Where are all the AMD Ryzen 7 GeForce RTX 2070 laptops? These Eluktronics models are proof that we're ready for them
It's no secret that AMD is hitting it out of the park these days. Its latest laptops based on the Zen 2 architecture have been able to offer superior performance-per-dollar when compared to the "usual" Intel Core i5 or Core i7 offerings in the low-end to high-end categories. The ultra high-end or enthusiast laptop gaming space, however, continues to be dominated by Intel not because AMD has no answer, but because there are simply no AMD laptops to choose from.
As of this writing, no manufacturer is offering a laptop equipped with both a mobile Ryzen CPU and a GPU option higher than the GeForce RTX 2060 even though existing chassis designs are clearly able to adequately support them. The Eluktronics RP-17, for example, will be shipping soon with the impressive Ryzen 7 4800H CPU and GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, but it will carry no GeForce RTX 2070 option despite the fact that a very similar chassis is available with an Intel Core i7 CPU and RTX 2070 GPU. Running temperatures are also cooler than average during our time with the AMD-powered RP-17 to further show that the chassis could handle faster graphics options if they were to be made available.
There could be several reasons why AMD gaming laptops with GeForce RTX 2070 or higher graphics are almost non-existent at the moment ranging from supply to optimization issues or a potential lack of demand. With AMD doing so well in almost all other price categories, however, it's probably a matter of time before enthusiast AMD-based gaming laptops become more widely available.