Expect smooth gameplay from the screen’s 300Hz refresh rate. Also, rather than be limited to a single SSD partitioned into two drives (as seen on many other gaming laptops), LG has equipped the 17G90Q with dual physical M.2 NVME SSD slots. One can be configured with up to 1TB out of the box, while the other slot remains available for the user to add a second drive.
LG’s first gaming laptop, the UltraGear 17G90Q, gives gamers another option when it comes to high-performance laptops. LG’s UltraGear line has always focused on better performance, but this is the company’s first foray into the specialised gaming arena. The 17G90Q’s main components are the Intel Tiger Lake H 11th generation processor and the NVIDIA RTX 3080 Max-Q graphics, but there’s a lot more to this powerful machine. The screen is a 17-inch full HD IPS panel with a 1-millisecond response time and a refresh rate of 300Hz, providing gamers with the smoother, judder-free gameplay experience they want.
A cooling system with vapour chamber helps minimise heat levels. Although the LG UltraGear 17G90Q is high-performance out of the box, gamers do love to tinker, so LG includes its LG UltraGear Studio gaming software. This allows the user to track and tweak performance data – whether that’s by choosing a performance profile from a pre-configured list, or getting into the hardcore nerd stuff about TDPs, GPU clocks, and memory share rate.
To handle the extreme performance that these components are capable of putting out, the 17G90Q has a bespoke cooling system that includes a vapour chamber to minimise heat loads. Despite its performance heft, the laptop comes in at a relatively svelte 2.7kg, and its aluminium enclosure is 21.4 millimetres thick. The 93Wh battery won’t let you play games all day, but it will provide a decent amount of off-plug run time.
In keeping with what gamers expect from a high-end laptop, there’s also a premium audio subsystem, with support for DTS:X Ultra to provide 3D audio in games. And rather than regular Wi-Fi, the 17G90Q packs Intel Killer Wireless, which prioritises gaming network traffic for a frustration-free online gaming experience. Pricing and availability for the LG UltraGear 17G90Q is yet to be announced.