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RTX 3080 Laptops: All the Models You Can Buy Right Now

The most powerful gaming GPU you can get in a laptop today, Nvidia’s RTX 3080, offers boost clocks up to 1,710 MHz (depending on TGP), up to 16GB of GDDR6 memory and 6,144 CUDA cores. 

However, as with buying RTX 3080 graphics cards for your desktop or gaming desktops with RTX 3080 inside, it’s not always easy to find systems in stock with the mobile version. That’s why we’re rounding up all the major-brand RTX 3080 laptops you can buy (in the U.S. anyway) below, along with links to where you can buy them.

We have not tested all of these laptops so we can’t vouch for their overall performance, their screen quality, build quality or other features. However, with the massive stock shortages we’re seeing, sometimes your best choice is the one you can find in stock. 

For a complete list of the top models we have tested and recommend, regardless of their current stock situation (and including GPUs from AMD), see our best gaming laptops page.  

Note that stocks, prices and ship times change rapidly so we can't guarantee that something we've listed here will be in stock by the time you read this or that it will be exactly the price we saw it at. However, we will be updating this article on a regular basis. 

There are options with both Intel's Core processors and AMD's Ryzen chips, so no matter which processor you prefer, there are options that are currently available.

If you're partial to AMD and want its top-end graphics chip, the Radeon RX 6800M, you should check out the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition.

Alienware RTX 3080 Laptops

Dell / Alienware offers RTX 3080 GPUs as an option on four different systems: the Alienware m15 R4 and the Alienware m17 R4, along with the Alienware X15 and Alienware X17.  At press time, the m17 R4 was not available on Dell.com with the RTX 3080 option though it has offered it in the past, which is a shame because that model has a speedy 150-watt TGP (total graphics power) for its 3080. All models on Dell.com appear to be in stock with ship dates of about a month from now.

Alienware M15 R4 (Core i7, 32GB, 1TB):
This configuration sports a Core i7-10870H CPU, 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Perhaps more importantly, it has a 300 Hz / 1080p display that promises to cover 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut. We tested the M15 R4 with an RTX 3070 card and were impressed with its snappy keyboard and sleek looks.  You can also custom config with more storage.View Deal

Alienware X15 (Core i9, 32GB, 4TB):
This high-end configuration comes standard with an 11th Gen, Core i9-11900H and a whopping 4TB of SSD storage in the form of two, 2TB SSDs in RAID 0.  It also sports a 360 Hz, 1080p screen and 32GB of RAM. View Deal

Alienware X17 (Core i7, 4K 120Hz):
If you don't mind a slightly heavier device, this 6 to 7-pound system should offer you fantastic performance. It has a 16GB RTX 3080 card where the 15-inch Alienware laptops have the 8GB model and it sports a high-refresh-rate 4K screen that's a blinding 500 nits bright. However, at this price, you only get a 512GB SSD so you'll want to pay extra for more storage.


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Razer RTX 3080 Laptops

Razer offers a really wide variety of RTX 3080-powered gaming laptops, with sizes ranging from 14 to 17 inches. On Razer's site, you'll find no less than 11 different SKUs with RTX 3080 inside. However, as of this writing, only five are in stock on Razer.com. These include the Razer Blade 14 with a Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU and QHD screen and the Razer Blade 15 Advanced with a 4K OLED screen and Core i9-11900H CPU. These are our favorite configs:

Razer Blade 14 (Ryzen 9, QHD 165 Hz): $2,799 @ Razer
The cheapest and lightest Razer RTX 3080 laptop, this Blade 14 configuration comes with a Ryzen 9 5900HZ CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, along with 165 Hz, 2K display. We published a review of the Razer Blade 14 with the lesser, RTX 3070 GPU and liked its lightweight design and colorful display.

It weighs just 3.9 pounds too, but consider that this isn't the highest-performing RTX 3080. The maximum graphics power is just 100W (where larger systems go up to 150W) and  the boost clock is 1,365 MHz.  You can also find this configuration at Best Buy or at Amazon for the same price.View Deal

Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Core i7, 360 Hz): $3,099 @ Amazon
This 4.6-pound laptop is powered by a Core i7-11800H CPU, along with 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. It also has a 15.6-inch, FHD 360 Hz display for high-speed gaming. The maximum graphics power is 105W, slightly more than the Blade 14.

You can get this config for the same price @Razer.
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Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Core i9, 4K OLED): $3,399 @ Razer
This high-end config has a Core i9-11900H CPU,  32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Most importantly, it features a 4K OLED touch screen with eye-popping color. However, it only operates at 60 Hz.View Deal

Asus RTX 3080 Laptops

Asus makes a slew of gaming laptops under both its Republic and Gamers (ROG) and TUF Gaming lines. However, if you're looking for an RTX 3080 laptop from Asus, you're most likely to find it in the form of either the ROG Strix Scar or ROG Zephyrus models. 

Available in 15 and 17-inch sizes, the Strix Scar is designed to target competitive gamers or anyone who values a high refresh rate most of all. The Scar 15, for example, is available with a 300 Hz panel. The thinner and more attractive Zephyrus is no slouch either, sporting a 165 Hz panel.

Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 (Ryzen 9, 300 Hz): was $2,399, now $2,299 @ Newegg
This 5-pound laptop is loaded with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HZ CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and a 300 Hz display.  It also features an opti-mechanical keyboard with per-key RGB lighting, Wi-Fi 6 and a configuration of the RTX 3080 that runs at 1,645 MHz boost clock with up to 130W of graphics power.

A slightly-different config, with 32GB of RAM is $2,899 @Amazon and another, with a Ryzen 7 5800H CPU and 16GB of RAM is $2,334 @ Amazon.View Deal


One of the lighter 15-inch RTX 3080 laptops around, the ROG Zephyrus 15 weighs a mere 4.4 pounds. This config comes with a Ryzen 9 5900HS CPU, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and a 165 HZ, 2560 x 1440 display panel. View Deal

Asus ROG Zephyrus (Ryzen 9, 2K 165 Hz): $2,639 @ Amazon
This 15-inch Zephyrus weighs just 4.19 pounds and is powered by a Ryzen 9 5900HZ CPU, along with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. It features Wi-Fi 6 and its screen promises 100% DCI-P3 coverView Deal

MSI RTX 3080 Laptops

MSI has a huge lineup of RTX 3080 laptops, including entries in its Leopard, Stealth and Raider lines. Opt for the Stealth line if you want something thinner and lighter or  the Leopard if you want something a little bit less expensive. Whatever you choose, you'll find lots of great features such as high-speed USB ports and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity.

MSI GS66 Stealth (Core i7, 2K 240 Hz): $2,869 @ Newegg
This 15-inch, 4.6-pound laptop has a 2K, 240 Hz screen that promises to cover 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut.  It also features a Thunderbolt 4 port, 3 USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.View Deal


This Titanium Blue, 17-inch laptop features a Core i7-10870H CPU, a 300 Hz 1080p screen, 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. It has Wi-Fi 6E, Killer LAN3100 and Nahimic audio. It weighs a solid 6.39 pounds.View Deal

Acer RTX 3080 Laptops

Acer's lineup of available RTX 3080 laptops is fairly slim. You can opt for the Predator Helios 300 and its speedy, 240 Hz display or the Nitro 5 and its QHD screen.

Acer Predator Helios 300 (Core i7, 240 Hz):
This 5.5-pound, 15-inch laptop sports a 10th Gen Core i7 CPU, 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. It also has a 1080p, 240 Hz display and a variety of ports, including a single USB 3.2, Gen 2 port.View Deal


This 15-inch gaming laptop is powered by a Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Its 2560 x 1440 screen runs at up to 165 Hz. 

We reviewed the Acer Nitro 5 with an RTX 3070 GPU and Ryzen 7 5800H CPU and liked its wide viewing angles and accurate audio. However, we didn't love its looks.View Deal

Gigabyte RTX 3080 Laptops

Gigabyte has a couple of different RTX 3080 laptops. The Aorus 15 and 17 are designed for gamers, with the 15P specifically offering a higher GPU boost clock and more video RAM than most RTX 3080 implementations. The Aero has a more subtle design, but packs in a 4K AMOLED display.

Gigabyte Aorus 15P YD (Core i7, 32GB): $1,999 @ Newegg
This 15-inch, Aorus laptop has a few benefits over some competitors, namely an RTX 3080 with 16GB of RAM (instead of 8), a boost clock of 1,545 MHz and a max graphics power of 130W. It also has a 240 Hz, Pantone-Certified display, 32GB of RAM and 1TB SSD.

We reviewed the Aorus 15P and praised its strong performance and relatively light weight. However, we found that the display was a bit dull and the webcam placement was poor.View Deal

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED YD (Core i7, 4K OLED): was $2,999, now $1,799 @ Newegg
Get over $1,000 off this stunner of a machine, which uses a 4K Samsung AMOLED panel that covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 gamut and supports DisplayHDR 400. This system also has a Core i7-11800H CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Its RTX 3080 has a boost clock of 1,245 MHz and a maximum graphics power of 105W.View Deal

Gigabyte Aorus 17G YC (Core i7, 300 Hz): was $2,549, now $2,149 @ Newegg with rebate
This 17-inch laptop weighs a modest 5.95 pounds and sports a 300 Hz, 1080p display that covers 72 percent of the NTSC color gamut. It uses a Core i7-11800H CPU, 32GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. Its RTX 3080 runs at a 1,245 MHz boost clock.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU Review

The GeForce RTX 3080 currently sits at the top of Nvidia laptop GPU offerings and is usually the graphics processor of choice for flagship gaming machines that are powered with Core i9 or Ryzen 9 CPUs, offering the best of the best in a portable form factor.

The RTX 3080 has been available for weeks now, it packs 6144 CUDA cores, 20% more than in the RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, and is configurable to a range of power levels which will dictate final performance output, in this case anywhere from 80W to above 150W. This results in a maximum boost clock range of 1245 MHz to 1710 MHz depending on the configuration. The memory subsystem includes 8 or 16GB of GDDR6 on a 256-bit bus.

While this presents a healthy specification bump over the RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, it’s substantially different to what you get on a desktop RTX 3080. Nvidia isn’t using the same GPU die either: this is GA104 on laptops, rather than the GA102 used for its desktop counterpart. So far, this is the only mobile GPU in the series that differs on the actual GPU die being used.

As a result, the laptop part features 48 SMs, down from 68 in the desktop, leading to a significant 29% reduction in CUDA core count. Clock speeds can be the same depending on the power level, but we also see a drop from GDDR6X memory to just GDDR6 which brings lower memory bandwidth. Of course, this sort of spec differences make sense as you can’t just take a 320W desktop GPU, put it in laptops and call it a day. However these differences can be confusing for less tech savvy buyers to whom it may not be obvious that the desktop and laptop GPUs are drastically different though they have virtually the same name.

Part of today’s review will be comparing the performance of the laptop and desktop variants, but we’ll also be showing the RTX 3080 Laptop GPU up against other recent mobile products, so you’ll get a good idea how it performs overall.

The test system for today’s benchmarking is the MSI GE76 Raider, a high-end 17" system equipped with flagship specifications. The model we received from MSI to test, the 10UH, packs the 16GB variant of the RTX 3080 with a power range of 135-155W: base limit at 135W with an extra 20W available through Dynamic Boost 2.0.

The GE76 Raider also includes a Core i9-10980HK processor -- 11th-gen variants will be available soon, but for now we have 10th-gen data -- 32GB of DDR4-3200 memory, and an ample 17.3-inch 1080p 240Hz IPS display. I’m quite a fan of MSI’s Raider designs this generation, the build quality is excellent and while this is a bigger laptop, it’s not a ridiculously huge system; it retains portability without sacrificing on the cooling necessary for an RTX 3080 and Core i9 CPU.

Today we are testing the RTX 3080 Laptop GPU at two resolutions: 1080p with Nvidia Optimus enabled, so the display is connected to the iGPU; and 1440p with an external display connected directly to the discrete GPU. Let’s get into the benchmarks.

Benchmarks

First up is Metro Exodus. At 1080p using Ultra settings, the RTX 3080 Laptop GPU is able to sustain 119 FPS on average in our benchmark pass which delivers quite a decent high refresh rate experience on modern internal laptop displays. This is 13% faster than the RTX 3070 running at 115W, however it still means the RTX 3080 Laptop falls well short of the RTX 3070 in desktops. At 1080p we’re 25% behind the desktop RTX 3080 here.

At 1440p it’s a slightly more positive story for the RTX 3080 in laptops. While the margin to the desktop part has grown compared to at 1080p, the RTX 3080 Laptop is now quite a bit faster than the RTX 3070 Laptop. Now there is a bit of a power discrepancy here, 135W vs 115W, however this does generally appear to be the case in most laptops when you look at how RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 models are configured. In this instance the RTX 3080 is 17% more powerful.

Borderlands 3 is an example of a game that when played at 1080p in a laptop is generally going to be more CPU limited than GPU limited. You can see that here with an instance where the RTX 3070 Laptop configured with a Ryzen 9 5900HX slightly outperforms this RTX 3080 Laptop with the Core i9-10980HK, now Ryzen isn’t always faster in CPU limited games than the Core i9 but in this instance it is, so we see performance fall slightly behind. It’s important to show these cases as not every game will be GPU limited on your laptop.

At 1440p we get a much better look at how these GPUs actually stack up for gaming performance when GPU limited. The RTX 3080 Laptop GPU is 18% faster than the RTX 3070 Laptop, and quite a significant 41% faster than the RTX 3060 Laptop. However, the RTX 3080 Laptop still fails to beat the desktop RTX 3070, and overall ends up 16% slower than the desktop RTX 3080 which carries the same name.

In Red Dead Redemption 2 at 1080p, the RTX 3080 Laptop presents a small performance increase over the RTX 3070, in the range of 10%. In this title at this resolution, it gets demolished by a desktop configuration, coming in 30% slower than the RTX 3080 desktop model and still behind the RTX 3070 for desktops.

At 1440p the results are quite decent for the RTX 3080 Laptop configuration, closing the gap to the RTX 3070 desktop model and delivering an experience consistently over 60 FPS using High settings. The RTX 3080 Laptop is now 20% faster than the RTX 3070 Laptop which is twice the margin we just saw at 1080p, and while it’s still 30% slower than its desktop equivalent, you’ll get a decent experience here.

In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla at 1080p, we see a smaller than usual margin between the laptop and desktop variants. Here the laptop model is just 21% slower. We also see a modest but healthy margin between the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 for laptops, at 14%, not too bad in this sort of title.

That margin holds steady at 1440p, but now the RTX 3080 Laptop is within touching distance of the RTX 3070 in the desktop, we’re just 5% slower here. Getting essentially the performance of an RTX 2080 Ti in a laptop at just 140W or so is pretty impressive given this sort of performance was not possible with prior generation hardware.

These days everyone wants to know how a GPU performs in Cyberpunk 2077 so here are the results. The RTX 3080 Laptop GPU comes in 19% faster than the RTX 3070 Laptop at 1080p, one of the largest margins we’ve seen so far in this GPU heavy game running at ultra settings. As such, the RTX 3080 Laptop is also 32% slower than its desktop counterpart.

As this title is so GPU demanding we see pretty similar margins pop up when testing at 1440p. Again the margins to desktop cards are not very impressive for the laptop part, however with a few settings tweaks you could easily get this game running at over 60 FPS at 1440p

In Watch Dogs Legion at 1080p, the RTX 3080 Laptop GPU is providing performance slightly behind an RTX 3070 desktop configuration, and about 15% more frames than an RTX 3070 Laptop GPU. This is again one of the small margins between the desktop and laptop variants, the laptop variant is around 13% slower.

At 1440p the RTX 3080 Laptop is almost matching the performance of the desktop RTX 3070, so that’s not a bad result for a significantly lower power laptop equivalent, although ultimately it still falls well short of what the desktop RTX 3080 can do. Meanwhile, in the laptop space the RTX 3080 performs well, delivering 19% better performance than the RTX 3070 for laptops.

Death Stranding at 1080p is another title which is CPU limited in modern laptop form factors, as you can see from the results comparing the Core i9 and Ryzen 9 laptops. So this is another good reminder that not all games you play will benefit from the faster RTX 3080 GPU, as at 1080p we are right on the border of being CPU limited. For this sort of game it makes a lot more sense to pick a laptop with a good CPU.

However the situation is very different at 1440p. Now there is a more noticeable step up in performance comparing the RTX 3080 Laptop GPU to the RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, a 16% performance increase. The margin to the desktop configurations also shrinks, we’re now just 22% slower than the RTX 3080 desktop version, and 12% slower than the RTX 3070.

The final title we’ll be looking at in detail today is Horizon Zero Dawn. This game is GPU limited at 1080p using the Ultimate Quality preset, so again we see about a 15% performance increase moving from the RTX 3070 Laptop to the RTX 3080 Laptop, one of the higher margins in our testing so far. However we are still 26% slower than the desktop equivalent GPU.

At 1440p it’s a fairly similar situation, although to be honest the RTX 3080 Laptop GPU is delivering nearly 100 FPS on average here which is a great result for a laptop GPU given what we’ve seen from other models available.

Performance Comparisons

Before jumping into the conclusion, here's a look at some head to head comparisons in a larger range of games.

RTX 3080 Laptop vs RTX 3070 Laptop

When comparing the RTX 3080 Laptop to the RTX 3070 Laptop in a higher power class, most of the time the 3080 will be delivering between 10 and 15 percent more performance.

However at times the platform will be CPU limited, and given the CPU differences here (Ryzen 9 5900HX for the 3070, and Core i9-10980HK for the 3080), we do see slower performance. So that’s something to keep in mind.

When fully GPU-limited using a 1440p external display hooked up directly to the discrete graphics, we no longer see any instances of being CPU-limited. On average, the RTX 3080 Laptop configuration is 19% faster, so this gives you a good idea of what is possible in the best case scenario. In general though, when you factor in the 1080p results, when GPU-limited you should be seeing performance 10 to 20 percent higher than the lower-tier GPU.

RTX 3080 Laptop vs RTX 3080 Desktop

In terms of a laptop vs desktop comparison, at 1080p on average the laptop variant is 25 percent slower. This performance ranges from just a 10% margin right up to 35% depending on the title, and in some of the most GPU demanding games the margin is often around 30%.

That margin is about the same at 1440p, the RTX 3080 Laptop is 25% slower than the RTX 3080 desktop variant.

RTX 3080 Laptop vs RTX 3070 Desktop

That also means the RTX 3080 Laptop GPU is also not able to match the performance of the RTX 3070 desktop GPU: in our testing at 1440p it’s 9% slower on average. Based on our prior testing of these desktop GPUs, that would place the RTX 3080 Laptop when running at 135-155W slightly above the RTX 3060 Ti and slightly behind the last-gen RTX 2080 Ti.

Obviously the laptop and desktop variants don’t deliver the same performance, we’ve known that for a while now, but this does give us a good look at how the margins stack up. Keep in mind this mobile GPU maximum TGP of 155W, which compares to 200W for the RTX 3060 Ti and 250W for the RTX 2080 Ti, we are seeing quite good efficiency to shave off 50-100W and still maintain that level of performance.

What We Learned

My overall thoughts on the RTX 3080 Laptop GPU are similar to my thoughts on the RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, and so this section needs to be split in two: first covering laptop GPUs only, and then talking about the desktop comparison.

Purely talking laptops, the RTX 3080 Laptop provides a decent performance improvement over the RTX 3070 depending on how CPU limited your gaming will be. At 1440p, it’s quite good and I think there's enough power available here to deliver a smooth gaming experience on newer laptop displays that are coming out with a 1440p resolution. At times, this GPU is over 40% faster than the RTX 3060 Laptop in the higher power tier (Max-P) which does enable gaming at these higher resolutions.

This margin between 3070 and 3080 is similar to what we see on the desktop cards, where the 3080 is about 20% faster than the 3070 at 1440p when mostly GPU limited. You just have to make sure you are going to be playing GPU limited titles, as the RTX 3080 is powerful enough to run into bottlenecks at 1080p even with a high-end laptop CPU.

It also appears to be possible to get an RTX 3080 Laptop without paying a ridiculous premium. Take the upcoming Gigabyte Aorus 15P, this is just one example, but the RTX 3080 model costs 26% more and also packs double the RAM for what should end up around 15% better performance when GPU limited. That’s surprisingly reasonable.

On the other hand, you will run into situations where laptop manufacturers will up-spec the RTX 3080 model and charge a larger premium. That’s the case with the new 11th-gen variants of the MSI GE76 Raider that I looked at: the RTX 3070 model with a Core i7 costs $2,600, but going for the RTX 3080 variant also forces you to upgrade to a Core i9 processor, and MSI is charging $3,400 or a 31% premium for that privilege.

I was also impressed with the efficiency of this part. The RTX 3080 is now giving laptop gamers just below the power of an RTX 2080 Ti in a portable form factor. That is if you completely avoid models that run the GPU at 80W, which will no doubt be far worse and not worth the asking price.

Now, when you compare the RTX 3080 against its desktop equivalent, it gets a bit embarrassing. The laptop GPU is nowhere near the performance of the RTX 3080 on desktops and so these two products should not have the same name.

In the configurations I tested, the RTX 3080 desktop card was 33% faster than the RTX 3080 Laptop GPU running in the upper range of its power limits: 135-155W. This margin will only grow with lower power configurations, after all, the RTX 3080 can be used all the way down to 80W.

Normally this isn’t an issue. You would of course expect a high-end desktop GPU to outperform the best laptop GPU simply because a desktop can allocate twice the power budget. But because performance is different – and in this case even the GPU die itself is different – these two products should have distinctly different names to avoid any confusion among buyers.

We like to explain this for two reasons: the first is that casual buyers may not do a ton of research into the hardware (e.g. non PC enthusiasts buying gaming laptops). The second reason relates to today's market with horrendous GPU pricing. A talking point I’ve heard several times as of late is that "you could either buy a GPU for thousands of dollars on the scalper market or just buy a gaming laptop." I’ve even heard some say that gaming laptops are great value now.

But we know that’s only true if you ignore the performance discrepancy between laptops and desktops. Yes, spending $2,300 on an RTX 3080 laptop is a lot more appealing than spending $2,700 on an RTX 3080 on eBay. But is it more appealing than spending $1,600 on an RTX 3060 Ti or RTX 3070? But wait... it’s not like anyone is recommending you buy a desktop card right now.

Historically, laptops have never been as good value as desktops for gaming, but it’s interesting to see this still playing out today despite reasonably normal laptop prices and awful graphics card prices.

To conclude, I'll put it this way... the RTX 3080 Laptop GPU falls short in the desktop vs. laptop comparison, but the "RTX 3080 M" is a genuinely great laptop GPU. You can get RTX 2080 Ti-like performance in a portable system and that's simply fantastic.

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RTX 3080 laptop deals: experience the bleeding edge of gaming for less

RTX 3080 laptops are synonymous with the best gaming laptops and that's for good reason; they're extraordinarily powerful for running modern games maxed out in not only Full HD, but 1440p and even 4K (should the native resolution allow).

Some of the best brands in the industry, notably Razer laptops and Alienware laptops, run this GPU in their higher-end models to push their machines to their limits and offer true next-gen performance. The RTX 3080 card sits at the top of the hierarchy right now, with unbeaten performance in both laptops and desktops.  

RTX 3080 laptops certainly don't come cheap, though. We usually see these machines sitting at between $2,000 and $3,500 (£2,000 / £3,500), which means they're not exactly equipped for the entry level player. However, if you want your game collection to shine on the go, the extra cash is well worth it.

You'll find Intel i7 or i9 / Ryzen 7 or 9 processors inside these rigs, with at least 16GB of RAM (more commonly they're shipped with 32GB, especially as you move past the $2,300 / £2,300 mark). At the cheaper end of the spectrum you can expect to find at least 1TB of SSD storage, maxing out at around 2TB once you hit $3,000 / £3,000. Displays will usually be, at the very least, 165Hz, but more can hit 300-360Hz far more often in this price range. 

One of the biggest draws towards an RTX 3080 laptop, however, is simply its availability. Many are wondering where to buy RTX 3080 GPUs by themselves right now, after stock shortages has caused massive price increased on resale sites. However, not only is stock more reliable, but we regularly see discounts on both laptops and RTX 3080 PCs, making pre-built options all the more enticing.

You'll find all of this week's best RTX 3080 laptop deals just below

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Is an RTX 3080 laptop worth it?

RTX 3080 laptops don't come cheap, so if you're simply dipping your toes into the world of PC gaming they might not offer the best value for money on the market. However, if you're a keen player it's worth viewing your RTX 3080 laptop as an investment. 

This is the cutting edge of graphics, which means you're picking up a spec that will remain relevant for years to come. It's certainly a big outlay, but in grabbing the latest components you're saving yourself further upgrades later down the line. 

However, if you're not fussed about getting the best of the best, you'll find RTX 3070 laptops come in much cheaper, and an RTX 3060 laptop is even cheaper still. You won't get the lightning performance out of these rigs, but if you're just looking for everyday entertainment while still grabbing the latest generation these models are perfectly positioned in the market. 

As touched upon above, getting your hands on RTX 30-series line is certainly not easy. However, we update our stock and deals pages often; so you can try your hand at getting the latest and greatest GPUs at the moment. 

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When spending serious money on a new gaming PC, why settle for anything less than the best CPU for gaming and best RAM for gaming on the market right now? 

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RTX 3080 Mobile is… Complicated

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU

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The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU or 3080 Mobile (for laptops, GN20-E7) is the fastest graphics card for notebooks in early 2021. It is based on the GA104-775-A1 Ampere chip and offers 8 or 16 GB GDDR6 graphics memory with a 256 Bit memory bus. It supports PCIe 4.0 and will be available in different variants from 80 - 150 Watt (TGP) (80, 90, 115, 125, 135, 145 and 150+ Watt). As package the notebook graphic card uses GB5-256 and the chip size is 40x40mm. The GPU supports eDP 1.4b to connect the internal monitor.

There is no more Max-Q variant (formerly used for the low power variants) but every OEM can choose to implement Max-Q technologies (Dynamic Boost, Whispermode).

The performance depends on the TGP setting and cooling of the laptop. Ath the same TGP level the RTX3080 should be faster than the old top model, the RTX 2080 Super Mobile and similar to the desktop RTX 3070. This means, the GPU should be well suited for 4k gaming or QHD with high frame rates. The similar named RTX 3080 desktop card is significantly faster.

The GA104 chip offers 6,144 FP32 ALUs of which half can also execute INT32 instructions (i.e. 3,072 INT32 ALUs). With Turing all shaders could still execute FP32 or INT32 instructions. The raytracing and tensor cores on the chip were also improved according to Nvidia. The Ampere chips also include an improved 5th generation video encoder (NVENC for H.264 and H.265) and a 7th generation decoder (for various formats now including AV1).

The GA104 chip is manufactured by Samsung in 8nm (8N), which is not quite able to keep up with the 7nm node at TSMC (e.g. used by AMD and also for the professional GA100 Ampere chip).

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy

57.2 pt (61%)

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q -22%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile -17%

AMD Radeon RX 6700M -15%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile -14%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q -12%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI -11%

NVIDIA Quadro P5200 -7%

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 (Laptop) -2%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile 0%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU 10%

AMD Radeon RX 6800M 13%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile 13%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop) 16%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) 30%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) 44%

3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score

min: 8737     avg: 10807     median: 10867 (59%)     max: 13067 Points

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GPU TDP ?TDP 95 WTDP 100 WTDP 105 WTDP 130 WTDP 140 WTDP 150 WTDP 155 WTDP 165 W
93% 75% 81% 82% 92% 95% 93% 100% 95%

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NVIDIA RTX A5000 Laptop GPU -23%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) -18%

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 (Laptop) -17%

AMD Radeon RX 6700M -16%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU -14%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile -11%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) -7%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile -3%

AMD Radeon RX 6800M -1%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 (Laptop) 3%

3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics

min: 8920     avg: 11051     median: 11129 (56%)     max: 13210 Points

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GPU TDP ?TDP 95 WTDP 100 WTDP 105 WTDP 130 WTDP 140 WTDP 150 WTDP 155 WTDP 165 W
91% 73% 77% 79% 89% 92% 93% 100% 93%

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q -26%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile -25%

NVIDIA RTX A5000 Laptop GPU -25%

AMD Radeon RX 6700M -19%

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 (Laptop) -16%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU -15%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile -9%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile -7%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) -5%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU

AMD Radeon RX 6800M 2%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) 14%

3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics

min: 444648     avg: 538998     median: 541176 (84%)     max: 645075 Points

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GPU TDP 95 WTDP 100 WTDP 105 WTDP 150 WTDP 165 W
75% 81% 92% 94% 100%

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile -17%

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 (Laptop) -17%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU -16%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q -14%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile -14%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q -14%

AMD Radeon RX 6800M -13%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile -13%

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 (Laptop) -7%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU

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NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 (Laptop) -7%

3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics

415335 Points (57%)

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile -37%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q -33%

AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH -32%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile -26%

NVIDIA Quadro P5000 -25%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) -13%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU -10%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) -6%

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 (Laptop) -4%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU

3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score

min: 30210     avg: 48484     median: 49785 (66%)     max: 65479 Points

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GPU TDP 95 WTDP 100 WTDP 105 WTDP 130 WTDP 140 WTDP 150 WTDP 155 WTDP 165 W
66% 84% 81% 87% 100% 78% 97% 90%

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU -19%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q -12%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU -12%

NVIDIA Quadro P5200 -10%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile -7%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q -6%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU -5%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile -4%

AMD Radeon RX 6700M -2%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU

AMD Radeon RX 6800M 10%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile 11%

3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics

min: 38816     avg: 121247     median: 129404 (64%)     max: 192950 Points

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GPU TDP 95 WTDP 100 WTDP 105 WTDP 130 WTDP 140 WTDP 150 WTDP 155 WTDP 165 W
51% 54% 59% 52% 91% 54% 100% 72%

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU -14%

NVIDIA Quadro P5200 -12%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q -8%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q -8%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU -6%

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 (Laptop) -3%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q -3%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile -3%

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 (Laptop) -2%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile 1%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI 1%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile 3%

AMD Radeon RX 6800M 4%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 4%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile 12%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile 16%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) 27%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop) 28%

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) 43%

3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score

min: 18494     avg: 23124     median: 23020.5 (59%)     max: 27685 Points

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GPU TDP ?TDP 95 WTDP 100 WTDP 105 WTDP 130 WTDP 140 WTDP 150 WTDP 155 WTDP 165 W
98% 82% 88% 88% 100% 99% 93% 99% 98%

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q -20%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile -19%

NVIDIA RTX A5000 Laptop GPU -19%

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 (Laptop) -18%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU -10%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile -10%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) -10%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile -7%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) 0%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU

AMD Radeon RX 6700M 4%

AMD Radeon RX 6800M 15%

3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics

min: 20538     avg: 28057     median: 27919.5 (55%)     max: 32366 Points

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop review: specs and price

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop

Why is Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop better than the average?

  • Floating-point performance?
    18.98 TFLOPSvs6.19 TFLOPS
  • Pixel rate?
    148.3 GPixel/svs72.24 GPixel/s
  • Thermal Design Power (TDP)?
    115Wvs177.5W
  • Texture rate?
    296.6 GTexels/svs189.51 GTexels/s
  • Effective memory speed?
    12000MHzvs8852.2MHz
  • Maximum memory bandwidth?
    384GB/svs279.15GB/s
  • DirectX version?
    12vs11.72
  • RAM?
    16GBvs5.59GB

General info

The thermal design power (TDP) is the maximum amount of power the cooling system needs to dissipate. A lower TDP typically means that it consumes less power.

A higher transistor count generally indicates a newer, more powerful processor.

Small semiconductors provide better performance and reduced power consumption. Chipsets with a higher number of transistors, semiconductor components of electronic devices, offer more computational power. A small form factor allows more transistors to fit on a chip, therefore increasing its performance.

Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) is a high-speed interface standard for connecting components, such as graphics cards and SSDs, to a motherboard. Newer versions can support more bandwidth and deliver better performance.

The graphics card contains two graphics processing units (GPUs). This generally results in better performance than a similar, single-GPU graphics card.

When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.

The graphics card uses a combination of water and air to reduce the temperature of the card. This allows it to be overclocked more, increasing performance.

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The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.

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The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.

Performance

The number of pixels that can be rendered to the screen every second.

The memory clock speed is one aspect that determines the memory bandwidth.

The number of textured pixels that can be rendered to the screen every second.

Shading units (or stream processors) are small processors within the graphics card that are responsible for processing different aspects of the image.

TMUs take textures and map them to the geometry of a 3D scene. More TMUs will typically mean that texture information is processed faster.

When the GPU is running below its limitations, it can boost to a higher clock speed in order to give increased performance.

The ROPs are responsible for some of the final steps of the rendering process, writing the final pixel data to memory and carrying out other tasks such as anti-aliasing to improve the look of graphics.

Memory

The effective memory clock speed is calculated from the size and data rate of the memory. Higher clock speeds can give increased performance in games and other apps.

Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.

A wider bus width means that it can carry more data per cycle. It is an important factor of memory performance, and therefore the general performance of the graphics card.

Newer versions of GDDR memory offer improvements such as higher transfer rates that give increased performance.

Error-correcting code memory can detect and correct data corruption. It is used when is it essential to avoid corruption, such as scientific computing or when running a server.

Ports

Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.

Newer versions of HDMI support higher bandwidth, which allows for higher resolutions and frame rates.

Allows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.

More HDMI ports mean that you can simultaneously connect numerous devices, such as video game consoles and set-top boxes.

Allows you to connect to a display using DVI.

Features

DirectX is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.

OpenGL is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.

Some apps use OpenCL to apply the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU) for non-graphical computing. Newer versions introduce more functionality and better performance.

The graphics card supports multi-display technology. This allows you to configure multiple monitors in order to create a more immersive gaming experience, such as having a wider field of view.

A lower load temperature means that the card produces less heat and its cooling system performs better.

Ray tracing is an advanced light rendering technique that provides more realistic lighting, shadows, and reflections in games.

This benchmark measures the graphics performance of a video card. Source: PassMark.

OpenGL ES is used for games on mobile devices such as smartphones. Newer versions support better graphics.

Which are the best graphics cards?

MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X

Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Xtreme

Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Master

Asus ROG Strix LC GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC

Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3090 Gamin OC

Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC

Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3090 Xtreme

Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3090 Master

Asus TUF GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Vision OC

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Alienware x17 R1 RTX 3080 laptop review: A new beginning

Keyboard

Introduced on last year's Alienware m17 R4, the ultra-low profile CherryMX mechanical keys have returned on the x17 R1 as an optional feature. We were initially hesitant about the keys since mechanical or optical switches have been mostly misses on laptops like the MSI GT80 Titan, 2019 Razer Blade 15, or Lenovo Legion Y920. These new CherryMX keys, however, are quickly becoming our favorite on any gaming laptop. Feedback is uniform, crisper, and with both deeper travel and a more satisfying click when compared to laptops like the Razer Blade 17 or MSI GS76. The per-key RGB keys work well for both word processing and gaming albeit at the cost of loud high-pitched clatter that roommates or classmates may not appreciate. In these scenarios, we recommend opting for the SKUs with traditional membrane-based switches instead.

Perhaps our biggest gripe with the keyboard is that the secondary symbols on most keys are not backlit. Thus, the keys for brightness control, Print Screen, Pause, Insert, and more are almost impossible to see if working or gaming under dim ambient lighting. All keys and symbols are lit on the Blade 17 in comparison. Note that the first row of function keys are not mechanical, either.

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