Laptop Questions

Which GPU Brand Should You Get in Your Next Gaming Laptop – NVIDIA, AMD or Intel?


The simple fact is, right now, there are more NVIDIA options available, they generally offer more features, and their drivers are typically best too.

For example, right now only NVIDIA caters to the higher end with the RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 mobile GPUs. Other brands simply do not offer any competing products in 2024.

As for features, there’s DLSS. Of course you can use FSR too, but you need RTX graphics to take advantage of DLSS, and DLSS is generally considered superior to FSR too.

As for drivers, I admit this is completely anecdotal, but just personally on the 60+ gaming laptops I’ve reviewed in the last couple of years, I’ve had fewer crashes and issues with NVIDIA based gaming laptops.

AMD Radeon

Unfortunately there are very few gaming laptops with AMD Radeon graphics this generation – not ideal for competition.

The most popular Radeon laptops are ASUS’s TUF A16 series with RX 7600S & 7700S, which perform similarly to NVIDIA’s RTX 4050 and 4060 respectively. The A16 offers excellent value with the right sale, we’ve listed it a number of times on our site.

But AMD is completely absent from the higher end, and offers nothing to compete with NVIDIA’s RTX 4070, 4080 or 4090 options. Technically they had the RX 7900M to compete with the RTX 4080 last year in 2023, but it only seemed to appear in one laptop – Alienware’s m18 R1.

Although AMD GPUs can use FSR3 frame generation, they cannot use DLSS or DLSS3 frame generation. Meanwhile NVIDIA options get the best of both worlds – so more options.

Intel Arc

What about Intel?

Very few gaming laptops have discrete Intel graphics so far, as they’re still relatively new. As a result, their drivers and support in games typically isn’t as good compared to NVIDIA and AMD.

This is getting better all the time, but for now, personally, I’d stay away from the current generation until things get ironed out in future – Maybe in 2025?

Which GPU to Choose?

An AMD or NVIDIA option is the way to go for lower to mid-range, while NVIDIA is the only option for high-end.

There are way more NVIDIA gaming laptop options available on the market, which means more choice. For the reasons listed above, personally I’d consider an NVIDIA based gaming laptop at the moment – unless you’re looking at the low to mid range and there was a great deal on a Radeon based ASUS TUF A16.


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