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The Top 10 Bestselling Gaming Laptops from iBuyPower

As mouth-watering as those flagship $2000+ gaming laptops may be, they infrequently sell anywhere near the volume as more affordable budget and mainstream alternatives. We compare and contrast the top gaming notebooks that users are much more likely to purchase.

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Introduction

We have a number of Top 10 lists ranking the best gaming notebooks money can buy for several different categories. While these lists are often populated by models we most recommend, they do not accurately reflect the actual purchasing habits of most users as our rankings often do not consider price as a factor. .

To get a better sense of which notebooks are actually flying off shelves and to help readers make potential purchasing decisions, we've teamed up with iBuyPower who have provided for us a list of their best bestselling gaming notebooks in the last quarter ending Q4 2017. The North American company is a major reseller of MSI and Asus notebooks and so the data is indubitably skewed towards these two manufacturers, but the results are valuable nonetheless. After all, MSI and Asus account for nearly half of all gaming laptops shipped in a pool of several dozen manufacturers.

The following 10 gaming notebooks from iBuyPower have sold more units than any other configuration offered by the reseller. We've also provided both links to our reviews and core benchmark comparisons for each model, though our data and tested configurations may differ slightly from SKU to SKU. Please note that this list is not sponsored by iBuyPower and that Notebookcheck receives no commission from units sold through the reseller.

1st — MSI GF72VR (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060)

The $1400 USD range is the apparent sweet spot for both mainstream and serious gamers
The $1400 USD range is the apparent sweet spot for both mainstream and serious gamers

With sales totaling more than 3x the number 10 bestseller, the 17.3-inch MSI GF72VR is quite new and barely a full year old. The mid-range GF series sits between the lower-end GP/GL series and higher-end GE series to offer a compelling package for mainstream gamers. In our full review of the system, we praised its gaming performance, quiet SteelSeries keyboard, loud speakers, high quality FHD panel with 3 ms response time, fast storage performance, and relative ease of serviceability. Core temperatures are also quite cool for a gaming notebook at about 70 C when gaming compared to 80 C or warmer on many thinner alternatives. While GTX 1050 GPU options are available on this model, it appears that the faster GTX 1060 is the more popular configuration. It's easy to see why this system is a hot item considering its balanced price and features.

We highly recommend applying our ICC calibration file on the 1080p 120 Hz SKU to get the most out of the display since its colors and grayscale can be rather poor out of the box. Once set, the system will be able to play most modern titles at 1080p60 on High to Extreme settings. 

See our full review on the MSI GF72VR here and its product page here.

2nd — MSI GL62M (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050)

The $900 USD configuration with the i7-7700HQ CPU and GTX 1050 GPU is a barebones gaming experience without the frivolous hardware features
The $900 USD configuration with the i7-7700HQ CPU and GTX 1050 GPU is a barebones gaming experience without the frivolous hardware features

Second to the mid-range GF72VR is the more entry-level 15.6-inch GL62M equipped with the GTX 1050 GPU. This particular configuration is smaller, lighter, and perhaps more importantly $500 USD less expensive than the 17.3-inch GF72VR above with similar I/O. Its chassis, however, is quite fragile around the lid and its screen is even less color accurate than the GF72VR without a proper calibration. There are no 120 Hz refresh rate or keyboard backlight options since the GL62 series targets gamers on a tighter budget. Even so, the GTX 1050 GPU is very close to the GTX 965M in raw performance for the ability to play modern titles in 1080p30 and at Medium to High settings. Older and less demanding titles like Bioshock Infinite can run at Maximum settings while maintaining 60 FPS.

Like on many budget gaming notebooks, certain SKUs of the GL62M ship with slower HDDs to save on costs. We recommend outfitting the GL62M with a small primary M.2 SSD paired for the OS and a large secondary HDD for storing games to increase system performance. Users can often save money by purchasing the M.2 SSD separately and installing the drives themselves.

See our full review on the MSI GL62M here and its product page here.

3rd — MSI GF62VR (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1060)

At $1300 USD, the GF62VR is about 80 to 90 percent faster in games compared to the GL62M. On the flip side, fan noise will be louder
At $1300 USD, the GF62VR is about 80 to 90 percent faster in games compared to the GL62M. On the flip side, fan noise will be louder

The third bestseller is simply the 15.6-inch version of the 17.3-inch GF72VR from above. Appropriately called the GF62VR, the notebook utilizes the exact same chassis as the GL62M but with the GTX 1060 GPU instead and with additional superficial styling on the outer lid. In short, it is essentially a GL62M with most of the features and raw power found on the GF72VR including the backlit keyboard, faster GPU, higher RAM capacity, and optional 4K UHD display.

Note that the 15.6-inch GF62VR is only about $100 less than the 17.3-inch GF72VR despite both having nearly identical hardware features. Users who intend to game more at home and less at libraries or LAN parties may want to consider the roomier 17.3-inch version instead.

See our full take on the MSI GF62VR here and its product page here.

4th — MSI GL62M (i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050)

The $800 USD price drops the Core i7-7700HQ for the slower i5-7300HQ. For most games, the i5-7300HQ and GTX 1050 pairing is a better balance since titles tend to be GPU bound
The $800 USD price drops the Core i7-7700HQ for the slower i5-7300HQ. For most games, the i5-7300HQ and GTX 1050 pairing is a better balance since titles tend to be GPU bound

Fourth in line is another SKU of the GL62M with the slower dual-core Core i5-7300HQ instead of the quad-core Core i7-7700HQ on the GL62M from above for a 30 percent drop in processor performance. This particular version also drops the secondary HDD for a final price that's $100 to $150 cheaper than the number 2 slot. Otherwise, everything else remains identical.

Sales of the top three notebooks on this list are very close to one another while the step from number 3 to number 4 is comparatively wider. Most gamers definitely prefer the Core i7 name and we can't blame them since the i5-7300HQ is starting to show its age against more recent Kaby Lake-R offerings. In real-world gaming loads, however, the drop in frame rates from a Core i7 SKU to a Core i5 SKU is very minor especially when paired with the budget GTX 1050. As a result, this particular GL62M configuration is still worth the buy for users on tighter budgets.

See our full review on the MSI GL62M here and its product page here.

5th — ASUS GL503VD (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050)

Its $1100 USD asking price sits comfortably between the MSI GL62M and GF62VR. Gaming performance, however, is still much closer to the slower GL62M
Its $1100 USD asking price sits comfortably between the MSI GL62M and GF62VR. Gaming performance, however, is still much closer to the slower GL62M

Behind 4 different SKUs of MSI notebooks is the budget 15.6-inch Asus Republic of Gamers GL503VD. Its core specifications are very similar to the second-place GL62M  including the i7-7700HQ CPU and GTX 1050 GPU, but the Asus is equipped with double the RAM (16 GB vs. 8 GB DDR4) and double the VRAM (4 GB vs. 2 GB GDDR5). The system is also much thinner than the GL62M (23 mm vs. 29 mm) while weighing about the same to be the more portable option. Direct disadvantages to its smaller size, however, are the warmer surface temperatures and warmer GPU temperatures when under heavy processing loads.

The size and RAM advantages of the GL503VD over the GL62M carry a $200 premium. Current Asus SKUs do not even carry a primary SSD and serviceability is more difficult compared to the MSI systems above. We recommend any potential buyers to weigh these pros and cons wisely.

See our full take on the Asus GL503VD here and its product page here

6th — MSI GP72X (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050 Ti)

The $1250 USD price is too close to the more capable GF72VR from above. We suggest investing in the much faster GF series to give your next gaming notebook longer legs
The $1250 USD price is too close to the more capable GF72VR from above. We suggest investing in the much faster GF series to give your next gaming notebook longer legs

After four 15.6-inch notebooks in a row, the MSI GP72X is only the second 17.3-inch notebook thus far on iBuyPower's bestsellers list. Unlike all the notebooks above, however, this particular model is equipped with the GTX 1050 Ti to be in between the performance levels of the GTX 1050 and GTX 1060. Note that the chassis is identical to the GF72VR in all three dimensions with essentially the same physical advantages and disadvantages.

The price of the GP72X is only about $150 shy from the graphically superior GF72VR sitting in the number 1 spot. Users who choose to invest in the GF72VR instead will see a noticeable 40 to 50 percent boost in GPU performance over the GP72X and with less ghosting as well due to faster display response times (3 ms vs. 5 ms). The slightly higher price of the GF72VR is worth the investment to our eyes and most gamers seem to agree based on the placement of the GP72X relative to the GF72VR.

See our full take on the MSI GP72X here and its product page here

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7th — MSI GL72M (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050)

An attractive $1000 USD price point will net users am enlarged version of the GL62M. For the size, however, a more powerful GPU would have been a better fit
An attractive $1000 USD price point will net users am enlarged version of the GL62M. For the size, however, a more powerful GPU would have been a better fit

Seventh place is simply the 17.3-inch version of the 15.6-inch GL62M equipped with the same GTX 1050 GPU, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, and I/O ports as its smaller sibling. The i7-7700HQ CPU and 1080p IPS display are fixed, but end-user upgrades for the M.2 SSD, HDD, and RAM are still possible as with the GP72 series, GL62 series, GF62 series, and GF72 series. It's the most affordable 17.3-inch gaming notebook on this list albeit the slowest for its size.

See our full take on the MSI GL72M here and its product page here

8th — MSI GF62 7RE (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050 Ti)

The $1100 USD is attractive for users who want something more powerful than the GTX 1050 without spending too much on the GTX 1060
The $1100 USD is attractive for users who want something more powerful than the GTX 1050 without spending too much on the GTX 1060

The sales gap between numbers 7 and 8 is considerably larger than the sales gap between numbers 6 and 7. This particular configuration of the GF62 is essentially the same as the GF62VR above but with the slower GTX 1050 Ti GPU instead of the GTX 1060. In other words, buyers are sacrificing 30 percent slower frame rates in order to save $200 USD. Chassis features, of course, are otherwise identical between the two GF62 SKUs on this list.

Note that this GF62 SKU retails for the same price as the Asus GL503VD above but with a faster GTX 1050 Ti GPU. In this case, the Asus machine has the size advantage as it is comparatively thinner and lighter than the MSI.

See our full take on the MSI GF62VR here and its product page here.

9th — ASUS FX503VD (i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050)

At $850 USD, the FX503VD is the second most affordable notebook on this list with an arguably more appealing visual design than the competing GL62M
At $850 USD, the FX503VD is the second most affordable notebook on this list with an arguably more appealing visual design than the competing GL62M

The 15.6-inch Asus FX503VD is the one chassis on this list that we have not yet fully reviewed as it is not visually identical to the GL503VD. We can, however, extrapolate based on its specifications relative to other systems sporting similar hardware and the older FX502. The Core i5-7300HQ CPU, GTX 1050 GPU, and 8 GB of DDR4 RAM compete directly against the similarly equipped MSI GL62M sitting in fourth place. This Asus unit, however, is $50 more than the MSI equivalent and that small premium can be attributed to the thinner (24 mm vs. 29 mm) profile. As with most Asus gaming notebooks, serviceability is likely a bit tougher compared to MSI and fan noise may be louder as well. Still, it's a very affordable system for users who want something sleeker and more portable than the GL62M.

See the product page for the Asus FX503VD here.

10th — MSI GE73VR Raider (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1070)

A hefty $1900 USD starting price includes all the benefits of the GF62VR but in a stronger chassis design with more auxiliary features and an enthusiast-level graphics card
A hefty $1900 USD starting price includes all the benefits of the GF62VR but in a stronger chassis design with more auxiliary features and an enthusiast-level graphics card

The last notebook on this list is probably the most interesting as it is about twice the price of almost any other system before it. The performance-oriented 17.3-inch GE73VR is relatively new to the MSI GE family and it is only a step down from MSI's pricier flagship GT series. This heavy gaming notebook is defined by its per-key RGB lighting, 1080p display with 120 Hz refresh and 5 ms response time, more rigid chassis, dedicated subwoofers, gold-plated 3.5 mm audio jacks, and the GTX 1070 GPU for a 50 to 60 percent graphics boost over the GTX 1060 in the GF72VR. Clearly, a good number of gamers out there like to go all out at the $2000 mark and we can't really disagree with this choice.

See our full take on the MSI GE73VR here and its product page here

Closing Remarks

What can we deduce about the purchasing habits of gamers based on this list of popular sellers? For one, the $800 to $1400 USD price range defines what most users are willing to spend on a gaming notebook with GTX Pascal graphics. Meanwhile, those who want enthusiast-level performance are more likely to draw the line at the $2000 USD mark for a GTX 1070 GPU. Size and portability are still factors as evident by the two thinner Asus models but perhaps not to such extreme levels where the MSI GS series or Asus Zephyrus series reign supreme. It's satisfying to see gamers considering 120 Hz panels with fast 3 ms or 5 ms response times as ghosting was a huge issue for fast-paced games on older gaming notebooks.

As suspected, headline-grabbing specifications and features like 4K UHD resolutions, ultra-sleek form factors, and GTX 1080 GPUs are nowhere to be found despite the heavy marketing push towards flagship models like the MSI GT series and the Asus G75x series. Users are certainly interested in reading and learning about the latest and greatest, but price is still the ultimate factor when it comes to the final checkout page.

Will consumer purchasing habits change in 2018? We'll update this page again later in the year to check up on any ranking shake-ups especially with Coffee Lake-H on the horizon. Until then, our comparison benchmarks below should give a rough idea on the size and performance deltas between the 10 models mentioned here.

Size Comparison

System Performance

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
MSI GP72VR 7RFX
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5160 Points ∼79%
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
5155 Points ∼79%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
5090 Points ∼78%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5015 Points ∼77%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
4973 Points ∼76%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4831 Points ∼74%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4735 Points ∼73%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
5424 Points ∼57%
MSI GP72VR 7RFX
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5215 Points ∼55%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
5136 Points ∼54%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5117 Points ∼54%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
4960 Points ∼52%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4679 Points ∼49%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
3553 Points ∼37%
Home Score Accelerated v2
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
4379 Points ∼72%
MSI GP72VR 7RFX
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
4075 Points ∼67%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
4069 Points ∼67%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4002 Points ∼66%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
3899 Points ∼64%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, ADATA SX7000NP 256 GB
3852 Points ∼63%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
3220 Points ∼53%

Graphics Performance

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ
17799 Points ∼44%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11951 Points ∼29%
MSI GP72VR 7RFX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11870 Points ∼29%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11011 Points ∼27%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
7866 Points ∼19%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
6382 Points ∼16%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
6230 Points ∼15%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
5952 Points ∼15%

Processor Performance

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼73%
MSI GP72VR 7RFX
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
158 Points ∼72%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
156 Points ∼72%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
146 Points ∼67%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
146 Points ∼67%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
144 Points ∼66%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
134 Points ∼61%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
133 Points ∼61%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
734 Points ∼17%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
734 Points ∼17%
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
733 Points ∼17%
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
731 Points ∼17%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
730 Points ∼17%
MSI GP72VR 7RFX
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
714 Points ∼16%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
708 Points ∼16%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
507 Points ∼12%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼75%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼75%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.81 Points ∼74%
MSI GP72VR 7RFX
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.77 Points ∼73%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.73 Points ∼71%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.65 Points ∼68%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
1.53 Points ∼63%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.17 Points ∼30%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.16 Points ∼30%
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.1 Points ∼30%
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.09 Points ∼30%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.08 Points ∼30%
MSI GP72VR 7RFX
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7.99 Points ∼30%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5.85 Points ∼22%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7214 Points ∼67%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5649 Points ∼52%
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5645 Points ∼52%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5568 Points ∼51%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5528 Points ∼51%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5147 Points ∼48%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
29209 Points ∼59%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21976 Points ∼44%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21839 Points ∼44%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21729 Points ∼44%
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21630 Points ∼43%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
17806 Points ∼36%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
MSI GP72VR 7RFX
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
334.351 s * ∼4%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
212.96 s * ∼3%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
212.5 s * ∼3%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
MSI GF72VR 7RF
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
553.64 Seconds * ∼2%
MSI GP72VR 7RFX
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
553 Seconds * ∼2%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
550.75 Seconds * ∼2%
Asus GL503VD-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
548.64 Seconds * ∼2%

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Allen Ngo, 2018-02- 5 (Update: 2018-02-22)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.