Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks

Redaktion (translated by Martina Osztovits), 04/08/2014

April 2014 update. Here you will find the current best gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.

For the original German article, see here.

The Top 10 gaming list has changed a lot in the last month. Apart from the fact that we could finally review several notebooks based on AMD's and Nvidia's new graphics series, our rating system was updated, too.

Version v4 is stricter than v3 and several aspects were added. Sound quality and quality of the webcam have an impact on the total rating if the editor fills them in. The upgrade aims to improve the scaling.

We updated the rating of just under 20 devices so that only notebooks with v4 rating are in our list. Usually the rating fell by about 1 to 5%. As many new models were reviewed, several of them made it into our Top 10, which we will describe briefly.

Notebookcheck Gaming Notebooks Chart as of April 2014

Top 10 of the previous 8 months at the time of writing - current articles are listed first

Additional tests last month - most recent tests are listed first

Editors' Comments

Radeon R9 M290X: last year's level

While Nvidia at least uses the updated Maxwell architecture in several graphics chips, AMD simply renamed its former top models. The 15-inch One K56-4N proved that the performance of the Radeon R9 M290X is exactly the same as the HD 8970M predecessor's. No higher clock rate, no memory upgrade, no additional computing units: AMD rests on the work of the previous generation.

The same is true for the CrossFire connection Radeon R9 M290X CF. While the Notebookguru Earth V performed outstandingly in several benchmarks, several graphics errors, bugs and other anomalies affected the gaming experience. It should be widely known that Nvidia offers the better dual GPU support (especially when it comes to drivers).

One K56-4N
One K56-4N
Notebookguru Earth V
Notebookguru Earth V

GeForce GTX 880M & GTX 870M: light tuning of the Kepler series

While Nvidia's top models are also based on established hardware, Nvidia at least improved several details. For example, the core clock was increased by 130 MHz, e.g. in the GTX 880M (~10% performance gain compared to the GTX 780M) or clock rates and number of shader units were increased, e.g. in the GTX 870M (+30% compared to the GTX 770M).

If you are interested in these graphics chips, we recommend reading the reviews of the Schenker XMG P704 and the One K74-4N. Both high-end notebooks can also run demanding games with nice graphics quality. The Schenker XMG P724 brings action without compromises. Currently, no other configuration can reach the performance of an SLI connection of two GTX-880M cards.

Schenker XMG P704
Schenker XMG P704
One K73-4N
One K73-4N
Schenker XMG P724
Schenker XMG P724

GeForce GTX 860M & GTX 850M: small, fast, and energy efficient

The cheaper GTX 860M and GTX 850M models turned out to be the biggest highlights in March. The main reason is Nvidia's brand new Maxwell architecture, which scores points with excellent energy efficiency. This makes it easier for manufacturers to produce lighter, smaller, yet powerful notebooks.

We already scrutinized two such models. Those looking for a powerful 13-inch device might like the Schenker XMG P304. Such a high performance as the GTX 860M's was previously only available in 15-inch and 17-inch notebooks.

The Schenker M504 is also far from poor. Although the DDR3 model of the GTX 850M is significantly slower than its previously mentioned sister device (~30% worse), relatively slim chassis with IPS panels are rare. The XMG A504 is almost unspectacular and most closely resembles conventional gaming notebooks.

Schenker XMG P304
Schenker XMG P304
Schenker M504
Schenker M504
Schenker XMG A504
Schenker XMG A504

Prospects: What to expect in the near future

Are you wondering where all the other manufacturers are? Don't panic! In the following weeks and months, we will certainly also review other notebooks with GeForce 800 graphics. Besides the "usual" notebooks like the Asus G750, the Alienware 17/18, and the MSI GT60/GT70, there are also, for example, the MSI GS60/GS70, the Lenovo Y50, the Gigabyte P34/P35, and the Razer Blade.

Note: All notebooks already reviewed use chassis from Clevo, which are also available from other manufacturers and in online stores. The following is a list of used barebones:

  • One K56-4N = Clevo P150SM
  • One K73-4N = Clevo P170SM-A
  • Notebookguru Earth V = Clevo P370SM or P377SM
  • Schenker M504 = Clevo W650SJ
  • Schenker XMG P304 = Clevo W230SS
  • Schenker XMG A504 = Clevo W355SS
  • Schenker XMG P704 = Clevo P177SM-A
  • Schenker XMG P724 = Clevo P370SM-A

If you want us to review a particular notebook, please use the comments function below or the appropriate thread of our forum.

Awards of previous months in this category


Automated top 10 list updated daily


of the last 8 month
1
87% v4
Review Alienware 17 (Haswell) Notebook
Alienware 17 (Haswell)
Review Alienware 17 (Haswell) Notebook
Intel Core i7 4800MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, 10/17/2013
2
87% v4
Review Update Asus G750JH-T4080H Notebook
Asus G750JH-T4080H
Review Update Asus G750JH-T4080H Notebook
Intel Core i7 4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M, 09/22/2013
3
86% v4
Review Alienware 18 Notebook
Alienware 18
Review Alienware 18 Notebook
Intel Core i7 4930MX, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI, 09/28/2013
4
85% v4
Review Nvidia Tegra Note 7 Tablet
NVIDIA Note 7
Review Nvidia Tegra Note 7 Tablet
NVIDIA Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 04/07/2014
5
83% v4
Review Clevo P170SM-A (One K73-4N) Barebones Notebook
One K73-4N
Review Clevo P170SM-A (One K73-4N) Barebones Notebook
Intel Core i7 4800MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, 03/31/2014
6
83% v4
Review Clevo P177SM-A (Schenker XMG P704) Barebones Notebook
Schenker XMG P704
Review Clevo P177SM-A (Schenker XMG P704) Barebones Notebook
Intel Core i7 4910MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, 03/31/2014
7
83% v4
Review Samsung ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01 Notebook
Samsung ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01
Review Samsung ATIV Book 8 Touch 880Z5E X01 Notebook
Intel Core i7 3635QM, AMD Radeon HD 8870M, 09/27/2013
8
83% v4
Review DevilTech Fragbook DTX (MS-1763) Notebook
Deviltech Fragbook DTX (MS-1763)
Review DevilTech Fragbook DTX (MS-1763) Notebook
Intel Core i7 4700MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M, 08/27/2013
9
82% v4
Review Clevo P150SM (One K56-4N) Barebones Notebook
One K56-4N
Review Clevo P150SM (One K56-4N) Barebones Notebook
Intel Core i7 4700MQ, AMD Radeon R9 M290X, 03/20/2014
10
82% v4
Review Update Asus N56JR-S4080H Notebook
Asus N56JR-S4080H
Review Update Asus N56JR-S4080H Notebook
Intel Core i7 4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M, 01/24/2014

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Author: Redaktion, 2014-04- 8 (Update: 2014-04- 9)