The Best Laptops of CES 2020!
. The big news. This CES was, of course, about AMDs new Ryzen 4000 series, Zen2 CPUs, which go up to 8 cores 16 threads and promises of defeating the i7 9750H from Intel in gaming.. While I remain skeptical until I have one for testing its definitely sounds like a nice improvement, and I cant wait to test it out., Based purely on the amount of requests Ive had from you guys to do a review already. The ASUS Zephyrus G14 seems like its a favourite and I can see why. Its the first 14 inch gaming laptop that uses Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics, granted its the 65 watt Max Q variant. This is still the best weve currently got in this form factor.. Alongside that, its got AMDs Ryzen 7 4800HS CPU, which has 8 cores and 16 threads of processing power, something that was previously only really obtainable with an Intel i9 or something like a Helios 500 with Ryzen 2700.. The G14 is far smaller and thinner, though we wont know for sure, just how well it performs, but based on the specs and all the work. Asus say: theyve done for thermals Im, expecting good things from this laptop and look forward to getting it in to review.. Asus also had the G15 with same Ryzen processor, which seems to be the updated version of the GA502, which is great to have but Im more interested in seeing what the new G14 can do as its a completely new design.
MSI also had a new AMD based Laptop, although if I hadnt noticed it on the table at the back, I might never have known about it as they didnt mention it during their hour long presentation., The Bravo 15 and 17 appear to be lower end gaming, laptops similar to the Alpha 15 and while Thats cool and all personally, I was way more interested in the new GE66 and GS66 gaming laptops the successors to the popular GE65 and GS65 respectively.. These two laptops will have Intel 10th gen CPUs and I suspect next gen Nvidia graphics, which is why there was basically no information available in terms of processor and graphics, so Im not sure when to expect them as nothing has been announced yet.. The GS66 is a nice clean, looking all blacked out gaming laptop, while the GE66 looks kind of like a mini GT76 Titan with a similar lid design and the addition of RGB light bar along the front. Just in case, you need that bling. Lenovo had their Y740s gaming laptop, if you could call it that, given it, doesnt have discrete graphics from AMD or Nvidia inside only the Intel graphics from the Intel CPU.. The idea with this one is that no graphics means that less cooling is required, so you get a thinner and lighter laptop, which, speaking from experience is preferable for travel. Lenovo will start offering an eGPU solution, allowing you to hook up an external desktop graphics card over Thunderbolt, when at home to play games – so I guess not technically a gaming laptop in the traditional sense but thats all they had in terms of gaming at CES, no new AMD laptops there.
The ASUS TUF A15 and A17 gaming laptops. Look like decent incremental improvements over the older TUF machines, with big 90wh batteries and the addition of AMDs Ryzen, 4000 series, CPUs and RTX 2060 or GTX 1660 Ti graphics respectively, were expecting them to be fairly capable gaming laptops, hopefully without being all too expensive, as has Been the case with previous TUF models, its meant to be their more entry level. More budget friendly brand. Dell had their new G5 15 Special Edition. Think G5. That looks more like the new G3, but with AMD Ryzen 4000 series CPUs and up to Radeon RX 5600M graphics. Im interested in this one, as I believe it was the only machine I saw that uses a full AMD processor plus AMD graphics solution. All of the other Ryzen based machines, I checked out, were paired with Nvidia graphics.. Its also interesting because I dont think Dell have previously offered AMD hardware as part of their G series. Lineup theyve been all in on Intel and Nvidia. I am keen to see how this new configuration compares and if they expand it into other models like the G3 or G7 in future.. I think what I was most interested in was the Clevo laptop with 12 core 24 thread, Ryzen 9 '00 CPU. I always expected to see AM4 desktop, socket laptops become available for the 3000 series.. We had some for last gen plus there are quite a few laptops supporting Intels desktop socket, but those are still currently limited to 8 cores 16 threads with the 9th gen.
So this is a nice change for those that need serious, portable multicore power.. While were talking about raw power. The ASUS StudioBook One is pretty crazy.. I have briefly seen it before, but didnt film it for a video and didnt realise just how much power it was packing. Given the 2.4cm thickness., Along with the 8 core Intel i9 CPU, its basically got the equivalent of Mobile Titan RTX graphics inside as the Quadro 6000 it uses has the same CUDA core count and 24gb of GDDR6 memory with a 250 watt TDP crazy stuff. And I really want to see how it actually performs. The cooling design was also interesting. The principle is the same as the ASUS Mothership Ive, previously reviewed, where the heat generating components are placed behind the screen.. When you open the lid, a flap behind the screen opens up to allow air flow, which both allows the components to breathe more easily compared to having fans pressed against the desk, but also keeps the bottom surface cool on your lap with a cool keyboard area.. Despite having crazy specs based on the size, I know there are going to be some limits, so I hope I can get one when its available and push it to find out just what those are.. I was also interested to see the improvements that Tongfang were making with their laptops.. The new 17 inch chassis being sold as the Eluktronics MAX 17 looks like it will be a nice option for those who were interested in the MAG 15, but wanted a 17 inch laptop as it has a lot of very similar features, but with more powerful RTX.
2070 Max P graphics, rather than the Max Q that were present in the MAG 15. Theyre, also working on many other changes and improvements to performance that I cant talk about yet so I guess watch this space, this space being my channel. In other words, I guess make sure youre subscribed. There werent really that many new laptops here at CES 2020, at least not compared to last year, when Nvidia launched RTX for laptops. That seemed like a bigger deal, at least in terms of new products to cover. Many companies, including Razer Gigabyte, Acer and Lenovo, had no AMD Ryzen 4000 series. Gaming laptops to show. At this point Im not sure if theyre waiting to see what happens or possibly still testing them out. But to me this seems: telling. ASUS has quite a few high end laptops. Yet we didnt see them refresh anything with RTX, 2070 or higher graphics with an AMD CPU.. I dont know it just seems like most of these companies are waiting for Intel and Nvidia to launch their next gen before refreshing.. I saw multiple laptops here at CES that were listed as Intel 10th gen CPU with no further information.. It could be. They want to use the new Ryzen CPUs, but new Nvidia, graphics, arent too far off so theyre, just holding off its hard to say well, have to wait and find out. EIther way from what Ive heard it sounds like. We should have many more interesting laptops on display at Computex in June, so Ill definitely be heading over to Taipei, again in 6 months time to bring you all the latest news.
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