Notebooks under 15" with a VR-ready GPU and eGPU capabilities.

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    FOurtuna117 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Purchasing a VR-Ready thin and light Notebook, to replace a Gigabyte p34k. Because of this, the desired
    laptop requirements are a 13-15 inch screen size, equipped with a GPU 1060 or higher, Quad Core Skylake, SDD, and has eGPU capabilities. Please consider upcoming technology in the decision making process, as I'm willing to postpone the purchasing of a laptop for the next three months, for any significant changes in the market.


    Additional information:

    The following are desired laptop requirements, as per the buying forum:

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    $3000 AUD.


    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen.


    3) Where will you buying this notebook?

    Australia.

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

    a. Like:
    Asus. For the premium design and reliability. Experience N series.
    Alienware. For the customer service and premium design. Experience M11x.

    b. Dislike:
    Gigabyte. Due to poor design quality and battery lifespan. Experience p34k.

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    The N series laptops were refurbished, hence yes.

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

    Gaming.
    Watching Videos.
    Engineering duties: CAD, excel, programming.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Both.


    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?

    FPS: Battlefield 1.
    Open world action-adventure: WatchDogs 2.
    RPG: Witcher 3.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    4 Hours.

    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?
    Purchasing from online is acceptable.


    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, etc.

    Windows.

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)

    FHD, QHD, OLED, 4k.


    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    Either.


    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    Irrelevant Question. Amenity is too difficult of a concept to determine.

    15) When are you buying this laptop?

    3 Month, 12 weeks, 84 days.

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?

    Maximum amount of time that is possible.

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?

    HDD are no longer acceptable for laptops at this price point.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?

    Optical Drive is not required.


    19) Graphics card:
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 980, 1060, 1070 or 1080 GPU.
     
  2. Galm

    Galm "Stand By, We're Analyzing The Situation!"

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    Once again I'm gonna warn be a bit careful of eGPU. If your getting a laptop with a 1060 you may not be able to get an insane upgrade. The Titan XP seems to be bottlenecking on the Core (around 5900 vs 6600 on firestrike ultra between core and desktop with similar cpu). This will just get worse with the next generation.

    That said Razer Blade, AW 13, and MSI GS43VR are your options.

    Note the GS43VR doesn't really have official support with anything yet.
     
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    FOurtuna117 Notebook Enthusiast

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    The thunderbolt 3 eGPU are bottlenecking? That is differently a factor to consider in the laptop purchase, appreciate it.
     
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    Galm "Stand By, We're Analyzing The Situation!"

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    Honestly with the Core like 500 dollars and a gpu expensive as well, it makes sense still to have both a gaming laptop and desktop to compromise instead, as that will at least work. You can easily get a good desktop for less than the price of a Core and add a gpu to it.
     
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    Building a desktop is a possible solution. The Alienware 13 r3 is another. Alienware offers a cheap PCI Amplifier solution. Currently, reports indicate the amp has little to no bottlenecking issues.

    If Alienware owners could verify that claim it'd be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Galm "Stand By, We're Analyzing The Situation!"

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    It has less but its still only 4 lanes.
     
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    SkidrowSKT Notebook Deity

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    The only way for you to fully benefit from the eGPU and not cause potential CPU bottlenecks (because of the 6700HQ) is by getting a barebones.

    First choice coming to my mind is the Eurocom Tornado F5 (can be configured with an i7-6700k, and soon 7700k) and it has a thunderbolt 3 port. Only issue is its thickness and weight (at 15" and 2.5kgs it is not by any means light).
     
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