With all the latest and demanding games released and about to be released this year in 2016, best gaming laptops are essential to satisfy that man cave of yours. Although many gamers would be just fine with a decent gaming platform that can support the latest games at around 40-45 FPS, most of the hardcore gamers out there cannot settle for anything less than a perfect 60 FPS at ultra settings.
Of course, if you want to run a game like Star Citizen at ultra graphics while maintaining a 60 FPS all the time, then you will need to make sure you have very deep pockets. You could be looking at a machine that would cost at least $1,800 – $2,000.
Here some our of suggestions for best gaming laptop 2016.
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Top Gaming Laptop 2016
ASUS ROG G752VT-DH72
Screen: 17.3″ FHD IPS (Anti-glare)
Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core / Hyper Threading Enabler (2.6 GHz – 3.6 GHz)
RAM: 16 GB DDR 3 1600 Hz (upto 32 GB)
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5
HDD: 1 TB HDD (7200) + 128 GB SSD
Optical Drive: Super-Multi DVD
Ports/Interfacing: 1x Thunderbolt III (via USB Type-C), 1x Gen 2 USB 3.1 Type-C, 4x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI. 1x 10/100/1000 LAN. Wifi, Bluetooth, Mic In
Dimensions: 16.4″ x 12.5″x 0.9″-1.7″
Weight: 8.4 lbs
Price Scale: 5/10
ASUS ROG’s G752 series has many different models and this one happens to be one of the mid end version. Yet, it still packs quite the punch in performance. We could have picked the top end model and be done with, but more expensive does not mean better value for money. This is a laptop that can satisfy almost all demographics of gamers. The laptop is a complete package.
It is aesthetically appealing with its solid build quality which is only matched by its outstanding hardware. The laptop packs a powerful Core i7-6700HQ processor along with an equally powerful NVIDIA GTX 970M graphic card.
Asus carries its Republic of Gamers line forward with a modern-feeling overhaul, but the new Intel processors in the G752 are matched with graphics cards more than a year old. – Dan Ackerman – Cnet.com
In addition to that, this laptop offers 16 GB of RAM and an FHD IPS screen. This laptop offers 1 TB of HDD that operates at 7200RPM and has 128GB SSD go along with it. Furthermore, the 16 GB of RAM in this laptop is DDR 4. As compared to DDR3, the DDR4 is much faster with speeds of 2133 MHz.
They are as typical as with most best gaming laptop i.e heavy and short battery life. As gamer, you should be ready to sacrifice mobility.
MSI GT80 Titan SLI-001
Screen: 18.4″ FHD (Anti-glare)
Processor: Intel Core i7-6820HK / Hyper Threading Enabler (2.6 GHz – 3.6 GHz)
RAM: 64 GB DDR 4 2133 MHz
Graphics: 2x NVIDIA GTX 980M (8 GB total GDDR5)
HDD: 2 TB 5400RPM + 2×128 GB SSD (RAID 0)
Optical Drive: Blu-Ray Burner
Ports/Interfacing: Mic-in, 1xHeadphone-out, 5xUSB 3.0, 1x RJ45, 1xHDMI, 2xmDP, 1xAC Adapter, Bluetooth Wifi, Media Card Redaer
Dimensions: 17.9 x 13 x 1.9 inches
Weight: 9.9 lbs
Price Scale: 10/10
With its face-melting performance, a fantastic mechanical keyboard and upgrade-friendly chassis, the MSI GT80 Titan SLI is the gaming laptop to beat. – Sherri L. Smith – LAPTOPMAG.com
If you came here looking for affordable gaming laptops, then you came to the wrong neighborhood my friend. Some of us who live and breathe gaming and who have deeper budgets to spare would not settle for anything less than this behemoth; a laptop that can support Witcher 3 at 60 FPS consistently on ultra settings. This means that you should be ready for a very deep dent in your wallet. However, the way I think of it, why shouldn’t a professional gamer spend on a professional gaming machine. After all, it is his/her tools of the trade.
If you came here looking for affordable laptops, you came to the wrong neighborhood.
Anyhow, this leviathan of a machine boasts dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M in SLI configuration. Along with that it harbors a whopping 18.4 inch screen and with 2 x 128 SSD in Raid 0 configuration (optimized performance). It also has a steel series mechanical keyboard for all those hardcore gamers. Also to justify such a high price tag, almost all of the components are of top notch grade: Sound Blaster Cinema 2 audio system, Blu-ray Disc Burner, Killer E2200 Game Networking LAN and Killer N1525 Wireless
There is heavy and then there is this beast. Warning: carrying this laptop in your backpack can slouch your back! Nah, I am just kidding. Just trying to make a point here. This thing weighs a freaking 10 pounds and if you ask me, it is not as sleek as the ROG by a long shot either.
Acer Predator 17 G9-791-73ZW
Screen: 17.3″ UHD (Anti-glare)
Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core / Hyper Threading Enabler (2.6 GHz – 3.6 GHz)
RAM: 32 GB DDR 4 2133 MHz
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 980M
HDD: 1 TB 7200RPM + 512 GB SSD (RAID 0)
Optical Drive: Blu-Ray
Ports/Interfacing: Mic-in, 1 x Headphone-out, 1 x Thunderbolt, 3 x (Full USB 3.1 Type C) Port, 4 x USB 3.0 Ports, 1 x HDMI Port, 1 x Display Port, Bluetooth, Wifi, Media Card Redaer
Dimensions: 12.66 x 16.65 x 1.56 inches
Weight: 8.7 lbs
Price Scale: 7/10
Is it safe to assume now that Acer is on its way to becoming the leading brand in the gaming industry? I believe so. After the Nitro series, the predator series has left quite a mark in the gaming industry. This series of gaming laptops can be found dominating the market. This laptop has won almost flawless reviews with many saying that it offers a lot more than its competition for the same price.
This model offers a 17.3 inch screen with Ultra HD resolution of 3840×2160, Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, 32 GB of DDR 4 RAM, 1 TB HDD operating at 7200 RPM, 512 GB SSD, and NVidia GTX 980M with 4 GB of VRAM.
Nothing too much to worry about if you are true gamer. Weight, battery, bloatware to name a few are something that should not matter to a gamer.
These Are Bulky – Any Thin Options?
A lot has changed in the gaming laptop market. They are no longer thick and bulky. You can get very sleek and slender looking gaming laptops out there at very affordable rates.
The only issue with thin gaming laptops is that you cannot expect them to incorporate an extremely powerful hardware at an affordable price tag. Although that will change in the near future, currently that is not possible due to heat dissipation issues.
Nevertheless, you can definitely find excellent thin gaming laptops. Read the following page.
Are There Any Budget Options?
In the world of gaming a budget laptop is considered something that has a price range of $1,000 at least. If you have only $500 to spare for a laptop and you are looking to buy a brand new gaming laptop with that much amount, sadly you will be disappointed.
With that said, there most certainly are budget gaming laptops in the market that you can check out. In fact, some of the budget gaming laptops can be found at sub $1,000 range.
How to Find the Best Gaming Laptop 2016?
Its not a simple task that is for certain. There are so many amazing brands that are manufacture gaming laptops such as ASUS ROG, Alienware, Razer, MSI, OriginPC, Gigabyte, Aorus, and even HP, and Acer. If it wasn’t tough enough to choose from these amazing brands, these brands have made it more difficult by releasing multiple lines of gaming laptops. So how do you find the best one?
One of the most important consideration that I have seen is the size of the laptop. I know a lot of people get excited on buying a high spec laptop only to get disappointed by the sheer size of the laptop. This usually happens when you buy online and haven’t seen the product in person. There most certainly are many thin gaming laptops surfacing in the market that you can check out here.
There is also a huge price differential between the top notch gaming laptops and normal gaming laptops. You can find gaming laptop starting from $1,000 and the price can go well beyond $3,000.
With all these variables in mind it gets very tough to find the perfect laptop. The best way that I have understood in choosing a great gaming laptop is to first decide a certain budget. The minimum I would recommend is $1,000 – $1,200. As for the maximum, sky is the limit. After that you need to find the best combination that you can find. Although size of the laptop is necessary, it is not essential at this point because what you need is the best performance/dollar value.
With this minimum price range you cannot find gaming laptop featuring best hardware, but a hardware that should be able to handle most of the games at medium to high graphics with respectable frame rates. Taking the current technology in mind, laptops with NVIDIA GTX 980M, which is the reigning king of laptop graphics card at the moment, can be found in price as low as $1,500 to as high as $2,500. With $1,000 you can expect a nice NVIDIA GTX 960M, which should be the bear minimum graphic card that you should settle for in terms of gaming.
As for the processor, most gaming laptops will boast Intel Core i7-6700HQ in their latest models. However, depending on the hardware, you can even settle for i5-6300HQ. So for example if your chosen gaming laptop has 8 GB of RAM and features NVIDIA GTX 960M then the i5 processor is more than sufficient.
RAM is important for best gaming laptops; however, this again depends upon your price range. For a $1,000 – $1,200 laptop range, it is not advisable to set a preference for a laptop that boasts 16 GB of RAM. At this price range your focus should be on graphics card and the processor. RAM is important especially if you are going to use your gaming laptop for professional work such as video editing. With DDR4 RAM out in the market, you can get upto 64 GB of RAM should you need it.
Another important consideration is the storage. Always give preference to laptop with an SSD drive. For those of you haven’t used SSD drives yet, the difference is phenomenal. It not only improves the boot-up speed, but the overall speed of the system in general.
Why Get A New Gaming Laptop This Year?
The advent of the latest consoles also resulted in all the games becoming increasingly demanding. After all, the more powerful hardware in the newer consoles finally opened the horizon to explore new potential in gaming. Of course some of the hardcore PC gamers, who can afford powerful systems would be quick to point out that their rigs have been more than capable of supporting games like Witcher 3 for the past few years, but unfortunately the consoles have always been the limiting factor for PCs.
From a developer’s and profit perspective, you would always want to create games that can run on all platforms. There is also the fact that not all of PC gamers can afford the high end systems. The latest games; however, would now force most of the PC gamers to invest in new machines or improve their current ones. You could either buy or improve your gaming desktop, or you could invest in one of the latest gaming laptops that can support games of 2016 and beyond.
The pros of gaming laptops are obvious i.e their mobility. The cons are also quite significant. For starters, you cannot upgrade them, even if you can it is very limited. Secondly you have to pay a high premium for the mobility aspect, or is there a premium at all?
That is the real question: how much of a premium do you have to pay for a best gaming laptop 2016 over a gaming desktop? Or is there any? Let us have a look at a case study.
Best Gaming Laptop 2016 Vs Gaming Desktop (Price Comparison)
Summary: As it turns out, a desktop equivalent of ASUS ROG G751JT-CH71 would cost you $200 less; 13% cheaper. Is paying 10-15% premium for best gaming laptop 2016 worth it? You decide!
Lets us have a look. For this case study we will take a good gaming laptop, the ASUS ROG G751JT-CH71. This is a mid end 17.3″ end gaming laptop and also a very famous one currently in the market. It also happens to be the top pick of this article.Why this laptop? Firstly because it is famous. Secondly because it is priced at just the right amount for most amateur gamers. So let us see what this beasts has to offer (just the important specs)
- Processor: Intel Core i7-4710HQ (Quad Core / Eight Thread 2.5 GHz – 3.5 GHz)
- Memory: 16 GB DDR 3 (1600 MHZ; 4 SO-DIMM Slots w/ Support upto 32 GB)
- Storage: 1 TB (7200 RPM)
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5
- Optical Drive: Super-Multi DVD
- OS: Windows 8.1 (64-Bit)
- Screen: 17.3″ IPS FHD (ASUS Trinity Support)
This beasts costs around $1,500 (on Amazon.com). Now, if we were to buy a desktop with similar performance how much would it cost?
Let Us Build the PC
According to CPUBenchmark.net, the Core i7-4710HQ scores 7951 on their native scale. This processor, is not available for desktops, therefore in order to find an equally well performing processor, we would have to look for a processor that has received a similar score. AMD has two noticeable processor that have scored closest to that of the Core i7-4710HQ: AMD FX-8370E and AMD FX-8350.
The FX-8350 is a few dollar cheaper despite that fact that is scores higher than AMD FX-8370E. The FX-8350 has a score of 8,952. Why not Intel? Simply because they are quite expensive (We are on a tight budget here). The closest Core i7 from the fourth generation for desktops is about twice as expensive as the AMD counterpart. It is much more powerful, but that is not the point of this comparison. We are not trying outmatch the performance, but outmatch/match the price point value. Selected Processor: AMD FX-8350; Cost $169.9
For motherboard, we have two good options. We have the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 for AM3+ socket, which costs about $169.99 and we have the ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z AMD 990FX for AM3+ socket. This costs about $220 at the moment.
Both motherboard have almost the same configuration i.e 6xPCI slots, 4 x memory slots, 10x total SATA ports. They have ATX form factor and support 32 GB of RAM. Both have support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 support. There are few differences here in there in terms of number of ports but nothing too much to worry about.
The real differences comes in your level of enthusiasm. The Crosshair V has better tools for overclocking and has a better on board audio chip. The Sabertooth on the other hand has 2 years more warranty and a much lower price tag. We will go for the Sabertooth. Selected Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0; Cost: $169.99
Ah yes! The one components every gamer craves for and also the one that leaves the deepest dents in your wallets. So the sample laptop of this case study, ASUS ROG G751JT-CH71 offers NVIDIA GTX 970M card with 3 GB GDD5 VRAM.
Now we all know the GTX 970M would be nothing compared to the GTX 970 for desktops. So which graphic card for PCs is equivalent in performance to that of GTX 970M for laptops? According to Videocardbenchmark.net, GTX 970M has received a score of 4,830.
The closest desktop grade graphic card in performance is the AMD R9 280X, which ranges from $179.99 to $300. We will go for the XFX model as it lies right in the middle in terms of price range. Also XFX models are excellent for overclocking. It also has the same VRAM as in the NVIDIA GTX 970M. Selected Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3 GB DDR5; Cost $238.
Two obvious options i.e either Corsair Vengeance or Kingston HyperX Fury. Both costs exactly the same for their 16 GB (8×2) DDR 3 1600 MHz kit. Selected Memory: 16 GB; Cost: $115.
A good 1 TB HDD with operating speed of 7200 RPM costs you $50 – $70. We will go for the $70 model, the Western Digital Caviar Black as it is optimized for performance. We could add an SSD or a a hybrid drive, but we won’t because, again, we are trying to keep the performance as close to the case study model as possible. Selected HDD: WD Caviar Black 1 TB @ 7200 RPM; Cost: $70
Nothing too much to worry about here. Selected Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST; Cost: $20.00
Same is the case here; nothing too much to worry about, Just choose the same OS as in the case study model laptop. Selected OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1; Cost $99
This is one overlooked element but it is as important to a desktop as any other crucial component. Choosing a power supply can be a bit tricky. Most PSU should achieve their peak efficiency at about 40%-70%. Therefore, it is advisable to choose a PSU that works at 50% capacity at max i.e if you system consumes 300W, get a PSU that is rated at 550W-600W. So how much power does our system consume at the moment and what would be the right PSU for our system?
Fortunately for us, the XFX has already stated the recommended PSU for this system that is: 850W. Now there are many models. You can have a look at them all, but the one trusted PSU brand that I go for is Corsair. Corsair itself has several lines of PSU. I’ll go with the mid-end line. Selected PSU: Corsair RM 850W; Cost: $141.99
Now we know the ASUS ROG does not compromise on the quality of their components. Therefore, we too will get a decent screen that is FHD as well as boasts the IPS panel technology. The size is a matter for personal preference. I like to go for 24 inch or 23 inch screens for gaming as 27 inch is just too uncomfortable in my opinion. Selected Monitor: ASUS VS239H-P IPS Monitor; Cost $150
A mid tower case with ATX motherboard support is just what we need. The case does not need to be expensive, but it must be of good quality build and also from a respected brand. Selected Chassis: Cooler Master N400; Cost $59
Keyboard & Mouse
Since this system build is not for professional or hardcore gamers, we would not want to invest too much on keyboard or mouse. We will leave the high end keyboard and mouse for those who understand the nuances of the clicks and presses. Selected Model: CM Storm Devastator Keyboard (Back Lit) + Mouse Combo ; Cost: $30
We could either invest in a stereo speaker system or a good gaming headset. A headset is what most gamers would prefer. Again, we are not looking for headsets that would cost us a fortune. A decent headset would do just fine. Selected Headset: Logitech G230 Gaming Headset; Cost $39.99
Grand Total: $1,304.99
We looked at our top pick for best gaming laptops that is ASUS ROG G752VT-DH72. it is affordable, good looking and powerful. We also had a look at the first and second runner ups, the MSI GT80 TITAN SLI-001 and Acer Predator 17 G9-791-73ZW respectively. A case study was also conducted in order to evaluate the gaming laptops when compared to desktops in terms of value.
So in this case study we looked at a sample gaming laptop model, ASUS ROG G751JT-CH71 and compared it with the price of desktop with similar gaming performance. The laptop costs $1,500 on Amazon.com, the desktop that we built would cost us around $1,304.99 yielding the same performance; about $200 less or about 13% cheaper than the laptop.
Would this number hold for all cases? Of course not. You could argue that there are cheaper gaming laptops available with almost the same hardware, but one would also be quick to rebut by claiming the same for gaming desktops. Remember when choosing the components for our desktop in this case study, we went for the mid end components in the range most of the time.
We could have gone for even cheaper model to save cost. For example, the graphic card was available in the range of $179.99 -$300, we choose to go for this the one that would cost us $238. We could have gone for the cheapest one to save cost even further. We could have done the same for the PSU, as well as for the motherboard.
This would have further increased the price differential. Alternatively, we could have lowered the price differential by choosing to opt for higher end components such as a high end gaming keyboard, mouse or headset. All in all, i’d say there is about 10-15% average premium that one would pay for the mobility aspect of the laptop.
At the same time, I also think it is quite worth it Gaming laptops are not only portable but also much easier to manage. I mean having all the above mentioned components in 17.3″ chassis is quite worth the extra premium.