Power Consumption

Power consumption is a new measurement we are introducing to our laptop testing suite. For now we only have two systems to show you, but expect this library of results to grow over time. With many enterprises watching their power consumption carefully, numbers like this can help make a more informed purchase.

A word of caution, the numbers reported here are the results of having the laptop plugged into the wall. The watts consumed by the laptop while running on batteries will be different since laptops have internal power conservation schemes that will make affect the results.

Alienware Aurora m9700 Notebook with SLI and RAID - Mobile 78
Asus W2J – Review
Asus A7J – Review

Alienware Aurora m9700 Notebook with SLI and RAID - Mobile 79
Asus W2J – Review

The power consumption of the Alienware Aurora m9700 is fairly high especially when turned on and charging the battery.

While performing various tasks, it’s amazing to see that the m9700 consumes 105 watts during Super Pi whereas the Asus W2J consumes much less and computes SuperPi much faster than the m9700. However when compared to desktop computers, the m9700 looks rather good!

Alienware Aurora m9700 Notebook with SLI and RAID - Mobile 80
Asus W2J – Review


In 3DMark we see the Alienware m9700 consume 121 Watts while using two GPU, which is roughly half the power consumption of a typical desktop using a single GPU.

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