Nvidia's Pascal graphics might be the biggest upgrade gaming laptops will see this year, much less ever. It finally brings the promise of desktop graphics power to every desktop while allowing for smoother gameplay at 4K and virtual reality while unlocking 120 frames-per-second (fps) experiences and even improving battery life by 30%.
What's even more impressive is how readily all of this will be available upon release, with at least 15 laptops rightly-equipped waiting in the wings. This is easily the biggest launch of gaming laptops ever, and to help you make sense of all the options, we're going to highlight just what a few of these model brings with it.
Kicking off the festivities is one of the biggest and baddest gaming laptops we've ever reviewed, the Origin EON17-SLX. This 17-inch monster was just announced at the end of 2015 with desktop-grade Skylake processors, and now it comes equipped with two desktop-class Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics chips.
With all the extra power, the EON17-SLX can now power a 120Hz Full HD display or drive a 4K display at a silky smooth 60 fps.
Last year, Acer wowed us by getting back into the gaming space with a revived Predator lineup. Not to be left behind in the times, the Taiwanese firm has updated its smallest gaming laptop with an Nvidia GTX 1070 CPU, making it VR-ready for all of your digital adventures. And, even if you don't have a VR headset, you can still enjoy the excellent, 1080p G-Sync equipped display.
The Asus ROG G752 already packs a ton of tech and now it's getting the Pascal bump with a Nvidia GTX 1070 and a new 120Hz monitor. While it might not be liquid cooled like its GX700 and GX800 cousins, it comes equipped with a vapor-chamber cooling system to help keep it running smoothly.
We recently reviewed the Asus ROG Strix GL502 and loved just about every part of it. In fact, our only complaint with the machine was the lackluster battery life. However, Pascal might be able to correct this problem with its promise to improve power efficiency by 30%. This 15-inch device is due for a significant upgrade with an Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics chip and a new G-Sync-enabled display.
Clevo might not seem like a familiar name, but you've probably owned one if you've ever bought a gaming laptop from boutique makers like Origin, Digital Storm or PC Specialist. Now, the manufacturer is rolling out a new chassis equipped with Nvidia's GTX 1080 and a 4K G-Sync display.
So far, Origin has already picked up this new frame to replace its current EON17-X unit. Like its bigger EON17-SLX brother we mentioned before, this 17-inch model can be outfitted with an Intel Core i7-6700K desktop processor and dual Nvidia GTX 1080s.
EVGA might be better known for producing desktop parts from motherboards to power supplies, and most recently, system memory, but this component maker has also recently gotten into gaming laptops. Earlier this year, EVGA launched its 17-inch SC17, and now, the company is coming back around for seconds with a Nvidia GTX 1070-powered unit.
Topping everything else off is a 4K G-Sync display and Intel Core i7-6820HK CPU, making this machine one of the most decked-out gaming laptops in this roundup that doesn't include desktop parts at all.
MSI recently unveiled a new, thinner and smaller refresh to its already svelte GS60 Ghost Pro at Computex 2016, and the laptop is already seeing a big Nvidia GTX 1060 refresh just a few months later. To keep this an even slimmer and more powerful machine cool, MSI has employed a new Cooler Boost Trinity technology that pairs five heat pipes with three fans.
Say goodbye to the MSI GT72 Dominator and hello to the MSI GT73 Titan. With its latest lineup refresh, the Taiwanese computer manufacturer officially retired the Dominator name and traded the 17-inch monster to the Titan team. Nomenclature aside, GT73 Titan is one of the few gaming laptops to feature a 120Hz display and a dual Nvidia GTX 1070 setup.
Last but not least, the GT80 Titan is getting a much deserved power boost as it evolves into the MSI GT83 Titan. The 18.4-inch desktop replacement returns with its fully mechanical keyboard plus the option of dual Nvidia GTX 1080 GPUs setup in SLI – plus an Intel Core i7-6920HQ processor.
Razer has classically been a little late to the game when it comes to updating its machines with the latest parts, but the new Blade changes all that. While it might not look like much has changed on the outside, on the inside is a new Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU, which should make it more capable of powering its 3K display during hardcore gaming sessions.