The next generation of gaming is finally in full swing and we’re starting to see some visually breathtaking titles such as the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Grand Theft Auto V. But all those pixels can be quite demanding, and laptops that were once running every new game at a smooth 60fps are quickly starting to see their performance wane.
Additionally, Windows 10 is also officially now available and with it comes the long-awaited super powered DirectX 12 Graphics API. For the uninitiated, Directx 12 promises considerable performance gains over Microsoft’s older APIs. Of course there are some limitations; Microsoft has announced that only specific cards will receive the full benefit of their new API. Currently that includes the most recent architectures from both AMD and Nvidia. GPU manufacturer Nvidia also noted that its Fermi-based GPUs, the GeForce 400 and 500 series will eventually see DirectX 12 support, but currently are not supported at the launch of Windows 10.
Juggling what specs you need to run the latest games and what’s compatible with the new release of Windows 10 can be a bit of a tall order for some consumers. Below we’ve listed five of the best gaming laptops currently available on the market.
Eurocom P7 Pro
The Eurocom P7 Pro is a performance powerhouse. With a 3.3GHz Broadwell i7-577C CPU, an Nvidia Geforce GPU and a lightning fast SSD it’s one of the most powerful 17.3-inch gaming laptops on the market.
There are a few features lacking, namely the device doesn’t offer any macro buttons. However, this is heavily offset by the everything the machine does well. With an attractive sturdy design, strong visuals, top-notch performance and responsive inputs the Eurocom P7 Pro is the complete package.
However, the real kicker for gamers is that the device’s components are swappable. In the land of cutting-edge gaming, the best equipment doesn’t stay the best for long. With the ability to swap out parts as needed, the Eurocom P7 Pro is not only one of the current strongest laptops on the market, it can remain competitive for years to come.
Gigabyte P34W v3
Don’t let this machine’s small stature fool you, this 14-inch laptop is capable of competing with even the beefiest of rigs on the market. Equipped with a Nvidia Geforce GTX 970M GPU you can rest assured top notch gaming performance, and at under 4 pounds only 0.82-inches thick the P34W is perfect for gamers on the go. Starting at only $1,500 the P34W v3 is great affordable alternative to the new Razer Blade (2015), which is currently listed for $2,200 on Razer’s website.
Noted as the “Goldilocks” of the Alienware family by Jerry Jackson, the Alienware 15 strikes the perfect balance between portability, performance and affordability. With a wide array of GPU and CPU options there’s plenty of room for customization to ensure that users get exactly what they need without paying too much. Things go from good to great as soon as you add Alienware’s new Graphics Amplifier; this means users can start with a low-cost configuration and upgrade via an external GPU if needed. While it may not allow for the full customization of a desktop, anytime you can upgrade your gaming hardware, that’s a big boon given the industry’s lightning fast turnover.
MSI GT80 Titan
Equipped with a full-fledged mechanical keyboard and a pair of SLI-enabled Nvidia GTX 980M GPUs the MSI GT80 Titan stands as a Goliath raining over the market with incredibly power and a vast array of features. The 18.4-inch 4K display, offers outstanding visuals that take advantage of the robust 8GB of VRAM that this machine has to offer. Of course this machine kind of flirts with the idea of what a laptop is weighing in at full 9.9 pounds, which actually isn’t that bad considering the device houses a mechanical keyboard. If you have the money this is one of the most powerful machines that you can get, but be ready to pay for it as most builds can run well north of $3,000.
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro
PC gaming on budget isn’t easy, but the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro makes that task a little bit easier. Despite its starting price tag of less than $1,000 this laptop doesn’t skimp too much on performance; offering a fast 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7-410HQ CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M (with 2GB of VRAM) and 8GB of DDR3. This computer won’t clock every new title with the highest detail settings at 60fps, but it will be able to play them and that’s not bad for a budget gaming machine.