Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Notebooks

Redaktion (translated by Martina Osztovits), 07/07/2014

July 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.

Summer stagnation? After we reviewed several notebooks based on the GeForce 800M in the previous months, June was relatively quiet. This was good for MSI, because the two light GS60 and GS70 devices got a lot of attention.

Before we describe the powerful high-end notebooks of the Taiwanese gaming experts, we want to list notebooks which will be available on our homepage in the near future. There are some hot models, including the very slim Gigabyte notebooks P34G v2 and P35W v2, which are already under review (we will scrutinize the Schenker counterparts C404 and C504 in an update review).

Like MSI, Gigabyte dares to combine a slim case with powerful graphics. Beside the GeForce GTX 860M, the GeForce GTX 870M is also a real gaming graphics card. If we are lucky, we will also get hold of an Aorus X3 Plus (GTX 870M) and an Aorus X7 (GTX 860M SLI) with similar design.

In addition, we requested the new high-end notebooks from Razer (Blade 2014) and MSI (GT72) from our partners. Quite likely, there will be an article about the Asus GL550JK with GeForce GTX 850M, a cheaper variant of the G750 (not to be confused with the more expensive GX500 & G551).

Speaking of the G750: Because of many requests, we decided that we will not only review the GTX 880M and GTX 870M models but also the GTX 860M model. The review of the latter might be already online by the time you read this article. Wait a minute, isn't the Y50 from Lenovo missing here? Don't worry! We will not omit the ambitious 15-inch gamer.

Notebookcheck Gaming Notebook Charts as of July 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

MSI GS60
MSI GS60
MSI GS70
MSI GS70

MSI offers suitable devices for those who like extremely slim high-end notebooks, which bring a lot of performance. The GS60 with only 2 kg appears to be the most spectacular one. By that, we do not mean its sexy look but especially the IPS panel with WQHD+ resolution. Although Windows has trouble with 2880x1620 pixels (modest scaling), such pin-sharp displays are on the rise.

The keyboard light turned out to be another strength. However, the ClickPad and the interface layout are a matter of taste. In general, buyers must accept high temperatures and loud system noise under load. The device gets quite hot and loud despite a dual-fan solution. In addition, the capacity of the power adapter is barely sufficient and the display surface is glossy. The relatively good sound system and the removable underside can only partly make up for these flaws.

The 17-inch GS70 test model features a matte FHD display (1920x1080) and we gave it a similar rating. Apart from temperature and system noise, reduced clock rates are also a point of critique. While most of the competitors only throttle in extreme scenarios (if at all), the GS70 already throttled during our benchmarks. This indicates that the cooling system reached its limits and tends to be unable to cope with the strong hardware.

But, other companies do not fare better. Putting a premium GPU like the GeForce GTX 870M in a slim case with a height of only two centimeters has negative consequences (keyword waste heat etc.). In the future, 20 nm lithography might help here, since it promises a better efficiency. However, it will still take some time until AMD and Nvidia use it in their products. High-end chips based on Maxwell (28 nm) might be a good start.

 

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