Are you stuck trying to find the perfect gaming laptop? Should you upgrade to the latest GeForce drivers? Is there any practical difference between the 2GB and 4GB versions of the GeForce 1050?
You’ll find the answers to these questions and more in the NotebookReview discussion forum. It’s an invaluable resource for notebook buying advice, personal tech troubleshooting, and discussions centered on all things computing, especially PC gaming. Here’s a roundup of the latest trending topics and buying advice.
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Some people go through gaming laptops like soap, while others are in it for the long haul. One NBR contributor who recently purchased a Sager NP9152 came to the forum seeking the best 15.6-inch gaming laptop with stellar audio and keyboard. Recommended laptops included the Acer Predator (despite a keyboard that leaves much to be desired) and Alienware (despite overheating issues on the 15-inch version). Read the full thread here.
Sometimes, the NBR forum can be a place to peep in on unusual conversations, like the one launched by user SpicyMustard seeking a power supply unit (PSU) capable of powering a Clevo W230SS while connected to a solar system in his truck. If this sounds like the ultimate jerry-rigged laptop powering scenario, that’s probably because it is. Check out the thread here.
World of Warcraft is a game highly demanding on laptops, which is why one user came in search of assistance choosing between the MSI GT73 and Clevo P870. Operating within a budget of $2500 to $3500 with designs on a powerful laptop with a 17-inch screen and a quality keyboard that won’t fall apart under the stress of continuous usage, the recommendations were numerous: MSI GT73VR Titan Pro 7RF from HIDevolution, Sager NP9873 (Clevo P870DM), Eurocom Tornado F5, and Clevo P775DM3. Offer your input or follow along with the conversation here.
When checking official channels for updated drivers fails, you can always pay a visit to the NBR forum. One user recently posted hyperlinks to newly-released NVIDIA GeForce 378.49 drivers, but should you necessarily download them? Poster Phoenix shared a link to a report of a GTX770 graphics card crashing after installation, so it may behoove you to review this entire thread before plodding ahead.
This thread offers evidence that the NBR forum is a wellspring of information where discerning buyers can get information not provided by seller websites. The Clevo P775DM3 gaming laptop comes in a variety of screen configurations, but by far the most color-accurate is the 4K option—but it’s not always just about color accuracy. This thread also discusses the stability of Kaby Lake on a P775DM3, plus some advice on undervolting the CPU. Read the rest here.
If you’re in the market for a Clevo gaming laptop, advice from veteran NBR forum contributors is to avoid all sellers that aren’t official Prema Partners. So said Phoenix, who added, “I recommend HIDevolution, as they offer factory delidded CPUs and guaranteed factory overclocking in addition to the fastest RAM options and latest SSDs.” Visit this thread for more information, including a video speaking to the importance of dealing with Prema Partners when making your purchase.
Being a student on a budget can require a fair amount of savvy when it comes to picking the laptop that’ll serve your purposes without bringing buyer’s remorse, which is why the NBR forum receives so many visits from such prospective buyers. One poster seeking a 15-inch laptop capable of handling engineering coursework visited the forum and got a load of recommendations, including the XPS 15, Precision 5520, Lenovo W series, and the Asus Zenbook UX501 (with the added caveat that the Zenbook’s 4K display is “really, really awful.”). If you have any recommendations, visit this thread and put in your opinion.
Is liquid metal thermal paste compatible with copper heat sinks? If you’re one among the many laptop gamers who enjoy cracking open your machine and tinkering around to ensure your CPU doesn’t overheat during intensive gaming, you may want to read this helpful article written by NBR forum contributor Tishers.
Why are gamers constantly upgrading? Is it an addition? A status symbol? A necessity to keep up with the latest and greatest gaming adventures? This extensive and insightful thread covers a gamut of confessions from NBR forum contributors and lends insight for the initiated and uninitiated into the mind of the minds of hardcore gamers.
Is there any practical difference in performance between the Nvidia GeForce 1050 2GB and 4GB versions? While the 4GB version is likely to be rarely fully utilized (except in cases where certain games block you from using higher details for lack of enough VRAM), there’s plenty of argument to be made for going large. User Kevin said, “Texture settings rely on VRAM. Don’t cripple yourself to 2GB anymore.” Check in on this thread for more information, including insight into whether an upgrade to a 1050 Ti is worth the additional $180 cost.