The Best Cyberpunk-Ready Laptops

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This article is part of our month-long celebration leading up to the release of Cyberpunk 2077. For more stuff like this, click here!

Cyberpunk 2077 is less than a month away, and if you’re also grabbing popcorn and waiting to see how it’ll run on the original PS4 and Xbox one S, you may be thinking of getting a PC that will give you a quality, stable experience.

After all, if Cyberpunk isn’t the game to buy a PC for, what is?

CD Projekt Red have already released the minimum and recommended system requirements, though we don’t know exactly how well that’ll pan out.

It all comes down to optimization, and from what we’ve heard so far you could say that we can be optimistic for optimization. I’m not entirely sure that you would want to, though.

So, this list is built on three principles:

  1. The PC must hit every criteria in the recommended system specs or exceed them, while also taking in mind what open world games usually need to run well.
  2. Healthy skepticism towards how well optimized the game will be at launch (meaning modern parts only)
  3. It can’t cost a crapton of money.

We also didn’t want to create too many categories and winners.

The ones we picked are what we would buy personally, and we felt that any other options didn’t really warrant being in a cyberpunk article.

If you DO wanna look at other categories, we also wrote an article titled The Best Gaming Laptops In 2020. It’s exactly what it sounds like.

Now that that’s out of the way:

Blastoff.

 


 

Best Budget Option: Dell G3 15 – View On Amazon

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I will never stop recommending this thing.

Here are the specs:

  • Processor: 6-Core Intel-Core i7 10750H 10th-Gen
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (the good kind. CDPR have specifically recommended fast SSDs)
  • Graphics: There are two options here: A GTX 1650Ti with 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM, and an RTX 2060 Max-P with 6GB of GDDR6 memory. I highly recommend dishing out just a bit more and going for the 2060 and we’ll talk about why in just a bit!
  • The G3 also packs a 1920×1080 15″ screen that runs at 144hz which is a great bonus at its price point.

 

Why it won:

The G3 15 is a shining example of how laptop gaming can be affordable, compact and still pack a punch.

The 6-Core i7 processor is more capable than the recommended 4790 despite being a laptop GPU.

This is key because if your CPU can’t keep up, it could be very difficult to fully enjoy a smooth experience in Cyberpunk, which could potentially be quite demanding of your CPU.

Now I’ve mentioned that I recommend the RTX 2060 over the GTX 1650Ti, and there is a singular reason for that: RTX. We’ve recently criticized Razer for not having it as an option in the new Blade 13 Stealth 2020

No, not ray tracing. Yeah, that stuff is stunning, but with an RTX card, you not only have access to hardware-accelerated Ray Tracing, but you also get the often-overlooked Nvidia DLSS Technology. I wrote a whole article explaining what – and how awesome – DLSS is.

Cyberpunk 2077 is already confirmed to support DLSS and if you understand how this tech works, you’d realize that as it improves over time, the same laptop that ran Cyberpunk 2077 (and any other game that supports DLSS) at 30 frames, may one day run it faster, while maintaining or even increasing visual quality, completely for free through a regular old update.

That stuff is bonkers.

It’s also why It’s incredibly difficult for me to sign off on someone buying a non-RTX card in 2020.

P.S. There is also an i5 version of this laptop that also comes with only 8GB of RAM, but it doesn’t meet our criteria for Cyberpunk, so we’re not going to nominate it here.

 


 

Best Overall Choice: MSI GE66 Raider – View On Amazon

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MSI know how to make a gaming laptop.

Spec are as follows:

  • Processor: 6-Core Intel-Core i7 10875H 10th-Gen
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (the good kind. CDPR have specifically recommended fast SSDs)
  • Graphics: RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
  • It’s also packing that signature 15″ 240Hz monitor that you can’t believe is not in fact butter. 1080p of course.

Again, MSI know their stuff. We’ve praised the Raider before and for good reason.

The GE66 sits in the same category as the Dell G3. They’re both perfect examples of how gaming laptops should be constructed and accordingly priced with the customer in mind.

The GE66 Raider takes these principles and applies them to what is aiming to be the most attractive overall laptop possible.

So while it ticks all the basic boxes, it’s package as a whole that MSI got so right. It starts with the form factor

It looks great, has plenty of IO ports for all your gamer needs and is known for its effective cooling solution.

It also has an RTX 2070 Max-P which may get hot, but it’ll be worth it once you finally get to dig in to the settings menu in Cyberpunk and know you can push everything to the max.

Considering the 8GB of VRAM the GPU boasts, I’d even recommend investing in a monitor. It doesn’t have to be capable of 240Hz too since most games won’t even run at those framerates.

The reasoning behind this is that the 2070 is a powerful graphics card, the power of which can be leveraged to play games at higher resolutions than 1080p.

I have been doing something similar myself for a while. I can even run my favorite competitive shooter – Titanfall 2 – at 144FPS on my 1440p Asus ROG VG27AQ.

If you’re interested, I’ve even wrote an article titled Getting The Most Out of Your Laptop’s Monster GPU , which applies to pretty much every laptop here, and even the one you already own!

 


Best Laptop For Work: Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 – View On Amazon

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  • Processor: Ryzen 9 4900HS
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (the good kind. CDPR have specifically recommended fast SSDs)
  • Graphics: Asus provides us with 2 options here, a GTX1650, or a more capable (and again like seriously get this one not the GTX) an RTX 2060 Max-Q
  • Display: 14″ 120Hz FHD screen

So we realize not everyone can afford to have both a work laptop and a gaming laptop, so this one even more than the other two focuses on having a low profile.

The RTX 2060 Max-Q isn’t the most capable GPU ever, but just the fact that it’s an RTX card, and therefore supports DLSS, already ensures it’s going to still have value in the future. Granted, this won’t apply to every game, but DLSS support is growing steadily.

Most importantly, Cyberpunk supports DLSS.

Who knows, maybe one day Nvidia will be able to apply DLSS to games that weren’t specifically designed for it.

All it really takes is for the software to improve. No oversimplification there whatsoever.

But I digress! We’re at the end so it totally won’t happen again.

The point is, this thing has a monster CPU that blasts past the recommended 3200G and a GPU that can run Cyberpunk with DLSS.

And, as winner of our work-viable choice, it has a subtle, non-flashy design that won’t look too out of place in a business meeting or an office.

As a sweet cherry on top, it supports high-refresh rates at 120Hz and that just makes me happy.

Otherwise how am I gonna get my sick high speed Kraber kills in Titanfall?

I’m already off track again.

 


Why There is no 4K option

The whole idea of these recommendations is that they are guaranteed to give you a fighting chance in running Cyberpunk 2077 smoothly and have as pleasant of an experience playing as possible.

4K isn’t on this list because I can’t promise that a laptop would give you that good of an experience at that resolution.

Most pre-Nvidia 3000 series desktop GPUS can’t even run 4K reliably at framerates such as 60 anyway. On a game as big as CP, I can definitely see any laptop GPU struggling to run at 2160p. So many pixels.

The reason I am decidedly NOT mentioning DLSS here is because our other laptop picks are meant to play games at 1080p. And to run a game well at 1080p you do not require DLSS.

The same cannot necessarily be said about CP if you’re playing at Ultra HD, especially if you want to play at higher graphics settings.

So in order to have a nice time playing in 4K you might need to rely heavily on DLSS.

Because this technology is in its infancy, I wouldn’t want to play a game that will only work if it depends on said tech.

That’s the opposite of a smooth, reliable experience.

For this reason, I believe you are better off going for something like the MSI GE66 Raider instead. As I’ve recommended before, that in combination with a 1440p monitor is a killer combo that is sure to satisfy your Cyberpunk needs.

I can’t wait.

Thanks for reading, friends. I love you

 

 

 

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