18
18%
4.23
-9%
2.32
40%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.56
6.74
36%
8.39
21%
23.39
-121%
3.81
64%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.03
3.95
-283%
0.95
8%
3.9
-279%
2.95
-186%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.3
3.1
42%
4.1
23%
1.3
75%
1.5
72%
Gamma
2.46 89%
2.26 97%
2.55 86%
2.076 106%
2.3 96%
CCT
7462 87%
7002 93%
7260 90%
6542 99%
6764 96%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60
56.6
-6%
61
2%
39
-35%
57.4
-4%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
96
86.6
-10%
96
0%
61
-36%
89
-7%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
5% / -10%
3% / 1%
-66% / -49%
16% / -1%

* ... smaller is better

The LP173WFG-SPB1 gets a high score for its low black value (0.23 cd/m²) as well as for its great contrast (1383:1).

CalMAN: grayscales
CalMAN: grayscales
CalMAN: saturation
CalMAN: saturation
CalMAN: colors
CalMAN: colors
CalMAN: grayscales (after calibration)
CalMAN: grayscales (after calibration)
CalMAN: saturation (after calibration)
CalMAN: saturation (after calibration)
CalMAN: colors (after calibration)
CalMAN: colors (after calibration)

The panel covers 96% of the sRGB color space and has a great response time of 11.6 - 15.6 ms. The average luminosity of 286 cd/m² and the color accuracy, on the other hand, are only mediocre.

Schenker XMG Neo 17 vs. sRGB (96%)
Schenker XMG Neo 17 vs. sRGB (96%)
Subpixel
Subpixel
Schenker XMG Neo 17 vs. AdobeRGB (60%)
Schenker XMG Neo 17 vs. AdobeRGB (60%)

Instead, the panel can offer great viewing angle stability, which is not surprising considering it is based on IPS technology.

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
11.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 5.6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 12 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
15.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8 ms rise
↘ 7.6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 10 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9331 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Testing conditions

The preinstalled Control Center allows the user to make various changes to the system settings (e.g. the color of the keyboard backlighting). We were particularly interested in the "performance" tab. Our tests were completed in standard mode with automatic fan control. These are the settings that are activated at delivery.

Control Center
Control Center
Control Center
Control Center

Performance

First, we will be taking a look at several screenshots of the most important system components.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
HWiNFO
GPU-Z
AS SSD Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark
LatencyMon

Processor

As mentioned before, the Core i7-9750H is a six-core chip. The 14-nm chip is based on Intel's improved Coffee Lake architecture and can work up to 12 threads simultaneously via hyper threading.

Singlecore rendering
Singlecore rendering
Multicore rendering
Multicore rendering
GPU load
GPU load

The clock rate of 2.6 GHz seems unspectacular at first. However, the processor can speed up to a maximum of 4.5 GHz under load thanks to its Turbo Boost.

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Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19 Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø991 (962.32-1086.1)
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1096 (1054.52-1187.97)
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1205 (1166.45-1263.34)
MSI GL75 9SEK-056US Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1175 (1102.32-1284.15)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060 Intel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i7-9750H: Ø1066 (1058.57-1172.68)

We ran the Cinebench R15 benchmark in order to find out whether the XMG Neo 17 can reach and keep up its overclocking potential. Unfortunately, we were not particularly impressed by the 2.9 to 3.8 GHz clock rate during the multi-core test (average 3.3 GHz), which positioned our 17-inch laptop towards the back of our comparison field. It only made last place in terms of prolonged performance as well (see the Cinebench loop).

Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H
461 Points ∼100% +6%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
Intel Core i7-9750H
434 Points ∼94% 0%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Intel Core i7-9750H
434 Points ∼94%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
Intel Core i7-9750H
432 Points ∼94% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (340 - 509, n=59)
431 Points ∼93% -1%
CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H
2839 Points ∼100% +25%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
Intel Core i7-9750H
2669 Points ∼94% +17%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
Intel Core i7-9750H
2628 Points ∼93% +15%
Average of class Gaming
  (1530 - 4926, n=59)
2558 Points ∼90% +12%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Intel Core i7-9750H
2280 Points ∼80%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Intel Core i7-9750H
192 Points ∼100%
MSI GL75 9SEK-056US
Intel Core i7-9750H
187 Points ∼97% -3%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
Intel Core i7-9750H
181 Points ∼94% -6%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H
181 Points ∼94% -6%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
Intel Core i7-9750H
179 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (77 - 215, n=535)
157 Points ∼82% -18%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GL75 9SEK-056US
Intel Core i7-9750H
1284 Points ∼100% +18%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H
1263 Points ∼98% +16%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
Intel Core i7-9750H
1166 Points ∼91% +7%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
Intel Core i7-9750H
1159 Points ∼90% +7%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Intel Core i7-9750H
1086 Points ∼85%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 2022, n=538)
841 Points ∼65% -23%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
192 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1086 Points
Help

System Performance

The system performance gives a similar picture. The Neo 17 reached 5454 points in the PCMark 10, which positioned it on last place. Nonetheless, the performance differences are only marginal - particularly in real life.

PCMark 10 - Score
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
5894 Points ∼100% +8%
MSI GL75 9SEK-056US
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5748 Points ∼98% +5%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5641 Points ∼96% +3%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5580 Points ∼95% +2%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
5454 Points ∼93%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 7511, n=231)
5250 Points ∼89% -4%

Storage Devices

The 17-inch-Schenker did a considerably better job in terms of storage devices. Schenker has equipped our test unit with the 500-GB version of the lighting-fast Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD. The M.2 NVMe drive reached sequential read and write rates of over 3000 MB/s in the CrystalDiskMark benchmark, which positions it at the top of our comparison field.

Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
MSI GL75 9SEK-056US
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-5%
-35%
-1%
10%
Write 4K
103.2
129.3
25%
102.7
0%
149.1
44%
124.1
20%
Read 4K
42.11
54.4
29%
29.12
-31%
48.58
15%
44.75
6%
Write Seq
1087
977.5
-10%
362.2
-67%
1292
19%
Read Seq
974.4
1447
49%
1010
4%
1272
31%
Write 4K Q32T1
404.7
476.8
18%
298.1
-26%
462
14%
514.1
27%
Read 4K Q32T1
469.8
338.1
-28%
349.6
-26%
606.2
29%
595.7
27%
Write Seq Q32T1
3279
981.8
-70%
787.6
-76%
1454.3
-56%
1892
-42%
Read Seq Q32T1
3513
1622
-54%
1490
-58%
1724
-51%
3209
-9%
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3513 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 3279 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 469.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 404.7 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 974.4 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1087 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 42.11 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 103.2 MB/s

Graphics Card

The GeForce RTX 2060 is currently the most affordable entry into the raytracing world. The DirectX 12 model is a Turing chip and has 1920 shader units. The chip has a GDDR6 VRAM of 6 GB (192-Bit interface).

3DMark 11 Performance
16713 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
33879 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
13789 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
5725 points
Help

The base clock rate of 960 MHz can increase significantly during 3D applications thanks to the GPU boost. This means that the GPU reaches just under 1400 MHz in the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark. There were no worrisome issues such as drops in performance during the 60-minute "The Witcher 3" test (Full-HD/Ultra), which the Neo 17 completed at 1350 MHz.

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Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19 GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB: Ø56.8 (52-62)

The fact that other RTX 2060 laptops do an even better job of making full use of their GPU turbo becomes apparent when you take a look at our benchmark table. Whether it's the 3DMark 11 or the 3DMark 13: As long as users limit the device to standard mode in the Control Center, the competition can easily overtake the Neo 17.

3DMark
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
3597 Points ∼100% +13%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
3394 Points ∼94% +6%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
3193 Points ∼89%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
6586 Points ∼100% +16%
MSI GL75 9SEK-056US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
6227 Points ∼95% +10%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
6011 Points ∼91% +6%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
5913 Points ∼90% +4%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
5660 Points ∼86%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
16647 Points ∼100% +8%
MSI GL75 9SEK-056US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
16590 Points ∼100% +8%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
15700 Points ∼94% +2%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
15696 Points ∼94% +2%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
15398 Points ∼92%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
22299 Points ∼100% +14%
MSI GL75 9SEK-056US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
21895 Points ∼98% +12%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
20765 Points ∼93% +6%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
19971 Points ∼90% +2%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
19513 Points ∼88%

Gaming Performance

We tested the Neo 17's performance in a higher performance mode during the obligatory gaming round. The result: In the overboost mode, the frame rate increases by about 15% (together with the fan noise), which cancels the gap in performance compared to the competition.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Overboost)
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
66 (min: 54) fps ∼100% +16%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
56.9 (min: 48) fps ∼86%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=331)
50.5 fps ∼77% -11%
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 - 1920x1080 Maximum Settings AA:T2X Filmic SM
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Overboost)
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
93.4 (min: 72) fps ∼100% +15%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
81.5 (min: 63) fps ∼87%
Average of class Gaming
  (64 - 83.2, n=3)
76.2 fps ∼82% -7%
GRID 2019 - 1920x1080 Ultra High Preset
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Overboost)
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
70.3 (min: 57) fps ∼100% +13%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
62.2 (min: 52) fps ∼88%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.9 - 107, n=8)
56.4 fps ∼80% -9%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Overboost)
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
62 (min: 31) fps ∼100% +15%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
54 (min: 24) fps ∼87%
Average of class Gaming
  (10 - 57, n=8)
41.8 fps ∼67% -23%
FIFA 20 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Overboost)
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
189 (min: 143) fps ∼100% +4%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
181 (min: 137) fps ∼96%
Average of class Gaming
  (58.3 - 201, n=9)
147 fps ∼78% -19%
Borderlands 3 - 1920x1080 Badass Overall Quality (DX11)
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Overboost)
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
57.3 fps ∼100% +16%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
49.4 fps ∼86%
Average of class Gaming
  (8.3 - 79.4, n=12)
43.7 fps ∼76% -12%
Control - 1920x1080 High Quality Preset (DX11)
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Overboost)
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
64 (min: 56) fps ∼100% +18%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
54.3 fps ∼85%
Average of class Gaming
  (8.2 - 91.7, n=16)
46.9 fps ∼73% -14%
Rage 2 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset (Resolution Scale Off)
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Overboost)
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
89.6 (min: 83) fps ∼100% +15%
Average of class Gaming
  (45.1 - 124, n=21)
79.7 fps ∼89% +2%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
77.8 (min: 72) fps ∼87%
Apex Legends - 1920x1080 Maximum Settings AA:TS AF:16x
Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Overboost)
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
134 (min: 126) fps ∼100% +18%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
114 (min: 103) fps ∼85%
Average of class Gaming
  (16.5 - 144, n=20)
99.8 fps ∼74% -12%

In general, the RTX 2060 can display all modern games smoothly at native resolution (1920x1080) and at high to maximum details. Only very demanding or badly optimized games such as "Anno 1800" might encounter difficulties. In these cases, the frame rate can drop below the 60 FPS mark. Less demanding titles (e.g. "Fifa 20" and "Apex") can be played at over 100 fps, which makes good use of the display frequency.  

low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 107 56.9 fps
Apex Legends (2019) 116 114 fps
Dirt Rally 2.0 (2019) 124 69.9 fps
The Division 2 (2019) 82 59 fps
Anno 1800 (2019) 60.8 35.7 fps
Rage 2 (2019) 79.9 77.8 fps
Control (2019) 54.3 fps
Borderlands 3 (2019) 64.4 49.4 fps
FIFA 20 (2019) 184 181 fps
Ghost Recon Breakpoint (2019) 74 54 fps
GRID 2019 (2019) 94.6 62.2 fps
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 (2019) 93.9 81.5 fps
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order (2019) 87.8 78.9 fps

Emissions

System Noise

One positive aspect of the standard mode is that the system noise is relatively low. The Neo 17 is usually quieter than its competition at 43 to max. 47 dB(A) during 3D applications.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.336.535.332.433.534.12539.942.841.644.542.741.63136.533.134.734.633.934.44032.737.833.734.23436.5503832.537.236.93939.76331.331.632.733.633.4358031.6313331.431.733.810030.531.129.827.72932.912529.63329.127.631.535.11603331.833.933.331.936.120031.829.530.128.52736.725031.126.428.927.627.334.931532.927.825.923.322.136.740035.426.424.321.119.537.650034.526.525.520.219.438.56303224.523.120.219.836.680032.725.620.718.217.436.3100033.624.620.418.117.337.6125033.12320.518.217.537.2160032.623.120.618.717.637.4200032.82419.117.916.737.2250034.520.219.218.217.136315029.619.218.517.916.935.5400025.818.718.417.916.931.2500023.218.318.417.917.427.3630020.117.917.917.716.924.5800018.117.917.717.716.7201000017.91819.417.716.718.81250017.817.818.517.416.718.31600017.717.718.117.516.618.1SPL43.334.833.131.330.647.2N4.32.321.71.55.9median 31.8median 24median 20.5median 18.2median 17.4median 36Delta44.84.53.23.14.7hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseSchenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19

We can't say anything negative about noise production of the 17-inch Schenker while idling either. An average of 33 dB(A) is a good level for a gaming notebook. Ideally, the fans would turn off completely, making the device silent.

Noise Level

Idle
31 / 33 / 35 dB(A)
Load
43 / 47 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: 31 dB(A)
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
MSI GL75 9SEK-056US
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
Average of class Gaming
 
Noise
-1%
-3%
0%
4%
1%
off / environment *
31
28.2
9%
30
3%
28.1
9%
28.2
9%
29.4 (27.7 - 32, n=334)
5%
Idle Minimum *
31
29.5
5%
33
-6%
30.9
-0%
28.2
9%
31.4 (28 - 42, n=757)
-1%
Idle Average *
33
30.3
8%
34
-3%
30.9
6%
28.2
15%
32.6 (28 - 46.6, n=757)
1%
Idle Maximum *
35
31.9
9%
35
-0%
31
11%
28.2
19%
34.6 (28 - 52, n=757)
1%
Load Average *
43
50.4
-17%
48
-12%
39
9%
43
-0%
40.8 (30.1 - 58, n=758)
5%
Witcher 3 ultra *
45
50.1
-11%
46
-2%
53.5
-19%
48.4
-8%
Load Maximum *
47
50.1
-7%
49
-4%
53.5
-14%
53.4
-14%
48.2 (38.9 - 64.1, n=758)
-3%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The temperature development is a mixed bag. While the XMG Neo 17 reaches a maximum of 27 °C (~81 °F) while idling, which is cooler than its competition, its case can heat up to 54 °C (~129 °F) under load, which is the highest value in our comparison field.

The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
Stress test
Stress test
Maximum load top
Maximum load top
Maximum load bottom
Maximum load bottom

The CPU and GPU heat up evenly during 3D applications. They reached around 70 °C (~158 °F) during "The Witcher 3", which implies a decent cooling system. The processors only reached around 80 °C (~176 °F) during the stress test with FurMark & Prime95, although the Turbo was largely unavailable for both the Core i7-9750H and the GeForce RTX 2060 in this scenario.

Max. Load
 45 °C
113 F
48 °C
118 F
48 °C
118 F
 
 41 °C
106 F
44 °C
111 F
38 °C
100 F
 
 32 °C
90 F
34 °C
93 F
32 °C
90 F
 
Maximum: 48 °C = 118 F
Average: 40.2 °C = 104 F
48 °C
118 F
54 °C
129 F
50 °C
122 F
47 °C
117 F
46 °C
115 F
39 °C
102 F
30 °C
86 F
32 °C
90 F
30 °C
86 F
Maximum: 54 °C = 129 F
Average: 41.8 °C = 107 F
Power Supply (max.)  47 °C = 117 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.2 °C / 104 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 48 °C / 118 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 54 °C / 129 F, compared to the average of 42.3 °C / 108 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.1 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 37.1 °C / 99 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34 °C / 93.2 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-5.2 °C / -9.4 F).
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
MSI GL75 9SEK-056US
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
Average of class Gaming
 
Heat
-10%
-5%
-26%
0%
-6%
Maximum Upper Side *
48
47.2
2%
43
10%
49.4
-3%
40.6
15%
45.9 (28 - 68.8, n=722)
4%
Maximum Bottom *
54
51
6%
46
15%
50.6
6%
45.4
16%
49.6 (25.9 - 78, n=720)
8%
Idle Upper Side *
26
30.2
-16%
31
-19%
39
-50%
30
-15%
30.8 (21.6 - 46.8, n=674)
-18%
Idle Bottom *
27
35.4
-31%
34
-26%
42
-56%
31
-15%
31.8 (21.1 - 50.3, n=672)
-18%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.536.22542.746.63133.936.4403433.9503932.56333.431.78031.731.71002930.112531.534.416031.946.42002747.125027.353.131522.155.440019.553.350019.456.363019.864.880017.469.5100017.368125017.564.3160017.662.1200016.766.7250017.164.1315016.960.9400016.964.2500017.463630016.963.1800016.766.31000016.764.81250016.759.71600016.656.7SPL30.676.7N1.539.6median 17.4median 62.1Delta3.16.241.740.537.738.137.338.937.73836.137.238.339.236.440.734.947.834.954.733.462.33464.432.36731.867.432.164.831.570.130.270.729.574.929.669.829.368.128.567.92967.728.467.528.271.327.966.927.868.727.665.427.56527.564.527.456.427.252.741814.254.3median 29.3median 672.12.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSchenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (77 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 41% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 20% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 76% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Asus Strix Hero III G731GV audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.96 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 6.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (11.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 12% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 85% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 5% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

In favor of the battery life, the Barebone manufacturer Tongfang has included Optimus technology instead of the image improvement technology G-Sync. Thanks to this graphics switching technology, the 17-inch device only consumes between 11 and 20 watts while idling. When the Nvidia GPU is activated under load, the consumption increases dramatically. We measured a consumption of 100 - 174 watts during 3D applications, which is still well under the rated output of the AC adaptor (230 watts).

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.8 / 1.9 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 11 / 14 / 20 Watt
Load midlight 100 / 174 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
MSI GL75 9SEK-056US
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
Average of class Gaming
 
Power Consumption
-36%
-25%
0%
-29%
-41%
Idle Minimum *
11
16.2
-47%
20
-82%
10.7
3%
16
-45%
19.4 (3.4 - 113, n=718)
-76%
Idle Average *
14
24.8
-77%
21
-50%
15.2
-9%
21.7
-55%
24.8 (6.6 - 119, n=718)
-77%
Idle Maximum *
20
28.6
-43%
26
-30%
17.8
11%
26.1
-31%
30.2 (8.3 - 122, n=718)
-51%
Load Average *
100
127.6
-28%
97
3%
88.2
12%
105.6
-6%
104 (14.1 - 319, n=709)
-4%
Load Maximum *
174
212.7
-22%
168
3%
206.5
-19%
225.3
-29%
172 (21.9 - 590, n=708)
1%
Witcher 3 ultra *
151
147.1
3%
139
8%
147.8
2%
161.8
-7%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The runtime of the 46-Wh battery in our test unit is neither particularly bad nor particularly good. It manages 4:40 hours while browsing the web (brightness set to 150 cd/m²), which is similar to its competition. In ideal conditions (low load, minimum brightness), the 17-inch laptop even manages over 6 hours of battery life. However, users should only expect about 1 hour of gaming when running on battery.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 40min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
4h 40min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 58min
Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 46 Wh
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 66 Wh
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 76 Wh
MSI GL75 9SEK-056US
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 51 Wh
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2060
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 70 Wh
Average of class Gaming
 
Battery Runtime
-4%
4%
4%
-3%
5%
Reader / Idle
400
414
4%
474
19%
349 (39 - 1174, n=677)
-13%
WiFi v1.3
280
270
-4%
256
-9%
254
-9%
272
-3%
259 (78 - 622, n=382)
-7%
Load
58
67
16%
60
3%
79 (18 - 202, n=644)
36%
H.264
260
257 (88 - 508, n=148)

Pros

+ rigid high-quality case
+ individual configuration
+ mechanical keyboard
+ good 144-Hz panel

Cons

- battery could be better
- no Thunderbolt 3
- average sound

Verdict

Schenker XMG Neo 17, test unit provided by bestware.com
Schenker XMG Neo 17, test unit provided by bestware.com

The meagre sound quality and missing Thunderbolt 3 port aside, the XMS Neo 17 from Schenker Technologies does not have any real issues.

Its Tongfang Barebone GK7CP0S offers an impressively rigid and high-quality case as well as a high-contrast, responsive 144-Hz display. Other highlights include the mechanical keyboard with RGB backlighting.

The manufacturer did a good job in terms of performance as well. Depending on the mode (as chosen in the Control Center), the 17-inch device can either be focused on performance or on moderate system noise. The configuration we tested with a Core i7-9750H, a GeForce RTX 2060 and 16 GB of RAM can handle almost every application with ease.

Schenker XMG Neo 17 XNE17M19 - 11/26/2019 v7
Florian Glaser

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
89%
Pointing Device
75%
Connectivity
61 / 80 → 77%
Weight
60 / 10-66 → 89%
Battery
62 / 95 → 65%
Display
82%
Games Performance
90%
Application Performance
91%
Temperature
85 / 95 → 89%
Noise
77 / 90 → 85%
Audio
73%
Average
77%
84%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Florian Glaser, 2019-11-28 (Update: 2019-11-27)