If you’re a gamer who wants the best Nvidia’s 30 series laptops have to offer, you can’t go wrong with an RTX 3080 laptop. This is especially true if you require ample computing and graphical power for productivity and are constantly on the move. RTX 3080 gaming laptops are incredibly powerful machines that can handle almost any modern gaming title at 1440p and some at 4K with higher frame rates thanks to Nvidia’s DLSS technology.
However, it is imperative that you pay close attention to the TGP and cooling of RTX 3080 laptops. This is because a poorly cooled RTX 3080 laptop could perform significantly worst than an equivalent but adequately cooled RTX 3080 laptop. Therefore, to make your choice easier, we’ve got a comprehensive list of the best RTX 3080 laptops reviewed for you, all of which are excellent options in their own regard.
1. MSI GS66 Stealth
With a thickness of only .71 inches, MSI’s GS66 Stealth would be the perfect “thin and light” RTX 3080 laptop, with great performance and an overall solid design, but unfortunately, it comes at an insane price.
SpecificationsCPU: Intel Core i7-10870H 2.2GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q 16GB | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 2TB SSD | Dimensions: 14.17 x 9.65 x 0.71 inches | Weight: 4.63lbs
- All-black design with no aggressive gamer-y styling
- Ability to upgrade it to 64GB of RAM
- Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2
- Incredibly overpriced
We wouldn’t blame you if you mistook the GS66 Stealth for a regular laptop – from the outside, there are no logos that aren’t blacked out, no aggressive elements, nothing to make this laptop seem crazy in any way. But it’s the subtlety that makes it so attractive for many, with an all-black design that’s very premium in every possible way. The materials are nice to the touch, the bezels are slim, and overall, the laptop looks really nice. Well, maybe save for the touchpad which could’ve been bigger, but that’s nitpicking at this point.
Performance-wise, Intel’s previous-generation Core i7-10870H runs the show, a powerful CPU that boosts up to 5.0GHz. It’s paired with Nvidia’s RTX 3080 in a Max-Q variant, but it’s the 16GB model so you should still get very respectable performance. We’re talking well over 100 FPS in most modern AAA titles, but how much exactly depends on the specific game. There are also 32GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD, which should have you covered in terms of memory. Oh, and of course, the 300Hz full HD display is nothing short of impressive, either.
Overall, the GS66 Stealth would’ve been the perfect laptop, with the right balance of performance and portability, but the insanely high price puts it well out of reach for many users.
2. MSI GE76 Raider
A beautiful design and great performance put this laptop pretty high up the list of contenders for the best RTX 3080 laptop, but that weight is going to be too much weight on your shoulders.
SpecificationsCPU: Intel Core i7-11800H 2.4GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 16GB | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 1TB SSD | Dimensions: 15.63 x 10.57 x 1.08 inches | Weight: 6.39lbs
- One of the most beautiful designs out there with subtle RGB
- 360Hz refresh rate display
- Ports at the back for cleaner cable management
- Heavy at almost 6.4lbs
When it comes to big laptops, MSI’s GE76 Raider is constantly praised for making the most of a big display and combining it with some powerful internals. But in this case, the design has one big flaw – the weight. If you’re able to look past that, you’ve got a premium-looking laptop in a black-and-silver colorway, with subtle aesthetics and nothing that screams “I’m a gaming laptop”. And a lot of people love that. It is a bit thick, too, but we’ll put that in the “necessary” category considering the powerful internals.
Speaking of, Nvidia’s RTX 3080 GPU is paired with a Core i7-11800H CPU by Intel, an eight-core chip that turbos up to 4.6GHz. These two together ensure that most, if not all AAA titles run comfortably over 120 frames per second, but the exact number will depend on the game you’re playing. There is also 32GB of RAM for multitasking and a large, 1TB SSD. The full HD display has an impressive refresh rate of 360Hz, but the 3ms response time makes it a not-so-good choice for competitive gaming.
All things considered, if you’re comfortable with a heavier laptop and don’t mind sacrificing a bit of portability, the GE76 Raider is a great choice as it has it all in terms of both performance and aesthetics.
3. Razer Blade 14
A true ultraportable powerhouse from Razer, the Blade 14 is a compact yet extremely powerful gaming laptop that makes great use of Nvidia’s RTX 3080 GPU, albeit in its 8GB variant.
SpecificationsCPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 3.3GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 8GB | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 1TB SSD | Dimensions: 12.59 x 8.66 x 0.66 inches | Weight: 3.92lbs
- Extremely compact design and great build quality
- 165Hz QHD display with great colors
- Vapor Chamber cooling keeps temperatures in check
- RAM is soldered to the motherboard
- Uses 8GB GPU rather than 16GB
If you’re a minimalist, you’ll find that Razer’s Blade 14 is absolutely perfect from a design standpoint. There’s nothing that isn’t necessary, and everything is as subtle and compact as possible. The keyboard is a pleasure to type on, with well-spaced out keys, the touchpad is large and very responsive, and the CNC-machined body makes for incredible build quality, as it should be on a premium laptop.
On the inside, things are even better. AMD’s powerhouse that is the Ryzen 9 5900HX is paired with the RTX 3080 by Nvidia, for respectable gaming performance. What we aren’t fans of is that Razer has decided to go for the 8GB variant of the RTX 3080, rather than the 16GB, which should perform better at higher resolutions. However, you’ll be getting around 100-120 frames per second with most AAA titles (exact performance varies by game), which is solid. There’s the Vapor Chamber cooling which keeps temperatures at bay, as well as 16GB of (unfortunately soldered) RAM and a 1TB SSD.
If it weren’t for the lower-performance GPU and soldered RAM, we could’ve comfortably said the Blade 14 is the perfect 14” gaming laptop. Nevertheless, it is still a fantastic portable RTX 3080 gaming laptop especially with the integration of the AMD CPU.
4. ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15
Though quite expensive, the ROG Strix Scar 15 is an extremely powerful yet fairly portable 15” gaming laptop. It also feature a intuative numpad function on the touchpad, a cool gaming diesgn with ample RGB, and has a very good display.
SpecificationsCPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 3.3GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 16GB | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 1TB SSD | Dimensions: 13.94 x 10.2 x 1.07 inches | Weight: 5.07lbs
- 130W GPU for improved performance over the competition (most use 100W)
- 300Hz refresh rate 1080p IPS display
- Great overall design and an excellent keyboard
- A bit on thicker side
Not a lot of laptops can carry the ROG badge and say they’ve deserved it, but it’s certainly the case with the ROG Strix Scar 15. This 2021 model from the lineup comes with a stunning design with an RGB strip at the front, and a few other interesting design choices. The keyboard is one of them, with no Numpad (which is instead within the touchpad), but it’s a delight to type on. ASUS could’ve made this a bit thinner, though, as at over an inch it is rather thick.
Inside, things are great. The Ryzen 9 5900HX is a beast of a CPU and combined with a 130W RTX 3080 with 16GB of memory, you’ll be comfortably over 120 FPS in most AAA titles. The exact number, however, depends on the game. Along with this, you also get 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. There’s also the very impressive, 300Hz refresh rate full HD display, although with a 3ms response time it’s not exactly ideal for competitive gaming.
All things considered, the ROG Strix Scar 15 by ASUS is one of the best RTX 3080 gaming laptop options out there, especially if you’re keen on the design.
5. ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17
The Zephyrus S17 is the latest and greatest from ASUS, with an innovative cooling solution and a whopping 140W TGP on the RTX 3080 for great performance.
SpecificationsCPU: Intel Core i9-11900H 2.5GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 16GB | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 1TB SSD | Dimensions: 14.17 x 9.65 x 0.71 inches | Weight: 4.63lbs
- Hinge elevates keyboard for improved airflow and cooling
- 140W TGP allows GPU to perform to its best
- QHD 165Hz IPS display has beautiful colors
- Elevated keyboard angle won’t be everyone’s cup of tea
When it comes to design, ASUS constantly has something new to present. In the case of the Zephyrus S17, it’s an innovative hinge that elevates the keyboard when the laptop is opened in order to provide better airflow to the internals. And even aside from that, the design is pretty good. Slim bezels, minimalist touches with not too many extras, ASUS are doing a great job here. The multifunctional volume wheel above the keyboard is a nice touch, too.
Performance-wise, you can’t go wrong with this configuration. An eight-core CPU that boosts up to 4.9GHz is paired with a GPU that has a maximum TGP of 140W. This means that Asus have worked their magic with the cooling, in order to allow the GPU to squeeze out a few extra frames here and there. And it works, you get well over 120 FPS in most modern titles (specific number depends on the title) with temperatures well within the reasonable range. Pair this with 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a brilliant 165Hz 1440p display, and the Zephyrus S17 checks all the boxes in the performance department.
Overall, while it performs great and looks rather nice, the Zephyrus S17 is undoubtedly expensive and the design won’t be for everyone.
6. ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15
The ROG Zephyrus G15 is very good RTX 3080 laptop as it checks a lot of boxes when it comes to both gaming and other demanding computing tasks. It’s also priced reasonably for what you’re getting, the only drawback of this laptop is that it lacks a webcam.
SpecificationsCPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS 3.0GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 8GB | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 1TB SSD | Dimensions: 14 x 9.5 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 4.2lbs
- Great performance overall, including thermals
- Minimalist design with great build quality
- Compact and lightweight for a 15.6” laptop
- No webcam
Other than the color-shifting dots on the top of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15, the design is surprisingly simple, especially when you look at some of ASUS’s other laptops. You get a tenkeyless keyboard (no Numpad) that is backlit so you can use it in the dark and a reasonably sized touchpad. It’s larger than most other touchpads on 15.6” laptops, and it’s rather accurate, too. There are no also crazy features here or insane lighting, but that’s part of the charm of the ROG Zephyrus G15 – it’s a powerhouse that you can take to the office, and not be judged about because of the looks. An excellent choice if it’s within your budget.
Then, you’ve got the display. While 165Hz is not the fastest display out there, we should mention that you’re looking at a 2560×1440 panel with an anti-glare coating, 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, and adaptive sync. Oh, and a 3ms response time, too. The viewing angles are really good, too, which makes things even better.
The internals contain an eight-core, sixteen-thread processor, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS. With a base clock of 3.0GHz and a maximum boost of up to 4.6GHz, this is a CPU capable of running anything you throw at it. It’s also paired with an 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, so you should be more than covered in terms of gaming, too. Your memory needs are taken care of by 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, so not a lot of people will need an upgrade in this regard. The overall performance of the laptop is quite impressive, and we liked the fact that you can get this much out of a laptop that’s only .8 inches thick.
7. Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED YD
A great RTX 3080 laptop for content creators and gamers, Gigabyte’s AERO 15 OLED combines solid performance with one of the most beautiful displays 4K AMOLED displays you’ll ever get on a laptop.
SpecificationsCPU: Intel Core i7-11800H 2.3GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 8GB | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 1TB SSD | Dimensions: 14 x 9.8 x 0.78 inches | Weight: 4.4lbs
- Amazining 4K AMOLED display with beautiful colors and X-Rite Certification
- Great cooling system
- Good build quality
- Only 60Hz refresh rate
Gigabyte’s AERO 15 is, for minimalists, a beautifully designed laptop. It comes with almost impossibly slim bezels, a compact overall size, and a weight of only 4.4 lbs., which makes it great in terms of portability. The touchpad is a bit small, and with a built-in fingerprint reader it loses out on usable space, too. And the arrow cluster is a bit weird in terms of the layout, but it’s something you can get used to it. The whole thing is also surprisingly thin at only 0.78 inches, especially when you see the big cooling vents at the rear.
In terms of performance, it’s good, but nothing groundbreaking especially when compared to the competition. The Core i7-11800H performs well, but the GPU is capped at only 105W and is the 8GB variant, so you can expect around 100-120 frames per second in most AAA titles, with the specific result depending on the game. There is also 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. But it’s the display that’s the icing on the cake, with a 4K resolution and a beautiful AMOLED panel made by Samsung. With DisplayHDR400, 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, and factory calibration, it doesn’t get much better than this.
At the end of the day, if you don’t mind the high price tag, and the fact that you can get better in-game performance from other laptops on our list (or you just want a media creation powerhouse), the Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED YD is an absolutely great choice.
8. Razer Blade 15 Advanced
There’s no denying that the Blade 15 Advanced is expensive. But, for a good reason as this is an incredibly feature-rich gaming laptop that checks a lot of boxes in terms of design, performance, and build. Simply put this is a great premium RTX 3080 gaming laptop to have.
SpecificationsCPU: Intel Core i7-10875H 2.3GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 8GB | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 1TB SSD | Dimensions: 13.98 x 9.25 x 0.67 inches | Weight: 4.4lbs
- CNC-machined aluminum body
- Powerful internals with 32GB of RAM
- Choice of either 360Hz full HD, 240Hz 1440p or 60Hz 4K OLED display
- Is a fingerprint magnet
The Razer Blade 15 Advanced is a fantastic laptop in almost every aspect except price. It has a CNC aluminum unibody chassis for great build quality, a vapor chamber cooling system for ample cooling, and is fairly thin. Additionally, you’ll also get a Chroma RGB backlit keyboard, Thunderbolt 3 port, and THX Spatial Audio all in an aesthetically pleasing design.
When it comes to the display, you actually get a couple of options. Competitive gamers will probably go for the 360Hz, full HD display, which is understandable. But you can also opt for a 240Hz 2560x1440p display, or even a 4K OLED panel, which means you can get the thing that suits you best. For gaming, though, we would say the 1080p 360Hz panel is your best choice.
Performance-wise, intel’s Core i7-10875H runs the show, with a base clock of 2.3GHz, and a maximum boost of up to 5.1GHz. This is an eight-core chip, so that’s quite a lot of power. The RTX 3080 graphics card is a pretty powerful choice, too, with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, and Nvidia’s new ray-tracing cores and tensor cores.
If you’re getting this for gaming, you’ll be able to enjoy very high framerates in both competitive titles, and AAA games, too. Razer also gets you 32GB of DDR4 RAM, as well as a decent-sized 1TB NVMe SSD. It’s obvious that performance-wise, you’re more than taken care of. If you can afford this laptop, by all means, go for it, as you’ll be hard-pressed to find all these features in a single laptop.
9. MSI GE66 Raider
The MSI GE66 Raider is a true powerhouse RTX 3080 laptop that is perfect for content creators and gamers. It has great performance, a fantastic 4K display, and looks amazing with its titanium blue color and RGB light bar. However, it is unfortunately very expensive.
SpecificationsCPU: Intel Core i9-11980HK3.3 GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 16GB | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 2TB SSD | Dimensions: 14.09 x 10.51 x 0.92 inches | Weight: 5.25lbs
- Beautiful design with RGB on the front and the keyboard
- Great cooling solution to keep temperatures low and avoid throttling
- 4K display with great colors
- On the heavy side though fairly thin
While the GE66 Raider is far from a cheap laptop, it actually gives you everything you need in an RTX 3080 laptop. It has fantastic performance in gaming and other demanding workloads with a premium look and feel. It also has an RGB strip at the front, making it look incredibly nice.
The keyboard is a tenkeyless layout, which on a 15.6” laptop means that you have good spacing between the keys. It’s also RGB backlit, so using it in the dark isn’t an issue. The touchpad works great, too, and is large making great use of the space below the keyboard.
The display is also excellent with thin bezels, a 3ms response time, and excellent viewing angles. But where it separates itself from the rest is its 4K resolution be it at a 60Hz refresh rate. Which makes it a delight for content creation and good for gaming as well.
Inside the GE66 Raider is Intel’s 11th generation Core i9-11980HK processor. This is an eight-core, sixteen-thread processor that turbos up to 5.0GHz. Honestly, this is quite impressive. What’s equally impressive is the fact that you’re getting the 16GB variant of the RTX 3080, which can handle just about any game under the sun at the moment. And yes, that includes high framerates in AAA titles, too. The spec sheet is rounded out by 32GB of 3200MHz RAM (quite enough for Intel CPUs), as well as a 2TB NVMe SSD to fit all your games. MSI spared no expense when decking out the hardware of the GE66 Raider.
10. Alienware m15 R4
The m15 R4 is a bueatiful Alienware RTX 3080 laptop that offers great perfromance when gaming. While it’s far from cheap, when you consider everything you’re getting and the fact that it’s an Alienware machine, you’ll realize that you’re actually getting solid value with this laptop.
SpecificationsCPU: Intel Core i7-10870H 2.2GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 8GB | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 1TB SSD | Dimensions: 14.19 x 10.86 x 0.78 inches | Weight: 5.5lbs
- Powerful hardware with plenty of RAM
- Beautiful design with a “just right” amount of RGB
- 300Hz refresh rate display
- Bezels could’ve been slimmer
The Alienware m15 R4 is an aesthetically pleasing RTX 3080 laptop that has many things going for it. This includes a good tenkeyless keyboard that is backlit and subtle blue lighting at the back of the laptop. In addition, this laptop has an AX1650i networking card with 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6, as well as Bluetooth 5.1 support.
The display is a nice one. While the bezels aren’t the thinnest, you’re getting a 15.6” display with a Full HD resolution and a 300Hz refresh rate. It goes up to 300 nits and has a 100% coverage of the sRGB color gamut as well. The viewing angles are excellent, and we’ve noticed that colors look pretty accurate, too.
The CPU inside is Intel’s Core i7-10870H, an eight-core chip that sits at 2.2GHz, but turbos up to 5.0GHz when necessary. It does a great job with anything you throw at it, even though it’s put inside a relatively slim chassis. The RTX 3080 does a great job, too, and there are no thermal issues whatsoever. To go alongside the CPU and GPU you have 32GB of DDR4 RAM at 2933MHz, and a 1TB NVMe SSD. Some may say that the RAM is slow, but that’s not something you’ll notice with an Intel chip, so 2933MHz is sufficient. Overall, the m15 R4 is one of the best-looking RTX 3080 gaming laptop options.
Even though far from cheap, the RTX 3080 laptop models we discuss above are worth it if you can actually afford them. They provide excellent performance for both gaming and demanding computational productivity tasks. At the end of the day, it’s all about finding which one of these RTX 3080 laptops fits your needs best. You can learn more about the RTX 3080 mobile GPU here.