Best Laptop Graphics Cards from Nvidia and AMD in 2020

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Laptops have become very powerful over the years. Gone are the days when the laptops were only used for business/office work or normal work. This is because now you can play the latest high-end games on laptops having good graphics cards. Most of the laptops do not come with graphics cards as they are dependent on onboard or integrated graphics, and those who come with dedicated graphics cards have a different range of GPUs starting from low-end to high-end.

Some laptops with graphics cards come with entry-level GPUs and some come with mid-range to high-end graphics cards or GPUs. Laptops with entry-level graphics cards are good for casual gaming, video editing, watching Full HD and Blu-ray movies. Also, these laptops are relatively cheaper compared to gaming laptops with powerful graphics cards. On the other hand laptops with mid-range to high-end graphics cards are way more powerful and you can enjoy the latest games on mid to high graphics settings at 1080p. Below you can see a picture of a typical graphics card for a laptop.

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Laptop Graphics Card

Both AMD and Nvidia make graphics cards for laptops. These laptop graphics cards are also known as mobile GPUs because of their smaller size and use in mobile computers or laptops. Some Laptop Graphics Cards are MXM Graphics Cards and they connect in the Mobile PCI Express Module (MXM) slot of your laptop. You may be able to upgrade MXM Graphics Cards on some laptops but it really depends on the laptop model and manufacturer. Here in this post, I am going to list down the best laptops graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD for gaming, professional graphics work and for casual gaming.

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Best Laptop GPUs from Nvidia

These are the best Laptop Graphics Cards from Nvidia. Here RTX 20 series graphics cards are built on the latest Turing GPU architecture, and GTX 10 series are built on the Pascal GPU architecture.

  • GeForce RTX 2080
  • GeForce RTX 2070
  • GeForce RTX 2060
  • GTX 1660 Ti
  • GTX 1650
  • GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 1080
  • GeForce GTX 1070
  • GeForce GTX 1060
  • GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • GeForce GTX 1050
  • GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
  • GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  • GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
  • GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  • GTX 1050 Max-Q

Checkout: Best Gaming Laptops with GeForce 10 series Graphics Cards

What is Max-Q Nvidia Graphics Card in Laptop?

Nvidia Max-Q graphics card is the power-efficient variant of a standard graphics card (mostly high-end GPUs) used in laptops. These Max-Q Nvidia graphics cards are specified with the word Max-Q written after their model number e.g. GTX 1070 Max-Q or GTX 1080 Max-Q. These graphics cards are power efficient and generate less heat compared to their standard versions. Currently Max-Q graphics cards are available for GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060, GTX 1070 and GTX 1080.

These Max-Q graphics cards are around 15% to 20% (up to 25% or maybe higher) slower than their standard variants, and their drivers are also optimized for efficiency rather than for performance. Max-Q graphics cards are used mainly in slim notebooks or thin laptops where cooling is a major challenge to handle the heat generated from these powerful GPUs. However, they still deliver good performance in games and other applications when compared to the mid-range or budget laptop graphics cards

Older Powerful Laptop GPUs from Nvidia

These are also very good graphics cards for laptops but they are older than the GeForce 10 series graphics cards.

  • GeForce GTX 980
  • GeForce GTX 980M
  • GeForce GTX 970M
  • GeForce GTX 965M
  • GeForce GTX 960M
  • GeForce GTX 950M
  • GeForce GTX 880M
  • GeForce GTX 870M
  • GeForce GTX 860M

Budget Laptop Graphics Cards from Nvidia

These are budget graphics cards for laptop and on them, you can enjoy a bit of gaming too but on lower settings. Older games will run fine on decent graphics settings on below-mentioned laptops graphics cards.

  • GeForce GTX 945M
  • GeForce GTX 940M
  • GeForce GTX 930MX
  • GeForce GTX 930M
  • GeForce GTX 920MX
  • GeForce GTX 920M
  • GeForce GTX 910M
  • GeForce GTX 850M
  • GeForce GTX 840M
  • GeForce GTX 830M
  • GeForce GTX 820M
  • GeForce GTX 800M

Best Laptop GPUs from AMD

Here are the best Laptop Graphics Cards from AMD. It includes Radeon R9 series GPUs from high-end to higher mid-range.

  • Radeon Vega 10
  • Radeon Vega 8
  • Radeon RX 580
  • RadeonRX 570
  • Radeon R9 M485X
  • Radeon R9 M470X
  • Radeon R9 M470
  • Radeon R9 M395X
  • Radeon R9 M390X
  • Radeon R9 M385X
  • Radeon R9 M375
  • Radeon R9 M380
  • Radeon R9 M375X
  • Radeon R9 M365X
  • Radeon R9 M295X
  • Radeon R9 M290X
  • Radeon R9 M280
  • Radeon R9 M275X
  • Radeon R9 M270X
  • Radeon R9 M265X

Mid-range to Budget Range Laptop GPUs from AMD

Here are the mid-range and low-end or budget laptop graphics cards from AMD. These are Radeon R7 series and R5 series laptop graphics cards. Radeon R7 GPUs are more powerful than Radeon R5 GPUs.

  • Radeon RX 560
  • Radeon RX 550
  • Radeon RX 540
  • Radeon 530
  • Radeon 520
  • Radeon R7 M465X
  • Radeon R7 M465
  • Radeon R7 M460
  • Radeon R7 M445
  • Radeon R7 M440
  • Radeon R7 M370
  • Radeon R7 M365
  • Radeon R7 M360
  • Radeon R7 M340
  • Radeon R7 M270
  • Radeon R7 M265
  • Radeon R7 M260X
  • Radeon R7 M260
  • Radeon R5 M435
  • Radeon R5 M430
  • Radeon R5 M420
  • Radeon R5 M335
  • Radeon R5 M330
  • Radeon R5 M320
  • Radeon R5 M315
  • Radeon R5 M255
  • Radeon R5 M230

See also: Best Gaming Laptops under 1000 dollars

Final Words

In the end I would like to tell you that if you are buying a laptop with a graphics card then you should know what GPU it has and how much power the graphics card is otherwise you will be wasting your money if it did not fit in your needs. For any queries regarding the laptop graphics card, please leave a comment below.

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