With a myriad of options when looking for a gaming laptop, it's difficult to find one that exactly matches your needs. Here are things to consider to help you find the right gaming laptop in Malaysia.
The central processing unit (CPU) is one of the most important chips in gaming laptops, this is because high-end games like Battlefield 4, Watchdogs, and Assassin’s Creed require a lot of horsepower than previous generations of games. This also applies to games with a multiplayer feature, since your CPU has to keep track of dozens of players which require a lot of processing to prevent lagging issues.
For intensive games like Battlefield and Watchdogs, a gaming laptop with Intel Core i7 quad-core processor is a must, a dual-core i5 could do it but it would slow the game down. It’s not wise to get a model with AMD APU quad-core pro, as it has weaker cores than Intel's quad-core processors.
Another important chip in gaming laptops in Malaysia is the graphics processing unit (GPU). This processor is the one doing all the hard work to provide gamers impressive visuals. When running demanding games, it’s a must to get a gaming laptop with a powerful GPU. Gaming laptops with AMD Radeon HD graphics are the recommended models for gaming, as well as those with NVIDIA Geforce GTX GPUs.
Today, the minimum requirement for gaming laptops in Malaysia would be GPU models, such as Geforce GTX 850M or GTX 760M. Any GeForce GTX 700 or 800 series is good for high-end games, as it offers better features such as battery boost, 3D surround, and streaming if you use Nvidia Shield.
In order for gaming laptops’ GPUs to function properly, they need to have their own VRAM (Video RAM) so they can store all the textures, frames and other necessary properties to get the game running on your gaming laptop’s monitor. When it comes to figuring out how much VRAM you need, it’s best to get as much VRAM as you can. However, having an 8GB VRAM isn't that all necessary since you are good to go with a 3-4GB of VRAM. For budget gamers, a GeForce GTX 850/760/860 with only 2GB of VRAM will suffice as long as the gaming laptop’s resolution is 1080P. This is because those GPUs are not powerful enough to play games with full HD graphics.
As you might probably know, 1080p resolution is the norm in gaming laptops in Malaysia these days, however, there are already gaming laptops with 3K or 4K resolution that give crisper and clearer visuals. However, these high-end models need to work 3 times harder than standard gaming laptops, hence a top-of-the-line processor is required.