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Acer Predator Helios 18 2024 laptop review: New hardware for the 18-inch gamer

On the Mini-LED train. 18-inch laptops are slowly but surely becoming less of a niche product. Alongside MSI, Asus and Alienware, Acer also has suitable products on offer. We have put the latest version of the Predator Helios 18 through its paces.
Acer Predator Helios 18

In 2023, Acer started selling 18-inch laptops. While our first test device was fitted with a Core i9-13900HX and a GeForce RTX 4080, the successor model's test configuration boasts a Core i9-14900HX and a GeForce RTX 4090. One thing that's stayed the same is the laptop's powerful Mini-LED panel that impresses almost entirely without compromise (more on that shortly). Acer has installed 2x 16 GB DDR5-5600 RAM and two RAID-0 format NVMe-SSDs (M.2 2280) with 1 TB of storage each. At the time of testing, the laptop is not yet available in the United States, so we can't yet give any information on its MRSP. 

Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Processor
Intel Core i9-14900HX 24 x 1.6 - 5.8 GHz, 157 W PL2 / Short Burst, 95 W PL1 / Sustained, Raptor Lake-HX Refresh
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU - 16 GB VRAM, Core: 1590 MHz, Memory: 2250 MHz, 175 W TDP, GDDR6, ForceWare 546.18, Optimus
Memory
32 GB 
, 2x 16 GB SO-DIMM DDR5-5600, two slots (both in use)
Display
18.00 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 168 PPI, B180QAN01.2 (AUO45A8), Mini-LED, WQXGA, glossy: no, HDR, 250 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM770 (Raptor Lake-S PCH)
Storage
2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0), 2048 GB 
, NVMe-SSDs, two M.2-slots (both in use)
Soundcard
Intel Raptor Point-S PCH - HD Audio (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 2 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Combined (Headset/Mic), Card Reader: microSD
Networking
Killer E3100G 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500MBit/s), Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750W 320 MHz (BE200NGW) (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz be = Wi-Fi 7), Bluetooth 5.3
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 29.5 x 405 x 312 ( = 1.16 x 15.94 x 12.28 in)
Battery
90 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Home
Camera
Webcam: 2 MP FHD
Additional features
Speakers: 2.0, Keyboard: Chiclet RGB, Keyboard Light: yes, 330 W Power Supply, Key Caps, Predator Sense, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3.278 kg ( = 115.63 oz / 7.23 pounds), Power Supply: 1.226 kg ( = 43.25 oz / 2.7 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Competitors to the Predator Helios 18 include 18-inch gamers such as the MSI Titan 18 HX A14, the Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834 and the Alienware m18 R1—all of which are listed in the tables as comparison devices.

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
87.1 %
03/2024
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.3 kg29.5 mm18.00"2560x1600
88.8 %
01/2024
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.6 kg32.1 mm18.00"3840x2400
88.3 %
02/2024
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.1 kg30.8 mm18.00"2560x1600
88.3 %
10/2023
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
3.2 kg29.15 mm18.00"2560x1600
89.2 %
11/2023
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
R9 7945HX, Radeon RX 7900M
3.9 kg26.7 mm18.00"1920x1200

Case

When it comes to the device's case, Acer has stayed true to its predecessor—although upon taking a closer look, you begin to notice a few changes. The manufacturer has swapped out the keyboard model and has redesigned the stylish light strip along the rear. The laptop continues to feel high-quality, as its lid and the top of its base unit are both made from metal. We also have nothing negative to report about the device's build. If anything, Acer could do with improving the laptop's hinges, as they can be a bit wobbly at times. Although the lid could be more stable and certain parts of the keyboard can be pushed in when you press hard enough, we would still rate its case as being stable. Its design is neither dull nor overly playful.

Acer Predator Helios 18
Acer Predator Helios 18
Acer Predator Helios 18
Acer Predator Helios 18
Acer Predator Helios 18
Acer Predator Helios 18
Acer Predator Helios 18
Acer Predator Helios 18
Acer Predator Helios 18
Acer Predator Helios 18

With regards to its weight, the Predator Helios 18 is about average. Its 3.3 kg is more than the Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 but less than the MSI Titan 18 and Alienware m18.

Size comparison

410.3 mm / 16.2 inch 319.9 mm / 12.6 inch 26.7 mm / 1.051 inch 3.9 kg8.58 lbs404 mm / 15.9 inch 307.5 mm / 12.1 inch 32.1 mm / 1.264 inch 3.6 kg8.01 lbs405 mm / 15.9 inch 312 mm / 12.3 inch 29.5 mm / 1.161 inch 3.3 kg7.23 lbs405 mm / 15.9 inch 311.6 mm / 12.3 inch 29.15 mm / 1.148 inch 3.2 kg7.14 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 294 mm / 11.6 inch 30.8 mm / 1.213 inch 3.1 kg6.83 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Connectivity

The device's connectivity options are modern. While the back houses an HDMI 2.1 output and two Thunderbolt 4 ports (incl. DisplayPort & Power Delivery), the right side features two USB 3.2 Gen-2 ports (Type A) and a slot for a Kensington lock. This package is completed by an RJ45 port, a USB 3.0 port (Type A), a microSD card reader and an audio jack on the left side.

Left: RJ45 LAN, USB-A 3.0, MicroSD reader, audio
Left: RJ45 LAN, USB-A 3.0, MicroSD reader, audio
Right: 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, Kensington lock
Right: 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, Kensington lock
Back: Power, HDMI 2.1, 2x Thunderbolt 4
Back: Power, HDMI 2.1, 2x Thunderbolt 4

SD card reader

The installed card reader achieves mediocre speeds. Only the Alienware m18, which was able to make use of our reference card to a certain extent, impressed us in this respect.

SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
177.5 MB/s +104%
Average of class Gaming
  (19 - 202, n=97, last 2 years)
97.6 MB/s +12%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
87 MB/s
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
83.8 MB/s -4%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
72 (60.61min - 73.13max) MB/s -17%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
230.5 MB/s +156%
Average of class Gaming
  (25.8 - 269, n=92, last 2 years)
120.5 MB/s +34%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
91.5 MB/s +2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
90 MB/s
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
85.99 MB/s -4%

Communication

The new Helios 18 has a cutting-edge Wi-Fi 7 chip, which we can only test to a limited extent due to a lack of suitable hardware. In our standard tests, its Wi-Fi module delivered solid performance (sending) all the way through to very good performance (receiving).

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Qualcomm WCN685x
1460 (1310min - 1543max) MBit/s +76%
Average Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750W 320 MHz (BE200NGW)
  (831 - 1609, n=4)
1290 MBit/s +55%
Average of class Gaming
  (469 - 1793, n=150, last 2 years)
1266 MBit/s +52%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW
1011 (514min - 1160max) MBit/s +22%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
968 (656min - 1200max) MBit/s +16%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
942 (475min - 985max) MBit/s +13%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750W 320 MHz (BE200NGW)
831 (611min - 909max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1681 (1662min - 1704max) MBit/s +6%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750W 320 MHz (BE200NGW)
1589 (1385min - 1671max) MBit/s
Average Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750W 320 MHz (BE200NGW)
  (1317 - 1644, n=4)
1539 MBit/s -3%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Qualcomm WCN685x
1461 (766min - 1548max) MBit/s -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (685 - 1890, n=156, last 2 years)
1399 MBit/s -12%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW
1116 (932min - 1352max) MBit/s -30%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
872 (330min - 895max) MBit/s -45%
050100150200250300350400450500550600650700750800850900950100010501100115012001250130013501400145015001550160016501700Tooltip
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750W 320 MHz (BE200NGW); iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø831 (611-909)
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø993 (514-1160)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024) Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø968 (656-1200)
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2 Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø926 (475-985)
Alienware m18 R1 AMD Qualcomm WCN685x; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1460 (1310-1543)
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750W 320 MHz (BE200NGW); iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1589 (1385-1671)
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1116 (932-1352)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024) Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1681 (1662-1704)
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2 Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø861 (330-895)
Alienware m18 R1 AMD Qualcomm WCN685x; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1436 (766-1548)

Webcam

Thanks to its Full HD resolution, the installed webcam is somewhat sharper than most laptops—but as is often the case, there is still room for improvement when it comes to color accuracy.

ColorChecker
8.7 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
2 ∆E
12 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
12 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW: 7.7 ∆E min: 1.95 - max: 15.26 ∆E

Accessories

The Predator Helios 18 boasts an interesting special feature: Its box not only contains replaceable fan grilles for the back of the device, but you also receive two sets of different WASD keys and some key levers. As expected, the supplied 330-watt power supply unit is quite bulky.

Maintenance

Its maintenance options left us with mixed feelings. It takes quite a while to unscrew the 14 Torx screws and pry open the bottom plate—plus, Acer might even scare away many users through its use of a warranty seal (covering one screw). On the inside, you at least have access to the cooling system, battery, WLAN module, RAM and the SSD. However, the latter two are covered by films and pads, which doesn't make them easy to swap out.

Acer Predator Helios 18
Acer Predator Helios 18
Acer Predator Helios 18
Acer Predator Helios 18

Warranty

The laptop is covered by a 24-month warranty. 

Input devices

Keyboard

Gamers will be excited to see the laptop's extensive lighting in particular (single-key RGB) which, in our eyes, could be a little more even. For a classic rubber-dome keyboard, it feels surprisingly good to type on—it's just a bit loud. Aside from a few details (modified numerical keypad), its layout is good. In contrast to other manufacturers, Acer hasn't experimented much and most functions are useful. The manufacturer also deserves praise for the laptop's generous key size (e.g. its well-sized arrow keys).

Acer Predator Helios 18

Touchpad

Its touchpad is also nearly flawless. Its 15 x 9 cm size is generous and it allows for long movements without having to lift your finger. In addition, its smooth surface ensures that your fingers glide over the pad well. We didn't note anything inconspicuous when it came to its gesture support and precision.

Display

The 2024 version has inherited its predecessor's Mini-LED display (WQXGA, 16:10, 250 Hz, HDR1000). If you disregard its flickering across all brightness levels (which should thankfully only prove to be an issue for sensitive users), this technology has clear advantages over a standard IPS panel.

735
cd/m²
737
cd/m²
751
cd/m²
723
cd/m²
722
cd/m²
734
cd/m²
712
cd/m²
697
cd/m²
703
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
B180QAN01.2 (AUO45A8) tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 751 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 723.8 cd/m² Minimum: 45 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 722 cd/m²
Contrast: 18050:1 (Black: 0.04 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.4 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5, calibrated: 1.6
ΔE Greyscale 3.8 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
91.6% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
100% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99.7% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.383
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
B180QAN01.2 (AUO45A8), Mini-LED, 2560x1600, 18.00
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
AU Optronics B180ZAN01.0, Mini-LED, 3840x2400, 18.00
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
BOE NE180QDM-NM1, Mini LED, 2560x1600, 18.00
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
AUO45A8 (B180QAN01.2), IPS, 2560x1600, 18.00
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
BOE NE18NZ1, IPS, 1920x1200, 18.00
Display
-3%
-1%
0%
-1%
Display P3 Coverage
99.7
98.1
-2%
99.9
0%
99.8
0%
98.5
-1%
sRGB Coverage
100
99.8
0%
100
0%
100
0%
99.7
0%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
91.6
86.2
-6%
90
-2%
91.8
0%
88.7
-3%
Response Times
-140%
3%
-15%
55%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
8 ?(4.9, 3.1)
8.6 ?(4.2, 4.4)
-8%
12 ?(8, 4)
-50%
7.6 ?(4.4, 3.2)
5%
2.8 ?(1.2, 1.6)
65%
Response Time Black / White *
17.6 ?(15.2, 2.4)
81.8 ?(76, 5.8)
-365%
10.7 ?(7.6, 3.1)
39%
17.8 ?(15.6, 2.2)
-1%
9.6 ?(4.9, 4.7)
45%
PWM Frequency
4832 ?(100)
2592 ?(100)
-46%
5733 ?(94)
19%
2509
-48%
Screen
-24%
17%
-82%
-54%
Brightness middle
722
467.5
-35%
937
30%
360
-50%
319.6
-56%
Brightness
724
459
-37%
934
29%
355
-51%
304
-58%
Brightness Distribution
93
90
-3%
89
-4%
92
-1%
87
-6%
Black Level *
0.04
0.066
-65%
0.21
-425%
0.25
-525%
Contrast
18050
14197
-21%
1714
-91%
1278
-93%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.4
3.77
-11%
1.52
55%
3.82
-12%
1.22
64%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5.32
6.12
-15%
2.82
47%
7.38
-39%
3.1
42%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
1.6
2.94
-84%
1.21
24%
2.24
-40%
0.47
71%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.8
3.2
16%
1.7
55%
5.06
-33%
0.8
79%
Gamma
2.383 92%
2.43 91%
2.042 108%
2.52 87%
2.23 99%
CCT
7051 92%
6478 100%
6578 99%
5657 115%
6471 100%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-56% / -46%
6% / 10%
-32% / -52%
0% / -27%

* ... smaller is better

Beginning with its impressive brightness: An average of 724 cd/m² means you can use the device even in super bright surroundings (meaning outdoors). In combination with its extremely low black value of approx. 0.04 cd/m², the screen delivers a great contrast of about 18,000:1. Adding to this is extensive color space coverage—although it can't quite cover AdobeRGB in its entirety, it manages to cover 100 % of sRGB and DCI-P3, which is impressive. 

CalMAN: grayscale
CalMAN: grayscale
CalMAN: color saturation
CalMAN: color saturation
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)

Unfortunately, its color accuracy isn't the best straight out of the box, so professional users should carry out a calibration after purchasing (our ICC file is linked above).

Acer Predator Helios 18 vs sRGB
Acer Predator Helios 18 vs sRGB
Acer Predator Helios 18 vs AdobeRGB
Acer Predator Helios 18 vs AdobeRGB
Acer Predator Helios 18 vs DCI-P3
Acer Predator Helios 18 vs DCI-P3

Its response times are decent to good but they can't quite live up to those of OLED panels which, in addition, deliver even better contrasts and black values. On the other hand, they also come with their own weaknesses (e.g. usually a reflective surface). 

Backlighting
Backlighting
Subpixels
Subpixels
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
17.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.2 ms rise
↘ 2.4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 34 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4.9 ms rise
↘ 3.1 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 16 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 4832 Hz ≤ 100 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 4832 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 100 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 4832 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17794 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

100 % brightness
100 % brightness
80 % brightness
80 % brightness
60 % brightness
60 % brightness
40 % brightness
40 % brightness
20 % brightness
20 % brightness
0 % brightness
0 % brightness

Performance

The Predator Helios 18's components are top-of-the-range models when it comes to gaming laptops. 32 GB RAM and 2 TB of storage should be sufficient for most users in the coming years. The same can be said for its CPU and GPU power, neither of which have yet reached their limits due to the laptop's moderate display resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWINFO
 

Testing conditions

Within the pre-installed manufacturer software (Predator Sense), there are several operating modes listed under Scenario, which have a major influence on performance and noise emissions. As the 18-inch laptop is extremely loud in turbo mode (>60 dB when gaming), all measurements were carried out in performance mode. The determined speed and emission values are therefore only comparable with its predecessor to a limited extent.

Predator Sense
Predator Sense
Predator Sense
Witcher 3 (FHD/Ultra) Quiet Balanced Performance Turbo
Noise 38 dB(A) 43 dB(A) 49 dB(A) 61 dB(A)
Performance 130 fps 160 fps 180 fps 200 fps

Processor

The Core i9-14900HX is a top-of-the-range model from Intel's Raptor Lake series and although it has a high consumption, it delivers great performance. Intel makes use of 8 performance cores with hyper threading and 16 efficiency cores without HT, resulting in 32 parallel threads. In performance mode, the CPU achieved slightly below-average results (-6 % compared to the previous average). Moreover, its performance drops during longer periods of load, as our Cinebench loop revealed (see graph). This wasn't the case with any of the competitor devices. 

Cinebench R15 Multi continuous test

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Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW Intel Core i9-14900HX: Ø4064 (3787.52-4673.44)
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG Intel Core i9-14900HX: Ø4753 (4700.35-4782.4)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024) Intel Core i9-14900HX: Ø4024 (3961.18-4098.11)
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2 Intel Core i9-13900HX: Ø4541 (4495.39-4584.53)
Alienware m18 R1 AMD AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX: Ø5466 (5377.07-5540.93)
CPU Performance Rating - Percent
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
86.2 pt
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
81.8 pt
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
81.5 pt
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
 
81.1 pt
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
80.6 pt
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
75.4 pt
Average of class Gaming
 
61.5 pt
Cinebench R23
Multi Core
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
34613 (33896.2min - 34613.2max) Points +32%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
32428 (29693.8min - 32428.3max) Points +24%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
30631 Points +17%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (20702 - 32996, n=23)
28967 Points +11%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
28516 Points +9%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
26171 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (2435 - 34613, n=223, last 2 years)
19900 Points -24%
Single Core
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2177 Points 0%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2176 Points
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (2043 - 2235, n=23)
2175 Points 0%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2143 Points -2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
2093 Points -4%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
1948 Points -10%
Average of class Gaming
  (527 - 2235, n=221, last 2 years)
1824 Points -16%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Multi Core)
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
13308 Points +35%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
12103 Points +22%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
11726 Points +19%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (8427 - 12419, n=23)
11018 Points +12%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
10787 Points +9%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
9881 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (930 - 13769, n=221, last 2 years)
7566 Points -23%
CPU (Single Core)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
833 Points 0%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (779 - 859, n=23)
833 Points 0%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
832 Points
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
823 Points -1%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
804 Points -3%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
747 Points -10%
Average of class Gaming
  (169 - 855, n=221, last 2 years)
702 Points -16%
Cinebench R15
CPU Multi 64Bit
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
5541 (5377.07min - 5540.93max) Points +19%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
4782 (4700.35min - 4782.4max) Points +2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
4673 (3787.52min - 4673.44max) Points
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
4585 (4495.39min - 4584.53max) Points -2%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (3263 - 4875, n=23)
4406 Points -6%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
4098 Points -12%
Average of class Gaming
  (400 - 5663, n=226, last 2 years)
3140 Points -33%
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
312 Points
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
309 Points -1%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (287 - 320, n=23)
309 Points -1%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
302 Points -3%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
300 Points -4%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
295 Points -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (79.2 - 318, n=225, last 2 years)
269 Points -14%
Blender - v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Average of class Gaming
  (87 - 1259, n=218, last 2 years)
197.4 Seconds * -58%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
125 Seconds *
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (102 - 164, n=23)
118.9 Seconds * +5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
118 Seconds * +6%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
106 Seconds * +15%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
104 Seconds * +17%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
87 Seconds * +30%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
140493 MIPS +31%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
121266 MIPS +13%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
119590 MIPS +12%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
114546 MIPS +7%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (87555 - 127108, n=23)
112774 MIPS +5%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
106977 MIPS
Average of class Gaming
  (11386 - 140932, n=220, last 2 years)
78482 MIPS -27%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
7381 MIPS +19%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
7172 MIPS +16%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (6206 - 7508, n=23)
7105 MIPS +14%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
6977 MIPS +12%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
6504 MIPS +5%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
6206 MIPS
Average of class Gaming
  (2685 - 7581, n=220, last 2 years)
6164 MIPS -1%
Geekbench 6.2
Multi-Core
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
18014 Points +4%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
17695 Points +2%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (15849 - 18643, n=23)
17564 Points +1%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
17403 Points
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
16652 Points -4%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
16316 Points -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (5340 - 18590, n=80, last 2 years)
14137 Points -19%
Single-Core
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2999 Points +1%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (2800 - 3095, n=23)
2995 Points +1%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2965 Points
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
2892 Points -2%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
2876 Points -3%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2843 Points -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (1599 - 3095, n=80, last 2 years)
2651 Points -11%
Geekbench 5.5
Multi-Core
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
20566 Points +3%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
20029 Points
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
19975 Points 0%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
19802 Points -1%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (8618 - 21606, n=23)
19446 Points -3%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
19137 Points -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (1946 - 22200, n=225, last 2 years)
13841 Points -31%
Single-Core
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
2124 Points +6%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2118 Points +5%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (1669 - 2210, n=23)
2102 Points +5%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2098 Points +4%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
2054 Points +2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2009 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (158 - 2210, n=225, last 2 years)
1819 Points -9%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
37.5 fps +27%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
30.9 fps +5%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
30.7 fps +4%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (22.7 - 34.4, n=23)
29.6 fps 0%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
29.5 fps
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
29.2 fps -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (3 - 37.6, n=221, last 2 years)
21.6 fps -27%
LibreOffice - 20 Documents To PDF
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
85.1 s *
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
49.5 s * +42%
Average of class Gaming
  (32.8 - 332, n=217, last 2 years)
49.5 s * +42%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
46.2 s * +46%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (33.9 - 85.1, n=23)
44.6 s * +48%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
43.8 s * +49%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
41.8 s * +51%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
Average of class Gaming
  (0.3609 - 4.47, n=220, last 2 years)
0.4684 sec * -11%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX
0.4225 sec *
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
0.4145 sec * +2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
0.3997 sec * +5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
0.3944 sec * +7%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
0.3919 sec * +7%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (0.3609 - 0.4225, n=23)
0.3818 sec * +10%

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
4673 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
269 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
312 Points
Help
Performance Rating
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, Radeon RX 7900M
93.2 pt
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
66 pt
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
62.6 pt
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
58.7 pt
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
 
58.4 pt
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
55.3 pt
Average of class Gaming
 
44.5 pt
AIDA64 / FP32 Ray-Trace
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, Radeon RX 7900M
60169 KRay/s +152%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
29351 KRay/s +23%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
27414 KRay/s +15%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
25444 KRay/s +7%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (17244 - 29351, n=22)
25121 KRay/s +5%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
23862 KRay/s
Average of class Gaming
  (3069 - 60169, n=216, last 2 years)
19192 KRay/s -20%
AIDA64 / FPU Julia
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, Radeon RX 7900M
252486 Points +113%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
148888 Points +26%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
137015 Points +16%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
128826 Points +9%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (88537 - 148888, n=22)
125646 Points +6%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
118469 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (18567 - 252486, n=216, last 2 years)
96250 Points -19%
AIDA64 / CPU SHA3
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, Radeon RX 7900M
10389 MB/s +79%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
7229 MB/s +25%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
6889 MB/s +19%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
6204 MB/s +7%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (4267 - 7229, n=22)
6189 MB/s +7%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
5804 MB/s
Average of class Gaming
  (629 - 10389, n=216, last 2 years)
4420 MB/s -24%
AIDA64 / CPU Queen
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, Radeon RX 7900M
200651 Points +44%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
148773 Points +7%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
141681 Points +2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
139146 Points
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (118405 - 148773, n=22)
138500 Points 0%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
135396 Points -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (15371 - 200651, n=216, last 2 years)
110691 Points -20%
AIDA64 / FPU SinJulia
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, Radeon RX 7900M
32988 Points +118%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
18256 Points +21%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
16121 Points +7%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
16046 Points +6%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (12217 - 18256, n=22)
15333 Points +2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
15099 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (2137 - 32988, n=216, last 2 years)
12328 Points -18%
AIDA64 / FPU Mandel
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, Radeon RX 7900M
134044 Points +127%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
72355 Points +23%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
68687 Points +16%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
63748 Points +8%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (43302 - 72594, n=22)
61661 Points +5%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
59005 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (10291 - 134044, n=216, last 2 years)
48934 Points -17%
AIDA64 / CPU AES
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
237881 MB/s +112%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, Radeon RX 7900M
149040 MB/s +33%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
138830 MB/s +24%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (86964 - 241777, n=22)
138443 MB/s +23%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
122250 MB/s +9%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
112197 MB/s
Average of class Gaming
  (19065 - 328679, n=216, last 2 years)
108450 MB/s -3%
AIDA64 / CPU ZLib
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, Radeon RX 7900M
2409 MB/s +42%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2149 MB/s +27%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
1913 MB/s +13%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (1265 - 2149, n=22)
1802 MB/s +6%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
1789 MB/s +5%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
1696 MB/s
Average of class Gaming
  (150.9 - 2409, n=216, last 2 years)
1230 MB/s -27%
AIDA64 / FP64 Ray-Trace
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, Radeon RX 7900M
31796 KRay/s +153%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
16104 KRay/s +28%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
15014 KRay/s +19%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
13608 KRay/s +8%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (9170 - 16128, n=22)
13530 KRay/s +8%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
12565 KRay/s
Average of class Gaming
  (1518 - 31796, n=216, last 2 years)
10371 KRay/s -17%
AIDA64 / CPU PhotoWorxx
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
50394 MPixel/s +6%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
49710 MPixel/s +5%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (33960 - 51118, n=22)
48315 MPixel/s +2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
47343 MPixel/s
Average of class Gaming
  (10805 - 60161, n=217, last 2 years)
37306 MPixel/s -21%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, Radeon RX 7900M
34957 MPixel/s -26%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
33960 MPixel/s -28%

System performance

Its system performance also wasn't quite enough for first place. Its total PCMark 10 score is comparable to its predecessor's. The device's RAM delivers typical performance levels for DDR5-5600 RAM.

PCMark 10 / Score
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Radeon RX 7900M, R9 7945HX, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
9852 Points +20%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
8968 Points +9%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
8801 Points +7%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (8230 - 9234, n=8)
8743 Points +6%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
8549 Points +4%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
8230 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (5235 - 9852, n=192, last 2 years)
7614 Points -7%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Radeon RX 7900M, R9 7945HX, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
12334 Points +12%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
11628 Points +5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
11394 Points +3%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (10871 - 11628, n=8)
11217 Points +2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
11032 Points
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
10982 Points 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (8300 - 12334, n=191, last 2 years)
10744 Points -3%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Radeon RX 7900M, R9 7945HX, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
11388 Points +14%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (9951 - 11759, n=8)
10735 Points +8%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
10528 Points +6%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
10488 Points +5%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
10225 Points +3%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
9951 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (6662 - 11833, n=191, last 2 years)
9744 Points -2%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Radeon RX 7900M, R9 7945HX, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
18475 Points +34%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
16462 Points +19%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
15421 Points +12%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (13219 - 16462, n=8)
15105 Points +10%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
14720 Points +7%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
13779 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (6462 - 18475, n=191, last 2 years)
11541 Points -16%
CrossMark / Overall
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
2208 Points
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2194 Points
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (1877 - 2238, n=8)
2114 Points
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Radeon RX 7900M, R9 7945HX, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
1929 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (1247 - 2334, n=165, last 2 years)
1881 Points
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
1877 Points
CrossMark / Productivity
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2059 Points
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
2055 Points
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (1738 - 2113, n=8)
1970 Points
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Radeon RX 7900M, R9 7945HX, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
1793 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (1299 - 2204, n=165, last 2 years)
1790 Points
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
1738 Points
CrossMark / Creativity
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
2478 Points
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2411 Points
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (2195 - 2543, n=8)
2376 Points
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Radeon RX 7900M, R9 7945HX, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
2212 Points
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
2195 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (1275 - 2514, n=165, last 2 years)
2050 Points
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1998 Points
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
1944 Points
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (1478 - 2327, n=8)
1851 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (1030 - 2330, n=165, last 2 years)
1698 Points
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Radeon RX 7900M, R9 7945HX, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
1594 Points
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
1478 Points
WebXPRT 3 / Overall
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Radeon RX 7900M, R9 7945HX, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
387 Points
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (322 - 339, n=7)
329 Points
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
327 Points
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
322 Points
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
320 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (215 - 480, n=190, last 2 years)
300 Points
WebXPRT 4 / Overall
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
304 Points
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (287 - 309, n=5)
301 Points
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Radeon RX 7900M, R9 7945HX, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
295 Points
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
287 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (157.9 - 328, n=165, last 2 years)
263 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 / Total
Average of class Gaming
  (421 - 824, n=203, last 2 years)
518 ms * -17%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Radeon RX 7900M, R9 7945HX, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
459 ms * -4%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
456 ms * -3%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
452 ms * -2%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
449 ms * -2%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (430 - 467, n=8)
447 ms * -1%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
441 ms *

* ... smaller is better

PCMark 10 Score
8230 points
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AIDA64 / Memory Copy
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
83392 MB/s +7%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
78590 MB/s +1%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
78016 MB/s
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (56992 - 83392, n=22)
77573 MB/s -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (21842 - 92565, n=216, last 2 years)
60079 MB/s -23%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
56992 MB/s -27%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, Radeon RX 7900M
51423 MB/s -34%
AIDA64 / Memory Read
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
86788 MB/s +2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
86406 MB/s +1%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
85323 MB/s
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (54443 - 87507, n=22)
84273 MB/s -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (23681 - 90647, n=216, last 2 years)
64143 MB/s -25%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, Radeon RX 7900M
61564 MB/s -28%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
54443 MB/s -36%
AIDA64 / Memory Write
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
77534 MB/s +11%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
75736 MB/s +8%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (51387 - 78199, n=22)
74508 MB/s +6%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
70089 MB/s
Average of class Gaming
  (21619 - 103259, n=216, last 2 years)
62196 MB/s -11%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, Radeon RX 7900M
61092 MB/s -13%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
51387 MB/s -27%
AIDA64 / Memory Latency
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
105 ns * -27%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, Radeon RX 7900M
91.3 ns * -10%
Average of class Gaming
  (59.5 - 152.5, n=212, last 2 years)
88.6 ns * -7%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (79.7 - 105, n=22)
84.1 ns * -1%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
83.2 ns * -0%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
83 ns *
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
82.8 ns * -0%

* ... smaller is better

DPC latency

The laptop's latencies may be considerably lower than on the old Helios 18 but according to the tool LatencyMon, they are still too high for certain fields of use (real-time audio and video editing).

LatencyMon
LatencyMon
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
8290.5 μs * -145%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
3388 μs *
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
2384.5 μs * +30%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Radeon RX 7900M, R9 7945HX, Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
1155.8 μs * +66%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
1117.4 μs * +67%

* ... smaller is better

Storage devices

As mentioned in our introduction, Acer has combined two NVMe SSDs into a Raid 0 array. At first glance, this delivers first-class results when it comes to its sequential read and write rates. However, the laptop's cooling seems to be less than ideal, as we noted some occasional performance fluctuations after a while during our loop test.

2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 8578 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1955 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 671.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 493.8 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1725 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1218 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 8.926 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 10.12 MB/s
Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
81.1 pt
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
77.7 pt
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
73 pt
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
68.5 pt
Average 2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
 
67.3 pt
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
65.2 pt
Average of class Gaming
 
64.6 pt
DiskSpd
seq read
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
7045 (6975.86min - 7044.54max) MB/s
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
5424 (5395.57min - 5423.86max) MB/s -23%
Average 2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
  (3087 - 7045, n=2)
5066 MB/s -28%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3975 (3933.84min - 3975.36max) MB/s -44%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
3908 (3887.48min - 3908.2max) MB/s -45%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
3504 (3460.3min - 3503.92max) MB/s -50%
Average of class Gaming
  (1319 - 7045, n=191, last 2 years)
3500 MB/s -50%
seq write
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
8992 (8801.75min - 8992.01max) MB/s
Average 2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
  (8109 - 8992, n=2)
8551 MB/s -5%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
7291 (7191.64min - 7291.38max) MB/s -19%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
4889 (4680.84min - 4888.75max) MB/s -46%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
4335 (4306.29min - 4335.44max) MB/s -52%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
4309 (4272.74min - 4308.62max) MB/s -52%
Average of class Gaming
  (535 - 9307, n=191, last 2 years)
3749 MB/s -58%
seq q8 t1 read
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
13588 (10727.3min - 13588.3max) MB/s +23%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
11019 (9854.1min - 11018.8max) MB/s
Average 2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
  (7439 - 11019, n=2)
9229 MB/s -16%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
7115 (6689.03min - 7114.56max) MB/s -35%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
7084 (6413.06min - 7083.97max) MB/s -36%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
6329 (5886.29min - 6328.58max) MB/s -43%
Average of class Gaming
  (2268 - 16089, n=191, last 2 years)
6279 MB/s -43%
seq q8 t1 write
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
11472 (11391min - 11471.6max) MB/s
Average 2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
  (11187 - 11472, n=2)
11330 MB/s -1%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
10571 (10519.3min - 10571.3max) MB/s -8%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
5398 (5134.26min - 5397.97max) MB/s -53%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
5255 (5183.65min - 5254.62max) MB/s -54%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
5125 (5108.87min - 5125.2max) MB/s -55%
Average of class Gaming
  (539 - 14571, n=191, last 2 years)
4721 MB/s -59%
4k q1 t1 read
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
81.6 (81.02min - 81.62max) MB/s
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
80.7 (80.11min - 80.66max) MB/s -1%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
75.7 (74.61min - 75.65max) MB/s -7%
Average 2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
  (68.8 - 81.6, n=2)
75.2 MB/s -8%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
69.6 (68.6min - 69.57max) MB/s -15%
Average of class Gaming
  (30.6 - 95.9, n=191, last 2 years)
67.5 MB/s -17%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
65.8 (65.71min - 65.83max) MB/s -19%
4k q1 t1 write
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
273 (271.42min - 272.88max) MB/s +5%
Acer Predator Helios 18 PH18-72-98MW
2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
259 (250.68min - 258.82max) MB/s
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
230 (219.52min - 229.87max) MB/s -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (66.6 - 421, n=191, last 2 years)
223 MB/s -14%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
Kioxia XG8 KXG80ZNV1T02
219 (216.03min - 218.97max) MB/s -15%
Average 2x SK Hynix HFS001TEJ9X115N (RAID 0)
  (178.4 - 259, n=2)
219 MB/s -15%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)