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TSZM Fong
post Apr 26 2019, 06:36 PM, updated 3w ago

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Here are all the decent gaming laptops you can buy.

How I rate gaming laptops
Thermals and performance first, followed by build quality

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If you need recommendations with special requirements (eg light weight) or have any questions about a specific laptop model, please post your questions in notebook recommendation thread.

Tip: Use Ctrl+F to find the GPU you wanted (eg '3060')
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RTX30 series Laptop / RX6000 series Mobile
RM3000-RM3999:
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RM4000-RM4999:
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RM5000-RM5999:
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RM6000-RM6999:
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RM7000-RM7999:
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RM8000-RM9999:
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Performance comparison (after dynamic boost)
95W 3050≈65W 2060MQ
95W 3050Ti≈80W 2060
100W 6600M≈95W 3060M
130W 3060M≈95W 3070M≈80W 3080M
140W 3070M≈110W 3080M


Too many models and no idea which to choose? Refer to tier list (early version): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18gf...dit?usp=sharing
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1650/1650Ti:
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Pending:
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This post has been edited by ZM Fong: Sep 7 2021, 01:08 PM
imin
post Apr 26 2019, 09:51 PM

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Parking for awesome thread
Pharamain
post Apr 30 2019, 05:09 PM

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Worth the read, prove useful as a buying guide. But if you could add more details like the reason etc would be best
TSZM Fong
post Apr 30 2019, 05:25 PM

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QUOTE(Pharamain @ Apr 30 2019, 05:09 PM)
But if you could add more details like the reason etc would be best
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Already mentioned at the beginning of the post - basically anything that passes in build quality and cooling will be included
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post Apr 30 2019, 05:42 PM

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Apr 30 2019, 05:25 PM)
Already mentioned at the beginning of the post - basically anything that passes in build quality and cooling will be included
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Sorry that not being specific enough, my details were like why you rate those laptop as such with more explanation etc, but yea, it will be troublesome.
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post Apr 30 2019, 06:05 PM

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QUOTE(Pharamain @ Apr 30 2019, 05:42 PM)
but yea, it will be troublesome.
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I will explain only if somebody ask
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post May 1 2019, 10:09 PM

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Will you be updating this list on both forum sites (lowyat and LTT) or permanently moving the list here?
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post May 1 2019, 11:40 PM

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QUOTE(dylan_chng @ May 1 2019, 10:09 PM)
Will you be updating this list on both forum sites (lowyat and LTT) or permanently moving the list here?
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Permanently moving here. Future updates will be done here
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post May 1 2019, 11:44 PM

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Nice, thanks for this, just what I was looking for
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post May 1 2019, 11:51 PM

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QUOTE(ClessRV @ May 1 2019, 11:44 PM)
Nice, thanks for this, just what I was looking for
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Will update in these few days, sorry for the outdated version

This post has been edited by ZM Fong: May 2 2019, 12:01 AM
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post May 7 2019, 04:18 PM

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post May 8 2019, 07:23 AM

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post May 27 2019, 12:49 PM

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Not sure why you listed Asus FX505 in the list when you keep saying it has the worst cooling system in every other post.
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post May 27 2019, 01:25 PM

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QUOTE(YoBro @ May 27 2019, 12:49 PM)
Not sure why you listed Asus FX505 in the list when you keep saying it has the worst cooling system in every other post.
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if he doesn't list it, people will be like "where's the FX505"
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post May 27 2019, 05:01 PM

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QUOTE(YoBro @ May 27 2019, 12:49 PM)
Not sure why you listed Asus FX505 in the list when you keep saying it has the worst cooling system in every other post.
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See which section it's at

Also, I will update this list with 9th gen models soon and at the same time, remove 'mediocre cooling' section, therefore FX505 will not be included
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post May 27 2019, 11:05 PM

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What is your take on the new Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-54-5692)?

Spec as per link below:

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/MY/content/model/NH.Q59SM.003


is it better than the previous model u listed above?

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post May 27 2019, 11:06 PM

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QUOTE(Hanzo @ May 27 2019, 11:05 PM)
What is your take on the new Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-54-5692)?

Spec as per link below:

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/MY/content/model/NH.Q59SM.003
is it better than the previous model u listed above?
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Bad cooling, even worse than previous model (thick bezel+heavier version)
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post May 27 2019, 11:14 PM

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ May 27 2019, 11:06 PM)
Bad cooling, even worse than previous model (thick bezel+heavier version)
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thanks. may i know how do u test the laptop's cooling? any software u can recommend?
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post May 27 2019, 11:21 PM

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QUOTE(Hanzo @ May 27 2019, 11:14 PM)
thanks. may i know how do u test the laptop's cooling? any software u can recommend?
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I've changed the testing method a few times but this is how I test for now:
CPU:
Cinebench R15 (not using R20 since I'm more familiar with R15 scores)
Aida64 FPU only

GPU:
Unigine Valley (or Heaven, not using Superposition - file too big haha)

Heavy stress: FPU+Valley

Games:
Apex Legends
CSGO (can push up thermals quite easily despite an old game)
(there are better games to test but they are mostly paid games, and I don't own them)

Why no Prime95 and Furmark? These are too power hungry imo - not realistic. However, for the models I've never tested, I'll look at NBC stress test which is P95+Furmark and Witcher 3

Of course, there are many ways to test like OCCT which I didn't use

This post has been edited by ZM Fong: May 28 2019, 02:23 PM
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Thank you for this list. I'm looking for it.

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