Aftershock Titan - Dual-GPU Desktop Quality Notebook Gaming


Battery Life & Portability Index

Battery Life

Gaming notebooks tend to follow the formula of more power = less battery life and portability. In the case of the Titan, its power is provided by a 6-cell 89WHr battery, which is very similar in capacity to the battery used by Dell in its Alienware M17XR4. The Titan also uses Windows 8, whereas all of our other notebooks are running Windows 7 - some evidence suggests that Windows 8 is less power consuming than previous versions of Windows.

Test Notebooks Compared
Specifications/Notebook Aftershock Titan ASUS G75SW

Dell Alienware M17XR4

MSI GT70 Razer Blade
Processor Intel Core i7-
3630QM (2.4GHz)
Intel Core i7-
3630QM (2.4GHz)
Intel Core i7-
3820QM (2.7GHz)
Intel Core i7-
3610QM (2.3GHz)
Intel Core i7-
3632QM (2.2GHz)
Chipset Intel HM77 Intel HM77 Intel HM77 Intel HM77 Intel HM77
Memory  8GB DDR3 16GB DDR3  16GB DDR3  16GB DDR3  8GB DDR3
Storage 750GB HDD, 256GB SSD 2 x 750GB HDD 2 x 900GB HDD 750GB Hybrid HDD with SSD cache 500GB HDD with 64GB SSD
Video 2-way NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
Battery 89 WHr 74 WHr 90WHr 87 WHr 60 WHr
Dimensions 415 x 290 x 55mm 415 x 320 x 52mm 405 x 321 x 51 / 53mm 428 x 288 x 55mm 427 x 277 x 22mm
Weight 4.3kg 4.5kg 5.3kg 3.9kg 2.99kg
Price S$4507 S$2998 S$4246 S$4299 S$3599

The Titan's battery life wasn't great, but was not significantly worse than our other notebooks, lasting 1 hour and 55 minutes, placing it right behind the Alienware M17XR4. Do note that PowerMark benchmarks battery life through non-gaming usage, mainly word processing, internet browsing and some light multimedia use, so don't expect it to last as long if you're gaming without the power supply plugged in.

Power consumption was rather high, due to the unit's dual GPUs sucking up power, even when not actively in use.

 

Portability Index

Our Portability Index factors in battery life, weight and volume so you can see which notebook is the most worthwhile to carry around. Gaming notebooks generally aren't meant to be portable, and the Titan is certainly no exception. Already weighing a hefty 4.5kg, if you do plan on taking it out with you and getting any serious gaming done, you'll also need to carry its monstrous 1.5kg power brick with you. As you can see from our graph below, the Titan's ratio is already quite poor, sitting at 0.068, with only the 5.3kg M17X R4 scoring worse. When we included the battery as part of its calculation, this plummeted to 0.040 (although do note that none of the other notebooks include the power brick as part of their score).  

 

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Design
7
Features
7
Performance
10
Value
8.5
Mobility
6
The Good
Dual-680M GPUs provides desktop-quality graphics performance
Only slightly more expensive than single GTX 680M-equipped gaming notebooks available
Large clickpad
Matte, full HD screen
The Bad
Plain design
Heavy
Huge and heavy power brick
Cramped keyboard
Sticky clickpad
Awards:
Best Gaming Rig