Gaming has experienced an upswing in times of pandemic: If you are always at home anyway, then you can still play a little bit of gaming to compensate for after the home office working day. The problem: You weren’t alone with this idea. The new game consoles released in autumn 2020 are still not easy to get in stores or can only be pre-ordered due to immense demand. For PC gamers, the situation is different, but not necessarily better: Modern GPUs are also wonderfully suitable for mining crypto currencies such as Ethereum. There is also a wide gap between supply and demand here, so graphics cards are rare and only change hands at inflated prices.
Gaming notebooks are a possible way out: they are also affected by a lack of components and logistics challenges, but also complete systems. That means large customer quantities and prices negotiated long in advance between notebook and component manufacturers instead of speculative objects. In the trade you will therefore find prices around the manufacturer’s RRP (i.e. without large discounts) instead of excessively exaggerated offers.
We brought five current devices into the laboratory: Acer Predator Triton 300 SE (PT514-51S), Asus RoG Strix G15 (G513QY), Dell Alienware m15 R5, Lenovo Legion 7 (16ACHg6) and Razer Blade 14 (2021). The Asus device contains the brand new AMD graphics chip Radeon RX 6800M, the other candidates use Nvidia GPUs of the GeForce RTX 30 generation – two GeForce RTX 3060 and two RTX 3080. We recently had the Asus TUF Dash F15 (test) presented.
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