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Meet the fastest, most powerful gaming laptops we've tested

A new era in PC gaming is upon us with the latest generation of Nvidia graphics cards. But, the new RTX 2080 GPUs are desktop-only for now, so laptop gamers are still stuck with the current-gen GTX 1050, 1060, 1070 and 1080 GPUs, at least for now. 

Despite temporarily falling a generation behind for the moment, it's still a great time to be a laptop gamer, with inexpensive systems like Dell's under-$999 G3 and Razer's new $2,000-and-up 15-inch Blade offering great experiences for almost any budget. 

All of these gaming laptops can now easily support high-end virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and new designs can fit top-tier graphics hardware into wafer-thin laptop bodies.

For this roundup, we've taken all the laptops with discrete graphics hardware we've tested over the past year-and-a-half and ranked them based on 3D performance. These are the top performers from that group. 

When reviewing a gaming laptop or desktop, we run preset tests using several games, including Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Bioshock Infinite and others, along with standard benchmarks like 3DMark, which is designed to test a computer's 3D graphic rendering capabilities.

For this list, we're ranking the laptops in descending order of 3DMark scores, but the real-world game scores (presented as the number of frames of animation per second the laptop can render) match very closely. Note that these scores are specifically for the exact configurations of each laptop we tested, and almost all can be configured with a wide range of options.

The handful of laptops with dual video cards (rare in a laptop) have dominated the top of this list for some time, followed by laptops with a single Nvidia 1080 GPU and so on down the list. The no. 1 spot is still held by the most expensive laptop we've ever reviewed, the $9,000 Acer Predator 21 X. But at more reasonable prices, systems from Asus, Dell, Origin PC, Lenovo, HP, MSI and Razer, among others, are all represented.

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Acer Predator 21 X

GPU: (2) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 9,444

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MSI GT83VR

GPU: (2) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 8,594

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Origin PC Eon17X (2018)

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 5,330

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Asus ROG G701V

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 5,226

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Alienware 17 R4

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 5,024

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Origin PC Eon17-X (2017)

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4,970

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Razer Blade Pro

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4,456

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Asus ROG G752VS OC

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4,126

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Acer Predator Helios 500

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4,102

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Asus ROG Zephyrus

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design 

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4.095

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Alienware 15 R4

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4,054

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Acer Predator Triton 700

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4,028

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Asus ROG Zephyrus M GM501

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,954

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Asus ROG Strix Scar II

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,938

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Razer Blade (15-inch, 2018)

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design 

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,431

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Digital Storm Equinox

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design 

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,413

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MSI GS65 Stealth

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design 

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,342

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HP Omen 17

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,816

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Origin PC Evo 15-S (Late 2017)

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,180

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Asus ROG Strix Hero Edition GL503V

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 2,657

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MSI GS73VR Stealth Pro 4K

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 2,647

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Razer Blade (2017)

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 2,593

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Lenovo Legion Y720

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 2,523

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Microsoft Surface Book 2

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 2,283

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (late 2017)

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 2,266

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Acer Nitro 5

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1,873

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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (early 2017)

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1,871

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Origin PC Eon15-S (2017)

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1,861

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Lenovo Legion Y520

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti   

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1,855

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Lenovo Legion Y530

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1,825

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Asus ROG Strix GL753VE-DS74

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1,822

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Asus ZenBook Pro 15

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1,753

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Dell XPS 15 (2017)

GPU: AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1,627

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Acer Aspire VX 15

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1,252

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See the scores

This breakdown of the specific models and scores shows how the laptops compared in both 3DMark scores and graphics hardware. Result in bold indicate new additions since our last gaming laptop roundup. 

We'll update this list with new gaming laptops as we test and review them.

Read more of our laptop reviews here. 


System Name3DMark Fire Strike Ultra scoreGraphics Card 




1Acer Predator 21X9444(2) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
2MSI GT838594(2) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
3Origin PC Eon17X5330Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
4Asus ROG G701V5226Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
5Alienware 17 R45024Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
6Origin PC Eon17-X (2017)4970Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
7Razer Blade Pro4456Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
8Asus ROG G752VS-XS74K4126Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
9Acer Predator Helios 5004102Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
10Asus ROG Zephyrus4095NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q
11Alienware 15 R44054Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
12Acer Predator Triton 7004028NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q 
13Asus ROG Zephyrus M GM5013954Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
14Asus ROG Strix Scar II3938Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
15Razer Blade (2018)3431Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q
16Digital Storm Equinox3413Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q
17MSI GS65 Stealth Thin3342Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q
18HP Omen (17-inch)3816Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070
19Origin PC Evo 15-S (2017)3180Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q
20Asus ROG Strix Hero Edition GL503V2657Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
21MSI GS73VR-7RF Stealth Pro2647Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
22Razer Blade2593Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
23Lenovo Legion Y7202523Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
24Microsoft Surface Book 22283Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
25Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Gaming (late 2017)2266NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q
26Acer Nitro 51873Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti
27Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming1871Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti
28Origin PC EON15-S1861Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti
29Lenovo Legion Y5201855Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
30Lenovo Legion Y5301825Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
31Asus ROG Strix GL753VE-DS741822Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti
32Asus ZenBook  Pro 15 UX580G1753Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti
33Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-11627AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics
34Acer Aspire VX 151252Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
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