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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Laptops

July 2020 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.
Florian Glaser, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Andreas Osthoff),

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 July 2020

Pos.
Rating
Date
Image
Model
Height
Weight
Size
Resolution
Screen
Best Price
187 %
06/2020
neu!
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 HzRazer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Intel Core i7-10875H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
19.9 mm2.7 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
287 %
04/2020
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XBGigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB
Intel Core i7-10875H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
21 mm2.7 kg17.3"3840x2160matte
387 %
05/2020
Aorus 17G XBAorus 17G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
26 mm2.7 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
486 %
10/2019
Asus ROG G703GXRAsus ROG G703GXR
Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
32 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
48 mm4.7 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
586 %
05/2020
Razer Blade 15 RZ09-0328Razer Blade 15 RZ09-0328
Intel Core i7-10750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
19.9 mm2.1 kg15.6"3840x2160
685 %
05/2020
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SPGigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
20 mm2.2 kg15.6"3840x2160glossy
785 %
07/2020
neu!
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008USMSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Intel Core i7-10750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
16 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
27.5 mm2.6 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
885 %
10/2019
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
985 %
12/2019
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049USMSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
Intel Core i9-9880H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB NVMe
26.9 mm2.3 kg15.6"1920x1080
1085 %
07/2020
neu!
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFSMSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
23 mm2.4 kg15.6"1920x1080matte

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

Editors' Comments

1st – Razer Blade Pro 17 (2020 )

Razer Blade Pro 17 (2020)
Razer Blade Pro 17 (2020)

The Razer Blade Pro 17 is not only a regular on these top 10 lists but also almost always a favorite for one of the top spots, and the 2020 edition is no exception. Our particular review unit came equipped with a Core i7-10875H and a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, which was capable of running all games smoothly on the laptop’s internal FHD display albeit only rarely at the panel’s maximum frequency of 300 Hz.

As is typical for Razer the case felt very premium, which was to be expected considering the laptop’s price. Unfortunately, neither G-Sync nor Optimus are supported, and the device’s most prominent downside are its high noise emissions under load.

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2nd - Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB

Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB

The Gigabyte Aero 17 XB impresses with a very bright and accurate UHD panel when you get the HDR model. However, the graphics card (GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q) is often not powerful enough for the default resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. The slim and visually restrained chassis is not only interesting for gamers, but also content creators. Thanks to the long battery runtime and the moderate weight, the laptop is still well-suited for trips, despite the 17-inch form factor. We also like the integrated Thunderbolt 3 port.

gigabyte should improve the position of the webcam, the port layout as well as the fan noise under load.

3rd – Aorus 17 G XB

Aorus 17G XB
Aorus 17G XB

Gigabyte managed to place three of its current laptops in our top 10. In addition to the Aero 17 and the Aero 15 we also welcome the Aorus 17G. The latter is targeted primarily at gamers, as suggested by the striking and distinctive design. Its biggest highlight and unique selling point is the excellent mechanical keyboard with powerful backlight.

Performance is at a high level. Our review unit was equipped with a Core i7-10875H, a GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, and an X-Rite Pantone-certified 240 Hz display with low response times. Battery life was also quite decent thanks to its massive 94 Wh battery.

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4th – 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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5th - Razer Blade 15 (2020 modello base)

Razer Blade 15 (2020 base model)
Razer Blade 15 (2020 base model)

Razer manages to secure fifth place in our gaming top 10 list with its 2020 Blade 15 base model that scored a very respectable 86 % in our test. Despite its small case Razer includes only high-end hardware, such as a Core i7-10750H and a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q. The images are cast on a OLED display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160.

In addition to first-class performance the Blade 15 also offers simple maintenance, a robust and good-looking case, and modern connectivity. On the flip side it gets comparatively hot and its battery life is fairly poor.

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6th – 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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7th– MSI GE75 Raider 10SE

MSI GE75 Raider 10SE
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE

With a weight of 2.6 kg (5.73 lbs) and a thickness of 2.75 cm (1.08 inches) the MSI GE75 Raider sits right in-between traditional desktop replacements and more lightweight and compact slim & light contenders. The 17-inch devices featured a Core i7-10750H paired with a GeForce RTX 2060, a fast 144 Hz display, and powerful speakers. It also offered decent input devices, simple maintenance, and various lighting options.

Downsides include the laptop’s noise level, its battery life, and its connectivity (no Thunderbolt 3).

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8th - 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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9th - MSI GE65 9SF

MSI GE65 9SF
MSI GE65 9SF

MSI currently has three notebooks in the Top 10 ranking. In addition to the GT76 9SG and the GE75 9SG, the GE65 9SF also managed to enter the ranking. The 15-inch laptop is pretty portable thanks to the comparatively low weight of 2.2 kg and the compact footprint. The lack of Nvidia's G-Sync technology is explained by Optimus, which improves the battery runtime (they are still pretty meager though).

The GE65 does not lack 3D performance, either. The GeForce RTX 2070 is dangerous for the previous high-end chip GTX 1080 and can run all modern titles at maximum settings in the native FullHD resolution (240 Hz display). Our test unit is also equipped with 32 GB DDR4-RAM and a 1 TB SSD.

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10th – MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS

MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS

The GE66 Raider is a complete redesign, and reminiscent of the 17-inch GT76 Titan rather than its 15-inch GE65 sibling. Compared to the GT76 the GE66 is significantly thinner (2.3 cm / 0.91 inches instead of 4.2 cm / 1.65 inches) and lighther (2.4 kg / 5.3 lbs instead of 4.2 kg / 9.3 lbs).

However, both devices shared their tendency to get very noisy under load, and we would have wished for a more refined keyboard layout as well as a better sound quality. On the plus side, the devices features a large battery, a 240 Hz display, and plentiful connectivity.

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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 lbs405 mm / 15.9 inch 276 mm / 10.9 inch 26 mm / 1.024 inch 2.7 kg6.02 lbs397 mm / 15.6 inch 269 mm / 10.6 inch 27.5 mm / 1.083 inch 2.6 kg5.78 lbs396 mm / 15.6 inch 270 mm / 10.6 inch 21 mm / 0.827 inch 2.7 kg5.86 lbs395 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.7 kg5.99 lbs362 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 26.9 mm / 1.059 inch 2.3 kg5 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 267 mm / 10.5 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 2.4 kg5.35 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2.2 kg4.8 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs

Test Results

Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB
Aorus 17G XB
Asus ROG G703GXR
Razer Blade 15 RZ09-0328
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
5.6 (2.6, 3)
55.2 (26.8, 28.4)
16 (7.6, 8.4)
6.4 (3.4, 3)
2.7 (1.2, 1.5)
2.2 (1, 1.2)
6.8 (3.4, 3.4)
19 (9, 10)
13.2 (7.2, 6)
16.4 (6.8, 7.6)
Response Time Black / White *
9.6 (5.2, 4.4)
26 (9.2, 16.8)
12 (6.8, 5.2)
12.8 (7.6, 5.2)
2.6 (1.1, 1.5)
1.8 (1, 0.8)
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
10 (6, 4)
11.2 (6, 5.2)
10.4 (6, 4.4)
PWM Frequency
59.52 (100)
60 (80)
25000 (18)
23150 (19)
23580 (19)
Screen
Brightness middle
328
487
293
290
366.7
385
337.9
477
277.4
291
Brightness
329
475
285
281
371
390
305
431
264
278
Brightness Distribution
78
95
95
91
91
93
81
84
90
91
Black Level *
0.35
0.38
0.24
0.2
0.29
0.175
0.24
0.25
Contrast
937
1282
1221
1450
1165
2726
1156
1164
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.74
1.19
1.27
4.77
5.21
2.46
2.18
4.17
1.51
1.19
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.99
2.43
2.24
9.08
7.92
4.01
3.9
6.97
4.93
3.04
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.12
0.5
1.06
1.46
2.6
0.69
2.51
1.77
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.8
1.45
1.34
5.83
2
1.39
3.1
3.49
3.7
1.9
Gamma
2.2 100%
2.21 100%
2.38 92%
2.47 89%
2.17 101%
2.31 95%
2.07 106%
2.5 88%
2.23 99%
2.216 99%
CCT
6446 101%
6557 99%
6542 99%
8076 80%
6514 100%
6395 102%
6882 94%
7076 92%
7061 92%
7018 93%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
64.8
88
73
59
86.6
98
62
60
65.1
70
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98.6
100
94
92
100
100
98.2
91
99.1
92
Noise
off / environment *
28.2
30
30
30
28.4
30
28.4
30
28.8
30
Idle Minimum *
28.2
35
35
33
28.4
34
30.2
31.3
33
30
Idle Average *
28.2
36
36
34
28.4
36
30.2
31.3
33
35
Idle Maximum *
30.5
38
41
35
31.7
41
32
31.3
33.1
44
Load Average *
42.2
47
47
38
47.7
48
33.2
42
38
53
Witcher 3 ultra *
53
49
48
50
47.5
48
55
42.1
52.9
53
Load Maximum *
55.5
54
49
54
49.5
54
55
46.5
57.8
55
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
40.8
53
48
46
49.6
49
44.2
43.9
45
49
Maximum Bottom *
48.4
59
59
49
50.2
61
49
47.6
53
52
Idle Upper Side *
36.8
27
26
31
32.2
27
33.6
38.6
31.2
30
Idle Bottom *
41.2
29
29
32
34.6
29
39.6
40.8
39
34
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
592
598
484
518
371
454
WiFi v1.3
296
372
450
367
241
364
222
179
216
364
Load
140
134
61
166
35
106
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
19.6
16
20
27
11.1
18
14.7
22.2
15
6
Idle Average *
21.7
19
23
32
13.7
21
20.4
24.9
18.5
14
Idle Maximum *
36.1
30
38
39
33.4
38
26.9
30.6
20.2
25
Load Average *
115.6
109
105
124
104.4
113
93.2
101
110.9
108
Witcher 3 ultra *
157
167
158
274
159.9
149
185.4
143
187.3
195
Load Maximum *
219.9
246
243
338
203.8
256
237.8
186
260
280

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
18543 Points ∼63%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
18582 Points ∼63%
Aorus 17G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
18852 Points ∼64%
Asus ROG G703GXR
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
20164 Points ∼68%
Razer Blade 15 RZ09-0328
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10750H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
15800 Points ∼53%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
18947 Points ∼64%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
16312 Points ∼55%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
15386 Points ∼52%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i9-9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
18601 Points ∼63%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
19884 Points ∼67%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
23306 Points ∼60%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
24130 Points ∼63%
Aorus 17G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
23962 Points ∼62%
Asus ROG G703GXR
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
24850 Points ∼64%
Razer Blade 15 RZ09-0328
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10750H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
18964 Points ∼49%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
24383 Points ∼63%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
20404 Points ∼53%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
18733 Points ∼49%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i9-9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
22592 Points ∼59%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
24989 Points ∼65%
PCMark 10 - Score (sort by value)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
6290 Points ∼78%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
6483 Points ∼80%
Aorus 17G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
6571 Points ∼81%
Asus ROG G703GXR
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5780 Points ∼71%
Razer Blade 15 RZ09-0328
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10750H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
5244 Points ∼65%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
6580 Points ∼81%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6268 Points ∼77%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
5938 Points ∼73%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i9-9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
6452 Points ∼80%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
6053 Points ∼75%
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