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Maingear Vector 15 Laptop Review: Gaming All-rounder

A strong magnitude and direction. The Vector 15 is one of the few 15.6-inch gaming laptops with GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics clocking in at under 2 kg. The portability comes at the cost of louder fans noise and a more flexible chassis design.

The mid-range Maingear Vector comes just a few weeks after the launch of the higher-end Maingear Element. Unlike the latter and its GeForce RTX graphics, the less expensive Vector ships with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti in a different chassis design. We suspect it to be a Tongfang chassis because of its physical similarities to the Schenker XMG Neo 15.

Currently, the Vector only comes in one major configuration with the Core i7-9750H CPU, GTX 1660 Ti GPU, and 144 Hz 1080p display with no other options. Storage and RAM can be configured as usual. The $1500 Vector competes directly with other thin-and-light mid-range 15.6-inch gaming laptops like the Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti, Lenovo Legion Y740-15, HP Omen 15, Aorus 15, Asus ROG Strix III, and the Dell G7 15.

Maingear Vector 15
Processor
Intel Core i7-9750H 6 x 2.6 - 4.5 GHz, Coffee Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile - 6144 MB, Core: 1590 MHz, Memory: 1500 MHz, GDDR6, 441.20, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, SK Hynix DDR4-2666, 19-19-19-43, Dual-Channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LP156WFG-SPB2, IPS, LGD05E8, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Soundcard
NVIDIA TU116
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Card Reader: SD reader, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), 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): 19.8 x 359.8 x 243.3 ( = 0.78 x 14.17 x 9.58 in)
Battery
62 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Maingear Node Control Center, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.89 kg ( = 66.67 oz / 4.17 pounds), Power Supply: 560 g ( = 19.75 oz / 1.23 pounds)
Price
1500 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 %
11/2019
Maingear Vector 15
i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
1.9 kg19.8 mm15.6"1920x1080
81 %
10/2019
MSI GL65 9SEK
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
2.3 kg27.5 mm15.6"1920x1080
85 %
10/2019
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
i7-9750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
2.3 kg25 mm15.6"1920x1080
84 %
09/2019
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti
i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
2.1 kg19.9 mm15.6"1920x1080
83 %
10/2019
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
2 kg18.9 mm15.6"1920x1080

Case

The smooth matte chassis may look great, but it's a step down compared to the Asus ROG Strix III, Alienware m15 R2 or Razer Blade 15. The lid and hinges in particular are weaker and more susceptible to twisting and teetering, respectively. It's still better than on the Lenovo Legion Y540/Y740, but not by much.

Thankfully, the base is firmer with only slight warping and creaking when attempting to twist its edges and surfaces. It's still not as rigid as the aforementioned heavier Asus or Razer, however.

The webcam is disappointingly along the bottom edge instead of the top edge of the screen. The latest Dell XPS 15 7590 is proof that it's possible to have both narrow bezels and proper webcam positioning and so there is no excuse for the Vector to do the same.

The system weighs slightly less than many of its direct competitors by about 100 to 200 grams. Overall size is between that of the Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti and Asus Zephyrus M GU502.

Slightly rubberized palm rests and keyboard deck will attract grease and fingerprints
Slightly rubberized palm rests and keyboard deck will attract grease and fingerprints
Power button and Turbo toggle button. Note the suboptimal webcam positioning
Power button and Turbo toggle button. Note the suboptimal webcam positioning
Hinges could have been firmer to reduce teetering
Hinges could have been firmer to reduce teetering
Hinge opened to maximum angle (~150 degrees)
Hinge opened to maximum angle (~150 degrees)
Mesh wiring on the underside as ventilation
Mesh wiring on the underside as ventilation
Narrow bezels on three of the four sides
Narrow bezels on three of the four sides
362 mm / 14.3 inch 265 mm / 10.4 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.3 kg5.03 lbs357.7 mm / 14.1 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 27.5 mm / 1.083 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs359.8 mm / 14.2 inch 243.3 mm / 9.58 inch 19.8 mm / 0.78 inch 1.9 kg4.17 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 252 mm / 9.92 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 2 kg4.39 lbs360.5 mm / 14.2 inch 276 mm / 10.9 inch 18.3 mm / 0.72 inch 2.2 kg4.76 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs

Connectivity

While there are plenty of port options, port positioning is a mixed bag. The ports along the sides are too close upfront while the ports on the rear are both difficult to reach and tightly packed. Thunderbolt 3 is also missing as Maingear is reserving this for the Element instead.

USB Type-C Power Delivery is not supported meaning that you cannot recharge the system via USB Type-C.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: SD reader, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A
Right: SD reader, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A
Rear: 2x mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, USB Type-C, AC adapter
Rear: 2x mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, USB Type-C, AC adapter
Left: Gigabit RJ-45, USB 2.0 Type-A, 3.5 mm microphone, 3.5 mm earphones
Left: Gigabit RJ-45, USB 2.0 Type-A, 3.5 mm microphone, 3.5 mm earphones

SD Card Reader

Not only is the integrated card reader slow, but it isn't spring-loaded either. Moving 1 GB of pictures from our UHS-II test card to desktop takes about 38 seconds compared to under 8 seconds on the XPS 15.

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% +541%
Maingear Vector 15
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.9 MB/s ∼16%
MSI GL65 9SEK
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.4 MB/s ∼14% -13%
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% +476%
Maingear Vector 15
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
33.37 MB/s ∼17%
MSI GL65 9SEK
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
28.2 MB/s ∼15% -15%

Communication

The Intel 9560 module is included for 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5 speeds and integrated Bluetooth 5.0. In contrast, the Element ships with the faster Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 module. We experienced no connectivity issues during our time with the test unit.

Removable WLAN card
Removable WLAN card
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1291 (1212min - 1379max) MBit/s ∼100%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
656 MBit/s ∼51%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
649 MBit/s ∼50%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
615 (508min - 642max) MBit/s ∼48%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1374 (720min - 1484max) MBit/s ∼100%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
659 MBit/s ∼48%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
629 (602min - 651max) MBit/s ∼46%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
507 MBit/s ∼37%

Maintenance

The bottom panel is secured by 11 Philips screws for easy servicing. The rear edges can be tricky to detach at first and so we recommend being extra careful.

Direct access to both DDR4 SODIMM slots, both M.2 2280 slots, WLAN module, and the internal battery
Direct access to both DDR4 SODIMM slots, both M.2 2280 slots, WLAN module, and the internal battery

Accessories and Warranty

There are no extras in the box outside of the usual paperwork and AC adapter.

Maingear throws in accidental damage protection alongside the usual one-year limited warranty.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Unlike on most other laptops, the QWERTY keys, NumPad keys, and Arrow keys on the Vector are all equal in size for a more uniform typing experience. The relatively firm feedback and quiet clatter are just slightly softer than on the MSI GE75 or GE65. A quad-zone RGB backlight is included in contrast to the per-key RGB lighting of the Element.

Touchpad

The Precision-enabled clickpad (10.5 x 7.5 cm) is slightly smaller than the clickpad on the Dell XPS 15 (10.5 x 8.5 cm). Gliding is smooth and only sticky when moving at slow speeds for increased precision. The integrated mouse keys, however, are far too weak and spongy.

Standard keyboard layout with a Turbo button and no fingerprint reader
Standard keyboard layout with a Turbo button and no fingerprint reader
Clickpad works fine for cursor control, but clicking feels very spongy
Clickpad works fine for cursor control, but clicking feels very spongy
Key feedback is reminiscent of many MSI G series laptops
Key feedback is reminiscent of many MSI G series laptops
Full-size Arrow keys and NumPad keys
Full-size Arrow keys and NumPad keys

Display

The LG Philips LP156WFG-SPB2 IPS panel on the Vector can also be found on the competing Lenovo Legion Y540 and Aorus 15 series. Thus, display characteristics like the wide color space, decent contrast ratio, and fast response times are similar between these laptops. This is a high quality panel with minimal graininess and it's hard to turn back to regular 60 Hz panels once you become accustomed to the super-smooth 144 Hz refresh rate. The 60 Hz panel on the cheap MSI GL65, for example, offers noticeably slower response times and poorer colors.

Bottom "chin" is very thick
Bottom "chin" is very thick
Narrow three-sided bezels
Narrow three-sided bezels
Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Minor uneven backlight bleeding along bottom edge and top corners
Minor uneven backlight bleeding along bottom edge and top corners
261.8
cd/m²
282.5
cd/m²
281.3
cd/m²
260.7
cd/m²
297.9
cd/m²
280.6
cd/m²
243.5
cd/m²
280.2
cd/m²
254.9
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips LP156WFG-SPB2
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 297.9 cd/m² Average: 271.5 cd/m² Minimum: 10.96 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 297.9 cd/m²
Contrast: 876:1 (Black: 0.34 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.59 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 1.27
ΔE Greyscale 3.7 | 0.64-98 Ø6
95.3% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 61.1% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.27
Maingear Vector 15
LG Philips LP156WFG-SPB2, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
MSI GL65 9SEK
AU Optronics B156HAN13.0, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
BOE NV156FHM-N4J, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti
BOE NV156FHM-N4K, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
Sharp LQ156M1, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
AU Optronics B156HAN08.2, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
-88%
3%
21%
16%
50%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
14.8 (7.2, 7.6)
26.4 (13.2, 13.2)
-78%
19 (9, 10)
-28%
13.6 (7.2, 6.4)
8%
16.4 (7.6, 6.8)
-11%
6.4 (3.4, 3)
57%
Response Time Black / White *
15.2 (9.2, 6)
30 (17.6, 12.4)
-97%
10 (6, 4)
34%
10 (6, 4)
34%
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
42%
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
42%
PWM Frequency
200 (99)
23810 (24)
Screen
-62%
15%
-19%
-38%
-21%
Brightness middle
297.9
277.3
-7%
477
60%
312.7
5%
324.2
9%
297.7
0%
Brightness
271
256
-6%
431
59%
305
13%
304
12%
280
3%
Brightness Distribution
82
86
5%
84
2%
90
10%
90
10%
84
2%
Black Level *
0.34
0.2
41%
0.175
49%
0.27
21%
0.38
-12%
0.43
-26%
Contrast
876
1387
58%
2726
211%
1158
32%
853
-3%
692
-21%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.59
5.25
-103%
4.17
-61%
4.57
-76%
5.01
-93%
3.13
-21%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.33
19.43
-349%
6.97
-61%
6.81
-57%
12.7
-193%
7.1
-64%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.27
4.39
-246%
2.51
-98%
2.91
-129%
1.64
-29%
3.06
-141%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.7
3.5
5%
3.49
6%
4.3
-16%
7.9
-114%
1.9
49%
Gamma
2.27 97%
2.1 105%
2.5 88%
2.29 96%
2.35 94%
2.23 99%
CCT
6231 104%
6895 94%
7076 92%
7098 92%
8455 77%
6325 103%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
61.1
35
-43%
60
-2%
59.4
-3%
60.8
0%
59.2
-3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
95.3
55
-42%
91
-5%
91.3
-4%
95.5
0%
90.5
-5%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-75% / -66%
9% / 13%
1% / -12%
-11% / -29%
15% / -10%

* ... smaller is better

Like pretty much all 144 Hz laptop panels currently in the market, color space covers approximately 95 percent of sRGB and 61 percent of AdobeRGB. Users who want wider gamuts would have to consider certain 4K UHD or OLED options instead.

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

Further measurements with an X-Rite colorimeter show color temperature to be slightly on the warm side. Once calibrated, however, grayscale and colors become very accurate with average DeltaE values of just 0.9 and 1.27, respectively.

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
15.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9.2 ms rise
↘ 6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 19 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
14.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7.2 ms rise
↘ 7.6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 12 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than 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 not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17635 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Since the 300-nit backlight is pretty much standard across most gaming laptops, outdoor visibility with the Vector offers nothing out of the ordinary. We recommend staying under shade whenever possible as anything brighter will overwhelm the matte screen.

Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles. Contrast changes become apparent from extreme angles
Wide IPS viewing angles. Contrast changes become apparent from extreme angles

Performance

The Core i7-9750H and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti are mid-range gaming laptop specs. Nvidia Optimus comes standard to automatically exclude G-Sync options.

LatencyMon shows no DPC latency issues even when wireless is enabled.

Processor

CPU performance is excellent and above average when compared to other laptops with the same Core i7-9750H CPU. Turbo Boost sustainability is also better than most; when running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop, performance would drop by only about 7 percent over time.

See our dedicated page on the Core i7-9750H for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R20
CineBench R20
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Maingear Vector 15 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1181 (1168.74-1264.9)
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø925 (918.74-983.02)
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1132 (1125.75-1244.28)
Alienware m15 R2 P87F GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, 2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1026 (960.41-1036.48)
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
509 Points ∼86% +18%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
479 Points ∼81% +11%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (416 - 486, n=54)
442 Points ∼75% +2%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
441 Points ∼74% +2%
Maingear Vector 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
432 Points ∼73%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
416 Points ∼70% -4%
Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9
Intel Core i9-8950HK
387 Points ∼65% -10%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
340 Points ∼57% -21%
CPU (Multi Core)
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
4926 Points ∼49% +77%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
3795 Points ∼38% +36%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
3712 Points ∼37% +33%
Maingear Vector 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
2784 Points ∼28%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (2017 - 3110, n=54)
2554 Points ∼26% -8%
Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9
Intel Core i9-8950HK
2379 Points ∼24% -15%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
2333 Points ∼23% -16%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
1825 Points ∼18% -34%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
212 Points ∼92% +14%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
202 Points ∼88% +9%
Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9
Intel Core i9-8950HK
193 Points ∼84% +4%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
189 Points ∼82% +2%
Maingear Vector 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
186 Points ∼81%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (170 - 194, n=80)
184 Points ∼80% -1%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
171 Points ∼74% -8%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
144 Points ∼63% -23%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
2022 Points ∼46% +58%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1821 Points ∼42% +42%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
1721 Points ∼39% +34%
Maingear Vector 15
Intel Core i7-9750H
1280 Points ∼29%
Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1237 Points ∼28% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (952 - 1306, n=83)
1180 Points ∼27% -8%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
1116 Points ∼26% -13%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
805 Points ∼18% -37%
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
112.73 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1280 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
186 Points
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks rank our Maingear in the same ballpark as other mid-range to high-end gaming laptops. We experienced no software or hardware issues during our time with the test unit.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
8220 Points ∼64% +29%
MSI GL65 9SEK
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
7104 Points ∼55% +11%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, 2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0)
6675 Points ∼52% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (4426 - 7638, n=15)
6558 Points ∼51% +3%
Maingear Vector 15
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
6395 Points ∼49%
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
6062 Points ∼47% -5%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5898 Points ∼46% -8%
Productivity
MSI GL65 9SEK
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
7748 Points ∼74% +3%
Maingear Vector 15
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
7532 Points ∼72%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (7241 - 8136, n=15)
7519 Points ∼72% 0%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
7381 Points ∼71% -2%
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7339 Points ∼70% -3%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
7290 Points ∼70% -3%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, 2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0)
7180 Points ∼69% -5%
Essentials
MSI GL65 9SEK
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
9431 Points ∼82% +4%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
9405 Points ∼82% +4%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
9364 Points ∼82% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (8621 - 10098, n=15)
9360 Points ∼82% +4%
Maingear Vector 15
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
9027 Points ∼79%
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
8946 Points ∼78% -1%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, 2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0)
8791 Points ∼77% -3%
Score
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
5938 Points ∼73% +9%
MSI GL65 9SEK
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5761 Points ∼71% +6%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (4807 - 5829, n=15)
5531 Points ∼68% +2%
Maingear Vector 15
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
5431 Points ∼67%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, 2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0)
5374 Points ∼66% -1%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5301 Points ∼65% -2%
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5273 Points ∼65% -3%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
5870 Points ∼86% +4%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, 2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0)
5706 Points ∼84% +1%
Maingear Vector 15
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
5664 Points ∼83%
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5610 Points ∼82% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (5041 - 5913, n=12)
5540 Points ∼81% -2%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5480 Points ∼80% -3%
MSI GL65 9SEK
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5287 Points ∼77% -7%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
5661 Points ∼93% +28%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (4074 - 5217, n=11)
4518 Points ∼74% +2%
Maingear Vector 15
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
4413 Points ∼72%
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, 2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0)
4207 Points ∼69% -5%
MSI GL65 9SEK
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4136 Points ∼68% -6%
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
4094 Points ∼67% -7%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4074 Points ∼67% -8%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4413 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5664 points
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Storage Devices

Users can install up to two M.2 drives with support for NVMe. The Micron 2200 drive in our unit returns excellent sequential read and write rates that come close to the more expensive Samsung PM981. Write rates of smaller 4K blocks, however, are consistently slower.

CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
AS SSD
AS SSD
Both M.2 bays sit side-by-side
Both M.2 bays sit side-by-side
Maingear Vector 15
 
MSI GL65 9SEK
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1660 Ti
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Alienware m15 R2 P87F
2x Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G (RAID 0)
Asus Zephyrus M GU502GU-XB74
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
AS SSD
1%
-30%
23%
32%
-7%
Copy Game MB/s
1319.48
1217.53
-8%
650.44
-51%
1149.77
-13%
1426.35
8%
951.96
-28%
Copy Program MB/s
605.82
889.12
47%
426.02
-30%
513.29
-15%
576.02
-5%
486.6
-20%
Copy ISO MB/s
1506
1278.63
-15%
1061.83
-29%
1539.06
2%
2073.16
38%
906.19
-40%
Score Total
2964
2485
-16%
1065
-64%
3177
7%
3633
23%
1681
-43%
Score Write
1044
976
-7%
366
-65%
1450
39%
1481
42%
934
-11%
Score Read
1281
996
-22%
475
-63%
1152
-10%
1407
10%
492
-62%
Access Time Write *
0.892
0.091
90%
0.037
96%
0.104
88%
0.108
88%
0.139
84%
Access Time Read *
0.063
0.116
-84%
0.132
-110%
0.063
-0%
0.065
-3%
0.071
-13%
4K-64 Write
824.53
720.16
-13%
191.35
-77%
1212.2
47%
1135.27
38%
744.16
-10%
4K-64 Read
1083.49
838.68
-23%
302.13
-72%
917.46
-15%
1177.33
9%
321.36
-70%
4K Write
67.24
118.19
76%
99.89
49%
105.96
58%
108.86
62%
99.21
48%
4K Read
20.81
25.31
22%
35.42
70%
51.32
147%
37.2
79%
48.24
132%
Seq Write
1520.07
1378.16
-9%
746
-51%
1315.15
-13%
2371.22
56%
910.86
-40%
Seq Read
1770.92
1315.25
-26%
1372
-23%
1828.99
3%
1924.95
9%
1220.6
-31%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
8%
-26%
16%
46%
6%
Write 4K
77.92
150.2
93%
134.2
72%
135
73%
108.8
40%
156
100%
Read 4K
45.68
43.46
-5%
37.72
-17%
41.1
-10%
45.41
-1%
60.7
33%
Write Seq
1280
1412
10%
389.2
-70%
1427
11%
2467
93%
967.7
-24%
Read Seq
1005
1340
33%
1030
2%
1494
49%
2456
144%
1619
61%
Write 4K Q32T1
571.5
482.2
-16%
238.9
-58%
494.9
-13%
532.3
-7%
485
-15%
Read 4K Q32T1
626.5
534.6
-15%
343.9
-45%
578.2
-8%
589.8
-6%
337.3
-46%
Write Seq Q32T1
1687
1454
-14%
789.1
-53%
1417
-16%
2801
66%
968.7
-43%
Read Seq Q32T1
2295
1744
-24%
1501.9
-35%
3251
42%
3172
38%
1825
-20%
Write 4K Q8T8
293.4
Read 4K Q8T8
405.8
Total Average (Program / Settings)
5% / 3%
-28% / -28%
20% / 21%
39% / 37%
-1% / -3%

* ... smaller is better

CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2295 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1687 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 626.5 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 571.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1005 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1280 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 45.68 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 77.92 MB/s

GPU Performance

The mobile GTX 1660 Ti is about 10 percent slower than the "proper" GTX 1660 Ti for desktop. Keep in mind that overall performance will be very close to the mobile RTX 2060 when RTX-specific features are disabled.

Interestingly, Shadow of the Tomb Raider would fail to launch despite being on the latest drivers at the time of review. Otherwise, the GTX 1660 Ti is powerful enough to run the latest titles at 1080p60 on Medium settings. To better exploit the 144 Hz panel, however, you'll have to lower the graphical settings even further or play more undemanding games like Rocket League, DOTA 2, or Overwatch.

See our dedicated page on the GTX 1660 Ti for more technical information and gaming benchmarks.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Time Spy
Time Spy
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
 
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Asus ROG G703GXR
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9750H
10181 Points ∼54% +84%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
7722 Points ∼41% +40%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, i9-9900K
6907 Points ∼37% +25%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H
6387 Points ∼34% +15%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), R7 2700X
6131 Points ∼33% +11%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
6011 Points ∼32% +9%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (5335 - 5931, n=20)
5636 Points ∼30% +2%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
5534 Points ∼29%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, R7 3750H
5166 Points ∼27% -7%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
4167 Points ∼22% -25%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
3028 Points ∼16% -45%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus ROG G703GXR
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9750H
25727 Points ∼59% +75%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, i9-9900K
20901 Points ∼48% +42%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
19846 Points ∼46% +35%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H
17419 Points ∼40% +18%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), R7 2700X
16024 Points ∼37% +9%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
15700 Points ∼36% +7%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (14186 - 15482, n=22)
14791 Points ∼34% 0%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
14718 Points ∼34%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, R7 3750H
13362 Points ∼31% -9%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
12111 Points ∼28% -18%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
11754 Points ∼27% -20%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
7774 Points ∼18% -47%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, i9-9900K
121397 Points ∼62% +25%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
119860 Points ∼61% +23%
Asus ROG G703GXR
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9750H
119847 Points ∼61% +23%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H
114009 Points ∼58% +17%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
99060 Points ∼51% +2%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
97136 Points ∼50%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (59839 - 103428, n=17)
93547 Points ∼48% -4%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), R7 2700X
91194 Points ∼47% -6%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, R7 3750H
55659 Points ∼28% -43%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
50946 Points ∼26% -48%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
47166 Points ∼24% -51%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
22113 Points ∼11% -77%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, i9-9900K
16949 Points ∼75% +39%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), R7 2700X
13940 Points ∼62% +14%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
12518 Points ∼55% +3%
Asus ROG G703GXR
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9750H
12286 Points ∼54% +1%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
12192 Points ∼54%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H
12064 Points ∼53% -1%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (9500 - 13311, n=21)
11919 Points ∼53% -2%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
10851 Points ∼48% -11%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
10350 Points ∼46% -15%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, R7 3750H
8218 Points ∼36% -33%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
7436 Points ∼33% -39%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
6931 Points ∼31% -43%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus ROG G703GXR
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9750H
35754 Points ∼61% +82%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, i9-9900K
28606 Points ∼49% +45%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
25500 Points ∼43% +30%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop), R7 2700X
22128 Points ∼38% +12%
Schenker XMG Neo 15 XNE15M19
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H
21861 Points ∼37% +11%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (18610 - 20940, n=22)
19988 Points ∼34% +2%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
19971 Points ∼34% +2%
Maingear Vector 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
19670 Points ∼34%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, R7 3750H
18493 Points ∼32% -6%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
17668 Points ∼30% -10%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
16339 Points ∼28% -17%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
11542 Points ∼20% -41%
3DMark 11 Performance
17263 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
36182 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
13140 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
5697 points
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The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
100 fps ∼100% +63%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
80.6 fps ∼81% +31%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
77.4 fps ∼77% +26%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW-AZ062T
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
72 (61min - 84max) fps ∼72% +17%
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop)
62 (43min - 74max) fps ∼62% +1%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
Intel Core i9-9900K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
61.7 fps ∼62% +1%
Maingear Vector 15
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
61.3 fps ∼61%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
60 fps ∼60% -2%
Lenovo Legion Y740-17IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
58.4 fps ∼58% -5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (51.6 - 61.3, n=19)
55.8 fps ∼56% -9%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0017ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
52.2 fps ∼52% -15%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
48.8 fps ∼49% -20%
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, AMD Radeon RX 5500M
43.6 (36min - 48max) fps ∼44% -29%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
36 fps ∼36% -41%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Core i7-10710U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
30.8 fps ∼31% -50%
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