Best RTX 2080 Gaming Laptops (So Far)
The champions of Nvidia's new RTX cards are here! If you're looking for the ultimate gaming experience, you're going to want a laptop with the most powerful graphics card currently available: the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080. In an effort to streamline your purchase, we've compiled the best RTX 2080 gaming laptops (so far).
Upgrading can be nerve-racking, because you're not totally sure what kind of performance you're getting. However, we recently pitted the last-gen GTX 1080 against the RTX 2080 and found that the lastest card is a welcome improvement over its predecessor. In addition to the boost in power, you get the latest ray-tracing and DLSS technology, which will future-proof your laptop when more games flood in that support the tech.
We've compiled the following list of RTX 2080 gaming laptops based on performance and anticipated features.
The leader of the badass RTX 2080 crew is none other than the Alienware Area-51m. Not only can it run Rise of the Tomb Raider (Very High, 1080p) at 92 frames per second, but its overclockable 9th Gen Core i9 desktop processor also blasted through Geekbench 4.1 with a score of 32,591. The best part is that all of that power is completely upgradable, including the CPU, GPU, RAM and storage. Pair those features with a breathtaking redesigned chassis, a solid 17.3-inch display and a pair of SSDs capable of a 1,272-MBps transfer rate, and you have a winner.
Pros: Stunning space-station aesthetic; Excellent graphics and overall performance; Lightning-fast SSDs; All major components upgradable
Key Specs — Display: 17.3-inch, 1080p | CPU: Intel Core i7-8700 to Intel Core i9-9900K | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 to RTX 2080 | RAM: 8GB to 64GB | Storage: 1TB SSHD to two 2TB SSD and 1TB SSHD | Battery Life: 2:36 | Weight: 8.5 pounds
MSI GS75 Stealth
Nvidia managed to squeeze an RTX 2080 GPU in the MSI GS75 Stealth's 0.7-inch-thin chassis thanks to the company’s Max-Q technology. Even though this chip is not a full 2080 GPU, you can't deny that MSI created a slim and sexy design. Plus, the Stealth can still run Rise of the Tomb Raider at over 60 frames per second. On top of that, this machine's 17.3-inch display is wildly colorful, covering 161 percent of the sRGB spectrum, and the laptop's top-firing Dynaudio speakers are an absolute joy to listen to.
Pros: Slim, sexy design; Viciously vivid display; Great audio; Solid performance and graphics
Cons: Below-average battery life; Runs hot
Key Specs — Display: 17.3-inch, 1080p | CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 to RTX 2080 Max-Q | RAM: 16GB to 32GB | Storage: 256GB SSD to two 512GB SSD | Battery Life: 2:29 | Weight: 5 pounds
MSI GT75 Titan (2019)
The MSI GT75 Titan is second only to the Alienware Area-51m in graphics performance among machines released so far. But for multimedia, this laptop is head of the class. Its 17.3-inch, 4K panel nailed an absurd 178 percent of the sRGB spectrum, and its audio is an absolute killer due to the combination of the Dynaudio speakers and Nahimic software. The GT75 Titan also features a full mechanical keyboard, with keys that have a deep 2.5 millimeters of travel.
Pros: Great overall and graphic performance; Excellent audio; Vivid, bright 4K panel; Super-comfortable mechanical keyboard
Cons: Extremely expensive
Key Specs — Display: 17.3-inch, 1080p or 4K | CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H to Intel Core i9-8950HK | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 to RTX 2080 | RAM: 16GB to 32GB | Storage: 256GB SSD to 512GB SSD and 1TB HDD | Battery Life: 2:20 | Weight: 10 pounds
Asus ROG Mothership
We got our hands on the Asus ROG Mothership at CES 2019, and we found that this machine is a completely new spin on a gaming laptop. All of its components are built behind the display to make the keyboard completely detachable and operational via Bluetooth. The back panel of the machine has an adjustable kickstand so that it can stand up straight. It'll feel like you're gaming on a portable desktop. The Mothership will launch sometime in Q2 (April to June) 2019 (price TBD).
Key Specs — Display: 17.3-inch, 1080p | CPU: Intel Core i9-8950K | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 | RAM: 64GB | Storage: Three SSDs | Battery Life: TBD | Weight: 10.4 pounds
Dell G7 15
Dell's budget gaming line recently got an RTX upgrade, and somewhere down the road, you can look forward to the Dell G7 15 getting an RTX 2080 configuration. The G7 15 features an improved design over its predecessors; its 15.6-inch panel can be configured to a 4K OLED screen, and it has a four-zone, RGB-lit keyboard. Alienware fans will be happy to know that the Alienware Command Center software will be completely built in with the G7 15. This software lets you customize hardware performance, gaming profiles and keyboard backlighting.
Key Specs — Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p or 4K | CPU: Intel Core i5-8300HQ to Core i7-8750HQ | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti to RTX 2080 | RAM: 8GB to 32GB | Storage: 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD to 1TB SSD and 2TB HDD | Battery Life: TBD | Weight: 5.77 pounds
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