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Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model (RTX 2070 Max-Q, FHD) Laptop Review

Honed blade. The Blade 15 series is barely one year old and it has already expanded across two generations of Nvidia GeForce GPUs with multiple display options ranging from FHD 144 Hz to full-on OLED. For this particular review, we'll focus on the RTX 2070 Max-Q SKU to see what kind of performance advantages it carries over last year's GTX 1070 Max-Q options.

Razer introduced its Blade 15 refresh with GeForce RTX Turing graphics at CES 2019 alongside 240 Hz and OLED display options. While these latter features will have to wait until Q2 2019, the Blade 15 RTX is already shipping with the GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q, and RTX 2080 Max-Q GPUs. This also marks the first time that an 80-class Nvidia GeForce GPU is available on the Blade 15 series as this was previously exclusive to the larger 17.3-inch Blade Pro series.

The test unit we have today is the RTX 2070 Max-Q SKU with a 512 GB NVMe Samsung SSD and 144 Hz matte FHD display. Users can choose to configure with a 256 GB NVMe SSD or 4K UHD glossy touchscreen instead. Either way, expect to pay $2400 to $2900 for the Blade 15 with RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics.

Direct competitors in this space have been growing rapidly. The 15.6-inch Gigabyte Aero 15 Y9, Dell Alienware m15, Aorus 15, MSI GS65, and Asus ROG GL504 are just a few examples also shipping with GeForce RTX graphics. For this review, we'll be comparing the differences between the Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q and Blade 15 GTX 1070 Max-Q to see what kinds of performance upgrades the new model carries.

We recommend checking out our reviews on the existing Razer laptops below since many of our comments still apply here. The Blade 15 series has remained essentially the same in terms of design since its inception.

Additionally, see how the Blade 15 compares to the new Gigabyte Aero 15-X9 here,

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Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q (Blade 15 RTX Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q - 8192 MB, Core: 1080 MHz, Memory: 1500 MHz, GDDR6, 417.59, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2666, PC4-21300, 19-19-19-32, Dual-Channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LGD05C0, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake HM370
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, 512 GB 
,
Soundcard
Nvidia TU106 - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo
Networking
Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.8 x 355 x 235 ( = 0.7 x 13.98 x 9.25 in)
Battery
80 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 1 MP (720p)
Additional features
Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Razer Synapse, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.1 kg ( = 74.08 oz / 4.63 pounds), Power Supply: 755 g ( = 26.63 oz / 1.66 pounds)
Price
2600 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

If Apple ever offered a Black MacBook Pro 15, then it would look a lot like the Blade 15. Razer laptops are often praised for their smooth, minimalist design and this remains true for the Blade 15 series. All our existing comments on older Blade 15 Advanced Model SKUs still apply here as nothing has changed in regard to chassis material, hinges, or quality. The system continues to feel stronger and more rigid than the Alienware m15, MSI GS65, and Gigabyte Aero 15 with no audible creaking for an undeniably captivating first impression to say the least.

For future iterations, we'd like to see a stronger lid and a narrower bottom bezel for an even smaller footprint much like on the ZenBook 15 UX533. While not flimsy by any means, it's still more flexible than the lid of the XPS 15. These are merely nitpicks for an otherwise attractive and firm chassis.

The RTX Blade 15 is ever-so-slightly thicker than last year's GTX Blade 15 as detailed on our page here. In short, Razer had to increase the Z height to accommodate the physically larger Nvidia Turing chip. Length and width are otherwise identical between all Blade 15 SKUs thus far and so it remains one of the smallest 15.6-inch gaming laptops available. Overall dimensions are actually very close to that of the XPS 15 but with a much more powerful GPU inside. Note that the Alienware m15 is significantly larger than the Razer even though it is marketed as a thin gaming laptop.

As for weight, the Blade 15 is heavier than the MSI GS65 while being smaller for a denser and hefty feel. It's still significantly lighter and more portable than thicker 15.6-inch gaming laptops like the MSI GT63 or Alienware 15. Note that the 4K UHD SKU will be slightly heavier because of the added glossy touchscreen.

Blade 15 OriginalBlade 15 Advanced ModelBlade 15 Base ModelBlade 15 RTX Advanced Model
GPUGTX 1060 Max-QGTX 1060 Max-Q, 1070 Max-QGTX 1060 Max-QRTX 2060, 2070 Max-Q, 2080 Max-Q
Dimensions355 x 235 x 16.8 mm (0.66")355 x 235 x 17.3 mm (0.68")355 x 235 x 19.9 mm (0.78")355 x 235 x 17.8 mm (0.70")
Weight2.07 kg (4.56 lbs)2.10 kg (4.63 lbs)2.03 kg (4.48 lbs)2.07 kg (4.56 lbs) up to 2.15 kg (4.73 lbs)
Same unibody aluminum chassis material as the original Blade 15. Mercury White is now an option
Same unibody aluminum chassis material as the original Blade 15. Mercury White is now an option
Smooth matte surfaces accumulate fingerprints rather quickly
Smooth matte surfaces accumulate fingerprints rather quickly
Both thinner and heavier than the MSI GS65
Both thinner and heavier than the MSI GS65
Lid opened to maximum angle
Lid opened to maximum angle
363 mm / 14.3 inch 275 mm / 10.8 inch 21 mm / 0.827 inch 2.2 kg4.76 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.8 kg4.05 lbs357 mm / 14.1 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 2 kg4.44 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2.1 kg4.58 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 17.8 mm / 0.701 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs349.3 mm / 13.8 inch 240.7 mm / 9.48 inch 15.5 mm / 0.61 inch 1.8 kg4.03 lbs

Connectivity

Port selection and positioning remain identical to last year's GTX Blade 15 Advanced Model despite the slight increase in thickness. Note that RJ-45 is only available on the GTX Blade 15 Base Model for now. Users hoping for an integrated SD card reader will have to cross their fingers for the next chassis iteration.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI 2.0, MiniDisplayPort 1.4, Kensington lock
Right: Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI 2.0, MiniDisplayPort 1.4, Kensington lock
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: AC adapter, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, 3.5 mm combo audio
Left: AC adapter, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, 3.5 mm combo audio

Communication

M.2 2242 WLAN card sits adjacent to the left speaker
M.2 2242 WLAN card sits adjacent to the left speaker

Razer has swapped out the Intel 9260 found on last year's GTX Blade 15 for the newer Intel 9560. Performance is otherwise identical between the two WiFi modules as both integrate Bluetooth 5 and are capable of WLAN transfer rates of up to 1.73 Gbps. The benefits of an Intel 9560 over the Intel 9260 are instead related to LTE coexistence which does not apply to the Razer system. Competing models like the Alienware m15 are equipped with Killer 1550 WiFi for more gamer-centric features than our Razer.

We did not experience any connectivity issues during our time with the test unit. Performance can be faster than what we've recorded below since our server setup is limited by a 1 Gbps line.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
688 MBit/s ∼100% +1%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
684 MBit/s ∼99%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
682 MBit/s ∼99% 0%
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
681 MBit/s ∼99% 0%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
630 MBit/s ∼92% -8%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
658 MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
655 MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
655 MBit/s ∼100%
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
643 MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
379 MBit/s ∼58% -42%

Maintenance

The bottom plate pops out without much effort once the T5 Torx screws are removed. Internal layout and upgrade options are almost the same as the 2018 Blade 15 Advanced Model as shown below.

Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q internals are essentially identical to last year's model
Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q internals are essentially identical to last year's model
Blade 15 GTX 1070 Max-Q for comparison
Blade 15 GTX 1070 Max-Q for comparison

Accessories and Warranty

Included extras are a warranty card, Quick Start guide, and a small cleaning cloth. We would have liked to see a USB-to-Ethernet adapter to make up for the lack of integrated RJ-45. The Razer Core eGPU docking station is supported via the Thunderbolt 3 port.

A one-year limited warranty applies if purchased in the United States. The optional RazerCare program extends warranty by two years for a total of three years of coverage. Please see our Guarantees, Return policies and Warranties article for country-specific information.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard backlight flickers at a frequency of 403.2 Hz
The keyboard backlight flickers at a frequency of 403.2 Hz

The Chroma-enabled keyboard has returned without any changes. We're hopeful that future models will add dedicated Macro keys or volume keys to make multimedia controls easier to access. Travel is still very shallow and light and so we prefer the stronger key feedback on competing models like the Alienware m15 or GS65.

The per-key RGB backlight utilizes pulse-width modulation for brightness control. In other words, the LEDs flicker very quickly between on and off that could potentially cause eyestrain to a small subset of users. The phenomenon is related to display flickering on some laptops.

(April 7, 2019 update: The secondary function key icons are now backlit unlike on the last generation Blade 15 or Blade Pro. We apologize for not mentioning this earlier!)

Touchpad

The roomy trackpad (13 x 8 cm) is larger than the trackpads on the MSI GS65 (10.5 x 7 cm) and Alienware m15 (10.5 x 6.5) for more comfortable cursor control and multi-touch inputs no matter the speed. Cursor movement feels especially smooth because of the native 144 Hz panel refresh rate. The biggest drawback of the trackpad continues to be the soft feedback when pressed. The auditory feedback may be quiet, but we would have preferred a firmer and more satisfactory click.

Barebones keyboard layout without any dedicated Macro keys or multimedia controls
Barebones keyboard layout without any dedicated Macro keys or multimedia controls
The short travel and soft feedback are more akin to a thin Ultrabook than a gaming laptop
The short travel and soft feedback are more akin to a thin Ultrabook than a gaming laptop

Display

Razer has made no changes to the display when compared to last year's Advanced Model. In our case, the LG Philips LGD05C0 144 Hz IPS 1080p panel is the same panel as found on the Blade 15 GTX 1070 Max-Q and Gigabyte Aero 15x v8. Attributes like black-white response times, color coverage, and contrast are consequently excellent and very similar between these laptops. This is a high-end panel through and through with almost none of the graininess characteristics that often plague matte panels. The 60 Hz panel on last year's Blade 15 Base Model exhibited slower black-white response times for noticeably more ghosting than what we have here.

As noted earlier, future Blade 15 SKUs will include 240 Hz and OLED options for almost perfect black levels and even smoother movement.

Matte non-touch display. The touchscreen option will have a glossy glass overlay
Matte non-touch display. The touchscreen option will have a glossy glass overlay
Same 4.9 mm side narrow bezels
Same 4.9 mm side narrow bezels
Subpixel array (141 PPI)
Subpixel array (141 PPI)
Only minimal uneven backlight bleeding along the top edge
Only minimal uneven backlight bleeding along the top edge
308.1
cd/m²
304
cd/m²
329.1
cd/m²
297.1
cd/m²
314.7
cd/m²
321.3
cd/m²
297.1
cd/m²
314.7
cd/m²
321.3
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips LGD05C0
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 329.1 cd/m² Average: 311.9 cd/m² Minimum: 15.33 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 314.7 cd/m²
Contrast: 828:1 (Black: 0.38 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.56 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 1.71
ΔE Greyscale 3.4 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
94.6% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 60.7% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.3
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
LG Philips LGD05C0, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
AU Optronics B156HAN, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Razer Blade 15 2018
LGD05C0, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
APPA040, IPS, 15.4, 2880x1800
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
AUO80ED, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
LGD05C0, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
-5%
-3%
-163%
-11%
2%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
16.8 (9.2, 7.6)
18 (9.2, 8.8)
-7%
17.2 (8.8, 8.4)
-2%
43.2 (20.4, 22.8)
-157%
20 (10, 10)
-19%
16.8 (8.4, 8.4)
-0%
Response Time Black / White *
11.6 (7.2, 4.4)
12 (6.8, 5.2)
-3%
12 (6.8, 5.2)
-3%
31.2 (16.4, 14.8)
-169%
12 (6.8, 5.2)
-3%
11.2 (6, 5.2)
3%
PWM Frequency
117000 (75, 150)
Screen
-17%
2%
43%
-12%
20%
Brightness middle
314.7
353.6
12%
290
-8%
520
65%
250.9
-20%
313
-1%
Brightness
312
346
11%
281
-10%
492
58%
257
-18%
300
-4%
Brightness Distribution
90
86
-4%
82
-9%
88
-2%
83
-8%
78
-13%
Black Level *
0.38
0.3
21%
0.3
21%
0.39
-3%
0.32
16%
0.33
13%
Contrast
828
1179
42%
967
17%
1333
61%
784
-5%
948
14%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.56
4.55
-78%
2.85
-11%
1.2
53%
2.77
-8%
1.29
50%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.89
7.91
-62%
6.27
-28%
2.3
53%
5.89
-20%
2.04
58%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.71
3.37
-97%
1.39
19%
2.5
-46%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.4
4.1
-21%
2.4
29%
1.3
62%
4
-18%
0.69
80%
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.27 97%
2.34 94%
2.18 101%
2.27 97%
2.43 91%
CCT
6435 101%
7434 87%
6718 97%
6738 96%
6901 94%
6550 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60.7
57.9
-5%
60
-1%
60
-1%
60
-1%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
94.6
88.9
-6%
94
-1%
92
-3%
94
-1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-11% / -15%
-1% / 1%
-60% / 2%
-12% / -12%
11% / 17%

* ... smaller is better

Razer claims 100 percent sRGB coverage for its FHD SKU and 100 percent AdobeRGB for its 4K UHD touchscreen SKU. Our own independent measurement shows 95 percent sRGB coverage to be similar to the MSI GS65 and Gigabyte Aero 15X v8. Users who want an even wider color gamut for professional applications will have to give up the 144 Hz native refresh rate until such a panel becomes available for laptops.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Further measurements with an X-Rite spectrophotometer reveal an accurate panel out of the box. Razer promises factory calibration on each unit before shipping to customers and this certainly shows in our Calman results below. Nonetheless, our own calibration attempts improve both grayscale and colors even further with final average DeltaE values of 1.4 and 1.71, respectively, to rival the MacBook Pro 15.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
11.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7.2 ms rise
↘ 4.4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 12 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
16.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9.2 ms rise
↘ 7.6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 11 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9331 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is not any better or worse than most other gaming laptops out there because of the typical 300-nit backlight and matte panel. It's a bit of a shame because the Blade 15 is thinner and more portable than many of its competitors and so Razer owners are more likely to use the laptop when on the go. Direct sunlight will wash out colors while glare can be reduced by exploiting the wide viewing angles of the screen. Colors and contrast are consistent unless if viewing from unusually extreme angles.

Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

The Coffee Lake-H Core i7-8750H CPU returns alongside new GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q, and RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU options. There are no Core i5 or RAM options less than 16 GB to bring down the starting price unlike on many competing gaming laptops. Razer is laser-focused on offering high-end gaming laptops and their specifications reflect this approach.

While system RAM remains identical to the 2018 Blade 15 (DDR4-2666), each SODIMM slot can now support up to 32 GB for a total of 64 GB. Previous models were limited to 32 GB total only. G-Sync is not supported as Optimus comes standard across all SKUs.

Processor

CineBench R15
CineBench R15

All Blade 15 SKUs as of this writing utilize the same Core i7-8750H CPU. Unfortunately, multi-thread performance on our Razer is 10 percent slower than the average i7-8750H in our database taken from 60 other laptops. The Alienware m15 with the exact same CPU, for example, outscores our Razer by 22 percent in the same CineBench benchmark. In fact, overall multi-core performance is closer to a Core i5-8300H. These disappointing results are due to poor Turbo Boost sustainability as detailed in our Stress Test section.

We can observe the effects of CPU throttling by running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop and recording the results as shown below. The initial score of 999 points drops to 825 points by the second loop. In comparison, the Alienware m15 is able to maintain higher scores averaging 1164 points. None of this is new as detailed on our comparison page here.

See our dedicated page on the Core i7-8750H for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

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Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø922 (913.2-999)
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1164 (1146.3-1213.67)
Razer Blade 15 Base Model GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø864 (856.88-926.63)
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø823 (815.58-828.24)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
no name
Intel Core i7-8700K
199 Points ∼91% +14%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Intel Core i9-8950HK
190 Points ∼87% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000RGE
Intel Core i5-8300H
174 Points ∼80% 0%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
174 Points ∼80%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
172 Points ∼79% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (163 - 177, n=86)
172 Points ∼79% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018-20KGS5DU00
Intel Core i7-8550U
167 Points ∼77% -4%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼73% -8%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
144 Points ∼66% -17%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1050Ti
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
138 Points ∼63% -21%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1408 Points ∼32% +41%
no name
Intel Core i7-8700K
1405 (min: 1375.04, max: 1405.28) Points ∼32% +41%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
1218 Points ∼28% +22%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1163 Points ∼27% +16%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (863 - 1251, n=93)
1107 Points ∼25% +11%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
999 Points ∼23%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000RGE
Intel Core i5-8300H
850 Points ∼19% -15%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
733 Points ∼17% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018-20KGS5DU00
Intel Core i7-8550U
653 Points ∼15% -35%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1050Ti
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
510 (min: 503.52, max: 509.87) Points ∼12% -49%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
no name
Intel Core i7-8700K
2.27 Points ∼93%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (1.89 - 2, n=40)
1.967 Points ∼81%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.66 Points ∼68%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1.63 Points ∼67%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
15.76 Points ∼36%
no name
Intel Core i7-8700K
15.64 Points ∼35%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (9.54 - 13.5, n=41)
12.2 Points ∼28%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7.14 Points ∼16%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
no name
Intel Core i7-8700K
7413 Points ∼68%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (6236 - 6645, n=25)
6479 Points ∼60%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5521 Points ∼51%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
4286 Points ∼40%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
no name
Intel Core i7-8700K
39624 Points ∼61%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (29664 - 35307, n=25)
33163 Points ∼51%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
29330 Points ∼45%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
20943 Points ∼32%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
212.117 s * ∼3%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (125 - 181, n=6)
158 s * ∼2%
no name
Intel Core i7-8700K
118.6 s * ∼1%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (0.7 - 10832, n=56)
4055 Seconds * ∼18%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
677.2 Seconds * ∼3%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
529.418 Seconds * ∼2%
no name
Intel Core i7-8700K
442.8 Seconds * ∼2%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
174 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
999 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
114.54 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks rank our system within single-digit percentage points of last year's Blade 15 GTX 1070 Max-Q SKU. Thus, the upgrade to RTX from Pascal will have no major impact on day-to-day performance. Even the Digital Content Creation benchmark, which is more heavily influenced by GPU performance, is higher by only 11 percent on the new Blade 15.

We experienced no software or hardware issues on our Blade 15 test unit in contrast to the issues we noted on the latest Blade Stealth.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6708 Points ∼56%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
6314 Points ∼53% -6%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
6272 Points ∼52% -6%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
6057 Points ∼51% -10%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5452 Points ∼45% -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
4473 Points ∼37% -33%
Productivity
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
7793 Points ∼80% +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
7569 Points ∼78% 0%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7547 Points ∼78%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
7150 Points ∼74% -5%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
7131 Points ∼74% -6%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
6938 Points ∼72% -8%
Essentials
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
8894 Points ∼79% +4%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
8875 Points ∼79% +4%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
8517 Points ∼76%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
8078 Points ∼72% -5%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
7785 Points ∼69% -9%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
7200 Points ∼64% -15%
Score
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5426 Points ∼70% 0%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5416 Points ∼70%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5059 Points ∼65% -7%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5046 Points ∼65% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
4805 Points ∼62% -11%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4646 Points ∼60% -14%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5731 Points ∼88% +2%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
5676 Points ∼87% +1%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5637 Points ∼86% +1%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5607 Points ∼86%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5407 Points ∼83% -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
4575 Points ∼70% -18%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
3836 Points ∼36%
Home Score Accelerated v2
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4676 Points ∼77% +13%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4658 Points ∼76% +12%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
4504 Points ∼74% +9%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4418 Points ∼73% +6%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4150 Points ∼68%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, 8850H, Apple SSD AP0512
3735 Points ∼61% -10%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4150 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5607 points
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Storage Devices

Our unit ships with a 512 GB Samsung PM981 NVMe SSD compared to the 512 GB Samsung PM961 on last year's Blade 15. Users who want a second storage slot will have to get the older Blade 15 Base Model for now or opt for the dual-storage MSI GS65 or Alienware m15.

The PM981 sports faster sequential write rates than the PM961 and most SSDs from competing manufacturers. The Toshiba XG5 in the Alienware m15, for example, is nearly 40 percent slower in sequential write rate. We applaud Razer for sticking with Samsung SSDs across its entire Blade 15 and Blade Pro families.

See our table of SSDs and HDDs for more benchmark comparisons.

CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
AS SSD
AS SSD
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Razer Blade 15 2018
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Apple SSD AP0512
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
AS SSD
-7%
-78%
-6%
-45%
Copy Game MB/s
1200.14
1119.94
-7%
706.3
-41%
Copy Program MB/s
525.53
515.14
-2%
431.54
-18%
Copy ISO MB/s
1974.98
2576.73
30%
642.49
-67%
Score Total
4079
3806
-7%
2119
-48%
4507
10%
2667
-35%
Score Write
2010
1450
-28%
347
-83%
2059
2%
862
-57%
Score Read
1362
1584
16%
1199
-12%
1616
19%
1221
-10%
Access Time Write *
0.033
0.038
-15%
0.044
-33%
0.063
-91%
Access Time Read *
0.047
0.051
-9%
0.225
-379%
0.061
-30%
0.116
-147%
4K-64 Write
1717.43
1203.91
-30%
163.46
-90%
1814.74
6%
655.5
-62%
4K-64 Read
1125.76
1299.71
15%
965.14
-14%
1453.01
29%
995.38
-12%
4K Write
110.72
93.55
-16%
18.78
-83%
94.4
-15%
93.41
-16%
4K Read
52.31
46.45
-11%
9.46
-82%
30.73
-41%
29.17
-44%
Seq Write
1822.26
1520.94
-17%
1643.8
-10%
1500.4
-18%
1135.14
-38%
Seq Read
1839.67
2375.98
29%
2239.35
22%
1319.61
-28%
1967
7%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3266 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1941 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 346 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 293.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1540 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1468 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 40.56 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 93.88 MB/s

GPU Performance

So, how much graphics performance can users expect when compared to the original Blade 15 GTX 1070 Max-Q? According to 3DMark Fire Strike and Time Spy, the new RTX 2070 Max-Q is about 15 percent faster to be essentially identical to the last generation GTX 1080 Max-Q. Meanwhile, ray-tracing performance in the new Port Royal benchmark is roughly 20 percent better than the standard RTX 2060 for laptops. The gen-to-gen improvement from Pascal to Turing is definitely smaller when compared to Kepler to Pascal in terms of raw gaming prowess. Users interested in the RTX 2070 Max-Q are encouraged to utilize its ray-tracing capabilities to make the most of the new GPU architecture.

DX12 games favor the new RTX GPU much more when compared to DX11. 3DMark Time Spy results, for example, are over 40 percent higher on our RTX 2070 Max-Q than the GTX 1070 Max-Q.

Since the Blade 15 is one of the very first RTX gaming laptops we've tested, our benchmark results are thin and so we don't yet have a sense of how it performs when compared to other RTX laptops. Our database will naturally grow over time as we test more gaming laptops to eventually give an idea of where the Blade 15 fits in the bigger picture.

Like the rest of the RTX family, the RTX 2070 Max-Q supports DLSS for improved gaming performance. It's up to the developers to implement this new Nvidia exclusive feature and only very few titles support it as of this writing.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Time Spy
Time Spy
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
Port Royal
Port Royal
3DMark
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
5649 Points ∼66% +54%
Acer Triton 500
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
4268 Points ∼50% +16%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
3679 Points ∼43%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (3240 - 3921, n=16)
3641 Points ∼43% -1%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9700K
3028 Points ∼35% -18%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
10364 Points ∼71% +54%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2070 OC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
9364 Points ∼64% +39%
Acer Triton 500
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
7733 Points ∼53% +15%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
6728 Points ∼46%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (5948 - 7105, n=19)
6530 Points ∼45% -3%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
6380 Points ∼44% -5%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9700K
5735 Points ∼39% -15%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
5636 Points ∼38% -16%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
4548 Points ∼31% -32%
Razer Blade (2017) UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
3478 Points ∼24% -48%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
26223 Points ∼65% +44%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2070 OC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
23373 Points ∼58% +29%
Acer Triton 500
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
20703 Points ∼51% +14%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
18879 Points ∼46% +4%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
18219 Points ∼45% 0%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
18153 Points ∼45%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (11563 - 20201, n=22)
17020 Points ∼42% -6%
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
15748 Points ∼39% -13%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9700K
15389 Points ∼38% -15%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
14394 Points ∼35% -21%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
11366 Points ∼28% -37%
Razer Blade (2017) UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
10715 Points ∼26% -41%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H
8004 Points ∼20% -56%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK
7374 Points ∼18% -59%
MSI GF63 8RC-040XPL
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H
6112 Points ∼15% -66%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9700K
14726 Points ∼65% +37%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2070 OC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
13950 Points ∼62% +30%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (9107 - 15962, n=21)
11907 Points ∼53% +11%
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
11888 Points ∼53% +11%
Acer Triton 500
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
10936 Points ∼48% +2%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
10749 Points ∼48%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
10129 Points ∼45% -6%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
9792 Points ∼43% -9%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
8935 Points ∼40% -17%
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
8685 Points ∼38% -19%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK
8450 Points ∼37% -21%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H
7932 Points ∼35% -26%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
7573 Points ∼33% -30%
1280x720 Performance Physics
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2070 OC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
15552 Points ∼80% +47%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9700K
14657 Points ∼75% +39%
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
12889 Points ∼66% +22%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK
12702 Points ∼65% +20%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (9639 - 16338, n=21)
12353 Points ∼63% +17%
Acer Triton 500
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
11388 Points ∼58% +8%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
10548 Points ∼54%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
10237 Points ∼52% -3%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
9799 Points ∼50% -7%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
9149 Points ∼47% -13%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H
8324 Points ∼43% -21%
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
7869 Points ∼40% -25%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
7566 Points ∼39% -28%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
36478 Points ∼72% +61%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2070 OC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), 2700X
31595 Points ∼62% +39%
Acer Triton 500
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
27863 Points ∼55% +23%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
24868 Points ∼49% +9%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
23540 Points ∼46% +4%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
22723 Points ∼45%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (14723 - 25259, n=21)
21637 Points ∼42% -5%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9700K
20393 Points ∼40% -10%
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
19969 Points ∼39% -12%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
18205 Points ∼36% -20%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
14351 Points ∼28% -37%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H
9805 Points ∼19% -57%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK
9032 Points ∼18% -60%
3DMark 11 Performance
17689 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
29109 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
15428 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
8041 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
6367 points
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Gaming Performance

Real-world gaming performance is close to a GTX 1080 Max-Q or about 30 to 35 percent slower than a standard RTX 2080 for desktop. To make the most of the 1080p 144 Hz display refresh rate, however, a stable 144 FPS is desired which is not easy to reach for demanding titles. Common eSports titles like DOTA 2, Rocket League, CS:GO, or Overwatch are otherwise perfect for this system.

As for 4K gaming, users can expect an average of 42 FPS on Battlefield 5 Ultra which is again comparable to a GTX 1080 Max-Q. Users who decide to upgrade to the pricier Blade 15 RTX 2080 Max-Q should expect a 20 to 30 percent boost in gaming performance over the RTX 2070 Max-Q.

Idling on Witcher 3 shows no recurring drops in frame rates to suggest no interrupting background activity during gameplay.

See our full review on the mobile GeForce RTX Turing series for more gaming benchmarks and ray-tracing comparisons in Battlefield 5.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Asus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
99.7 fps ∼100% +45%
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2070 OC
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
87 (min: 72, max: 100) fps ∼87% +26%
Acer Triton 500
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
77.5 (min: 63) fps ∼78% +12%
MSI GS75 8SG Stealth
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
75.4 (min: 62) fps ∼76% +9%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
68.9 fps ∼69%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
Intel Core i7-7820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
64.9 fps ∼65% -6%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
61.9 fps ∼62% -10%
Alienware 17 R5
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
60.8 fps ∼61% -12%
Schenker XMG Ultra 15
Intel Core i7-9700K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
59.9 (min: 49) fps ∼60% -13%
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
53.5 fps ∼54% -22%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
38.5 fps ∼39% -44%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
38.3 fps ∼38% -44%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700, AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
37.4 (min: 31) fps ∼38% -46%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
27.9 fps ∼28% -60%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000RGE
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
25.2 fps ∼25% -63%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Intel Core i7-8850H, AMD Radeon Pro 560X
19.7 (min: 16, max: 22) fps ∼20% -71%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Asus ROG Strix RTX 2070 OC
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
134 (min: 124, max: 149) fps ∼100% +29%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
105 fps ∼78% +1%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
103.9 fps ∼78%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
66.4 fps ∼50% -36%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
58.7 fps ∼44% -44%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700, AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
53 (min: 47) fps ∼40% -49%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
40 fps ∼30% -62%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Intel Core i7-8850H, AMD Radeon Pro 560X
24.3 (min: 21, max: 27) fps ∼18% -77%
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