A gaming laptop is a small and mobile version of a personal computer. But this is different from the standard laptop, because it contains high-end hardware which is necessary in running the latest graphics and process intensive computer games. If you are a hardcore gamer that is looking for the best gaming laptop which can play high quality games with little or no lag at all, then here are a few things that you should look out for.
To insure that you are choosing the perfect gaming laptop that can handle many games you intend to play, you should first look for a higher specification than the standard one.
RAM & VRAM
RAM (Random Access Memory) is a place where the operating system, application programs, and data in current use are kept so that they can be quickly reached by the processor. This will determine how much graphics your gaming laptop will be able to handle. On the other hand, VRAM (Video Random Access Memory) is a special memory that’s used by video adapters. This is responsible in handling the visuals and graphics.
DON’Ts: Choosing a gaming laptop with ordinary RAM. It won’t give you a better graphics.
DO’s: Choose a gaming laptop that has VRAM. It enables screen updates while the processor processes new data and provides higher resolution graphics.
In order to get the maximum performance from your ultimate gaming laptop and to prevent freezing during the game, this is the next thing you need to consider.
This is the CPU (Central Processing Unit). It is the heart and at the same time the brain of your gaming laptop. It’s responsible in all the data processing and applications. So, your processor’s speed is very important to be able to process and handle the latest 3D video games with ease.
DON’Ts: Choosing a low-end CPU like Duron/Celeron, or even the older Pentium/Athlons. Avoid any single core CPU or Atom CPU.
DO’s: Try looking for a gaming laptop with a Serial ATA (Advanced Technology Architecture) rather than Parallel ATA. Serial transfers data packets almost 30 times faster than parallel.
However, apply these rules in choosing if necessary:
- The more cores, the better.
- If same number of cores, the newer the generation, the better.
- If same generation, the faster the better.
Here is the next thing you need also to consider in order to boost the performance of your gaming laptop. Serious gamers are so concerned or obsessed with this and take this as their first area of consideration because it greatly affects the gaming performance of their laptop.
This is a device installed in a gaming laptop that consist of a graphics processing unit designed to help process and display images, especially 3D graphics. It helps take the processing strain off the main processor, and contains its own memory to take the strain off the system.
DON’Ts: Choosing graphics cards that are not suitable for games. If they run, they may run with graphical errors and very low frame rates.
Here are the lists of those graphics cards:
- SIS Mirage 3+ 672MX
- SIS Mirage 3 671MX
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 600
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
- NVIDIA GeForce 3 Go
- NVIDIA GeForce 2 Go (200 / 100)
- ATI Mobility Radeon 9100 IGP
- ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 IGP
- ATI Mobility Radeon M7
- ATI Mobility Radeon M6
- ATI Mobility Radeon 7000 IGP
- VIA Chrome9 HC
- Intel Extreme Graphics 2
- ATI Radeon IGP 340M
- VIA S3G UniChrome Pro II
- VIA S3G UniChrome Pro
- SIS Mirage 2 M760
- SIS Mirage M661FX
- VIA S3 Graphics ProSavage8
- VIA Castle Rock
- ATI Mobility 128 M3
DO’s: Go with high-end graphics cards that can make a gaming laptop more functional.
Here are the lists of those cards:
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M SLI
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 Crossfire
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M SLI
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M SLI
- NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX SLI
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
- NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
- NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT SLI
- NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS SLI
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2
- NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX SLI
- NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850
- NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M
- NVIDIA GeForce GTS 260M
- NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M
- NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS
- NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830
- NVIDIA GeForce GTS 150M
The last thing to keep in mind in choosing a gaming laptop is the one that can handle the graphics required for top end 3D gaming.
DISPLAY QUALITY or RESOLUTION
Resolution is the number of pixels on the display listed in the number across the screen by the number down the screen. This will determine if the laptop display looks best or not.
DON’Ts: Choosing a low-resolution like WVGA Resolution that is made up of 800×480 pixels only. Images are made up of dots known as pixels, the more pixels the better.
DO’s: Choose a higher resolution like WUXGA that is made-up of 1920×1080 or 1920×1200 pixels. High resolutions allow a greater detail in images and increased work space on the display.
Consider all the do’s and don’ts and I’m sure you will definitely get a quality gaming laptop that will give you hours and hours of pure gaming bliss. Have fun playing!