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This is one of 3 articles dedicated to laptops for Gaming and Creative Pros:

1. Best Budget Low-cost Laptops for Gaming and Creative Pros
2. Best Mid-Range Laptops for Gaming and Creative Pros
3. Best High-End Laptops for Gaming and Creative Pros (this article)

Are you a Creative Pro that wants an Apple Macbook?

No problem, we have articles to help you find the best Macbook for your needs:
1. How you can choose the best Apple Macbook 12
2. How to choose the best Apple Macbook Air
3. How to choose the best Apple Macbook Pro 13
4. How to choose the best Apple Macbook Pro 15

The Best High-End Laptops for Gaming and Creative Pros:

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  1. Both: Best bang for buck: RTX 2080 Max-P, Core i7-9750H Six-Core
  2. Both: Lightest RTX 2080: 4.19lbs, .7″ thin, Geforce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 1080p IPS 15.6″
  3. Both: Lightest 17.3″ RTX 2080: 5lbs, .75″ thin, RTX 2080 Max-Q, 1080p IPS 17.3″
  4. Gamers: Intel 8-core + RTX 2080 Max-P: Top gaming performance
  5. Creative Pros: Innovative dual OLED screens, Intel 8-core
  6. Creative Pros: Light, high-performance, OLED display, good battery
  7. Maximum power: Desktop CPU: Core i9-9900K, RTX 2080 Max-P, 64GB RAM

How do we choose the Best High-End Laptops for Gaming and Creative Pros?

By that, I mean the laptops that offer the best gaming and overall performance at a given price. Because if you’re about to buy a laptop, you want the one that offers the best performance possible for your budget, right?

If you have the time to do research… but who does?

You don’t have the time to read or the knowledge to understand detailed laptop reviews and specifications and just want the answers?
In other words, what you want to know is: “What’s the best laptop for my budget and needs?
So if you don’t have the time, don’t worry. We’re here to help you with this article.

The features that we evaluate in order to make our recommendations:

1. Price
2. Performance: CPU, RAM, Storage, Graphic Card and Wireless Adapter
3. Screen: Size, Resolution, Finish, Panel type, Brightness, Contrast, Viewing Angles and Color Accuracy
4. Portability: Dimensions, Weight, Real-life battery life during average web browsing?
5. Usability: Keyboard: Layout, Key size, Travel/Pressure, Key Shape and any additional Function keys. Touch pad quality and presence or lack of dedicated buttons, backlit keyboard, numpad, Operating System, which ports are offered, webcam resolution, sound quality, optical drive, noise levels.
6. Reliability: How solid is the chassis and the screen hinges? Are the temperatures under load reasonable? Is the keyboard spill-resistant? Overall manufacturer long-term reliability? Is it easy to service the laptop?
7. Warranty: Warranty length? What does the warranty cover?

We then recommend laptops that offer the best overall features, at various price points.

A reminder:

Prices for B&H as of  August 30th 2019. Click on Amazon links to see prices. Note that I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Prices and availability are subject to change. While I can’t keep up with ever changing prices, I do recommend to you what are in my professional experience the best laptops around a price point.

Leave a comment if you have a question, a suggestion and/or any feedback that you want to share.

Both: Best bang for buck:

HP Omen 17-cb0050nr 6QX53UA#ABA

– Click here to see the price on Amazon
– $2029.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

This is our recommended base model, if you want a good combo of Intel’s six core CPU with Nvidia RTX 2080 graphic card.

It’s pretty much the least expensive model with the 9th generation Core i7-9750H CPU and not the older Core i7-8750H.

It’s equipped with 16GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD and 1 TB hard drive.

Gamers:
This is the full-fledged RTX 2080, not the Max-Q variant, so you’re getting a lot of gaming performance for the price. You cannot get a better graphic card in a laptop, more powerful gaming laptops feature a 8 cores CPU. They do increase gaming performance a notch, but you’ll paying at least 1000$ more for that, so from a best bang for your buck point of view, this is what I recommend.

You also get a large 17.3″ display with a 144Hz refresh rate, G-Sync and an IPS panel, with a matte finish.

That said, if you want the best, keep reading.

Creative Pros:
This is a well balanced laptop, with a good 6-core CPU, 16GB of RAM, the 8GB RTX 2080, a 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD and a 1TB drive. You get a large 17.3″ 1080p matte IPS display.

Higher-end models feature a 8-core CPU, more RAM, more storage, a 4K AMOLED Display with 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, a lighter weight design or a more subtle/sleek design. Keep reading to see such models.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with the Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6
  2. Intel Core i7 9750H 9th gen Six-Core + Hyper-Threading 2.6-4.5GHz CPU
  3. 16GB of RAM: Two sticks of 8GB of DDR4 RAM.
  4. RAM can be upgraded to 64GB (2x32GB DDR4).
  5. Screen is equipped with an IPS Panel which means greater viewing angles, better contrast and more accurate colors.
  6. 1920 x 1080 1080p Full HD display
  7. Matte display doesn’t reflect light
  8. Supports Nvidia’s G-Sync which prevents screen tearing, minimizes stutter and input lag for an improved and smoother gameplay.
  9. 144Hz refresh rate
  10. 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD for an improved responsiveness and booting speed.
  11. One empty M.2 slot, if you want to add a SSD
  12. 1 TB hard drive so you have plenty of space for your games and all your content.
  13. Hard drive is a 7200rpm model, so it’s not as slow as 5400rpm hard drives.
  14. Numpad
  15. 1080p Full HD webcam
  16. Dedicated left and right touchpad buttons.
  17. Decent keyboard for typing
  18. Dedicated macro keys
  19. RJ45 Ethernet port.
  20. Bluetooth
  21. 802.11ac WiFi
  22. HDMI and Mini DisplayPort outputs.
  23. Windows 10
  24. 3 x USB 3 (Type-A) ports
  25. 1x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3
  26. Backlit Keyboard
  27. SD card reader

Cons:

  1. No Optical drive
  2. Poor battery life, as expected for a powerful gaming laptop
  3. Heavy: 6.55lbs
  4. Average build quality

Lightest laptop with RTX 2080

MSI GS65 Stealth

6 cores i7-8750H/16GB RAM/256GB SSD/144Hz display: – $2399.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
6 cores i7-9750H/32GB RAM/512GB SSD/240Hz display: -$2999.00 at B&H (Worldwide shipping)
8 cores i9-9880H/32GB RAM/1TB SSD/240Hz display: – $3399.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

Creative Pros:
This model is amazing if you are looking for a powerful and yet highly portable laptop.

Its battery life is great for such a powerful laptop, with up to 8 hours.

It looks great, being black with gold accents.

On the downside, the display resolution is limited to 1920 x 1080 and there’s no card reader, so if you want a laptop with a 4K display OLED Display with 100% DCI-P3 color gamut and a card reader, keep reading.

Gamers:

Weighting in at only 4.19lbs and .69″ thin, this is the lightest gaming laptop with a Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphic card.

Sure, this is the Max-Q variant of the RTX 2080, so performance isn’t as high; that’s the trade-off for having a thin and lightweight gaming laptop. Still, it’s more than powerful enough to drive the 1080p display at very high frame rates.

Considering that it’s thin and packed with powerful hardware, expect this laptop to run hot and to reduce its maximum frequencies a bit sometimes to prevent overheating. A cooling pad is a good idea. So if you’re after maximum gaming performance, keep scrolling. But if you want a great balance between performance and portability, this is my recommendation.

Want the same laptop, but with a 17.3″ screen, weighting in at 5lbs? See the model below.

Both:
You have the choice between three CPUs, in order of performance:
Intel Core i7 8750H 8th gen Six-Core + Hyper-Threading 2.2-4.1GHz CPU
Intel Core i7 9750H 9th gen Six-Core + Hyper-Threading 2.6-4.5GHz CPU
Intel Core i9 9880H 9th gen Eight-Core + Hyper-Threading 2.3-4.8GHz CPU

While the first CPU isn’t quite as powerful as the second or third option, it’s considerably less expensive. The 2nd model features a slightly faster CPU, twice the RAM and twice the storage. Finally, the last model features a CPU with two more cores and 1TB of storage.

Which model should you pick?
If you’re a gamer, you’ll get most of the performance out of the first model and you can save money that way. Note that the first model’s (i7-8750H) display refresh rate is only 144Hz, not 240Hz like on the other models. The laptop does come with a second M.2 slot with support for both SATA and PCIe NVMe SSDs,.

For Creative Pros: It depends on your needs. If a six-core CPU and 16GB of RAM is enough for you, then opt for that. If you need more RAM/storage, the second model is a good pick. If you need all the CPU performance that you can get, opt for the 8-core CPU model.

Pros: 

  1. Lightest and thinnest laptop with a RTX 2080: 4.19lbs / .69″ thin
  2. Sleek looks
  3. Intel Core i7-8750H Six Core + HT 2.2-4.1GHz, i7-9750H Six-Core + HT 2.6-4.5GHz or Core i9 9880H Eight-Core + HT 2.3-4.8GHz CPU
  4. Equipped with a Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6
  5. 256/512GB or 1TB SSD speeds up boot times, games launch faster and makes the system much more responsive.
  6. 2nd M.2 SSD slot
  7. Windows 10 Pro
  8.  16 or 32GB of DDR4 RAM that can be upgraded up to 64GB (2x32GB).
  9. Screen is equipped with an IPS Panel which means greater viewing angles, better contrast and more accurate colors.
  10. 144Hz refresh rate (Core i7-8750H model) or 240Hz (Core i7-9750/i9-9880 models)
  11. Full HD 1920 x 1080 15.6″ IPS Matte display
  12. 1 x HDMI, 1 x Mini-Displayport
  13. 3x USB 3.0 ports
  14. 1x USB Type-C with Mini-Displayport and Thunderbolt 3
  15. RJ45 Ethernet port
  16. Keyboard is backlit, individual key RGB
  17. 802.11ac WiFi
  18. Bluetooth 5.0
  19. Large glass trackpad
  20. Decent 1.5mm key travel
  21. Battery life is great for such a powerful laptop, up to 8 hours

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. No numpad
  3. 720p HD webcam
  4. Graphic card is a Max-Q variant, offering slightly lower performance than the non Max-Q RTX 2080.
  5. It runs hot, with such powerful components in a thin laptop
  6. No card reader

Lightest 17.3″ laptop with RTX 2080

MSI GS75 Stealth

i7-9750H 6 cores / 512GB SSD: – $2799.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
i9-9880H 8 cores / 1TB SSD: – $3399.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

This is basically the same laptop as the MSI GS65 above, but with a 17.3″ display

Creative Pros:
This model is amazing if you are looking for a powerful and yet highly portable laptop.

Its battery life is great for such a powerful laptop, with up to 8 hours.

It looks great, being black with gold accents.

On the downside, the display resolution is limited to 1920 x 1080, so if you want a 4K display or an AMOLED Display with 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, keep reading.

Gamers:

Weighting in at only 5lbs and .75″ thin, this is the lightest gaming 17.3″ laptop with a Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphic card.

Sure, this is the Max-Q variant of the RTX 2080, so performance isn’t as high; that’s the trade-off for having a thin and lightweight gaming laptop. Still, it’s more than powerful enough to drive the 1080p display at very high frame rates.

Considering that it’s thin and packed with powerful hardware, expect this laptop to run hot and to reduce its maximum frequencies a bit sometimes to prevent overheating. A cooling pad is a good idea. So if you’re after maximum gaming performance, keep scrolling. But if you want a great balance between performance and portability, this is my recommendation.

Want the same laptop, but with a 15.6″ screen, weighting in at 4.19lbs? See the model below.

Both:
You have the choice between two CPUs, in order of performance:
Intel Core i7 9750H 9th gen Six-Core + Hyper-Threading 2.6-4.5GHz CPU
Intel Core i9 9880H 9th gen Eight-Core + Hyper-Threading 2.3-4.8GHz CPU

For the best performance, opt for the eight cores model.

Which model should you pick?
If you’re a gamer, you’ll get most of the performance out of the first model and you can save money that way. Of course, if you want better performance and a more future-proof laptop, opt for the 8 cores CPU version.

For Creative Pros: It depends on your needs. If a six-core CPU and 512GB of storage is enough for you, then opt for that. If you need all the CPU performance that you can get, opt for the 8-core CPU model.

Pros: 

  1. Lightest and thinnest 17.3″ laptop with a RTX 2080: 5lbs / .75″ thin
  2. Sleek looks
  3. Intel Core i7-9750H Six-Core + HT 2.6-4.5GHz or Core i9 9880H Eight-Core + HT 2.3-4.8GHz CPU
  4. Equipped with a Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6
  5. 512GB or 1TB SSD speeds up boot times, games launch faster and makes the system much more responsive.
  6. 2 empty M.2 SSD slots: One PCIe NVMe or SATA, the other SATA only
  7. Windows 10 Pro
  8.  32GB of DDR4 RAM that can be upgraded up to 64GB (2x32GB).
  9. Screen is equipped with an IPS Panel which means greater viewing angles, better contrast and more accurate colors.
  10. 144Hz refresh rate
  11. Full HD 1920 x 1080 17.3″ IPS Matte display
  12. 1 x HDMI, 1 x Mini-Displayport
  13. 3x USB 3.0 ports
  14. 1x USB Type-C with Mini-Displayport and Thunderbolt 3
  15. RJ45 Ethernet port
  16. Keyboard is backlit, individual key RGB
  17. microSD card reader
  18. 802.11ac WiFi
  19. Bluetooth 5.0
  20. Large glass trackpad
  21. Decent 1.5mm key travel
  22. Battery life is great for such a powerful laptop, up to 8 hours

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. No numpad
  3. 720p HD webcam
  4. Graphic card is a Max-Q variant, offering slightly lower performance than the non Max-Q RTX 2080.

Gamers: Intel 8-core + RTX 2080 Max-P

MSI GE75 Raider

– $3399.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

Gamers:
If you don’t mind a slightly heavier laptop in order to get full gaming performance, this is my recommendation. I mean, the desktop replacement beast does offer better performance thanks to its  desktop CPU, but it’s also over twice the weight, needs two power bricks and it’s hardly portable!

Equipped with an Intel 8 core i9-9980H and the full performance RTX 2080 Max-P, not the lower performance Max-Q variant, this laptop can handle any games with maxed out graphics today and for a long time.

It’s equipped with a 17.3″ 1920 x 1080 144Hz 3ms IPS display that covers 100% of the sRGB color space. I can hear some complain already: But I want a 4K display!? There a few reasons that I still don’t recommend a 4K display for gaming laptops:
1- The RTX 2080 cannot always run at 60FPS with 4K resolution and full details.
2- You’re hardly going much of a difference between 1080p and 4K on a 17″ display. You can always connect a larger display, at which point, it makes sense.
3- Due to having a lower resolution display (1920 x 1080 instead of 4K), the graphic card won’t have to work as hard and thus frame rates will be higher, allowing you to take advantage of the 144Hz display.
4- Your gaming laptop will be able to handle future games for a longer period of time.

Creative Pros:
There are better alternatives for your needs.

Pros: 

  1. Equipped with a powerful Core i9 9880H Eight-Core + HT 2.3-4.8GHz CPU
  2. Equipped with a Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 Max-P
  3. 1x 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
  4. Windows 10 Home
  5.  32GB of DDR4 RAM that can be upgraded up to 64GB.
  6. 17.3″ Screen is equipped with an IPS Panel which means greater viewing angles, better contrast and more accurate colors.
  7. 1080p 1920 x 1080 display resolution.
  8. Response time of 3ms and a refresh rate of 144Hz.
  9. Thin screen bezels
  10. 1 HDMI and 1 Mini display port
  11. 3x USB 3.0 ports.
  12. 1x USB Type-C
  13. Dedicated left and right click buttons
  14. Good keyboard for typing
  15. RGB Keyboard (Individual Key)
  16. SD card reader
  17. Numpad
  18. RJ45 Ethernet port
  19. 802.11ac WiFI
  20. Bluetooth 5.0
  21. Light for such a powerful 17.3″ gaming laptop: 5.8lbs
  22. Good battery life for a gaming laptop: Up to 8 hours, expect 5-6 hours browsing the web

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. Big power supply brick
  3. 720p HD webcam

Creative Pros: Innovative dual OLED screens, Intel 8-core

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX581GV

– $2999.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

Creative Pros:
This is an innovative design from ASUS. Equipped with a 2nd display above the keyboard, a ScreenPad Plus that measures 14″ diagonally with a 3840 x 1100 resolution , it offers multitasking capabilities that laptops didn’t have before.

As a functional second screen, it can be used to view additional windows, house a variety of quick-access applications, and even digitize your handwriting, thanks to touch support. A detachable Palm rest and Asus Active Stylus pen are included.

It can be used with ASUS’s ScreenXpert control software that simplifies multiscreen window and program management as well as can run specially-designed apps. Furthermore, ASUS is also working with developers of professional applications to create versions that can take advantage of the ScreenPad Plus in a way that many apps take advantage of Apple’s TouchBar.

From ASUS:
The 4K secondary touchscreen that works seamlessly with the main 15.6 inch 4K UHD OLED touchscreen, giving you endless ways to optimize and personalize your workflow.

A series of handy built-in apps help boost your productivity. Quick key allows one-tap automation of complex keyboard sequences, and handwriting lets you input text intuitively.

There are also useful quick controls such as app switcher, view Max and task swap for intuitive interactions between the main display and screen Pad plus.

Task group lets you lock Into work mode by opening multiple tasks with a single touch. And now you can drag apps or in-app toolbars onto screen Pad plus to give you more room to work on the main display, wherever you are. With zenbook Pro Duo and the bundled stylus — or active Stylus — You can really let your creativity flow.

Both multi-touch displays support stylus input, and screen Pad plus gives you a superbly ergonomic and stable platform for writing or drawing. Take notes, sketch out your ideas, or do precision graphical editing in the most intuitive way ever.

Another nice touch is what ASUS calls the ErgoLift design for improved typing position. Basically, the bottom part of the display case lifts the back of the base of the laptop, effectively putting the keyboard at a raised angle for a more comfortable typing position. With the detachable palm rest, this is great if you spend a lot of time with your laptop.

To boost performance, there is a Turbo Fan button that speeds up fans to maximize cooling performance and enable the CPU and the Graphic card to increase their boost clocks.

This laptop doesn’t lack in the hardware department: It features the highest performance Intel mobile CPU, the Intel Core i9-9980HK 8-Core / 16 thread 2.3-5.0GHz CPU, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB. The main display is 4K OLED with 100% DCI-P3 coverage, Pantone Validated and DisplayHDR True Black 500.

Gamers:
While perfectly capable of gaming if you turn down the resolution to 1080p, with a RTX 2060 graphic card, this isn’t the best choice for gaming, when you can get laptops with a RTX 2080 instead.

Pros: 

  1. Unique dual screen setup to boost multi-tasking performance and increase screen real estate
  2. Equipped with a powerful Core i9 9880HK Eight-Core / 16 threads 2.4-5.0GHz CPU
  3. Equipped with a Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6
  4. 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
  5. Windows 10 Pro
  6.  32GB of DDR4 RAM
  7. Main display: 15.6″ OLED, 4K, 100% DCI-P3 coverage touchscreen
  8. 2nd display: 14″ 2840 x 1100 OLED, 100% DCI-P3 coverage touchscreen
  9. Thin screen bezels
  10. 1 HDMI and 1 Mini display port (through Thunberbolt 3)
  11. 2x USB 3.0 ports
  12. 1x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3
  13. Face Unlock with the IR camera and Windows Hello.
  14. ASUS One-year Accidental Damage Protection covers liquid spills, electrical surges, and drops
  15. ErgoLift design and detachable palm rest for improved typing position
  16. Backlit Keyboard
  17. Numpad and touchpad are integrated into one
  18. Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz) MU-MIMO support
  19. Bluetooth
  20. Light for such a powerful 17.3″ gaming laptop: 5.8lbs
  21. Despite top-end hardware and two 4K displays, battery life is decent: Expect 5-6 hours browsing the web
  22. Gorgeous design
  23. Solid metal build

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. No Card reader
  3. No RJ-45 port
  4. Heavier and bulkier than the average 15.6″ laptop, at 5.51lbs and .91″ thick

Creative Pros: Light, high-performance, OLED display, good battery

Gigabyte Aero 15

16GB RAM / RTX 2070 / 512GB SSD: – $2999.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
64GB RAM / RTX 2080 / 1TB SSD: $3999.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

Creative Pros:
Were you looking at the MSI GS65 and wishing for that laptop, but with a 4K AMOLED display? This is the answer.

This is a powerful, yet highly portable laptop, with up to 8.5 hours of battery life

It features a 15.6″ OLED display with a maximum brightness of 400 cd/m2 and a color gamut that covers 100% of DCI-P3. It is factory calibrated.

Unlike the MSI GS63, this laptop does feature a card reader and a USH-II at that. There are many ports too.

There’s a fingerprint reader, allowing you to login via Windows Hello.

Downsides? It runs hot, being equipped with high-end components in such a light and thin chassis. A fan cooler is a good idea if you need as much sustained performance as possible.

Gamers:
There are better alternatives for your needs. This laptop doesn’t have a high refresh rate and the Max-Q variant of the RTX 2070/2080. If you want a lightweight gaming laptop, look above at the MSI GS65 (15.6″) or GS75 (17.3″)

Pros: 

  1. Equipped with a powerful Core i9 9880HK Eight-Core / 16 threads 2.4-5.0GHz CPU
  2. Equipped with a Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 or 2080 8GB GDDR6 Max-Q
  3. 512GB or 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
  4. Windows 10 Pro
  5.  16GB or 64GB of DDR4 RAM
  6. 15.6″ Screen: AMOLED panel, maximum brightness of 400 cd/m2, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, factory calibrated.
  7. 4K 3840 x 2160 display resolution.
  8. Response time of 1ms
  9. Thin screen bezels
  10. Fingerprint login with Windows Hello
  11. 1 HDMI
  12. 3x USB 3.0 ports.
  13. 2x USB Type-C, Mini-Displayport, Thunderbolt 3
  14. RGB backlit Keyboard (Individual Key)
  15. SD card reader
  16. Numpad
  17. RJ45 Ethernet port
  18. Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)
  19. Bluetooth 5.0
  20. Light for such a powerful laptop: 4.4lbs
  21. Good battery life for a powerful laptop: Up to 8.5 hours
  22. Sliding camera cover for privacy

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. Big power supply brick
  3. No dedicated left and right click buttons
  4. 720p HD webcam
  5. Webcam is on the bottom bezel of the screen: Unflattering angle

Maximum power: Desktop Class CPU:

MSI GT76 Titan DT
1920 x 1080 240 Hz 3ms IPS display:
– $4299.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
100% sRGB 3840 x 2160 4K display:
– $4599.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

If you are looking to get the maximum performance that you can get out of a laptop, this is what I recommend.

It features a desktop-class CPU, the Intel Core i9-9900K. This is a 3.6-5.0GHz 8 Cores / 16 threads CPU, it’s Intel’s flagship consumer CPU. Intel’s fastest mobile CPU, the Core i9-9980HK, only has a base frequency of 2.4GHz. So if you need sustained performance in long intensive workloads, this is the CPU that you want.

Of course, you get Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 8GB.

The laptop is available with either a 1920 x 1080 240 Hz 3ms IPS display for gamers or a factory calibrated 100% sRGB 3840 x 2160 4K display for Creative Pros.

It comes with 64GB of RAM and can easily be upgraded to 128GB of RAM by adding two 32GB sticks, seeing as there are a total of 4 RAM slots, with two that are free.

Storage wise, you get two high performance 512GB PCIe SSD, along with a 2.5″ 1TB 7200rpm hard drive, for a total of 2TB of storage. Of course, you can upgrade those drives if you wish to.

Hardly portable, desktop replacement laptop:
Let’s get something clear: This is a desktop replacement laptop. Weighting in at 9.92lbs and requiring two power bricks, this laptop is hardly portable. Battery life is very short, think of it as a backup power if you lose electricity, or if you need to move the laptop to a different location. It features a desktop class CPU, so there’s a lot of heat to dissipate, expect to hear this laptop under sustained load.

Pros:

  1. Intel Core i9-9900K 9th gen Eight-Core + Hyper-Threading 3.6-5.0GHz CPU
  2. Equipped with a Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6
  3. 2x512GB PCIe SSD in RAID0 speeds up boot times, games launch faster and makes the system much more responsive.
  4. Windows 10 Pro
  5. 1TB 7200rpm HDD for more storage.
  6.  64GB (2x32GB) of DDR4 RAM
  7. Four RAM slots (2 are empty) allows you to easily upgrade to 128GB of RAM.
  8. Large 17.3″ display, 3840 x 2160, matte finish, equipped with an IPS Panel which means greater viewing angles, better contrast and more accurate colors.
  9. 1 Thunderbolt 3 / USB 3.1 Gen 2 combo Port (Type-C)
  10. HDMI and Mini Displayport
  11. 4 USB 3.0 ports
  12. 1x USB Type-C / Thunderbolt 3
  13. Dedicated left and right click buttons
  14. Great keyboard for typing
  15. Great keyboard layout
  16. SD card reader
  17. RJ45 Ethernet port
  18. Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)
  19. Bluetooth 5.0

Cons:

  1. Not that portable: 1.86″ thick, 9.92 lbs and that’s before taking into account the two power bricks!
  2. Battery life is very short, think of it as a backup power if you lose electricity, or if you need to move the laptop to a different location.

Conclusion

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this article on the Best High-End Laptops for Gaming and Creative Pros!

I invite you to leave a comment, let me know what you thought of this article.

Do you think that I forgot a pro or a con for a laptop?

Perhaps you believe that there’s a better option than my recommendation and want my professional opinion.

A laptop might no longer be available or you may have some questions.

Just leave a comment below now and I’ll get back to you.