Results: 3DMark And PCMark
Though this appears to be a direct hardware comparison, we really wanted to put Nvidia’s new Battery Boost feature to the test. That means each notebook gets tested twice, once at full performance (plugged in) and once again at reduced performance (unplugged).
3DMark shows a remarkable thing in the GeForce GTX 870M’s relatively small decline in graphics performance between our plugged-in and unplugged runs. Its Battery Boost technology allows continuously variable frequency, rather than the fixed power-reduction programming of its predecessor.
PCMark primarily shows the benefit of Intel’s newer CPU, and appears to apply that benefit to the hard drive as well as other tests.