Top 10 Laptops with Dedicated Graphics

1st
Acer Predator Helios 300
Core i7 9750H
16GB RAM
GTX 1660Ti w/6GB RAM

2nd
Lenovo Ideapad L340
Core i5 9300H
8GB RAM
GTX 1650 w/4GB RAM

3rd
Acer Aspire 5 Slim
Core i7 8565U
12GB RAM
MX250 w/2GB RAM

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My first laptop, the Toshiba Satellite 2410S-303

I remember my first laptop well. It was a gift from my dad as I left home to go to college. It was a single-core Toshiba Satellite with a 32MB 3D video card (the Geforce 420 Go) – it was a high performance gamer’s laptop in its day and the speakers were great. I have had many laptops since then and most of them have had dedicated graphics. My last laptop was a Sony Vaio E series and it had a 1GB dedicated 3D card (the Mobile Radeon HD 5650). Having a current dedicated graphics card lets you play most games at high resolutions on your laptop. It also speeds up graphics and video editing software and even Windows itself.

Most mainstream laptops today still use processors that have on-board graphics. While on-board graphics have been getting faster over the years and are now good enough for the casual gamer, they are still nowhere as powerful as a dedicated graphics solution. So whether you are a keen gamer, photography or video buff, or just someone who appreciates a responsive fast machine, you should look for a laptop with a dedicated graphics card.

Now, the eagle-eyed ones among you may have noticed that I said ‘my last laptop’ above. That’s because my Sony Vaio died an unceremonious death recently, leaving me laptop-less. I turned to my 8 year old Dell Inspiron to tide me over till I get a new one. Now interestingly this ‘Made in Ireland’ Dell soldiers on without any issues. Well it runs Vista, and you could say that in itself is an issue. But it’s an example of a well-made powerful (in its day) dual-core laptop. It can still run most of the popular programs such as Chrome, Firefox, and even the odd game thanks to its dedicated NVIDIA 8600M GT card with 256MB RAM. That’s the other point I wanted to make, a dedicated video card extends the usable life of your machine as it doesn’t become obsolete as quickly.

So as I conduct my research for my next laptop, I thought I would document my progress and selection process. Hopefully this will be of help to you if you are trying to decide which laptop to buy. Unless I find a laptop with one of the more powerful Iris integrated graphics from Intel, I will look for a laptop with an NVIDIA or ATI video card.

What to look for in a gaming laptop

  • The fastest processor you can afford, at least an 8th Generation Intel i5 CPU. Don’t bother with the Core i3.
  • At least 8GB of dual-channel RAM.
  • A fast graphics card, ideally an NVIDIA GTX 1650 or better.
  • An SSD so that your games load quickly.
  • A good quality FullHD 1080p screen, more if you will game away from home often.

Top 10 Laptops with Dedicated Graphics

Acer Predator Helios 300 15.6″ Full-HD Gaming Laptop

The Acer Predator Helios 300 is the best-seller this year. This laptop has a 9th Generation Intel Core i7 9750H 6-core processor based on the Coffee Lake Refresh architecture. The Coffee Lake refresh is similar to the previous Kaby Lake architecture, the only difference being the number of cores and the improved 14nm process (14nm++ as per Intel).

The dedicated graphics card is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphics with 6GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM. This is the latest upper midrange offering from NVIDIA based on the Turing architecture and has a 192-bit memory interface. It is a very good graphics card for a gamer and you can expect to play the most demanding modern games at the desirable FullHD resolution of 1920×1080.

Full Specifications:

  • 9th Generation Intel Core i7 9750H 6 Core Processor (Up to 4.5GHz)
  • 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory, 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphics with 6GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM
  • 15.6 inches Full HD 1080p LED backlit IPS Display, 144Hz Refresh Rate, 3ms Overdrive Response Time

The Predator Helios 300 has very good reviews and its strengths are the powerful processor, dedicated video card, IPS FullHD screen, and the backlit keyboard all representing very good value for money.

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Lenovo Ideapad L340 15-inch Gaming Laptop

This Ideapad has an Intel Core i5-9300H processor coupled with 8GB DDR4 RAM. The full-sized keyboard has ambient back-lighting but retains the most understated look you can get in a gaming laptop today. The high specs don’t mean that the laptop gets hot though – and it does it without getting hot.

Full Specifications:

  • 9th Generation Intel Core i5-9300H
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 15.6 inches FHD IPS display with 1920 by 1080 resolution
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB RAM; 512GB Nvme SSD Storage
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Gigabit Dual-Band 802.11ac ultra-fast Wi-Fi.
  • Features 2 x USB 3.1, USB-C, 1 x HDMI 2.0, Bluetooth 4.2

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Acer Aspire 5 Slim 15-Inch Gaming Laptop

Acer has firmly established the credentials of its Aspire line over the past 3 years, and the new 5 series take it to the next level. The Slim moniker is well-deserved with this laptop coming in at just 0.7 inches thick! The processor is from the previous generation but that shouldn’t be an issue for casual gamers.

Why do I say casual gamers? Because while this laptop sports a dedicated graphics card, it is the Geforce MX250. This is not a card that can compete with the GTX1650. In fact the MX250 is 3 times slower/ But if you just want to play Fortnite and nothing more taxing, you can get an average of 50 fps at 1080p with medium detail settings.

The low power requirements of the hardware can yield rich dividends in battery life – up to 9.5 hours!

Full specifications:

  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7 8565u Processor (Up to 4.6GHz)
  • 12GB DDR4 Memory and 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED backlit IPS display
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX250 with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 RAM
  • 1 USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port, 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Ports (one with Power off Charging), 1 USB 2.0 Port & 1 HDMI Port with HDCP support
  • 802.11AC Wi-Fi, Backlit keyboard
  • Up to 9.5 hours Battery Life
  • Windows 10 Home

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Asus TUF FX505DT 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop

The first ASUS laptop on our list has the latest AMD Ryzen 5 processor, R5-3550H. AMD has gained the lead on Intel with the Ryzen range on the desktop. Now it is attempting a coup on Intel in the laptop domain as well. Dedicated graphics are in the form of the NVIDIA GTX 1650 video card with 4GB dedicated RAM.

The 256GB SSD is on the smaller side but you get an RGB backlit keyboard and a 120Hz refresh rate FullHD IPS screen for some gamer cred. The Anti-Dust cooling system is supposed to extend the lifespan of the laptop.

Full specifications:

  • Quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 R5-3550H Processor
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB graphics
  • 15.6″ 120Hz FullHD IPS Display
  • 256GB NVMe SSD, 8GB DDR4 RAM, Windows 10 Home
  • Gigabit wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
  • Durable gaming laptop with MIL-STD-810 military standard construction
  • Dual fans with anti-dust technology
  • RGB backlit keyboard

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ASUS TUF FX705DY 17-Inch Gaming Laptop

What if you love AMD and want to keep it all within the family? Fear not, Asus’ got your back. Take the previous laptop, and switch the GTX 1650 out for a Radeon 560X. For the money saved, soup up the SSD, make the screen larger too. Done!

Full specifications:

  • Quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 R5-3550H Processor
  • AMD Radeon RX560X graphics with 4GB graphics
  • 17″ FullHD IPS Display
  • 256GB NVMe SSD, 8GB DDR4 RAM, Windows 10 Home
  • Gigabit wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
  • Durable gaming laptop with MIL-STD-810 military standard construction
  • Dual fans with anti-dust technology
  • RGB backlit keyboard

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ASUS ROG Zephyrus M Thin and Portable Gaming Laptop (GU502GW-AH76)

This is a laptop that sets the benchmark when it comes to mobile gaming. It has a screaming fast RTX 2070 MAX-Q graphics card which is practically the fastest graphics option you can get in a laptop. Don’t forget the RTX line supports ray-tracing on certain games too. It has 8GB DDR5 RAM which can rip through any application or game you throw at it.

The 9th generation Core i7-9750H 6-core processor was released in Q2 2019 and is from the Coffee Lake Refresh architecture. The 240Hz screen is another highlight with a 3ms response time. The magnesium alloy body is 19mm thick.

Full specifications:

  • Latest 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750h Hexa-Core processor
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 1 TB Solid State Drive.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 MAX-Q with 8GB DDR5 VRAM
  • 15.6″ IPS FHD matte display (1920×1080)
  • Back-lit RGB keyboard
  • Gigabit dual-band 802.11AC ultra-fast Wi-Fi. 10/100/10000 Gigabit ethernet
  • 3x USB 3.0, 1x Type-C, 1x HDMI, 1x SPDIF, 1x Headphone-out, 1x Mic-in.
  • Intelligent Thermal Design, rear venting design directs heat away. Separate thermal modules for the CPU and GPU. Specially-designed Game Keys.

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Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD 15.6″ Full-HD Laptop

The Asus Zenbook range is known more for being thin and light. But Asus have managed to squeeze a GTX 1050 Max-Q with 2GB RAM into the 0.7 in thick chassis. Quite an achievement.

Full specifications:

  • 8th generation Intel Core i7-8565U Quad Core Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.6 GHz)
  • 16 GB DDR4
  • 512GB PCie Solid-State Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Full-HD Screen, NVIDIA GTX 1050 with 2GB GDDR5
  • HDMI, USB Type C, gigabit-class Wi-Fi 5 (802.11AC), Bluetooth 5.0 and SD Card reader
  • Windows 10

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Dell G3 Series 15 3579 15.6-Inch Laptop

Even though Dell owns the Alienware gaming brand, they have launched a more affordable line of gaming laptops: the G3, G5 and G7 series. Here we have a specimen from the G3 series – the 15 3579. An 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H processor teamed up with the NVIDIA GTX 1060 Max-Q makes the laptop a decent gaming powerhouse.

Full specifications:

  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H up to 4.1 GHz
  • Windows 10 Home (64 bit) English
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q with 4GB GDDR5 RAM
  • 8 GB DDR4 RAM at 2666 MHz
  • 512GB SSD

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MSI GF63 Thin 9SC-066 15.6″ Gaming Laptop

The MSI GE63 Apache is a surprisingly affordable gaming laptop. The Intel Core i7-9750H processor is a powerful one. Graphics duties are taken care of by the GTX 1650 Max-Q with 4GB RAM. I also like that it has 16GB of system RAM instead of the more common 8GB.

Full specifications:

  • 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB NVMe SSD
  • 15.6-Inch Screen; NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1650 Graphics with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • Windows 10

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Asus ROG Strix Scar II Gaming Laptop (GL704GW)

The Strix Scar II from the Asus ROG family is a premium device that is loaded to the gills. 16GB RAM, NVIDIA RTX 2070 with 8GB RAM, and a large 17″ 144Hz display and a backlit keyboard. Boy, did they go to town on this one!

Full specifications:

  • Intel Core i7-8750H Processor
  • 16 GB DDR4 RAM
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD + 1TB SSHD
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with 8GB RAM
  • 17.3” 144Hz 3ms IPS FullHD 1080p
  • Back-lit RGB keyboard
  • Gigabit dual-band 802.11AC ultra-fast Wi-Fi, 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Hypercool Pro thermal system with dual 12V fans, Triple radiators and heatsink, anti-dust technology

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Conclusion

So What do you think about laptops with dedicated graphics? Do you have any experience with the laptops above? Get in touch – leave a comment below!

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