AMD and Nvidia are (still) fighting it out for, with new products such as the and the , as well as in laptops. Right now, the landscape can be confusing, but generally the best gaming laptops are running Nvidia’s RTX graphics, which first came to desktop PCs in late 2018, and to laptops in January 2019.
For this roundup, we’ve taken all the laptops with discrete graphics hardware we’ve tested over the past year and a half and ranked them based on 3D performance. Below are those with top performance from that group, and you can also scroll through the.
If you’re building a desktop gaming rig, start with our, but if you’re in the market for a gaming laptop, these are the very best ones we’ve tested. All of these gaming laptops, from just under $1,000 to $5,000 or more, can easily support high-end virtual reality headsets like the and , and many new designs fit .
When reviewing a gaming laptop or desktop, we run preset performance tests using several games, including Far Cry 5, Metro: Exodus and others, along with standard benchmarks like 3DMark, which is designed to test a computer’s 3D graphic rendering capabilities.
For this list, we’re ranking the best gaming laptops in descending order of 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra scores, but the real-world game scores (presented as the number of frames of animation per second the laptop can render) match very closely. Note that these scores are specifically for the exact configurations of each laptop we tested, and almost all can be configured with a wide range of options.
At the very top are two high-end gaming laptops that use desktop-class processors and full-power Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics: theand the . Those are both at the top end of the price scale, but gaming laptops at more reasonable prices, including systems from Asus, Dell, Origin PC, Lenovo, HP, MSI and Razer, among others, are all represented.
New and notable for this summer update of the best gaming laptops are the latest model of the, equipped with a that’s ; HP’s novel ; and the budget-friendly but powerful .
The exact scores and graphics hardware specs for.
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Sarah Tew/CNETOn top of the satisfying visual refresh rate of Alienware’s highest-end laptop, the Area-51m offers an impressive 17.3-inch display, an excellent keyboard, and plenty of processing overhead from PC gaming CPUs and the latest RTX GPUs. Plus, a modular processor and GPU design lets you get inside the case and replace both the processor and graphics card for terrific gaming performance.
Sarah Tew/CNETLike the Alienware Area-51m, the Origin PC Eon-17X features the desktop-class Intel Core i9-9900K processor and the new Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics card. This combination made these our two top-performing laptops so far from all of 2018-2019.
Sarah Tew/CNETThe Acer Predator Triton 900’s rotating display is a great idea that’s also well executed. The keyboard incorporates mechanical switches that feel very good, and its performance is fast — though as a laptop, the keyboard and short battery life may be a drawback for some.
Sarah Tew/CNETThe 2018 version of this laptop, with a desktop CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, was right behind the updated version. It’s pricey and has a modest battery life, but it delivers top-notch performance.
Sarah Tew/CNETThis updated Asus ROG Zephyrus combines both a slim, professional-looking design with the expanded power of Nvidia’s new RTX graphics card for an excellent gaming experience, though at the cost of battery life.
Dive into the exact scores and configurations for all the top performers.
GAMING LAPTOP PERFORMANCE
|1||Alienware Area-51m||6,337||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080|
|2||Origin PC Eon17-X (2019)||6,228||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080|
|3||Acer Predator Triton 900||5,719||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080|
|4||Origin PC Eon17-X (2018)||5,330||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080|
|5||Asus ROG Zephyrus GX701||5,299||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q|
|6||Razer Blade Pro 17||5,003||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q|
|5||Origin PC EVO16-S (early 2019)||4,667||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q|
|6||Acer Predator Triton 500||4,642||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q|
|7||Origin PC Evo16-S (mid 2019)||4,548||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q|
|8||Lenovo Legion Y740-17||4,472||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q|
|9||MSI GS75 Stealth 8SG||4,464||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q|
|9||Razer Blade 15 Advanced (2019, OLED)||4,330||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q|
|10||Origin Evo15||4,262||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070|
|11||Alienware m15 (2019, OLED)||4,235||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q|
|12||HP Omen X 2S||4,106||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q|
|14||Acer Predator Helios 500||4,102||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070|
|15||Asus ROG Zephyrus M GM501||3,954||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070|
|16||Asus ROG Strix Scar II||3,938||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070|
|17||Lenovo Legion Y740-15||3,851||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q|
|18||Alienware m15 (2018)||3,669||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q|
|19||Asus Zephyrus GX531GS||3,435||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q|
|20||Razer Blade 15 (2018)||3,431||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q|
|21||Digital Storm Equinox||3,413||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q|
|22||Razer Blade 15 (2019)||3,362||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 with Max-Q|
|23||MSI GS65 Stealth Thin||3,342||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q|
|24||Lenovo Legion Y545||3,066||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti|
|25||Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060||2,716||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060|
|26||Asus ROG Strix Hero Edition GL503V||2,657||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060|
|27||Razer Blade 15 RZ09-0270 (2018)||2,593||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q|
|27||HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop (15-c0042nr)||2,318||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti|
|28||Samsung Odyssey 850XAC||2,259||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060|
|29||Lenovo Legion Y730-15||1,899||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti|
|30||Acer Nitro 5||1,873||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti|
|31||Dell G5 5590 (2019)||1,867||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650|
|32||Dell G5 15 (2018)||1,851||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti|
|33||Lenovo Legion Y530||1,825||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti|
|34||Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580G||1,753||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti|
|35||Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme||1,641||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with Max-Q|
|36||Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1||1,627||AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics|
To find the best budget laptop, read our breakdown of the.
Originally published earlier this year. Updated to reflect new performance scores.