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Recensione breve del Portatile EVGA SC15 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060)

Il miglior portatile GTX 1060...quasi. "Sottile e leggero" senza "leggero". L'SC15 è pesante ma non ingombrante e veloce ma non rumoroso. Si avvicina a quello che cerchiamo da un portatile premium gaming per meno di $2000 USD.

The EVGA SC series is just over a year old and has now expanded to include the 15.6-inch SC15 to accompany the existing 17.3-inch SC17. It would be easy to excuse the SC15 as a scaled down version of its bigger brother, but the notebook utilizes yet another brand new chassis design that makes it more than just a "mini SC17".

The manufacturer currently offers the SC15 in only one configuration sporting an i7-7700HQ CPU, GTX 1060 GPU, 16 GB of RAM, and FHD 120 Hz G-Sync display in contrast to the HK-class processor, GTX 1070/1080 GPU, and 4K UHD display of the SC17. When also considering its slim size, the SC15 is in direct competition against some heavy hitters in the market including the Gigabyte Aero 15, Acer Aspire V15, MSI GS63VR, Asus FX502VM/GL502VM, Gigabyte P55W, and the Lenovo Legion Y720.

Price is certainly not a distinct advantage as the $1900 USD MSRP is slightly more than what many of the above alternatives are now selling for. For this review, we'll find out exactly what the SC15 brings to the table to justify the higher price point.

EVGA SC15 (SC Serie)
Processore
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 4 x 2.8 - 3.8 GHz, Kaby Lake
Scheda grafica
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile - 6144 MB, Core: 1455 MHz, Memoria: 8008 MHz, GDDR5, 381.99
Memoria
16384 MB 
, DDR4, 1300 MHz, Dual-Channel, 16-16-16-39
Schermo
15.6 pollici 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, ID: AUO42ED, Name: AU Optronics B156HAN04.2, lucido: no
Scheda madre
Intel HM175
Harddisk
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7, 256 GB 
, Secondario: 1 TB Seagate ST1000LM048 HDD
Scheda audio
Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
Porte di connessione
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Connessioni Audio: 3.5 mm earphones, 3.5 mm microphone, Sensore luminosità
Rete
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
Dimensioni
altezza x larghezza x profondità (in mm): 22.55 x 387 x 260
Batteria
62 Wh polimeri di litio
Sistema Operativo
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: FHD
Altre caratteristiche
Casse: Stereo, Tastiera: Chiclet, Illuminazione Tastiera: si, Torq X10 mouse, pad in pelle, adattatore USB Type-C - USB Type-A, manuale, EVGA PrecisionX Mobile, 24 Mesi Garanzia
Peso
2.93 kg, Alimentazione: 794 gr
Prezzo
1900 USD
Nota: il produttore potrebbe usare componenti di fornitori diversi pannelli dei diplay, drive o banchi di memoria con specifiche simili.

 

Case

We've processed a plethora of gaming notebooks through our conveyor belt of tests, but the SC15 is something special. It's the first slim 15-inch gaming notebook to feel as rigid, thick, and inflexible as the large 17-inch Alienware 17, MSI GT73VR, or Asus G752VS while having thin dimensions similar to that of the MSI GS63VR, Gigabyte P55, or Asus FX502. The display of the SC15 is by far the most unyielding of any 15-inch gaming notebook and rivals that of the XPS 15 9560. Its base exhibits absolutely no flexing, warping, or creaking when attempting to twist its corners or depress the keyboard center. The dual hinges appear small, but are deceivingly firm with no teetering when typing. Workmanship is second to none where the word "premium" couldn't couldn't be a more appropriate description.

As for the understated non-unibody design, the aluminum chassis is completely smooth and uniform from top to bottom save for the rubber footing. Its matte surfaces are very slightly textured and sit perfectly flushed around the edges of corners. Until Razer unveils an actual 15-inch Blade, the EVGA SC15 is probably the closest we can get in terms of feel and quality.

We can't stress how incredibly dense the SC15 is for a notebook this size. At 2.9 kg, the EVGA weighs as much as the MSI GT62VR that comes in nearly twice as thick. The MSI GS63VR, which is only 4 to 5 mm thinner than the SC15, is a full kilogram lighter. The weighty chassis is no doubt a very tangible price to pay for the sound framework of the SC15. Users can expect the EVGA to be noticeably heavier than other thin-and-light gaming notebooks without the imposing girth of larger 15-inch notebooks like the Predator 15, Alienware 15, or Lenovo Legion series.

The thick hinges are prominent in the overall design of the system
The thick hinges are prominent in the overall design of the system
Display angle is limited up to about 140 degrees
Display angle is limited up to about 140 degrees
Top: MSI WS63, Bottom: SC15
Top: MSI WS63, Bottom: SC15
Top: MSI WS63, Bottom: SC15
Top: MSI WS63, Bottom: SC15
Right: MSI WS63, Left: SC15
Right: MSI WS63, Left: SC15
Top: MSI WS63, Bottom: SC15
Top: MSI WS63, Bottom: SC15
390 mm 266 mm 40 mm 2.9 kg390 mm 272 mm 22.9 mm 2.6 kg387 mm 260 mm 22.55 mm 2.9 kg380 mm 249 mm 18 mm 1.9 kg379 mm 262 mm 17 mm 2.3 kg356 mm 250 mm 19 mm 2.1 kg

Connectivity

A healthy number of ports are available including 3x USB 3.0 Type-A and multiple video-out ports. While the MSI GS63VR includes one more USB Type-A port, it uses the older HDMI 1.4 and mDP 1.2 standards compared to HDMI 2.0b and mDP 1.4 on the SC15. This has little significance to most users, but SC15 owners will have the ability to output to compatible 4K monitors at up to 60 Hz and 120 Hz without needing to resort to Thunderbolt 3.

All ports are easy to reach on the left- and right-hand edges of the notebook. Most of the ports are along the right edge and so right-handed mouse users may have to deal with a cluttered desk of cables. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect, however, is the complete lack of an integrated SD card reader unlike on most other gaming notebooks.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0b, mDP 1.4, Gigabit Ethernet, AC adapter, Kensington Lock
Right: USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0b, mDP 1.4, Gigabit Ethernet, AC adapter, Kensington Lock
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: 3.5 mm audio, 3.5 mm microphone, 2x USB 3.0
Left: 3.5 mm audio, 3.5 mm microphone, 2x USB 3.0

Communication

The Intel 8265 module with integrated Bluetooth 4.2 comes standard with no options for the gaming-centric Killer 1535. Real-world transfer rates average 657 Mbps against the theoretical maximum of 867 Mbps when standing one meter away from our EA8500 test router, but transmit speed is strangely slower at an average of 361 Mbps even after multiple retests. Beyond this, we experienced no connectivity or latency issues during our time with the unit. There is no WWAN or SIM support unlike on the recent Eurocom Sky MX5 R3.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
662 MBit/s ∼100% +1%
EVGA SC15
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
657 MBit/s ∼99%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
648 MBit/s ∼98% -1%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
594 MBit/s ∼100% +65%
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
529 MBit/s ∼89% +47%
EVGA SC15
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
361 MBit/s ∼61%

Accessories

Included extras are a wired Torq X10 gaming mouse (similar to the one included with each SC17), USB Type-C to USB 3.0 Type-A adapter, leather palm rest pad, and a user guide. A velvet cleaning cloth would have been a neat addition, though EVGA is already throwing in more than what other gaming manufacturers include for free. Generic Thunderbolt 3 docking stations should be compatible with the system as well.

Maintenance

The bottom panel is secured by 13 screws (plus 2 more underneath the rear rubber footing) and is relatively easy to remove so long as users are careful of the rear latches surrounding the ventilation grilles. An uncommon T6 hex wrench is required whereas most notebooks have standard Philips screws or T5 hex screws like the Razer Blade or Gigabyte series. Removing the bottom panel will not void the manufacturer warranty.

Unfortunately for tinkerers, the SC15 motherboard is upside-down and so most of its components are not easily serviceable without further disassembly. The MSI GS63VR/GS73VR series takes a similar approach for better or worse.

The processors, 2x SODIMM, and WLAN module are on the other side of the motherboard
The processors, 2x SODIMM, and WLAN module are on the other side of the motherboard

Warranty

Like Gigabyte and Aorus, EVGA offers a base two-year warranty as standard.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The chiclet (~34.25 x 10.5 cm) keyboard keys are shorter in travel than on the GS63VR but are louder and firmer with stronger tactile feedback when pressed. As a result, the keys feel rather light not unlike on an Ultrabook and may take some time to become accustomed to. The Arrow keys and first row of F keys are a bit too small and are unfortunately spongier than the larger QWERTY and NumPad keys as a result. The positioning of the Power button adjacent to the PgDn key may potentially lead to some accidental shutdowns during use.

The 4-zone RGB backlight includes five brightness settings and a few preset actions. Unfortunately, the options here pale in comparison to the per-key RGB options of most newer gaming notebooks and even the 7-zone keyboard backlight of the Lenovo Y900. The pre-installed software has no built-in macro customization or the ability to assign different commands, either. For a gaming notebook, the lighting features feel barebones and come out short of the competition.

Touchpad

The trackpad (10.5 x 6 cm) is smaller in surface area than the ones on the GS63VR (10.5 x 7 cm) and original SC17. Functionally, however, the smooth surface exhibits excellent gliding properties and responsiveness is very fast due to the 120 Hz panel. Applying a strong force on the very center of the trackpad surface will warp it only slightly.

The integrated mouse clicks are shallow in travel and somewhat on the soft side in terms of feedback. While this isn't uncommon, we're disappointed to see that feedback is uneven depending on where you click with a finger. Inputting a click on the very bottom left of the trackpad, for example, feels much softer and weaker than if inputting a click nearer the bottom right or even bottom edge. This is unexpected considering that the rest of the chassis is visually very well designed.

The F keys and Arrow keys are too small
The F keys and Arrow keys are too small
Firm feedback and shorter-than-expected travel
Firm feedback and shorter-than-expected travel
The 4-zone RGB backlight
The 4-zone RGB backlight
Barebones lighting UI
Barebones lighting UI

Display

The only display option available at the time of writing is an edge-to-edge matte 1080p G-Sync panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate. This AU Optronics B156HAN04.2 panel can also be found on the new Asus Zephyrus and both share similar color reproduction and black levels as a result. Backlight brightness distribution, however, is poorer on the EVGA as the left side of the screen is slightly dimmer than the right.

Two notable display drawbacks plague the SC15: The average response times and thick matte panel. Fast response times of less than 8.3 ms (1 second/120 FPS) are required to take full advantage of a native 120 Hz panel, but the disappointing black-white response times result in more ghosting than we would have liked. Secondly, the overlying edge-to-edge matte surface is thicker than on most other notebooks and display quality subsequently suffers. Colors do not "pop" as much as on an Apple MacBook and the screen is far grainier than any glossy panel and even most other matte displays. Our microscope image below shows just how rough the matte overlay can be when compared to our usual crisp subpixel shots.

Uneven backlight bleeding is very minimal around the top two corners and right edge on our unit and is essentially unnoticeable when gaming or during normal use.

Slight backlight bleeding around top corners
Slight backlight bleeding around top corners
Matte subpixel array (141 PPI)
Matte subpixel array (141 PPI)
249.9
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
270.7
cd/m²
233.1
cd/m²
281.5
cd/m²
272.9
cd/m²
205.5
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
235.7
cd/m²
Distribuzione della luminosità
ID: AUO42ED, Name: AU Optronics B156HAN04.2
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Massima: 281.5 cd/m² Media: 253.5 cd/m² Minimum: 1.93 cd/m²
Distribuzione della luminosità: 73 %
Al centro con la batteria: 281.5 cd/m²
Contrasto: 1043:1 (Nero: 0.27 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.9 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.9
ΔE Greyscale 3.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.1
89.3% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 57.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.27
EVGA SC15
ID: AUO42ED, Name: AU Optronics B156HAN04.2, , 15.6, 1920x1080
Asus Zephyrus GX501
AUO B156HAN04.2 (AUO42ED), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
APPA031, IPS, 15.4, 2880x1800
Gigabyte Aero 15
N156HCA-EA1 (CMN15D7), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Aorus X5 v6
IPS, 15.6, 2880x1620
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
Response Times
13%
-13%
-4%
7%
28%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41.6 (21.6, 20)
40.4 (23.2, 17.2)
3%
48 (23.6, 24.4)
-15%
42.8 (23.6, 19.2)
-3%
34 (19, 25)
18%
28 (15.6, 12.4)
33%
Response Time Black / White *
30.8 (17.6, 13.2)
24 (11.6, 12.4)
22%
33.8 (19.6, 14.2)
-10%
32 (18.8, 13.2)
-4%
32 (8, 24)
-4%
23.6 (15.2, 8.4)
23%
PWM Frequency
119000 (80, 210)
26000 (20)
198.4
1351 (39)
Screen
-7%
41%
-9%
-5%
-47%
Brightness middle
281.5
328
17%
545
94%
320
14%
280.4
0%
274.2
-3%
Brightness
253
305
21%
523
107%
316
25%
271
7%
263
4%
Brightness Distribution
73
83
14%
86
18%
90
23%
83
14%
92
26%
Black Level *
0.27
0.25
7%
0.44
-63%
0.36
-33%
0.249
8%
0.44
-63%
Contrast
1043
1312
26%
1239
19%
889
-15%
1126
8%
623
-40%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.9
6.02
-54%
1.6
59%
4.62
-18%
4.94
-27%
8
-105%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.1
10.14
-43%
3.8
46%
9.75
-37%
8.13
-15%
14.6
-106%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.8
6.32
-66%
1.9
50%
6
-58%
5.13
-35%
9.1
-139%
Gamma
2.27 97%
2.28 96%
2.26 97%
2.46 89%
2.26 97%
2.24 98%
CCT
7322 89%
8194 79%
6834 95%
6761 96%
7433 87%
5020 129%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57.8
60
4%
60
4%
55.9
-3%
45.7
-21%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
89.3
92
3%
92
3%
85.9
-4%
72.1
-19%
Media totale (Programma / Settaggio)
3% / -4%
14% / 31%
-7% / -8%
1% / -3%
-10% / -34%

* ... Meglio usare valori piccoli

Color space is approximately 58 percent and 89 percent of the AdobeRGB and sRGB standards, respectively. Less expensive panels may cover only 60 percent of sRGB while some gaming notebooks like the Razer Blade offer full sRGB coverage and more to better appeal to digital artists. For gaming purposes, however, color accuracy will usually take a backseat to response times and contrast.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. Gigabyte Aero 15
vs. Gigabyte Aero 15

Further display measurements with a X-Rite spectrophotometer reveal good colors and grayscale out of the box. A calibration is still recommended to achieve even greater color and grayscale accuracy as shown by our before and after measurements below.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Tempi di risposta del Display

I tempi di risposta del display mostrano quanto sia veloce lo schermo a cambaire da un colore all'altro. Tempi di risposta lenti possono creare sovrapposizioni negloi oggetti in movimento. Specialmente i giocatori patiti del 3D dovrebbero usare uno schermo con tempi di risposta bassi.
       Tempi di risposta dal Nero al Bianco
30.8 ms ... aumenta ↗ e diminuisce ↘ combinato↗ 17.6 ms Incremento
↘ 13.2 ms Calo
Lo schermo mostra tempi di risposta lenti nei nostri tests e sarà insoddisfacente per i gamers.
In confronto, tutti i dispositivi di test variano da 0.8 (minimo) a 240 (massimo) ms. » 77 % di tutti i dispositivi è migliore.
Questo significa che i tempi di risposta rilevati sono peggiori rispetto alla media di tutti i dispositivi testati (24.7 ms).
       Tempo di risposta dal 50% Grigio all'80% Grigio
41.6 ms ... aumenta ↗ e diminuisce ↘ combinato↗ 21.6 ms Incremento
↘ 20 ms Calo
Lo schermo mostra tempi di risposta lenti nei nostri tests e sarà insoddisfacente per i gamers.
In confronto, tutti i dispositivi di test variano da 0.9 (minimo) a 636 (massimo) ms. » 54 % di tutti i dispositivi è migliore.
Questo significa che i tempi di risposta rilevati sono simili alla media di tutti i dispositivi testati (39.2 ms).

Sfarfallio dello schermo / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

Per ridurre la luminosità dello schermo, alcuni portatili accendono e spengono la retroilluminazione in rapida successione - un metodo chiamato Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). Questa frequenza di ciclo a livello ideale non dovrebbe essere percepibile dall'occhi umano. Se tale frequenza è troppo bassa, gli utenti con occhi sensibili potrebbero stancarsi gli occhi o avere mal di testa o anche notare uno sfarfallio.
flickering dello schermo / PWM non rilevato

In confronto: 50 % di tutti i dispositivi testati non utilizza PWM per ridurre la luminosita' del display. Se è rilevato PWM, una media di 18068 (minimo: 5 - massimo: 2500000) Hz è stata rilevata.

Outdoor visibility is below average as sunlight and ambient lighting will easily overpower the display backlight. Texts and images appear washed out and muted even if glare can be avoided. The wide IPS viewing angles do little to improve the screen since the insufficient backlight is the main bottleneck. Users who want better outdoor visibility may want to consider the Aero 15 instead.

Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

EVGA appears to be shipping the SC15 with only the i7-7700HQ CPU and GTX 1060 GPU for now. In contrast, the larger SC17 ships with unlocked HK-class processors for potentially faster CPU performance. The switch to the much more common and less expensive i7-7700HQ is likely for the best as the i7-6820HK and i7-7820HK at stock clock rates perform essentially the same as the i7-7700HQ as our next section will show.

Optimus is not included since G-Sync comes standard and both continue to be mutually exclusive. The integrated HD Graphics 630 is disabled as a result with no manual graphics switching options.

Processor

CPU performance is similar to other notebooks sporting the same i7-7700HQ CPU like the Samsung Odyssey according to CineBench benchmarks. Users upgrading from the Broadwell i7-5700HQ or Skylake i7-6700HQ will see very marginal improvements, but older gaming notebooks equipped with the Haswell i7-4700HQ will see much larger gains. The i7-7820HK at stock speeds performs about the same as the i7-7700HQ while the desktop i7-7700K in certain Clevo systems can be about 20 percent faster. Running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop results in very steady scores from start to finish whereas certain competing systems may slowly throttle the CPU over time.

See our dedicated CPU page on the Core i7-7700HQ for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
190 Points ∼85% +19%
EVGA SC15
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼71%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
Intel Core i7-7820HK
156 Points ∼70% -2%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
155 Points ∼69% -3%
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070
Intel Core i7-6820HK
152 Points ∼68% -5%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
143 Points ∼64% -11%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
141 Points ∼63% -12%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
140 Points ∼63% -12%
Toshiba Satellite S70-B-106
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
131 Points ∼58% -18%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
897 Points ∼20% +22%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
Intel Core i7-7820HK
772 Points ∼18% +5%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
738 Points ∼17% 0%
EVGA SC15
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
736 Points ∼17%
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070
Intel Core i7-6820HK
706 Points ∼16% -4%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
682 Points ∼16% -7%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
676 Points ∼15% -8%
Toshiba Satellite S70-B-106
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
566 Points ∼13% -23%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
515 Points ∼12% -30%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
2.19 Points ∼86% +27%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.84 Points ∼72% +6%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.83 Points ∼71% +6%
EVGA SC15
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.73 Points ∼68%
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070
Intel Core i7-6820HK
1.68 Points ∼66% -3%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
1.66 Points ∼65% -4%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.55 Points ∼61% -10%
Toshiba Satellite S70-B-106
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
1.49 Points ∼58% -14%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
9.78 Points ∼22% +20%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
Intel Core i7-7820HK
8.44 Points ∼19% +3%
EVGA SC15
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.18 Points ∼19%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.17 Points ∼19% 0%
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070
Intel Core i7-6820HK
7.75 Points ∼18% -5%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
7.53 Points ∼17% -8%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.39 Points ∼17% -10%
Toshiba Satellite S70-B-106
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
6.02 Points ∼14% -26%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
28189 Points ∼43% +28%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
Intel Core i7-7820HK
23041 Points ∼35% +5%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22512 Points ∼34% +2%
EVGA SC15
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22041 Points ∼34%
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070
Intel Core i7-6820HK
21313 Points ∼33% -3%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
19720 Points ∼30% -11%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
18785 Points ∼29% -15%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
18296 Points ∼28% -17%
Rendering Single 32Bit
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
7222 Points ∼67% +19%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
Intel Core i7-7820HK
6182 Points ∼57% +2%
EVGA SC15
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
6051 Points ∼56%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5954 Points ∼55% -2%
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070
Intel Core i7-6820HK
5632 Points ∼52% -7%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5525 Points ∼51% -9%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
5449 Points ∼50% -10%
MSI GE72VR-6RF16H21
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4720 Points ∼44% -22%
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070
Intel Core i7-6820HK
224.726 s * ∼3% -6%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
Intel Core i7-7820HK
213.193 s * ∼3% -0%
EVGA SC15
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
212.46 s * ∼3%
Samsung Odyssey NP800G5M-X01US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
211.321 s * ∼2% +1%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
Intel Core i7-5700HQ
210.067 s * ∼2% +1%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
176.329 s * ∼2% +17%

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Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
11054
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
22041
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6051
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
71.25 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.18 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.73 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
117.23 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
736 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
160 Points
Aiuto

System Performance

PCMark 8 ranks the EVGA within single-digit percentages from the Aorus X5 v6 and significantly higher than the new MacBook Pro 15. Subjectively, the system runs smoothly with no notable software hitches.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Extended
PCMark 10 Extended
PCMark 10 Express
PCMark 10 Express
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
EVGA SC15
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7
5400 Points ∼82%
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
5053 Points ∼77% -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Radeon Pro 555, i7-7700HQ, Apple SSD SM0256L
4648 Points ∼70% -14%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
7973 Points ∼73% +6%
EVGA SC15
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7
7505 Points ∼69%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Radeon Pro 555, i7-7700HQ, Apple SSD SM0256L
4914 Points ∼45% -35%
Home Score Accelerated v2
EVGA SC15
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7
5085 Points ∼83%
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
4828 Points ∼79% -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Radeon Pro 555, i7-7700HQ, Apple SSD SM0256L
4054 Points ∼67% -20%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
5085 punti
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
7505 punti
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5400 punti
Aiuto

Storage Devices

2.5-inch SATA bay under the right palm rest
2.5-inch SATA bay under the right palm rest

Our test system is equipped with a primary 256 GB Toshiba THNSN5256GPU7 NVMe SSD and a secondary 1 TB Seagate ST1000LM048 HDD. Only the secondary 2.5-inch SATA slot is immediately accessible while the primary M.2 SSD will require further disassembly. We recommend using 7 mm drives if replacing or upgrading as 9.5 mm drives may be too tight of a fit. Users who want more than two internal storage bays may want to consider the Eurocom Sky MX5 or Alienware 15 instead.

Read and write rates from the Toshiba SSD are significantly faster than any SATA III SSD or HDD as expected. Its average sequential write rate of 943 MB/s, however, is noticeably slower than the Samsung SM951 found on many other gaming notebooks and flagship Ultrabooks. Meanwhile, the Seagate HDD returns an average transfer rate of 106.5 MB/s according to HD Tune, which is above average for a 5400 RPM drive.

See our table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 5 (Primary SSD)
CDM 5 (Primary SSD)
CDM 5 (Secondary HDD)
CDM 5 (Secondary HDD)
HD Tune (Secondary HDD)
HD Tune (Secondary HDD)
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
 
EVGA SC15
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
Aorus X5 v6
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD
Aorus X7 DT v6
Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
AS SSD
37%
-56%
9%
17%
Copy Game MB/s
977.48
1081.99
11%
1072.6
10%
539.5
-45%
1134
16%
Copy Program MB/s
442.3
401.94
-9%
351.48
-21%
411.54
-7%
502
13%
Copy ISO MB/s
1070.79
1666.02
56%
351.13
-67%
1272.4
19%
1482
38%
Score Total
2474
3756
52%
1630
-34%
2810
14%
2695
9%
Score Write
896
1468
64%
514
-43%
1022
14%
665
-26%
Score Read
1081
1549
43%
756
-30%
1206
12%
1353
25%
Access Time Write *
0.035
0.029
17%
0.025
29%
0.034
3%
0.025
29%
Access Time Read *
0.054
0.041
24%
0.367
-580%
0.034
37%
0.047
13%
4K-64 Write
705.92
1185.25
68%
272.53
-61%
788.85
12%
366.91
-48%
4K-64 Read
821.51
1228.73
50%
521.36
-37%
961.61
17%
1106.67
35%
4K Write
95.46
127.63
34%
131.32
38%
112.15
17%
149.13
56%
4K Read
39.13
48.01
23%
44.6
14%
41.34
6%
48.93
25%
Seq Write
942.8
1550.23
64%
1098.57
17%
1206.58
28%
1493.99
58%
Seq Read
2203.33
2719.21
23%
1904.01
-14%
2026.09
-8%
1971.14
-11%

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Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7
Sequential Read: 2203.33MB/s
Sequential Write: 942.8MB/s
4K Read: 39.13MB/s
4K Write: 95.46MB/s
4K-64 Read: 821.51MB/s
4K-64 Write: 705.92MB/s
Access Time Read: 0.054ms
Access Time Write: 0.035ms
Copy ISO: 1070.79MB/s
Copy Program: 442.3MB/s
Copy Game: 977.48MB/s
Score Read: 1081Points
Score Write: 896Points
Score Total: 2474Points

GPU Performance

The GTX 1060 in the SC15 performs about the same as the Lenovo Legion Y520 according to 3DMark benchmarks and is around 12 percent slower than our reference desktop GTX 1060. Jumping to the GTX 1080 Max-Q or GTX 1070 will bring a performance boost of about 60 percent each over the GTX 1060. Users upgrading from older mid-range notebooks equipped with Maxwell GPUs will experience even greater performance boosts with the SC15.

Activating the preset "Superclock" feature to automatically overclock the GPU by 89/545 MHz (core/memory) will boost the Fire Strike Graphics score from 11453 points to 12019 points. It's quite the modest uptick at just under 5 percent, but users can of course overclock further if desired.

See our dedicated review of the GTX 1060 for more information of the Pascal series.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike (Overclock)
Fire Strike (Overclock)
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark
3840x2160 Fire Strike Ultra Graphics
Eurocom Sky X7E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, 6700K
5120 Points ∼51% +99%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, i7-7820HK
4206 Points ∼42% +64%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, i7-7700HQ
4048 Points ∼40% +57%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
2893 Points ∼29% +13%
EVGA SC15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
2571 Points ∼25%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
739 Points ∼7% -71%
Fire Strike Extreme Graphics
Eurocom Sky X7E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, 6700K
10382 Points ∼52% +91%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, i7-7820HK
8626 Points ∼43% +59%
EVGA SC15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
5441 Points ∼27%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
3517 Points ∼18% -35%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
2629 Points ∼13% -52%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
1988 Points ∼10% -63%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Eurocom Sky X7E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, 6700K
21781 Points ∼54% +90%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, i7-7820HK
18373 Points ∼45% +60%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, i7-7700HQ
18219 Points ∼45% +59%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
12984 Points ∼32% +13%
EVGA SC15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
11453 Points ∼28%
Lenovo Lenovo Legion Y720 80VR002XGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
11134 Points ∼27% -3%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
7321 Points ∼18% -36%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
6002 Points ∼15% -48%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
4133 Points ∼10% -64%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
11160 Points ∼49% +26%
Eurocom Sky X7E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, 6700K
10419 Points ∼46% +17%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, i7-7820HK
10081 Points ∼45% +14%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, i7-7700HQ
8935 Points ∼40% +1%
EVGA SC15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
8876 Points ∼39%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
7952 Points ∼35% -10%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
7371 Points ∼33% -17%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
4466 Points ∼20% -50%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Eurocom Sky X7E2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, 6700K
28321 Points ∼55% +83%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, i7-7700HQ
23540 Points ∼46% +52%
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, i7-7820HK
23170 Points ∼45% +50%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
17401 Points ∼34% +13%
EVGA SC15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
15453 Points ∼30%
Lenovo Lenovo Legion Y720 80VR002XGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
14233 Points ∼28% -8%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
9824 Points ∼19% -36%
HP Pavilion 15 Power 1GK62AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
7537 Points ∼15% -51%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U
4826 Points ∼9% -69%
3DMark 11 Performance
13148 punti
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
110194 punti
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
24201 punti
3DMark Fire Strike Score
9750 punti
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
5165 punti
Aiuto

Gaming Performance

The mobile GTX 1060 in the SC15 performs on the same level as our desktop GTX 1060 and the Aorus X3 Plus v7 equipped with the same GPU in Rise of the Tomb Raider despite the >10 percent difference in 3DMark scores between the SC15 and desktop GTX 1060. Most titles will run at 1080p60 on maximum settings without any issues while a select few like The Witcher 3 or Mafia 3 will have to dial back certain settings to achieve a smooth 60 FPS. Even so, frame drops in the 40 to 50 FPS range will not result in heavy screen tears due to both G-Sync and the native 120 Hz panel.

See our GTX 1060 GPU page for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

basso medio alto ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 110 fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 82.7 fps
Thief (2014) 79 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 66 39.6 fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 89 62 fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 60 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 117.9 fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 70.8 fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 66.8 fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 63.7 59.2 fps
Doom (2016) 98.4 fps
Overwatch (2016) 103.9 fps
Mafia 3 (2016) 41 fps
Prey (2017) 110.3 fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
EVGA SC17 GTX 1070
GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
96.4 fps ∼100% +44%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
66.9 fps ∼69% 0%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
66.5 fps ∼69% 0%
EVGA SC15
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7
66.8 fps ∼69%
Aorus x3 Plus v7
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
65 fps ∼67% -3%
EVGA SC17
GeForce GTX 980M, 6820HK, Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB m.2 NVMe
54.7 fps ∼57% -18%
Asus Strix GL502VT-DS74
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B128
42.8 fps ∼44% -36%
HP Omen 15-ax213ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, i7-7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
32.5 fps ∼34% -51%
HP Pavilion 17 FHD V3A33AV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-128G
24.2 fps ∼25% -64%

Stress Test

We stress the notebook to identify for any potential throttling or hardware issues. The CPU runs stably at its maximum multi-core Turbo Boost of 3.4 GHz when Prime95 is active and even when both Prime95 and FurMark are running simultaneously. Core temperature can be as warm as 92 C when under such unrealistic loads while the GPU remains under 80 C. Note that this is without "SuperClock" activated and so the GPU can potentially run warmer than 80 C should users choose to overclock it.

Witcher 3 is more representative of real-world gaming stress compared to FurMark or Unigine Valley. The CPU can be observed running at just 1.9 GHz and a cool stable core temperature of only 62 C compared to over 90 C on the Alienware 17 R4 under the same conditions. Unfortunately, our test shows periodic drops in frame rates to 32 or 33 FPS every few minutes or so as represented by the graph below. The regular consistency of this behavior suggests interference from pre-installed software activity that may be running in the background. Most other gaming notebooks we've tested under these same Witcher 3 conditions do not exhibit this phenomenon.

Running on batteries will heavily throttle both the CPU and GPU. A 3DMark Fire Strike run on battery power returns Physics and Graphics scores of 9450 and 3586 points, respectively, compared to 10811 and 11453 points when on mains.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Witcher 3 stress
Witcher 3 stress
PrecisionX Mobile (System idle)
PrecisionX Mobile (System idle)
PrecisionX Mobile (Prime95+FurMark)
PrecisionX Mobile (Prime95+FurMark)
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The Witcher 3 ultra
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 3.4 -- 77 48
FurMark Stress -- 1278 77 71
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 3.4 1088 - 1240 92 78
Witcher 3 Stress 1.9+ 1607 - 1645 62 71

Emissions

System Noise

Both system fans are always active and audible at around 32 dB(A) during very low processing loads not unlike most high-end gaming notebooks. While complete silence is always more desirable, the fans here are thankfully lethargic and not very sensitive to low-medium processing loads. Thus, users can multi-task and stream video without constantly pulsing fan noises.

Medium load as represented by 3DMark06 will bump fan noise up to 36.5 dB(A) to be noticeably quieter than the Zephyrus, MacBook Pro 15, GS63VR, and Aorus X5 v6. In fact, the SC15 is one the quietest 15-inch gaming notebooks we've tested. Running Witcher 3 will bump fan noise up to 40.3 dB(A) and 41.6 dB(A) compared to the mid-to-high 40 dB(A) range on other thin and medium-sized gaming notebooks. To our surprise, the SC15 is quieter than the larger MSI GT73VR. Its fans are also not as high-pitched as the GS63VR or GS73VR as shown by the broad fan noise graph below.

Maximum load with both Prime95 and FurMark on the preset "SuperClock" overclock will automatically bump fan noise up to a steady 53.4 dB(A). This maximum is very loud and intolerable without a set of headphones, but users will never reach such high RPMs if simply gaming on the stock clock rate settings.

The fan control software is the simplest and best we've seen on a gaming notebook. Users can manually tune individual fans down to single-digit temperature and speed settings with hysteresis (trigger latency) options. The MSI Dragon software offers something similar, but with far fewer preset temperature and fan ranges.

Our unit exhibited no electronic noise or coil whine during testing.

Ventilation grilles on both the top and bottom sides of the notebook
Ventilation grilles on both the top and bottom sides of the notebook
The twin ~50 mm fans are quieter than most competitors
The twin ~50 mm fans are quieter than most competitors
EVGA SC15 (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark06, Orange: Witcher 3, Green: Maximum load)
EVGA SC15 (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark06, Orange: Witcher 3, Green: Maximum load)
Aorus X5 v6
Aorus X5 v6
MSI GS73VR 6RF. Sharper noise curve indicates higher-pitched fans
MSI GS73VR 6RF. Sharper noise curve indicates higher-pitched fans
Very simple yet versatile fan controls
Very simple yet versatile fan controls

Rumorosità

Idle
31.9 / 32 / 32 dB(A)
Sotto carico
36.5 / 53.4 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silenzioso
40 dB(A)
udibile
50 dB(A)
rumoroso
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm di distanza)   Rumorosità ambientale: 28 dB(A)
EVGA SC15
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7
Asus Zephyrus GX501
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, i7-7700HQ, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Radeon Pro 555, i7-7700HQ, Apple SSD SM0256L
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
Gigabyte Aero 15
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-7700HQ, Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD
Aorus X5 v6
GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 6820HK, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2
Noise
-2%
1%
-3%
-4%
-14%
off /ambiente *
28
31
-11%
30.9
-10%
28.8
-3%
31
-11%
29.3
-5%
Idle Minimum *
31.9
32
-0%
31.3
2%
33.1
-4%
32
-0%
33.4
-5%
Idle Average *
32
33
-3%
31.3
2%
33.1
-3%
33
-3%
35.2
-10%
Idle Maximum *
32
34
-6%
31.7
1%
34
-6%
34
-6%
35.2
-10%
Load Average *
36.5
39
-7%
39.7
-9%
37.2
-2%
39
-7%
53.3
-46%
Witcher 3 ultra *
40.3
42
-4%
35.5
12%
46.1
-14%
43
-7%
Load Maximum *
53.4
46
14%
48.6
9%
47.1
12%
50
6%
57.6
-8%

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Temperature

Surface temperatures are flat and slightly warm on both sides of the notebook during very low loads. If on maximum (Prime95 + FurMark) processing load, the quadrant above the first row of keyboard keys can be as warm as 49 C as shown by our heat maps below.

Temperature development is quite symmetrical due to the positioning of the CPU and GPU and the dual system fans especially when compared to notebooks like the Pavilion 15 Power or Asus VivoBook S15. The warm surfaces of the SC15 never become bothersome since the hot spots are generally away from the keyboard keys and palm rests. Super-thin alternatives like the Aero 15, GS63VR, and Asus Zephyrus all run significantly warmer than the EVGA when gaming or under extreme loads.

Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)
Carico massimo
 33.2 °C49.2 °C35 °C 
 34.2 °C39.8 °C32 °C 
 28.4 °C26.2 °C29.8 °C 
Massima: 49.2 °C
Media: 34.2 °C
32.4 °C45.2 °C37 °C
35 °C39.4 °C35.8 °C
31.8 °C33 °C31.6 °C
Massima: 45.2 °C
Media: 35.7 °C
Alimentazione (max)  44 °C | Temperatura della stanza 20 °C | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(±) La temperatura media del lato superiore sotto carico massimo e' di 34.2 °C / 94 F, rispetto alla media di 33.2 °C / 92 F per i dispositivi di questa classe Gaming.
(-) La temperatura massima sul lato superiore è di 49.2 °C / 121 F, rispetto alla media di 39.7 °C / 103 F, che varia da 21.6 a 68.8 °C per questa classe Gaming.
(-) Il lato inferiore si riscalda fino ad un massimo di 45.2 °C / 113 F, rispetto alla media di 42.4 °C / 108 F
(+) In idle, la temperatura media del lato superiore è di 26.8 °C / 80 F, rispetto alla media deld ispositivo di 33.2 °C / 92 F.
(±) Riproducendo The Witcher 3, la temperatura media per il lato superiore e' di 32 °C / 90 F, rispetto alla media del dispositivo di 33.2 °C / 92 F.
(+) I poggiapolsi e il touchpad sono piu' freddi della temperatura della pelle con un massimo di 29.8 °C / 85.6 F e sono quindi freddi al tatto.
(±) La temperatura media della zona del palmo della mano di dispositivi simili e'stata di 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-1 °C / -1.8 F).

Speakers

The integrated stereo speakers are disappointing for a gaming notebook. Not only is maximum volume below average compared to competitors, but bass is exceptionally poor as shown by our pink noise microphone measurements below. Lower frequencies are not well reproduced and treble feels overemphasized. Additionally, the positioning of the speakers directly on the palm rests is suboptimal as it is far too easy to completely cover the speaker grilles with the palms of your hands during use. Fortunately, maximum volume will not reverberate the chassis or introduce any static.

Headphones are still recommended for a better experience. A handful of other gaming notebooks like the MSI GS series or the Eurocom MX5 have special Hi-Fi audio DACs not found on the SC15 to support studio-grade headphones and microphones.

EVGA SC15 (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
EVGA SC15 (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise)
MSI GS63VR
MSI GS63VR
Dell Alienware 17 R4
Dell Alienware 17 R4
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2041.2442537.338.13134.836.14033.533.65034.533.2633433.98032.932.310031.731.512530.530.816030.935.820029.334.725028.535.931527.338.64002741.750026.845.563025.152.180026.660.1100025.961.2125024.459.5160024.256.8200023.753.7250023.552.5315023.551.5400023.548.5500023.250.3630023.253.3800023.256.11000023.154.1125002347.9160002341.6SPL36.667.5N2.821median 24.4median 50.3Delta2.56.435.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseEVGA SC15Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
EVGA SC15 analisi audio

(-) | altoparlanti non molto potenti (61.19 dB)
Bassi 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | quasi nessun basso - in media 15.8% inferiori alla media
(±) | la linearità dei bassi è media (7.3% delta rispetto alla precedente frequenza)
Medi 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | medi elevati - circa 6.8% superiore alla media
(±) | linearità dei medi adeguata (14.5% delta rispetto alla precedente frequenza)
Alti 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | Alti bilanciati - appena 2.5% dalla media
(±) | la linearità degli alti è media (8% delta rispetto alla precedente frequenza)
Nel complesso 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | la linearità complessiva del suono è media (29.9% di differenza rispetto alla media
Rispetto alla stessa classe
» 95% di tutti i dispositivi testati in questa classe è stato migliore, 3% simile, 2% peggiore
» Il migliore ha avuto un delta di 6%, medio di 18%, peggiore di 37%
Rispetto a tutti i dispositivi testati
» 88% di tutti i dispositivi testati in questa classe è stato migliore, 4% similare, 8% peggiore
» Il migliore ha avuto un delta di 3%, medio di 21%, peggiore di 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz analisi audio

(+) | gli altoparlanti sono relativamente potenti (83.6 dB)
Bassi 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | bassi ridotti - in media 11.3% inferiori alla media
(±) | la linearità dei bassi è media (14.2% delta rispetto alla precedente frequenza)
Medi 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | medi bilanciati - solo only 2.4% rispetto alla media
(+) | medi lineari (5.5% delta rispetto alla precedente frequenza)
Alti 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | Alti bilanciati - appena 2% dalla media
(+) | alti lineari (4.5% delta rispetto alla precedente frequenza)
Nel complesso 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | suono nel complesso lineare (9.3% differenza dalla media)
Rispetto alla stessa classe
» 2% di tutti i dispositivi testati in questa classe è stato migliore, 1% simile, 97% peggiore
» Il migliore ha avuto un delta di 8%, medio di 20%, peggiore di 50%
Rispetto a tutti i dispositivi testati
» 1% di tutti i dispositivi testati in questa classe è stato migliore, 0% similare, 98% peggiore
» Il migliore ha avuto un delta di 3%, medio di 21%, peggiore di 65%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The SC15 is noticeably more demanding than other gaming systems when idling on desktop. When compared to the Aero 15, for example, the Gigabyte system can be over two times more efficient during very low loads. The relatively high power consumption of the EVGA also impacts battery life as shown by our next section.

The higher power consumption during low loads fortunately does not scale up to gaming loads. Running 3DMark06 and Witcher 3 will draw about 80 W and 121 W, respectively, not unlike the Aero 15. Maximum load with both Prime95 and FurMark will draw 159 W from a slim power adapter (~15 x 15 x 2 cm) rated for up to 240 W. The ample power overhead isn't necessarily bad, but a smaller 200 W power adapter would have been just as efficient.

Consumo di corrente
Off / Standbydarklight 0.43 / 0.68 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 25.8 / 26.6 / 26.7 Watt
Sotto carico midlight 80.3 / 159.3 Watt
 color bar
Leggenda: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
EVGA SC15
i7-7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus Zephyrus GX501
i7-7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
i7-7700HQ, Radeon Pro 555, Apple SSD SM0256L, IPS, 2880x1800, 15.4
Gigabyte Aero 15
i7-7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, Lite-on CX2-8B512-Q11 NVMe SSD, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Aorus X5 v6
6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256 m.2, IPS, 2880x1620, 15.6
Power Consumption
-3%
46%
21%
-33%
Idle Minimum *
25.8
18
30%
3.4
87%
12
53%
25
3%
Idle Average *
26.6
23
14%
13.9
48%
15
44%
28.9
-9%
Idle Maximum *
26.7
31
-16%
17.6
34%
20
25%
30.1
-13%
Load Average *
80.3
79
2%
71.1
11%
82
-2%
167.3
-108%
Witcher 3 ultra *
121.2
148
-22%
57.9
52%
111
8%
Load Maximum *
159.3
196
-23%
88.5
44%
161
-1%
222.6
-40%

* ... Meglio usare valori piccoli

Battery Life

Runtimes from the internal 62 Wh battery are very short at just under 3 hours of WLAN use. This is quite low even for a gaming notebook as the GS63VR and Aero 15 can easily outlast the EVGA under all tested scenarios. The poor battery life can be partly attributed to the average battery capacity and lack of Optimus support.

Charging from near empty to full capacity will take just over 2 hours.

Autonomia della batteria
Idle (senza WLAN, min luminosità)
3ore 42minuti
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
2ore 47minuti
Sotto carico (max luminosità)
1ore 21minuti
EVGA SC15
i7-7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, 62 Wh
Asus Zephyrus GX501
i7-7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 50 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
i7-7700HQ, Radeon Pro 555, 76 Wh
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
i7-7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, 65 Wh
Gigabyte Aero 15
i7-7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, 94.24 Wh
Aorus X5 v6
6820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 94.24 Wh
Autonomia della batteria
-28%
130%
35%
126%
15%
Reader / Idle
222
188
-15%
386
74%
638
187%
249
12%
WiFi v1.3
167
130
-22%
644
286%
232
39%
422
153%
182
9%
Load
81
44
-46%
60
-26%
75
-7%
112
38%
100
23%
Witcher 3 ultra
87

Pro

+ chassis molto robusto, cornice in alluminio; eccellente qualità di costruzione
+ eccellente valore di contrasto, ampia copertura del colore; >90% dell'sRGB
+ software PrecisionX facile da usare e versatile
+ temperature core rispettabili durante il gaming
+ non rumoroso quanto altri portatili gaming
+ vano da 2.5" SATA III relativamente accessibile
+ Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0b, mDP 1.4
+ Display standard 120 Hz G-Sync
+ 2 anni di garanzia standard
+ nessun throttling CPU o GPU
+ cover e cerniere solide

Contro

- poche opzioni display; tempi di risposta 5 ms, 4K UHD, o touchscreen
- casse scarse; bassi limitati e posizione sconveniente
- moduli SODIMM, M.2, WLAN richiedono uno smontaggio ulteriore
- display con tempi di risposta medi; pannello matto granuloso
- tasti senza illuminazione individuale RBG; personalizzazione limitata
- uscita audio standard; manca ESS Sabre DAC
- consumi elevati in idle
- tasti F e cursori piccoli
- feedback del clickpad scarso
- corsa molto breve
- pesante e costoso
- autonomia limitata

Giudizio Complessivo

Recensione: EVGA SC15 GTX 1060. Modello fornito da EVGA
Recensione: EVGA SC15 GTX 1060. Modello fornito da EVGA

L'SC15 ha quasi tutto quello che potete desiderare da un portatile gaming GTX 1060. Lo chassis è di alta qualità, le ventole non troppo rumorose, le prestazioni CPU consistenti, e sia G-Sync che refresh rate 120 Hz sono standard. Chiunque consideri GS63VR, Omen 15, Gigabyte P55, Asus GL552/FX502, Aorus X5, o altri portatili sottili gaming da 15" troverà l'EVGA non solo fisicamente più robusto, ma anche più silenzioso e con temperature inferiori. Non ci sono alternative ugualmente sottili se volete anche durata, temperature e silenziosità.

Ci sono alcune pecche che evitano all'SC15 di essere il 15" GTX 1060 gaming notebook da avere. La principale è l'assenza di altre opzioni di display. MSI ed Aorus offrono pannelli con tempi di risposta 5 ms e 3 ms per ridurre molto l'effetto ghosting rispetto ai 18 ms (black-white) dell'EVGA. L'elevato refresh rate da 120 Hz è buono, ma i suoi vantaggi sono attenuati dai tempi di risposta lenti e dal fatto che la GPU richiede frame rates molto elevati per la latenza input. Una SKU 120 Hz/5 ms sarebbe stata la cosa migliore che potesse accadere per l'SC15 anche se significava sacrificare la visuale IPS per un TN.

Le critiche al display non finiscono in quanto il pannello matto edge-to-edge è abbastanza spesso. Mentre è un vantaggio in termini di robustezza, i contenuti appaiono troppo granulosi.

Altre pecche sono minori, ma si sommano al totale. Le casse sono scarse, manca un SD reader integrato, autonomia breve, consumi in idle elevati, e forse per qualcuno anche troppo pesante.

L'SC15 è più robusto, silenzioso, e fresco di qualsiasi altro portatile gaming attualmente disponibile nella sua classe e configurazione. Il suo display con tempi di risposta lenti e l'assenza di SKUs fa calare l'impressione buona.

Nota: si tratta di una recensione breve, con alcune sezioni non tradotte, per la versione integrale in inglese guardate qui.

 

 

EVGA SC15 - 07/05/2017 v6(old)
Allen Ngo

Chassis
92 / 98 → 94%
Tastiera
84%
Dispositivo di puntamento
81%
Connettività
66 / 81 → 81%
Peso
57 / 10-66 → 84%
Batteria
68%
Display
85%
Prestazioni di gioco
92%
Prestazioni Applicazioni
96%
Temperatura
88 / 95 → 93%
Rumorosità
80 / 90 → 89%
Audio
50%
Fotocamera
47 / 85 → 56%
Media
76%
85%
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