Best Gaming Laptops for Crysis Remastered in 2020

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Winner
Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop 2019: Intel Core i7-9750H 6 Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 15.6" FHD 1080p 240Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3
Best Price
Alienware M17 Gaming Notebook | 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core | 17.3 Inch FHD 1920x1080 60Hz IPS | 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM | 512GB SSD| NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max Q
2020 ASUS GM501GM ROG Zephyrus M VR Ready Gaming Laptop I 15.6" FHD IPS G-Sync 144Hz I Intel 6-Core i7-8750H I 16G RAM 256GB SSD 1TB HDD I GTX 1060 6G RGB Backlit KB Win 10 + Delca 16GB Micro SD Card
MSI GS75 Stealth-093 17.3" Razor Thin Bezel Gaming Laptop NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2080 8G Max-Q, 144Hz 3ms, Intel i7-8750H (6 cores), 32GB, 512GB NVMe SSD, TB3, Per Key RGB, Win10H, Matte Black w/ Gold Dia
2019 ASUS TUF 17.3" FHD Gaming Laptop Computer, AMD Ryzen 7 3750H Quad-Core up to 4.0GHz, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB PCIE SSD + 2TB HDD, GeForce GTX 1650 4GB, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, HDMI, Windows 10
Model
Blade 15
M17
ROG Zephyrus M
GS75 Stealth
TUF
Test Result
Test Result 9.7/10 Excellent April 2020
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good April 2020
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good April 2020
Test Result 9.1/10 Very Good April 2020
Test Result 8.8/10 Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Razer
Alienware
Asus
MSI
Asus
RAM
16GB
16GB
16 GB
32GB
16GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-9750H 6 Core
Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core
Intel 6-Core i7-8750H
Intel i7-8750H (6 cores)
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H Quad-Core
Graphics Card
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5
NVIDIA RTX 2080 8G Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1650 4GB
Storage Capacity
512GB SSD
512GB SSD
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
512GB SSD
512GB SSD +2TB HDD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
4.74 lbs
11.75 lbs
5.40 lbs
10 lbs
8.66 lbs
Pros
  • Best Gaming Performance
  • Awesome 144-Hz Display
  • Long Battery runtime
  • Unusual Design
  • Great Gaming Performance
  • Best Price
  • Good Gaming Performance
  • Fast 144-Hz Display
  • Many Ports
  • Loud and Good Speakers
  • Good Gaming Performance
  • Bright Display
  • Fast Speed while Gaming
  • Full HD Display
  • Good Battery
Cons
  • Extra Equipment could be better
  • RAM not upgradable
  • Short Battery time
  • A bit noisey while Gaming
  • Not many Ports
Winner
Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop 2019: Intel Core i7-9750H 6 Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 15.6" FHD 1080p 240Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3
Model
Blade 15
Test Result
Test Result 9.7/10 Excellent April 2020
Manufacturer
Razer
RAM
16GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-9750H 6 Core
Graphics Card
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
Storage Capacity
512GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
4.74 lbs
Pros
  • Best Gaming Performance
  • Awesome 144-Hz Display
  • Long Battery runtime
Cons
  • Extra Equipment could be better
Best Price
Alienware M17 Gaming Notebook | 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core | 17.3 Inch FHD 1920x1080 60Hz IPS | 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM | 512GB SSD| NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max Q
Model
M17
Test Result
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Alienware
RAM
16GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core
Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max Q
Storage Capacity
512GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
11.75 lbs
Pros
  • Unusual Design
  • Great Gaming Performance
  • Best Price
Cons
  • RAM not upgradable
2020 ASUS GM501GM ROG Zephyrus M VR Ready Gaming Laptop I 15.6" FHD IPS G-Sync 144Hz I Intel 6-Core i7-8750H I 16G RAM 256GB SSD 1TB HDD I GTX 1060 6G RGB Backlit KB Win 10 + Delca 16GB Micro SD Card
Model
ROG Zephyrus M
Test Result
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Asus
RAM
16 GB
CPU
Intel 6-Core i7-8750H
Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5
Storage Capacity
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
5.40 lbs
Pros
  • Good Gaming Performance
  • Fast 144-Hz Display
  • Many Ports
Cons
  • Short Battery time
MSI GS75 Stealth-093 17.3" Razor Thin Bezel Gaming Laptop NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2080 8G Max-Q, 144Hz 3ms, Intel i7-8750H (6 cores), 32GB, 512GB NVMe SSD, TB3, Per Key RGB, Win10H, Matte Black w/ Gold Dia
Model
GS75 Stealth
Test Result
Test Result 9.1/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
MSI
RAM
32GB
CPU
Intel i7-8750H (6 cores)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA RTX 2080 8G Max-Q
Storage Capacity
512GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
10 lbs
Pros
  • Loud and Good Speakers
  • Good Gaming Performance
  • Bright Display
Cons
  • A bit noisey while Gaming
2019 ASUS TUF 17.3" FHD Gaming Laptop Computer, AMD Ryzen 7 3750H Quad-Core up to 4.0GHz, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB PCIE SSD + 2TB HDD, GeForce GTX 1650 4GB, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, HDMI, Windows 10
Model
TUF
Test Result
Test Result 8.8/10 Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Asus
RAM
16GB
CPU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H Quad-Core
Graphics Card
GeForce GTX 1650 4GB
Storage Capacity
512GB SSD +2TB HDD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
8.66 lbs
Pros
  • Fast Speed while Gaming
  • Full HD Display
  • Good Battery
Cons
  • Not many Ports

After a scavenger hunt for weeks, Crytek took pity on us and yesterday late in the evening officially announced Crysis Remastered. An exact release date is not yet available, but in summer it will be “Can it run Crysis” again – this time not only for PC, but also for Gaming Laptops, which are now able to play the latest Computer games. That’s why we tested and compared Gaming Laptops and created a Ranking with the best 5 Gaming Laptops that can run Crysis Remastered. You will find the Ranking above (including general Data of the Gaming Laptops). Below you will find the in-depth analysis of each Gaming Laptop.

Crysis Remastered: New Graphics Technology and Platforms

Rumours, hints, leaks: All this proved true in the case of Crysis in the end. There is no really new Crysis, as some might have wished, but even the fewest fans might have objections against a Crysis remastered.

To make Crysis 1 look chic after more than twelve years, Crytek wants to set off a firework of technology. The press release mentions “high-quality textures and improved assets, an HD texture package, temporal anti-aliasing, screen space directional occlusion, SVOGI (Crytek’s voxel-based global illumination), state-of-the-art depth of field, new lighting settings, motion blur and parallax occlusion mapping (improved bump mapping) or particle effects”.

Further additions include volumetric fog and light wells, software ray tracing and screen space reflections (reflections reduced to the viewer’s cone of vision) should give Crysis (buy now) 1 a “significant visual enhancement”. Crytek last demonstrated its hardware and API independent ray tracing technology in late 2019. Ray tracing is based on the in-house Sparse Voxel Octree Global Illumination, a voxel-based GI solution, SVOGI for short, which already provides most of the necessary data.

“Crytek uses “true ray tracing” exclusively for mirroring surfaces whose reflections are rendered by fine rays. For less detailed reflections, voxel tracing should be sufficient, which saves performance without affecting the graphics. For rough surfaces, only cube maps are used. To save further performance, the geometry models can be used for the reflections in reduced resolution.

According to the press release Crysis Remastered will concentrate on the single player campaigns of the original game – multiplayer should not be expected. It’s interesting that besides PC, PS4 and Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch is also targeted. Apparently the cooperation with Saber Interactive has been secured for this purpose. The developers already helped CD Projekt with the switch version of The Witcher 3, which can be described as very good.

“We are happy to work again on the Crysis franchise and to offer all Crysis fans a new edition worthy of their passion for the game,” said Avni Yerli, CEO of Crytek. “It is an exciting opportunity to bring Crysis back to PCs and current consoles – even Nintendo Switch! – so that a whole new generation of gamers can experience the thrill of a battle in a nanosuit”.

Ranking First: Razer Blade Pro 17

Razer Blade Pro 17 review

Pros

  • Best Gaming Performance
  • Awesome 144-Hz Display
  • Long Battery runtime

Cons

  • Extra Equipment could be better

We have tested many Razer products and had a lot of fun with them each time. But this time, the Razer Blade Pro 17 gaming laptop is a very special pearl on the table.

For a couple of years now, Razer has been offering gaming laptops in addition to the well-known and popular peripheral products. A steady improvement has been noted since 2016. This year, however, the new Razer Blade Pro 17 seems to set completely new standards.

Gaming laptops are now more than just a niche product. They are a good alternative to the home PC and in some households they even replace it completely. Nevertheless, they are still viewed with some suspicion by many gamers, especially when it comes to performance. But the new copy of Razer has really left us speechless in many points.

Design

The new Razer Blade Pro 17 is based on the proven Blade 15 series. It’s a 17.3-inch aluminum-magnesium chassis that clearly shows what they’ve learned from previous models. The new model is slim, sleek and black, just with the Razer symbol on the top. The edges are clear and straightforward, the feel is wonderful. One notices directly that one has an absolute upper class model in one’s hands. The only disadvantage of the beautiful look is the fingerprints you leave on the black surface.

The case’s stiffness is excellent. Even when trying to bend or press the device or the lid, nothing creaks or bends. This is due to the robust construction, which Razer has already shown in the Blade 15.
The quality of workmanship is truly unparalleled. Neither unintended gaps nor material defects can be found. The only flaw of the robust design is the lid’s opening angle, which is only 140 degrees.

In contrast to other gaming laptops, the Razer Blade Pro 17 uses vapor-chamber cooling. This eliminates the notoriously bulky rear part, which makes the Razer model much slimmer and more vivid. The stiffer skeleton of the vapor-chamber is noticeable in terms of weight, but the Blade 17 still weighs only 6.17 lbs and is therefore only slightly heavier than comparable products.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Razer Blade Pro 17 keyboard

The keyboard is kept very minimalist overall and looks very elegant thanks to the black keys on the black deck with discreet RGB lighting. The handling leaves us somewhat divided, though. A very flat stroke of less than a millimeter and a very low feedback are quite something to get used to.

We especially liked the large glass click pad with its dimensions of 13 x 8 cm and offers a responsive feeling. Only the feedback when clicking could be a bit more intense, but that’s probably also simply a matter of getting used to it.

Ports

The Blade Pro 17 is equipped with all standard connections. These include the charging port, a fast 2.5 GB Ethernet port, a headphone jack and three USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (one type C and two type A) on the left side. An SD card reader (one of the first laptops ever), a Thunderbolt 3 port, another USB 3.2 Gen 2 port, an HDMI 2.0B port and a Kensington Lock slot are on the right side. In typical Razer style, the USB A ports are all highlighted in green.

For the WLAN connection, the Razer Blade Pro 17 uses an Intel AX200 Wireless Module with Wi-Fi 6 or 802.11ax connectivity for transfer rates of up to 2.4 Gbps.

Screen

Razer Blade Pro 17 screen

The Razer Blade Pro 17 features a 17.3-inch (43.9 cm) TFT display with LED illumination, a refresh rate of 144 Hz and 1920 x 1080 native resolution (127 pixels per inch) in a 6 mm micro-edge frame. It offers a faster native refresh rate for smoother movements, significantly faster response times for fewer ghost images and a bright backlight of 300 nits. The screen content thus appears razor sharp and has hardly any grain. The sRGB coverage between 90% and 100% ensures rich and contrast-rich colors.

There are hardly any changes in contrast, brightness and colors at the viewing angle, which is excellent. The only drawback we could find on the display is outdoors. Unfortunately, the screen content looks a bit washed out, which can definitely cloud the gaming pleasure.

Performance

The Intel Core i7 of the 9th generation does an excellent job in the laptop. The graphics chips can be selected from RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q, RTX 2080 Max-Q, all excellent GPUs. The results of the benchmark tests with PCMark all gave excellent results. The rest of the system has 16 GB RAM and 512 GB PCIe memory.

The Razer Blade 17 Pro then unfolds its full potential in practical gaming tests. When playing games of various genres, it was hardly possible to get below 60 fps. The initial loading processes lasted a bit longer than on a gaming PC, but the graphics enjoyment completely compensated for this.

The heat development during intensive applications is one of the big problems with gaming laptops. Thanks to the vapor-chamber and a ventilation system that conducts the heat away from the sensitive areas, the upper area in particular stays within a tolerable temperature range. However, when the system is really put to the test, the underside can become unpleasantly warm, which is still within reason compared to other models.

Battery

The Achilles’ heel of all gaming laptops is the battery. That’s why we calculated with quite disappointing values here as well. But the Blade 17 pleasantly surprised us on this point in particular. The battery lasted more than 4 1/2 hours during intensive web browsing with videos. In energy-intensive games it still lasted just under 2 hours, which is a very good time for gaming laptops.

Speakers

The two quite large loudspeakers built in to the left and right of the keyboard do a satisfactory job. You can’t expect a perfect sound experience from laptop loudspeakers, that should be clear. Especially basses can’t be reproduced well due to the loudspeakers’ architecture.

Verdict

With the Blade Pro 17 gaming laptop, Razer has set a new standard for gaming laptops. The combination of performance, workmanship, design and battery life are definitely worth the high price.
We had a lot of fun with the device in our tests and although we approached the device sceptically, it convinced us fully, that’s why its on the first rank of the best Gaming Laptops for Crysis Remastered.

Ranking Second: Alienware M17

Alienware M17 review

Pros

  • Unusual Design
  • Great Gaming Performance
  • Best Price

Cons

  • RAM not upgradable

Gone are the days when Alienware notebooks were huge machines. Especially the 17 inch version has slimmed down quite a bit and measures just 18.6mm in thickness.

But what about the rest of the technology? Is the workmanship good? Is the cooling sufficient and are the keyboard and trackpad convincing?

Design and Ports

When it comes to design, Dell hit the nail on the head. The Alienware m17 R2 clearly stands out from the crowd! As most Alienware devices, the m17 R2 is also clearly recognizable as a gaming notebook, at the latest when you see the glowing ring on the notebook’s rear.

I’m a bit torn in the choice of materials. Dell uses a very strongly rubberized matt plastic for the case. This looks chic! However, this kind of surface is quite sensitive to fingerprints and scratches.

You’ll have to take care of your Alienware m17 R2 quite a bit.

What’s left from previous designs is the overhang at the end of the case. Here it protrudes a bit beyond the display hinge. Does this bother you? No!

The Alienware m17 R2 is also quite perfect in terms of workmanship. The notebook feels solid and stable. Yes, the Alienware is clearly superior to large parts of the competition in this respect.

Let’s take a look around the Alienware m17 R2.

We only find the two loudspeakers on the front edge, but as usual no speakers. On the left edge there is a 3.5mm headset connector, a USB 3.0 port and Gbit LAN.

Power supply connection, connection for the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, Thunderbolt 3, miniDisplay port 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 are on the rear.

Finally, there are two USB 3.0 ports on the right side.

Thus, the Alienware m17 R2’s port configuration is fairly complete. I would have wished for another card reader, but that would have been all that was missing.

Display

Alienware M17 keyboard

The Alienware m17 R2 has, not surprisingly, a 17.3 inch display. There are two display options, once Full HD with 60Hz and once Full HD with 144Hz.

The larger configurations are basically only available with the larger 144Hz panel. For the smaller configurations, the faster panel will cost you $250 extra.

Surprisingly, my larger configuration of the Alienware m17 R2 only has the Full HD 60Hz display, which is actually not available on the Dell website.

Away from the standard refresh rate of 60Hz, the Full HD panel is pleasingly good! The first subjective impression turns out positive. Colors are clear and strong, the contrast is good and even the viewing angles are decent.

This good impression is also confirmed by measurements. The display covers a good 98% of the sRGB color space and a solid 72% of Adobe RGB. Certainly not “world class” in 2019, but more than solid for a standard display option. The brightness is even good to very good with 343cd/m² and the contrast is strong with 1:680.

In short, if you can live with the 60Hz, the standard display option of the Alienware m17 R2 is also good for gaming and also for hobby photo/video editing!

Speakers

Dell uses two loudspeakers, which are attached to the notebook’s front, in the Alienware m17 R2. This position is one of those things. If the notebook stands on a smooth table, the sound is well reflected to the user. If you use the notebook on the bed or on your lap, it can happen that it sounds a bit muffled.

In general, the speakers surprised me positively! They are loud and quite full! In addition, they produce a large sound backdrop, provided that the notebook is placed on a smooth surface.

Often speakers in gaming notebooks are such a thing. But here I would say the speakers are “adequate” for a 17 inch notebook in this price range. I would go even further, the speakers are some of the best I have heard in a gaming notebook.

However, Dell works with a quite aggressive EQ or audio effects, which disturbed me a bit in the headphone output. No apocalypse, but switching them off effectively is almost obligatory for my taste, which is not so easy (the Alienware Control Center can be quite annoying).

Keyboard and Trackpad

Alienware M17 design screen

The Alienware m17 R2 has a chiclet keyboard, which is now standard in most notebooks. This is also for a good reason. Typing on these keyboards is very pleasant. This also applies to the Alienware m17 R2, which has a very good chiclet keyboard.

The keys have a nicely defined and firm pressure point. Also, the key deck can’t be pressed in or something similar.

This makes the keyboard look very valuable. This applies to typing as well as playing. I wouldn’t have a problem with writing long texts on the Alienware m17 R2.

The layout is also perfect. Dell completely adheres to the QWERTY standard without any outliers like a short enter key or similar. Dell has even accommodated a number pad.

The trackpad is unfortunately optically a bit less spectacular than in the old Alienware models, but technically clearly improved. The trackpad is pleasantly large and “unobtrusive” in practice.

I mean this positively! The tracking is very good and reliable, the surface feels good and even simple gestures work well.

Performance

In the 3D Mark Time Spy test, the Alienware m17 R2 could sit down at the seats of the test field. This is naturally due to the powerful RTX 2080.

But the notebook could also convince in other tests. The Alienware m17 R2 can’t quite place itself at the top of the notebooks with an Intel Core i7 9750H in the Cinebench benchmark, but shows a good performance.

The handbreak test is always very exciting. Handbreak is a video encoder with which I convert an 11 minute 4K video.

In this test it comes down to a constant performance over a long period of time. Notebooks with bad cooling usually come off worse here.

The Alienware m17 R2 shows itself to be very sovereign here and takes first place (together with the XMG model) of notebooks with the Intel Core i7. Only the newer i9 models are a bit faster thanks to two additional cores.

As far as the SSD is concerned, my m17 R2 contains a rather exotic SK Hynix NVME SSD. Which model is installed in your system depends a bit on the selected capacity and the current delivery situation. However, Dell likes to use SSDs from SK Hynix or Toshiba.

However, SK Hynix NVME SSDs reach a reasonable 3235MB/s read and 2246MB/s write. It doesn’t go much faster with this.

Generally, the Alienware m17 R2’s performance turns out very good, of course. We have an Intel Core i7 with 6 cores and an RTX 2080, so you can definitely expect 60 FPS in Full HD even in the most extreme games.

And yes, in many games you will even easily exceed the 120FPS mark with this configuration.

58 FPS in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is also one of the best results I’ve ever seen on a gaming notebook. However, the Alienware m17 R2 is equal to the XMG PRO 15, which only has an RTX 2070.

Battery

Finally, let’s talk about the battery life. Here my expectations were “manageable”.

17 inch high end gaming notebooks rarely have a good battery life. At first glance, the Alienware m17 R2 is “average” with a 76 Wh battery. 76 Wh are okay, but also no guarantee for x hours of usage time.

However, the notebook lasts for about 4.x hours in practice. 5-6 hours are quite possible even in pure video rendering.

Not bad for such a notebook!

Verdict

Alienware M17 back

Alienware notebooks are something special, so is the m17 R2. I had many gaming notebooks in my hands for Techtest, many of them were also very good.

But most gaming notebooks are quite “generic” in terms of design and workmanship. Alienware models stand out from the crowd year after year. This is of course primarily due to the design and workmanship.

The Alienware m17 R2 is a very nice, flat and quite compact notebook for a 17 inch model. It looks more like a notebook in the 15 inch class. The workmanship is flawless! The notebook looks massive and valuable without being too heavy. The m17 R2 clearly belongs to the top class here. You can argue about design, but I find this one absolutely successful. The notebook has a certain gamer flair, but still looks noble and valuable.

When it comes to performance in games, your configuration is very important. The Alienware m17 R2 offers several CPU and GPU variants. If you choose a version with RTX 2080, like here, then you can count on absolute top performance. With Full HD you will regularly see 120 FPS or more in games.

The cooling of the m17 R2 is okay so far, but also not perfect. Especially in the top versions, this leaves a touch of performance “lying around”. The fans are pleasantly quiet in return.

The very good keyboard (also for frequent typists), the pleasantly good loudspeakers and the display are further positive. I only had the 60Hz version of the latter, but it is qualitatively convincing.

In the end, there is only one point that strikes me a bit sour in the Alienware m17 R2 and that would be the RAM. Sorry, Dell, but soldered RAM has no place in such a notebook. Even less should it be possible to buy the m17 R2 with 8GB RAM.

If you want to buy the Alienware m17 R2, then you should choose the 16GB RAM option. 8GB RAM is too little and even 16GB could be scarce in 4-5 years.

Apart from that we have a notebook in front of us which I would buy privately! The Alienware m17 R2 is beautiful, valuable and above all fast, that’s why it ranking second in the best Gaming Laptops for Crysis Remastered. It is also much cheaper than the First rank, so if you are on a budget, this is the Gaming Laptopt to buy!

Ranking Third: Asus ROG Zephyrus M

Asus ROG Zephyrus M review

Pros

  • Good Gaming Performance
  • Fast 144-Hz Display
  • Many Ports

Cons

  • Short Battery time

Equipped with a six-core Intel Core i7-9750H processor, a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti from Nvidia as a dedicated graphics card, as well as 8 GByte DDR4 memory, the Asus ROG Zephyrus M delivers an overall good performance. The short-term CPU performance was particularly convincing in our benchmark tests, whereas the graphics unit’s performance turns out slightly worse in comparison to a practically identically equipped Acer Nitro 5.

Nevertheless, for example GTA V in Full-HD with an average of 82.1 fps and Crysis Remastered with 61 fps can still be played smoothly and even ultra graphics like in Crysis Remastered are well playable with just under 50 fps. The loading times benefit from the large SSD memory, which doesn’t turn out too lavishly with 512 GBytes, though. The RAM is also tight with 8 GBytes, but is sufficient for current and future games. All in all, the good performance could convince us.

Display

Asus ROG Zephyrus M screen display

Moreover, the Asus ROG Zephyrus M also has a good matt screen with a diagonal of 15.6 inches and a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Thanks to the high refresh rate of 144 Hertz, it also allows for butter-soft displays, which also attract attention away from games.

With a good chessboard contrast of 135:1 and an sRGB color space coverage of 94 percent, it offers respectable colors, but an at best mediocre contrast. The brightness of 275 cd/m² is decent. By the way, touch operation is just as little integrated in the ROG as a convertible function, but that isn’t necessary for a gaming notebook either.

Hardware

Asus ROG Zephyrus M review

The equipment of the Asus ROG Zephyrus M is good, here it convinces with a large selection of connections: Three USB 3.0 (Type A), one USB-C port, HDMI, one DisplayPort via USB-C, Wi-Fi 5 and one GBit network connection. With a weight of 4.18 lbs, the device is also one of the lightest gaming notebooks in our best list. However, the Zephyrus M runs out of juice early on: It only lasted 3:18 hours in the PCMark battery test.

We found the compact, stable and thin case, which presents itself nicely velvety and does without cheap plastic design, convincing in the test. However, the somewhat disappointing display opening angle of only 120 degrees (the rule here is at least 135 degrees) reduces the overall impression a bit.

Keyboard and mouse pad, on the other hand, can score with a pleasant usability, crisp counterpressure as well as an appealing surface, even if the stroke path (path of the key from the touch to the stop) turns out a bit short, especially for a gaming notebook.

On the other hand, we found the generated volume during gaming due to fans and co. as pleasant. This is still okay in turbo mode.

Verdict

In the test, the Asus ROG Zephyrus M could score especially in terms of ergonomics and equipment. The performance is also convincing on the whole and provides good results with a smooth refresh rate even in modern games. The battery life leaves something to be desired, though.

All in all, we rate the gaming notebook with a “Very Good” in all rating categories, also the price is very attractive, which brings the ROG Zephyrus M on the third rank of the best Laptops for Crysis Remastered.

Ranking Fourth: MSI GS75 Stealth

MSI GS75 Stealth review

Pros

  • Loud and Good Speakers
  • Good Gaming Performance
  • Bright Display

Cons

  • A bit noisey while Gaming

A top class 17 inch gaming notebook is the MSI GE75 8SG-042 Raider. The processor includes a Core i7 with six cores and the new RTX 2080 graphics card. Not only the performance is on a very high level, but also the equipment of the gamer is optimal for modern games. The display has a 144 Hz refresh rate with a Full-HD resolution.

With a housing made of brushed aluminium and a light weight of 5.86 lbs, the mobile computer shows quite remarkable transport characteristics.

Hardware

The MSI GE75 8SG-042 Raider in test is powered by the Intel Core i7-8750H, an 8th generation hexa-core processor. In the basic clock frequency, the CPU of the 17 inch gaming notebook offers a performance of 2.2 GHz. For more performance, the Core i7 works at up to 4.1 GHz through Turbo Boost, and 12 threads can be run simultaneously.

Integrated in the CPU with a 9 MB cache is the Intel UHD Graphics 630 graphics chip. For simple tasks, this internal graphics unit delivers up to 1.1 GHz in dynamic frequencies, a 4K resolution at 60 Hz is also possible and there is also DirectX-12 support.

The notebook’s graphics card is the NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2080 with Turing architecture. The GPU has a dedicated video memory of 8 GB. It is clocked from 1380 MHz to 1590 MHz in boost mode. The model is VR Ready and supports G-Sync, there is also DirectX-12 support.

The gaming notebook is kept at the right temperature by the Cooler Boost 5, a cooling system with two fans.

16 GB RAM of the DDR4 series with 2666 MHz is incorporated as main memory.
With the two slots the RAM of the MSI GE75 can be extended up to 32 GB RAM.

A 512 GB NVMe SSD hard disk is included, which has a PCIe interface for fast loading and booting times.
Additionally, a 1 Terabyte HDD is included, which works with 7200 revolutions per minute.
The two hard drives provide you with a storage capacity of 1512 GB.

Display

MSI GS75 Stealth display

The 17 inch screen of the MSI GE75 8SG-042 Raider has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels with a 16:9 aspect ratio.
A high color space is offered, which is also helpful for image and video editing.
At a brightness of 360 nits, you get a detailed picture, even if the lighting conditions aren’t optimal.

Fast games can be played smoothly here. We get a 144 Hz refresh rate, and the reaction time is also 3 ms according to MSI.
Another model with this screen speed is the Asus ROG Strix GL704GV-EV052T Scar II with the RTX 2060 at a lower price.

An FHD webcam is built in above the Full-HD display, which can also be used for live streams with a reasonable picture.

Speakers

No less than four loudspeakers are attached to the bottom of the 17 inch gaming notebook.

The sound also includes the volume of the ventilation. This is 35 decimal in normal use, the fans go up in higher performance and we have 52 dB.

Keyboard

MSI GS75 Stealth keyboard

The upper side is also made of aluminium

The keys offer a very good resistance and an optimal click path. Moreover, the distance between the keys is large, which makes typing even easier.
The RGB backlight is very bright and really attracts attention with its color variety.

The touchpad is easy to use and turns out correspondingly large. A red frame around the touchpad optically refines the notebook.

There are three more buttons to the right of the keyboard. The first is the power button, then the setting for cooling and a control button for the RGB keyboard illumination.

MSI provides the Dragon Center software, which allows you to monitor your system load, adjust the mode (similar to the power options), adjust the cooler speed and create profiles.

More details and some benchmarks can also be found in the video for the comparable Raider 8SF from MSI.

Ports

On the left side, we have a Kensinton lock, the vents, Ethernet LAN, HDMI and mini DisplayPort. A USB 3.1 port, which is also illuminated in red, then a type-C USB 3.1 port and the audio connections for headphones and microphone.

On the right is the power connection, another cooling opening, two USB 3.1 ports with lighting and the SD card reader.

There are no further connections on the back, but there are two thick radiator grills and the lettering “Raider” in the middle.

The wireless interfaces include Bluetooth 5.0 and the ac standard for WLAN.

Weight and Battery

The light weight of only 5.86 lbs is unusual. You could normally expect a higher weight for a 17 inch gaming notebook with this equipment. Therefore, one is on the road with a relatively light luggage.

On the way a 6 cell Li-Ion battery supplies the MSI GE75 8SG-042 Raider with power.
The integrated 65 Wh battery is good for battery life up to 4 hours.
For a gamer of this category with a corresponding CPU and GPU, as well as the fast IPS display, the runtime is completely ok.

Verdict

The MSI GE75 Raider in test offers modern performance with the Intel Core-i7 for up to 6x 4.1 GHz and with the new RTX 2080 for 8 GB of video memory. In addition to the very good performance, MSI appeals to the gamer with the fast display, and a juicy sound is also offered with the four speakers.

The keyboard is very good, and the webcam is also interesting for streamers. There are enough interfaces. The weight of just under 5.95 lbs is also very good.

So, if you have a high budget and need a mobile high-end computer, this model is well advised, especially if you want to play a demanding game in 2020 like Crysis Remastered.

Ranking Fifth: Asus TUF Gaming

Asus TUF Gaming review

Pros

  • Fast Speed while Gaming
  • Full HD Display
  • Good Battery

Cons

  • Not many Ports

With a price of just under $1100, the Asus TUF Gaming FX705DY isn’t a high-end gaming notebook. Nevertheless, it does its job really well. The laptop caused a few surprises in the test.

Bold cases with an aggressive look, lush displays and lots of LED blinking – most gaming notebooks can be seen from a distance. What you can’t see at first, but every gamer knows: nine out of ten current devices contain an Intel processor and an Nvidia graphics chip.

The Asus TUF FX705DY looks like a typical gaming notebook, but rather untypical components work under the hood. And the black gaming part still has a few surprises in store, as our test shows.

Performance

The naked data did not promise any miracles before the measurements – all the more surprising are the results: The Asus TUF scratched a “very good” sub-grade in the tempo measurements with office and internet applications.

Even more astonishing, however, is that it also showed games on the built-in Full-HD display smoothly in full detail rendering. Comparable notebooks with Intel processors and the graphics chips integrated in them – for example Intel’s HD Graphics 630 – at best only managed a slow-motion show in earlier measurements.

Display, Battery and Noise

Asus TUF Gaming display

The display was also convincing: It showed figures, environments and objects in sharp focus and with almost original colors, and the image change was completed in under 14 milliseconds without ugly streaks.

And the testers experienced another surprise: a full battery charge lasted between three and a half and almost four hours. These are very respectable values for a gaming notebook. In addition, the processor and graphics chip don’t develop much waste heat. The notebook stayed pleasantly cool on the underside even after two hours of gaming.

But it wasn’t only the built-in fans that provided for the low operating temperature, because the Asus didn’t annoy with loud fan noises neither during gaming nor under full load – it remained nice and quiet.

Verdict

Asus TUF Gaming keyboard

Conclusion: Sure, there isn’t a high-end gaming notebook with endless steam for under $1200. But the Asus TUF did its job really well in the test: Its working speed was high, the gaming speed in Full HD as well, the battery life was okay.

The equipment is also almost complete, gamers only miss USB 3.1 sockets of the Gen 2 standard and modern USB-C ports. Thus, the Asus TUF only just missed a “very good” final mark, bringing it on Rank Five of the Best Laptops for Crysis Remastered.


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