“What’s the best laptop for games?
Best gaming laptop Price Key specifications Asus RoG G752VM u00a31599 Windows 10, Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 32GB RAM, 256GB SSD, GTX 1060 , 17.3in 1920×1080 display, 67Wh battery Alienware 17 u00a31350 Windows 10, Intel Core i7-6820HK, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD, GTX 980M, 17.3in 1920×1080 display, 31Wh battery MSI GL62 u00a3599 Windows 10, Intel Core i5-6300HQ, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, GTX 950M, 15.6in 1920×1080 display, 48Wh battery
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Laptops with Nvidia GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 graphics chips are now available to buy, such as the Asus G752VM. Unlike the GTX 980M in the older version of the G752, these new chips are not cut-down versions for laptops: they’re the same as their desktop counterparts. We’ll be reviewing more over the coming months (including superb-value models with the brand new GTX 1050 and 1050Ti), and given that you can’t upgrade a laptop’s graphics card, it’s worth spending extra to get one of these rather than the equivalent previous-gen model.
When it comes to high-end Windows gaming, itu2019s a doddle to find a powerful PC that will play the most arduous of action titles, all day long and at the highest detail on high-resolution displays.Todayu2019s challenge is now to squeeze that kind of performance into something quiet and portable, a gaming laptop that can be toted as easily as any other modern laptop.
Weu2019ve come close with workstation-class gaming behemoths, but they weighed well in excess of 3kg, required a mains brick that brought that mass closer to 5kg, and sounded (and felt) like a salon hair dryer once the on-board cooling kicked in. Thankfully we’re getting there. Some of the machines below fit the behemoth description while others are really quite portable.
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Best laptops for games: Components
If youu2019re looking for a laptop that can take on modern games, the graphics processor is the most influential component, the part that controls whether your game runs at 5 or 50 frames per second. But it does need back up. This means a capable main system processor, enough system RAM to keep applications stored in memory, sizeable and fast drives to store games and other files, a great screen to view the action on u2013 and a good chassis to bear all these components.
Currently Intel and Nvidia are in the ascendent for both listed processor duties, with AMDu2019s mobile CPUs and graphics processors lagging behind in performance and efficiency.
From Intel, the sixth-generation Core series processors (codename: Skylake) are well suited to the CPU task, being even more power efficient while getting the same amount of work done. The very latest laptops have seventh-generation Intel chips, codenamed Kaby Lake.
Nvidia, as we said above, has launched its mobile versions of the GTX 1060, 1070 and 1080, but even GTX 1060 laptops are expensive. However, you’re stuck with the graphics chip you buy, and it’s always a good idea to get one from latest generation. But if you can’t afford u00a31,500, there are still good deals to be had, so read our reviews to find out if gaming performance is up to the level you require.”
“What’s the best laptop for games?