RTX 3070 laptop buyer’s guide

The best RTX 3070 laptops in 2022, looking across every brand

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An RTX 3070 laptop is for many the option which makes the most sense when looking to buy a gaming laptop, giving some of the best bang for your buck of all the Nvidia machines. On a price-per-performance basis the best RTX 3070 laptops are better value than the higher SKU Nvidia GPUs, which suffer from diminishing returns, and some of the more powerful models can even outperform lower-powered RTX 3080s.

On this page we will be listing the best RTX 3070 laptops currently available, organizing them according to screen size, use case, and budget, and listing the pros and cons of each.

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Is an RTX 3070 laptop worth it?

Ultimately the answer to this question depends on the specific model of gaming laptop you go with, as some RTX 3070 laptops are more worth it than others, and also what your priorities are. If you value in-game FPS but aren’t concerned so much with how your laptop looks, its build quality, or other features, then a cheaper RTX 3070 laptop will likely suit your needs better, whereas the premium options favour those with premium tastes. Read our Things to consider before buying an RTX 3070 laptop section below to better understand one of the biggest features that distinguishes RTX 3070s from each other: the TGP.

Taken as a whole though, we’d say that the RTX 3070 is a decently valued graphics card: it allows you to play all the latest, most demanding games on fairly high settings whilst remaining comparatively affordable.

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The most powerful RTX 3070 laptop on the market
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A great performing RTX 3070 laptop with top-notch response time and colorful display
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A premium level, fuly featured RTX 3070 laptop, if you can afford it

Things to consider before buying an RTX 3070 laptop

What is TGP?

TGP stands for Total Graphics Power, and essentially refers to the amount of electricity that a graphics card can utilize in any setup, as measured in Watts (W). This has a direct impact on the number of computations that the GPU can do over any given amount of time. The higher the TGP, the better a graphics card will usually perform (although other factors will also feed into this). TGP is important for laptop graphics cards in particular because the limitations imposed by the chassis size of these portable machines, including on the cooling, often restrict the amount of power that can be devoted to the card. In each of our recommendations, we will discuss the TGP of the card and how this affects its performance.

What is VRAM? RTX 3070 VRAM options

VRAM is an important link in the chain of processing the data of a game program into the image on your display. In layman’s terms, it temporarily stores the data whilst an image is being written by your GPU, and it’s vital to ensuring a smooth and even representation of the complex imagery of a game, with no stuttering of frame drops. If not enough VRAM is available at any given moment, then conventional system RAM will be called upon to fulfill the same function, which can lead to major FPS performance drops in-game.

The best RTX 3070 laptop in 2022

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In-depth Review

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The most powerful RTX 3070 laptop on the market
WePC Awards Best In Class

XMG Neo 15 E21 / Eluktronics MECH-15 G3 (5900HX)

XMG Neo 15 E21

CPU

AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU

Graphics

Nvidia RTX 3070 (125-140W) / 3080 (150-165W)

RAM

32GB

Storage

1TB SSD

Screen Size

15.6"

Max Refresh Rate

240Hz/165Hz

Editor's Rating
4.5/5
Pros

High TGP RTX 3070 GPU

Powerful AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU

MUX Switch

Superb FPS performance in-gameion

Good color replication, contrast & brightness

Good Value

Great optomechanical keyboard & trackpad

Superb onboard software

SD card reader

Fairly light

Cons

No G-Sync

Speakers & speaker positioning could be better

Webcam & mic could be better

Bland aesthetic

The XMG Neo 15 / Eluktronics MECH-15 G3 is proof of how important TGP is when determining which gaming laptop you should by, as the 125-140W RTX 3070 laptop monster in either of these mostly identical machines actually beats many a low TGP RTX 3080, and often for slightly less money. These are true enthusiast gaming laptops, with great upgrade options in both RAM and SSD size and type (up to a max of 64GB and 2x 2TB respectively of different brands and speeds). You can also choose whether to go Intel or AMD, with the former giving slightly better gaming performance and a Thunderbolt port, the latter giving a better battery life and superior multi-core rendering performance. Whichever option you pick you’ll have unbeatable performance in games.

Other features include an SD card reader, a great quality trackpad, and a responsive optomechanical keyboard with nice sizable keys and a numpad included that is a pleasure to use either in-game or for general typing. The onboard software is some of the best we’ve ever seen, giving easy access to the MUX Switch to get a massive additional performance boost, as well as superb granular control of the fan speeds and battery usage.

In terms of the display, the 165Hz 1440p version is the one that will probably be of interest to general gamers who enjoy a mix of single-player titles, and who desire a higher-res screen for watching films on and maybe doing some multimedia productivity workflows. At a 98% sRGB color gamut you can do reasonably accurate work in this color space. It also has a great contrast ratio and superb color accuracy. The real grey-to-grey response time comes in at about 7ms grey to grey, which is almost fast enough for no ghosting to occur at this refresh rate, though not quite. The 240Hz 1080p version likely has a slightly improved response time (though we haven’t tested this one), and is the option most suitable for those who prioritize squeezing maximum performance out of fast-paced online shooters.

Build quality of the metal chassis laptop is generally good, though not quite up there with the most premium options from better-known brands. The lid of the laptop has slightly more flex than we would like for instance, but besides that there are no complaints. In terms of aesthetic appeal, the machine won’t be winning any prizes, though it’s a fairly inoffensive black that would be good for an office machine.

Battery life is middling for the AMD specced version (about 5 hours) and slightly below for the Intel option. Besides this though, there isn’t much to complain about with this high-powered RTX 3070 laptop, and we heartily recommend picking one up.

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A great performing RTX 3070 laptop with top-notch response time and colorful display

MSI GP66 Leopard (1080p)

MSI GP66 Leopard 10UH 244

CPU

Intel Core i7-11800H or higher

Graphics

Nvidia RTX 3070 (125-140W)/ RTX 3080

RAM

16GB

Storage

1TB SSD

Screen Size

15.6”

Max Refresh Rate

240Hz

Editor's Rating
4.5/5
Pros

High TGP Nvidia GPU

Powerful Intel CPU

superb response time with overdrive

240Hz display for 1080p version

great color replication

good brightness & contrast

good value

detailed BIOS for performance tweaking

good build quality

Cons

No G-Sync/FreeSync

Speakers could be better

poor battery life

runs hot

not the nicest looking

The MSI GP66 is another great choice for an RTX 3070 laptop that will tear through the latest games whilst being (relatively speaking) affordable compared to some of the competition. The 125-140W TGP of the RTX 3070 version is up there with the best, and the Intel Core i7-11800H CPU certainly does the job (though more powerful options are also available).

The display has a 240Hz refresh rate and a fast 3.5ms grey-to-grey response time, which is among the very best that money can buy, making it ideal for fast-paced competitive gaming. It comes with solid peak brightness and contrast, and 99.5% sRGB gamut coverage (effectively 100%), meaning you could easily use this laptop for color work in this space.

Besides the screen and the actual ability to generate high FPS in-game, most of the rest of the Leopard’s features are middling. The membrane keyboard and trackpad are in no way bad, but don’t match up to the more responsive examples that come with the MSI Raider or the mechanical keyboard of the XMG Neo 15 as listed above. The 720p webcam and internal mic are both serviceable, but nothing to get excited about, and the array of ports could be better.

Battery life is pretty poor, certainly below average, coming in at between 3 and 4 hours during general usage and web browsing with brightness set to half. Much of this can be attributed to the smaller battery size when compared to the MSI Raider series, which is again done to save money.

Nevertheless, we think this stripped-back 15-inch RTX 3070 laptop offers great value if you’re primarily interested in the most FPS performance for your money. You can pick up the 17.3” version of this machine, called the MSI GP76 as well if you’re looking for a bit more screen real estate, though obviously this will cost you a bit more.

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A premium level, fuly featured RTX 3070 laptop, if you can afford it

MSI GE76 Raider (1080p)

MSI GE76 Raider

CPU

Intel Core i9-11800H or higher

Graphics

Nvidia RTX 3070 (125-140W) / RTX 3080 (150W)

RAM

16GB

Storage

1TB SSD

Screen Size

17.3”

Max Refresh Rate

240Hz/300Hz

Editor's Rating
4.5/5
Pros

High TGP Nvidia GPU

Powerful Intel CPU

superb response time with overdrive

240Hz display

SD card slot

respectable speakers for a gaming laptop

good port coverage

1080p webcam

Wi-Fi 6e card

detailed BIOS for performance tweaking

Cons

battery life could be better

RTX 3080 version is very expensive

The MSI GE76 Raider has the same high TGP RTX 3070 option as its more affordable brother, the MSI GP76 Leopard, or the 15-inch MSI GP66 listed above. You also get the option for the more high-end Intel Core i9-11900H CPU if you want it, though if you opt for the same core specs the in-game FPS performance is very similar between both models.

The 15-inch variant of the Raider is known as the GE66, but in our opinion the 17.3” is the more premium offering, helping to maximize your in-game immersion and enjoy the lush display the most, particularly at those higher resolutions. 1080p, 1440p, and 4K panel options are all available at different refresh rates. We’d definitely avoid the 60Hz 4K option, but if you’re lucky enough to find the 120Hz 4K version on sale anywhere then this could be an excellent choice for someone looking for a machine that can do both creative workstation tasks and is quick enough to game on. For the average gamer, we’d suggest the 1440p/QHD 240Hz option which is plenty quick enough whilst having the advantages of higher resolutions, or the 360Hz 1080p/FHD option for hardcore competitive gamers. Response times differ depending on which display you choose, though the 240Hz 1080p option will perform at around 3.5-4ms grey-to-grey, which is up there with the best.

The MSI Raider, particularly the 17-inch variant, carries a steep price tag, but for that money you get all the trimmings. The 1080p webcam is of a superior quality, and the microphone is better than average, you also get a full-sized SD card reader and great port coverage, as well as a Wi-Fi 6e card. Even the speakers are half decent – certainly better than you’d usually expect in a gaming laptop, actually having some bass to them, though not up there at MacBook level. Battery life is not amazing but you get an additional hour compared to the cheaper MSI Leopard, totaling at around 4 – 5 hours of general usage at half brightness, which is just about average for a gaming laptop with these specs.

As you’d expect, the build quality and aesthetics of the machine are both superior compared to cheaper models, with more of the chassis being made of metal and the fetching RGB light strip along the lower front of the laptop being a nice touch.

Everything considered, this is a superb high-end RTX 3070 gaming laptop from MSI if you’re looking for a product of the highest quality.

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A 300Hz RTX 3070 gaming laptop with superb build quality

Alienware M15 R4 FHD Gaming Laptop With RTX 3070

Alienware m15 R4

CPU

Intel Core i7-10870H

Graphics

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q

RAM

16GB

Storage

1TB SSD

Screen Size

15.6”

Max Refresh Rate

300Hz

Editor's Rating
3.5/5
Pros

300Hz display

now available at a reasonable price

1TB SSD

good color replication

thin

Great aesthetics and build quality

Cons

very short battery life

loud fan

gets warm under stress

The Alienware m15 R4 is still the most powerful option in the m15 series, and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 version of this laptop is a great model for gamers. The graphics card it packs isn’t the most powerful on this list in terms of TGP, but it’s still pretty good, and though the 10th gen Intel Core i7-10870H CPU is a bit older now, it’s still capable of pumping out a solid FPS in-game.

In any laptop here you’ll struggle to reach anywhere near 300FPS on a newer game, however if you’re a competitive online shooter who likes to turn down their settings on games like CS:GO and Call Of Duty to get the maximum edge over your opponents, then 300Hz is a very attractive refresh rate, certainly high enough for any needs you may have. The response time of 7ms is pretty good for a laptop, but some ghosting will be visible at a refresh rate this high. Looking past the refresh rate, you get a color gamut of around 95% sRGB and 71% Adobe RGB: not quite good enough for sRGB color-work, but more than enough for gaming. The contrast ratio is also good, though we would have liked to have seen the peak brightness a little higher than the 300 nits it manages.

As with most Alienware laptops you get good upgrade options: 16GB RAM is adequate for now though you may want to upgrade it to 32GB to future proof the machine a bit. The respectable 1TB SSD should be quite sufficient, though again you can add in an additional SSD should you wish. As is often the case with Alienware laptops (though less so with the newest releases), the battery life of the m15 R4 is not good – around 2.5 hours is the best you can expect in battery saver mode in non-strenuous general use. Fan noise is louder than average, yet despite this, the body of the laptop does have a tendency to get warm under stress.

The build quality and aesthetics of the m15 R4 are what you’d expect from an Alienware laptop i.e. some of the best around. The membrane keyboard and touchpad are both of a good quality and a pleasure to use. Though not the lightest, the machine is fairly slimline and portable.

Final Word

This has been our guide to help you find the best RTX 3070 laptop in 2022 for your needs. If you want to see a wider selection of laptops that aren’t limited to this particular graphics card, do take a gander at our best gaming laptop guides for different price ranges under Custom Gaming PC > Gaming Laptop in the main site menu. Also, make sure you read our main best gaming laptop page for the best Nvidia and AMD laptop models across all price ranges and brands.

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