With Nvidia’s new RTX 20 Series mobile GPUs arriving January 29, we’re about to see a flood of RTX 2080 laptops. Which ones will be the best? Let’s take a look at 15 hitting the market over the next several months, though there will be many others from Asus, Origin PC, and more released in the same timeframe not listed in detail here.
You’ll see two variants of the RTX 2080. First, Nvidia provides a full-blown 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.
If you’re not familiar, the RTX 20 Series is Nvidia’s latest generation of GPU, based on its new Turing architecture. This design introduces new cores dedicated to real-time ray tracing and artificial intelligence, bringing a higher level of visual fidelity to games. The RTX 20 Series promises up to six times faster performance than the previous GTX 10 Series generation.
Here’s our list of the best laptops with the RTX 2080!
Editor’s note: All these laptops were recently announced and have yet to hit market and so exact purchasing details won’t be added in until a bit later.
Acer Predator Triton 500
Acer’s new semi-thin and light Predator Triton 500 arrives in February with a starting price at $1,799. 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 4.6 pounds. Bezels surrounding the 15.6-inch screen measure 0.25 inches thin.
Other goodies under the hood include eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to 32GB of system memory at 2,666MHz, 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.
Acer Predator Triton 900
Unlike the Triton 500, you can configure the Triton 900 with a full-blown RTX 2080 graphics chip, though it makes the laptop thicker, at 0.94 inches, and features heftier starting price at $3,999. However, you’re not getting just another refreshed gaming laptop. There’s good reason to pay close attention to this specific model when it arrives in March.
As shown in the image, the Triton 900 is technically a 2-in-1 device thanks to the Ezel Aero Hinges mounted on each side of the 17.3-inch screen. These hinges let gamers pull the screen forward over the keyboard and trackpad, flip it over for a hefty stand mode, or lay it flat on the keyboard for a super-thick gaming tablet. Other ingredients include up to a six-core Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GB of system memory, support for Xbox controllers, G-Sync, and more.
Alienware went back to the drawing board to create its first laptop redesign since 2014. Called Alienware Legend, this visual and structural overhaul will debut with the Area-51m on Jan. 29 at a starting price of $2,549. According to Dell, retooling the overall design enabled a laptop with 32 percent less volume than the previous Alienware model, though the Area-51m measures up to 1.7 inches thick at its peak height and weighs a maximum 8.54 pounds.
This refresh introduces two new optional finishes, lunar light and dark side of the moon. Outside the makeover, the new Area-51m packs up to a ninth-generation Intel Core i9-9900K eight-core processor, up to an RTX 2080 graphics chip, up to 64GB of system memory (4x 16GB) at 2,400MHz, two NVMe PCIe SSDs and a hybrid hard drive, and a 17.3-inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution at 144Hz, Nvidia G-Sync, and Tobii eye-tracking.
Alienware m15 / m17
Unlike the Area-51m, Alienware targets the thin and light gaming market with its m15 and m17 laptops. Both have four GPU options, ranging from the GTX 1050 Ti to the RTX 2080 with Max-Q. There are a few differences between the two outside their obvious screen sizes, like a Full HD 144Hz display option on the m15 and a QHD 120Hz display option on the m17.
Customers can configure these laptops with three processor options, up to Intel’s eighth-generation Core i9-8950HK six-core chip. You’ll also get up to 32GB of system memory at 2,666MHz (2x 16GB), dual storage options, 2.5Gbps ethernet networking, and more. The m17 measures 0.91 inches thick at its highest peak, with an average weight of 5.79 pounds. The m15 is slightly lighter and thinner at 4.78 pounds and 0.83 inches.
The m17 arrives January 29 starting at $1,649. The m15 is available now starting at $1,379, though models with the RTX 20 Series start at $1,579 when they ship on January 29.
Asus ROG G703
Asus refreshed the ROG G703 laptop with Nvidia’s RTX 2080 graphics chip. Expected to arrive this quarter for an unknown starting price, the G703 relies on a 17.3-inch “IPS-type” display with a 144Hz refresh rate, a three-millisecond response time, support for 100 percent of the sRGB color space, and Nvidia G-Sync. The laptop’s overall size is around two inches at its thickest point and just over ten pounds.
As for other ingredients, you’ll see configurations with up to 64GB of system memory at 2,666MHz, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, and Intel’s Core i7-8750H processor. For audio, the ROG G703 provides a pair of two-watt treble speakers and a pair of 4.5-watt bass speakers with Smart AMP technology.
Asus ROG Mothership (GZ700)
Technically the ROG Mothership is a hefty detachable gaming PC packing all the hardware in a Microsoft Surface-style 17.3-inch “tablet.” Unlike an all-in-one PC, it’s meant for portability, and includes a built-in kickstand and a detachable per-key RGB backlit chiclet keyboard. The screen itself relies on an IPS-level Full HD panel with a 144Hz refresh rate, a three-millisecond response, and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology for smooth tear-free framerates.
Under the hood it has Intel’s overclocked Core i9-8950HK six-core processor, Nvidia’s RTX 2080 graphics chip, up to 64GB of system memory at 2,666MHz, and three M.2 NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 at 512GB each. On the connectivity front, it provides one Thunderbolt 3 port, three USB ports at 10Gbps, HDMI output, one USB Type-C port at 10Gbps, and more. The “tablet” portion weighs around 10.4 pounds.
Asus Zephyrus S GX701 / GX531
If you’re looking for a “slim” gaming solution from Asus, the refreshed Zephyrus S GX701 is your ticket. Measuring around 0.73 inches thick, configurations include up to an RTX 2080 with Max-Q GPU paired with Intel’s Core i7-8750H processor. These chips are backed by up to 16GB of system memory at 2,666MHz, 8GB of Intel Optane memory, and two storage slots supporting up to 1TB each.
With the GX701, Asus says it crammed a 17.3-inch screen into a 15.7-inch frame with 6.9mm bezels. This screen relies on an IPS-level panel with a Full HD resolution at 144Hz, a three-millisecond response time, support for 100 percent of the sRGB color space, and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology. The touchpad sits to the right of the keyboard and turns into a virtual number pad with a simple touch.
The GX531 is a smaller 15.6-inch version of the GX701. Both will be available in the first quarter.
Dell G5 / G7 Gaming
Dell has four refreshed G Series laptops: 15.6-inch (7590) and 17.3-inch (7790) G7 models and two 15.6-inch G5 models, one of which is a Special Edition version (5590). All four offer the same GPUs, ranging from the GTX 1050 Ti to the RTX 2080 with Max-Q. They offer similar CPU options as well, though the two G7 laptops tack on a third eighth-generation Intel Core i9-8950HK six-core processor option.
Most of what you’ll find across the board will be Full HD G-Sync displays at 60Hz or 144Hz refresh rates. You’ll also see a fourth display option on the 7590 and 5590 consisting of an OLED display with a 2160p resolution at 60Hz. Other ingredients include dual-storage options, support for up to 32GB of system memory at 2,666MHz, and more. The G5 15 SE ships in alpine white, and the other three sport an abyss grey finish.
The G5 15 starts at $999, the G7 17 starts at $1,380, and the G7 15 starts at $1,099 on January 29.
Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9
The refreshed Aero 15 isn’t just your everyday gaming laptop: It’s powered by artificial intelligence. Based on Microsoft’s Azure machine learning, the laptop’s AI will allocate the proper power level to the processor and GPU based on your usage patterns for optimal performance. Essentially, it will tune down the power if you’re watching Netflix or surfing the web, and “overclock” both chips once you load up Destiny 2 or Fortnite.
Arriving this quarter, the Aero 15-Y9 relies on eighth-generation Intel processors consisting of the Core i7-8750H or the Core i9-8950HK. They’re joined by an RTX 2080 graphics chip and up to 64GB of system memory at 2,666MHz (2x 32GB). Configurations will be based on a 15.6-inch IPS screen with a Full HD resolution at 144Hz or a UHD screen supporting 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color space.
Lenovo Legion Y740
Updated with Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 20 Series discrete laptop graphics, the Legion Y740 ships next month in a 15.6-inch variant measuring 0.78 inches thick, and a 17.3-inch model measuring 0.86 inches thick. The 17.3-inch model is the only unit with an option for Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Max-Q discrete graphics chip.
While the Intel Core processors appear unchanged since the previous Y730, you’ll see configurations shipping with up to 32GB of system memory at 2,666MHz. Both sizes rely on panels supporting Full HD resolutions at 144Hz and Nvidia G-Sync. You’ll also see better battery performance, improved cooling, and narrow screen bezels.
The 15.6-inch model starts at $1,749, while the 17.3-inch model starts at $1,979.
MSI GE75 Raider
MSI refreshed its GE75 Raider gaming laptop with RTX 20 Series graphics for 2019. The configuration packing Nvidia’s RTX 2080 GPU is the GE75 Raider 8SG while the 8SF plays host to the RTX 2070 and the 8SE sports the RTX 2060. All three are based on a 17.3-inch IPS-level display with a Full HD resolution at 144Hz. Backing all three are eighth-generation Intel Core i7 six-core processors.
Rounding out this laptop is a per-key RGB backlit keyboard supplied by SteelSeries, a revamped cooling system containing eight heat pipes, three storage slots, two oversized three-watt speakers and two three-watt woofers. Other hardware details include up to 32GB of system memory at 2,666MHz (2x 16GB), USB Type-C connectivity at 10Gbps, HDMI and Mini DisplayPort output, and more.
The GE75 Raider is expected to launch this quarter with a starting price of around $1,999.
MSI GS75 Stealth
MSI bills the GS75 Stealth as the world’s first 17.3-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 will offer this laptop in seven configurations, three of which sport the RTX 2080 Max-Q chip. They’ll be backed by Intel’s Core i7-8750H processor, though MSI plans to introduce a Core i9 configuration later this year.
Despite its slim size, the GS75 has enough space for three storage devices. The 17.3-inch screen relies on an IPS-level Full HD panel at 144Hz 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.
The GS75 Stealth is expected to arrive by the end of January.
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 solely to the RTX 2070 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.
The RTX 20 Series models will be available Jan. 29 for a starting price of $2,299.
Samsung Notebook Odyssey
This laptop provides a unique raised screen so don’t end up looking down for hours on end. The screen itself measures 15.6 inches diagonally, sporting a Full HD resolution at 144Hz and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology. Backing this display is an Intel Core i7 six-core processor and Nvidia’s RTX 2080 graphics chip.
Slated to arrive sometime this quarter, the refreshed Notebook Odyssey will have an aluminum “true metal” chassis and weigh around 5.2 pounds. Inside, it will have up to 16GB of system memory (2x 8GB), two NVMe PCIe SSD storage slots supporting up to 256GB each, one hard drive slot supporting up to 1TB, HDMI output, and more.
Samsung’s laptop will land during the first quarter.
As you can see, there are a lot of RTX 2080 laptops on the way! Here’s an additional list of gaming laptops slated to feature the RTX 2080:
- Asus ROG Strix Scar II
- Asus ROG Strix Hero II
- Origin Eon 17-X
- Origin Evo16-S / Evo17-s
To see our picks of the best laptops revealed at CES 2019, head here.