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MSI Modern 14 A10RB Laptop Review: Lighter than it Looks

For the modern office. MSI's latest mid-range office laptop for content creators offers Comet Lake-U, GeForce MX250 graphics, and a well-calibrated 14-inch 1080p display all for under $900 USD and at a weight of just 1.2 kg. Its advantages are clear, but some of its disadvantages are just glaring.

(February 3, 2020 update: MSI Modern 14 SKUs with the Core i7-10710U exist, but they are not available in the United States at the time of writing.)

Not to be confused with the higher-end MSI Prestige 14, the MSI Modern 14 is the more affordable version aimed at content creators and business users on tighter budgets. It foregoes most of the advanced features of the Prestige 14 like GTX graphics, 4K UHD panels, and Thunderbolt 3 support in favor of a lighter system that typical office workers can appreciate.

Current SKUs are fixed at the Core i5-10210U CPU and 1080p matte display. Upgradeable options are limited to the GPU (Intel UHD Graphics 620 or GeForce MX250), NVMe SSD, and DDR4 RAM up to 32 GB. The configuration tested here can be found on Xotic PC for $900 USD.

The MSI Modern 14 competes with both Ultrabooks and business-centric laptops like the Microsoft Surface Laptop series, Apple MacBook Pro series, Dell Latitude 7400, and the Lenovo ThinkPad P43s.

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MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US (Modern 14 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-10210U 4 x 1.6 - 4.2 GHz, Comet Lake-U
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce MX250 - 2048 MB, Core: 1518 MHz, GDDR5, 441.87, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2666, 10-10-10-28, Single-Channel
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, Chi Mei N140HCE-EN2, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Comet Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ, 512 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-LP - cAVS
Connections
4 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD reader
Networking
Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16 x 322 x 222 ( = 0.63 x 12.68 x 8.74 in)
Battery
50 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 2 W, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, MSI True Color, Driver and App Center, Creator Center, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.22 kg ( = 43.03 oz / 2.69 pounds), Power Supply: 255 g ( = 8.99 oz / 0.56 pounds)
Price
900 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
81 %
01/2020
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
i5-10210U, GeForce MX250
1.2 kg16 mm14"1920x1080
88 %
10/2019
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.4 kg14.95 mm14"1920x1080
90 %
12/2019
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
i9-9880H, Radeon Pro 5500M
2 kg16.2 mm16"3072x1920
84 %
09/2019
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg16.5 mm14"1920x1080
90 %
07/2019
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2019-20QE000VGE
i7-8665U, UHD Graphics 620
1.1 kg14.9 mm14"2560x1440

Case

One of MSI's strengths is creating a visually appealing laptop. It's clear that the Modern 14 takes more than a few cues from the super-thin MSI GS series of gaming laptops as they share similar brushed aluminum surfaces and textures. When compared to the usual dull office laptop, the Modern 14 is definitely more stylish and attractive.

Unfortunately, visual appeal has come at the cost of chassis rigidity. The base exhibits some creaking when attempting to twist its sides and the overall skeleton doesn't give a sense of sturdiness. Alternatives like the XPS 13, Spectre 13, EliteBook 1040, Surface Laptop, MacBook Pro, and even most office laptops like the Dell Latitude 5000 or 7000 series are built stronger and can take more of a beating.

Perhaps as a direct result of the thin skeleton and flexible surfaces, the Modern 14 is much lighter than many alternatives at just 1.2 kg. Its weight is nearly identical to the 13.3-inch Dell XPS 13 while providing a larger 14-inch screen size. The pricier Yoga C940-14 and Prestige 14 are each slightly heavier and smaller in every dimension.

Front edges are tapered for a thinner look
Front edges are tapered for a thinner look
Lid opened to maximum angle (~180 degrees)
Lid opened to maximum angle (~180 degrees)
Small hinges are firm enough to prevent teetering when typing
Small hinges are firm enough to prevent teetering when typing
Brushed gray and blue aluminum surfaces in contrast to the white Prestige or black Gaming G series
Brushed gray and blue aluminum surfaces in contrast to the white Prestige or black Gaming G series
Webcam is positioned on the bottom display bezel instead of the top
Webcam is positioned on the bottom display bezel instead of the top
Chassis rigidity is on the weaker side for a ~$1000 Ultrabook or business laptop
Chassis rigidity is on the weaker side for a ~$1000 Ultrabook or business laptop
358 mm / 14.1 inch 246 mm / 9.69 inch 16.2 mm / 0.638 inch 2 kg4.41 lbs357 mm / 14.1 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 2 kg4.41 lbs354 mm / 13.9 inch 220 mm / 8.66 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 1.7 kg3.64 lbs322 mm / 12.7 inch 222 mm / 8.74 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.2 kg2.69 lbs320.3 mm / 12.6 inch 215.6 mm / 8.49 inch 14.95 mm / 0.589 inch 1.4 kg3.09 lbs319 mm / 12.6 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.3 kg2.76 lbs

Connectivity

MSI didn't skimp on port selection despite the thin profile and light weight. Users will have more options here than on the XPS 13 or HP Spectre 13 including full-size HDMI and multiple USB Type-A ports. The main drawback is that the USB Type-C port does not support Thunderbolt 3 unlike on the Prestige 14. Port positioning is also good but not perfect; we would have preferred to see USB Type-A ports on both sides while the HDMI port feels cramped next to the AC adapter port.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: Kensington Lock, SD reader, USB Type-C 3.2 Gen. 1, 2x USB 3.2 Gen. 1
Right: Kensington Lock, SD reader, USB Type-C 3.2 Gen. 1, 2x USB 3.2 Gen. 1
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: AC adapter, HDMI 1.4, USB Type-C 3.2 Gen. 1, 3.5 mm combo audio
Left: AC adapter, HDMI 1.4, USB Type-C 3.2 Gen. 1, 3.5 mm combo audio

SD Card Reader

While we can appreciate the fact that the system integrates a full-size spring-loaded SD card reader, transfer rates are unfortunately very slow. Moving 1 GB worth of pictures from our UHS-II test card takes about 36 seconds compared to just 7 seconds on the Prestige 15 or XPS 15.

Fully inserted SD card protrudes by a few millimeters
Fully inserted SD card protrudes by a few millimeters
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% +516%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
69.2 MB/s ∼40% +147%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
28 MB/s ∼16%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
192.1 MB/s ∼100% +609%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
82.2 MB/s ∼43% +203%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.1 MB/s ∼14%

Communication

An Intel 9560 is included for Wi-Fi 5 connectivity in contrast to the Wi-Fi 6 compatible Intel AX200 in the pricier Prestige 15. We experienced no connectivity issues during our time with the test unit.

Removable WLAN module
Removable WLAN module
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1291 (1212min - 1379max) MBit/s ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
696 MBit/s ∼54%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1374 (720min - 1484max) MBit/s ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
621 MBit/s ∼45%

Maintenance

The bottom panel pops out relatively easily with just a standard Philips screwdriver. Note, however, that a 'Factory Seal' sticker must be broken and further servicing beyond the M.2 WLAN module or battery pack will require additional disassembly. Core components like RAM and M.2 storage are inconveniently on the other side of the motherboard not unlike on the MSI GS65 or GS75.

The motherboard is upside-down and so most components are difficult to service
The motherboard is upside-down and so most components are difficult to service

Accessories and Warranty

Included extras are a faux leather carrying sleeve and a USB Type-A to RJ-45 adapter. It's uncommon to see these for free on mid-range laptops and so they are a welcomed sight.

The standard one-year limited warranty applies with one year of accidental damage protection for those who register their new laptops within 30 days of purchase.

Input Devices

Keyboard

As expected, the Modern 14 doesn't integrate the SteelSteries keyboard as found on most MSI G Series gaming laptops. However, we wish MSI had considered it because the keyboard on the Modern 14 feels spongier, shallower, and less satisfying to type on. Most Ultrabooks and business laptops like the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15, Lenovo ThinkPad T series, or Dell Latitude series offer crisper keys than the MSI we have here. If you're already accustomed to the soft key feedback of most lower-end laptops like the Asus VivoBook 14 or Lenovo IdeaPad, however, then typing on the Modern 14 won't feel all that different.

Touchpad

The clickpad (~10 x 5.7 cm) is smaller and narrower than the clickpad on the XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 (~11.3 x 6.8 cm). Vertical movements and two-finger gestures feel cramped as a result. Cursor control is otherwise smooth with minimal sticking when gliding slowly across the surface.

The integrated mouse keys are shallow with relatively weak feedback. It works reliably enough for short periods, but an external mouse will feel more ergonomic and less tiring to click.

Standard keyboard layout with three levels of white backlight
Standard keyboard layout with three levels of white backlight
Although cramped with soft feedback, cursor control is reliable and without jumping issues
Although cramped with soft feedback, cursor control is reliable and without jumping issues
Key feedback could have been firmer especially for the Space and Enter keys. Clatter is moderate
Key feedback could have been firmer especially for the Space and Enter keys. Clatter is moderate
Full-size Arrow keys unlike on most other Ultrabooks
Full-size Arrow keys unlike on most other Ultrabooks

Display

The Modern 14 uses the same Chi Mei N140HCE-EN2 1080p IPS panel as found on the Acer Swift 3 SF314 and the older MSI PS42. Thus, innate characteristics like contrast ratio and the relatively slow response times are nearly the same between them. Note that the display is about 43 percent dimmer than the pricier Prestige 14 which uses a 4K UHD from AU Optronics panel instead.

Subjectively, text and images appear nearly as crisp as on a glossy display with only a minor layer of graininess common amongst most matte panels.

Bezel "chin" is thick relative to the narrow side and top bezels
Bezel "chin" is thick relative to the narrow side and top bezels
Ports are positioned close to one another
Ports are positioned close to one another
No 4K UHD, touchscreen, or glossy options
No 4K UHD, touchscreen, or glossy options
Narrow bezels on three sides of the display
Narrow bezels on three sides of the display
Subpixels are slightly blurred because of the matte overlay
Subpixels are slightly blurred because of the matte overlay
Minimal uneven backlight bleeding along the bottom corners
Minimal uneven backlight bleeding along the bottom corners
286.6
cd/m²
315.4
cd/m²
281.9
cd/m²
290.7
cd/m²
324.1
cd/m²
296.3
cd/m²
292.1
cd/m²
313.9
cd/m²
306.8
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei N140HCE-EN2
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 324.1 cd/m² Average: 300.9 cd/m² Minimum: 13.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 324.1 cd/m²
Contrast: 1473:1 (Black: 0.22 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.63 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 1.42
ΔE Greyscale 2.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6
95% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 60.2% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.26
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Chi Mei N140HCE-EN2, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
MSI Prestige 14 i7-10710U
AUO123B, , 14, 3840x2160
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
BOE NV156FHM-N63, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
LP140WF9-SPE2, IPS LED, 14, 1920x1080
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Samsung 156WR04, SDCA029, OLED, 15.6, 3840x2160
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
APPA044, IPS, 16, 3072x1920
Response Times
1%
-6%
29%
132%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
39.2 (20.8, 18.4)
41.2 (22, 19.2)
-5%
49.6 (23.6, 26)
-27%
2.3 (1.1, 1.2)
94%
52.4 (23.9, 28.5)
-34%
Response Time Black / White *
35.6 (21.2, 14.4)
33.2 (19.6, 13.6)
7%
30 (16.4, 13.6)
16%
2.4 (1.1, 1.3)
93%
34.9 (17.8, 17.1)
2%
PWM Frequency
25000 (28)
59.52 (100)
-100%
131700
427%
Screen
-5%
-70%
-9%
-45%
6%
Brightness middle
324.1
568
75%
312.6
-4%
384
18%
421.2
30%
519
60%
Brightness
301
513
70%
290
-4%
363
21%
417
39%
477
58%
Brightness Distribution
87
87
0%
85
-2%
90
3%
94
8%
86
-1%
Black Level *
0.22
0.28
-27%
0.31
-41%
0.17
23%
0.39
-77%
Contrast
1473
2029
38%
1008
-32%
2259
53%
1331
-10%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.63
3.18
-95%
5.78
-255%
3.5
-115%
6.06
-272%
2.28
-40%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.25
7.01
-65%
8.86
-108%
5.5
-29%
11.89
-180%
6.54
-54%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.42
1.14
20%
3.78
-166%
1
30%
0.86
39%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.2
4.79
-118%
5.4
-145%
4.6
-109%
2.8
-27%
0.9
59%
Gamma
2.26 97%
2.49 88%
2.21 100%
2.32 95%
2.15 102%
2145 0%
CCT
6887 94%
6488 100%
7864 83%
6884 94%
6235 104%
6572 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60.2
85
41%
57.1
-5%
62
3%
81
35%
78
30%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
95
99
4%
87.4
-8%
97.7
3%
99.6
5%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-5% / -5%
-35% / -59%
-8% / -8%
-8% / -25%
69% / 35%

* ... smaller is better

Color space encompasses approximately 95 percent and 60 percent of the sRGB and AdobeRGB standards, respectively, to be indicative of a mid-range panel. Users looking for deeper colors should consider the pricier Prestige 14 and its 4K UHD option.

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 and 1.44, respectively. Color temperature is ever-so-slightly on the cool side which we were able to fix with our own X-Rite calibration. The included MSI True Color software makes one-click color adjustments easy for content creators.

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
35.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21.2 ms rise
↘ 14.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 92 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20.8 ms rise
↘ 18.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 44 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (38.8 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 25000 Hz ≤ 28 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 25000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 28 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 25000 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 17612 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is about average for an Ultrabook. Pricier flagship alternatives like the MacBook Pro 15 or XPS 15 have brighter displays for better visibility when outdoors, but at least glare is minimal on the matte MSI display. Viewing angles are excellent to better exploit the 180-degree hinges. Colors and contrast degrade only if viewing from extreme angles not unlike other IPS displays.

Outdoors on a cloudy day
Outdoors on a cloudy day
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors on a cloudy day
Outdoors on a cloudy day
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

The 10th gen Core i5 CPU and GeForce MX250 GPU target office users who want more graphical power than the typical Intel UMA-only Ultrabook while being just as thin and light. Laptops with more powerful GTX options tend to be heavier and larger in the 15-inch range with the Razer Blade Stealth and MSI Prestige 14 being major exceptions.

RAM can be configured from 8 GB single-channel up to 32 GB single-channel via one SODIMM slot. We recommend configuring with at least 16 GB especially since RAM upgrades are difficult on this particular chassis.

Nvidia Optimus is included for automatic graphics switching. LatencyMon shows no DPC latency issues even when wireless is enabled.

Processor

The Comet Lake-U Core i5-10210U in our MSI is about 20 percent slower than the average Core i5-10210U in our database according to CineBench R15 Multi-Thread. Thus, raw performance is barely any better than the two-year old Core i7-8550U or even the Core i5-8265U that it directly replaces. In fact, even the Ryzen 5 3500U in the Walmart Motile laptop can outperform our MSI by about 20 percent. The disappointing results can be attributed to the limited Turbo Boost sustainability of the Modern 14 as detailed in our Stress Test section below.

See our dedicated page on the Core i5-10210U for more technical information and benchmarks.

CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R20
CineBench R20
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MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø565 (559.89-595.69)
HP Spectre X360 15-5ZV31AV GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø546 (537.14-592.71)
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9 Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø627 (606.12-749.06)
Dynabook Portégé X30-F-10N UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø521 (516.63-551.37)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga C740-15IML
Intel Core i7-10510U
195 Points ∼85% +15%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
184 Points ∼80% +8%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
180 Points ∼78% +6%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H
172 Points ∼75% +1%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U
170 Points ∼74%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (154 - 174, n=27)
167 Points ∼73% -2%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
156 Points ∼68% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
155 Points ∼67% -9%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U
152 Points ∼66% -11%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
147 Points ∼64% -14%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼62% -16%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
139 Points ∼60% -18%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
1051 Points ∼24% +76%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H
790 Points ∼18% +33%
Lenovo Yoga C740-15IML
Intel Core i7-10510U
756 (560min - 756max) Points ∼17% +27%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
733 Points ∼17% +23%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
693 Points ∼16% +16%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
640 Points ∼15% +7%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U
622 Points ∼14% +4%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (478 - 790, n=27)
620 Points ∼14% +4%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U
596 Points ∼14%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
564 Points ∼13% -5%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
494 Points ∼11% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
452 Points ∼10% -24%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
2.18 Points ∼85%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (1.71 - 1.91, n=4)
1.85 Points ∼72%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
1.65 Points ∼64%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
1.63 Points ∼64%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
11.81 Points ∼27%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
7.82 Points ∼18%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (5.69 - 8.66, n=4)
7.34 Points ∼17%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
5.56 Points ∼13%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
31463 Points ∼48%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U
20546 Points ∼31%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
18307 Points ∼28%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (15037 - 22164, n=3)
17758 Points ∼27%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
15324 Points ∼23%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
13806 Points ∼21%
Rendering Single 32Bit
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
7345 Points ∼68%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (6410 - 6613, n=3)
6478 Points ∼60%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
6212 Points ∼57%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
6128 Points ∼57%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U
6038 Points ∼56%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
4525 Points ∼42%
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
274.67 s * ∼3%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
 
218 s * ∼3%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
171.101 s * ∼2%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo Yoga C740-15IML
Intel Core i7-10510U
465 Points ∼78% +10%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
460 Points ∼78% +9%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
460 Points ∼78% +9%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H
422 Points ∼71% 0%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U
421 Points ∼71%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (351 - 428, n=22)
412 Points ∼69% -2%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U
399 Points ∼67% -5%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
383 Points ∼65% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
374 Points ∼63% -11%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
356 Points ∼60% -15%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
352 Points ∼59% -16%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
351 Points ∼59% -17%
CPU (Multi Core)
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
2410 Points ∼24% +97%
Dell G3 3590
Intel Core i5-9300H
1864 Points ∼19% +52%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1799 Points ∼18% +47%
Lenovo Yoga C740-15IML
Intel Core i7-10510U
1607 Points ∼16% +31%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U
1549 Points ∼15% +26%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
1398 Points ∼14% +14%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U
1350 Points ∼14% +10%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (1105 - 1820, n=22)
1316 Points ∼13% +7%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U
1225 Points ∼12%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
1138 Points ∼11% -7%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
1117 Points ∼11% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P43s-20RH001FGE
Intel Core i7-8565U
988 Points ∼10% -19%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
596 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
170 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
92.24 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

PCMark results are generally comparable to a Core i7-1065G7 laptop save for the Essentials benchmark where the CPU performance advantages of Ice Lake come into play. We experienced no software or hardware issues during our time with the test unit.

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
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i9-9980HK, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
6110 Points ∼47% +37%
MSI Prestige 14 i7-10710U
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
4843 Points ∼37% +9%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4680 Points ∼36% +5%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4461 Points ∼34%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3900 Points ∼30% -13%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (3067 - 4461, n=3)
3583 Points ∼28% -20%
Productivity
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i9-9980HK, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
7494 Points ∼72% +6%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
7201 Points ∼69% +2%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
7040 Points ∼68%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6924 Points ∼66% -2%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (6298 - 7217, n=3)
6852 Points ∼66% -3%
MSI Prestige 14 i7-10710U
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
6494 Points ∼62% -8%
Essentials
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i9-9980HK, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
9701 Points ∼85% +23%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
9678 Points ∼84% +23%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
9067 Points ∼79% +15%
MSI Prestige 14 i7-10710U
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
8903 Points ∼78% +13%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (7861 - 9236, n=3)
8320 Points ∼73% +6%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
7861 Points ∼69%
Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
5500 Points ∼68% +22%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i9-9980HK, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
5469 Points ∼67% +22%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4828 Points ∼60% +7%
MSI Prestige 14 i7-10710U
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
4690 Points ∼58% +4%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4583 Points ∼56% +2%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4497 Points ∼55%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (3825 - 4497, n=3)
4205 Points ∼52% -6%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5158 Points ∼76% +3%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
5132 Points ∼75% +3%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4992 Points ∼73%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
4992 Points ∼73% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
4812 Points ∼71% -4%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i9-9980HK, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
4762 Points ∼70% -5%
MSI Prestige 14 i7-10710U
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
4472 Points ∼66% -10%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
4900 Points ∼80% +41%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4003 Points ∼66% +16%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i9-9980HK, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
3799 Points ∼62% +10%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
3764 Points ∼62% +9%
MSI Prestige 14 i7-10710U
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
3744 Points ∼61% +8%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
3464 Points ∼57%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
3464 Points ∼57% 0%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3464 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4992 points
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Storage Devices

Our test unit comes with a 512 GB Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ M.2 SSD, but expect drives from other OEMs depending on the laptop reseller. Sequential read and write rates average about 1000 MB/s each to suggest an entry-level NVMe SSD. The Samsung PM981, Toshiba XG6, and Apple AP1024 all outperform our Kingston by over 2x in some cases.

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

CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
AS SSD
AS SSD
M.2 drive is underneath the motherboard which makes upgrading difficult
M.2 drive is underneath the motherboard which makes upgrading difficult
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Apple SSD AP1024 7171
AS SSD
51%
64%
73%
57%
Copy Game MB/s
872.21
1287.32
48%
1278.47
47%
1823.85
109%
1135
30%
Copy Program MB/s
496.45
468.05
-6%
541.73
9%
983.98
98%
584
18%
Copy ISO MB/s
956.48
1375.25
44%
2015.93
111%
3182.39
233%
1995
109%
Score Total
2294
3483
52%
3670
60%
3638
59%
4317
88%
Score Write
916
1664
82%
1721
88%
1693
85%
2018
120%
Score Read
911
1210
33%
1322
45%
1294
42%
1536
69%
Access Time Write *
0.136
0.075
45%
0.029
79%
0.039
71%
0.095
30%
Access Time Read *
0.084
0.034
60%
0.052
38%
0.05
40%
0.122
-45%
4K-64 Write
733.32
1374.95
87%
1461.29
99%
1456.13
99%
1748.84
138%
4K-64 Read
769.2
969.22
26%
1010.39
31%
1077.98
40%
1266.78
65%
4K Write
86.98
146.01
68%
134.11
54%
98.3
13%
39.88
-54%
4K Read
35.59
52.32
47%
59.06
66%
43.25
22%
15.85
-55%
Seq Write
953
1432.22
50%
1253
31%
1386.27
45%
2288.6
140%
Seq Read
1060.87
1886.9
78%
2524.94
138%
1723.09
62%
2531.3
139%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
68%
66%
58%
49%
Write 4K
107.7
141.6
31%
128.4
19%
104.3
-3%
55.54
-48%
Read 4K
39.73
45.28
14%
46.37
17%
45.23
14%
16.21
-59%
Write Seq
926.3
1975
113%
1863
101%
1729
87%
1959.24
112%
Read Seq
1014
2272
124%
2340
131%
1861
84%
1762.83
74%
Write 4K Q32T1
343.6
458.6
33%
451.1
31%
509.2
48%
398.51
16%
Read 4K Q32T1
499.1
391.4
-22%
415.3
-17%
388.5
-22%
648.05
30%
Write Seq Q32T1
1033
2393
132%
2985
189%
2813
172%
2726.7
164%
Read Seq Q32T1
1604
3464
116%
2565
60%
2906
81%
3241.6
102%
Write 4K Q8T8
451.4
Read 4K Q8T8
1004.4
Total Average (Program / Settings)
60% / 57%
65% / 65%
66% / 67%
53% / 54%

* ... smaller is better

Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 1604 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1033 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 499.1 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 343.6 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1014 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 926.3 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 39.73 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 107.7 MB/s

GPU Performance

3DMark results are nearly identical to the Razer Blade Stealth with the older 25 W GeForce MX150 while being about 35 percent faster than the 10 W GeForce MX150. The GeForce MX250 is essentially a rebadged MX150 and so users shouldn't expect any significant performance gains between them. Meanwhile, the MX230 is about 30 to 35 percent slower than our MX250.

The gaming capabilities of the Modern 14 are decent for undemanding titles like DOTA 2 or Fortnite even though the system is not catered towards gamers. Nonetheless, be prepared for noticeable ghosting because of the slow black-white response times. Idling on Witcher 3 shows no recurring drops in frame rates to suggest no interrupting background activity or throttling behavior when gaming.

See our dedicated page on the GeForce MX250 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Time Spy
Time Spy
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
6910 Points ∼37% +494%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
5534 Points ∼29% +375%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-8750H
3626 Points ∼19% +212%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i9-9980HK
3353 Points ∼18% +188%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000XGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, i7-8750H
2196 Points ∼12% +89%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i5-10210U
1164 Points ∼6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (881 - 1169, n=19)
1063 Points ∼6% -9%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
862 Points ∼5% -26%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
847 Points ∼4% -27%
Asus VivoBook 14 X412FJ-EB023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX230, i5-8265U
786 Points ∼4% -32%
Asus VivoBook 15 X542UF-DM143T
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, i5-8250U
623 Points ∼3% -46%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
18055 Points ∼42% +370%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
14718 Points ∼34% +283%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-8750H
11332 Points ∼26% +195%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i9-9980HK
8532 Points ∼20% +122%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000XGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, i7-8750H
7199 Points ∼17% +87%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i5-10210U
3845 Points ∼9%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (2939 - 3885, n=26)
3516 Points ∼8% -9%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3062 Points ∼7% -20%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
2874 Points ∼7% -25%
Asus VivoBook 14 X412FJ-EB023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX230, i5-8265U
2566 Points ∼6% -33%
Asus VivoBook 15 X542UF-DM143T
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, i5-8250U
2291 Points ∼5% -40%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
116593 Points ∼60% +399%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
97136 Points ∼50% +316%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-8750H
80615 Points ∼41% +245%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i9-9980HK
45246 Points ∼23% +94%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i5-10210U
23376 Points ∼12%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (19117 - 23863, n=22)
21783 Points ∼11% -7%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
18633 Points ∼10% -20%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
17892 Points ∼9% -23%
Asus VivoBook 14 X412FJ-EB023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX230, i5-8265U
15803 Points ∼8% -32%
Asus VivoBook 15 X542UF-DM143T
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, i5-8250U
12166 Points ∼6% -48%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
12450 Points ∼55% +171%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
12192 Points ∼54% +165%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i9-9980HK
8801 Points ∼39% +91%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000XGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, i7-8750H
8589 Points ∼38% +87%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-8750H
6839 Points ∼30% +49%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i5-10210U
4596 Points ∼20%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (3532 - 4638, n=25)
4256 Points ∼19% -7%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4045 Points ∼18% -12%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
3707 Points ∼16% -19%
Asus VivoBook 14 X412FJ-EB023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX230, i5-8265U
3533 Points ∼16% -23%
Asus VivoBook 15 X542UF-DM143T
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, i5-8250U
2740 Points ∼12% -40%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Walmart EVOO Gaming 17
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
23734 Points ∼40% +382%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
19670 Points ∼34% +300%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-8750H
12620 Points ∼21% +157%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i9-9980HK
12388 Points ∼21% +152%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000XGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, i7-8750H
8619 Points ∼15% +75%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i5-10210U
4920 Points ∼8%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4612 Points ∼8% -6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (3585 - 4942, n=25)
4401 Points ∼7% -11%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
3560 Points ∼6% -28%
Asus VivoBook 14 X412FJ-EB023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX230, i5-8265U
3399 Points ∼6% -31%
Asus VivoBook 15 X542UF-DM143T
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, i5-8250U
2734 Points ∼5% -44%
3DMark 11 Performance
5085 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
14266 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3487 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1279 points
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Medium Preset
Lenovo IdeaPad S740-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
56 fps ∼100% +195%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
53 fps ∼95% +179%
MSI PS63 Modern 8RC
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
33 fps ∼59% +74%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
19 fps ∼34%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (7 - 19, n=7)
16.1 fps ∼29% -15%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
11 fps ∼20% -42%
Asus VivoBook 14 F412FJ-EB084T
Intel Core i5-8265U, NVIDIA GeForce MX230
10 fps ∼18% -47%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
8 fps ∼14% -58%
1280x720 Lowest Preset
Lenovo IdeaPad S740-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
117 fps ∼100% +109%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
82 fps ∼70% +46%
MSI PS63 Modern 8RC
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
57 fps ∼49% +2%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
56 fps ∼48%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (24 - 56, n=7)
46.4 fps ∼40% -17%
Asus VivoBook 14 F412FJ-EB084T
Intel Core i5-8265U, NVIDIA GeForce MX230
32 fps ∼27% -43%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
31 fps ∼26% -45%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
30 fps ∼26% -46%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
29 fps ∼25% -48%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
52.2 fps ∼100% +346%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, AMD Radeon RX 5500M
43.6 (36min - 48max) fps ∼84% +273%
Lenovo IdeaPad S740-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
34.4 fps ∼66% +194%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
11.7 fps ∼22%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (9 - 16, n=22)
11.7 fps ∼22% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
10 fps ∼19% -15%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
9 fps ∼17% -23%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
8.1 fps ∼16% -31%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
89.9 fps ∼100% +318%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, AMD Radeon RX 5500M
72 (62min - 79max) fps ∼80% +235%
Lenovo IdeaPad S740-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
60.4 fps ∼67% +181%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
21.5 fps ∼24%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (16.3 - 23.1, n=24)
20.2 fps ∼22% -6%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
20.1 fps ∼22% -7%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
14.2 fps ∼16% -34%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
13.3 fps ∼15% -38%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
142.6 fps ∼100% +275%
Lenovo IdeaPad S740-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
114.8 fps ∼81% +202%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
38 fps ∼27%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
36.8 fps ∼26% -3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (30 - 40, n=24)
35.5 fps ∼25% -7%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
25.6 fps ∼18% -33%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Lenovo IdeaPad S740-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
188 fps ∼100% +176%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
186.8 fps ∼99% +174%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, AMD Radeon RX 5500M
165 (146min - 187max) fps ∼88% +142%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
68.1 fps ∼36%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (47.4 - 70, n=21)
61.5 fps ∼33% -10%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
56.4 fps ∼30% -17%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
42.6 fps ∼23% -37%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
41.9 fps ∼22% -38%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, AMD Radeon RX 5500M
123 fps ∼100% +225%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
107.4 fps ∼87% +184%
Lenovo IdeaPad S740-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
81.7 fps ∼66% +116%
MSI PS63 Modern 8RC
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
62.1 fps ∼50% +64%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
37.8 fps ∼31%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (32.3 - 38.1, n=14)
35.7 fps ∼29% -6%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
28.4 fps ∼23% -25%
Asus VivoBook 14 F412FJ-EB084T
Intel Core i5-8265U, NVIDIA GeForce MX230
27.96 fps ∼23% -26%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
22.6 fps ∼18% -40%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
20.5 fps ∼17% -46%
1366x768 High Preset
Lenovo IdeaPad S740-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
206.8 fps ∼100% +106%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
180.9 fps ∼87% +80%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, AMD Radeon RX 5500M
169 fps ∼82% +68%
MSI PS63 Modern 8RC
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
147.7 fps ∼71% +47%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
100.5 fps ∼49%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (84 - 101, n=14)
93.6 fps ∼45% -7%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
76.4 fps ∼37% -24%
Asus VivoBook 14 F412FJ-EB084T
Intel Core i5-8265U, NVIDIA GeForce MX230
70.18 fps ∼34% -30%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
61.5 fps ∼30% -39%
1366x768 Medium Preset
Lenovo IdeaPad S740-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
238.3 fps ∼100% +103%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
195.6 fps ∼82% +66%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
117.5 fps ∼49%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (98.4 - 118, n=14)
109 fps ∼46% -7%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
84.2 fps ∼35% -28%
Asus VivoBook 14 F412FJ-EB084T
Intel Core i5-8265U, NVIDIA GeForce MX230
82.8 fps ∼35% -30%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
73 fps ∼31% -38%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
Lenovo IdeaPad S740-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
323.6 fps ∼100% +71%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
224.2 fps ∼69% +18%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, AMD Radeon RX 5500M
201 fps ∼62% +6%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
189.7 fps ∼59%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (134 - 212, n=14)
187 fps ∼58% -1%
Asus VivoBook 14 F412FJ-EB084T
Intel Core i5-8265U, NVIDIA GeForce MX230
151.46 fps ∼47% -20%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
144 fps ∼44% -24%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 9
117.9 fps ∼36% -38%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
109.6 fps ∼34% -42%
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