Best Laptops with AMD FreeSync

HP OMEN 15t
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Why the HP Omen 17t is the best AMD FreeSync laptop

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There aren't many options available for FreeSync gaming laptops, which is set to change once portable PCs with AMD and Intel's upcoming combined chips are launched — instead of packing in separate processors for computing and gaming, Intel and AMD decided to work together to take on NVIDIA. For now, we only have a limited number of notebooks with AMD GPUs. This Omen 17t packs in an RX 580.

This laptop won't be able to power the latest games at full settings, though it will be able to run various titles at settings that will allow you to full appreciate the inclusion of FreeSync. Just like NVIDIA's G-Sync, this synchronization technology is becoming the norm in the latest laptops and monitors, both allowing for stutter-free and enhanced gaming experiences.

While AMD's RX line of GPUs aren't exactly powerful when compared to the GTX family, HP included a powerful quad-core i7 processor from Intel, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and tons of storage. When you're not gaming, the HP Omen 17t is a workhorse of a machine and when you're ready to have a little down time, it's possible to enjoy a whole library of installed games.

Here's a quick and dirty spec list:

  • CPU — Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8GHz).
  • GPU — AMD Radeon RX 580 (8GB GDDR5).
  • RAM — 16 GB DDR4.
  • Storage — 128GB SSD, 2TB HDD.
  • Battery — 86 Wh Lithium-ion.

Conclusion

Choices for AMD-powered laptops are slim when it comes to FreeSync and Radeon graphics. We'll revisit this guide once those new combined chips from Intel and AMD arrive to take on NVIDIA .

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

3 Comments
  • Amd is life
  • Care much more about getting something with Raven Ridge than Freesync. The HP will savage a battery, while the other two are junky APUs of yesteryear. Raven Ridge (only in a single HP laptop at the moment) gives you more of an ultrabook/2-in-1 body with a GPU capable of running a few games here and there. Pass on all of these devices, customers. Wait for the new Raven Ridge stuff if you want something that's highly portable, or get something with an Nvidia chip, if you want decent power that won't rip through electricity like crazy (not that Polaris is as bad as high-end Vega in the power department).
  • We need freesync for this very heavy game in the thumbnail called Sonic Mania.