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MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG laptop review: Year of the dragon

Ultimate HDR laptop for $5000. MSI's biggest and fastest gaming laptop is back this year with an even larger screen size than before. The redesign aligns with Intel's latest Raptor Lake-HX refresh and is the first 18-inch MSI laptop ever since the old GT80 series from several years ago.
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG

At CES 2023, we questioned MSI about why they had no 18-inch gaming laptop in the works when Asus, Alienware, and Razer were all launching their own respective 18-inch offerings. It wasn't until CES 2024 that we finally saw a proper 18-inch MSI model in the form of the Titan 18 HX. It may be a bit late to the party, but its specifications and hardware are just as competitive.

Our review configuration comes equipped with the new 14th gen Intel Raptor Lake Core i9-14900HX CPU, 175 W GeForce RTX 4090 GPU, and 120 Hz Mini-LED 4K (2400p) display for approximately $4999 USD. There are no lesser configurations available with different CPUs, GPUs, or displays at the time of writing meaning.

Alternatives to the Titan 18 HX include other 18-inch gaming laptops like the Asus ROG Strix G18, Alienware m18, Razer Blade 18, or the Acer Predator Helios 18.

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MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Processor
Intel Core i9-14900HX 24 x 1.6 - 5.8 GHz, 238 W PL2 / Short Burst, 176 W PL1 / Sustained, Raptor Lake-HX Refresh
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU - 16 GB VRAM, Core: 1555 MHz, Memory: 2250 MHz, 175 W TDP, GDDR6, 551.23, MUX, Advanced Optimus 2.0
Memory
128 GB 
, SK Hynix, DDR5-5600, 1800 MHz, Dual-Channel, 30-29-29-57
Display
18.00 inch 16:10, 3840 x 2400 pixel 252 PPI, AU Optronics B180ZAN01.0, Mini-LED, glossy: no, HDR, 120 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM770 (Raptor Lake-S PCH)
Soundcard
Intel Raptor Lake-S PCH - cAVS
Connections
5 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Killer E3000 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500MBit/s), Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW (), Bluetooth 5.4
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 32.1 x 404 x 307.5 ( = 1.26 x 15.91 x 12.11 in)
Battery
99.9 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Pro
Camera
Webcam: 1080p30
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 4x 2 W tweeters, 2x 2 W woofer, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Keychain, 256 GB USB stick, USB mouse, MSI Center, SteelSeries GG, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
3.632 kg ( = 128.12 oz / 8.01 pounds), Power Supply: 1.148 kg ( = 40.49 oz / 2.53 pounds)
Price
5000 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88.8 %
01/2024
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.6 kg32.1 mm18.00"3840x2400
89 %
02/2023
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.5 kg23 mm17.30"3840x2160
90.7 %
04/2023
Alienware m18 R1
i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.9 kg26.7 mm18.00"1920x1200
87.4 %
03/2023
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
3 kg31 mm18.00"2560x1600
88.3 %
10/2023
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
3.2 kg29.15 mm18.00"2560x1600
91.4 %
02/2023
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
3 kg21.9 mm18.00"2560x1600

Case — Fewer RGB LEDs

The new chassis is an evolution of the Titan GT77 rather than the flashier and retro-inspired GE78. When compared to the GT77, the Titan 18 adds two-tone silver and blue colors to complement the otherwise jet black exterior. MSI is also shying away from "unnecessary" RGB lighting by removing the LED bar along the rear.

Perhaps the most recognizable aspect of the Titan 18 is the flat glass extending across the palm rests and clickpad. The clickpad is thus flush with the palm rests and it is illuminated with RGB effects. The end result is a sleeker and smoother design while still retaining the high-end gamer aesthetic.

Chassis rigidity from the magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis is excellent with only minor warping when pushing down on the keyboard center. It certainly feels more luxurious than the usual plastic surfaces of cheaper MSI models like the Cyborg or Katana. However, the hinges could have been firmer for a better sense of longevity and the entire system is one huge fingerprint magnet.

Notably, the 16:10 18-inch Titan 18 HX has a smaller footprint than the 16:9 17.3-inch Titan GT77 because of its shorter rear end. In turn, however, the newer model is noticeably thicker by almost 10 mm to be one of the thickest 18-inch gaming laptops available. It's not necessarily the heaviest as that crown goes to the Alienware m18 R1, but it's still noticeably heavier than the Asus ROG Strix G18 or Razer Blade 18 by over 500 g each.

The front LED bar and 80s retro look of last year's models are gone
The front LED bar and 80s retro look of last year's models are gone
Lid opened to maximum angle of ~145 degrees
Lid opened to maximum angle of ~145 degrees
The plastic blue accent marks are an interesting change as the Titan series is traditionally red
The plastic blue accent marks are an interesting change as the Titan series is traditionally red
Much of the chassis is prone to unsightly fingerprint buildup
Much of the chassis is prone to unsightly fingerprint buildup
Hinge rigidity is satisfactory
Hinge rigidity is satisfactory
Bottom panel is highly stylized with grilles, bumps, and markings in contrast to the flatter outer lid
Bottom panel is highly stylized with grilles, bumps, and markings in contrast to the flatter outer lid

Size Comparison

410.3 mm / 16.2 inch 319.9 mm / 12.6 inch 26.7 mm / 1.051 inch 3.9 kg8.58 lbs404 mm / 15.9 inch 307.5 mm / 12.1 inch 32.1 mm / 1.264 inch 3.6 kg8.01 lbs405 mm / 15.9 inch 311.6 mm / 12.3 inch 29.15 mm / 1.148 inch 3.2 kg7.14 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 294 mm / 11.6 inch 31 mm / 1.22 inch 3 kg6.55 lbs399.9 mm / 15.7 inch 275.4 mm / 10.8 inch 21.9 mm / 0.862 inch 3 kg6.68 lbs397 mm / 15.6 inch 330 mm / 13 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 3.5 kg7.65 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Connectivity

MSI has brought back all the ports from last year's GT77 except for the dedicated mini-DisplayPort. Ports have also been rearranged most noticeably along the rear to reduce clutter. In comparison, the ports on the GT77 were tightly packed along the left and right edges.

Front: No ports
Front: No ports
Right: 3.5 mm headset, USB-A 3.2 Gen. 2, USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 4 + DisplayPort, USB-C w. Thunder 4 + DisplayPort + Power Delivery 3.1
Right: 3.5 mm headset, USB-A 3.2 Gen. 2, USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 4 + DisplayPort, USB-C w. Thunder 4 + DisplayPort + Power Delivery 3.1
Rear: AC adapter, HDMI 2.1 (8K@60 Hz, 4K@120 Hz), 2.5 Gbps RJ-45
Rear: AC adapter, HDMI 2.1 (8K@60 Hz, 4K@120 Hz), 2.5 Gbps RJ-45
Left: Kensington lock, 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen. 2, SD card reader
Left: Kensington lock, 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen. 2, SD card reader

SD Card Reader

While the chassis has been revamped, the slow card reader has not. Moving 1 GB of images from our UHS-II test card to desktop takes around 12 seconds to be 2x slower than the card readers on the Razer Blade 18 or Alienware m18 R1.

Fully inserted SD card still protrudes by half its length
Fully inserted SD card still protrudes by half its length
SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
202 MB/s +141%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
190.7 MB/s +128%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
83.8 MB/s
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
83.5 MB/s 0%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
72 (60.61min - 73.13max) MB/s -14%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
208.5 MB/s +128%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
207.8 MB/s +127%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
91.5 MB/s
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
86.2 MB/s -6%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
85.99 MB/s -6%

Communication

WLAN is provided by the Killer BE1750x which is the gaming variant of the BE1750W. The module supports Wi-Fi 7 even though Wi-Fi 7 routers are not yet mainstream. We experienced no connectivity issues when paired to our Wi-Fi 6E test router.

Removable WLAN module
Removable WLAN module
Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1586 (803min - 1641max) MBit/s +57%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1582 (1517min, 1518.74P1 - 1636max) MBit/s +56%
Alienware m18 R1
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1272 (922min - 1396max) MBit/s +26%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1196 (618min - 1298max) MBit/s +18%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW
1011 (514min - 1160max) MBit/s
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
942 (475min - 985max) MBit/s -7%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1611 (839min - 1699max) MBit/s +44%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1545 (1508min, 1510.9P1 - 1569max) MBit/s +38%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1362 (1249min - 1437max) MBit/s +22%
Alienware m18 R1
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1155 (761min - 1320max) MBit/s +3%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW
1116 (932min - 1352max) MBit/s
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
872 (330min - 895max) MBit/s -22%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1593 (1545min - 1627max) MBit/s +45%
Alienware m18 R1
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1495 (758min - 1574max) MBit/s +36%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1230 (1091min - 1327max) MBit/s +12%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW
1096 (900min - 1242max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1516 (769min - 1565max) MBit/s +10%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1473 (1448min - 1490max) MBit/s +7%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW
1379 (709min - 1426max) MBit/s
Alienware m18 R1
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1360 (1300min - 1413max) MBit/s -1%
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MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1096 (900-1242)
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1354 (709-1426)

Webcam

A 2 MP webcam wit physical privacy shutter and IR sensor come standard. The camera can have brightness issues as shown by our shot below.

ColorChecker
10.4 ∆E
10 ∆E
18.7 ∆E
21.7 ∆E
17.6 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
19.7 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
16.3 ∆E
8 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
8 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
16 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
16.9 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
ColorChecker MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG: 12.45 ∆E min: 3.3 - max: 21.74 ∆E

Maintenance

The bottom panel is secured by 12 Phillips screws for relatively easy servicing. However, keep in mind that a factory seal sticker must be broken to do so.

Once inside, users have direct access to 4x SODIMM slots, 3x M.2 2280 SSD slots (2x PCIe4 x4, 1x PCIe5 x4), and the removable WLAN module. Last year's GT77 could support up to four SSDs in comparison and so storage options are slightly more limited this time around.

Titan 18 HX
Titan 18 HX
Titan GT77 for comparison
Titan GT77 for comparison

Accessories And Warranty

The retail box includes a USB mouse (M99 Pro), velvet cleaning cloth, 256 GB USB flash drive, and a Lucky the Dragon keychain. Strangely enough, the keychain is black instead of red which is how the mascot is usually depicted.

A one-year limited manufacturer warranty comes standard if purchased in the US.

Input Devices — Comfortable And Clicky Keys

Keyboard

The per-key RGB Cherry ultra-low profile mechanical keyboard comes standard on all configurations similar to what is available on certain Alienware models. The typing experience is one of the best we've had on any laptop in terms of travel and feedback as the differences are immediately noticeable when compared to standard membrane-based keys. The main drawback, of course, is the louder and high-pitch clatter especially when pressing the Enter and Space keys. This is definitely not a keyboard you want to be using in classrooms or libraries.

Unfortunately, not every key is mechanical on the Titan 18 HX. The numpad and arrow keys are membrane-based instead and so they feel softer and quieter when pressed.

Touchpad

The 13 x 8.2 cm clickpad is RGB illuminated just like on some Alienware models. The difference here, however, is that the MSI clickpad is completely flush with the surrounding palm rests for a smooth and transition-free edge-to-edge surface. This approach is sleek and sexy, but it's less practical than a traditional clickpad with tactile edges and corners. Pressing down to input mouse clicks is also made more difficult and unreliable especially for multi-touch inputs like dragging and dropping. The standard packaging includes a free USB mouse and so it's clear that MSI was leaning towards form over function when designing the clickpad.

Key sizes are larger and more spacious than they were on the GT77
Key sizes are larger and more spacious than they were on the GT77
The RGB clickpad may look cool, but feedback when clicking is very shallow and weak
The RGB clickpad may look cool, but feedback when clicking is very shallow and weak
Clicky mechanical keys are satisfying to type on
Clicky mechanical keys are satisfying to type on
Unlike the main QWERTY keys, the numpad and arrow keys are not mechanical
Unlike the main QWERTY keys, the numpad and arrow keys are not mechanical

Display — Easily The Most Defining Feature Of The Titan 18 HX

RGB subpixel array. Graininess is minimal but noticeable if looking very closely
RGB subpixel array. Graininess is minimal but noticeable if looking very closely

The Titan 18 HX is one of the first 18-inch laptops to ship this year with a 120 Hz 4K mini-LED display. When compared to IPS and OLED, mini-LED panels can be much brighter while still offering similar DCI-P3 colors and black levels as OLED for better HDR support. In this case, the Titan 18 HX display can reach up to 1155 nits on HDR mode according to our colorimeter to support HDR1000 playback. If on SDR mode, the display is limited to about 470 nits which is similar to many IPS panels.

Keep in mind that HDR mode is not available if running on battery power. Maximum brightness drops to just 323 nits when running on batteries even if the display power saver feature is disabled. We're not sure if the latter is a bug, but the dip in brightness is certainly noticeable between battery and mains. 

Unfortunately, the major drawback to the display is that it does not support G-Sync or variable refresh rate (VRR). It can also be very power demanding because of its high brightness ceiling as demonstrated in our Power Consumption section below. The display is still nonetheless one of the best we've seen on any laptop for both gaming and multimedia purposes.

No edge-to-edge glass or touchscreen options
No edge-to-edge glass or touchscreen options
Narrow side bezels
Narrow side bezels
453.5
cd/m²
481.6
cd/m²
449.5
cd/m²
433.9
cd/m²
467.5
cd/m²
451.2
cd/m²
438.8
cd/m²
479.6
cd/m²
476.2
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B180ZAN01.0 tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 481.6 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 459.1 cd/m² Minimum: 34.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 323 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.77 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5, calibrated: 2.94
ΔE Greyscale 3.2 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
86.2% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99.8% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
98.1% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.43
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
AU Optronics B180ZAN01.0, Mini-LED, 3840x2400, 18.00
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
B173ZAN06.C, Mini-LED, 3840x2160, 17.30
Alienware m18 R1
Chi Mei 180JME, IPS, 1920x1200, 18.00
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NE180QDM-NZ2 (BOE0B35), IPS, 2560x1600, 18.00
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
AUO45A8 (B180QAN01.2), IPS, 2560x1600, 18.00
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
AU Optronics B180QAN01.0, IPS, 2560x1600, 18.00
Display
1%
1%
-0%
3%
-1%
Display P3 Coverage
98.1
94.9
-3%
97.7
0%
98.1
0%
99.8
2%
96.9
-1%
sRGB Coverage
99.8
99.9
0%
100
0%
99.9
0%
100
0%
99.8
0%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
86.2
92.4
7%
89.8
4%
85.6
-1%
91.8
6%
85.3
-1%
Response Times
-96%
77%
62%
29%
71%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
8.6 ?(4.2, 4.4)
38.4 ?(13.6, 24.8, n)
-347%
3 ?(1.5, 1.5)
65%
5.6 ?(2.7, 2.9)
35%
7.6 ?(4.4, 3.2)
12%
4.2 ?(2.1, 2.1)
51%
Response Time Black / White *
81.8 ?(76, 5.8)
26.6 ?(9.2, 17.4, n)
67%
9.9 ?(5.4, 4.5)
88%
9 ?(4, 5)
89%
17.8 ?(15.6, 2.2)
78%
8 ?(3.8, 4.2)
90%
PWM Frequency
2592 ?(100)
2380 ?(100)
-8%
2509
-3%
Screen
-9%
28%
21%
-14%
11%
Brightness middle
467.5
606
30%
372.8
-20%
471
1%
360
-23%
549.6
18%
Brightness
459
602
31%
367
-20%
422
-8%
355
-23%
524
14%
Brightness Distribution
90
93
3%
97
8%
83
-8%
92
2%
89
-1%
Black Level *
0.0001
0.32
0.47
0.21
0.53
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.77
4.8
-27%
1.92
49%
2.05
46%
3.82
-1%
3.32
12%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
6.12
8.2
-34%
3.65
40%
4.15
32%
7.38
-21%
6.63
-8%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
2.94
1.8
39%
0.51
83%
0.8
73%
2.24
24%
2.7
8%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.2
6.5
-103%
1.5
53%
2.8
12%
5.06
-58%
2
37%
Gamma
2.43 91%
2.63 84%
2.34 94%
2.204 100%
2.52 87%
2.29 96%
CCT
6478 100%
6596 99%
6607 98%
7122 91%
5657 115%
6319 103%
Contrast
6060000
1165
1002
1714
1037
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-35% / -27%
35% / 29%
28% / 23%
6% / -0%
27% / 18%

* ... smaller is better

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. P3
vs. P3

MSI advertises no Pantone calibration efforts despite the high asking price of the Titan. Average grayscale and color deltaE values are nonetheless still very good out of the box at 3.2 and 3.77, respectively.

Grayscale (vs. P3)
Grayscale (vs. P3)
Saturation Sweeps (vs. P3)
Saturation Sweeps (vs. P3)
ColorChecker (vs. P3)
ColorChecker (vs. P3)

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
81.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 76 ms rise
↘ 5.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 100 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
8.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4.2 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 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 17 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 2592 Hz ≤ 100 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 2592 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 100 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 2592 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17900 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Black-white and gray-gray response times for mini-LED are difficult to measure through traditional means. However, we can say subjectively that ghosting is a non-issue when gaming. Quick motions appear smooth and with no smearing for an experience that's closer to OLED or an IPS display with very fast response times.

Flickering is present at a constant frequency on all brightness levels including the maximum.

0 percent brightness
0 percent brightness
25 percent brightness
25 percent brightness
50 percent brightness
50 percent brightness
75 percent brightness
75 percent brightness
100 percent brightness
100 percent brightness

Outdoor visibility is acceptable if under shade, but anything brighter and the screen becomes washed out. The ultra-bright backlight is unattainable if running on battery power as mentioned above.

Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Mini-LED does not suffer from the contrast degradation of IPS or rainbow effect of OLED for some of the best viewing angles we've seen on a laptop
Mini-LED does not suffer from the contrast degradation of IPS or rainbow effect of OLED for some of the best viewing angles we've seen on a laptop

Performance — 14th Gen Raptor Lake-HX

 
 

Testing Conditions

We set MSI Center to discrete GPU mode and Extreme Performance mode with Cooler Boost active prior to running the benchmarks below. Cooler Boost is MSI's brand name for maximum fan speed mode. Owners should become familiar with MSI Center as it is the control hub for monitoring system vitals, installing MSI-specific updates, and toggling most features.

Keyboard lighting is controlled by a separate pre-installed app called SteelSeries GG.

(January 31, 2024 update: MSI Center currently has a bug where the Nvidia GPU driver version would be listed as newest even if it is old. We recommend updating the GPU driver via GeForce Experience instead.)

MSI power profile settings and MUX settings on one screen
MSI power profile settings and MUX settings on one screen
Extreme Performance mode has a submenu for Cooler Booster, Manual, and GPU overclocking
Extreme Performance mode has a submenu for Cooler Booster, Manual, and GPU overclocking
Real-time system vitals monitoring. Data export and collecting are unfortunately not supported
Real-time system vitals monitoring. Data export and collecting are unfortunately not supported
Additional settings for toggling
Additional settings for toggling
SteelSeries GG app for lighting control. Its controls are not as intuitive as we would like
SteelSeries GG app for lighting control. Its controls are not as intuitive as we would like

Processor

Raw performance from our Core i9-14900HX is essentially neck-to-neck with the Core i9-13950HX in last year's GT77. Thus, don't expect any noticeable performance gains when running traditional CPU-heavy applications. The 14th gen Raptor Lake-HX CPU does not have new AI capabilities either unlike on the Meteor Lake series which integrates an NPU.

MSI is preparing to launch its AI Artist app in February for laptops equipped with 14th gen Intel CPUs. The program leverages Intel's AI acceleration to generate art based on prompts at a local level instead of relying on cloud services for a faster user experience. If you have no interest in AI-enhanced applications, then an older 13th gen Intel CPU can serve you just as well.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG Intel Core i9-14900HX: Ø4753 (4700.35-4782.4)
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI Intel Core i9-13950HX: Ø4980 (4889.98-5226.71)
Alienware m18 R1 Intel Core i9-13980HX: Ø4934 (4579.8-4989.4)
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI Intel Core i7-13650HX: Ø3111 (3067.01-3136.03)
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2 Intel Core i9-13900HX: Ø4541 (4495.39-4584.53)
CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 6.2: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
CPU Performance Rating
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
84.9 pt
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96 -2!
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
83.5 pt
Alienware m18 R1 -2!
Intel Core i9-13980HX
81.2 pt
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI -2!
Intel Core i9-13950HX
80.7 pt
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
80.6 pt
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
80.1 pt
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
 
79.6 pt
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070 -2!
Intel Core i9-13950HX
76.6 pt
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
73 pt
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
66.1 pt
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Super Founders Edition -15!
Intel Core i9-13900K
61.5 pt
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
60.5 pt
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI -2!
Intel Core i7-13650HX
59.6 pt
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG -2!
Intel Core i7-13700H
57.3 pt
Dell G16 7620 -2!
Intel Core i7-12700H
50.6 pt
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT) -2!
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
45.5 pt
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
34087 (33104.5min - 34086.9max) Points +5%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
33277 Points +3%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
32782 Points +1%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
32601 (28888.6min - 32601.4max) Points +1%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
32428 (29693.8min - 32428.3max) Points
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
30631 Points -6%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (20702 - 32996, n=22)
28890 Points -11%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
28681 (25585.5min - 28680.9max) Points -12%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
26876 (25414.3min - 26876.4max) Points -17%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
22420 Points -31%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
21006 Points -35%
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
Intel Core i7-13700H
20034 Points -38%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
17623 (17398.8min - 17622.8max) Points -46%
Dell G16 7620
Intel Core i7-12700H
17181 (15714.9min - 17181.1max) Points -47%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
13872 Points -57%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (2043 - 2235, n=22)
2174 Points +1%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2143 Points
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
2106 Points -2%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2100 Points -2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
2093 Points -2%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2076 Points -3%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
1935 Points -10%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
1903 Points -11%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
1875 Points -13%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
1873 Points -13%
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
Intel Core i7-13700H
1854 Points -13%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
1852 Points -14%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
1832 Points -15%
Dell G16 7620
Intel Core i7-12700H
1726 Points -19%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
1554 Points -27%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
13208 Points +9%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
13033 Points +8%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
12648 Points +5%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
12423 Points +3%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
12103 Points
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
11726 Points -3%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (8427 - 12419, n=22)
10988 Points -9%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
10919 Points -10%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
10492 Points -13%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
8610 Points -29%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
7999 Points -34%
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
Intel Core i7-13700H
7674 Points -37%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
6894 Points -43%
Dell G16 7620
Intel Core i7-12700H
6582 Points -46%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
5306 Points -56%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (779 - 859, n=22)
832 Points +1%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
823 Points
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
807 Points -2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
804 Points -2%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
803 Points -2%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
797 Points -3%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
755 Points -8%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
728 Points -12%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
723 Points -12%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
720 Points -13%
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
Intel Core i7-13700H
719 Points -13%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
719 Points -13%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
714 Points -13%
Dell G16 7620
Intel Core i7-12700H
662 Points -20%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
612 Points -26%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
5600 (5177.32min - 5599.89max) Points +17%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
5521 (5355.47min - 5521.05max) Points +15%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
5227 (4889.98min - 5226.71max) Points +9%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
4989 (4579.8min - 4989.4max) Points +4%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
4782 (4700.35min - 4782.4max) Points
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
4585 (4495.39min - 4584.53max) Points -4%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
4481 Points -6%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (3263 - 4875, n=23)
4391 Points -8%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
4320 (4198.59min - 4320.12max) Points -10%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
3396 (3173.85min - 3396.16max) Points -29%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
3136 (3067.01min - 3136.03max) Points -34%
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
Intel Core i7-13700H
2854 Points -40%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
2817 (2741.98min - 2817.3max) Points -41%
Dell G16 7620
Intel Core i7-12700H
2652 (2479.7min - 2651.64max) Points -45%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
2315 (2247.19min - 2314.81max) Points -52%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
311 Points +4%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
308 Points +3%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (287 - 320, n=23)
308 Points +3%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
303 Points +1%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
300 Points 0%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
300 Points
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
297 Points -1%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
295 Points -2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
295 Points -2%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
287 Points -4%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
275 Points -8%
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
Intel Core i7-13700H
273 Points -9%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
273 Points -9%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
250 Points -17%
Dell G16 7620
Intel Core i7-12700H
246 Points -18%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
221 Seconds * -113%
Dell G16 7620
Intel Core i7-12700H
184 Seconds * -77%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
183 Seconds * -76%
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
Intel Core i7-13700H
169 Seconds * -63%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
158 Seconds * -52%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
138 Seconds * -33%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (102 - 164, n=22)
119.3 Seconds * -15%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
117 Seconds * -13%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
111 Seconds * -7%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
106 Seconds * -2%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
104 Seconds *
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
100 Seconds * +4%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
97 Seconds * +7%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
95 Seconds * +9%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
91 Seconds * +12%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Super Founders Edition
Intel Core i9-13900K
85 Seconds * +18%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
140932 MIPS +16%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
136201 MIPS +12%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
129804 MIPS +7%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
127295 MIPS +5%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
121266 MIPS
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
119590 MIPS -1%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
116665 MIPS -4%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (87555 - 127108, n=22)
112369 MIPS -7%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
106033 MIPS -13%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
89294 MIPS -26%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
80057 MIPS -34%
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
Intel Core i7-13700H
76344 MIPS -37%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
72749 MIPS -40%
Dell G16 7620
Intel Core i7-12700H
65012 MIPS -46%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
61988 MIPS -49%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
7581 MIPS +17%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
7573 MIPS +16%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (6206 - 7508, n=22)
7091 MIPS +9%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
7018 MIPS +8%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
6977 MIPS +7%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
6897 MIPS +6%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
6889 MIPS +6%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
6880 MIPS +6%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
6642 MIPS +2%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
6504 MIPS
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
6166 MIPS -5%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
6125 MIPS -6%
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
Intel Core i7-13700H
6125 MIPS -6%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
5734 MIPS -12%
Dell G16 7620
Intel Core i7-12700H
5343 MIPS -18%
Geekbench 6.2 / Multi-Core
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
18014 Points +8%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (15849 - 18643, n=22)
17541 Points +5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
16957 Points +2%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
16652 Points
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
15022 Points -10%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
12585 Points -24%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
12447 Points -25%
Geekbench 6.2 / Single-Core
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (2800 - 3095, n=22)
2993 Points +5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
2916 Points +3%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
2892 Points +2%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2843 Points
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
2730 Points -4%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
2729 Points -4%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
2593 Points -9%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
22200 Points +16%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
20634 Points +8%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
20566 Points +7%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
20036 Points +5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
19875 Points +4%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (8618 - 21606, n=22)
19375 Points +1%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
19325 Points +1%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
19137 Points
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
15850 Points -17%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
15068 Points -21%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
14367 Points -25%
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
Intel Core i7-13700H
13239 Points -31%
Dell G16 7620
Intel Core i7-12700H
11862 Points -38%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
11399 Points -40%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
10021 Points -48%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
2133 Points +2%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (1669 - 2210, n=22)
2099 Points 0%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2098 Points
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
2062 Points -2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
2054 Points -2%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
2047 Points -2%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2043 Points -3%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2035 Points -3%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
2014 Points -4%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
2008 Points -4%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
1899 Points -9%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
1838 Points -12%
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
Intel Core i7-13700H
1829 Points -13%
Dell G16 7620
Intel Core i7-12700H
1656 Points -21%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
1575 Points -25%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
37.6 fps +22%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
36.4 fps +18%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
33.1 fps +7%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
32.7 fps +6%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
31 fps 0%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
30.9 fps
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
30.7 fps -1%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
29.7 fps -4%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (22.7 - 34.4, n=22)
29.5 fps -5%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
25.5 fps -17%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
23.6 fps -24%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
21.8 fps -29%
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
Intel Core i7-13700H
19.7 fps -36%
Dell G16 7620
Intel Core i7-12700H
18.8 fps -39%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
16.8 fps -46%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
58.8 s * -27%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
57.3 s * -24%
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
Intel Core i7-13700H
54.6 s * -18%
Dell G16 7620
Intel Core i7-12700H
53.8 s * -16%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
52 s * -13%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
49.5 s * -7%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
49.4 s * -7%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
46.7 s * -1%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
46.5 s * -1%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
46.2 s *
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (33.9 - 85.1, n=22)
45 s * +3%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
43.4 s * +6%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
39.4 s * +15%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
39 s * +16%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
36.8 s * +20%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Dell G16 7620
Intel Core i7-12700H
0.505 sec * -29%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
0.486 sec * -24%
MSI Stealth 16 Studio A13VG
Intel Core i7-13700H
0.4498 sec * -15%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX
0.4398 sec * -12%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
0.4377 sec * -12%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
0.4278 sec * -9%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
0.4255 sec * -9%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
0.4127 sec * -5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PY-XS96
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
0.4059 sec * -4%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX
0.4033 sec * -3%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
0.3997 sec * -2%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
0.3955 sec * -1%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
0.3931 sec * -0%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
0.3919 sec *
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (0.3609 - 0.4225, n=22)
0.3824 sec * +2%
CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 6.2: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
4782 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
267 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
300 Points
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Performance Rating
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
93.5 pt
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
92.8 pt
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
91.9 pt
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
90.2 pt
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
84.7 pt
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
 
82.7 pt
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
63.2 pt
AIDA64 / FP32 Ray-Trace
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
29553 KRay/s +1%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
29351 KRay/s
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
28957 KRay/s -1%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
27414 KRay/s -7%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
25949 KRay/s -12%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (17244 - 29351, n=21)
25012 KRay/s -15%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
20012 KRay/s -32%
AIDA64 / FPU Julia
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
148888 Points
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
148168 Points 0%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
144303 Points -3%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
137015 Points -8%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
129286 Points -13%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (88537 - 148888, n=21)
125095 Points -16%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
97317 Points -35%
AIDA64 / CPU SHA3
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
7229 MB/s
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
7142 MB/s -1%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
7093 MB/s -2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
6889 MB/s -5%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
6338 MB/s -12%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (4267 - 7229, n=21)
6155 MB/s -15%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
4487 MB/s -38%
AIDA64 / CPU Queen
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
148773 Points
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
141758 Points -5%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
139649 Points -6%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (118405 - 148773, n=21)
138444 Points -7%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
137876 Points -7%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
135396 Points -9%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
110093 Points -26%
AIDA64 / FPU SinJulia
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
18256 Points
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
17057 Points -7%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
16656 Points -9%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
16073 Points -12%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
16046 Points -12%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (12217 - 18256, n=21)
15313 Points -16%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
10616 Points -42%
AIDA64 / FPU Mandel
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
73758 Points +2%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
72355 Points
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
71038 Points -2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
68687 Points -5%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
64736 Points -11%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (43302 - 72594, n=21)
61340 Points -15%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
48323 Points -33%
AIDA64 / CPU AES
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
237881 MB/s +71%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
138830 MB/s
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
136551 MB/s -2%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
136520 MB/s -2%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (86964 - 241777, n=21)
133793 MB/s -4%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
122159 MB/s -12%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
85111 MB/s -39%
AIDA64 / CPU ZLib
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2149 MB/s
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2059 MB/s -4%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2003 MB/s -7%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
1913 MB/s -11%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
1829 MB/s -15%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (1265 - 2149, n=21)
1795 MB/s -16%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
1251 MB/s -42%
AIDA64 / FP64 Ray-Trace
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
16325 KRay/s +1%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
16104 KRay/s
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
15573 KRay/s -3%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
15014 KRay/s -7%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
14066 KRay/s -13%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (9170 - 16128, n=21)
13466 KRay/s -16%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
10900 KRay/s -32%
AIDA64 / CPU PhotoWorxx
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
52949 MPixel/s +56%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
50394 MPixel/s +48%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
49634 MPixel/s +46%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (33960 - 51118, n=21)
48343 MPixel/s +42%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
41319 MPixel/s +22%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
40896 MPixel/s +20%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
33960 MPixel/s

System Performance

PCMark results are within just a few percentage points of last year's GT77 to suggest no major performance differences between their CPUs and GPUs when running everyday tasks.

Note that RAM performance is slower from our 128 GB configuration by up to 30 to 40 percent when compared to the 32 GB configuration of the Alienware m18 R1. This is to be expected as RAM performance at higher capacities is limited by the aging SODIMM interface.

PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 / Score
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
8968 Points
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
8884 Points -1%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
8758 Points -2%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (8201 - 9234, n=8)
8668 Points -3%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
8549 Points -5%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
7609 Points -15%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13650HX, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
6404 Points -29%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
11761 Points +1%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
11683 Points 0%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
11628 Points
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
11242 Points -3%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (10871 - 11628, n=8)
11190 Points -4%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
10982 Points -6%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13650HX, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
9768 Points -16%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (9951 - 11759, n=8)
10707 Points +5%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
10488 Points +3%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
10225 Points
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
10125 Points -1%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
9851 Points -4%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
9645 Points -6%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13650HX, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
8886 Points -13%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
16462 Points
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
16424 Points 0%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
16012 Points -3%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (13219 - 16462, n=8)
14791 Points -10%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
14720 Points -11%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
10611 Points -36%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13650HX, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
8212 Points -50%
CrossMark / Overall
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2194 Points +17%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2176 Points +16%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2139 Points +14%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
2127 Points +13%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (1877 - 2238, n=7)
2123 Points +13%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
1877 Points
CrossMark / Productivity
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2059 Points +18%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2005 Points +15%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (1738 - 2113, n=7)
1980 Points +14%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1977 Points +14%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1969 Points +13%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
1738 Points
CrossMark / Creativity
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2469 Points +12%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2423 Points +10%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2411 Points +10%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
2390 Points +9%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (2195 - 2543, n=7)
2384 Points +9%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
2195 Points
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1998 Points +35%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1904 Points +29%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1891 Points +28%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (1478 - 2327, n=7)
1863 Points +26%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1861 Points +26%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
1478 Points
WebXPRT 3 / Overall
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
346 Points +6%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
338 Points +3%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (322 - 339, n=7)
329 Points +1%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
327 Points
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
322 Points -2%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
320 Points -2%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13650HX, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
312 Points -5%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13650HX, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
312 Points -5%
WebXPRT 4 / Overall
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
306 Points +7%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
302 Points +5%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (287 - 309, n=5)
301 Points +5%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
299 Points +4%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
287 Points
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13650HX, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
277 Points -3%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13650HX, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
277 Points -3%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 / Total
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13650HX, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
502 ms * -11%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13650HX, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
502 ms * -11%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
462 ms * -2%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
461 ms * -2%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
456 ms * -1%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
456 ms * -1%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
452 ms *
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (430 - 467, n=8)
447 ms * +1%

* ... smaller is better

PCMark 10 Score
8968 points
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AIDA64 / Memory Copy
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
80776 MB/s +42%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
78590 MB/s +38%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (56992 - 83392, n=21)
77561 MB/s +36%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
77096 MB/s +35%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
64308 MB/s +13%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
63863 MB/s +12%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
56992 MB/s
AIDA64 / Memory Read
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
89096 MB/s +64%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
86406 MB/s +59%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
86207 MB/s +58%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (54443 - 87507, n=21)
84156 MB/s +55%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
68497 MB/s +26%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
62807 MB/s +15%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
54443 MB/s
AIDA64 / Memory Write
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
79917 MB/s +56%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
75814 MB/s +48%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
75736 MB/s +47%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (51387 - 78199, n=21)
74471 MB/s +45%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
60389 MB/s +18%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
60111 MB/s +17%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
51387 MB/s
AIDA64 / Memory Latency
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
105 ns *
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
92.8 ns * +12%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
84.5 ns * +20%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (79.7 - 105, n=21)
84.2 ns * +20%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Intel Core i7-13650HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
83.7 ns * +20%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
83.2 ns * +21%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
79.4 ns * +24%

* ... smaller is better

DPC Latency

LatencyMon shows DPC issues when opening multiple browser tabs of our homepage. 4K video playback at 60 FPS on iGPU mode is otherwise perfect with no dropped frames recorded.

LatencyMon
LatencyMon
Drivers list
Drivers list
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
8290.5 μs * -248%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
4710.9 μs * -98%
Alienware m18 R1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2669.6 μs * -12%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
2384.5 μs *
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1169.3 μs * +51%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13650HX, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
965.6 μs * +60%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

Our unit comes with two Samsung MZVL22T0HDLB PM9A1a PCIe4 x4 NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 configuration for transfer rates approaching 13000 MB/s instead of the usual ~7000 MB/s for most single PCIe4 x4 SSDs. The drives would exhibit no throttling issues when stressed under DiskSpd for several minutes.

The Titan 18 HX can support a single PCIe5 M.2 SSD as well, but such drives continue to be limited in stock and so most configurations at the moment ship with PCIe4 x4 drives instead.

CDM 8
CDM 8
AS SSD
AS SSD
Unoccupied slot for adding a third M.2 NVMe SSD
Unoccupied slot for adding a third M.2 NVMe SSD
No dedicated heat sinks for any of the SSDs
No dedicated heat sinks for any of the SSDs
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 12915 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 10338 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 881.1 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 605 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 5703 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 7396 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 72.17 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 155.3 MB/s
Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
78.8 pt
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
72.9 pt
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
65.4 pt
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
65.1 pt
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
61.7 pt
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
31 pt
DiskSpd
seq read
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
5598 (5462.22min - 5597.85max) MB/s +3%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
5424 (5395.57min - 5423.86max) MB/s
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3975 (3933.84min - 3975.36max) MB/s -27%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
3889 (3873.65min - 3888.73max) MB/s -28%
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
3326 (3303.54min - 3326.08max) MB/s -39%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
1870 (1827.25min - 1869.82max) MB/s -66%
seq write
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
7533 (7482.85min - 7532.79max) MB/s +3%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
7291 (7191.64min - 7291.38max) MB/s
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
4849 (4812.78min - 4849.24max) MB/s -33%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
4309 (4272.74min - 4308.62max) MB/s -41%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
3798 (3750.39min - 3798.15max) MB/s -48%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
2166 (2094.01min - 2166.15max) MB/s -70%
seq q8 t1 read
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
13588 (10727.3min - 13588.3max) MB/s
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
11242 (10740.3min - 11242.2max) MB/s -17%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
7115 (6689.03min - 7114.56max) MB/s -48%
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
6815 (6081.32min - 6815.12max) MB/s -50%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
6810 (6260.27min - 6809.87max) MB/s -50%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
4239 (3584.87min - 4239.18max) MB/s -69%
seq q8 t1 write
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
10571 (10519.3min - 10571.3max) MB/s
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
9942 (9912.92min - 9941.76max) MB/s -6%
Alienware m18 R1
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
6097 (6073.79min - 6096.81max) MB/s -42%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
5125 (5108.87min - 5125.2max) MB/s -52%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
4426 (4263.58min - 4426.04max) MB/s -58%
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814JI
Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
2982 (2920.07min - 2981.52max) MB/s -72%
4k q1 t1 read
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
83.1 (79.37min - 83.07max) MB/s +19%
Acer Predator Helios 18 N23Q2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
75.7 (74.61min - 75.65max) MB/s +9%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024