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Nvidia RTX 4090 laptops – complete list & best RTX 4090 options


Time to discuss the Nvidia RTX 4090 Laptop mobile graphics chip released in early 2023, the most powerful dGPU option available so far for high-performance gaming and work notebooks.

The RTX 4090 is built on Nvidia’s Ada Lovelace architecture, with updated CUDA processing cores, improved Ray-Tracing capabilities, and DLSS 3, among multiple other novelties. Advanced Optimus and improved efficiency on battery use will also make a difference when running demanding loads on the go.

Of course, the devil’s always in the details, so you’ll need to go through thorough reviews before deciding on getting one of these RTX 4090 laptops (or in fact any of the new RTX 4000 configurations). Especially when considering the premium you’ll have to pay for a top-specced model, with 4090 notebooks expected to sell in the 3500 – 5000 USD/EUR range at launch.

Of course, you shouldn’t expect good value for your money with an RTX 4090 laptop. Instead, with these, you’re paying a premium and expecting the best performance available on a mobile computer. It’s as simple as that.

We will have comparisons with the RTX 4080 and 4070 mobile options on the site, as well as with the previous RTX 3080Ti/3080 Laptop chips, to help you better understand the performance differences between them and make the right buying decisions for your needs and budget.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU explained

First of all, here’s a complete specs sheet of the RTX 4090 Laptop chip next to the 2nd-best 2023 RTX 4080, and the top-tier Nvdia dGPUs of the previous two generations, the 3080Ti and the 3080.

GeForce RTX 4090
Laptop dGPU
GeForce RTX 4080
Laptop dGPU
GeForce RTX 3080Ti
Mobile GPU
GeForce RTX 3080
Mobile GPU
GPU Specs:
CUDA Cores (ALUs) 9728 7424 7424 6144
Clock Speeds
(Boost, MHz)
1455 – 2040 MHz 1350 – 2280 MHz 810 – 1590 MHz 780 – 1710 MHz
GPU Power (W)
+ Dyn Boost
80 – 150 W + 25W 80 – 150 W + 25W 80 – 150 W + 25W 80 – 150 W + 15W
Memory Specs:
Memory 16 GB GDDR6 12 GB GDDR6 8 or 16 GB GDDR6 8 or GB GDDR6
Memory Clock 2000 MHz,
16 Gbps effective
2000 MHz,
16 Gbps effective
2000 MHz,
16 Gbps effective
1750 MHz,
14 Gbps effective
Memory Bus 256-bit 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwith 512 GB/s 384 GB/s 512 GB/s 448 GB/s
Technology:
GPU Architecture Ada Lovelace Ada Lovelace Ampere Ampere
GPU Chip AD103, TSMC 4nm AD104, TSMC 4 nm GA103, Samsung 8nm GA104, Samsung 8nm
Tensor/AI Cores 304, 4th Gen 232, 4th Gen 232, 3rd Gen 192, 3rd Gen
RT Cores 76, 3rd Gen 58, 3rd Gen 58, 2nd Gen 48, 2nd Gen
TMUs 304 232 232 192
ROPs
112 80 96 96
DLSS DLSS 3 DLSS 3 DLSS 2 DLSS 2
Encoder 2x 8th Gen 2x 8th Gen 7th Gen 7th Gen
Decoder 5th Gen 5th Gen 5th Gen 5th Gen

The RTX 4090 (link to Nvidia’s official website) is the most advanced mobile dGPU ever made, with the highest number of CUDA, RT, and Tensor cores, as well as the latest generation updates of all these processing units. This makes the RTX 4090 the prime GPU option for 4K gaming on a modern notebook, especially for the most demanding AAA games.

At the same time, the 4090 is still available in a multitude of variants, with power packages between 80 to 150W and support for up to +25W extra with Dynamic Boost 2.0. The lower-power MaxQ variants are meant for ultraportable designs, while full-size laptops will get the full-power 150W variant, and the overall performance will vary between each implementation.

The Cores clocks vary alongside the power settings as well (up to 1455 MHz at 80W, up to 2040MHz at 150W), but all the other features remain identical between them.

As far as performance goes, the 150W RTX 4090 Laptop chip should be capable of a 25+% boost in rasterization capabilities compared to a 150W 3080Ti Laptop, while the gains in RTX and DLSS performance should be notably more significant.

Furthermore, the transition to the Ada Lovelace architecture built on the improved TSMC 4nm node will translate into improved efficiency as well. That’s important if you plant to use your laptop on batter mode, on the go, and not always keep it plugged in on your desk.

In comparison, the RTX 4080 should perform closer to the previous-gen RTX 3080Ti, although the Ampere chip will maintain an advantage in certain situations due to the extra amount of memory and ROP units. At the same time, RTX 4080 laptops should be more affordable than 3080Ti notebooks at discount, while the latest 4090 will match the pricing of those 3080Ti models when new.

nvidia rtx 4090 laptop technology

What to expect wityh the RTX 4090 dGPU built on the Nvidia Ada Lovelace architecture

RTX 4090 vs 4080, 3080Ti performance, benchmarks

I’m updating this section in the very near future, once the NDAs allow us to publish reviews and benchmark results for the 4090 and 4080 implementations. Stay close.

The few benchmarks leaked so far suggest a massive increase in performance for the RTX 4090 vs. the previous RTX 3080Ti top-tier mobile dGPU (even 2x the performance in some cases), yet those were released under Nvidia’s supervision and don’t paint an exact picture of real-use capabilities. Thus, I’ll wait for more real reviews of retail products before drawing conclusions.

Once we get our reviews done, we’ll compare those findings with a handful of top-tier platforms from the previous generations: the RTX 3080Ti and the RTX 3080, both in some of the most powerful implementations of their times.

–updating

Benchmarks results RTX 4090 175W,
to be updated
RTX 4090 125W,
to be updated
RTX 4080 175W,
to be updated
RTX 3080Ti 175W,
(2022 Lenovo Legion 7i)
RTX 3080 155W,
(2021 MSI GE Raider)
3DMark – Fire Strike Graphics 32570 32205
3DMark – Port Royal 8571 7624
3DMark – Time Spy Graphics 13576 12696
Uniengine Superposition,
1080p Extreme
8277 7957
Blender 3.01 GPU Computer,
CUDA, Optix
32.3s (CUDA), 19.3s (Optix) 32.9s (CUDA), 21.2s (Optix)
SPECviewperf 2020 – 3DSMax 143.71 131.49
SPECviewperf 2020 – Maya 340.37 355.24

And here are some gaming results on these platforms.

Gaming results RTX 4090 175W,
to be updated
RTX 4090 125W,
to be updated
RTX 4080 175W,
to be updated
RTX 3080Ti 175W,
(2022 Lenovo Legion 7i),
QHD+ 1600p resolution
RTX 3080 155W,
(2021 MSI GE Raider),
QHD 1440p resolution
Battlefield V
(DX 12, Ultra Preset, RTX OFF)
138 fps (47 fps – 1% low) 134 fps (38 fps – 1% low)
Battlefield V
(DX 12, Ultra Preset, RTX ON, DLSS OFF)
84 fps (46 fps – 1% low) 88 fps (33 fps – 1% low)
Cyberpunk 2077
(DX 12, Ultra Preset, RTX OFF)
54 fps (42 fps – 1% low) 58 fps (46 fps – 1% low)
Far Cry 6
(DX 12, Ultra Preset, TAA)
86 fps (54 fps – 1% low)
Red Dead Redemption 2
(DX 12, Ultra Optimized, TAA)
96 fps (68 fps – 1% low) 98 fps (68 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA)
107 fps (70 fps – 1% low) 101 fps (38 fps – 1% low)

— updating conclusions

The complete list of Nvidia RTX 4090 laptops

This first subsection lists the few compact thin-and-light designs available in each size category with RTX 4090 Laptop graphics. To keep things simple, I’m including sub-15-inch designs here, as well as 15-inch + models that weigh up to 5 lbs/ 2.2 kilos.

There are only very few such options available, at least for the time being.

Model Screen Hardware Graphics Weight
2023 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402 14-inch 16:10 IPS or miniLED QHD+ 165Hz matte up to Ryzen 9 7940HS / max 48 GB DDR5 RAM up to RTX 4090 (125W), MUX 3.65 lbs / 1.65 kg
hardware update of the 2022 model reviewed here; lightweight magnesium build; RGB backlit keyboard; 16:10 screens with updated mini LED panel and FHD camera; 1x memory slot + 8/16 GB soldered RAM, single M.2 PCIe gen4 SSD; AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs and Nvidia GPUs, up to 4090 125W; vapor-chamber cooling; 76 Wh battery, 280W charger; quad-speakers
Price: –
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU604 16-inch 16:10 miniLED QHD+ 240Hz matte up to Core i9-13900H / max 48 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 4090 (145W), MUX 4.64 lbs /2.1 kg
new 2023 model, somewhat thicker and heavier than the previous M16; clean magnesium and aluminum build, with optional Anime Matrix; RGB backlit keyboard; 16:10 display with miniLED or IPS panels; up to i9 and RTX 4090 145W with updated tri-fan cooling; 2x RAM sticks, 2x M.2 gen4 SSDs; easily serviceable; 90 Wh battery + 280W charger; 6x speakers
Price: – 

With those out of the way, let’s go over the reminding full-size gaming and creator/workstation laptops that can be configured with up to an RTX 4090 Laptop dGPU.

Most of these pair the RTX 4090 dGPU with the most advanced Core i9 HX (Intel 13th-gen) and Ryzen 9 HX (AMD Ryzen 7000) hardware platforms.

These options are listed alphabetically.

Model Screen Hardware Graphics Weight
Aorus 17X 2023 17.3-inch QHD IPS 240Hz  up to Core i9-13950HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5200 up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 6.2 lbs /2.8 kg
2023 hardware refresh of the previous chassis; per-key RGB keyboard; QHD 16:9 display; multiple configurations – up to i9-13950HX + 4090; 2x RAM and 2x SSD slots; 99 Wh battery + 330W charger, dual speakers
Price: –
Alienware m16 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5200 up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 5.4 lbs /2.45 kg
new 2023 model; premium design with Cherry MX RGB keyboard and several screen options; several configurations, up to i9 + RTX 4090 175 (250W total power design) and AMD Advantage variants; 2x RAM, 4x gen4 SSD; complex quad-fan cooling module; 86 Wh battery, 280W charger, dual-speakers
Price: –
Alienware x16 16-inch 16:10 IPS, up to QHD 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 32 GB RAM DDR5-5600 up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 6 lbs /2.7 kg
new 2023 model; premium thin design, but not lightweight; Cherry MX RGB keyboard and several screen options; several configurations, up to i9 + RTX 4090 175; soldered RAM, 2x gen4 SSD; dual-fan vapor chamber cooling module; 90 Wh battery, 280W charger, 6x speakers
Price: –
Alienware m18 18-inch 16:10 IPS QHD 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5200 up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 7.3 lbs /3.3 kg
new 2023 model; 18-inch version of the Alienware m16, with larger cooling and 97 WH battery
Price: –
Asus ROG Strix SCAR 16 G634 16-inch 16:10 miniLED QHD+ 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5200 up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 5.5 lbs /2.5 kg
new 2023 model, premium 16-inch performance laptop, per-key RGB keyboard and various screen options, including miniLED; multiple configurations, up to Core i9-13980HX + RTX 4090 with tri-fan cooling module and 7 heatpipes; 90W battery + 330W charger; quad speakers.
Price: –
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 17.3-inch 16:9 FHD+ 165 Hz / QHD+ 240 Hz matte up to Ryzen 9 7945HX / max 64 GB DDR5 RAM up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 6.5 lbs / 3 kg
2023 update of the 2022 ROG Scar 17 SE chassis; premium-tier design and build; per-key RGB keyboard; FHD+ or QHD+ 16:10 screens up to 100% DCI-P3 colors; various AMD + Nvidia configurations, up to Ryzen 9 + RTX 4090 175W, 2x RAM, 2x gen4 SSD; vapor-chamber cooling; 90 Wh battery, up to 330W charger, quad-speakers
Price: –
Asus ROG Strix SCAR 18 G634 18-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5200 up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 6.9 lbs /3.1 kg
new 2023 model, larger version of the 16-inch Scar 16, without a miniLED display and with a bigger cooling module
Price: –
Asus ROG Strix G16 G614 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 5.5 lbs /2.5 kg
new 2023 model, mid-tier 16-inch performance laptop; simpler design and no RGB, zone RGB keyboard and various IPS screen options; multiple configurations, up to Core i9-13980HX + RTX 4090 with tri-fan cooling module; 90W battery + 330W charger; quad speakers
Price: –
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814 18-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 6.9 lbs /3.1 kg
new 2023 model, the larger 18-inch version of the 16-inch Strix G16, with an ampler cooling module
Price: –
Asus ROG Zephyrus DUO 16 16-inch 16:10 miniLED QHD+ 240 Hz matte up to Ryzen 9 7945HX / max 64 GB DDR5 RAM up to RTX 4090 (165W), MUX 5.9 lbs / 2.7 kg
2023 hardware refresh of the 2022 model reviewed here; metal build with updated ScreenPad sliding mechanism; dual screens with QHD miniLED or UHD dual-spec panels, 16:10 format; per-key RGB backlit keyboard; multiple configurations available, tops at Ryzen 9 with RTX 4090 165W; 2x RAM, 2x M.2 storage; 90 Wh battery and 330W charger; 6x speakers
Price: –
HP Omen 17 17.3-inch IPS FHD/QHD 165 Hz matte Core i9-13900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 4090 (175W ??), MUX 6.2 lbs / 2.8 kg
2023 refresh of the previous generation, 17-inch performance/gaming laptop; 4-zone RGB keyboard, 16:9 displays; full IO and inputs, multiple configuration options, up to i9 and RTX 4090; 83 Wh battery + 330W charger; dual speakers
Price: –
Lenovo Legion Pro 7 16-inch 16:10 QHD+ 240 Hz matte up to Ryzen 9 7945HX / max 64 GB DDR5 RAM up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 6.2 lbs / 2.8 kg
new 2023 model; premium-tier design and metal build; per-key RGB keyboard; QHD+ 16:10 screen with 100% sRGB colors; various AMD Ryzen HX + Nvidia configurations, up to Ryzen 9 7945HX (16C/32T) + RTX 4090, 2x RAM, 2x gen4 SSD; 99 Wh battery, up to 330W charger, dual-speakers
Price:-
Lenovo Legion Pro 7i 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 165-240 Hz up to Core i9-13900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-6000 OC up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 6.2 lbs / 2.8 kg
new 2023 design, high-performance notebook; premium metallic build, per-key RGB keyboard; multiple configurations – up to i9-13900HX + RTX 4090 (235W total power), with vapor chamber cooling; easily serviceable; 2x RAM and 2x SSD slots; 99 Wh battery + 330W charger, dual speakers
Price: –
MSI Raider GE78HX 17-inch IPS 16:10 QHD+ 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-6000 up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 6.9 lbs / 3.1 kg
new 2023 model, high-performance 17-inch gaming notebook; premium metallic build and RGB elements; 16:10 display; up to Core i9 HX and RTX 4090 175W (250W total power), 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe; 99 Wh battery + 330W charger; 6x speakers
Price: $3999 for i9 + 4090 – configurations and updated prices
MSI Stealth 17 Studio 17.3-inch 16:9 IPS or miniLED, matte up to Core i9-13900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5200 up to RTX 4090 (105W), MUX 6.2 lbs /2.8 kg
refresh of the 2022 chasiss; premium metal design; per-key RGB keyboard and excellent IO; multiple 16:9 display options, up to 4K miniLED 144Hz; up to i9 and RTX 4090 105W specs, 2x RAM, 2x SSDs; 99 Wh battery + 240W charger; 6x speakers
Price: –
MSI Titan GT77HX 13V 17.3-inch miniLED 4K 144Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 128 GB RAM DDR5-6000 up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 7.3 lbs / 3.3 kg
2023 refresh, high-performance 17-inch gaming notebook; premium metallic build and RGB elements; cherry MX mechanical keyboard; 4K 144Hz miniLED matte screen; up to Core i9 HX CPU + RTX 4090 – 250W total power design, 4x RAM slots, 4xM.2 PCIe; easily serviceable; 99 Wh battery + 330W charger; quad speakers
Price: $4599 for i9 + 4090  – configurations and updated prices 
Razer Blade 16 16-inch 16:10 miniLED dual-spec UHD/FHD up to Core i9-13950HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5 up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 5.4 lbs / 2.45 kg
new 2023 model, premium all-purpose laptop; per-key RGB keyboard; 16:10 IPS QHD or miniLED display with dual-spec UHD 120Hz/FHD 240Hz modes; various configurations, up to i9 and RTX 4090 175W, dual-fan cooling, 2x RAM sticks, 2x M.2 gen4 SSDs; easily serviceable; 96 Wh battery; 4x speakers
Price: $3999 for i9 + 4090 model
Razer Blade 18 18-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5200 up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 7.1 lbs / 3.2 kg
new 2023 model, larger variant of the Blade 16 with 5MPx camera, tri-fan cooling, 92 battery, and 6x speakers
Price: $3999 for i9 + 4090 model
XMG Neo 16,
Eluktronics MECH-16 GP2
16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 240 Hz matte  i9-13900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-6400 up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
new 2023 model, 16-inch mid-range design, barebone gaming laptop; 4-zone RGB or per-key CherryMX mechanical keyboard; 16:10 IPS display; multiple configuration options, up to i9 HX and RTX 4090, 2x RAM, 2x SSD; dual-fan cooling module with Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut liquid metal on CPU/GPU + optional liquid cooling; 99 Wh battery + 330W charger; dual speakers
Price: ~ 4000 USD/EUR for 4090 configurations
XMG Neo 17,
Eluktronics MECH-17 GP2
17-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 240 Hz matte  i9-13900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-6400 up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 6.2 lbs / 2.8 kg
new 2023 model, 17-inch mid-range design, barebone gaming laptop; slightly larger version of the 16-inch variant discussed earlier
Price: ~ 4000 USD/EUR for 4090 configurations
XMG Ultra 17 17.3-inch 16:9 IPS FHD 300Hz or 4K matte  i9-13900HX / max 128 GB RAM DDR5 up to RTX 4090 (175W), MUX 9.9 lbs / 4.5 kg
hardware refresh, 17-inch full-size design, Clevo X370 barebone gaming laptop; multiple configurations, including i9 + RTX 4090, 4x RAM, 3x SSD including 1x gen5 slot, 97 WH battery and dual chargers
Price: –

Best RTX 4090 laptops in 2023 (portable, gaming, workstations)

If you’re after a powerful portable and compact laptop with a 4090 inside, the 2023 update of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is your single and best option right now.

This is unmatched in its class and implements an advanced vapor chamber cooling module, but it is nonetheless constrained by its size and won’t match the performance capabilities of the larger options, as shown earlier in the Benchmarks section.

asus rog zephyrus g14 2023 general

The ROG Zephyrus M16 is an interesting middle-grounder, a 16-inch laptop more compact and lightweight than the other full-size options, and that makes it a solid all-purpose laptop. This does get a tri-fan thermal module with oversized radiators, but it’s still only a mid-powered implementation of the Intel Core i9 HX platform and the RTX 4090 Laptop dGPU.

With those out of the way, if you’re OK with a larger and heavier computer, there are a lot of excellent full-size options running Mobile RTX 4090s at their full capacity (150W TGP + up to 25W with Dynamic Boost).

I’m still waiting to review them all before drawing conclusions, but I incline toward recommending the ROG Scar models with either Intel or AMD platforms, the updated MSI Raider and Titan notebooks, and the completely revamped Razer Blades as contenders for the “Best in Class” prize. The Blades in particular have that pristine build quality and non-gaming design on their side, which none of the other options can match.

razer blade 18 vs 16

These are all expensive, though, so if you’re looking for a 4090 Laptop that’s a tad more affordable than most, the Omen 17X from HP and those barebone designs from XMG or Eluktronics should be on your list. Especially the NEOs with the 16:10 displays and liquid-metal cooling accessories. Just don’t expect with these barebone chassis the same build quality and features that you’ll get with some of the other brands.

Wrap-up

Well, that’s about it for our coverage of top-tier performance laptops specced with Nvidia RTX 4090 Laptop graphics.

I’m keeping this up-to-date with new info and products as they become available.

In the meantime, I’m looking for your thoughts and feedback on these RTX 4090 devices down below, in the comments section. And let me know if you spot any other option that we’ve missed and should be included in the article, but is not.

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