Gaming Laptop for Cyberpunk 2077?
Cyberpunk 2077 is the role-playing conversion of the 1988 Pen&Paper template of the same name by Mike Pondsmith. The PC and console game Cyberpunk 2077 is developed by CD Projekt Red and uses the Red engine known from The Witcher 3. In the near future, the world of Cyberpunk 2077 will be technologically advanced, but socially dysfunctional and degenerate, similar to the movie Blade Runner. The player can further improve his character with implants and skils or upgrade weapons with upgrades. The story is told non-linearly, so player decisions will have different consequences, similar to the Witcher series. Cyberpunk 2077 will be a classic singleplayer roleplaying game at its release and might get a multiplayer component later. Cyberpunk 2077 will be controlled from the first-person perspective, except when you are in vehicles in the Open World.
If you wanna be sure to play Cyberpunk 2077 on high graphics settings on your laptop, you might wanna upgrade your gaming laptop to a future-proof machine. Getting a good gaming set up is the most important factor for the performance of running future games still coming out on good graphics settings.
Test Results: Best Gaming Laptop for Cyberpunk 2077
Ranking First: ASUS ROG Strix Scar III
- Very high playing speed
- Fast response display
- Many connections
- Under full load little bit loud
- SSD memory somewhat small
Best performing laptop for Cyberpunk 2077
The first impression is often decisive in love. Maybe that’s why the Asus G531GW immediately goes into courtship mode like a colorful bird of paradise. The logo typical for the “Republic of Gamers” (“ROG” – Asus’ high-end gaming series) flashes at startup, a colorful LED bar lights up on the bottom edge and the notebook’s keys shine when opening the notebook. Is Asus trying to overplay something here? For example, the weight of 5.7 lbs., which is acceptable for a gaming notebook, but still quite heavy? Or the haptically unflattering plastic case? In any case, we aren’t blinded by Asus’ courtship behavior and also look at the gaming notebook’s inner values.
Asus ROG Strix Scar III: Good heart
The heart of the gaming notebook is the Intel Core i7-9750H: an ninth generation processor (“Coffee Lake-H”) with six cores. It is one of the fastest in the series: in normal operation, the chip clocks at 2.2 gigahertz, while in power-consuming programs, one core turns up to 4.1 gigahertz. The main memory of 32 gigabytes (DDR4) is generously dimensioned, and those who need even more can upgrade it to 64 gigabytes. Office or video editing programs are no problem for the team: The notebook performed these tasks effortlessly in the test.
Asus ROG Strix Scar III: Strong beginner
Thanks to the GeForce RTX 2070 MaxQ, even games run incredibly fast. The notebook graphics chip from Nvidia’s new RTX series is almost on par with the version for desktop image makers. Like its big brother, it distributes computing tasks over 1,920 shader cores. Only in the base (960 megahertz) and boost clock (1200 megahertz) does it lag somewhat behind the desktop version (1,365/1,600 megahertz). The RTX 2070 MaxQ stores calculated data over 192 lines in a 6 GB GDDR6 graphics memory. It displays games in Full HD resolution with full details and 52 frames per second. However strong an RTX 2070 may be, it is and remains “only” an entry-level model. If it is supposed to deliver 4K games to a corresponding external monitor, it will break down. Games then jerk across the screen at 16 frames per second. The temperature increase under full load is noticeable, but still keeps within limits. The fans, which work quite quietly for a gaming notebook, are responsible for this. They are audible, though. As gamers usually use headsets anyway, this is bearable.
Asus ROG Strix Scar III: Display
Thanks to the 144-Hertz screen, the movements of game characters look nice and fluid. Also remarkable is the very fast response time of 4.5 milliseconds, which is very fast for a notebook display. The Scar III displays colors precisely and delivers rich contrasts – and all this at high brightness. But this only applies when the gamer looks at the display from the front. The display loses a lot of brightness when viewed at an oblique angle. The Asus shows game worlds and action heroes on its 15 inch screen with a nice sharp 1920×1080 pixels. An even sharper 4K display with 3840×2160 pixels isn’t necessary with this display size.
Asus ROG Strix Scar III: Fast connection
Also not absolutely necessary, but desirable would be a larger SSD. While the current favorite games easily find room on the M.2 SSD with 1TB, the memory will be scarce for larger collections. At least: The notebook has two USB 3.1 sockets (type A and type C) of the second generation. This allows photos, videos or music files to be moved to external hard drives at a speed of 569 megabytes per second. Rather rare for gaming notebooks: a card reader for SD cards is standard. Ambitious gamers for shooters like “Counter-Strike” dock a high-quality keyboard and mouse at two USB 3.1 ports of the first generation. The pressure point of the notebook keyboard is okay, but the layout is a bit tight.
Asus ROG Strix Scar II: Mobile use
The laptop’s battery is better than the built-in keyboard: It lasts three hours and 42 minutes while working – which is great for a gaming notebook. And when it comes to video playback, the bird of paradise only goes down after five hours.
Verdict: Best performance for gaming laptop for Cyberpunk 2077
The Scar III is a solid gaming notebook with enough power to display even complex games smoothly. It is also well equipped with a strong battery, fast USB sockets and SD card reader. The price for the offered performance is relatively high – probably not least because of the elaborate LED lighting, which not everyone needs, but all in all you get a lot of performance for your money. The Scar III is the absolute performance winner for best gaming laptops for Cyberpunk 2077.
Ranking Second: Dell G7
- Great gaming and productivity performance
- Best price-performance ratio
- Good webcam
- Thunderbolt 3 + SD card reader
- 144 Hz IPS panel
- Below-average battery life
Dell’s “G” series of notebooks is aimed at gamers who are looking for a powerful and valuable notebook at a fair price.
The largest model from the G series is called the Dell G7. As the name might suggest, this is a 17 inch gaming notebook.
The Dell G7: Solid Laptop for Cyberpunk 2077
As a member of Dell’s “G” series, the G7 is primarily aimed at gamers and performance-oriented users. The notebook is also designed accordingly.
You can notice some Alienware influences in this one, even if the design isn’t quite as “over the top” as in a real Alienware notebook. Thus, the general shape of the Dell G7 is quite similar to the Alienware 17. You get a comparatively massive and tendentially somewhat edgier notebook with an unusual hinge. The display hinge isn’t located on the notebook’s rear edge, but a few centimeters inside the notebook. So the case protrudes a bit in the back part. This is of course a matter of taste, but as an Alienware user this doesn’t bother me, quite the contrary.
I think this makes the Dell G7 and the Dell G series in general stand out a bit from the mass of standard notebooks. As far as the basic stability and solidity is concerned, there’s nothing to complain about in the hinge. The same applies to the Dell G7 in general. Although the entire case is made of plastic, which has a “fake aluminum” texture, the notebook still seems more than sufficiently solid.
If you press on the case with full force, you’ll see a slight pushing/bending of the case, which isn’t tragic, though. You’re not quite on the Alienware level in terms of massiveness, but in general I would classify the G7 as above average stable. However, the Dell G7 is also not a small notebook. This is of course to be expected in a 17 incher within a certain framework. With a height of 25mm, the G7 is averagely thick and with 3.14kg it is averagely heavy for a 17 incher.
Super slim or especially compact, the G7 is thus not super slim, but also not unnecessarily fat. This is more of a semi-portable desktop replacement. At least the connectivity also fits to this. On the left side we find a headphone jack, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port and a USB C Thunderbolt 3 port. On the back, we find the power supply connection, an HDMI 2.0 port, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, a mini display port and Gbit LAN.
- 3x USB A 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbit)
- 1x USB C Thunderbolt 3
- 1x HDMI 2.0
- 1x mini Displayport
- 1 x Gbit LAN
- 1x SD card reader
Here I can only praise Dell, what I think is perfect port equipment!
As usual for Dell, the G7 is also available with several display options. Actually, there are two.
Both are IPS Full HD panels with 17 inch, but one version has 60Hz and the other 144Hz. The 144Hz version is of course optimal for a gaming notebook, but unfortunately it is only available in the most expensive version of the G7. For this test I have the “normal” 60Hz version.
The question is, what does the display look like? The display was almost traditionally the weak point of Dell’s G devices. Fortunately, this is not the case here! The Dell G7’s display looks top-notch at first glance! Colors are clear, contrasts are good and the viewing angles fit perfectly. The Full HD resolution on 17 inch also fits. A 2K display would certainly be the optimum for this size, but it’s certainly a bit much in a somewhat price/performance oriented device.
The good subjective impression is also confirmed by the measurements. Although the brightness is rather average at 261cd/m², the contrast is very strong for an IPS panel at 1030:1 and the color space coverage is also good! The Dell G7 achieves 95% coverage of the sRGB color space and 70% of Adobe RGB. This is good for a notebook primarily aimed at gamers! Even the home calibration is “spot on” as they say. Yes, the Dell G7 is suitable for easy photo and video editing!
The G7 has two speakers, which are mounted on the front of the notebook. These are okay in terms of quality. The loudspeakers sound sufficient, but also not excessively full or rich. The maximum volume is also at most average. There would have been a bit more room for a more impressive sound configuration in such a large notebook.
Something similar applies to the headphone output, where we get good standard fare.
Basically, the G7 has a modern “island” or chiclet keyboard. This has a reasonable size and thanks to the 17 inch format, there is also room for a number pad.
The keyboard’s impression is mostly positive! The keys feel valuable and comparatively “clicky”, but of course they rely on the usual rubber dome technology. The stroke is also pleasantly firm and solid. Thus, Dell remains true to its winning streak in terms of good keyboards! Only with a bit of pressure the keyboard lid can be easily pressed in, which distinguishes the G7 from the more expensive XPS and Alienware models.
What about the trackpad? It has good tracking and works pleasantly precise. The matt texture also feels good on the fingers. However, the trackpad has some play on my G7! The surface can be pressed in a few mm before the switch comes into contact. The whole thing doesn’t feel quite right! Not a big problem, as the trackpad is otherwise good, but this does not match the otherwise qualitatively very good impression.
Performance and power for Cyberpunk 2077
My Dell G7 test device has an Intel Core i7-9750H as well as an Nvidia RTX2060 and 16GB RAM. Thus, this is a solid medium configuration of the notebook, which also makes sense.
Privately, I would recommend a bit more RAM, 16GB is enough, 32 GB would offer a bit more “buffer”. The RAM of the G7 can easily be upgraded by the user! The Intel Core i7-8750H is a current 6 core chip, which clocks with up to 4.1 GHz. Yes, the new Intel Core i7-9750H is already on the doorstep, but the performance difference between these two chips is in the single-digit % range, so it is negligible.
The GPU looks a bit different. The Nvidia RTX 2060 is still very new and it will take some time until we see a successor here.
Let’s start with a few benchmarks
Important! First of all, if you have any performance problems with the Dell G7, try other Intel graphics drivers! The G7 uses a switching function between the integrated Intel GPU and the Nvidia card, which was a bit buggy for me at first. The switching worked, but the performance was about 20-30% below the expected values. The older Intel UHD graphics drivers from the Dell website solved the problem.
Let’s also get to the gaming benchmarks for Cyberpunk 2077
The Dell G7 delivers pretty much exactly the performance that you can expect from the combination of Intel Core i7 and Nvidia RTX 2060. The notebook delivers a very good performance with mostly +-60 FPS in all games on the Full HD resolution. Older and lighter games can even reach three-digit frame rates.
This makes the RTX 2060 the ideal “mainstream” graphics card, which basically does everything well! Only at higher resolutions would the RTX 2060 slowly reach its limit, but the Dell G7 is of course primarily designed for Full HD gaming.
Despite all the praise, one must also say that the RTX 2060 is not a huge leap from the GTX 1060. Depending on the game, the RTX 2060 achieves +- 18-25% more performance than the GTX 1060 in my test. A nice leap that brings the RTX 2060 within reach of the GTX 1070, but also no monumental leap in performance.
What about the rest of the hardware?
As it should be for every notebook, Dell relies on an SSD for the primary storage medium. Strictly speaking, a Toshiba NVME SSD. However, the Toshiba KGB30ZMS256G is rather a “mid-range” SSD with 1444MB/s read and 671MB/s write, but it’s completely sufficient.
For games or other larger media, a 1TB Western Digital HDD is also built in, which, as usual, achieves around 120MB/s.
Cooling and fan
As far as the Dell G7’s volume is concerned, I am basically quite satisfied. The G7 is largely inaudible in idle or simple applications like Office or web browsing. Here, the fan is off or turns so low that it is no longer audible. This can look a bit different under load. But here it depends a bit on the setting you choose. You can choose from four profiles in the Dell Energy app.
My recommendation would be the optimized mode, which offers pretty much full performance but is comparatively quiet.
In many games the fan only turns up minimally, which makes the Dell G7 one of the quieter gaming notebooks I’ve come across so far. However, this also depends a bit on the type of load. CPU intensive games let the fan rev up more than GPU intensive games.
What about the cooling? In a normal “gaming load” the Dell G7 runs quite cool!
I was pleasantly surprised here, during three runs of the Metro Last light benchmark the CPU reached a maximum of 91 degrees at peak, which isn’t too hot for a notebook and the GPU just 65 degrees! But these are only the peak values, normally the CPU settles down at 7X degrees in games, which can be described as cold. This should be noted in “optimized” mode, in which the fans don’t run at maximum speed. However, in applications like Chinebench, where the CPU is permanently used to 100% capacity, the temperature also rises to 100 degrees during the Tubro Boost, with a maximum clock speed of 3.9Ghz.
After the temporary Turbo Boost is over, the CPU temperature settles down at 8X degrees and the clock speed is around 3.3-3.4Ghz. This is completely normal and a good value! Note that the i7-8750H has a base clock of 2.2 GHz, everything above that is a bonus, so to speak.
You shouldn’t really expect any special battery life in a 17 inch gaming notebook. Nevertheless, you’ll of course be pleasantly surprised.
On paper, the Dell G7 has a rather average battery with 60 Wh. However, the G7 at least offers a switchable graphic card, which should save some battery power. You can expect about 3 hours runtime from the G7 when surfing the internet, watching videos, etc.
With a little optimization, you can also achieve 3.5-4 hours, but this is absolutely the highest of feelings. No outstanding runtime, but not to be expected otherwise.
Conclusion: Solid gaming laptop for Cyberpunk 2077
Are you looking for a good 17 inch gaming / allround notebook? Then the Dell G7 is the right choice for you! Dell has clearly done its homework here and the G7 can fully convince in almost every respect. Let’s start with the most important point, the performance. The mixture of Intel Core i7-8750H and Nvidia RTX 2060 can be classified as sensible and powerful. You’ll easily reach 40 FPS+ in all games with Full HD resolution and maximum details. In 90% of all games even 60 FPS+ on average will be possible.
The Dell G7 can bring the performance of the RTX 2060 fully “on the road”. The notebook’s cooling system does a very good job both in terms of temperature and volume! In addition, there is a really strong display, which however only offers Full HD 60Hz in the standard version. Nevertheless, the display and all measured values look very good! Good enough that the Dell G7 can also be used for easy photo/video editing without any problems. The case of the Dell G7 makes a good impression, especially optically and in terms of port configuration. The G7 offers all connections one could wish for, including Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0 and an SD card reader.
However, the G7 isn’t perfect either, of course. The loudspeakers are a bit thin for a 17 inch notebook, the keyboard is ok so far, but a downgrade compared to the Alienware/XPS notebooks and the somewhat wobbly trackpad is unattractive. However, I wouldn’t call any of these points NoGo. So if you are looking for a good 17 inch gaming notebook, which can run Cyberpunk 2077 on high graphics settings and is not super thick and heavy, then I can recommend the G7 with a clear conscience!
Ranking Third: Dell G3
- Good configuration for an affordable price
- Solid size/weight ratio
- Low noise/good cooling
- Comfortable keyboard
- Screen colors
- Sound quality
In the Laptop Gaming world it is difficult to find a shoe to fit without spending thousands and hundreds of Dollars. Very quickly the search becomes tougher, but there are obviously some accessible models as we will see with this G3 from Dell in 15 inch format.
Obviously for this price, Dell had to make some concessions, especially in terms of design. Contrary to the higher-end models, when you discover the Laptop for the very first time, there are no real frills. The chassis is mostly made of plastic, either for the hood or more precisely the rear of the Laptop. Only the keyboard part is equipped with what seems to be a very thin aluminum plate. The object itself remains quite classical in its design. The main colours are anthracite and the device has a blue border to echo the Dell brand logo. Very sober and classic therefore, because Dell chose not to overplay the Gaming side.
A screen in half-tone
Reasonably sized, the G3 measures 365.5 mm x 23. 2mm x 254 mm for 5.5 lbs. It ticks all the boxes to be in the true “gaming laptop” category since it fits easily into any standard size backpack. It’s not a big deal with Laptops Gaming, it’s becoming more and more rare. This G3 3 15 features a 15.6′ Full HD WVA IPS panel. The screen is very honest even if obviously for its price everything is not perfect. The colors are for example shallow. To counterbalance this, the black levels are excellent with a high contrast ratio of about 1100:1. However, the device suffers from some light leakage, which is especially visible when viewing film with black stripes.
Entry-level without “too many” concessions
The strong point of this one is that it is very well calibrated from the box and there is no need to play devil’s advocate. The test model offers a 60 Hz refresh rate, which is not much, but there is also a 144Hz model (more expensive of course). In short, the screen is not especially its strong point, even if it’s still quite honest to play.
The subject that annoys me, on the other hand, are the speakers that suffer from a blatant lack of bass and that provide high-pitched sounds in my opinion. We can only recommend that you equip yourself with good headphones or your best earphones. Or connect good speakers directly if you are at home.
An honest keyboard
The keyboard is a well-made chiclet keyboard with a beautiful blue/white backlight. The key return is good and once you’re at home nothing prevents you, as is often advised, from getting a “mechanic” for longer playing sessions. The touchpad is also of good quality and there is not much to reproach on this side.
On the sides we find:
- 2 USB 2.0 ports
- 1 USB 3.1 port
- 1 USB 3.1 Type-C port
- Microphone/headset jack
- 1 HDMI port
- An SD card reader
There is everything you need and the presence of the SD card reader is a big plus, too often forgotten even for high-end Laptops.
A configuration as a strong point
Let’s now come to one of the strong points of this Dell G3 model 3590, namely its components.
- Processor: Intel Core i5-9300H (2.4 GHz / 4.1 GHz)
- Graphic Card: Nvidia GTX 1660 ti
- Memory (RAM): 8 GB DDR4
- Storage Space: 512 GB SSD (Two internal storage bays are available)
The mid-range processor offers good in-game performance especially since it is backed by a GTX 1660 ti which is a very good card. We tested several different games including :
- Resident Evil 2 (remake): 100 FPS average in Full HD and options in ultra
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider : 70 FPS average in Full HD and options in ultra (DX12)
- Our faithful Metro Exodus: 65 FPS average in Full HD with very high options (DX12)
The Dell G3 therefore offers something to do with current games (Metro Exodus remains a model for benchmarks at the moment). Only the RAM is a little weak and may cause you some problems with the most greedy games.
The cooling solution consists of two 50mm fans and two heat pipes, which is enough to cool the chassis quietly without feeling like an aircraft carrier engine room in terms of noise. The PC is pre-equipped with Dell Power Manager software that allows you to make a few adjustments to the fans. The software also allows you to pre-set some options for your games so you can play in optimal conditions. Otherwise you have the faithful GeForce Experience that will allow you to make presets as always without wasting time.
It inevitably comes down to the battery, we know it is a weak point on the vast majority of Laptops Gaming. The battery capacity is 51 Wh and in classic use the PC can easily last 6 hours. In game on the other hand and as always this battery will not make a miracle no more in any case than the competition. It is necessary to count 1h30 maximum for the least greedy games. It will therefore very quickly have to find a seat with a plug in your train or in a public place.
Verdict: Great low budget gaming laptop for Cyberpunk 2077
The Dell G3 model 3590 certainly makes some concessions for its price (don’t be greedy) but it’s still very honest overall and it’s above all a good gaming platform that allows you to enjoy recent titles in good conditions without spending too much time on the graphics options. Its chassis and screen are quite typical and classic for this price range. The price/performance ratio is quite interesting and it’s a good PC for those who want to enjoy a portable gaming PC without breaking the bank. Definitle a good gaming laptop for Cyberpunk 2077.