Searching for a gaming laptop under 1000 dollars will present you with a lot of options – but as we all know, not all laptops were created equal. Asides from the obvious design differences, the main thing a true gamer will be after is pure hardware power. Specifically, a gamer will be looking for a machine with adequate processing power in the form of a CPU, memory in the for of RAM and most important of all, a mobile graphics card which will ultimately determine what games are playable and which games aren’t with any given laptop machine.
To take things back a bit in a previous spoke we spoke about finding laptops under 500 dollars - here you will mainly be restricted to Radeon cards who have dominated the budget mobile graphics market for some time. Luckily with a few more bucks to blow you will be able to get a variation of more mid-tier Nvidia and Radeon cards which have the potential to pack some serious punch. Sites such as Notebookcheck.net offer an excellent resource for mobile graphics card benchmarks which you can use to view the framerate of whatever card is in the machine you are considering before you make purchase. That way you will be sure it has the power necessary to play the games you would like. In the sub $1000 budget you will be able to find some relatively powerful cards, but as with sub $500 laptops don’t expect to be running the latest new-gen FPS beast like charm – at best you will most likely be hitting around 30 FPS on medium which is still reasonable but far from what one should be aiming for. You can use sites such as Laptop Ninja for reviews on gaming laptops under 1000 dollars in order to help speed up your purchasing decision.
In general one note on Radeon versus Nvidia is that as a generally rule Nvidia cards tend to be louder and run slightly hotter – this is not always the case, but is important to check as many laptop reviews as possible on your chosen machine before purchasing to make sure that their aren’t any unwanted side affects of your beast card such as heavy noise or rapid overheating / extremely short battery life.