Can you get an 8-core gaming laptop with a GeForce RTX 3080 inside without completely breaking the bank? Yes.
That’s the pitch for Acer’s latest Nitro 5 iteration, at least, which packs an 8-core Ryzen 7 5800H processor, a GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop 8GB GPU, and an ultra-fast 17.3-inch 360Hz panel for $2,099.99 on Amazon. Sure, there’s no optical mechanical keyboard, per key RGB lighting, or fancy magnesium or carbon here (it’s mostly plastic) but for gamers, having a fast CPU and a fast GPU might be all that matters, especially paired with such a speedy screen. Most RTX 3080 laptops cost hundreds more.