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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Laptops

August 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 August 2020

Pos.
Rating
Date
Image
Modell/Testbericht
Height
Weight
Size
Resolution
Screen
Best Price
187 %
06/2020
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 %
08/2020
neu!
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Super Max-QRazer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
Intel Core i7-10875H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
17.8 mm2.1 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
487 %
08/2020
neu!
Aorus 15G XBAorus 15G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
25 mm2.3 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
587 %
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
686 %
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
785 %
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
885 %
07/2020
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
985 %
07/2020
neu!
Alienware m15 R3 P87FAlienware m15 R3 P87F
Intel Core i7-10750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
19.9 mm2.3 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
1085 %
07/2020
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, G-Sync is not supported, but it can automatically switch between graphics cards (Optimus). 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 – Razer Blade 15 (2020 Advanced)

Razer Blade 15 (2020 Advanced)
Razer Blade 15 (2020 Advanced)

The Razer Blade 15 is not only available in a base configuration (see below) but also a better equipped advanced edition. The 2020 model of the latter includes a vapor-chamber cooler, a high-quality 300 Hz display, and well-made input devices.

The reason why the device barely missed our “Very good” rating (88 % and more) are some minor details rather than major compromises, for example fairly high palm rest and power supply temperatures. Gaming power is abundant, thanks to a 10875H and a 2070. Our review of the even more expensive SKU equipped with an RTX 2080 Super Max-Q can be found here.

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4th – Aorus 15G XB

Aorus 15G XB
Aorus 15G XB

If you’re in the market for a 15-inch notebook with mechanical keyboard the Aorus 15G might be worth a closer look. Our review unit, the XB edition, features a Core i7-10875H, a GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, and a 240 Hz display for a smooth gaming experience.

Other benefits include its high-quality metal case, its good battery life (7 hours in our Wi-Fi and Movie tests), and its Thunderbolt 3 port. Downsides include a fairly poor display brightness and contrast ratio, as well as suboptimal noise emissions under load.

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5th – 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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6th - 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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7th – Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB

Gigabyte refreshed its Aero 15, which now comes in a new discreet and thin case. One of its most important updates is the bright high-contrast OLED display. Unfortunately, it turned out to be highly reflective due to its glossy coating. In addition, the device was fairly loud under load. Our review model, the Aero 15 XB, offered a Core i7-10875H and a GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q.

The laptop’s connectivity is worth highlighting in particular, as is the fast Wi-Fo modem and the attractive slim-bezel design.

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8th– 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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9th – Alienware m15 R3

Alienware m15 R3
Alienware m15 R3

The Alienware m15 R3 is basically the miniaturized version of the much bulkier Area-51m. Instead of a desktop CPU it is equipped with a traditional notebook CPU paired with a GeForce RTX 2070. This, in turn, helped Dell’s engineers to lower the weight to around 2.3 kg and its thickness to just 2 cm, which means the m15 qualified for our think and light top 10. As is typical for Alienware the device featured a high-quality case with slim bezels, plenty of connectivity (including Thunderbolt 3), unique visuals, and various lighting options. Keep in mind that Optimus is not supported on SKUs equipped with the 300 Hz display.

We did not particularly like the overall depth, the limited opening angle, and the device’s noise emissions under 3D load. Other downsides include the soldered RAM and Wi-Fi modem as well as the microSD card reader instead of a full-sized one.

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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

405 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 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 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.3 kg4.98 lbs360.3 mm / 14.2 inch 276 mm / 10.9 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.3 kg5 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 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 17.8 mm / 0.701 inch 2.1 kg4.73 lbs

Test Results

Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
Aorus 15G XB
Aorus 17G XB
Razer Blade 15 RZ09-0328
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
5.6 (2.6, 3)
55.2 (26.8, 28.4)
3.2 (1.4, 1.8)
16 (8.4, 7.6)
16 (7.6, 8.4)
2.7 (1.2, 1.5)
2.2 (1, 1.2)
6.8 (3.4, 3.4)
4 (1.6, 2.4)
16.4 (6.8, 7.6)
Response Time Black / White *
9.6 (5.2, 4.4)
26 (9.2, 16.8)
8 (4, 4)
11.2 (6.8, 4.4)
12 (6.8, 5.2)
2.6 (1.1, 1.5)
1.8 (1, 0.8)
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
10.8 (5.2, 5.6)
10.4 (6, 4.4)
PWM Frequency
23580 (24)
59.52 (100)
60 (80)
25000 (18)
23580 (19)
Screen
Brightness middle
328
487
345.4
264
293
366.7
385
337.9
326.7
291
Brightness
329
475
342
248
285
371
390
305
316
278
Brightness Distribution
78
95
90
89
95
91
93
81
87
91
Black Level *
0.35
0.38
0.34
0.3
0.24
0.29
0.33
0.25
Contrast
937
1282
1016
880
1221
1165
990
1164
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.74
1.19
3.18
1.21
1.27
5.21
2.46
2.18
2.4
1.19
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.99
2.43
6.57
3.07
2.24
7.92
4.01
3.9
6.06
3.04
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.12
0.5
1.77
0.92
1.06
2.6
0.69
1.51
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.8
1.45
3.8
1.6
1.34
2
1.39
3.1
3.2
1.9
Gamma
2.2 100%
2.21 100%
2.15 102%
2.192 100%
2.38 92%
2.17 101%
2.31 95%
2.07 106%
2.13 103%
2.216 99%
CCT
6446 101%
6557 99%
7109 91%
6340 103%
6542 99%
6514 100%
6395 102%
6882 94%
7129 91%
7018 93%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
64.8
88
64.3
68
73
86.6
98
62
63.7
70
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98.6
100
99
90
94
100
100
98.2
99.2
92
Noise
off / environment *
28.2
30
27
25
30
28.4
30
28.4
26.3
30
Idle Minimum *
28.2
35
27
32
35
28.4
34
30.2
26.7
30
Idle Average *
28.2
36
27
34
36
28.4
36
30.2
26.7
35
Idle Maximum *
30.5
38
27
38
41
31.7
41
32
30.7
44
Load Average *
42.2
47
44.7
48
47
47.7
48
33.2
40.2
53
Witcher 3 ultra *
53
49
51.2
50
48
47.5
48
55
51
53
Load Maximum *
55.5
54
54
54
49
49.5
54
55
59.7
55
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
40.8
53
50
44
48
49.6
49
44.2
55.8
49
Maximum Bottom *
48.4
59
52.2
63
59
50.2
61
49
62
52
Idle Upper Side *
36.8
27
37.2
27
26
32.2
27
33.6
43.4
30
Idle Bottom *
41.2
29
41.4
29
29
34.6
29
39.6
42
34
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
592
579
598
518
299
454
WiFi v1.3
296
372
380
418
450
241
364
222
167
364
Load
140
147
134
166
44
106
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
19.6
16
14.3
16
20
11.1
18
14.7
34
6
Idle Average *
21.7
19
22.3
20
23
13.7
21
20.4
48.6
14
Idle Maximum *
36.1
30
36.9
30
38
33.4
38
26.9
58.2
25
Load Average *
115.6
109
118.4
102
105
104.4
113
93.2
129.4
108
Witcher 3 ultra *
157
167
153.7
156
158
159.9
149
185.4
214.5
195
Load Maximum *
219.9
246
220.8
256
243
203.8
256
237.8
257.3
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%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
17915 Points ∼60%
Aorus 15G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
18883 Points ∼64%
Aorus 17G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
18852 Points ∼64%
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%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-10750H, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
18127 Points ∼61%
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%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
23678 Points ∼61%
Aorus 15G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
23892 Points ∼62%
Aorus 17G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
23962 Points ∼62%
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%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-10750H, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
21233 Points ∼55%
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%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
6739 Points ∼83%
Aorus 15G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5393 Points ∼66%
Aorus 17G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
6571 Points ∼81%
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%
Alienware m15 R3 P87F
GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-10750H, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
6255 Points ∼77%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
6053 Points ∼75%
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