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What to Look for in a Laptop for Video Game Development

To combat the boredom that comes with staying all day and all night indoors, more people have been gaming. If you are a game developer, that should be pretty good news. It means that your games will be selling like hotcakes.

But, we are not sure how long the gaming craze will last. If you were not before, you should start investing more in your craft as a game developer. One good way to do this is to get the best in hardware. That way, you can make your work faster and easier to meet the growing demand for good games. You will need to be out in the computer market to upgrade your desktop for a gaming laptop.

If you are into developing 2D games, any laptop may work for you. 3D games are more demanding to create. You need potent machines on which you can do a lot of graphic-intensive tasks. As such, your laptop should be able to run software like Unity, Real Engine, Construct 2, and the like without lags.

There are so many gaming laptops. Many brands like HP, Gigabyte, and others out there are okay to use for game development. But how will you know to choose the best one? Worry no more. Today, we look at some of the key features you should pay attention to as you select your new hardware. This will help you pay attention not only to the specs but the whole computer.

GPU

A GPU is the Graphics Processor Unit. While other components will be important, this holds the most weight. Most great games are GPU dependent, and you can’t upgrade these on most laptops. It is best to get the latest in graphic cards. AMD has the Radeon RX 5000M series that is cheap and gives an excellent performance. The new generation 2070/2080 NVIDIA series focuses on real-time ray tracing. This technology adds reality to your games, but real-time ray tracking comes with a great expense. If money is a challenge, you could get the NVIDIA 1650 GPU, which is much cheaper and slower. 1070/1080 cards could also work for you. If you want to set yourself apart in the gaming industry, you can do it with the NVIDIA RTX 20-series.

The processor

A good game development laptop should have the latest in CPU. The Intel Core i7  and Intel i9 are the best. Most game engines are taxing. You need a powerful processor to handle them. That will make development easier and more efficient. If you prefer using AMD CPUs, make sure that your laptop uses the Ryzen 7 series

RAM

This is as important as your GPU and CPU. You will need high capacity RAM as well as decent speed to help your game engine run well. You could buy systems with 4GB RAM, but that will only slow you down. 16GB works well for most game developers, especially if you are on a tight budget. But if you can kick it up a notch to 32GB or even 64GB, you are sure to have fun working with your new hardware.

Storage

When it comes to storage, the important question to answer is Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or Solid State (SSD)? But why not both! Any great gaming laptop will include both. But a large SSD is sure to decrease loading time for your laptop. Systems with a bigger SSD will be more expensive but time redeeming. Consider buying 512GB upwards for your SSD. Be sure to check for a 7200rpm on your HDD and 1TB upwards so that you don’t get slowed down.

Display

Nothing beats gaming on a widescreen. Most gaming laptops come with a 15-inch display. If you are lucky, you will get one with 17-18 inches. It’s important to note, though, that a larger screen makes for a heavier laptop. If you love to travel with your work, you will want to pay a lot of attention to this.

The resolution is an important aspect of the display. You will not want to get anything less than 1920x1080p. If you are working with the RTX 20-series, a 2560×1440 display will do, but a 4K display is best. Consider the refresh rate as well because it will make your game more responsive.  Go for 120Hz and above.

Other Things to Look Out for are:

  1. The battery

If you want the best, you will run features such as high GPU and CPU and a high refresh rate. They will draw on your battery so you want it to be long-lasting. You can’t afford to ignore it.

  1. Avoid touch screens

They drain battery life and make your display over glossy.

Now we’ve got you covered on what features to look out for as you buy your gaming laptop. But giving you a little nudge in the right direction might help too.

Published by Yuri

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