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Nvidia’s next laptop GPU generation powers a leap to 1440p displays

January 13th, 2021

If you've been wondering when gaming laptops would begin a more serious push to 1440p panels, this week's CES reveals from Nvidia are aimed directly at you. Behold: a generational jump in the company's laptop-minded GPUs, this time with Ampere architecture and RTX 3000-series branding.

Three GPU models have been announced in all, and they're named after the GeForce RTX 3080, 3070, and 3060. They are slated to roll out in "70+" laptop models starting January 26. Nvidia has listed "top OEMs" like Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, MSI, and Razer with upcoming RTX 3000-series laptops, along with "local OEMs and system builders."

Naming convention double-check

Nvidia's sales pitch positions the RTX 3060 laptop variant as "faster than laptops featuring the RTX 2080 Super," though this model may land more specifically in 1080p systems. The two higher-end models are frequently referred to as part of 1440p systems, a resolution that has long been left in the gaming-laptop cold (and will arguably benefit hugely from Nvidia's proprietary DLSS upscaling solution). While Nvidia's latest promotional materials mention a bang-for-the-buck upgrade compared to the last generation of laptop GPUs, we're still waiting to see OEMs roll out specific prices and specs for their late-January models. (Also, we're wondering if those laptops will sell out too quickly for average humans to get them.)

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Razer’s Blade Pro 17 sports a 300Hz display, Nvidia RTX Super GPUs

May 21st, 2020

Razer on Thursday announced a new version of its Razer Blade Pro 17 gaming laptop. Like its predecessor, the device is aimed squarely at gamers and content creators looking for a powerful yet relatively thin 17-inch notebook.

This year’s Blade Pro 17 comes in three main variants. The lower two feature 17.3-inch 1080p displays and either an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q or higher-tier RTX 2080 Super Max-Q GPU. The top-end model features a sharper 4K panel with greater brightness (400 nits versus 300) and support for the more vibrant Adobe RGB color space, as it did with last year’s iteration. It now features an RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card as well.

Of note here is that the 1080p models feature a super-fast 300Hz refresh rate, up from the 240Hz option in last year’s lineup. (The 4K display is 120Hz.) This has been a growing trend among gaming laptops in recent months—Razer, for one, already introduced a 300Hz option with its latest Blade 15 notebook. As display research site BlurBusters has noted, even if a gaming laptop is only capable of actually reaching 300Hz in older or less-demanding titles like CS:GO or Overwatch, having an ultra-high refresh rate can still help reduce motion blur and make mouse and Web-browsing effects appear more fluid.

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Intel’s 10th-generation H-series laptop CPUs break 5GHz

April 3rd, 2020

Yesterday, Intel announced the launch of its newest laptop CPUs, the tenth generation Comet Lake H-series. If you're not up on all the minutiae of CPU naming schemes, H-series parts (for both Intel and AMD) are specialty high-performance parts with much higher thermal design power than the standard U-series, and without on-die integrated graphics.

Pay careful attention to the word "fastest"

The big news Intel is pushing on the tenth series Comet Lake H-series is their high turbo clockrate. All of the i7 SKUs, as well as the lone i9, are capable of breaking 5GHz on the high end of their turbo clock rate.

Most consumers would define the "fastest" processor in terms of real performance—time to complete benchmarks, frames per second achieved in AAA gaming titles, and so forth. Intel talks a lot about the "fastest" processor but seems careful to hide its definitions away in the fine print.

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Guidemaster: Navigating the hazy world of gaming laptops in 2019

August 19th, 2019
Amid the chaos of the Ars Gaming Week testing lab, we took a moment to snap a photo of <em>some</em> of our preferred gaming laptops. But are they right for you? Not necessarily! Hence, here's our careful guide on the topic.

Enlarge / Amid the chaos of the Ars Gaming Week testing lab, we took a moment to snap a photo of some of our preferred gaming laptops. But are they right for you? Not necessarily! Hence, here's our careful guide on the topic. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Welcome to Ars Gaming Week 2019! As a staff full of gamers and game-lovers, we'll be serving up extra reviews, guides, interviews, and other stories all about gaming from August 19 to August 23.

Putting together an ideal gaming desktop computer isn't always the easiest task, but at least it's a controlled kind of chaos. When building a PC, we can individually rank each component type—from CPUs to GPUs, from speakers to monitors—and aspiring builders can feel out their options for each within hearty system-builder guides. Barebones budgets, small form factors, pricey beasts: we can offer tips for each, then let shoppers mix and match those recommendations as they see fit.

The same cannot be said for gaming laptops. There's no simple way to break out and individually test laptops' big-ticket components, and singling out one gaming laptop is tough in a sector that has often suffered from bulk, heft, expense, and ugly designs. When you buy into one good thing in a gaming laptop, you're buying into its every other element, good and bad, with no ability to swap. How much worse does that get when you're stuck with a firm budget?

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Alienware’s new Area-51m brings a new design, RTX GPUs, and 9th-gen Intel chips

January 8th, 2019

Valentina Palladino

CES 2019 is officially underway, which means the time has come for every gaming PC maker under the sun to introduce new hardware. Dell and its Alienware subsidiary are no exception, and on Tuesday, the latter announced a new flagship gaming laptop called the Area-51m.

The 17-inch notebook will be available on January 29 starting at $2,549. That's expensive, but the Area-51m appears to pack the kind of high-end power you'd expect for that price. Alienware says it will include Intel's 9th-generation desktop CPUs and what the company says are the "full-fat" versions of Nvidia's GeForce RTX GPUs. The entry-level model comes with a six-core Core i7-8700 chip and RTX 2060 with 6GB GDDR6 video memory, but those can be upgraded up to an eight-core i9-9900K and RTX 2080 with 8GB GDDR6 if desired.

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