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The Playstation 5 is more power-hungry than a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q gaming laptop

The Playstation 5 is more power-hungry than a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q gaming laptop (Image source: Sony)
The Playstation 5 is more power-hungry than a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q gaming laptop (Image source: Sony)
At a whopping 200 W when gaming, the PS5 demands as much power as some of the fastest gaming laptops you can buy at the moment. The Asus Strix Scar 15 with the GeForce RTX 2070 Super, for example, consumes 201 W when gaming.

Though the Playstation 5 isn't officially available until November 12 in the U.S., many reviewers and influencers around the world have already gotten their hands on free early units from Sony. Digital Foundry in particular have already measured the power consumption of the console when gaming and booting up to the UI. According to their readings, the console demands about 200 W when running games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales or Astro Bot. Sony have left a healthy power overhead considering that the integrated PSU is rated for up to 350 W. 

When compared to most laptops, 200 W is on the higher-end of the spectrum closer to enthusiast models equipped with GeForce RTX graphics. 15.6-inch gaming laptops with Core i7 and GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, for example, would consume about 170 to 180 W while RTX 2070 Super laptops can approach the 200 W mark. Laptops with the older but popular GeForce GTX 1060 would only consume about 120 W to 140 W, though these systems are of course much slower than what the PS5 is capable of.

Laptops with the GeForce RTX 2080 Super, which is the fastest mobile GPU in the market at the moment, may consume 10 to 20 percent more power than the PS5 when gaming such as on the Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS or Alienware m17 R3.

Luckily, the PS5 runs much quieter than any GeForce RTX-powered gaming laptop in the market. The enormous size and weight of the console are put to good use whereas even the biggest gaming laptops still have comparatively thinner fans and a smaller cooling solution.

DeviceAverage Power Consumption When Gaming (W)
Asus ROG Strix G15 G512LI (GTX 1650 Ti)95
Lenovo Legion Y7000 (GTX 1060) 125
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU (GTX 1660 Ti) 129
MSI GS66 (RTX 2080 Super Max-Q) 146
Dell G5 15 SE (Radeon RX 5600M) 153
Asus Zephyrus S15 GX502L (RTX 2070 Super) 175
Alienware m17 R2 (RTX 2080 Max-Q)186
Sony Playstation 5200
Asus Strix Scar 15 G532LWS (RTX 2070 Super)201
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS (RTX 2080 Super)227
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS (RTX 2080 Super)313
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Allen Ngo, 2020-11- 9 (Update: 2020-11- 9)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.