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What Makes a Laptop Good for Gaming
The laptop features and components that will allow gamers to take their show on the road.
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March 20, 2009 by LaptopLogic.com

For the computer gaming enthusiast, your average laptop just won’t do.

There are many variants of processors, video cards, memory speeds, hard drives, and a plethora of components that affect laptop performance. Size and weight are also factors.

So what are some of the components a gaming laptop should have? We’ll list the best of the best currently available for the mobile platform.

CPU/Processors
Let’s begin with the brains of the laptop, the CPU. There are currently two vendors; Intel and AMD. The latest offerings provide some of the most powerful processors available for the mobile platform.

  • Intel Core 2 Extreme (QX9300): 4 cores running at 2.53 GHz, 1066MHz bus, 12MB L2 Cache on 45nm technology
  • Intel Core 2 Extreme (X9100): 2 cores running at 3.06 GHz, 1066MHz, bus, 6MB L2 cache on 45nm technology
  • AMD Turion X2 Ultra (ZM86): 2 cores running at 2.4 GHz, 3600Mhz bus, 2MB L2 cache on 65nm technology
  • AMD Turion X2 Ultra (ZM86): 2 cores running at 2.3 GHz, 3600Mhz bus, 2MB L2 cache on 65nm technology

GPU Options (Graphics Processing Unit)
Next are the video card options. There are two big players; Nvidia and ATI. Here’s the most powerful card from each manufacturer.

  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 x2: 825MHz processor, 512MB GDDR3 RAM
  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 280M: 1.4GHz processor with 1GB GDDR3 RAM (just released)

RAM (Random Access Memory)
The third most important component is random access memory (RAM). This is where your operating system and applications are loaded when you start those programs. The bigger the size and faster clock speed, the better your games will perform. We recommend:

  • DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) 4GB Minimum
  • DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) 4GB Minimum

Hard Drive
The hard drive is where everything is stored. The larger the hard drive the better. However the larger you go, the slower it gets. The 15000RPM hard drive listed below has only 73.5 GB of storage capacity so unless you can fit a second hard drive in your laptop you’ll have to balance speed vs. capacity. We recommend:

  • 73.5GB 15000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Notebook Hard Drive
  • 147GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Notebook Hard Drive

There are other components that contribute to the best gaming laptop.

  • Display: determines the resolution your notebook can handle
  • Wireless networking: can affect how quickly data can be accessed via a network
  • Sound cards: improve your gaming experience by providing an immersive experience

The list above is not all inclusive, we looked at the top of the line items from all manufacturers. If you have any suggestions please post them below.

Click here to view our slideshow of 5 Ultimate Gaming Laptops.

This guest post was written by Gilberto J. Perera from LaptopLogic.com - the best place to read about ultraportable laptops and laptop reviews.

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