Best Laptop For Blender: Here Are Our Top 7 Picks

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You might be surprised to know that a good Blender computer isn’t that different from a good gaming computer. Most of the difference lies in the amount of RAM and storage because Blender eats up a lot of memory compared to games. And the display- for Blender you want to focus on color accuracy and resolution, rather than refresh rate and pixel response time.

So, what is the best laptop for Blender? We did the research, and our top choice is the HIDevolution MSI GS66 Stealth. HIDevolution is a licensed BTO (built to order) dealer that customizes laptops from companies like MSI and ASUS.

They add memory, storage, and their own warranty. On top of that, they apply high-end thermal paste to stock laptops which is a big bonus if you render. Because the stock thermal paste isn’t good enough to keep thermals under control in a sleek laptop like the GS66 Stealth. 

Oh, and we’ve got a little surprise for those among you who have no budget restrictions and want the absolute best laptop in terms of sheer performance. It is a laptop with a desktop processor and packs 4 times the RAM of a standard gaming laptop

The EVOC X1702F is a beast and in terms of raw power, it cannot be matched by any other laptop. Even the MSI GS66 Stealth, which is our top choice, cannot compete with this Goliath. 

But there are two good reasons why we didn’t pick it for the number 1 spot. First, it’s way to heavy and thick.

Second, it’s so expensive that you could easily build a faster desktop workstation and still have money left over to buy a thin & light laptop for school/ travel. Is the EVOC X1702F awesome? Without a doubt. Is it practical? Probably not.

Table Of Contents

Here is our list of 7 best laptop for Blender:

  • HIDevolution MSI GS66 Stealth
  • CUK AORUS 15G
  • ASUS TUF Dash 15
  • HIDevolution Gigabyte Aero 17 XC-8US4450SP
  • CYBERPOWERPC Tracer IV Edge Pro
  • EXPC GF65 Thin 10UE-091
  • Lenovo Legion 5

HIDevolution MSI GS66 Stealth

[2021] HIDevolution MSI GS66 Stealth 10UH 15.6" FHD 300Hz, 2.2 GHz i7-10870H, RTX 3080, 64 GB 3200MHz RAM, 2 TB PCIe SSD
  • Intel 10th Generation Comet Lake i7-10870H 8 Core - 16 Thread Processor, 2.2 GHz (Max Turbo Frequency 5.0 GHz), 16 MB Smart Cache with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 w/ 16 GB GDDR6 (Features Max-Q Technologies | Max TGP 95W - Boost Clock 1365MHz)
  • HIDevolution upgrades the 15.6" FHD 300Hz 3ms, Anti-Glare Wide View Angle Display Gaming Laptop by adding Gelid GC Extreme on CPU and GPU for improved performance and optimal system temperature
  • PCIe based storage--2 TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD--ensures that you experience the fastest boot up & load times
  • Installed by HIDevolution--64 GB (2 x 32 GB) of fast DDR4 3200MHz dual channel system memory (Speeds subject to system capability)--run memory hungry applications and multitask with ease
  • HIDevolution Promise: Authorized MSI Build to Order Dealer, thorough quality testing, a 1 Year Warranty, and access to our expert support staff. Contact us for more customization options.

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When we think about running Blender on a laptop, we usually don’t think of it as a serious platform. Rendering large and complex projects will overheat most laptops and cause them to thermal throttle or even shut down.

Many folks have lost their laptops in this exact manner, especially college students who don’t have beefy gaming laptops.

However, the MSI GS66 Stealth changes things up. It is sleek and light, yes. However, MSI has worked some magic with the cooler which allows this laptop to stay relatively cool even under load.

If you’re rendering, the fans will spin up and create a high-pitched whine which is annoying for sure. But the internals stay under thermal throttling point which prevents the silicon from degrading over time. It also means you get more performance and can work better.

As for hardware, you have an RTX 3080 which at the time of writing this article is the most powerful GPU available for laptops. Blender is going to love the massive number of CUDA cores and 16GB of GDDR6 VRAM.

You also get 64GB of DDR4 RAM which is 4x what you get in a normal gaming laptop. And the processor is an Intel Core i7-10870H with 8 cores and 16 threads. 

Pros

  • Intel Core i7-10870H with 8 cores and 16 threads
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 with 16GB of GDDR6 VRAM
  • 32GB of DDR4 VRAM
  • 2TB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 1920 x 1080 15.6” FHD display with a refresh rate of 300Hz and 3ms response time
  • Sleek and light design, built with premium materials
  • Per-key customizable RGB keyboard with good key travel and large keycaps
  • High-quality top-firing stereo speakers
  • HIDevolution customized, so you get Gelid GC Xtreme thermal paste on both the CPU and GPU

Cons

  • Sub-par battery life
  • The display doesn’t have the best colors (it isn’t bad, but it’s still a TN panel)

CUK AORUS 15G

CUK AORUS 15G by Gigabyte 15 Inch Gamer Notebook (Intel Core i7, 64GB RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB, 15.6" FHD 240Hz IPS, Windows 10 Home) Gaming Laptop Computer
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-10870H Eight Core Processor (16MB Cache, 2.2GHz-5.0GHz) 45W
  • RAM: 64GB DDR4 2933MHz | Hard Drive: 2TB NVMe Solid State Drive
  • Keyboard: Island-Style AORUS Fusion Keyboard with Per-Key Backlit Control | Operating System: Windows 10 Home x64
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 | Display: 15.6” Thin Bezel Full HD 240Hz IPS-Level Anti-Glare Display LCD (1920 x 1080)
  • 64GB RAM / 2TB NVMe SSD Upgrades | 3-Year CUK Limited Warranty (View warranty section below for more details.)

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CUK is an authorized built-to-order retailer for top gaming laptop brands, just like HIDevolution.

This AORUS 15G laptop has been upgraded to a whopping 64GB of DDR4 RAM in dual-channel (32 x 2), so it’s perfect for Blender and video editing. It also packs a massive 2TB PCIe NVMe SSD which lets Blender cache project files and save data at lightning speed.

You get an NVIDIA RTX 3070 graphics card which has fewer CUDA cores and half the VRAM compared to an RTX 3080, but it’s not that much slower. Expect a difference of 15 to 20 percent in render times when VRAM isn’t a limiting factor.

The display is a treat to work on, at least by gaming display standards. It is 240Hz, but still, an IPS-level panel which means you get excellent colors and viewing angles. 

Pros

  • Intel Core i7-10870H octacore Comet Lake processor with a boost clock of 5GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPU with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM, has RT cores for raytracing
  • A whopping 64GB of 2933MHz DDR4 RAM in dual-channel (32 x 2), giving you plenty of memory bandwidth as well as capacity
  • 240Hz 15.6” IPS FHD display
  • 2TB NVMe PCIe storage
  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi
  • HDMI 2.1, mini Display Port 1.4, RJ 45 Ethernet, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C

Cons

  • Webcam is mounted on the display hinge, which feels really awkward
  • The display is not true IPS, it is IPS-level (basically a WVA TN)

ASUS TUF Dash 15

ASUS TUF Dash 15 Gaming and Entertainment Laptop (Intel i7-11370H 4-Core, 40GB RAM, 2x1TB PCIe SSD RAID 0 (2TB), RTX 3070, 15.6" Full HD (1920x1080), WiFi, Bluetooth, Win 10 Pro) with Hub
  • 【Upgraded】 Seal is opened for Hardware/Software upgrade only to enhance performance. 15.6" Full HD (1920x1080) 240Hz Refresh Rate Display; Wi-Fi 6 AX201 Wifi, Bluetooth 5.2, Ethernet LAN (RJ-45), No Webcam, Backlit Keyboard
  • 【Powerful Performance with Intel Core i7-11370H Quad Core】 11th Gen Intel Core i7-11370H 3.3GHz Processor (upto 4.8 GHz, 12MB Cache, 4-Cores) ; NVIDIA RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 Dedicated Graphics
  • 【High Speed and Multitasking】 40GB DDR4 RAM (8GB Onboard + 32GB SODIMM); 200W Power Supply, 2-Cell 76WHr Battery; Eclipse Gray Color
  • 【Enormous Storage】 2x1TB PCIe NVMe SSD RAID 0 (2TB available storage); 1 HDMI, Thunderbolt 4 (Type-C), Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack., Windows 10 Pro-64, 1 Year Manufacturer warranty from GreatPriceTech (Professionally upgraded by GreatPriceTech)

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Minimalistic, yet highly functional design- that’s the motto of ASUS TUF laptops. Not to mention powerful hardware, which you get at a very reasonable price.

The TUF Dash 15 uses Intel’s latest Tiger Lake “H” series i7 processor. It has only 4 cores and 8 threads which is quaint by modern standards but should be plenty for Blender.

Because you get a beast of a GPU in the RTX 3070, it packs lots of muscle and 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM along with RT + Tensor cores.

You also get 40GB of VRAM, and if that number looks weird it’s because the RAM is split in a 32 +8 configuration (with 8GB soldered to the mainboard). This limits future upgradability, but you still have plenty of RAM for most Blender projects.

Pros

  • Intel Core i7-11370H processor, Tiger Lake, 10nm manufacturing process
  • NVIDIA RTX 3070 with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM and RT + Tensor cores
  • 40GB DDR4 RAM
  • Decently sized 76Wh battery, not adequate for all-day usage but still better than most gaming laptops (especially when paired with the Tiger Lake 10nm CPU)
  • 2TB PCIe NVMe storage (two 1TB PCIe NVMe drives in RAID 0 configuration)
  • HDMI, Thunderbolt via Type-C, 802.11ax Wi-Fi, and USB Type-A
  • Robust design with MIL-STD 810 certification for durability and resistance against heat, cold, dust, etc.
  • 15.6” FHD 240Hz narrow bezel display

Cons

  • No webcam
  • The trackpad could’ve been larger

HIDevolution Gigabyte Aero 17 XC-8US4450SP

HIDevolution Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XC-8US4450SP, 17.3" UHD HDR IPS-Level, 2.2 GHz i7-10870H, RTX 3070, 32 GB 2933MHz RAM, 4 TB PCIe SSD
  • 10th Generation Intel Core i7 2.2 GHz 8 Core - 16 Thread Processor (i7-10870H | Turbo to 5.0 GHz) with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 w/ 8 GB GDDR6 (Features Max-Q Technologies | Max TGP 105W - Boost Clock 1290MHz) Supports NVIDIA Optimus Technology
  • HIDevolution upgrades the 17.3" UHD (3840 x 2160) HDR IPS-level 3mm Thin Bezel​ X-Rite Pantone Certified, individually factory calibrated​​ Display Gaming Laptop by adding Gelid GC Extreme on CPU and GPU for improved performance and optimal system temperature
  • HIDevolution installed PCIe based storage--4 TB (2 x 2 TB) M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD--ensures that you experience the fastest boot up & load times
  • 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) of fast DDR4 2933MHz dual channel system memory -run memory hungry applications and multitask with ease
  • HIDevolution Promise: Authorized GIGABYTE Build to Order Seller, thorough quality testing, a 1 Year Warranty, and access to our expert support staff. Contact us for more customization options.

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If you want a top-quality 4K HDR screen on your Blender laptop, this is it. The Aero 17 XC has a 17.3” display which makes it larger and less portable than most other gaming laptops.

However, it is also a bonus for content creators because the larger screen lets you work more freely. It also has HDMI output and USB Type-C, so you can connect an external display for additional productivity.

And while the RTX 3070 and i7-10870H are extremely good to have for rendering + animation, what really blew our minds is the storage on this laptop. FOUR. TERABYTES. Of PCIe NVMe storage. That’s right- 4TB, and it’s blazing fast to boot.

You have enough space to store all your software, save data, cache files, games, movies, archived files, etc. on one drive. This is obtained by combining two 2TB PCIe NVMe SSDs.

Pros

  • Intel Core i7-10870H 8-core processor with 16 threads
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics with 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM (Max TGP of 105W)
  • Pantone validated 4K HDR 17.3” display with 3mm bezels and exceptional DCI-P3 color space
  • 32GB (16 x 2) DDR4 2933MHz RAM
  • Dual 2TB PCIe NVMe SSDs for a total of 4TB
  • Full-size per-key RGB backlit keyboard
  • Gelid GC Extreme thermal paste on CPU and GPU for improved thermals

Cons

  • Abysmal battery life
  • Weird webcam location (mounted within the display hinge)

CYBERPOWERPC Tracer IV Edge Pro

CYBERPOWERPC Tracer IV Edge Pro 15.6" Gaming Notebook, Intel Core i7-10875H 2.3GHz, GeForce RTX 3060 6GB, 16GB DDR4, 1TB PCI-E NVMe SSD, WiFi 6, Bluetooth & Win 10 Home (GTEP99822)
  • System: Intel Core i7-10875H 2.3GHz Eight-Core | Intel HM470 Chipset | 16GB DDR4 | 1TB PCI-E NVMe SSD | Genuine Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB Video Card | QHD (2560 x 1440) Anti-Glare 15.6" LED display | Audio: Stereo Speakers
  • Connectivity: 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 | 1x USB 2.0 | 1x USB Type C | 1x HDMI 1x RJ-45 Ethernet 10/100/1000 | Wi-Fi 6 | Bluetooth 5.1
  • Special Feature: RGB Mechanical Keyboard | Glass Touch Pad | 15.6" Narrow Border QHD 2560x1440 165Hz Anti-Glare LED Display | 720P HD Webcam
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty & Lifetime Toll Free tech support Services

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While it is slightly heavier and thicker than laptops like the MSI GS66 Stealth, the Tracer IV Edge Pro has an excellent cooler. This helps keeps thermals under control, and you get a laptop that can actually run renders all day without overheating.

Still, we don’t recommend using a laptop for heavy-duty rendering because you will end up with a dead machine after just 2 or 3 years.

Even so, the Tracer IV Edge Pro is your best bet at a balanced system. Its RTX 3060 graphics card doesn’t generate as much heat as an RTX 3070 or RTX 3080, so the cooler doesn’t have to work as hard.

This means you get more battery life, as well as a quieter machine. The Intel Core i7-10875H processor is plenty powerful and takes over rendering when you run out of GPU memory.

Even though 6GB of GDDR6 isn’t a whole lot, it is more than enough for hobbyists/ students learning Blender. 

Pros

  • Intel Core i7-10875H octacore Comet Lake processor with 16 threads and a 5Ghz boost clock
  • NVIDIA RTX 3060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM
  • 16GB of DDR4 RAM, upgradeable (laptop has two SODIMM slots)
  • 1TB PCIe NVMe storage
  • The best keyboard of any gaming laptop, it is a true mechanical keyboard with per-key RGB lighting
  • QHD (2560 x 1440) 165Hz display with Delta E < 2

Cons

  • Sub-par battery life
  • Webcam mounted on the display chin instead of the top bezel

EXPC GF65 Thin 10UE-091

EXPC GF65 Thin 10UE-091 by MSI 15 Inch Gaming Laptop (i7-10750H, 8GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, RTX 3060 6GB, 15.6" 144Hz FHD, Windows 10) Professional Gamer Notebook Computer
  • Display: 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS-Level 144Hz 45%NTSC Thin Bezel Display | Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6 (Max-Q)
  • Processor: 10th Gen Intel Comet Lake Core i7-10750H 6 Cores (2.6GHz-5.0GHz, 12MB Intel Smart Cache, 45W)
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4 3200MHz | Hard Drive: 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) Multi-language | Warranty: 1-Year MSI USA Warranty Parts & Labor (include 1 Year Global Warranty) + Lifetime Tech Support from EXCaliberPC
  • PROMOTION: Exclusive Gaming Bundle ($110 value). See description for more details.

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Finally, a laptop with the webcam in the right place. Not that it’s an integral part of a gaming laptop/ Blender laptop, but if you’re going to have a webcam don’t put it in a place where the only thing it sees is the user’s nostrils.

Anyways, moving to the actual laptop- is the EXPC GF65 worth it? Well, considering the fact that this is one of the cheapest RTX 3060 laptops you can buy, we definitely feel it’s worth it.

Other than the exceptional value for money this laptop brings to the table, it also packs a robust cooling solution. The laptop is built fairly well with high-quality plastics and is relatively thin.

Its main downside is the mere 8GB of RAM which is honestly low for Blender unless you’re a casual user or student. It also lacks in the storage department with just a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD.

These can be easily remedied with upgrades since the RAM and storage aren’t soldered so you can replace them just like you would on any other laptop.

Note: You could also buy the version with 64GB of RAM and a 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus SSD. But upgrading it yourself will be cheaper.

Pros

  • Intel Core i7-10750H hexacore Comet Lake processor with 12 threads and 5Ghz Turbo frequency
  • NVIDIA RTX 3060 graphics with 6GB of GFDDR6 VRAM
  • Full-sized backlit keyboard
  • Sleek design, and very light for a 15.6” gaming laptop
  • Well-built with high-quality plastics. There is very little flex in the lid or keyboard deck
  • Plenty of I/O- USB Type-C, USB Type-A, HDMI, RJ 45 Ethernet

Cons

  • Just 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage
  • The display isn’t very color-accurate (45% NTSC)

Lenovo Legion 5

Lenovo Legion 5 Gaming Laptop, 15.6" FHD 120Hz IPS Display, i7-10750H, GTX 1660Ti, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD + 1TB HDD, Backlit Keyboard, Webcam, VR Ready, WiFi + Bluetooth, Win 10 Home, Black
  • 【Professional Upgrade】The memory has been upgraded to 32GB DDR4 SDRAM for enhanced high bandwidth to boost multitasking; Hard drive has been upgraded to 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD + 1TB SATA HDD for fast boost up, ample storage space and speedy data transfer; Original seal will be opened by our engineers for upgrade ONLY, 1-Years Warranty on upgraded RAM/SSD/HDD from PConline365, and original 1-Year Manufacture Warranty on remaining components
  • 【Unbeatable Gaming Experience】The 15.6 inch Full HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. IPS technology for wide viewing angles. GTX 1660 Ti graphics card backed by 6GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games. Virtual Reality Ready
  • 【Intel i7 Processor】Powerful 10th Gen Intel Corei7-10750H mobile processor (6 Cores, 12 Threads, 12M Cache, Base 2.60GHz up to 5.0GHz Max Turbo Frenquency)
  • 【Tech Specs】4 x USB 3.2 Gen1, 1 x USB 3.2 Type-C (DisplayPort 1.2 function), 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x RJ-45 LAN, 1 x Headphone/microphone combo jack, 1 x Security keyhole; Backlit keyboard; 802.11ax 2x2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.0; 720p HD webcam with privacy shutter; Harman/Kardon speakers; Windows 10 Home 64-bit perfect for high performance gaming experience and multitasking
  • 【Included in the pacakge】Mousepad from PConline365

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An exception to the rule, this is the only other laptop on our list with a good display (the first one being the AORUS 17).

The Lenovo Legion 5 has a 120Hz IPS display with excellent colors which is crucial for work in Blender and Photoshop

It also packs some serious hardware, with an i7-10750H hexacore and GTX 1660ti. On top of all that, it has plenty of RAM (32GB) and a 1TB SSD + 1TB HDD combo.

Pros

  • Intel Core i7-10750H processor with 6 cores and 12 threads
  • GTX 1660ti for CUDA acceleration within Blender
  • 32GB DDR4 dual-channel RAM
  • 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD
  • 120Hz Full HD IPS display
  • 720p webcam with physical privacy shutter
  • Full-size backlit keyboard

Cons

  • This laptop would have been perfect with an AMD Ryzen processor, as it would get more battery life and performance
  • The 2W speakers sound weak and hollow

How To Select The Best Laptop For Blender?

Blender is an extremely versatile content creation software, rather a collection of tools that include the following- 3D animation, modeling, sculpting, 2D animation, rendering, shader editing, and even video editing.

Yep, Blender even has a built-in video editor. And since it’s open-source, literally anyone can download it and start toying around with the features.

Most people use Blender for low-budget/ indie short films, YouTube videos, and game creation. Since it will technically “run” even on low-end hardware, you could open it up on a student laptop from 2 years ago.

However, once you get into 3D animation and rendering, you will need a beefy computer. Let’s take a look at how Blender utilizes your hardware.

When it comes to 3D modeling, Blender is quite efficient at distributing the load between your CPU and GPU. The CPU is used for tasks that require precision, such as modifiers, shape key, drivers, python modules, etc.

The GPU is used for stuff like geometry selection and viewport rendering. If you mostly dabble in low and mid-poly rendering, you won’t need a super-powerful workstation. You will also need lots of power for things like OpenSubdiv and parametric modeling.

For sculpting in Blender, you need a decent amount of RAM. If you are opening large projects with lots of polys you’ll need at least 16GB, and we recommend 32GB of RAM.

If you don’t have sufficient RAM, Blender will crash in the middle of work. RAM caching allows Blender to deliver stable, consistent performance and you need plenty of RAM for that.

As for the Cycles renderer, you need a decent GPU with as much VRAM as you can afford. Preferably NVIDIA, because Blender’s CUDA support is pretty solid.

You also need a dedicated GPU for Eevee which unlike Cycles is a real-time renderer for look development rather than production. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Conclusion

Blender is a lot of fun to play around with, even if you aren’t a professional. It is a comprehensive content creation suite, and the only thing limiting you from creating a work of art is your own creativity and experience.

So no matter what type of hardware you have (as long as it isn’t below the minimum spec), go and experiment with Blender.

Play around, learn about its features and soon you’ll be creating projects worthy of attention. We hope this article gave you some insight into how to select the best laptop for Blender.

Ideally, you’d be using a desktop for serious work in Blender because most laptops can’t handle the continuous stress of rendering for hours.

Still, the best laptop for Blender is the MSI GS66 Stealth from HIDevolution. It is sleek and light, so you can use it to showcase your projects at a meeting. Or for school.

And whenever you aren’t creating content, you can use this laptop for gaming. Because at its core, the MSI GS66 is a gaming laptop with more RAM and storage than the average gaming laptop.