The Origin PC Eon17-X and Alienware Area-51m. Sarah Tew/CNET AMD and Nvidia are (still) fighting it out for gaming dominance on the desktop, with new products such as the Nvidia RTX Super line and the AMD Radeon RX 5700 series, as well as in laptops. Right now, the landscape can be confusing, but generally the best gaming laptops are running Nvidia’s RTX graphics, which first came to desktop PCs in late 2018, and to laptops in January 2019.For this roundup, we’ve taken all the laptops with discrete graphics hardware we’ve tested over the past year and a half and ranked them based on 3D performance. Below are those with top performance from that group, and you can also scroll through the full list of game benchmark results here.Read: Best gaming chairs we’ve sat in for 2019If you’re building a desktop gaming rig, start with our guide to desktop graphics, but if you’re in the market for a gaming laptop, these are the very best ones we’ve tested. All of these gaming laptops, from just under $1,000 to $5,000 or more, can easily support high-end virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and many new designs fit top-tier graphics hardware into wafer-thin laptop bodies. When reviewing a gaming laptop or desktop, we run preset performance tests using several games, including Far Cry 5, Metro: Exodus and others, along with standard benchmarks like 3DMark, which is designed to test a computer’s 3D graphic rendering capabilities. For this list, we’re ranking the best gaming laptops in descending order of 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra scores, but the real-world game scores (presented as the number of frames of animation per second the laptop can render) match very closely. Note that these scores are specifically for the exact configurations of each laptop we tested, and almost all can be configured with a wide range of options. At the very top are two high-end gaming laptops that use desktop-class processors and full-power Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics: the Alienware Area-51m and the Origin PC Eon-17X. Those are both at the top end of the price scale, but gaming laptops at more reasonable prices, including systems from Asus, Dell, Origin PC, Lenovo, HP, MSI and Razer, among others, are all represented. New and notable for this summer update of the best gaming laptops are the latest model of the Razer Blade 15 Advanced, equipped with a stunning OLED screen that’s good for creative work; HP’s novel dual-screen Omen X 2S; and the budget-friendly but powerful Lenovo Legion Y545.The exact scores and graphics hardware specs for all tested gaming laptops are located here. Note CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with Max-Q Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6 20 1,851 5 Razer Blade 15 (2019) 4 See at Origin PC Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Asus Zephyrus GX531GS Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Asus ROG Strix Scar II Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 3,362 5,719 1,641 Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060 Acer Predator Triton 900 Razer Blade 15 RZ09-0270 (2018) $1,999 9 The best new gaming laptops, ranked Read the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX701 review Gaming laptop performance 1 8 Lenovo Legion Y730-15 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 See at Origin PC 3,066 6,337 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 See it 19 Laptops Gaming Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580G 6,228 2,259 3,413 29 18 Lenovo Legion Y545 7 6 1,627 5,003 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 with Max-Q Origin PC Eon17-X (2019) Origin PC EVO16-S (early 2019) 35 3,669 5 41 Photos Acer Nitro 5 Read the Alienware Area-51m review Lenovo Legion Y740-17 28 Sarah Tew/CNET See at Dell Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Now playing: Watch this: 9 5,299 MSI GS75 Stealth 8SG Lenovo Legion Y530 Tags Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Read more here 4,642 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q 4,548 25 Asus ROG Zephyrus M GM501 Samsung Odyssey 850XAC Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop (15-c0042nr) 4,235 3,938 Alienware Area-51m 5,330 Acer Predator Triton 500 Alienware redesigns its thin gaming laptops and offers… Alienware Area-51m Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Digital Storm Equinox Read the Origin PC Eon-17X (2018) review Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Mentioned Above Alienware Area-51m Gaming Laptop Laptop -WNSER7CR5101H Alienware Area-51m Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Like the Alienware Area-51m, the Origin PC Eon-17X features the desktop-class Intel Core i9-9900K processor and the new Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics card. This combination made these our two top-performing laptops so far from all of 2018-2019. 32 12 Acer Predator Triton 900 Lenovo Legion Y740-15 24 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q Asus ROG Zephyrus GX701 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Razer Blade 15 Advanced (2019, OLED) This updated Asus ROG Zephyrus combines both a slim, professional-looking design with the expanded power of Nvidia’s new RTX graphics card for an excellent gaming experience, though at the cost of battery life. 2,593 10 3,435 News • Alienware Area-51m vs. Origin PC Eon-17X: Battle of the big laptop-desktop hybrids 4,472 1,753 3,431 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q 26 Share your voice Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Asus ROG Zephyrus GX701 3,954 Dell G5 5590 (2019) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 3,342 Razer Blade 15 (2018) MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 4,106 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q 1,873 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 2 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Origin Evo15 2,657 2,716 14 31 Origin PC Eon17-X (2018) Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q 4,667 16 See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Origin PC Eon-17X (2018) 27 4,262 The 2018 version of this laptop, with a desktop CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, was right behind the updated version. It’s pricey and has a modest battery life, but it delivers top-notch performance. On top of the satisfying visual refresh rate of Alienware’s highest-end laptop, the Area-51m offers an impressive 17.3-inch display, an excellent keyboard, and plenty of processing overhead from PC gaming CPUs and the latest RTX GPUs. Plus, a modular processor and GPU design lets you get inside the case and replace both the processor and graphics card for terrific gaming performance. Origin PC Evo16-S (mid 2019) AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics 11 Sarah Tew/CNET 3 15 Alienware m15 (2018) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q 27 Origin PC Eon-17X (2019) 17 1,825 Acer Asus Dell HP HTC Intel Lenovo LG Nvidia Razer Samsung 1:31 1,867 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 22 HP Omen X 2S 3,851 Sarah Tew/CNET 33 4,464 1 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 2,318 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Razer Blade Pro 17 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Asus ROG Strix Hero Edition GL503V 23 Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1 Dive into the exact scores and configurations for all the top performers in the full buyer’s guide list of 30-plus gaming laptops. 21 4,102 See at Amazon Acer Predator Helios 500 1,899 To find the best budget laptop, read our breakdown of the best gaming laptop under $1,000.Originally published earlier this year. Updated to reflect new performance scores. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Alienware m15 (2019, OLED) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Acer Predator Triton 900’s rotating display is a great idea that’s also well executed. The keyboard incorporates mechanical switches that feel very good, and its performance is fast — though as a laptop, the keyboard and short battery life may be a drawback for some. 36 Dell G5 15 (2018) Sarah Tew/CNET Comment 4,330 30 34 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Review • Alienware Area-51m review: a gaming laptop that goes the bigger-is-better school of design.