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Best gaming laptops: Know what to look for and which models rate highest

Which gaming laptop should you buy? From size, to performance, to budget, to features, this buyer’s guide will help you find the right gaming laptop for your needs.

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There are great gaming laptops available now (even as pandemic-fueled sales remain strong), and you can see our tested favorites below. But if you yearn for the latest and greatest, you’ll want to hear the news about Ryzen 5000, Nvidia GeForce RTX 30-series, and the latest laptops from CES, some of which will begin shipping soon.

Check out the latest news and reviews, along with our top picks below.

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Catch up on the latest models we’ve tested here, including:

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The Acer Predator Triton 500 packs a lot of power into a surprisingly slim chassis.

Best 15-inch gaming laptop

The Acer Predator Triton 500 model we tested features a 15.6-inch, 1920×1080, 144Hz panel, an 8th-gen Core i7-8750H with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, and a GeForce RTX 2060. It’s easily enough firepower to match laptops based on the slightly lower-cost GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, but it has the option to run DirectX Ray Tracing games, too.

If we were to ding the Triton 500, it would be for the SSD replacement. Let’s just say, adding more storage to the Triton 500 won’t be a five-minute affair. Read our full review of the Acer Predator Triton 500.

Best budget gaming laptop

The Acer Nitro 5 surpases what we expect of rock-bottom budget laptops. Its display is a bit dim, and its GTX 1650 graphics is only going to feel slower as time goes by. However its performance is solid overall, and its battery life is a nearly unheard-of (for gaming laptops) five hours. If you’re looking for solid budget value, or if you plan to buy cheap and upgrade more often (a reasonable plan in the ever-advancing world of gaming), this is a respectable entry-level machine. Read our full review.

[$830 as tested via Bestbuy.com]

Runner Up

The Pavilion Gaming Laptop punches well above its weight in the entry-level range. It’s every bit as sturdy and refined as its high-end counterparts, and it even has surprisingly respectable battery life. The Pavilion Haming Laptop has sacrificed a few things to hit that budget level, namely a dismal display and no mouse buttons. Still, with models starting as cheap as $800 on HP.com, you can configure this overall solid machine to fit your budget.

[MSRP $1,600 on HP.com]

Best 17-inch gaming laptop

If you’re squinting at this story from your tiny 13-inch laptop screen, you may be like the many people who started working from home and realized that portability means nothing if you’re going blind using a small display.

Gigabyte’s Aero 17 has the answer, by offering superb performance and a gorgeous, 17.3-inch UHD 4K HDR 400 panel to boot. The laptop also features Intel’s 10th-gen, 8-core, Core i7-10875H Comet Lake H CPU and Nvidia’s stellar GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q GPU. Read our full review.

[$2,800 MSRP as reviewed; available from Gigabyte]

Best budget 17-inch gaming laptop

HP’s Omen 17 gaming laptops have a reputation with us that can be summarized in four words: solid performance. Surprisingly affordable.

Granted, its price has actually gone up recently because of a pandemic-fueled stampede of laptop purchases. Still, the Omen 17 has its place. Is it a looker? Debatable. Is it the best gaming laptop? Definitely not. But HP always manages to cram more hardware than you’d expect under the hood, then sell the Omen 17 way below market rate.

I’m not sure how HP pulls off this bit of wizardry, but it’s made the Omen 17 a hit. And the trend continues, as the 2019 model we’re testing (poetically monikered the 17-cb0040nr) packs in some of the latest and greatest CPUs and GPUs for hundreds of dollars less than the competition. Read our full review.

[MSRP $1,798 on Amazon.com]

Best portable gaming laptop

The ROG Zephyrus G14 debuts with AMD’s stellar Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU, and we can safely say: Just give Asus your money. This laptop packs a stupid amount of performance into a stupidly small and stupidly light (3.5-pound) frame. You’re talking about a weight class that typically gives you lower-power CPUs and GPUs. Yet the G14 can hang in CPU performance with laptops that weight 10 pounds.

Obviously the star of the show is the Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU, which we review in detail separately. But the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 as a whole package is nearly as impressive. Read our full review.

Best price-is-no-object gaming laptop

Alienware’s Area-51m flagship gaming laptop is big, thick, and fast, a return to form that should reassure people who got worried when the company unveiled the thin-and-light Alienware m15 last year. The new Area-51m very well might be the first gaming laptop to bring the Holy Grail of features to consumers: Upgradable graphics and an upgradable CPU. Read our full review of Alienware’s Area-51m.

Runner-up

The Alienware 17 R5 packs Intel’s debut high-performance Core i9 laptop chip, which turns this already beastly gaming laptop into an utter monster. The version we tested ($3,810 from Dell) pumps out more performance than we’ve ever seen in a gaming laptop with all-mobile parts. It offers over 55 percent more multi-thread performance than its already-potent direct predecessor. CPU benchmarks this fast were practically unthinkable.

Read on for guidance on how to pick the right gaming laptop for your needs.

Source: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3232986/best-gaming-laptops.html

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Cal-Nevada Football Season-Opening In-Game Thread from Memorial Stadium

Golden Bears and Wolf Pack meet at Memorial Stadium in first game with fans since 2019.

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Cal plays at Memorial Stadium tonight for the first time with fans in the facility in 658 days when the Golden Bears open their 2021 campaign against Nevada of the Mountain West Conference.

The Bears staggered to a 1-3 record last year in a season that initially was canceled by the Pac-12, then whittled down to a conference-only schedule. Even then, Cal had two games scratched due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nevada was 7-2 last season and picked to win the West Division of the MWC.

Cal is 9-0 in regular-season non-conference games under coach Justin Wilcox.

The game will match a Cal team with three-year starting quarterback Chase Garbers and a defense expected to be stout again vs. an explosive Wolf Pack offense with NFL prospect Carson Strong at quarterback.

Click here for our game preview box and here for video interviews with Cal coordinators Bill Musgrave and Peter Sirmon.

We’ll be back with pre-game notes and updates through tonight’s game.

THIRD QUARTER

12:00: Strong shows off his arm again with a 46-yard pass down the right sidelines to Tory Hunter on a third-and-9 play, giving Nevada a first down at the Cal 16. On the next play, Strong hit Elijah Cooks with a slant over the middle for a 16-yard TD and the lead. Nevada attempted a 2-point pass play, which failed. But the tide has definitely turned. Nevada 19, Cal 14.

6:26: Talton kicks a 50-yard field goal after Cal declines a holding penalty that would have sent Nevada back to a third-and-33 from the Bears’ 47-yard line. Curious decision. The Bears have 35 yards of offense since the first quarter. Nevada 22, Cal 14.

1:09: Cal dodges a bullet as FG kicker Talton finally misses . . . from 47 yards. Nevada 22. Cal 14.

END OF THIRD QUARTER: Garbers completes a 24-yard pass to Kekoa Crawford, who makes an acrobatic catch and gives Cal a first down at the Nevada 29 when the fourth quarter starts. Nevada 22, Cal 14.

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PREGAME: No Cal injuries to report – everyone is up.

COIN FLIP: Nevada wins the coin clip and defers to the second half. Cal will receive the opening kickoff.

FIRST QUARTER

5:47: Damien Moore scores on a 1-yard run, capping a 15-play, 63-yard drive. Moore Moore carried nine times for 32 yards and Chase Garbers was 6-for-7 for 29 yards. Dario Longhetto converts the PAT. Cal 7, Nevada 0.

4:11: Cal starts at its own 28 after forcing Nevada to punt after a three-and-out.

0:03: Garbers passes 2 yards to Nikko Remigio for the TD and Longhetto converts the PAT. Cal went 72 yards in nine plays. The Bears have 135 yards to 6 for Nevada and have run 24 plays to 3 for the visitors. Moore has nine rushes for 49 yards. Garbers is 8-for-11 for 59 yards and the TD. Cal 14, Nevada 0.

SECOND QUARTER

10:50: Nevada gets on the board with a 44-yard field goal by Brandon Talton. That caps a nine-play, 56-yard drive that began at the Nevada 18. Evan Tattersall sacked Carson Strong and Collin Gamble broke up a third-down pass, forcing the field goal. Cal 14 Nevada 3.

8:12: A holding penalty and a sack derail Cal’s third offensive possession. The Bears punt and Nevada takes over at its own 32. The Bears’ defense has to make sure momentum doesn’t change sides right now. Cal 14, Nevada 3.

6:15: This is the combination we’ve heard about all week – Strong throws a rope for 43 yards into the end zone to WR Romeo Doubs, who beat Collin Gamble, and Nevada has closed the gap. Doubs has 4 receptions for 68 yards. Cal 14, Nevada 10.

4:11: Three-and-out for Cal. Nevada starts at its own 22 after a 49-yard punt by Jamieson Sheahan. The Bears had 135 yards in the first quarter. They have 15 so far in the second quarter. Cal 14, Nevada 10.

1:57: Cal defense forces a punt, which Nikko Remigio returns 18 yards to the Bears’ 33. Two-minute drill coming up. Bears have 2 timeouts. Cal 14, Nevada 10.

0:02: Talton kicks a 35-yard FG to get the Wolf Pack within a point. Cal went three-and-out on its previous possession and had to punt. Doubs returned is 38 yards to the Cal 41 and Strong moved his team to the 18 before the Bears forced back-to-back incompletions, prompting the field goal. Cal 14, Nevada 13.

HALFTIME: Cal 14, Nevada 13. Just as the Bears dominated the first quarter, the second quarter belonged to the Wolf Pack. The contrast is vivid: Cal outgunned Nevada 135 yards to 6 in the first quarter. Nevada had a 142-23 advantage in the second.

Garbers is 13-for-17 but for just 86 yards. Damien Moore has 50 yards on 11 carries, but his second quarter production is 2 carries, 1 yard. Strong is 10-for-18 for 120 yards and a TD. The man of the night is WWR Romeo Doubs (pronounced Dubs), who has 5 receptions for 67 yards and a TD and the 38-yard punt return that set up the late field goal.

Total yards: Cal 158, Nevada 148. First downs: 8-8. No turnovers.

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Cal is 9-0 in regular-season non-conference games under coach Justin Wilcox.

Source: https://www.si.com/college/cal/news/cal-nevada-thread

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Dirt 5 Drops the New Ford Bronco into the Off-Road Action in Latest Content Pack

In many parts of the world, choosing an off-road car to own is a lot like choosing a sports team to support. It’s more than a decision; it’s a pledge of allegiance. For decades, manufacturers like Ford, Jeep, Range Rover, Chrysler, Chevrolet, and more have raced on the roads and in the factories to earn

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In many parts of the world, choosing an off-road car to own is a lot like choosing a sports team to support. It’s more than a decision; it’s a pledge of allegiance. For decades, manufacturers like Ford, Jeep, Range Rover, Chrysler, Chevrolet, and more have raced on the roads and in the factories to earn the adoration of all-terrain drivers. Now, a legendary name in this battle has returned not just to the real world, but to video games, too – courtesy of Dirt 5.

A Joyride Down Memory Lane…

The Ford Bronco was a major contender in the 4×4 wars until the final model of the series left the showroom in 1996. After a quarter-century hiatus, the Bronco is back – a move that prompted instant delirium amongst off-roaders and gearheads. The early images of the revamped Bronco models sparked more excitement, and recent test drives have only fueled the hype further.

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Forbes sat in shotgun at racing ace Vaughn Gittin Jr. tore up an off-road track in the Bronco: “Airborne just moments after the start, Gittin busted the bronc without mercy, launching it up, over and around a tight, twisting path through the kind of terrain generally reserved for mammals of the hooved variety.” Bloomberg, meanwhile, were stunned by the car’s agility, commenting how it “…was able to dart through traffic, rolling and diving on its 10-speed automatic transmission, squishy suspension, and sticky rubber wheels.”

Ford Bronco Wildtrak 2021: Drive It in Dirt 5

Those strong words and all that excitement make 2021’s most hotly-anticipated car a perfect fit for Dirt 5 ­– the award-winning off-road racer. Making its video game debut, the team here at Codemasters have specially-selected the Ford Bronco Wildtrak 2021 as part of the Wild Spirits Content Pack, available now the Xbox Store! Packing in 310bhp and 400 lb.-ft of torque, as well as innovative 4×4 and differential systems, this version of the Bronco is built to take on the kind of extreme terrain and challenges that Dirt 5 serves up – from boulder-conquering runs through Arizona, to surging through the ice and snow of Nepal.

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Alongside the Bronco in this pack is another purpose-built off-road monster, the Prodrive Hunter, which took on the Dakar Rally recently with plenty of aplomb. These two machines can be used in 25 new Career events, and both feature multiple livery designs that can be unlocked through new sponsor objectives. All this comes in the Wild Spirits pack, which is included in Dirt 5 Amplified/Year One Edition, or purchasable separately on the Xbox Store.

More New Content Now Live in Dirt 5

That’s certainly not all when it comes to new Dirt 5 content launching today – no sir! Update 6.00, a free game update for all players, is now live, with the headline addition being two more brand-new tracks to tear up. Head to Morocco and discover Ait Ojana and Tinghir: a pair of challenging multi-surface circuits, with jumps, big elevation changes, and a village to wind your way through. A perfect location for the new Ford Bronco to show its potential, don’t you think?

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All of this adds more thrills and variety to Dirt 5, which you can grab today from the Xbox Store, or play today with Xbox Game Pass and EA Play. We can’t wait to see how you handle the Bronco! Hold on tight…


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A pair of eye-catching off-road machines, purpose-built to overcome any terrain, are added to DIRT 5 in the Wild Spirits Content Pack. First up: the hotly-anticipated Ford Bronco Wildtrak 2021. 310bhp and 400 lb.-ft of torque, as well as innovative 4×4 and differential systems, make the new Bronco a perfect addition to take on DIRT 5’s extreme events. Its boxy chassis and huge tyres create an unforgettable look – and that’s before you customise it with liveries and patterns.

Alongside the Bronco is the Prodrive Hunter. Billed as a ‘Desert Hypercar’, the Hunter is a production version of the incredible Prodrive BRX, which has competed across Dakar and other events in 2021, with drivers including Sebastian Loeb. Powered by Ford’s 3.5-litre twin turbo V6 engine, producing around 500bhp, the Hunter has all the power you need to dominate DIRT 5’s global off-road events.

The Wild Spirits Content Pack for DIRT 5 also further expands our Career mode with another 25 bespoke events, in the ‘Wild Spirits’ bonus chapter. The new events will include chances to race our two new cars, multi-class races, dynamic weather events, and more unique experiences.

Two additional Career Sponsors are also added: Alpinestars and VP Racing Fuels. Head to the Sponsors tab in Career to select either of these sponsors and start to unlock new rewards and content, including fresh liveries and customisation items. Finally, look out for five additional Trophies/Achievements, each connected to your progression in the new Career chapter.

To use the content within this pack, you must own DIRT 5. This pack is included as an entitlement for Amplified Edition and Year One Upgrade / Edition owners.


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Whilst respecting the heritage and retaining the DNA of the franchise, DIRT 5 writes a new chapter in the legacy of DIRT – bolder and braver than ever before. New features, new innovations and a fresh approach make DIRT 5 a hub of off-road racing, style and culture, where you can constantly create highlight-reel moments.

Blaze a Trail Across the Globe
Take a trip around the world to and race on over 70+ unique routes across 10 different global locations in stunning, dynamic environments. From racing on the frozen East River in New York, to under the Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, to shining by the Northern Lights at Norway, take on opponents, the terrain and extreme, everchanging conditions.

Push The Limits with Incredible Cars
Get behind the wheel of an eclectic and exciting roster of cars. Conquer the toughest of terrain with boulder-beating machines, take iconic rally cars to new locations, or feel the power of 900bhp sprint cars. Rallycross, GT, unlimited trucks, buggies and muscle cars complete the ultimate off-road garage.

Own the Spotlight in a Star-Studded Career
Under the tutelage of an icon, all eyes are on you to become the new star of an amplified world of off-road racing. Earn sponsorships and unique rewards, conquer all locations, and take on a fierce rival in our biggest ever Career.

Compete or Co-Operate in Off-Road Action
Local split-screen up to four players on offline modes, including Career, makes DIRT 5 the perfect couch multiplayer racing game as you battle for position with your friends. Online, throw down in curated race playlists for up to 12 players, and compete in innovative objective-based modes.

Create, Share and Discover with Playgrounds
For the first time in a DIRT game, you can now create your own Gymkhana, Smash Attack and Time Attack challenges and share them online with friends and the DIRT community.

Game leverages Smart Delivery allowing access to both the Xbox One title on 3rd November and the Xbox Series X|S title on 10th November.

Forbes sat in shotgun at racing ace Vaughn Gittin Jr. tore up an off-road track in the Bronco: “Airborne just moments after the start, Gittin busted the bronc without mercy, launching it up, over and around a tight, twisting path through the kind of terrain generally reserved for mammals of the hooved variety.” Bloomberg, meanwhile, were stunned by the car’s agility, commenting how it “…was able to dart through traffic, rolling and diving on its 10-speed automatic transmission, squishy suspension, and sticky rubber wheels.”

Source: https://latestgamingnews.d-hour.com/2021/09/02/dirt-5-drops-the-new-ford-bronco-into-the-off-road-action-in-latest-content-pack/

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