Portable Gaming Laptop w/ Excellent Thermal Management

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  1. rickybambi

    rickybambi Notebook Guru

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    Hey Guys,

    I've been on a journey for months now trying to find the above.

    I feel like every time I think something is going to meet the above criteria, it turns out to be a disappointment.

    What I'm looking for is as follows.

    - Under 6/lbs.
    - 15" max screen size.
    - Does not scream gamer, subtle look.
    - 1060 graphics or higher.
    - 120hz display.
    - 6 hours battery life (non gaming usage).
    - Less than 1" thick.
    - Excellent thermal management, does not throttle under sustained load.

    What I've come up with that meets most of the above but not all are the Aero 15, EVGA SC15, potentially the 1060 version of Acer's Triton 700, and potentially the new Surface Book 15".

    Are there any laptops I've missed that meet the majority of the above criteria?

    I feel like the hardest part is the thermal management piece and it's a place where manufacturers always tout that their laptop provides proper cooling but when it comes to reviews and benchmarks, it's never the case.

    Thanks
     
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  2. don_svetlio

    don_svetlio In the Pipe, Five by Five.

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    What you are looking for doesn't exist :)
     
  3. SkidrowSKT

    SkidrowSKT Notebook Deity

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    My MSI GE63VR cools extremely well (Never throttled unless I run Prime95 and FurMark 3 times in a row non-stop, simultaneously) and I managed to get 7 hours of battery life with a handful of tweaks. It weighs 5.3/lbs with a thickness of 1.08", has a 120Hz screen (+ Optimus, a huge reason why battery life can become high), a GTX 1060, and build quality is surprisingly much better in the new Raiders. If you don't mind the illuminated dragon logo, it should in no way scream gamer (unless you go crazy with the keyboard RGB lights XD). I'm very happy with mine.

    Otherwise, you may want to wait for 8th generation HQ CPUs with -most likely- 6 core CPUs on the way, though I may almost guarantee the thin laptops will overheat if 6-core CPUs are used.
     
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  4. custom90gt

    custom90gt Dellerator Moderator

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    The only thing that comes to mind is the Aero 15. iunlock has great things to say about it's thermals even though it's super thin. Nothing is going to cool as well as a proper gaming notebook though.
     
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  5. Vasudev

    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Maybe Eurocom F5 Tornado or MSI 16L 1080 or EVOC 16L-1080 are good choice for a portable beast with 7700K and GTX 1080 MXM.
    You could wait for F7 tornado with 8700K and additional SSD/HDD slots.
     
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    Buffle Notebook Guru

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  7. Ionising_Radiation

    Ionising_Radiation ?v = ve*ln(m0/m1)

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    Doesn't fit his very first criteria:
     
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  8. Vasudev

    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Just read the title Portable Gaming w/ Excellent Thermal Mgmt.
     
  9. custom90gt

    custom90gt Dellerator Moderator

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    I hate that read is both present and past tense. Not sure if you're telling lonising to read the title or that you only read the title.

    Anyway the OP wants something that's less than 6lb and less than 1" thick. We all know that excellent thermal management and portability don't go hand in hand, but none of the models you listed are near the OPs requirements. I'm struggling to think of anything besides the Aero 15 that has all of the requirements, but to my knowledge it doesn't have a 120hz screen. I think the OP may have to change the reqs around a little...
     
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    My point is pretty much the only answer to the OP's question :D - unless he makes a compromise with 1 thing at least, it's not feasible.
     
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