Nvidia 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 fastest mobile graphics chip in the world.
It’s yours for a relative bargain of $1,999, all-in. A significant amount, sure, but cheaper than most laptops with the non-Ti RTX. Plus, the 15.6-inch Vector GP66 is positively rammed with additional performance-enhancing goodies.
Front and center is a 15.6-inch, 1440p IPS display with a 165Hz refresh. Next comes the CPU power of an Intel Core i9 12900H chip with six performance cores and eight efficiency cores, plus a maximum clock speed of 5 GHz. It’s a monster of a mobile processor.
To that you can add a full 32GB of RAM, plus a beefy 1TB M.2 SSD. Extras include dual 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 much from the 65Whr lithium pack. But you should be able to squeeze out three or four hours of light use. But then this is a real desktop replacement setup, not something thin and light that you put in a bag when you pop out.
In other words, the goal of the MSI Vector GP66 is to knock out frames at lightning speed. With the fastest mobile GPU available, we think you’ll struggle to find anything faster in a mobile form factor for under $2,000.
Where are the best Black Friday gaming laptop deals?
In the U.S:
- Amazon – RTX 3050 laptops from Acer and Dell 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. Remember them?! (opens in new tab)
- B&H’s photo – up to $500 off gaming laptops from Lenovo, Asus and MSI (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+ discounts on Legion laptops (opens in new tab)
- Razer – discounts on Razer Blade laptops, our favorite notebooks (opens in new tab)
- Newegg – 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 on last generation laptops (opens in new tab)
- Dell – save over $300 on Dell and Alienware gaming laptops (opens in new tab)
- RTX 3060 – Gigabyte A5 K1 |
$1,199$729 at Newegg (save $470) (opens in new tab)
- RTX 3070 – MSI Reticle |
$1,899$1,349 at Newegg (save $550) (opens in new tab)
- RTX 3070 Ti – Gigabyte Aero 5 XE4 |
$2,199$1,249.99 at Newegg (save $949.01) (opens in new tab)
- RTX 3080 – Razerblade 14 |
$2,799.99$1,999.99 at Amazon (save $800) (opens in new tab)