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Razer Blade 18 2024 review: First laptop to market with both mini-LED and Thunderbolt 5

Brightest Blade by far. Razer has upped the ante even further this year with 300 Hz 2K mini-LED and 200 Hz 4K IPS display options on top of the already impressive 175 W GeForce RTX 4090 GPU. The HDR1000 mini-LED panel in particular makes the Blade 18 a multimedia behemoth when it comes to gaming and video playback.

The Razer Blade 18 made its debut in 2023 with a design heavily inspired by the aging Blade 17. For 2024, the latest revision utilizes the same chassis design as the previous year but with additional high-level features to attract performance hunters and enthusiasts. These new options include a Core i9-14900HX Raptor Lake CPU, Thunderbolt 5 connectivity, and an optional 4K 16:10 200 Hz IPS display. The latter two in particular are debuting first on the Razer system before eventually appearing on other manufacturers.

Our configuration in review comes with the 175 W GeForce RTX 4090 GPU, 2 TB SSD, and 2560 x 1600 300 Hz Mini-LED display for approximately $4500 USD. Other SKUs ship with the GeForce RTX 4070/4080 or aforementioned 4K 200 Hz IPS display, but all configurations at the moment come with the same Core i9-14900HX CPU. The alternate Mercury White color is only available with select configurations.

There are a small handful of competitors to the Blade 18 including the MSI Titan 18Asus ROG Strix Scar 18, Acer Predator Helios 18, or the massive Alienware m18 R2.

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Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Processor
Intel Core i9-14900HX 24 x 1.6 - 5.8 GHz, 138 W PL2 / Short Burst, 117 W PL1 / Sustained, Raptor Lake-HX Refresh
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU - 16 GB VRAM, Core: 1455 MHz, Memory: 2250 MHz, 175 W TDP, GDDR6, 552.22, Optimus
Memory
32 GB 
, Samsung DDR5-5600, 46-45-45-89, Dual-Channel
Display
18.00 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 168 PPI, BOE NE180QDM-NM1, Mini-LED, glossy: no, HDR, 300 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM770 (Raptor Lake-S PCH)
Soundcard
Intel Raptor Lake-S PCH - cAVS
Connections
5 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8125 2.5GBe Family Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 320MHz (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz be = Wi-Fi 7), Bluetooth 5.4
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 21.9 x 399.9 x 275.4 ( = 0.86 x 15.74 x 10.84 in)
Battery
91.7 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Home
Camera
Webcam: 1080p30
Primary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 2x tweeters, 4x subwoofers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Razer Synapse, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
3.134 kg ( = 110.55 oz / 6.91 pounds), Power Supply: 931 g ( = 32.84 oz / 2.05 pounds)
Price
4500 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
90.5 %
05/2024
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.1 kg21.9 mm18.00"2560x1600
89.5 %
03/2024
Alienware m18 R2
i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
4 kg26.7 mm18.00"2560x1600
87.2 %
08/2023
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
R9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2.9 kg28.3 mm17.30"2560x1440
88.8 %
01/2024
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.6 kg32.1 mm18.00"3840x2400
88.3 %
02/2024
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.1 kg30.8 mm18.00"2560x1600
91.1 %
02/2024
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2.5 kg22 mm16.00"2560x1600

Case — As Sharp As Ever

We recommend checking out our review on the 2023 Blade 18 to learn more about the physical features of the model as all our comments still apply for the 2024 version. While there are no changes to the keyboard or chassis to tell the two years apart, there is actually one small addition to help visually distinguish them; the 2024 model now includes a manual webcam slider whereas the 2023 model did not.

Size Comparison

410.3 mm / 16.2 in 319.9 mm / 12.6 in 26.7 mm / 1.051 in 4 kg8.72 lbs404 mm / 15.9 in 307.5 mm / 12.1 in 32.1 mm / 1.264 in 3.6 kg8.01 lbs399 mm / 15.7 in 294 mm / 11.6 in 30.8 mm / 1.213 in 3.1 kg6.83 lbs395 mm / 15.6 in 282.1 mm / 11.1 in 28.3 mm / 1.114 in 2.9 kg6.47 lbs399.9 mm / 15.7 in 275.4 mm / 10.8 in 21.9 mm / 0.862 in 3.1 kg6.91 lbs355 mm / 14 in 244 mm / 9.61 in 22 mm / 0.866 in 2.5 kg5.41 lbs297 mm / 11.7 in 210 mm / 8.27 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Connectivity — Futureproofing With Thunderbolt 5

Blade 18 demo at GDC2024 connected to several accessories including an external 5K screen w/ TB 5
Blade 18 demo at GDC2024 connected to several accessories including an external 5K screen w/ TB 5
The proprietary 330 W AC adapter is still required when gaming as USB-C charging is limited to 100 W
The proprietary 330 W AC adapter is still required when gaming as USB-C charging is limited to 100 W

The Thunderbolt 4 port has been upgraded to Thunderbolt 5 for the 2024 model. Note that this applies only to the Type-C port along the right edge and so the Type-C port along the left edge is still limited to USB 3.2 Gen. 2 connectivity. When compared to Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 5 supports double the bandwidth (80 Gbps vs. 40 Gbps) with additional lanes reserved for more demanding external devices like eGPUs. 

The Thunderbolt 5 specification also supports downstream charging of up to 240 W. On the Blade 18, however, USB-C charging is still limited to 100 W or less than a third of the main barrel 330 W AC adapter. To be fair, no laptop as of this writing supports full 240 W USB-C charging as additional hardware adjustments are required to fully exploit the new specification.

Front: No ports
Front: No ports
Right: SD card reader, USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 w/ Thunderbolt 5 + Power Delivery + DisplayPort 1.4, USB-A 3.2 Gen. 2, HDMI 2.1, Kensington lock
Right: SD card reader, USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 w/ Thunderbolt 5 + Power Delivery + DisplayPort 1.4, USB-A 3.2 Gen. 2, HDMI 2.1, Kensington lock
Rear: No ports
Rear: No ports
Left: AC adapter, 2.5 Gbps RJ-45, 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen. 2, USB-C w/ Power Delivery + DisplayPort 1.4, 3.5 mm headset
Left: AC adapter, 2.5 Gbps RJ-45, 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen. 2, USB-C w/ Power Delivery + DisplayPort 1.4, 3.5 mm headset

SD Card Reader

SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
190.3 MB/s +1%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
188.25 MB/s
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
171 (169.48min - 194.55max) MB/s -9%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
83.8 MB/s -55%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
220.56 MB/s
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
219.7 MB/s 0%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
181.81 MB/s -18%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
91.5 MB/s -59%

Communication

WLAN has been upgraded to the Intel BE200 for both Bluetooth 5.4 and Wi-Fi 7 support. The vast majority of users still do not have Wi-Fi 7 routers, however, and so only a select few will notice any performance improvements for now.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750W 320 MHz (BE200NGW)
1577 (796min - 1617max) MBit/s +38%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 320MHz
1143 (813min - 1407max) MBit/s
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW
1011 (514min - 1160max) MBit/s -12%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
968 (656min - 1200max) MBit/s -15%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW
791 (736min - 894max) MBit/s -31%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1681 (1662min - 1704max) MBit/s +15%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750W 320 MHz (BE200NGW)
1604 (1554min - 1623max) MBit/s +10%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 320MHz
1459 (1375min - 1525max) MBit/s
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW
1381 (1277min - 1427max) MBit/s -5%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW
1116 (932min - 1352max) MBit/s -24%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750W 320 MHz (BE200NGW)
1538 (784min - 1597max) MBit/s +28%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 320MHz
1199 (1057min - 1319max) MBit/s
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW
1096 (900min - 1242max) MBit/s -9%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW
648 (595min - 759max) MBit/s -46%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750W 320 MHz (BE200NGW)
1518 (762min - 1536max) MBit/s +15%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW
1379 (709min - 1426max) MBit/s +5%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 320MHz
1315 (1269min - 1369max) MBit/s
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750x BE200NGW
1292 (1215min - 1327max) MBit/s -2%
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Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1199 (1057-1319)
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1315 (1269-1369)

Webcam

The 5 MP + IR webcam hasn't changed aside from the new shutter slider for privacy. Interestingly, this is the only 18-inch gaming laptop with a 5 MP webcam as the competing Titan HX, Alienware m18 R2, and ROG Strix Scar 18 come with just 1 MP to 2 MP cameras in comparison.

ColorChecker
13.5 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
18.4 ∆E
20 ∆E
17 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
15 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
21.9 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
14.8 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
1.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509: 14.07 ∆E min: 1.43 - max: 21.9 ∆E

Maintenance

The 2024 model features slightly larger speakers near the front corners. Otherwise, there are no notable differences when compared to the 2023 version.

Blade 18 2024
Blade 18 2024
Blade 18 2023 for comparison
Blade 18 2023 for comparison

Display — QHD+ 300 Hz Mini-LED

Matte RGB subpixel array. Display is slightly grainier than most glossy alternatives
Matte RGB subpixel array. Display is slightly grainier than most glossy alternatives

The QHD+ 240 Hz panel on the 2023 Blade 18 has been replaced with two new options this year:

  • QHD+ (2560 x 1600), 300 Hz, Mini-LED, HDR1000
  • 4K UHD+ (3840 x 2400), 200 Hz, IPS, HDR400

Both panels offer G-Sync, factory calibration, full DCI-P3 colors, and fast <3 ms response times to be fit for both hardcore gaming and most editing tasks. Our specific test unit has been configured with the bolded option. Note that this exact BOE NE180QDM-NM1 panel can also be found on the ROG Strix Scar 18 meaning that the Razer and Asus laptops can offer comparable viewing experiences.

When compared to IPS and OLED, mini-LED provides deeper black levels than IPS and brighter whites than OLED to better comply with HDR requirements. For example, laptops with high-end IPS or OLED panels typically cover HDR400 or HDR500 while mini-LED often satisfy HDR1000 for more vibrant multimedia playback. Maximum brightness on our Blade 18 unit can reach 1227 nits when both HDR and local dimming are enabled compared to just 712 nits when HDR is enabled but with local dimming off. Brightness is otherwise limited to ~600 nits on SDR mode which is still much brighter than most other gaming laptops.

Display SettingSDR Mode w/ Local Dimming OffSDR Mode w/ Local Dimming OnHDR Mode w/ Local Dimming OffHDR Mode w/ Local Dimming On
Maximum Brightness (nits)6056027121227


All black screen on SDR mode with local dimming off. Bleeding present albeit relatively even
All black screen on SDR mode with local dimming off. Bleeding present albeit relatively even
All black screen on HDR mode with local dimming on. The screen becomes pitch black for OLED-like contrast ratios
All black screen on HDR mode with local dimming on. The screen becomes pitch black for OLED-like contrast ratios

Black levels and thus contrast are also affected by local dimming. We're able to measure a black level of 0.62 nits with local dimming off versus 0.22 nits with local dimming on for much higher contrast levels especially when HDR is enabled. Local dimming may not be necessary or even recommended for browsing or editing purposes due to its inherent "halo" effect, but it's worth enabling for HDR videos and games where the drawback is less noticeable.

Keep in mind that the panel refresh rate supports up to 300 Hz on dGPU mode only as it is otherwise limited to 240 Hz on Optimus mode. A dynamic refresh rate down to 60 Hz is supported only on Optimus mode. 

600.6
cd/m²
605.5
cd/m²
602.3
cd/m²
601.8
cd/m²
605.4
cd/m²
588
cd/m²
605
cd/m²
603.5
cd/m²
586.6
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
BOE NE180QDM-NM1 tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 605.5 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 599.9 cd/m² Minimum: 0.62 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 605.4 cd/m²
Contrast: 976:1 (Black: 0.62 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.53 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.99
ΔE Greyscale 2.6 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
86.9% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
100% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.22
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
BOE NE180QDM-NM1, Mini-LED, 2560x1600, 18.00
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
AU Optronics B180QAN01.0, IPS, 2560x1600, 18.00
Alienware m18 R2
BOE NE18NZ1, IPS, 2560x1600, 18.00
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
AU Optronics B180ZAN01.0, Mini-LED, 3840x2400, 18.00
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
BOE NE180QDM-NM1, Mini LED, 2560x1600, 18.00
Display
-1%
0%
-1%
2%
Display P3 Coverage
99
96.9
-2%
97.8
-1%
98.1
-1%
99.9
1%
sRGB Coverage
100
99.8
0%
99.5
0%
99.8
0%
100
0%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
86.9
85.3
-2%
88.9
2%
86.2
-1%
90
4%
Response Times
44%
28%
-196%
-37%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
7.6 ?(3.6, 4)
4.2 ?(2.1, 2.1)
45%
5.3 ?(2.2, 3.1)
30%
8.6 ?(4.2, 4.4)
-13%
12 ?(8, 4)
-58%
Response Time Black / White *
14 ?(6.6, 7.4)
8 ?(3.8, 4.2)
43%
10.4 ?(4.8, 5.6)
26%
81.8 ?(76, 5.8)
-484%
10.7 ?(7.6, 3.1)
24%
PWM Frequency
26444 ?(100)
2592 ?(100)
-90%
5733 ?(94)
-78%
Screen
-20%
-26%
-45%
202%
Brightness middle
605.4
549.6
-9%
271.8
-55%
467.5
-23%
937
55%
Brightness
600
524
-13%
275
-54%
459
-23%
934
56%
Brightness Distribution
97
89
-8%
78
-20%
90
-7%
89
-8%
Black Level *
0.62
0.53
15%
0.27
56%
0.066
89%
Contrast
976
1037
6%
1007
3%
14197
1355%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.53
3.32
-117%
2.48
-62%
3.77
-146%
1.52
1%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
4.15
6.63
-60%
5.59
-35%
6.12
-47%
2.82
32%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.6
2
23%
3.7
-42%
3.2
-23%
1.7
35%
Gamma
2.22 99%
2.29 96%
2.2 100%
2.43 91%
2.042 108%
CCT
6843 95%
6319 103%
6355 102%
6478 100%
6578 99%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
2.7
0.56
2.94
1.21
Total Average (Program / Settings)
8% / -6%
1% / -12%
-81% / -72%
56% / 108%

* ... smaller is better

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. P3
vs. P3

The P3 standard is fully represented as advertised. Colors, however, annoyingly shift when changing between Optimus and dGPU modes. sRGB colors are accurate with average DeltaE grayscale and ColorChecker values of just 2.6 and 1.53, respectively, but P3 colors are more inaccurate even when set to P3 mode. Color temperature, for example, automatically becomes warmer at 5600K when set to P3. There may be a bug with how P3 colors are represented when changing between different GPU modes.

Grayscale (vs. sRGB)
Grayscale (vs. sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (vs. sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (vs. sRGB)
ColorChecker (vs. sRGB)
ColorChecker (vs. sRGB)
Grayscale (vs. P3)
Grayscale (vs. P3)
Saturation Sweeps (vs. P3)
Saturation Sweeps (vs. P3)
ColorChecker (vs. P3)
ColorChecker (vs. P3)

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
14 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6.6 ms rise
↘ 7.4 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 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 30 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
7.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3.6 ms rise
↘ 4 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 15 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.5 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 detected 26444 Hz ≤ 100 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 26444 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 100 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 26444 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17673 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Flickering is present much like on other laptops with mini-LED options. However, its frequency is extremely high and therefore less likely to cause eyestrain for sensitive users. Flickering intensity also appears to drop significantly once brightness levels are reduced to <50 percent and so lower brightness levels may not be a bad idea.

0 percent brightness
0 percent brightness
25 percent brightness
25 percent brightness
50 percent brightness
50 percent brightness
75 percent brightness
75 percent brightness
100 percent brightness
100 percent brightness

Outdoor visibility is decent under shade especially since the matte overlay minimizes glare. However, direct sunlight should still be avoided for an optimal viewing experience.

Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Wide mini-LED viewing angles don't exhibit the contrast degradation of IPS or the rainbow effect of OLED for more stable colors
Wide mini-LED viewing angles don't exhibit the contrast degradation of IPS or the rainbow effect of OLED for more stable colors

Performance — Same As Yesteryear

 

Testing Conditions

Razer continues to update Synapse with additional features and tick boxes for improved customization. New this year are Turbo mode, Max Fan mode, and integrated display functions like color profiles and hotkeys to adjust refresh rate. Note that the new Turbo mode is essentially equivalent to Custom mode as our tests below will show. Razer says they added Turbo mode to make it easier for users to select the "best" mode for gaming, but we think this may have the opposite effect as there are now too many confusing modes to choose from. All our tests below were performed on Custom mode with the CPU and GPU set to Boost and High, respectively, unless otherwise stated.

Perhaps the most important feature to keep in mind is the local dimming toggle under the Display tab. Interestingly, Razer has this turned off by default even though local dimming is one of the key selling points of mini-LED. Toggling this feature can greatly impact brightness levels in HDR mode as noted above.

Power Profile screen with Custom mode, Max Fan mode, Turbo mode, and more
Power Profile screen with Custom mode, Max Fan mode, Turbo mode, and more
CPU overclocking submenu
CPU overclocking submenu
Display tab with color profiles, refresh rates, and local dimming features
Display tab with color profiles, refresh rates, and local dimming features
Audio adjustments
Audio adjustments

Processor

Whereas the jump from 12th gen Core i9-12900HX to 13th gen Core i9-13900HX would entail a 25 to 30 percent performance boost, the jump from 13th gen Core i9-13900HX to 14th gen Core i9-14900HX is essentially a flat line. Benchmark results between our 2023 and 2024 Blade 18 models would be within 5 percentage points of each other in both single- and multi-threaded workloads. The i9-14900HX is informally described as a rebrand of the i9-13900HX and our numbers reflect this.

Power ProfileCineBench R23 xT Score (Points)Sustained CPU Power Level (W)Cyberpunk 2077 QHD Ultra (FPS)
Balanced1426955 -> 4565.13
Turbo27029135 -> 12584.69
Custom w/ Max Fan On27167135 -> 12585.46

Interestingly, CPU results from our Razer system would be slightly but consistently slower than most other gaming laptops with the same CPU such as the Alienware m18 R2 or MSI Titan 18 HX. We suspect that this was done on purpose in order to allow for more overclocking headroom via the Synapse software. CPU Turbo Boost performance and TDP levels are tied to the different power profiles as shown in the table above.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509 Intel Core i9-14900HX: Ø4163 (3956.09-4227.88)
Alienware m18 R2 Intel Core i9-14900HX: Ø4743 (4458.81-4807.11)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D: Ø5282 (5177.32-5599.89)
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG Intel Core i9-14900HX: Ø4753 (4700.35-4782.4)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024) Intel Core i9-14900HX: Ø4024 (3961.18-4098.11)
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090 Intel Core i9-14900HX: Ø4396 (4349.72-4455.83)
CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 6.2: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
CPU Performance Rating
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
84.3 pt
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
84.2 pt
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
83.4 pt
Alienware m18 R1 -2!
Intel Core i9-13980HX
80.7 pt
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
79.9 pt
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
 
79.8 pt
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
79 pt
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
78.8 pt
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070 -2!
Intel Core i9-13950HX
76.1 pt
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
75.9 pt
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS -2!
Intel Core i9-12900HX
65.4 pt
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
60 pt
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
55.2 pt
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
46.8 pt
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
34613 (33896.2min - 34613.2max) Points +25%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
32782 Points +19%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
32601 (28888.6min - 32601.4max) Points +18%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
32428 (29693.8min - 32428.3max) Points +17%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
31391 (28656min - 31390.7max) Points +14%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (20702 - 36249, n=26)
29638 Points +7%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
28867 Points +4%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
28681 (25585.5min - 28680.9max) Points +4%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
28516 Points +3%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
27657 (23328.1min - 27657.5max) Points
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
22982 Points -17%
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
18304 Points -34%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
17623 (17398.8min - 17622.8max) Points -36%
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
14087 Points -49%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2235 Points +7%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2177 Points +4%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (1720 - 2235, n=26)
2160 Points +3%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2143 Points +3%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2117 Points +1%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
2106 Points +1%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2088 Points
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2076 Points -1%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
1948 Points -7%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
1935 Points -7%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
1913 Points -8%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
1832 Points -12%
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
1694 Points -19%
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
1569 Points -25%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
13308 Points +22%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
13033 Points +20%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
12423 Points +14%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
12103 Points +11%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
11816 Points +9%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (8427 - 13832, n=26)
11271 Points +4%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
10968 Points +1%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
10919 Points 0%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
10871 Points
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
10787 Points -1%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
8667 Points -20%
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
7190 Points -34%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
6894 Points -37%
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
5408 Points -50%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
853 Points +5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
833 Points +2%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (657 - 859, n=26)
827 Points +2%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
823 Points +1%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
814 Points
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
810 Points 0%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
807 Points -1%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
797 Points -2%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
755 Points -7%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
747 Points -8%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
738 Points -9%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
714 Points -12%
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
663 Points -19%
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
611 Points -25%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
5600 (5177.32min - 5599.89max) Points +32%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
5541 (5377.07min - 5540.93max) Points +31%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
4989 (4579.8min - 4989.4max) Points +18%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
4807 (4458.81min - 4807.11max) Points +14%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
4782 (4700.35min - 4782.4max) Points +13%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (3263 - 5589, n=26)
4503 Points +7%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
4481 Points +6%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
4456 (4349.72min - 4455.83max) Points +5%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
4228 (3956.09min - 4227.88max) Points
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
4098 Points -3%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
3570 (3259.45min - 3569.52max) Points -16%
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
2869 (2748.57min - 2868.62max) Points -32%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
2817 (2741.98min - 2817.3max) Points -33%
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
2296 (2231.27min - 2296.34max) Points -46%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
318 Points +5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
311 Points +2%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
311 Points +2%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
309 Points +2%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (247 - 320, n=26)
307 Points +1%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
304 Points
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
303 Points 0%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
302 Points -1%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
300 Points -1%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
297 Points -2%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
287 Points -6%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
278 Points -9%
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
251 Points -17%
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
250 Points -18%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
222 Seconds * -90%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
183 Seconds * -56%
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
173 Seconds * -48%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
147 Seconds * -26%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
118 Seconds * -1%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
117 Seconds *
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (91 - 164, n=26)
116.4 Seconds * +1%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
113 Seconds * +3%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
111 Seconds * +5%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
104 Seconds * +11%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
102 Seconds * +13%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
97 Seconds * +17%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
95 Seconds * +19%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
87 Seconds * +26%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
140493 MIPS +31%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
136201 MIPS +27%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
129804 MIPS +21%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
122772 MIPS +14%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
121266 MIPS +13%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
116665 MIPS +8%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
115695 MIPS +8%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (87555 - 136645, n=26)
115052 MIPS +7%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
114546 MIPS +7%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
107527 MIPS
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
86234 MIPS -20%
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
74965 MIPS -30%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
72749 MIPS -32%
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
61495 MIPS -43%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
7573 MIPS +17%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
7381 MIPS +14%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
7172 MIPS +10%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
7103 MIPS +9%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (5452 - 7508, n=26)
7066 MIPS +9%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
7018 MIPS +8%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
6889 MIPS +6%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
6880 MIPS +6%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
6642 MIPS +2%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
6504 MIPS 0%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
6497 MIPS
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
6256 MIPS -4%
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
5797 MIPS -11%
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
5461 MIPS -16%
Geekbench 6.2 / Multi-Core
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
18233 Points +6%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (15849 - 19665, n=26)
17715 Points +3%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
17695 Points +3%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
17559 Points +2%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
17231 Points
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
16957 Points -2%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
16652 Points -3%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
16316 Points -5%
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
12989 Points -25%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
12447 Points -28%
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
10348 Points -40%
Geekbench 6.2 / Single-Core
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
3057 Points +8%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2999 Points +6%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (2419 - 3129, n=26)
2982 Points +5%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2964 Points +4%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
2916 Points +3%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
2876 Points +1%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2843 Points 0%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2842 Points
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
2730 Points -4%
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
2316 Points -19%
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
2115 Points -26%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
22200 Points +15%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
21284 Points +10%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
20036 Points +4%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
19975 Points +3%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
19875 Points +3%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (8618 - 23194, n=26)
19814 Points +3%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
19802 Points +3%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
19372 Points 0%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
19310 Points
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
19137 Points -1%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
16250 Points -16%
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
13257 Points -31%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
11399 Points -41%
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
9694 Points -50%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2193 Points +9%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
2133 Points +6%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2131 Points +6%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
2124 Points +5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2118 Points +5%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2098 Points +4%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (1669 - 2210, n=26)
2095 Points +4%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
2062 Points +2%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2035 Points +1%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
2015 Points
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
2014 Points 0%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
1923 Points -5%
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
1704 Points -15%
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
1554 Points -23%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
37.5 fps +35%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
36.4 fps +31%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
33.1 fps +19%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
32.1 fps +16%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
31 fps +12%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
30.9 fps +12%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (22.7 - 38.9, n=26)
30.2 fps +9%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
30.1 fps +9%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
29.2 fps +5%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
27.7 fps
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
25.6 fps -8%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
21.8 fps -21%
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
21.2 fps -23%
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
17 fps -39%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
63.8 s * -32%
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
62.4 s * -29%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
49.4 s * -2%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
48.5 s *
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
47.5 s * +2%
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
46.7 s * +4%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
46.2 s * +5%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
44.8 s * +8%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (31.4 - 85.1, n=26)
44 s * +9%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
43.8 s * +10%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
43.4 s * +11%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
41.8 s * +14%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
39 s * +20%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
39 s * +20%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-41-R9LN
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
0.4911 sec * -25%
MSI Pulse 17 B13VGK
Intel Core i7-13700H
0.4809 sec * -22%
Asus TUF Gaming A17 FA707XI-NS94
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
0.4278 sec * -9%
MSI Titan GT77 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
0.4194 sec * -7%
Alienware m18 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
0.4145 sec * -5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
0.4127 sec * -5%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX
0.3955 sec * -0%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX
0.3944 sec * -0%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX
0.3937 sec *
Alienware m18 R1
Intel Core i9-13980HX
0.3931 sec * -0%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX
0.3919 sec * -0%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (0.3609 - 0.4859, n=26)
0.3852 sec * +2%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX
0.3789 sec * +4%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX
0.3767 sec * +4%
CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 6.2: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
4228 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
271 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
304 Points
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Performance Rating
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
96.8 pt
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
67.8 pt
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
66.8 pt
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
 
62.9 pt
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
62.6 pt
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
62.4 pt
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
61.1 pt
Average of class Gaming
 
48.6 pt
AIDA64 / FP32 Ray-Trace
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
53908 KRay/s +115%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
29351 KRay/s +17%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
29280 KRay/s +17%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (17244 - 33474, n=25)
25780 KRay/s +3%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
25682 KRay/s +2%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
25444 KRay/s +1%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
25098 KRay/s
Average of class Gaming
  (4986 - 60169, n=208, last 2 years)
20163 KRay/s -20%
AIDA64 / FPU Julia
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
222115 Points +73%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
148888 Points +16%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
142791 Points +11%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
128826 Points 0%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (88537 - 166040, n=25)
128698 Points 0%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
128369 Points
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
127908 Points 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (25360 - 252486, n=208, last 2 years)
100585 Points -22%
AIDA64 / CPU SHA3
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
9582 MB/s +56%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
7229 MB/s +17%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
7095 MB/s +15%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (4267 - 7979, n=25)
6349 MB/s +3%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
6204 MB/s +1%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
6188 MB/s 0%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
6159 MB/s
Average of class Gaming
  (1339 - 10389, n=208, last 2 years)
4609 MB/s -25%
AIDA64 / CPU Queen
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
181270 Points +33%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
148773 Points +9%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
141681 Points +4%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
139323 Points +2%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (118405 - 148966, n=25)
139015 Points +2%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
138473 Points +1%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
136621 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (41257 - 200651, n=208, last 2 years)
113005 Points -17%
AIDA64 / FPU SinJulia
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
29487 Points +90%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
18256 Points +18%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
16279 Points +5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
16121 Points +4%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
15857 Points +2%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (12217 - 18517, n=25)
15609 Points +1%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
15500 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (3925 - 32988, n=208, last 2 years)
12640 Points -18%
AIDA64 / FPU Mandel
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
118813 Points +89%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
72594 Points +15%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
72355 Points +15%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
64134 Points +2%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
63748 Points +1%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (43302 - 83662, n=25)
63414 Points +1%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
62867 Points
Average of class Gaming
  (12321 - 134044, n=208, last 2 years)
51002 Points -19%
AIDA64 / CPU AES
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
328679 MB/s +179%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (86964 - 241777, n=25)
139074 MB/s +18%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
138830 MB/s +18%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
134675 MB/s +14%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
122937 MB/s +4%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
122250 MB/s +4%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
117887 MB/s
Average of class Gaming
  (19065 - 328679, n=208, last 2 years)
111321 MB/s -6%
AIDA64 / CPU ZLib
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2149 MB/s +20%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2053 MB/s +14%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2043 MB/s +14%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
1863 MB/s +4%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (1265 - 2292, n=25)
1849 MB/s +3%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
1794 MB/s
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
1789 MB/s 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (269 - 2409, n=208, last 2 years)
1275 MB/s -29%
AIDA64 / FP64 Ray-Trace
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
29140 KRay/s +113%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
16128 KRay/s +18%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
16104 KRay/s +18%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
13993 KRay/s +2%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (9170 - 18349, n=25)
13898 KRay/s +2%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
13680 KRay/s
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
13608 KRay/s -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (2540 - 31796, n=208, last 2 years)
10894 KRay/s -20%
AIDA64 / CPU PhotoWorxx
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
49716 MPixel/s +5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
49710 MPixel/s +5%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
49616 MPixel/s +5%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (33960 - 54702, n=25)
48653 MPixel/s +2%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
47472 MPixel/s
Average of class Gaming
  (10805 - 60161, n=209, last 2 years)
38256 MPixel/s -19%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
36406 MPixel/s -23%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
33960 MPixel/s -28%

Stress Test

System idle
System idle

CPU power draw when running Prime95 would stabilize at around 117 W to be very close to what we recorded on last year's Blade 18 at 114 W. When paired with their nearly identical performance numbers as noted in the section above, this further cements the fact that the newer Raptor Lake-HX refresh series offers little to no benefits over the older Core i9-13950HX.

Running Witcher 3 to represent typical gaming loads shows no major performance differences between Max Fan on or Max Fan off since GPU board power draw would remain almost the same at a steady 172 W. Dropping to Turbo mode reduces GPU power draw by just a few watts to be indiscernible in practice. CPU and GPU temperatures would stabilize at 80 C and 74 C, respectively, compared to 87 C and 64 C on the much heavier and slightly faster Alienware m18 R2.

Prime95 stress (Custom profile, CPU Boost, GPU High, Max Fan on)
Prime95 stress (Custom profile, CPU Boost, GPU High, Max Fan on)
Prime95+FurMark stress (Custom profile, CPU Boost, GPU High, Max Fan on)
Prime95+FurMark stress (Custom profile, CPU Boost, GPU High, Max Fan on)
Witcher 3 stress (Balanced profile)
Witcher 3 stress (Balanced profile)
Witcher 3 stress (Turbo profile)
Witcher 3 stress (Turbo profile)
Witcher 3 stress (Custom profile, CPU Boost, GPU High, Max Fan off)
Witcher 3 stress (Custom profile, CPU Boost, GPU High, Max Fan off)
Witcher 3 stress (Custom profile, CPU Boost, GPU High, Max Fan on)
Witcher 3 stress (Custom profile, CPU Boost, GPU High, Max Fan on)
Average Effective CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C) GPU Board Power Draw
System Idle -- -- 54 44 --
Prime95 Stress 2.8 -- 78 54 --
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.8 1515 - 2340 70 62 42 - 181
Witcher 3 Stress (Custom Mode w/ Max Fan On) ~0.6 2145 81 70 172
Witcher 3 Stress (Custom Mode w/ Max Fan Off) ~0.5 2160 80 74 172
Witcher 3 Stress (Turbo Mode) ~0.5 2100 80 74 165
Witcher 3 Stress (Balanced Mode) ~0.4 1740 79 71 127

System Performance

PCMark scores are on par with other gaming laptops with similar Raptor Lake-HX CPUs and GeForce RTX 4090 GPUs including systems with the older Core i9-13900HX. RAM speed has not changed from the 2023 model.

We encountered a couple of bugs when putting the system to Sleep mode. The system would continue to run very warm on Sleep mode when set to dGPU mode. If set to Optimus mode, the system would appear to enter Sleep mode normally. The screen would sometimes freeze for several seconds when waking from Sleep as well.

Meanwhile, the G-Sync issues we experienced on the 2023 model are not present on our 2024 unit.

PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 / Score
Alienware m18 R2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
9234 Points +5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX3D, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
9117 Points +4%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
8968 Points +2%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX
8805 Points
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
8801 Points 0%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (8230 - 9234, n=10)
8720 Points -1%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
8401 Points -5%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
11628 Points +2%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX3D, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
11561 Points +2%
Alienware m18 R2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
11415 Points 0%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
11394 Points 0%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX
11378 Points
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (10871 - 11628, n=10)
11181 Points -2%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
10915 Points -4%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Alienware m18 R2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
11415 Points +12%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
11150 Points +9%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX3D, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
10881 Points +7%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (9951 - 11759, n=10)
10777 Points +6%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
10528 Points +3%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
10225 Points 0%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX
10186 Points
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
16462 Points +3%
Alienware m18 R2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
16398 Points +3%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX3D, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
16348 Points +2%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX
15985 Points
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
15421 Points -4%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (13219 - 16462, n=10)
14975 Points -6%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
13219 Points -17%
CrossMark / Overall
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
2208 Points +8%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2149 Points +5%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (1877 - 2344, n=10)
2119 Points +3%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX3D, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2086 Points +2%
Alienware m18 R2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
2073 Points +1%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX
2048 Points
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
1877 Points -8%
CrossMark / Productivity
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
2055 Points +8%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2007 Points +6%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (1738 - 2162, n=10)
1968 Points +3%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX3D, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1948 Points +2%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX
1902 Points
Alienware m18 R2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
1881 Points -1%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
1738 Points -9%
CrossMark / Creativity
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
2478 Points +7%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2418 Points +4%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX3D, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2415 Points +4%
Alienware m18 R2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
2393 Points +3%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (2195 - 2660, n=10)
2387 Points +3%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX
2316 Points
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
2195 Points -5%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
1944 Points +10%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (1478 - 2327, n=10)
1862 Points +5%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1851 Points +5%
Alienware m18 R2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
1806 Points +2%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX
1765 Points
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX3D, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1649 Points -7%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
1478 Points -16%
WebXPRT 3 / Overall
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX3D, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
480 Points +42%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX
339 Points
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
330 Points -3%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
327 Points -4%
Alienware m18 R2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
326 Points -4%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (279 - 339, n=9)
324 Points -4%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
322 Points -5%
WebXPRT 4 / Overall
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX3D, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
328 Points
Alienware m18 R2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
309 Points
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
304 Points
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (246 - 309, n=7)
294 Points
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
287 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 / Total
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
  (428 - 535, n=10)
454 ms * -1%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
452 ms * -1%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
450 ms * -0%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
449 ms * -0%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX
449 ms *
Alienware m18 R2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
430 ms * +4%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX3D, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
421.3 ms * +6%

* ... smaller is better

PCMark 10 Score
8805 points
Help
AIDA64 / Memory Copy
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
83392 MB/s +9%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
79243 MB/s +4%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
78799 MB/s +3%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (56992 - 83392, n=25)
77841 MB/s +2%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
77096 MB/s +1%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
76268 MB/s
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
56992 MB/s -25%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
50335 MB/s -34%
AIDA64 / Memory Read
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
86788 MB/s +5%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
86387 MB/s +4%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
86207 MB/s +4%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
85791 MB/s +3%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (54443 - 87507, n=25)
84477 MB/s +2%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
82992 MB/s
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
59921 MB/s -28%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
54443 MB/s -34%
AIDA64 / Memory Write
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
77534 MB/s +14%
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
77089 MB/s +14%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
75814 MB/s +12%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
75421 MB/s +11%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (51387 - 80589, n=25)
75000 MB/s +11%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
67801 MB/s
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
58774 MB/s -13%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
51387 MB/s -24%
AIDA64 / Memory Latency
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
105 ns * -20%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
88.6 ns * -1%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
87.6 ns *
Alienware m18 R2
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
86.4 ns * +1%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
84.5 ns * +4%
Average Intel Core i9-14900HX
  (76.1 - 105, n=25)
84 ns * +4%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
83.4 ns * +5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Intel Core i9-14900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
82.8 ns * +5%

* ... smaller is better

DPC Latency

LatencyMon reveals only minor DPC issues when opening multiple browser tabs of our homepage. 4K60 video playback is also perfect with no dropped frames recorded save for the single frame when taking the screenshot.

LatencyMon
LatencyMon
Drivers list
Drivers list
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Alienware m18 R2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
2815.1 μs * -90%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, 2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
2384.5 μs * -61%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX
1479.7 μs *
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1389.7 μs * +6%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-14900HX, Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
1117.4 μs * +24%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX3D, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1100.8 μs * +26%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

Both our 2023 and 2024 Blade 18 units come with Micron CA6 NVMe SSDs whereas most other Blade models ship with Samsung drives instead. Read and write rates of smaller 4K blocks can be on the slow side, but it otherwise exhibits no performance throttling issues.

PCIe5 SSD options are not available likely due to costs and limited supply.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 8
CDM 8
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 6905 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 4883 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 438 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 405.9 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 3709 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 3438 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 65.54 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 157.3 MB/s
Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Alienware m18 R2
SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
83.6 pt
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
69.7 pt
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
66 pt
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
63.2 pt
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
62.7 pt
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
50.3 pt
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
 
50.2 pt
DiskSpd
seq read
Alienware m18 R2
SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
5588 (5540.05min - 5587.65max) MB/s +57%
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
5424 (5395.57min - 5423.86max) MB/s +52%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
3908 (3887.48min - 3908.2max) MB/s +10%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
3889 (3873.65min - 3888.73max) MB/s +9%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3795 (3693.04min - 3794.8max) MB/s +7%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
 
3560 (3002.28min - 3559.93max) MB/s
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2570 (2552.37min - 2570.06max) MB/s -28%
seq write
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
7291 (7191.64min - 7291.38max) MB/s +117%
Alienware m18 R2
SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
5153 (5139.7min - 5152.91max) MB/s +53%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
4335 (4306.29min - 4335.44max) MB/s +29%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
3798 (3750.39min - 3798.15max) MB/s +13%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3794 (3745.51min - 3793.5max) MB/s +13%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
 
3367 (3255.82min - 3366.95max) MB/s
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1690 (1454.82min - 1690.3max) MB/s -50%
seq q8 t1 read
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
13588 (10727.3min - 13588.3max) MB/s +100%
Alienware m18 R2
SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
7110 (6256.85min - 7110.18max) MB/s +5%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
7084 (6413.06min - 7083.97max) MB/s +4%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
6971 (6127.67min - 6971.35max) MB/s +3%
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
6810 (6260.27min - 6809.87max) MB/s 0%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
 
6797 (5573.18min - 6797.33max) MB/s
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
6673 (5801.28min - 6672.72max) MB/s -2%
seq q8 t1 write
MSI Titan 18 HX A14VIG
2x Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB (RAID 0)
10571 (10519.3min - 10571.3max) MB/s +116%
Alienware m18 R2
SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
6779 (6710.47min - 6778.83max) MB/s +38%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
5255 (5183.65min - 5254.62max) MB/s +7%
Razer Blade 16 2024, RTX 4090
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
4936 (4909.47min - 4936.28max) MB/s +1%
Razer Blade 18 2024 RZ09-0509
 
4902 (4309.42min - 4901.73max) MB/s
Razer Blade 18 RTX 4070
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
4426 (4263.58min - 4426.04max) MB/s -10%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733PYV-LL053X
SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2382 (920.86min - 2382.42max) MB/s -51%
4k q1 t1 read
Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 G834JYR (2024)
Samsung PM9A1a MZVL22T0HDLB
80.7 (80.11min - 80.66max) MB/s +31%
Alienware m18 R2
SK Hynix PC811 HFS002TEM9X152N
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