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MSI GE63 Raider 8SG Laptop Review: GeForce RTX 2080 for Cheap

Last gen look, current gen graphics. It may not have the sexy narrow bezels of the latest laptops, but the GE63 still comes equipped with one of the fastest Nvidia GPUs available and an ultra-smooth 144 Hz display with almost no ghosting.

The mid-range MSI GE series sits in between the low-end GP series and high-end GT series. It carries many of the same features as the GT series but in a smaller and more affordable chassis design.

Our unit here is the 15.6-inch MSI GE63 equipped with an Intel 8th gen Core i7-8750H CPU and the latest Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080. This particular model has since been succeeded by the GE65, but the GE63 is still a lucrative purchase especially since it carries the same high refresh rate display and graphics options that many newer gaming laptops also offer. Our test unit, for example, can be found on Xotic PC for $1750 USD compared to over $2000 for other laptops with the same GPU.

The MSI GE63 competes directly with other mid-range to high-end gaming laptops including the Razer Blade 15, Lenovo Legion Y740 15, Asus ROG Strix III or Scar III, Gigabyte Aorus 15, or the Dell Alienware m15. We recommend checking out our existing reviews on the older Pascal-powered GE63 since the chassis remains unchanged.

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MSI GE63 Raider 8SG (GE63 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop) - 6144 MB, Core: 1380 MHz, Memory: 1750 MHz, GDDR6, 441.41, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2666, 19-19-19-43, Single-Channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, AU Optronics B156HAN07.1, IPS, AUO71ED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G, 512 GB 
, Secondary: Seagate 1 TB ST1000LM049
Soundcard
NVIDIA TU104 - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1x microphone, 1x headphones, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Networking
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW) (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 29.5 x 383 x 260 ( = 1.16 x 15.08 x 10.24 in)
Battery
51 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD (720p)
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 3W Speaker + 2x 3W Woofer, Keyboard: Chiclet SteelSeries, Keyboard Light: yes, MSI Dragon Center, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.57 kg ( = 90.65 oz / 5.67 pounds), Power Supply: 980 g ( = 34.57 oz / 2.16 pounds)
Price
1900 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionBest Price
83%12/2019MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
8750H, GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
2.6 kg29.5 mm15.6"1920x1080
85%10/2019Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
2.3 kg25 mm15.6"1920x1080
83%10/2019Dell G7 7590
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
2.5 kg19.9 mm15.6"1920x1080
84%10/2019Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
2.4 kg25 mm15.6"1920x1080
85%02/2019Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
8750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
2.1 kg17.8 mm15.6"1920x1080

Case

The GE63 is now over two years old and it really shows. The thick bezels, flashy outer lid RGB colors, myriad angles, and LED-lit USB ports are the opposite of what you find on many newer ultra-thin laptops where minimalism has become a stronger focus. The newer GE65, for example, has omitted many of these gamer-y aesthetics for a smoother and more professional look.

Of course, an older chassis doesn't mean a weaker laptop. The GE63 lies in between the GS65 and GT63 in terms of rigidity with slight-to-moderate warping when applying pressure and only minimal creaking. Its lid feels stiffer than the lids of the GS65, Asus Zephyrus S, and Lenovo Legion Y740 to be on par with the lid of the Razer Blade 15.

Build quality is excellent on our test unit as it exhibits no unintended gaps or defects. Nonetheless, the red trims and plastic rear look cheap on system as do the finicky latches around the edges of the bottom panel when servicing.

The chassis is wider and heavier than the latest 15.6-inch gaming laptops like the Lenovo Legion Y740 or Razer Blade 15 because of its thicker bezels. It wasn't until the launch of the GE65 did MSI fully refresh the 15.6-inch GE series with a smaller, thinner, and lighter look. We expect the company to eventually phase out the GE63 by 2020.

Lid opened to maximum angle (~150 degrees)
Lid opened to maximum angle (~150 degrees)
Hinges are uniformly firm at all angles and do not creak. Slight teetering still occurs
Hinges are uniformly firm at all angles and do not creak. Slight teetering still occurs
Fingerprints will accumulate and show on the brushed aluminum palm rests and outer lid
Fingerprints will accumulate and show on the brushed aluminum palm rests and outer lid
Both the base and lid are stronger and more rigid than the thinner MSI GS series or Asus Zephyrus S series
Both the base and lid are stronger and more rigid than the thinner MSI GS series or Asus Zephyrus S series
L-shaped RGB lighting on the outer lid for a more "gamer" aesthetic
L-shaped RGB lighting on the outer lid for a more "gamer" aesthetic
More intricate chassis design with sharper edges than the minimalist MSI GS series
More intricate chassis design with sharper edges than the minimalist MSI GS series
390 mm / 15.4 inch 266 mm / 10.5 inch 40 mm / 1.575 inch 2.9 kg6.44 lbs383 mm / 15.1 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 29.5 mm / 1.161 inch 2.6 kg5.67 lbs362 mm / 14.3 inch 265 mm / 10.4 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.3 kg5.03 lbs357.7 mm / 14.1 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 27.5 mm / 1.083 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 275 mm / 10.8 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.4 kg5.35 lbs364.3 mm / 14.3 inch 273.4 mm / 10.8 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.5 kg5.51 lbs

Connectivity

Port options haven't changed for better or worse. While the variety is great for a gaming laptop, the ports are tightly packed especially along the left edge and so any connected cables will occupy valuable desk space. In contrast, competing laptops like the Lenovo Legion Y740 have ports with thicker cables along the rear edge.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: SD card reader, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, AC adapter
Right: SD card reader, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, AC adapter
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: Kensington Lock, 1 Gbps RJ-45, Mini-DisplayPort, USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 3.1 Gen. 2 Type-C, 3.5 mm headphones, 3.5 mm microphone
Left: Kensington Lock, 1 Gbps RJ-45, Mini-DisplayPort, USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 3.1 Gen. 2 Type-C, 3.5 mm headphones, 3.5 mm microphone

SD Card Reader

The spring-loaded SD card reader is slow not unlike on many other MSI laptops. Moving 1 GB worth of pictures from our UHS-II test card to desktop takes about 38 seconds compared to just 8 seconds on the Dell XPS 15.

Fully inserted SD card still protrudes by about 2 to 3 mm
Fully inserted SD card still protrudes by about 2 to 3 mm
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80 MB/s ∼100% +197%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.9 MB/s ∼34%
MSI GL65 9SEK
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.4 MB/s ∼29% -13%
MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
11.67 MB/s ∼15% -57%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87 MB/s ∼100% +178%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
31.34 MB/s ∼36%
MSI GL65 9SEK
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
28.2 MB/s ∼32% -10%
MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
13.44 MB/s ∼15% -57%

Communication

The Killer 1550i module is included for integrated Bluetooth 5.0 and WLAN transfer rates of up to 1.73 Gbps. It is essentially identical to the Intel 9560 except with added support for Killer's Control Center software.

Removable M.2 WLAN module
Removable M.2 WLAN module
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1291 (min: 1212, max: 1379) MBit/s ∼100%
MSI GL65 9SEK
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
637 MBit/s ∼49%
MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
633 MBit/s ∼49%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
615 (min: 508, max: 642) MBit/s ∼48%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1374 (min: 720, max: 1484) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
629 (min: 602, max: 651) MBit/s ∼46%
MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
570 MBit/s ∼41%
MSI GL65 9SEK
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
355 MBit/s ∼26%

Maintenance

Servicing requires a Philips screwdriver and a sharp edge. The bottom plate is moderately difficult to remove especially around the rear and edge where the audio ports can be caught on the plate. Keep in mind that a Factory Seal sticker must be broken if servicing the system.

Users have direct access to both DDR4 SODIMM slots, both M.2 2280 slots, and the single 2.5-inch SATA III bay. There is a 6-cell Li-Ion battery pack in contrast to the Li-Polymer battery packs on most other laptops.

The internal layout is very similar to the cheaper MSI GL65 as shown below.

The bottom panel is secured by 11 Philips screws
The bottom panel is secured by 11 Philips screws
MSI GL65 for comparison
MSI GL65 for comparison

Accessories and Warranty

A Quick Start guide and velvet cleaning cloth are included in the box.

The standard one-year limited manufacturer warranty applies. Registering your purchase with MSI may net another few months of extended warranty or accidental damage protection depending on region.

Input Devices

Keyboard

We applaud MSI for its consistency when it comes to keyboards. Most G series laptops integrate SteelSeries keyboards for a similar level feedback, travel, and clatter across the lineup. If you have ever typed on a laptop from the MSI GS, GP, or GT series, then you will already be familiar with the typing experience on the GE63. Feedback from the main QWERTY keys is firm and quieter than on many other laptops for a satisfactory typing experience. The Space key and narrow NumPad keys, however, are louder and more cramped, respectively.

Per-key RGB lighting is back and all printed text are lit. Some other laptops with per-key RGB lighting do not light up secondary key texts like on the Gigabyte Aero series or the Asus ROG Strix III.

Touchpad

The touchpad (11 x 6.3 cm) is smaller than the touchpad on the Dell XPS 15 (10.5 x 8.5 cm) but with dedicated mouse keys for better precision and feedback. Though the surface is smooth, it seems to have responsiveness issues when gliding a finger slowly. The onscreen cursor, for example, would sometimes stop even though our finger continues to move. We observed a similar phenomenon on the recent WE75 workstation

The dedicated mouse keys offer both shallow travel and firm, clicky feedback. However, pressing on the sides of each key feels spongier than if pressing down their center. Feedback could have been more uniform as it shouldn't vary depending on where you push the key.

Familiar G series SteelSeries keyboard and layout. Auxiliary buttons include Turbo fan mode and the SteelSeries Engine app
Familiar G series SteelSeries keyboard and layout. Auxiliary buttons include Turbo fan mode and the SteelSeries Engine app
Red-trimmed touchpad feels smooth, but responsiveness is unreliable
Red-trimmed touchpad feels smooth, but responsiveness is unreliable
Quiet clatter with firm feedback from the main QWERTY keys
Quiet clatter with firm feedback from the main QWERTY keys
NumPad keys are narrower when compared to the QWERTY and Arrow keys
NumPad keys are narrower when compared to the QWERTY and Arrow keys

Display

The 144 Hz AU Optronics B156HAN07.1 IPS panel here can also be found on the Asus Zephyrus M GM501. As a result, the MSI GE63 shares similar response times, contrast levels, color coverage, and overall visual experience as the Asus alternative. It's hard to go back to standard 60 Hz displays once you become accustomed to the fast 120 Hz or 144 Hz refresh rate. When compared to the Chi Mei N156HHE-GA1 TN panel on our last GE63 test unit, the newer AU Optronics panel offers faster response times and wider viewing angles but with a slightly narrower gamut.

Our main complaint about the display is its moderate graininess. Texts and images do not appear as crisp as they do on the Walmart EVOO Gaming 17 or most glossy alternatives. Uneven backlight bleeding is also present on our unit and could have been better considering the price range.

Matte screen with no glossy or 4K UHD options
Matte screen with no glossy or 4K UHD options
Thick bezels by today's standards
Thick bezels by today's standards
Moderate backlight bleeding along the bottom right corner
Moderate backlight bleeding along the bottom right corner
Subpixel array. Note that the individual subpixels are not perfectly crisp due to the overlying matte layer
Subpixel array. Note that the individual subpixels are not perfectly crisp due to the overlying matte layer
279.7
cd/m²
283.6
cd/m²
247.5
cd/m²
256.8
cd/m²
268.3
cd/m²
242.6
cd/m²
267.9
cd/m²
262.9
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B156HAN07.1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 283.6 cd/m² Average: 260.8 cd/m² Minimum: 4.84 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 268.3 cd/m²
Contrast: 1342:1 (Black: 0.2 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.65 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 2.76
ΔE Greyscale 2.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
93.3% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 59.3% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.33
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
AU Optronics B156HAN07.1, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
MSI GL65 9SEK
AU Optronics B156HAN13.0, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
BOE NV156FHM-N4J, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
N156HHE-GA1, TN, 15.6, 1920x1080
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Sharp LQ156M1JW09 (SHP14D3), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RF-008
CMN N156HHE-GA1 (CMN15F4), TN, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
-184%
-53%
27%
-25%
-109%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
26.4 (13.2, 13.2)
-200%
19 (9, 10)
-116%
8.4 (4.4, 4)
5%
15 (8, 7)
-70%
24.4 (14.4, 10)
-177%
Response Time Black / White *
11.2 (5.2, 6)
30 (17.6, 12.4)
-168%
10 (6, 4)
11%
5.8 (4.4, 1.4)
48%
9 (5, 4)
20%
15.8 (13.8, 2)
-41%
PWM Frequency
25510 (34)
250 (20)
25510 (19)
Screen
-55%
9%
-4%
-30%
-28%
Brightness middle
268.3
277.3
3%
477
78%
307.1
14%
309
15%
292
9%
Brightness
261
256
-2%
431
65%
276
6%
284
9%
258
-1%
Brightness Distribution
84
86
2%
84
0%
80
-5%
88
5%
81
-4%
Black Level *
0.2
0.2
-0%
0.175
12%
0.37
-85%
0.42
-110%
0.23
-15%
Contrast
1342
1387
3%
2726
103%
830
-38%
736
-45%
1270
-5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.65
5.25
-98%
4.17
-57%
2.53
5%
3.99
-51%
5.82
-120%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.67
19.43
-316%
6.97
-49%
4.66
-0%
8.3
-78%
9.05
-94%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.76
4.39
-59%
2.51
9%
2.82
-2%
1.12
59%
2.82
-2%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.2
3.5
-59%
3.49
-59%
1.7
23%
5.43
-147%
4.61
-110%
Gamma
2.33 94%
2.1 105%
2.5 88%
2.194 100%
2.57 86%
2.65 83%
CCT
6862 95%
6895 94%
7076 92%
6893 94%
7767 84%
6950 94%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59.3
35
-41%
60
1%
76
28%
63
6%
76
28%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
93.3
55
-41%
91
-2%
100
7%
97
4%
100
7%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-120% / -75%
-22% / -0%
12% / 0%
-28% / -29%
-69% / -40%

* ... smaller is better

Color space is approximately 93 percent and 59 percent of the sRGB and AdobeRGB standards, respectively, to be not unlike every other 15.6-inch 144 Hz panel at the moment. High refresh rate panels with wider gamuts are only now becoming available.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

The panel is well-calibrated out of the box with average grayscale and color DeltaE values of just 2.2 each. Attempting to calibrate the display even further ourselves resulted in almost no improvements.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

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
11.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5.2 ms rise
↘ 6 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 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 11 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
8.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4.4 ms rise
↘ 4.4 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 7 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.4 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 not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9338 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is not any better or worse than most other gaming laptops because the backlight is merely average for the category. Sunlight or overcast will wash out the matte screen even if glare is minimal. Viewing angles are wider than on our last GE63 with its TN panel.

Color and contrast degrade if viewing from extreme angles
Color and contrast degrade if viewing from extreme angles
Outdoors on an overcast day
Outdoors on an overcast day
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors on an overcast day
Outdoors on an overcast day

Performance

The GE63 is available in a wide variety of SKUs ranging from the Core i7-8750H to the i7-9750H CPU, GeForce RTX 2060 to the RTX 2080 GPU, and 120 Hz to 144 Hz 1080p displays. Note that there are no Core i9, GeForce Max-Q, or 4K UHD options as these are instead reserved for the GT or GS series. Nvidia Optimus is present to automatically exclude G-Sync features.

While the GE63 supports dual-channel RAM, our test unit comes with just a single 16 GB module for a single-channel setup. Unfortunately, simple storage and RAM upgrades will require breaking a factory sticker which may impact your warranty. LatencyMon shows no DPC latency issues when wireless is enabled or disabled.

Processor

CPU performance is below average. The i7-8750H in our MSI performs 10 to 12 percent slower than the average i7-8750H in our database taken from 93 other laptops. Enabling Cooler Boost mode (a.k.a. Turbo Mode) does not appear to improve CPU performance by any significant margin.

Running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop shows that our GE63 8SG is slower than the GE63 8RF by about 10 percent even after accounting for throttling. We're not sure why this is happening, but it occurs consistently enough in our testing to be worth mentioning. The Walmart EVOO Gaming 17 with the newer Core i7-9750H can perform 30 to 40 percent faster than the i7-8750H in our GE63 even though the i7-8750H and i7-9750H perform similarly on average.

See our dedicated page on the Core i7-8750H for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R20
CineBench R20
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MSI GE63 Raider 8SG GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø904 (892.96-1015.9)
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1132 (1125.75-1244.28)
MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046 GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8750H, CUK Cyclone 500GB M.2 NVMe; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø922 (899.42-1130.1)
MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RF-008 GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1024 (1006.34-1167)
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
509 Points ∼99% +24%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
498 Points ∼97% +22%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
Intel Core i7-9750H
442 Points ∼86% +8%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
441 Points ∼86% +8%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H
422 Points ∼82% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (403 - 418, n=6)
412 Points ∼80% +1%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
Intel Core i7-8750H
409 Points ∼80%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
382 Points ∼74% -7%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
362 Points ∼70% -11%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
340 Points ∼66% -17%
CPU (Multi Core)
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
4926 Points ∼71% +130%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
3712 Points ∼54% +73%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
Intel Core i7-9750H
3059 Points ∼44% +43%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
2924 Points ∼42% +37%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (2142 - 2707, n=6)
2377 Points ∼34% +11%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
Intel Core i7-8750H
2142 Points ∼31%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H
1864 Points ∼27% -13%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
1825 Points ∼26% -15%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1765 Points ∼26% -18%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
1685 Points ∼24% -21%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
212 Points ∼97% +27%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
203 Points ∼93% +22%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
189 Points ∼87% +13%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
Intel Core i7-9750H
181 Points ∼83% +8%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H
172 Points ∼79% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (163 - 177, n=86)
172 Points ∼79% +3%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
Intel Core i7-8750H
167 Points ∼77%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼73% -4%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
144 Points ∼66% -14%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
142 Points ∼65% -15%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
2022 Points ∼46% +108%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
1721 Points ∼39% +77%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
Intel Core i7-9750H
1285 Points ∼29% +32%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1217 Points ∼28% +25%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (863 - 1251, n=93)
1107 Points ∼25% +14%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
Intel Core i7-8750H
971 Points ∼22%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
805 Points ∼18% -17%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H
790 Points ∼18% -19%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
742 Points ∼17% -24%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
735 Points ∼17% -24%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
167 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
971 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
98.07 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks rank our system slightly lower than expected. The cheaper MSI GL65 with the Core i7-9750H, dual-channel RAM and slower RTX 2060 GPU, for example, scores 5 percent higher on average.

We experienced no issues with out test unit other than the touchpad responsiveness problems mentioned above.

PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
8220 Points ∼69% +25%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7221 Points ∼60% +10%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (6584 - 7697, n=3)
7206 Points ∼60% +9%
MSI GL65 9SEK
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
7104 Points ∼59% +8%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
6584 Points ∼55%
Productivity
MSI GL65 9SEK
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
7748 Points ∼80% +12%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7507 Points ∼77% +8%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (6947 - 7759, n=3)
7401 Points ∼76% +7%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
7381 Points ∼76% +6%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
6947 Points ∼72%
Essentials
MSI GL65 9SEK
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
9431 Points ∼84% +6%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
9364 Points ∼83% +5%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (8917 - 9041, n=3)
8975 Points ∼80% +1%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
8917 Points ∼79%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
8912 Points ∼79% 0%
Score
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
5938 Points ∼76% +12%
MSI GL65 9SEK
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5761 Points ∼74% +8%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5625 Points ∼72% +6%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (5316 - 5816, n=3)
5604 Points ∼72% +5%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5316 Points ∼68%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
5870 Points ∼90% +5%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5697 Points ∼87% +2%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (5574 - 5697, n=3)
5616 Points ∼86% +1%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5577 Points ∼85%
MSI GL65 9SEK
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5287 Points ∼81% -5%
MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RF-008
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
5210 Points ∼80% -7%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
5661 Points ∼93% +37%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
4860 Points ∼80% +18%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (4124 - 4918, n=3)
4555 Points ∼75% +10%
MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RF-008
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
4271 Points ∼70% +4%
MSI GL65 9SEK
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4136 Points ∼68% 0%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4124 Points ∼68%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4124 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5577 points
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Storage Devices

Users have access to two M.2 PCIx x4 slots and one 2.5-inch SATA III drive unlike the Razer Blade 15 which has just one or two storage bays maximum. Our test unit ships with the same mid-range 512 GB Western Digital PC SN520 NVMe drive as on the MSI GL65. The costlier Samsung PM981 series can offer two times faster sequential read and write performances.

See our table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

CDM 5.5 (Primary SSD)
CDM 5.5 (Primary SSD)
CDM 5.5 (Secondary HDD)
CDM 5.5 (Secondary HDD)
AS SSD
AS SSD
HD Tune
HD Tune
The two M.2 2280 slots are positioned perpendicularly
The two M.2 2280 slots are positioned perpendicularly
2.5-inch SATA III bay for additional storage
2.5-inch SATA III bay for additional storage
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
MSI GL65 9SEK
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
CUK Cyclone 500GB M.2 NVMe
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RF-008
Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
AS SSD
14%
-19%
53%
-16%
-27%
Copy Game MB/s
1294.85
1217.53
-6%
650.44
-50%
755.35
-42%
Copy Program MB/s
673.02
889.12
32%
426.02
-37%
452.76
-33%
Copy ISO MB/s
1187.35
1278.63
8%
1061.83
-11%
1269.47
7%
Score Total
2126
2485
17%
1065
-50%
3040
43%
1332
-37%
1071
-50%
Score Write
973
976
0%
366
-62%
902
-7%
586
-40%
409
-58%
Score Read
746
996
34%
475
-36%
1433
92%
489
-34%
432
-42%
Access Time Write *
0.099
0.091
8%
0.037
63%
0.042
58%
0.046
54%
0.051
48%
Access Time Read *
0.131
0.116
11%
0.132
-1%
0.05
62%
0.24
-83%
0.101
23%
4K-64 Write
730.97
720.16
-1%
191.35
-74%
647.89
-11%
403.79
-45%
294.33
-60%
4K-64 Read
630.71
838.68
33%
302.13
-52%
1144.38
81%
323.8
-49%
348.58
-45%
4K Write
107.39
118.19
10%
99.89
-7%
87.67
-18%
90.1
-16%
68.58
-36%
4K Read
24.99
25.31
1%
35.42
42%
49.17
97%
48.88
96%
32.36
29%
Seq Write
1343.68
1378.16
3%
746
-44%
1664.55
24%
919
-32%
462.8
-66%
Seq Read
903.68
1315.25
46%
1372
52%
2399.1
165%
1163
29%
512.05
-43%

* ... smaller is better

WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Sequential Read: 903.68MB/s
Sequential Write: 1343.68MB/s
4K Read: 24.99MB/s
4K Write: 107.39MB/s
4K-64 Read: 630.71MB/s
4K-64 Write: 730.97MB/s
Access Time Read: 0.131ms
Access Time Write: 0.099ms
Copy ISO: 1187.35MB/s
Copy Program: 673.02MB/s
Copy Game: 1294.85MB/s
Score Read: 746Points
Score Write: 973Points
Score Total: 2126Points

GPU Performance

The RTX 2060 in our MSI scores 4 to 6 percent higher than the average mobile RTX 2060 in our database taken from 15 other gaming laptops. At the same time, however, Cloud Gate scores are the lowest we've recorded on any laptop with RTX 2080 graphics. We suspect that both the under-performing CPU and single-channel RAM are responsible for the significantly lower scores here.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Time Spy
Time Spy
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
Port Royal
Port Royal
3DMark
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
5785 Points ∼68%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (5377 - 5942, n=13)
5649 Points ∼66% -2%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
5295 Points ∼62% -8%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H
4467 Points ∼52% -23%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
3742 Points ∼44% -35%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
3738 Points ∼44% -35%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
14645 Points ∼100% +49%
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
11294 Points ∼77% +15%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (9480 - 10992, n=13)
10087 Points ∼69% +3%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
9797 Points ∼67%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
8299 Points ∼57% -15%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H
7722 Points ∼53% -21%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
6910 Points ∼47% -29%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
6387 Points ∼44% -35%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
5534 Points ∼38% -44%
Dell G3 3590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
3519 Points ∼24% -64%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
1990 Points ∼14% -80%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
1744 Points ∼12% -82%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
20369 Points ∼63% +40%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (14555 - 25010, n=14)
19649 Points ∼60% +35%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H
17694 Points ∼54% +22%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
17511 Points ∼54% +20%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
17003 Points ∼52% +17%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
16560 Points ∼51% +14%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
14765 Points ∼45% +1%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
14555 Points ∼45%
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
14439 Points ∼44% -1%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
14106 Points ∼43% -3%
Dell G3 3590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
11693 Points ∼36% -20%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
10522 Points ∼32% -28%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
35851 Points ∼88% +41%
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
27620 Points ∼68% +9%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
25432 Points ∼63%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (22820 - 27319, n=14)
25348 Points ∼62% 0%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
22260 Points ∼55% -12%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H
19846 Points ∼49% -22%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
18055 Points ∼44% -29%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
17419 Points ∼43% -32%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
14718 Points ∼36% -42%
Dell G3 3590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
9315 Points ∼23% -63%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
6792 Points ∼17% -73%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
6382 Points ∼16% -75%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
164870 Points ∼89% +126%
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
138058 Points ∼75% +90%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (72806 - 168006, n=14)
135517 Points ∼73% +86%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H
119860 Points ∼65% +65%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
118058 Points ∼64% +62%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
116593 Points ∼63% +60%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
114009 Points ∼62% +57%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
97136 Points ∼53% +33%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
72806 Points ∼39%
Dell G3 3590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
58270 Points ∼32% -20%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
46618 Points ∼25% -36%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
39824 Points ∼22% -45%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (9038 - 18934, n=15)
14411 Points ∼64% +59%
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
13644 Points ∼60% +51%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
12450 Points ∼55% +38%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
12323 Points ∼55% +36%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
12192 Points ∼54% +35%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
12064 Points ∼53% +33%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H
10851 Points ∼48% +20%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
9038 Points ∼40%
Dell G3 3590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
8880 Points ∼39% -2%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
7763 Points ∼34% -14%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
7072 Points ∼31% -22%
1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
37989 Points ∼75% +9%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (31826 - 38809, n=15)
35474 Points ∼70% +2%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
34897 Points ∼68%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
29436 Points ∼58% -16%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H
25500 Points ∼50% -27%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
23734 Points ∼47% -32%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
21861 Points ∼43% -37%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
19670 Points ∼39% -44%
Dell G3 3590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
13228 Points ∼26% -62%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H
8304 Points ∼16% -76%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
8223 Points ∼16% -76%
3DMark 11 Performance
20224 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
27465 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
18985 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
8501 points
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Gaming Performance

So, how do the low Cloud Gate scores and great Fire Strike/Time Spy scores translate to real-world gaming? Unfortunately, frame rates are significantly slower than they should be especially for a GeForce RTX 2080. Shadow of the Tomb Riader on maximum 1080p settings, for example, averages just 69 FPS compared to 99 FPS on the MSI GE75 with the exact same CPU and GPU but with dual-channel RAM. Even the Walmart EVOO Gaming 17 and its RTX 2060 is able to pump out faster frame rates than our MSI.

The GPU itself does not appear to be responsible for the subpar gaming performance of the laptop. GPU-Z reveals the RTX 2080 in our MSI to be the same as the RTX 2080 in the MSI GE75 and yet the latter offers nearly 45 percent faster frame rates. Rerunning the same benchmarks in Turbo Fan mode would not significantly improve our results.

See our dedicated page on the mobile GeForce RTX 2080 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
KFA2 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti EX
Ryzen 9 3900X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
130 fps ∼100% +88%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
124 fps ∼95% +80%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
111 fps ∼85% +61%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
105 fps ∼81% +52%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (69 - 124, n=7)
103 fps ∼79% +49%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
99 fps ∼76% +43%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
83 fps ∼64% +20%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
80 fps ∼62% +16%
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
72 fps ∼55% +4%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
69 fps ∼53%
MSI GF65 9SD
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
64 fps ∼49% -7%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
31 fps ∼24% -55%
Asus GL753VD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
26 (min: 3) fps ∼20% -62%
1280x720 Lowest Preset
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
178 fps ∼100% +109%
KFA2 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti EX
Ryzen 9 3900X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
148 fps ∼83% +74%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
144 fps ∼81% +69%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (85 - 178, n=6)
138 fps ∼78% +62%
MSI GF65 9SD
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
135 fps ∼76% +59%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
133 fps ∼75% +56%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
132 fps ∼74% +55%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
126 fps ∼71% +48%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
111 fps ∼62% +31%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
102 fps ∼57% +20%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
95 fps ∼53% +12%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
85 fps ∼48%
Asus GL753VD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
71 (min: 48) fps ∼40% -16%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
KFA2 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti EX
Ryzen 9 3900X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
135 (min: 118, max: 158) fps ∼100% +64%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
103.4 (min: 81, max: 119) fps ∼77% +26%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
95.5 fps ∼71% +16%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (82.2 - 105, n=14)
95.4 fps ∼71% +16%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
92.7 fps ∼69% +13%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
92.1 fps ∼68% +12%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
82.2 fps ∼61%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
72 (min: 61, max: 84) fps ∼53% -12%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
68.9 fps ∼51% -16%
Schenker XMG Fusion 15 XFU15L19
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
66 fps ∼49% -20%
MSI GF65 9SD
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
60.6 fps ∼45% -26%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
36.2 fps ∼27% -56%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
29.7 fps ∼22% -64%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
414.3 fps ∼100% +112%
KFA2 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti EX
Ryzen 9 3900X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
403 (min: 355, max: 475) fps ∼97% +106%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
325 fps ∼78% +66%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (196 - 414, n=8)
320 fps ∼77% +63%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
319.5 (min: 212, max: 347) fps ∼77% +63%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
295.3 fps ∼71% +51%
MSI GF65 9SD
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
287.9 fps ∼69% +47%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
276 fps ∼67% +41%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
258 (min: 230, max: 292) fps ∼62% +32%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
195.8 fps ∼47%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
175.1 fps ∼42% -11%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
145.5 fps ∼35% -26%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
KFA2 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti EX
Ryzen 9 3900X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
233 (min: 33, max: 538) fps ∼100% +57%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
208.2 fps ∼89% +40%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (149 - 213, n=7)
192 fps ∼82% +29%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
189.5 fps ∼81% +28%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
156 fps ∼67% +5%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
148.6 fps ∼64%
MSI GF65 9SD
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
128.6 fps ∼55% -13%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
85.6 fps ∼37% -42%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
76.7 fps ∼33% -48%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
527.6 fps ∼100% +120%
KFA2 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti EX
Ryzen 9 3900X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
394 (min: 59, max: 1116) fps ∼75% +64%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (240 - 528, n=6)
385 fps ∼73% +60%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
349.6 fps ∼66% +46%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
322.5 fps ∼61% +34%
MSI GF65 9SD
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
317.1 fps ∼60% +32%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
270.6 fps ∼51% +13%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
259.9 fps ∼49% +8%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
240.2 fps ∼46%
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