Okay guys, so I'm in the market for a new laptop. Currently have a lenovo U140 ultrabook but fed up of its shitty build quality and lack of power.
Looking for the ultimate (impossible?) blend of build quality, good screen, gaming capabilities etc. Now I know usually in threads like this, the rMBP is highly recommended. I I certainly like the look of these. However for gaming, I know they are less than ideal.
So my question is this: could I get a 15" rMBP with a discrete graphics card and then install Windows in a dual boot configuration. As far as I can tell, this would give me the best of all worlds.
Please tell me if I am wrong.
Honestly? It'd work for some stuff, sure (gaming wise). But other than some really light gaming, I'd never recommend a laptop of any sort for that purpose. Gaming requires hire GPU throughput than laptops can feasibly support without being a) massive with terrible battery or b) throttling and effecting quality.
You'll probably be able to play some decent AA/ older AAA titles at medium/high though.
It'll absolutely kill battery life.
Also, props for TayTay. She's queen.
Hmm OK. So I'm getting the feeling here that my suggestion was somewhat idiotic. The general concensus would then to be rMBP for general use and then a separate rig for gaming?
I did think this was probably the case but maybe I was being a bit fanciful in trying to combine the two...
Other models I have looked into on the back of recommendations are the Dell XPS and the Surface Pro that everyone on /g/ was masturbating to a while back.
What killed the hype? I know that mass recalls have been issued due to faulty leads catching fire...
Have this and it owns but integrated gpu means u won't be crushing games it has like 30fps in path of exile on potato settings for programming / work stuff it's zero regrets so far
That's only for the first 5 seconds after you turn it on.
Who the fuck uses a laptop to play any games
There are no laptops that can play quality games while maintaining portability and battery life.
Just get a shitto laptop that you can carry with you and do stuff on and spend the rest of your money on a gaming rig.
Then if you ever need higher power than what laptop can give just SSH into the PC
Gaymen on a laptop, aside from light casual gaming sessions is pretty dumb because no laptop is gonna match the performance of a desktop unless it weighs 30lb and has glowing LED skulls all over it. When you finally grow up and stop wasting all your precious time on games you're gonna look like a retard using that laptop for anything.
>not getting a razer and slapping a maki sticker over the logo
For this exact reason I was trying to combine a rig and laptop. I am still somewhat embarrassed that I do occasionally like to game. So I would find it hard to justify building/ buying a rig for expressly that reason. At least with a laptop you can try and justify that it does other things.
To be honest the blade stealth is probably the best ultrabook for gaming if you're willing to spend the money on the Core. It can definitely replace desktops for people that don't want them. The only thing that sucks is they max out the RAM at 8GB so I'd never fucking buy one
Follow up question: why has no company designed a gaming laptop for actual adults that doesn't look like it was designed by a 14yo with some crayons. Or heaven forbid, even a nice aluminium body?
If it's light gaming / even somewhat intense stuff will work just fine. Like, yeah, it has discrete graphics - it'll handle it okay on Windows. Just don't expect top tier performance or for it to handle graphics at an **amazing** quality.
If you do light/occasional gaming it'll most likely be fine for you. If you want to "actually" game, build a desktop. Laptops aren't great for gaming anyway. I'd much recommend an rMBP over any of the 1337 gaming laptops out there.
It's all personal preference though. I have a rMBP from 2014 that is 13in and I love it. Some people hate macs. I use my desktop for gaming. I use my Mac for almost everything else.
>Who the fuck would play on that thin laptop though? It would reach housefire levels of heat.
That's what external GPUs are for.
>Follow up question: why has no company designed a gaming laptop for actual adults that doesn't look like it was designed by a 14yo with some crayons
the idea is that by the time you're a big boy, you have a source of income that allows you to build a proper rig
Oh cool. I didn't know about these. So this would negate most heat sink issues right? Is it as adaptable as plugging in when you're gaming and ripping it out when you need to travel?
Alienware has this as well, but they all look horrific.
MSI also has one, but the way it connects is retarded.
To be fair you're not meant to use the laptop keyboard when docked anyway.
Great stuff. I'm learning. So to take this further, is an external gpu able to be plugged in to any laptop (assuming it has the suitable connections)? What combatibiliy issues are at play here?
If this were the case, I could just get myself a decent all rounder and then plug this guy in as a graphical boost.
Or have I been a boob again?
Excellent. This may be the way forward for me then. It's certainly much cheaper than buying a whole new rig for essentially a bit more power and a decent graphics card. This seems to be a good overlapping compromise.
I will have to look into this properly.
Quite possibly, but I would be looking at getting a decent laptop too as I do require it to be somewhat powerful for some of the applications I use for work.
Therefore, this sounds like the most viable alternative I've heard so far.
This is pretty cool. So I've found out that it's not hard to build your own eGPU. Just grab a GTX 970 and stuck it in a housing like the Akitio Thunder 2.
This actually makes my original idea of a macbook with an eGPU very possible.
she is perfect ^^
>overheat a lot less with the GPU externally housed
You've been told since the begining of the thread.
1. Build a desktop and get a chromebook or some shit for portability.
2. Get a gayming laptop that'll overheat and throttle.
3. Get a macbook that'll overheat and burn your house down, killing you and your family, and doing the world a favor.
>oh no i'm so worried about throttling and performance
>i'm going to buy literally the worst possible memebook that throttles to $200 celeron craptop level performance
Throttling is caused by excessive overheating. Which is you are not using its gpu but are instead using an eGPU as a run though, the laptop can handle the rest quite easily. Fans are still whisper quiet maxing out bf4.
I understand your point. If you are working/studying out of home and you are travelling for a week or so at least twice a month like me, you want to have something portable.
This, dell xps 15 is good. Also I've bought a MSI GE60 as main laptop and I have no regrets (1080p, 15.6'screen, 960GTX, i7 fifth generation...). If I'm working, the battery lasts around 3 hours, and I can play vidya with the power plugged (960GTX in).
Also, I'd consideer buying a huge laptop and another tablet without android, like a ms surface or an asus transformer, and if you have enough money, a mb air would be great. It's up to you, but that combination is working perfectly for me (MSI as main computer + Asus T100 for taking notes, etc...)
It's a good reason to hate 'muh thinness'. This thing had a power hungry Core2Duo (65nm!) and a smaller footprint, yet still never throttled.