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Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Clevo PC50DS) with RTX 3080 in Review: Ultra-Thin and Lightweight High-End All-Rounder

RTX 3080 versus RTX 2080 Super. Schenker updated its XMG Pro. The new model is less similar to the older and thicker Pro 15 and more akin to a refresh of Schenker's ultra-thin Key 15. It features an RTX 3080 instead of the previously installed RTX 2080 Super but is it actually any faster? And what other benefits does the new model offer over the old one? Let's out in our extensive review.
Christian Hintze, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Finn D. Boerne), 🇩🇪 🇮🇹 ...

Compared to last year’s Pro 15, the new XMG Pro 15 is a completely different device and much more akin to a refresh of Schenker’s Key 15, Schenker’s blueprint for the Intel-based Pro 15 and the AMD-based Neo 15. Its highlight is the upgrade to Nvidia’s brand-new RTX 3080 generation of GPUs, and the Schenker logo on the lid has been replaced with an XMG logo.

Schenker’s own webstore, bestware.com, allows for a very detailed individualization with the only fixed component being the processor. While our review unit came equipped with an RTX 3080 over the Key 15’s RTX 2080 Super Max-Q you can also select an RTX 3070 instead. Please note that our review unit also came without a valid Windows license. While the operating system was preloaded on the device it will need to be activated with a valid key and license. Schenker will sell you an optional Windows 10 Home license for an additional 100 Euros.

According to the OEM, the Pro 15 is not only a highly portable gaming laptop but also a smart workstation for creative professionals. In other words, a true jack of all trades instead of a pure-bred gaming device.

Our comparison group for this thin performance behemoth consists of its own predecessor, similarly equipped laptops, and laptops with previous generation RTX GPUs.

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Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Processor
Intel Core i7-10870H 8 x 2.2 - 5 GHz, 135 W PL2 / Short Burst, 55 W PL1 / Sustained, Comet Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU - 16384 MB, 105 W TDP, Max-Q, GDDR6, Geforce 461.51, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, 2x DDR4 SO-DIMM, dual-channel, up to 64 GB and 3200 MHz
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, AU Optronics AUO7A8C (B156HAN12.0), IPS, glossy: no, 300 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM470
Storage
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB, 1024 GB 
, 860 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-H - cAVS
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1x 3.5-mm headphones, 1x 3.5-mm microphone / optical S/PDIF, Card Reader: MicroSD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.8 x 357.5 x 238 ( = 0.78 x 14.07 x 9.37 in)
Battery
73 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD 720p
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty, 24 month base warranty, pickup & return, expedited repair within the first 6 months
Weight
2 kg ( = 70.55 oz / 4.41 pounds), Power Supply: 492 g ( = 17.35 oz / 1.08 pounds)
Price
2655 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86 %
03/2021
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
i7-10870H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
2 kg19.8 mm15.60"1920x1080
85 %
09/2020
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
2 kg19.8 mm15.60"1920x1080
83 %
02/2020
Schenker XMG Pro 15
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
2.5 kg30 mm15.60"1920x1080
84 %
02/2021
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
R9 5900HS, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
2 kg20 mm15.60"2560x1440
87 %
02/2021
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
R9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
2.5 kg20.9 mm15.60"3840x2160
88 %
02/2021
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
3 kg19.9 mm17.30"3840x2160

Case – Thin and Light despite the Use of Metal

The case makes no attempts of hiding its Key15 lineage. Visually, the Clevo PC50DS is identical to the Key 15’s Clevo PC50DN2. Compared to last year’s much bulkier Pro 15 it is aimed at a much broader audience and thus lacks the usual bling-bling that OEMs use to attract gamers. As a result, the new model would not look out of place in an office environment. The case consists of dark aluminum, save for the display bezels, and is surprisingly lightweight considering its powerful internal hardware.

Thanks to its metal build it is comparatively sturdy. However, due to the thinness of the aluminum used you can still twist and warp it slightly. As expected, the display lid is not as sturdy and stiff as the base, and we would have wished for stronger hinges as well.

The Pro 15’s footprint and weight are identical to the Key 15. The previous model was around 500 g (1.1 lbs.) heavier and around 1 cm (0.4 inches) thicker and 2 cm (0.8 inches) deeper. The only competitor capable of keeping up in specs, size, and weight is the Asus ROG Zephyrus G15.

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Size Comparison

395 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 3 kg6.52 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 30 mm / 1.181 inch 2.5 kg5.58 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 268.3 mm / 10.6 inch 20.9 mm / 0.823 inch 2.5 kg5.53 lbs357.5 mm / 14.1 inch 238 mm / 9.37 inch 19.8 mm / 0.78 inch 2 kg4.41 lbs357.5 mm / 14.1 inch 238 mm / 9.37 inch 19.8 mm / 0.78 inch 2 kg4.47 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 243 mm / 9.57 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2 kg4.39 lbs

Connectivity – microSD and Thunderbolt 3

Unfortunately, the laptop’s card reader can only take microSD cards. Other ports include four USB ports, HDMI 2.1, miniDP, LAN, and two audio jacks.

Just like on its spiritual predecessor these ports are not only located on the sides but also the rear, which is a big plus as it frees up space on the sides by relocating the often quite beefy display cables to the rear. With that said we would have preferred for the frequently used USB-C port to be located on one of the sides instead.

Left: Kensington lock, microSD reader, USB-A 3.0, headphones, microphone with S/PDIF
Left: Kensington lock, microSD reader, USB-A 3.0, headphones, microphone with S/PDIF
Right: 2x USB-A 3.0, Ethernet
Right: 2x USB-A 3.0, Ethernet
Rear: miniDP, HDMI, power, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (with DisplayPort)
Rear: miniDP, HDMI, power, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (with DisplayPort)
Front: status LEDs
Front: status LEDs

Communication

Intel’s AX201 provides the device with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 capabilities. Wi-Fi performance turned out to be a double-edged sword. While transmitting data was very fast and the Pro 15 stormed to the top of its comparison group its RX performance was abysmal resulting in last place. With that said its RX performance was still well above the gaming class average. The ethernet port was upgraded to 2.5 Gbps.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1650 MBit/s ∼100%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1495 (788min - 1534max) MBit/s ∼91% -9%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1410 MBit/s ∼85% -15%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1380 MBit/s ∼84% -16%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1349 (785min - 1508max) MBit/s ∼82% -18%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1330 MBit/s ∼81% -19%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (289 - 1722, n=215)
1237 MBit/s ∼75% -25%
Average of class Gaming
  (215 - 1720, n=175, last 2 years)
1035 MBit/s ∼63% -37%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1539 (842min - 1691max) MBit/s ∼100% +85%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1390 MBit/s ∼90% +67%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1360 MBit/s ∼88% +63%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=215)
1139 MBit/s ∼74% +37%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1063 (447min - 1204max) MBit/s ∼69% +28%
Average of class Gaming
  (201 - 1645, n=175, last 2 years)
963 MBit/s ∼63% +16%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
912 MBit/s ∼59% +9%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
833 MBit/s ∼54%

Webcam

As before the webcam suffers from very high color deviations and is certainly not one of the device’s highlights. There is no dedicated webcam shutter mechanism.

ColorChecker
22.9 ∆E
28.3 ∆E
31.9 ∆E
28.7 ∆E
30.5 ∆E
21.8 ∆E
23.7 ∆E
31.9 ∆E
24 ∆E
20 ∆E
22 ∆E
25.6 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
26.2 ∆E
21.4 ∆E
16.5 ∆E
21.6 ∆E
33.8 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
33.3 ∆E
35.1 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080): 23.56 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 35.14 ∆E
ColorChecker
22.1 ∆E
21.1 ∆E
24.4 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
21.4 ∆E
18.5 ∆E
20.1 ∆E
29.9 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
19.6 ∆E
21.9 ∆E
21 ∆E
21.6 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
19.8 ∆E
23.6 ∆E
1.2 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
19 ∆E
20.4 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
1.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Schenker XMG Pro 15: 18.43 ∆E min: 1.18 - max: 29.9 ∆E

Security

Given that Schenker clearly positions the Pro 15 as an alternative for content creators we would have wished for more than just a TPM 2.0 chip and a Kensington port.

Accessories

Compared to other OEMs Schenker turned out to be quite generous.

In addition to the device itself and a power supply the box also contains a fairly hefty manual, a driver CD, a thumb drive, a velvet cleaning cloth, and a small thermal conductive pad.

Maintenance

The bottom panel is secured by 13 screws of two differing lengths. Once undone the panel can be removed without additional tools. We found it best to start around the ethernet port or at the front right corner.

Once inside you have access to the RAM, the fans, both SSD slots, the Wi-Fi modem, and the battery. All things considered the Pro 15 is fairly well maintainable.

Bottom cover removed
Bottom cover removed
RAM
RAM
SSD
SSD

Warranty

By default, the XMG Pro 15 comes with 24 months of warranty that can be optionally extended to a total of 36 months.

During the first six months, Schenker offers expedited repairs within 48 hours including free shipping and a free system check.

Input Devices – Pro 15 with per-key RGB

Keyboard

Keyboard
Keyboard
Dedicated power button
Dedicated power button

The input devices seem to have been taken straight out of the Pro 15’s predecessor, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The result is a clean layout with regular sized arrow keys and a narrow numpad along the right-hand side. Key travel is decent, feedback is well pronounced, and the overall level of noise and clatter is moderate.

As before, the keyboard tends to flex slightly when used, which did not cause any major issues during everyday use. Its highlight is without a doubt the 4-stage per-key RGB lighting. Macros for single keys as well as key combinations can be defined in the included Control Center software.

Touchpad

Touchpad
Touchpad

The glass-covered touchpad is very smooth and turned out to be precise even with slow movements of the finger.

The dedicated mouse buttons offer a pleasantly soft accentuation point and are as a result also fairly quiet overall.

Display – XMG Offers Various Options

Slightly grainy subpixels due to matte surface
Slightly grainy subpixels due to matte surface
No visible screen bleeding
No visible screen bleeding

A total of five display options are available for the Pro 15. Our review unit came equipped with an AU Optronics FHD IPS panel with a refresh rate of 300 Hz.

Other options include three additional FHD displays with a refresh rate of 144 Hz, two made by LG (one of which is X-Rite/Panton-calibrated) and one made by AU Optronics.

The fifth and final option is a 4K UHD Pantone-calibrated OLED panel made by Samsung. It offers a higher brightness (400 nits) and higher color space coverage but a lower refresh rate of just 60 Hz.

Our review unit’s average display brightness was a decent and acceptable 335 nits with a brightness distribution of 89 percent.

We found no evidence of screen bleeding on our review unit.

315
cd/m²
326
cd/m²
322
cd/m²
335
cd/m²
327
cd/m²
337
cd/m²
354
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
353
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics AUO7A8C (B156HAN12.0)
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 354 cd/m² Average: 334.7 cd/m² Minimum: 16 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 327 cd/m²
Contrast: 1486:1 (Black: 0.22 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.18 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6, calibrated: 1
ΔE Greyscale 2.6 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
93% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 71% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.123
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
AU Optronics AUO7A8C (B156HAN12.0), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Panda LM156LF-1F02, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Schenker XMG Pro 15
AU Optronics B156HAN (AUO80ED), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
CMN N156KME-GNA (CMN152A), IPS-Level, 2560x1440, 15.60
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AU Optronics B156ZAN05.1, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.60
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
AU Optronics B173ZAN03.3, IPS, 3840x2160, 17.30
Response Times
-85%
-195%
-78%
-66%
-171%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
3.6 (1, 2.6)
10 (5.2, 4.8)
-178%
17.2 (8, 9.2)
-378%
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
-144%
8.2 (3, 5.2)
-128%
15.2 (7.6, 7.6)
-322%
Response Time Black / White *
10 (5.2, 4.8)
9.2 (4.4, 4.8)
8%
11.2 (6, 5.2)
-12%
11.2 (6.8, 4.4)
-12%
10.4 (5.2, 5.2)
-4%
12 (6, 6)
-20%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-76%
-38%
-42%
-47%
-86%
Brightness middle
327
300
-8%
346
6%
327
0%
406
24%
407.2
25%
Brightness
335
281
-16%
346
3%
309
-8%
407
21%
403
20%
Brightness Distribution
89
80
-10%
89
0%
89
0%
88
-1%
90
1%
Black Level *
0.22
0.29
-32%
0.28
-27%
0.33
-50%
0.42
-91%
0.42
-91%
Contrast
1486
1034
-30%
1236
-17%
991
-33%
967
-35%
970
-35%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.18
5.39
-147%
4.62
-112%
4.49
-106%
4.36
-100%
7.25
-233%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.24
14.35
-238%
8.93
-111%
8.42
-99%
7.55
-78%
12.51
-195%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1
1.73
-73%
1.58
-58%
2.27
-127%
3.63
-263%
3.62
-262%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.6
9.8
-277%
4.95
-90%
4.2
-62%
3.1
-19%
8.1
-212%
Gamma
2.123 104%
2.019 109%
2.36 93%
2.173 101%
2.36 93%
2.24 98%
CCT
6815 95%
8174 80%
7733 84%
7014 93%
6371 102%
5925 110%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
71
69
-3%
61
-14%
86
21%
86.7
22%
88.1
24%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
93
92
-1%
94
1%
99
6%
99.9
7%
100
8%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-81% / -77%
-117% / -62%
-60% / -47%
-57% / -50%
-129% / -99%

* ... smaller is better

Both contrast and black point were among the best of its class. While the display was fairly well calibrated by default, we were able to further lower color deviations through manual calibration. Overall, the display was very decent and much better than that of many of the Pro 15’s competitors.

CalMAN: grayscale
CalMAN: grayscale
CalMAN: saturation
CalMAN: saturation
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)

Response times were among the fastest among its peers. The internal display is thus very well suited for fast-paced action games.

With 93 % sRGB and 71 % AdobeRGB color space coverage was decent overall. Like most 4K competitors the optional 4K panel will offer higher color gamut levels.

sRGB: 93 percent
sRGB: 93 percent
AdobeRGB: 71 percent
AdobeRGB: 71 percent

Thanks to its matte surface and its good maximum brightness of more than 300 nits the powerful all-rounder turned out to be well usable outdoors, at least in in the shade.

Outdoors on a heavily overcast day
Outdoors on a heavily overcast day
Sideways viewing angle
Sideways viewing angle

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
10 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5.2 ms rise
↘ 4.8 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 (24.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
3.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1 ms rise
↘ 2.6 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.4 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 9672 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 151500) Hz was measured.

As expected of an IPS panel viewing angles were fairly wide. With that said we did notice a fair amount of darkening when looked at from the sides that remained consistent with increasing angles.

Performance – RTX 3080 better than RTX 2080 Super?

Control Center performance modes
Control Center performance modes

With its Intel Core i7-10870H, an Nvidia RTX 3080, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB SSD the XMG Pro 15 is without a doubt a high-end gamer. However, with its lightweight and thin design it is also aimed at professionals looking for a workstation. In other words, it should cover every single conceivable use case.

Before running our benchmarks, we enabled the performance mode in Control Center, which increases the TDP threshold for the GPU to 105 W. In the more balanced entertainment mode, the GPU is limited to just 95 W, and even more so in power saver mode. The same applies to the CPU.

Processor

Intel’s Core i7-10870H runs at a base frequency of 2.2 GHz with a turbo boost of up to 5 GHz. It features 8 cores with support for Hyperthreading and can therefore process up to 16 threads simultaneously. Even though it is nominally 100 MHz slower than the Key 15’s Core i7-10875H its Cinebench R15 performance is higher. When compared with the Razer Blade it is initially faster but settles at a similar level in the long run. With that said the AMD CPUs in Asus’s line-up are miles ahead of Intel’s current offerings. Overall, CPU performance was right where we would have expected.

TDP between 104 and 53 W
TDP between 104 and 53 W

During the first three runs we measured the CPU’s TDP at a constant 104 W. Starting with the fourth iteration, this maximum TDP was only applied for about one second at the very beginning of each run and dropped to around 53 W thereafter.

On battery, CPU performance decreased by around 30 to 40 %, partly because performance mode for the fans is not available on battery.

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Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080) Intel Core i7-10870H: Ø1461 (1403.21-1720.43)
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake Intel Core i7-10875H: Ø1289 (1270.12-1436.11)
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS: Ø1928 (1865.06-2020.1)
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080 Intel Core i7-10875H: Ø1482 (1469.35-1489.04)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
235 Points ∼100% +16%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
211 Points ∼90% +4%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
205 Points ∼87% +1%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
203 Points ∼86%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
203 Points ∼86% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (196 - 204, n=7)
200 Points ∼85% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (108 - 254, n=208, last 2 years)
189 Points ∼80% -7%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
174 Points ∼74% -14%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
2267 (2246.56min - 2267.32max) Points ∼100% +32%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
2020 (1865.06min - 2020.1max) Points ∼89% +17%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
1720 Points ∼76%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (1615 - 1740, n=7)
1694 Points ∼75% -2%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
1489 (1469.35min - 1489.04max) Points ∼66% -13%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
1436 Points ∼63% -17%
Average of class Gaming
  (536 - 2804, n=215, last 2 years)
1382 Points ∼61% -20%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
1156 (1010.13min - 1155.97max) Points ∼51% -33%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
450 Seconds * ∼100% -46%
Average of class Gaming
  (179 - 643, n=126, last 2 years)
350 Seconds * ∼78% -13%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
347 Seconds * ∼77% -12%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
309 Seconds * ∼69%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
302 Seconds * ∼67% +2%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (272 - 309, n=7)
291 Seconds * ∼65% +6%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
249 Seconds * ∼55% +19%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
219 Seconds * ∼49% +29%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
62340 MIPS ∼100% +38%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
59680 MIPS ∼96% +32%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (43601 - 46431, n=7)
45340 MIPS ∼73% 0%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
45258 MIPS ∼73% 0%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
45180 MIPS ∼72%
Average of class Gaming
  (15146 - 75612, n=127, last 2 years)
40753 MIPS ∼65% -10%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
40206 MIPS ∼64% -11%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
33899 MIPS ∼54% -25%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
5669 MIPS ∼100% +8%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
5633 MIPS ∼99% +7%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
5501 MIPS ∼97% +5%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
5338 MIPS ∼94% +2%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (5208 - 5429, n=7)
5289 MIPS ∼93% +1%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
5247 MIPS ∼93%
Average of class Gaming
  (2945 - 6174, n=127, last 2 years)
5081 MIPS ∼90% -3%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
4622 MIPS ∼82% -12%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
569 Points ∼100% +22%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
560 Points ∼98% +20%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
503 Points ∼88% +7%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
490 Points ∼86% +5%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (460 - 484, n=7)
473 Points ∼83% +1%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
468 Points ∼82%
Average of class Gaming
  (312 - 634, n=175, last 2 years)
466 Points ∼82% 0%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
421 Points ∼74% -10%
CPU (Multi Core)
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
5476 Points ∼100% +60%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
4733 Points ∼86% +39%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (3365 - 4020, n=7)
3673 Points ∼67% +8%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
3531 Points ∼64% +3%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
3414 Points ∼62%
Average of class Gaming
  (1397 - 6321, n=176, last 2 years)
3223 Points ∼59% -6%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
3081 Points ∼56% -10%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
2410 Points ∼44% -29%
Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
9086 Points ∼100% +17%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
8134 Points ∼90% +5%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
7910 Points ∼87% +2%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (7693 - 7882, n=7)
7759 Points ∼85% 0%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
7756 Points ∼85%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
7516 Points ∼83% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (2783 - 11393, n=122, last 2 years)
6958 Points ∼77% -10%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
6068 Points ∼67% -22%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
1467 Points ∼100% +13%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
1410 Points ∼96% +9%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
1347 Points ∼92% +4%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
1315 Points ∼90% +2%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
1293 Points ∼88%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (1266 - 1295, n=7)
1286 Points ∼88% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (703 - 1777, n=122, last 2 years)
1261 Points ∼86% -2%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
1141 Points ∼78% -12%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
17.1 fps ∼100% +49%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
13.8 fps ∼81% +20%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (11.5 - 13.5, n=7)
12.5 fps ∼73% +9%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
12.1 fps ∼71% +5%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
11.5 fps ∼67%
Average of class Gaming
  (4.35 - 19.8, n=126, last 2 years)
11.2 fps ∼65% -3%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
10.6 fps ∼62% -8%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
9.1 fps ∼53% -21%
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Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
60.5 s * ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (23.9 - 98.2, n=109, last 2 years)
55 s * ∼91% +9%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
54.9 s * ∼91% +9%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (48.2 - 64.4, n=7)
54.1 s * ∼89% +11%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
51.31 s * ∼85% +15%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
45.3 s * ∼75% +25%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
44.8 s * ∼74% +26%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
0.664 sec * ∼100% -10%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H
0.601 sec * ∼91%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.4981 - 1.088, n=113, last 2 years)
0.597 sec * ∼90% +1%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.587 sec * ∼88% +2%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H
  (0.573 - 0.601, n=7)
0.587 sec * ∼88% +2%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.573 sec * ∼86% +5%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
0.538 sec * ∼81% +10%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
0.507 sec * ∼76% +16%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1720 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
135 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
203 Points
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System Performance

System performance was on a par with the larger 17-inch Razer Blade Pro 17, around 2-20 % faster than on the Key 15, and much faster than on the previous Pro 15. With that said the differences between the various devices in our comparison group were not overly dramatic by and large.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, 2x Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR (RAID 0)
9816 Points ∼100% +14%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (8644 - 10315, n=2)
9480 Points ∼97% +10%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
9375 Points ∼96% +8%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
9021 Points ∼92% +4%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
8644 Points ∼88%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
7184 Points ∼73% -17%
Average of class Gaming
  (3670 - 12250, n=187, last 2 years)
7082 Points ∼72% -18%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
4791 Points ∼49% -45%
Productivity
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
9390 Points ∼100% +13%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, 2x Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR (RAID 0)
8546 Points ∼91% +3%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8448 Points ∼90% +2%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
8289 Points ∼88%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (7984 - 8289, n=2)
8137 Points ∼87% -2%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
8120 Points ∼86% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (5633 - 9827, n=187, last 2 years)
7769 Points ∼83% -6%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
7457 Points ∼79% -10%
Essentials
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, 2x Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR (RAID 0)
10205 Points ∼100% +6%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
10113 Points ∼99% +5%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
9919 Points ∼97% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (9624 - 9730, n=2)
9677 Points ∼95% +1%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
9624 Points ∼94%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
9599 Points ∼94% 0%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
9571 Points ∼94% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (7148 - 11266, n=187, last 2 years)
9385 Points ∼92% -2%
Score
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
6896 Points ∼100% +9%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, 2x Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR (RAID 0)
6807 Points ∼99% +7%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
6531 Points ∼95% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (6333 - 6659, n=2)
6496 Points ∼94% +3%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
6333 Points ∼92%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
5909 Points ∼86% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (3952 - 7884, n=189, last 2 years)
5721 Points ∼83% -10%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
5013 Points ∼73% -21%
PCMark 10 Score
6333 points
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DPC Latencies

Thankfully, the Pro 15 turned out to be free of latency issues. LatencyMon found no evidence thereof when opening multiple tabs or playing our usual 4K 60 fps YouTube video.

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Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
1713.5 μs * ∼100% -191%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, 2x Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR (RAID 0)
1132.8 μs * ∼66% -93%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
588.3 μs * ∼34%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
355.1 μs * ∼21% +40%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
269 μs * ∼16% +54%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

Schenker’s configurator offers various SSDs by numerous manufacturers with different size options to choose from. Our review unit came equipped with a 1 TB Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus, which can be found on #20 on our SSD/HDD comparison table and can thus be considered a fairly fast SSD overall. Our review unit even managed to outperform our reference unit but was in turn outperformed by the Key 15’s SSD. With that said those differences will be mostly unnoticeable during everyday use.

The secondary slot can be equipped with the same choice of SSDs as the primary. With both slots populated the SSDs can be setup in a RAID 0 or RAID 1 array.

Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
2x Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR (RAID 0)
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Average Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
4%
-11%
-6%
30%
-18%
-9%
Write 4K
160.9
193
20%
120.6
-25%
156.4
-3%
229.7
43%
123.5
-23%
148 (92.5 - 208, n=13)
-8%
Read 4K
54
54.27
1%
46.13
-15%
66.69
24%
47.13
-13%
45.96
-15%
49 (40.5 - 54.3, n=13)
-9%
Write Seq
2944
2988
1%
2900
-1%
2318
-21%
4455
51%
1861
-37%
2559 (1197 - 3241, n=13)
-13%
Read Seq
2781
2633
-5%
2929
5%
2151
-23%
2933
5%
1584
-43%
2250 (1018 - 3037, n=13)
-19%
Write 4K Q32T1
495.2
540
9%
372.2
-25%
525
6%
597.3
21%
466.4
-6%
442 (289 - 540, n=13)
-11%
Read 4K Q32T1
593.2
619.9
5%
422.2
-29%
452.1
-24%
387
-35%
565.5
-5%
515 (332 - 621, n=13)
-13%
Write Seq Q32T1
3283
3284
0%
3245
-1%
3055
-7%
5623
71%
2981
-9%
3308 (3263 - 3339, n=13)
1%
Read Seq Q32T1
3549
3564
0%
3565
0%
3607
2%
7042
98%
3260
-8%
3548 (3477 - 3568, n=13)
0%
AS SSD
-12%
-5%
-22%
-23%
-55%
-8%
Score Total
6412
5984
-7%
5463
-15%
5090
-21%
4580
-29%
5612
-12%
5770 (4450 - 6412, n=13)
-10%
Score Write
2722
2694
-1%
2649
-3%
2464
-9%
1923
-29%
2309
-15%
2620 (1560 - 2923, n=13)
-4%
Score Read
2457
2183
-11%
1868
-24%
1778
-28%
1751
-29%
2187
-11%
2087 (1846 - 2457, n=13)
-15%
Access Time Write *
0.026
0.029
-12%
0.025
4%
0.029
-12%
0.061
-135%
0.128
-392%
0.0291 (0.02 - 0.054, n=13)
-12%
Access Time Read *
0.034
0.062
-82%
0.038
-12%
0.064
-88%
0.037
-9%
0.055
-62%
0.0412 (0.031 - 0.062, n=13)
-21%
4K-64 Write
2329.04
2291.26
-2%
2238.89
-4%
2177.16
-7%
1426.32
-39%
2016.74
-13%
2217 (1189 - 2512, n=13)
-5%
4K-64 Read
2110.42
1838.12
-13%
1507.95
-29%
1429.48
-32%
1400.82
-34%
1932.35
-8%
1761 (1579 - 2110, n=13)
-17%
4K Write
141.06
129.81
-8%
150.9
7%
126.8
-10%
184.98
31%
87.38
-38%
139 (100 - 188, n=13)
-1%
4K Read
50.88
51.64
1%
62.25
22%
53.56
5%
49.58
-3%
47.85
-6%
49.9 (27.9 - 58.3, n=13)
-2%
Seq Write
2521
2732.73
8%
2596.92
3%
1600.23
-37%
3115.99
24%
2046.62
-19%
2644 (2469 - 2858, n=13)
5%
Seq Read
2959
2927.84
-1%
2975.48
1%
2949.59
0%
3009.86
2%
2068.48
-30%
2755 (2173 - 3002, n=13)
-7%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-4% / -5%
-8% / -7%
-14% / -15%
4% / -0%
-37% / -40%
-9% / -8%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3549 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 3283 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 593.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 495.2 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2781 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2944 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 54 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 160.9 MB/s

Sustained read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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GPU Performance

The laptop is equipped with an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 as well as a dedicated Nvidia Geforce RTX 3080 GPU, and with Advanced Optimus (DDS) Nvidia has finally found a way to support both Optimus and G-Sync simultaneously. However, only one of the five displays (LG) offers G-Sync support, so our review unit was limited to Optimus support only. Our review unit’s GPU is the most powerful dedicated GPU currently available for use in laptops. However, Nvidia gives OEMs a very wide window of adjustment for the chip’s TGP. The Pro 15’s TGP was configured at 90 W plus 15 W Dynamic Boost 2.0 in performance mode, aka a maximum of 105 W. Nvidia’s specified maximum for the RTX 3080 is a much higher 150+ W.

When running 3DMark the new Pro 15 was around 20 % faster than the Key 15. In most tests, the 100 W Razer Blade performed similarly while the 130 W Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 was more often than not slightly faster.

GPU performance plummeted dramatically on battery. Running 3DMark 11 on battery yielded an 86 % lower score than before.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
3DMark 11 on battery
3DMark 11 on battery
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (32521 - 43744, n=10)
39823 Points ∼100% +12%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
38532 Points ∼97% +9%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10875H
37171 Points ∼93% +5%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
35513 Points ∼89%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
28817 Points ∼72% -19%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, Intel Core i7-9750H
26140 Points ∼66% -26%
Average of class Gaming
  (4545 - 43077, n=195, last 2 years)
23693 Points ∼59% -33%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
11407 Points ∼100% +13%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (9023 - 13144, n=13)
11118 Points ∼97% +10%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10875H
10898 Points ∼96% +8%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
10071 Points ∼88%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
9439 Points ∼83% -6%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
8331 Points ∼73% -17%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, Intel Core i7-9750H
7662 Points ∼67% -24%
Average of class Gaming
  (852 - 13144, n=199, last 2 years)
6902 Points ∼61% -31%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
28493 Points ∼100% +5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (20538 - 32366, n=13)
27336 Points ∼96% +1%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
27122 Points ∼95%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10875H
26486 Points ∼93% -2%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
22826 Points ∼80% -16%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
21464 Points ∼75% -21%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, Intel Core i7-9750H
20762 Points ∼73% -23%
Average of class Gaming
  (2932 - 32366, n=203, last 2 years)
17928 Points ∼63% -34%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10875H
149262 Points ∼100% +5%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
141985 Points ∼95%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10875H
132156 Points ∼89% -7%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (38816 - 192950, n=11)
131577 Points ∼88% -7%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, Intel Core i7-9750H
130372 Points ∼87% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (23059 - 192950, n=178, last 2 years)
102254 Points ∼69% -28%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
97176 Points ∼65% -32%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
72702 Points ∼49% -49%
3DMark 11 Performance
26729 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
50523 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
19982 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
9937 points
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Gaming Performance

When running our gaming benchmarks, the Pro 15’s GPU was between 4 to 8 % slower than the average RTX 3080-equipped laptop. The RTX 2080 Super-equipped Key 15 was at eye level most of the time, and both Asus laptops were noticeably faster.

Nevertheless, overall gaming performance was very high and impressive considering the laptop’s thin design. Even current games will run smoothly at around 100 FPS in FHD on maximum details.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
108.3 (98min - 117max) fps ∼100% +11%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (90.2 - 123, n=13)
106 fps ∼98% +9%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
104.6 (97min - 110max) fps ∼97% +7%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
97.6 (80min) fps ∼90%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
90.2 fps ∼83% -8%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
90.2 fps ∼83% -8%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
74.4 (62min) fps ∼69% -24%
Average of class Gaming
  (24.3 - 123, n=199, last 2 years)
69.2 fps ∼64% -29%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
208.1 (190min - 220max) fps ∼100% +26%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (155 - 242, n=11)
195 fps ∼94% +18%
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
187.2 (176min - 201max) fps ∼90% +13%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
165.2 fps ∼79%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
159.8 fps ∼77% -3%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
155 (7.23min, 58.3P0.1, 107P1 - 365max) fps ∼74% -6%
Schenker XMG Pro 15
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
142 (114min) fps ∼68% -14%
Average of class Gaming
  (42.1 - 242, n=165, last 2 years)
125 fps ∼60% -24%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
116 fps ∼100% +16%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (76.6 - 151, n=7)
111 fps ∼96% +11%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
106 (87min) fps ∼91% +6%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
100 fps ∼86%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
99 fps ∼85% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (29 - 151, n=106, last 2 years)
79.9 fps ∼69% -20%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
121 fps ∼100% +17%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
  (79.4 - 160, n=7)
116 fps ∼96% +13%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
111 (91min) fps ∼92% +8%
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
110 fps ∼91% +7%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
103 fps ∼85%
Average of class Gaming
  (18 - 160, n=101, last 2 years)
87.5 fps ∼72% -15%

When running our Witcher 3 loop the framerate dropped slightly by around 8 % over time, and the device almost passed but ultimately failed our Fire Strike Ultra stress test with around 95.8 %.

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Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080) GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB: Ø95.1 (89-100)
low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 320.7 259.2 165.2 97.6 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 150 133 124 118 fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 283.7 210 157.2 139.5 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 106 90.4 80 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 140 108 103 100 fps

Emissions – Noisy and Hot, as Expected

Noise Emissions

In this day and age and with modern hardware, nobody should expect a silent mode of operation with components this powerful. When gaming the fans ramped up to up to 52 dB(A), and under maximum load they maxed out at an even louder 58 dB(A). Some competitors, both by Schenker and other manufacturers like Razer, were similarly loud while both of Asus’s gaming notebooks were not only quieter but also faster thanks to their Ryzen CPUs. The fans were almost never off and practically always audible even with the device idling, and they were often louder than on the Pro 15’s competitors.

Noise Level

Idle
33 / 34 / 35 dB(A)
Load
51 / 57 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 25 dB(A)
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Early 2021, RTX 3080)
i7-10870H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
Schenker Key 15 Comet Lake
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
Schenker XMG Pro 15
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503Q
R9 5900HS, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551QS
R9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 Touch 4K, i7-10875H RTX 3080
i7-10875H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
Noise
3%
-5%
11%
16%
9%
off / environment *
25
25
-0%
30
-20%
25
-0%
27
-8%
26.1
-4%
Idle Minimum *
33
26
21%
30
9%
26
21%
27
18%
26.1
21%
Idle Average *
34
27
21%
32
6%
27
21%
27
21%
26.5
22%
Idle Maximum *
35
44
-26%
40
-14%
31
11%
27
23%
30.7
12%
Load Average *
51
53
-4%
56
-10%
49
4%
31.2
39%
43.5
15%
Witcher 3 ultra *
52
51
2%
55
-6%
49
6%
44.5
14%
54
-4%
Load Maximum *
57
53
7%
56
2%
51
11%
53.5
6%
55
4%

* ... smaller is better

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