Many premium options have moved onto Nvidia’s 30 series graphics cards, which makes now the perfect time to grab an RTX 2080 model. These laptops offer a significant upgrade over their GTX 1080 touting counterparts. While the sheer graphical fidelity might not represent quite as big a step-change as last time, what really sets the chip apart is the inclusion of dedicated cores for ray tracing (and other machine learning/AI tasks).
Ray tracing is the real-time lighting calculation that has helped CG movies look so amazing for years. While this isn’t enabled on all modern games (and a GTX 1080 can technically manage the feature in most cases), the effect is only getting better and is likely to become increasingly common and demanding.
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You’ll see two variants of the RTX 2080. First, Nvidia provides a dedicated version for mobile that’s less powerful than the desktop version. The other variant is the RTX 2080 with Max-Q, a tweaked version targeting maximum performance at a reduced power draw. It’s built for thin and light gaming laptops, whereas the vanilla RTX 2080 will reside in models nearly an inch thick or larger.
Here’s our list of the best laptops with the RTX 2080!
Best laptops with the RTX 2080
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list with more new laptops as they land, so be sure to keep checking back!
1. Acer Predator Triton 500
Acer’s Predator Triton 500 came onto the scene last year, but it hasn’t lost any ground. It’s based on Nvidia’s RTX 20 series up to the RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics chip, enabling Acer to deliver an all-metal chassis just 0.70 inches thin and weighing 4.41 pounds. Bezels surrounding the 15.6-inch screen measure 0.25 inches thin and the whole package is rather awesome to behold.
Other goodies under the hood include ninth-generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to 32GB of system memory at 2666MHz, up to a pair of NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 at 512GB each, and a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution at 144Hz. The screen has a three-millisecond response time and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology for fluid, tear-free visuals.
2. Alienware m15 R3
Unlike the Area-51m, Alienware is after the portable gaming market with the Alienware m15 R3. This version packs a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 chip along with its Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPU. You’ll also find a blistering Full HD 300Hz display.
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The Alienware m15 R3 is one of the smaller offerings from Alienware, complete with a 15.6-inch display. You can choose from 16GB or 32GB of DDR4 RAM at 2666MHz and a 512GB or 1TB PCle M.2 SSD. Alienware’s laptops will never be the lightest or slimmest on the market, but the m15 R3 packs some of the best cooling around. It combines powerful Cryo-Tech 3.0 with a vapor chamber so you can stay locked in the action for longer.
3. Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
Following the trend of ridiculously powerful laptops, the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 is a premium option with RTX 2080 graphics. It’s also the first option on this list to come with Intel’s 10th-generation Core i9 chip onboard. The Strix Scar 17 will cost you a pretty penny, but it comes with almost no compromises. You can dive into the 17.3-inch display, complete with a 300Hz refresh rate and Full HD display.
On the inside of the ROG Strix Scar 17, you’ll find 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512GB PCle SSD. Asus’ intelligent cooling system blends liquid metal with a well-ventilated exterior to keep your new laptop up to 12 degrees cooler. You can also use the ROG Keystone II to further personalize your laptop with quick-launch games and add private storage options.
4. Asus ROG Zephyrus S15
If you’re looking for a “slim” gaming solution from Asus, the Zephyrus S15 is an excellent choice. It packs plenty of options for you to choose from, and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU comes standard on all models. You can choose from eighth, ninth, or 10th-generation Intel Core i7 chips, and you’ll get a 1TB RAID 0 SSD to work with.
Asus managed to pack incredibly thin three-sided bezels on the Zephyrus S15 to frame the Full HD 15.6-inch display. It features a 300Hz refresh rate as well as a 3ms response time to keep you on top of the action. We’ve already mentioned the powerful cooling of the ROG Strix Scar, and the Zephyrus relies on a similar setup. Its Intelligent Cooling system uses an Active Aerodynamic System and Thermal Grizzly liquid metal.
You can also fully customize your RGB keyboard with ROG’s Aura Sync.
5. Gigabyte Aorus 17G
The 2020 version of the Gigabyte Aorus 17G is one of the newest and most powerful releases on our list of RTX 2080 laptops, and it comes with the RTX 2080 Super Max-Q. This might only have minor gains compared to its predecessor, but combined with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 17.3-inch FHD 300Hz LCD display with small bezels, you have everything you need to play the latest games on high settings.
At about $2900, it’s an expensive RTX 2080 laptop, but there are few drawbacks compared to most alternatives. It has a full 1TB SSD and you can always choose to jump to 32GB of RAM. Like many premium gaming options, Gigabyte has made the move to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs, which you can upgrade for a price.
6. Lenovo Legion 7
Lenovo’s Legion 7 is one of the most affordable RTX 2080 laptops on our list, but it still offers plenty of power. You’ll get top-end internals and a portable chassis without breaking the bank.
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The Legion 7 comes with Intel’s 10th-generation Core i7-10750H processor onboard, and you’ll see configurations shipping with 16GB of system memory at 2933MHz. It relies on a 15.6-inch Full HD display, complete with a 240Hz refresh rate. The Lenovo Legion 7 might be somewhat tight in terms of storage with a 512GB SSD, but you should be able to hook up an external drive.
Cooling is next to godliness on gaming machines, and Lenovo’s Legion Coldfront 2.0 system is one of the best. It combines a vapor chamber with dual burn support to achieve maximum performance. The TrueStrike keyboard is quick and tactile to keep you on top of your game.
7. MSI GS66 Stealth
MSI bills the GS66 Stealth as a 15.6-inch, thin and light gaming laptop with an RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics chip. Measuring a freakish 0.39 inches thin and weighing in at a mere 4.85 pounds, MSI currently offers the 2020 version of the GS66 in four configurations. Only one configuration packs the RTX 2080 GPU, but all four versions come with Intel’s 10th-generation processors onboard.
The 15.6-inch screen relies on an IPS-level Full HD panel at 300Hz surrounded by 5.2mm bezels. SteelSeries supplies the keyboard, supporting customizable per-key RGB illumination. You’ll also see a 35-percent larger trackpad surface and support for more than 10 multi-finger gestures. MSI’s GS66 Stealth is loaded with ports, so you can feel free to add all of your peripherals as needed.
8. Razer Blade 15 Advanced
Razer refreshed its Blade 15 laptop to support Nvidia’s RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q, and RTX 2080 Max-Q GPUs. The company also increased the Full HD screen option to 144Hz across three configurations while adding a 4K touch display option for the RTX 2080 Super Max-Q configuration. If you’re tired of the typical dark exterior, Razer now provides a mercury white edition too.
Powering the “advanced” Razer Blade 15 is Intel’s Core i7-8750H six-core processor. The Blade 15 has two storage configurations, including a 128GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive, or a 256GB SSD and a 2TB hard drive. Other ingredients include 16GB of system memory (upgradable to 32GB), a single-zone RGB illuminated keyboard and a 65WHr battery.
Those are our picks for the best laptops with RTX 2080, though most new options have moved to RTX 30 series graphics cards. We’ll update this list if we find any new options.