How to choose a gaming laptop in 2019 and not "blow up" their budget.

If you are an avid gamer keeping up with the times or just an Amateur to play modern games with detailed scenes and 3D effects, you will have to fork out to buy a really powerful and efficient laptop.

Of course, if your budget is unlimited and you are the pioneer of the technology, then buy the most expensive laptop, not to know grief as the brakes and other lags during get-togethers for games.

In addition, there is an alternative approach to choosing a gaming laptop that will suit everyone wishing to understand all the intricacies of the game build, and after, and consciously make the choice and to buy laptop.

The expression "gaming laptop" in the society of gamers has no clear definition and implies a mobile computer with powerful components inside and colorful outside design.

Every fan of the gaming industry its own requirements for gaming machine. One enough notebook that will put me at medium settings in Full HD resolution, CS GO, others need amazing graphics in Ultra HD and 60 frames per second while playing Battlefield V and less, he disagreed.

What should be the gaming laptop for modern games?

Of course, you can play on the office laptops, which are usually designed for simple problems, but to call the process fun, >

So, if you want to buy a cheap laptop for online gaming or mobile gaming monster at a reasonable price, then pay attention to the following technical points:

  1. Соблюдение баланса между процессором и видеокартой. Слабый процессор не сможет раto hide потенциал мощной видеокарты, а более сильный процессор может быть избыточным, поскольку видеокарта «упрётся» в свой придел FPS и больше выдать всё-равно не сможет, а значит нет смысла переплачивать.
  2. Must be dual-channel memory. That is, the presence of the two RAM modules have to. In single-channel mode, you can lose up to 20 FPS.
  3. Do not rely on the continuous operation mode in standalone mode (roughly 1.5-2 hours robots). For notebooks it is just a Convention and to hang out in game you're all the same at the outlet.
  4. Look at the displays with IPS matrix, because the TN matrix have less saturated colors and small viewing angles. By the way, the matrix is greater than 120 Hz makes sense to take a card from the line of 1070 or higher.
  5. HDD or SSD? You have to understand that SSD will not add FPS in games, but will increase the download speed and operating system. Will take microfreeze and the response will be higher on your actions. But if you want to save while buying, buy a model with a hard disk, and later install an SSD in the M2 slot.
  6. For additional savings, you can buy a gaming laptop without a preinstalled Windows operating system, unless of course the process of self-installation does not cause you difficulties.

To satisfy the demands of gaming gourmets, we will not consider laptops that are maxed out in games like Dota 2 and League Of Legends, and will focus on the more demanding games like Overwatch, Fortnite, PlayerUnknown''s Battlegrounds. Because the gaming machine does not for one year, and that means he must have a reserve power for at least a few years.


Gaming laptop Samsung Odyssey with RTX 2080 presented at CES 2019

So we'll focus on all that can easily take over demanding and popular games of the nearest future and the past. As a starting point, take the gaming machine is able to easily play 30-40 fps at Full HD (1920×1080) resolution at medium to high settings.

We will not take into account solutions with integrated graphics, despite the appearance of AMD and Intel Mobile Ryzen Kaby Lake G, which have powerful integrated graphics. Possibly in the near future, such processors will be able to displace from the market of discrete graphics cards, but for now we will assume that already are on sale.

In what configuration, we see a modern gaming laptop?

Not cool, but until then integrated graphics is not reached to the level to pull at least a basic set of demanding games in high resolution Full HD. In addition, we exclude some of the discrete solution and we will use the NVIDIA GTX 1050, which exactly fit in our laptop is taken as a starting point:

  • video Card not lower than NVIDIA GTX 1050;
  • The processor at least 4 cores Intel Core i5 (not low voltage solutions);
  • The optimal amount of RAM at least 8GB;
  • Hard drive 1 TB + SSD, 128-256 GB;
  • Display Full HD с IPS матрицей;

Since gaming laptops a huge amount, and they are in its price segment, it is conventionally to classify them will be from economy to premium proposals for the General and most important criterion is the graphic accelerator. Of course, the CPU and other components play an important role, but when it comes to these gaming devices, then for a starting point it is better to take it the graphics card.

video Card

To date, all gaming notebooks are mostly equipped with discrete graphics cards from the American company Nvidia. Typically, these models are equipped with the tenth line of GeForce GTX 1050 — GeForce GTX 1080 and more recently lineup of gaming laptops added a new twentieth generation 2060 GeForce RTX — 2080 GeForce RTX.

It should be noted that NVIDIA has diversified its products by adding cards to their original label Max-Q, which, together with the function WhisperMode according to the developers optimize gameplay.

Max-Q technology delivers maximum efficiency in the gameplay due to balance between power consumption and performance. Therefore intends to limit the power consumption at the expense of performance at the point of maximum efficiency. Thanks to the technology of Max-Q laptop the result is quieter, thinner and lighter.
WhisperMode — this function works in tandem with Max-Q, and contributes to the graphics settings and frame rate that provides a good balance not only between the graphics detail, energy conservation, efficiency, and acoustics.

Below is the comparison table for the NVIDIA GeForce 10 series. By the way, this is the mobile chips built on the architecture of Pascal and compared with the previous Maxwell latest generation have a significant advantage in performance and efficiency on mobile platforms.

SpecifikacijaGeForce GTX 1080GeForce GTX 1070GeForce GTX 1060GeForce GTX 1050TIGeForce GTX 1050
number of cores CUDA256020481280768640
GPU frequency, MHz1101-15561101-14421063-14041151-1493999-1354
GPU frequency Boost mode, MHz1278-17331265-16451341-16701290-16201139-1493
Power consumption, W90-15080-11560-8040-6434-53
Memory, GB8 GDDR5X8 GDDR5to 6 GDDR5to 4 GDDR5to 4 GDDR5
memory bus Width, bit256256192128128
memory Bandwidth, GB/s320256192112112

GeForce GTX 1050. The youngest model in the line capable of medium graphics settings in Full HD (1920×1080) resolution to pull most of the modern games. For example, in games such as Metro: Exodus, Far Cry 5, PUBG, and Assassins Creed Origins, you get about 40 FPS, and on high you can count to 30 frames per second. GTA V, Battlefield 1 and Prey on medium settings at the same resolution map gives 70 fps, but on high 50-60 FPS. Please note that the GTX 1050 can take on Board 2, 3, and 4 gigabytes of memory. Without compromise to 4 GB and to the point.

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Unlike the previous model this graphics card can play modern games on high and some on max graphics settings. GTX 1050 Ti though, and depends on 4 GB VRAM but 20-30% quicker than the younger version that allows for Full HD to cross the threshold at 60 fps on high graphics settings in the games Star Wars Battlefront 2, GTA V, Call of Duty WWII, Battlefield 4 and Destiny 2.

At ultra-high you can expect 30-40 fps in Far Cry 5, Dirt 4, PUBG and Wolfenstein II, and in Fortnite over 50 FPS. But The Witcher 3 and Mafia III more than 30 fps only on medium settings. By the way, the technology of Max-Q and, accordingly, the function of WhisperMode to the GeForce GTX 1050TI / 1050 shall not apply.

GeForce GTX 1060. This graphics accelerator in the gaming laptop can have 3 or 6 GB of video memory. Three gigabytes of no use to us, but six at the time. This memory will allow you to play many modern games with a resolution of 1920×1080 and get about 60 FPS and even more at maximum graphics settings.


1060 GeForce GTX on the laptop can give the player a visual treat in Far Cry 5

For example, Crysis 3, GTA 5 and Far Cry 5 will give a stable 60 fps at ultra graphics settings. 1060 GTX definitely has the performance reserve for a couple of years, but of course there are games where at maximum settings will be a little over 30 FPS. For ultra settings at 3840×2160, of course, is not enough.

GeForce GTX 1070. Predeploy option in the current lineup of graphics cards. On ultra graphics settings in Full HD resolution pull GTA 5 (60 fps), FarCry Primal (73 fps), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (50 fps) and Crysis 3 (65 fps). On the same settings but with a resolution of 3840×2160 px, all of these games will pull at 30 frames per second.

In some models manufacturers put two cards GeForce GTX 1070 to SLI in tandem with the 6 core processor Intel Core i9 8950HK. Not all games are optimized for SLI bundle, so not everywhere will gain the coveted FPS, but this approach is relevant for processing three-dimensional images.

The GeForce GTX 1080. Top graphics card in the tenth line, with the prospect of the next few years. Not rare huge laptops with two graphics cards NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080 for 8 gigabytes that are connected in SLI. Don't expect this tandem two — fold increase count by 30-40%. This is true for games support this technology in 4K resolution and is unnecessary for Full HD gaming.

You want to play Battlefield 5 or The Witcher 3 on ultra settings in 4k resolution and get 40 or more fps please. In Full HD at maximum settings in most modern games, you will receive a welcome 70, 80 and even 120 FPS.

Hey Max-Q! It should be noted that the GTX 1060 and the following models for her in this family already have support for Max-Q and, accordingly, WhisperMode. That is the choice available to you these variations:

  • GTX and GTX 1060 1060 Max-Q
  • GTX and GTX 1070 1070 Max-Q
  • GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 Max-Q

As I mentioned above, this technology allowed to produce gaming laptops thinner and lighter, but due to performance limitations. Though not critical, but still.

Superposition Benchmark Unigine: GTX and GTX 1060 1060 Max-Q

So GTX 1060 Max-Q performance close to the GTX 1050 Ti and slightly behind the GTX 1060.

FPS in the game Rise of the Tomb Raider GTX 1070 Max-Q and GTX 1070 on different graphics settings

But the GTX 1070 Max-Q in games noticeably better than the mobile GTX 1060 and considerably less than the usual GTX 1070.

FPS in the game The Witcher 3 GTX 1080 GTX 1070 and Max-Q on different graphics settings

The mirror of the previous embodiment Affairs at GTX 1080 Max-Q and conventional mobile GTX 1080 the only difference is that this graphics card is by definition more powerful. GTX 1080 Max-Q is not pulling out the palm of GTX 1070, but it is still more bright.

What graphics card to give preference to you decide. Need a thin and light gaming laptop? Take with the technology of Max-Q. Want more performance? Your choice is obvious.

By the way, this approach is valid for 20-series graphics cards. I want a powerful gaming laptop — give up Max-Q, and you want thinner and lighter — Max-Q to help you.

20 SERIES GEFORCE. A new generation of graphics cards with RTX supports ray tracing in real time. The technology simulates the actual physical behavior of light in the games which gives a whole new level of realism.

a Demonstration of the game Battlefield V without the use of a ray tracing of light
a Demonstration of the game Battlefield V enabled tracing of light rays

Paired with RTX technology works DLSS, which instructs the graphics processor to render images almost twice as fast unlike the previous generation of GPUs, which smooth out the traditional method.

DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) is a new technology RTX deep learning GPU using artificial intelligence. If you do not go into the details, it is an improved method for smoothing the edges on objects without a significant impact on performance and maintaining a high frame rate. However, this technology is available for certain combinations of video cards GeForce RTX and screen resolutions.

We present to your attention the comparative table for GeForce NVIDIA 20-series. By the way, these mobile chips built on the architecture of Turing (the process 12 nm ), which is equipped with RTX and DLSS, but also a powerful technology shading.

Specifikacija2080 GeForce RTX2070 GeForce RTX2060 GeForce RTX
number of cores CUDA294423041920
the number of blocks RTX37-5331-3826
GPU frequency, MHz735-1380885-1215960
GPU frequency Boost mode, MHz1095-15901185-14401200
Power consumption, W80-150+80-11580-90
Memory, GB8 GDDR68 GDDR66 GDDR6
memory bus Width, bit256256192
memory Bandwidth,
Gbps
448448336

2060 GeForce RTX. works with all latest technologies: RTX, DLSS, VR Ready, BatteryBoost, G-SYNC, Ansel, GPU Boost 4.0, WhisperMode, Vulkan... but devoid of NVLink interface for connecting two graphics cards in the laptop.

Game Battlefield V MSI notebook GS65 8SE. The 2060 GeForce RTX. RTX is included.

At maximum graphics settings in Full HD resolution will be "to fly" FIFA 19 (258 fps), Playerunknown''s Battlegrounds (106 fps) and Battlefield V (DXR Off 100 fps , On DXR — 45 fps) . This option from the twenties collection is perfect for playing games on ultra and high settings at a resolution of FullHD and 2K, but to game at 4K resolution you will need to lower the graphics settings to medium-low.

2070 GeForce RTX. A mobile card, less performance than desktop version of the RTX 2070 and runs approximately at the level of the mobile version of GTX 1080. It is able to play many demanding games on high settings in 4K resolution with acceptable FPS. Do not forget that the function of ray tracing can greatly reduce the frame rate.

2080 GeForce RTX. The top mobile graphics card in the twenties the family, which even with the prefix Max-Q is significantly superior to mobile the flagship of the tenth line The GeForce GTX 1080. In comparison with the desktop version of RTX 2080, 2080 mobile RTX is a weaker performance on average by 7-10% percent.

At maximum graphics settings you can play in Full HD The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — 95 fps (74 fps) PUBG — 172 fps (131 fps), Battlefield DXR V Off — fps 129 (112 fps), Ultra DXR — 69 fps (58 fps). In 4K resolution on ultra graphics it is possible to count on a solid 40-60 FPS. Here, in parentheses, marked FPS for graphics cards with the prefix Max-Q.

* Depending on the model and configuration gaming laptop test results may vary. Performance is affected by the graphics card, clock speed, CPU, drivers, operating system... So for all cards taken the average value of FPS.

1660 GeForce GTX Ti. Not so long ago NVIDIA has announced the twentieth-range graphics cards for gaming laptops, which instantly appeared on the market. And that's coming GeForce GTX Ti 1660, which also uses a GPU based on the architecture of Turing, GDDR6 a volume of 6 GB. In fact, this is the sister family of the twentieth ruler without the support of DLSS and RTX (no ray tracing).

The processor.

As a rule, the producers released a balanced model of gaming laptops, but sometimes there are exceptions. Range of Intel processors for several years from family to family because of the complexity of technological solutions has undergone little change in productivity and change the next letter in the marking.

If you are fond of creating graphic effects, textures, animation, 3D modeling, video editing, or perform some other difficult task, it is desirable to take the processor more powerful, and if you need a laptop only for games, do not hurry to buy a laptop with a powerful "stone" (and even more with an unlocked multiplier), but rather "invest" hard-earned money on a device with a more powerful graphics card. The sense is much more.

Here are a few in our opinion are ready optimal gaming solutions:

  • Ti GeForce GTX 1050 / 1050 + Intel Core i5-8300H. A good bunch of games in Full HD resolution at medium to high settings.
  • 1060 GeForce GTX + Intel Core i5-8300H / i7-7700HQ. But the more powerful Core i7-8750H will be a surplus for this graphics card.
  • GeForce GTX 1070 / 1080 + Intel Core i7-8750H. This processor is sufficient, but if you are considering laptops with SLI, you will encounter solutions using Intel Core i7-8700K... in this case it is better to take with the processor of the ninth generation. For example, Intel Core i9 8950HK.
  • 2060 GeForce RTX / RTX 2070 / RTX 2080 + Intel Core i7-8750H. Noutbuki с видеокартой двадцатой серии поголовно идут с процессором Intel Core i7-8750H и крайне редко встречается представитель девятого поколения Intel Core i9-8950HK. Второй для игр избыточен, а для монтажа в самый раз.

Recall that for a comfortable game requires processor having at least four cores. Alternatively, if you really want to get a gaming laptop, it is not necessary to look at the device with a reduced low-voltage processor. Of course you can play on this laptop in modern games but at medium graphics settings, since this is not a gaming solution.

memory

For a gaming laptop, a prerequisite is the presence of dual channel memory. That is, it should have two strips of RAM as single channel mode you can lose up to 20% FPS in some cases critical.

the Optimal amount of RAM for modern games is 8 GB. The ideal solution would be 16 GB if you start the game without closing the browser with many open tabs. But 32 GB of RAM is already excessive, unless of course you take the device for games and not for video processing and graphics.

If you want to save money during the purchase, then take the laptop with minimal volume. Later RAM can be purchased or replaced to the one which has lower timings and higher frequency.

the SSD and HDD

Today gaming laptop must have SSD on 256 GB and 512 GB. Very often manufacturers install in the laptop is an SSD and a hard drive of 1 TB and above. On the SSD, install the operating system, programs and games, and movies, photos, music and other files will be stored on the HDD.

A SSD will not add FPS in games, but will run them much faster, and in General the whole system will work significantly faster. Want to save money when buying? Take the laptop without the SSD drive and later install it yourself in M. 2 slot.

Display

In the notebook market is dominated by two types of matrix: TN and IPS. First have a good response time, but they have small viewing angles, low contrast and poor color rendition. The second, by contrast, have wide viewing angles, high brightness, contrast ratio, excellent color reproduction and response time.

What matrix will display on the laptop — you decide, we prefer a more expensive IPS technology. By the way, a matrix with a frame rate of 120 Hz and higher it makes sense to take, if the gaming laptop is the GeForce GTX 1070 or higher.

Ports and cooling

Well, when vents and some ports have a gaming laptop are on the back side. Thus, the hot air will come out freely from the body of the laptop by your hand and at the same time you will not interfere with wires extending from the ports to which are connected peripheral devices.

Plan to connect to the laptop monitor or NAS (network attached storage) via Thunderbolt port 3? Then make sure it is available. As of such ports as USB 3.0 or HDMI in General can not speak. They are usually on the body in sufficient quantity.

In conclusion, I must say that we do not claim to truth in the last instance and this article carries the weight of a recommendation. And if you have something to say to others about how to choose a gaming laptop, then by all means share your knowledge with us.

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