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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Laptops

May 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.

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 May 2020

Pos.
Rating
Date
Image
Model
Height
Weight
Size
Resolution
Screen
Best Price
188 %
06/2019
Razer 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
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
neu!
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 %
08/2019
Asus Strix Hero III G731GVAsus Strix Hero III G731GV
Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
26.2 mm2.9 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
586 %
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
686 %
06/2019
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SGMSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
64 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
42 mm4.2 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
785 %
05/2020
neu!
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
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 %
08/2019
HP Omen 17-cb0020ngHP Omen 17-cb0020ng
Intel Core i9-9880H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
27 mm3.3 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
1085 %
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

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 - 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 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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5th – 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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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 – Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB

Gigabyte’s more recent Aero 15 update brings us a new very thin case that remains rather conservative in design. One of its most noteworthy features is the bright high-contrast OLED display. Unfortunately, it suffers from noticeable reflections due to its glossy surface. The device was also fairly loud under load. Our review unit was equipped with a Core i7-10875H and a GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q.

Connectivity is plentiful, the built-in Wi-Fi modem is very fast, and the overall design with its slim bezels is definitely very attractive.

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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 – 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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10th - 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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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 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 lbs405 mm / 15.9 inch 276 mm / 10.9 inch 26 mm / 1.024 inch 2.7 kg6.02 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 293 mm / 11.5 inch 26.2 mm / 1.031 inch 2.9 kg6.28 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 2.8 kg6.06 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 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2.2 kg4.8 lbs

Test Results

Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB
Aorus 17G XB
Asus Strix Hero III G731GV
Asus ROG G703GXR
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
6.8 (3.4, 3.4)
55.2 (26.8, 28.4)
16 (7.6, 8.4)
6.8 (3.4, 3.4)
6.4 (3.4, 3)
8 (4.4, 3.6)
2.2 (1, 1.2)
19 (9, 10)
17.6 (8.4, 9.2)
13.2 (7.2, 6)
Response Time Black / White *
9.6 (5.2, 4.4)
26 (9.2, 16.8)
12 (6.8, 5.2)
12 (6.8, 5.2)
12.8 (7.6, 5.2)
10 (5.2, 4.8)
1.8 (1, 0.8)
10 (6, 4)
11.2 (6, 5.2)
11.2 (6, 5.2)
PWM Frequency
26040 (20)
60 (80)
25510 (44)
23150 (19)
Screen
Brightness middle
299.3
487
293
312.3
290
396
385
477
360
277.4
Brightness
294
475
285
297
281
373
390
431
342
264
Brightness Distribution
94
95
95
91
91
89
93
84
91
90
Black Level *
0.29
0.38
0.24
0.21
0.2
0.33
0.175
0.26
0.24
Contrast
1032
1282
1221
1487
1450
1200
2726
1385
1156
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.55
1.19
1.27
3.6
4.77
2.04
2.46
4.17
1.91
1.51
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.73
2.43
2.24
6.74
9.08
3.85
4.01
6.97
4.08
4.93
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.9
0.5
1.06
3.95
1.46
0.82
2.6
2.51
0.78
1.77
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.5
1.45
1.34
3.1
5.83
2.83
1.39
3.49
2.72
3.7
Gamma
2.28 96%
2.21 100%
2.38 92%
2.26 97%
2.47 89%
2.49 88%
2.31 95%
2.5 88%
2.37 93%
2.23 99%
CCT
7101 92%
6557 99%
6542 99%
7002 93%
8076 80%
7113 91%
6395 102%
7076 92%
6692 97%
7061 92%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57
88
73
56.6
59
59
98
60
60
65.1
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
88.7
100
94
86.6
92
94
100
91
96
99.1
Noise
off / environment *
28.2
30
30
28.2
30
30
30
30
30
28.8
Idle Minimum *
28.2
35
35
29.5
33
33
34
31.3
34
33
Idle Average *
28.2
36
36
30.3
34
34
36
31.3
35
33
Idle Maximum *
30.8
38
41
31.9
35
44
41
31.3
36
33.1
Load Average *
42
47
47
50.4
38
47
48
42
51
38
Witcher 3 ultra *
51
49
48
50.1
50
53
48
42.1
47
52.9
Load Maximum *
53
54
49
50.1
54
59
54
46.5
51
57.8
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
43
53
48
47.2
46
51
49
43.9
47
45
Maximum Bottom *
47.2
59
59
51
49
57
61
47.6
54
53
Idle Upper Side *
27.2
27
26
30.2
31
26
27
38.6
32
31.2
Idle Bottom *
30
29
29
35.4
32
28
29
40.8
30
39
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
295
592
598
484
409
518
250
371
WiFi v1.3
280
372
450
270
367
302
364
179
196
216
Load
86
140
134
61
52
166
63
35
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
16.2
16
20
16.2
27
14
18
22.2
26
15
Idle Average *
20.4
19
23
24.8
32
18
21
24.9
29
18.5
Idle Maximum *
26.1
30
38
28.6
39
23
38
30.6
38
20.2
Load Average *
96.5
109
105
127.6
124
114
113
101
106
110.9
Load Maximum *
214.3
246
243
212.7
338
443
256
186
287
260
Witcher 3 ultra *
182.9
167
158
147.1
274
283
149
143
228
187.3

* ... 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, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
18887 Points ∼64%
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 Strix Hero III G731GV
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
14298 Points ∼48%
Asus ROG G703GXR
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
20164 Points ∼68%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K, 2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0)
21988 Points ∼74%
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
18947 Points ∼64%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
15386 Points ∼52%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9880H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ (RAID 0)
19351 Points ∼65%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i9-9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
18601 Points ∼63%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
22693 Points ∼59%
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 Strix Hero III G731GV
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
17953 Points ∼47%
Asus ROG G703GXR
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
24850 Points ∼64%
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
24383 Points ∼63%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
18733 Points ∼49%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9880H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ (RAID 0)
25017 Points ∼65%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i9-9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
22592 Points ∼59%
PCMark 10 - Score (sort by value)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5734 Points ∼71%
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 Strix Hero III G731GV
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5580 Points ∼69%
Asus ROG G703GXR
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5780 Points ∼71%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K, 2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0)
6599 Points ∼81%
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
6580 Points ∼81%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-9750H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPMUW-128G
5938 Points ∼73%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9880H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ (RAID 0)
6558 Points ∼81%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i9-9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
6452 Points ∼80%
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