What's the Best Gaming Laptop for Flight Simulator 2020?

Episode 1798 (1:39:35)

Victor from Columbia, SC
Flight Simulator 2020.

Victor has a Lenovo ThinkPad E570 laptop that he thought would work for Flight Simulator 2020. But it's just not fast enough, even though it has an NVIDIA video card and a dual-core i7 processor. Leo says that Flight Simulator is notoriously heavy on requirements. The minimum is i5 4460 or a Ryzen 31200. RX 570 GPU. 8GB of RAM and 2GB of VRAM.  So it sounds like the laptop could handle it. But it crashes? That may not mean the laptop is too slow.  Leo has the same problem with his brand new laptop. It's just very challenging. Is there a workaround? Not really. He could play it at a reduced frame rate, but he will end up quitting. The solution is really to get a more powerful computer. One designed for gaming. Alienware by Dell is a gaming platform, or Lenovo's Legion line, or Asus ROG (Republic of Gamers). Plan on spending at least $1,000. And since we're in a chip shortage right now, he may need to wait a while to get it.

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