Dedicated GPU Ultrabook for Gaming
Gaming has become much better now on laptops with the new technologies coming out, but it is still a little difficult to find the best Ultrabook for gaming since manufacturers tend to focus more on portability and battery life. Ultrabook manufacturers usually rule out dedicated GPUs to make the machines thinner, and they also use up a ton of battery life.
Luckily, for those of you out there that want an awesome gaming laptop that is thin and ultra-portable, there are some excellent Ultrabooks with dedicated graphics cards to choose from. Don’t expect to be playing Crysis 3 on ultra-high settings with these though!
Ultrabooks with Dedicated Graphics Cards
When choosing a new laptop for gaming, you have to decide if what kind of gaming you plan on doing, whether it’s light games like Facebook or browser-style games or if it’s demanding games like Skyrim. Do you mind playing on low settings or do you want to maximize the beautifulness?
Here is an idea of Ultrabook gaming performance with different specs.
Intel Core i5-3317U with Intel HD 4000 Graphics: This will play basically any browser-style game like those on Facebook, it will also run most casual 3d games like World of Warcraft as well (on low settings).
Ultrabook with i5-3317U and AMD 1GB Radeon HD 7570M: Though performance varies on every machine, this graphics card will make an Ultrabook will make gaming much better. The average frames per second with Diablo 3 on low settings will be around 55 and ultra will play around 22 fps. Heavily demanding games like Battlefield 3 will be playable at around 32 fps on low but only 17 fps on high.
Ultrabook with i7-3517U and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M: Though more expensive, this will be much better for gaming. Playing Diablo 3 on ultra settings at around 43 fps, Battlefield 3 on high settings at around 28 fps and will even handle the new Dead Space 3 game on high settings up to around 50 fps.
Best Ultrabooks for Gaming
Some testing data from NotebookCheck.com
More Gaming Ultrabooks
- 15″ ASUS Zenbook UX51VZ – $1,799 - Core i7-3612QM – 2GB NVIDIA GT650M
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Basically, if you’re looking for something on a budget you can go with the HP ENVY Ultrabook with a GPU built in. For an ultra-portable gaming machine, it’s really affordable and can have you playing games very well. The overall Ultrabook has a budget build but it’s packed with a very powerful graphics chip.
The Acer Aspire M5 is also pretty affordable and has the strongest GPU out of the current group shown above. Playing games on this machine is very smooth and even ran the heavily demanding game, Metro 2033, on high settings at around 17-18 fps.
Though it’s not quite as powerful as the others in gaming performance, the ASUS Zenbook UX32VD is an awesome machine. It is the thinnest, it has a beautiful, full 1080p display and excellent speakers. With the resolution turned up, it may suffer a little bit in performance compared to the others, but it is still all around our favorite multimedia machine.