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August 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 August 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
285%02/2019Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-QRazer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
17.8 mm2.1 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
386%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
485%03/2019Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHgLenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 256 GB NVMe
25 mm2.3 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
585%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
685%02/2019Asus ROG G703GXAsus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
51 mm4.7 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
786%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
884%03/2019Schenker XMG Neo 17Schenker XMG Neo 17
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
27.5 mm2.5 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
988%06/2019
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MSI 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
1087%04/2019Alienware m17 P37EAlienware m17 P37E
Intel Core i9-8950HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
23 mm2.6 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 - Razer Blade 15

Razer Blade 15
Razer Blade 15

Displays with slim bezels are not only sexy to look at, but they are also very trendy among gaming laptops. Besides the Gigabyte Aero 15Acer Predator Triton 500, and Asus ROG Strix GL504, the 2019 model of the Razer Blade 15 features an edge-to-edge screen as well. The stylish metal body is one of the most noble, high-quality and best assembled chassis you can get. Keyboard, touchpad, and display (144 Hz) do not have to hide behind the competition, either.

The 15-inch laptop is packed with high-end components, despite its compact dimensions. This includes the Core i7-8750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q and NVMe-SSD storage. You can adjust both the software and hardware (like RGB illumination) comprehensively via Razer Synapse. Thanks to the good cooling solution, the notebook does not get very loud or warm, either. The port selection (no card reader, no RJ45 Ethernet) on the other hand could be better. Gamers with a focus on design and ambitions to travel cannot go wrong, though.

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3rd – Asus ROG G731GW

Asus ROG G731GW
Asus ROG G731GW

With a weight of just 2.9 kg and a height of no more than 2.6 cm the Asus ROG G731GW sits comfortably in the gap between traditional desktop replacement notebook and those that can be classified as thin & light. The 17-inch laptop comes equipped with a Core i7-9750H and a GeForce RTX 2070. It also features a 144 Hz display, powerful speakers, decent input devices, a well-made case, and various lighting options.

Drawbacks include a high noise level, battery life, and connectivity (no Thunderbolt 3, no card reader).

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4th - 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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5th - 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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6th – 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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7th - 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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8th - Asus ROG G703

Asus ROG G703
Asus ROG G703

Contrary to the ROG G701, which just missed the Top 10 ranking, the Turing version of the ROG G703 secures the second spot. The 17-inch laptop is pretty bulky, but the gaming system is still one of the best high-end notebooks.

For about 4000 Euros, you get a Core i7-8750H, the GeForce GeForce RTX 2080 GPU and an NVMe-SSD. You can even overclock the GPU via Turbo Gear to increase the performance. The highlight is certainly the very responsive 144 Hz panel with G-Sync support. The speaker sound, the input devices as well as the port selection deserve praise, too. The high system noise when you run 3D applications is an issue, just like the limited maintenance and the two power adapters.

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9th - 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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10th - Schenker XMG Neo 17

Schenker XMG Neo 17
Schenker XMG Neo 17

You are looking for a subtle yet powerful gaming laptop? The Schenker XMG Neo 17 is an almost perfect choice. It is based on the Tongfang Barebone GK7CP7S only tips the scale at 2.5 kg in the SKU with the GeForce RTX 2070, which is more in line with a multimedia laptop. A chassis height of 2.75 cm is also decent for a gaming system.

As per usual for high-end systems, the noise development is very high under load. A better score for the Neo 17 would also require Thunderbolt 3, more powerful speakers, and a larger battery. The highlights include the 144 Hz display with a slim bezel design, the generous cope of delivery, and the mechanical RGB keyboard.

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Comparison of the Top 10 Gaming Laptops

Size Comparison

425 mm / 16.7 inch 319 mm / 12.6 inch 51 mm / 2.01 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 lbs405 mm / 15.9 inch 295 mm / 11.6 inch 27 mm / 1.063 inch 3.3 kg7.28 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 292 mm / 11.5 inch 26.2 mm / 1.031 inch 2.9 kg6.3 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 261 mm / 10.3 inch 27.5 mm / 1.083 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 kg4.97 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 17.8 mm / 0.701 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs

Measurement Results

Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
MSI GE75 9SG
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Turing
Asus ROG G703GX
Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080
Schenker XMG Neo 17
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
6.8 (3.4, 3.4)
16.8 (9.2, 7.6)
7.2 (3.6, 3.6)
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
18.8 (11.6, 7.2)
17.6 (8.4, 9.2)
41.6 (20.4, 21.2)
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
13.2 (8, 5.2)
18.8 (9.6, 9.2)
Response Time Black / White *
9.6 (5.2, 4.4)
11.6 (7.2, 4.4)
11.6 (6.4, 5.2)
6.6 (3.2, 3.4)
13.2 (8, 5.2)
11.2 (6, 5.2)
21.6 (9.6, 12)
9.6 (4.4, 5.2)
10.8 (6, 4.8)
12 (6.8, 5.2)
PWM Frequency
26040 (10)
25510 (44)
971 (99)
Screen
Brightness middle
299.3
314.7
297.4
400.7
320.4
360
343
296
335.2
304
Brightness
294
312
306
372
298
342
328
279
297
289
Brightness Distribution
94
90
80
89
85
91
82
85
82
90
Black Level *
0.29
0.38
0.31
0.34
0.42
0.26
0.31
0.25
0.66
0.26
Contrast
1032
828
959
1179
763
1385
1106
1184
508
1169
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.55
2.56
4.08
1.33
3.21
1.91
5.03
4.77
2.02
2.65
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.73
4.89
6.88
3.51
5.54
4.08
7.91
9.08
7.23
6.11
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.9
1.71
4
1.39
2.36
0.78
0.86
1.46
1.17
1.5
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.5
3.4
4
1.3
3.6
2.72
6.29
5.83
3.2
2.75
Gamma
2.28 96%
2.3 96%
2.259 97%
2.24 98%
2.27 97%
2.37 93%
2.38 92%
2.47 89%
2.16 102%
2.46 89%
CCT
7101 92%
6435 101%
7205 90%
6735 97%
6503 100%
6692 97%
6389 102%
8076 80%
6746 96%
6763 96%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57
60.7
56
58.2
59
60
88
60
61.3
60
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
88.7
94.6
86
92.1
92
96
100
93
96.9
92
Noise
off / environment *
28.2
28.8
28.2
28.2
28
30
30
30
28.1
29
Idle Minimum *
28.2
28.8
28.2
30.4
32.6
34
30
30
28.1
29
Idle Average *
28.2
28.8
28.5
30.4
32.7
35
33
35
28.6
32
Idle Maximum *
30.8
29.4
30
33.4
32.7
36
35
41
51
33
Load Average *
42
35.7
51.5
37.1
33.3
51
44
44
51
42
Witcher 3 ultra *
51
42.5
55.3
54.2
41.6
47
55
51
51
49
Load Maximum *
53
45
55.3
56.4
45.2
51
58
52
51
49
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
43
49
45.2
48.8
37.6
47
45
50
47
47
Maximum Bottom *
47.2
49
52
52
45.2
54
45
50
58.8
56
Idle Upper Side *
27.2
25.4
33
36.2
32.2
32
36
30
31
28
Idle Bottom *
30
27.2
38
44.4
37.2
30
33
33
35
30
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
295
682
249
235
250
165
301
155
315
WiFi v1.3
280
387
236
294
166
196
135
238
127
224
Load
86
88
84
46
63
65
78
66
55
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
16.2
10.4
18.2
13.9
22.9
26
39
5
23.3
13
Idle Average *
20.4
14.6
23
18.8
27.2
29
45
24
33.5
16
Idle Maximum *
26.1
16.3
33.1
23.1
27.5
38
55
42
38.4
21
Load Average *
96.5
88.5
124.8
112.3
83.4
106
122
112
114.1
96
Load Maximum *
214.3
182.4
263
291.5
160.5
287
346
320
485.1
191
Witcher 3 ultra *
182.9
155.4
180.8
231
143.6
228
259
284
339.5
172

* ... 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%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
15428 Points ∼58%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW010T8
16924 Points ∼63%
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
18947 Points ∼71%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
15027 Points ∼56%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ (RAID 0)
19351 Points ∼72%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Turing
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
20760 Points ∼78%
Asus ROG G703GX
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
20452 Points ∼76%
Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x SK Hynix PC400 512GB (RAID 0)
23195 Points ∼87%
Schenker XMG Neo 17
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
15686 Points ∼59%
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%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
17689 Points ∼51%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW010T8
19495 Points ∼56%
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
27116 Points ∼77%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
18304 Points ∼52%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ (RAID 0)
25017 Points ∼71%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Turing
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
26926 Points ∼77%
Asus ROG G703GX
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
24624 Points ∼70%
Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x SK Hynix PC400 512GB (RAID 0)
29759 Points ∼85%
Schenker XMG Neo 17
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
18150 Points ∼52%
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%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5416 Points ∼70%
Asus ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III G731GW-XB74
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW010T8
5834 Points ∼75%
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
6306 Points ∼81%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5941 Points ∼77%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ (RAID 0)
6558 Points ∼84%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Turing
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
7050 Points ∼91%
Asus ROG G703GX
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5680 Points ∼73%
Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x SK Hynix PC400 512GB (RAID 0)
7006 Points ∼90%
Schenker XMG Neo 17
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
5411 Points ∼70%
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