11 May 2021 turned out to be a bumper day for gaming laptops.
First, Intel announced an expanded range of Tiger Lake-H Series processors, aiming to deliver the high-end gaming we hadn't seen from its 11th-gen CPUs until now. These new chips sit at the top of Intel's Tiger Lake lineup, ahead of 12th-gen Alder Lake's arrival later in 2021.
Then came Nvidia, the leading manufacturer of discrete graphics cards worldwide. The US company's new RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti GPUs are the most affordable it's ever made for laptops, aiming to be included on devices starting at just US$799 (approx. £560/US$660). Alongside the 3060, 3070 and flagship 3080, there are now more discrete GPU options for laptops than ever before.
These two launches triggered a wave of new announcements from gaming laptop manufacturers, eager to be among the first to include these new CPUs and GPUs in their hardware. A total of nine new companies have already launched new devices, with plenty more expected in the near future.
Without further ado, here are all the laptops confirmed to ship with both the Tiger Lake H-Series and RTX 30 series built in.
Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey
- Price: From $1,399
- Availability: August (US)
It makes sense to start with Samsung, given that the Korean company unveiled the new Galaxy Book Odyssey almost two weeks before either Intel or Nvidia had made any official announcements.
This 2021 refresh combines Intel Core-H i5 or i7 processors with a choice of RTX 3050 or 3050 Ti GPUs. It helps power the 15.6in Full HD (1920x1080) display, while there's also up to 32GB RAM and a maximum 2TB of SSD storage.
The device will only be available in 'Mystic Black' when it comes to market in late summer. International availability is yet to be revealed.
Acer - Predator Triton, Predator Helios 300, Nitro 5
- Price: From €1,499/US$1,699 (Triton), From €999/US$1,099 (Nitro), From €1,699 (Helios)
- Availability: June, July (Triton, North America)
The high-end Predator Triton (pictured) might come with a RTX 3080 GPU, but Acer's other new laptops both have an option for RTX 3050 graphics on entry-level models.
The Predator Helios 300 pairs Tiger Lake H-Series processors with 32GB of RAM, while the 15.6in display is available in either 1080p at 360Hz or QHD at 165Hz.
A more affordable option comes in the form of the Nitro 5. There are still two models here, but you're choosing between a 15.6in and 17.3in display - both have a 165Hz refresh rate. Interestingly, the larger device works out cheaper.
Lenovo - Legion 7i, Legion 5i Pro, Legion 5i
- Pricing: From $1,769.99 (7i), From $1,329.99 (5i Pro), From $969.99 (5i)
- Availability: June (7i, 5i Pro, July (5i)
Lenovo has launched three new laptops powered by the Tiger Lake-H series, although only the Legion 5i is designed for entry-level gamers.
The Legion 7i (pictured) is Lenovo's premium gaming laptop, and the specs reflect that. It offers Intel's new chips up to the top-spec Core i9-11980K, alongside GPUs up to the RTX 3080. It's a similar story with the Legion 5i Pro, albeit with a max Core i7-11800H and RTX 3070. Both feature 16in, 16:10 displays at a 165Hz refresh rate.
Despite being more affordable, the Legion 5i is where you'll find a choice between 15.6in and 17in models. The former can go all the way up to 2560x1440 in resolution and 165Hz refresh rate. In order to cover that extra screen real estate, the 17in version steps down to Full HD (1920x1080) and 144Hz.
Dell/Alienware - XPS 15, G15, Alienware m15 R6
- Pricing: From $1,199.99 (XPS 15), From $1,299 (m15 R6), From $949.99 (G15)
- Availability: June
Dell has announced a steady stream of new products in recent months, with three of the latest four featuring the option for Nvidia's new GPUs.
This includes the new XPS 15 (pictured) and XPS 17, despite those devices not being aimed at gamers. The m15 R6 certainly is - it tops out at a Core i9-11900H, alongside GPUs up to the RTX 3080 and maximum of 32GB of RAM. That powers a Full HD or QHD (2560x1440) display, with a choice of 144Hz, 165Hz and 360Hz for refresh rate.
Then there's the more affordable G15, which offers Tiger Lake-H Series chips up to Core i7 and 'the latest RTX 30 series graphics'. Here, you only get a Full HD (1920x1080) display at 120Hz or 165Hz.
MSI - Creator Z16, Creator 17, Creator M16
- Pricing: From $999 (Creator Z16), TBC (Creator 17, Creator M16)
- Availability: 16 May (North America)
MSI upgraded a whole host of its laptops to Tiger Lake-H, but we're focusing on its range for creatives here.
The Creator Z16 (pictured) offers a choice between a Core i7-11800H and Core i9-11900H, alongside the RTX 3060 and a 120Hz QHD+ touchscreen, complete with 16:10 aspect ratio.
The Creator M16 retains the latter, but only features Nvidia's new RTX 3050 Ti and Core-H i7 instead. In addition to the increased display size, the Creator 17 has options for a Core i9 and RTX 3080, as well as Mini LED display.
Tiger Lake-H chips have also made their way to MSI's gaming laptop line - the GE76, GE66 Raider, GS76 Stealth, GS66 Stealth, GP76 Leopard, GP66 Leopard, GL76 Pulse, and GL66 Pulse have all been upgraded. The company has also introduced new “Katana” and “Sword” laptop ranges, focused on gaming.
Asus - ROG Zephyrus M16, ROG Creator M16
- Pricing: TBC
- Availability: Later in 2021
Asus' gaming-focused ROG range has made a name for itself in recent years, so it's no surprise to devices powered the new components.
The focus of this latest launch was the premium Zephyrus line, with both the Zephyrus M16 and S17 being announced. The former pairs Intel H-Series chips with Nvidia GPUs up to the RTX 3070. They help power a 16in QHD display with 16:10 aspect ratio, something that's very rare on gaming laptops.
The high-end Zephyrus S17 tops out at a Core i9-11900H and RTX 3080, among the highest specs you can get on any laptop. There's also 16GB of vRAM, although Asus didn't reveal full details on this device.
HP ZBook Studio G8, Omen 16, Omen 17
- Pricing: From £1,500 (ZBook), From £1,299/$1,099 (Omen 16), From £1,499/$1,369.99 (Omen 17)
- Availability: June (Omen, US), Late July (ZBook), August (Omen, UK)
HP has announced three new entries in its ZBook range, but only one comes with the latest Intel and Nvidia components.
That's the top-spec Studio G8 (pictured), which has options up to the Core i9-11950H vPro and RTX 3080 GPU. There's also 16GB of vRAM and a choice between 1080p IPS, 4K IPS at 120Hz or 4K OLED for the display.
Little over a week later, we saw the Omen 16 and 17 launch. The 16in model is a new addition to the Omen lineup, and comes with a choice of processors up to AMD Ryzen 7 5900HX or an Intel Core i7-11800H.
The Omen 17 refresh is only available with the latter, and it's the only one with the option for flagship RTX 3080 graphics. You're limited to the RTX 3070 on the Omen 16, but that should be plenty of power for most people.
Razer Blade 15
- Pricing: From £2,149.99/€2,499.99/$2,299
- Availability: June
Razer's updated laptops might be limited to the Blade 15 (pictured) for now, but there's plenty to talk about here. The company claims the updated PC is the thinnest 15in gaming laptop with RTX graphics, coming in at just 15.8mm.
However, this version is limited to an RTX 3060 GPU and Intel's Core i7-1180H, as well as a QHD 120Hz display.
The top- spec model is slightly thicker, but does get you the high-end RTX 3080 and Core i9-11900H on the most expensive configurations. It's also where you'll find a 4K OLED display, although it is limited to 60Hz.
Gigabyte - Aero 15 OLED, Aero 17 HDR, Aorus 15P, Aorus 17G, Aorus 17X, G5, G7
- Pricing: From $1,799 (15 OLED), From $2,499 (17 HDR), From $1,599 (15P), From $2,099 (17G), $1,149 (G5), TBC (17X, G7)
- Availability: Now (pre-orders)
Gigabyte has announced a huge range of new gaming laptops across its Aero and Aorus lines, but the new devices all have plenty in common.
They're all upgraded to Intel's new Tiger Lake-H Series, with options for Core i7-11800H, Core i9-11900H or Core i9-11980H. The new laptops encompass the full range of Nvidia's laptop GPUs, ranging from the new RTX 3050/3050 Ti to the high-end RTX 3080.
Most of the device have either a 15in or 17in display, with resolutions up to 4K and refresh rates up to 360Hz. Not all have OLED screens, but they all do all have a wide range of ports - think full-size HDMI, Mini DisplayPort and many more.
XMG - Neo 15, Neo 17
- Pricing: From €1,949/$2,380 (approx. £1,690) - may vary
- Availability: Early June
You might not have heard of XMG, but the German company makes some of the most powerful gaming hardware around.
The Neo 15 (pictured) and Neo 17 are the first of its lineup to get the new CPUs and GPUs, with both offering an Intel Core i7-1800H processor and RTX graphics up to the flagship 3080.
Aside from the screen sizes (15.6in vs 17.3in) and weight (2.2kg vs 2.5kg), these two devices have a lot more in common. They both have WQHD (2560x1440) displays at 165Hz, which XMG says cover 95% of the sRGB colour gamut and can hit 350 nits at max brightness.
Other key features include up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, Thunderbolt 4 support and a 93Wh battery.
The pricing listed above may vary due to the global chip shortage and resultant volatility of component markets. XMG says it will provide exact pricing when pre-orders begin.