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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Laptops

Florian Glaser, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 07/31/2017

October 2018 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 September 2018

Pos.RatingDateImageModelHeightWeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
188%09/2018
New!
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LSAcer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
Intel Core i9-8950HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
38.7 mm4 kg17.3"3840x2160matte
288%06/2018Asus Chimera G703GIAsus Chimera G703GI
Intel Core i9-8950HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
64 GB Memory, 1431 GB SSD
51 mm4.7 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
388%04/2018Gigabyte Aero 15X v8Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
18 mm2.1 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
488%03/2018Schenker XMG Ultra 17Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Intel Core i7-8700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 500 GB SSD
41 mm4.4 kg17.3"3840x2160matte
587%09/2018
New!
Alienware 17 R5Alienware 17 R5
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
30 mm4.4 kg17.3"2560x1440matte
687%08/2018HP Omen 17t-3AW55AV_1HP Omen 17t-3AW55AV_1
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
33 mm3.7 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
787%08/2018Asus GL504GSAsus GL504GS
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
26 mm2.5 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
887%07/2018Aorus X7 DT v8Aorus X7 DT v8
Intel Core i7-8850H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
25 mm3.4 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
987%07/2018MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 500 GB SSD
40 mm2.9 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
1087%07/2018Razer Blade 15 2018Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
17.3 mm2.1 kg15.6"1920x1080matte

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

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1st - Acer Predator Helios 500

Acer Predator Helios 500
Acer Predator Helios 500

While the Predator Helios 300 is designed for more price-conscious gamers, the much thicker, heavier, and more expensive Predator Helios 500 targets gamers with high requirements. We tested the SKU PH517-93LS, which is equipped with Intels most powerful notebook CPU right now, the hexa-core Core i9-8950HK. It is supported by 32 GB DDR4-RAM as well as 512 GB PCIe-SSD storage.

Graphics calculations are handled by Nvidia's Pascal chip GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB GDDR5-VRAM, but it still struggles with the native UHD resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) from time to time - at least in very demanding titles. The Helios 500 with its wide gamut panel (88 % AdobeRGB) manages a 3% higher score compared to the 1080p model with the Core i7-8750H, which is enough for the top spot in the ranking.

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2nd – Asus ROG Chimera G703GI

Asus ROG Chimera G703GI
Asus ROG Chimera G703GI

While neither the G752 nor the G701 made it into the top 10 the Coffee Lake equipped ROG Chimera G703 managed to conquer 1st place. Despite its heft and bulk we do consider the 17-inch gaming notebook to be one of the most well-made devices.

At a price of around $4,500 you get a Core i9-8950HK, a GeForce GTX 1080, and a RAID storage system. The cherry on the cake is certainly the fact that the GPU is overclocked via Turbo Gear out of the box already. Its undisputable highlight, however, is the fast 144 Hz panel with support for G-Sync. Speaker performance, input devices, and connectivity are also commendable, on the other side the device was very loud when running 3D applications, maintenance was comparatively hard, and battery life was very short.

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3rd - Gigabyte Aero 15X v8

Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8

The wolf in sheep's clothing is a fitting description for the Gigabyte Aero 15X v8 (2,500 Euros). While the majority of gaming laptops is rather bulky and heavy, respectively, and uses a flashy design, Gigabyte ships its 15-inch system with a slim, light, and sturdy case that looks understated. The RGB keyboard illumination is the only indicator for a gaming system.

Inside you will find the latest and greatest mobile hardware with Intel's Core i7-8750H and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, which are noticeable under higher workloads. Besides the hexa-core CPU, the 144 Hz panel is one of the most important changes over the previous model. Gigabyte once again waives G-Sync and implements Optimus to improve the battery runtime. This is a good decision considering the mobility of the laptop. Slim bezels and the certification for X-Rite Pantone are additional selling points. Note: The Aero 15X v8 will also be available with a 4K screen, which is supposed to cover 100 % of the AdobeRGB gamut.

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4th – Schenker XMG Ultra 17

Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Schenker XMG Ultra 17

The XMG Ultra 17 from Schenker Technologies is the best example for a full-fledged desktop replacement. Despite its high weight (4.4 kg) and high construction (4.1 cm), we were mostly convinced by the 17-inch chassis. The manufacturer deserves respect for the upgrade possibilities and the screen. The 4K in our test model does not only feature a high resolution, but also covers a surprisingly wide color gamut (88 % AdobeRGB), but you will have to get used to it.

The GPU performance is also remarkable – Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 manages a level of performance that was not possible so far. You also get a real desktop processor. The XMG Ultra 17 does not last long without the power adapter, but the sound is great. This is also the case for the connectivity (Thunderbolt 3) and the input devices. However, we were disappointed by the fan behavior.

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5th - Alienware 17 R5

Alienware 17 R5
Alienware 17 R5

Even though the quality control suffered a bit after the acquisition by Dell (customers often report build quality and cooling issues), and we can confirm is by the AW 15 R3, Alienware laptops are still among the most noble and best high-end laptops you can get.

The 17-inch series was recently updated with Intel Coffee Lake CPUs. Our test model for about 2400 Euros offers plenty of gaming performance thanks to Core i7-8750H and GeForce GTX 1070. You also get 16 GB DDR4-RAm and an NVMe-SSD. The chassis also leaves a great impression except for the high weight and the thickness. In addition to good input devices, there are numerous ports, many lighting options, and a 120 Hz QHD panel (2560 x 1440 pixels). Dell should improve the noise development. The temperatures of our test model under load would allow for lower fan noise.

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6th - HP Omen 17t

HP Omen 17t
HP Omen 17t

While HP focused on office and multimedia laptops in the past, we now get more and more gaming systems from the manufacturer. The current 17-inch notebook is called Omen 17t and can easily keep up with the renowned high-end competition in terms of performance, features, and quality.

There are some advantages like the G-Sync display with 144 Hz, numerous ports, moderate noise development and the stable and easy to maintain chassis. However, the Omen 17t also suffers from typical DTR issues like the high weight, bulky design, and short runtimes. The sound could be better as well.

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7th - Asus ROG Strix GL504GS

Asus ROG Strix GL504GS
Asus ROG Strix GL504GS

The Asus ROG Strix GL504 is between slim competitors and typical desktop replacements in terms of weight and thickness. Depending on the model you either get a GeForce GTX 1060(GL504GM) or a GeForce GTX 1070 (GL504CS) under the hood, even though the latter lacks Nvidia's switchable graphics technology Optimus, which has a massive effect on the battery runtime. G-Sync is not supported, either, so we cannot really understand Asus' decision.

Otherwise, the 15-inch gamer leaves a good impression except fr the high noise development while gaming and the missing Thunderbolt 3 port. We like the responsive 144 Hz display with slim bezel. The input devices and the sound performance are not bad, either, and you get comprehensive lighting options.

Note: There are two different versions of the GL504. While the Hero edition is designed for MOBA fans with specifically marked QWER keys, Asus wants to attract 1st person shooter enthusiasts with the Scar-Edition (camouflage pattern, highlighted WASD area).

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8th - Aorus X7 DT v8

Aorus X7 DT v8
Aorus X7 DT v8

The 17-inch Aorus X7 DT v8 has all the features you can expect from a 2018 gaming laptop. 144 Hz panel with G-Sync support? Check. High-end CPU and hexa-core CPU with optional overclocking? Check. Powerful tuning tools? Check. Thunderbolt 3? Check. You obviously get an NVMe-SSD as well. The package for around 3100 Euros is rounded off by 16 GB DDR4-RAM.

The chassis stays quite slim, despite the powerful hardware, even though both the high weight (3.4 kg) as well as the mediocre battery runtime affect the mobility. Potential buyers also have to live with high temperatures and fan noise under load. Gigabyte could also improve the sound quality.

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9th - MSI GT63 8RG

MSI GT63 8RG
MSI GT63 8RG

The case of the GT63 8RG is already a kind of classic. The 15-inch sibling was hardly changed over the last couple of years – which is positive and negative at the same time. It is not one of the lightest and slimmest gaming devices at 2.9 kg and a height of 4.0 cm.

MSI deserves praise for the simple maintenance (several upgrade options) and the illuminated SteelSeries keyboard. The display of the test model is a 120 Hz panel, which is pretty good for a TN screen. The graphics output is handled by Nvidia's high-end GPU GeForce GTX 1080.

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10th – Razer Blade 15

Razer Blade 15
Razer Blade 15

No doubt: displays with particularly narrow bezels are sexy, and gaming notebooks have started to embody this trend more and more often. In addition to the MSI GS65, which did not make this top 10 list, and the Gigabyte Aero 15X Razer’s latest Blade 15 also features an edge to edge screen. Generally speaking the Blade’s metal case is one of the most classy, high-quality and best made cases we have ever seen. Keyboard, touchpad, and display (144 Hz) are on a par with its competitors.

Despite its small footprint the 15-inch gaming powerhouse is equipped with some serious high-end technology, among others a Core i7-8750H, a GeForce GTX1070 Max-Q, and an NVMe SSD. Software and hardware, such as for example the RGB backlight, can be configured using the Razer Synapse application. Unfortunately, the Blade 15 barely missed the threshold for the “Very Good” rating due to its poor sound quality, its substandard connectivity (no card reader, no RJ45 Ethernet), and its immense noise emissions in 3D. In addition, its battery life is significantly shorter than the Gigabyte Aero 15X’s. However, gamers that enjoy travelling and put a lot of emphasis on design cannot go wrong with the Blade 15.

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Comparison of the Top 10 Gaming Laptops

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
Asus Chimera G703GI
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Alienware 17 R5
HP Omen 17t-3AW55AV_1
Asus GL504GS
Aorus X7 DT v8
MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
Razer Blade 15 2018
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
36 (18, 18)
6.4 (3.4, 3)
16.8 (8.4, 8.4)
44 (22.8, 21.2)
20.8 (11.6, 9.2)
17.6 (10, 7.6)
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
18 (8.8, 9.2)
8.4 (4.4, 4)
17.2 (8.8, 8.4)
Response Time Black / White *
24.4 (14, 10.4)
10.8 (6, 4.8)
11.2 (6, 5.2)
24.8 (11.6, 13.2)
6 (4, 2)
10 (4.8, 5.2)
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
12 (6.8, 5.2)
5.8 (4.4, 1.4)
12 (6.8, 5.2)
PWM Frequency
25510 (34)
Screen
Brightness middle
366
285
313
332
398
343.6
271
297
307.1
290
Brightness
349
275
300
313
367
320
261
281
276
281
Brightness Distribution
86
82
78
88
86
87
86
84
80
82
Black Level *
0.46
0.22
0.33
0.28
0.51
0.34
0.32
0.23
0.37
0.3
Contrast
796
1295
948
1186
780
1011
847
1291
830
967
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.9
3.18
1.29
3.86
5.45
3.74
2.61
2.19
2.53
2.85
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.4
5.99
2.04
5.88
10.36
5.33
4.93
4.81
4.66
6.27
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
3.1
1.73
2.56
3.49
2.33
2.82
1.39
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.5
2.93
0.69
4.33
5.4
3.7
1.97
1.31
1.7
2.4
Gamma
2.37 93%
2.45 90%
2.43 91%
2.41 91%
2.4 92%
2.36 93%
2.4 92%
2.42 91%
2.194 100%
2.34 94%
CCT
6616 98%
7165 91%
6550 99%
6595 99%
7453 87%
6388 102%
6398 102%
6464 101%
6893 94%
6718 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
88.1
60
60
88
56
58
59
59
76
60
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
93
94
100
86
90
90
91
100
94
Noise
off / environment *
29.4
29
29
30
30
27.8
29
29
28
29
Idle Minimum *
29.4
30
30
34
32
31.1
32
35
31.4
29
Idle Average *
29.4
34
31
35
33
31.1
33
36
31.4
30
Idle Maximum *
30.1
42
35
40
34
35
40
41
32.2
38
Load Average *
36
53
49
45
43
42
49
43
35.5
46
Witcher 3 ultra *
37.6
51
51
52
51
44.5
51
53
47.6
49
Load Maximum *
42.2
53
54
60
51
46.5
53
54
50.8
46
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
41
50
53
41
46
44.2
55
51
41.6
56
Maximum Bottom *
45.2
50
65
48
58
55.8
55
63
54.8
59
Idle Upper Side *
34.4
32
26
30
40
31.6
36
27
33
Idle Bottom *
33.9
33
30
35
41
35
36
28
34
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
169
762
164
268
268
176
296
382
WiFi v1.3
172
130
513
142
218
253
146
228
194
322
Load
51
156
70
64
97
71
80
72
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
24.6
29
14
32
28
17.8
29
23
26.4
14
Idle Average *
33.1
37
18
38
32
24.7
32
33
30
17
Idle Maximum *
37.2
46
22
45
37
29.6
38
37
30.6
21
Load Average *
124
156
91
96
112
110
100
115
90.4
95
Load Maximum *
236.5
314
173
331
231
178.6
217
281
224.4
179
Witcher 3 ultra *
180
252
142
237
192
167.8
170
225
255.6
141

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK, Liteon CA1-8D512
14734 Points ∼55%
Asus Chimera G703GI
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Intel 760p 512 GB + 1x Samsung SM961 512 GB (RAID)
18999 Points ∼71%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
13281 Points ∼50%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
17997 Points ∼67%
Alienware 17 R5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
15457 Points ∼58%
HP Omen 17t-3AW55AV_1
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
14335 Points ∼54%
Asus GL504GS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
14394 Points ∼54%
Aorus X7 DT v8
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8850H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
18006 Points ∼67%
MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8750H, CUK Cyclone 500GB M.2 NVMe
17582 Points ∼66%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
12707 Points ∼48%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK, Liteon CA1-8D512
18687 Points ∼60%
Asus Chimera G703GI
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Intel 760p 512 GB + 1x Samsung SM961 512 GB (RAID)
23488 Points ∼75%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
15502 Points ∼50%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
22034 Points ∼71%
Alienware 17 R5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
18741 Points ∼60%
HP Omen 17t-3AW55AV_1
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
17921 Points ∼57%
Asus GL504GS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
17775 Points ∼57%
Aorus X7 DT v8
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8850H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
20577 Points ∼66%
MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8750H, CUK Cyclone 500GB M.2 NVMe
19463 Points ∼62%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
14676 Points ∼47%
PCMark 10 - Score (sort by value)
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK, Liteon CA1-8D512
4576 Points ∼59%
Asus Chimera G703GI
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Intel 760p 512 GB + 1x Samsung SM961 512 GB (RAID)
6607 Points ∼85%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5059 Points ∼65%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
5976 Points ∼77%
Alienware 17 R5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
5443 Points ∼70%
HP Omen 17t-3AW55AV_1
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5939 Points ∼76%
Asus GL504GS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4854 Points ∼63%
Aorus X7 DT v8
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8850H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
4524 Points ∼58%
MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8750H, CUK Cyclone 500GB M.2 NVMe
5961 Points ∼77%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5046 Points ∼65%
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