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The Best Gaming Notebooks

November 2020 update. Equipped with powerful processors and top-of-the-line graphics cards these gaming laptops manage to run even the latest PC games smoothly. Looking for the perfect gaming notebook? Below, you will find the best gaming notebooks reviewed by us.
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The high-end gaming segment does not allow for any compromises. Powered by the latest graphics chips and processors the following gaming notebooks will offer performance at a level similar to that of current desktop computers. Even current and particular demanding PC games will run smoothly in high resolutions and high details. In addition, displays with high refresh rates ensure the highest level of competitiveness possible.

In order to satisfy the increasing number of gaming notebooks we have outsourced the best high-end laptops weighing less than 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs) with a maximum thickness of 2 cm (0.8 inches) as well as the best budget gaming notebooks that cost less than 1,500 Euros onto their separate dedicated lists:

The Best Gaming Laptops

Pos.
Rating
Date
Image
Modell/Testbericht
Height
Weight
Size
Resolution
Screen
Best Price
187 %
10/2020
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGSMSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
Intel Core i9-10900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
64 GB Memory, 2048 GB SSD
42 mm4.2 kg17.30"3840x2160matte
287 %
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 kg17.30"1920x1080matte
387 %
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 kg17.30"3840x2160matte
487 %
08/2020
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 kg15.60"1920x1080matte
587 %
08/2020
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 kg15.60"1920x1080matte
687 %
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 kg17.30"1920x1080matte
786 %
11/2020
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Schenker XMG Neo 17 Comet LakeSchenker XMG Neo 17 Comet Lake
Intel Core i7-10875H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
27.45 mm2.6 kg17.30"1920x1080matte
886 %
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 kg15.60"3840x2160
985 %
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 kg15.60"3840x2160glossy
1085 %
09/2020
Alienware m17 R3 P45EAlienware m17 R3 P45E
Intel Core i9-10980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
20.7 mm3 kg17.30"1920x1080matte

The table above contains an overview over the best gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck over the course of the past 12 months as well as still relevant and available older products. In cases of identical score the more recent device is listed first. All prices in above table and price comparisons are updated daily and can thus differ.

Editors' Comments

1st – MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS

MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS

The MSI GT76 Titan DT is a prime example of what a full-fledged desktop replacement is supposed to be like. With its height and weight of 4.2 cm and 4.2 kg, respectively, this 17-inch laptop is by no means even remotely portable but made for stationary use instead. In return, MSI packed some of the most powerful notebook hardware money can buy into the Titan’s case.

All things graphics are handled by Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super, which in the 10SGS high-end SKU is accompanied by Intel’s Desktop-class 10-core Core i9-10900K processor, 64 GB of RAM, and a RAID-0 array consisting of two 1 TB SSDs. A bright and colorful 4K display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz represents the visual interface between the user and the machine. Other benefits include plentiful connectivity and moderate temperatures. In return, the device gets incredibly load when subjected to 3D load, consumes a lot of power (resulting in a short battery life), and requires two power supplies. Its price of around $5,000 is impressive. The Schenker XMG Ultra 17 (Clevo X170SM-G) is a similarly equipped competitor. 

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2nd – 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.

3rd - 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.

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4th – 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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5th – 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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6th – 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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7th – Schenker XMG Neo 17

Schenker XMG Neo 17
Schenker XMG Neo 17

The Schenker XMG Neo 17 is based on a Tongfang barebone. Our review unit of Schenker’s 17-inch gaming notebook came equipped with a Core i7-10875H as well as a GeForce RTX 2070 Super. However, thanks to Schenker’s online configurator tool, you can customize the laptop to your individual liking.

Its strengths include its robust high-quality case, its mechanical keyboard, its good 240 Hz display, and its modern connectivity. Downsides include its sound and battery life, both of which were far from ideal.

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8th - Razer Blade 15 (2020 base model)

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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9th – 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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10th – Alienware m17 R3

Alienware m17 R3
Alienware m17 R3

Alienware’s thin m17 17-inch gaming notebook is now available in its third generation. Despite its slim profile this top model features a full-fledged GeForce RTX 2080 Super as well as a Core i9-10980HK. This high-end combo is capable of running every single currently available game smoothly in maximum details on the notebook’s 300 Hz screen (no G-Sync support unfortunately).

Downsides include loud fans under load, poor battery life, and a hefty and bulky power supply. Furthermore, RAM and Wi-Fi card cannot be replaced or upgraded, which is annoying to say the least. Nevertheless, the m17 R3 makes this top 10 list thanks to Thunderbolt 3, a surprisingly good turbo boost, and well-made input devices.

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Comparison of the Top 10 Gaming Laptops

Size Comparison

397 mm / 15.6 inch 330 mm / 13 inch 42 mm / 1.654 inch 4.2 kg9.23 lbs405 mm / 15.9 inch 276 mm / 10.9 inch 26 mm / 1.024 inch 2.7 kg6.02 lbs395.7 mm / 15.6 inch 260.8 mm / 10.3 inch 27.45 mm / 1.081 inch 2.6 kg5.73 lbs399.8 mm / 15.7 inch 294.3 mm / 11.6 inch 20.7 mm / 0.815 inch 3 kg6.59 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 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.3 kg4.98 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

MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
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
Schenker XMG Neo 17 Comet Lake
Razer Blade 15 RZ09-0328
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
23.2 (12.4, 10.8)
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)
10.8 (5.6, 5.2)
2.7 (1.2, 1.5)
2.2 (1, 1.2)
16.8 (11.6, 5.2)
Response Time Black / White *
11.6 (6.4, 5.2)
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)
6.4 (3, 3.2)
2.6 (1.1, 1.5)
1.8 (1, 0.8)
14 (7.6, 6.4)
PWM Frequency
23580 (24)
59.52 (100)
60 (80)
Screen
Brightness middle
419.5
328
487
345.4
264
293
327
366.7
385
338.3
Brightness
413
329
475
342
248
285
305
371
390
325
Brightness Distribution
93
78
95
90
89
95
87
91
93
91
Black Level *
0.4
0.35
0.38
0.34
0.3
0.24
0.32
0.27
Contrast
1049
937
1282
1016
880
1221
1022
1253
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.4
4.74
1.19
3.18
1.21
1.27
2.16
5.21
2.46
1.88
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.4
8.99
2.43
6.57
3.07
2.24
6.14
7.92
4.01
3.23
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
3.28
2.12
0.5
1.77
0.92
1.06
0.89
2.6
1.32
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2
6.8
1.45
3.8
1.6
1.34
3.7
2
1.39
2.4
Gamma
2.14 103%
2.2 100%
2.21 100%
2.15 102%
2.192 100%
2.38 92%
2.24 98%
2.17 101%
2.31 95%
2.39 92%
CCT
6858 95%
6446 101%
6557 99%
7109 91%
6340 103%
6542 99%
6799 96%
6514 100%
6395 102%
6572 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
84.6
64.8
88
64.3
68
73
71
86.6
98
64.7
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97.9
98.6
100
99
90
94
93
100
100
97.8
Noise
off / environment *
26.4
28.2
30
27
25
30
25
28.4
30
26.5
Idle Minimum *
27.5
28.2
35
27
32
35
26
28.4
34
27.8
Idle Average *
27.5
28.2
36
27
34
36
30
28.4
36
27.8
Idle Maximum *
29.8
30.5
38
27
38
41
33
31.7
41
27.8
Load Average *
30.9
42.2
47
44.7
48
47
50
47.7
48
52.1
Witcher 3 ultra *
60.7
53
49
51.2
50
48
50
47.5
48
51.8
Load Maximum *
66.6
55.5
54
54
54
49
52
49.5
54
59.1
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
36.4
40.8
53
50
44
48
48
49.6
49
54
Maximum Bottom *
43
48.4
59
52.2
63
59
54
50.2
61
58.4
Idle Upper Side *
28
36.8
27
37.2
27
26
30
32.2
27
40
Idle Bottom *
33.4
41.2
29
41.4
29
29
33
34.6
29
39.4
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
592
579
598
518
221
WiFi v1.3
146
296
372
380
418
450
227
241
364
191
Load
140
147
134
166
43
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
25.9
19.6
16
14.3
16
20
17
11.1
18
33.6
Idle Average *
38
21.7
19
22.3
20
23
20
13.7
21
43.9
Idle Maximum *
53.2
36.1
30
36.9
30
38
29
33.4
38
59
Load Average *
123.8
115.6
109
118.4
102
105
121
104.4
113
134.9
Witcher 3 ultra *
312.5
157
167
153.7
156
158
199
159.9
149
242
Load Maximum *
459.8
219.9
246
220.8
256
243
258
203.8
256
320

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10900K, 2x WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00 (RAID 0)
21653 Points ∼55%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
18543 Points ∼47%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
18582 Points ∼48%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
17915 Points ∼46%
Aorus 15G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
18883 Points ∼48%
Aorus 17G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
18852 Points ∼48%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 Comet Lake
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
18229 Points ∼47%
Razer Blade 15 RZ09-0328
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10750H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
15800 Points ∼40%
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 ∼49%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
21102 Points ∼54%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10900K, 2x WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00 (RAID 0)
29634 Points ∼70%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
23306 Points ∼55%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
24130 Points ∼57%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
23678 Points ∼56%
Aorus 15G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
23892 Points ∼56%
Aorus 17G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
23962 Points ∼56%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 Comet Lake
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
24031 Points ∼57%
Razer Blade 15 RZ09-0328
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10750H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
18964 Points ∼45%
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 ∼57%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
27300 Points ∼64%
PCMark 10 - Score (sort by value)
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10900K, 2x WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00 (RAID 0)
7358 Points ∼84%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10875H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
6290 Points ∼72%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
6483 Points ∼74%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
6739 Points ∼77%
Aorus 15G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5393 Points ∼61%
Aorus 17G XB
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
6571 Points ∼75%
Schenker XMG Neo 17 Comet Lake
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i7-10875H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
5747 Points ∼65%
Razer Blade 15 RZ09-0328
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i7-10750H, Lite-On CA5-8D512
5244 Points ∼60%
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 ∼75%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, 2x Micron 2200S 512 GB (RAID 0)
6594 Points ∼75%
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