Real pro laptops in South Africa that are better than the Macbook Pro

Apple recently launched its new Macbook Pro lineup, boasting increased performance and high-end specifications.

The new Macbook Pro has a number of new features, including a Touch Bar and next-gen graphics performance.

Despite its implementation of AMD’s Polaris architecture, the Macbook Pro still has far less GPU power than a modern gaming laptop.

This is mainly due to the small, mobile-class Radeon GPU inside the Macbook Pro, as newer gaming laptops make use of full desktop-class Nvidia GeForce GTX 10 Series cards.

It is also important to note that while users can only purchase a Macbook Pro with up to 16GB of memory, most new gaming laptops can support up to 32GB or 64GB of RAM.

Below are the specifications of the new Macbook Pro lineup:

13-inch MacBook Pro
Specifications MacBook Pro – No Touch Bar MacBook Pro 256GB MacBook Pro 512GB
Processor 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
RAM 8GB 1,866MHz 8GB 2,133MHz 8GB 2,133MHz
Storage 256GB PCIe-based SSD 256GB PCIe-based SSD 512GB PCIe-based SSD
Graphics Intel Iris Graphics 540 Intel Iris Graphics 550 Intel Iris Graphics 550
Display 13.3-inch (2,560 x 1,600) 13.3-inch (2,560 x 1,600) 13.3-inch (2,560 x 1,600)
Dimensions 14.9 x 304 x 212 mm 14.9 x 304 x 212 mm 14.9 x 304 x 212 mm
Weight 1.37kg 1.37kg 1.37kg
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2
Ports 2x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C 4x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C 4x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C
Price $1,499 $1,799 $1,999
15-inch MacBook Pro
Specifications MacBook Pro 256GB MacBook Pro 512GB
Processor 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
RAM 16GB 2,133MHz 16GB 2,133MHz
Storage 256GB PCIe-based SSD 512GB PCIe-based SSD
Graphics Radeon Pro 450 2GB Radeon Pro 455 2GB
Display 15.4-inch (2,880 x 1,800) 15.4-inch (2,880 x 1,800)
Dimensions 15.5 x 349 x 240 mm 15.5 x 349 x 240 mm
Weight 1.83kg 1.83kg
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2
Ports 4x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C 4x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C
Price $2,399 $2,799

We have compared the specifications of Apple’s new Macbook Pro lineup with the GTX 10 Series-powered gaming laptops currently available in South Africa.

We did not include older gaming laptops that use Maxwell cards, as the newer Pascal-powered models feature greater performance at a similar price point.

While not all GTX 10 Series laptops are available in South Africa, MSI, Gigabyte, and Asus Pascal-powered devices are currently available for purchase.

These notebooks may not have the slim form factor of the Macbook Pro, but the new generation of graphics hardware has allowed for these devices to become sleeker than ever.

Check out the powerful gaming laptops you can buy in South Africa that are better than the Macbook Pro:


Gigabyte


Gigabyte P57X v6

gigabyte-p57x-v6

Specifications
Processor  Intel Core i7-6700HQ 3.5GHz
Display  17.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS LCD
Memory  8GB DDR4 2,133MHz
Storage  1TB 7,200 RPM HDD
Graphics Card  Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
Price  R28,786

Gigabyte P35X v6

gigabyte-p37x-v6

Specifications
Processor  Intel Core i7-6700HQ 3.50GHz
Display  15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS LCD
Memory  8GB DDR4 2,133MHz
Storage  1TB 7,200 RPM HDD
Graphics Card  Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
Price  R33,503

Gigabyte P37X v6

p35x-v6

Specifications
Processor  Intel Core i7-6700HQ 3.5GHz
Display  17.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS LCD
Memory  8GB DDR4 2,133MHz
Storage  1TB 7,200RPM HDD
Graphics Card  Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
Price  R33,201

Aorus X5 v6

aorus x5 v6

Specifications
Processor  Intel Core i7-6820HK 3.60GHz
Display  15.6-inch 2,880 x 1,620 IPS LCD G-Sync
Memory  16GB DDr4 2,400MHz
Storage  1x 256GB SSD, 1x 1TB 7,200 RPM HDD
Graphics Card  Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
Price  R39,453

Aorus X7 v6

aorus x7 v6

Specifications
Processor  Intel Core i7-6820HK 3.60GHz
Display  17.3-inch 2,560 x 1,440 120Hz G-Sync
Memory  16GB DDR4 2,400MHz
Storage  512GB NVMe SSD + 1TB 7,200RPM HDD
Graphics Card  Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
Price  R45,495

MSI


MSI GT83VR Titan SLI

MSI GT83VR

Specifications
Processor  Intel Core i7 6820HK
Graphics Card  Geforce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X SLI
Display  1,920×1,080, 18.4-inch, IPS
Memory  32GB DDR4 2,133MHz
Storage  512GB SSD, 1TB HDD
Input SteelSeries Mechanical Keyboard – Cherry MX Brown
Price  R83,699

MSI GT73VR Titan Pro

MSI GT73VR Titan Pro

Specifications
Processor  Intel Core i7 6820HK
Graphics Card  GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X
Display  1,920×1,080, 17.3-inch, 120Hz
Memory  32GB DDR4 2,133MHz
Storage  512GB SSD, 1TB HDD
Input  SteelSeries Multi-color Backlit Keyboard
Price  R53,799

MSI GT72VR Dominator

MSI GT72VR Dominator

Specifications
Processor  Intel Core i7 6700HQ
Graphics Card  GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
Display  1,920×1,080, 17.3-inch, 120Hz
Memory  16GB DDR4 2,133MHz
Storage  256GB SSD, 1TB HDD
Input  SteelSeries Multi-color Backlit Keyboard
Price  R44,600

MSI GE72VR Apache Pro

MSI GE72VR Apache Pro

Specifications
Processor  Intel Core i7 6700HQ
Graphics Card  GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
Display  1,920×1,080, 17.3-inch, 120Hz
Memory  8GB DDR4 2,133MHz
Storage  256GB SSD, 1TB HDD
Input  SteelSeries Multi-color Backlit Keyboard
Price  R30,575

MSI GE62VR Apache Pro

MSI GE62VR Apache Pro

Specifications
Processor  Intel Core i7 6700HQ
Graphics Card  GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
Display  1,920×1,080, 15.6-inch, IPS
Memory  8GB DDR4 2,133MHz
Storage  128GB SSD, 1TB HDD
Input  SteelSeries Multi-color Backlit Keyboard
Price  R29,669

Asus


ASUS ROG G752VM

Asus ROG G752

Specifications
Processor  Intel core i7-6700HQ
Display  17.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080
Memory  16GB DDR4 2,400MHz
Storage  1TB 7,200RPM HDD, supports NVMe PCIe SSD
Graphics Card  Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
Price  R34,745

Asus ROG G752VS

Asus ROG G752

Specifications
Processor  Intel Core i7-6700HQ
Display  17.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080
Memory  16GB DDR4 2,400MHz
Storage  256GB M.2 SSD, 1TB 5,400RPM HDD
Graphics Card  Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
Price  R36,294

Asus ROG Strix GL502VS

ROG Strix GL 502

Specifications
Processor  Intel Core i7-6700HQ
Display  15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080
Memory  16GB DDR4 2,400MHz
Storage  1TB 7200RPM HDD, 256GB M.2 SSD
Graphics Card  Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
Price  R33,058

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