Best Laptops for DaVinci Resolve 17 (Fall, 2022)

DaVinci Resolve DaVinci Resolve (originally known as da Vinci Resolve) is a color grading and non-linear video editing (NLE) application. It is a professional tool for color grading, but the latest versions of Resolve are very powerful at organizing media for editing purposes. It can also be used for creating some advanced motion graphics (something many people do not realize!). In my opinion, both DaVinci Resolve and Adobe Premiere (I wrote a guide for this one too) are the industry standards of today. I know what you’re thinking: how in the world can I find the best laptop for DaVinci Resolve? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

While most laptops will be able to run DaVinci Resolve, not all will run it with ease. There are three main factors you’ll want to take into consideration when picking out your laptop: first of all – a decent graphics card, a sufficient processor, and just the right amount of RAM. We’ll cover each of these specifications below.

Let’s dive into details!

TL;DR
  • DaVinci Resolve is one of today’s industry standards for video editing
  • DaVinci Resolve relies mostly on GPU power, but you should also look for decent CPU and higher RAM amount
  • Check my spreadsheet where I compare 100 laptops in detail!

Requirements for a DaVinci Resolve laptop

Major Processor

Processor

As DaVinci Resolve mostly relies on the performance of your graphics card, but decent processor is still a critical component in any system.

Requirements

In order to make a determination on the best processors for DaVinci Resolve, we need to know this piece of software works. DaVinci Resolve relies on the performance of your GPU much more than the CPU, but the CPU is still something you don’t want to cheap out too much. That being said, I wouldn’t recommend going lower that Intel’s i5 or AMD’s Ryzen 5 models. But of course, DaVinci Resolve is practically a bunch of pieces of software and some of them like Fusion might take advantage of better processor. In short, if you have a powerful enough graphics card – an i5 will do just fine. But if you want to use a lot of add-ons, effects, etc. – an i7 or Ryzen 7 is recommended. Lastly, i9 or Ryzen 9 will definitely add some performance but may also hurt your wallet. These top of the shelf processors should be considered only if your budget is wide enough. If you wan’t to get from your buck as much as possible – I’d say go for a laptop with better GPU instead of spending a fortune for the most powerful CPU.

Recommendations

If you’re looking for a new laptop for DaVinci Resolve, I’d recommend Intel Core i5-1135G7 as your minimum option. It’s average mid-range CPU, but it should be enough for any beginner and even advanced users. But I must admit – it’s a challenge to find a laptop with mid-range CPU and high-end GPU if that’s what you looking for. High-end GPUs are usually paired with i7/Ryzen 7 or i9/Ryzen 9. Of course, I’ll still do my best picking you something in that combination, but I’m sure we’ll have much more options with i7/Ryzen 7. Good news is that prices won’t differ that much. All in all, considering the market and my experience in this field I’d say the sweet spot for now is i7 or Ryzen 7 models, to be precise – i7-11800H or Ryzen 7 5800H.

TL;DR
  • Core i5 or Ryzen 5 should be enough, but laptops with mid-range CPUs are rarely paired with highe-end GPUs
  • Considering the market and price difference, Core i7 or Ryzen 7 should be considered as a sweet spot for most of you
  • Go for Core i9 or Ryzen 9 if you can afford that, but don’t expect too much improvement working with DaVinci Resolve

Major Memory

Minimum (16 GB)

When it comes to DaVinci Resolve, 16 GB is the minimum RAM for any laptop. [16 GB is the bare minimum](official davinci resolve requirements). If you’re shopping on a budget, this is what you should get. Yes, you’re correct – 8 GB of RAM is just not an option this time.

As for professionals, [I honestly couldn’t even recommend a 16 GB RAM laptop](a benchmark showing how much faster is an i7 with 32 gb ram compared to an i7 with 16 gb ram). It’s minimum reasonable requirement, but if you can spend an extra buck – don’t have no doubts – go for 32 GB or even 64 GB, which will give you room to breathe and won’t have to worry about running out of memory during complex editing sessions.

Recommended (32 GB)

32 GB of RAM is recommended for DaVinci Resolve laptops with prices starting at around $2k. These are not necessarily workstations, but they are used by professionals who are willing to spend more money on their computers – this includes producers and editors, as well as small production houses. A majority of these users are likely using DaVinci Resolve as their main video editing software.

Best (64 GB)

If your budget is wide enough – [feel free to go with 64GB](a ram upgrade guide for davinci resolve). It might be overkill if you’re novice video editor, but it will surely be very future-proof.

TL;DR
  • any laptop should have at least 16 GB of RAM for DaVinci Resolve, and 32 GB of RAM is recommended for editors and small production houses
  • 64 GB of RAM is only for those who can afford it and have no doubts about its necessity

Major Graphics card

graphics laptop gpu

The last few years have seen an impressive surge in [GPU power for laptops](laptop gpu market share (a list of top selling laptops with integrated graphics and gaming-grade gpus)). This can be attributed to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX line, which finally delivers on the promise of real-time ray tracing. There are three main GPU options for DaVinci Resolve: mid-range consumer cards, high-end consumer cards, and professional GPUs.

Professional grade graphics cards

First of all, I won’t be recommending you much laptops with professional grade GPUs (like Nvidia’s Quadro or Radeon Pro). These cards are meant for strict professional use when there is absolutely no space for even a slightliest error. And of course, it comes with a price tag for that. A big one. Also, if you ever plan to game on same laptop – I have bad news – you won’t. There are simply no gaming suitable drivers for these. That being said, I’ll still recommend at least one laptop containing professional grade GPU, just have in mind – you just might not feel the difference from GPU you just paid a double price for.

Recommendations

In short – it all depends on your budget. As I mentioned before, DaVinci Resolve relies heavily on GPU power, so don’t cheap out on that! The minimum I’d recommend is RTX 3060.

TL;DR
  • Get RTX 3060 if you’re on tight budget
  • Go with RTX 3070 or RTX 3080 if you can afford ~$2000 priced laptops
  • Don’t buy laptop with professional GPU unless you’re really know what you doing.

Optional requirements for a DaVinci Resolve laptop

12 Best Laptops for DaVinci Resolve

MSI GF65 Thin 3060

1
Laptop with insane price and performance ratio
Price
$1040
i5-10500H | RTX 3060 | 16 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 144Hz IPS-level; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Sufficient processor (i5-10500H)
  • First-class graphics card (RTX 3060)
Cons
  • Middle-of-the-road memory amount (16GB)

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R92M

2
N/A
Price
$1160
Ryzen 7 5800H | RTX 3060 | 16 GB RAM | 512 GB SSD | 15.6″ 144Hz IPS; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Excellent processor (Ryzen 7 5800H)
  • Up to scratch display (15.6 144Hz IPS)
Cons
  • So-so memory amount (16GB)

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro

3
N/A
Price
$1370
Ryzen 7 5800H | RTX 3060 | 16 GB RAM | 512 GB SSD | 16″ 165Hz IPS G-Sync; 2560×1600
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Very good processor (Ryzen 7 5800H)
  • Great graphics card (RTX 3060)
Cons
  • Underwhelming memory amount (16GB)

GIGABYTE AORUS 15P XD

4
Laptop with solid price and performance ratio
Price
$1450
i7-11800H | RTX 3070 | 32 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 240Hz IPS-level; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Solid processor (i7-11800H)
  • Great graphics card (RTX 3070)

Acer Predator Helios 300

5
Fantastic value
Price
$1540
i7-11800H | RTX 3060 | 32 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 144Hz IPS G-Sync; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Terrific processor (i7-11800H)
  • Superb graphics card (RTX 3060)
Cons
  • Ordinary memory amount (32GB)

Lenovo Legion 5i

6
Laptop with solid price and performance ratio
Price
$1650
i7-11800H | RTX 3060 | 16 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 17.3″ 144Hz IPS; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • First-class processor (i7-11800H)
  • Sufficient graphics card (RTX 3060)

ASUS ROG Zephyrus

7
N/A
Price
$1740
Ryzen 9 5900HS | RTX 3080 | 16 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 165Hz; 2560×1440
Pros and cons
Pros
  • First-class processor (Ryzen 9 5900HS)
  • Exceptional graphics card (RTX 3070)
Cons
  • Garden-variety memory amount (16GB)

ASUS ROG Zephyrus

8
N/A
Price
$2230
Ryzen 9 5900HS | RTX 3070 | 40 GB RAM | 2000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 165Hz IPS-level G-Sync; 2560×1440
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Top tier processor (Ryzen 9 5900HS)
  • Huge memory amount (40GB)

Eluktronics MECH-15

9
N/A
Price
$2250
i7-12700H | RTX 3060 | 32 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 240Hz IPS; 2560×1440
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Great memory amount (32GB)
  • Top tier graphics card (RTX 3080)

Acer Nitro 5

10
High-end gaming laptop
Price
$2250
Ryzen 7 5800H | RTX 3080 | 64 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD; 2000 GB HDD | 17.3″ 360Hz IPS; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Good processor (Ryzen 7 5800H)
  • First-class graphics card (RTX 3080)

ASUS ROG Strix G15

11
N/A
Price
$2410
Ryzen 9 5900HX | Radeon RX 6800M | 64 GB RAM | 4000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 300Hz; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Up to scratch graphics card (Radeon RX 6800M)
  • Exceptional memory amount (64GB)

Lenovo-2021

12
N/A
Price
$4450
i7-10875H | Quadro RTX 4000 | 128 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 15.6″ IPS HDR; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Professional grade GPU (Quadro RTX 4000)
  • Enormous RAM amount (128 GB)

Comparison spreadsheet

For those of you who want to see a list of the best laptops for DaVinci Resolve, here’s the link to my spreadsheet. It has a full comparison of the different laptops and their specs.

Table of Best Laptops for DaVinci Resolve

LaptopPrice (approx)
MSI GF65 Thin 3060$1040
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R92M$1160
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro$1370
GIGABYTE AORUS 15P XD$1450
Acer Predator Helios 300$1540
Lenovo Legion 5i$1650
ASUS ROG Zephyrus$1740
ASUS ROG Zephyrus$2230
Eluktronics MECH-15$2250
Acer Nitro 5$2250
ASUS ROG Strix G15$2410
Lenovo-2021$4450
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