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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Laptops

Florian Glaser, 07/31/2017

December 2017 update. Here you will find the current best gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.

For the original German article, see here.

We have divided the Top 10 into two sections to meet the increasing number of lightweight gaming notebooks. You can now find a list with the best high-end laptops that weigh less than 3 kg (~6.6 lb) here. Our "classic" Gaming Top 10 (without any restrictions in terms of weight) is obviously still available.

The following table shows an overview of the top 10 gaming notebooks that we have reviewed in the previous 10 months. Upon an equal rating, newer articles are listed first.

Top 10 Gaming Notebooks as of December 2017

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
188%10/2017Alienware 15 R3 Max-QAlienware 15 R3 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-7820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
3.6 kg25.4 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
288%06/2017Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738JAcer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
3.1 kg27.62 mm17.3"3840x2160matte
388%03/2017Schenker XMG U727 2017Schenker XMG U727 2017
Intel Core i7-7700K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
5 kg47 mm17.3"3840x2160matte
488%02/2017Alienware 13 R3Alienware 13 R3
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
2.5 kg22 mm13.3"2560x1440glossy
587%11/2017Gigabyte Aero 15XGigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
2.2 kg19.9 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
687%10/2017Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory,  SSD
3.1 kg22.5 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
787%10/2017Guru Mars KGuru Mars K
Intel Core i7-7700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 500 GB SSD
4.2 kg41 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
887%08/2017MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan ProMSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
Intel Core i7-7820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
4.6 kg58 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
987%05/2017Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJAcer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
4.3 kg40 mm17.3"3840x2160matte
1087%03/2017Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DLAcer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Intel Core i7-7820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
4.3 kg45 mm17.3"1920x1080matte

Top 10 of the previous 10 months at the time of writing - current articles are listed first


Editors' Comments

1st

Alienware 15 R3
Alienware 15 R3

Although the quality management has suffered a bit since the acquisition by Dell (buyers frequently report build quality and cooling issues), which we can confirm based on our last review, Alienware laptops are still among the most elegant and high-end gaming laptops on the market. The 15-inch series AW 15 R3 is now also available with Nvidia's Max-Q design. The latter reduces the power consumption as well as the temperatures at the cost of performance.

Our test model priced at almost 2900 Euros (~$3416) provides plenty of performance, thanks to Core i7-7820HK and GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q. Gamers will be happy with 16 GB of DDR4-RAM as well as an NVMe-SSD. Except for the weight, the chassis leaves a very good impression. You get good input devices, numerous ports, different lighting options, and a high-contrast 1080p IPS panel with G-Sync support. The battery runtime is not bad either. Dell could improve the sound and the noise development. The temperatures under load would allow a slightly lower RPM level on our particular test model.

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2nd

Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE

Although the Acer VN7-793G-738J (also called Aspire V17 Nitro) features "only" a GeForce GTX 1060, the 17-inch device has taken the lead. As well as its contrast-rich 4K display, it has a stylish case and balanced components. Gamers might be happy with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and the SSD/HDD combination as well as the sophisticated interface layout including Thunderbolt.

In addition, the V17 Nitro is very quiet and slim (2.5 cm/~1 in) for a gaming notebook and delivers above-average battery life. There are hardly any points of criticism (maintenance could be better). Thus, we can unconditionally recommend this laptop.

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Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J

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3rd

Schenker Technologies XMG U727 (2017)
Schenker Technologies XMG U727 (2017)

The XMG U727 from Schenker Technologies is a prime example of a full-fledged desktop replacement. Despite its heavy weight (~5.5 kg/~12.1 lb) and thick build (4.7 cm/~1.8 in) the 17-inch case could mostly convince us. In particular, the upgradeability and the display deserve praise. Not only does the 4K panel incorporated in our test model impress with a high resolution, but it also offers a surprisingly high color space (88% AdobeRGB), to which you have to get used to however.

The graphics performance is also noteworthy. Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 achieves a performance level unmatched so far. While the XMG U727 does not last long on battery, its sound is top-notch. The same is true for connectivity (Thunderbolt 3), keyboard, and touchpad. However, the temperature and system noise are only mediocre.

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XMG U727 2017

4th

Alienware 13 R3
Alienware 13 R3

The third revision of the Alienware 13 differs from conventional gaming notebooks in several aspects. On the one hand, there are the extensive lighting (including touchpad) and the striking design, which may not appeal to everyone. On the other hand, the case quality is different in general. For example, the manufacturer uses a combination of metal and (rubberized) plastic, which increases the weight but ensures excellent stability. The build quality is also flawless.

Thanks to its promising OLED display (2560x1440 pixels), which outclasses TN and IPS panels, the test model, for 2200 Euros (~$2481), achieves one of the best ratings overall. Contrast, viewing angles, color intensity, and response times are excellent. The glossy touch surface, which reflects heavily, is a small disadvantage.

Otherwise, we can only complain about the missing card reader, the imperfect maintenance and the high depth. Measuring 26.9 cm (~10.6 in), the device appears much like a 14-inch laptop. In return, the Alienware 13 R3 delivers unrivaled performance in the 13-inch segment. Those who buy the top model will get a PCIe SSD, a Core i7-7700HQ, and a GeForce GTX 1060. The latter two are more often found in 15-inch devices and bigger. In case the performance might become too low someday, it can be improved with external solutions such as a Graphics Amplifier or Thunderbolt 3 (eGPU).

Note: According to several forum messages, the current Alienware generation frequently suffers from temperature problems. Our tests of the 15 R3 confirm this (high, inconsistent CPU values). Apparently, the cooling system is too weak and/or the quality or quantity of thermal grease is too low.

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13 R3

5th

Gigabyte Aero 15X
Gigabyte Aero 15X

The wolf in sheep's clothing is a fitting summary for the Gigabyte Aero 15X (~2400 Euros/~$2827). While most gaming notebooks are pretty bulky or heavy and attract customers with a very playful design, Gigabyte's 15-inch model uses a slim, light and sturdy chassis with an understated design. Only the colorful RGB keyboard illumination is an indicator for the gaming orientation.

Inside the chassis is modern high-end hardware such as the Core i7-7700HQ and GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, which create some noise under high workloads. The SKU with the GTX 1060 for 2100 Euros (~$2474) is a good choice if you want to save some bucks. Both models are equipped with a matte 1080p IPS screen, which lacks G-Sync in favor of battery runtimes (Nvidia Optimus), which is a good choice considering the mobility. The small bezels and the certification for X-Rite Pantone are other advantages.

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Aero 15X

6th

Razer Blade Pro
Razer Blade Pro

While the extremely expensive 4K edition of the Razer Blade Pro with the Core i7-7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080, and 60 Hz IGZO panel "only" managed an overalls score of 84% (not least because of the glossy screen and the intense noise development), the much less expensive 1080p model with Core i7-7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060, and 120 Hz IPS screen enters our Top 10 list.

There are still some drawbacks (fan control, weight, sound, display response times, ...), but the 1060 model is better in some respects. The battery is smaller, but the runtimes are still better thanks to the Optimus support. The socketed memory is another advantage, while it is soldered on the 4K SKU. The good score of 87% is also a result of the high-quality and sturdy case with RGB illumination.

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Blade Pro RZ09-0220

7th

Guru Mars K
Guru Mars K

The notebook shop Notebook Guru is now called Gaming Guru and offers the very powerful high-end system Mars K, which has similarities to the Schenker XMG U727. This is not surprising since both cases are from the barebones manufacturer Clevo. While the XMG U727 is based on the P870KM-GS, the Mars K is based on the slightly lower-specification, yet more affordable P775DM3-G, which can also be configured based on your requirements.

The unique component is the desktop processor, but it requires powerful cooling due to its higher TDP. The 17-inch model is therefore hard to carry around, but feels much more at home on the desk. In return, the Mars K incorporates almost all the advantages of a desktop PC such as comprehensive port, maintenance, and upgrade options. You can also replace the RAM, storage drives, as well as the CPU & GPU. The latter is usually not possible on gaming laptops. The suboptimal fan control is unfortunate, which is unfortunately the case for many Clevo barebones.

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Mars K

8th

MSI GT75VR 7RF
MSI GT75VR 7RF

While the GT73VR attracted customers with a plethora of features, MSI goes an extra mile with the GT75VR. In 2015, the manufacturer already used mechanical keyboards in 18-inch devices (GT80). These also find their way into smaller gaming notebooks now. In comparison to classical keyboards, mechanical keyboards feature a clearer and more accurate feedback, but the typing noise is louder. Those who like it colorful will also appreciate the integrated RGB light, which can light each key in a different color (including various modes). The GT75VR also performs great in terms of connectivity, maintenance, display (120 Hz + G-Sync), performance and sound.

The basically powerful cooling system is not fully convincing. Despite 10 heatpipes, the 17-inch laptop gets very loud. A maximum of 62 dB(A) is a new negative record. Even more annoying is the case that is tremendously thick with a height of 5.8 cm (~2.3 in). A weight of 4.6 kg (~10 lb chains the buyer to the desk.

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GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro

9th

Acer Predator 17
Acer Predator 17

Acer, previously better known for office and multimedia notebooks, is penetrating more and more into the gaming range. While the Nitro series is primarily attractive for price-conscious gamers, the Predator has been made for demanding gamers. The current Kaby Lake model is called 17 G9-793 and achieved a rating of 87% in our review. Its biggest unique feature is its distinctive design, which might not meet everybody's taste.

Otherwise, Acer has made sure that the device is future-proof. For example, the interfaces include Thunderbolt 3 and the display supports G-Sync. The bulky design is not that modern: A weight of 4.3 kg (~9.5 lb) and a height of 4.5 cm (~1.8 in) are slightly outdated in the era of slim gaming notebooks such as the MSI GS73VR.

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Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ

10th

Acer Predator 17 X
Acer Predator 17 X

At a first glance, the Predator 17 X resembles the cheaper 17-inch sibling without "X" trailing the name. However, several differences become apparent at a closer look. While the slightly different design is only of a cosmetic nature, the GeForce GTX 1080 can have a very big impact on the gaming experience (more reserves for 4K gaming). In order to provide equally high CPU performance, Acer has incorporated a Core i7-7820HK with overclocking to up to 4.3 GHz. The test model features only a Full HD panel. However, it supports G-Sync and achieves a good image quality thanks to the IPS technology.

The omission of an additional fan (FrostCore) is not a disadvantage, since the integrated dual-fan system is already powerful enough to keep the laptop cool and quiet in most scenarios. However, the Predator 17 X is hardly suitable for being carried around, since it is one of the thickest and heaviest representatives of its category.

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Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL

Runners-up

The following devices, which were reviewed in the last month, did not make our Top 10:

Recent Gaming Notebook Awards

Comparison of the Top 10 Gaming Laptops

Measurement Results

Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q (19.6, 20.4)
40 ms * ∼6%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J (14, 15)
29 ms * ∼5%
Schenker XMG U727 2017 (14, 30)
44 ms * ∼7%
Gigabyte Aero 15X (22.8, 20.4)
43.2 ms * ∼7%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220 (19.6, 17.2)
36.8 ms * ∼6%
Guru Mars K (18.8, 18.8)
37.6 ms * ∼6%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro (6.4, 5.2)
11.6 ms * ∼2%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ (24.4, 25.6)
50 ms * ∼8%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL (18, 27)
45 ms * ∼7%
Response Time Black / White (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q (16, 12)
28 ms * ∼12%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J (16, 11)
27 ms * ∼11%
Schenker XMG U727 2017 (6, 22)
28 ms * ∼12%
Alienware 13 R3 (1.2, 1.6)
2.8 ms * ∼1%
Gigabyte Aero 15X (15.6, 12.8)
28.4 ms * ∼12%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220 (21.6, 15.6)
37.2 ms * ∼16%
Guru Mars K (14, 12.4)
26.4 ms * ∼11%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro (4.8, 2)
6.8 ms * ∼3%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ (11.2, 14.4)
25.6 ms * ∼11%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL (6, 22)
28 ms * ∼12%
PWM Frequency (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q (95)
21100 Hz ∼15%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
0 Hz ∼0%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
0 Hz ∼0%
Alienware 13 R3 (100)
240 Hz ∼0%
Gigabyte Aero 15X (20)
26000 Hz ∼18%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
0 Hz ∼0%
Guru Mars K (95)
133300 Hz ∼93%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro (15)
25000 Hz ∼17%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
0 Hz ∼0%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
0 Hz ∼0%
Screen
Brightness (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
297 cd/m² ∼42%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
336 cd/m² ∼48%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
344 cd/m² ∼49%
Alienware 13 R3
310 cd/m² ∼44%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
324 cd/m² ∼46%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
363 cd/m² ∼52%
Guru Mars K
330 cd/m² ∼47%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
262 cd/m² ∼37%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
328 cd/m² ∼47%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
362 cd/m² ∼52%
Brightness Distribution (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
89 % ∼89%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
81 % ∼81%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
85 % ∼85%
Alienware 13 R3
87 % ∼87%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
88 % ∼88%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
86 % ∼86%
Guru Mars K
91 % ∼91%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
87 % ∼87%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
84 % ∼84%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
91 % ∼91%
Black Level (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
0.28 % * ∼6%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
0.32 % * ∼6%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
0.35 % * ∼7%
Alienware 13 R3
0 % * ∼0%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
0.34 % * ∼7%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
0.32 % * ∼6%
Guru Mars K
0.32 % * ∼6%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
0.26 % * ∼5%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
0.29 % * ∼6%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
0.37 % * ∼7%
Contrast (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
1093 :1 ∼68%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
1188 :1 ∼74%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
1034 :1 ∼65%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
994 :1 ∼62%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
1148 :1 ∼72%
Guru Mars K
1072 :1 ∼67%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
1054 :1 ∼66%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
1183 :1 ∼74%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
1027 :1 ∼64%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
5.45 * ∼36%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
5.32 * ∼35%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
2.46 * ∼16%
Alienware 13 R3
2.54 * ∼17%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
5.92 * ∼39%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
3.8 * ∼25%
Guru Mars K
3.61 * ∼24%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
1.36 * ∼9%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
4.01 * ∼27%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
4.12 * ∼27%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
4.9 * ∼33%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
4.9 * ∼33%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
2.9 * ∼19%
Alienware 13 R3
1.43 * ∼10%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
7.45 * ∼50%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
3.5 * ∼23%
Guru Mars K
3.03 * ∼20%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
0.64 * ∼4%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
4.7 * ∼31%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
3.95 * ∼26%
Gamma (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
2.49 ∼71%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
2.61 ∼75%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
2.31 ∼66%
Alienware 13 R3
2.3 ∼66%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
2.58 ∼74%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
2.18 ∼62%
Guru Mars K
2.41 ∼69%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
2.19 ∼63%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
2.4 ∼69%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
2.47 ∼71%
CCT (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
7062 ∼706%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
6558 ∼656%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
6120 ∼612%
Alienware 13 R3
6337 ∼634%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
6366 ∼637%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
6467 ∼647%
Guru Mars K
6568 ∼657%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
6551 ∼655%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
6451 ∼645%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
6539 ∼654%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
54 % ∼54%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
87.2 % ∼87%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
88 % ∼88%
Alienware 13 R3
78 % ∼78%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
59 % ∼59%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
58.1 % ∼58%
Guru Mars K
56 % ∼56%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
77 % ∼77%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
88 % ∼88%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
55 % ∼55%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB) (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
83 % ∼83%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
100 % ∼100%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
100 % ∼100%
Alienware 13 R3
97 % ∼97%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
90 % ∼90%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
89.3 % ∼89%
Guru Mars K
85 % ∼85%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
100 % ∼100%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
100 % ∼100%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
84 % ∼84%
Noise
off / environment (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
29 dB * ∼58%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
30.8 dB * ∼62%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
30 dB * ∼60%
Alienware 13 R3
29 dB * ∼58%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
30 dB * ∼60%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
28.1 dB * ∼56%
Guru Mars K
29 dB * ∼58%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
30 dB * ∼60%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
31 dB * ∼62%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
30 dB * ∼60%
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
32 dB * ∼64%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
31.4 dB * ∼63%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
31 dB * ∼62%
Alienware 13 R3
29 dB * ∼58%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
31 dB * ∼62%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
29.5 dB * ∼59%
Guru Mars K
36 dB * ∼72%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
33 dB * ∼66%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
32 dB * ∼64%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
33 dB * ∼66%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
33 dB * ∼66%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
31.4 dB * ∼63%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
34 dB * ∼68%
Alienware 13 R3
30 dB * ∼60%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
32 dB * ∼64%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Guru Mars K
37 dB * ∼74%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
34 dB * ∼68%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
35 dB * ∼70%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
35 dB * ∼70%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
35 dB * ∼70%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
31.4 dB * ∼63%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
37 dB * ∼74%
Alienware 13 R3
31 dB * ∼62%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
36 dB * ∼72%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
29.6 dB * ∼59%
Guru Mars K
40 dB * ∼80%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
38 dB * ∼76%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
38 dB * ∼76%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
37 dB * ∼74%
Load Average (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
46 dB * ∼92%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
38.6 dB * ∼77%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
44 dB * ∼88%
Alienware 13 R3
36 dB * ∼72%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
39 dB * ∼78%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
31.6 dB * ∼63%
Guru Mars K
45 dB * ∼90%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
44 dB * ∼88%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
42 dB * ∼84%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
40 dB * ∼80%
Witcher 3 ultra (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
48 dB * ∼96%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
51 dB * ∼102%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
44 dB * ∼88%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
46 dB * ∼92%
Guru Mars K
50 dB * ∼100%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
56 dB * ∼112%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
44 dB * ∼88%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
50 dB * ∼100%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
44.3 dB * ∼89%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
52 dB * ∼104%
Alienware 13 R3
49 dB * ∼98%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
52 dB * ∼104%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
51.8 dB * ∼104%
Guru Mars K
55 dB * ∼110%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
62 dB * ∼124%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
50 dB * ∼100%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
50 dB * ∼100%
Heat
Maximum Upper Side (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
47 °C * ∼78%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
56 °C * ∼93%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
47.5 °C * ∼79%
Alienware 13 R3
48.8 °C * ∼81%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
51 °C * ∼85%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
48.2 °C * ∼80%
Guru Mars K
46 °C * ∼77%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
46 °C * ∼77%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
39.1 °C * ∼65%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
44.2 °C * ∼74%
Maximum Bottom (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
55 °C * ∼92%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
48.7 °C * ∼81%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
56 °C * ∼93%
Alienware 13 R3
60.4 °C * ∼101%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
58 °C * ∼97%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
43.2 °C * ∼72%
Guru Mars K
46 °C * ∼77%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
57 °C * ∼95%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
42.1 °C * ∼70%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
43 °C * ∼72%
Idle Upper Side (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
36 °C * ∼60%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
30.9 °C * ∼52%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
34.5 °C * ∼58%
Alienware 13 R3
33.1 °C * ∼55%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
25 °C * ∼42%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
25.4 °C * ∼42%
Guru Mars K
32 °C * ∼53%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
34 °C * ∼57%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
27.9 °C * ∼47%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
32.4 °C * ∼54%
Idle Bottom (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
38 °C * ∼63%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
30.6 °C * ∼51%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
33.6 °C * ∼56%
Alienware 13 R3
30.1 °C * ∼50%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
25 °C * ∼42%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
25.8 °C * ∼43%
Guru Mars K
31 °C * ∼52%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
35 °C * ∼58%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
26.1 °C * ∼44%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
32.8 °C * ∼55%
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
424 min ∼16%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
min ∼0%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
222 min ∼8%
Alienware 13 R3
524 min ∼19%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
781 min ∼29%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
721 min ∼27%
Guru Mars K
200 min ∼7%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
182 min ∼7%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
323 min ∼12%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
313 min ∼12%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
321 min ∼12%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
277 min ∼10%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
168 min ∼6%
Alienware 13 R3
320 min ∼12%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
491 min ∼18%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
419 min ∼16%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
144 min ∼5%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
218 min ∼8%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
251 min ∼9%
Load (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
113 min ∼4%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
min ∼0%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
97 min ∼4%
Alienware 13 R3
90 min ∼3%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
157 min ∼6%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
72 min ∼3%
Guru Mars K
107 min ∼4%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
65 min ∼2%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
91 min ∼3%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
90 min ∼3%
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
22 Watt * ∼22%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
10.5 Watt * ∼11%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
32 Watt * ∼32%
Alienware 13 R3
7 Watt * ∼7%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
10 Watt * ∼10%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
10.6 Watt * ∼11%
Guru Mars K
31 Watt * ∼31%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
34 Watt * ∼34%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
23 Watt * ∼23%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
27 Watt * ∼27%
Idle Average (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
26 Watt * ∼26%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
20.5 Watt * ∼21%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
43 Watt * ∼43%
Alienware 13 R3
12 Watt * ∼12%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
13 Watt * ∼13%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
16 Watt * ∼16%
Guru Mars K
37 Watt * ∼37%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
41 Watt * ∼41%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
33 Watt * ∼33%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
32 Watt * ∼32%
Idle Maximum (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
33 Watt * ∼33%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
22 Watt * ∼22%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
51 Watt * ∼51%
Alienware 13 R3
18 Watt * ∼18%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
20 Watt * ∼20%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
16.4 Watt * ∼16%
Guru Mars K
44 Watt * ∼44%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
50 Watt * ∼50%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
40 Watt * ∼40%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
41 Watt * ∼41%
Load Average (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
86 Watt * ∼25%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
91 Watt * ∼26%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
138 Watt * ∼39%
Alienware 13 R3
76 Watt * ∼22%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
79 Watt * ∼23%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
75.9 Watt * ∼22%
Guru Mars K
116 Watt * ∼33%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
106 Watt * ∼30%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
94 Watt * ∼27%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
102 Watt * ∼29%
Load Maximum (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
215 Watt * ∼61%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
155 Watt * ∼44%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
350 Watt * ∼100%
Alienware 13 R3
161 Watt * ∼46%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
165 Watt * ∼47%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
163.8 Watt * ∼47%
Guru Mars K
312 Watt * ∼89%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
320 Watt * ∼91%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
228 Watt * ∼65%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
248 Watt * ∼71%
Witcher 3 ultra (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
159 min * ∼45%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
279 min * ∼80%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
120 min * ∼34%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
111.2 min * ∼32%
Guru Mars K
259 min * ∼74%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
257 min * ∼73%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
177 min * ∼51%

Legend

 
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q Intel Core i7-7820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, LiteOn CX2-8B256
 
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
 
Schenker XMG U727 2017 Intel Core i7-7700K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
 
Alienware 13 R3 Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
 
Gigabyte Aero 15X Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
 
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220 Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP
 
Guru Mars K Intel Core i7-7700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
 
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro Intel Core i7-7820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
 
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
 
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL Intel Core i7-7820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
14631 Points ∼63%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
9575 Points ∼41%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
17286 Points ∼74%
Alienware 13 R3
9584 Points ∼41%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
12166 Points ∼52%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
9497 Points ∼41%
Guru Mars K
16980 Points ∼73%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
15851 Points ∼68%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
13353 Points ∼57%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
17463 Points ∼75%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
17829 Points ∼62%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
12613 Points ∼44%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
21371 Points ∼74%
Alienware 13 R3
12319 Points ∼43%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
14847 Points ∼52%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
12113 Points ∼42%
Guru Mars K
20487 Points ∼71%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
19621 Points ∼68%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
16430 Points ∼57%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
20303 Points ∼71%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
5121 Points ∼86%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
3444 Points ∼58%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
4902 Points ∼82%
Alienware 13 R3
3894 Points ∼65%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
4394 Points ∼74%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
4207 Points ∼70%
Guru Mars K
5847 Points ∼98%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
5237 Points ∼88%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
4395 Points ∼74%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
5975 Points ∼100%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q
6972 Points ∼87%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
7864 Points ∼98%
Alienware 13 R3
5482 Points ∼68%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
6288 Points ∼78%
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ
6692 Points ∼83%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
7667 Points ∼95%

Legend

 
Alienware 15 R3 Max-Q Intel Core i7-7820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, LiteOn CX2-8B256
 
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
 
Schenker XMG U727 2017 Intel Core i7-7700K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
 
Alienware 13 R3 Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
 
Gigabyte Aero 15X Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
 
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220 Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP
 
Guru Mars K Intel Core i7-7700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
 
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro Intel Core i7-7820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
 
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-70PJ Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
 
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL Intel Core i7-7820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7

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