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We benchmark the cheapest RTX laptop on Newegg and performance is better than a GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q

We benchmark the cheapest GeForce RTX laptop on Newegg and performance is better than a GTX 1070 Max-Q
We benchmark the cheapest GeForce RTX laptop on Newegg and performance is better than a GTX 1070 Max-Q
The MSI GL73 with RTX 2060 graphics begins to shine when gaming at higher resolutions beyond 1080p and with DirectX 12 active. Otherwise, users can get the same performance or better out of an older GTX 1070 laptop for lower prices.

The GeForce RTX series for laptops currently consists of the RTX 2060, RTX 2070, RTX 2080, RTX 2070 Max-Q, and the RTX 2080 Max-Q. Even the slowest RTX GPU is no slouch as it's comparable to flagship GTX gaming laptops of yesteryear as our 3DMark benchmarks below will show.

A quick browse through Newegg reveals that the MSI GL73 8SE is the least expensive gaming laptop equipped RTX 2060 graphics for $1500. 3DMark Fire Strike ranks it 37 percent and 9 percent faster than the last generation GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 Max-Q, respectively. Nonetheless, performance is still about 13 percent slower than a standard mobile GTX 1070.

Performance deltas increase in the RTX's favor if gaming on higher resolutions with DX12 active. The Time Spy benchmark, for example, shows the RTX 2060 running 22 percent faster than the GTX 1070 Max-Q to be on par with the GTX 1070. Users may want to consider gaming at resolutions beyond 1080p to get more out of the RTX 2060.

None of these benchmarks factor in ray tracing or DLSS for which the RTX series is best known for. If you have no interest in these features, then last generation GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 Max-Q flagship laptops can be found for nearly the same price as the budget MSI GL73 8SE while offering better performance.

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3DMark
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
5649 Points ∼66%
MSI GS75 8SG Stealth
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
4193 Points ∼49%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
3679 Points ∼43%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
3020 Points ∼35%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
10364 Points ∼71%
MSI GS75 8SG Stealth
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
7587 Points ∼52%
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
7431 Points ∼51%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700
6977 Points ∼48%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
6728 Points ∼46%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
5783 Points ∼39%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
5697 Points ∼39%
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
4734 Points ∼32%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
3572 Points ∼24%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
26223 Points ∼65%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700
21104 Points ∼52%
MSI GS75 8SG Stealth
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
19875 Points ∼49%
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
19236 Points ∼47%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
18153 Points ∼45%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
17980 Points ∼44%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
15731 Points ∼39%
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
14463 Points ∼36%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11483 Points ∼28%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700
12643 Points ∼56%
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
11888 Points ∼53%
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
11597 Points ∼51%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
11115 Points ∼49%
MSI GS75 8SG Stealth
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
10893 Points ∼48%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
10749 Points ∼48%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
9099 Points ∼40%
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
8855 Points ∼39%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
7696 Points ∼34%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus ROG G703GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
36478 Points ∼72%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700
28621 Points ∼56%
MSI GS75 8SG Stealth
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
26449 Points ∼52%
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
24172 Points ∼47%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
23261 Points ∼46%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
22723 Points ∼45%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
20157 Points ∼40%
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
18234 Points ∼36%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
14550 Points ∼29%
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Allen Ngo, 2019-02-18 (Update: 2019-04-30)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
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.