With numerous gaming laptops available in the market, choosing the right one can sometimes be a daunting task. There is always a better laptop with higher specs. We’ll give you a few pointers on what to look out for.
1. CPU. The current games that we enjoy (like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto 5) require more superior processing horsepower than their predecessors. Playing multiplayer uses even more power as the CPU has to keep an eye on other player’s moves.
Without a powerful processor, your game will lag and frame rate will drop considerably. To play the latest games with plenty of action, you need a laptop with an Intel Core i5 processor. While you could also play them on a dual-core i5, you will have to sacrifice on graphics or your game will lag. The AMD quad-core models are usually inferior to Intel’s CPUs and I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone.
2. The graphics card is commonly known as GPU. This chip is the most important in a laptop as it does the hardest work. It renders MSAA, high-quality textures and PhysX. Demanding games require really powerful GPUs. Sadly, very few gaming computers run on AMD Radeon graphics cards.
Manufacturers prefer embedding Nvidia GeForce cards. They usually come in increment model numbers i.e. 640m, 740m etc. As a rule of thumb, the higher the model, the higher the graphics rendering capability. When shopping for a gaming laptop, the minimum GPU you should get is a GeForce GTX 760M. While the GTX 700s and 800s handle all the current games well, the 800 series have added features that include 3D surround and battery boost. A few models are even capable of streaming to your Nvidia Shield.
3. RAM (memory). The CPU stores all the game files and settings in the RAM when the game is running. 8GB memory is pretty much decent. In most cases, 6GB and 8GB go for almost the same price but 8GB RAM gives you the most bang 4. Storage drives. Today’s games are at least 5 gigabytes big. Almost all gamers I know have more than 15 games. Do the math and you will learn why games consume a large chunk of our hard drive space.
Go for a laptop with at least 1 terabyte of space. You could also go for an SSD if you have the financial muscle. While you won’t be putting all your games here, you will enjoy a fast boot time on your gaming laptop. I hope I’ve shed light on choosing a good gaming laptop.