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MSI GE65 Raider 9SF Laptop Review: Huge Improvements Over the GE63

Allen Ngo 👁, 12/23/2019

LFG raid. The GE65 is 19 percent smaller and 12 percent lighter than the outgoing GE63 while retaining all the same ports and most physical features. It's one of the lighter 15.6-inch gaming laptops you can buy from MSI outside of the GS65.

The upper mid-range MSI GE65 sits in between the cheaper MSI GL series and the pricier MSI GT series of gaming laptops. It directly supplants the GE63 with revised internal options and a brand new chassis design. More specifically, the newer model introduces narrow bezels for increased portability while dropping the GeForce RTX 2080 option in favor of the RTX 2060 or RTX 2070 only. 

Two major SKUs are available as of this writing: the GE65 9SF and GE65 9SE with a Core i7-9750H or Core i9-9880H CPU, RTX 2060 or 2070 graphics, up to 64 GB of RAM, and the choice between a 144 Hz or 240 Hz 1080p IPS display. Direct competitors include other upper mid-range gaming laptops like the Lenovo Legion Y740, HP Omen 15, Asus ROG Strix III or Hero III, Aorus 15, or the Dell Gaming G7 series.

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MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US (GE65 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile - 8192 MB, Core: 1215 MHz, Memory: 1750 MHz, GDDR6, 441.66, Optimus
Memory
32768 MB 
, 1333.3 MHz, 19-19-19-43, Dual-Channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, Sharp LQ156M1JW03, IPS, SHP14C5, 240 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR, 1024 GB 
Soundcard
Nvidia TU106 - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm mic-in, 3.5 mm headphone-out (HiFi / SPDIF), Card Reader: SD reader
Networking
Killer E2600 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW) (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26.9 x 357.7 x 248 ( = 1.06 x 14.08 x 9.76 in)
Battery
51 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Quad speakers 2x 2 W + 2x 3 W, Keyboard: SteelSeries chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, MSI Dragon Center, Driver and App Center, True Color, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.27 kg ( = 80.07 oz / 5 pounds), Power Supply: 988 g ( = 34.85 oz / 2.18 pounds)
Price
2600 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionBest Price
85%12/2019MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
9880H, GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
2.3 kg26.9 mm15.6"1920x1080
85%10/2019Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
2.3 kg25 mm15.6"1920x1080
83%09/2019Alienware m15 R2 P87F
9750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
2.2 kg18.3 mm15.6"1920x1080
81%11/2019Maingear Vector 15
9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
1.9 kg19.8 mm15.6"1920x1080
86%08/2019Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
2.4 kg25.9 mm15.6"1920x1080

Case

One of our main complaints about the older GE63 was its large size. The thick chassis looked outdated when compared to even the budget HP Pavilion Gaming 15 which was a bit embarrassing for a mid-range gaming laptop from MSI. The latest GE65 addresses this by switching to a new display panel in order to minimize the bezels. Webcam positioning is preserved unlike on the Asus ROG Strix or Hero series while the rest of the laptop retains the look of the GE63.

There is some room for improvement. The bottom bezel, for example, is still very thick in relation to the three other sides. The chassis doesn't feel as firm or solid as on the Alienware m15 R2 or the aforementioned Asus alternatives, either. The lid of the GE65 is a bit more flexible while the base exhibits slight-but-audible creaking when attempting to twist its sides. We suspect that the creaking occurs because the busy chassis consists of many smaller pieces as opposed to the flatter, cleaner, and more unibody approach of the Asus ROG Strix or Hero.

The dual hinges are different than on the GE63 as they even smaller this time around. While sufficiently firm at all angles with almost no teetering when typing, the hinges don't give a sense of longevity because of their size.

A defining characteristic of the GE65 is its small footprint when compared to most other 15.6-inch gaming laptops. In fact, its length and width are essentially the same as the more expensive MSI GS65 while weighing about 300 g more. The relatively thick 26.9 mm profile, however, gives the GE65 a noticeably boxier look than the super-thin Razer Blade series or Asus Zephyrus.

Lid opened to maximum angle (~160 degrees)
Lid opened to maximum angle (~160 degrees)
Same ports as on the GE63 but slightly rearranged
Same ports as on the GE63 but slightly rearranged
SteelSeries logo proudly on display as usual on most MSI laptops
SteelSeries logo proudly on display as usual on most MSI laptops
The symbols for the auxiliary keys and Power button are far too small and difficult to see
The symbols for the auxiliary keys and Power button are far too small and difficult to see
Smooth metallic texture for the outer lid and keyboard deck
Smooth metallic texture for the outer lid and keyboard deck
Plastic bottom is very busy with its numerous angles and oversized ventilation grilles
Plastic bottom is very busy with its numerous angles and oversized ventilation grilles
383 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 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 274 mm / 10.8 inch 25.9 mm / 1.02 inch 2.4 kg5.29 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 263 mm / 10.4 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.4 kg5.25 lbs357.7 mm / 14.1 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 26.9 mm / 1.059 inch 2.3 kg5 lbs360.5 mm / 14.2 inch 276 mm / 10.9 inch 18.3 mm / 0.72 inch 2.2 kg4.76 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2 kg4.35 lbs

Connectivity

Port options are identical to the GE63 save for the repositioning of the USB Type-A ports along the right edge. Thunderbolt 3 remains elusive as you'll have to upgrade to the higher-end MSI GS or GT series for Thunderbolt support. Port positioning is a mixed bag because all ports are tightly packed and they are located close to the front edges where cables are more likely to be intrusive.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: 2x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1, SD card reader, AC adapter
Right: 2x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1, SD card reader, AC adapter
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: Kensington Lock, 1 Gbps RJ-45, Mini-DisplayPort, USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 2, USB Type-C 3.2 Gen. 2, 3.5 mm headphones, 3.5 mm microphone
Left: Kensington Lock, 1 Gbps RJ-45, Mini-DisplayPort, USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 2, USB Type-C 3.2 Gen. 2, 3.5 mm headphones, 3.5 mm microphone

SD Card Reader

Transfer rates from the integrated spring-loaded SD card reader have not improved over the GE63. Moving 1 GB of images from our UHS-II test card takes 40 seconds compared to just 7 seconds on the Dell XPS 15. It's disappointing that MSI continues to give SD performance the cold shoulder on its GE series of laptops.

Fully inserted SD card still protrudes slightly
Fully inserted SD card still protrudes slightly
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
172.4 MB/s ∼100% +566%
MSI GS73 Stealth 8RF-011
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
172 MB/s ∼100% +564%
HP Omen 15-dc1303ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
78.4 MB/s ∼45% +203%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.9 MB/s ∼16% +4%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
25.9 MB/s ∼15%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
MSI GS73 Stealth 8RF-011
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
215 MB/s ∼100% +621%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
192.1 MB/s ∼89% +545%
HP Omen 15-dc1303ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
85.3 MB/s ∼40% +186%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
31.34 MB/s ∼15% +5%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
29.8 MB/s ∼14%

Communication

All SKUs come standard with Killer 1650x wireless for Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. The module is functionally the same as the Intel AX200/AX201 albeit with specific Killer software features catered to enthusiasts. We didn't experience any WLAN issues during our time with the test unit.

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%
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
660 MBit/s ∼51%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
656 MBit/s ∼51%
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%
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
548 MBit/s ∼40%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
507 MBit/s ∼37%

Maintenance

The bottom panel can be removed with just a Philips screwdriver and a sharp edge. Motherboard layout is very similar to the last generation GE63 but with some components and heat pipes rearranged in order to accommodate for the narrower bezels. A 'Factory Seal' sticker must be broken in order to gain access to the motherboard.

Bottom panel is secured by 12 Philips screws
Bottom panel is secured by 12 Philips screws

Accessories and Warranty

There are no notable extras in the box other than the AC adapter. The standard one-year limited warranty applies with potential extras for those who register their purchases online through MSI.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The SteelSeries keyboard remains unchanged from the GE63 despite the smaller footprint. This means that the per-key RGB lighting, uniform and firm key feedback, and moderate clatter are all back. Even the NumPad still feels cramped since its keys are narrower than the main QWERTY keys. If you've ever handled any other GS, GE, or GT series laptop from MSI, then you'll have a good idea of what to expect when typing on the GE65 as these SteelSeries keyboards are mostly consistent between models.

Touchpad

The touchpad is again identical to the GE63 in surface area (11 x 6.3 cm) and texture albeit without the tacky red rims of the last generation model. Fortunately, we didn't experience any cursor jumping issues that occurred on our GE63 unit. The dedicated mouse keys also return but with the same uneven feedback from the GE63. Clicking along the edges of the keys, for example, feels softer and with deeper travel than clicking from the center of either key.

The three buttons near the top right have been re-positioned. Otherwise, the keyboard is identical to the GE63
The three buttons near the top right have been re-positioned. Otherwise, the keyboard is identical to the GE63
Same smooth touchpad and clicky mouse keys as on the GE63
Same smooth touchpad and clicky mouse keys as on the GE63
Chiclet keyboard is comfortable to type on with slightly firmer feedback than the Asus ROG Strix or Hero
Chiclet keyboard is comfortable to type on with slightly firmer feedback than the Asus ROG Strix or Hero
Full-size Arrow keys with cramped and narrow NumPad keys
Full-size Arrow keys with cramped and narrow NumPad keys

Display

Our GE65 configuration utilizes the same 240 Hz Sharp LQ156M1JW03 IPS panel and SHP14C5 controller as found on the GS65 or Razer Blade 15. Subsequently, all three of these laptops share similar black-white and gray-gray response times, contrast levels, and gamut. The identical panels also explain how the GE65 and GS65 have almost exactly the same length and width. Display quality is actually not far from the 144 Hz AU Optronics panel on the last generation GE63 save for the higher native refresh rate.

Graininess is minimal despite the matte overlay for crisp texts and images. Uneven backlight bleeding, however, is noticeable around the edges of our test unit as shown by the picture below. MSI offers no OLED options on any of its laptops as of this writing unlike Razer or Dell.

Interestingly, pulse-width modulation occurs at exactly the same brightness levels (19 percent and under) and at nearly the same frequency as on the GS65 to suggest that MSI is using the same backlight components between the two models.

No edge-to-edge glass or 4K UHD options
No edge-to-edge glass or 4K UHD options
Narrow bezels are essentially identical to the GS65
Narrow bezels are essentially identical to the GS65
Moderate uneven backlight bleeding along the corners
Moderate uneven backlight bleeding along the corners
Subpixel array
Subpixel array
256.6
cd/m²
268.8
cd/m²
248.7
cd/m²
269.3
cd/m²
277.4
cd/m²
266.9
cd/m²
265.7
cd/m²
267.4
cd/m²
255.9
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Sharp LQ156M1JW03
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 277.4 cd/m² Average: 264.1 cd/m² Minimum: 14.26 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 277.4 cd/m²
Contrast: 1156:1 (Black: 0.24 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.51 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 1.77
ΔE Greyscale 3.7 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
99.1% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 65.1% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.23
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
Sharp LQ156M1JW03, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
AU Optronics B156HAN07.1, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
BOE NV156FHM-N4J, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
Sharp LQ156M1, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
Panda LM156LF-GL02, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti
BOE NV156FHM-N4K, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
17%
-17%
0%
-113%
-30%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
13.2 (7.2, 6)
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
33%
19 (9, 10)
-44%
16.4 (7.6, 6.8)
-24%
26 (13.6, 12.4)
-97%
13.6 (7.2, 6.4)
-3%
Response Time Black / White *
11.2 (6, 5.2)
11.2 (5.2, 6)
-0%
10 (6, 4)
11%
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
21%
25.6 (14.8, 10.8)
-129%
10 (6, 4)
11%
PWM Frequency
23150 (19)
23810 (24)
3%
200 (99)
-99%
Screen
-7%
2%
-51%
-84%
-29%
Brightness middle
277.4
268.3
-3%
477
72%
324.2
17%
290.1
5%
312.7
13%
Brightness
264
261
-1%
431
63%
304
15%
274
4%
305
16%
Brightness Distribution
90
84
-7%
84
-7%
90
0%
86
-4%
90
0%
Black Level *
0.24
0.2
17%
0.175
27%
0.38
-58%
0.54
-125%
0.27
-13%
Contrast
1156
1342
16%
2726
136%
853
-26%
537
-54%
1158
0%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.51
2.65
-75%
4.17
-176%
5.01
-232%
5.16
-242%
4.57
-203%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.93
4.67
5%
6.97
-41%
12.7
-158%
18.09
-267%
6.81
-38%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.77
2.76
-56%
2.51
-42%
1.64
7%
4.35
-146%
2.91
-64%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.7
2.2
41%
3.49
6%
7.9
-114%
4.4
-19%
4.3
-16%
Gamma
2.23 99%
2.33 94%
2.5 88%
2.35 94%
2.1 105%
2.29 96%
CCT
7061 92%
6862 95%
7076 92%
8455 77%
7362 88%
7098 92%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
65.1
59.3
-9%
60
-8%
60.8
-7%
38.1
-41%
59.4
-9%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.1
93.3
-6%
91
-8%
95.5
-4%
60
-39%
91.3
-8%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
5% / -3%
-8% / -1%
-26% / -40%
-99% / -89%
-30% / -30%

* ... smaller is better

Color space covers sRGB in its entirety and approximately 65 percent of AdobeRGB to be similar to most high-refresh rate 15.6-inch panels currently in the market. If deeper colors are desired, then you'll have to consider the Razer Blade Pro 120 Hz model or non-gaming laptops with 4K UHD IGZO or OLED options.

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

The display is well-calibrated out of the box especially for a mid-range gaming laptop. Average grayscale and color DeltaE values sit at just 2.9 and 1.7, respectively, to be better calibrated than most other gaming laptops in this price range. Our attempts to calibrate the display even further did not produce better results.

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↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 5.2 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 (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
13.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7.2 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 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 9 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.6 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 23150 Hz ≤ 19 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 23150 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 19 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 23150 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 13621 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is the same as on the GE63 since brightness and contrast are nearly identical between them. Viewing angles are wide, but contrast will degrade if viewing from more 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
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

LatencyMon
LatencyMon

As an upper mid-range gaming laptop, MSI has equipped the GE65 with upper mid-range components including up to the Core i9-9880H CPU and GeForce RTX 2070 GPU. Higher-end components like the unlocked Core i9-9980HK and GeForce RTX 2080 are reserved for MSI's top-of-the-line GT series instead. There are no Max-Q options here unlike on the ultra-thin GS series.

Optimus comes standard to automatically exclude G-Sync. The 240 Hz refresh rate lessens the advantages of G-Sync since tearing becomes more infrequent the higher the native refresh rate.

Processor

Unlike the disappointing 8th gen Core i9-8950HK, the 9th gen Core i9-9880H is able to offer much faster performance than the Core i7-8750H or i7-9750H due to its extra two physical cores. Multi-thread performance is about 30 percent faster than the Core i7-9750H to be one of the fastest mobile consumer Intel CPUs available. While MSI doesn't offer the unlocked i9-9980HK for its GE series, we wouldn't have recommended it anyway since performance advantages over the i9-9880H have proven to be marginal at best.

Performance sustainability is pretty good although still a step below the larger GE75 equipped with the same CPU as shown by our graph below. When running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop, performance would drop by about 8 percent over time.

See our dedicated page on the Core i9-9880H for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R20
CineBench R20
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MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1496 (1486.55-1622.78)
MSI GE75 9SG GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1619 (1602.44-1728.31)
MSI P65 Creator 9SF-657 GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9880H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ (RAID 0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1439 (1417.84-1545.36)
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ (RAID 0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1291 (1278.24-1450)
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
514 Points ∼100% +8%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS
509 Points ∼99% +7%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
498 Points ∼97% +5%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
479 Points ∼93% +1%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
Intel Core i9-9880H
474 Points ∼92%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Core i7-10710U
460 Points ∼89% -3%
Average Intel Core i9-9880H
  (441 - 474, n=6)
457 Points ∼89% -4%
Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H
434 Points ∼84% -8%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H
422 Points ∼82% -11%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
416 Points ∼81% -12%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7
388 Points ∼75% -18%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
382 Points ∼74% -19%
CPU (Multi Core)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
6910 Points ∼78% +97%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS
4463 Points ∼50% +27%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
3795 Points ∼43% +8%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
Intel Core i9-9880H
3505 Points ∼39%
Average Intel Core i9-9880H
  (2953 - 3712, n=6)
3277 Points ∼37% -7%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
2924 Points ∼33% -17%
Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H
2643 Points ∼30% -25%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Core i7-10710U
2598 Points ∼29% -26%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
2333 Points ∼26% -33%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H
1864 Points ∼21% -47%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1765 Points ∼20% -50%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1411 Points ∼16% -60%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS
215 Points ∼99% +9%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
209 Points ∼96% +6%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
203 Points ∼93% +3%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
202 Points ∼93% +2%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
Intel Core i9-9880H
198 Points ∼91%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Core i7-10710U
191 Points ∼88% -4%
Average Intel Core i9-9880H
  (181 - 198, n=10)
190 Points ∼87% -4%
Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H
184 Points ∼84% -7%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H
172 Points ∼79% -13%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
171 Points ∼78% -14%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼73% -19%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7
149 Points ∼68% -25%
CPU Multi 64Bit
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
3049 Points ∼70% +90%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS
1962 Points ∼45% +23%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1821 Points ∼42% +14%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
Intel Core i9-9880H
1601 Points ∼37%
Average Intel Core i9-9880H
  (1317 - 1721, n=10)
1503 Points ∼34% -6%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1217 Points ∼28% -24%
Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H
1203 Points ∼27% -25%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
1116 Points ∼26% -30%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Core i7-10710U
1103 Points ∼25% -31%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H
790 Points ∼18% -51%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
735 Points ∼17% -54%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7
676 Points ∼15% -58%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
198 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1601 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
131 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks are higher than expected as they narrowly edge out the Eurocom Nightsky RX15 with the pricier Core i9-9980HK CPU. While we experienced no software or hardware issues during our time with the unit, the MSI pop-ups can be annoying. We recommend becoming familiar with the Dragon Center software as key system controls can be adjusted here.

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
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
9034 Points ∼70%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9980HK, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB
8617 Points ∼67% -5%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
8220 Points ∼64% -9%
Average Intel Core i9-9880H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (7311 - 9034, n=2)
8173 Points ∼63% -10%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, 2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0)
6675 Points ∼52% -26%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
6584 Points ∼51% -27%
Productivity
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
8273 Points ∼79%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9980HK, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB
8209 Points ∼79% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-9880H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (8025 - 8273, n=2)
8149 Points ∼78% -1%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
7381 Points ∼71% -11%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, 2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0)
7180 Points ∼69% -13%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
6947 Points ∼67% -16%
Essentials
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
9752 Points ∼85%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9980HK, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB
9518 Points ∼83% -2%
Average Intel Core i9-9880H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (9146 - 9752, n=2)
9449 Points ∼82% -3%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
9364 Points ∼82% -4%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
8917 Points ∼78% -9%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, 2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0)
8791 Points ∼77% -10%
Score
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
6452 Points ∼80%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9980HK, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB
6283 Points ∼77% -3%
Average Intel Core i9-9880H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (5826 - 6452, n=2)
6139 Points ∼76% -5%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
5938 Points ∼73% -8%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, 2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0)
5374 Points ∼66% -17%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5316 Points ∼66% -18%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
6095 Points ∼92%
Average Intel Core i9-9880H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (5919 - 6095, n=2)
6007 Points ∼91% -1%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
5870 Points ∼89% -4%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, 2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0)
5706 Points ∼87% -6%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5577 Points ∼85% -8%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9980HK, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB
4677 Points ∼71% -23%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
5661 Points ∼93% +21%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4679 Points ∼77%
Average Intel Core i9-9880H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (4578 - 4679, n=2)
4629 Points ∼76% -1%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, 2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0)
4207 Points ∼69% -10%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4124 Points ∼68% -12%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9980HK, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB
3758 Points ∼62% -20%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4679 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
6095 points
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Storage Devices

Three storage bays are available much like on the GE63: 2x M.2 2280 PCIe x4 and 1x 2.5-inch SATA III. Our test unit comes equipped with the same 1 TB MZVLB1T0HALR Samsung PM981 NVMe SSD as found on our GE75. Samsung M.2 SSDs are some of the fastest in the consumer space and so it's not surprising to see it outperforming the mid-range WD SN520 and Intel 660p. Nonetheless, there's a chance that the GE65 may come equipped with these slower SSDs instead depending on the reseller.

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

Dual M.2 bays sit perpendicular to one another
Dual M.2 bays sit perpendicular to one another
2.5-inch SATA III bay is adjacent to the WLAN module
2.5-inch SATA III bay is adjacent to the WLAN module
AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0)
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
MSI GE75 9SG
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
AS SSD
-31%
-39%
-1%
-19%
2%
Copy Game MB/s
1621.4
1294.85
-20%
650.44
-60%
1426.35
-12%
943.02
-42%
1054.21
-35%
Copy Program MB/s
775.69
673.02
-13%
426.02
-45%
576.02
-26%
749.45
-3%
198.24
-74%
Copy ISO MB/s
2483.3
1187.35
-52%
1061.83
-57%
2073.16
-17%
1518.69
-39%
3193.07
29%
Score Total
4956
2126
-57%
1065
-79%
3633
-27%
1711
-65%
4899
-1%
Score Write
2162
973
-55%
366
-83%
1481
-31%
958
-56%
2127
-2%
Score Read
1813
746
-59%
475
-74%
1407
-22%
498
-73%
1805
0%
Access Time Write *
0.208
0.099
52%
0.037
82%
0.108
48%
0.046
78%
0.05
76%
Access Time Read *
0.089
0.131
-47%
0.132
-48%
0.065
27%
0.058
35%
0.067
25%
4K-64 Write
1831.41
730.97
-60%
191.35
-90%
1135.27
-38%
760.81
-58%
1799.48
-2%
4K-64 Read
1665.05
630.71
-62%
302.13
-82%
1177.33
-29%
321.15
-81%
1641.92
-1%
4K Write
88.87
107.39
21%
99.89
12%
108.86
22%
107.03
20%
89.17
0%
4K Read
27.11
24.99
-8%
35.42
31%
37.2
37%
48.73
80%
27.02
0%
Seq Write
2420.31
1343.68
-44%
746
-69%
2371.22
-2%
904.89
-63%
2381.34
-2%
Seq Read
1210.64
903.68
-25%
1372
13%
1924.95
59%
1280.44
6%
1358.11
12%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3309 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2398 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 536.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 407.1 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1987 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2361 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 45.04 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 125.7 MB/s

GPU Performance

The mobile GeForce RTX 2070 is about 10 to 15 percent slower than a "proper" desktop GeForce RTX 2070. Moving down to the mobile RTX 2060 SKU entails another 15 percent performance deficit. Be sure to enable DX11 whenever possible as the Nvidia Turing series is better optimized for Microsoft's latest API than the last generation Pascal series.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
Port Royal
Port Royal
Time Spy
Time Spy
3DMark
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
MSI RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), 3900X
9021 Points ∼98% +108%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900KS
5799 Points ∼63% +33%
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701GXR
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
4713 Points ∼51% +8%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9880H
4346 Points ∼47%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (3958 - 4474, n=11)
4246 Points ∼46% -2%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, 9750H
3742 Points ∼40% -14%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
3738 Points ∼40% -14%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), 3900X
14492 Points ∼99% +81%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
11099 Points ∼76% +38%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900KS
9854 Points ∼67% +23%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2070 OC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
9364 Points ∼64% +17%
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701GXR
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
8036 Points ∼55% 0%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9880H
8028 Points ∼55%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (7006 - 8028, n=13)
7612 Points ∼52% -5%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, 9750H
6910 Points ∼47% -14%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
6387 Points ∼43% -20%
Alienware 17 R5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
5689 Points ∼39% -29%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, 9750H
5534 Points ∼38% -31%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
3626 Points ∼25% -55%
Lenovo IdeaPad L340-15IRH 81LK00BMGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, 9300H
3517 Points ∼24% -56%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), 3900X
33935 Points ∼84% +62%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
27228 Points ∼67% +30%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900KS
25497 Points ∼63% +21%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2070 OC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
23373 Points ∼58% +11%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9880H
20997 Points ∼52%
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701GXR
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
20917 Points ∼51% 0%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (18169 - 21138, n=14)
19951 Points ∼49% -5%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, 9750H
18055 Points ∼44% -14%
Alienware 17 R5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
17792 Points ∼44% -15%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
17419 Points ∼43% -17%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, 9750H
14718 Points ∼36% -30%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
11332 Points ∼28% -46%
Lenovo IdeaPad L340-15IRH 81LK00BMGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, 9300H
9221 Points ∼23% -56%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
MSI RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), 3900X
165374 Points ∼86% +24%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900KS
155800 Points ∼81% +17%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
143576 Points ∼74% +8%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9880H
132852 Points ∼69%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2070 OC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
130614 Points ∼68% -2%
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701GXR
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
129506 Points ∼67% -3%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, 9750H
116593 Points ∼60% -12%
Alienware 17 R5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
115714 Points ∼60% -13%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
114009 Points ∼59% -14%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (64283 - 135881, n=13)
113603 Points ∼59% -14%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, 9750H
97136 Points ∼50% -27%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
80615 Points ∼42% -39%
Lenovo IdeaPad L340-15IRH 81LK00BMGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, 9300H
54393 Points ∼28% -59%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900KS
18934 Points ∼84% +16%
MSI RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), 3900X
18534 Points ∼82% +13%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9880H
16364 Points ∼72%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2070 OC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
13950 Points ∼62% -15%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
13883 Points ∼61% -15%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, 9750H
12450 Points ∼55% -24%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (8716 - 16364, n=16)
12262 Points ∼54% -25%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, 9750H
12192 Points ∼54% -25%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
12064 Points ∼53% -26%
Alienware 17 R5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
11288 Points ∼50% -31%
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701GXR
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
9212 Points ∼41% -44%
Lenovo IdeaPad L340-15IRH 81LK00BMGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, 9300H
7593 Points ∼34% -54%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
6839 Points ∼30% -58%
1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), 3900X
43576 Points ∼85% +69%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 OC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
39651 Points ∼78% +53%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900KS
34846 Points ∼68% +35%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2070 OC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
31595 Points ∼62% +22%
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701GXR
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
29052 Points ∼57% +12%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, 9880H
25845 Points ∼51%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (23335 - 26975, n=16)
25509 Points ∼50% -1%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, 9750H
23734 Points ∼47% -8%
Alienware 17 R5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
23414 Points ∼46% -9%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
21861 Points ∼43% -15%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, 9750H
19670 Points ∼39% -24%
Lenovo IdeaPad L340-15IRH 81LK00BMGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, 9300H
13270 Points ∼26% -49%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
12620 Points ∼25% -51%
3DMark 11 Performance
22592 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
48855 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
18601 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
8110 points
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Gaming Performance

Expect around 10 percent slower performance than the RTX 2080 Max-Q when gaming or about 10 percent higher performance than the last generation GTX 1080. All titles will be playable at maximum or near maximum 1080p settings at over 60 FPS. To better exploit the 240 Hz refresh rate, however, users may want to lower the in-game settings while maintaining the native 1080p resolution for sharpness to increase the frame rate even further. Fast-paced competitive games like CS:GO or Overwatch will benefit the most from this approach.

See our dedicated page on the mobile GeForce RTX 2070 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Corsair One i160
Intel Core i9-9900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
142 fps ∼100% +49%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
124 fps ∼87% +31%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
105 fps ∼74% +11%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
Intel Core i9-9880H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
95 fps ∼67%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
Intel Core i9-9900K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
87 fps ∼61% -8%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (74.2 - 97, n=7)
85.7 fps ∼60% -10%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
83 fps ∼58% -13%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
67 fps ∼47% -29%
Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
45 fps ∼32% -53%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
43 fps ∼30% -55%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Corsair One i160
Intel Core i9-9900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
131 (min: 110, max: 147) fps ∼100% +67%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
95.5 fps ∼73% +22%
Razer Blade Pro 17 4K UHD 120 Hz
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
92.7 fps ∼71% +18%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
Intel Core i9-9880H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
78.4 fps ∼60%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
  (64 - 80.6, n=14)
72.4 fps ∼55% -8%
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
68.9 fps ∼53% -12%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
Intel Core i9-9900K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
61.7 fps ∼47% -21%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
51.6 fps ∼39% -34%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
40 fps ∼31% -49%
Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
36.5 fps ∼28% -53%
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