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October 2019 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.

We expanded the Top 10  to meet the increasing number of gaming notebooks. You can now find a list with the best high-end laptops that weigh less than 2.5 kg as well as budget gaming laptops for less than 1500 Euros. 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. You can sort the table by clicking its headers or via text filter (e.g. "matte").

Best Gaming Notebooks as of October 2019

Pos.RatingDateImageModelHeightWeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
188%06/2019Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-QRazer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
19.9 mm2.8 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
286%10/2019
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Asus ROG G703GXRAsus ROG G703GXR
Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
48 mm4.7 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
386%09/2019Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
Intel Core i9-9980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
21.4 mm2.5 kg17.3"3840x2160matte
486%06/2019MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SGMSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
64 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
42 mm4.2 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
586%05/2019MSI GE75 9SGMSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB NVMe
27.5 mm2.7 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
686%08/2019Asus Strix Hero III G731GVAsus Strix Hero III G731GV
Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
26.2 mm2.9 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
786%08/2019HP Omen 17-cb0020ngHP Omen 17-cb0020ng
Intel Core i9-9880H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
27 mm3.3 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
886%03/2019Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080
Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
42 mm3.9 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
985%10/2019
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Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHgLenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 128 GB SSD
25 mm2.3 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
1085%03/2019Schenker XMG Ultra 17 TuringSchenker XMG Ultra 17 Turing
Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
64 GB Memory, 500 GB SSD
41 mm4.3 kg17.3"3840x2160matte

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

Editors' Comments

1st – Razer Blade Pro 17

Razer Blade Pro 17
Razer Blade Pro 17

Alongside Schenker Razer is the only other manufacturer with not one but two gaming notebooks in our top 10 list with a rating of “Very Good”. The Blade Pro 17 managed a rating of 90 % and was therefore able to set itself apart from its competitors by quite a bit. Despite its small case Razer packed the device with nothing but high-end hardware. In our particular case, the Blade Pro 17 came with a Core i7-9750H, a blazingly fast GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, and a matte FHD IPS display with Optimus. Accordingly, it lacked G-Sync in return.

In addition to its massive performance other benefits include easy maintenance, a robust and good-looking case, and a wide variety of ports. Downsides include a rather spongy and soft feedback on keyboard and touchpad as well as high noise emissions under 3D load.

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2nd – Asus ROG G703GXR

Asus ROG G703GXR
Asus ROG G703GXR

Unlike the ROG G701 that barely missed our top 10 the Turing-equipped ROG G703 managed to secure second place. Despite its heft and size the 17-inch gaming notebook is one of the best high-end notebooks currently available.

For around $4,000 you get a Core i7-9750H, a GeForce RTX 2080, and an NVMe SSD. Using Turbo Gear the CPU can even be overclocked in order to maximize performance. However, its highlight is no doubt the fast 144 Hz display with G-Sync support. We also liked the notebook’s audio performance, its input devices, and its connectivity. Drawbacks include its high noise emissions under 3D load, its comparatively poor maintenance options, and its two power supplies.

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3rd – Gigabyte Aero 17 XA HDR

Gigabyte Aero 17 XA HDR
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA HDR

The Gigabyte Aero 17 XA HDR features an extremely bright color-accurate UHD (3840 x 2160) panel capable of bringing the 2070 to its knees more often than expected. Thanks to its small and low-key case it not only appeals to gamers but business and multimedia users as well. Great battery life and low weight render it somewhat portable despite its 17-inch format. It also supports Thunderbolt 3.

On the other side of the coin are a poor webcam placement, poor fan management, poor turbo-boost capabilities, and input devices with spongy and soft feedback.

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4th – MSI GT76 9SG

MSI GT76 9SG
MSI GT76 9SG

MSI’s flagship scores fourth place on our gaming top 10 list. In our opinion, the major improvement over its own GT75 predecessor is the smaller case. The GT76 9SG was thinned down to 4.2 cm (1.7 inches) compared to 5.8 cm (2.3 inches). Subjectively, the case seems to be much smaller than it really is mainly due to its narrow display bezels. Thanks to its desktop CPU the 17-inch notebook not only offers plenty of performance but also above average upgradeability. We also liked the display, the input devices, and the notebook’s connectivity. On the flip side users have to live the same downsides many desktop replacements suffer from, namely high weight and high noise emissions under 3D load. Other drawbacks include the lack of G-Sync and the fact that the GT76 requires two power supplies.

On the flip side users have to live the same downsides many desktop replacements suffer from, namely high weight and high noise emissions under 3D load. Other drawbacks include the lack of G-Sync and the fact that the GT76 requires two power supplies.

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5th - MSI GE75 9SG

MSI GE75 9SG
MSI GE75 9SG

While the GT75 is pretty bulky, the GE75MSI GE75 8SG Raider (i7-8750H, RTX 2080) Laptop Review from MSI is a good compromise between chassis height and performance. The high-end SKU of the 17-inch laptop not only features an eight-core processor from Intel, but also Nvidia's high-end RTX 2080. You look at a matte 144 Hz panel, which is surprisingly bright and accurate. There is not much criticism for the battery runtime (Optimus technology) or the sound, either.

We miss a Thunderbolt 3 port and the card reader is very slow. The fan noise while gaming could be better as well.

The review of the less expensive RTX 2070 SKU is available here.

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6th – Asus Strix G731GV

Asus Strix G731GV
Asus Strix G731GV

At 2.8 kg (6.2 lbs) and a thickness of 2.6 cm (1 inch) the Asus Strix G731GV sits right in between traditional desktop replacements and slim & light notebooks. Our 17-inch review model came equipped with a Core i7-9750H, a GeForce RTX 2060, a fast 144 Hz display panel, and powerful speakers. Furthermore, the well-made case houses decent input devices as well as various lighting options.

On the flip side its noise emissions were too loud, its battery life to short, and its connectivity lacking (no Thunderbolt 3, no card reader).

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7th – HP Omen 17

HP Omen 17
HP Omen 17

In the past, HP focused mainly on business and multimedia notebooks. However, in recent years we have seen more and more gaming-capable HP notebooks released. HP’s current 17-inch flagship model, the Omen 17, can easily keep up with its high-end competitors in regards to performance, connectivity, and quality.

On the plus side we find a G-Sync-capable 144 Hz display, great connectivity, and more than just decent speakers. On the downside the Omen 17 is a typical desktop replacement, and thus suffers from a high noise level under 3D load and poor battery life.

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8th - Alienware Area 51m

Alienware Area 51m
Alienware Area 51m

Even though the competition reduced the gap in terms of material quality, Alienware laptops are still the most noble and stable high-end laptops.

The current flagship carries the designation Area 51m and we reviewed the SKU with the Core i9-9900K and a GeForce RTX 2080. It was also equipped with 32 GB DDR4-RAM and two NVMe-SSDs. Except for the pretty high weight and the thick chassis, we also like the case. Good input devices are supported by numerous ports, diverse lighting and upgrade options as well as a 144 Hz panel. Dell should improve the noise development.

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9th - Lenovo Legion Y740-15

Lenovo Legion Y740-15
Lenovo Legion Y740-15

Compared to other gaming laptops with the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, the 15-inch model of the Lenovo Legion Y740 has a good price-performance ratio. Besides the hardware equipment, we also like the 144 Hz display for the most part. The same applies for the RGB illumination, the noise development as well as the port selection. The maintenance options are not bad, either.

The keyboard with its spongy feedback could be improved, just like the placement of the webcam and the battery runtime. The Legion Y740 is currently still one of the best high-end laptops and gets our recommendation.

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10th - Schenker XMG Ultra 17

Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Schenker XMG Ultra 17

Schenker Technologies' XMG Ultra 17 is a prime example for a full-fledged desktop replacement. Despite the high weight (4.3 kg) and the thick construction (4.1 cm), we were mainly convinced by the 17-inch chassis. It deserves respect for the upgrade options and the display in particular. The 4K panel of our test model does not only feature a high resolution, but also a wide color gamut (88% AdobeRGB), even though you have to get used to it.

The graphics performance is also very high: Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 manages a performance level we did not see before, and it is combined with a real desktop processor. The XMG Ultra 17 does not last very long without a PSU, but the sound is great in return. The same applies for the port selection (Thunderbolt 3) and the input devices. We were rather disappointed by the fan control.

The review of the similarly constructed (and very similarly equipped) Eurocom Sky X7C is available here.

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Comparison of the Top 10 Gaming Laptops

Size Comparison

425 mm / 16.7 inch 319 mm / 12.6 inch 48 mm / 1.89 inch 4.7 kg10.3 lbs418 mm / 16.5 inch 295 mm / 11.6 inch 41 mm / 1.614 inch 4.3 kg9.59 lbs402.6 mm / 15.9 inch 319.2 mm / 12.6 inch 42 mm / 1.654 inch 3.9 kg8.53 lbs397 mm / 15.6 inch 330 mm / 13 inch 42 mm / 1.654 inch 4.2 kg9.19 lbs405 mm / 15.9 inch 295 mm / 11.6 inch 27 mm / 1.063 inch 3.3 kg7.28 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 293 mm / 11.5 inch 26.2 mm / 1.031 inch 2.9 kg6.28 lbs397 mm / 15.6 inch 268.5 mm / 10.6 inch 27.5 mm / 1.083 inch 2.7 kg5.86 lbs396 mm / 15.6 inch 270 mm / 10.6 inch 21.4 mm / 0.843 inch 2.5 kg5.51 lbs395 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.8 kg6.06 lbs362 mm / 14.3 inch 265 mm / 10.4 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.3 kg5.03 lbs

Measurement Results

Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Asus ROG G703GXR
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
MSI GE75 9SG
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Turing
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
6.8 (3.4, 3.4)
6.4 (3.4, 3)
45.6 (24.4, 21.2)
8 (4.4, 3.6)
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
6.8 (3.4, 3.4)
17.6 (8.4, 9.2)
13.2 (8, 5.2)
19 (9, 10)
41.6 (20.4, 21.2)
Response Time Black / White *
9.6 (5.2, 4.4)
12.8 (7.6, 5.2)
30.4 (16.4, 14)
10 (5.2, 4.8)
6.6 (3.2, 3.4)
12 (6.8, 5.2)
11.2 (6, 5.2)
10.8 (6, 4.8)
10 (6, 4)
21.6 (9.6, 12)
PWM Frequency
26040 (20)
26040 (10)
25510 (44)
Screen
Brightness middle
299.3
290
667.3
396
400.7
312.3
360
335.2
477
343
Brightness
294
281
633
373
372
297
342
297
431
328
Brightness Distribution
94
91
90
89
89
91
91
82
84
82
Black Level *
0.29
0.2
0.46
0.33
0.34
0.21
0.26
0.66
0.175
0.31
Contrast
1032
1450
1451
1200
1179
1487
1385
508
2726
1106
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.55
4.77
3.53
2.04
1.33
3.6
1.91
2.02
4.17
5.03
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.73
9.08
6.88
3.85
3.51
6.74
4.08
7.23
6.97
7.91
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.9
1.46
3.79
0.82
1.39
3.95
0.78
1.17
2.51
0.86
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.5
5.83
0.9
2.83
1.3
3.1
2.72
3.2
3.49
6.29
Gamma
2.28 96%
2.47 89%
2.17 101%
2.49 88%
2.24 98%
2.26 97%
2.37 93%
2.16 102%
2.5 88%
2.38 92%
CCT
7101 92%
8076 80%
6533 99%
7113 91%
6735 97%
7002 93%
6692 97%
6746 96%
7076 92%
6389 102%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57
59
87.1
59
58.2
56.6
60
61.3
60
88
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
88.7
92
100
94
92.1
86.6
96
96.9
91
100
Noise
off / environment *
28.2
30
29.3
30
28.2
28.2
30
28.1
30
30
Idle Minimum *
28.2
33
33
33
30.4
29.5
34
28.1
31.3
30
Idle Average *
28.2
34
33
34
30.4
30.3
35
28.6
31.3
33
Idle Maximum *
30.8
35
33
44
33.4
31.9
36
51
31.3
35
Load Average *
42
38
42.5
47
37.1
50.4
51
51
42
44
Witcher 3 ultra *
51
50
42
53
54.2
50.1
47
51
42.1
55
Load Maximum *
53
54
59.6
59
56.4
50.1
51
51
46.5
58
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
43
46
46.8
51
48.8
47.2
47
47
43.9
45
Maximum Bottom *
47.2
49
62.2
57
52
51
54
58.8
47.6
45
Idle Upper Side *
27.2
31
29
26
36.2
30.2
32
31
38.6
36
Idle Bottom *
30
32
34
28
44.4
35.4
30
35
40.8
33
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
295
484
711
409
250
155
165
WiFi v1.3
280
367
431
302
294
270
196
127
179
135
Load
86
61
98
52
63
66
65
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
16.2
27
13.9
14
13.9
16.2
26
23.3
22.2
39
Idle Average *
20.4
32
24.3
18
18.8
24.8
29
33.5
24.9
45
Idle Maximum *
26.1
39
35.5
23
23.1
28.6
38
38.4
30.6
55
Load Average *
96.5
124
127.6
114
112.3
127.6
106
114.1
101
122
Load Maximum *
214.3
338
237.5
443
291.5
212.7
287
485.1
186
346
Witcher 3 ultra *
182.9
274
158
283
231
147.1
228
339.5
143
259

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
18887 Points ∼71%
Asus ROG G703GXR
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
20164 Points ∼75%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
15412 Points ∼58%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0)
21988 Points ∼82%
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
18947 Points ∼71%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
14298 Points ∼53%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ (RAID 0)
19351 Points ∼72%
Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x SK Hynix PC400 512GB (RAID 0)
23195 Points ∼87%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
15386 Points ∼58%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Turing
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
20760 Points ∼78%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
22693 Points ∼65%
Asus ROG G703GXR
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
24850 Points ∼71%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
19651 Points ∼56%
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
27116 Points ∼77%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
17953 Points ∼51%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ (RAID 0)
25017 Points ∼71%
Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x SK Hynix PC400 512GB (RAID 0)
29759 Points ∼85%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
18733 Points ∼53%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Turing
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
26926 Points ∼77%
PCMark 10 - Score (sort by value)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5734 Points ∼74%
Asus ROG G703GXR
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5780 Points ∼74%
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
5955 Points ∼77%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0)
6599 Points ∼85%
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
6306 Points ∼81%
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5580 Points ∼72%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ (RAID 0)
6558 Points ∼84%
Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x SK Hynix PC400 512GB (RAID 0)
7006 Points ∼90%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
5938 Points ∼76%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Turing
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
7050 Points ∼91%
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