Gaming laptop 2020?

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Muyfa666, Jan 19, 2020.

  1. Muyfa666

    Muyfa666 Notebook Evangelist

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    So, I'm buying a new gaming laptop for 2020, but I not sure if there's anything rumored on the horizon and if so when?

    General Questions:

    1) What is your budget?
    More or less unlimited.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    Sweden, Europe

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    Not really
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Gaming

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    It will mostly be on my desk

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    Yes. Modern FPS, adventure etc.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Not many. I'll have a power outlet at all times.

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    I'm ok buying without seeing it.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows

    Screen Specifics:

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer?
    1920x1080 or possibly 2560x1440.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
    Does not matter.

    Build Quality and Design:

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Not really.

    Notebook Components:

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    At least 1TB.

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity:

    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    ASAP

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    As long as it let's me play new games on very high settings.

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    For a couple of weeks probably.

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?
    It would be ok to ship the laptop, I don't need on-site service.

    Right, so I had a launch Alienware Area 51M, but didn't quite like it so I'd rather not have one again. I tried a Lenovo Legion Y740 but didn't like the quality.

    Fan noise is important, it doesn't have to be silent, but at least tolerable.

    G-sync is and RTX2080 Max-Q/Standard is must (is Super for laptops on the horizon?)

    At least 144Hz screen, but 240Hz would be nice.
     
  2. tps3443

    tps3443 Notebook Deity

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    The Clevo X170 should be a nice option that will be released very soon with 10th gen intel. And we may see RTX Super MXM Graphics cards inside. But, it may just be the regular RTX2080’s which is fine.

    You didn’t like the 51M? Was it unreliable?

    Also what about the Asus Zephyrus?

    You want a desktop processor? or a BGA laptop processor?
     
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    You might consider the MSI GT75 with 9980HK and RTX 2080. It does support GSync on the FHD 144hz panel unlike the GT76. With tuning the noise levels can be very acceptable.
     
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    Muyfa666 Notebook Evangelist

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    Clevo - I'm not super into Clevo as I had one before and the fan noise was out of this world.
    51M - Yes, IMO the software was too unstable.
    Zephyrus - I'm very excited about this one. Don't know about the fan noise thou?
    CPU - Doesn't matter. Laptop CPU is ok. They are strong enough for me.

    MSI GT75 isn't available at all in my country. MSI is quite hard to come by overall now here.

    EDIT: I'm comparing "Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701GWR (144Hz screen and RTX 2070)" and "Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701GXR (240Hz screen and RTX 2080 Max-Q)".

    The refresh rate is obviously doubled (even 120Hz is good enough anyways), but as far as I can tell, the non Max-Q 2070 performs almost as well as the Max-Q 2080 in most games, but to a vastly cheaper price.

    What do you think?
     
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    Are you sure you would be happy with the Zephyrus? It is thin and light, so temperatures will be higher and fans will be louder. What about the Asus G703GX?
     
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    A thin laptop would be nice, but surely a Asus ROG G703GXR would be better. I've looked at this one too, and it's a contender for sure.

    The 2070 Zephyrus is really a bargain now thou, and the G703 isn't offered with a 2070 where I live.
     
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    I personally wouldn't consider the GX701 because of its keyboard placement, soldered RAM / WIFI and I do not like the fan noise generated by thin fans. However if the price is right and you like it, you could certainly try it - there are plenty of video and written reviews available so you should be aware of its strengths and weaknesses.

    Oh, and I am not sure what pricing and availability is like, but there is also the HP Omen 17T which supports GSync with the 2070 and 2080 configs. I am not sure what the Omen software is like, but it likely is better than the Alienware Control Center.
     
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    I actually have a local firm that offers me the HP Omen repasted and repadded for very little extra charge.

    That’s also tempting, but I know very little of HP qc in general.

    EDIT: A swedish web store actually had a big discount on the HP Omen 17 with RTX 2080, by far the best deal I've seen yet. The SSD is only 512GB, but that's easy to fix if the rest of the rig is good.

    I pulled the trigger. I'll report back as soon as I've tried it out. Should be later this week.
     
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    Why not grab a Clevo laptop with a desktop cpu? You wanted a thin machine?

    You can flash the Vbios on that HP Omen for 200 watt TDP on the RTX2080. They seem to handle it well too.
     
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    I had a Clevo and didn't really like it.
     
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