Finding a Laptop

Like I said before, I am looking for a laptop. I used to have a 15.6″ laptop before, which is pretty easy to carry with me. But the increase in price is not that much when I go for 17.3″ this time round. Especially when I look at the performance increase.

I have been noticing a lot of laptops with desktop CPUs. I guess that is nice, but squeezing those into a laptop does mean the temperature will go up easily. That will start throttling and it will help the life span of the machine.

The i7-7820HK should be plenty of performance anyway. I am not looking at overclocking, but it should survive more of a beating than chips that are not built for overclocks.

When I look at 15.6″ machines, I am looking at a GTX 1070 max. A resolution of more than FHD (1920*1080) is not necessary on a screen this size. And with the games becoming more and more demanding, I do not think I would want a 1070 do feed the screen. A GTX 1080, yes.

So a 1080 is possible when we look at 17.3″. More space for cooling and upgrades. Here, a 2560*1440 resolution should be nice. I have seen some at 2880*1620 too. Neither resolutions should bring a 1080 to its knees any time soon. Even 4K could be nice, but that would mean many games will lose lots of FPS. And come on…it’s only 17.3″ we are talking about here.

For RAM, all the CPU wants is two sticks. So 2*8GB will work here. 2400MHz is the spec, just find the ones with low latency.

Then I would go for an SSD of 250GB for the system. Like I said in my desktop post before, the laptop is less busy with start up than it is actually doing things. A Samsung 850 EVO drive is a cheap and solid option I reckon. For the extra speed, I would look at an NVMe drive. These 17.3″ laptops normally have space for two drives of this type. I would just install the one first. It is possible to add another one later. Over time, the cost of these drives will drop anyway. No need to over-spend here. The 500GB Samsung 960 EVO looks good here.

And then I would say the same thing applies for the HDD options. There should be space for two, but I would stick with one for now. If space really does become an issue, you can always add more later. And I would definitely add external storage in the mix. So far, we have included 1750GB of space in the machine. I would have at least that s external space. Probably more. We need it for back ups of the system, things like save games, lots of pictures and video. And for work-related files, obviously.

In both cases, I will also add a chill mat and a new gaming mouse. Then it’s an option to add a 3440*1440 screen with the GTX 1080 laptop. And a keyboard.

The difference between the two options is about $400, which is not major…considering the fact that we are looking at $3000~4000 anyway.

It will be interesting to have a look at laptop CPUs that Ryzen will bring us soon. And if it takes long enough, the next generation. Cannon Lake and Volta are going to come as well. All things will only be definitive when the money is there and the order is made.

Until next time !