10 Best High Performance Laptops – 2020

TOP PICK
Area 51M Gaming Laptop Welcome to A New ERA with 9TH GEN Intel CORE I9-9900K GEFORCE RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 17.3" FHD 144HZ AG IPS G-SYNC TOBII EYETRACKING (2TB RAID|64GB RAM|10 PRO)
CUK MSI GS75 Stealth Ultra Thin & Light Gamer Notebook (Intel i9-9880H, 64GB RAM, 2x2TB NVMe SSD RAID, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB Max-Q, 17.3" FHD 144Hz 3ms, Windows 10 Pro) Gaming Laptop Computer
Alienware AW17R3-4175SLV 17.3-Inch FHD Laptop (6th Generation Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD + 256 GB SATA SSD,NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Windows 10 Home), Silver)
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 Gaming Laptop, 17.3” 144Hz Pantone Validated Full HD IPS, GeForce RTX 2080, Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, 16GB DDR4, 1TB PCIe NVME SSD Hyper Drive, Windows 10 Pro-GX701GX-XS76
New Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB Storage) - Space Gray
BLW's Score
95
92
90
88
86
MSRP
$6,599.00
Price not available
$2,499.55
$2,481.24
$1,687.29
Processor
Intel Core I9-9900K (up to 5 GHz)
Intel Core i9-9880H (up to 4.8 GHz)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz
Intel Core i7-8750H (6 core)
Intel Core i9 2.6 GHz (8 core)
RAM
64GB DDR4
64GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
2TB SSD
2 x 2TB SSD RAID
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
1TB SSD
512GB SSD
Display
17.3" FHD 144 Hz (1920 x 1080)
17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz
17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080)
17.3" FHD 144 Hz (1920 x 1080)
15.4" Retina (2880 x 1800)
Graphics
NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
NVIDIA GeForce 970M GTX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
Radeon Pro 560x
OS
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
OS X
Weight
8 pounds
4.9 pounds
4.6 pounds
5.95 pounds
4.2 pounds
Battery Life
2 hours
4 hours
6 hours
5 hours
10 hours
TOP PICK
Area 51M Gaming Laptop Welcome to A New ERA with 9TH GEN Intel CORE I9-9900K GEFORCE RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 17.3" FHD 144HZ AG IPS G-SYNC TOBII EYETRACKING (2TB RAID|64GB RAM|10 PRO)
BLW's Score
95
MSRP
$6,599.00
More Information
Processor
Intel Core I9-9900K (up to 5 GHz)
RAM
64GB DDR4
Hard Disk
2TB SSD
Display
17.3" FHD 144 Hz (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2080
OS
Windows 10 Pro
Weight
8 pounds
Battery Life
2 hours
CUK MSI GS75 Stealth Ultra Thin & Light Gamer Notebook (Intel i9-9880H, 64GB RAM, 2x2TB NVMe SSD RAID, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB Max-Q, 17.3" FHD 144Hz 3ms, Windows 10 Pro) Gaming Laptop Computer
BLW's Score
92
MSRP
Price not available
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i9-9880H (up to 4.8 GHz)
RAM
64GB DDR4
Hard Disk
2 x 2TB SSD RAID
Display
17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
OS
Windows 10 Pro
Weight
4.9 pounds
Battery Life
4 hours
Alienware AW17R3-4175SLV 17.3-Inch FHD Laptop (6th Generation Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD + 256 GB SATA SSD,NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Windows 10 Home), Silver)
BLW's Score
90
MSRP
$2,499.55
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Display
17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce 970M GTX
OS
Windows 10 Home
Weight
4.6 pounds
Battery Life
6 hours
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 Gaming Laptop, 17.3” 144Hz Pantone Validated Full HD IPS, GeForce RTX 2080, Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, 16GB DDR4, 1TB PCIe NVME SSD Hyper Drive, Windows 10 Pro-GX701GX-XS76
BLW's Score
88
MSRP
$2,481.24
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-8750H (6 core)
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
1TB SSD
Display
17.3" FHD 144 Hz (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
OS
Windows 10 Pro
Weight
5.95 pounds
Battery Life
5 hours
New Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB Storage) - Space Gray
BLW's Score
86
MSRP
$1,687.29
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i9 2.6 GHz (8 core)
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
512GB SSD
Display
15.4" Retina (2880 x 1800)
Graphics
Radeon Pro 560x
OS
OS X
Weight
4.2 pounds
Battery Life
10 hours

Note: Our comparison table only shows our top 5 picks. You can find the other recommendations within this article.

Since you're here on our page of best high-performance laptops, I'm assuming you're looking for a machine to run some big programs and games. 

Well, the timing is perfect for a new laptop since all manufacturers have released (or will soon release) their 2020 models and so this is a great time to be researching the available models.

I know we have already created guides for best laptops under $1000 and gaming laptops under $1500, but this specific guide will list the most of the high performance laptops regardless of their price, size, specifications and brand.

Girl Playing Games On Laptop

These premium laptops are highly built to perform and to be honest; we have only considered performance here and nothing else like price, design, weight and portability.

Here you will find Laptops from $1000 to $4000, and in the end, you can decide which one will suit you better. When it comes to high-performance laptops, you compromise nothing at all, and from top to bottom it will be loaded with the latest hardware and best quality material.

What to choose between High-Performance Laptop and Desktop?

If I am going, being honest here, nothing beats the performance of desktop PCs, but that's not an option for many people since it doesn't offer any portability. So it's totally up to you and what exactly you'll be doing with your PC.

If you're going to stay at one place and work, then we highly suggest that you go with a desktop PC. However, in case you will be carrying around your machine then you'll want a laptop. 

Anyways, gamers can also buy these types of machines since all they need performance. We have created this guide for all the power users like gamers, video editors, animators, music producers and business users.

These are highly reliable laptops from top manufacturers, and they include all the standard features and functions. In case you need a laptop for entertainment purposes then we recommend you look at our guide of best multimedia laptops.

Our Top Picks for Best High-Performance Laptops of 2020

1. Alienware Area 51M

Specs:

  • Intel Core I9-9900K Processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
  • 2TB SDD
  • 64GB DDR4 RAM

The Alienware Area 51M sports a 17-inch full HD 144Hz display. This is one of the most expensive laptops on our list. Alienware is a popular gaming brand and of course it has no match when it comes to performance. This is one of the first laptops to offer the new Core i9 processor with a TurboBoost up to 5 GHz.

It's not lightweight and it has below average battery life, but you won't care if you want the most powerful gaming laptop available with the latest features. This laptop has top shelf components in every aspect.

It features an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU (8GB of VRAM) that's easily able to handle all your graphics rendering tasks. The 144Hz display refresh rate reduces blurring and screen tearing in fast motion games.

Under the hood, it features 9th generation Intel Core i9 9900K processor, 2 TB SSD and 64 GB DDR4 RAM. This is more than enough power to run any games on the market faster than competing laptops.

The laptop looks are consistent with the Alienware brand that gamers love. If you want one of the most powerful laptops that money can buy and you can afford it, then this could be the laptop for you.

2. MSI GT65 Stealth-666

MSI GS65 Stealth-666

Specs:

  • Intel Core i9-9880H Processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
  • 2 x 2TB SSD
  • 64GB DDR4 RAM

When it comes to buying a new gaming laptop, MSI is a big name, and not everyone can afford that kind of laptop. That being said, it's surely an all-rounder that can be used by anyone including professional gamers and geeks.

Most of the MSI gaming laptops are usually packed with almost everything, and you don't have to upgrade it anytime soon. Its internals pack Eye tracking technology, Intel Core i9 9880H processor, 64 GB of RAM, dual 2 TB SSDs and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU.

Other than all these, its special features include G-Sync, full color backlit keyboard, silver lining, thunderbolt port, true color technology and Killer Gaming Network.

Its 17.3-inch Full HD IPS 144 Hz display comes with an anti-glare and wide view angle feature. If you have never used a gaming laptop in past then this one will surely impress you with its performance.

This laptop is a real powerhouse and has just about every feature you could want. The one exception is battery life. A laptop with these specifications is going to be power hungry. This is more of a portable workstation than a laptop for frequent traveling.

If you enjoy playing HD games or do multitasking frequently, then you're absolutely going to love this high performance laptop. It includes all the necessary ports making it extremely easy to connect your PC with anything possible. Overall, it's a perfect high performance laptop for gamers, businessmen and graphic designers.

3. Alienware AW17R3-4175SLV