Nvidia's next-gen graphics have finally arrived in notebooks, and as you can see in our GeForce RTX 3080 laptop GPU review, the mobile version of Team Green "Ampere" architecture spits out frames at blazingly fast rates. But the performance you get from mobile RTX 30-series graphics chips won't necessarily be equal, even between two laptops with the same hardware inside. One GeForce RTX 3070 laptop might not be as fast as another, for example. And it's even possible that in some cases a slower GPU could theoretically be faster than pricier models. Yes, you might (might) see a GeForce RTX 3070 laptop that can match or possibly outperform an RTX 3080 laptop in some games, though we'll need to see more reviews trickle in before we can state that definitively.
There's an old saying: You can have performance or portability in a gaming laptop, but not both. On our postal scale, the laptop pushes just over four pounds sans power brick. Granted, it's not as featherlight as an ultrabook, but the Stealth is right in the neighborhood of the svelte Dell XPS 15 and Apple MacBook Pro 15. The MSI GS63VR Stealth is a little bigger than a MacBook Pro 15 (2013-2016) and Dell's latest XPS 15, but it packs a much bigger punch with its GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. Inside the Stealth, you get an Intel 6th-gen quad-core Core i7-6700HQ paired with 16GB of DDR4/2133 RAM.
Unfortunately, all the hand-wringing and chest-beating that surrounded the original GeForce RTX has followed. It may magnify further with the newest GeForce RTX laptop GPUs, as detractors look for more evidence that Nvidia's pursuit of a hybrid ray tracing future is the wrong path. While it's far too early to pass any judgment on GeForce RTX in laptops, we can at least walk you through the reasons you may actually want to buy a GeForce RTX-based laptop--or not. Put on your green t-shirt and queue up the ray tracing demos so you can rub your friends' faces in them. Yes, if you're a fan of what Nvidia has achieved with ray tracing, here are some of the reasons you might just want to buy a GeForce RTX laptop.
Gaming laptops may never be the same again. On Monday night, Nvidia unveiled three mobile GPUs with performance almost identical to that of their desktop counterparts. The new GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070, and GeForce GTX 1060 are built on the company's new Pascal architecture and offer significant performance increases over the previous 9-series GPUs. Nvidia said the mobile 10-series will power new 120Hz G-sync panels, which are also launching, and enable higher overclocking potential and even better battery life. Why this matters: Laptops have historically lagged well behind the performance curve of desktops.
If you think Nvidia's GeForce has long had a lock on desktop GPUs, it's nothing less than Fort Knox on gaming laptops, where it simply dominates all. That could change, however, with AMD's new RDNA2-based Radeon RX 6000 GPUs, which promise solid competition to the high-flying GeForce chips. To find out just how well AMD's new GPU and CPU do, we took the new Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition around the block. If you're looking for more CPU tests, we recommend that you read our review of Intel's 11th-gen Tiger Lake H, where we look at the same CPU used in the G15. What's different in the ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition is obviously the GPU: AMD's Radeon RX 6800M, which features 40 compute units, 12GB of GDDR6 RAM, and 96MB of Infinity Cache on a 192-bit memory interface--and finally, real competition in gaming laptops.