Best AMD gaming laptops 2022: the top gaming laptops powered by Team Red

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There are a lot more of the best AMD gaming laptops out in the wild now than there were just a few years ago. And, with all the portables featuring Team Red’s tech to choose from, you can now find a number of budget offerings and high-end powerhouses capable of just about anything you can throw at them.

While Intel always seemed to lead when it came to gaming performance, AMD has made serious strides with its components, giving the best Intel processors a run for their money whether on mobile platforms or elsewhere.

And, gaming laptop manufacturers have taken notice. All sorts of brands are now releasing powerful portables equipped with AMD Ryzen processors, some of which provide the kind of performance you would expect in a desktop PC.

Since so many options have become available, it can be a little tough figuring out which ones rank among the top AMD gaming laptops. To help you find the one that fits your needs and budgets, we’ve gathered our top choices here.

The best AMD gaming laptops

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Asus Zephyrus G15 on a white background, with the ROG logo on the display. The gaming laptop is at an angle.

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1. Asus ROG Zephyrus G15

Desktop-replacement performance

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H – 9 5900HS
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 – 3080
RAM: Up to 32GB
Screen: 15.6-inch QHD (1440p), 165Hz, 3ms, 300 nits
Storage: 1TB

Reasons to buy

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Outstanding performance
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Incredible battery life
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Great price

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No webcam
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Tenkeyless keyboard

The Asus ROG Zephyrus line of gaming laptops has long been considered top-tier kit among gaming enthusiasts, and the new ROG Zephyrus G15 definitely keeps that streak going. Powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs and Nvidia RTX 3000-series GPUs, this line of AMD gaming laptop is about as good as it gets while offering surprisingly excellent battery life and affordability to boot.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Zephyrus G15

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro on a white background. The laptop is open, and there's a colorful background on the display with the Legion logo and what looks like black rocks surrounding it.

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2. Lenovo Legion 5 Pro

Nearly perfect

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 – 3070
RAM: 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
Screen: 16-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS 500 nits, 165Hz
Storage: Up to 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD

Reasons to buy

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Incredible gaming performance
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Fantastic QHD display
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Excellent hardware controls

Reasons to avoid

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On the heavy side
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Fairly generic design

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro gaming laptop is easily one of the best gaming laptops we've ever tested. The outstanding performance is matched by its gorgeous QHD IPS display with up to 500 nits, a 165Hz refresh rate, and a 3ms response time for buttery smooth and blazing fast visuals. Pair that with a full-sized keyboard and excellent hardware control panel to boost performance while gaming and you've got the makings of a nearly perfect gaming laptop, assuming you don't mind it running a bit hot under strain. For the unbeatable price though, there really isn't much to complain about here.

Read the full review: Lenovo Legion 5 Pro

Dell G5 15 SE (2020) on a white background. The gaming laptop is turned to the side, where you can see the ports, along with the Dell logo on the back of the laptop. You can also see the venting on the back of the device.

The Dell G5 15 SE (2020) boasts impressive AMD specs, especially in the CPU department. (Image credit: Dell)

3. Dell G5 15 SE (2020)

A fantastic value

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4600H – 7 4800H
Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 5600M
RAM: 8GB – 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display – 15.6 inch FHD(1920x1080) 300nits WVA Anti-Glare LED Backlit Display(non-touch), 144Hz refresh rate
Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Excellent CPU performance
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Very affordable for a gaming laptop
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Quick and vibrant display

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Gets pretty hot under strain
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Plastic build feels flimsy

Though Dell has its more premium Alienware line of gaming laptops, the Dell G5 15 (2020) is a lower-cost alternative that doesn't skimp on quality performance. The Radeon RX 5000-series graphics paired with the Ryzen 4000-series processor might not be the latest-gen hardware, but it's still plenty powerful for high-quality 1080p gaming at a fantastic price.

Read the full review: Dell G5 15 SE (2020)

Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 on a white background. The gaming laptop is open, and there's a pink and purple background on the screen with the Asus ROG logo.

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4. Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733

The best of AMD and Nvidia

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
RAM: 16GB – 64GB
Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 anti-glare – 17.3-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) 16:9 anti-glare display
Storage: 1TB + 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0

Reasons to buy

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Excellent performance
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Cool design
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Brilliant mechanical keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Poor battery life

The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733 is one of the most powerful gaming laptops money can buy, chewing through the latest AAA games with relative ease. That's owing to its seriously impressive specs, including the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU and Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU with up to 64GB RAM. This kind of high-performance hardware doesn't come cheap, but if you've got the budget for it, you might as well go all-in on the best hardware you can get and the ROG Strix Scar 17 G733 should definitely be on your shortlist.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733

Razer Blade 14

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5. Razer Blade 14

Portability and performance

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 – 3080
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 14-inch 144Hz Full HD – 14-inch 165Hz QHD
Storage: 1TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful chassis
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Rigid
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Thin and light

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Lower performance than other laptops

If you've been waiting for an AMD Ryzen-powered Razer gaming laptop, the wait is over. The Razer Blade 14 comes packing a Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU for high-end performance paired with up to an RTX 3080 mobile GPU for the best framerates possible in a lighter-weight chassis just 0.66-inches thick. The exceptional design also puts this more in the luxe category of gaming laptops with the requisite price premium, but if you're looking for a status piece that can also rip through the latest AAA titles with ease, you can't go wrong with the Razer Blade 14.

Read the full review: Razer Blade 14

Michelle Rae Uy
Buying Guides Editor

Michelle Rae Uy is the Buying Guides Editor here at TechRadar. She's a Los Angeles-based tech, travel and lifestyle writer covering a wide range of topics, from computing to the latest in green commutes to the best hiking trails. She's an ambivert who enjoys communing with nature and traveling for months at a time just as much as watching movies and playing sim games at home. That also means that she has a lot more avenues to explore in terms of understanding how tech can improve the different aspects of our lives.