Razer Blade Stealth Laptop On Linux, Various Linux Laptop Performance Metrics
Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 30 August 2017. Page 3 of 9. 29 Comments

Next up are a variety of different benchmarks from the Razer Blade Stealth, including a multi-distribution comparison and other laptop benchmarks.

First up was my curiosity how the power use was on the Blade Stealth with Windows vs. Linux... With not having a Kabylake laptop to otherwise test, it was interesting. For this test I relied upon the AC system power consumption when booting the laptop, the battery was fully charged, and seeing how the power usage was from boot through some basic operations in each of the operating systems. The AC power adapter was connected to a WattsUp Pro USB power meter that was connected to a different PC and running the Phoronix Test Suite for recording the AC system power draw each time.

Each operating system was set to auto login at boot. Upon booting the operating system, on each OS I would fire up the web browser and then proceed to load the desktop's application manager, launch the respective file manager, and other very light desktop tasks followed by letting the Stealth idle for the five minute duration.

Here's a look at the AC power use during that process:

Keep in mind the test operations in this case had to be manually done and were not scripted, unlike our other tests to be shown, so take these results as you wish. But even still they are a pleasant surprise: in the past I've generally found the battery use of laptops/ultrabooks on Linux to be much greater than Windows. With these basic results, the average was right in line with Windows 10 to perhaps even a little bit less. Though the peak power use of these Linux distributions all ended up being higher than the Windows 10 peak power use.


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