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4 reasons not to buy a gaming laptop right now

PC enthusiasts looking for the next best thing may want to think twice before jumping on gaming laptop deals right now. With new hardware from AMD, Intel, and Nvidia coming around the corner, we’re likely to witness a major performance bump.

To help you decide, we’ll run through the four reasons you may not want to buy a new laptop. All are significant reasons, but the first one is a doozy.

1. Nvidia 30-series Ampere GPUs

If you buy a laptop to play games, the most important component is always going to be the GPU. While Nvidia remains tight-lipped, a report from WCCFtech.com’s Usman Pirzada indicates that the mobile version of the company’s “staggeringly powerful” RTX 30-series GPUs could appear as soon as January.

The WCCFTech story said Nvidia’s Ampere-based GeForce RTX 3060, RTX 3070, and RTX 3080 will supplant today’s Turing-based 20-series of GPUs in gaming laptops. The Turing-based GeForce GTX 1650 and GTX 1650 Ti will stick around at lower prices.

It’s really the 30’s that matter. Given that the GeForce RTX 3070 on desktop is somewhat equal to a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, the mobile version should also provide a huge performance boost for gamers. And yes, the RTX 3080 will take yet another step beyond that.

As the GPU is the lifeblood of gaming, it’s worth it to wait a month to see if Pirzada’s story comes true. And yes, if he’s wrong, and you passed on a deal, you can shake your fist like Admiral Kirk as you scream into the heart of a dead planet: “USMAAAN!”

2. AMD Big Navi Mobile?

While there aren’t any rumors of a mobile version of AMD’s “glorious” Big Navi Radeon RX 6000 series for laptops, AMD has all but hinted that the Big Navi should yield good returns with its SmartShift technology, which intelligently shares power with the CPU. AMD also heavily pushed power efficiency as an advantage over Nvidia’s 30-series. So we do expect a Radeon RX 6000 in laptops, but we don’t know exactly when.

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Asus’ ROG Zephyrus G14 was one of the most impressive laptops this year, with its Ryzen 4000 and GeForce RTX 2060 in a 3.5-pound package.

3. AMD Ryzen 5000 mobile CPU

Moving into CPUs, we can say it’s definitely worth waiting to see whether AMD CEO Lisa Su announces AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 5000 mobile chips at her CES keynote in January. We called the desktop version using the Zen 3 core the ”best computer CPU we’ve ever seen.” Offering better efficiency per clock than Intel’s 14nm chips, Zen 3 offers stupidly good multi-core performance and strong single-core performance, too. The mobile version isn’t likely to pack the 12 or 16 cores of the desktop, but the increase in single-core performance should greatly help Ryzen 4000’s soft spot.

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