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Schenker XMG U716 (Clevo P775DM1) Notebook Review

Florian Glaser (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 12/10/2015

At the limits. Schenker Technologies obviously has an eye on the performance crown with its XMG U716. The key feature of the 17-inch gaming machine is Nvidia's brand new GeForce GTX 980. How well will the 185-watt model fare against the previously tested 200-watt version?

For the original German review, see here.

The German notebook seller Schenker Technologies certainly does not miss out on anything in the high-end sector. Following the XMG U706 and XMG U726, the now third 17-inch model with a desktop CPU appears. While the Core i5 models do not feature Hyperthreading, the i7 chips are sometimes considerably faster than their laptop siblings.

The rest of the configuration is impressive throughout. A maximum of 64 GB DDR4 RAM is just as lush as up to four storage devices. Besides two 2.5-inch slots, the XMG U716 sports two M.2 slots that both support PCIe. Either an FHD panel with G-Sync support or a 4K screen with high color space coverage can be added.

However, the biggest highlight is the GPU. Instead of the GTX 970M or GTX 980M that are found in most gaming laptops, Schenker installs the wickedly expensive luxury model GTX 980. In contrast to the XMG U726 with the 200-watt model, its counterpart with a TDP of 185 watts is installed. We will determine if the downsizing of the PSU from 200 W to 185 W will impact performance.

An optical drive is not installed, as is now the case in many high-end laptops. The desktop replacement starts at 2699 Euros (~$2960). Our test system would cost almost 3700 Euros (~$4058).

Schenker XMG U716 (Clevo P775DM1)
Processor
Intel Core i7-6700, socket 1151
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1190 MHz, Memory: 3500 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 359.00
Memory
16384 MB 
, 2x 8 GB Kingston DDR4-RAM (2133 MHz), 2 of 4 slots filled, max. 64 GB
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 3840x2160 pixel, AU B173ZAN01.0 (AUO109B), IPS, UHD, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Sunrise Point Z170
Storage
Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e, 512 GB 
, SSD + Samsung Spinpoint M9T ST1750LM000, 1750 GB HDD @5400 rpm, slots: 2x M.2 2280 (PCIe) & 2x 2.5 inches
Soundcard
Realtek ALC892 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 3 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: headphone, microphone, line-in, S/PDIF (7.1 out), Card Reader: MMC,RSMMC,SD,Mini SD,SDHC,SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader, USB 3.1 Type-C (w/ Thunderbolt 3), TPM 2.0
Networking
Killer e2400 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 41 x 418 x 295 ( = 1.61 x 16.46 x 11.61 in)
Battery
82 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.8V, P750BAT-8, 8 cells, 430 grams
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 2.0 MP (FHD)
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 2.1, Keyboard Light: yes, PSU: 330 Watt, cloth, flash drive w/ drivers (8 GB), XMG sticker, keychain, 2.5-inch accessories (covers & screws), software: Control Center, Killer Network Manager, Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5, 24-36 Months Warranty
Released
11/01/2015
Weight
4.24 kg ( = 149.56 oz / 9.35 pounds), Power Supply: 1.24 kg ( = 43.74 oz / 2.73 pounds)
Price
3712 Euro

 

Case

Clevo's P775DM1 barebone serves as the casing. In contrast to other models from the Taiwanese manufacturer, the chassis makes a relatively modern and stylish impression. Diverse shapes and striking vents remind us of Asus' G700 line. We liked the materials despite the lack of aluminum. Unlike the P771DM barebone (XMG U706), the surfaces are not rubber-coated, which leads to a lower smudging sensitivity. The build is also decent although some transitions are somewhat hard for design-related reasons.

Clevo makes some mistakes regarding stiffness. In addition to the rear-sided vents, the lid can be dented and warped to quite some degree. Otherwise, the laptop feels very rigid (base unit, keyboard, etc.).

Overall, we would call the chassis good. Its rating of 82% places it on the same level as the 17-inch P870DM (XMG U726), which is a bit heavier and taller (5.0 kg, 4.5 cm/ ~11 lb, ~1.8 in). The XMG U716 "only" reaches 4.2 kilograms and 4.1 centimeters (~9.3 lb, ~1.6 in) . Users who want something smaller will find that in the XMG P706 that is based on the stylish and yet basic P671G barebone (3.3 kg, 3.0 cm/ ~7.3 lb, ~1.2 in).

Connectivity

Card reader's performance
Card reader's performance

Interfaces

Like virtually every Clevo barebone, the P775DM1 offers generous connectivity. While the right provides four audio jacks, a USB 3.0 port and a Kensington lock slot, the power-in, HDMI 2.0 out and two DisplayPorts are found on the rear. The manufacturer installs an RJ45 port, three 3.0 ports (1 as an eSATA combo) and a card reader on the left. Special mention is due for the USB 3.1 port that supports Thunderbolt 3. The clever positioning should satisfy both right-handed and left-handed user alike.

Card Reader

The card reader's performance is more than decent. Although the XMG U716 does not fully utilize the theoretical power of our test card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II), 204 MB/s in sequential write and 156 MB/s in transferring photos earn kudos. Some laptops do not even surpass 100 MB.

Right: USB 3.0, S/PDIF, headphone, microphone, line-in, Kensington Lock
Right: USB 3.0, S/PDIF, headphone, microphone, line-in, Kensington Lock
Rear: HDMI, DisplayPort, power socket, DisplayPort
Rear: HDMI, DisplayPort, power socket, DisplayPort
Left: RJ45-LAN, 2x USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Type-C, card reader, eSATA/USB 3.0
Left: RJ45-LAN, 2x USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Type-C, card reader, eSATA/USB 3.0

Communication

Intel's Wireless-AC 8260 takes care of wireless communication for just 10 Euros (~$11) extra. As expected from a cutting-edge wireless module, the M.2 chip can deal with Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth (version 4.2). Intel states a maximum speed of 867 MBit/s. The XMG U716 fared quite well in real world use. A signal strength of almost 1 - 3 bars was still displayed at a distance of 10-15 meters (~33 to 49 ft) from the router and through several walls.

The manufacturer does not make any compromises with the network chip, either. Although the utility and futility of the Killer e2400 is controversial, the extensive software helps in optimizing and monitoring.

Software

Talking about software: A look at the uninstall routine of Windows reveals that Schenker is agreeably restrained. The central headquarters of the XMG U716 is the so-called Control Center that unites various convenience functions and features. As can be seen clearly based on the screenshots below, most menus are very clearly arranged and understandable even for non-savvy users.

Great: In addition to a CPU and GPU overclocking feature that could have an impact on warranty, manual fan control and a tool for configuring the keyboard (macros, backlight, etc.) are found. Our tests were all performed in delivery state, i.e. without overclocking. We also left the fans' speed on "Automatic".

Control Center - system program
Control Center - system program
Control Center - device
Control Center - device
Control Center - gaming
Control Center - gaming
Display tool
Display tool
Fan management
Fan management
Flexikey
Flexikey
GPU overclocking
GPU overclocking
CPU overclocking
CPU overclocking
Killer Network Manager
Killer Network Manager
Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5
Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5

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Maintenance

One of the biggest upsides of the P775DM1 is its easy maintenance. After releasing a few screws, the base hatches can simply be pushed out of their fixture. The customer then has full access on the storage device, working memory, Wi-Fi module, and cooling system. Clevo opts for a dual-fan design for discharging the CPU's and GPU's waste heat out of the casing.

One of the biggest upsides of the P775DM1 is its easy maintenance. After releasing a few screws, the base hatches can simply be pushed out of their fixture. The customer then has full access to the storage device, working memory, Wi-Fi module, and cooling system. Clevo opts for a dual-fan design for discharging the CPU's and GPU's waste heat out of the casing.

The desktop socket 1151 and MXM 3.0 slot allow replacing both the processor and graphics card, which is very unusual in laptops. However, the entire heat sink has to be removed since two of the seven heat pipes are wound over both components. On the other hand, we like the fact that the battery is not connected to the motherboard but can be inserted and removed from the outside.

Accessories

Some accessories were not included due to the PR sample status. A recovery medium, in the form of either DVD or a flash drive, was not in the review sample's box. Nor did we find a manual. The other accessories should correspond to the serial product. Schenker ships the U716 with a polishing cloth, an XMG sticker, a key chain, and a USB flash drive with drivers and tools. Screws and a hatch for the empty 2.5-inch slot complete the package.

Warranty

Schenker has revised the warranty upgrades slightly. The 24-month standard service (pick-up & return) can be extended to 36 months for an extra charge that includes a device check-up. A quick repair that is normally valid for 6 months is also offered for 40 or 60 Euros (~$44 or $66), which covers half to the entire warranty period.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard is the same as in other models from the U-lineup. In contrast to the XMG P706, the keys are not separated by a gap, but are "stuck" together. It strongly depends on the user which design is preferred. The keyboards are on par in terms of quality. Although the chiclet model produces a somewhat louder clacking noise, the pressure point, stroke and feedback are identically good.

The German layout does not give much reason for complaint. Clevo does not make too many experiments and relies on the classic arrangement with a two-row enter key. Some buyers will have to get used to the half-sized zero in the number pad, which is a result of the full-sized arrow keys. Great: Longer typing sessions remain pleasant thanks to the wrist rest's height of almost eleven centimeters. Nighttime gaming sessions will not be a problem with the 3-zone backlight.

Touchpad

The mouse replacement is just as decent as the keyboard. Besides its size (10.8 x 6.2 cm/ ~4.25 x ~2.44 in), its function diversity is also compelling. Notable would be the multi-touch support that allows gesture control using two fingers (zoom, scroll, rotate, etc.), and second, the scroll areas at the touchpad's edge that are enabled in delivery state. Mouse replacement control is also quite accurate.

The manufacturer could improve the gliding properties a bit, though. Although the surface is relatively sleek, some rivals have a softer feel. The positioning is also not ideal. It should be disabled in gaming sessions because it is very far left. A positioning a bit further right would not have been a problem for prolific writers. Plus points are rewarded for the dedicated mouse keys with a fingerprint reader in their middle.

 

 

 

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

As said in the intro, the XMG U716 is sold with two different screens. Our review sample was furnished with the Ultra HD model for almost 200 Euros (~$220) extra. The determined rates strongly resemble those of the XMG U726. No wonder seeing that both laptops rely on the same 4K panel.

338
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
358
cd/m²
366
cd/m²
374
cd/m²
383
cd/m²
348
cd/m²
338
cd/m²
356
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 383 cd/m² Average: 356 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 374 cd/m²
Contrast: 935:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.23 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 5.48 | - Ø
100% sRGB (Argyll) 88% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.35
Schenker XMG U716
AU B173ZAN01.0 (AUO109B)
Schenker XMG U726
AU B173ZAN01.0 (AUO109B)
Schenker XMG U706
LG LP173WF4-SPD1
MSI GT72S-6QEG16SR421BW
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF1 (LGD0469)
Asus G752VT
Response Times
18%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
45 (17, 28)
30.4 (12.4, 18)
32%
Response Time Black / White *
28 (6, 22)
27.2 (4.4, 22.8)
3%
PWM Frequency
Screen
6%
1%
6%
2%
Brightness
356
327
-8%
287
-19%
315
-12%
339
-5%
Brightness Distribution
88
86
-2%
91
3%
90
2%
89
1%
Black Level *
0.4
0.38
5%
0.305
24%
0.3
25%
0.366
8%
Contrast
935
868
-7%
977
4%
1073
15%
976
4%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.23
3
29%
4.16
2%
3.78
11%
3.69
13%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.48
3.81
30%
3.13
43%
2.43
56%
3.05
44%
Gamma
2.35 102%
2.52 95%
2.26 106%
2.54 94%
2.21 109%
CCT
6686 97%
6306 103%
6213 105%
6706 97%
6164 105%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
88
88
0%
55.5
-37%
56
-36%
55
-37%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
100
0%
84.5
-15%
85
-15%
84
-16%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
6% / 6%
1% / 1%
6% / 6%
10% / 5%

* ... smaller is better

Not only does the AU B173ZAN01.0 have a high average brightness of 356 cd/m², but also a very differentiated and strong image. The latter impression is also owed to its tremendous color space. While most IPS screens accomplish an sRGB coverage of 70-90%, the 4K screen does not even falter in AdobeRGB (88%).

However, that also involves some drawbacks: Standard programs look over-saturated at first glance. We got used to the strong colors after a while. The same is true for the backlight bleeding at the screen's lower edge, which increases when twisting the lid. That is only annoying on dark or very homogeneous backgrounds, though. Tip: A lower scaling (e.g. 200 instead of 250%) prevents oversized windows, fonts and icons in routine Windows interfaces.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
Schenker XMG U716 vs. sRGB
Schenker XMG U716 vs. sRGB
Schenker XMG U716 vs. AdobeRGB
Schenker XMG U716 vs. AdobeRGB

The 4K screen's color accuracy is satisfactory to good. Although the grayscale levels and color balance could be somewhat better (see CalMAN screenshots), the screen at latest presents an excellent performance after calibration. Unfortunately, the black value is not quite as superb. Good panels undercut 0.4 cd/m².

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Subpixels
Subpixels
Outdoors
Outdoors

A decisive advantage of IPS technology is the viewing angle stability. Compared with a TN screen, much lower distortions occur vertically (especially from lower side views). The XMG U716 is also suitable for outdoor use thanks to the extreme brightness and matte surface. While the response times are relatively poor on paper, we did not observe blurring during the gaming benchmarks.

Note: The FHD panel is listed as LG LP173WF4-SPD1 on Schenker's homepage. The corresponding rates can be found in the reviews of the XMG U706 and XMG P706.

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
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 22 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 58 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
45 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 28 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 68 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (42.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

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

In comparison: 57 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 6577 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance

The XMG U716 does not completely fulfill the high-end claim in its base configuration. Buyers should definitely upgrade the storage device to be prepared ideally for the future. Schenker only installs a 500 GB HDD as standard. 16 rather than 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and a Hyperthreading capable processor (Core i7 line) would not hurt, either.

Processor

Due to poor availability of the Core i7-6700K, our review sample was only furnished with the second-best model of the Skylake generation. The Core i7-6700 clocks at 3.4 - 4.0 GHz under load, which is still on a higher level than the Core i7-6820HK (2.7 - 3.6 GHz) and Core i7-6700HQ (2.6 - 3.5 GHz) models.

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

Therefore, it is not surprising that the Skylake chip looks very good in the benchmarks. With 791 points in Cinebench R15 multi-CPU test and 171 points in the single-CPU test, the quad-core outruns the i7-6700HQ (Schenker XMG P706) by 12 - 13% and the i7-6700HQ (Asus G752VT) by 16 - 27%. The difference of 10% to the i7-6700K desktop leader is within limits especially since the GPU is usually the limiting factor in 3D applications.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6836
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.94 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.77 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
80.68 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
171 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
791 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
126.94 fps
Help

Only the limited Turbo has to be criticized. Although the 14 nm model achieves 3.7 - 4.0 GHz (multi and single-core limit) in crunch times, the clock drops to 3.4 - 3.6 GHz after a while so that the Turbo - if at all - operates at a minimum. The CPU in the XMG U726 always fully utilized overclocking.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
Intel Core i7-6700
171 Points ∼88%
Notebookcheck Desktop PC
Intel Core i7-6700K
181 Points ∼93% +6%
Schenker XMG U706
Intel Core i7-6700K
173 Points ∼89% +1%
Schenker XMG U726
Intel Core i7-6700
171 Points ∼88% 0%
Schenker XMG P706
Intel Core i7-6820HK
151 Points ∼77% -12%
Asus G752VT
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
135 Points ∼69% -21%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
Intel Core i7-6700
791 Points ∼37%
Notebookcheck Desktop PC
Intel Core i7-6700K
882 Points ∼41% +12%
Schenker XMG U706
Intel Core i7-6700K
875 Points ∼41% +11%
Schenker XMG U726
Intel Core i7-6700
813 Points ∼38% +3%
Schenker XMG P706
Intel Core i7-6820HK
709 Points ∼33% -10%
Asus G752VT
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
680 Points ∼32% -14%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
Intel Core i7-6700
1.94 Points ∼88%
Notebookcheck Desktop PC
Intel Core i7-6700K
2.05 Points ∼93% +6%
Schenker XMG U706
Intel Core i7-6700K
1.97 Points ∼89% +2%
Schenker XMG U726
Intel Core i7-6700
1.91 Points ∼86% -2%
Schenker XMG P706
Intel Core i7-6820HK
1.73 Points ∼78% -11%
Asus G752VT
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.69 Points ∼76% -13%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
Intel Core i7-6700
8.77 Points ∼37%
Notebookcheck Desktop PC
Intel Core i7-6700K
9.73 Points ∼41% +11%
Schenker XMG U706
Intel Core i7-6700K
9.6 Points ∼40% +9%
Schenker XMG U726
Intel Core i7-6700
8.94 Points ∼37% +2%
Schenker XMG P706
Intel Core i7-6820HK
7.78 Points ∼33% -11%
Asus G752VT
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.48 Points ∼31% -15%

System Performance

Despite the not quite ideal Turbo utilization, the XMG U716 claims the gold medal in PCMark 7. 7159 points is the to-date best total score that we have ever measured in a laptop. Only our desktop PC with a Core i7-6700K, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and GeForce 980 runs a bit faster in view of 7311 points. The XMG U726 achieved similarly high 7093 points.

PCMark 7 Score
7159 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4466 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
7295 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4681 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
7159 Points ∼89%
Notebookcheck Desktop PC
GeForce GTX 980, 6700K, Crucial MX100 256 GB
7311 Points ∼91% +2%
Schenker XMG U726
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
7093 Points ∼88% -1%
Schenker XMG U706
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
6582 Points ∼82% -8%
MSI GT72S-6QEG16SR421BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7
6439 Points ∼80% -10%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
6343 Points ∼79% -11%

Storage Device

The superb outcomes in the system benchmarks are also owed to the storage device. Schenker treats our review sample to a PCIe x4 SSD from Samsung (SM951) that outclasses the SATA III rivals. An average of 1941 MB/s in sequential read and 1515 MB/s in sequential write (AS SSD benchmark) is 3 - 4 times higher than from a standard model. SSDs based on SATA III technology stop at approximately 500 - 550 MB/s. Every buyer will have to decide whether the high surcharge is justified. The differences are considerably less significant in smaller files that are common in routine Windows work.

Users who need particularly high capacity for data (videos, games, etc.) and cannot afford a mega SSD should add an HDD to the configuration. Even if 7200-rpm drives do not even come close to the performance of SSDs, 2.5-inch models will do a good job. A Samsung Spinpoint M9T with a capacity of 1.75 TB operates in our system. Up to 117 MB/s in CrystalDiskMark is impressive for a 5400 rpm HDD.

Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
Sequential Read: 1608 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1577 MB/s
512K Read: 899.8 MB/s
512K Write: 1507 MB/s
4K Read: 44.95 MB/s
4K Write: 119.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 377.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 306.7 MB/s

Graphics Card

To make the most important thing clear: No, the TDP figure of the GTX 980 does not have a massive impact on performance. Although the 200-watt model is a few percent faster than the 185-watt version, we would speak of equal power. Firstly, the XMG U726 and the XMG U716 are on par in gaming tests. Secondly, the difference in the synthetic test is more likely due to the CPU, or more precisely its Turbo behavior. The Unigine Heaven benchmark backs this presumption. No matter whether 185 or 200 watts: The core settles to 1215-1228 MHz in both cases, which corresponds to the Turbo level of our reference desktop GTX 980.

3DMark 06 Standard
32943 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
39219 points
3DMark 11 Performance
14477 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
154356 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
26118 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
10734 points
Help

The less expensive laptop chips do not stand a chance against the new top model. With a Fire Strike score of 10,734 points, it is beyond competing with either a GTX 970M (6598 points @ Asus G752VT) or a GTX 980M (8414 points @ MSI GT72S 6QE). More information concerning the GTX 980 can be found in this special report.

3DMark
3840x2160 Fire Strike Ultra Score (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
3027 Points ∼33%
Notebookcheck Desktop PC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
3111 Points ∼34% +3%
Schenker XMG U726
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
3098 Points ∼33% +2%
MSI GT72S-6QEG16SR421BW
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
2312 Points ∼25% -24%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
10734 Points ∼46%
Notebookcheck Desktop PC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
11408 Points ∼49% +6%
Schenker XMG U726
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
11096 Points ∼47% +3%
Schenker XMG U706
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
8741 Points ∼37% -19%
MSI GT72S-6QEG16SR421BW
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
8414 Points ∼36% -22%
Asus G752VT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
6598 Points ∼28% -39%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
14477 Points ∼50%
Notebookcheck Desktop PC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
15325 Points ∼53% +6%
Schenker XMG U726
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
14925 Points ∼52% +3%
Schenker XMG U706
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
12326 Points ∼43% -15%
MSI GT72S-6QEG16SR421BW
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
11488 Points ∼40% -21%
Asus G752VT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
9656 Points ∼34% -33%
Unigine Heaven 4.0 - Extreme Preset DX11 (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
78.1 fps ∼43%
Notebookcheck Desktop PC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
80.5 fps ∼45% +3%
Schenker XMG U726
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)
78.7 fps ∼44% +1%
Schenker XMG U706
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
61.3 fps ∼34% -22%
MSI GT72S-6QEG16SR421BW
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
58.3 fps ∼32% -25%

Gaming Performance

Apart from "Assassin's Creed Syndicate", all games with a 4K setting were reproduced at over 30 FPS. Even graphic smashers like "GTA V" or "Star Wars Battlefront" could be played using 3840x2160 pixels and "high". Laptops based on GTX 980M or GTX 970M tend to stutter here. A combination of maximum details, x4 anti-aliasing and 1920x1080 pixels normally will not be a problem for the GTX 980.

Battlefield 4
3840x2160 High Preset (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
52.5 fps ∼31%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
51 (min: 44) fps ∼30% -3%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
52.9 fps ∼31% +1%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
35.2 (min: 30) fps ∼21% -33%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
27.1 (min: 23) fps ∼16% -48%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
99.6 fps ∼50%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
93.4 fps ∼47% -6%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
98.4 fps ∼49% -1%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 4710HQ
72.9 fps ∼36% -27%
Schenker XMG P505
GeForce GTX 970M, 4870HQ
54.8 fps ∼27% -45%
Assassin's Creed Syndicate
3840x2160 High Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
28.2 fps ∼38%
Desktop PC
GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
27.6 (min: 26) fps ∼37% -2%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
20.7 (min: 18) fps ∼28% -27%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
16.2 (min: 14) fps ∼22% -43%
1920x1080 Ultra High Preset AA:4x MSAA + FX (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
32.3 fps ∼40%
Desktop PC
GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
33.5 (min: 27) fps ∼42% +4%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
24.2 (min: 19) fps ∼30% -25%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
18.9 (min: 15) fps ∼24% -41%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
78.4 fps ∼62%
Desktop PC
GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
80.8 (min: 75) fps ∼64% +3%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
57.4 (min: 52) fps ∼45% -27%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
48.3 (min: 42) fps ∼38% -38%
Star Wars Battlefront
3840x2160 High Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
39.6 fps ∼30%
Desktop PC
GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
40.4 (min: 35) fps ∼31% +2%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
27.9 (min: 23) fps ∼21% -30%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
21.9 (min: 18) fps ∼17% -45%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
102.1 fps ∼52%
Desktop PC
GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
104.1 (min: 89) fps ∼53% +2%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
73.1 (min: 61) fps ∼37% -28%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
59 (min: 50) fps ∼30% -42%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
118.6 fps ∼60%
Desktop PC
GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
119.2 (min: 104) fps ∼60% +1%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
88.3 (min: 71) fps ∼45% -26%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
70.8 (min: 61) fps ∼36% -40%
Fallout 4
3840x2160 High Preset AA:T AF:16x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
33.7 fps ∼37%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
33.8 (min: 27) fps ∼37% 0%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
24 (min: 18) fps ∼26% -29%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
18 (min: 9) fps ∼20% -47%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
78 fps ∼52%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
80.6 (min: 65) fps ∼54% +3%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
55 (min: 42) fps ∼37% -29%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
43.4 (min: 33) fps ∼29% -44%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:16x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
96.6 fps ∼65%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
95.6 (min: 82) fps ∼64% -1%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
65.3 (min: 53) fps ∼44% -32%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
49.4 (min: 38) fps ∼33% -49%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
3840x2160 High / On AA:FX (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
34.2 fps ∼33%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
30.3 (min: 25) fps ∼29% -11%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
24.8 (min: 10) fps ∼24% -27%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
19.2 (min: 9) fps ∼18% -44%
1920x1080 Extra / On AA:T2x SM (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
88.3 fps ∼58%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
77.4 (min: 58) fps ∼51% -12%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
66.7 (min: 52) fps ∼44% -24%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
53 (min: 43) fps ∼35% -40%
1920x1080 High / On AA:FX (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
98.7 fps ∼65%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
98.5 (min: 83) fps ∼64% 0%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
74.4 (min: 63) fps ∼49% -25%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
59.4 (min: 49) fps ∼39% -40%
Anno 2205
3840x2160 High Preset AA:4x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
34.1 fps ∼39%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
34.2 (min: 32) fps ∼39% 0%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
23.8 (min: 20) fps ∼27% -30%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
18.6 (min: 17) fps ∼21% -45%
1920x1080 Ultra High Preset AA:8x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
30.7 fps ∼40%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
31.6 (min: 29) fps ∼42% +3%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
22.7 (min: 19) fps ∼30% -26%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
16.8 (min: 14) fps ∼22% -45%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:4x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
86.1 fps ∼57%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
84.3 (min: 77) fps ∼56% -2%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
52.2 (min: 43) fps ∼35% -39%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
44.2 (min: 34) fps ∼29% -49%
FIFA 16
3840x2160 High Preset AA:2x MS (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
124.4 fps ∼46%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
123.5 (min: 117) fps ∼46% -1%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
122.7 fps ∼45% -1%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
88.2 (min: 35) fps ∼33% -29%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
68.4 (min: 23) fps ∼25% -45%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:4x MS (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
287.1 fps ∼94%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
243.5 (min: 221) fps ∼80% -15%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
276.4 fps ∼90% -4%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
192.2 (min: 101) fps ∼63% -33%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
170.9 (min: 160) fps ∼56% -40%
Mad Max
3840x2160 High Preset AF:6x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
48.1 fps ∼29%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
46.6 (min: 43) fps ∼28% -3%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
47.9 fps ∼29% 0%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
33 (min: 28) fps ∼20% -31%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
26 (min: 21) fps ∼15% -46%
1920x1080 Very High Preset AF:12x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
136.6 fps ∼52%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
138.3 (min: 122) fps ∼53% +1%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
136.6 fps ∼52% 0%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
97.9 (min: 75) fps ∼37% -28%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
77.9 (min: 64) fps ∼30% -43%
1920x1080 High Preset AF:6x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
146.2 fps ∼55%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
140.5 (min: 127) fps ∼53% -4%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
149.4 fps ∼56% +2%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
107.7 (min: 88) fps ∼41% -26%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
84.2 (min: 69) fps ∼32% -42%
Metal Gear Solid V
3840x2160 High / On (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
50.8 fps ∼85%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
52 (min: 48) fps ∼87% +2%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
51.6 fps ∼86% +2%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
37.4 (min: 36) fps ∼62% -26%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
28.5 (min: 26) fps ∼48% -44%
1920x1080 Extra High / On (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
60 fps ∼100%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
59.9 (min: 59) fps ∼100% 0%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
59.9 fps ∼100% 0%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
60 (min: 59) fps ∼100% 0%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
59.9 (min: 59) fps ∼100% 0%
1920x1080 High / On (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
60 fps ∼100%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
59.9 (min: 59) fps ∼100% 0%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
59.9 fps ∼100% 0%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
60 (min: 59) fps ∼100% 0%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
59.9 (min: 59) fps ∼100% 0%
Batman: Arkham Knight
3840x2160 High / On (Interactive Smoke & Paper Debris Off) AA:SM AF:8x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
34 fps ∼59%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
33 (min: 25) fps ∼57% -3%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
35 fps ∼60% +3%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
22 (min: 15) fps ∼38% -35%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
18 (min: 13) fps ∼31% -47%
1920x1080 High / On AA:SM AF:16x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
67 fps ∼48%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
59 (min: 38) fps ∼42% -12%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
66 fps ∼47% -1%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
44 (min: 28) fps ∼31% -34%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
33 (min: 22) fps ∼23% -51%
1920x1080 High / On (Interactive Smoke & Paper Debris Off) AA:SM AF:8x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
101 fps ∼71%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
81 (min: 52) fps ∼57% -20%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
102 fps ∼71% +1%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
67 (min: 46) fps ∼47% -34%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
52 (min: 34) fps ∼36% -49%
The Witcher 3
3840x2160 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off) (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
30.1 fps ∼34%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
32.1 (min: 27) fps ∼36% +7%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
30.1 fps ∼34% 0%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
22.8 (min: 19) fps ∼26% -24%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
17.6 (min: 15) fps ∼20% -42%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+) (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
44.3 fps ∼39%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
44.4 (min: 36) fps ∼39% 0%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
43.8 fps ∼38% -1%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
32.6 (min: 25) fps ∼28% -26%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
25.8 (min: 19) fps ∼22% -42%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off) (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
84 fps ∼46%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
83.8 (min: 70) fps ∼46% 0%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
83 fps ∼46% -1%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
61.4 (min: 43) fps ∼34% -27%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
47.8 (min: 39) fps ∼26% -43%
Dirt Rally
3840x2160 High Preset (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
84.2 fps ∼52%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
84 (min: 68) fps ∼52% 0%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
81.8 fps ∼50% -3%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
58.6 (min: 45) fps ∼36% -30%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
45.5 (min: 25) fps ∼28% -46%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
97 fps ∼58%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
96.4 (min: 85) fps ∼57% -1%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
92.9 fps ∼55% -4%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
72 (min: 54) fps ∼43% -26%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
56.5 (min: 38) fps ∼34% -42%
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
123.7 fps ∼68%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
132.1 (min: 100) fps ∼72% +7%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
124 fps ∼68% 0%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
107.4 (min: 83) fps ∼59% -13%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
106.1 (min: 80) fps ∼58% -14%
GTA V
3840x2160 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
59.8 fps ∼61%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
59.4 (min: 16) fps ∼61% -1%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
60.9 fps ∼62% +2%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
41.4 (min: 15) fps ∼42% -31%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
32.4 (min: 12) fps ∼33% -46%
1920x1080 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
51 fps ∼45%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
45.4 (min: 18) fps ∼40% -11%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
51.1 fps ∼45% 0%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
35.6 (min: 13) fps ∼32% -30%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
28 (min: 12) fps ∼25% -45%
1920x1080 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
117.8 fps ∼78%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
99.3 (min: 18) fps ∼66% -16%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
115.7 fps ∼77% -2%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
80.8 (min: 18) fps ∼54% -31%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
70.6 (min: 17) fps ∼47% -40%
Battlefield Hardline
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics Quality (DX11) AA:4x MS (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
99 fps ∼56%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
92.9 (min: 84) fps ∼53% -6%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
98.9 fps ∼56% 0%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
67 (min: 60) fps ∼38% -32%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
51.4 (min: 45) fps ∼29% -48%
1920x1080 High Graphics Quality (DX11) (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
154.9 fps ∼79%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
129.7 (min: 118) fps ∼66% -16%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
151.5 fps ∼78% -2%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
103.9 (min: 96) fps ∼53% -33%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
83.4 (min: 77) fps ∼43% -46%
Evolve
1920x1080 Very High Graphics Quality AA:1TX SM (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
101.5 fps ∼57%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
87.1 (min: 67) fps ∼49% -14%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
101.1 fps ∼57% 0%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
61.9 (min: 44) fps ∼35% -39%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
51.4 (min: 41) fps ∼29% -49%
1920x1080 High Graphics Quality AA:FX (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
114.7 fps ∼58%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
97.6 (min: 70) fps ∼49% -15%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
114.6 fps ∼58% 0%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
67.1 (min: 51) fps ∼34% -41%
Schenker W504
GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
57.5 (min: 47) fps ∼29% -50%
Dragon Age: Inquisition
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics Quality AA:2x MS (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
65.4 fps ∼38%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
54.1 (min: 43) fps ∼32% -17%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
65.4 fps ∼38% 0%
1920x1080 High Graphics Quality (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
97.3 fps ∼56%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
72.6 (min: 63) fps ∼42% -25%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
97.4 fps ∼56% 0%
Far Cry 4
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics Quality AA:SM (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
82.6 fps ∼73%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
77.7 (min: 50) fps ∼68% -6%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
78.6 fps ∼69% -5%
1920x1080 High Graphics Quality AA:SM (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
98.5 fps ∼79%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
87.2 (min: 58) fps ∼70% -11%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
93.7 fps ∼75% -5%
Assassin's Creed Unity
1920x1080 Ultra High Graphics Quality AA:4x MS (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
42.9 fps ∼78%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
43.6 (min: 39) fps ∼79% +2%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
43.2 fps ∼78% +1%
1920x1080 High Graphics Quality AA:2x MS (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
79 fps ∼94%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
52.8 (min: 46) fps ∼63% -33%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
79 fps ∼94% 0%
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
1920x1080 Extra / On (Cache Shadow Maps Off), 2x Supersampling AA:2x SM (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
71.8 fps ∼93%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
75.7 (min: 65) fps ∼98% +5%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
71.5 fps ∼93% 0%
1920x1080 High / On (Cache Shadow Maps Off) AA:FX (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
117 fps ∼93%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
109.3 (min: 89) fps ∼87% -7%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
114.9 fps ∼92% -2%
Alien: Isolation
1920x1080 Ultra, On, Shadow Map 2048, HDAO AA:2x SM AF:16x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
134.4 fps ∼57%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
125.7 fps ∼54% -6%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
136.7 fps ∼58% +2%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 4710HQ
96.1 fps ∼41% -28%
Schenker XMG P505
GeForce GTX 970M, 4870HQ
75.7 fps ∼32% -44%
1920x1080 High, On, Shadow Map 1536, Standard SSAO AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
187.1 fps ∼63%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
174.4 fps ∼59% -7%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
190.2 fps ∼64% +2%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 4710HQ
138.9 fps ∼47% -26%
Schenker XMG P505
GeForce GTX 970M, 4870HQ
107.9 fps ∼36% -42%
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
1920x1080 Ultra Preset (HD Package) (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
91.4 fps ∼57%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
83.6 fps ∼52% -9%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
92.2 fps ∼57% +1%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 4710HQ
65 fps ∼40% -29%
Schenker XMG P505
GeForce GTX 970M, 4870HQ
51.2 fps ∼32% -44%
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
120.9 fps ∼65%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
110.1 fps ∼59% -9%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
121.2 fps ∼65% 0%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 4710HQ
82.5 fps ∼44% -32%
Schenker XMG P505
GeForce GTX 970M, 4870HQ
68.6 fps ∼37% -43%
Sims 4
1920x1080 Ultra Preset (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
117.2 fps ∼73%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
117.7 fps ∼74% 0%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
124.7 fps ∼78% +6%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 4710HQ
97 fps ∼61% -17%
Schenker XMG P505
GeForce GTX 970M, 4870HQ
93.8 fps ∼59% -20%
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
127.4 fps ∼74%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
122.4 fps ∼71% -4%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
132.3 fps ∼76% +4%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 4710HQ
98.4 fps ∼57% -23%
Schenker XMG P505
GeForce GTX 970M, 4870HQ
100.6 fps ∼58% -21%
GRID: Autosport
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
128.1 fps ∼85%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
121.4 fps ∼81% -5%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
130.7 fps ∼87% +2%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 4710HQ
107.1 fps ∼71% -16%
Schenker XMG P505
GeForce GTX 970M, 4870HQ
82.3 fps ∼55% -36%
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
157.8 fps ∼79%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
135.3 fps ∼67% -14%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
154.2 fps ∼77% -2%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 4710HQ
134.3 fps ∼67% -15%
Schenker XMG P505
GeForce GTX 970M, 4870HQ
138 fps ∼69% -13%
Watch Dogs
1920x1080 Ultra Overall Quality, Ultra Textures AA:4x MS (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
59.4 fps ∼80%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
53.6 fps ∼72% -10%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
64.6 fps ∼87% +9%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 4710HQ
45.9 fps ∼62% -23%
Schenker XMG P505
GeForce GTX 970M, 4870HQ
34.4 fps ∼46% -42%
1920x1080 High Overall Quality, High Textures AA:2x MS (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
80.8 fps ∼95%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
64.6 fps ∼76% -20%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
83.1 fps ∼98% +3%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 4710HQ
61.3 fps ∼72% -24%
Schenker XMG P505
GeForce GTX 970M, 4870HQ
49.4 fps ∼58% -39%
Thief - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
84.8 fps ∼68%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
79.1 fps ∼63% -7%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
84.4 fps ∼67% 0%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 4710HQ
62.1 fps ∼49% -27%
Schenker XMG P505
GeForce GTX 970M, 4870HQ
47.9 fps ∼38% -44%
Metro: Last Light - 1920x1080 Very High (DX11) AF:16x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
92.3 fps ∼62%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
80.6 fps ∼54% -13%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
91.8 fps ∼62% -1%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 4710HQ
66.8 fps ∼45% -28%
Schenker XMG P505
GeForce GTX 970M, 4870HQ
53.3 fps ∼36% -42%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
121.4 fps ∼56%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
113.5 fps ∼53% -7%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
116.6 fps ∼54% -4%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 4710HQ
91.2 fps ∼42% -25%
Schenker XMG P505
GeForce GTX 970M, 4870HQ
72.5 fps ∼34% -40%
Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
159 fps ∼57%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
138 fps ∼50% -13%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
162.4 fps ∼59% +2%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 4710HQ
104.5 fps ∼38% -34%
Schenker XMG P505
GeForce GTX 970M, 4870HQ
80.3 fps ∼29% -49%
Crysis 3 - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:2xSM AF:16x (sort by value)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
60.7 fps ∼50%
Desktop-PC
GeForce GTX 980, 3770K
58.3 fps ∼48% -4%
Clevo P870DM
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
60.4 fps ∼50% 0%
MSI GT72-2QE32SR311BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 4710HQ
43.3 fps ∼35% -29%
Schenker XMG P505
GeForce GTX 970M, 4870HQ
33.4 fps ∼27% -45%

Thanks to the relatively new driver (ForceWare 359.00 vs. 355.98), the XMG U716 could even outperform the XMG U726 slightly in some games. However, the high price will deter many gamers, and they will have to turn to the GTX 980M or GTX 970M. The latter also offer enough power providing that the user is prepared to make compromises in image quality.

low med. high ultra4K
Crysis 3 (2013) 153.9140.4109.460.7fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 508.1471.4338.1159fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 269.8244.3226.7121.4fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 158.2156.1143.792.3fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 20020020099.652.5fps
Thief (2014) 125.2120.4116.884.8fps
Watch Dogs (2014) 117.5102.780.859.4fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 327.1180.4157.8128.1fps
Sims 4 (2014) 178141.6127.4117.2fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 233.3201.6120.991.4fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 273.9250.4187.1134.4fps
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014) 249.9193.911771.8fps
Assassin's Creed Unity (2014) 142116.27942.9fps
Far Cry 4 (2014) 122.412298.582.6fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 193.4177.397.365.4fps
Evolve (2015) 247.4199114.7101.5fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 182.7178.7154.999fps
GTA V (2015) 168.7160.5117.85159.8fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 375.6156.9123.79784.2fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 222.6148.38444.330.1fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 1511451016734fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 6060606050.8fps
Mad Max (2015) 265146.2136.648.1fps
FIFA 16 (2015) 351.9321287.1124.4fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 147.7134.486.130.734.1fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015) 151.7148.898.788.334.2fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 175.2168.896.67833.7fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 200199.4118.6102.139.6fps
Assassin's Creed Syndicate (2015) 96.195.478.432.328.2fps

Emissions

Idle noise level
Idle noise level
Load noise level
Load noise level

System Noise

Although the noise level is normal for a gaming laptop, the fan management did not quite convince us. Reason 1: The XMG U716 tends to speed up in idle mode (~38 dB(A)). Reason 2: One of the two fans sounds fairly high-pitched during load, which our measurements only illustrate conditionally. With approximately 45 dB(A) in 3DMark 06 and up to 48 dB(A) in the stress test, the U716 is a bit louder than the XMG U726 that reached 42 and 46 dB(A) in these scenarios. Other high-end laptops, such as MSI's GT72S 6QE (35/46 dB(A)) and Asus' G752VT (36/46 dB(A)), are even quieter.

The same is seen while idling. While the aforesaid rivals reach an average of 31 and 33 dB(A), the XMG U716 reaches almost 35 dB(A) alongside a slightly erratic characteristic. However, the noise level is only really annoying during full load. A stress-free gaming session is quite possible with headphones or turned up speakers. The XMG U726 remained a bit quieter throughout all tests, which is unsurprising in view of the thicker design.

Noise Level

Idle
33 / 35 / 38 dB(A)
Load
45 / 48 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 (15 cm distance)
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
Schenker XMG U726
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
Schenker XMG U706
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700K
MSI GT72S-6QEG16SR421BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
Noise
4%
12%
2%
9%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
33
33
-0%
29
12%
30.6
7%
32.9
-0%
Idle Average *
35
34
3%
30.8
12%
31
11%
33
6%
Idle Maximum *
38
35
8%
30.8
19%
50.4
-33%
33.1
13%
Load Average *
45
42
7%
42.1
6%
35
22%
36.2
20%
Load Maximum *
48
46
4%
43.5
9%
46
4%
45.8
5%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

Despite the fans' high activity, the chassis can get quite hot in 3D operations. We measured up to 48 °C (118.4 °F upper side) and 54 °C (129.2 °F underside) on the laptop's rear third after an hour of our stress test. Consequently, gaming sessions on the lap are not very recommendable. The situation is a bit more relaxed on the desk. Since the wrist rest heats up to a maximum of 37 °C (98.6 °F), elongated 3D operations do not get unpleasant. The barebone does a good job in the comparison when considering the GPU's performance.

The components get much warmer under load. A mix of FurMark and Prime95 forces the processor to over 90 °C (194 °F). The GTX 980 also gets quite hot with a maximum of 88 °C (190.4 °F), and the core clock drops to approximately 820 MHz (CPU: 3.0 - 3.4 GHz). However, throttling will not be an issue in games. The temperatures are commonly lower since the load is not as high.

Max. Load
 46.5 °C48.4 °C42.5 °C 
 46.8 °C48.8 °C41.1 °C 
 34.1 °C36.6 °C30.9 °C 
Maximum: 48.8 °C
Average: 41.7 °C
55.8 °C54.3 °C48.2 °C
44.8 °C48.2 °C41.6 °C
27.3 °C30.8 °C37.7 °C
Maximum: 55.8 °C
Average: 43.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  45.2 °C | Room Temperature 22 °C | Voltcraft IR-900
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
Schenker XMG U726
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
Schenker XMG U706
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700K
MSI GT72S-6QEG16SR421BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
Heat
-3%
5%
9%
22%
Maximum Upper Side *
48.8
46.9
4%
45.6
7%
45.2
7%
37.6
23%
Maximum Bottom *
55.8
61
-9%
52.4
6%
56.9
-2%
38
32%
Idle Upper Side *
36.7
36.3
1%
34.9
5%
30.7
16%
31.6
14%
Idle Bottom *
37.3
40.8
-9%
36.3
3%
31.8
15%
30.6
18%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

Pink & white noise
Pink & white noise

Clevo treats its P775DM1 to a 2.1 system that is supported by special software. The Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 technology scores with many options (profiles, equalizer, etc.), and gives the otherwise stifled sound considerably more power, richness and volume. The high volume (79 dB(A) @ pink noise, 75 dB(A) @ white noise) also makes filling larger rooms with sound possible. However, the sound tends to fray depending on the volume. All in all, the 2.1 system is decent but does not reach the quality of an MSI GT72. The sound of the XMG U726 also seems better to us.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Since the XMG U716 does not feature graphics switching, the idle power consumption is already high. 35-51 watts point to a full-blown desktop PC. Laptops with Optimus technology often consume less than 20 watts, for example the XMG P706. The difference diminishes in 3D mode. The XMG U716 "only" requires 36% more power than the homegrown rival with 98 to 134 watts. The full load rates cannot be compared 1:1 due to varying Turbo and throttling levels. Our maximum recorded power was 298 W from our 1.2 kg 330 W PSU.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 1.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 35 / 44 / 51 Watt
Load midlight 134 / 298 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
Schenker XMG U726
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
Schenker XMG U706
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700K
MSI GT72S-6QEG16SR421BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
Power Consumption
-3%
26%
31%
Idle Minimum *
35
36
-3%
22
37%
21.3
39%
Idle Average *
44
45
-2%
28.9
34%
26.3
40%
Idle Maximum *
51
53
-4%
29.8
42%
32.9
35%
Load Average *
134
139
-4%
126.8
5%
110.2
18%
Load Maximum *
298
306
-3%
261.6
12%
230.8
23%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Users who often use their laptop on the go will not be happy with the XMG U716. The 8-cell battery is depleted after 2.5 hours at most due to the lack of graphics switching (Battery Eater Reader's test). Not quite 1.5 hours at full load is not awe-inspiring, either. However, some rivals are drained faster.

The performance drops by approximately 50% in battery mode (3DMark 11 score: 6674 vs. 14,477).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
2h 38min
Gaming
1h 20min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 28min
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
Schenker XMG U726
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700
Schenker XMG U706
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700K
MSI GT72S-6QEG16SR421BW
GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
Battery Runtime
-1%
17%
23%
14%
Reader / Idle
158
170
8%
245
55%
261
65%
230
46%
Gaming
80
66
-17%
Load
88
94
7%
69
-22%
71
-19%
72
-18%

Pros

+ convenient tools (overclocking, fan management, ...)
+ removable CPU, GPU and battery
+ 4K display with large color space
+ FHD panel with G-Sync support
+ cleverly positioned interfaces
+ diverse upgrade options
+ can be customized
+ outstanding performance
+ comfortable maintenance
+ backlit keyboard
+ good touchpad
+ no bloatware
+ PCIe SSD

Cons

- unstable lid and rear-sided vent grille
- high noise development during load
- sound could be better
- very high weight
- bulky power supply
- short battery life

Verdict

In review: Schenker XMG U716. Review sample courtesy of Schenker Technologies.
In review: Schenker XMG U716. Review sample courtesy of Schenker Technologies.

After adding up all aspects, the XMG U716 presents the same advantages and disadvantages as the XMG U726. Although not utilizing Optimus is quite understandable from a Core gamer's point of view, we do not comprehend the wobbly lid and fan management. The fans sometimes increase their speed when idle without reason.

The high noise development during high load and short battery life also reduce the rating. The manufacturer could also improve the sound quality. Furthermore, the chassis is extremely big and heavy, although that drawback is not quite as relevant when staying at the desk.

Good or very good ratings round out the other categories. Besides the input devices, the interfaces and image quality are compelling. The 4K screen strikes with its first rate brightness and excellent color space. The user-friendly maintenance options are another unique selling point. Hardly another laptop can be disassembled, cleaned and upgraded as conveniently. Not to mention the brute power. Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980 is in no way inferior to its desktop sibling. The Maxwell chip is the only single-GPU that can power even demanding games decently in 3840x2160 pixels. Still, the price is high. A sensible configuration of the XMG U716 quickly surpasses 3000 Euros (~$3300). Gaming laptops with a GTX 970M are found at half the price.

The manual upgrade results from the fact that a GTX 980M already has scratched at the top-gaming rate of 100%.

 

 

 

Schenker XMG U716 - 02/24/2016 v5
Florian Glaser

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
77 / 81 → 95%
Weight
47 / 66 → 66%
Battery
63%
Display
89%
Games Performance
96%
Application Performance
96%
Temperature
78 / 95 → 82%
Noise
68 / 90 → 76%
Audio
75%
Average
78%
86%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Florian Glaser, 2015-12-10 (Update: 2015-12-14)