CES 2020 has come to an end and it’s time
for me to head home, so let’s wrap up by going through the best laptops I saw at the
show and discuss what I was most interested in. The big news this CES was of course about
AMD’s new Ryzen 4000 series Zen2 CPUs, which go up to 8 cores 16 threads and promises of
defeating the i7-9750H from Intel in gaming. While I remain skeptical until I have one
for testing, it’s definitely sounds like a nice improvement and I can’t wait to test
it out. Based purely on the amount of requests I’ve
had from you guys to do a review already, the ASUS Zephyrus G14 seems like it’s a
favourite, and I can see why. It’s the first 14 inch gaming laptop that uses Nvidia RTX
2060 graphics, granted it’s the 65 watt Max-Q variant, this is still the best we’ve
currently got in this form factor. Alongside that, it’s got AMD’s Ryzen 7
4800HS CPU, which has 8 cores and 16 threads of processing power, something that was previously
only really obtainable with an Intel i9, or something like a Helios 500 with Ryzen 2700.
The G14 is far smaller and thinner though, we won’t know for sure just how well it
performs, but based on the specs and all the work ASUS say they’ve done for thermals,
I’m expecting good things from this laptop and look forward to getting it in to review. ASUS also had the G15 with same Ryzen processor,
which seems to be the updated version of the GA502, which is great to have, but I’m more
interested in seeing what the new G14 can do as it’s a completely new design. MSI also had a new AMD based laptop, although
if I hadn’t noticed it on the table at the back, I might never have known about it as
they didn’t mention it during their hour long presentation. The Bravo 15 and 17 appear
to be lower end gaming laptops, similar to the Alpha 15, and while that’s cool and
all, personally I was way more interested in the new GE66 and GS66 gaming laptops, the
successors to the popular GE65 and GS65 respectively. These two laptops will have Intel 10th gen
CPUs and I suspect next gen Nvidia graphics, which is why there was basically no information
available in terms of processor and graphics, so I’m not sure when to expect them, as
nothing has been announced yet. The GS66 is a nice clean looking all blacked
out gaming laptop, while the GE66 looks kind of like a mini GT76 Titan, with a similar
lid design and the addition of RGB light bar along the front, just in case you need that
bling. Lenovo had their Y740s gaming laptop, if you
could call it that, given it doesn’t have discrete graphics from AMD or Nvidia inside,
only the Intel graphics from the Intel CPU. The idea with this one is that no graphics
means that less cooling is required, so you get a thinner and lighter laptop, which speaking
from experience is preferable for travel. Lenovo will start offering an eGPU solution,
allowing you to hook up an external desktop graphics card over Thunderbolt when at home
to play games, so I guess not technically a gaming laptop in the traditional sense,
but that’s all they had in terms of gaming at CES, no new AMD laptops there. The ASUS TUF A15 and A17 gaming laptops look
like decent incremental improvements over the older TUF machines, with big 90wh batteries
and the addition of AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series CPUs, and RTX 2060 or GTX 1660 Ti graphics
respectively we’re expecting them to be fairly capable gaming laptops, hopefully without
being all too expensive, as has been the case with previous TUF models, it’s meant to
be their more entry level more budget friendly brand. Dell had their new G5 15 Special Edition,
think G5 that looks more like the new G3, but with AMD Ryzen 4000 series CPUs and up
to Radeon RX 5600M graphics. I’m interested in this one as I believe it was the only machine
I saw that uses a full AMD processor plus AMD graphics solution, all of the other Ryzen
based machines I checked out were paired with Nvidia graphics. It’s also interesting because
I don’t think Dell have previously offered AMD hardware as part of their G series lineup,
they’ve been all in on Intel and Nvidia, I am keen to see how this new configuration
compares and if they expand it into other models like the G3 or G7 in future. I think what I was most interested in was
the Clevo laptop with 12 core 24 thread Ryzen 9 3900 CPU, I always expected to see AM4 desktop
socket laptops become available for the 3000 series. We had some for last gen, plus there
are quite a few laptops supporting Intel’s desktop socket, but those are still currently
limited to 8 cores 16 threads with the 9th gen, so this is a nice change for those that
need serious portable multicore power. While we’re talking about raw power, the
ASUS StudioBook One is pretty crazy. I have briefly seen it before, but didn’t film
it for a video, and didn’t realise just how much power it was packing given the 2.4cm
thickness. Along with the 8 core Intel i9 CPU, it’s basically got the equivalent of
Mobile Titan RTX graphics inside, as the Quadro 6000 it uses has the same CUDA core count
and 24gb of GDDR6 memory with a 250 watt TDP, crazy stuff, and I really want to see how
it actually performs. The cooling design was also interesting, the principle is the same
as the ASUS Mothership I’ve previously reviewed where the heat generating components are placed
behind the screen. When you open the lid, a flap behind the screen opens up to allow
air flow, which both allows the components to breathe more easily compared to having
fans pressed against the desk, but also keeps the bottom surface cool on your lap with a
cool keyboard area. Despite having crazy specs, based on the size I know there are going to
be some limits, so I hope I can get one when it’s available and push it to find out just
what those are. I was also interested to see the improvements
that Tongfang were making with their laptops. The new 17 inch chassis being sold as the
Eluktronics MAX-17 looks like it will be a nice option for those who were interested
in the MAG-15 but wanted a 17 inch laptop, as it has a lot of very similar features,
but with more powerful RTX 2070 Max-P graphics, rather than the Max-Q that were present in
the MAG-15. They’re also working on many other changes and improvements to performance
that I can’t talk about yet, so I guess watch this space, this space being my channel,
in other words I guess make sure you’re subscribed. There weren’t really that many new laptops
here at CES 2020, at least not compared to last year when Nvidia launched RTX for laptops,
that seemed like a bigger deal, at least in terms of new products to cover. Many companies
including Razer, Gigabyte, Acer and Lenovo had no AMD Ryzen 4000 series gaming laptops
to show. At this point I’m not sure if they’re
waiting to see what happens or possibly still testing them out, but to me this seems telling.
ASUS has quite a few high end laptops, yet we didn’t see them refresh anything with
RTX 2070 or higher graphics with an AMD CPU. I don’t know, it just seems like most of
these companies are waiting for Intel and Nvidia to launch their next gen before refreshing.
I saw multiple laptops here at CES that were listed as Intel 10th gen CPU with no further
information. It could be they want to use the new Ryzen CPUs, but new Nvidia graphics
aren’t too far off, so they’re just holding off, it’s hard to say, we’ll have to wait
and find out. EIther way, from what I’ve heard, it sounds
like we should have many more interesting laptops on display at Computex in June, so
I’ll definitely be heading over to Taipei again in 6 months time to bring you all the
latest news, so if you haven’t already make sure you’re subscribed for that future content,
and check out my other CES 2020 coverage, linked in the description if you missed anything
here and want more details. Time for me to spend 24 hours travelling back to Australia
and then it’s back to the normal videos after this one.

The Best Laptops of CES 2020!

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