WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Deciding on a gaming laptop is no easy task as there are many factors to consider. With numerous critical parts, prices, and design gaming laptops are different from student and business laptops. Depending on the games you want to play and if you plan on streaming, you could end up spending anywhere from $500 to find the right gaming Laptop.
The graphics card or GPU is the most important aspect of a gaming laptop.
The majority of gaming laptops ship with Nvidia GPUs, but if you’re partial to AMD, there are certain brands that allow you to configure your system accordingly.
· Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060: These video cards can run titles such as Witcher 3 at 1920 x 1080 no problem. You can hook up your Rift or Vive headset up for a mobile plug-and-play VR experience.
· Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070: The 1070 GPU is VR-ready and capable of producing some impressive frame rates, but isn’t quite as good as the 1080. You can expect some serious smooth graphics at 1080p and 4K on top-of-the-line-games.
· Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080: The Nvidia 1080 can easily support all your virtual-reality
CPU and RAM
Your laptop’s processor (CPU) handles everything that doesn’t have to do with graphics, such as performing some of a game’s physics calculations and controlling its non-playable characters. It also affects the performance of all of your non-gaming applications, including your browser, OS and productivity apps such as Photoshop and CAD.
The later the generation and the higher the clock speed, the better the CPU is. Core i5 Is Bare Minimum when shopping for your new gaming PC, an Intel Core i5 is the slowest CPU you should consider. Dual-core Core i7 models are a small step up. Quad-Core Is Ideal: If you’re in the market for a Core i7 processor, look for a quad-core chip instead of dual-core. Keep the clock speed in mind when picking out a CPU as higher numbers equate to faster speeds. For most titles 8 GB is enough. Getting 16 GB is a bonus, but isn’t as important as having a faster CPU or graphics chip.