With the arrival of Nvidia’s RTX 20 Series mobile GPUs at the start of this year, we saw a flood of RTX 2080 laptops. 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 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 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.
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 semi-thin and light Predator Triton 500 arrived early last year, but it’s still a great buy. 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 and the whole package is rather awesome to behold.
Other goodies under the hood include eighth-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 / 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 (no 9th gen here). 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.
3. New Alienware Area 51m
If you’re looking for a gaming laptop with a full-sized RTX 2080 rather than the less powerful Max-Q version, Alienware’s beefy Area 51m is an excellent option. This is truly a no-compromise gaming laptop, with a 9th Generation Intel Core i9-9900K, 64GB of RAM, and a 17.3-inch FHD 144Hz display on top of the RTX 2080 Super.
This RTX 2080 laptop can handle anything you throw at it, but it won’t come cheap. The base model is well over $6,000, which makes it one of the most expensive laptops on the list. Still, if money is no object and you need a super powerful laptop, you won’t be disappointed.
4. Asus ROG Mothership
Following the trend of ridiculously powerful laptops, the Asus ROG Mothership is another interesting concept laptop with RTX 2080 graphics. Unlike the other options on this list, it’s more of a hybrid laptop, with a stand for the monitor and pop out keyboard. This is a neat trick, but it does somewhat limit its portability as it requires two large power bricks. Thankfully, the bundle linked below includes a mouse and bag, so you don’t need to worry about additional accessories.
Setting aside the striking appearance, the Asus ROG Mothership is a true powerhouse. It sports an Intel Core i9 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, up to 64GB of RAM, 1.5TB of storage, and a 17.3-inch Full HD display with a 144Hz refresh rate. Alternatively, you can opt for a 60Hz 4K UHD screen, although this option is sold out at time of writing.
5. 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 2666MHz, 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. That infinity display is really quite striking combined with the slim keyboard that is pushed forward for convenience. 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. Either will prove a light-yet-powerful way to enjoy some serious gaming on the go.
6. Gigabyte Aero 17
The 2020 version of the Gigabyte Aero 17 is one of the newest releases on our list of RTX 2080 laptops, so new in fact that it actually comes with its successor, 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, 32GB of RAM, and a 17.3-inch FHD 144Hz LCD display with small bezels, you have everything you need to play the latest games on high settings.
At about $2500, it’s a great value for an RTX 2080 laptop, but there are a few drawbacks compared to more expensive alternatives. First off, it only has 512GB of storage, so space will quickly become an issue for modern games. Gigabyte also has a mixed history with customer support, so keep that in mind before you pull the trigger.
7. Lenovo Legion Y740
Updated with Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 20 Series discrete laptop graphics, the Legion Y740 sports a 15.6-inch variant measuring 0.78 inches thick, and a 17.3-inch model measuring 0.86 inches thick. Keep in mind that the 17.3-inch model is the only laptop 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 2666MHz. 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. They go up from there as you add more features and horsepower.
8. HP Omen 17
If you’re looking for a large laptop with RTX 2080 graphics that won’t break the bank, take a look at the HP Omen 17. The top-of-the-line model has RTX 2080 graphics, a 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750h processor, 16GB of DDR4-2666 RAM (and 2 more empty slots), 512GB of storage, and a snappy 17.3-inch FHD display with 144Hz refresh rate.
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All of this can be yours for a hair under $2,000. This is significantly less than its competitors, although some compromises have been made with a plastic build, poor battery life, and middling heat dissipation. Still, if all you’re looking for is raw gaming performance, it will more than get the job done.
9. MSI GS75 Stealth
MSI bills the GS75 Stealth is a 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.
10. 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.
Those are our picks for the best laptops with RTX 2080, although there are a few other options available. We’ll update this post with new models once they are released.