Whether you're a high school student who loves to spend all your free time playing the latest PC games or an adult who just can't get enough of that realistic first-person shooter game, if you want to be able to enjoy modern video games with the latest 3D graphics there simply isn't an alternative to buying a gaming notebook. Gaming notebooks are focused on providing a high-performance laptop platform for rendering high-resolution graphics at frame rates that generally exceed 30 frames per second for a real-to-life gaming experience.
Most gaming notebooks come equipped with the fastest processors and the most advanced dedicated graphics cards available for laptops. Sure, you can play solitaire on a budget-priced general purpose notebook, but if you want to play the latest zombie-killing shooter then you need a good processor and even better graphics. Until recently all gaming notebooks were either 17-inch or 15-inch desktop replacement notebooks since high-performance CPUs and the latest graphics cards required massive cooling fans and heatsinks to keep those power-hungry components from overheating. More recently we are starting to see ultraportable gaming notebooks with 11-inch screens that allow you to play cutting-edge games on the road and still have several hours of battery life. Ultraportable gaming notebooks don't offer the same level of performance as larger gaming notebooks, but these laptops still deliver a more enjoyable gaming experience than a general purpose laptop.
Gaming notebooks usually come equipped with lots of system memory, massive hard drives for storing lots of video games, and sometimes even high-speed Solid State Drives (SSDs) for extremely fast system start up, and even faster loading speeds for games. Prices for gaming notebooks run the range from just under $1,000 to more than $4,000 for some of the custom-built gaming rigs with the latest generation of multi-core processors and graphics cards.
This custom Clevo P570WM is among the most powerful portable computers today, utilizing a six-core Intel Extreme Edition processor and dual 330W power supplies.
If extreme gaming is your thing then you can't do much better than the dual NVIDIA GeForce 680M graphics cards in this beast.
The Sony VAIO F is a high-end multimedia notebook. Our powerhouse test unit features an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor and Nvidia GT 425M graphics card. What's wrong with it? Read our review.
The new Alienware M11x is the latest gaming laptop from Dell's Alienware team and might be the best thing to happen to PC gaming this year. This impressive little box is the first ultraportable gaming notebook with an 11-inch screen and a weight of less than five pounds. If that's not enough to get you interested, you might like to know that it costs $799 ... almost the same price as less-powerful 11-inch notebooks with the newest Intel low-voltage processors.
The market for gaming laptops is filled with massive 15-inch and 17-inch notebooks ... but what if you want something just a little smaller? We took an in-depth look at the 14-inch M14x R2 to see if it will let you "game victorious."
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