Choosing A Laptop For Game Development 2019 – GameFromScratch.com (2022)

Back in 2016 I did my first guide to Choosing a Game Development Laptop, then did a follow up edition the beginning of 2018. A fair bit has changed since then, so here is the 2019 edition. There is a video version of this guide embedded below.

What has changed?

If you read or watched the prior guides, you are probably most interested in what has changed in the technology surrounding game development and laptops in general. The biggest new change is the introduction of Real-Time Raytracing, or RTX technology, that we will talk about in more detail later. Additionally, AMD released a new embedded mobile graphics chipset that appeared in some lower cost laptops, bringing low-mid range GPU to a few popular laptop models. Intel and AMD released a new generation of GPUs, with AMD making huge progress on the desktop but somewhat limited in mobile chips although rumours suggest something big from AMD coming soon. Intel chips are just incremental improvements on the previous gen, with several of their newest processors running into thermal issues. Finally, the thin and light laptop has become nearly universal, with all manufacturers making something. Oh, and prices went up for the most part… so it isn’t all great news.

What Kind of Game Development Are You Intending to Do?

Game Development is a BROAD subject and the kind of machine you need is entirely determined by what you are doing with it. Different tasks have different requirements, but here is a VERY vague summery.

2D Pixel Art

If you are looking to do mostly drawing and pixel art creation on your machine… good news! This isn’t a particularly demanding task. A touch screen and good color calibrate monitor are probably the most important traits in this case.

3D MODELLING and ANIMATION

If you are a 3D artist, especially if you are working with higher polygon count scenes or real-time sculpting, the GPU is the most important thing, followed by RAM and CPU.

Programmer

If you are mostly compiling large volumes of code the CPU is probably the most important part, but you want to avoid any bottlenecks, such as running out of RAM. Most importantly, you absolutely NEED to have an SSD. The difference an SSD drive makes to compiling code is staggering.

VR DEVELOPER

If you are intending to work with VR, you have some fixed limits, minimum requirements to run an HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or Microsoft Mixed Reality device. Generally, this means at least a 1060+ or better GPU. This is because VR is basically running two screens, one per eye, and each screen needs to run at a minimum framerate (often @ 90) or it will cause sickness or headaches.

Why no Apple Laptops this year?

To be honest, it’s just getting harder and harder to recommend getting a MacBook since 2016 for several reasons. First off, they removed the F-row of function keys and replaced it with a touchbar, and this is horrible for programmers who rely heavily on function keys in just about every single application. Additionally, this change makes it work even worse if you need to boot into Windows software.

Additionally, this generation has been absolutely plagued with quality issues. It started with heavy thermal throttling on any i9 based Mac and got worse from there. The failure rate on this generation of MacBook’s keyboard is off the chart. Finally, they have implemented a security chip, which coupled with anti-repair policies, makes repairing a MacBook more problematic and expensive than ever. If you want a MacBook Pro for development, I personally would highly recommend a 2016 MacBook Pro or earlier, used or refurbed, at least until the MBP gets a engineering overhaul.

My minimum spec recommendations?

There are a few things I consider mandatory if buying a laptop in 2019.

SSD (Solid State Drive)

This is hands down my biggest non-negotiable recommendation. Having your operating system on an SSD improves performance of just about everything… massively. Want to take a few seconds, or nearly a minute to boot or wake your laptop? That is the difference an SSD makes! They are more expensive and often systems will have a smaller SSD for the OS partition and larger cheaper SATA drive for storage.

8GB of RAM

You can buy systems with 4GB of RAM… this is not enough. 8GB is the realistic minimum, while I would personally go no lower than 16GB. Anything over 32GB is mostly a waste for most users. 16GB still seems to be the sweet spot.

I5, i7 or i9 Processor

Be careful will any other processor options. Low powered options like the Intel Atom aren’t powerful enough for most game development tasks. An i3 may be enough for you, but I would recommend an i5 or higher. If you are on the higher end, be careful with purchasing an i9 machine, many of the first gen of i9 laptops are having trouble dealing with the extra heat and are a waste of money as a result.

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GPU

I personally wouldn’t buy a machine without a dedicated GPU, which is pretty much a must if you want to do any 3D work or play modern games. Using integrated graphics, you can often play modern games on lowest settings at lower resolutions. In terms of what GPU… that’s is a bit trickier. The new generation of 2060/2070 and 2080 Nvidia GPUs are strongly focused on RTX, or real time raytracing. They are also quite expensive. Later on, Nvidia released the 1650, a value priced slower GPU without RTX with a much lower price tag. Of course, if RTX isn’t important to you, several last generation GPUs are still very viable, especially the 1070 and 1080 cards.

BATTERY

Battery is important but limited. To legally fly on an airplane with a battery the limit for a laptop is just under 100 watts/hour, so this is the upper limit of what a battery can be. Generally the bigger the battery the longer it lasts, but the more battery sucking features you put in there (GPU, Processor, 4K or high refresh rate display, etc) the more draw they put on the battery.

SIZE/WEIGHT/THERMALS

Laptops are generally available in 13”, 14”, 15” and 17” models, with the unit being measured diagonally across the screen. Weight is pretty self explanatory… and with modern laptops, anything over 5lbs is started to get a bit heavy and you will notice it in a backpack if you are doing a fair bit of traveling. The final challenge designers face is thermals… that is, keeping everything cool. With modern hardware if it gets to hot it slows down or throttles. This is why machines like the new i9 MacBooks or XPS 15 machines from DELL don’t live up to the hardware they put into them. Doesn’t make sense to put an i9 and a 2080 GPU into a machine if they get throttled to speeds slower than competing hardware with lesser specs. Thermals are important and sadly harder to determine without reading user reviews.

DISPLAY

There are many different things to consider, the type of panel (Matte,TN, IPS, OLED), the resolution 1080p vs 4K and the refresh rate ( 60hz, 120 +). The panel determines how colors and blacks will look, as well as how glossy the display will be in daylight. A lot of it comes down to personal opinion. Refresh rate is important if you are interested in real-time games and want your game to be as responsive as possible. That said, you need to be able to push framerates to match the refresh rate to take advantage of it. There is a hybrid approach with monitors enabling a variable refresh rate called GSync and FreeSync. Personally I would go for a 4K/60hz display but I don’t do a lot of twitch gaming.

Recommendations

The following is a list of game dev suitable laptops from the major providers at a variety of price points. If you purchase through our provided links on Amazon, GFS makes a small commission (and thank you!)

Acer Helios 300

For around $1,000 you can get a 1660 GPU with a 6 core Intel CPU, 16GB of RAM, and more. There are a few dozen specs available in this range to fit your need. Weighs in at 5lbs with a reported 6-hour battery life (which is optimistic…). A classic entry level line with good gaming credentials.

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Acer Triton 500

A step up in both price and power from the Helios, the Triton line contains a 2070 Max-Q GPU and a 144hz display for a price range of 1600 – 2000 (1600 for a 2060 equipped model). It is also lighter, thinner and supports a longer lasting battery than the Helios.

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Asus Strix G

The Strix G is available in several different configurations, with the 1650 equipped model starting around the 1K USD mark. It has impressive internals in a 5.2lb form factor and impressively comes with a 1GB SSD drive. It is sadly let down by poor real-world battery life.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus

The Zephyrus line is a series of high-end laptops, with up to a 2080 card, 6 core Intel GPU all in a 0.6” slim design, weighting about 4.5lbs. The keyboard is at the front of the case however, something that can take some getting used to.

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Dell XPS 15

The Dell XPS line is stunning, thin, and of a build quality. You pay a premium, for a XPS with a 1650 GPU costing almost $1700. I have trouble recommending this year’s XPS as the case design seems to struggle with heat, making thermal throttling a common complaint, meaning you won’t get full use of the hardware you’ve paid for.

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Alienware M15

Dell has owned Alienware for a number of years, but only recently have they started releasing laptops that are actually portable, instead of gigantic desktop replacements. The M15 model is now 4.75 lbs and 0.8” thick, much easier to throw in a backpack. Available in a number of configs, this M15 has a 2060 GPU, i7-9750 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD for $1850.

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Dell G5

The G5 is Dell’s dedicated gamer series of laptops. You will get better thermal performance at a lower price than the XPS line. The trade-off is louder fans, a nearly 1” thick laptop, and close to 6lbs, making it one of the heavier laptops on this list. You can however get a 1650 GPU, 6 core Intel processor, 16GB of RAM, great battery life, and an SSD for just over $1100, making it a solid value if you can handle the size.

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Gigabyte Aero 15

A powerhouse laptop with a powerhouse pricetag. Available with up to a 2080 GPU, i9 9980 CPU one of the largest batteries you can legally put in a laptop, all in a 0.75” thick 4.5lb design. There are a huge number of configurations available in this highly portable long lasting laptop, including a rare OLED screen option.

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Gigabyte AORUS

Much of the same power as the Aero 15, in a big, cheaper package, that describes the AORUS. At 5.3lbs and nearly 1” thick, it’s certainly bigger and heavier. It also is about 50% cheaper! Unfortunately, you don’t also get the monster battery of the more expensive Aero. Available in a range of GPUs from the 1650 to the 2070.

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HP Omen

The HP Omen line is HP’s gaming series and is available in a wide range of configurations for prices ranging from $1100 to $2000. Battery life is reviewed as fair, chassis is 5.2lbs and 0.83” thick. In many ways, you can look at the Omen line as incredibly average.

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Lenovo Legion

One of the best values on the list. Coming in at around $1000 USD with a 1650 GPU, 6 core i7-9750 CPU, 512GB SSD in a decent package. The only major downside is the anemic 45 WHr battery and 5.2lb weight.

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A refresh of the Surface lineup is expected in the next few weeks. Microsoft’s machines are unique and of a high build quality, but only a few offer a GPU. Rumour has it the next generation will be AMD powered.

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MSI GS65 Stealth

MSI has far too many brands, but the good news is almost all models are capable game development laptops, even though choosing the right version can be tricky. My personal choice is a the Stealth GS line, which is a good combination of power and portability and a reasonable price.

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Razer Blade

Razer started the thin and light high-end laptop craze and they continue to be one of the best… and most expensive. They have however split their line into 2 different products, the Blade and the Advanced. The Blade is limited to a 2060 GPU but also supports a lower price tag. Both machines sport the same processor and RAM, although oddly this model has better storage options. This model is 4.6lbs and 0.78” thick.

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Razer Blade Advanced

The Razer Blade advanced is slightly thinner and heavier than the Blade. It also ships with your choice of a 2070 or 2080 GPU and more display options, including a 4K display. Plus, it’s got a hefty price tag attached. This model is 4.83lbs and 0.7” thick.

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Razer Blade Stealth

The Razer Blade stealth is the only ultra book with a GPU. If you are looking for a 13” laptop with an all-day battery, but a decent GPU, the Stealth is a one of a kind machine. Unfortunately, the version linked here is last years MX150 based model, as the newly announced 1650 version has not shipped yet.

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Too Rich For My Blood

I won’t lie, this generation is expensive and in many cases isn’t a huge upgrade on the previous generation. If you find the above machines too expensive but need to purchase a machine, I would highly recommend looking for a model from the previous year on clearance. If you aren’t interested in raytracing, you can easily get by with a laptop from the previous generation. The 1070 and 1080 GPUs are plenty fast and capable of handling raytracing and most AAA games at high settings, while the CPU is rarely a bottleneck, so the last generation higher end i5 or i7 CPU should be more than enough.

Personally, I am skipping this generation and will wait till next year when the second generation of RTX hardware is released at which point RTX will be more prevalent (or a fading fad). If I didn’t already have a decent laptop, however, I would personally pick up the Razer Blade Stealth with a 1650 GPU. Small form factor, long battery life, quality build, and an OK (but unmatched in the 13” form factor) GPU is hard to beat combination.

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FAQs

What laptop do I need for game development? ›

A laptop is an essential tool for any game development project - it's where all your design ideas come to life!
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Do I need a powerful laptop for game development? ›

Processor. A good processor/CPU is essential, especially if you plan to use resource-intensive game development software. Having a lower specced CPU will limit your capabilities, so compromising on a good processor isn't an option.

How much RAM is needed for game development? ›

At a bare minimum, you should have 8GB of RAM so you don't run into bottlenecks, especially because your OS and other applications that you have opened, such as your browser, don't limit your development experience. We recommend 16GB for most use-cases and 32GB if you work on more complex games and apps.

Which processor is best for game development? ›

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Do I need good laptop for unity? ›

A good machine for game development should have at least 16GB RAM. Unity will work with a low number of cores but the cores have to be fast ones and that CPU simply isn't fast. The GPU isn't any better.

Which GPU is best for game development? ›

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Is 512gb SSD enough for game development? ›

A 512 SSD is good enough for gaming or any other performance related task really. Most PC games will have operating files in the 30GB – 50GB region – the Witcher 3 (which is one heck of a performance intensive game) has a 50GB install file size for instance.

Is 1TB enough for game development? ›

A 1TB SSD is more than enough for the gaming needs of the average gamer. Most games will take between 30 – 50GB of data on your storage device after installation (apart from game install files).

What graphics card do game developers use? ›

The best GPUs for rendering and gaming—taking into account the new NVIDIA 30-series lineup and AMD's new releases—are: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 is the best overall GPU. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 is best for someone on a budget. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 is best for rendering in 3D.

Is 16GB of RAM enough for game development? ›

16GB is the recommended amount of RAM for playing most games and will provide a noticeable increase in performance from 8GB. You will also be able to run applications in the background without affecting gameplay.

Is 16GB RAM enough for Unity? ›

RAM (Memory)

For most Unity tasks, 8GBs of RAM is generally enough, but I would recommend getting a minimum of 16GBs as 8GB is going to get eaten up fast when it gets allocated to your OS, browser, Unity, and whatever else you might have running.

Is i5 good for game development? ›

Yes an i5 cpu definitely enough for 2D game development. In fact, even an i3 is mostly enough. The more important specs are; RAM >= 16 GB (for faster IDE)

How many cores do I need for game development? ›

That said, it is recommended you should have six cores for an optimal gameplay experience in 2022. Eight cores helps with future-proofing your gaming PC, but isn't required yet. A processing core is a small unit within a CPU that is responsible for running all tasks on a PC, so the more you have, the better.

How much RAM is good for programming? ›

A laptop with 4GB of RAM should suffice. However, application or software developers who need to run virtual machines, emulators and IDEs to compile massive projects will need more RAM. A laptop with at least 8GB of RAM is ideal.

How many cores do you need for gaming? ›

4 Cores and 6 Cores are Recommended for Gaming

So for a budget gaming system I would recommend Intel Core i3 from 10th gen, and newer, feature 4 cores and 8 threads. AMD Ryzen 3 3000 series CPUs feature 4 cores and 8 threads.

What laptop Can I use with Unity? ›

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What graphics card do you need for Unity? ›

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB - With 24GB of VRAM and terrific performance for the price, the RTX 3090 is one of the best GPUs to use for game development, Virtual Production, and Architectural Visualization and our recommendation if you plan on developing VR content.

What computer is recommended for Unity? ›

The best computer for Unity would be a 12-core Mac Pro with dual 27" displays. Easily targets all platforms with power to spare. The most cost-effective computer for Unity would be the one you are using now, assuming it runs Unity.

How much graphics card do I need for game development? ›

Yes, you need because there are many 3d models that need to be rendered you cannot work smoothly without having a good graphics card at least 4Gb.

What is more important for game development GPU or CPU? ›

The GPU is an extremely important component of a gaming system, and in many cases, even more crucial than the CPU when it comes to playing certain types of games. Simple description: A GPU is a single-chip processor that's used chiefly to manage and enhance video and graphics performance.

Is RTX better than GTX for rendering? ›

RTX cards are therefore not only better for graphics, but also for traditional rendering performance. If you want the best gaming performance possible from an NVIDIA card, you're going to want a 30-series RTX GPU – at the top end, you'll want RTX 3090 gaming PC.

Is 1TB enough for coding? ›

For a web or mobile app programmer, a 128GB storage drive suffices. For a video-game programmer, a 1TB storage drive or above is suitable. These estimations are based on the space that the operating system, developer tools, and projects take.

Is 8GB RAM and 512 SSD enough for programming? ›

yes, 512GB SSD is sufficient and good but I also suggest you for at least 8GB RAM. Your experience with ssd will be great compared to hdd.

Is 16gb RAM and 512GB SSD enough? ›

16 GB RAM with 512 GB SSD is more than enough for the average user. Even if you are using it for programming, gaming, or video editing, it will be enough. Purchasing SSD internal storage laptop is primarily for the extra speed and not only for the increased capacity.

Is 2TB overkill for gaming? ›

If you use cloud storage and don't stream or download many games, a hard drive with 500GB to 1TB capacity is enough. If you like downloading a lot of games and having multiple games installed simultaneously, a 2TB hard disk would be good.

What is a good SSD size for gaming? ›

We would traditionally say that an entry-level SSD should come in at least 512GB in order to pack in your operating system, for slick general system speed, and your most regularly played games. But such is the increasing size of modern games that a 1TB SSD is increasingly looking like the minimum recommendation.

How much SSD do you need for coding? ›

Storage type and capacity

A 256GB SSD should be the baseline. If you have more money, a 512GB or 1TB SSD is better. If cost is a factor, opt for a smaller SSD, where your Operating System will live alongside your apps and frequently accessed documents (such as project files).

Do you need a good graphics card for game development? ›

Game Development

Even if you're not a gamer you might be developing games or working on Apps and Software that are very graphically demanding. In this case, too, you'll need a powerful GPU. Unreal and Unity3D are popular game and app development packages that will run much more efficiently on a discrete GPU.

Which laptop is best for Unreal engine? ›

In conclusion, the “Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15 Laptop” is a great choice for those who are looking for the best laptop for Unreal Engine 4 gaming purposes. Powerful AMD Ryzen 5 5600H Processor.

Is RTX 3070 good for game development? ›

As we can see from averaging out the GameDev scenes from our tests, the RTX 3080 Ti is roughly 10% faster than the current RTX 3080, and almost tied with the RTX 3090. The RTX 3070 Ti does outperform the base RTX 3070 for most game developers.

Is 32 GB of RAM overkill? ›

In most situations, 32GB of RAM can be considered overkill, but this is not always true. There are situations where 32GB is an appropriate amount to have. It is also a good way to futureproof your PC as requirements increase with time.

Is 64GB RAM overkill for gaming? ›

For gamers, 64GB is certainly overkill: 16GB will be fine for new title releases in the near future. It's what else is on your PC hoovering up the memory that might require it. Browsers can eat up several gigs, particularly if you have a bunch of tabs open and extensions loaded.

Will I notice a difference between 16GB and 32GB of RAM? ›

16GB of RAM will be plenty for most everyday computing stuff, but 32GB will let you keep more tabs open and keep more programs running at the same time. It's up to you, and it's probably a safe bet that websites will only demand more and more RAM as time goes by.

Does Unity use GPU or CPU? ›

Unity (CPU) selects which objects are candidates to be rendered, then sends them one by one to the GPU: for each object, Unity sets up the shaders and textures and starts feeding the GPU with the vertices, triangles, normals and other attributes associated to the vertices.

Why would I need 32GB of RAM? ›

For the vast majority of gamers, 16GB is enough. However, if you plan on streaming or running multiple applications while your games are running — OBS Studio, a web browser, etc. — 32GB will give you a little more room.

Does Unity need 32GB RAM? ›

I really can't recommend using anything less than 32 gigs of ram. But it really depends - if you don't ever plan on 'baking' anything, then you can do less than 32 gigs. The high memory count is really only useful for baking and running a ton of programs at once.

Do you need an i7 for game development? ›

You need the fastest CPU money can buy for game development imo. Faster compilation and faster baking means more iteration. The i7's benefit is it will automatically overclock itself a little, has a much larger cache (repetitive tasks are done faster) and has 8 threads.

Which is better for gaming i5 or i7? ›

Is i5 better than i7 for gaming? The Core i5 and Core i7 processors stand out when looking for CPUs that are good for gaming. The Core i5 is less expensive, but the Core i7 performs better while multitasking. If you're a streamer, spending a little extra money and getting the Core i7 would be a better option.

Is GTX 1650 enough for game development? ›

It's sufficient for indie game development. The only problems will be with lightmap baking which is very Ressource intensive.

Does a gaming developer need a good computer? ›

Generally, a computer with at least 16 GB of RAM will be sufficient for most types of game development, although a minimum of 8 GB will be sufficient for mobile games. For PC and console games, 16 GB is the minimum requirement, with two GHz being the optimal speed.

Is 512gb SSD enough for game development? ›

A 512 SSD is good enough for gaming or any other performance related task really. Most PC games will have operating files in the 30GB – 50GB region – the Witcher 3 (which is one heck of a performance intensive game) has a 50GB install file size for instance.

Is RTX 3070 good for game development? ›

As we can see from averaging out the GameDev scenes from our tests, the RTX 3080 Ti is roughly 10% faster than the current RTX 3080, and almost tied with the RTX 3090. The RTX 3070 Ti does outperform the base RTX 3070 for most game developers.

Is GTX 1650 Ti good for game development? ›

YES. What do you think a 10 series GTX card does? It handles every games at proper 1080p 60fps+ (only if you know how to apply those). 1650 recently got launched for a very low price.

Is 8GB RAM enough for game development? ›

8GB of RAM is the minimum amount of RAM for any gaming PC. With 8GB RAM, you will be able to play most released games without many problems, but some games might not play at the highest quality, and you might have to shut down other applications.

What graphics card do game developers use? ›

The best GPUs for rendering and gaming—taking into account the new NVIDIA 30-series lineup and AMD's new releases—are: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 is the best overall GPU. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 is best for someone on a budget. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 is best for rendering in 3D.

Is 1TB enough for game development? ›

A 1TB SSD is more than enough for the gaming needs of the average gamer. Most games will take between 30 – 50GB of data on your storage device after installation (apart from game install files).

Is 1TB enough for coding? ›

For a web or mobile app programmer, a 128GB storage drive suffices. For a video-game programmer, a 1TB storage drive or above is suitable. These estimations are based on the space that the operating system, developer tools, and projects take.

Is 8GB RAM and 512 SSD enough for programming? ›

yes, 512GB SSD is sufficient and good but I also suggest you for at least 8GB RAM. Your experience with ssd will be great compared to hdd.

Is 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD enough? ›

16 GB RAM with 512 GB SSD is more than enough for the average user. Even if you are using it for programming, gaming, or video editing, it will be enough. Purchasing SSD internal storage laptop is primarily for the extra speed and not only for the increased capacity.

How much graphics card do I need for game development? ›

Yes, you need because there are many 3d models that need to be rendered you cannot work smoothly without having a good graphics card at least 4Gb.

Is RTX better than GTX for rendering? ›

RTX cards are therefore not only better for graphics, but also for traditional rendering performance. If you want the best gaming performance possible from an NVIDIA card, you're going to want a 30-series RTX GPU – at the top end, you'll want RTX 3090 gaming PC.

Is Ryzen good for game development? ›

I would recommend ryzen for game development. You may be multitasking with 3ds max, unreal and some other programs all open at once. Ryzens high core count makes it good for multitasking. The slightly lower clock speed won't have much of a difference on performance, so I would go for the ryzen 1700.

Which one is better GTX 1650 or GTX 1650 Ti? ›

Interestingly, the Ti version offers lower base and boost clocks at 1350-1485 MHz, compared to the 1395-1560 MHz to the stock GTX 1650. However, with a TGP of 55W (a 5W increase), the GTX 1650 Ti should offer slightly more power headroom. Memory-wise, we are talking about 4GB of GDDR6 memory for both of them.

What GPU do I need for Unity? ›

GPU (Graphics Card)

My general recommendation would be that you look into an NVIDIA GPU such as the RTX 3060 or an AMD RX 6600. You should make sure that the GPU you buy has at the very least 6GBs of VRAM (Video Memory). But, if you're using Unity for simple games and apps, you really don't need that much power.

Can I run Unreal engine on GTX 1650? ›

so yes, you can easily run unreal engine in your computer without any problem if you have a good graphics card.

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