Why you can’t get a high end GPU in a Ryzen gaming laptop

Why don’t Ryzen gaming laptops fall in love with the same GPU that their Intel-based rivals are? The same week that Alienware updated its M17 and Area 51m with the GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPU, and Gigabyte launched its Aorus 15P with its 10th-gen Intel CPU and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q aimed at professional gamers Introduced, Ryzen vacated, with no one there. New gaming laptop faster than anything GeForce RTX 2060.

Even HP’s recently released Ojen-Omen 15 can’t get a break. The version of the Omen 15 with the 8-core Ryzen 7 4800H currently features the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, with the RTX 2060 Max-Q variant on the way. However, the Intel version comes with 6-core Core i7-10750H and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q.


The situation is so catastrophic that reputed media outlets such as NotebookChat.net have openly wondered where the high-end GPU-based laptop laptops are. Certainly, the secret is also that conspiracy theories have been spawned by those who imagine that Intel’s real or imaginary hands are at work.

“The fact that not a single OEM gives a high-end Ryzen laptop makes me feel like OEMs are being bribed by Intel or something similar,” one Redditor speculated in the AMD subredit. “I don’t want to pay Intel money, but if there isn’t a single option for high-end Raigen laptops, I won’t have a choice.”

Not enough PCIe Ryzen 4000?

Igorslab.de (the successor to Tom’s Hardware Germany) actually throws out a theory that Ryzens’ lack with high-end GPUs can only be caused by AMD’s mobile chip. According to laptop manufacturers who talked about it, Igorslab.de says, only eight-lane access to the Ryzen 4000 PCIe 3.0 was seen as too much of a penalty. “A gaming laptop with a more powerful GeForce RTX will already have to contend with unnecessary limitations today,” Igor Valosek said.

While Volosec makes a good point, that hasn’t stopped other laptop manufacturers from making similar design choices on purpose, and with higher-powered hardware. For example, the core area of ​​Alienware is 51 meters, a desktop Core i9 and a GeForce RTX 2080. While that chip has 16 lanes of PCIe 3.0, Alienware intentionally uses half of it for the amplifier expansion port. Asked what Alienware executives told PCWorld about its research, and independent research, it has long been revealed that PCI bandwidth was not a limiting factor in today’s games.

So if it is not a technical reason, then it must be deep force? PCWorld asked for comment for Nvidia, but the company was Mum.

Nice burn, intel

However, Intel executives instinctively voluntarily said that maybe, just maybe, the core is better, and that’s why it comes with a higher-end GPU.