Nvidia is likely to announce some hot new RTX 40 series mobile graphics chips in January (opens in new tab). But you probably won’t be able to buy actual laptops with those GPUs for at least a month or two after that. Until then, this is as good as it gets: the MSI Vector GP66, complete with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, the world’s fastest mobile graphics chip.
It’s yours for a relative bargain price of $1,999, all included. A sizable sum, to be sure, but cheaper than most laptops with the non-Ti RTX. What’s more, the 15.6-inch Vector GP66 is literally crammed with additional performance-enhancing goodies.
Front and center is a 15.6-inch 1440p IPS display with a 165Hz refresh rate. Next comes CPU power from an Intel Core i9 12900H chip with six performance cores and eight efficiency cores, plus one maxed out clock speed of 5 GHz. It’s a monster of a mobile processor.
You can add a full 32GB of RAM to that, as well as a beefy 1TB M.2 SSD. Extras include two M.2 slots, HDMI 2.1 output and a 720p webcam. Connectivity includes three USB-A ports, USB-C, Mini-DisplayPort and WiFi 6E.
In terms of battery life, we wouldn’t expect too much from the 65 Wh lithium pack. But you should be able to squeeze out three or four hours of light usage. But then again, this is a true desktop replacement rig, not something slim and light that you shove in a bag when you pop out.
In other words, the point of the MSI Vector GP66 is to annihilate frames at a breathtaking speed. With the fastest mobile GPU available, we suspect you’ll be hard pressed to find anything faster in a mobile form factor under $2,000.
Where are the best gaming laptop deals on Black Friday?
In the USA:
- Amazon – Acer and Dell RTX 3050 laptops starting at $810 (opens in new tab)
- Asus – High-end ROG Zephyrus 14 with Ryzen 9 and RTX 3060 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
- MSI – RTX 3080 gaming laptops up to $200 off at Newegg (opens in new tab)
- gigabytes – Up to 25% off Gigabyte gaming laptops at Newegg (opens in new tab)
- Walmart – cheap gateway laptops. Do you remember her?! (opens in new tab)
- B&H photo – Up to $500 off Lenovo, Asus, and MSI gaming laptops (opens in new tab)
- target – Gaming laptops under $1,000 (opens in new tab)
- staples – Up to $300 off MSI Gaming Notebooks (opens in new tab)
- Lenovo – $700+ discount on Legion laptops (opens in new tab)
- razor – Discounts on Razer Blade laptops, our favorite notebooks (opens in new tab)
- new egg – RTX 3060 gaming laptops under $800 (opens in new tab)
- best buy – Save up to $500 on gaming laptops (opens in new tab)
- Microsoft – up to half the price of last generation laptops (opens in new tab)
- Dell – Save over $300 on Dell and Alienware gaming laptops (opens in new tab)
- RTX3060 – Gigabyte A5 K1 |
$1,199$729 at Newegg (save $470) (opens in new tab)
- RTX3070 – MSI Crosshairs |
$1,899$1,349 at Newegg (save $550) (opens in new tab)
- RTX 3070Ti – Gigabyte Aero 5 XE4 |
$2,199$1,249.99 at Newegg (save $949.01) (opens in new tab)
- RTX3080 – Razer Blade 14 |
$2,799.99$1,999.99 at Amazon (save $800) (opens in new tab)