Best laptop GPU for 1440p gaming and laptops for 1440p gaming

1440p gaming is obviously better than 1080p gaming. But, which are the best GPU for playing 1440p games on a laptop?

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1440p gaming is increasingly becoming more popular. Well, there aren’t a lot of laptops that offer 1440p or QHD displays. But considering that you have a QHD display or using an external monitor, which is the best laptop GPU for 1440p gaming?

Just to put into perspective 1440p has 77% more pixels to deal with compared to 1080p and that naturally means you need more graphical power and also more VRAM. Let’s see which laptop GPU is the best to handle these extra pixels.

RTX 3070 is the best laptop GPU for 1440p, that doesn’t break the bank

Nvidia is ruling the laptop GPU space and for good reason. They are fast and they are good value for the money, especially for 1440p and 4k gaming.

Quick Specs

  • Architecture: Ampere
  • Clock Speed: 1110 MHz to 1560MHz
  • Memory: 8GB GDDR6
  • Memory Bus: 256 bit
  • TDP: 85W to 125W

There are quite a few laptops in India that come with RTX 3070, both with 1080p display and 1440p display. What makes laptop RTX 3070 perfect for 1440p? Priceto-performance.

For most titles, RTX 3070 manages to run at 60fps at the highest settings. Some AAA titles like Cyberpunk 2077 or Control which are very demanding may need some boost from DLSS. But, for the most part, 1440p gaming is enjoyable with RTX 3070 laptops.

RTX 3070 laptops start from as low as ₹1,10,000 which is the MSI Pulse GL66. It has less TDP and as a result, is cheaper but sacrifices some performance. A good RTX 3070 laptop is usually in the range of 1.5 lac to 1.8 lac ($1800 to $2000) with the latest Intel 12th gen processors.

Here are some benchmark numbers for a full-powered RTX 3070 laptop. Note: It may vary a little depending on the laptop. Check this laptop buying guide for more help.

GameFPSDLSSRay TracingSettings
Cyberpunk 207750On/Quality modeOffHigh
Shadow of the Tomb Raider87Highest
Red Dead Redemption 2 78OnHigh
Control65OffOffHigh
Control40OffOn/HighHigh
Control104OnOffHigh
Call of Duty: Warzone100OffMax
F1 202176OffOnUltra High
AC Vallhalla62Very High
Fortnite104Epic
Source: Jarrod’s Tech

Best RTX 3070 laptops

MSI Pulse GS66 (Intel i7 – 11800H, RTX 3070) – Cheapest RTX 3070 laptop

Quick Specs

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-11800H
  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 3070 (85W TGP), 8GB GDDR6
  • Display: 15.6-inch, 1440p IPS panel, 165Hz refresh rate (DCI-P3: 100%)
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Battery: 90WHr, 240W charger
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth v5.2, Wi-Fi 6
  • Extra features: Backlit keyboard
  • 16 GB, Dual-channel RAM out of the box
  • 1440p display at a relatively less price
  • RTX 3070 on a tight budget
  • Decent Battery Life
  • Low-powered GPU which restricts its performance

Asus ROG Strix G15 (Ryzen 7 5800H, RTX 3070)

Quick Specs

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 3070 (135W TGP), 8GB GDDR6
  • Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p IPS panel, 300Hz refresh rate (sRGB: 100%)
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Battery: 90WHr, 240W charger
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth v5.1, Wi-Fi 6
  • Extra features: Backlit keyboard
  • Great build quality
  • High Refresh Rate and low input lag/response rate
  • Full power 135W GPU
  • Good Battery Life
  • FHD Display

MSI Crosshair 15 (Intel i7-12700H, RTX 3070)

Quick Specs

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-12700H
  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 3070 (140W TGP), 8GB GDDR6
  • Display: 15.6-inch, 1440p IPS panel, 165Hz refresh rate (DCI-P3: 100%)
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Battery: 53.5WHr, 240W charger
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth v5.2, Wi-Fi 6
  • Extra features: Backlit keyboard
  • 16 GB, Dual-channel RAM out of the box
  • Good brightness and decent response rate
  • Full power 140W GPU
  • Build quality could have been better

MSI Leopard GP66 (Intel i7-11800H) – Best Value RTX 3070 laptop – Link

Quick Specs

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-11800H
  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 3070 (140W TGP), 8GB GDDR6
  • Display: 15.6-inch, 1440p IPS panel, 165Hz refresh rate (DCI-P3: 100%)
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Battery: 65WHr, 280W charger
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth v5.2, Wi-Fi 6
  • Extra features: Backlit keyboard
  • Good response rate and wide colour gamut of the display
  • Full power 140W GPU
  • Really good performance for the money
  • Battery life is sub-par

AMD RX 6800M and RX 6700M are good 1440p options but there are hardly any laptops

AMD laptop GPUs are relatively cheaper than their Nvidia counterparts and there is another laptop GPU that is apt for 1440p but it has the same problem of less choice. Asus ROG Strix is the laptop that has RX 6800M in it.

Although RX 6800M is supposed to be in competition with RTX 3080 laptops, RX 6800M is priced on the same tier as RTX 3070 laptops (cheaper in some cases too)

RX 6800M has a larger 12GB memory but it is not needed for 1440p gaming even in modern titles. RX 6800M is faster than RTX 3070 but the gap closes at 1440p resolution. Even if performance is considered the same, RX 6800M is cheaper than RTX 3070 which makes it an overall better value.

If you are to choose between two laptops with 3070 and 6800M at the same price, RX 6800M will provide you with more value for the money.

As for RX 6700M, there is only a laptop worth mentioning and that is the MSI Delta 15. It is powered by Ryzen 9 5900HX and 135W (max TDP) RTX 3070. 

RTX 3070 laptop GPU is about 10% ahead of RX 6700M on average but it might depend on the games you play. It is not a bad show of performance by any means but RTX 3070 simply has more options.

GPU is not the only parameter to buying a laptop and having options is a good thing. Nevertheless, if only GPU power is considered, RX 6700M can also be a good option, especially for the 1.2lac price tag.

RX 6700M and RX 6800M laptop option

MSI Delta 15 (RX 6700M, Ryzen 9 5900X)

Quick Specs

  • Processor: Ryzen 9 5900X
  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 6700M (115-130 TGP), 10GB GDDR6
  • Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p IPS panel, 240Hz refresh rate (sRGB: 98%)
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Battery: 65WHr, 280W charger
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth v5.2, Wi-Fi 6
  • Extra features: Backlit keyboard
  • Dual channel memory out of the box
  • Full power 130W GPU
  • 240Hz refresh rate screen and decent response times
  • Heating issues
  • FHD resolution

Asus ROG Strix (RX 6800M, Rzyen 9 5900X)

Quick Specs

  • Processor: Ryzen 9 5900X
  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 6800M (115-130 TGP), 10GB GDDR6
  • Display: 15.6-inch, 1440p IPS panel, 165Hz refresh rate (sRGB: 100%)
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Battery: 90WHr, 280W charger
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth v5.2, Wi-Fi 6
  • Extra features: Backlit keyboard
  • Dual channel memory out of the box
  • Full power 130W GPU
  • Good performance for the money
  • 240Hz refresh rate screen and decent response times
  • Heating issues
  • No Webcam

RTX 3060 can be used for 1440p gaming if you are on a tighter budget

RTX 3060 laptop GPU is very close to its desktop counterpart and with a laptop using full power RTX 3060, you can definitely play 1440p games on it quite comfortably. Although you might wanna take the help of DLSS or FSR2.0 to boost frames in some demanding titles like Control, Cyberpunk 2077 or if you want to run Ray-tracing.

Nevertheless, there are some really good RTX 3060 laptops with MUX switch and full-power limit that costs around 1lac and can be a really good value for money.

Quick Specs

  • Architecture: Ampere
  • Clock Speed: 1035 MHz to 1702MHz
  • Memory: 6GB GDDR6
  • Memory Bus: 192 bit
  • TDP: 85W to 125W

RTX 3060 laptops are a great value for 1080p gaming but it is also capable of 1440p gaming. Although the “value” aspect for 1440p might depend on the price.

A good RTX 3060 laptop can range between 90000 to 1.3lac which is much cheaper than an RTX 3070 laptop. 

If you are on a tighter budget, you can definitely opt for an RTX 3060 laptop and here are some good RTX 3060 laptops with 1440p capable performance (higher TDP)

Best RTX 3060 laptops

  • MSI Crosshair 15 (Intel i7-12700H, RTX 3060) – QHD, performance laptop Buy here.
  • HP Victus (Ryzen 7 5800H, RTX 3060) – Performance laptop under 1lac. Buy Here
  • Asus TUF A17 (Ryzen 7 6800H, RTX 3060) – High TDP, MUX switch. Buy Here
  • MSI GF65 Thin and Light (Intel i5-10750H, RTX 3060) – Cheapest RTX 3060 laptop. Buy Here

Conclusion

Yes, RTX 3080 and above will perform even better but is it really worth the huge price difference? Probably no. RTX 3070 provides the best balance between price and performance for 1440p and there is no competition from AMD at this price point except the one laptop which has RX 6800M.

But, it is not enough. If you are on a budget you can choose RX 6700M (only one laptop available) or go for the RTX 3060 laptop which will serve you completely fine for 1440p gaming.

Is 1440p gaming worth it?

Yes, more and more people are shifting to 1440p due to the displays becoming cheaper and the performance leaps in hardware. Even a mid-range RTX 3060 laptop GPU can play games at 1440p.

Upscaling technologies like DLSS and FSR are also helping people with less powerful hardware to jump on higher resolution 1440p gaming.

Is it better to game at 1080p or 1440p?

For gaming, 1440p is superior to 1080p. Everything just looks much nicer and with more details. However, because 1440p has a higher pixel count than 1080p. 

Your graphics card will be working with more pixels. This means that performance will suffer as a result, leaving you with a lower frame rate, as with 1080p.

What is the best 1440p laptop under 1.5 lac?

MSI GP66 is the best value laptop under 1.5lac. If you can increase your budget just by a little, you can a good laptop with RX 6800M – Asus ROG Strix. Both of these laptops are linked in this article.

Looking for the best gaming laptop under 1lac? Check out this list.