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Which laptop to buy for gaming and photography? Here are my options. Urgent

By axxell990 ·
Hello,
After few years I have finally decided to upgrade my laptop.
So, here I am with few options. My basic needs are gaming and fairly consistent use of photoshop and lightroom for my photography. I would like a laptop to be not too heavy (around 2.2 kg max)

My budget is around 1000£ and in the next few months I might squeeze in an extra 100/150 for some upgrades. Initially I was all in for a Zephyrus G14 with an AMD 4800h and gtx 1660 that I found for 1099 pounds. Unfortunately, Asus seem to have stock issues and no idea when the device will be available again.

These are the devices I have selected so far:

MSI GF65 Thin 15.6” Gaming Laptop - Intel® Core™ i7, RTX 2060, 256 GB SSD
Intel® Core™ i7-9750H Processor
RAM: 8 GB / Storage: 256 GB SSD (only ddr4 they both would need upgrading very soon)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB (der 6)
Full HD screen / 120 Hz (doesn't look like the most color accurate)
Battery life: Up to 4 hours (very concern about this as I would like at least 5 hours at the very least)

Processor - Intel® Core™ i7-9750H Processor
Hexa-core
2.7 GHz / 4.1 GHz
9 MB cache
RAM - 8 GB GDDR4 (2666 MHz)
- 64 GB maximum installable RAM

ACER Nitro 5 AN517 17.3" Gaming Laptop - Intel® Core™ i7, RTX 2060, 256 GB SSD
Intel® Core™ i7-9750H Processor
RAM: 8 GB / Storage: 256 GB SSD ( again, to be upgraded soon and only ddr4)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB
Full HD screen
Battery life: Up to 7 hours

Processor - Intel® Core™ i7-9750H Processor
Hexa-core
2.6 GHz / 4.5 GHz
12 MB cache
RAM 8 GB DDR4 (2600 MHz)

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 15.6" Gaming Laptop - AMD Ryzen 7, GTX 1660 Ti, 512 GB SSD
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Processor
RAM: 16 GB / Storage: 512 GB SSD
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
Full HD screen / 144 Hz
Battery life: Up to 7 hours

Processor - AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Processor
Quad-core
2.9 GHz / 4.2 GHz
8 MB cache
RAM - 16 GB DDR4 (3200 MHz)
- 32 GB maximum installable RAM

MSI GF75 Thin 17.3” Gaming Laptop - Intel® Core™ i7, GTX 1660 Ti, 512 GB SSD
Intel® Core™ i7-10750H Processor
RAM: 8 GB / Storage: 512 GB SSD
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
Full HD screen / 120 Hz
Battery life: Up to 5 hours

Processor - Intel® Core™ i7-10750H Processor
Hexa-core
2.6 GHz / 4.7 GHz
9 MB cache
RAM 8 GB GDDR6 (2666 MHz)

Any comments or idea would be super appreciated. Thank you very much!
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My personal opinion would always be MSI

by OH Smeg In reply to Which laptop to buy for g ...

They make the systems that tend to end up as High End Name Brands so you are getting better value for money buying the MSI Brand who are a hardware maker unlike the others which are just resellers of others product.

Another you might like to look at are the Gigabyte Range who are also a Hardware Maker with very High Spec Notebooks that are sold under others names all as High End Systems.

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Gf65 vs gf75

by axxell990 In reply to My personal opinion would ...

I was of the same impression. Thank you for the advice. Gigabyte attracted me a lot but the cheapest I have found is 300 pounds plus more expensive than my top budget.

Out of the gf65(9750h, 2060 with 6gb gddr6 but only 256gb ofstorage and 8 gddr4 ram)and gf75 (10750h 1660ti and gddr6 both for the card and for the internal 8gb) they have 100 pounds difference(65 cheaper) which one would you pick?

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I always go for the highest spec

by OH Smeg In reply to Gf65 vs gf75

And then up it so I'm not the right person to ask on this.

At the moment I'm waiting for a i9 NB to become available before I go out and buy a new one so because of the work I do I'm always at the high end of the play toys I use and then I keep them till they die and then go as high as possible on the next.

But that's me as what I do required High End Stuff.

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Still indecided

by axxell990 In reply to I always go for the highe ...

I have kind of a similar approach
The thing is that i am happy to upgrade but can t really decide which one of the two has the best specs for my need the gf has a better graphics but everything else seems to be inferior. Any final thoughts?

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Well of the 2 MSI's

by OH Smeg In reply to Still indecided

One is a 15 inch and the other is 17 inch with a slower processor than the smaller one so the real question is how big a screen do you want/need?

The 15 inch screen has a faster CPU but the other one has a bigger screen which some people find very useful so I would say it All Depends on which size screen you want.

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Might be completely mistaken

by axxell990 In reply to Well of the 2 MSI's

I thought the gf75 was faster than the other one...10750h instead of 9750h and equal amount of ram, but the gf65 has gddr4 and gf75 gddr6. The one advantage I saw for the gf 65 is a better graphic card(2060 vs 1660ti) I guess I might miss/misunderstood something, Why would you say that gf75 has a slower processor?

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Well as I read it

by OH Smeg In reply to Might be completely mista ...

the 15 inch one says

"Intel® Core™ i7, RTX 2060, 256 GB"

where as the 17 inch ones says

"Intel® Core™ i7, GTX 1660 Ti, 512 GB "

The important numbers here are the 2060 and the 1660 which are the frequencies of the 2 CPU's or speed which at least is how Intel rates their CPU's last time I bought one.

It also makes sense that the smaller Screen is cheaper to buy than a bigger screen so they have made savings elsewhere in this case a slower CPU .

The numbers you listed

"10750h instead of 9750h" are the models of the CPU not their speeds and while one is a faster CPU than the other that only relates to CPU's of the same speed so if both models of CPU where 2 Megahertz the 10750 would be the faster of the two but as they are different models of CPU while still in the same family the ratings are different.

But it just makes sense the smaller NB has more expensive components inside it as at the moment 15 inch screens are a Standard so are cheaper to make and sell. If 17 inch screens where the more common they would be cheaper to make than a 15 inch screen just like a 100 MEG SATA Drive is more expensive than a 2 Gig SATA drive which is because the 2 Gig capacity is made in much greater numbers so the cost of production is cheaper.

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