Should I Switch Laptops

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  1. Hamsnacks

    Hamsnacks Newbie

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    Been using the Alienware for the past year and absolutely love it, I now have the opportunity to straight swap it for the Asus if I choose.

    Both Laptops have 32Gbs of Ram and 1tb SSD Drives, I will only list the differences.

    1st Choice: Alienware 17 R4
    17.3" Screen 2560 x 1440 Resolution with 120hz Screen
    Nvidia GTX 1080 8 GB GDDR5
    Intel i7-7820HK @ 2.90GHz

    2nd Choice: Asus ROG Strix GL504GW Scar II
    15.6" 1920 x 1080 Resolution with 144hz Screen
    Nvidia RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
    Intel i7-8750H 6 core

    In terms of lightness and thickness that doesn't bother me. I'd pick the Asus but the 1080 screen is kinda disappointing and the smaller screen size but will the 144hz make up for it?
    Its a mix of gaming and just documents/surfing the internet. Definitely overkill either way but prefer a laptop that you can throw anything at.
    Which is the stronger laptop?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    I'd be highly skeptical of a person who is offering to straight swap a laptop that is in most regards superior to what I have. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
     
  3. Hamsnacks

    Hamsnacks Newbie

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    It's through work, just a perk I guess. It would be a straight trade, would not be spending any money.
    So you think the Asus is stronger?
     
  4. NB_Neenja

    NB_Neenja Notebook Consultant

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    1440p resolution is superior to 1080p. The difference in display clockspeeds is too little to make a noticeable difference imo.
     
  5. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    I think you'll miss the 17.3-inch display if you're gaming. I'd only step down to 15.6-inch if you want more portability. So for that reason alone I'd stick with the AW.

    Charles
     
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    atquantrandash93 Notebook Guru

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    Honest question: Why is no one talking about the RTX 2070 vs the GTX 1080 difference? Shouldn't that be a deciding factor? And the CPU as well: one with 4 cores, the other with 6. Wouldn't the Asus the safer bet if you want to throw anything at it?

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  7. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    The RTX 2070 can be slower than the GTX 1080; it depends on the laptop. Unless you're playing games or doing things that can use the RTX-specific features, there's not much to gain (in the notebook world, anyway).

    The six-core CPU in the Asus can make a difference, depending on the game, but the Core i7 chip in the Alienware should have no issue with any current game.

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  8. atquantrandash93

    atquantrandash93 Notebook Guru

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    Ah, I see. That makes sense. Thanks for explaining that to me!

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