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One of the most potent gaming GPUs you can get in a laptop today, Nvidia’s RTX 3080 and 3080 Ti boost clocks up to 1,710 MHz (depending on TGP), up to 16GB of GDDR6 memory, and 6,144 CUDA cores. 

However, as these are high-end chips, only some laptops are available with one. That’s why we’re rounding up all the major-brand RTX 3080 / RTX 3080 Ti laptops you can buy below, along with links to where you can buy them.

We have not tested all of these laptops, so we can’t vouch for their overall performance, screen quality, build quality, or other features. However, with the massive stock shortages, we’re seeing, sometimes your best choice is the one you can find in stock.

There are so many promotions, and separating the hype from the bargains takes time. Fortunately, we’re doing some legwork for you, combing through the best Black Friday deals on hardware and highlighting them below.

RTX 3080 Gaming Laptops

Why put up with a potentially limited Nvidia RTX 3080 in your gaming laptop? With a little vBIOS tweaker, you can turn your 115W mobile GPU into a 150W monster, with the chance for 20% higher gaming performance. And the opportunity to melt a tiny hole in the bottom of the chassis to let the molten silicon of your erstwhile graphics chip drip out.

Most gaming laptop makers have opted for a specific low-wattage SKU of a particular new Nvidia Ampere GPU because the cooling array inside was built for the last generation of the mobile graphics card. So, for example, the MSI GS66 Stealth we recently checked out has just a 95W RTX 3080, but what do laptop manufacturers know? 

If you want to push the limits of your expensive new hardware and potentially irrevocably b0rk it, you should be able to. And, indeed, you can!

Some Baidu forum users (via Videocardz) have demonstrated that the 115W RTX 3080 GPU in their Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 laptops can be successfully transformed into a 155W version. They’ve managed this by taking the vBIOS file from an MSI GE76 machine with a higher-spec RTX 3080 and flashing the Nvidia GPU inside their Asus machine. 

If you’re partial to AMD and want its top-end graphics chip, the Radeon RX 6800M, you should check out the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition.

Acer RTX 3080 Laptops

Alienware RTX 3080 Laptops

Alienware RTX 3080 Laptops

Dell / Alienware offers RTX 3080 GPUs as an option on several different systems, including the Alienware m17 R4, the Alienware X15, and the Alienware X17. At press time, the m17 R4 was not available on Dell.com with the RTX 3080 option (though it has offered it in the past), which is a shame because that model has a speedy 150-watt TGP (total graphics power) for its 3080. However, all models on Dell.com appear to be in stock with ship dates of about a month from now.

Alienware X15 R2 (RTX 3080 Ti): 

Alienware X15 R2 (RTX 3080 Ti)

This high-end configuration has a 12th Gen Core i9-12900H and an RTX 3080 Ti. It also sports a 1TB NVMe SSD, 240Hz QHD screen, and 32GB of RAM. 

Razer RTX 3080 Laptops

Razer RTX 3080

Razer offers a wide variety of RTX 3080-powered gaming laptops, ranging from 14 to 17 inches. You’ll find no less than 11 SKUs with RTX 3080 inside on Razer’s site. However, as of this writing, only five are in stock on Razer.com. These include the Razer Blade 14 with a Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU and QHD screen and the Razer Blade 15 Advanced with a 4K OLED screen and Core i9-11900H CPU. These are our favorite configs:

Razer Blade 17 (RTX 3080 Ti):

Razer Blade 17 (RTX 3080 Ti

This flagship Razer 17 Blade features all the latest hardware, including an RTX 3080ti, Intel Core i9-12900H CPU, 32GB of DDR5 RAM (4800MHz), and a 1TB SSD, along with a 144Hz 4K display. 

Razer Blade 14 (RTX 3080): 

Razer Blade 14 (RTX 3080)

The cheapest and lightest Razer RTX 3080 laptop, this Blade 14 configuration comes with a Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD, along with a 165Hz, 2K display. We published review of the Razer Blade 14 with the lesser RTX 3070 GPU and liked its lightweight design and colorful display.

It weighs just 3.9 pounds, but there are other highest-performing RTX 3080. For example, the maximum graphics power is just 100W (where larger systems go up to 150W), and the boost clock is 1,365 MHz.

Asus RTX 3080 Laptops

Asus RTX 3080 Laptops

Asus makes many gaming laptops under its Republic and Gamers (ROG) and TUF Gaming lines. However, if you’re looking for an RTX 3080 laptop from Asus, you’re most likely to find it in either the ROG Strix Scar or Zephyrus models. 

Available in 15 and 17-inch sizes, the Strix Scar is designed to target competitive gamers or anyone who most values a high refresh rate. The Scar 15, for example, is available with a 300 Hz panel. On the other hand, the thinner and more attractive Zephyrus is no slouch, sporting a 165 Hz panel.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 (RTX 3080): 

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 (RTX 3080)One of the lighter 15-inch RTX 3080 laptops, the ROG Zephyrus 15, weighs a mere 4.4 pounds. This config comes with a Ryzen 9 5900HS CPU, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a 165 HZ, 2560 x 1440 display panel. 

Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 (RTX 3080) Gaming Laptop:

Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 (RTX 3080) Gaming LaptopThis Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 Gaming Laptop config has an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU and an RTX 3080 GPU. RAM sits at 16GB and storage at 1TB, plus this laptop has a 300 Hz IPS display.

MSI RTX 3080 Laptops

MSI RTX 3080 Laptops

MSI has a massive lineup of RTX 3080 laptops, including entries in its Leopard, Stealth, and Raider lines. Opt for the Stealth line if you want something thinner and lighter or the Leopard if you want something a little bit less expensive. Whatever you choose, you’ll find many great features, such as high-speed USB ports and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity.

MSI GP66 Leopard (RTX 3080) gaming laptop:

MSI GP66 Leopard (RTX 3080) gaming laptop

This configuration offers a 15.6-inch FHD display with a 240Hz refresh rate, an Intel Core i7-11800H CPU, RTX 3080 GPU laptop GPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB NVMe SSD. 

Gigabyte RTX 3080 Laptops

Gigabyte RTX 3080 Laptops

Gigabyte has a couple of different RTX 3080 laptops. The Aorus 15 and 17 are designed for gamers, with the 15P specifically offering a higher GPU boost clock and more video RAM than most RTX 3080 implementations. The Aero has a more subtle design but packs in a 4K AMOLED display.

Gigabyte Aero 17.3-Inch 4K/UHD:

Gigabyte Aero 17.3-Inch 4K/UHD

This powerful Aero laptop from Gigabyte packs an Intel i7-12700H processor with 16GBs of the latest DDR5 RAM. In addition, an RTX 3070 Ti GPU powers graphics, and there is plenty of storage with its 2TB SSD.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which RTX 3080 laptops are available?

Budget machines like the Asus TUF and Dell G15 range don’t tend to venture too far into RTX 3080 territory, so you’ll be looking amongst the best Razer laptops and best Alienware laptops for a high-end GPU. When it comes to RTX 3080 laptop deals, though, the Gigabyte Aorus and MSI Leopard both regularly feature among the best savings. However, we’d also look at the Asus ROG Strix line for more options. 

How much is an RTX 3080 laptop?

Outside of discounts, an RTX 3080 laptop will cost you more than $2,000. However, we’re seeing more and more high-end rigs taking more significant price cuts at the moment, with the lowest prices sitting around the $1,699 – $1,799 mark. Those discounts were found on MSI and Gigabyte rigs at Newegg, so we’d recommend starting your search there. 

Is an RTX 3080 laptop worth it?

RTX 3080 laptops don’t come cheap, so if you’re dipping your toes into the world of PC gaming, they might not offer the best value for money on the market. However, if you’re a keen player, it’s worth viewing your RTX 3080 laptop as an investment. 

This is cutting-edge graphics, so you’re picking up a spec that will remain relevant for years. It’s undoubtedly a significant outlay, but you’re saving yourself further upgrades later down the line by grabbing the latest components. Plus, we expect these machines to offer some of the most potent Black Friday laptop deals on the market come November.

However, if you’re not fussed about getting the best of the best, you’ll find that RTX 3070 laptops come in much cheaper, and an RTX 3060 laptop is even more affordable. You won’t get the lightning performance out of these rigs. However, these models are perfectly positioned in the market if you’re looking for everyday entertainment while still grabbing the latest generation. 

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