Thanks again Keith. Looking at your comments Ive decided to up the budget to £2500 and get something that will last. I have to use it for work too so cant have all the lights and things you get with a brand like Alienware. The one I picked out from box was this one but they wont have any in stock for a month.
It's a really nice laptop. It has the I7 8750h 6 core/12 thread CPU. It's the best mobile processor you can buy. It's matched with a 1070 Max Q GPU. The max Q's aren't quite desktop class. and do have slightly less performance than the standard desktop part. It will have lower base/boost clocks, and won't quite pump out the same FPS as its bigger sibling. You can see here the difference between the two GPU's : https/www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TWbCzArI6g
Apart from that it has a great UHD screen 144hz, so it will look great when playing games. Just keep in mind, at that resolution and with that GPU you will not be able to run most games at 144hz.
Overall, a really good gaming laptop, which will be good for productivity and anything else you throw at it too.
edit: Also, all the RGB fancy stuff can be switched off very easily on all of those laptops. The gigabyte also has RGB back lit keyboard.
Thanks again, so i intend to plug into a big 4k monitor when playing games, sounds like it wont be upto that and i need maybe a 1070 or 1080 card? Also I need a laptop in 8 days for work so cant actually get that one. Not finding any others as yet.
I read that NVMe SSD are many times faster then M.2, is this actually a noticeable difference?
Even a 1070/1080 will struggle with more than 60fps at 4k. It depends too on in game settings, as they can be adjusted down to give higher FPS. Still, getting to 144hz on a 4k screen is not an option for GPU's right now, in most gaming scenarios.
There are of course some games that may do 144hz/FPS. CSGO, Fortnight etc. Things that aren't that demanding.
On the SSD's. Yes there are differences. But it really depends on the exact models. NVMe/M2 are almost the same (some NVMe drives are M.2 and others PCIe). The main difference is between NVMe/M.2 and Sata SSD's. Sata drives have read/write speeds about 500-600mbs. This is limited by the SATA bus. NVMe on the other hand can have read/write speeds in the 3000mbs range! So yes, defo faster.
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Spec wise it's very similar, bit slightly more powerful. It has a desktop CPU and the full fledged 1070 GPU.
The only thing I would consider is the motherboard and what one it is. You have the 8700k which is pretty much the best gaming processor available today. It's also overclock-able. So I'd make sure the mobo is good enough to take advantage of that. (With that said OC with a laptop isn't always possible - too much heat)
Nice system, I'd have butterflies waiting on it to arrive. I'd be excited to test it!
Oh I like the look of the Asus. But it has a weaker CPU, better GPU.
The MSI has both the CPU/GPU you were looking at but, both it and the Asus only have a full HD 1920 x 1080p screens. They are possibly limited to 60hz, and if so, the GPU's are almost wasted. IF the screens are 60hz they cannot display more than 60fps, even if the GPU is pumping out much more FPS.
I'd prob go for the MSI in that case. If you are gonna hook it up to a larger TV/Monitor, then you will be able to stretch the legs of that GPU, with a great CPU to drive it.